Andy Serkis’ Mowgli Going Direct to Netflix

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After making headlines earlier this year with their surprise acquisition of The Cloverfield Paradox from Paramount, Netflix is once again stepping in to provide an alternative release strategy for a major studio with their biggest acquisition yet. The streaming giant has picked up the worldwide rights to Mowgli, Andy Serkis’ upcoming live-action / CG hybrid film based on the The Jungle Book. Warner Brothers has been struggling to figure out how to market this movie which features a darker take on the material but could be easily confused with the Disney live-action movie and its sequel. It would appear that Netflix is the solution they were looking for. Serkis had this to say about the deal:

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Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher Included

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On Friday, Disney and Lucasfilm officially unveiled the cast for Star Wars: Episode IX, which starts production on August 1st. Along with returning cast members like Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran, the press release also confirmed rumours that Keri Russell has landed a significant role and that Billy Dee Williams will be reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. Two other new names are also on the list: Naomi Ackie (Lady MacBeth) and Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I). The most interesting note, however, is the fact that both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will also appear in the film. J.J. Abrams had this to say about Fisher’s inclusion:

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Mission: Impossible – Fallout Sets New M:I Franchise Record

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After 22 years, Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible movie franchise are still reaching new heights with the sixth installment scoring the best debut ever for the series over the weekend. Mission: Impossible – Fallout pulled in $61.5 million, which is about $4 million more than Mission: Impossible II made back in 2000 (yes, M:I II held the record up until now). That still seems pretty low given all the acclaim and hype for this movie (heck, Ant-Man and the Wasp just made $75 million a couple weeks ago) but it has all of August to keep raking in money and these movies always do well overseas. Elsewhere Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again remained in second place, pulling ahead of The Equalizer 2 which fell to third while Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation dropped to fourth. The weekend’s other new release, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, opened in fifth with a tepid $10.5 million.

1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout — $61.5M
2. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — $15M
3. The Equalizer 2 — $14M
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation — $12.3M
5. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies — $10.5M
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp — $8.4M
7. Incredibles 2 — $7.2M
8. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — $6.8M
9. Skyscraper — $5.4M
10. The First Purge — $2.2M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, Puzzle

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It’s the last weekend in July which means that blockbuster season is winding down with what is essentially the last major release of the summer, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Based on the strong buzz and the omnipresent marketing campaign, it certainly seems like this could be the biggest Mission: Impossible movie yet although the current franchise record is not as high as you might think (none of the more recent installments have topped Mission: Impossible II‘s $57.8 million debut). Also in wide release we have the animated feature Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, which feels like it should be putting up The Lego Batman Movie numbers but is actually aiming much closer to The Lego Ninjago Movie. In select theatres, we also have the Sundance hit Puzzle starring Kelly Macdonald and Hot Summer Nights starring Timothée Chalamet and Maika Monroe. What will you be watching this weekend?

Hunter Killer Trailer Starring Gerard Butler

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With tensions between the U.S. and Russia seemingly the highest they’ve been since the Cold War, it is clearly time for a new submarine thriller that imagines both countries on the verge of World War III. In Hunter Killer, Gerard Butler (who else?) plays an American submarine captain tasked with rescuing the Russian president after he is kidnapped by a rogue general as part of an attempted coup. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance, obviously. Crimson Tide or The Hunt for Red October it ain’t, but even a lesser submarine flick usually delivers some tense moments. Hunter Killer co-stars Gary Oldman, Michael Nyqvist, Linda Cardellini and Common and it hits theatres on Oct. 26th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Ryan Reynolds to Produce Home Alone-Inspired Comedy Stoned Alone

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Although it’s been almost 30 years since it was released, Home Alone remains one of Fox’s highest grossing movies of all time (domestically, at least), but more importantly it has become a holiday staple that people revisit every Christmas. Over the years, they have tried to exploit the success of the original with a series of increasingly terrible sequels, two of which were made for TV (a fifth installment called Home Alone: The Holiday Heist came out as recently as 2012). This week, however, it appears that Fox has found a unique way to play on the original without resorting to a sequel or remake. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #670: Sorry to Bother You

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0:00 – Intro
22:08 – Review: Sorry to Bother You
54:10 – Headlines: Comic-Con Trailers
1:15:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Unfriended: Dark Web, Phantom Thread, Who is America?, Skyscraper, Tully, I Feel Pretty, Eighth Grade, Truth or Dare
2:28:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:31:20 – Outro
2:36:00 – Spoiler Discussion: Sorry to Bother You
2:48:20 – Spoiler Discussion: Tully

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David Leitch in Talks for Enter the Dragon Remake

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I suppose it goes without saying that nothing is sacred in Hollywood, but even with that in mind this next bit of news is sure to raise some eyebrows. Warner Brothers is reportedly working on a remake of the 1973 classic Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee’s ultimate swan song and one of the most beloved martial arts movies of all time. The project has been percolating for over a decade now, but this week we are hearing that they may have landed a new director in the form of David Leitch. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Jonah Hill’s Mid90s Trailer

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After building up his acting cred with Oscar-nominated performances in both Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill is once again looking to grow artistically with his first project as a writer and director: a movie called Mid90s. Despite what you might expect, this is not an Apatow-style R-rated comedy but rather a coming of age drama about a young skater kid growing up in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Yes, there is some ’90s nostalgia porn here for those are into that sort of thing, but based on the first trailer, this is definitely a lot grittier than I expected (Hill has mentioned Larry Clark’s Kids as a major influence). The cast includes Katherine Waterston and Lucas Hedges but it is Sunny Suljic (the voice of Atreus in God of War) as 13-year-old Stevie who takes centre stage here. Do you think Jonah Hill can pull something like this off? Mid90s hits theatres on Oct. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Robert DeNiro in Talks for WB’s Joker Movie

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Well we still don’t know if Martin Scorsese has remained involved in the WB’s upcoming Joker origin movie, but in the meantime it appears that one of his long-time collaborators is close to joining the project. The movie, which we recently learned is simply called Joker, already has Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role and is now continuing to fill out its supporting cast. From what we are hearing, Robert DeNiro is ready to make this his first comic book movie appearance. Hit the jump for more details.

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Alita: Battle Angel Trailer #2

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Although Comic-Con technically wrapped up last night, 20th Century Fox managed to sneak in a live Q&A with James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez this morning from San Diego to promote their upcoming film Alita: Battle Angel. They also dropped a brand new trailer for the movie, which is based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro. As we saw in the first trailer, the main character (played by Rosa Salazar) is a cyborg with a unique CG-enhanced look that attempts to merge the manga style with live-action. While the jury is still out on that, the rest of the sci-fi world looks impressive. The movie is directed by Rodriguez from a script co-written by Cameron and the cast also includes Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson. Alita: Battle Angel hits theatres on Dec. 21st; check out the new trailer after the jump.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Comic-Con Trailer

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One of the other so-called news stories from Comic-Con that people won’t shut up about is the fact that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were both in attendance at the Warner Brothers panel. Not at the same time of course, but still… they could have been! Depp’s appearance was supposed to help get people excited for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald but it actually seems like it may have had the opposite effect. Either way, Warner Brothers did release a new trailer for the movie and it’s got some cool visual effects plus more of Jude Law as young Dumbledore. So that’s something I guess. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres on Nov. 16th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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