Is John Turturro Directing a Big Lebowski Spin-off After All?

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Here’s an intriguing little rumour that should be of interest to Coen Brothers fans, although it could also make those same fans feel somewhat conflicted. It’s no secret that The Big Lebowski has developed a huge cult following over the years, and although the Coens have expressed zero interest in directing a sequel, there is most definitely a rabid audience for such a thing if it ever were to happen. John Turturro, in particular, has been talking about the possibility of a sequel or spin-off for some time now, stating that he’d like to return to the character of Jesus Quintana if he can get permission. At the time, it seemed like wishful thinking on his part, but now we’re hearing that he may have pulled it off and he is already in production on a potential spin-off. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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MacGyver TV Series Trailer Starring Lucas Till

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Mac is back, baby! Following up on the first look that CBS released during upfronts back in May, here is a brand new trailer for their upcoming reboot of the ’80s TV series MacGyver. Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) attempts to fill the shoes of Richard Dean Anderson in the lead role while George Eads (CSI) plays Lincoln, a conspiracy theorist who works for the government, and Sandrine Holt (House of Cards, The Returned) plays MacGyver’s boss, the role played by Dana Elcar in the original series. The network supposedly retooled things late in the game and changed up the cast, bringing in director James Wan to reshoot the pilot, although it is unclear what their reasoning was. Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-O) is the current showrunner. Will this new version of MacGyver stand on its own or is it simply destined to be cancelled after five episodes? MacGyver premieres on CBS on Sept. 23rd; check out both trailers after the jump and see what you think.

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Robert Downey Jr. Setting Up Perry Mason Reboot at HBO

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Courtroom dramas may not have the same box office pull that they once had back in the ’50s and ’60s (or even the mid-’90s for that matter) but the genre never seems to completely die out. Recent films like The Lincoln Lawyer and Bridge of Spies have kept it alive and even Robert Downey Jr. tried his hand at a recent legal drama with his 2014 film The Judge. Over the past few years, he has also been trying to resurrect one of the most iconic fictional lawyers of all time by setting up a brand new Perry Mason movie. Alas the project has not been able to gain any traction on the big screen, so we’re now hearing that he is going a different route with the property by taking it to the small screen instead. HBO is said to be interested and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is supposedly involved as well. Hit the jump for more details.

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Teaser Trailer

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A couple of years ago when Warner Brothers finally got their act together and released the ’60s Batman TV series on DVD and Blu-ray, it was part of a revival of sorts for the show that included a Batman ’66 comic book series and a new line of merchandise and toys. At the time, there was also talk of a new animated feature starring Adam West and Burt Ward and now this week we finally have our first taste of that project. It is called Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and it also features the return of Julie Newmar as Catwoman, but if you were hoping for a throwback to the old Filmation and Hanna-Barbera cartoons, you may be a little disappointed. For one, Adam West and Burt Ward’s voices are not what they used to be, and on top of that this feels a little too self-aware for my liking. That being said, I will no doubt give the movie a look when it finally gets released this fall. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders hits Digital HD on Oct. 11th and Blu-Ray on Nov. 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Reunite for Sherlock Holmes Spoof

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We may or may not have already reached a saturation point when it comes to recent Sherlock Holmes adaptations, but this week we are hearing that yet another take on the character is heading to the big screen. Before you are tempted to go ahead and dismiss this latest version, however, here is one all-important detail: it will be a comedic version that re-unites the two stars of Step Brothers, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Something tells me that will be more than enough to justify its existence among the various current Holmes incarnations. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival Trailer #2

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Just one week after releasing the first teaser trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi film Arrival, Paramount has followed it up with another full-length trailer. The new trailer still preserves the mystery at the heart of the film but fleshes out the various tensions and conflicts surrounding humanity’s first encounter with an alien presence. The movie seems to be attempting to play the scenario out as realistically as possible while also maintaining a sense of wonder and awe. Clearly there are echoes of movies like Contact, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 2001: A Space Odyssey here, but it also looks like this will take us on its own unique journey as well. Arrival hits theatres on Nov. 11th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #578: Sausage Party

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0:00 – Intro
9:25 – Review: Sausage Party
49:30 – Headlines: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer #2, David Fincher to Direct World War Z 2?
1:12:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: Pete’s Dragon, The Little Prince, Rear Window, The Legend of Tarzan, Zoolander 2, Stephen King’s It, Young Adult, The Night Of
1:48:22 – Junk Mail: Ron Howard vs. Rob Reiner, Plot vs. Dialogue, Best Songs Written for Movies, Movies to Christen a New Projector
2:16:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:19:40 – Outro

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Kenny Baker 1934-2016

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It was a sad weekend for Star Wars fans as Kenny Baker, the British actor who played R2-D2, passed away after a long illness. At 3 ft 8 in tall, he was the man inside the droid, helping to bring the beloved character’s personality to life without the benefit of dialogue or facial expressions. Baker also appeared in many other science-fiction and fantasy movies over the years including Time Bandits, Flash Gordon, Labyrinth and Willow not to mention such acclaimed movies as The Elephant Man, Amadeus and Mona Lisa. He was 81 years old.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Suicide Squad Still Tops, Sausage Party Also Has Girth

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Despite a steep 67% drop from its opening weekend, Suicide Squad managed to stay at the top of the box office this past weekend with $43.8 million. Big second weekend declines are nothing new this summer, but the movie has now made $465 million worldwide, making it the 11th highest grossing movie of 2016 (so far). In second place, R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party rose to the occasion with a better-than-expected $33 million, essentially recouping its $19 million budget and then some. Pete’s Dragon opened in third with a mediocre $21.5 million, while Jason Bourne fell to fourth. Bad Moms rounded out the top 5 and continues to be a pleasant surprise for STX Entertainment. The weekend’s other new release, Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep, debuted in eighth place with $6.6 million from approximately 1500 screens.

1. Suicide Squad — $43.8M
2. Sausage Party — $33.6M
3. Pete’s Dragon — $21.5M
4. Jason Bourne — $13.6M
5. Bad Moms — $11.5M
6. The Secret Life of Pets — $8.8M
7. Star Trek Beyond — $6.8M
8. Florence Foster Jenkins — $6.6M
9. Nine Lives — $3.5M
10. Lights Out — $3.2M

Film Junk Bonus Podcast: Stranger Things

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Allied Teaser Trailer Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard

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Following up on his last two films, Flight and The Walk, Robert Zemeckis continues to focus his career on more serious, dramatic fare. His latest film is a WWII romantic thriller starring Brad Pitt as an intelligence officer who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) during a mission in Casablanca in 1942. The script was written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) and it is supposedly based on a true story that was told to him personally. Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode and Jared Harris also co-star. Allied hits theatres on Nov. 23rd; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Antoine Fuqua to Direct Scarface Remake

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We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a new Scarface movie for quite some time now, partially inspired by the film’s continued strong sales on DVD and Blu-ray and its omnipresence in pop culture. Last we heard, the new version would revolve around a Mexican immigrant climbing the ranks of the criminal underworld in modern day Los Angeles and Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (No) would be taking the reins on the project. After that everything went silent for a while, but now this week Universal is ready to make a final push to get this remake back to the starting line. Apparently Larrain is out and they’ve reportedly hired another director who just finished remaking a classic film: Antoine Fuqua. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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