Creed III Gets a Writer

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Although Sylvester Stallone originally stated that Creed II would be his last time playing Rocky Balboa on screen, we have since heard rumblings that he may be developing a new movie spin-off as well as a TV show. That being said, it does looks like the Creed series will be continuing on without him. This week we are hearing that Creed III is officially in development at MGM with a screenwriter recently being hired to get the ball rolling. Neither Stallone nor original director Ryan Coogler appear to be involved but Michael B. Jordan will obviously return in the lead role. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Bonus Podcast: Movie Organization Manifesto, Part 6

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0:00 – Intro
5:05 – Manifesto Recap
1:10:20 – New Topics: Current State of Physical Media, Pros and Cons of Moving to Digital
2:01:40 – Top 5: Most Embarrassing Blurays in Our Collection
2:35:40 – Junk Mail: Criterion Godzilla Set, Music Organization, Watching Digital Even When You Own Physical, Organizing by Distributor, Mailing Purchased Films When Travelling, Criterion Channel, Legacy Format Phase-Out Strategy, Video Game Organization, Disc Rot, Relegating When Running Out of Space, Filling Up Space Quickly for a New Collection, Plex Servers, Sorting by Distributor Across Multiple Formats, Mixing Erotica with a Mainstream Collection, Sorting by Genre, Post-Apocalyptic Scenario, VHS Collection, Region Free Blurays, Watchlist Organization, Starting Over, How to Handle Lack of Space, Recently Watched Pile, Separation Credits
3:21:30 – Outro

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Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy Trailer

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A few years ago, we heard that a feature-length Transformers CG animated movie was in development that would explore the history of Cybertron. Although the status of that project is currently unclear, this week Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming CG animated series, Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, which seems to tread similar ground. The show is set to air in three separate seasons or arcs starting with this one, a six-episode series entitled “Siege”, taking place in the final hours of the civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons. This does not seem to be connected to any of the live-action movies including Bumblebee, which opened with a scene on Cybertron, but it does feature G1 designs and feels a little more mature than most previous Transformers animated shows we’ve seen. The show is being animated by Polygon Pictures, the Japanese studio responsible for Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Star Wars Resistance and the recent Godzilla anime features. Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege is coming to Netflix sometime in the near future; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Bad Education Trailer Starring Hugh Jackman

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Thoroughbreds director Cory Finley returns with his sophomore effort this year and it is another dark comedy, this time based on a true story. Bad Education premiered at TIFF last year where it was well-reviewed and ended up being acquired by HBO in one of the biggest deals of the festival. The movie stars Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney as the superintendents of a Long Island school district that is on the rise. When a student reporter starts to investigate an embezzlement scam, however, they are forced to cover up the corruption at any cost. Bad Education arrives on HBO on April 25th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Sleight Director Reportedly Developing a New Star Wars Movie

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As fans continue to wonder and speculate about future of Star Wars as a movie franchise, this week we are getting reports that another up and coming filmmaker is being recruited to bring a brand new Star Wars story to the big screen. Last we heard, Taika Waititi was being courted for a new movie but it is still unclear if he has enough room on his plate for another blockbuster. Rian Johnson continues to develop a new trilogy, Kevin Feige is producing an unnamed Star Wars project and Laeta Kalogridis is said to be writing a Knights of the Old Republic movie. Now Sleight director J.D. Dillard is the latest rumoured to be working with Lucasfilm. Hit the jump for more details.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Sonic Stays Ahead of the Pack

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Despite a strong opening weekend for The Call of the Wild, Sonic the Hedgehog held on to the brass ring at the box office for the second weekend in a row. Paramount’s video game adaptation continues to impress, adding another $26.3 million and bringing its total to $106 million after ten days, which is good enough for #4 on the all-time domestic box office list for movies based on video games. 20th Century’s The Call of the Wild starring Harrison Ford opened in second place with $24.8 million, slightly exceeding expectations although the movie reportedly cost $135 million to make so it still has some work to do. Birds of Prey fell to third while Brahms: The Boy II debuted in fourth with a lacklustre $5.9 million. Bad Boys for Life rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Impractical Jokers: The Movie opened at #11 with $2.6 million, which is pretty solid considering it was playing on just over 350 screens. That movie could easily jump into the top 10 in the coming weeks as it continues to expand.

