The Midnight Sky Trailer Starring George Clooney

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Despite his abundance of charm and wit, George Clooney’s efforts as a director over the past two decades have tended to yield mixed results. His last film, Suburbicon, gave some of the worst reviews of his career but he is back this year with an original movie for Netflix that finds him tackling science-fiction for the first time. The Midnight Sky is based on the book Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton and it stars Clooney as a scientist living in the Arctic who must attempt to stop a group of astronauts from returning to Earth following a global catastrophe. It appears to be more of a quiet drama than an effects-driven action movie, but Netflix obviously must think it has some mainstream appeal since they are giving it a release date similar to the one they gave Bird Box a few years ago. The Midnight Sky co-stars Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo and Demián Bichir and it arrives on Netflix on Dec. 23rd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Ben Wheatley to Direct The Meg 2

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Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca debuted on Netflix this past weekend to mixed reviews but at this point that is nothing new for Wheatley. His films have a reputation for being messy and challenging, although somewhat ironically, many have said that Rebecca does not actually feel like a Ben Wheatley movie. Either way, as he continues to line up progressively bigger projects and move away from the smaller genre films he built his career on, this latest project seems like an interesting bridge between the two. Warner Brothers has reportedly hired him to direct the upcoming sequel to their blockbuster shark thriller The Meg. Hit the jump for more details.

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Scarlett Johansson to Star in New Bride of Frankenstein Movie

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After the success of The Invisible Man, Universal is continuing to push forward with reinventions of several other classic Universal monsters including Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein. Another project that remains in the works as a holdover from the Dark Universe is Bride of Frankenstein, which David Koepp wrote and Bill Condon was originally attached to direct. Although that project has yet to find a new director, we are now hearing that a different competing project is being set up over at A24. Scarlett Johansson is attached to star with Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria) on board to direct. Johannson had this to say:

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #33: PS5 User Experience First Look + Oculus Quest 2

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We dig in to some of the new features of the PS5 user interface and discuss the Microsoft / GameStop digital sales deal plus Andrew gives first impressions of the Oculus Quest 2 and we talk Genshin Impact, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, The Collage Atlas and Katana Zero.

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Tim Burton in Talks for The Addams Family TV Series

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With The Addams Family CG animated movie proving to be a hit for MGM last year and a sequel getting officially announced earlier this month, we are also hearing that MGM is planning to bring back the characters in another format as well. MGM TV is reportedly developing a live-action TV series based on The Addams Family with multiple studios currently bidding on it including Netflix. Tim Burton is also circling the project, which seems like it could be a pretty big draw considering that this is the first time Burton has really put his full creative force behind a television series. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #84: The Scream Franchise

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“Do you like scary movies?” To celebrate Halloween this year, we decided to revisit Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s Scream series, the inventive slasher franchise that brought the horror genre back from the dead in the late ’90s. We all had strong memories of seeing most of these movies the first time around but we were eager to see how they hold up today. Discussion points include the trademark ambitious opening sequences, the trend of casting of TV stars, the so-called “rules” of horror movies and Ghostface as an iconic horror movie villain. What is the most underrated element of the Ghostface costume? How did Dewey and Gale become such beloved characters in this series? Does blood always come from a vein? Which member of the Film Junk crew would have no hesitation about killing in self-defense? Check your conscience at the door and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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Quibi Officially Shutting Down

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Well it only took six months but Quibi, the short-form streaming service launched by Jeffrey Katzenberg, has officially announced that they are throwing in the towel. In an open letter posted on Medium, Katzenberg confirmed that the company has “exhausted every option available to us” and that they will now “wind down the business, return cash to our shareholders, and say goodbye to our colleagues with grace.” The service launched back in April but has since struggled to find an audience. It also struggled to launch any noteworthy shows despite boasting an impressive roster of directors and stars including Sam Raimi, Kevin Hart, Jason Reitman, Antoine Fuqua, Idris Elba and Steven Spielberg (ironically, Spielberg’s show never saw the light of day). Hit the jump for more details.

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Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon Trailer

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Although Pixar’s Soul is going directly to Disney+ in December, Disney is still hoping that enough theatres will be open in March to release their next animated movie, Raya and the Last Dragon. The first trailer has arrived online this week, introducing us to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran) is tasked with tracking down the last dragon (voiced by Awkwafina) to bring peace to a divided land. Perhaps more importantly, she also has a cute armadillo sidekick named Tuk Tuk. Stylistically, it seems a bit reminiscent of Kubo and the Two Strings although the backstory with the dragons (not really shown in this trailer) will probably bring comparisons to How to Train Your Dragon or Dragonheart. Raya and the Last Dragon is directed by Don Hall (Moana, Big Hero 6) and Carlos López Estrada (Blindspotting) with co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa and it hits theatres on March 12th, 2021. Check out the first trailer below and see what you think.

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Game Junk Reviews: Ghost of Tsushima

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Dax and Scott join Frank and Andrew for a full review of the PS4 game Ghost of Tsushima.

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The Christmas Chronicles 2 Trailer Starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

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The Christmas Chronicles was a big hit for Netflix back in 2018 with over 20 million people supposedly tuning in to see Kurt Russell as Santa Claus within the first week of release. Now the sequel is almost upon us and this time around producer Chris Columbus has decided to take over the director’s chair himself. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are back to play Mr. and Mrs. Claus in a story that finds a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel trying to steal the Christmas Star from the North Pole. Julian Dennison (The Hunt for the Wilderpeople) plays Belsnickel while Darby Camp reprises her role as Kate from the previous film and Jahzir Bruno (The Witches) plays her mom’s new boyfriend’s son Jack. The Christmas Chronicles 2 arrives on Netflix on Nov. 25th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Jiu Jitsu Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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Just when you thought studios were starting to run out of direct-to-VOD movies to release during the pandemic, along comes Nicolas Cage with a movie that screams VOD louder than just about any movie in history. Jiu Jitsu stars Cage as the leader of an ancient order of Jiu Jitsu fighters who must battle alien invaders every six years in order to protect the Earth. It looks kind of like a martial arts-heavy, budget-light version of Predator although I’m guessing the end product will probably be something closer to Beyond Skyline. Directed by Dimitri Logothetis (Kickboxer: Retaliation), the movie co-stars Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan and Tony Jaa. Jiu Jitsu arrives in select theatres and on demand on Nov. 20th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Amazon Picks Up I Know What You Did Last Summer TV Series

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With production on Scream 5 currently underway, it was only natural that we might see some attention turn back to another Kevin Williamson horror franchise from the ’90s. I Know What You Did Last Summer starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. as high school students who accidentally kill a pedestrian while driving on their graduation night. They decide to cover it up and dispose of the body, but one year later a mysterious figure starts stalking them with a hook in order to punish them for their crime. The movie spawned two sequels and a reboot was being developed a few years back but now we are hearing it will be a TV series instead. Hit the jump for more details.

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