Film Junk » Sean Blog and Podcast Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:27:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The New Mutants and Gambit Delayed, Kitty Pryde Movie Might Happen Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:27:54 +0000 newmutantsdelayed

With three movies from the X-Men universe scheduled to hit theatres in 2018, this was shaping up to be the year that Fox was finally ready to go toe-to-toe with Marvel in terms of the sheer number of major comic book movies planned. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be; this week we are hearing that last minute changes will leave their slate a bit more spread out than originally planned. In particular, Josh Boone’s The New Mutants has been pushed back to 2019, leaving just Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on track for this year. The studio has also delayed Gambit, but fans should be pleased to hear that Deadpool 2 will actually be moving up a couple of weeks. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, Fox announced this week that The New Mutants is getting a ten-month delay, moving from April 13th, 2018 all the way to Feb. 22th, 2019. Meanwhile, fresh off the news that Gore Verbinski has dropped out as the director of Gambit, that movie will shift from Feb. 14th, 2019, to June 7th, 2019. (Verbinski is the third director to have left the project after Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt.) Deadpool 2 is moving up to May 18th, where it will debut one week ahead of Solo: A Star Wars Movie.

Word on the street is that the shuffle was partially necessary in order to avoid a conflict in some overseas markets where The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have ended up in theaters at the same time. However, there are also reports that The New Mutants was deemed to be not scary enough and that they want to fully embrace the horror elements after the massive success of last year’s It. Collider is also reporting that Fox is developing a Kitty Pryde movie as one of their last X-Men movies before Disney merger takes effect and that Deadpool director Tim Miller may be involved. Are you looking forward to any of these upcoming Fox comic book movies?

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Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits Trailer Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:41:52 +0000 goldenexits

Coming out of Sundance last year, there seemed to be a bit of buzz surrounding Alex Ross Perry’s latest film, Golden Exits. Given the critical acclaim for his last two films, Listen Up Philip and Queen of Earth, that was perhaps expected and yet one year later the movie is getting a very small and quiet release by Sony. Having watched the trailer, I can kind of guess why: it’s another dark drama that primarily revolves around self-absorbed characters bickering with each other (not unlike Noah Baumbach’s work). I suppose it may not be for everyone, but with a cast that includes Emily Browning, Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny and Adam Horowitz (who also appeared in Baumbach’s While We’re Young), it seems like it will still be worth a look. Golden Exits hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Officially Joins Tarantino’s Next Movie, Al Pacino Also Wanted Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:43:32 +0000 tarantinodicaprio2

Despite all of the recent news surrounding his possible Star Trek movie, Quentin Tarantino is putting his focus back on his next movie, an as-of-yet untitled drama about the summer of 1969 and the Manson Family Murders. Sony picked up the distribution rights a couple of months ago in the scramble to relocate from The Weinstein Company and now they are looking to finalize casting. Although we continue to hear rumours about Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and even Tom Cruise, it looks like the first actor to officially sign on will be Leonardo DiCaprio, who previously played villain Calvin Candie in Django Unchained. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio is now finalizing a deal to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, still currently being referred to as #9 because it is his ninth film. This will be DiCaprio’s first role since his Oscar-winning performance in Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant and it will find him playing a fictional aging TV actor who is trying to break into film. Margot Robbie is still being courted to play Sharon Tate.

Variety is also reporting that Tarantino is interested in Al Pacino for a role in the film as well, although it is unclear what that role might be. He is currently in production on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, but he does not seem to have much else lined up after that so he could potentially be available. Would you like to see Al Pacino work with Quentin Tarantino? Are you excited to see him reunite with Leonardo DiCaprio?

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Trailer Starring Jonah Hill and Joaquin Phoenix Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:28:57 +0000 dontworryhewontgetfar

Although we’re still a few months away from the release of Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes hit You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix, Phoenix has another film debuting at Sundance this month that is also being distributed by Amazon Studios. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is directed by Gus Van Sant and it is based on the memoir by John Callahan, an artist and musician who became a quadriplegic following a car accident. Fortunately, his creative spark and dark sense of humour allowed him to launch a new career as a cartoonist. Jonah Hill co-stars as Callahan’s friend and rehab sponsor, looking eerily similar to Wyatt Russell here. The supporting cast also includes Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Udo Kier, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon. Will this be a return to form for Gus Van Sant? Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot hits select theatres on May 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Jumanji Still King of the Jungle Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:36:07 +0000 boxofficejumanji2

