Film Junk Podcast Episode #707: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum


0:00 – Intro
11:10 – Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
46:40 – Headlines: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer #2, Robert Pattinson as The Batman
1:05:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Wandering Earth, Urban Legend, Game of Thrones, The Twilight Zone (Spoilers from 1:39:00-1:39:40), Veep, Tokyo Drifter, Borgen
1:54:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:55:25 – Outro
2:01:40 – Spoiler Discussion: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer #2


Fresh off its world premiere at Cannes, Sony has just unveiled a brand new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Described by Tarantino as his closest thing to Pulp Fiction since, well, Pulp Fiction, it takes place in 1969 Los Angeles across a canvas of multiple characters and storylines that eventually intersect. We know that washed up TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) eventually cross paths with Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), who eventually crosses paths with Charles Manson (Damon Herriman). But beyond that it is still not entirely clear how it all overlaps. The movie features a mix of real and imagined events, history and satire, and you can sense Tarantino’s love of the era in every frame. Whether all the inside jokes and pop culture references will overwhelm the story remains to be seen. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theatres on July 26th; check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: John Wick Puts a Hit on Avengers: Endgame


With Avengers: Endgame finally starting to slow down, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was able to walk right in and steal the top spot at the box office over the weekend. The movie earned a stellar $57 million, which is almost double what John Wick: Chapter 2 earned back in February 2017. It seems likely that there will be more John Wick chapters or spin-offs still to come. In second place, Avengers: Endgame added another $29.4 million domestically, passing Avatar to become the second highest grossing movie domestically. It is not likely to catch the #1 movie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and it is still trailing Avatar globally as well. Considering the competition in the coming months, it might be tough for Endgame to make up the $170 million difference to pass Avatar’s all-time worldwide record. In third place, Detective Pikachu continues to excel, adding $24.8 million and reaching $290 million worldwide. A Dog’s Journey opened in fourth with a disappointing $8 million (less than half of A Dog’s Purpose) while The Hustle rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile The Sun Is Also a Star became the latest YA film to struggle, debuting with just $2.6 million.

1. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame — $29.4M
3. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu — $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey — $8M
5. The Hustle — $6.1M
6. The Intruder — $4M
7. Long Shot — $3.4M
8. The Sun Is Also a Star — $2.6M
9. Poms — $2.1M
10. UglyDolls — $1.6M

Ball Junk Podcast Episode #36: NBA Draft Lottery


The most anticipated episode of the Ball Junk Podcast is here! The mystic powers of the NBA have given Frankie a way back in. We talk the NBA Draft Lottery, the Pelicans, AD, the Lakers, Magic and uncredited bit borrowing. We dig a little into the NFL Draft, bring back OUR game of Real or Fake and all of your favourite segments. Check it out here or subscribe and download on iTunes! BALLS!

0:00:00 – Intro: Welland Jackfish Game
0:13:30 – NBA Discussion (including STOLEN material discussion)
0:45:50 – NFL Discussion
0:58:50 – The OG Real or Fake Magic Johnson Tweets
1:33:00 – Balls Around the World
1:04:50 – Sack Time
1:10:35 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Chris Rock Teaming Up with Lionsgate on a Saw Spinoff


Although the Saw franchise returned in 2017 following a 7-year hiatus with Jigsaw, it was unclear if the movie had been successful enough to justify more sequels. This week, however, Lionsgate has finally revealed that there will be a new Saw movie, albeit with an surprising new creative force behind it. Chris Rock has reportedly pitched an idea for a Saw spinoff that will take the series “to a really intense and twisted new place.” Story details are still under wraps but Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, had this to say about the announcement:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, A Dog’s Journey, The Souvenir


All eyes will be on Avengers: Endgame this weekend as it nips at the heels of the all-time box office record currently held by James Cameron’s Avatar and quite possibly overtakes it. However, there is a good chance that the movie will finally fall to second place at the box office with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum expected to deliver the biggest opening yet for the action franchise. Other movies in wide release include the family film A Dog’s Journey and teen romance The Sun is Also a Star. In select theatres, there are some decent alternatives including Sundance award-winner The Souvenir, Edward Zwick’s legal drama Trial by Fire and Swedish sci-fi film Aniari plus a Simon Pegg / Nick Frost-produced horror-comedy that was already out in the U.K. last year, Slaughterhouse Rulez. What will you be watching this weekend?

