Mackenzie Davis in Talks for Next Terminator Movie


The debate over whether Terminator: Genisys should be a considered a success or failure rages on, but ultimately it is somewhat irrelevant because Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions still have the rights to make at least one more Terminator movie and that’s exactly what they are going to do. It was announced last year that Deadpool director Tim Miller would helm the new movie and that it would be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day with James Cameron contributing creatively. Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirmed to be returning along with Linda Hamilton, but now this week we have our first new addition to the cast. Hit the jump for more info.

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The Sopranos Prequel Movie in the Works


Although the final episode of The Sopranos aired over a decade ago, there have long been rumours that we may one day see a continuation of the story in movie form. Series creator David Chase has been laying pretty low since his 2012 film Not Fade Away and after the passing of James Gandolfini in 2013, the prospects of such a project seemed to be a lot less likely. This week, however, we are hearing that David Chase has found a surprising way to return to the show from a different angle. He has co-written a script for a prequel called The Many Saints of Newark and it is now being developed as a feature film. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Jon Favreau to Write and Produce Live-Action Star Wars TV Series


Last month we learned that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had been recruited to join the Star Wars universe, but that they would be writing and producing a brand new series of Star Wars movies as opposed to a TV show. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger did confirm, however, that there are multiple Star Wars TV projects currently in development for Disney’s upcoming streaming service and that more announcements would be forthcoming. Now this week we have learned that at least one of those shows will be overseen by Jon Favreau. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about the announcement:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: A Wrinkle in Time, The Hurricane Heist, The Strangers: Prey at Night


Theoretically, it is a pretty busy weekend in theatres with four new movies in wide release, but in reality only one of those is expected to give Black Panther much of a fight. Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is the second diverse Disney blockbuster to be released in the span of a month, but its far out concept may prevent it from getting the same reception as a more mainstream Marvel movie. Will it still find an audience or will it have the unfortunate distinction of being the next big Disney flop? Other major releases hitting theatres include the horror sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night, b-movie action-thriller The Hurricane Heist and comedic crime flick Gringo starring David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron. In select theatres, we also have Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin and the dark indie comedy Thoroughbreds featuring the final performance of Anton Yelchin. What will you be watching this weekend?

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Trailer


We already have the original 1966 animated classic and a 2000 live-action version starring Jim Carrey, but like it or not we’re about to get a third adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This one is a fully CG-animated take courtesy of the folks at Illumination Entertainment and it features Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of The Grinch. It isn’t entirely clear from the first trailer what will set this one apart from its predecessors, but it seems safe to assume that it will make a lot of money regardless. Directed by Yarrow Cheney (The Secret Life of Pets) and Scott Mosier (long-time producer for Kevin Smith), The Grinch hits theaters on Nov. 9th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Michael Bay to Direct Robopocalypse and 6 Underground


Now that Michael Bay is finally moving on from the Transformers franchise (as a director, at least), you might assume that he would be eager to take on something completely different. After spending a decade of his life bringing five Transformers movies to the big screen, any sane human being would want a break from giant robot carnage. But apparently old habits die hard with Bay because this week we are hearing that one of Michael Bay’s next projects will be the sci-fi action thriller Robopocalypse. He will take over from Steven Spielberg, who was previously attached to direct. Hit the jump for more details.

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Disney’s Christopher Robin Trailer Starring Ewan McGregor


Last year Domnhall Gleeson starred in Goodbye Christopher Robin, a biopic about Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne that seemed at the time to be somewhat reminscent of Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland. Now this year Disney is releasing their own Pooh-themed pseudo-biopic directed by (who else?) Marc Forster. Ewan McGregor plays the grown up Christopher Robin who has apparently lost touch with his inner child and become a stuffy businessman. Fortunately, Pooh and his fictional friends are there to help, kind of like Seth MacFarlane’s Ted… only for serious. Also of note: Winnie the Pooh is voiced by long-time voice actor Jim Cummings, which seems to have divided the internet right down the middle. Christopher Robin hits theatres on Aug. 3rd; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Black Hole Adaptation Gets Dope Director


After his indie film Dope took Sundance by storm back in 2015, Rick Famuyiwa quickly became a filmmaker in demand and yet we are still waiting for the project that will finally make him a household name. He was attached to direct The Flash for Warner Brothers but dropped out in 2016 due to creative differences. He currently has Son of Shaolin set up at Sony with Dwayne Johnson on board as a producer and he just landed a deal with Netflix for the vigilante superhero film Past Midnight starring Keanu Reeves. But most interesting of all, now he is about to take on a long-gestating adaptation of the Charles Burns graphic novel Black Hole. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #650: Death Wish


0:00 – Intro
8:40 – Review: Death Wish
46:00 – Headlines: Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Tarantino’s #9
52:55 – Other Stuff We We Watched: Darkest Hour, Death Wish (1974), Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Apocalypse Now
1:07:10 – Junk Mail: Is Frank Suffering from Jay-lousy?, Queer Cinema Renaissance, Why Does 4K Matter?, Greatest Oscar Party Snack, Disney Conspiracy Against Florida Project, More Chat Room Q&A
1:28:55 – Outro

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Roseanne Revival Gets First Full Trailer


We’re less than a month away from seeing the iconic ’90s sitcom Roseanne return to television and just last night ABC unveiled the first full trailer for the upcoming revival. The entire original cast is back along with some fan favourite guest stars, but does it still feel like the same Conner family we all know and love? I would have to say yes… yes it does. It appears that they will playfully acknowledge yet ultimately gloss over most of the plot developments from the show’s final season, which is probably for the best. The new season will feature nine episodes with the possibility of making more in the near future. Roseanne premieres on ABC on March 27th at 8 pm EST; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Mary Poppins Returns Teaser Trailer


Along with their shameless plug for A Wrinkle in Time at the Oscars last night, Disney also aired the very first teaser trailer for the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. The movie stars Emily Blunt in the title role made famous by Julie Andrews and so far people seem surprisingly receptive to the idea of following up such a classic film over 50 years later. The movie takes place in London during the Great Depression with Ben Whishaw playing Michael, one of the children from the original who is now an adult widower with three kids of his own. Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda plays Lamplighter Jack while Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke also co-star. Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) and hits theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Black Panther Hits $500 Million Domestically


It was another big week for Marvel’s Black Panther as the movie has now become one of only ten movies to hit $500 million domestically and the third fastest ever to do so. It earned $65 million in its third weekend and now sits at $897 million worldwide as it prepares to open in China next weekend. In second place, the Jennifer Lawrence spy movie Red Sparrow debuted with $17 million which is just a little less than Atomic Blonde made last summer, while Death Wish opened in third with $13 million. Both movies fell squarely within expectations but failed to exceed them. Game Night dropped to fourth while Peter Rabbit rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Annihilation plummeted a massive 49% all the way to sixth place while Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was somehow still in seventh place in its 11th week of release. The Rock may have won a Razzie for Baywatch but clearly he’s doing just fine.

1. Black Panther — $65.7M
2. Red Sparrow — $17M
3. Death Wish — $13M
4. Game Night — $10.7M
5. Peter Rabbit — $10M
6. Annihilation — $5.7M
7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $4.5M
8. Fifty Shades Freed — $3.3M
9. The Greatest Showman — $2.7M
10. Every Day — $1.6M