Spike Lee Circling Sony’s Nightwatch Movie


Although the jury is still out on the upcoming Venom movie starring Tom Hardy (the first trailer was a bit of a wet noodle), Sony is continuing to set up several other spin-off movies set in the Spider-Man universe. In addition to Venom, they’ve already announced a Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up called Silver & Black as well as a Morbius the Living Vampire movie. Now this week they are developing another movie based on a lesser known Spider-Man ally and they’ve got a pretty well-known director interested in taking the helm. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade Trailer


So here’s another potential breakout hit from Sundance 2018: a coming-of-age dramedy written and directed by Bo Burnham called Eighth Grade. The movie stars newcomer Elsie Fisher as a quiet eighth-grader who struggles with feeling invisible as she tries to navigate her last school year before entering high school. As you would expect from a modern portrait of adolescence, YouTube and social media play a major role in the movie as well. Although I wouldn’t necessarily expect a comedian like Burnham to present a story like this without going for cheap laughs, by all accounts the movie is honest, emotional and real. A24 will release it in select theatres on July 13th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #651: The Dark Crystal


0:00 – Intro
15:15 – Retro Review: The Dark Crystal
57:50 – Headlines: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer
1:06:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Derren Brown: The Push (SPOILERS start at 1:19:50 and end at 1:36:10), O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession, Voyeur, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, Atlanta Monster, Love: Season 3, United 93, Serpico, Stop Making Sense
1:59:00 – Junk Mail: Eli Roth vs. James Wan, Hans Zimmer’s Wal-Mart Commercial, Predicting Ready Player One Box Office + Tarantino Collaborations, Most Influential Films of the Past 20 Years, Surround Sound System Tips, Toronto Drive-In Locations, Music Listening Habits
2:30:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:31:45 – Outro

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer


After Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them successfully launched a new franchise set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the sequel aims to deepen the connection to the original movies by bringing Albus Dumbledore into the mix. Jude Law plays a young version of the character in this film, which finds him teaming up with his former student Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in order to face off against fugitive Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Although the previous Harry Potter movies went through a rotating crew of directors and writers, this series is maintaining a consistency of vision with David Yates continuing to direct from another screenplay by J.K. Rowling herself. I suppose that’s the safe thing to do, but still, it is a little… BORING. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres on Nov. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter Clip: Jody Hill’s Latest Comes to Netflix


It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since Jody Hill’s last film Observe & Report, but the good news is that he has finally taken time away from the HBO show Vice Principals to direct a new movie. The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter stars Josh Brolin as Buck Ferguson, a renowned deer hunter with his own hunting show who sets off on a weekend trip with his estranged son, Jaden. Hill’s frequent collaborator Danny McBride co-wrote the script and also co-stars in what appears to be another darkly comedic examination of the male ego. The movie just premiered at SXSW to somewhat mixed reviews, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from this crew. The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer arrives on Netflix on July 6th; check out the first clip from the movie after the jump.

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The Outlaw Johnny Black Trailer: Black Dynamite Gets a Spiritual Successor


Michael Jai White has been talking about the possibility of revisiting his blaxploitation comedy Black Dynamite for years now, and although the movie did spawn an animated series on Adult Swim, fans haven’t stopped asking for a new movie as well. The good news is that a follow-up film is finally about to become a reality… the slightly unexpected news is that it won’t be a direct sequel. Instead, it will be a western called The Outlaw Johnny Black that functions as more of a “spiritual successor” to Black Dynamite. White is crowdfunding it through Indiegogo with a goal of $1 million and they’ve thrown together a rough trailer that mixes some of their ideas with footage from pre-existing cult classic westerns. If all goes well, this seems like it will once again walk the line between knowing parody and loving tribute. Except… does anyone support crowdfunded projects anymore? Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Sorry To Bother You Trailer Starring Lakeith Stanfield


