Muppets Now Trailer

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Although their last mockumentary-style television project didn’t last very long, a brand new Muppets series is set to launch on Disney+ next month. The upcoming show is called Muppets Now and the new angle this time around is that it is said to be unscripted and largely improvised, revolving around three different segments: a game show, a cooking show, and a talk show. As you would expect, there are plenty of celebrity guests involved as well including RuPaul, Taye Diggs, Aubrey Plaza and Seth Rogen. The first season of Muppets Now will consist of six episodes, all of which arrive on Disney+ on July 31st. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Unsolved Mysteries Reboot Trailer

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Unsolved Mysteries is back… again. The documentary series originally aired in the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s where it was hosted by Robert Stack and ran for 9 successful seasons on NBC, presenting a mix of cold cases and spooky paranormal phenomena through interviews and reenactments. The show eventually switched networks and then faded away before being revived in 2007 by Spike, but the new version only lasted a couple of years until it was cancelled again. Now Netflix is relaunching the show with the help of the original creators and producer Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Stranger Things). Given the surge of interest in true crime documentaries you might think they would focus solely on that, but there still appears to be some paranormal stuff in here too. The new format will not have a host and will feature one mystery per episode with the first six dropping on July 1st. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Joel Schumacher 1939-2020

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Hollywood is mourning the loss of an influential and versatile filmmaker this week as Joel Schumacher has reportedly passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. His impressive career spanned four decades, highlighted by films like St. Elmo’s Fire and The Lost Boys in the ’80s as well as the divisive Batman Forever and Batman & Robin in the late ’90s. He always managed to adapt with the times and there is no question that he left a major impact on pop culture. He was 80 years old.

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Foundation Teaser Trailer: Isaac Asimov’s Sci-Fi Classic Comes to Apple TV+

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Although high-profile original programming for Apple TV+ has been somewhat slow to materialize so far, they did acquire the rights to the Tom Hanks WWII movie Greyhound last month and they still have a few other big properties up their sleeves. This week at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming sci-fi series Foundation, based on the books by Isaac Asimov. The show stars Jared Harris as Hari Seldon, a mathematics professor in the far-flung future who invents psychohistory, a technique that allows him to predict future events on a large scale. When he foresees the eventual fall of the Galactic Empire, he must take steps to minimize the chaos that will ensue. With David S. Goyer acting as showrunner and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghost in the Shell) directing, Foundation is expected to premiere sometime in 2021. Check out the teaser below and let us know what you think.

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Michael Keaton in Talks to Return as Batman in The Flash Movie

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The DC movie universe is a weird place right now, having continued on with solo Justice League spin-offs like Wonder Woman 1984 and Aquaman while also experimenting with standalone movies like Joker as well as movies that are somewhere in between like Shazam! and Birds of Prey. Then there is Zack Snyder’s upcoming director’s cut of Justice League which may or may not reinvigorate interest in bringing these flagship heroes back together again. In the midst of all this, Ezra Miller has remained attach to star in a solo movie for The Flash for years now but it has been unclear if it would ever see the light of day. Last year Andy Muschietti (It) became attached to direct the movie and now this week we are hearing that it is still happening and it may bring back a fan favourite version of Batman as well. Hit the jump for more info.

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The King’s Man Gets a New Trailer

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New trailers for major theatrical releases are still few and far between these days, but this week we’ve got a brand new trailer for the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service prequel, The King’s Man. The movie has been delayed a couple of times already but is now expected to hit theatres in September. Ralph Fiennes stars as the Duke of Oxford, who puts together the world’s first independent intelligence agency in order to take on a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds led by Rasputin (Rhys Ifans). With a supporting cast that includes Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Stanley Tucci, the movie is once again directed by Matthew Vaughn who is also said to be working on Kingsman 3 and a Statesman spin-off not to mention a Kingsman TV series. Is that enough Kingsman for you? The King’s Man hits theatres on Sept. 18th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #17: EA Play Live 2020

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We discuss all of the announcements and non-announcements from EA Play Live plus we also talk Xbox Smart Delivery, the Upload VR Showcase, and Frank gives his first impressions of The Last of Us Part II.

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Ian Holm 1931-2020

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We have some sad news to report this morning as Sir Ian Holm, the British actor best known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, Alien, Brazil and Chariots of Fire, has passed away. He had been battling Parkinson’s Disease for a few years, although it was not really made public at the time. His final role on screen was in 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies but he had been able to appear in person just this past January to collect the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Icon Award. He was 88 years old. His agent released the following statement:

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Dave Franco’s The Rental Trailer

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Up until now Dave Franco has been known primarily for his comedic roles, but this year he is looking to change that perception as he moves behind the camera for his directorial debut, The Rental. Co-written by Joe Swanberg (Easy, Drinking Buddies), this is a thriller that stars Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Jeremy Allen White and Sheila Vand as two couples who start to suspect that the owner of their oceanside rental house may be spying on them. But as the group’s own dark secrets slowly come to light, their paranoia and fear start to spiral out of control. The Rental hits select drive-ins, movie theatres and VOD on July 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Cursed Trailer: Netflix’s Female-Led King Arthur Series

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Last year Netflix did their best to fill the post-Game of Thrones void with the first season of the The Witcher, which seemed to be a big hit despite mixed reviews. Now this summer they are launching another big live-action fantasy series with Cursed, a new take on the Arthurian legend but told from the perspective of Nimue (the woman who eventually becomes The Lady of the Lake). Created by Frank Miller (Sin City) and Tom Wheeler (The Cape) and based on their own illustrated novel, the show stars Katherine Langford in the lead role. Arthur and Merlin also appear in supporting roles, played by Devon Terrell and Gustaf Skarsgård respectively. Cursed arrives on Netflix on July 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Palm Springs Trailer Starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti

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If you’re not quite sick of seeing Groundhog Day-esque time loops in movies, here’s yet another one to add to the list. Palm Springs stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti (Fargo, How I Met Your Mother) as two people attending a wedding in Palm Springs who find themselves forced to relive the scenario over and over again. It is a comedy, and a rather self-aware one at that, so it seems like this will at least be poking fun at some of the tropes found in these kinds of movies. The movie premiered at Sundance earlier this year where it was acquired by Hulu for $22 million, which is supposedly the biggest Sundance deal of all time. That’s gotta count for something, right? Palm Springs arrives on Hulu on July 10th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #755: Da 5 Bloods

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0:00 – Intro
15:15- Review: Da 5 Bloods
48:20 – Hot Topic: Making Of Documentaries
1:18:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: Blackhat: Director’s Cut, Family Ties, Shadow of a Doubt, Brittany Runs a Marathon, The Lovebirds, Space Force, Upload
1:39:20 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:42:35 – Outro

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