Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller may have been fired from the Star Wars Han Solo movie earlier this year, but something tells me it won’t affect their career in the slightest. Here’s the first trailer for yet another guaranteed blockbuster that just happens to have their names on it: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The upcoming animated movie exists outside of any existing Spider-Man movie continuities and it focuses on Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker (it also seems to hint that there will be others as well). The movie looks to have a pretty unique visual style and it features the voices of Shameik Moore, Liev Schreiber and Mahershala Ali. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) and it hits theatres on Dec. 14th, 2018. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Warner Brothers to Restructure DC Universe, Also Likely to Recast Batman

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Justice League may have brought together several of the most iconic superheroes of all time on the big screen, but three weeks after its release the movie has made just $573 million worldwide. It was supposed to be DC’s answer to The Avengers, but now it is looking unlikely to match the box office numbers of even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad, much less surpass them. Warner Brothers is expected to lose $50-$100 million on the project, which needs $750 million just to break even. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the studio is planning some major changes to the DC Universe, although at this point it is unclear whether it can be salvaged at all. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Alita: Battle Angel Trailer: Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s Live-Action Manga Adaptation

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Before James Cameron decided to spend another decade of his life making more Avatar sequels, he also had plans to adapt Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Battle Angel: Alita for the big screen. Rather than put the project on hold, he decided to bring Robert Rodriguez on board to direct while remaining involved as a co-writer and producer. The movie stars Rosa Salazar (CHiPs) in the lead role as Alita, an amnesiac cyborg who slowly learns that she was built to be a warrior. They have made the odd choice to give her giant CG eyes that more closely resemble the art style of the manga, although no one else in the movie seems to have the same look. Alita: Battle Angel also stars Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Jackie Earle Haley and it hits theatres on July 20th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer

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Here it is, the first trailer for the follow-up to the fourth highest grossing movie of all time… which, to be honest, now seems somewhat ludicrous in retrospect. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom apparently tries to flip the script a bit by having Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard team up to rescue the dinosaurs instead of trying to rescue themselves. It turns out that a volcanic eruption is threatening to destroy Isla Nublar. Jeff Goldblum will also return as Dr. Ian Malcolm, although from what we are hearing, his role is fairly minor. Sadly, the trailer feels like it is really struggling to make us care and it is a reminder of why the franchise ran out of steam with Jurassic Park III in the first place. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) and it hits theatres on June 22nd. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Just Getting Started, November Criminals, I, Tonya

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With the holiday rush in full swing, we still have to get through the early December dumping grounds before the big holiday blockbusters start to hit theatres. Which means, as per usual, it’s pretty slim pickings out there in theatres right now. The only major release is the Ron Shelton-directed action-comedy Just Getting Started starring Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo and Tommy Lee Jones. James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is also expanding to over 800 screens while Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is getting a minor expansion as well. In select theatres, we have the acclaimed Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie and the teen murder mystery thriller November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort. What will you be watching this weekend?

Jose Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe Trailer

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Brazilian director Jose Padilha is best known for gritty crime dramas like the Elite Squad films and the Narcos TV series (not to mention the mostly unnecessary 2014 remake of a little movie called RoboCop). Now he is back with a real-life thriller that falls right in his wheelhouse called 7 Days in Entebbe. The movie revolves around the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight by Palestinian terrorists, who grounded the plane at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, and the subsequent rescue attempt by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). If it turns out to be a hit, Paul Greengrass may have some competition in the “tense thriller based on true events” department. 7 Days in Entebbe stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan and it hits select theatres on March 16th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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You Were Never Really Here Trailer Starring Joaquin Phoenix

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Six years after directing the challenging and chilling We Need to Talk About Kevin, director Lynne Ramsay is back with another equally uncomfortable cinematic excursion. You Were Never Really Here is based on a novel by Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) and it stars Joaquin Phoenix as a traumatized veteran who becomes a vigilante for hire, tracking down missing girls and doling out punishment as he sees fit. The movie looks to mix extreme violence with an art house approach and it drew comparisons to Taxi Driver at Cannes earlier this year where it won Best Screenplay and Best Actor. Amazon will release You Were Never Really Here in select theatres on April 6th; check out the first U.S. trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Sight & Sound and Cahiers du Cinema’s Top Films of 2017

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December is here which means that many of the various “Best of 2017″ lists are starting to roll out and, as per usual, BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine and the iconic French publication Cahiers du Cinema are among the first to publish their favourite films of the year. There’s a bit of a twist this time around, however, in that David Lynch’s new season of Twin Peaks has somehow managed to make it onto both lists. We all know that the French love their Lynch, but isn’t this kind of cheating? Jordan Peele’s Get Out also made both lists, coming in at #1 on the Sight & Sound poll. The only other movie to make both lists was Ben and Josh Safdie’s Good Time. In terms of bigger mainstream films, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split both got some recognition here as well. Check out both lists after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Bryan Singer Fired from Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (UPDATED)

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Update: Deadline is reporting that Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) will replace Bryan Singer for the final two weeks of production.

Apparently the Star Wars Han Solo movie won’t be the only major movie this year to experience some behind the scenes drama. We are hearing this week that Bryan Singer has been fired from the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody just a few weeks before principal photography was scheduled to wrap. There are conflicting stories about what happened, but ultimately Singer failed to show up on set for several days, forcing cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel to step in for him. This reportedly led to a confrontation with the film’s star Rami Malek. For his part, Singer is claiming that 20th Century Fox would not let him tend to a “gravely ill parent.” He has since released the following statement:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #638: Three Billboards… and Lady Bird

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0:00 – Intro
13:10 – Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
42:25 – Review: Lady Bird
1:08:25 – Headlines: The Avengers: Infinity War Trailer
1:12:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: Nathan For You, Electric Sun Trial, Too Funny To Fail, Godless
1:25:55 – Outro

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HBO’s Barry Trailer Starring Bill Hader

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Although he hasn’t yet had a chance to get behind the camera himself, it’s no secret that Bill Hader is a big film nerd (check out his Criterion Top 10 and his non-fiction parody series Documentary Now!). Now he’s getting a chance to both direct and star in a new half-hour comedy series that arrives next year on HBO. The show is called Barry and it finds Hader playing a hitman who travels to Los Angeles where he is inspired to join a community theatre in his spare time. Co-written and co-produced by Alec Berg (Silicon Valley, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Barry premieres on HBO in Spring 2018. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Quentin Tarantino May Team with J.J. Abrams for a New Star Trek Movie

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Quentin Tarantino may be known for writing and directing his own original films, but over the years he has expressed some interest in possibly taking on an existing franchise as well. James Bond is one that has been talked about for years and in the past he has also been very public about his love for Star Trek. Now it appears that Tarantino is finally ready to do more than just talk about it and is becoming directly involved in the latter. Word on the street is that he has an idea for a new Trek movie and he has already pitched it to Paramount and J.J. Abrams. But would he still be involved beyond the idea stage? Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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