Super Mario Bros Animated Movie in the Works at Illumination Entertainment


Over the past couple of years, we’ve been hearing rumours that Nintendo is finally getting serious about producing movies based on their video game properties again. They have been understandably gunshy ever since the release of the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros movie which was a monumental box office flop. Although speculation about a live-action Zelda TV series seems to have been unfounded, this week we have confirmation that talks are well underway to bring a Super Mario Bros animated movie to the big screen. What’s more, the folks behind the hugely successful Despicable Me movies will be the ones behind it. Hit the jump for more info.

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Michael Haneke’s Happy End Trailer Starring Isabelle Huppert


Michael Haneke is back after a five year break with his first film since the Oscar-winning Amour and it looks like he’s up to his old tricks again. But is it more than just a rehash of his previous work? The movie is called Happy End and it appears to be another biting satire of upper class European life. It also promises to be both uncomfortable and divisive (as expected) and it finds him reuniting with Amour stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert as well. Set against the backdrop of Europe’s migrant crisis, the plot revolves around a privileged bourgeois family grappling with their own issues. It premiered at Cannes in May, although Sony Pictures Classics had already scooped up the North American and Latin American rights late last year. Happy End hits select theatres on Dec. 22nd, just in time for some awkward family viewing over the holidays. Check out the U.S. trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #636: Murder on the Orient Express


0:00 – Intro
7:50 – Review: Murder on the Orient Express
33:25 – Review: Good Time
53:15 – Headlines: The Post Trailer, Rian Johnson to Kick Off New Star Wars Trilogy, Disney Lifts L.A. Times Blackout After Pressure from Film Critics
1:14:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: Umberto D., Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Square (2017), Silver Streak, Lost in Translation, Jumanji, Zathura
1:47:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:49:45 – Outro
1:52:40 – Spoiler Discussion: Murder on the Orient Express

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Spider-Man Villain Morbius the Living Vampire Getting a Solo Movie


After successfully overhauling the Spider-Man franchise by bringing him into the MCU, Sony now has to figure out how to expand on the franchise without the benefit of having Marvel’s name attached. The studio is currently in production on a Venom movie starring Tom Hardy and they also have a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie lined up after that. Now this week we have news that another Spider-Man villain / anti-hero is getting his own spin-off film: Morbius the Living Vampire. If you’re wondering who the hell Morbius the Living Vampire is, you’re probably not alone. Hit the jump for more info.

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Amazon Closes Deal for Lord of the Rings TV Series, Expected To Be a Prequel


Last week it was being reported that Amazon was the current frontrunner to acquire a potential Lord of the Rings TV series that was being shopped to various networks. Now, one week later, we are hearing that it is a done deal and Amazon has paid a huge amount of money just to acquire the global TV rights to the series. The show will not be a retelling of The Lord of the Rings trilogy but rather it will focus on new storylines that take place prior to The Fellowship of the Ring. Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios had this to say about the announcement:

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Nacho Vigalondo Teams with Robert Kirkman for Time Travel Movie Comeback


Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo has been building a loyal fan base within genre circles for over a decade now with films like Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial and Colossal. He is exactly the kind of VFX-oriented director you would expect to make the jump to bigger budget projects but for some reason it just hasn’t happened yet. He was attached to direct an adaptation of the Mark Millar comic Supercrooks since 2011 but the project changed hands in 2016 and he no longer seems to be involved. The good news is that he is getting another shot at a studio project with the help of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. They are teaming up for an adaptation of a comic book called Comeback and the plot synopsis is as follows:

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Thor: Ragnarok Continues to Crush


As expected, Thor: Ragnarok easily bested the competition in box office combat for the second weekend in a row, adding another $56.6 million to its total domestically and $76 million internationally. The movie has already topped the worldwide totals for both of the previous Thor movies and it should keep making money well into December. In second and third place respectively, Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express also put in solid showings, earning $30 million and $28.2 million despite negative reviews. A Bad Moms Christmas fell to fourth with $11.5 million while Jigsaw rounded things out in a distant fifth. Elsewhere, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird seems to be lighting it up in limited release, jumping into tenth place after a small expansion. The movie earned $1.25 million from just 37 theatres and will continue to roll out further next week.

1. Thor: Ragnarok — $56.6M
2. Daddy’s Home 2 — $30M
3. Murder on the Orient Express — $28.2M
4. A Bad Moms Christmas — $11.5M
5. Jigsaw — $3.4M
6. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween — $2.1M
7. Geostorm — $1.5M
8. Blade Runner 2049 — $1.4M
9. Happy Death Day — $1.3M
10. Lady Bird — $1.2M

Rian Johnson Planning New Star Wars Trilogy, Live-Action Star Wars TV Show Also Happening


Before it was announced that J.J. Abrams would be replacing Colin Trevorrow as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, there was a lot of speculation that Rian Johnson might take the reins instead. After all, there were once rumours that he would help come up with the story for Episode IX and the higher-ups at Disney and Lucasfilm seemed very happy with his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson soon claimed that he had no interest in directing the follow-up anyway, but now this week we have learned that he will be returning to write and direct another Star Wars movie after all. This one will kick off a whole new trilogy in the Star Wars universe. Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Murder on the Orient Express, Daddy’s Home 2, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Thor: Ragnarok should continue to rule over the box office once again this weekend, but we have a couple of new movies in wide release competing for second place. Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express has the benefit of an all-star cast but it faces an uphill battle against Daddy’s Home 2 starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The original Daddy’s Home opened with an impressive $38 million over the holiday weekend back in 2015. In select theatres, we also have Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (riding a wave of awards season buzz for lead Frances McDormand), along with the Norwegian fantasy / sci-fi film Thelma and Alex Gibney’s latest documentary No Stone Unturned. What will you be watching this weekend?

Game Night Trailer Starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams


After writing scripts for Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and now Spider-Man: Homecoming, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have apparently found enough success to make the jump to directing. Their first project behind the camera was the poorly received Vacation remake but perhaps their second movie will be an improvement? Err… maybe not. Game Night revolves around a group of friends who get together for a murder mystery party, only to find themselves witnessing a real kidnapping. The concept certainly has potential but with a cast headlined by Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Jesse Plemons, Kyle Chandler and Billy Magnussen, it does seem to be lacking in actual comedic performers. Game Night hits theatres on March 2nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Mosaic Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s Interactive Storytelling Experiment is Out Now


We’ve been hearing about Steven Soderbergh’s mysterious “interactive” HBO series Mosaic for years now without really having a solid idea of what it is and how it might work. Now this week they have taken the tarp off this thing by launching an app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV that apparently features all 7.5 hours of the show. It is presented as a branching narrative that can be controlled by the viewer and also offers additional supplemental material to explore further. The show will also be released more traditionally as a 6-episode limited series in January on HBO. With a cast that includes Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Frederick Weller, Beau Bridges and Paul Reubens, this may not be the first interactive TV show ever released but it is probably the highest-profile attempt to date. Check out a couple of trailers for Mosaic after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Kevin Spacey to Be Replaced by Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World


If you thought the fallout from the Kevin Spacey scandal had already peaked with him being officially fired from House of Cards and Netflix shelving his upcoming film Gore, you’d be wrong. This week Sony has announced that they are making an unprecedented move to completely remove him from a movie that was already finished. Spacey plays oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s upcoming kidnapping drama All the Money in the World, and although he isn’t one of the film’s leads, the general feeling was that his presence had doomed the film’s Oscar chances (it doesn’t help that he was featured in the trailer). Now Ridley Scott is attempting to salvage the film by reshooting his scenes with Christopher Plummer instead. Hit the jump for more info.

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