El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Officially Coming to Netflix

With all the Disney+ announcements happening this weekend, Netflix is taking this opportunity to remind you not to cancel your subscription. After months of rumours and fake reveals (Dos Hombres Mezcal, anyone?), they have officially announced that the Breaking Bad movie is real and coming in just a few months. Officially titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (apparently referring to the vehicle Jesse Pinkman escaped in), they have dropped an announcement trailer that doesn’t show a whole lot although it does make it clear that it will continue Jesse’s story. The movie is written and directed by Vince Gilligan and the vague plot synopsis is as follows: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.” El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie arrives on Netflix on Oct. 11th; check out the teaser below and let us know what you think.

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Noelle Trailer Starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader

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Another high profile movie that will be streaming exclusively on Disney+ at launch is the holiday-themed comedy Noelle. The movie feels sort of like a cross between Elf and Fred Claus and it stars Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter (who is named Noelle, obviously). When Santa decides to retire, the Christmas Eve responsibilities fall to his son Nick (Bill Hader). But after Nick gets cold feet and runs away from the North Pole, Noelle is forced to face the outside world to go after him. Written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice, Did You Hear About the Morgans?), the movie co-stars Billy Eichner, Ron Funches, Julie Hagerty and Shirley MacLaine. Noelle arrives on Disney+ on Nov. 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Disney’s Lady and the Tramp Remake Trailer

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In another attempt to attract new subscribers to Disney+, Disney is debuting one of their trusty live-action remakes of animated classics exclusively on the streaming service. The animated classic in this case is the charming 1955 romance Lady and the Tramp and, unlike the recent versions of The Lion King, The Jungle Book and Dumbo, the animals are actually real (for the most part). Featuring the voices of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, the movie is directed by Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) but perhaps the most interesting thing about it is the fact that the script was written by mumblecore pioneer Andrew Bujalski. Lady and the Tramp debuts on Disney+ on Nov. 12th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Star Wars Obi-Wan Series Starring Ewan McGregor Officially Announced

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It wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret, but after years of rumours, fans received confirmation this weekend that Ewan McGregor will indeed be returning to the Star Wars universe in the near future. The further adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi will be coming to the small screen in the form of a Disney+ series rather than a movie spin-off as originally planned. Details are still mostly unknown but McGregor appeared on stage at D23 to make it official. The Lucasfilm press release reads as follows:

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The Mandalorian Trailer: First Look at the Disney+ Live-Action Star Wars Series

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Although the first footage from the upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian screened for fans at Star Wars Celebration back in April, Disney and Lucasfilm mostly skipped Comic-Con in favour of Disney’s own D23 Expo. Today they finally dropped the first official trailer for the show and confirmed a launch date for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. The series takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and is set primarily on Tatooine with a bit of a wild west, post-apocalyptic feel to it. The Mandalorian is headed up by Jon Favreau and stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi, Bill Burr, and Mark Boone Jr. The Mandalorian and Disney+ both arrive on Nov. 12th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Angel Has Fallen, Ready or Not, Tigers Are Not Afraid

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We’re in the thick of late August now and if there was any doubt you can tell by the low budget genre flicks and Gerard Butler movies hitting theatres this weekend. Angel Has Fallen is the third installment in Butler’s unlikely action trilogy and seems poised to top the box office even though it is on track for the lowest opening in the series. Other movies in wide release include the horror thriller Ready or Not starring Samara Weaving and the faith-based sports drama Overcomer. Indie dramedy The Peanut Butter Falcon is also hoping to take advantage of the lack of major competition by expanding to almost 1000 theatres this weekend. In limited release, look for Brittany Runs a Marathon starring Jillian Bell, Mexican horror film Tigers Are Not Afraid, and period drama Vita & Virginia starring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki. What will you be watching this weekend?

Bombshell Teaser Trailer Starring Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman

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Although Jay Roach is probably still best known for directing the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents movies, he has spent most of the past decade helming comedies and dramas with a political angle. Some of those films include the HBO movies Recount and Game Change, the Will Ferrell / Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign and, most recently, biopics of Dalton Trumbo and Lyndon Johnson. Now this year he is taking on the 2016 Fox News scandal and the women who brought forward sexual misconduct claims against Roger Ailes. Between the topical subject matter, a holiday release date, and a cast that includes Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Alice Eve, Kate McKinnon, Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass and John Lithgow, it definitely seems like Lionsgate is hoping for some awards season recognition with this one. Bombshell hits select theatres on Dec. 20th; check out the first teaser trailer below and see what you think.

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The Report Trailer: Adam Driver Investigates the CIA’s Post-9/11 Interrogation Techniques

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Steven Soderbergh and long-time collaborator Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, Side Effects) have a pair of political thrillers coming out this fall. One is directed by Soderbergh (The Laundromat), while this one is written and directed by Burns himself. The Report stars Adam Driver as Daniel J. Jones, a member of the US Select Committee on Intelligence who is asked to put together an investigative report into the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” (ie. torture) used by the CIA on detainees following 9/11. Early buzz on this one seems to be strong and the supporting cast includes Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson and Maura Tierney. The Report hits select theatres on Nov. 15th and then arrives on Amazon Prime on Nov. 29th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Sony / Marvel Dispute Leaves Spider-Man’s MCU Future in Question

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Earlier this summer it was being reported that Spider-Man: Far From Home had to cross $1 billion worldwide in order for Marvel to stay involved in the Spider-Man movie franchise. Not only did the movie make more than $1 billion, it has now become Sony’s highest grossing movie of all time, so all’s well that ends well… right? Alas, the relationship between Sony and Marvel seems to have soured in the meantime and after trying to renegotiate the terms of their deal, the two sides have now come to an impasse. Deadline originally reported that Disney / Marvel wanted a 50/50 split of the profits which Sony would not agree to, causing Disney to back out (and potentially putting an end to Spider-Man’s appearances in any future Marvel movies). Sony has since released the following statement:

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Bond 25 Gets an Official Title

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After years of referring to the next 007 film as simply Bond 25, Daniel Craig’s final film now has an official title. And that title is… No Time to Die. For a while the movie was rumoured to be called Shatterhand, named not after the forgotten NES game but rather an alias that Blofeld uses in one of the books. No Time to Die certainly sounds more appropriate although a little generic as well. As for what the title actually means, that remains to be seen, but the most extreme possibility is that Bond might actually die this time around. Then again, there have been plenty of other Bond movies with “Die” in the title where he came away unscathed… go figure. What do you think of the title? No Time to Die hits theatres on April 8th, 2020 in the U.S. and April 3rd in the UK; check out the title reveal video below.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #720: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

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0:00 – Intro
8:30 – Review: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
33:20 – Headlines: The Matrix 4 is Happening
45:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Family, Avengers: Endgame, Cold Case Hammarskjold, The Beach Bum, Dragged Across Concrete, One Cut of the Dead, Eyes of Laura Mars, Shoplifters
1:38:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:42:10 – Outro

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The Matrix 4 Moving Forward with Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss

With The Matrix celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and Keanu Reeves currently experiencing an unexpected career resurgence, Warner Brothers has officially managed to finalize a deal for a fourth Matrix movie. We have been hearing rumours about a reboot for years, but surprisingly the new movie will bring back Lana Wachowski to direct with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss attached to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively. Plot details are still under wraps and it is unclear if this will be a direct sequel to The Matrix Revolutions. Wachowski had this to say about the announcement:

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