Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Final Trailer

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Universal has just released one more trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom prior to its release in June and this one fully reveals a brand new dino threat, apparently named Indoraptor. It also showcases a fair number of scenes that seem to take place off the island, despite the fact that the initial premise involves Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) trying to rescue the dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar. Of course, there’s still an evil corporate conspiracy to thwart and Jeff Goldblum shows up for at least one scene. If Jurassic World was a loose remake of the original Jurassic Park, it seems pretty clear that this one is following many of the same beats as The Lost World. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls, The Impossible) and hits theatres on June 22nd. Check out the final trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Staircase True Crime Series Coming to Netflix with New Episodes

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Over a decade before Making a Murderer and The Jinx sparked the current true crime documentary craze, Academy Award-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade brought us the gripping non-fiction mini-series The Staircase. Released in 2005 on The Sundance Channel, the eight-episode series covered the trial of Michael Peterson, a writer and columnist who was accused of murdering his wife by pushing her down a staircase. The show still really has not been topped in terms of access and the sheer number of twists in the case, but up until now it has been difficult to track down (legally, anyway). Netflix is about to rectify that situation by releasing the original series along with some brand new episodes as well. Hit the jump for more info.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #656: A Quiet Place

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0:00 – Intro
7:05 – Review: A Quiet Place
25:40 – Score Bits
1:25:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Great Silence, Charade, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Lost in Space (2018)
1:36:40 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:39:20 – Outro
1:42:25 – Spoiler Discussion: A Quiet Place

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Steven Spielberg to Tackle DC Comics Adaptation Blackhawk

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Following up on the success of Ready Player One, it looks like Steven Spielberg will be continuing his collaboration with Warner Brothers in a somewhat unexpected way. It was announced this week that he is developing his very first comic book movie with them and, believe it or not, it will be based on a DC property. No, he isn’t directing The Flash or the next Green Lantern movie, but rather a movie based on the Golden Age comic Blackhawk. The comic revolved around a team of WWII-era pilots called The Blackhawk Squadron led by a mysterious man known as Blackhawk, and debuted with Quality Comics in the early ’40s before eventually being acquired by DC in 1957. Spielberg had this to say about the announcement:

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Three Identical Strangers Trailer: Award-Winning Sundance Documentary is Strange But True

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There are some documentaries that become must-see material based entirely on the strength of the story alone, and from what we are hearing, Three Identical Strangers is one of those movies. The documentary explores the incredible true story of three identical twins who accidentally stumble across each other’s existence, only to have things get even more shocking as they delve into their past. The movie won a Special Jury Award for Storytelling at Sundance earlier this year and now Neon will bring it outside the festival circuit this summer. Directed by BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Tim Wardle, Three Identical Strangers hits select theatres on June 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Harley Quinn / Birds of Prey Movie Gets a Director

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Once again this week we are getting evidence that Warner Brothers simply cannot decide what they want to do with the DC Universe. Following the success of Suicide Squad a couple of years ago, we heard that there would be both a direct sequel to that movie and a Harley Quinn-centric spin-off called Gotham City Sirens. Over time, several other Batman-related movies were being announced as possibilities including a Nightwing movie, a Batgirl movie, a Joker prequel (produced by Martin Scorsese), and a Harley Quinn / Joker spin-off (not to mention the next Batman solo movie, assuming that is still a thing). Now this week it looks as though a handful of those projects are off the table as Harley Quinn will reportedly be featured as the villain of a Birds of Prey movie instead. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Future Mad Max Sequels Blocked by Lawsuit

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If you’ve been wondering what’s happening with the proposed Mad Max sequels that George Miller has been teasing ever since Fury Road was released, well unfortunately the answer is… not much. We are hearing this week that the projects are being held up by an ongoing lawsuit between George Miller’s production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell and Warner Brothers. The main point of contention seems to be a debate over whether Mad Max: Fury Road came in under budget, which would entitle the production company to a $7 million bonus. Miller claims that the budget came in at $154.6 million, just under the agreed upon $157 million, while the studio says it was closer to $185 million. Other claims filed against the studio include the following:

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Hotel Artemis Trailer: A Sci-Fi Thriller from the Writer of Iron Man 3

