Matt Reeves Confirmed as Director of The Batman

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Less than two weeks after announcing that Ben Affleck had stepped down as director of the next solo Batman movie, Warner Brothers has apparently found a replacement. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will be stepping in to take the reins after he finishes up post-production work on War for the Planet of the Apes. The news comes after recent report that Chris Terrio (Argo) is doing a major overhaul if not full rewrite of the script by Geoff Johns, although Variety’s Justin Kroll has since countered somewhat, stating that the new script is already complete and has pleased both Affleck and higher-ups at WB. Hit the jump for more details.

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Kevin Smith Planning a Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

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Although Kevin Smith has been doing some relatively original (read: batshit insane) work as of late, reviews for his last few films have been decidedly mixed and commercial success has been virtually non-existent. He seemed happy just to be doings things his own way, but after recently directing episodes of comic book TV shows The Flash and Supergirl, it would appear that he has been seized by a sudden urge to return to his own semi-famous comic book characters: Jay and Silent Bob. Smith took to Instagram today to reveal that he has written a script for a brand new Jay and Silent Bob movie called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and it might actually be his next project. Here’s what he had to say about it:

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Aftermath Trailer Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Although the ratings haven’t been so hot for the new season of Celebrity Apprentice, the good news is that Arnold Schwarzenegger still has an acting career to fall back on (for the time being, anyway). He is currently in between big blockbuster sequels so instead he’s taking the opportunity to flex his dramatic muscles, building on the work he did in the 2015 zombie flick Maggie. Aftermath is based on the true story of a Russian man (played by Schwarzenegger) who lost his wife and child in an airline crash in 2002 and decided to seek revenge on the air traffic controller responsible (Scoot McNairy). Directed by Elliott Lester (Blitz) and written by Javier Gullon (Enemy), it looks like it could be VOD trash although strangely it also happens to be produced by Darren Aronofsky. Aftermath hits select theatres and VOD on April 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: John Wick: Chapter 2, The Lego Batman Movie, Fifty Shades Darker

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It’s the biggest movie weekend of the year so far as three major releases go head to head competing for your Valentine’s Day business. The Lego Batman Movie should come out on top without much trouble, considering that it counts as both a sequel to The Lego Movie and a brand new Batman movie. That being said, Fifty Shades Darker shouldn’t be counted out, considering that Fifty Shades of Grey had a massive $85 million opening back in 2015. The biggest wild card is the action sequel John Wick: Chapter Two, which will definitely build on the surprise success of the original film but could open even stronger than anticipated thanks to strong reviews and positive word of mouth. In select theatres, we also have the Indian comedy Jolly LLB 2 and the historical drama A United Kingdom starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. What will you be watching this weekend?

David Gordon Green to Direct the Next Halloween Movie

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After hearing the disappointing news earlier this week that the upcoming Friday the 13th reboot is dead in the water, we’ve actually got an exciting new development for another major slasher franchise that should more than make up for it. Last summer it was announced that Blumhouse Productions would be taking the reins on a brand new Halloween movie and that John Carpenter would return to the series as an executive producer. At the time, it was being reported that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) might direct, but it appears that is no longer the case. Instead, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is stepping up to both write and direct, and his buddy Danny McBride is co-writing as well. Here’s what John Carpenter had to say about it:

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Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled Trailer

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Although her last project was the Netflix holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, Sofia Coppola’s last few films have mostly flown under the radar, debuting to mixed reviews and very little fanfare. For a while there it was looking like she was going to direct a major studio film with a live action version of The Little Mermaid, but she ended up dropping out due to creative differences. Now she is back with another project that is way off the beaten path: a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood Civil War-era thriller The Beguiled. Colin Farrell plays a wounded Union soldier who seeks refuge in an all girls boarding school, slowly taking advantage of them and turning them against each other. Coppola’s version also stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning and it maintains both the period setting and the Southern gothic vibe. The Beguiled hits theatres on June 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer

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With The Lego Batman Movie hitting theatres this weekend and looking likely to be another huge hit, Warner Brothers has released the first full trailer for their next Lego-related animated feature, The Lego Ninjago Movie. Based on the animated series and toy line of the same name, the story revolves around six young ninjas in a modern day world who must face off against the evil warlord Garmadon (who also happens to the father of one of those ninjas). Featuring the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pena, Zach Woods and Jackie Chan, the movie looks to have the same visual style and self-aware, tongue-in-cheek comedic flavour as The Lego Movie, which should help it pull in a bigger audience than just fans of the show. The Lego Ninjago Movie hits theatres on Sept. 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #599: Paterson

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0:00 — Intro: Frank’s Trip / Episode 600 Details
15:00 — Review: Paterson
55:45 — Headlines: Super Bowl Trailers, Nashville to Get an Indoor Drive-In
1:07:10 — Other Stuff We Watched: Gimme Danger, Nirvanna The Band The Show, Beware the Slenderman
1:30:30 — Junk Mail: Best Tarantino Knockoffs, Twist Endings, Jay’s Review of Loving + Logging Festival Films on Letterboxd, Frank’s Love of Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Best / Worst Child Performances, Dividing Comedies by Era, Favourite Movie Watching Food
2:08:10 — This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:13:05 — Outro

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Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig to Star in Toni Erdmann Remake

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With the German comedy Toni Erdmann currently getting a ton of critical praise and plenty of awards season recognition, a U.S. remake was already starting to seem like a foregone conclusion. Now this week we have confirmation that Paramount is indeed setting up an English language remake, and although it’s easy to imagine how a Hollywood version could get everything completely wrong, the primary cast is intriguing to say the least. Jack Nicholson is reportedly coming out of retirement to star in the film where he will play a retired jokester father who infiltrates the life of his adult daughter, who works as a corporate strategist. Kristen Wiig is attached to play his daughter. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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Marvel’s Iron Fist Trailer #2

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With the Iron Fist TV series just over a month away, Netflix has released a brand new trailer for what is now their fourth original show based on a Marvel comic book character. The story revolves around Danny Rand, the son of a wealthy businessman who is believed to have died in a plane crash as a child along with his parents. He resurfaces in New York City fifteen years later with some serious martial arts skills because “bad people” have taken over his father’s company. He will eventually team up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to form The Defenders later this year, where they will apparently face off against… Sigourney Weaver? Iron Fist stars Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Lewis Tan, Carrie-Anne Moss and Rosario Dawson. All 13 episodes arrive on Netflix on March 17th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Samurai Jack: Season 5 Trailer

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Although in recent years he has struggled to take his career to the next level, becoming known instead for the mediocre Hotel Transylvania movies, it’s heartening to see Genndy Tartakovsky return to the edgy and evocative 2D animated material that we all love him for. Adult Swim is reviving his acclaimed series Samurai Jack for a fifth (and apparently final) season and this week they have given us a gorgeous first trailer. Picking up 50 years after the events of the last season, this new limited series looks a bit darker and potentially more action-packed than the previous incarnation, although I doubt that anyone is complaining about that fact. Samurai Jack: Season 5 premieres on Adult Swim on March 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Godfather Behind the Scenes Movie in Development at HBO

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In this age of never ending remakes and reboots in Hollywood, it’s nice to know that there are still at least a few classics that are considered off limits. That being said, there are plenty of other ways to capitalize on a popular property without producing a sequel or remake. HBO is planning to embrace one of these possibilities this year with a new movie that will explore the making of one of the greatest films of all time: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. The film’s production is well known for being a tumultuous one with Coppola himself still a young up and coming filmmaker struggling to prove himself. Clearly there is an interesting story to be told here, although finding the right cast to play some of these iconic actors may not be easy. Hit the jump for more details.

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