Venom Movie Gets an Official Release Date

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With Spider-Man: Homecoming bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe this summer, Sony has somehow managed to get fans excited about their second Spider-Man reboot in the just five years. What remains to be seen, however, is just what will happen with Spidey after this movie. As far as we know, he will continue to be a part of the MCU (Tom Holland supposedly has a contract to appear in 6 different Marvel movies) but Sony is also continuing to move forward with their own Spider-Man universe. Last year we heard that they were starting up development again on a standalone Venom film. Now this week they have set a release date for that project as it inches closer to reality. Hit the jump for more details.

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Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #2

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Here’s the new trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight, which actually strikes a different tone from the previous trailers we’ve seen, largely because it focuses on newcomer Izabella (played by Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner). She seems to be one of several young kids that will play a major part in the movie, although Mark Wahlberg is still present and Josh Duhamel is now back in the fold as well. Overall they seem to be making an effort to diffuse the overload of testosterone that these movies are known for while also making the franchise a little more kid-friendly again. I, for one, am not opposed to that. Transformers: The Last Knight hits theatres on June 23rd; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Beauty and the Beast, The Belko Experiment, T2 Trainspotting

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Disney’s latest live action adaptation of an animated classic hits theatres this weekend with high expectations, carrying with it the distinct possibility of setting a new opening weekend record for the month of March. Beauty and the Beast is currently tracking well beyond Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and looks like it could end up with one of the top 10 debuts of all time. The only other new movie in wide release is aiming for a very different demographic as Greg McLean and James Gunn’s R-rated horror thriller The Belko Experiment arrives on over 1,300 screens. In select theatres, we also have Danny Boyle’s long-awaited T2 Trainspotting (which feels like it should be playing on more than just a handful of screens) and Terrence Malick’s Song to Song, while in Canada we have the R-rated hockey comedy sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers. What will you be watching this weekend?

Aardman’s Early Man Teaser Trailer

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Aside from Laika, the folks at Aardman Animations are one of the few studios keeping stop motion animation alive in the face of its decreasing commercial prospects. Their last film, Shaun the Sheep, was a critical hit but their lowest grossing feature to date. That didn’t stop them from greenlighting a sequel, but in the meantime Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park is directing a new original film of his own. Early Man revolves around a group of cavemen at the dawn of time and although it may seem reminiscent of The Croods, the sensibility is unmistakably Aardman. Featuring the voices of Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams, Early Man hits theatres sometime in 2018. Check out the teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire Trailer #2

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We saw the first trailer for Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire just after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, where it went on to win the Midnight Madness award. Now that the movie is hitting theatres in just over a month in the U.S. (and in a couple of weeks in the U.K.), a new trailer has debuted online. The cast includes Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Noah Taylor, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley and Jack Reynor, but Brie Larson in particular seems to get singled out as the lone female presence and could be a decent draw after her role in Kong: Skull Island. Set in an abandoned warehouse, the movie revolves around an arms deal gone wrong and the epic resulting shootout. Free Fire hits theatres on April 21st; check out the new U.K. trailer along with a Japanese trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Matrix Reboot in the Works Without the Wachowskis

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Update: Zak Penn has since responded on Twitter, claiming that it won’t be a remake or a reboot.

The Matrix came out of nowhere back in 1999, a surprisingly smart sci-fi blockbuster that went on to influence almost every action movie that has come since, for better or worse. The trilogy ultimately made $1.6 billion worldwide, and in this age of shared universes and never ending franchises, that makes it a potentially valuable property. A few years ago we heard rumours about a brand new trilogy being in development but nothing seemed to come of it. Now this week we’re hearing that a Matrix reboot is indeed inching forward at Warner Brothers and this time the Wachowskis probably won’t be involved. Hit the jump for more details.

