Will Smith in Talks to Play Genie in Live-Action Aladdin Remake

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Although he didn’t end up signing on for Disney and Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo movie earlier this year, it looks like Will Smith is now about to finalize a deal for a different Disney project. We are hearing that Smith is circling one of the lead roles in their upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie (no, seriously). Although Smith has had some trouble delivering big box office hits on his own as of late, working with Disney is about a safe a bet as they come these days. Hit the jump for more details.

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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Trailer

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Earlier this month we learned that Marvel would be bringing a New Warriors TV series to the Disney-owned channel Freeform alongside their previously announced Cloak & Dagger show. Now this week the first official trailer for Cloak & Dagger has arrived online to give us a sense of what to expect from these young adult-targeted projects. Produced by Joe Pokaski (Heroes), the show revolves around two troubled teens named Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen who develop superpowers; one has the ability to manipulate darkness while the other can shoot daggers of light. As you can probably guess, the trailer isn’t particularly action-heavy and features minimal special effects, indicating that it will probably focus on the teen drama just as much if not more than the superhero stuff. Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt (I Didn’t Do It) and Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of) and it will premiere sometime in 2018. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Captain Marvel Movie Gets a Pair of Directors

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Out of all of the MCU projects currently in development, Marvel seems to have had the hardest time finding the right director for their Captain Marvel movie. The project was originally announced back in 2014 and last summer it was revealed that Brie Larson had been tapped for the lead role. But it has taken until now for them to finally settle on a filmmaker (or two) to helm this important project. They made it known that they wanted a woman to oversee their first female-led superhero flick and they have held true to that goal. However, she also happens to come as part of a package deal with her long-time writing and directing partner. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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The Little Hours Trailer Starring Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza

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If you’re starting to feel like all of the R-rated comedies coming out these days are the exact same movie, here’s one that seems to be switching things up a little bit, at least in terms of setting. The Little Hours is the latest film from writer-director Jeff Baena (Joshy, Life After Beth) and it revolves around a group of nuns at a medieval convent who face temptation head on when a hunky young servant is hired to help out. It is possible that this movie is relying entirely on the shock of seeing horny nuns swearing up a storm, but with a cast that includes Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon and Fred Armisen, it’s hard to imagine this being anything other than hilarious. You know, assuming it doesn’t like… offend you or something. The Little Hours hits select theatres on June 30th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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King Kong TV Series in the Works

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Now that Kong: Skull Island has proven to be a success and even outgrossed Godzilla worldwide, it is looking like Legendary’s decision to build a shared monster movie universe was a smart one. However, the next movie in the series doesn’t hit theatres until 2019, so how can they maintain this momentum in the meantime? A TV series seems like one possibility and, as it turns out, there is currently one in the works. However, it is being set up by a different studio and is completely unrelated although it also happens to be called King Kong Skull Island… that’s not confusing at all! Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #608: The Fate of the Furious

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0:00 – Intro
14:05 – Review: The Fate of the Furious
44:00 – Headlines: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer
52:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: Sandy Wexler, The Italian Job (1969), The Italian Job (2003), Louis C.K.: 2017, Girls, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
1:16:05 – Junk Mail: Lazy Sunday Movie Recommendations, Zootopia + Deepwater Horizon + American Pastoral, Why Jay Loves Fairy Tales, Lacklustre Letterboxd Usage, IMDb Star Rating System, Letterboxd Lists, Keeping Track of Movies You Never Finished
1:59:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:01:10 – Outro
2:06:00 – Spoiler Discussion: The Fate of the Furious

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Jude Law to Play Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts Sequel

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Just prior to the release of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Brothers announced that Johnny Depp had joined the cast of the sequel as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Although it was initially assumed that the new five-film series would mostly revolve around Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, it is now becoming clear that another centerpiece of the series will be the relationship between Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore, who were close friends (and perhaps more than just friends) before a falling out drove them apart. Now we know who will be playing the key role of Dumbledore opposite Johnny Depp in the new series. Hit the jump for more details.

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American Assassin Trailer Starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton

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With spies continuing to be a relatively bankable subject in Hollywood these days, we’ve got yet another successful literary spy about to make the jump to the big screen. Mitch Rapp is the star of a series of best-selling books by Vince Flynn, a fictional CIA agent seemingly cut from the same cloth as characters like Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan and Jack Bauer. CBS Films is adapting the 11th book in the series, a prequel of sorts that explains how Rapp joined the CIA (no unlike the recent Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien is playing the young Rapp and they are obviously hoping he can grow with the franchise… that is, assuming it is successful enough to spawn a few sequels. American Assassin is directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger, Homeland) and co-stars Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan and Taylor Kitsch. The movie hits theatres on Sept. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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James Gunn Confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

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As the first wave of reviews arrive online to deliver high praise for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, writer-director James Gunn has announced that he will be returning in the near future to complete a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It might not seem like the most surprising news, but up until now everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond The Avengers: Infinity War has remained largely unknown. This will make him the second director (okay, technically, the third) to helm three movies for Marvel after Anthony and Joe Russo, although he will be the first to complete a trilogy. Here’s what he had to say about it:

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Fate of the Furious Smashes International Opening Weekend Record

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The Fate of the Furious was right on target over the weekend as it managed to become the second movie of the year to open above $100 million but only just barely. The movie raced to an estimated $100.2 million at the domestic box office, which is the second best start for the franchise but still a staggering $47 million off from Furious 7. That being said, the movie did set a new box office record internationally, pulling in $432.3 million outside the U.S. which puts it ahead of its predecessor from an overall perspective. Elsewhere, The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast fell to second and third place respectively, while Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style rounded out the top 5. The Fate of the Furious should easily continue to dominate for the rest of the month.

1. The Fate of the Furious — $100.2M
2. The Boss Baby — $15.5M
3. Beauty and the Beast — $13.6M
4. Smurfs: The Lost Village — $6.5M
5. Going in Style — $6.4M
6. Gifted — $3M
7. Get Out — $2.9M
8. Power Rangers — $2.9M
9. The Case for Christ — $2.7M
10. Kong: Skull Island — $2.7M

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer

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Straight from the panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, here is the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (aka Star Wars: Episode VIII). Much like the initial trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is mainly a collection of brief images fading in and out set to some voiceover narration. In this case, it seems like they’ve given us even less to go on, although there is that intriguing line from Mark Hamill: “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson and hits theatres on Dec. 15th, 2017; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Fede Alvarez to Direct Labyrinth Reboot

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Despite the initial outcry from fans, TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Co. are continuing to move forward with a proposed Labyrinth sequel / reboot project that was announced last year just following the death of David Bowie. At the time, screenwriter Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) promised fans that it would not be a remake and that it would be “handled with love and respect.” Now this week brings news that the studio has settled on a director, although surprisingly it is a filmmaker known for R-rated horror flicks as opposed to PG fantasy films: Don’t Breathe / Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez. Here’s what he had to say about the announcement:

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