Despite strong openings from a couple of new releases, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle maintained its status at the top of the box office food chain this past weekend, adding another $27 million to its total. The reboot / sequel also opened in China over the weekend and it has now earned $666 million worldwide. Steven Spielberg’s The Post jumped up to second place after a nationwide expansion taking in $18.6 million while the Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter opened in third with a respectable $13.45 million. That’s a lot less than Non-Stop made back in 2014 ($26 million), but more than Run All Night did a year later ($11 million). Insidious: The Last Key and The Greatest Showman rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Paddington 2 and Proud Mary had somewhat lacklustre debuts, opening in 7th and 8th place respectively. Weak marketing and lack of awareness could have been a factor, or also just as likely, simply too much competition.

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $27M
2. The Post — $18.6M
3. The Commuter — $13.5M
4. Insidious: The Last Key — $12.1M
5. The Greatest Showman — $11.8M
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi — $11.3M
7. Paddington 2 — $10.6M
8. Proud Mary — $10M
9. Pitch Perfect 3 — $5.7M
10. Darkest Hour — $4.5M

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Film Junk’s Best and Worst Movies of 2017 Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:30:30 +0000 bestandworst2017

We unveiled our favourite movies of the year earlier this week on the most recent episode of the Film Junk Podcast, but for ease of reference (or for those who can’t be bothered to listen) here is a quick rundown of our picks. Of course, if you want more in-depth discussion, you’ll still need to listen the show. In retrospect, there was a lot of overlap on our lists although only 3 movies were shared between all of our top 10s (which seems to be the norm). Esteemed podcast guest Zak also provided us with his personal top 10 list as well. What were your favourite movies of 2017?

Frank’s Top 10 Movies of 2017


01. Dunkirk
02. The Shape of Water
03. Blade Runner 2049
04. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
05. Logan Lucky
06. The Florida Project
07. Phantom Thread
08. Valerian
09. Split
10. Lady Bird

Frank’s Worst Movies of 2017


1. Baywatch
2. Sandy Wexler
3. The Book of Henry
4. The Circle
5. Transformers: The Last Knight

Jay’s Top 9 Movies of 2017


01. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
02. Phantom Thread
03. Dunkirk
04. Good Time
05. The Florida Project
06. The Shape of Water
07. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
08. Logan
09. The Square

Honourable Mentions: Lady Bird

Sean’s Top 10 Movies of 2017


01. Blade Runner 2049
02. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
03. Logan
04. The Shape of Water
05. Personal Shopper
06. The Florida Project
07. Good Time
08. Phantom Thread
09. Get Out
10. It Comes at Night

Honourable Mentions: Colossal, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, The Meyerowitz Stories, Mudbound, Dunkirk, Atomic Blonde, War for the Planet of the Apes, Thor: Ragnarok, Wind River

Sean’s Top 5 Documentaries of 2017


01. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond
02. The Farthest
03. City of Ghosts
04. Icarus
05. 78/52

Zak’s Top 10 Movies of 2017


01. A Ghost Story
02. The Florida Project
03. The Lost City of Z
04. Blade Runner 2049
05. Lady Bird
06. Detroit
07. Logan
08. Okja
09. War for the Planet of the Apes
10. Nathan For You: Finding Frances

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Summer of ’84 Trailer: An ’80s-Centric Horror Movie from the Directors of Turbo Kid Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:21:18 +0000 summerof84

The success of Stranger Things has pretty much guaranteed that we are going to continue to see ’80s nostalgia served up on screen over the next few years. That being said, some people were doing ’80s-inspired work even before Stranger Things debuted… people like French-Canadian filmmakers Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissel (aka RKSS), who made a fun little film in 2015 called Turbo Kid. Now they are back with their latest film, Summer of ’84, which seems to be a combination of an Amblin adventure film and a slasher film with a little bit of Fright Night thrown in as well. The plot revolves around a group of 15-year-old kids who suspect that their police officer neighbor is actually a serial killer. Summer of ’84 will premiere at Sundance this month but it doesn’t have a release date yet; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New Flight of the Conchords HBO Special Officially Announced Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:02:22 +0000 flightoftheconchords

It’s been almost a decade since Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie opted not to produce a third season of their HBO series Flight of the Conchords, but they have continued to keep themselves busy. Clement co-wrote and directed What We Do in the Shadows with Taika Waititi and starred in movies like Men in Black 3, while McKenzie wrote music for the two most recent Muppet movies and appeared in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well. They have also continued to perform together on occasion while rumours have persisted about a possible Flight of the Conchords movie. During a recent press appearance, Clement hinted that something might finally be happening on that front and now this week HBO has officially confirmed that a new Flight of the Conchords special is coming later this year. It’s not a movie, but it might be the next best thing. Hit the jump for more info.

