Annabelle: Creation Trailer #2

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Although Universal recently relaunched their horror-themed cinematic universe with The Mummy, Warner Brothers has also been building one for a few years now with James Wan’s The Conjuring and all of its various spin-offs. Now they have officially given it a name (The Conjuring Universe, obviously) and it features prominently in the new trailer for Annabelle: Creation, their upcoming prequel to a prequel. This installment gives us the origin story for that creepy doll, which was created by a dollmaker to take the place of his daughter who died under tragic circumstances. Annabelle: Creation is directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and stars Miranda Otto (Homeland, The Lord of the Rings), Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace), Stephanie Sigman (Miss Bala, Narcos) and Tayler Buck. The movie hits theatres on Aug. 11th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Cars 3 Coasts Across the Finish Line, Rough Night Stumbles

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It was another predictable win for Disney over the weekend as Cars 3 became the 16th Pixar movie (out of 18) to open at the top of the box office. That being said, its $53.5 million debut is still one of the lowest ever for Pixar, beating only The Good Dinosaur, A Bug’s Life and the original Toy Story while coming in behind the previous two Cars films as well. Wonder Woman was a strong second with $40 million, dropping just 30% in its third weekend. The Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me was a solid hit for Lionsgate, opening to $27.1 million, while The Mummy fell to fourth with $13.9 million. 47 Meters Down rounded out the top 5 with a somewhat surprising $11.5 million. Way down at #7 with just $8 million, Rough Night was a major disappointment for Sony and the second misfire of the year for Scarlett Johansson. Maybe it was just too dark for mainstream audiences… or perhaps all the women were seeing Wonder Woman a second time instead?

1. Cars 3 — $53.5M
2. Wonder Woman — $40.8M
3. All Eyez on Me — $27.1M
4. The Mummy — $13.9M
5. 47 Meters Down — $11.5M
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales — $8.5M
7. Rough Night — $8M
8. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie — $7.4M
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — $5M
10. It Comes at Night — $2.6M

Game Junk Podcast Episode #33: E3 2017

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0:00 – Intro
7:35 – E3 Discussion: Microsoft
40:40 – E3 Discussion: Sony
1:10:45 – E3 Discussion: Nintendo
1:28:45 – E3 Discussion: Bethesda, Ubisoft, EA, Square Enix
1:44:35 – Top 5: E3 Announcements / Highlights
1:48:00 – Outro

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The Trip to Spain Trailer Starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan

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Bosom buddies Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have reunited with director Michael Winterbottom yet again for their third partially improvised road trip film, this time travelling through beautiful Spain. As always their goal is to sample the local cuisine while carrying on halfway thoughtful conversations and amusing each other with random impressions and comedic riffs. There are always a few minor attempts at dramatic intrigue as well, but for the most part it is just a chance to hang out with these guys and laugh. Can the third film live up to the previous installments or has the concept already run its course? The TV version of The Trip to Spain aired last month on Sky in the U.K., but the rest of us will find out when IFC brings the feature film version to North America on August 11th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The New York Times’ Top 25 Films of the 21st Century So Far

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Last week The New York Times’ two chief film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott took it upon themselves to put together a list of the best films released since the year 2000. Unlike last year’s top 100 list put together by the BBC, this is not a consensus among a whole panel of contributors but rather a consensus between the two of them (along with some help from “cinema savants on Facebook”, as they put it). As you might expect, the resulting list is a little more unique than you usually get from these kinds of things and not only does it include quite a few movies I haven’t seen, it also includes several I’ve never even heard of. So if you’re looking for recommendations, this is worth checking out even though it shuns plenty of mainstream favourites. They also have write-ups for the movies from some well-known directors (you can see another list of favourites from six other directors here). Do you agree with their picks? Check out the full list after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Nobody Speak Trailer: The Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Doc Comes to Netflix

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When Hulk Hogan sued Gawker over a leaked sex tape back in 2013, many people applauded his decision to take on a sleazy celebrity blog and stand up for his right to personal privacy. The resulting trial, however, grew into something more than that — especially when it was revealed that someone else had paid Hogan’s legal fees in order to help bring Gawker down. Now director Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion, The Internet’s Own Boy) is recapping the entire ordeal and helping to illustrate the bigger issues with his latest documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press. This was one of the most talked about docs at Sundance where it was acquired by Netflix for a cool $2 million. Nobody Speak arrives on Netflix on June 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Cars 3, Rough Night, All Eyez on Me

