Zoolander 2 Leads 2017 Razzie Shortlist


Update: This is just the shortlist apparently, which is why there are more than 5 nominees in each category.

In addition to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there was another major awards body preparing to “honour” some movies over the weekend. That’s right, the 2017 Razzie nominations were announced yesterday and this time around, they’ve decided to spread out the razzing by allowing a seemingly arbitrary number of nominees in each category. Because hey, why not? Zoolander 2 leads the way with 9 nominations although everyone is reporting that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has the most nods (I guess that makes for a better headline). BvS: DoJ has 8 while Dirty Grandpa has 7. Sadly, they’ve done away with the Razzie Redeemer Award this year… I guess there was simply no redemption to be found. What do you think of this year’s nominees? Check out the full list of 2017 Razzie nominations after the jump.

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2017 Golden Globe Award Winners


The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards were broadcast from Beverly Hills last night where things played out mostly as expected, save for a stirring anti-Trump speech from Meryl Streep that got everyone talking. La La Land took home a record seven awards, the most ever for a single movie at the Globes, while Moonlight still managed to snag the Best Picture award in the Drama category and Casey Affleck took home Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was Isabelle Huppert winning Best Actress for Elle (which also won Best Foreign Film). Netflix’s The Crown also upset HBO favourites Game of Thrones and Westworld for Best Television Series – Drama. What did you think of this year’s Golden Globes? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Hidden Figures Gives Rogue One Some Competition


It’s still too early to say definitively which movie topped the box office over the weekend, but current estimates have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just barely eking out a win over Hidden Figures by a difference of just a couple hundred thousand dollars. Rogue One earned $22 million in its fourth weekend while Hidden Figures pulled in $21.8 million after expanding to over 2400 theatres. In third place, Sing added another $19.6 million to its coffers while Underworld: Blood Wars opened in fourth with $13.1 million, the lowest of any Underworld film to date. Golden Globe winner La La Land rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, the weekend’s other major expansion A Monster Calls failed to crack the top 10, earning just $2 million from 1523 screens which is a disappointment for Focus Features and director J.A. Bayona.

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — $22M
2. Hidden Figures — $21.8M
3. Sing — $19.6M
4. Underworld: Blood Wars — $13.1M
5. La La Land — $10M
6. Passengers — $8.8M
7. Why Him? — $6.5M
8. Moana — $6.4M
9. Fences — $4.7M
10. Assassin’s Creed — $3.8M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Underworld: Blood Wars, A Monster Calls, I, Daniel Blake


The first major release of 2017 is upon us and it is… Underworld: Blood Wars. Billed as Kate Beckinsale’s final Underworld film, this one is expected to come in a little lower than previous installments and as such seems unlikely to dethrone Rogue One. Other than that, we also have a handful of awards season expansions including J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls and Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures, both of which are now in wide release, along with a significant bump in theatre count for Lion starring Dev Patel. In select theatres, we also have Ken Loach’s latest film I, Daniel Blake, plus a new period action-comedy starring Jackie Chan called Railroad Tigers. What will you be watching this weekend?

Rings Trailer #2


Believe it or not, the endlessly delayed reboot of The Ring series, Rings, currently still appears to be on track for its planned February release. Paramount has released a new trailer this week to remind us that this movie still exists, although at this point they’re not giving us much of a reason to care. The new trailer settles for a fairly straightforward explanation of the basic premise, which is probably in order considering that the original film came out 15 years ago. With a time gap like that we all know that the key difference with this one will be the addition of the internet, which should expedite things significantly. Beyond that, however, it is unclear what new tricks (if any) Samara will have up her sleeve. Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) and hits theatres on Feb. 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Slender Man Movie Gets a Director


By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Slenderman in some form, whether it’s through online memes, Halloween costumes, video games or even news headlines. But don’t worry if you haven’t, because Hollywood is about to catapult the character to new levels of mainstream awareness as he is about to get his very own studio horror flick. Sony’s Screen Gems is in the process of setting up Slender Man, an adaptation of the urban legend created by Something Awful frequenter Eric Knudsen in the late 2000s, which has since been embraced by the internet and taken on a life of its own. They acquired the multi-platform rights to the property last year (although the copyright details still seem a little murky) and now they have hired a director to make this thing a reality. Hit the jump for more details.