1. Sonic the Hedgehog — $26.3M
2. The Call of the Wild — $24.8M
3. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn — $7M
4. Brahms: The Boy II — $5.9M
5. Bad Boys for Life — $5.9M
6. 1917 — $4.4M
7. Fantasy Island — $4.2M
8. Parasite — $3.1M
9. Jumanji: The Next Level — $3M
10. The Photograph — $2.8M

Run Trailer: From the Writer and Director of Searching

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After the breakout hit Searching, writer-director Aneesh Chaganty and co-writer Sev Ohanian are reteaming for a new thriller that will no longer constrain the action to a computer screen. The movie is called Run (not to be confused with the upcoming HBO series of the same name) and it stars Kiera Allen as Chloe, a home-schooled teenager who starts to suspect that her domineering mother (Sarah Paulson) cannot be trusted and may be hiding some dark secrets from her. As Chloe decides to make her escape, her situation is complicated by one other detail: she is in a wheelchair. While that will no doubt add to the tension, the movie is breaking new ground simply by being one of the first movies ever to star a wheelchair user. Run hits theatres on May 8th (Mother’s Day weekend); check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Call of the Wild, Brahms: The Boy II, Impractical Jokers: The Movie

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It’s not the most exciting week for new releases as the Harrison Ford CG dog movie The Call of the Wild leads the way, based on the classic adventure novel by Jack London. The only other new movie in wide release is the horror sequel Brahms: The Boy II (does anyone really remember The Boy?). In select theatres, we have Impractical Jokers: The Movie opening on 200 screens as the popular TruTV prank show moves to the big screen, while Michael Winterbottom’s Greed starring Steve Coogan and the Jane Austen adaptation Emma. starring Anya Taylor-Joy are also opening in limited release. What will you be watching this weekend?

Eli Roth Apparently Directing a Borderlands Movie

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With his last two movies Eli Roth seemed to be entering a new phase in his career, moving away from his own material to more studio projects based on pre-existing properties. Although Death Wish was not that well received, The House with a Clock In Its Walls seemed to fare a bit better and also became his biggest box office hit to date. Now we are hearing that he is being lined up to direct a new movie based on a blockbuster video game series: the post-apocalyptic sci-fi shooter Borderlands. Hit the jump for more details.

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Taika Waititi to Direct Hollywood Satire TV Series The Auteur

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Fresh off of his Best Adapted Screenplay win for Jojo Rabbit at the Oscars, this week we are getting our first details about a new project in development from Taika Waititi that, ironically enough, looks to skewer Hollywood. The project is a half-hour limited series for Showtime called The Auteur, and it will star Jude Law as a big time producer who takes desperate measures after his last movie bombs at the box office. It is described as a “gonzo horror-comedy, a twisted romance and a glamorous, high wire act of biting satire” and it is based on the 2014 graphic novel by Rick Spears, James Callahan and Luigi Anderson. Here is the plot synopsis for the graphic novel:

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The Safdie Brothers and Nathan Fielder Team Up for The Curse

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Ever since Nathan for You wrapped up in 2017 with the epic feature-length finale “Finding Frances”, fans have been eagerly awaiting Nathan Fielder’s next project. He directed a couple of episodes of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America? series for Showtime but mostly he has been developing some new shows for HBO, where he recently signed an overall deal (one of those shows is How To… with John Wilson, which he will executive produce). Now this week we are learning that Fielder has another project in the works with Uncut Gems writing / directing duo Benny and Josh Safdie. What could these guys possibly be cooking up together? Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Game Junk Podcast Episode #40: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order + Best of 2019

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0:00 – Intro
10:20 – Headlines: Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X Details, Project XCloud
53:55 – Review: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
1:35:40 – Feature: Top 10 Games of 2019
2:50:50 – Junk Mail: Frank’s Feelings on the Switch, Rapid Fire Questions, Paying Streamers to Play Your Game, Star Trek Bridge Crew + New Matrix Game, New Console Costs + Greatest Console Ever, Dreams and Game Editors, Game Junk Patreon, Best Video Games Based on Movies
3:27:30 – Outro

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