Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer

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Sony and Marvel just unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home. True to its title, the movie finds Peter Parker on a trip to Europe where he encounters trouble in the form of Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). Nick Fury is also apparently along for the ride (because why wouldn’t he be?) along with several of Peter’s school friends. Yeah, I guess this trailer could be considered a spoiler for Avengers: Endgame, but let’s be real here… the very existence of the movie is a spoiler. Spider-Man: Far From Home is once again directed by Jon Watts and it hits theatres on July 5th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Final Destination Reboot in the Works

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It’s been 8 years since Final Destination 5 hit theatres, but I think we all knew deep down that it wouldn’t actually be the final Final Destination. The series was one of the most successful horror franchises of the 2000s and served as an accessible thrill ride that had significant reach even outside the usual genre fanbase. Now New Line is setting up a reboot and they’ve got a couple of writers from the Saw franchise on board to help them do it. Hit the jump for more details.

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Craig Brewer to Direct Coming to America 2

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Is the long overdue Eddie Murphy comeback finally about to happen? It seems like it might be closer than ever with Murphy poised to return to one of his most iconic big screen roles for his next major project. We are hearing this month that a Coming to America sequel is happening and they now have a new director on board to see it through. Hustle & Flow helmer Craig Brewer will reteam with Murphy after directing him in the upcoming blaxploitation biopic Dolemite Is My Name. Murphy had this to say about the announcement:

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Upside Rains on Aquaman’s $1 Billion Parade

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After three weekends at the top of the box office, Aquaman finally relinquished the throne over the weekend although the folks at Warner Brothers were probably too busy celebrating to notice. The movie has now hit $1 billion worldwide, becoming the first DCEU movie to do so and trailing behind only The Dark Knight Rises in terms of biggest DC adaptations. However, it was The Upside that came away a surprise winner this weekend, debuting with an impressive $19.6 million and proving once again that Kevin Hart should not be underestimated. A Dog’s Way Home opened in third place with $11.3 million, significantly less than A Dog’s Purpose made last year. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Escape Room rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, On the Basis of Sex jumped into the top 10 after a significant expansion while the Keanu Reeves sci-fi flick Replicas opened way down in 12th place with a dreadful $2.5 million.

1. The Upside — $19.6M
2. Aquaman — $17.3M
3. A Dog’s Way Home — $11.3M
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — $9.0M
5. Escape Room — $8.9M
6. Mary Poppins Returns — $7.2M
7. Bumblebee — $6.8M
8. On the Basis of Sex — $6.2M
9. The Mule — $5.5M
10. Vice — $3.3M

IMDb Launches a Free Streaming Service Called Freedive

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Clearly the last thing the world needs right now is yet another streaming service, but nevertheless IMDb has decided that right now is the perfect time to jump on this gravy train. This week they have launched their own streaming service called IMDb Freedive, and as the title implies, it is completely free. However, that also means that it is ad-supported and at the moment there is no way to buy your way out of the ads either. Still, the selection does seem to be halfway decent. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: A Dog’s Way Home, The Upside, Replicas

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Three major releases hit theatres this weekend, all of which feel right at home in the dumping grounds of January. Leading the pack is the family film A Dog’s Way Home, which despite its ridiculous trailer will probably do some decent business. Neil Burger’s The Upside, a remake of the French buddy comedy The Intouchables, is also out this weekend. Despite the fact that it is a failed awards season contender, the presence of Kevin Hart might help it find an audience. Then there is the Keanu Reeves sci-fi film Replicas which is, not surprisingly, getting destroyed by critics. Fortunately, both If Beale Street Could Talk and On the Basis of Sex are expanding to over 1000 screens so at least there are some alternatives. In limited release, we also have Perfect Strangers, a comedy directed by Spanish genre filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia. What will you be watching this weekend?

Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw Trailer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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After directing Denzel Washington in the 2017 legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq., Dan Gilroy is once again returning to Nightcrawler territory with what looks to be another deranged thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Set in the Los Angeles art world, this one seems to dip more directly into the horror genre but it also still contains a satirical edge. With a supporting cast that includes Rene Russo, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Natalia Dyer, Billy Magnussen and Daveed Diggs, the film premieres at Sundance later this month. The best part, however, is that it also arrives on Netflix almost immediately afterward. Velvet Buzzsaw hits Netflix on Feb. 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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2019 Oscars Will Proceed with No Official Host

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With Kevin Hart stepping down as Oscar host last month almost immediately after he had landed the gig, the Academy was left in a tricky situation. It had already been difficult for them to find a suitable and willing candidate this year, but with the show just a couple of months away it was not getting any easier. There had been rumours that Hart might still have a shot at being reinstated but an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show reportedly angered some Academy officials as opposed to smoothing things over as intended. Now they are reportedly moving forward without a host for the first time in almost three decades. Hit the jump for more details.

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Weird City Trailer: Jordan Peele’s Other Upcoming Sci-Fi Anthology Series

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Jordan Peele is a pretty busy man these days with multiple projects in development for both the big screen and small screen. Among his upcoming TV projects is a reboot of The Twilight Zone, which is expected to debut later this year on CBS All Access, but before that hits he has another sci-fi anthology series coming to YouTube called Weird City. This one was co-created with Key & Peele collaborator Charlie Sanders and it seems to essentially be a comedic version of Black Mirror, taking place in not too distant future metropolis called Weird. It has an impressive cast that includes Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Awkwafina, Sara Gilbert, Dylan O’Brien, Ed O’Neill, Mark Hamill, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs and LeVar Burton, but it does look pretty cartoony. The six-episode first season of Weird City arrives on YouTube Premium on Feb. 13th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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2018 Junkers’ Choice Award Winners

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After finishing off our annual year in review, here’s the part where you guys get to have your say… it’s time to announce the winners of the 2018 Junkers’ Choice Awards! We picked five nominees for several different categories and then asked you to vote on the winners. You obliged. If I’m being honest, there weren’t really any surprises here and the top vote-getters in almost every category won by a landslide. That being said, it is always interesting to see the results of the write-in votes for Best Movie of the Year and Biggest Disappointment. Without giving anything away, it’s pretty clear that Jay did some heavy tampering on the Best Movie voting this year, resulting in our first ever tie! Check out the full results after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #691: The House That Jack Built + Best of 2018

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0:00 – Intro: Jay’s Trip to the E.R.
18:25 – Review: The House That Jack Built
46:15 – Feature: Top 10 Movies of 2018
1:44:00 – Feature: 2018 Junkies
2:42:42 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:43:55 – Outro

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Tim Miller and David Fincher Team Up for Animated Anthology Series Love, Death and Robots

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Netflix seems to be really doubling down on animation as of late, between acquiring some old classic animated shows, producing some new ones and even setting up a few live-action adaptations as well. Now this week they have also announced a rather unique project that brings together David Fincher and Deadpool director Tim Miller as the executive producers behind an animated anthology series called Love, Death & Robots. Here’s what Miller had to say about the project:

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