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Fede Alvarez Confirmed for Dragon Tattoo Reboot, Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson Might Star

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We’ve been hearing for a couple of years now that Sony is planning to reboot The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series on the big screen with a new cast and director. David Fincher’s adaptation of the first book made $230 million worldwide on a $90 million budget back in 2011, but that was not deemed profitable enough to get the sequels greenlit. Now they are jumping ahead to the fourth book in the series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and they’ve finally confirmed the rumours we heard last year that Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) will be at the helm. He is currently in the process of meeting with actresses to find the new Lisbeth Salander and they seem to have some pretty big names in the mix. Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, had this to say about the new film:

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Pixar’s Coco Trailer

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Although we’ve already got one Pixar movie coming in June, the acclaimed animation studio has a second film due out later this year that looks to be their contemplative art house drama intended to balance out the cash grab sequel that is Cars 3. Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and co-directed and written by Adrian Molina (The Good Dinosaur) and the story revolves around a 12-year-old boy in a small Mexican village who secretly dreams of becoming a musician in a family that hates music. An investigation into his family history, however, soon leads him to the Land of the Dead where he finds the inspiration he needs to follow his dream. Coco features the voices of Benjamin Bratt and Gael García Bernal and it hits theatres on Nov. 22nd. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Matthew Vaughn Wanted for Man of Steel 2

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Over the past month or two there has been a flurry of news and speculation surrounding DC’s next standalone Batman movie, but it’s been quite a while since we’ve heard anything about the possibility of a new Superman movie. Last August there was a report that a Man of Steel sequel had been put into active development at Warner Brothers and that it was a high priority for the studio. At the time, the news was a little surprising because in spite its success at the box office there was a general feeling of dissatisfaction surrounding Man of Steel and it was unclear how they should follow it up (the end of Batman v Superman only complicated matters further). And yet, it appears that they are still eager to redeem the character and bring him back to his own franchise with the help of an established director. Now they’ve set their sights on someone who has a proven track record in the realm of comic book movies. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #603: Kong: Skull Island

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0:00 – Intro
16:20 – Review: Kong: Skull Island
1:00:25 – Headlines: Baby Driver Trailer, Logan Black and White Cut, Joe Carnahan Leaves Bad Boys 4 Life
1:23:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Unfriended, Jackie, Deluge, It Came from Outer Space, Moby Dick, Nirvanna: The Band: The Show, Girls
1:50:45 – Junk Mail: Best Actor / Superhero Role, Thoughts on Sneaking Into Theatres / Stealing Movies, Monster Energy Drink, Frank’s Frankenberry Costume, Ladies Love Frank, The Longevity of Film Junk
2:26:55 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:30:30 – Outro

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Wonder Woman Trailer #3

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Although DC’s Wonder Woman didn’t screen at SXSW this weekend, WB did apparently have some sort of interactive art exhibit going on today and they also recently debuted a new trailer for the movie during the Kids’ Choice Awards (whatever that is). Dubbed the “Official Origin Trailer,” the new video focuses on Diana’s journey from Themyscira to London, starting with her Amazonian training through to her eventual encounter with Steve Trevor. There is also a fair amount of humour in here and a bit of the same “aw shucks” innocence we saw in Captain America: The First Avenger. Clearly the message here is this may be the first truly family-friendly live-action film in the new DC Universe. Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen and David Thewlis and it hits theatres on June 2, 2017. Check out the new trailer after jump and let us know what you think.

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Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver Trailer

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Fresh off its world premiere at SXSW over the weekend, here is the first trailer for Edgar Wright’s upcoming movie Baby Driver. It’s been four long years since The World’s End and in that time he was developing but ultimately did not direct Marvel’s Ant-Man. Now he’s back with an original heist movie that carries his trademark energy, wit and sense of humour as well. Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) plays a young getaway driver who listens to music while on the job in order to cope with his tinnitus. It seems like a potentially brilliant cinematic premise and based on the trailer it looks like the movie has some decent action to back it up. With a supporting cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal and Jon Hamm, this might have everything it needs to be a late summer saviour. Baby Driver hits theatres on Aug. 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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