Taika Waititi Developing a Flash Gordon Animated Movie

Having successfully made the jump to big budget blockbusters with Thor: Ragnarok, Kiwi director Taika Waititi is very much in demand right now although he is continuing to mix his studio work with smaller personal projects. His next film, Jojo Rabbit, hits theatres in October and now he is officially starting pre-production on the long-rumoured live-action Akira remake. He also has a bunch of TV stuff on the go but this week we are hearing he is adding an intriguing animated feature to his portfolio as well. Hit the jump for more info.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Toy Story 4 Tops Franchise But Fails to Break Animated Record

Disney pulled off yet another victory over the weekend as Toy Story 4 opened to $118 million, the highest debut yet for the series (Toy Story 3 made $110 million back in 2010). That being said, there is still an air of disappointment surrounding the situation as the movie was expected to make closer to $140 million and possibly even break the Incredibles 2 animated record of $182 million. Given the critical acclaim, however, it will probably continue to make money throughout most of the summer. In second place, the Child’s Play reboot made a mediocre $14 million, which is less than Escape Room and Ma made but more than The Intruder and Happy Death Day 2U… just to put things in perspective. It’s probably still to early to tell if we’ll be getting more sequels. Elsewhere Disney’s Aladdin continued to hold in third place with $12 million while Men in Black International and The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top 5.

1. Toy Story 4 — $118M
2. Child’s Play — $14.1M
3. Aladdin — $12.2M
4. Men in Black: International — $10.8M
5. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — $10.3M
6. Rocketman — $5.7M
7. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $4.1M
8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — $3.7M
9. Dark Phoenix — $3.6M
10. Shaft — $3.6M

Stranger Things: Season 3 Final Trailer

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The third season of Stranger Things is less than two weeks away, but just in case you needed a reminder, Netflix has released one last trailer for the show. It would appear that although Eleven succeeded in closing the gate at the end of the last season, Hawkins is still in danger. Although the last season leaned heavily on ’80s nostalgia for marketing purposes, this time around they seem to be giving us less pop culture references and instead they are doubling down on a sense of impending doom. Stranger Things 3 arrives on Netflix on July 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Bad Trip Trailer: Eric Andre and Lil Rel Pull Pranks on Real People

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Although the Jackass crew have mostly retired from pulling off pranks and stunts for our entertainment, comedian Eric Andre seems to be stepping up to carry on that legacy. He is teaming up with producer Jeff Tremaine for a feature film that mixes a fictional storyline with real-life pranks in the tradition of Borat, Bruno and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. The movie is called Bad Trip and it stars Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery as two best friends who steal their sister’s car (played by Tiffany Haddish) while she is in jail and set off on a road trip. Along the way, their outrageous adventure generates genuine reactions from real people with the help of hidden cameras. Directed by Kitao Sakurai (Aardvark, The Eric Andre Show), Bad Trip hits theatres on Oct. 25th; check out the NSFW trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Toy Story 4, Child’s Play, Anna

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After a few weeks of underperforming sequels, Disney is set to once again revive the box office this weekend with a sequel of their own. Toy Story 4 is likely to challenge Incredibles 2 for the biggest animated opening of all time and the overwhelmingly positive reviews seem to indicate that Pixar has not lost their touch with this particular franchise. There are two other major releases this weekend but they should not pose much of a threat: Lars Klevberg’s Child’s Play remake and Luc Besson’s action thriller Anna, neither of which are getting much love from critics. In select theatres, Neon is also releasing Tom Harper’s Wild Rose and we also have a pair of documentaries: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am and The Quiet One (the latter focuses on former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman). What will you be watching this weekend?

Game Junk Podcast Episode #39: E3 2019

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0:00 – Intro
11:50 – Headlines: Playdate Handheld Console, Playstation 5 Specs
21:30 – E3 Discussion: EA
28:00 – E3 Discussion: Microsoft
1:15:30 – E3 Discussion: Ubisoft
1:29:15 – E3 Discussion: Bethesda
1:37:55 – E3 Discussion: Square Enix
1:45:12 – E3 Discussion: Nintendo
1:57:15 – Top 5: E3 2019 Announcements
2:01:10 – Other Stuff We Played: Final Fantasy XV, Horizon Zero Dawn, Bioshock, Tacoma, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Rage 2, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Observation, Riverbond, Wargroove, The Messenger, Celeste, Super Mario Odyssey, Zuma’s Revenge, 1-2-Switch, Cadence of Hyrule, Blaster Master Zero, Blaster Master Zero 2, Days Gone, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Baba is You, Metroid Prime 3
2:26:55 – Junk Mail: EA’s Handling of the Star Wars Franchise, Best Co-op Shooters + Resident Evil 2 Story + Frank’s Proudest Platinum Trophies + Best Games like Scott Pilgrim + Best RPGs like FFVII, Google Stadia + Cinematic vs. Gameplay Trailers, Best Appearances by Celebrities in Video Games, Next Gen Xbox, Double Fine Acquisition, Microtransactions, Destiny 2 Stadia Crossplay, Death Stranding, Too Human Postmortem
2:59:50 – Upcoming Video Game Releases
3:01:55 – Outro

