Jonny Quest Movie Gets The Lego Batman Movie Director

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A live-action Jonny Quest movie has been bouncing around Hollywood for over two decades now with directors like Richard Donner, Peter Segal and Robert Rodriguez all having been attached to direct at one point. Rodriguez was the most recent filmmaker to be involved, but after co-writing the script with Terry Rossio (The Pirates Of The Caribbean series) he decided to step back and let someone else take the helm. Despite rumours that people like Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) were under consideration, it appears that the studio has settled on Chris McKay instead. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Overlord, The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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November is continuing to pile on the major releases as we have our first true blockbuster of the month hitting theatres plus a couple of high profile genre entries as well. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is the movie to beat and is expected to open in the $50-$60 million range but that feels a bit low given Illumination Entertainment’s past track record, the book’s popularity and the star power of Benedict Cumberbatch (then again it is also the third time this story has been adapted). The J.J. Abrams-produced nazi zombie movie Overlord should also bring in more than just hardcore horror fans while The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel The Girl in the Spider’s Web could go either way. In select theatres we also have Jason Reitman’s awards season drama The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman. What will you be watching this weekend?

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Trailer

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Following up on the big announcement from a few months ago that Netflix had acquired Andy Serkis’ Mowgli from Warner Brothers, the streaming giant has finally set a release date for the live-action / CG hybrid movie. Although initial reports indicated it wouldn’t arrive until 2019, they are instead opting for a high-profile December 2018 release along with a limited theatrical run. They have also given it a new title (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) and released a brand new trailer. Despite all the talk of this being a darker and more mature take on the source material, it does still look a lot like Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book… go figure. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle hits select theatres on Nov. 29th and arrives on Netflix globally on Dec. 7th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Missing Link Trailer: LAIKA’s Latest Stop-Motion Marvel

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Animated movies about yetis seem to be having a moment right now with Smallfoot currently in theatres, DreamWorks planning to release Abominable next year, and now we have the first trailer for LAIKA’s next film, Missing Link. Directed by Chris Butler (ParaNorman), the movie stars Hugh Jackman as the voice of Sir Lionel Frost, an explorer who discovers the legendary creature (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) then sets about proving his existence to the rest of the world. The trailer is set to Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”, which seems like a not-so-subtle way to associate it with Wes Anderson’s stop-motion films. This is LAIKA’s first release distributed by Annapurna Pictures so perhaps they are taking a new approach and trying to market it to an art house crowd as opposed to mainstream family audiences. Missing Link also features the voices of Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant and Matt Lucas and it hits theatres on April 12th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Breaking Bad Movie Officially in the Works

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Update: /Film is reporting that the movie will be set after the series finale and will star Aaron Paul returning as Jesse Pinkman.

Following up on the recent news that AMC is developing three Walking Dead feature films, it has also come to light this week that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is in development on some kind of Breaking Bad-related movie. Details are still somewhat scarce, but sources have confirmed that preproduction is underway in New Mexico and that the project is expected to start shooting in just a few weeks. What we don’t know is whether any of the show’s cast will return and where the story might fit in to the overall timeline. Hit the jump for more info.

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Explorers TV Series in the Works with Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery

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Although he is currently embarking on his biggest movie project to date with Bond 25, it appears that director Cary Fukunaga also intends on keeping one foot in the world of TV after his success with shows like True Detective, The Alienist and Maniac. Fukunaga is reportedly teaming up with David Lowery (A Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon) to develop a TV series based on Joe Dante’s 1985 sci-fi film Explorers. While that is not a sentence I ever expected to type, I am guessing this Amblin-esque property is being dug up now as a result of the current popularity of Stranger Things. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #683: Niagara Movie Tour + Junk Mail with Matt Gourley

