Introducing a Brand New Podcast: Recommended Reeding

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Unfortunately, due to on-going issues with Frank’s internet connection, it looks like we will be unable to record new Film Junk episodes for the next little while. In the meantime, Reed Farrington has offered to start hosting a brand new weekly podcast about books that he has been reading. Enjoy!

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The Last Dance Trailer: ESPN’s 10-Part Michael Jordan Documentary Arrives in April

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With ESPN essentially starving for content right now given the lack of sports, they have wisely decided to bump up the release date for their upcoming 10-part documentary series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. The Last Dance is directed by Jason Hehir (Andre the Giant) and it explores the Bulls dynasty of the 90s and the NBA at the height of its power as a pop culture phenomenon. While it is unclear if this will have as much depth and cultural relevancy as something like O.J.: Made in America, it is sure to rekindle arguments about who really is the greatest NBA player of all time. Originally scheduled to arrive in June, The Last Dance will now debut with two episodes on Sun. April 19th and will continue with two episode installments over the next four weeks (episodes will arrive internationally on Netflix every Monday). Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Sony Delays Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Morbius and More to 2021

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Last week Warner Brothers announced that they would be delaying Wonder Woman 1984 and In the Heights, the first of the June summer movies to move due to the COVID-19 shutdown (Universal had also previously delayed Minions: The Rise of Gru, which was scheduled for July). However, the fact that Warner Brothers moved Wonder Woman 1984 to August gave some hope that there might still be a summer movie season this year albeit a shortened one. Now this week Sony is taking even more drastic steps by pushing all of their major summer releases back to 2021 including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and the Spider-Man spin-off Morbius. Hit the jump for more details.

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Ryan Gosling to Star in Project Hail Mary from the Writer of The Martian

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Ryan Gosling is heading back to space. We are hearing that the First Man star will once again be suiting up as an astronaut on the big screen only this time he won’t be playing a real-life historical figure. The movie will be based on a novel by The Martian author Andy Weir called Project Hail Mary, which MGM is now in negotiations to acquire. If you were a fan of The Martian, it sounds like this may be treading in some familiar territory. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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#blackAF Trailer Starring Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones

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With Black-ish currently in its sixth season on ABC and having spawned a pair of spin-offs (Grown-ish and Mixed-ish), series creator Kenya Barris is stepping away to launch a new show on Netflix. He is also starring in the show as a fictionalized version of himself with Rashida Jones playing his wife. #blackAF will tackle “parenting, relationships, race, and culture” and “looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the ‘family sitcom’ in a way we’ve never seen before.” It is shot in a mockumentary style that resembles Modern Family but it also has a bit of a Curb Your Enthusiasm vibe with Barris’ real-life celebrity friends apparently showing up from time to time. #blackAF arrives on Netflix on April 17th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Ryan Reynolds in Talks for Live-Action Dragon’s Lair Movie

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After the success of Michael Bay’s 6 Underground, which Netflix claims was watched by 83 million people in its first 4 weeks of release, it appears that Netflix and Ryan Reynolds will be continuing to work together in the near future. The streaming giant is reportedly setting up an adaptation of the ’80s arcade game Dragon’s Lair and they have Reynolds in mind to star. Although the game was known for its beautiful animation by Don Bluth, this will not be an animated movie but rather live-action. Hit the jump for more details.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #5: Naughty Dog and Crunch Culture

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We discuss the recent Kotaku article about Naughty Dog’s crunch time on The Last of Us Part II plus we also discuss the For Honor documentary Playing Hard, A Short Hike and South Park: The Fractured but Whole.

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More Quibi Trailers: Most Dangerous Game, Survive, Chrissy’s Court

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form streaming service Quibi is debuting in a little over a week and there has been a flurry of new trailers recently released as a result. With so many people currently self-quarantining and desperate for more content to consume, they are potentially in a great position to pick up a lot of new subscribers. That being said, there aren’t too many apparent must-see titles here as far as I can tell. There are some action-thriller type things like Most Dangerous Game starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz and Survive starring Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins as well as some documentary and reality TV time-wasters like Murder House Flip, Chrissy’s Court and a Lena Waithe-produced documentary on sneaker culture. But I guess in a way prestige content goes against what they are all about. The service is mobile-only with episodes 4 to 10 minutes long and it arrives on April 6th; check out some of the trailers below and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #745: The Hunt

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0:00 – Intro
15:30 – Review: The Hunt
41:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: Black Christmas (2019), Surviving the Game, Hardware, The Golem: How He Came Into the World, Ma, Bad Times at the El Royale, Caniba, Blow the Man Down, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Viy, Deathtrap, Spookies, Watchmen
1:43:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:44:45 – Outro

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Solar Opposites Trailer: From the Co-Creator of Rick and Morty

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Although we’re still waiting for Adult Swim to announce a return date for the second half of Rick and Morty: Season 4, Hulu is about to drop the first season of Justin Roiland’s new animated series Solar Opposites. The show definitely feels like similarly chaotic sci-fi territory but there is a slightly different premise: four aliens have escaped from their doomed home planet to start a new life in surburban America. The alien family is split on whether their new home planet is awesome or terrible but their overriding mission is to protect the Pupa, “a living supercomputer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth.” With a voice cast that includes Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack and guest appearances by Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Andy Daly, Christina Hendricks, Jason Mantzoukas, Ken Marino, Rainn Wilson and Tiffany Haddish, Solar Opposites is set to arrive on May 8th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Great Trailer: Elle Fanning is Catherine the Great

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If you were a fan of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, you might want to keep an eye on this upcoming mini-series from Hulu. It is called The Great (as in Catherine the Great) and it stars Elle Fanning in the lead role, focusing on her rise to power in Russia in the mid to late 1700s. It seems to carry the same satirical edge found in The Favourite, which makes sense considering that the show originates from Tony McNamara, who also co-wrote that movie. They have also cast Nicholas Hoult as Peter III just in case the comparisons weren’t obvious enough. Veteran TV director Matt Shakman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is directing (at least the first episode anyway). The Great arrives on Hulu on May 15th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Stuart Gordon 1947-2020

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We’ve got some sad news to report this week that is sure to hit genre movie fans particularly hard. Stuart Gordon, the writer and director behind such cult classics as Re-Animator and From Beyond, has reportedly passed away. In addition to his contributions to the horror genre, he also was one of the creators of Disney’s Honey I Shrunk the Kids franchise and had a history with experimental theatre as well. The cause of death was not disclosed. Gordon was 72 years old.

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