F9 Trailer #2

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With Black Widow and The Suicide Squad set to debut both in theatres and on their studio’s respective streaming service, F9 is shaping up to be the biggest theatrical exclusive of the summer. Universal has just released a new trailer for the upcoming film, once again pulling the hype train out of the station and fully committing to their June release date. At this point you might wonder where the Fast & Furious franchise has left to go but they have at least come up with a few new twists including John Cena as Dom’s long lost brother Jakob and some ridiculous action sequences involving rockets and magnets. This definitely looks like a movie that will bring people back to theatres. After all, you don’t turn your back on family. F9 hits theatres on June 25th; check out the latest trailer below and see what you think.

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Army of the Dead Trailer #2

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Following up on the teaser trailer that was released a couple of months ago, Netflix has now dropped a full trailer for Zack Snyder’s zombie heist flick Army of the Dead. The movie revolves around a team of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a quarantined and crumbling Las Vegas to retrieve $200 million from a casino vault 32 hours before the government nukes the entire city. Vegas is, of course, completely overrun by zombies and not only are they fast-moving zombies but they are also apparently intelligent. Plus there is a zombie tiger. Army of the Dead stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro and Raúl Castillo and it arrives in select theatres and on Netflix on May 21st. Check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Trailer

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It’s starting to feel like we might have a summer movie season this year after all as a few relatively high-profile movies have finally locked in their release dates (although admittedly, a few others have just been pushed back). Lionsgate has released the first trailer for the upcoming sequel to their 2017 hit The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which is set to arrive in June just a couple of weeks before F9. The movie is called Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and it finds Ryan Reynolds reteaming with Samuel L. Jackson this time with Salma Hayek added to the mix. She plays the wife of Darius Kincaid (Jackson), who brings Michael Bryce (Reynolds) out of a forced sabbatical to help rescue him. Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) also returns to direct while Antonio Banderas plays the villain. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard hits theatres on June 16th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Live-Action Gundam Movie Gets Kong: Skull Island Director

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Back in 2018 it was announced that Legendary Entertainment was developing a live-action Gundam movie based on the long-running anime franchise. At the time, it seemed like a logical property to go alongside their Godzilla and Pacific Rim movie franchises and now this week they have announced that the director of one of their MonsterVerse movies will also be taking the helm. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is reportedly attached to direct the movie, but along with that news comes another surprise: the project will be heading to Netflix. Hit the jump for more details.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Joins Indiana Jones 5

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It’s been a little over a year since we’ve had any major updates on the fifth Indiana Jones film, but the project is still continuing to move forward and now this week Lucasfilm has dropped a major casting announcement. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) will star opposite Harrison Ford as the female lead although additional details about the role have not been disclosed. They have also announced that John Williams will be returning as the film’s composer. James Mangold (Logan) is directing with Steven Spielberg remaining actively involved as a producer. Mangold had this to say:

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #56: MLB The Show Coming to Game Pass + Outriders

We discuss the ramifications of MLB The Show arriving on Xbox Game Pass on Day 1 and talk about EA’s dynamic game difficulty patent plus Frank tells us why Hideo Kojima is overrated and we also get into Outriders, Kaze and the Wild Masks, NBA 2K21, Oddworld: Soulstorm, Wargroove and Prime 2D.

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The Woman in the Window Trailer #2

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With an end to the pandemic now seemingly on the horizon, we’re starting to see a lot of the streaming services rolling out the big studio acquisitions that they’ve had in their back pocket since last year. Next month Netflix will release Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, a Hitchcockian thriller that they picked up from 20th Century Studios last summer. Based on the best-selling novel by A.J. Finn, the movie stars Amy Adams as an agoraphobic woman who believes that she has witnessed a murder in the house across the street. As you can probably guess, however, things may not be what they seem. The movie co-stars Anthony Mackie, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry and Julianne Moore and it arrives on Netflix on May 14th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #793: Godzilla vs. Kong

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0:00 – Intro
13:40 – Review: Godzilla vs. Kong
41:32 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Last Temptation of Christ, Q: Into the Storm, The Great Typing Controversy on Letterman, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
1:05:12 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
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Film Junk Premium Podcast #87: Eddie Murphy

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“Listen, I know what I like, and I know you know what I like, because you were trained to know what I like, but I would like to know, what do you like?” Following up on the release of Coming 2 America last month, we took the opportunity to revisit some of Eddie Murphy’s most iconic comedies from the 1980s starting with 48 Hrs. and Trading Places, moving on to Beverly Hills Cop and The Golden Child, then concluding with the original Coming to America. The resulting conversation covered a variety of topics including the evolution and parameters of the buddy cop genre, Eddie Murphy’s music career, his collaborations with John Landis, dealing with problematic and outdated humour, and a bygone era where comedies once dominated the box office. Is Trading Places overrated or a stone cold comedy classic? Is The Golden Child underrated or a complete dud? Does Frank’s so-called comedy scale actually make any sense? Stick a banana in your tailpipe and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead Trailer Starring Angelina Jolie

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After making a name for himself as the writer of such movies as Sicario and Hell or High Water and then stepping up to direct Wind River, Taylor Sheridan has spent the last few years working on the TV series Yellowstone. Next month, however, he is back with a new movie called Those Who Wish Me Dead and it looks to fall in line with most of his previous work. Angelina Jolie plays a smokejumper who is asked for help by a young murder witness who is being chased by two assassins across the Montana Wilderness. Part western, part survival thriller, the movie is based on the novel by Michael Koryta and it co-stars Finn Little, Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen and Tyler Perry. Those Who Wish Me Dead arrives in theatres and on HBO Max on May 14th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Profile Trailer: Timur Bekmambetov’s Latest Screenlife Thriller

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After producing such films as Unfriended, Unfriended: Dark Web and Searching, over the past few years Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has shifted his career to focus almost entirely on movies that take place on a computer screen. At one point it was stated that he had 14 such movies in development (he calls the genre “Screenlife”), but the next one to arrive will be one that he actually directed himself. Profile is based on the true story of Anna Erelle, a French journalist who went undercover online in order to investigate the recruitment of young women by ISIS. The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival back in 2018 where it received decent reviews, although some critics questioned the decision to mine such a serious issue strictly for thrills. Now Focus Features will give it a North American release as movie theatres slowly reopen. Profile arrives in theatres on May 14th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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WB Cancels James Wan’s The Trench and Ava DuVernay’s New Gods

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With some fans still demanding a continuation of the SnyderVerse and Warner Brothers attempting to put the focus back on their upcoming DCEU movies like The Suicide Squad, The Flash and Black Adam, the studio has quietly cancelled a couple of the more idiosyncratic DC films that they also had in development. James Wan had been working on an Aquaman spin-off called The Trench, a horror-oriented project focusing on the amphibious monsters that live in the Mariana Trench, while Ava DuVernay was hired to direct New Gods, based on Jack Kirby’s cosmic space opera. Now both projects appear to have been shelved indefinitely. Warner Brothers released the following statement last week:

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