Happy Death Day 2U Trailer


Christopher Landon’s 2017 film Happy Death Day was a pretty typical Blumhouse hit, turning a decent profit from a minuscule budget. Now just over a year later, Landon’s follow-up is already almost upon us. The original movie took the Groundhog Day time loop concept and applied it to a slasher film premise, and believe it or not, the sequel seemingly pulls the same character right back into that same loop. It almost seems like a joke that they are simply repeating everything again, but at the same, it’s also kind of… clever? That being said, hopefully they add a few new wrinkles as well. Happy Death Day 2U hits theatres on Valentine’s Day; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Possession of Hannah Grace, Anna and the Apocalypse


Late November / early December is slowly becoming another annual dead zone for new movies and this weekend is no exception. Horror flick The Possession of Hannah Grace is the sole new addition in wide release as the big Thanksgiving releases are expected to keep filling the majority of seats for another week or two. Debuting in select theatres, we also have a few odds and ends including the Scottish horror comedy musical Anna and the Apocalypse, Til Schweiger’s Head Full of Honey and a curious documentary about the underground world of corporate musicals called Bathtubs Over Broadway. What will you be watching this weekend?

Green Book Takes 2018 Top Prize from the National Board of Review


So far it’s shaping up to be a two movie race at the Oscars this year with Peter Farrelly’s Green Book and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born looking to be the early favourites across most major categories. This week the National Board of Review announced their 2018 winners and it was Green Book that came away with Best Film while A Star is Born took Best Director, Actor, Actress and Supporting Actor. Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk also picked up a couple of awards. It is worth noting that the NBR (a group of New York-based academics, filmmakers and film critics) doesn’t have much overlap with the Academy and often chooses a different Best Picture, so make of that what you will. Check out the full list of winners after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #686: Creed II


0:00 – Intro
18:20 – Review: Creed II
50:05 – Trailer Trash: The Lion King, Dumbo, Aladdin, Aquaman
1:07:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Border, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Chuck, Peppermint, Avatar, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, The Haunting of Hill House, Maniac, Hoffa, Vintage Tech Hunters
1:36:50 – Outro
1:44:30 – Spoiler Discussion: Creed II

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Sylvester Stallone Not Likely to Return for Creed III


After such a strong opening weekend for Creed II (the biggest to date for any Rocky-related movie), it doesn’t seem crazy to think that the story will continue with another sequel in the near future. But if it does, it sounds like Adonis Creed may have to move on without Rocky Balboa in his corner. Sylvester Stallone has posted a video to Instagram this week announcing that this movie will be his “last rodeo” and that he is essentially retiring the Rocky Balboa character. Here’s what he had to say:

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Live-Action Cowboy Bebop TV Series Coming to Netflix


Earlier this week Netflix announced that they would be expanding their anime library in 2019 with the addition of some classic shows including Neon Genesis Evangelion. But they also had another big surprise in store for anime fans, one that is sure to be somewhat divisive: they are developing a live-action series based on Shinichiro Watanabe’s highly influential 1998 series Cowboy Bebop. A live-action movie had been talked about for years with Keanu Reeves once rumoured for the lead role, but budget issues supposedly killed it. Hit the jump to find out what we know about the new adaptation.

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Candyman Sequel Gets a Director, Jordan Peele to Produce


Following up on rumours that surfaced a few months ago, it looks like MGM is indeed reviving the Candyman franchise with the help of Jordan Peele. This week they announced that a new movie is in the works and Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct from a script by Peele and his producing partner Win Rosenfeld. They are being careful not to call it a remake or reboot, instead referring to it as a “spiritual sequel” that will return to the Cabrini-Green housing project area of Chicago which has since been demolished and redeveloped. Peele had this to say about the project:

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Artemis Fowl Teaser Trailer


Although the domestic box office performance of Fantastic Beasts 2 hints that interest in the Harry Potter series is waning, Disney is about to introduce a new YA franchise that just might be the heir apparent. Artemis Fowl is a series of books by Eoin Colfer that takes place in a science-fantasy world where humans live underground alongside fairies, trolls, dwarves and elves. Unlike Harry Potter, the protagonist of this series is actually a young criminal who sets out to restore his family’s fortune and although magic is involved, technology also plays a huge part. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor), this has a significant fanbase to draw from, but whether it will bring in new audiences remains to be seen. Artemis Fowl hits theatres on Aug. 9th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism Movie in the Works


If you’re a fan of high concept horror, you may already be familiar with the work of author Grady Hendrix. His novels include Horrorstor, which revolves around a haunted Ikea-esque furniture store, and the recently released We Sold Our Souls, about a metal guitarist who discovers that a former bandmate made a dark deal for ownership of her soul. The former has already been optioned as a TV series by Josh Schwartz, but now this month it has been announced that another Hendrix story, the 2016 book My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is coming to the big screen. Hit the jump for more info.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Ralph Breaks the Bank


Staying true to recent tradition, Disney once again dominated the Thanksgiving weekend with the Wreck-It Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, which managed to cook up the second largest Thanksgiving five-day total ever. The only thing Ralph didn’t break was the $93 million record held by Frozen, but the movie still earned a monstrous $84.5 million ($55 million over three days). In second place, Creed II also held its own with $55.8 million ($35 million over three days) which is apparently the biggest Thanksgiving opening for a live-action film. The Grinch and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald were neck-in-neck for third and fourth place, while Bohemian Rhapsody rounded out the top 5. It was a pretty huge weekend overall with the exception of that other new release, Robin Hood, which struggled to make ends meet. The movie took just $14.2 million over five days on a reported budget of $100 million.

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet — $55.7M
2. Creed II — $35.3M
3. The Grinch — $30.2M
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — $29.7M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody — $13.9M
6. Instant Family — $12.5M
7. Robin Hood — $9.1M
8. Widows — $8.0M
9. Green Book — $5.4M
10. A Star Is Born — $3.0M

Jon Favreau’s The Lion King Trailer


We’ve already seen teaser trailers for Dumbo and Aladdin, but now this week Disney has unveiled the first trailer for their other upcoming “live-action” remake of 2019: The Lion King. The movie is directed by Jon Favreau and much like his version of The Jungle Book, it is substituting photorealistic CG animals for traditionally animated characters. The teaser trailer also seems to hint at a shot-for-shot recreation the likes of which we have not seen since Gus Van Sant’s Psycho. With a voice cast that includes Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Eric Andre, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Mufasa), the movie feels both compelling and redundant at the same time. The Lion King hits theatres on July 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Creed II, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Robin Hood


Happy Black Friday everyone! We’ve got three pretty big releases in theatres this weekend, most of which already opened a few days ago due to Thanksgiving. Easily the biggest of the bunch is Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, which is actively gunning for Frozen‘s Thanksgiving weekend record. Creed II is also expected to punch above its weight while the latest incarnation of Robin Hood seems to be generating slightly less enthusiasm. If that’s not enough, we’ve got awards contenders Green Book and The Front Runner going wide and in select theatres we have Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters are making their debut. What will you be watching this weekend?