Bond 25 May Introduce a Female 007, Christoph Waltz Will Return

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With production currently underway on Bond 25, fans have been desperate for any new details they can glean about the upcoming Cary Joji Fukunaga film. It is widely believed that this will be Daniel Craig’s final film as 007 and his recent on-set ankle injury only seems to hammer that point home. Although there has been plenty of speculation about a possible replacement over the past few years, I don’t think many suspected that a new 007 would actually be introduced in this next movie. This week, however, we are hearing that this might actually be the case. In addition, it seems that a classic Bond villain will be making a return in some form. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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The Hunt Teaser Trailer: Damon Lindelof’s Upcoming Blumhouse Thriller

Although Damon Lindelof is hard at work on the upcoming Watchmen series for HBO, he’s also got another project coming to the big screen later this year. Up until now details had been mostly kept under wraps, but we knew that Jason Blum was producing and Nick Cuse (The Leftovers, Watchmen) was co-writing the script. Now this week we have our first look at the movie in the form of a fake advertisement for “The Manor”, a remote high end resort that provides a one-of-a-kind hunting experience. It looks like a cross between The Most Dangerous Game and Hostel and it stars Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz and Macon Blair. Directed by Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, Compliance), The Hunt hits theatres on Sept. 27th; check out the teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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The King’s Man Trailer: The Kingsman Franchise Gets a Prequel

Although Kingsman: The Golden Circle was not as well-received critically as the first Kingsman film, it made almost the same amount of money and encouraged Universal to greenlight not just another sequel but also a prequel. We now know that the prequel will be called The King’s Man and it will apparently hit theatres first. Set in the early 1900s, this movie tells the story of how the spy organization was initially formed, apparently reimagining WWI as a major conspiracy cooked up by “history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds.” Taron Egerton and Colin Firth are not involved in this one but Matthew Vaughn is still in the director’s chair and the general filmmaking style seems to be the same. With a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance, The King’s Man is scheduled to hit theatres in February 2020. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Spider-Man: Far From Home Hits $850 Million Worldwide

There was a report last week that the Sony / Marvel deal required Spider-Man: From from Home to make over $1 billion in order for Marvel to retain creative control of the property. The good news is that doesn’t seem to be an issue as the movie has earned almost $850 million after just 17 days and seems to be on track to do exactly that. Spidey topped the box office for the second weekend in a row with another $45 million domestically, which isn’t a huge surprise considering the lack of competition. Toy Story 4 remained in second with $20 million while the biggest new release was Crawl which opened in third with $12 million. That’s pretty comparable to what 47 Meters Down made back in 2017. Stuber ended up in fourth with just $8 million, falling on the lower end of expectations. Meanwhile Yesterday rounded out the top 5 and actually expanded to more theatres after a strong performance in its first 3 weeks.

1. Spider-Man: Far from Home — $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 — $20.7M
3. Crawl — $12M
4. Stuber — $8M
5. Yesterday — $6.8M
6. Aladdin — $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home — $5.6M
8. Midsommar — $3.6M
9. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — $3.1M
10. Men in Black: International — $2.2M

Sherlock Holmes 3 Gets Rocketman Director

With Robert Downey Jr.’s schedule recently opening up again, we are finally seeing some movement on a movie franchise that he has been trying to return to for the past eight years. RDJ starred opposite Jude Law in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes back in 2009 and they both returned for the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows two years later. Although the sequel wasn’t quite as well-received, we probably would have seen a third installment by now if not for certain Marvel obligations. This week it appears that Warner Brothers is finally ready to make it happen, but there is just one catch: Guy Ritchie won’t be back in the director’s chair. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Stuber, Crawl, The Farewell

With Spider-Man: Far From Home hitting theatres last week and The Lion King arriving next week, this weekend is a bit of a write-off as far as major releases are concerned. So instead we’ve got a couple of smaller summer movies filling in the gap: the action-comedy Stuber starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani and Alexandre Aja’s killer gator flick Crawl. Neither seem likely to bring in huge crowds, but the latter at least seems to be receiving decent reviews. In limited release, we also have the acclaimed indie drama The Farewell starring Awkwafina and the dark indie comedy The Art of Self-Defense starring Jesse Eisenberg. What will you be watching this weekend?

Sam Raimi Hints at Another Evil Dead Movie

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After producing the 2013 remake of Evil Dead and three seasons of Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz, you might assume that Sam Raimi had finally gotten the Evil Dead out of his system once and for all. But surprisingly, the director recently dropped some hints that the horror franchise may yet have some life left in it. Bruce Campbell publicly retired the Ash character after Season 3 of Ash vs. Evil Dead, but Raimi still has some ideas on how to continue the movie series and claims to be pursuing them as we speak. Here’s what he had to say about the possibility of another Evil Dead movie:

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David Fincher to Direct Mank Starring Gary Oldman

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It’s been five years since the release of David Fincher’s last film, Gone Girl, and although he has kept busy with some TV stuff for Netflix (Mindhunter, Love, Death + Robots), details surrounding his next movie behind the camera have remained mostly up in the air. For a while there, it looked like he was locked in to direct the World War Z sequel, but earlier this year we heard that Paramount had quietly cancelled the film due to budget concerns. Now this week we are hearing that Fincher is lining up a very different movie as his next project. It is a long-time passion project for him: a biopic about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #714: Spider-Man: Far From Home + Top 10 Superhero Movies

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0:00 – Intro
15:05 – Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home
47:35 – Feature: Top 10 Comic Book Super Hero Films
1:41:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Friday The 13th Series, Anima, Ed Wood, You, Me, and Dupree, Cursed Films, Avengers: Endgame, The Perfection, Stranger Things
1:54:10 – Outro
1:59:30 – Spoiler Discussion: Spider-Man: Far From Home

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WarnerMedia Announces HBO Max Streaming Service

With Disney+ and Apple TV+ launching later this year, WarnerMedia is now officially throwing their hat in the streaming ring as well. Their new service will be called HBO Max, leveraging the HBO name that has become synonymous with high quality original TV content for many years now. The service brings together HBO, the best of several other Warner brands and libraries, and a handful of new original TV shows and movies as well. It is expected to launch in spring 2020 and some of the major offerings are as follows:

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Look Who’s Talking Reboot Gets a Director

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When you look back at some of the biggest hits of the ’80s, one of the things that is always a bit surprising is just how huge comedies could be. Movies like Crocodile Dundee, Coming to America and Three Men and a Baby were bigger than most of the action movies of the day. Another late ’80s monster comedy hit was Look Who’s Talking, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley as new parents and featuring Bruce Willis as the inner voice of baby Mikey. It made almost $300 million worldwide in 1989, which seems pretty unlikely in this day and age and yet for some reason Sony is about to reboot it. Hit the jump for more details.

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Disney’s Mulan Trailer

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After this year’s live-action versions of Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King, some people might be wondering if Disney is starting to run out of classic animated films to remake. While that’s not really the case (at least not yet), they are definitely starting to dig a little deeper into the vault, as is the case with the upcoming Mulan remake. That being said, there is still a very good chance this will make an insane amount of money as it is clearly a major play for the burgeoning Chinese market and it seems to be shunning musical numbers in favour of epic wuxia-style action. Directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Mulan stars Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Gong Li and Jet Li and it hits theatres on March 27th, 2020. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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