The Craft: Legacy Trailer

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Back in March of last year, Blumhouse announced that the 1996 supernatural thriller The Craft was the latest cult classic they would be updating for a new audience. We really hadn’t heard much about the project since then, but now this week they have unveiled the first trailer for the movie and confirmed that it will be going direct to VOD just in time for Halloween. The Craft: Legacy looks to be a sequel of sorts that follows a new coven of witches while still acknowledging the events of the previous film. It feels like less of a horror film and more of a superhero film this time around, but perhaps that is just the marketing angle. Directed by Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid), the movie stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny. The Craft: Legacy arrives on premium VOD on Oct. 28th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in an Upcoming Disney+ Series

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Following up on last week’s announcement that a She-Hulk TV series is currently in development, here is another bit of Marvel news that will surprise absolutely no one. We are hearing that Nick Fury will be the latest MCU character to appear in an upcoming Marvel TV series coming to Disney+. Samuel L. Jackson has reportedly signed on to reprise the role once again after appearing in 11 Marvel movies thus far. What remains unclear is whether this will be actually be a Nick Fury series or something else entirely. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Lupin III: The First Trailer + Netflix’s Lupin Teaser

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Within the span of a few days, we’ve had two new trailers debut for upcoming works based on the classic French literary antihero, Arsène Lupin. The first is for the Japanese CG-animated film Lupin III: The First, which is getting a North American release courtesy of GKIDS next month. The character Lupin III is the grandson of the original Lupin and first appeared in a manga series by Monkey Punch that eventually spawned several animated shows and movies (including Hayao Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro). I believe this is the first time he has been rendered fully in CG, however. Meanwhile, Netflix has dropped the first trailer for their upcoming live-action Lupin series which stars Omar Sy as a gentleman thief named Assane Diop. Lupin III: The First hits select theatres on Oct. 23rd while Lupin is expected to arrive on Netflix in January; check out both trailers after the jump and see what you think.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Next Movie Revealed

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After the success of Split and Glass, M. Night Shyamalan has managed to get his career back to a place where he is once again able to focus on his own high concept ideas. For his next project, however, it appears that he will be drawing inspiration from another source for the first time since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Shyamalan announced last week via Twitter that his new movie has just started production and it is called Old. As you can tell from the title, the premise has to do with aging and we are hearing that it will be loosely based on a French graphic novel called Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The plot synopsis of the graphic novel is as follows:

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #30: Microsoft Buys ZeniMax

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We break down the Microsoft acquisition of ZeniMax (which includes Bethesda and id) and discuss whether Frankie spoke too soon about the next-gen console war already being over, plus we evaluate the Xbox Series S and Series X preorder situation and we also talk Hades, Carrion, Spiritfarer and Breath of the Wild.

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Rashomon TV Series Coming to HBO Max

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Although remakes of classic films are still generally regarded as fool’s errands, these days producers are finding new ways to revisit well-known stories while avoiding direct comparisons to the original. The so-called golden age of television has certainly opened a lot of doors in that regard and now Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon is the latest stone cold classic to get adapted for the small screen. Amblin Television has been developing a TV series version of the 1950 film for a couple of years and now HBO Max has boarded the project along with writers Billy Ray (The Comey Rule) and Virgil Williams (Mudbound). Amblin Partners co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey had this to say:

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Sound of Metal Trailer Starring Riz Ahmed

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Although Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF this year and seems to be getting the most buzz coming out of the festival, there has also been a fair amount of praise for Sound of Metal. Riz Ahmed stars as a metal drummer who slowly starts to lose his hearing and is forced to come to terms with the fact that it may not be coming back. Directed by Darius Marder and based on a story by Derek Cianfrance (the two previously collaborated on the screenplay for The Place Beyond the Pines), the film relies heavily on Ahmed’s performance but the sound design is also said to be highly innovative and immersive. Sound of Metal co-stars Olivia Cooke and Mathieu Amalric and it hits select theatres on Nov. 20th before arriving on Amazon Prime on Dec. 4th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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The Queen’s Gambit Trailer Starring Anya Taylor-Joy

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Following up on his well-received western mini-series Godless, writer-director Scott Frank (The Lookout) is teaming up with Netflix for another limited series this time set in the world of competitive chess. Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, The Queen’s Gambit stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as a female chess prodigy and orphan who has been competing from the age of 8. As she continues to pursue her dream of becoming a Grandmaster, she struggles with sexism and addiction along the way. A big screen adaptation of the novel was in development for years with Heath Ledger was once planning to make it his directorial debut; that being said, this version also looks promising. The Queen’s Gambit co-stars Moses Ingram, Bill Camp, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Marielle Heller, Harry Melling and Rebecca Root and it arrives on Netflix on Oct. 23rd. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Black Widow Delayed to 2021, More Disney Movies Follow Suit

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As expected, Disney finally announced this week that Black Widow will not hit its Nov. 6th theatrical release date. Due to the ongoing pandemic and continued closure of theatres in New York and L.A., the upcoming Marvel movie is being pushed all the way to May 7th, 2021, a full year from when it was originally supposed to hit theatres. All of the other upcoming MCU movies have been forced to shift as well with Eternals moving from Feb. 12th, 2021 to Nov. 5th, 2021 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings moving from May 7th, 2021 to July 9th, 2021. Several other 20th Century Studios releases are also undergoing delays including Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, while Pixar’s Soul is staying in November (for now). Here is the full list of release date changes:

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John Cena to Star in Suicide Squad Spin-Off Series Peacemaker for HBO Max

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Once again following in the footsteps of Disney and Marvel, Warner Brothers is leveraging their big screen DC comic book properties as a way to create new original shows for their streaming service, HBO Max. Back in July they announced that there would be a spin-off series from Matt Reeves’ The Batman focusing on the Gotham City police department and now this week they have revealed that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will also get a spin-off as well. The show is called Peacemaker and it will star John Cena, reprising his role from the upcoming movie. Writer-director James Gunn had this to say about the announcement:

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The Croods: A New Age Trailer

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The next few months are continuing to look pretty void of studio releases in theatres, but in slightly more optimistic news, Universal just set a November release date for a major upcoming sequel. Unfortunately, that sequel is… The Croods: A New Age. If you’re wondering why a Croods sequel is just coming out now, apparently this movie was in development since the first one came out back in 2013, but it was cancelled in 2016 only to get resurrected a year later after Universal acquired DreamWorks. The plot finds the prehistoric cave-dwelling Croods in search of a new home and encountering another family called The Bettermans. Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener reprise their roles while Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann and Kelly Marie Tran are new additions to the voice cast. The Croods: A New Age hits theatres on Nov. 25th but seems like a candidate to go to premium VOD shortly afterward; check out the trailer below.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #768: Antebellum

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0:00 – Intro
17:30 – Review: Antebellum
35:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: Memento, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, The Social Dilemma, Action Button Reviews Doom
57:45 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:02:00 – Outro
1:04:00 – Spoiler Discussion: Antebellum

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