Breaking Bad Movie Officially in the Works

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Update: /Film is reporting that the movie will be set after the series finale and will star Aaron Paul returning as Jesse Pinkman.

Following up on the recent news that AMC is developing three Walking Dead feature films, it has also come to light this week that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is in development on some kind of Breaking Bad-related movie. Details are still somewhat scarce, but sources have confirmed that preproduction is underway in New Mexico and that the project is expected to start shooting in just a few weeks. What we don’t know is whether any of the show’s cast will return and where the story might fit in to the overall timeline. Hit the jump for more info.

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Explorers TV Series in the Works with Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery

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Although he is currently embarking on his biggest movie project to date with Bond 25, it appears that director Cary Fukunaga also intends on keeping one foot in the world of TV after his success with shows like True Detective, The Alienist and Maniac. Fukunaga is reportedly teaming up with David Lowery (A Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon) to develop a TV series based on Joe Dante’s 1985 sci-fi film Explorers. While that is not a sentence I ever expected to type, I am guessing this Amblin-esque property is being dug up now as a result of the current popularity of Stranger Things. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #683: Niagara Movie Tour + Junk Mail with Matt Gourley

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0:00 – Intro
17:30 – Jay’s Niagara Movie Tour
1:08:05 – Junk Mail: Favourite Squib Scenes, Avatar Font Change, Why Matt Went for Tacos with Tyra Banks, Moving + Vinegar Syndrome Recommendations + Spectre Re-evaluation, Canadian Weed Update, Forgotten Classics + Improv Session, Working Overtime in Creative Industries, Bond Continuity and the Future of the Franchise, Jay’s Personal Hell Town, Black and White Cuts + Schindler’s List Artwork, Canadian Road Trip Movies + Poutine Advice, Period Friday the 13th vs Period Bond + Ranking Star Wars Movies, Superego Movie + Favourite Bond Novel, Long Time Listeners and the Future of Film Junk
2:37:55 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:40:25 – Outro

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Trailer #2

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Netflix has had a pretty solid couple of months when it comes to original movies and they’ve still got a few big ones on the way including this one: a brand new Coen Brothers movie! The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is described a “six-part Western anthology film” featuring “a series of tales about the American frontier”, and although that description sounds a little dry, the trailer looks pretty damn colourful and cartoony. Anthology films are notoriously hit and miss, but when all of the segments come from such a unique and admired creative team, hopefully that will improve the batting average considerably. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs stars Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits and Brendan Gleeson and it hits select theatres on Nov. 8th followed by a Netflix rollout on Nov. 16th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Will Ferrell to Star in Force Majeure Remake

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In addition to the potentially ill-advised Toni Erdmann remake, there is another high profile European comedy slated to get an English-language adaptation despite the fact that it may be a challenge to translate for U.S. audiences. Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 film Force Majeure revolves around a family on a skiing trip in the French Alps who are thrown into conflict when the husband fails to react heroically during an avalanche. It’s not the most commercial premise in the world, but Will Ferrell (who is coincidentally producing the new version of Toni Erdmann) has just signed on to star alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the remake. Hit the jump for more info.

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Spies in Disguise Trailer Featuring the Voices of Will Smith and Tom Holland

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For their upcoming movie Spies in Disguise, the folks at Blue Sky Studios successfully convinced Will Smith to lend his voice to a CG animated movie for the first time since 2004’s long-forgotten Shark Tale. But if you thought you knew what this movie was about, you’d probably be wrong. Smith plays a suave super spy who is forced to team up with a nerdy tech officer (voiced by Tom Holland) but this isn’t a Dwayne Johnson / Kevin Hart Central Intelligence-type situation. There is a surprise twist in the trailer that will, like, totally blow your mind (or maybe just give you a headache). Spies in Disguise also features the voices of Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones and Ben Mendelsohn and it hits theatres on Sept. 13th, 2019. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Queen are the Champions