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Anima Teaser: P.T. Anderson and Thom Yorke Team Up for Netflix Musical Short

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Netflix continues to surprise with some of the top level talent they have been able to recruit to create original content and this week they have announced that Paul Thomas Anderson will release a “mindbending” short film exclusively on their service. The so-called one-reeler is titled Anima and it features music by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. It is unclear if it will contain any sort of narrative, but it certainly seems like an experimental art piece which is kind of a first for Netflix as far as I know. Either way, this looks to be pure catnip for cinephiles. Anima arrives on Netflix on June 27th and screens in select IMAX theatres the night before; check out the teaser after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #711: Men in Black: International

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0:00 – Intro
12:10 – Review: Men in Black: International
36:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: Murder Mystery, Night Beast, Ikarie XB1, Friday the 13th I-IV, Eli Roth’s History of Horror Uncut Podcast, The Case Against Satan
1:11:40 – Outro

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #72: Men in Black Trilogy

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“You’re no longer part of the System. You’re above the System. Over it. Beyond it. We’re them. We’re they. We are the Men in Black.” The recent arrival of Men in Black: International gave us a reason to revisit this well-known but admittedly uneven sci-fi comedy trilogy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. At least one of these three films holds a special place in Frank’s heart but we also throw in a discussion about another Barry Sonnenfeld / Will Smith team-up: Wild Wild West. Discussion topics include the influence of The Coen Brothers on Sonnenfeld’s aesthetic, improvised vs. scripted comedy, practical vs. CG effects and a Big Willie Style dick slip. So are Men in Black 2 and 3 decent sequels or are they soulless cash grabs? Is it okay for Men in Black to use a neuralyzer for conjugal visits? Why is producer Jon Peters so obsessed with giant mechanical spiders? We make this look good on the latest premium podcast… download it below.

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Blumhouse Announces Black Christmas Remake

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After the success of last year’s Halloween reboot, Blumhouse is digging up another pre-existing horror property to complement their stable of original films: Black Christmas. Bob Clark’s 1974 genre classic was actually a very influential predecessor to John Carpenter’s own holiday-themed slasher film, so it seems only appropriate that Blumhouse should reinvent this one for a new audience as well. Here’s an excerpt from the recent press release:

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Ready or Not Red Band Trailer

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The filmmaking trio known as Radio Silence have been making a name within horror circles for a while now after directing segments in the anthology films V/H/S and Southbound, as well as the found footage riff on Rosemary’s Baby, Devil’s Due. Now their latest horror flick is getting a late summer release from Fox Searchlight and it looks like a mash-up of You’re Next and Get Out (minus the racial commentary). Ready or Not stars Samara Weaving (The Babysitter, Mayhem) as a newlywed who finds that her husband’s rich family has a tradition of playing deadly games with new members of the family. It looks ridiculous but there is obviously some dark satire here and I am kind of on board. Ready or Not hits theatres on Aug. 23rd; check out the red band trailer below and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: MIB Goes MIA

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It was another weekend to forget at the box office as Men in Black: International came out on top despite being unable to live up to fairly modest expectations. The fourth MIB film opened with $28.5 million domestically, which is a huge step down from the previous films in the franchise (the first three debuted at over $50 million). Moviegoers clearly missed Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, but it also feels like a series of movies that have simply run their course. The Secret Life of Pets 2 dropped to second followed by Aladdin holding on to third place with another decent turnout. Dark Phoenix plummeted 72% from #2 to #4, taking just $9 million in its second weekend while Rocketman rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Shaft failed to crack the top 5, opening to just $8.3 million, seemingly unable to reinvent the ’70s icon for a new generation.

1. Men in Black: International — $28.5M
2. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — $23.8M
3. Aladdin — $16.7M
4. Dark Phoenix — $9.0M
5. Rocketman — $8.8M
6. Shaft — $8.3M
7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — $8.1M
8. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $6.1M
9. Late Night — $5.1M
10. Ma — $3.6M