MacGruber TV Series Officially Coming to Peacock

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It’s been a long time coming, but MacGruber is finally ready to make his triumphant return to the small screen. Originating as a MacGyver parody sketch on SNL starring Will Forte, the character received his own movie in 2010 and earned just $9 million at the box office. Based on that, it seemed like a sequel was never going to happen but the movie developed a cult following over the years and rumours about a follow-up persisted. Last year the decision was made to start pitching it as a TV series instead and now NBC’s Peacock streaming service has reportedly become the obvious home for the show. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tron 3 Gets a New Director

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Is Disney once again getting ready to return to The Grid? There have been rumours about the possibility of another Tron movie ever since Tron: Legacy hit theatres back in 2010. The movie made $400 million worldwide on a $170 million budget, which seems okay on the surface but it was ultimately considered a flop. Back in 2015, it was being reported that Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde had signed on for a sequel and that director Joseph Kosinski was set to return but then it was killed after Disney execs got cold feet. A few years later, Jared Leto seemed to get involved, becoming attached to star as the project continued to develop quietly in the background. Now this week a director appears to be locked in. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Steve McQueen’s Small Axe Trailer

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With four acclaimed feature films now under his belt, Steve McQueen is about to make his first foray into television this year with an Amazon Prime miniseries called Small Axe. This isn’t your standard TV series, however, instead it is more like an anthology of five films, each one exploring a different historical event from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s involving Black pride and resilience. The first trailer showcases an episode titled “Mangrove”, about the Mangrove March in 1970 (the 50th anniversary of which was yesterday). With a cast that includes Letitia Wright, John Boyega, Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings and Jack Lowden, the first three episodes will premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 25th followed by a release on Amazon sometime in the near future. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Captain Marvel 2 Gets Candyman Director

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Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic put most major blockbuster movies on hold, it has also slowed down development on future blockbusters as well. Case in point: it feels like it has been a really long time since we’ve had any news or updates on upcoming Marvel movies (other than to announce delays, of course). Fortunately, last week some relatively big news finally dropped on that front. We are hearing that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will not be returning to direct their upcoming Captain Marvel sequel and instead they will be passing the baton to a new filmmaker. Hit the jump for more details.

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Judas and the Black Messiah Trailer Starring Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield

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It’s that time of year when we would normally start to see trailers for the upcoming awards season movies being released, but of course, at this point it is unclear if any of these movies will be coming to theatres or if there will actually be much of an awards season per se. Warner Brothers has just released the first trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah, which certainly feels like an important prestige film but it does not yet have a release date set. The movie is directed by Shaka King and tells the story of Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party in the late ’60s, who was betrayed by an FBI informant. With a cast that includes Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Martin Sheen and Lil Rel Howery, this will apparently be coming to theatres sometime in 2021 although that is all we know at this point (movies released up to Feb. 28th, 2021 can still qualify for the Oscars). Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #23: Sony State of Play August 2020

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We recap all the games shown off during Sony’s latest State of Play video and discuss Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad game and Microsoft’s Project Xcloud dispute with Apple, plus we also talk Shadow of the Colossus, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and various Xbox Summer Game Fest demos.

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Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things Trailer

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Charlie Kaufman’s first novel, Antkind, just hit stores last month but now his latest project as a director is almost upon us as well. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is based on the book by Iain Reid and it centers on a woman who accompanies her new boyfriend to his parents’ farm to meet them for the first time. From there, things start to get weird. As we’ve come to expect from Charlie Kaufman, this looks both funny and bleak with a main character experiencing an existential crisis of sorts, but it also delves further into horror realm than we’ve seen from him before. With a cast that includes Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette and David Thewlis, I’m Thinking of Ending Things arrives on Netflix on Sept. 4th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #82: Sylvester Stallone

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“Rambo is a pussy.” This month’s premium podcast brings us back to the filmography of Sylvester Stallone, looking beyond the Rocky and Rambo franchises to examine many of his most memorable one-off action movies. We start with Cobra and Tango & Cash before moving into the ’90s with Cliffhanger and Demolition Man, then conclude with one of Stallone’s most acclaimed performances in Cop Land. Discussion topics include the life span of the ’80s action movie, the prescience of Demolition Man‘s future world, Stallone’s acting range and the reality of the 4K bump. Does Tango & Cash make any sense? Did Sylvester Stallone actually ghost direct some of these movies? More importantly, why would anyone eat pizza with scissors? You’re the disease and this premium podcast is the cure… download it now via the link below.

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Disney Sets Mulan for Premium VOD Release via Disney+

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Although Warner Brothers is still pushing forward with a theatrical release for Tenet at the end of the month, Disney has finally decided to pull the chute on the upcoming release of Mulan. Although they have been closely monitoring Tenet and trying to position themselves around it, this week they have announced that Mulan will mostly be skipping theatres altogether. Instead, they are opting for a surprising option: a premium VOD release only on Disney+ that will require subscribers to pay an additional one-time fee on top of the streaming service’s subscription fee. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #761: The Fugitive + Wrongfully Accused

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0:00 – Intro: Tenet Update + Mulan Goes to Premium VOD
19:00 – Retro Review: The Fugitive
48:50 – Retro Review: Wrongfully Accused
1:06:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Daylight, Pure Luck, Assassins, Nighthawks, Blown Away, See No Evil Hear No Evil, Lock Up, Judge Dredd, Last Chance U
1:35:40 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:37:45 – Outro

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Ratched Trailer: Netflix’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Prequel Series

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest may not be a movie that easily lends itself to the possibility of a sequel or a prequel, but that hasn’t stopped Evan Romansky, Ryan Murphy and Netflix from moving forward with Ratched, a TV series that explores the backstory for the film’s memorable villain, Nurse Ratched. Originally played by Louise Fletcher in the 1975 film, the series stars Sarah Paulson in the lead role and takes place in 1947 with Ratched seeking employment at a Northern California psychiatric hospital. Obviously this show follows in the footsteps of series like Hannibal and Bates Motel which explore the evolution of a monster, balancing both drama and suspense. With a supporting cast that includes Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, Sharon Stone, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll and Vincent D’Onofrio, the show arrives on September 18th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Green Hornet Animated Series in the Works from Kevin Smith

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After premiering the first trailer for his upcoming movie Killroy Was Here over the weekend, Kevin Smith has unveiled another big announcement. He is reportedly teaming up with a company called WildBrain to produce a Green Hornet animated series and it sounds like it will be at least partially based on his comic book run for Dynamite Entertainment from a decade ago. This will be a contemporary update that revolves around Green Hornet’s son and Kato’s daughter taking up the mantle and fighting crime in Century City. Smith had this to say about the announcement:

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