Film Junk » Sean http://filmjunk.com Blog and Podcast Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.24 Triple Frontier Trailer Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac and Charlie Hunnam http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/10/triple-frontier-trailer-starring-ben-affleck-oscar-isaac-and-charlie-hunnam/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/10/triple-frontier-trailer-starring-ben-affleck-oscar-isaac-and-charlie-hunnam/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:50:04 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162623 triplefrontier

Netflix is continuing to recruit some pretty respected filmmakers to bring original material to the streaming service and this week we have our first look at a Netflix Original coming from director J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, A Most Violent Year) and screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty). The movie is called Triple Frontier and it revolves around a group of former Special Forces operatives who go rogue to pull off a heist from a South American drug lord. They are no doubt hoping this will appeal to the Narcos crowd, but with a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal, it seems like a pretty high profile release for Netflix. Triple Frontier will arrive sometime in March; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer #2 http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/10/godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-trailer-2/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/10/godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-trailer-2/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:07:56 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162646 godzillakingtrailer2a

This week Legendary and Warner Brothers have released a brand new trailer for their upcoming Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. As you are probably aware, the movie adds three new “titans” to the mix with Godzilla facing off against classic foes Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan. Unlike the first trailer, there is a lot more kaiju action to marvel at here (at least enough to get fans excited anyway). Despite the solid cast that includes Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Thomas Middleditch, Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., we all know who the real stars are here. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus) and it hits theatres on May 31st. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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James Gunn’s BrightBurn Trailer: Superman Meets The Omen http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/10/james-gunns-brightburn-trailer-superman-meets-the-omen/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/10/james-gunns-brightburn-trailer-superman-meets-the-omen/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:29:28 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162621 brightburn

Although James Gunn was forced to step down as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be staying away from comic book movies anytime soon. Earlier this year we heard he was writing Suicide Squad 2 and now over the weekend Sony has unveiled the first trailer for an original James Gunn-produced project called BrightBurn. Directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and written by Mark and Brian Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), it unofficially reimagines the Superman story from a horror perspective, asking what would happen if an alien kid crash-landed on Earth and grew up to become an extremely powerful malevolent force. Truth be told, I’m not sure how this will be different from the many other evil children horror flicks out there, but the high concept is just unique enough to feel fresh. BrightBurn stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denham and Jackson A. Dunn and it hits theatres on May 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Ralph Stays on Top in Second-Lowest Weekend of the Year http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/10/monday-morning-box-office-report-ralph-stays-on-top-in-second-lowest-weekend-of-the-year/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/10/monday-morning-box-office-report-ralph-stays-on-top-in-second-lowest-weekend-of-the-year/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:50:33 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162618 boxofficeralph3

In a somewhat low key repeat of the previous weekend, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet remained at the top of the box office for the third weekend in a row. The movie added another $16.1 million domestically and $18 million internationally hitting a worldwide total of $258 million. The Grinch was right behind with $15.2 million and has now earned $322 million over its first month of release. Creed II once again stayed in third followed by Fantastic Beasts 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody. The only real difference in the entire top 10 was that The Possession of Hannah Grace dropped a few spots while Green Book jumped up a few. Meanwhile, overseas Aquaman opened in China with a staggering $93 million. Will it be able to repeat that success elsewhere?

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet — $16.1M
2. The Grinch — $15.2M
3. Creed II — $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody — $6.0M
6. Instant Family — $5.6M
7. Green Book — $3.9M
8. Robin Hood — $3.6M
9. The Possession of Hannah Grace — $3.2M
10. Widows — $3.1M

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Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscar Host http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/07/kevin-hart-steps-down-as-oscar-host/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/07/kevin-hart-steps-down-as-oscar-host/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:05:10 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162587 kevinhartstepsdown

Well that didn’t take long. Less than two days after Kevin Hart officially confirmed that he would be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards, he has already stepped down. It all has to do with controversial tweets from his past (an increasingly common occurrence) that appear to be anti-gay and make use of homophobic language. Hart was supposedly offered the opportunity to apologize for these comments, but instead he chose to drop out as Oscar host. He made the announcement last night on Instagram:


It’s all a bit strange considering that he did sort of apologize in the end, he just chose to do it on his own terms. However, he took a while to get there, which is not really endearing him to his critics. Perhaps his decision is for the best considering that the controversy would probably have continued to follow him either way. Now the Academy is heading back to the drawing board to find a new host. Who would you like to see host the Oscars?

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The Avengers 4 Trailer http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/07/the-avengers-4-trailer/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/07/the-avengers-4-trailer/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:42:15 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162598 avengers4trailer

After months of waiting, Marvel has finally broken the silence surrounding the next Avengers movie and debuted the very first trailer. Yes, the movie does have an official title but since this is a “secret” people seem to be protecting I won’t explicitly mention it here. (Feel free to discuss it in the comments.) If we’re being honest, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about other than that, but we do get a look at a couple of major characters who were notably absent from The Avengers: Infinity War. Either way I suppose it looks suitably grim. The Avengers 4 hits theatres on April 26th May 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Schindler’s List, Vox Lux, Mary Queen of Scots http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/07/new-to-theatres-this-weekend-schindlers-list-vox-lux-mary-queen-of-scots/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/07/new-to-theatres-this-weekend-schindlers-list-vox-lux-mary-queen-of-scots/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:34:17 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162583 moviesschindlerslist

It’s another week without any major releases hitting theatres and, in fact, the re-release of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar winner Schindler’s List is the only thing debuting on more than a handful of screens. That being said, Paramount wisely decided to take advantage of the lack of competition and is offering early screenings of Bumblebee in select theatres on Sat. Dec. 8th. In limited release, we also have the well-received Natalie Portman film Vox Lux hitting theatres along with period drama Mary Queen of Scots starring Saiorse Ronan and Margot Robbie and Ben Is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges. If you plan on staying home, there’s always Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle which also arrives on Netflix today. What will you be watching this weekend?

