With the fall film festivals just around the corner, we are starting to see some trailers popping up for this year’s first batch of potential awards season candidates. King Richard is one such film, an upcoming biopic starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father and coach of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. It is an unexpected approach to focus on their father as opposed to Venus and Serena themselves, but the script by Zach Baylin made the 2018 Black List and also earned him a job penning Creed 3. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Joe Bell, Monsters and Men), the movie looks like Will Smith’s biggest dramatic swing since 2015’s Concussion and it co-stars Jon Bernthal, Demi Singleton, Saniyya Sidney, Aunjanue Ellis, Tony Goldwyn and Dylan McDermott. King Richard hits theatres and HBO Max on Nov. 19th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
After several delays due to the pandemic, Sony has finally set their sights on a November 2021 release for Ghostbusters: Afterlife and this week they have unveiled a brand new trailer for the movie. It continues with the same tone established in the initial trailer, which feels very nostalgic and reverential towards the original but not particularly funny. Directed by Jason Reitman, the movie teases the return of several original cast members and the introduction of the so-called Mini-Pufts, but the main focus is on Carrie Coon as the daughter of Egon Spengler and her two kids played by Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard. The kids stumble across a bunch of old gear in the barn of their family farmhouse and seemingly step up to become the next generation of Ghostbusters. Whether this is exactly what fans have been asking for all these years remains to be seen. Ghostbusters: Afterlife hits theatres on Nov. 11th; check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think.
Posted by Sean on July 27th, 2021 Filed under: Ball Junk
Jordan vs. LeBron. A debate with no end in sight for most. Finally, two heroes enter the stage to decide once and for all who is better and they do it by watching and reviewing SPACE JAM and SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY. How else could this be settled? It’s Episode 47 of the Ball Junk Podcast! This time, The Gasman and Frankie Knuckles talk about the sweet merger between the NBA and the Looney Tunes, discuss the 2021 NBA Champions and what to expect in the off season! We also answer all of your Olympics questions in Sack Time and poor Frankie once again gets the Ole’ Gas Pedal. What kind of pasta goes well with the Italian Euro 2021 Championship win? Find out when you download and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Pods, Stitcher and Google Pods.
0:00:00 – Intro 0:00:05 – NBA Finals / NHL / Euro 2020 Discussion 0:28:38 – Reviews: Space Jam + Space Jam: A New Legacy 0:52:55 – Sack Time 1:01:00 – Gas Pedal / Outro
After receiving critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his last film First Reformed, there has been a lot of anticipation for Paul Schrader’s next film The Card Counter. The movie stars Oscar Isaac as a gambler with a dark past who teams up with a young poker player (Tye Sheridan) to seek revenge on a mutual enemy (Willem Dafoe). Tiffany Haddish also appears in a rare dramatic role and Martin Scorsese is executive producing although he is probably just lending his name for marketing purposes. That being said, this first trailer doesn’t make it look like much more than just another generic VOD thriller, so here’s hoping the final product surpasses those expectations. The Card Counter hits theatres on Sept. 10th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
Despite continued concerns about the Delta variant and a recent COVID spike in the U.K., this week EON Productions, MGM and Universal have dropped a brand new trailer declaring that Bond is back… but only in theatres, of course. No Time to Die has experienced multiple delays over the past year but they are now committed to releasing the film this October. The new trailer is only 30 seconds long but it marks the start of a renewed marketing campaign for a movie that had already been promoted quite a bit pre-COVID. No Time to Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Armas, Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek. The movie hits theatres worldwide on Oct. 8th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
Regardless of what you thought of the 2019 Child’s Play reboot, it is clear that MGM took the long-running horror franchise in a new direction without the involvement of original creator Don Mancini. Now Mancini is getting the chance to continue the franchise in his own way with the upcoming TV series Chucky. The show takes place in an idyllic small town where a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a yard sale and several murders soon follow, threatening to expose the town’s dark secrets. Zackary Arthur plays Jake Wheeler, the new owner of the doll, but several characters from the past are expected to make appearances as well including Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay and Jennifer Tilley as Tiffany Valentine. Brad Dourif also returns as the voice of Chucky. Chucky premieres on Syfy and the USA Network on Oct. 12th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
Zack Snyder and Netflix are wasting no time in turning Snyder’s recent zombie heist movie Army of the Dead into a full-blown franchise. Before the movie was even released there was already an anime spin-off series and a live-action prequel announced; now this week they have already unveiled the first teaser trailer for the latter. Army of Thieves revolves around safecracker Ludwig Dieter and takes place six years before Army of the Dead. Although the zombie outbreak is just starting, it looks to be a straightforward heist movie with no horror elements at all. Directed by Matthias Schweighöfer (who also plays Dieter), the movie co-stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Guz Khan, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Jonathan Cohen, Noemie Nakai, Peter Simonischek and John Bubniak. Army of Thieves arrives on Netflix sometime in late 2021; check out the first trailer below and see what you think.
