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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Bourne Spin-Off TV Series in the Works

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After the somewhat lacklustre response to Jason Bourne in 2016, the future of the Bourne franchise has remained uncertain. Producer Frank Marshall initially seemed optimistic about setting up another sequel with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, but last year Damon himself was less hopeful. Justin Lin was also once attached to direct a follow-up to The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner, but that is also pretty much dead. This week, however, we are hearing that Bourne might be resurrected in a different format. A Bourne-related TV series called Treadstone is in development at the USA Network and the basic synopsis is as follows:

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James McAvoy and Bill Hader in Talks for It: Chapter 2

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Last year It became the highest grossing horror movie of all time, earning an incredible $700 million worldwide. As many people know, however, the movie only covered the first half of Stephen King’s novel and a sequel focusing on the main characters as adults has always been a part of the plan. Warner Brothers is eager to get this on the big screen as soon as possible and now this week they are reportedly in the process of nailing down a cast. It was previously reported that Jessica Chastain was in talks to play the grown-up Beverly and now there are two more big names on the verge of signing on. Hit the jump for more info.

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The Incredibles 2 Trailer #2

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Here is the latest trailer for Pixar’s upcoming animated sequel The Incredibles 2, once again written and directed by Brad Bird. The movie picks up immediately where the first film left off, but as you would probably expect, the villain introduced at the end of the The Incredibles (The Underminer) is not the only villain in the new movie. This trailer offers our first look at a mysterious new foe, who is apparently named Screenslaver. Of course, it also showcases a lot more family-related trials and tribulations and some slick-looking action sequences as well. The Incredibles 2 hits theatres on June 15th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Rampage, Truth or Dare, Borg vs. McEnroe

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After the insane success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Dwayne Johnson’s latest blockbuster arrives in theatres this weekend with slightly lowered expectations. Rampage is, after all, just a video game adaptation and reviews aren’t looking so great, which means A Quiet Place could definitely repeat at #1. Being that it is Friday the 13th, we also have another horror movie in wide release with the Blumhouse thriller Truth or Dare. Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is also going wide this weekend and other new arrivals include the Jon Hamm / Rosamund Pike spy thriller Beirut and the animated film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. In select theatres, we also have the tennis drama Borg vs McEnroe starring Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason. What will you be watching this weekend?

Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes No Longer Producing Horror Remakes

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With the success of A Quiet Place this past weekend, yet another modestly budgeted horror movie has stepped up to compete with the bigger budget blockbusters that usually tend to dominate the box office. Although some might dismiss it as a fluke occurrence or the result of a great marketing campaign, this is a trend has been growing over the past couple of years. The horror genre is one of the few places where original stories are succeeding on the big screen right now and believe it or not, some studio execs are actually taking notice. Case in point: Platinum Dunes have stated that moving forward they will be ditching remakes in favour of original IPs. Platinum Dunes co-founders Andrew Form and Brad Fuller recently had this to say:

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American Animals Trailer: A Heist Movie from the Director of The Imposter

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After making a name for himself with his innovative documentary work (including the acclaimed 2012 film The Imposter), Bart Layton is now making the transition to narrative features while still blurring the line between fact and fiction. American Animals is a heist movie based on the true story of four students from Kentucky’s Transylvania University who attempt to pilfer rare books from their school (dubbed the “Transy Book Heist”). They supposedly based their plan partially from repeat viewings of Hollywood heist flicks, but if that wasn’t meta enough, the movie also intercuts interviews with the real kids who were involved. With a cast that includes Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some!!) and Udo Kier, this earned rave reviews at Sundance and SXSW earlier this year. American Animals hits select theatres on June 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #655: Ready Player One and Isle of Dogs

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0:00 – Intro
9:50 – Review: Ready Player One
1:07:25 – Review: Isle of Dogs
1:35:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wild Wild Country, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Director and the Jedi, Roseanne, The Sugarland Express, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, The Endless
2:31:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:34:50 – Outro
2:37:47 – Spoiler Discussion: Ready Player One

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Damian Lewis to Play Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in Run This Town

In one of the strangest movie-related news stories to come out this week, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford is apparently getting the Hollywood biopic treatment and the man who will play him is none other than Homeland star Damian Lewis. Lewis is being fitted with extensive prosthetics in order to pull it off. Ford is best known for his outspoken public persona and for becoming embroiled in a major scandal in 2014 when a video surfaced of him smoking crack cocaine. He was diagnosed with cancer soon afterward and passed away in 2016. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Meg Trailer Starring Jason Statham

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Believe it or not, after floating through a couple decades of development hell, giant shark movie The Meg is finally about to surface in theatres this summer. Based on the novel by Steve Alton, the project has been through a handful of directors over the years including Guillermo Del Toro and Eli Roth, only to end up with National Treasure director Jon Turtletaub. Go figure. With the success of recent shark movies like The Shallows and 47 Meters Down, this has the potential to be a big hit, but based on the trailer it also feels like the big bloated studio version of something that should be small and sleek. Then again, it’s hard to resist the basic draw of Jason Statham taking on a giant shark. The Meg co-stars Bingbing Li, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Jessica McNamee and Cliff Curtis and it hits theatres on Aug. 10th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Future World Trailer Starring James Franco and Milla Jovovich

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Leave it to James Franco to come up with the weirdest, most unexpected follow up to his Oscar-nominated film The Disaster Artist. His next movie behind the camera (and in front of it) is a low rent Mad Max rip-off called Future World. The movie stars Suki Waterhouse as a “robot sex companion-assassin” in search of her soul who crosses paths with a prince (Jeffrey Wahlberg) who is in search of medicine to save his ailing mother (Lucy Liu). Milla Jovovich, Snoop Dogg and Method Man also co-star. There has been no shortage of post-apocalyptic clones over the years, but this still looks like must-see VOD trash. Future World is co-directed by cinematographer Bruce Thierry Cheung and it hits select theaters and VOD on May 25th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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