James Gunn Will Direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 After All

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It’s been 8 months since James Gunn was forced to step down as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due to the discovery of offensive jokes in his Twitter timeline from years ago. Since then, he has signed on to write and direct a Suicide Squad sequel for Warner Brothers, but the Guardians of the Galaxy cast never stopped campaigning for him to be reinstated at Marvel. Now this week it looks like they have finally been vindicated as Disney has decided to rehire Gunn for the gig. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Captive State, Wonder Park, Five Feet Apart

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We’ve got three major releases hitting theatres this weekend, although none will come close to matching the continued marketing might of Captain Marvel. Paramount’s animated film Wonder Park should be the biggest of the bunch, providing family audiences with an alternative to How to Train Your Dragon 3, while Rupert Wyatt’s sci-fi film Captive State seems to be getting dumped by Focus Features with a distinct lack of marketing and reviews. Also in wide release we have the tragic teen romance Five Feet Apart. In select theatres, look for the Spanish comedy No Manches Frida 2, The Hummingbird Project starring Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard, and Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie. What will you be watching this weekend?

Avengers: Endgame Trailer #2

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Now that Captain Marvel has arrived in theatres, Avengers: Endgame is less than two months away and the hype is definitely continuing to build. Marvel has released a new trailer for the film this week but they seem to be making a point of giving very little away, once again relying on flashbacks from previous films (presented in a sort of faux-Schindler’s List style). At the very least, we do get to see Captain Marvel briefly interact with some of the remaining members plus there is a glimpse of some cool suits, which are sure to spark speculation about how they might save 50% of the universe’s population. Avengers: Endgame hits theatres on Apr. 26th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Good Boys Red Band Trailer: Superbad in Sixth Grade

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Although R-rated comedies are no longer putting up The Hangover-type numbers these days, you can still count on at least a couple of them hitting theatres every summer. This year Seth Rogen is producing a movie that feels like a spiritual successor to his 2007 hit Superbad, but the twist is that the kids are much younger and more naive. Good Boys stars Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams as three slightly nerdy sixth-graders who embark on a coming-of-age adventure when they try to steal some alcohol to bring to a party. Things get out of hand and hijinks ensue (obviously). Good Boys is written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Hello Ladies) with Stupnitsky directing and it hits theatres on Aug. 16th. Check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #699: Captain Marvel

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0:00 – Intro
12:10 – Review: Captain Marvel
46:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: Leaving Neverland, Wanderlust, Fighting with My Family, Losers, Rollerball, The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Your Highness, Clue, Umbrella Academy
1:40:35 – Outro
2:03:15 – Spoiler Discussion: Captain Marvel

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Relaxer Trailer: From the Director of Buzzard

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Joel Potrykus’ 2014 film Buzzard was a dark comedy about a video game-obsessed slacker / scam artist who goes into a downward spiral after trying to stick it to the man. His latest film, Relaxer, also revolves around a video game-obsessed slacker in a downward spiral of sorts. Joshua Burge once again stars, this time playing a guy named Abbie who foolishly accepts a challenge to remain on his couch until he reaches Pac-Man’s level 256. It all turns into a desperate fight for survival and a nightmarish fever dream with music provided by Neon Indian. Relaxer hits select theatres on March 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Cobra Kai: Season 2 Trailer

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Although the first season of the Karate Kid spin-off series Cobra Kai was way better than most people expected it to be, now that the show is heading into its second season, there is a new challenge ahead. They have to somehow build on that promise and continue to remix elements of the movies without simply rehashing them. The introduction of another character from the past may or may not help with that, and after the first season had us sympathizing with Johnny, it seems like Daniel may resume the mantle of underdog hero in season 2. Let’s hope they keep subverting our expectations based on what has come before. The second season of Cobra Kai drops on YouTube Premium on April 24th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Mindy Kaling’s Late Night Trailer

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One of the biggest sales at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the film Late Night, which was acquired by Amazon for $13 million in the hopes that it will become a breakout comedy hit in the vein of The Big Sick. Written by and co-starring Mindy Kaling, the movie revolves around a comedy writer who is hired to help revitalize a struggling late night talk show but finds herself clashing with its all-white-male staff. Emma Thompson plays the late night host while the supporting cast also includes John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Amy Ryan and Ike Barinholtz. The movie was originally supposed to be directed by Paul Feig, but after some scheduling issues, veteran TV helmer Nisha Ganatra (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, You Me Her) took the reins instead. Late Night hits theatres on June 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Captain Marvel Goes Higher, Further, Faster

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No surprises here… Captain Marvel blew open the box office over the weekend with a massive $153 million domestic debut. That’s the seventh highest opening ever for a Marvel movie and the third highest opening weekend ever in March. It is also $50 million more than Wonder Woman made back in 2017 and it single-handedly surpasses all previous three-day weekends in 2019 with all the theatrical releases combined. Although 2019 has been somewhat lacklustre so far, it is certainly becoming more clear than ever that Marvel movies are among the few must-see theatrical events for the average moviegoer. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World fell to second place with $14.7 million followed by Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. The Lego Movie 2 and Alita: Battle Angel rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile, Apollo 11 managed to become one of the rare documentaries to break into the top 10 with $1.3 million.

1. Captain Marvel — $153M
2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — $14.7M
3. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral — $12.1M
4. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — $3.8M
5. Alita: Battle Angel — $3.2M
6. Green Book — $2.5M
7. Isn’t It Romantic — $2.4M
8. Fighting with My Family — $2.2M
9. Greta — $2.2M
10. Apollo 11 — $1.3M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Captain Marvel, The Kid, Gloria Bell

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After a painfully slow start to 2019, multiplexes will suddenly get overwhelmed this weekend with the release of Captain Marvel. It’s not a question of whether this movie will be successful, but rather how successful. It should easily pass $100 million (conservative predictions have it at $125 million) but it would probably be a stretch to hit Black Panther-type numbers. Considering it is such a big release there is very little in the way of competition this weekend, but Vincent D’Onofrio’s western The Kid starring Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan is playing on over 250 screens and A24 is also releasing the acclaimed Chilean film Gloria Bell. What will you be watching this weekend?

Idris Elba to Replace Will Smith as Deadshot in Suicide Squad 2

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Last month it was announced that Will Smith would not be reprising his role as Deadshot in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel, apparently due to scheduling issues (hey, he’s got a Bucket List to take care of and apparently that movie is not on it). Losing a major star like that could have been a big problem for the movie, but this week we are hearing they have already found a replacement and some might say they traded up. Idris Elba is reportedly in talks to take over the role. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #698: Apocalypto + Best of 2006 Revisited

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0:00 – Intro: Episode 700 Plans + Jay’s Near-Death Experience
22:50 – Retro Review: Apocalypto
52:50 – Feature: Top 10 Movies of 2006 (Spoilers for The Prestige from 1:13:50-1:23:50)
1:42:12 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Lives of Others, Slither, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Old Joy, The Hot Rock, Apollo 11
2:06:05 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:07:50 – Outro

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