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Drew Pearce, creator of the TV show No Heroics and co-writer of Iron Man 3, seems to have assembled a pretty impressive cast for his directorial debut. That being said, whether he is putting that cast to good use might be up for debate. Hotel Artemis looks to be an intentionally campy action thriller that takes place in 2028 Los Angeles against the backdrop of the most violent riot in California history. Jodie Foster plays “The Nurse”, a mysterious character who runs a secret hospital for criminals that sort of seems to resemble The Continental from John Wick. While the actual plot remains somewhat unclear, ithe movie features an eclectic collection of recognizable faces that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista, Jeff Goldblum, Charlie Day, Jenny Slate and Zachary Quinto. It looks like something that you would expect to debut on Netflix, but believe it or not it appears to be getting a wide release. Hotel Artemis hits theatres on June 8th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Mary Shelley Trailer Starring Elle Fanning

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We’ve seen many adaptations of the Mary Shelley classic Frankenstein over the years, including some wackier recent takes on the story like I, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein and The Frankenstein Chronicles. Now this summer we are getting a movie about the life of Mary Shelley and the true story behind the creation of Frankenstein’s monster. Elle Fanning plays Shelley (nee Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin), who falls in love with poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth) as a teenager. After experiencing a personal tragedy, she channels that pain into a dark and horrific tale that would make her a world famous writer and, eventually, a feminist icon. Mary Shelley is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda) and co-stars Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt and Stephen Dillane. The movie hits select theatres on May 25th and VOD on June 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Rampage Roars, A Quiet Place Keeps it Close

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It was a close race but ultimately Dwayne Johnson came away with a win as Rampage held off A Quiet Place to take the top spot at the box office. Rampage opened with an estimated $34.5 million, $20 million less than his previous collaboration with director Brad Peyton (San Andreas) which debuted to $54 million back in 2015. It is, however, pretty close to what Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made in its opening weekend, although that movie was going up against Star Wars: The Last Jedi and continued to make money for the next three months. Rampage will definitely not be sticking around that long. A Quiet Place had a strong second weekend, adding $32.6 million to bring its current worldwide total to $150 million, while Truth or Dare also had a solid start with $19.1 million. Ready Player One and Blockers rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs jumped up to seventh place after a major expansion and Black Panther finally fell out of the top 5 as we prepare for The Avengers: Infinity War in two weeks.

1. Rampage — $34.5M
2. A Quiet Place — $32.6M
3. Truth or Dare — $19.1M
4. Ready Player One — $11.2M
5. Blockers — $10.3M
6. Black Panther — $5.3M
7. Isle of Dogs — $5M
8. I Can Only Imagine — $3.8M
9. Acrimony — $3.7M
10. Chappaquiddick — $3M

Ball Junk Podcast Episode #30: Andre the Giant Documentary and 2018 NBA Playoffs

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As ‘Captain’ Lou Albano once said: “He’s the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Wonder of the World!” It’s Andre the Giant and he’s the subject of a new HBO documentary. On Episode 30 of the Ball Junk Podcast, the Gasman and Frankie Knuckles sit down and give our review. What’s good? What’s bad? Who’s the real star, brother? We also dive deep into the NBA Playoffs and give our predictions on Round 1 and beyond. We briefly chat the NHL Playoffs, WrestleMania, answer your Sack Time questions and good ol’ Frankie gets the Gas Pedal. Download and subscribe to the Ball Junk Podcast on iTunes or listen right here! ‘Heeey Bossss!’. Balls!

0:00:00 – Intro
0:10:00 – Movie Review: Andre the Giant
0:31:40 – MLB Discussion
0:37:05 – NHL Discussion
0:43:45 – NBA Discussion
1:11:10 – Wrestlemania Discussion
1:19:00 – Sack Time
1:33:00 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Milos Forman 1932-2018

Some sad news to report this weekend as we are hearing that legendary director Milos Forman has passed away. His agent confirmed that he had died at a hospital in Danbury, Conn. yesterday, although the cause of death was not made public. Forman is best known for directing the Oscar-winning movies One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus although his career spanned almost 50 years. He was 86 years old.

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