Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin Trailer


Although writer-director Armando Iannucci has been quietly doing great work on HBO’s Veep over the past few years, fans of In The Loop have no doubt been anxiously awaiting his return to the big screen. Fortunately they won’t have to wait much longer because his next movie is just a couple of months away. Rather than focusing on current events, this time he has turned his rapid fire political satire to the past: specifically, 1953 Moscow where the USSR is scrambling following the sudden death of Joseph Stalin. Based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the movie stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine and Michael Palin. The Death of Stalin premieres at TIFF in September and hits theatres in the U.K. on Oct. 20th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Annabelle: Creation Builds Solid Debut


The major summer blockbusters have passed, leaving the door open for the relatively miniscule horror sequel Annabelle: Creation to become a late summer success. The movie easily topped the box office with $35 million, just a couple million dollars less than the last Annabelle film, making it one of the biggest openings for a horror movie so far this year (only Split and Alien: Covenant did better). Clearly The Conjuring franchise still holds some weight with horror fans. Dunkirk held on to second place with $11.4 million followed by The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature which earned a lacklustre $8.9 million on over 4000 screens. The Dark Tower and The Emoji Movie rounded out the top 5. The other weekend’s other new release, The Glass Castle, finished a distant eighth place with just $4.87 million.

1. Annabelle: Creation — $35M
2. Dunkirk — $11.4M
3. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature — $8.9M
4. The Dark Tower — $7.9M
5. The Emoji Movie — $6.6M
6. Girls Trip — $6.5M
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $6.1M
8. Kidnap — $5.2M
9. The Glass Castle — $4.9M
10. Atomic Blonde — $4.6M

Batman vs. Two-Face Trailer: Adam West vs. William Shatner


Although Batman star Adam West passed away just a couple of months ago, he did leave us with one final performance as the Caped Crusader. Last year’s DC animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders attempted to recapture a bit of the magic of the campy and colourful ’60s TV series with West and Ward lending their voices to the characters. It was successful enough to warrant a sequel and fortunately for us West was able to finish recording his dialogue before his death. Also fortunately for us, the movie features William Shatner as Harvey Dent aka Two-Face, setting up the ultimate battle between two masters of stilted, melodramatic delivery. How can you go wrong? Batman vs. Two-Face hits DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature


It’s shaping up to be another slow weekend at multiplexes as we start scraping the bottom of the summer movie barrel. Annabelle: Creation is the biggest release of the week and should easily come out on top, especially considering that reviews seem to be stronger than its predecessor. The other major releases are The Glass Castle starring Brie Larson and the animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. The good news is that there are are some interesting indie films hitting select theatres, although they are playing on just a few screens apiece. Of particular note is the social media satire Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, crime thriller Good Time starring Robert Pattinson, and the third installment in The Trip series, The Trip to Spain starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. What will you be watching this weekend?

Neuromancer Movie Gets Deadpool Director


After years (actually, now decades) of being stuck in development hell, it looks like a big screen adaptation of William Gibson’s iconic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer is finally back on again. Last we heard, Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) was attached to direct and Hayden Christensen was rumoured to star but then the project went silent for a long while. In 2015 we heard that China’s C2M Media Group had come on board to help finance the film but unfortunately Natali had dropped out. Now this week they have reportedly lined up a new filmmaker with a big hit under his belt to help get this thing made. Hit the jump for more info.

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Loving Vincent Trailer: The First Fully Oil Painted Feature Film


Sometimes it takes a unique gimmick to get an independent film noticed, and when it comes to gimmicks, Loving Vincent has a pretty cool one. The movie tells the life story of Vincent Van Gogh presented entirely in the visual style of his paintings. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and made over a six year period, the movie uses a technique similar to rotoscoping where 125 artists hand-painted each frame. With a live-action cast that includes Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn and Robert Gulaczyk, this looks like a pretty unique and ambitious cinematic experience if nothing else. Loving Vincent hits select theatres on Sept. 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Disney to Pull Content from Netflix and Launch Streaming Service in 2019


