With the Iron Fist TV series just over a month away, Netflix has released a brand new trailer for what is now their fourth original show based on a Marvel comic book character. The story revolves around Danny Rand, the son of a wealthy businessman who is believed to have died in a plane crash as a child along with his parents. He resurfaces in New York City fifteen years later with some serious martial arts skills because “bad people” have taken over his father’s company. He will eventually team up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to form The Defenders later this year, where they will apparently face off against… Sigourney Weaver? Iron Fist stars Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Lewis Tan, Carrie-Anne Moss and Rosario Dawson. All 13 episodes arrive on Netflix on March 17th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Although in recent years he has struggled to take his career to the next level, becoming known instead for the mediocre Hotel Transylvania movies, it’s heartening to see Genndy Tartakovsky return to the edgy and evocative 2D animated material that we all love him for. Adult Swim is reviving his acclaimed series Samurai Jack for a fifth (and apparently final) season and this week they have given us a gorgeous first trailer. Picking up 50 years after the events of the last season, this new limited series looks a bit darker and potentially more action-packed than the previous incarnation, although I doubt that anyone is complaining about that fact. Samurai Jack: Season 5 premieres on Adult Swim on March 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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In this age of never ending remakes and reboots in Hollywood, it’s nice to know that there are still at least a few classics that are considered off limits. That being said, there are plenty of other ways to capitalize on a popular property without producing a sequel or remake. HBO is planning to embrace one of these possibilities this year with a new movie that will explore the making of one of the greatest films of all time: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. The film’s production is well known for being a tumultuous one with Coppola himself still a young up and coming filmmaker struggling to prove himself. Clearly there is an interesting story to be told here, although finding the right cast to play some of these iconic actors may not be easy. Hit the jump for more details.
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After circling a few possible projects as his follow up to Noah including an Evil Knievel biopic and an HBO series based on Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy, it was over a year ago that we heard that Darren Aronofsky would instead be going back to his indie roots with a new original film. Up until now, we didn’t know much about the movie except that Jennifer Lawrence would star along with Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris and Domhnall Gleeson. Now Paramount has announced a release date and a title for the film, although unfortunately for horror fans, it also comes along with some bad news for the studio’s upcoming Friday the 13th reboot. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
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If you missed the Super Bowl last night (or if you want to take another look), here’s a recap of all of the new trailers that aired during the big game. Perhaps the biggest surprise was a short teaser for the second season of Stranger Things, complete with prominent Ghostbusters pandering. Netflix has announced that the new season will premiere this Halloween. Other noteworthy trailers showing off significant amounts of new footage included The Fate of the Furious, Transformers: The Last Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (a couple of which also released extended trailers online). What was your favourite Super Bowl commercial? Check out this year’s crop Super Bowl trailers after the jump and let us know what you think.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Split continued its impressive theatrical run over the weekend as it topped the box office for the third weekend in a row, just barely edging out Rings. The last Shyamalan movie to have this kind of staying power was The Sixth Sense, which spent five weeks at the top of the box office back in 1999. In second place, Paramount’s Rings was a major disappointment, opening with just $13 million — almost a third of what The Ring Two made back in 2005. Clearly the interest just wasn’t there although the bad reviews didn’t help either. A Dog’s Purpose fell to third, followed by Hidden Figures and La La Land. Elsewhere The Space Between Us cratered on impact, debuting in ninth place with just $3.8 million.