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Terrence Malick’s Song to Song Gets a Release Date


Update: It has just been announced that Song to Song will also be the opening night film at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

Last year saw the release of two new Terrence Malick films (technically 3, if you count both cuts of The Voyage of Time), which makes it the most prolific year ever for a formerly elusive director that once spent decades developing each new project. Now it looks like we’re about to get another new Malick movie in the first quarter of 2017 as well. His next movie previously went under the working title “Weightless” but it has since been given a brand new title and an official release date. The movie is called Song to Song and Broad Green Pictures have announced that they will release it in theatres on March 17th, 2017. The movie stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender, and the plot synopsis is as follows:

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Sylvester Stallone to Direct and Star in Tough as They Come with Adam Driver


Although Sylvester Stallone took to Facebook just a couple of days ago to talk about The Expendables 4, it appears that he also has something else up his sleeve for 2017. He is currently making plans to return to the director’s chair for the first time since the original Expendables film back in 2010, but this won’t be another action movie. Instead, it is a drama based on the memoir of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, one of five soldiers ever to survive a quadruple amputation from a battlefield injury. The movie also has a rising star attached for the lead role in the form of Adam Driver. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #594: The Autopsy of Jane Doe


0:00 – Intro: New Year’s Resolutions
34:00 – Review: The Autopsy of Jane Doe
49:00 – Film Junk Re-review: John Carter
1:26:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Kubo and the Two Strings, Hell or High Water, Passengers, Little Sister, The Eyes of My Mother, Love & Friendship, The New Celebrity Apprentice
2:11:35 – Junk Mail: A Message from Noodles, 3D in 4K, Reclinining Seats and Reserved Seating, Non-Horror Slasher Films
2:32:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:33:47 – Outro

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Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle to Reteam for Neil Armstrong Biopic


With La La Land currently mounting a successful theatrical rollout and continuing to build up steam for the Oscars, star Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle are already making plans for their next project together. Chazelle has officially signed on to direct First Man, a biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong for Universal Pictures with Ryan Gosling attached to play the lead. Gosling had first been rumoured for the project over a year ago but at the time the script was still in the process of being written. The film is based on James Hansen’s 2005 biography, First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong. Here is an excerpt from the book’s synopsis:

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Doctor Strange Confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok


We’ve known for a while now that the Hulk has a fairly large supporting role in Thor’s next solo film, Thor: Ragnarok. But as with all of these post-Avengers solo movies, Marvel’s general rule of thumb seems to be the more superheroes the merrier. One of the post-credit scenes from Doctor Strange clearly hinted that Thor and Doctor Strange would be working together in the near future. Now this week we have some additional confirmation that Benedict Cumberbatch may be making an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok after all. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: Rogue One Chokes Out the Competition


Disney ended the year much the same way it started it… with a Star Wars movie at the top of the box office. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has now stayed at #1 for three weeks in a row, although Illumination Entertainment’s Sing is finally starting to nip at its heels. Rogue One has made $789 million worldwide and is the second highest grossing movie of the year domestically behind Finding Dory. Disney ended 2016 having made over $3 billion across all of their movies, helping the U.S. box office set a new record with a total of $11.3 billion. In second place, Sing earned $42.8 million followed by Passengers with $16.2 million. Moana and Why Him? rounded out the top 5. Fences and La La Land also continued to do strong business with the latter still playing on just 750 screens, while Assassin’s Creed is struggling on its way to a projected $75 to $100 million loss for Ubisoft.

1. Rogue One — $49.5M
2. Sing — $42.8M
3. Passengers — $16.2M
4. Moana — $11.0M
5. Why Him? — $10.6M
6. Fences — $10.0M
7. La La Land — $9.5M
8. Assassin’s Creed — $8.6M
9. Manchester by the Sea — $4.2M
10. Collateral Beauty — $4.2M