Naomie Harris in Talks to Play Shriek in Venom 2

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We’ve been hearing for a while now that the upcoming Venom sequel would likely pit Eddie Brock against well-known Spider-Man villain Carnage aka Cletus Kasady. Woody Harrelson played the character in the first film, although he didn’t actually show up until the post-credit sequence, and will be taking center stage in the next movie. This week, however, we are also learning that another lesser known villain will be involved as well, one that has strong ties to the fan favourite Maximum Carnage storyline from the comics. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #727: 3 From Hell

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0:00 – Intro
11:05 – Review: 3 From Hell
44:30 – Hot Topic: How Important Are Opening Credit Sequences?
1:12:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Hole in the Ground, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, FearDotCom, Nightmare Beach, Child’s Play (2019), Hercules and The Haunted World, The Invisible Ray, Absurd
2:00:55 – Outro

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer

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Fresh off its premiere during Monday Night Football, here is the heavily hyped final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Up until now, it feels like Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t really shown us a whole lot from the movie with the previous trailer mixing in clips from all of the previous films in the saga as well. The good news is that there is a lot of new footage to pore over here, but ultimately it still feels like we’re mostly in the dark. Once again the big question is whether Rey will turn to the dark side and the trailer definitely plays on that without giving any definite answers. Will this be the epic conclusion we’ve all been hoping for? Tickets for the movie are on sale now. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theatres on Dec. 20th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Robert Zemeckis in Talks for Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio

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With Disney coming off a huge year for live-action remakes, the pressure is on for them to find more beloved properties that can match the billion dollar success of movies like The Lion King and Aladdin. The Little Mermaid is the other big Disney Renaissance movie in the process of being remade but beyond that things are a little more uncertain with Mulan being the only Disney live-action reimagining currently planned for 2020. There seems to be a push to go back to the early classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (which Marc Webb is rumoured to be directing). Now this week Disney finally seems to be getting their Pinocchio remake back on track as well. Hit the jump for more details.

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Bloodshot Trailer Starring Vin Diesel

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Just when you thought every superhero in existence had already been given his or her own movie, along comes Sony Pictures to bring the Valiant Universe to the big screen. Originally rising to prominence amidst the ’90s comic book boom, Valiant spawned many successful (albeit still relatively unknown) characters including Harbinger, X-O Manowar, Ninjak and Bloodshot. Now the first Valiant movie is almost upon us and we’ve got Vin Diesel playing the latter, a former soldier who is granted powers of super strength and regeneration as a result of nanites injected into his blood. His story really seems quite similar to Wolverine as he is also out for revenge while attempting to reclaim his mysterious past. The movie is directed by long-time video game cinematic director Dave Wilson (who also directed a short in Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots series) and it co-stars Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell and Guy Pearce. It seems hard to believe that this will launch a whole new cinematic universe, but I guess we shouldn’t underestimate the drawing power of Vin Diesel? Bloodshot hits theatres on Feb. 21st; check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Maleficent Presides with Lukewarm Opening

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It was a familiar scene at the box office over the weekend as Disney loomed over the competition with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, although in this case it wasn’t quite the success story that most of their other movies have been this year. The sequel debuted with $36 million, which comes in a little below industry expectations and is only about half of what the original movie made back in 2014. Joker wasn’t far behind, dropping to second place in its third weekend with another $29 million and moving past It: Chapter Two to become the seventh highest grossing movie of the year domestically. Zombieland: Double Tap actually improved slightly on its predecessor with an estimated $26.7 million start, proving that maybe the decade-long wait actually wasn’t a problem after all. The Addams Family and Gemini Man rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite finished just outside the top 10 after expanding to 33 theatres while Jojo Rabbit and The Lighthouse also had very strong per-theatre averages in their limited debuts.

1. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — $36M
2. Joker — $29.2M
3. Zombieland: Double Tap — $26.7M
4. The Addams Family — $16.1M
5. Gemini Man — $8.5M
6. Abominable — $3.5M
7. Downton Abbey — $3.1M
8. Judy — $2.1M
9. Hustlers — $2.1M
10. It Chapter Two — $1.5M

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story Trailer

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After releasing a pair of teaser trailers back in August, this week Netflix has unveiled a full trailer for Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed upcoming film Marriage Story. The movie has been building up a ton of buzz at festivals and Netflix is definitely giving it a nice awards season push. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play a couple currently going through the process of a painful divorce, but the movie jumps back in time to revisit the ups and downs of their relationship. This feels a bit heavier than some of Baumbach’s previous films, but it is said to contain plenty of dark humour as well. Marriage Story hits select theatres on Nov. 22nd before arriving on Netflix on Dec. 6th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Paul Dano to Play the Riddler in The Batman

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Well that was quick. Less than a day after it was reported that Jonah Hill had passed on the villain role in The Batman, Warner Brothers and director Matt Reeves have already found their replacement. Paul Dano has signed on to take Hill’s place and there does not seem to be any confusion over what role he is playing. We are hearing pretty definitively that he will play the Riddler in the upcoming film. Whether or not there is still another villain role yet to be cast remains to be seen. Hit the jump for more details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Zombieland: Double Tap, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Jojo Rabbit

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One decade after the first movie became a surprise hit for Sony, Zombieland: Double Tap brings back the original cast for another dose of undead hilarity. Horror-comedy hybrids do not typically fare well at the box office, but this one seems to be an exception. That being said, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is likely to be the movie to beat this weekend, even if it is tracking way behind the original film. Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is also releasing this weekend but only with a select number of special screenings courtesy of Fathom Events. In select theatres, we have Taika Waititi’s acclaimed satire Jojo Rabbit fresh off its People’s Choice Award win at TIFF, along with Robert Eggers’ psychodrama The Lighthouse starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. What will you be watching this weekend?

David Cronenberg to Adapt His Novel Consumed for Netflix

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Over the past few years, we’ve been hearing that David Cronenberg is all but retired from filmmaking. Fortunately, much like Steven Soderbergh, it appears that these reports have been greatly exaggerated. Since his last film Maps to the Stars, Cronenberg has kept busy by acting in a few movies (including Viggo Mortensen’s upcoming film Falling) but he has also been developing a few things on the side. He was working on an original Netflix series that they eventually passed on, but now we are hearing that he is also developing something else for Netflix: a TV series based on his own novel Consumed. Hit the jump for more details.

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Jonah Hill Drops Out of Negotiations for The Batman

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Last month we heard that Jonah Hill was on the verge of signing on for the primary villain role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. It was an intriguing choice to be sure, but a few weeks later when there was still no official confirmation, many began to wonder if talks had broken down. As it turns out, we are now hearing that is exactly what happened. Hill has reportedly dropped out of negotiations, but perhaps more surprising is the fact that his friend Seth Rogen is also out after being under consideration for a role at one point as well. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Bombshell Trailer #2

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As this year’s awards season race is starting to take shape, one of the movies we haven’t seen or heard much about so far is Jay Roach’s Bombshell. The movie revolves around the 2016 Fox News scandal that found former news anchor Gretchen Carlson filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes with several other women soon coming forward with similar claims. Although the initial teaser trailer didn’t give a full sense of the film’s tone, a new trailer has been released online that reveals a similar feel to Adam McKay’s dark political comedies The Big Short and Vice. It makes sense considering that screenwriter Charles Randolph co-wrote The Big Short, although to be fair, Jay Roach has previously done his share of political comedies as well. The movie stars Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Alice Eve and Kate McKinnon with John Lithgow playing Roger Ailes under heavy makeup. Bombshell hits theatres on Dec. 20th; check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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