Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story Trailer

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After releasing a pair of teaser trailers back in August, this week Netflix has unveiled a full trailer for Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed upcoming film Marriage Story. The movie has been building up a ton of buzz at festivals and Netflix is definitely giving it a nice awards season push. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play a couple currently going through the process of a painful divorce, but the movie jumps back in time to revisit the ups and downs of their relationship. This feels a bit heavier than some of Baumbach’s previous films, but it is said to contain plenty of dark humour as well. Marriage Story hits select theatres on Nov. 22nd before arriving on Netflix on Dec. 6th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Paul Dano to Play the Riddler in The Batman

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Well that was quick. Less than a day after it was reported that Jonah Hill had passed on the villain role in The Batman, Warner Brothers and director Matt Reeves have already found their replacement. Paul Dano has signed on to take Hill’s place and there does not seem to be any confusion over what role he is playing. We are hearing pretty definitively that he will play the Riddler in the upcoming film. Whether or not there is still another villain role yet to be cast remains to be seen. Hit the jump for more details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Zombieland: Double Tap, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Jojo Rabbit

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One decade after the first movie became a surprise hit for Sony, Zombieland: Double Tap brings back the original cast for another dose of undead hilarity. Horror-comedy hybrids do not typically fare well at the box office, but this one seems to be an exception. That being said, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is likely to be the movie to beat this weekend, even if it is tracking way behind the original film. Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is also releasing this weekend but only with a select number of special screenings courtesy of Fathom Events. In select theatres, we have Taika Waititi’s acclaimed satire Jojo Rabbit fresh off its People’s Choice Award win at TIFF, along with Robert Eggers’ psychodrama The Lighthouse starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. What will you be watching this weekend?

David Cronenberg to Adapt His Novel Consumed for Netflix

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Over the past few years, we’ve been hearing that David Cronenberg is all but retired from filmmaking. Fortunately, much like Steven Soderbergh, it appears that these reports have been greatly exaggerated. Since his last film Maps to the Stars, Cronenberg has kept busy by acting in a few movies (including Viggo Mortensen’s upcoming film Falling) but he has also been developing a few things on the side. He was working on an original Netflix series that they eventually passed on, but now we are hearing that he is also developing something else for Netflix: a TV series based on his own novel Consumed. Hit the jump for more details.

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Jonah Hill Drops Out of Negotiations for The Batman

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Last month we heard that Jonah Hill was on the verge of signing on for the primary villain role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. It was an intriguing choice to be sure, but a few weeks later when there was still no official confirmation, many began to wonder if talks had broken down. As it turns out, we are now hearing that is exactly what happened. Hill has reportedly dropped out of negotiations, but perhaps more surprising is the fact that his friend Seth Rogen is also out after being under consideration for a role at one point as well. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Bombshell Trailer #2

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As this year’s awards season race is starting to take shape, one of the movies we haven’t seen or heard much about so far is Jay Roach’s Bombshell. The movie revolves around the 2016 Fox News scandal that found former news anchor Gretchen Carlson filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes with several other women soon coming forward with similar claims. Although the initial teaser trailer didn’t give a full sense of the film’s tone, a new trailer has been released online that reveals a similar feel to Adam McKay’s dark political comedies The Big Short and Vice. It makes sense considering that screenwriter Charles Randolph co-wrote The Big Short, although to be fair, Jay Roach has previously done his share of political comedies as well. The movie stars Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Alice Eve and Kate McKinnon with John Lithgow playing Roger Ailes under heavy makeup. Bombshell hits theatres on Dec. 20th; check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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Neil Patrick Harris Joins The Matrix 4, Jada Pinkett Smith Also in Talks to Return

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After last week’s addition of Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, The Matrix 4 is continuing to move full steam ahead with casting as two more actors are now in the process of being added to the roster. The first is an unexpected one as Neil Patrick Harris has reportedly landed a role in the upcoming sci-fi sequel. Joining him will be Jada Pinkett Smith, who is no stranger to the franchise having previously appeared in the The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions and the Enter the Matrix video game as well. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #726: Gemini Man + Mister America

