Oscar Isaac to Star in That Other Ex Machina Movie Too


We’ve been hearing rumblings about an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series Ex Machina for years now (in fact, it was first announced back in 2005) but after recently changing hands to Legendary Entertainment, the project finally seems like it is moving forward. In a strange twist, Oscar Isaac is now attached to the movie after having previously starred in Alex Garland’s 2014 sci-fi film Ex Machina as well. The Brian K. Vaughan adaptation will be retitled The Great Machine in order to avoid confusion. It will join Y: The Last Man and Paper Girls, two other BKV comic book properties that are also in various stages of development. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Peter Berg’s Spenser Confidential Trailer Starring Mark Wahlberg

After teaming up for three well-received movies based on true stories, Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg stumbled a bit with their fictional 2018 action thriller Mile 22. Originally envisioned as the start of a new franchise, the movie was a disappointment critically and commercially. Now Berg and Wahlberg are back with an adaptation of the crime novel Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland for Netflix and at the very least it seems to have some of the humour that was apparently missing from Mile 22. Wahlberg plays an ex-cop named Spenser who gets out of prison and agrees to help his old boxing coach train a promising young fighter (Winston Duke). Following the murder of two former colleagues, however, he recruits the same fighter to help him get to the bottom of it. Spenser Confidential co-stars Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron and Post Malone and hits Netflix on March 6th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Bad Boys Make Bank


Coming into the weekend it was somewhat unclear if audiences would show up for a new Bad Boys movie after a 17 year wait, but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence delivered in a big way. Bad Boys for Life managed to exceed all expectations with a $59.2 million weekend, the best opening of the series thus far and the best ever R-rated debut for Sony. I guess it’s no surprise that a fourth Bad Boys movie is now in the works. In second place, Dolittle also did better than expected, earning $22 million despite terrible reviews which is probably a testament to the drawing power of Robert Downey Jr. 1917 fell to third place, while Jumanji and Star Wars rounded out the top 5. Outside the top 10, Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You brought in an estimated $5 million since its debut on Wednesday, quickly becoming the highest-grossing movie ever for GKIDS.

1. Bad Boys for Life — $59.2M
2. Dolittle — $22.5M
3. 1917 — $22.1M
4. Jumanji: The Next Level — $9.6M
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — $8.4M
6. Just Mercy — $6M
7. Little Women — $5.9M
8. Knives Out — $4.3M
9. Like a Boss — $3.8M
10. Frozen II — $3.7M

The Lovebirds Trailer Starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae


Last year’s Kumail Nanjiani / Dave Bautista comedy Stuber was a bit of a disappointment for Fox, not exactly a bomb per se, but it made just $32 million worldwide on a $16 million budget. Now Nanjiani is returning this year with a similar sort of action-comedy but this time he is bringing Issa Rae (Insecure) and The Big Sick director Michael Showalter with him. The Lovebirds finds him and Rae playing a couple on the verge of breaking up who witness a murder and get pulled into a criminal conspiracy. It definitely resembles Game Night and Netflix’s Murder Mystery, both of which were big hits in their own right. The Lovebirds will premiere at SXSW before hitting theatres on April 3rd. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Taika Waititi Rumoured for New Star Wars Movie


After the success of Thor: Ragnarok and now Jojo Rabbit (the latter of which has just earned 6 Oscar nominations), Taika Waititi’s career continues to soar. Marvel was eager to bring him back for Thor: Love and Thunder, but he also seems to have a lot of other projects on the go including his upcoming soccer movie Next Goal Wins, the live-action Akira movie and a pilot episode for Apple’s Time Bandits TV series, not to mention acting gigs in Free Guy and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Now we are hearing that Disney also wants to pull him over to their other most valuable franchise, a universe that he has already dabbled in on the small screen: Star Wars. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Bad Boys for Life, Dolittle, Weathering with You


The long-awaited Bad Boys for Life hits theatres this weekend, reuniting Will Smith and Martin Lawrence after almost 17 years. With such a big gap between sequels and Michael Bay no longer in the director’s chair, it’s hard to say how this buddy cop franchise will hold up although reviews have been somewhat decent. Also in wide release we have the family comedy Dolittle, Robert Downey Jr.’s first non-Marvel movie since The Judge in 2014. In select theatres, we also have Weathering with You, Makoto Shinkai’s follow-up to his acclaimed anime film Your Name., plus The Wave starring Justin Long and retro found footage comedy VHYes from director Jack Henry Robbins. What will you be watching this weekend?