One of the most talked about movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Sorry to Bother You, the directorial debut of rapper / activist Boots Riley. The movie stars Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Death Note) as a telemarketer who “discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.” I am not entirely sure what that means but the movie looks to be quite funny and also strange and surreal at times, sort of like a more angry, socially conscious Spike Jonze movie that has some big issues on its mind. Annapurna Pictures acquired the film and will release it this summer, giving us a nice little alternative to all the usual action tentpoles. Sorry to Bother You co-stars Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun and Omari Hardwick and it hits select theatres on July 6th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Black Panther Bests A Wrinkle in Time


Black Panther continued its unprecedented theatrical run this past weekend as the movie earned another $41.1 million to stay at the top of the box office for the fourth weekend in a row. No other Marvel movie has accomplished that to date and the only other movies in the past decade to have pulled it off are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar and The Dark Knight. The movie also opened in China with $66.5 million, pushing it past the $1 billion mark worldwide. In second place, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time earned a slightly disappointing $33 million, falling directly in line with comparisons to Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (although the latter cost almost twice as much to make). The Strangers: Prey at Night debuted in third with $10.2 million, while Red Sparrow and Game Night rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, The Hurricane Heist flopped in eighth place with just $3.2 million while Gringo opened outside the top 10 with just $2.6 million. Both movies had pretty terrible per theatre averages, which is probably not all that surprising.

1. Black Panther — $41.1M
2. A Wrinkle in Time — $33.3M
3. The Strangers: Prey at Night — $10.5M
4. Red Sparrow — $8.2M
5. Game Night — $7.9M
6. Peter Rabbit — $6.8M
7. Death Wish — $6.6M
8. The Hurricane Heist — $3.2M
9. Annihilation — $3.2M
10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $2.8M

Mackenzie Davis in Talks for Next Terminator Movie


The debate over whether Terminator: Genisys should be a considered a success or failure rages on, but ultimately it is somewhat irrelevant because Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions still have the rights to make at least one more Terminator movie and that’s exactly what they are going to do. It was announced last year that Deadpool director Tim Miller would helm the new movie and that it would be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day with James Cameron contributing creatively. Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirmed to be returning along with Linda Hamilton, but now this week we have our first new addition to the cast. Hit the jump for more info.

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The Sopranos Prequel Movie in the Works


Although the final episode of The Sopranos aired over a decade ago, there have long been rumours that we may one day see a continuation of the story in movie form. Series creator David Chase has been laying pretty low since his 2012 film Not Fade Away and after the passing of James Gandolfini in 2013, the prospects of such a project seemed to be a lot less likely. This week, however, we are hearing that David Chase has found a surprising way to return to the show from a different angle. He has co-written a script for a prequel called The Many Saints of Newark and it is now being developed as a feature film. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Jon Favreau to Write and Produce Live-Action Star Wars TV Series


Last month we learned that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had been recruited to join the Star Wars universe, but that they would be writing and producing a brand new series of Star Wars movies as opposed to a TV show. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger did confirm, however, that there are multiple Star Wars TV projects currently in development for Disney’s upcoming streaming service and that more announcements would be forthcoming. Now this week we have learned that at least one of those shows will be overseen by Jon Favreau. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about the announcement:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: A Wrinkle in Time, The Hurricane Heist, The Strangers: Prey at Night


Theoretically, it is a pretty busy weekend in theatres with four new movies in wide release, but in reality only one of those is expected to give Black Panther much of a fight. Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is the second diverse Disney blockbuster to be released in the span of a month, but its far out concept may prevent it from getting the same reception as a more mainstream Marvel movie. Will it still find an audience or will it have the unfortunate distinction of being the next big Disney flop? Other major releases hitting theatres include the horror sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night, b-movie action-thriller The Hurricane Heist and comedic crime flick Gringo starring David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron. In select theatres, we also have Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin and the dark indie comedy Thoroughbreds featuring the final performance of Anton Yelchin. What will you be watching this weekend?