Film Junk Podcast Episode #775: His House

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0:00 – Intro
27:10 – Review: His House
42:45 – Headlines: Wonder Woman to Debut on HBO Max Simultaneously with Theatrical Release, Universal and Cinemark Reach Deal to Shorten Theatrical Window
59:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Amazing Johnathan Documentary, On the Rocks, The Nightingale, Ghost Ship, Idle Hands, The Queen’s Gambit, Coneheads, The El Duce Tapes, Waco, The Vow
1:43:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:48:35 – Outro
1:50:55 – Spoiler Discussion: The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

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Deadpool 3 Moving Forward at Disney

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When Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox was announced last year, Marvel fans were excited to see the X-Men and Fantastic Four potentially join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there were plenty of questions about what would happen to some of the R-rated franchises in Fox’s catalogue and whether they would survive the transition as well. Considering that Deadpool and Deadpool 2 both made about $780 million worldwide, it seemed unlikely that Disney would just set that particular character aside and do nothing with it. Fortunately, we are hearing this week that a Deadpool sequel is slowly starting to come together at Disney and that the merc with a mouth will indeed be permitted to continue dropping as many F-bombs as he wants. Hit the jump for more details.

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Our Friend Trailer Starring Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck

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After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, the well-received dramedy Our Friend (previously known simply as The Friend) will finally get a release early next year without very much out there in the way of competition. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Megan Leavey, Blackfish), the movie is based on the true story of a young family dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis and their best friend, who moves in with them and puts his own life on hold in order to help them through it. It looks like a real tearjerker but also appears to be uplifting as well and it attempts to capture the dynamics of a unique relationship, the kind that isn’t seen on screen very often. The movie stars Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson as the husband and wife along with Jason Segel as the titular friend. Our Friend arrives in select theatres and on VOD on Jan. 22nd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Developing a Universal Monster Movie Starring Channing Tatum

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It feels like the Universal Monster revival is starting to get a little out of hand as the studio now has no less than a dozen different projects in various stages of development after just one proven hit: Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man. That movie certainly provided some proof that these classic characters can be updated and successfully play to a modern audience, although Blumhouse’s low budget approach was also an important part of the film’s success. Now this week we are hearing that a new Universal Monster movie is in the works with some pretty big names behind it: Phil Lord and Chris Miller are producing and Channing Tatum is attached to star. Something tells me this one might be a little more expensive. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Pieces of a Woman Trailer Starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf

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Netflix has one more awards season entry to add to their already impressive list with the release of the acclaimed drama Pieces of a Woman early next year. Directed by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó (White God), the movie stars Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf as a couple who experience the painful loss of a child and struggle to come to terms with their grief in different ways. The movie is said to be emotionally devastating and Kirby’s performance in particular has been singled out as being Oscar-worthy (she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival a few months ago). Pieces of a Woman co-stars Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails and Ellen Burstyn and Martin Scorsese is also listed as executive producer. Pieces of a Woman hits select theatres on Dec. 30th before arriving on Netflix on Jan. 7th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Predator 5 Moving Forward with 10 Cloverfield Lane Director

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Shane Black’s The Predator was arguably one of the bigger moviegoing disappointments of 2018 and after some last minute controversy and lacklustre reviews it’s not too surprising that he wouldn’t be asked back to direct a sequel. However, that being said, it looks like 20th Century Studios is still moving forward with a new Predator movie under Disney ownership… it just won’t pick up where the last one left off. We are hearing that the next Predator movie is in development with Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) attached to direct. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #37: Capcom Hack + Project 007 Announcement

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We discuss the Capcom hack, some of their leaked upcoming games and IO Interactive’s upcoming Bond game announcement plus we talk Final Fantasy VIII, River City Girls and more Playstation 5 talk including Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Bugsnax.

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Godmothered Trailer Starring Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher

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In addition to Mulan and Pixar’s Soul, one of the other big original movies arriving on Disney+ next month is the live-action comedy Godmothered which plays with the Disney trope of fairy godmothers in a post-modern way. Taking a cue from something like Enchanted, the movie stars Jillian Bell as a fairy godmother-in-training who learns that her profession is now seen as all but obsolete and sets out to prove the world wrong. She finds a letter from a 10-year-old girl who is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) and takes it upon herself to bring magic into her life whether she wants it or not. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), Godmothered arrives on Disney+ on Dec. 4th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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We Can Be Heroes Teaser Trailer: Robert Rodriguez’s Sharkboy & Lavagirl Sequel

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Although we have yet to hear anything about an Alita: Battle Angel sequel (last month’s theatrical re-release notwithstanding), Robert Rodriguez is keeping himself busy by returning to family-friendly fare in a surprising way. His next movie is called We Can Be Heroes and it is a follow-up to the 2005 film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D complete with Taylor Dooley reprising her role as a grown-up version of Lavagirl. (Sadly, Taylor Lautner opted not to return as Sharkboy and has been replaced by JJ Dashnaw.) The movie revolves around a team of superheroes called The Heroics who need to be rescued by their super-powered kids after getting kidnapped. Clearly it is partially inspired by Spy Kids as well and the CG looks every bit as ugly as we’ve come to expect from Rodriguez. That being said, he managed to recruit an adult cast that includes Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater, Sung Kang and Boyd Holbrook. We Can Be Heroes arrives on Netflix on New Year’s Day; check out the teaser trailer below and see what you think.

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Chaos Walking Trailer Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley

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Originally scheduled for release back in 2019, Doug Liman’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking is finally set to arrive in theatres this January (maybe). It wasn’t just COVID that pushed this movie back, however; poor test screenings reportedly prompted extensive reshoots. The movie is based on the YA trilogy of the same name by Patrick Ness and takes place in the not too distant future where all women have disappeared and men are afflicted by something called “the Noise”, which visualizes their thoughts for all to see. When a mysterious girl (Daisy Ridley) crash lands on the planet, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) vows to protect her from dark and dangerous forces. In terms of Liman’s filmography, this looks to be more Jumper than Edge of Tomorrow, but it is also interesting to note that Charlie Kaufman wrote the original draft of the screenplay (several rewrites later, he no longer has a credit on the finished product). Chaos Walking arrives in theatres on Jan. 22nd; check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Wonder Woman 1984 to Arrive on HBO Max Simultaneously with Theatrical Release

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After weeks of rumours and speculation, Warner Brothers has finally announced that Wonder Woman 1984 will not be delayed to 2021 as many expected. Instead, the movie will be debuting in theatres on Christmas Day as originally planned but it will also be available on their streaming service HBO Max at the same time. This will not be a premium VOD release that requires an additional fee like Mulan on Disney+, but the catch is that it will only be available on HBO Max for one month. They have not announced what will happen after that but it seems likely to shift to premium VOD on other digital outlets. Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, had this to say about the announcement:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #774: Best of the Best + Holidate

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0:00 – Intro: Frank’s Batman Returns Blunder
17:00 – Retro Review: Best of the Best (1989)
1:15:00 – Review: Holidate
1:41:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Secret of My Success, The Outpost, Cobra Kai: Season 2, Rocky, Moonbase 8, Night School, The Wild Goose Lake, Somebody Feed Phil, The Undoing, I Am Greta, Lady Bird, The Holiday, Norbit
2:34:20 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
2:41:15 – Outro

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