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0:00 – Intro
17:15 – Review: Gemini Man
47:55 – Review: Mister America
1:02:25 – Hot Topic: Martin Scorsese Says Marvel is Not Cinema
1:21:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: Between Two Ferns: The Movie, D-Tox, In the Shadow of the Moon, Disturbing Behavior, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, The Bed-Sitting Room, The Mad Doctor of Market Street, Ikarie XB-1, Urban Legends: Final Cut
2:04:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:08:25 – Outro

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Zoe Kravitz to Play Catwoman in The Batman

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Last month we heard that Jonah Hill was in talks to play a villain in the next solo Batman movie, titled simply The Batman. Now almost a month later, we are still waiting to hear if it is actually happening and to get confirmation on what character he would be playing (the general consensus seems to be The Riddler). In the meantime, however, we are hearing that another villain will be joining the film and this one already appears to be a done deal. Catwoman will reportedly be making an appearance, although the full extent of her involvement in the story still remains to be seen. Hit the jump for more details.

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Robert Forster 1941-2019

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Although fans were excited to see the long-awaited debut of the Breaking Bad movie El Camino on Netflix this past weekend, it was also accompanied by some unfortunate news about the loss of one of its cast members. The great Robert Forster reportedly passed away on Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with brain cancer. El Camino will be his final on-screen performance aside from an appearance in an episode of the upcoming Amazing Stories reboot. Aside from his role in Breaking Bad, he was best known for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown as well as for his performances in Haskell Wexler’s 1969 counterculture film Medium Cool and Disney’s The Black Hole. He was 78 years old.

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Dolittle Trailer Starring Robert Downey Jr.

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After essentially retiring from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you might assume that Robert Downey Jr.’s next movie would be a small art house film or passion project of some sort. But as it turns out, he is going in the opposite direction and starring in Dolittle, a family adventure film based on the Doctor Dolittle series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting. The character has been played on screen previously by both Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy, but this version takes him back to his Victorian roots and seems to be shunning some of the comedy in favour of big blockbuster action. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that this movie is directed by Stephen Gaghan, best known as the writer of Traffic and the writer-director behind Syriana. I guess you gotta pay the bills somehow. Dolittle co-stars Jessie Buckley, Harry Collett, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Jim Broadbent with voice performances from Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cena, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland and Craig Robinson. The movie hits theatres on Jan. 17th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Joker’s Still Wild, The Addams Family Takes Down Gemini Man

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It was another strong weekend for Todd Phillips’ Joker as the controversial comic book movie dropped just 43% to earn another $55 million at the box office. The movie is already the eighth highest grossing movie of the year domestically with $192 million and it has earned $543 million worldwide. In second place, The Addams Family outperformed Gemini Man with a solid $30.3 million debut. That’s a bit less than the Hotel Transylvania movies made in their first weekend (all of them made over $40 million) but it should continue to make decent money from family audiences throughout October. Ang Lee’s Gemini Man opened in third place with a disappointing $20.5 million, which is not great news for Paramount considering that the movie had a budget of $138 million. It may make up some of that overseas, although so far it has only made $39 million internationally. Abominable fell to fourth place while Downton Abbey rounded out the top 5. The weekend’s other new release, Jexi, opened way down in ninth place with just $3.1 million. Meanwhile Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite had a fantastic weekend in limited release, earning $376,264 from just three locations and giving it the biggest per-theatre average of the year so far.

1. Joker — $55M
2. The Addams Family — $30.3M
3. Gemini Man — $20.5M
4. Abominable — $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey — $4.9M
6. Hustlers — $3.9M
7. Judy — $3.3M
8. It Chapter Two — $3.2M
9. Jexi — $3.1M
10. Ad Astra — $1.9M