Posted by Sean on July 26th, 2021 Filed under: Box Office
Despite solid opening weekends for movies like F9 and Black Widow over the past month or so, it is clear that it is not quite business as usual for movie theatres across the U.S. right now. Obviously there are many factors at play with COVID cases on the rise again and VOD releases providing plenty of reasons to stay home. This week’s two biggest releases, however, were both playing exclusively in theatres and they still struggled as Old ended up in first place with $16.5 million. That is M. Night Shyamalan’s lowest opening weekend since the start of his career but considering the thrifty $18 million budget it is being seen as mostly a win. Meanwhile Snake Eyes came in far below expectations; G.I. Joe: Retaliation earned $40 million back in 2013 and although this had a smaller scope and cast it was being seen as a reboot of sorts. Elsewhere, Black Widow dropped another 55% while Space Jam: A New Legacy dropped 69% in its second weekend. Even movies that open strong aren’t having much staying power at the moment.
1. Old — $16.5M
2. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — $13.4M
3. Black Widow — $11.6M
4. Space Jam: A New Legacy — $9.6M
5. F9 — $4.7M
6. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — $3.4M
7. The Boss Baby: Family Business — $2.7M
8. The Forever Purge — $2.3M
9. A Quiet Place Part II — $1.3M
10. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain — $830K
0:00 – Intro: Opening Gifts 13:30 – Review: Spiral: From the Book of Saw 37:25 – Review: Loki 56:00 – Trailer Trash: Jackass Forever 1:05:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Space Jam: A New Legacy, Deep Blood, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Monsters at Work, Saw II, Escape Room, Inside Moves 1:33:00 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD 1:37:55 – Outro 1:38:35 – Spoiler Discussion: Loki
When we last saw a trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, there was still hope that it might make it into theatres by December of 2020. That didn’t happen, obviously, but the good news is that we will finally get to see it this year, one way or another. Dune brings together an all-star cast and a visionary director for a brand new adaptation of a sci-fi classic. Based on what we’re seeing in this trailer, no expense was spared in the making of this film and it looks like it will deliver the kind of spectacle that needs to be experienced on the big screen. That being said, it still remains to be seen if it will have the widespread appeal to become a mainstream hit. With a cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem, Dune hits theatres and HBO Max on Oct. 22nd. Check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think.
James Wan may have opted out of directing the third Conjuring film himself but horror fans should be excited to hear that he did take some time away from the Aquaman movies to direct a brand new original horror movie (which, if we’re being honest, will probably become another franchise that he eventually opts out of). The movie is called Malignant and Warner Brothers have just released the first trailer this week. The movie stars Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle) as a woman who is plagued by terrifying nightmares only to discover that the nightmares are visions of real-life murders. In some ways it feels similar to Paranormal Activity 3 in that there is also a connection to a childhood imaginary friend. Confusingly, James Wan also co-wrote a graphic novel called Malignant Man which apparently has no connection to this movie. Malignant hits theatres and HBO Max on Sept. 10th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.