Marvel is Developing a Shang-Chi Movie

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Following up on the recent news that DC and Warner Brothers are developing a Blue Beetle movie with a Latino lead, this week we are hearing that Marvel is in the process of setting up their first Asian-led superhero flick. They are reportedly developing a solo movie for Shang-Chi, a character created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin that originated from the Kung Fu craze of the ’70s. Clearly both studios are chasing the success of Black Panther and the undeniable response to minority representation in major blockbuster films. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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Captain Marvel Trailer #2

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Although fans are dying to see a trailer for The Avengers: Infinity War 2 (rumoured to be coming later this week), Marvel has decided to release a brand new trailer for Captain Marvel first. The movie stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot turned powerful cosmic superhero who is returning to Earth after years away. The new trailer delves deeper into the Kree-Skull war and showcases a bit more of Captain Marvel’s powers not to mention her killer mohawk battle helmet. The movie is a prequel but also has relevance to the end of Infinity War (whether or not it will directly tie in to the sequel remains to be seen). Captain Marvel co-stars Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Gemma Chan and Djimon Hounsou and it hits theatres on March 8th, 2019. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Kong: Skull Island Director Takes on Console Wars

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It’s been a few years since we heard that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were attached to write and direct a movie based on Blake Harris’ non-fiction book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation. Since then, Rogen and Goldberg have kept themselves extremely busy with movies like The Interview, The Night Before and Sausage Party and TV shows like Preacher, Future Man and the upcoming Amazon series The Boys, but the good news is that Console Wars has not been forgotten. We are hearing that the historical video game tale will soon be coming to the small screen instead with a new director at the helm to see it through. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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The Innocent Man Trailer: John Grisham’s True Crime Bestseller Comes to Netflix

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When Netflix released the new season of Making a Murderer a few months ago, it seemed a bit surprising that they wouldn’t wait for the holidays to try and replicate the word of mouth success of season 1. This week, however, they have unveiled the trailer for another true crime documentary series that will be arriving just in time for some wholesome Christmas family viewing. The Innocent Man is a six-episode series directed by Clay Tweel (Make Believe, Finders Keepers) and based on a non-fiction book written by John Grisham. It revolves around two murders that took place in Ada, Oklahoma in the 1980s and the four men who were convicted of the crimes through somewhat questionable circumstances. The Innocent Man arrives on Netflix on Dec. 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Ralph is on a Roll

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No surprises here but without any significant new competition to shake things up at the box office, the Disney animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet remained in the #1 spot over the weekend. The movie added another $25.8 million domestically and has now earned $206 million worldwide after 12 days. Family audiences also helped The Grinch climb back over Creed II to claim second place in its fourth week of release. Creed II dropped 53% from its impressive debut while Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald remained at #4 and although it has taken in just $135 million domestically, it has amassed $385 million overseas. Bohemian Rhapsody rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, The Possession of Hannah Grace opened at a distant seventh place with just $6.5 million.

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet — $25.8M
2. The Grinch — $17.7M
3. Creed II — $16.8M
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — $11.2M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody — $8.1M
6. Instant Family — $7.2M
7. The Possession of Hannah Grace — $6.5M
8. Robin Hood — $4.7M
9. Widows — $4.4M
10. Green Book — $3.9M

Happy Death Day 2U Trailer

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Christopher Landon’s 2017 film Happy Death Day was a pretty typical Blumhouse hit, turning a decent profit from a minuscule budget. Now just over a year later, Landon’s follow-up is already almost upon us. The original movie took the Groundhog Day time loop concept and applied it to a slasher film premise, and believe it or not, the sequel seemingly pulls the same character right back into that same loop. It almost seems like a joke that they are simply repeating everything again, but at the same, it’s also kind of… clever? That being said, hopefully they add a few new wrinkles as well. Happy Death Day 2U hits theatres on Valentine’s Day; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Possession of Hannah Grace, Anna and the Apocalypse

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Late November / early December is slowly becoming another annual dead zone for new movies and this weekend is no exception. Horror flick The Possession of Hannah Grace is the sole new addition in wide release as the big Thanksgiving releases are expected to keep filling the majority of seats for another week or two. Debuting in select theatres, we also have a few odds and ends including the Scottish horror comedy musical Anna and the Apocalypse, Til Schweiger’s Head Full of Honey and a curious documentary about the underground world of corporate musicals called Bathtubs Over Broadway. What will you be watching this weekend?

Green Book Takes 2018 Top Prize from the National Board of Review

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So far it’s shaping up to be a two movie race at the Oscars this year with Peter Farrelly’s Green Book and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born looking to be the early favourites across most major categories. This week the National Board of Review announced their 2018 winners and it was Green Book that came away with Best Film while A Star is Born took Best Director, Actor, Actress and Supporting Actor. Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk also picked up a couple of awards. It is worth noting that the NBR (a group of New York-based academics, filmmakers and film critics) doesn’t have much overlap with the Academy and often chooses a different Best Picture, so make of that what you will. Check out the full list of winners after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #686: Creed II

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0:00 – Intro
18:20 – Review: Creed II
50:05 – Trailer Trash: The Lion King, Dumbo, Aladdin, Aquaman
1:07:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Border, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Chuck, Peppermint, Avatar, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, The Haunting of Hill House, Maniac, Hoffa, Vintage Tech Hunters
1:36:50 – Outro
1:44:30 – Spoiler Discussion: Creed II

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Sylvester Stallone Not Likely to Return for Creed III

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After such a strong opening weekend for Creed II (the biggest to date for any Rocky-related movie), it doesn’t seem crazy to think that the story will continue with another sequel in the near future. But if it does, it sounds like Adonis Creed may have to move on without Rocky Balboa in his corner. Sylvester Stallone has posted a video to Instagram this week announcing that this movie will be his “last rodeo” and that he is essentially retiring the Rocky Balboa character. Here’s what he had to say:

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Live-Action Cowboy Bebop TV Series Coming to Netflix

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Earlier this week Netflix announced that they would be expanding their anime library in 2019 with the addition of some classic shows including Neon Genesis Evangelion. But they also had another big surprise in store for anime fans, one that is sure to be somewhat divisive: they are developing a live-action series based on Shinichiro Watanabe’s highly influential 1998 series Cowboy Bebop. A live-action movie had been talked about for years with Keanu Reeves once rumoured for the lead role, but budget issues supposedly killed it. Hit the jump to find out what we know about the new adaptation.

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Candyman Sequel Gets a Director, Jordan Peele to Produce

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Following up on rumours that surfaced a few months ago, it looks like MGM is indeed reviving the Candyman franchise with the help of Jordan Peele. This week they announced that a new movie is in the works and Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct from a script by Peele and his producing partner Win Rosenfeld. They are being careful not to call it a remake or reboot, instead referring to it as a “spiritual sequel” that will return to the Cabrini-Green housing project area of Chicago which has since been demolished and redeveloped. Peele had this to say about the project:

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