Film Junk Podcast Episode #726: Gemini Man + Mister America


0:00 – Intro
17:15 – Review: Gemini Man
47:55 – Review: Mister America
1:02:25 – Hot Topic: Martin Scorsese Says Marvel is Not Cinema
1:21:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: Between Two Ferns: The Movie, D-Tox, In the Shadow of the Moon, Disturbing Behavior, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, The Bed-Sitting Room, The Mad Doctor of Market Street, Ikarie XB-1, Urban Legends: Final Cut
2:04:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:08:25 – Outro

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Zoe Kravitz to Play Catwoman in The Batman


Last month we heard that Jonah Hill was in talks to play a villain in the next solo Batman movie, titled simply The Batman. Now almost a month later, we are still waiting to hear if it is actually happening and to get confirmation on what character he would be playing (the general consensus seems to be The Riddler). In the meantime, however, we are hearing that another villain will be joining the film and this one already appears to be a done deal. Catwoman will reportedly be making an appearance, although the full extent of her involvement in the story still remains to be seen. Hit the jump for more details.

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Robert Forster 1941-2019


Although fans were excited to see the long-awaited debut of the Breaking Bad movie El Camino on Netflix this past weekend, it was also accompanied by some unfortunate news about the loss of one of its cast members. The great Robert Forster reportedly passed away on Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with brain cancer. El Camino will be his final on-screen performance aside from an appearance in an episode of the upcoming Amazing Stories reboot. Aside from his role in Breaking Bad, he was best known for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown as well as for his performances in Haskell Wexler’s 1969 counterculture film Medium Cool and Disney’s The Black Hole. He was 78 years old.

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Dolittle Trailer Starring Robert Downey Jr.


After essentially retiring from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you might assume that Robert Downey Jr.’s next movie would be a small art house film or passion project of some sort. But as it turns out, he is going in the opposite direction and starring in Dolittle, a family adventure film based on the Doctor Dolittle series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting. The character has been played on screen previously by both Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy, but this version takes him back to his Victorian roots and seems to be shunning some of the comedy in favour of big blockbuster action. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that this movie is directed by Stephen Gaghan, best known as the writer of Traffic and the writer-director behind Syriana. I guess you gotta pay the bills somehow. Dolittle co-stars Jessie Buckley, Harry Collett, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Jim Broadbent with voice performances from Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cena, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland and Craig Robinson. The movie hits theatres on Jan. 17th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Joker’s Still Wild, The Addams Family Takes Down Gemini Man


It was another strong weekend for Todd Phillips’ Joker as the controversial comic book movie dropped just 43% to earn another $55 million at the box office. The movie is already the eighth highest grossing movie of the year domestically with $192 million and it has earned $543 million worldwide. In second place, The Addams Family outperformed Gemini Man with a solid $30.3 million debut. That’s a bit less than the Hotel Transylvania movies made in their first weekend (all of them made over $40 million) but it should continue to make decent money from family audiences throughout October. Ang Lee’s Gemini Man opened in third place with a disappointing $20.5 million, which is not great news for Paramount considering that the movie had a budget of $138 million. It may make up some of that overseas, although so far it has only made $39 million internationally. Abominable fell to fourth place while Downton Abbey rounded out the top 5. The weekend’s other new release, Jexi, opened way down in ninth place with just $3.1 million. Meanwhile Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite had a fantastic weekend in limited release, earning $376,264 from just three locations and giving it the biggest per-theatre average of the year so far.

1. Joker — $55M
2. The Addams Family — $30.3M
3. Gemini Man — $20.5M
4. Abominable — $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey — $4.9M
6. Hustlers — $3.9M
7. Judy — $3.3M
8. It Chapter Two — $3.2M
9. Jexi — $3.1M
10. Ad Astra — $1.9M

Training Day Prequel in the Works


Training Day is best remembered as the movie that finally won Denzel an Oscar for Best Actor, but it also helped elevate the careers of both director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter David Ayer (Ayer was directing movies himself just a few years later). It was a commercial success for Warner Brothers and has remained in the cultural conversation over the years, even spawning a short-lived TV series starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell in 2017. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we are hearing this week that the studio is looking to return to the world of Training Day once again in the form of a prequel. Hit the jump for the full rundown.

