New to Theatres This Weekend: American Assassin, mother!, Brad’s Status


With It continuing to dominate multiplexes, most of this weekend’s new releases will likely struggle to get noticed. The biggest new release is the action-thriller American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien, based on the best-selling series of books by Vince Flynn. Darren Aronofsky’s thriller mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence is also in wide release where it is expected to confound mainstream audiences. In select theatres, we also have Brad’s Status starring Ben Stiller and Nicolas Cage’s latest VOD thriller Vengeance: A Love Story. What will you be watching this weekend?

Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World Trailer


Ridley Scott is turning 80 this year but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down as a director. We already got Alien: Covenant back in May and now we’re about to get a second Ridley Scott film just in time for Christmas. All the Money in the World is about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of billionaire Jean Paul Getty in Italy. When Getty Sr. refuses to pay the ransom, the 16-year-old boy’s mother finds herself relying on an ex-CIA agent to help save him. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey and Michelle Williams and Sony seems to be positioning it as a potential awards contender. All the Money in the World hits theatres on Dec. 8th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Red Sparrow Trailer Starring Jennifer Lawrence


This past summer we saw Charlize Theron become a bad ass spy in David Leitch’s Atomic Blonde and now early next year Jennifer Lawrence will get her own potential spy franchise-starter with Red Sparrow. Based on the book by Jason Matthews (who was himself a former CIA agent), the movie stars Lawrence as a Russian ballerina who suffers a career-ending injury and is recruited into the government’s intelligence program. Directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay), this does not seem to be as stylized and violent as Atomic Blonde, putting more focus on the power of seduction instead. Red Sparrow co-stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons and it hits theatres on March 3rd. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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First Official Photos of David Harbour as Hellboy


Ever since it was announced back in May, things have continued to move pretty quickly on the upcoming Hellboy reboot, officially titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. With Neil Marshall (The Descent) attached to direct and David Harbour (Stranger Things) on board to star, several other cast members have also been added recently including Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Professor Broom, Sasha Lane (American Honey) as Alice Monaghan and Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, Lost) as Major Ben Daimio. This week Hellboy creator Mike Mignola also released a first look at David Harbour in character via Twitter and it is a slightly darker take, keeping in line with the film’s R-rating. What do you think of the new Hellboy? Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will hit theatres sometime in 2018; check out the first photos after the jump.

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The Commuter Trailer Starring Liam Neeson


Liam Neeson took a break from his patented brand of action-thrillers in 2016, choosing only to appear in Martin Scorsese’s Silence and A Monster Calls as well as the South Korean war drama Operation Chromite. Fortunately, early next year he will once again reteam with director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, Run All Night) for a movie that looks like… well, Non-Stop on a train instead of a plane. The Commuter finds him playing an insurance salesman who encounters a villanous Vera Farmiga on his way to work and gets pulled into a “psychological experiment” that could mean the difference between life and death for his fellow passengers. The Commuter hits theatres on Jan. 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Disaster Artist Trailer #2


Here’s another movie that debuted at TIFF last night (although a work-in-progress cut already premiered at SXSW back in March): James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Based on Greg Sestero’s memoir about the making of The Room, this movie is directed by and stars Franco as cult filmmaker Tommy Wiseau while his brother Dave plays Sestero. A24 released a teaser trailer back in June but now this week they have unveiled a full trailer that takes us through the formation of Greg and Tommy’s friendship before bringing us behind the scenes of some of The Room‘s most well-known scenes. I’m still not completely sold on Franco’s accent, but overall this looks like a lot of fun and some reviews are saying this is Franco’s best work behind the camera to date. The Disaster Artist hits select theatres on Dec. 1st; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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J.J. Abrams Confirmed for Star Wars: Episode IX (UPDATED)


Update: Due to the change in creative team, Star Wars: Episode IX has also been delayed by half a year to December 20th, 2019 (it was originally scheduled to hit theatres on May 24th, 2019).

