Film Junk Podcast Episode #679: Venom

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0:00 – Intro
21:50 – Review: Venom
58:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: A Star Is Born, Blood Hook, Ironclad, Open Windows, Unfriended: Dark Web, The Descent, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Haunters: The Art of the Scare, Gene’s Movie Reviews: Trailer Reaction Videos
1:43:05 – Outro
1:44:20 – Spoiler Discussion: Venom

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James Gunn in Talks to Write and Possibly Direct Suicide Squad 2

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In the months since James Gunn was fired as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for writing recently resurfaced offensive tweets, cast members and fans have called for Disney to consider giving him another chance. Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that the family-friendly studio simply cannot afford to reinstate someone who has publicly joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. From what we’re hearing, they may still use the majority of his script for Guardians Vol. 3 and that is about the best he can hope for. In the meantime, however, Gunn is having no trouble finding work elsewhere and this week we are hearing that Warner Brothers has jumped on the opportunity to soak up some of Marvel’s creative juices, so to speak. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Making a Murderer: Part 2 Trailer

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It has been almost three years since Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix and brought worldwide attention to the trial of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the murder of Teresa Halbach. The show sparked a lot of outrage and controversy, but in the wake of their conviction a new lawyer has stepped in to try and exonerate the defendants. Meanwhile, their families have had to deal with the media attention and the emotional aftermath. Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos once again returned to Manitowoc County, Wisconsin to document the next chapter in this continuing saga, although it is hard to imagine the next 10 episodes being equally as compelling as the first. Making a Murderer: Part 2 arrives on Netflix on Oct. 19th; check out the official trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Aquaman NYCC Extended Trailer

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Attendees at New York Comic Con over the weekend got a first look at a handful of upcoming TV shows and movies including the new Hellboy, and although that trailer hasn’t been released online (yet), Warner Brothers did drop a brand new trailer for James Wan’s Aquaman. It is a pretty lengthy one (five minutes to be exact), offering up a much better sense of the movie’s tone while showcasing an impressive chase sequence and somewhat unique sci-fi / fantasy visuals. It also features a better look at Black Manta and even a glimpse of Jason Momoa in the classic Aquaman colours, which is a bit of a surprise. Aquaman co-stars Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Djimon Hounsou and Dolph Lundgren and it hits theatres on Dec. 21st. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Venom is Venomenal

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We are all Venom. Venom defied expectations and negative reviews over the weekend to set a new record for the month of October, successfully launching Sony’s Spider-Verse on the big screen. The movie earned a staggering $80 million, destroying the $55.7 million opening weekend record previously held by Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity… all without the help of Spider-Man himself. I’m not entirely sure what the takeaway is here, but clearly critics were a non-factor and comic book movies are still the safest bet you can make in Hollywood right now. Elsewhere, A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga also opened strong, pulling in $41.3 million and setting the stage for a strong run in the coming weeks based on positive word of mouth. The animated film Smallfoot fell to third place followed by Night School. The House with a Clock in Its Walls rounded out the top 5.

1. Venom — $80M
2. A Star Is Born — $41.3M
3. Smallfoot — $14.9M
4. Night School — $12.3M
5. The House with a Clock in Its Walls — $7.3M
6. A Simple Favor — $3.4M
7. The Nun — $2.6M
8. Hell Fest — $2.1M
9. Crazy Rich Asians — $2.1M
10. The Predator — $0.9M

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule Trailer

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Clint Eastwood continues to be one of the most prolific directors working today, having put out essentially a movie a year for the past few decades now. This year he has already released The 15:17 to Paris, but just in time for awards season he has a second project hitting theatres as well. The Mule finds him back in a starring role in one of his own films for the first time since 2008’s Gran Torino and there is speculation that it could be his last. Based on the true story of an 80-year-old WWII veteran who becomes a drug runner for a Mexican cartel, the movie co-stars Bradley Cooper along with Taissa Farmiga, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne, Clifton Collins Jr. and Dianne Wiest. The Mule hits theatres on Dec. 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Venom, A Star is Born, The Hate U Give

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October kicks off with the release of the first comic book movie to hit theatres since the summer: Venom starring Tom Hardy. It’s a bigger movie than anything released in September although the lack of an actual superhero and mostly negative reviews just might pull it down a bit. Also debuting in wide release is the Bradley Cooper / Lady Gaga vehicle A Star is Born which could be a serious threat to Venom with all the positive buzz surrounding it. In limited release, we also have the acclaimed YA adaptation The Hate U Give and the latest in a long line of Pablo Escobar flicks, Loving Pablo starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. What will you be watching this weekend?

Jon Favreau’s Star Wars TV Series Title and Premise Revealed (UPDATED)

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Update: StarWars.com has also released the first official photo from the show and a list of additional directors that includes Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).

Last weekend we heard whispers that Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was about to start production after a batch of set photos surfaced online. Now this week Favreau has finally lifted the veil of silence surrounding the show by revealing what it is called and what it will be about. According to an image posted to Instagram and Facebook, the show is officially titled The Mandalorian, referring to Boba Fett and Jango Fett’s warrior race. The story will not, however, revolve around the Fetts themselves:

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Chronicles of Narnia TV Series and New Movies Coming to Netflix

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It seems crazy that in an age where franchises are king, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series has been all but squandered on the big screen. Disney co-produced two movies with Walden Media in the 2000s (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian) but bailed after that and left Walden Media to attempt The Voyage of the Dawn Treader all on their own. That was eight years ago and since then The Mark Gordon Company acquired the rights and announced tentative plans for Joe Johnston to adapt the sixth book in the series, The Silver Chair. This week, however, Netflix announced that they stepping in to essentially reboot the entire franchise with both a TV show and a new series of movies. Mark Gordon remains on board as a producer and had this to say about the announcement:

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Dance Dance Revolution Movie in the Works

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It has been 20 years since Konami released the original Dance Dance Revolution, the rhythm / dance game that went on to become an arcade phenomenon around the world. But after all this time, despite its popularity, DDR has never really branched out into other media. So obviously it’s high time someone gave fans the DDR movie they’ve all been waiting for. Former Warner Bros president Greg Silverman is stepping in to do exactly that with his new production company Stampede Ventures. Hit the jump for more details.

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Vice Trailer: Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Biopic Starring Christian Bale

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Although Will Ferrell has Holmes and Watson coming out this holiday season, his buddy Adam McKay is putting the finishing touches a very different movie for Annapurna Pictures. Vice finds him following up on his Oscar-nominated film The Big Short with another potential awards contender, once again applying his comedic skills to politics in the form of a satirical Dick Cheney biopic. Christian Bale transforms himself to become Vice President Cheney while Amy Adams plays his wife Lynne, Sam Rockwell plays George W. Bush and Steve Carell plays Donald Rumsfeld. It’s hard not to be reminded of Oliver Stone’s W., but something tells me this one is going to be a lot more savage. Vice hits theatres on Christmas Day; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #678: Hold The Dark

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0:00 – Intro: Sinemia Update
21:40 – Review: Hold the Dark
45:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Uncle Drew, American Psycho, Have a Nice Day, True Romance, Brainscan, Ozark, Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Tingler, Halloween (1978), Sugar Rush
1:12:40 – Junk Mail: Jay’s Little White Rollercoaster Lie
1:33:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:34:55 – Outro
1:38:45 – Spoiler Discussion: Hold the Dark

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