Robert Pattinson Reportedly Set to Replace Ben Affleck in The Batman


We’ve been hearing a persistent rumour for a few months now about who might play the next Dark Knight for Warner Brothers in the upcoming Matt Reeves-directed film The Batman. It was confirmed back in January that Ben Affleck would officially be walking away from the role and that the movie would focus on a younger actor. It was also being hinted that the studio wanted a “familiar face” to play the role as opposed to an unknown. Well, now it appears that the studio is definitely reeling in a big name as we are hearing that Twilight star Robert Pattinson is close to signing on to star in the upcoming film. Hit the jump for more info.

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Angel Has Fallen Trailer Starring Gerard Butler


No summer movie season is complete without a trashy August genre movie to wash away the self-important stink of the big budget studio films. This year we are being treated to Angel Has Fallen, the third installment in the unlikely action trilogy that started with Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, who is apparently framed for an assassination attempt on the President (Morgan Freeman). His only hope is to recruit help from his grizzled father (played by Nick Nolte… enough said). As we like to say around these parts, this movie was made to be seen at the drive-in. Angel Has Fallen hits theatres on Aug. 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Black Mirror: Season 5 Trailer


Following up on the interactive movie Bandersnatch, which could well go down as Charlie Brooker’s magnum opus, Black Mirror is returning with a new season next month on Netflix. This fifth season apparently consists of just three episodes (here’s hoping they are feature-length) and a cast that includes Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Andrew Scott, Pom Klementieff and Madison Davenport. That being said, based on the trailer it feels like the creative well may be running a bit dry and the show is in danger of falling into self-parody (if it hasn’t already). I’m here for it either way. Black Mirror: Season 5 arrives on Netflix on June 5th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #706: Under the Silver Lake + Arctic


0:00 – Intro: 700 Club Pin Update + Frank Dropping Lid
17:20 – Review: Under the Silver Lake
47:35 – Review: Arctic
1:07:45 – Headlines: The Hateful Eight Mini-Series Update, Avatar Sequels Delayed Again, Star Wars SC 38 Reimagined
1:25:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wine Country, Deep Rising, Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Modern Times
1:51:40 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:54:15 – Outro

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Trailer


With live-action remakes of animated classics still continuing to print money for Disney, the studio is now moving forward with sequels to several of these live-action remakes as well. Considering that the main draw of these movies is a retelling of well-known stories that everyone loves, it is still unclear if audiences are actually interested in seeing a continuation of said stories. Alice: Through the Looking Glass turned out to be a dud, but perhaps Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be a bigger success. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning return as Maleficent and Princess Aurora, once again laying out more backstory for Sleeping Beauty. Directed by Joachin Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), the movie co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer and hits theatres on Oct. 18th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Judy Trailer Starring Renee Zellweger


It feels a little early to be talking about awards season, but no doubt that is the intended destination for the upcoming Judy Garland biopic Judy starring Renee Zellweger. Of course, whether it will find Zellweger back in the hunt for the first time since the early 2000s remains to be seen. The movie is directed by Rupert Goold (True Story) and it is based on Peter Quilter’s stage play End of the Rainbow, which focuses on Garland’s five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town in London in 1968, some 30 years after she rose to fame with The Wizard of Oz. It certainly looks like there is a big transformative performance here but it’s hard to shake the feeling that these kinds of predictable biopics just growing increasingly obsolete. Judy hits select theatres on Sept. 27th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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