Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Trailer

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Although the first Goosebumps movie was fairly well-received and seemed to do okay at the box office, the sequel feels like Sony has decided to cut their losses and churn out a cheaper, less ambitious follow-up. This one takes place on Halloween night with two friends discovering a manuscript in an abandoned house that unleashes a Halloween Apocalypse. Jack Black does not reprise his role as R.L. Stine but he does return to voice Slappy the ventriloquist dummy. Director Rob Letterman is also replaced by Ari Sandel (The DUFF, When We First Met). Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween stars Jeremy Ray Taylor (It), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell and it hits theatres on Oct. 12th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Neill Blomkamp to Direct RoboCop Returns

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At the beginning of the year, we heard fairly reliable rumours that MGM was developing a new RoboCop movie but that it wouldn’t be a follow-up to the 2014 reboot starring Joel Kinnaman. Instead, they were planning a continuation of the original 1987 film, an increasingly common strategy being used on movies like David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween and the next Terminator movie. Well, this week MGM has officially announced the movie and they’ve got an intriguing (albeit somewhat divisive) sci-fi director lined up to direct. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Live-Action Gundam Movie in the Works

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After the disappointing box office performance of the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, it seemed like it might be a while before Hollywood attempted to adapt any more well-known manga or anime properties for the big screen. That being said, we still have the Alita: Battle Angel movie coming out later this year while Akira, Robotech and Voltron movies supposedly remain in active development. Now this week we have another one to add to the list and it’s a big one: a live-action Gundam movie is in the works at Legendary Entertainment. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed for Standalone Joker Movie

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It’s been almost a year now since we heard that Warner Brothers was developing a new standalone movie about The Joker with Todd Phillips directing and Martin Scorsese producing. Since then, Joaquin Phoenix had reportedly become attached to star although publicly he was denying any involvement. Now this week we finally have a press release confirming that Phoenix has officially signed on to star and the project is indeed moving forward. There is one minor change, however: Martin Scorsese no longer appears to be involved. Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

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Who is America? Teaser: Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Comedy Series on Showtime

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Sacha Baron Cohen is up to his old tricks again, apparently returning to the partially unscripted comedy format that he popularized with Da Ali G Show but this time in a whole new political climate. Showtime has released a teaser trailer for Who is America?, a seven-episode series that will debut a new character conducting real interviews with people “from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.” It is possible this guerilla style of humour has already run its course, but at the very least it seems more exciting than his recent scripted comedy work on movies like The Dictator and The Brothers Grimsby. Who is America? premieres on Showtime this Sunday, July 15th; check out the teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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Billy Dee Williams to Return as Lando in Star Wars: Episode IX

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After the recent announcement that Keri Russell may be joining Star Wars: Episode IX, we’ve got more big Star Wars casting news this week, only this time it involves bringing back a beloved character rather than introducing a new one. It would seem that all of the buzz surrounding Donald Glover’s performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story has renewed interest in the fate of that intergalactic scoundrel, Lando Calrissian. Now J.J. Abrams is reportedly bringing him back for Episode IX although the extent of the role is not yet known. Hit the jump for more info.

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Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite Trailer Starring Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone

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Following up on last year’s acclaimed film The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is back again this year with another exploration of the dark and absurd sides of human nature. This time he is moving to a period setting: early 18th century England to be exact. Olivia Colman plays the volatile Queen Anne, who has fallen ill and is tended to by her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz). Lady Sarah also assumes many of the Queen’s responsibilities behind the scenes but when an ambitious new servant (Emma Stone) arrives, a power struggle ensues. The Favourite looks like a much more strange and savage version of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and it hits select theatres right in the midst of awards season on Nov. 23rd. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #668: Ant-Man and The Wasp + Three Identical Strangers

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0:00 – Intro
13:10 – Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp
54:20 – Review: Three Identical Strangers
1:03:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Vietnam War, The Staircase, How to Build a Time Machine, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, Space Jam, Wrong Man
1:23:10 – Outro
1:30:20 – Spoiler Discussion: Ant-Man and The Wasp
1:55:10 – Spoiler Discussion: Three Identical Strangers

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Tau Review

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Directed by: Federico D’Alessandro
Written by: Noga Landau
Starring: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman

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Oh look, it’s another original garbage pile from Netflix. Taking a concept that Alex Garland already proved can be made into truly alluring cinema, debutante director Federico D’Alessandro (previously a mainstay in the Marvel Studios Art Department), shows us how to turn what is essentially a three-character chamber piece into a quite irredeemably brainless exercise in futility. Tau plays like an unholy hybrid of Ex Machina, Electric Dreams and Beauty and the Beast that sits atop an inexplicably illogical setup that never straightens its course. It’s too bad considering that it stars the still very promising Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein (Francis from Deadpool, strangely miscast as a Bill Gates-esque computer genius) and Gary Oldman who voices Tau, an A.I. shaped like Gravity Falls‘ Bill Cipher, while attempting thoroughly to not sound like himself.

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Keri Russell in Talks for Star Wars: Episode IX

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After the mixed reviews and disappointing performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney and Lucasfilm are now said to be refocusing all of their efforts on the follow-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. J.J. Abrams is returning to direct the film and in the eyes of some fans, he is once again being tasked with “righting the ship” so to speak. Now that the first potential casting news for Episode IX has surfaced, however, it hasn’t taken long for fan speculation to run wild, placing insane expectations on the currently unknown role. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Ant-Man and the Wasp Spreads Its Wings with $76 Million

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Marvel topped the box office over the weekend once again with a decent $76 million debut for Ant-Man and the Wasp. That’s a $20 million improvement on the first Ant-Man film although it’s still on the lower end of the MCU scale. The movie’s three-day take was very frontloaded, earning 44.5% of its total on Friday, which perhaps indicates it is appealing primarily to Marvel die-hards. Meanwhile Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fell from #1 to #3 while Incredibles 2 managed to hang on to second place with $29 million. The First Purge opened in fourth with $17 million ($31 million over five days), which is mostly in line with the previous films in the series. Sicario: Day of the Soldado rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere Whitney finished just outside the top 10 with $1.25 million and Sorry to Bother You had a huge debut in limited release earning $717,302 with a per theatre average of $44,831, setting the stage for a potential breakout next weekend.

1. Ant-Man and the Wasp — $76M
2. Incredibles 2 — $29M
3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — $28.6M
4. The First Purge — $17.2M
5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado — $7.3M
6. Uncle Drew — $6.6M
7. Ocean’s Eight — $5.3M
8. Tag — $3.1M
9. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? — $2.6M
10. Deadpool 2 — $1.7M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Ant-Man and the Wasp, The First Purge, Sorry to Bother You

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After a couple weeks with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sitting comfortably at the top of the box office, Disney and Marvel should have no problem stealing that position back with the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp this weekend. The original Ant-Man is among the lowest grossing Marvel movies but the sequel is expected to build on that with a potential $80+ million opening. Also playing in theatres since Wednesday is The First Purge, the fourth installment in the now very consistent Blumhouse horror franchise. In select theatres we also have the well-received Whitney Houston documentary Whitney and the Sundance hit Sorry to Bother You starring Lakeith Stanfield. What will you be watching this weekend?