Film Junk Bonus Podcast: Stranger Things

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Allied Teaser Trailer Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard

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Following up on his last two films, Flight and The Walk, Robert Zemeckis continues to focus his career on more serious, dramatic fare. His latest film is a WWII romantic thriller starring Brad Pitt as an intelligence officer who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) during a mission in Casablanca in 1942. The script was written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) and it is supposedly based on a true story that was told to him personally. Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode and Jared Harris also co-star. Allied hits theatres on Nov. 23rd; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Antoine Fuqua to Direct Scarface Remake

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We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a new Scarface movie for quite some time now, partially inspired by the film’s continued strong sales on DVD and Blu-ray and its omnipresence in pop culture. Last we heard, the new version would revolve around a Mexican immigrant climbing the ranks of the criminal underworld in modern day Los Angeles and Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (No) would be taking the reins on the project. After that everything went silent for a while, but now this week Universal is ready to make a final push to get this remake back to the starting line. Apparently Larrain is out and they’ve reportedly hired another director who just finished remaking a classic film: Antoine Fuqua. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer #2

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Here’s the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which debuted last night during the Olympics. It is chock full of large scale battles and classic Star Wars imagery including plenty of AT-ATs, Tie Fighters, stormtroopers, and of course, the Death Star. We also get our first look at K-2SO, a new droid played by Alan Tudyk via performance capture, and a better look at the rest of the ragtag crew featuring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen. The thing that seems to have most people excited, however, is a brief appearance from Darth Vader. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres on Dec. 16th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Sausage Party, Pete’s Dragon, Hell or High Water

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Although Suicide Squad is still expected to remain at the top of the box office this weekend, there are a handful of surprisingly well-reviewed new releases hitting theatres that could be surprise hits. Disney’s remake of Pete’s Dragon is a relatively smaller release for the studio but the strength of the Disney brand and the lack of immediate competition could work in its favour. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s R-rated animated film Sausage Party, on the other hand, has been building a lot of buzz and seems poised to become a breakout hit. Also in wide release we have the period dramedy Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. In select theatres, there are also some interesting alternatives including the western Hell or High Water starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine plus the WWII thriller Anthropoid starring Cillian Murphy and Blood Father starring Mel Gibson. What will you be watching this weekend?

Jason Momoa to Lead The Crow Reboot

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Somehow, some way, Relativity’s upcoming reboot of The Crow continues to stumble forward after surviving almost eight years of development hell and an endless string of directors and stars coming and going. Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, Ben-Hur) was the most recent actor to drop out as of last summer, then Relativity ran into financial trouble and it looked like director Corin Hardy (The Hallow) had left the project as well. But earlier this summer there were some rumblings that Hardy might be back on board and now this week we are hearing that they have apparently landed a new star: Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa. Sounds like we’re getting a beefed-up version of Eric Draven instead of a skinny, tortured artist, for better or worse. Hit the jump for more details.

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David Fincher in Talks for World War Z Sequel

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For years, David Fincher fans have been dying to him return to the darker realm of some of his earlier films. Movies like Gone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo certainly have an edge, but they’re also relatively mainstream thrillers based on best-selling novels. Before that, it seemed like Fincher was more interested in pursuing awards-type material, but perhaps The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network scratched that itch. Now this week it looks like he might be going in the other direction as he is reportedly on the verge of tackling his first horror movie since Seven or Alien 3 (or maybe his first horror movie period, depending on how you classify those films). But there’s a catch: he would be directing the sequel to what is arguably the biggest blockbuster horror movie of all time: World War Z. Something tells me there are going to be a lot of conflicted fans over this one.

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Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival Teaser Trailer Starring Amy Adams

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One of the most highly anticipated movies of the fall festival season has got to be Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (previously titled Story of Your Life). Based on a short story by Ted Chiang, this is Villeneuve’s first real foray into science-fiction (unless you thought Enemy was about an alien invasion… ahem) prior to taking on the Blade Runner sequel. The movie stars Amy Adams as a linguist who is recruited by the military to try and communicate with a mysterious spacecraft that has landed on Earth. The first teaser trailer is here and it certainly promises some breathtaking imagery. Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg also co-star. Arrival will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and TIFF in September before hitting theatres on Nov. 11th; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #577: Suicide Squad

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0:00 – Intro: No Man’s Sky
22:50 – Review: Suicide Squad
1:36:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition, Last Chance U, Bad Moms, Nerve, Batman: The Killing Joke, A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, Wartorn: 1861-2010, The Little Prince, Key Largo, Busking Turf Wars, Gold, Luv, Human Highway
2:39:30 – Junk Mail: Early Post-Credit Scenes, Stealing Digital Codes from the Library, Can a Cringe-Inducing Film Be in Your Top 100?, French on Blu-ray Spines
3:03:35 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
3:05:00 – Outro
3:07:50 – Spoiler Discussion: Suicide Squad

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Bad Santa 2 Red Band Trailer

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Last month we saw a short teaser trailer for Bad Santa 2 floating around online, but it offered very little in the way of details or expletives. Fortunately, this week a proper trailer for the movie has finally dropped and, as you would expect, it is most definitely NSFW. As we’ve previously mentioned, Terry Zwigoff is not returning to direct, but on the bright side Brett Kelly is back as Thurman Merman and he’s all growns up now. Tony Cox’s character Marcus is also out of jail and apparently has a new scam up his sleeve, while Kathy Bates shows up as Willie’s mother. What do you think, is there any chance this sequel could end up being another holiday classic? Bad Santa 2 hits theatres on Nov. 23rd; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Friday the 13th Reboot Gets a New Director

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When New Line and Platinum Dunes rebooted Friday the 13th back in 2009, it seemed like they had successfully revived an old slasher franchise that had been previously run into the ground. Since then, however, the franchise changed hands to Paramount and no one has been able to agree on where it should go next. A few years ago, director David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Signal) was brought on board to explore the possibility of a found footage Friday the 13th, but eventually that premise was dropped in favour of a more traditional slasher film set in the ’80s. Then last December, Bruckner officially left the project and Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski was hired to start over again from scratch. Now another director is getting a chance to potentially reinvent Jason Voorhees. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Marvel’s Luke Cage Full Trailer

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Following up on the teaser trailer that was released during Comic-Con, this week Marvel and Netflix have released a full trailer for their upcoming Luke Cage series. Mike Colter stars as the ex-con with superhuman strength and bulletproof skin who is determined to clean up the streets of Harlem, pitting him against crime boss Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali). Rosario Dawson also reprises her role from Daredevil as Claire Temple while Simone Missick plays Misty Knight and it’s all set to a pretty killer score by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Luke Cage is headed up by Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland, Ray Donovan) and the first two episodes are directed by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock, Lucky Number Slevin). All episodes will arrive on Netflix on Sept. 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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