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Given that the draw of Halloween fades pretty quickly after the holiday, the weekend was wide open for some new releases to take advantage and Bohemian Rhapsody did just that. The Queen biopic opened with $50 million ($140 million worldwide), which is definitely well beyond what was expected for the film. Clearly audiences did not care about the Bryan Singer controversy or the middling reviews. In second place, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms earned $20 million, which is a pretty modest start for a Disney live-action fairy tale. Nobody’s Fool starring Tiffany Haddish opened in third with $14 million and A Star is Born dropped to fourth while Halloween fell from first all the way to fifth in one weekend. Elsewhere, Venom is still hanging in the top 10 and is about to cross $200 million domestically. The Spidey spin-off has now earned $540 million worldwide with a release in China planned for this coming weekend.

1. Bohemian Rhapsody — $50M
2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms — $20M
3. Nobody’s Fool — $14M
4. A Star Is Born — $11.1M
5. Halloween — $11M
6. Venom — $7.9M
7. Smallfoot — $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween — $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer — $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give — $3.4M

Gladiator Sequel Finally Moving Forward

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After successfully revisiting both Alien and Blade Runner in recent years, it looks like Ridley Scott is ready to dive back into the world of yet another of his most iconic films. There have been rumours about a Gladiator follow-up almost since the original movie hit theatres back in 2000. Originally envisioned as a prequel, the project eventually morphed into a sequel that would either focus on the son of Maximus or a reincarnated Maximus. Now we are hearing that a sequel is back in development and potentially closer to happening than it ever has been. Hit the jump for more info.

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It Director to Adapt Attack on Titan and The Time Machine

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It would appear that directing the biggest R-rated horror movie of all time makes you a hot commodity in Hollywood these days. Go figure. It director Andy Muschietti is currently hard at work on It: Chapter 2 but he has several other big projects percolating right now, two of which were just announced this week. Together with his sister and producing partner Barbara Muschietti, he is working with Warner Brothers to make a live-action movie franchise based on the popular manga Attack on Titan. But that’s not all, he’s also working on a new version of the sci-fi classic The Time Machine. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Bohemian Rhapsody, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Nobody’s Fool

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With October behind us, it is a new month at the multiplex and we’re starting to see a mix of prestige dramas and family entertainment as we head towards U.S. Thanksgiving. The Queen / Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody headlines this week’s new releases riding a wave of lukewarm reviews. However, critics are giving a slightly chillier reception to the latest Tyler Perry film Nobody’s Fool and Disney’s fantasy epic The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. In select theatres, we also have Joel Edgerton’s coming-of-age drama Boy Erased, Joseph Kahn’s provocative rap battle flick Bodied and war journalist biopic A Private War starring Rosamund Pike. What will you be watching this weekend?

FX’s What We Do in the Shadows TV Series Teaser Trailer(s)

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I suppose it is only fitting that FX decided to offer our first glimpse at the upcoming What We Do in the Shadows TV series on Halloween, unveiling three short promos online yesterday. This is a U.S. adaptation of the vampire mockumentary film written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, not to be confused with the New Zealand spin-off series Wellington Paranormal or the upcoming movie sequel We’re Wolves. This particular show follows a group of vampires in Staten Island played by Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak and Mark Proksch. Clement and Waititi are not expected to appear but they did write and direct the pilot episode and they are also involved as producers. What We Do in the Shadows is expected to premiere sometime in the spring; check out the teaser trailers after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Isn’t It Romantic Trailer Starring Rebel Wilson

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Following up on this year’s Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty, Rebel Wilson has an upcoming movie of her own where a bump on the head seemingly gives her a new perspective. This one is called Isn’t It Romantic and it finds her playing a cynical modern woman who wakes up inside the surreal fantasy world of a romantic comedy. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson previously skewered slasher films with the well-received film The Final Girls, so I suppose this might have potential? Isn’t It Romantic co-stars Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, Adam Devine and Betty Gilpin and it hits theatres on Feb. 14th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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