Jack Huston in Talks for The Crow Reboot


Out of all the reboots currently in development around Hollywood right now, I’m not sure there is one that has encountered as many setbacks and invited as much apathy as Relativity’s upcoming reboot of The Crow. The project was first announced back in 2008 and since then has been through four different directors and at least as many potential stars and yet they are still pushing forward with it despite the fact that no one is really asking for it. Late last year, it was announced that Corin Hardy (The Hallow) had signed on to take over the director’s chair from F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall). However, it also appeared that Luke Evans would be dropping out as the star. Now this week they are closing in on a new lead actor. Hit the jump for more details.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Focus Foils Fifty Shades of Grey


Fifty Shades of Grey fell from the top of the box office this past weekend as Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie took first with an estimated $19.1 million. That’s a little less than the movie was expected to make and it’s certainly one of the lowest debuts ever for a Will Smith movie, but to be fair, this was never going to be another Independence Day or Men in Black. Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water remained at #2 and #3 respectively, while Fifty Shades of Grey fell all the way to fourth. Fifty Shades is currently the highest grossing movie of the year domestically, but at this rate SpongeBob could overtake it by the time both movies leave theatres. The other major new release, The Lazarus Effect starring Olivia Wilde, opened in a slightly disappointing fifth place with just $10.6 million, but given a budget of just $3.3 million they should be fine.

1. Focus — $19.1M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service — $11.75M
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water — $11.2M
4. Fifty Shades of Grey — $10.93M
5. The Lazarus Effect — $10.6M
6. McFarland, USA — $7.8M
7. American Sniper — $7.7M
8. The DUFF — $7.15M
9. Still Alice — $2.7M
10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 — $2.4M

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015


Farewell, old friend. Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing Spock on the original Star Trek TV series, passed away this morning at his home in Los Angeles. According to his wife, the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Star Trek fans around the world are already mourning the loss, but his “katra” will live on. His last role on screen was reprising Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. He was 83 years old.

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Denis Villeneuve to Direct Blade Runner Sequel Starring Harrison Ford


Just one week after the announcement that Neill Blomkamp will be directing a new Alien sequel for Fox, we also have a huge update on the long-gestating follow-up to another Ridley Scott classic. We’ve been hearing for a while now that Ridley Scott has been developing a Blade Runner sequel with Alcon Entertainment, a Warner Brothers-based production company that acquired the screen rights to the film back in 2011. Although it originally looked like Ridley Scott would direct, last year he backed off on that possibility, preferring instead to simply help shape the story. Now this week they have found a director for the project and it looks like it will be Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy). Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson had this to say about the announcement:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Focus, The Lazarus Effect, Maps to the Stars


There was a time when every new Will Smith movie would be a guaranteed blockbuster, but in the After After Earth Era that may no longer be the case. His new con man movie Focus is still expected to top the box office this weekend, but no one seems to have a clue how this thing will actually perform. The only other major release in theatres is the Blumhouse horror film The Lazarus Effect starring Olivia Wilde. It will probably have to settle for second place but sometimes little horror flicks can be big surprises. In select theatres, David Cronenberg’s latest film Maps to the Stars finally arrives stateside while Joe Lynch’s action film Everly starring Salma Hayek and Kristian Levring’s western The Salvation starring Mads Mikkelsen hit a handful of screens. Also debuting in select theatres and on VOD is the Only God Forgives making of documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. What will you be watching this weekend?

Netflix’s Inspector Gadget Trailer


Earlier this week, Netflix announced that they will be bringing more original children’s programming to their line-up with reboots of ’80s classics Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse. The latter won’t arrive until sometime next year, but the new Inspector Gadget is already being added to Netflix in the U.S. next month. Produced by DHX Media in Canada, the CG-animated update originally debuted on broadcast TV in parts of Europe. Netflix has released a short teaser trailer this week but there is also a slightly longer trailer floating around on YouTube. I’ll be honest, I think it looks pretty atrocious but I guess I’m not really the target audience. Check out the Inspector Gadget trailer(s) after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Love & Mercy Trailer: Paul Dano and John Cusack are Brian Wilson


Although there have been a few documentaries and TV movies made about the Beach Boys over the years, up until now there still has not been a definitive biopic covering this iconic American band. It’s unclear if Bill Pohlad’s upcoming film Love & Mercy will fit that bill, but it appears to be a somewhat unique take on the standard musical biopic. The fact that it was co-written by Oren Moverman (I’m Not There) gives some additional hope on that front.

The movie focuses on frontman Brian Wilson in two different decades of his career where he is played by Paul Dano and John Cusack respectively. Elizabeth Banks plays his eventual wife Melinda Ledbetter while Paul Giamatti plays controversial therapist Eugene Landy who is known for exploiting Wilson throughout the ’80s. Love & Mercy hits select theatres on June 5th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Richard Linklater to Direct Where’d You Go Bernadette, Considering Boyhood Sequel


Whether or not you think Richard Linklater was robbed at the Academy Awards last weekend, it’s pretty clear that Boyhood has put him back in high demand in Hollywood. We already know that his next movie will be the Dazed and Confused spiritual successor That’s What I’m Talking About, which is expected to hit theatres later this year, but now he is also in talks for a new project that he did not write himself. It would be another family-centric narrative about a mother who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. At the same time, Linklater is not about to give up his own personal projects either. This month he also revealed that he is giving serious thought to a Boyhood sequel. Hit the jump for more details.

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Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Trailer


By now most people have heard the story of Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, two elementary school kids in Mississippi in the early ’80s who decided to do a shot-for-shot remake of their favourite movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It began an epic project that lasted seven years and ultimately almost cost them their friendship. But they got it done (with the exception of one scene) and bootleg VHS tapes of their work have been circulating among film fans ever since. Now there is an official documentary that tells the story and also re-unites the original cast and crew to shoot that one final scene 33 years later. Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will premiere at SXSW next month; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Custom USB Drives on Sale This Friday!


As discussed on this week’s podcast, here are the full details on the long-awaited limited edition Film Junk 500 Episode 32 GB USB Drives. They will cost $30 USD (plus shipping) but if you feel they are worth more, you can contribute more. We are shipping worldwide, although the shipping costs for international buyers will be higher. The USB drives will be available via our Bandcamp page as of this Friday, Feb. 27th at Noon EST.

Here is a breakdown of what the USB drive will contain:

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The Lego Movie 2 Gets a New Director and a Title


Although many people are still trying to come to terms with the fact that The Lego Movie wasn’t nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars this year, the good news is that its success has guaranteed that there are plenty more Lego animated movies on the way. Last year Warner Brothers announced that a Lego Batman spin-off was taking priority over The Lego Movie 2 and that Chris McKay, the animation supervisor on the original film, would be directing it. That left The Lego Movie 2 without a director, however, prompting many to speculate that perhaps Phil Lord and Chris Miller would return to helm it themselves. We now know that is not the case as this week a new director has been chosen along with an official (albeit rather obvious) title. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #504: Leviathan


0:00 – Intro / Film Junk USB Drive Info / Jay and Frank Going Digital
21:25 – Review: Leviathan
40:15 – Headlines: 2015 Oscars, Neill Blomkamp to Direct New Alien Movie, Settlers of Catan Movie, First Photo of Jason Momoa as Aquaman
1:08:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, King of the Hill, Billion Dollar Brain, Pacific Rim, Paddington, The Overnighters, Bulletproof, Virunga
1:45:10 – Junk Mail: Will There Ever Be a Good Video Game Movie?, Steelbooks, Best Buy Exclusive Drive Steelbook, Jay’s Filmmaking Gear
2:09:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:11:24 – Outro

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