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0:00 – Intro
17:30 – Jay’s Niagara Movie Tour
1:08:05 – Junk Mail: Favourite Squib Scenes, Avatar Font Change, Why Matt Went for Tacos with Tyra Banks, Moving + Vinegar Syndrome Recommendations + Spectre Re-evaluation, Canadian Weed Update, Forgotten Classics + Improv Session, Working Overtime in Creative Industries, Bond Continuity and the Future of the Franchise, Jay’s Personal Hell Town, Black and White Cuts + Schindler’s List Artwork, Canadian Road Trip Movies + Poutine Advice, Period Friday the 13th vs Period Bond + Ranking Star Wars Movies, Superego Movie + Favourite Bond Novel, Long Time Listeners and the Future of Film Junk
2:37:55 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:40:25 – Outro

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Trailer #2

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Netflix has had a pretty solid couple of months when it comes to original movies and they’ve still got a few big ones on the way including this one: a brand new Coen Brothers movie! The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is described a “six-part Western anthology film” featuring “a series of tales about the American frontier”, and although that description sounds a little dry, the trailer looks pretty damn colourful and cartoony. Anthology films are notoriously hit and miss, but when all of the segments come from such a unique and admired creative team, hopefully that will improve the batting average considerably. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs stars Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits and Brendan Gleeson and it hits select theatres on Nov. 8th followed by a Netflix rollout on Nov. 16th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Will Ferrell to Star in Force Majeure Remake

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In addition to the potentially ill-advised Toni Erdmann remake, there is another high profile European comedy slated to get an English-language adaptation despite the fact that it may be a challenge to translate for U.S. audiences. Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 film Force Majeure revolves around a family on a skiing trip in the French Alps who are thrown into conflict when the husband fails to react heroically during an avalanche. It’s not the most commercial premise in the world, but Will Ferrell (who is coincidentally producing the new version of Toni Erdmann) has just signed on to star alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the remake. Hit the jump for more info.

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Spies in Disguise Trailer Featuring the Voices of Will Smith and Tom Holland

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For their upcoming movie Spies in Disguise, the folks at Blue Sky Studios successfully convinced Will Smith to lend his voice to a CG animated movie for the first time since 2004’s long-forgotten Shark Tale. But if you thought you knew what this movie was about, you’d probably be wrong. Smith plays a suave super spy who is forced to team up with a nerdy tech officer (voiced by Tom Holland) but this isn’t a Dwayne Johnson / Kevin Hart Central Intelligence-type situation. There is a surprise twist in the trailer that will, like, totally blow your mind (or maybe just give you a headache). Spies in Disguise also features the voices of Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones and Ben Mendelsohn and it hits theatres on Sept. 13th, 2019. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Queen are the Champions

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Given that the draw of Halloween fades pretty quickly after the holiday, the weekend was wide open for some new releases to take advantage and Bohemian Rhapsody did just that. The Queen biopic opened with $50 million ($140 million worldwide), which is definitely well beyond what was expected for the film. Clearly audiences did not care about the Bryan Singer controversy or the middling reviews. In second place, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms earned $20 million, which is a pretty modest start for a Disney live-action fairy tale. Nobody’s Fool starring Tiffany Haddish opened in third with $14 million and A Star is Born dropped to fourth while Halloween fell from first all the way to fifth in one weekend. Elsewhere, Venom is still hanging in the top 10 and is about to cross $200 million domestically. The Spidey spin-off has now earned $540 million worldwide with a release in China planned for this coming weekend.

1. Bohemian Rhapsody — $50M
2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms — $20M
3. Nobody’s Fool — $14M
4. A Star Is Born — $11.1M
5. Halloween — $11M
6. Venom — $7.9M
7. Smallfoot — $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween — $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer — $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give — $3.4M

Gladiator Sequel Finally Moving Forward

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After successfully revisiting both Alien and Blade Runner in recent years, it looks like Ridley Scott is ready to dive back into the world of yet another of his most iconic films. There have been rumours about a Gladiator follow-up almost since the original movie hit theatres back in 2000. Originally envisioned as a prequel, the project eventually morphed into a sequel that would either focus on the son of Maximus or a reincarnated Maximus. Now we are hearing that a sequel is back in development and potentially closer to happening than it ever has been. Hit the jump for more info.

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