According to the press release, Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming officially announced this week that a new Flight of the Conchords special is in the works and expected to premiere in May. It will be filmed during upcoming dates on their “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” and will feature them performing songs both new and old. The hour-long special will be directed by Hamish Hamilton, who has previously directed concert films for U2, Jay-Z, Madonna and Rammstein (among others).

Obviously it does not sound like the format will be similar at all to the HBO series; instead this is a much more standard concert film / standup comedy special. That being said, there is still bound to be a little more going on than just standing on stage and playing music. Are you looking forward to a new Flight of the Conchords special?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Commuter, The Post, Paddington 2 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:07:22 +0000 moviesthecommuter

Last weekend Insidious: The Last Key kicked off 2018 as the first wide release of the year, but now this weekend things are getting a little more crowded as we have a pretty solid mix of new additions and expansions. Liam Neeson is back again with The Commuter, his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, while Paddington 2 finally offers family audiences an alternative to Ferdinand. The modern blaxploitation flick Proud Mary starring Taraji P. Henson is also in wide release while Steven Spielberg’s awards contender The Post starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep is also expanding to almost 3000 screens. In limited release, we also have select screenings of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room and the Lebanese film The Insult. What will you be watching this weekend?

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Tully Trailer: Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody Reteam with Charlize Theron Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:57:19 +0000 tully

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Jason Reitman (whose last couple of films weren’t particularly well-received), but he’s back this year with two new movies, one of which finds him reteaming with screenwriter Diablo Cody. The duo obviously had their biggest success with Juno, but their 2011 collaboration Young Adult was a bit darker and more mature. Their latest film is called Tully and seems to be heading down a similar path with Charlize Theron also starring once again. She plays an exhausted mother of three who is gifted a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) by her brother (Mark Duplass) to help out. The first trailer keeps things somewhat mysterious but the movie seems to be about the “unique bond” that they form. Tully hits theatres on April 20th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Trust Trailer: Danny Boyle’s FX Series Goes Deeper on the Getty Kidnapping Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:23:19 +0000 trust

It’s not very often that we get to see two prominent directors take on the same material at almost the exact same time, but that seems to be the case with the upcoming FX series Trust. Directed by Danny Boyle, the show revolves around the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III — which was also the subject of Ridley Scott’s recent movie All the Money in the World. Trust seems to have a slightly different spin on the material, however, exploring the possibility that Getty staged his own kidnapping and also spending a lot more time with Getty Sr. as well. The show stars Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson, Brendan Fraser and Michael Esper and is expected to span multiple seasons, probably further exploring Getty’s rise to fame and fortune. Trust premieres on FX on March 25th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Blumhouse Horror Anthology Series Coming to Hulu Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:46:43 +0000 blumhouse

Anthology TV shows are making a huge comeback as of late, thanks largely to the success of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror but also some recent genre anthology movies as well. In this case, we’re not talking about shows like American Horror Story or Fargo where each season is a new cast and story, we’re talking about the classic anthology format popularized by shows like The Twilight Zone, where each episode is completely standalone. The Twilight Zone itself is set to be revived with the help of Jordan Peele, while reboots of other shows like Tales from the Crypt and Amazing Stories are also in development. Now the highly successful purveyors of low budget horror Blumhouse Productions are getting into the game as well. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Variety, Hulu is teaming up with Blumhouse Television to bring an untitled horror anthology series to their slate of original programs. The show will consist of 12 self-contained stories but what is interesting is that instead of dropping all the episodes at once, they plan to release one per month and promote them all individually. The first episode is expected to premiere this October.

No creative team is attached as of yet, but this seems to make perfect sense for Blumhouse since they are already taking chances on young talent and unique ideas with their feature films. The Blumhouse name alone should be strong enough to sell this series. They also have a TV series in the works based on The Purge films while Hulu is already sort of dabbling in genre anthology stuff with the upcoming Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock. Are you looking forward to a Blumhouse anthology series?

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