1. Split — $14.6M
2. Rings — $13M
3. A Dog’s Purpose — $10.8M
4. Hidden Figures — $10.1M
5. La La Land — $7.5M
6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter — $4.5M
7. Sing — $4.1M
8. Lion — $4M
9. The Space Between Us — $3.8M
10. xXx: Return of Xander Cage — $3.7M
Evan Glodell’s low budget romantic thriller Bellflower was a hit at Sundance back in 2011, and although we weren’t big fans of it around these parts, it was clear that Glodell was going to be an exciting new filmmaker to keep an eye on. We’ve been hearing for a few years now that his next project would be a video game-inspired action movie and a couple of years back his production company launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund it. Now it looks as though the movie is almost complete because they have released the first teaser trailer and it looks pretty crazy. Glodell isn’t directing this time around (Bellflower editor Jonathan Keevil took the reins instead) but he does star as Chuck Hank, who must team up with two twin brothers to rescue their sister from an evil gang called The Syndicate. It is clearly inspired by ’80s beat-em-up arcade games and it seems like it will fall in line with recent ’80s throwbacks like The FP, Turbo Kid and Kung Fury. Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins is expected to be released sometime this summer; check out the first teaser after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Last week we asked Film Junk readers to vote for the best M. Night Shyamalan movie, and although he now has a dozen films under his belt, I think we can all agree that only a few of them were ever going to be in contention. That being said, I have to admit that I am slightly surprised to see Unbreakable pull off a decisive win over The Sixth Sense with 37% of the votes. The latter was obviously the movie that made him a star and seems like the obvious choice, but it has faded somewhat over time now that everyone knows the twist. Meanwhile Unbreakable has just recently been brought back into the public consciousness and has always been somewhat underrated. His sci-fi thriller Signs finished in third place with 21% while The Village was a distant fourth with 7% of the votes. Shyamalan’s latest film Split rounded out the top 5. Do you agree with these results?
1. Unbreakable — 37%
2. The Sixth Sense — 27%
3. Signs — 21%
4. The Village — 7%
5. Split — 2%
6. The Happening — 1%
6. The Visit — 1%
6. The Last Airbender — 1%
6. Lady in the Water — 1%
10. After Earth — 0%
10. Wide Awake 0% 0
10. Praying with Anger
With the Super Bowl happening on Sunday, all signs are pointing towards a pretty slow weekend at the box office. M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is likely to make it three in a row, although it will face some competition from another horror movie: Rings, Paramount’s long-delayed reboot of The Ring franchise. The other new movie in wide release is the sci-fi drama The Space Between Us, which is getting dismal reviews and doesn’t seem to be much of a factor. Opening on approximately 850 screens, we also have the Robert DeNiro dramedy The Comedian, and in select theatres we have Tsui Hark’s Chinese blockbuster Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back and the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro. What will you be watching this weekend?
Aside from a brief appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Indonesian actor and martial arts star Iko Uwais’ career hasn’t really exploded following his performances in The Raid and The Raid 2. And with Gareth Evans claiming that The Raid 3 is still at least a few years off, fans have been left jonesing for their next fix. Fortunately, we’ve got one movie hitting theatres very soon that should scratch that itch. Headshot (not to be confused with the 2011 Thai action film of the same name) is directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre, Killers, the “Safe Haven” segment from V/H/S 2) and stars Uwais as an amnesiac whose dark past comes back to haunt him. It may not have the same level of buzz surrounding it as The Raid movies did, but the trailer does look pretty badass. Headshot hits select theatres and VOD on March 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven wasn’t a box office bomb but it wasn’t necessarily a huge hit either, pulling in $160 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. Ultimately it fell in line with Denzel Washington’s previous film The Equalizer, although it cost almost twice as much to make (partially because of the ensemble cast). Now both Denzel and Sony are placing a high priority on a sequel to The Equalizer and as a result it has become Antoine Fuqua’s next project. He was previously slated to direct a remake of Scarface, but now he has been forced to drop out. That project does, however, already have a star attached and this is the first time we are hearing about it. Hit the jump for more details.
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Following up on the potentially disappointing Batman news that dropped earlier this week, we’ve got some developments on another upcoming DC Universe film that just might get fans talking about something else for a few days. Although The Flash is still currently scheduled to release after Wonder Woman and Justice League, the movie is currently underdoing a page one rewrite as they search for a new director. In the meantime, James Wan’s Aquaman is actually farther along in development and this week we have some additional casting to report. This week they appear to have nailed down another major villain for the movie, and in addition, they’ve got an A-list actress close to signing on for a significant role. Hit the jump for more details.
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