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We’ve got four new movies in wide release this weekend and, as we’ve come to expect so far this summer, none of them seem to generating particularly positive reviews. Pixar’s Cars 3 is probably the biggest release of the week and seems to be an improvement on the last Cars installment but it won’t come anywhere close to the success they had with Finding Dory last year. Also hitting theatres we have the R-rated bachelorette party comedy Rough Night, the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me, and the VOD-turned-theatrical shark thriller 47 Meters Down. Colin Trevorrow’s new movie The Book of Henry is also playing on 500+ screens, although it is getting absolutely trounced by critics and is causing people to have concerns about his next movie, Star Wars: Episode IX. In select theatres, you can also look for Ken Loach’s latest film I, Daniel Blake. What will you be watching this weekend?

Daddy’s Home 2 Trailer Starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg

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Daddy’s Home was a pretty solid hit for Paramount back in 2015, earning $242 million worldwide and becoming Will Ferrell’s biggest live-action movie to date. The movie stars Ferrell as an uptight stepfather who clashes with his wife’s cool ex-husband (played by Mark Wahlberg) as they compete for the affection of his kids. Now they’re bringing out a sequel and adding more dads to the mix with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow playing Dusty and Brad’s own polar opposite fathers respectively. Daddy’s Home 2 is once again directed by Sean Anders (That’s My Boy, Horrible Bosses 2) and it hits theatres on Nov. 10th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Happy Death Day Trailer: A Groundhog Day-Inspired Slasher Flick

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Groundhog Day may not have been the first movie to feature a time loop but it is certainly the most famous, to the point where any new movie featuring a similar plot conceit is instantly called a Groundhog Day rip-off. In the case of Blumhouse’s upcoming horror film Happy Death Day, it takes the idea of reliving the same day over and over again but puts it in the form of a slasher movie where the main character must try to figure out who her killer is. It seems like an interesting twist on the concept, even if many of the individual beats seem pretty familiar. At the very least, it appears to have a sense of humour about it as well. Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and it hits theatres on Oct. 13th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jessica Chastain in Talks for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Simon Kinberg to Direct

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Earlier this year it was revealed that the next X-Men movie was likely to be a new take on the Dark Phoenix saga with long-time franchise writer and producer Simon Kinberg hoping to claim the director’s chair for himself. At the time, it was unclear if some of the primary cast members would return since Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy all had reached the end of their three movie deals, leading to talk of another possible soft reboot. Fortunately, it sounds like that won’t be the case and as a matter of fact they’ll be adding another big name to the cast as well. Hit the jump for more details.

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Netflix’s Friends from College Trailer: A Comedy Series from Nicholas Stoller

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Netflix has released the full trailer for their next upcoming comedy series, Friends from College, which seems to fall vaguely in the same realm as Love but aimed at a slightly older crowd. Created by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors) and Francesca Delbanco, the show revolves around a group of friends from Harvard who are now “facing down their forties” while still trying to sort out their relationships and get a handle on adult life. Featuring a solid cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Fred Savage, Nat Faxon and Jae Suh Park, all eight episodes were also directed by Stoller. Friends from College arrives on Netflix on July 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Brigsby Bear Trailer Starring Kyle Mooney

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Although most people know Kyle Mooney as one of the current cast members of SNL, I still remember him as Rory, Stephen Merchant’s awkward assistant on the HBO series Hello Ladies. He also turned up briefly in a few movies including Zoolander 2 and Neighbors 2, but now he is headlining his own indie dramedy called Brigsby Bear. Directed by SNL writer-director Dave McCary, the movie was fairly well-received at Sundance earlier this year and it revolves around a 25-year-old misfit who is creating a children’s television show from his parents’ basement. The teaser trailer doesn’t give us much in the way of plot (or dialogue) but it does showcase some charming lo-fi production values in the vein of Be Kind Rewind. Brigsby Bear co-stars Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh and Michaela Watkins and it hits select theatres on July 28th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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