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Resident Evil Reboot Gets a Director http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/06/resident-evil-reboot-gets-a-director/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/06/resident-evil-reboot-gets-a-director/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:01:27 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162560 residentevilreboot

It’s been less than two years since Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit theatres but, believe it or not, a full blown reboot of the franchise has been in the works for over a year. On the one hand it feels a little too soon to completely reset the series and yet on the other it is easy to see why a fresh new creative direction would be welcome. Last we heard, James Wan had signed on to produce the new movie but it did not sound likely that he would direct. Now this week they have officially announced a director who, much like Wan, comes from a horror background. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Variety, British director Johannes Roberts will direct a new Resident Evil movie for Constantin Film. Roberts is probably best known for the shark thriller 47 Meters Down, which was plucked from VOD purgatory to get a theatrical release after it turned out better than expected. He also recently helmed The Strangers: Prey at Night and The Other Side of the Door.

The reboot will feature a brand new cast but at the moment we still don’t know what kind of approach it might take. Although the previous six films starring Milla Jovovich have done quite well (particularly overseas), fans of the Resident Evil video games have long complained that the movies bear little resemblance to the games. The hiring of Johannes Roberts might be an indication that they will go with less action and more straightforward horror but that might not sell as well to an international audience. Are you interested in a Resident Evil reboot?

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2019 Golden Globe Nominees Announced http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/06/2019-golden-globe-nominees-announced/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/06/2019-golden-globe-nominees-announced/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:24:14 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162562 goldenglobes2019

Following up on yesterday’s announcement that Kevin Hart would be hosting the Oscars, the Golden Globes also revealed their 2019 host… or in this case, hosts. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh are teaming up to host the show after showcasing some chemistry together presenting an award at the Emmys earlier this year. The Golden Globe nominations were also unveiled this morning with Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic Vice surprisingly leading the pack. That movie received a total of six nominations while A Star Is Born, The Favourite and Green Book picked up three apiece. Black Panther was also in the mix for Best Motion Picture – Drama while First Man and Widows were mostly ignored (the latter completely). It’s hard to say how much the Globes help predict the Oscars, but at the very least it seems safe to say that Vice is now a major contender. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know what you think.


Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans”
“Bodyguard”
“Homecoming”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” (HBO)
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“Kidding” (Showtime)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

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The Standoff at Sparrow Creek Trailer http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/05/the-standoff-at-sparrow-creek-trailer/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/05/the-standoff-at-sparrow-creek-trailer/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:05:42 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162539 standoffatsparrowcreek

After earning solid reviews at TIFF and Fantastic Fest, Henry Dunham’s directorial debut The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is getting a release courtesy of RLJE Films next month. The movie is a tense thriller that takes place almost entirely inside an empty warehouse (yes, Reservoir Dogs is definitely a reference point) and revolves around a local militia group trying to determine who among them might have been responsible for a shooting at a police funeral. I saw the movie at TIFF and wasn’t completely taken by it although I certainly appreciated the attempt. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek stars James Badge Dale and it hits select theatres and VOD on Jan. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Kevin Hart to Host the 2019 Academy Awards http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/05/kevin-hart-to-host-the-2019-academy-awards/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/05/kevin-hart-to-host-the-2019-academy-awards/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:54:01 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162537 kevinhartoscars

Update: Just two days later, Kevin Hart has stepped down as the 2019 Oscar host.

After hosting the Academy Awards for the past two years and presiding over one of the biggest mishaps in Oscar history, Jimmy Kimmel made it known that he would not likely be returning to host the show for a third time. Although people can obviously change their minds on such matters, this week we can authoritatively say that Kimmel will not be back. In his place, Kevin Hart is stepping up to emcee the event for the first time in his career. He confirmed the rumours last night via Instagram:


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For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars

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It is a welcome move by the Academy, especially in light of the continuing debate over diversity at the Oscars, but it’s also a smart one considering that Hart is one of the biggest comedians working today. I have no doubt that he will bring in new viewers just based on his presence alone. However, Hart also has an insanely packed schedule; among his upcoming projects is the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which is expected to start production early next year. Do you think Kevin Hart is a great choice to host the Oscars?

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #687: Widows http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/05/film-junk-podcast-episode-687-widows/ http://filmjunk.com/2018/12/05/film-junk-podcast-episode-687-widows/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2018 05:24:19 +0000 http://filmjunk.com/?p=162531 podcast687

0:00 – Intro: Old Man Medical Updates
15:45 – Review: Widows
56:28 – Headlines: Captain Marvel Trailer, Netflix Cancels Daredevil
1:20:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: Searching, Hereditary, Leave No Trace, Cam, Maniac, The Little Drummer Girl, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Overlord, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
2:17:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:18:50 – Outro
2:28:00 – Spoiler Discussion: Widows

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