It was less than a year ago that Netflix became the exclusive streaming home of Disney’s movie releases including their wildly successful Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar properties. The deal was a pretty valuable one for Netflix (they reportedly paid $300 million for it) and it continued their partnership with Disney after launching a handful of original Marvel TV series together. Unfortunately for Netflix, Disney is already pulling the plug on the deal as they prepare to enter the market with their own streaming service. While the cut off will not take effect for a couple of years, this is a major blow to Netflix and potentially a sign of the future struggles ahead for the streaming giant. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #623: Detroit and Girls Trip


0:00 – Intro
10:25 – Review: Detroit
1:08:05 – Review: Girls Trip
1:22:24 – Headlines: Death Wish Trailer, Disney to Use Facial Recognition to Gather Data in Theatres, Al Gore’s Top 5 Movies
1:51:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Lost City of Z, Cape Fear (1991), Wizards, Aeon Flux, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Booty Call, Interstellar, Dunkirk
2:17:00 – Junk Mail: Dunkirk and the Importance of Sound, Dwayne Johnson’s Siri Commercial, Action Heroines, Refurbished Products, Where to File T2: Trainspotting, How to Describe Film Junk to Your Friends
2:50:05 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:54:00 – Outro

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David Letterman Comes Out of Retirement for New Netflix Series


It’s been a little over two years since the final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman aired and by all accounts Letterman has been enjoying his retirement to the fullest. That being said, he has not stayed completely out of the spotlight; he made a few appearances on the global warming show Years of Living Dangerously and has also occasionally popped up in public to voice his disapproval of Donald Trump’s presidency. Now this week we are hearing that Netflix has convinced him to come out of retirement for a brand new talk show, seemingly giving him carte blanche to do whatever he wants with it. Here is a brief description of the show from the official press release:

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Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Trailer Starring Jennifer Lawrence


After releasing a short teaser trailer last week, this week we finally get a look at the full trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film mother!. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple who have their lives disrupted by the arrival of two uninvited guests (played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer). Even after watching the full trailer, the mystery of the film is preserved but it is clear that a previous relationship seems to be causing suspicion, paranoia and fear and that Jennifer Lawrence’s character is slowly becoming unhinged. The movie is rumoured to be loosely inspired by Rosemary’s Baby and that seems to make a bit of sense because this definitely feels like a Polanski-esque thriller. mother! hits theatres on Sept. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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First Official Photos of Josh Brolin as Cable in Deadpool 2


With production on Deadpool 2 currently underway in Vancouver this summer, Ryan Reynolds has been slowly starting to tease some hints of the upcoming sequel via his Twitter account. Last week he revealed the first photo of Zazie Beetz as the telekinetic mutant Domino and now this week he has unveiled a first look at Josh Brolin as time-travelling warrior Cable. While he doesn’t quite have the Rob Liefeld-style physical proportions, he does look sufficiently grizzled in my opinion. The only weird thing is that he also looks a bit like Ryan Reynolds when he is wearing the Wade Wilson make-up. What do you think of Josh Brolin as Cable? Check out the Deadpool 2 photos after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: The Dark Tower Looms Over a Slow Summer Weekend


It was a very quiet weekend at the box office (in fact, the lowest grossing weekend of the summer so far), which allowed Stephen King’s The Dark Tower to climb to the top with a relatively lacklustre $19.2 million debut. That is the second largest opening weekend ever for a Stephen King adaptation, coming in just behind 2007’s 1408, but it is less than what Sony had been hoping for. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was a close second, dropping just 34% to take $17.1 million, followed by The Emoji Movie and Girls Trip. In fifth place, the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap debuted with $10.2 million. Meanwhile, way down in eighth place, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit could only muster $7.7 million with audiences seemingly shying away from such heavy subject matter during the summer season.

1. The Dark Tower — $19.2M
2. Dunkirk — $17.1M
3. The Emoji Movie — $12M
4. Girls Trip — $11.4M
5. Kidnap — $10M
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $8.8M
7. Atomic Blonde — $8.2M
8. Detroit — $7.1M
9. War for the Planet of the Apes — $6.2M
10. Despicable Me 3 — $5.4M