Guns Akimbo Trailer Starring Daniel Radcliffe


Daniel Radcliffe has made some interesting and unexpected movies post-Harry Potter, mostly smaller genre films but often with a unique twist. His latest film is called Guns Akimbo and it finds him playing a meek video game developer who wakes up one day with guns bolted to his hands and forced to participate in Skism, an underground gladiatorial deathmatch game that is livestreamed online. The movie hails from Jason Lei Howden, director of Deathgasm, and it looks like a hyperviolent cross between John Wick, Hardcore Henry, Crank and The Running Man. Either way it is sure to be a great source for new Daniel Radcliffe memes. Guns Akimbo co-stars Samara Weaving, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Rhys Darby, Ned Dennehy and Mark Rowley and it hits select theatres on Feb. 28th.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #738: 1917 + Best of 2019


0:00 – Intro
10:30 – Review: 1917
40:15 – Feature: Top 10 Movies of 2019
1:40:10 – Feature: 2019 Junkies
2:40:00 – Outro
2:46:00 – Spoiler Discussion: 1917

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Andy Muschietti to Direct The Howling Reboot for Netflix


With the success of the It duology, Andy Muschietti has successfully transitioned from smaller genre films to studio tentpoles in fairly short order. His list of upcoming projects now includes The Flash as well as live-action Robotech and Attack on Titan movies, but that doesn’t mean he is ready to leave his horror roots behind. We are hearing that Netflix is recruiting him for a reboot of a fan favourite ’80s horror franchise that they are hoping to bring to their streaming service. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Devs Trailer: Alex Garland’s Sci-Fi Series Comes to Hulu


After Ex Machina and Annihilation, Alex Garland has become a director that every sci-fi cinephile should be following closely. His next project finds him being lured to the small screen, however, where he is developing an original series for FX and Hulu called Devs. Although the title would seem to imply another Silicon Valley-type show, this is actually another sci-fi thriller very much in line with his previous two movies and it stars Nick Offerman in a relatively serious role. The plot revolves around an engineer at a Silicon Valley tech company who starts to suspect something sinister is happening within their secret advanced A.I. program after her boyfriend commits suicide. This is an eight-episode limited series and Alex Garland is writing and directing every episode. Devs co-stars Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaeny and Alison Pill and it arrives on Hulu on March 5th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Black Widow Trailer #2


Marvel released a new “special look” trailer for Black Widow during the National College Football Championship game last night and although it doesn’t look all that different from the first one, there are still some new revelations to explore. In particular, the trailer lays out the plot a little more clearly and introduces the film’s main villain, Taskmaster. That being said, we still don’t who is actually playing the character behind that mask, although there is plenty of speculation that it could be Ray Winstone, who joined the movie in an undisclosed role. Either way, one thing is certain: there will be a lot of three-point landings in this movie. Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour and it hits theatres on May 1st. Check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think.

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CBS Developing The Silence of the Lambs Follow-Up TV Series Clarice


Although NBC cancelled Hannibal after three seasons due to low ratings, it is clear that there is still a very passionate fanbase for the character and the show. They continue to petition the network to resurrect it nearly five years after the fact, and although that doesn’t seem likely to happen, another network is now hoping to tap into that fanbase with a new show based on the books of Thomas Harris. CBS and MGM are reportedly developing a TV series that focuses on Clarice Starling and will act as a follow-up to The Silence of the Lambs. There’s just one problem: Hannibal Lecter himself is not expected to appear. Writer / executive producer team Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet had this to say about the project:

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