An American Pickle Trailer Starring Seth Rogen


Although HBO Max launched with a few original shows like Love Life and Looney Tunes Cartoons, their first original feature film won’t be arriving until next month. An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as an immigrant who comes to America in 1920 and… falls into a giant vat of pickles. He wakes up 100 years later in modern day Brooklyn, miraculously preserved by the brine, and meets up with his great-grandson (also played by Seth Rogen). Based on the short story Sell Out by Simon Rich, it actually looks a little more heartfelt than you might expect from such a ridiculous premise. The movie is directed by Brandon Trost, who has been a cinematographer on several of Rogen’s previous comedies and also co-directed The FP. Sarah Snook co-stars. An American Pickle arrives on HBO Max on Aug. 6th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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David Ayer’s The Tax Collector Trailer


After directing two successful yet divisive big budget tentpoles with Suicide Squad and Bright, David Ayer is going back to his roots with his latest film, The Tax Collector. Keeping in line with many of his early films, this is an L.A.-set crime movie and it stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as two enforcers for a crime lord named Wizard. When one of Wizard’s rivals returns to L.A. from Mexico, however, a war breaks out and one of them is forced to take steps to protect his family. With a supporting cast that includes Cinthya Carmona and George Lopez, The Tax Collector hits select theatres and VOD on August 7th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #757: I Know This Much is True


0:00 – Intro
11:45 – Review: I Know This Much is True
55:20 – Top 5: Best Movies of the Year So Far
1:09:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Assistant, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Days of Thunder, The Lion King (2019)
1:27:50 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:31:20 – Outro

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New TMNT CG Movie in the Works from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg


Although 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows received slightly better reviews than the first TMNT film produced by Platinum Dunes back in 2014, ultimately it was not enough to win over fans who had already dismissed Michael Bay’s take on the characters. The movie earned just $82 million domestically ($245 million worldwide), leaving the turtles without an active big screen franchise once again. A couple of years ago we heard that Paramount was in the process of rebooting the series with screenwriter Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) penning the script for a brand new live-action movie. Now this week, however, it appears that they may be changing gears and setting their sights on a brand new CG animated movie instead. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Alex Winter’s Showbiz Kids Trailer


Although it is looking less and less likely that we will get to see Bill & Ted Face the Music before the end of the summer, Alex Winter has another movie arriving next month regardless. Showbiz Kids is an upcoming documentary directed by Winter that examines the lives of child actors, covering the struggles and the pressure of trying to make it in Hollywood as well as the many issues that arise from dealing with fame at a young age. The movie follows two young hopefuls as they navigate their early acting careers but also features interviews with many established stars including Henry Thomas, Evan Rachel Wood, Milla Jovovich, Wil Wheaton, Todd Bridges, Jada Pinkett Smith and the late Cameron Boyce. Winter previously directed the tech-focused docs Downloaded, Deep Web and Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain, plus he also has a Frank Zappa one in the works as well. Showbiz Kids arrives on HBO on July 14th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Mulan, Bill & Ted and More Pushed as COVID-19 Delays Continue


No surprises here but after Warner Brothers announced the latest delay of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet to August 12th, Disney has also followed suit by pushing back Mulan by almost a full month. In addition, Bill & Ted Face the Music has slipped to the last weekend in August while a few other movies have also been shuffled as a result. As it stands right now, the only July theatrical release that has yet to move is Sony’s romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery on July 17th. The full list of recent release date changes is as follows:

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #18: Are AAA Games Too Long?


We debate Shawn Layden’s recent comments about the AAA model being unsustainable and discuss the new trailers for Marvel’s Avengers plus we also talk The Last of Us: Part II.

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Margot Robbie to Star in a New Pirates of the Caribbean Movie


Although the last Pirates movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was slammed by critics and underperformed in the U.S., there seemed to be little doubt that the Disney franchise would still continue on in some form. The movie made $622 million overseas and the property itself continued to maintain a loyal fanbase. That being said, over the past few years Disney has been unable to decide whether to move forward with a proper sequel or to simply reboot it. Obviously the negative publicity surrounding Johnny Depp has been a factor as well, but while they wait out a decision on the sequel / reboot, they are now also cooking up a female-led movie in the same universe focusing on brand new characters. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Joseph Kosinski in Talks for Twister Reboot


Is the disaster movie genre about to experience a major comeback? Given the current circumstances, you might think that most people would want to stay as far away from disaster movies and stories that are apocalyptic in nature. But then again, Contagion jumped to the top of the digital rental charts right when COVID-19 first hit so perhaps there is some comfort is seeing how fictional characters grapple with a world turned upside down. Gerard Butler seems to be partially leading the way with Geostorm and the upcoming Greenland, but Dwayne Johnson also gave us San Andreas and Skyscraper and there have been some recent genre mash-ups like The Hurricane Heist and Crawl (not to mention overseas hits like The Wave and The Wandering Earth). Now it looks like we might be getting a new version of one of the movies that kicked off the late ’90s disaster movie boom: Twister. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tenet Gets Pushed Back to August


With COVID-19 cases continuing to see spikes in many states across the U.S. right now, Warner Brothers has announced that they are once again delaying the theatrical release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Earlier this month they had already been forced to push it from July 17th to July 31st but now they are moving it back to August 12th, unwilling to give up on the summer completely. The biggest factor seems to be the recent announcement that movie theatres will not be allowed to reopen in New York as part of Phase 4 of their reopening plan. The 10th Anniversary re-release of Inception has also been moved back to July 31st. A spokesperson for Warner Brothers delivered the following statement:

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Greenland Trailer Starring Gerard Butler


Although Geostorm bombed at the U.S. box office back in 2017, it still did some decent business overseas and that seems to have been enough to earn us another new Gerard Butler disaster movie. Greenland finds him reteaming with Angel Has Fallen director Ric Roman Waugh for a premise that is slightly less silly and surprisingly straightforward. A potentially cataclysmic comet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth and Butler plays a man who attempts to get his estranged wife (Morena Baccarin) and son (Roger Dale Floyd) to safety. The movie is currently scheduled to hit theatres on Aug. 14th alongside Bill & Ted Face the Music, although whether that date will hold remains to be seen. If Christopher Nolan or Keanu can’t save the summer, maybe Gerard Butler will? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #756: The King of Staten Island


0:00 – Intro
8:20 – Review: The King of Staten Island
32:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Perry Mason, The Wizard of Oz, Original Cast Album: Company, Friedkin Uncut, The Children Were Watching, The Vast of Night
59:30 – Headlines: Michael Keaton to Play Batman in The Flash Movie
1:09:40 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:15:35 – Outro

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