Less than a week after announcing that Colin Trevorrow would be stepping down as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Disney and Lucasfilm have secured his successor. Contrary to the original reports, it will not be Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Instead, they have managed to convince J.J. Abrams to return to the director’s chair despite his previous statements that he was not interested in directing another installment. He will also co-write the script as well. The official press release is as follows:

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Alexander Payne’s Downsizing Trailer Starring Matt Damon


Fresh off its premiere at TIFF yesterday evening, Paramount has released the first full trailer for Alexander Payne’s upcoming film Downsizing. This is a high-concept comedy that imagines a near future where scientists have come up with a way to shrink down human beings as a solution for overpopulation. It seems like the kind of wacky premise that someone like Charlie Kaufman could pull off, but based on the trailer I’m not entirely convinced that there is enough substance or comedic potential here to carry it through. I hope I’m proven wrong though. The movie is co-written by Payne’s frequent collaborator Jim Taylor and it is their first movie together since Citizen Ruth that isn’t based on a novel. Downsizing stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Kristen Wiig and it hits theatres on Dec. 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #627: It


0:00 – Intro
9:40 – Review: It
37:00 – Headlines: Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars: Episode IX
45:55 – Retro Reviews: World Trade Center and United 93
1:49:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wind River, The Crimson Kimono, Salem’s Lot, Adaptation, Twin Peaks: The Return Finale, Snatched, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Icarus, Kingsman: The Secret Service
2:05:50 – Junk Mail: Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Porgs, Audiences Cheering During Classic Movies, “Visionary” Directors
2:24:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:31:08 – Outro
2:34:15 – Spoiler Discussion: It

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9 Trailer


It’s been six years since the last season of Curb Your Enthusiasm concluded, and although most people had long since assumed that it was the final season, Larry David has never been one to give people what they expect. The ninth season premieres next month and it will bring back plenty of familiar faces and some new ones too including guest stars Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Nick Offerman (who are playing characters, not versions of themselves). For the most part, though, it looks like we’re in for more of Larry being an ass and just generally “devoid of anything that’s remotely caring or empathetic.” Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 9 premieres on HBO on Sun. Oct. 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: It Delivers Biggest Opening Ever for a Horror Movie


Stephen King is back in a big way. Warner Brothers and New Line’s adaptation of It went above and beyond the already lofty expectations, bringing in an astounding $123.1 million over the weekend. It put up the kinds of numbers usually reserved for comic book movies, destroying the opening weekend record for September and also setting a new record for horror movies in general. Most sources are reporting that Paranormal Activity 3 held the previous record with $52.5 million, but this also easily beats I Am Legend ($77 million) and World War Z ($66 million). It didn’t, however, top the last few Twilight movies, although I don’t think most people would count them as horror movies. Either way, it seems that the fear of clowns, Stranger Things connection and Stephen King nostalgia all combined for a massive windfall even despite the arrival of Hurricane Irma and the first weekend of football. Home Again opened in second place with $9 million, while The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Annabelle: Creation fell to third and fourth respectively. Wind River rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile, 9/11 opened in 32nd place, earning a pitiful $120,500 from 425 screens.

It — $123.1M
Home Again — $9M
The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $4.9M
Annabelle: Creation — $4M
Wind River — $3.2M
Leap! — $2.5M
Spider-Man: Homecoming — $2M
Dunkirk — $2M
Logan Lucky — $1.8M
The Emoji Movie — $1.1M

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Prequel Series Coming to Netflix


With all the recent outrage over the possibility of an origin story for The Joker, I wonder how people will feel about an origin story for another iconic fictional villain. Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) is reportedly in the process of setting up a new TV series called Ratched, a prequel revolving around Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Sarah Paulson is attached to play a younger version of the character made famous by Louise Fletcher in the 1975 film, who also won an Oscar for her performance. The project now has a home at Netflix, who gave it a two-season, 18-episode, straight-to-series order after winning a major bidding war with Hulu and Apple. The plot synopsis is as follows:

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