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise Trailer Starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt


With the Pirates of the Caribbean series seemingly on its last legs, Disney is now turning to another classic theme park attraction to launch a new live-action movie franchise. Jungle Cruise is one of the original Disneyland attractions and remains popular today, known for its dated story and corny sense of humour. The original ride was inspired by movies like The African Queen, but now director Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Non-Stop) is bringing it back to the big screen and updating it for modern audiences. Dwayne Johnson plays a riverboat captain while Emily Blunt is an explorer who enlists his help. There is definitely a bit of a Romancing the Stone vibe here, but mostly it fits the tone of your typical lighthearted, family-friendly Disney blockbuster. Jungle Cruise hits theatres on July 23rd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Gemini Man, The Addams Family, Jexi


Ang Lee’s sci-fi thriller Gemini Man leads this week’s line-up of new theatrical releases, although despite being a big budget Will Smith action movie it does not pose much of a threat to Joker. MGM’s animated take on The Addams Family is also in wide release this weekend, looking to capitalize on the Hotel Transylvania audience, while the A.I. comedy Jexi starring Adam DeVine will likely struggle to get noticed. In select theatres, we have one of the year’s best reviewed films, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, along with the political mockumentary Mister America starring Tim Heidecker and the zombie comedy Little Monsters (which is also debuting on Hulu). What will you be watching this weekend?

The Turning Trailer Starring Mackenzie Davis and Finn Wolfhard


Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw has been adapted for the screen multiple times over the past century, most notably as Jack Clayton’s 1961 classic The Innocents. Netflix and Mike Flanagan’s upcoming follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House series will also be based on this gothic novella, but before that DreamWorks and Amblin are releasing a new feature film version called simply The Turning. Mackenzie Davis plays a woman hired to look after two disturbed orphans at a mysterious estate in Maine where not all is as it seems. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) play the creepy kids. Veteran music video director Floria Sigismondi is at the helm, so at the very least the movie should deliver some unique imagery within an otherwise familiar setting. The Turning hits theatres on Jan. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Joins The Matrix 4


Although it was officially announced back in August, this week we’ve finally got our first bit of major casting news for the long-awaited fourth Matrix movie. At the time, it was confirmed that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss would be returning to reprise their roles while Laurence Fishburne would not. However, there has been speculation that Morpheus might be recast and now that speculation is intensifying with the addition of the first new cast member. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Earthquake Bird Trailer Starring Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough


With the movie set to premiere this week at the BFI London Film Festival, Netflix has released the first trailer for Wash Westmoreland’s upcoming thriller Earthquake Bird. Based on the novel by Susanna Jones, the story is set in 1989 Tokyo and revolves around a young woman who gets caught in a love triangle with a local photographer and is suspected of murder when her friend goes missing. Westmoreland has directed a handful of acclaimed films including Still Alice, which won Julianne Moore an Oscar, but the real draw here is the lead performances by Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough. Naoki Kobayashi and Jack Huston also co-star. Earthquake Bird arrives on Netflix on Nov. 15th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #725: Joker


0:00 – Intro: The Seaway Saga Continues, Patreon Discussion
45:35 – Review: Joker
1:17:25 – Other Stuff We Watched: One Cut of the Dead, Psycho, American Psycho, The Bouncer, The Boys, Diego Maradona, Frat House, Pledge Night, Life, Rambo: Last Blood, Ad Astra, The Stand, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, The Vineyard, Jennifer’s Body, Ginger Snaps, The Shallows, The Black Cat, The Raven, Murders in the Zoo, Psycho II, Final Destination Series, Piranha 3D, I Walked With a Zombie
2:01:55 – Outro
2:14:25 – Spoiler Discussion: Joker
3:14:15 – Spoiler Review: One Cut of the Dead

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