Nightwing Movie in the Works at Warner Brothers


Although Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were two of the biggest movies of 2016, both movies were critical disappointments and raised some doubts about the quality of future DC movies on the big screen. The general feeling last year was that Warner Brothers would have to regroup a bit and take a little more care with their upcoming films moving forward. However, that hasn’t really stopped them from putting more and more comic book movies into development. In particular, Batman’s corner of the DC universe is continuing to expand with The Batman, Gotham City Sirens and now a Nightwing movie is in the works too. Hit the jump for more details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Get Out, Collide, Rock Dog


At first glance, it doesn’t seem like The Lego Batman Movie has any significant challengers this weekend at the box office. However, Jordan Peele’s horror flick Get Out seems to be getting fantastic reviews and could be poised to become the second low budget horror flick to break out this year after M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. Other movies in wide release include the long delayed action-thriller Collide starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones and the Chinese-American animated co-production Rock Dog. In select theatres, we also have Bitter Harvest, a Canadian drama about the Ukrainian genocide of the 1930s, and the Oscar-nominated animated film My Life as a Zucchini. What will you be watching this weekend?

Matt Reeves Will Direct The Batman After All


Earlier this month, it was looking like Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) would definitely be taking over the director’s chair on The Batman, but then last week he unexpectedly dropped out of discussions with Warner Brothers. It is possible that it was merely a negotiation tactic or perhaps there was a disagreement and cooler heads ended up prevailing, but either way the folks at Warner Brothers have now turned around and officially confirmed Reeves as the director. However, there still seem to be some conspiracy theories floating around out there about Ben Affleck’s involvement (or lack thereof). Here’s what the official press release has to say about the announcement:

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Next X-Men Movie Might Be the Dark Phoenix Saga, Simon Kinberg Looking to Direct


Last we heard, 20th Century Fox was still mulling over the future of the X-Men movie franchise in the wake of X-Men: Apocalypse, potentially considering another soft reboot of some sort. In the meantime, they’ve been busy setting up several spin-offs and TV shows with Legion currently airing on FX and Bryan Singer set to direct the pilot for another X-Men-related TV series. But then earlier this month, Sophie Turner was interviewed on the red carpet at the BAFTAs where she said they were going to be shooting the next X-Men movie soon. At the time it was unclear if she was referring to the New Mutants movie which is expected to start production in May, but it would appear that she was talking about the true X-Men: Apocalypse sequel after all. Hit the jump for the latest scoop.

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Power Rangers Trailer #3


I have to admit, I haven’t been paying much attention to the marketing for the upcoming Power Rangers movie because I’m slightly outside the target demographic on this one and it just hasn’t really piqued my interest. That being said, I am somewhat curious to find out whether fans of the original show have any interest in this either. It continues to look like a pretty generic CG-fest in my opinion, but nostalgia can always be a powerful draw. The latest (and potentially final) trailer for the film shows off our best look yet at Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, plus Goldar and Alpha 5 (the latter voiced by Bill Hader). Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and hits theatres on March 24th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Watch the Alien: Covenant Prologue Online Right Now


So this is kind of a cool idea. Instead of releasing another new trailer for Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox have decided to give us a five-minute short film that acts as a lead-in to the movie. I guess it’s kind of like releasing the first five minutes of the movie ahead of time, but in this case it won’t actually be in the movie. Directed by Ridley Scott’s son Luke, the short is titled “Prologue: Last Supper” and it introduces us to the crew of the ship and their mission while also hinting that something sinister is in store. Alien: Covenant hits theatres on May 19th; check out the prologue after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk’s 2017 Oscar Pool and Annual Live Chat Details


With all the preparations going on for episode 600, we almost forgot that the Academy Awards are happening this weekend. Although the Oscars are usually long, boring and mostly off base, it’s still a fun time to come together with movie fans and celebrate our love of cinema together. So to help enhance the experience, we’ll be holding our annual Oscar pool and live chat once again this year. Falsk has graciously offered to help set everything up and she has provided more details after the jump.

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J.J. Abrams and Stephen King Announce a Castle Rock TV Series


With big screen versions of The Dark Tower, It and Gerald’s Game coming in 2017, it was already shaping up to be a great year for Stephen King fans. Now this month there is another, potentially even bigger announcement to get excited about: a TV series that brings together much of Stephen King’s work into one connected universe. Throughout his career a large number of his stories have been set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, and now that will serve as the basis for a Hulu original series to be produced by J.J. Abrams. Here’s an overview of how the project is being described:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #600: John Wick: Chapter 2


0:00 – Intro
14:15 – Review: John Wick: Chapter 2
55:25 – The Ultimate Film Junk Fan Trivia Showdown
2:18:15 – Film Junk Re-Review: 600 Movies in 60 Minutes
3:25:00 – Bonus Discussion: Twist Endings
3:56:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
3:59:00 – Outro

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Sam Raimi to Direct Bermuda Triangle Thriller


It’s been almost four years now since Oz the Great and Powerful hit theatres and we still aren’t any closer to finding out what Sam Raimi’s next major project behind the camera will be. Over the past few years he directed two episodes of the short-lived TV series Rake and the pilot for Ash vs. Evil Dead, plus a short film called The Black Ghiandola for the Make a Film Foundation. He has attached himself to numerous upcoming movies including a remake of A Prophet, a futuristic action movie called World War 3 and a heist movie set during a tornado. Now this week he has boarded another intriguing genre movie, but will it end up being his next film? Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Shazam Movie Gets a Director, Matt Reeves Exits Talks for The Batman


There has been a flurry of news recently surrounding the various DC Universe movies scheduled for release in 2018 including Aquaman, The Flash, The Batman and Gotham City Sirens, but there is one other DC project that has remained fairly quiet despite rumours that it might also be coming next year. We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a Shazam movie for quite a while now with Dwayne Johnson attached to star as the villain / anti-hero Black Adam. Just last month it was being reported that Shazam would actually be split into two movies and now this week that first movie is inching closer to reality with a director finally circling the project. Unfortunately, it comes at the same time that The Batman has reportedly lost its new director through the process of negotiation. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: Lego Batman Repeats, A Cure for Wellness Withers Away


It was a fairly slow weekend at the box office, allowing The Lego Batman Movie to swoop in and easily dominate the competition in its second week. The animated movie earned another $34 million, bringing its worldwide total to $179 million. Fifty Shades Darker also remained in second place although it dropped a not insignificant 55% from its opening weekend, pulling in $20.9 million. The Great Wall had the strongest showing of the new releases, debuting in third place with $18.1 million and outperforming expectations despite poor reviews. John Wick: Chapter 2 dropped to fourth while Fist Fight rounded out the top 5 with a $12 million start. Sadly, audiences just didn’t know what to make of Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness, leaving it to bomb in tenth place with just $4.2 million.

1. The Lego Batman Movie — $34M
2. Fifty Shades Darker — $20.9M
3. The Great Wall — $18.1M
4. John Wick: Chapter Two — $16.5M
5. Fist Fight — $12M
6. Hidden Figures — $7.25M
7. Split — $7M
8. A Dog’s Purpose — $5.7M
9. La La Land — $4.5M
10. A Cure for Wellness — $4.2M