Wonder Woman 1984, Scoob! and More Delayed by Warner Brothers


The next batch of summer movies have been hit by coronavirus delays this week as Warner Brothers have announced that they will be pushing Wonder Woman 1984 in addition to the CG animated film Scoob!, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical adaptation In the Heights and James Wan’s upcoming horror movie Malignant. The good news is that Wonder Woman is still expected to hit theatres this summer; the movie is moving from June 5th to August 14th instead, taking the release slot originally held by Malignant. The other three movies have no new release date for the time being. Director Patty Jenkins tweeted out the following statement:

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Coffee & Kareem Trailer Starring Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson


It’s nice to know that even if we won’t be seeing any new movies being released in theatres over the next month or two, Netflix at least has a stockpile of original content that should last for the foreseeable future. This week they have released a trailer for Coffee & Kareem, an upcoming action-comedy that will arrive in a couple of weeks’ time. Directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Fubar) from a Black List script by Shane McCarthy, this is a foul-mouthed buddy cop movie starring Ed Helms as a Detroit cop who is forced to team up with his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son to take down some drug dealers. Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Betty Gilpin and David Alan Grier also co-star. Dowse seems to be carving out a new career path doing movies like this lately (he also directed last year’s Stuber) although Netflix seems like a more sensible home for this these days. Coffee & Kareem arrives on Netflix on April 3rd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Rosario Dawson Joins The Mandalorian: Season 2, Robert Rodriguez Among List of Directors


There has been a flurry of news over the past few days about the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian on Disney+. It is unclear if the new season is still expected to hit its October release date but it reportedly wrapped production earlier this month so it may have just avoided being completely derailed by a coronavirus-related shutdown. In the meantime, fans have been given some intriguing tidbits to speculate on including the apparent casting of a major character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars in live-action form. We are also hearing that at least one more well-known filmmaker will be behind the camera this season. Hit the jump for more details.

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Insert Coin Trailer: A Documentary About Midway Games


There were a pair of video game documentaries set to premiere at SXSW this year: Console Wars, based on the Blake J. Harris book about Sega’s 16-bit battle with Nintendo, and Insert Coin, a documentary about Midway Games, the company behind many legendary arcade games. While the former will arrive on CBS All Access at some point, the latter does not yet have a distributor. Let’s hope that it finds one, however, because the trailer for the movie shows that there are some pretty fun and colourful stories to be told about the development of such ’90s classics as NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat and WWF Wrestlemania. Directed by Joshua Tsui, who worked at Midway in the ’90s and produced the documentary The Lost Arcade, Insert Coin is one upcoming documentary to keep your eye on. Stay tuned to the official site for more info on future screenings; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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The Willoughbys Trailer: A Netflix Animated Movie About Kids Who Want to Get Rid of Their Parents


Netflix has just released a trailer for an upcoming animated movie called The Willoughbys, based on the 2008 children’s book by Lois Lowry (The Giver). It appears to be riffing on the work of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl (among others) and has a surprisingly dark premise: a group of siblings despise their self-involved parents and try to get rid of them by sending them on an extended vacation. The movie is directed by Kris Pearn (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and the character designs have a slightly creepy edge courtesy of Craig Kellman (Hotel Transylvania, The Addams Family). The Willoughbys features the voices of Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Séan Cullen, and Ricky Gervais and it arrives on Netflix on April 22nd. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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I Know This Much is True Trailer Starring Mark Ruffalo


With films like Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines and The Light Between Oceans under his belt, writer-director Derek Cianfrance has been a filmmaker to watch for a while now. He has been working on a movie called Metalhead for years now but it seems to be stuck in a half-finished state due to both creative and financial reasons. In the meantime, he is turning to television with a limited series coming to HBO next month called I Know This Much is True. The show stars Mark Ruffalo in dual roles as two twin brothers, one of whom is struggling with paranoid schizophrenia. Based on the novel by Wally Lamb, the entire six-episode series is directed by Cianfrance and it premieres on HBO on April 27th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Netflix to Acquire The Lovebirds


Over the past week or two we’ve seen early VOD announcements for almost all of the major releases that were playing in theatres prior to the coronavirus shutdown including Onward, Birds of Prey, Bloodshot, The Invisible Man and The Hunt. On Friday, Paramount also announced that Sonic the Hedgehog will be hitting digital on March 31st. Now it looks like they will also be involved in the first COVID-19 direct-to-Netflix announcement as well. The studio is reportedly finalizing a deal with Netflix to debut their upcoming Kumail Nanjiani / Issa Rae comedy The Lovebirds. Hit the jump for more details.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #4: PS5 Deep Dive


We pore over the technical details revealed during the PS5 Deep Dive video and discuss the Game Developers Choice Awards plus we talk Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Roundguard and The Messenger.

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Onward and The Way Back Also Coming to Digital Early


Two more major theatrical releases have announced that they will be hitting VOD early with Pixar’s Onward getting a surprise release on digital platforms later today and the Ben Affleck high school basketball drama The Way Back expected to arrive next week. For Onward, Disney is also reportedly planning an early release on Disney+ as well. Although neither film really got a fair shake at the box office, they are two of the more favourably reviewed films that were playing in theatres prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. Here is a statement from Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group:

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #78: Twin Peaks: The Return


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Hellooooooooooooo! With Bandcamp currently waiving their fees to help support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, we thought it might be a good time to officially drop our Twin Peaks: The Return 6-part premium podcast. This is the first premium podcast we have done covering a TV series and it was originally recorded as a stretch goal for our Patreon supporters. There is over seven hours of content here and with respect to our patrons, we thought $5 was a fair asking price. Throughout the discussion we grapple with our own interpretations of Lynch’s dream logic and at the end we also address Twin Perfect’s 4.5 hour Twin Peaks Actually Explained video. Why is Episode 8 so highly praised and what does it mean? What is Frank’s major hangup with the show’s visual effects? Is Dougie meant to be hilarious or intentionally frustrating? Is Twin Peaks: The Return just a TV series or is it the best film of the decade? Shovel your way out of the shit and into the truth with this special premium podcast.

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Bloodshot to Get Early Digital Release Next Week


With most movie theatres currently shut down across North America, Sony’s Bloodshot is one of several movies having its theatrical run cut off abruptly less than a week after it hit theatres. The movie has earned just $24 million worldwide which is not a great start for a movie that they are positioning as the first of many Valiant Comics adaptations. We already heard that Universal will release The Hunt on VOD this weekend and now Sony is opting for an early digital strategy as well with Bloodshot. They did, however, make a statement clarifying that they still support theatrical windows moving forward. Here’s what Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman had to say:

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The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee Trailer


If you were hoping that this 2018 Super Bowl commercial would somehow inspire another real Crocodile Dundee movie, well you’re in luck. Sort of. Paul Hogan is back in the upcoming meta-comedy The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee where he plays a version of himself on the verge of receiving a Knighthood for his services to comedy. All he has to do is remain on his best behaviour in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, but after unfortunate circumstances sully his reputation, he is forced to take action to clear his name. With a supporting cast that includes John Cleese, Chevy Chase, Olivia Newton-John, Nate Torrence, Shane Jacobson, Julia Morris, Rachael Carpani, Jim Jefferies, Reggie VelJohnson and Wayne Knight, the movie is directed by directed by Australian filmmaker Dean Murphy (Charlie & Boots, Strange Bedfellows). The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee is scheduled to hit theatres in Australia on April 30th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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