John Cena to Star in Suicide Squad Spin-Off Series Peacemaker for HBO Max

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Once again following in the footsteps of Disney and Marvel, Warner Brothers is leveraging their big screen DC comic book properties as a way to create new original shows for their streaming service, HBO Max. Back in July they announced that there would be a spin-off series from Matt Reeves’ The Batman focusing on the Gotham City police department and now this week they have revealed that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will also get a spin-off as well. The show is called Peacemaker and it will star John Cena, reprising his role from the upcoming movie. Writer-director James Gunn had this to say about the announcement:

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The Croods: A New Age Trailer

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The next few months are continuing to look pretty void of studio releases in theatres, but in slightly more optimistic news, Universal just set a November release date for a major upcoming sequel. Unfortunately, that sequel is… The Croods: A New Age. If you’re wondering why a Croods sequel is just coming out now, apparently this movie was in development since the first one came out back in 2013, but it was cancelled in 2016 only to get resurrected a year later after Universal acquired DreamWorks. The plot finds the prehistoric cave-dwelling Croods in search of a new home and encountering another family called The Bettermans. Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener reprise their roles while Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann and Kelly Marie Tran are new additions to the voice cast. The Croods: A New Age hits theatres on Nov. 25th but seems like a candidate to go to premium VOD shortly afterward; check out the trailer below.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #768: Antebellum

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0:00 – Intro
17:30 – Review: Antebellum
35:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: Memento, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, The Social Dilemma, Action Button Reviews Doom
57:45 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:02:00 – Outro
1:04:00 – Spoiler Discussion: Antebellum

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2020 Emmy Award Winners

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By all accounts, the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were strange yet somewhat refreshing as far as awards shows tend to go with some unpredictable moments and most of the stars accepting their awards over Zoom. But when it came to the awards themselves, things were a little more predictable. Schitt’s Creek won a record nine awards in the comedy categories for its sixth and final season, which apparently was expected although it had never won previously. Meanwhile, HBO cleaned up in the dramatic categories with several wins for both Watchmen (11) and Succession (9) plus Zendaya won the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria. Aside from these, there wasn’t much room for many other shows to get recognized although The Mandalorian did bring home a lot of the Creative Arts Emmys. What did you think of this year’s Emmys? Check out a list of the nominees and winners for most major categories below.

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Marvel’s WandaVision Trailer

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Marvel debuted the first full trailer for their upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision last night during the Emmy Awards, doubling down on the show’s high concept while hinting at what the overall plot might be. The series finds Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their roles as Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) and Vision who appear to be living an idealized suburban life together, presented partially in the style of old school sitcoms. However, what they slowly start to realize that there may be something more sinister going on. Although the premise seems like it would be difficult to stretch out to a full season, the series consists of just six episodes and the mystery looks compelling enough to carry it. WandaVision co-stars Kathryn Hahn, Kat Dennings, Randall Park and Teyonah Parris and it is expected to debut sometime in December; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #29: Sony’s PS5 Showcase and Price Reveal

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We argue about Sony’s PS5 prices and the pre-order “debacle” plus we also discuss the various PS5 games shown off at Sony’s press event, the official Xcloud launch and Frank’s attempt to force himself into a Switch phase.

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Synchronic Trailer: From the Directors of Spring, Resolution and The Endless

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If you are a fan of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s previous work, you’ll be happy to hear that their next project looks to be another mindbending sci-fi horror flick of Lovecraftian proportions. Synchronic stars Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan as two New Orleans paramedics who start to encounter a series of mysterious drug-related deaths. Before long they find themselves being led down a path unravelling the truth behind a synthetic drug that has dangerous otherworldly side effects. Unfortunately, although the movie seems like a perfect fit for a VOD release, it appears to be debuting exclusively in theatres first. Benson and Moorhead themselves have stated that they do not encourage people to see it at indoor theatres due to the ongoing pandemic but a VOD release date has not yet been announced. Synchronic hits select theatres on Oct. 23rd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Tatiana Maslany to Star in Disney+ She-Hulk TV Series

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When Disney+ launched near the end of last year, one of the biggest selling points for the new streaming service was a collection of original Marvel TV shows that would tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Almost one year later, all of these shows have yet to debut although WandaVision is looking likely to be the first to arrive this December. Other Marvel shows expected in the near future include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and an animated What If…? series, but beyond that there are a handful of others shows in the works, some of which will introduce new characters to the MCU. One of those characters is She-Hulk and in the span of a few days, the show has landed a director and a star. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Moonbase 8 Trailer Starring Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker

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If you thought Space Force was a bit of a disappointment earlier this year (and it seems like a lot of people did), perhaps this space-themed comedy series will do the trick instead. Moonbase 8 stars Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly as three wannabe astronauts attempting to qualify for a lunar mission by living in isolation together in NASA’s Moon Base Simulator in the Arizona desert. This looks like a comedic take on The Martian and Spaceship Earth but ultimately the main selling point is just seeing these three guys bounce off each other. Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Baskets, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) is directing and co-wrote the show with Heidecker. Moonbase 8 premieres on Showtime on Nov. 8th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Dick Johnson is Dead Trailer: A Heartfelt and Comedic Pre-Humous Cinematic Eulogy

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Netflix will soon be releasing another one of this year’s Sundance hits, Kirsten Johnson’s documentary Dick Johnson is Dead. The movie won the Special Jury Award for Innovation in Nonfiction Storytelling and it finds Johnson documenting and working through her father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s by imagining and staging his death in various ridiculous ways. By building this strange meta narrative, she finds a clever and heartfelt way to collaborate with her father and immortalize him on screen forever. Kirsten Johnson is a long-time non-fiction cinematographer but she is best known for her acclaimed 2016 semi-autobiographical documentary Cameraperson. Dick Johnson is Dead arrives on Netflix on Oct. 2nd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Greenland Delayed in the U.S., Black Widow Might Be Next

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Another day, another COVID-related delay. This time it is the upcoming Gerard Butler disaster movie Greenland that is being pushed out by distributor STX Films, just over a week before it was due to hit theatres in North America. The movie was originally supposed to be released in early June but it has now been delayed four times since the start of the pandemic. (It has already opened overseas where it has earned $12.5 million from 13 markets thus far.) A new date has not yet been announced but it is still expected to hit theatres sometime in 2020. However, more delays seem to be on the horizon with Disney also apparently contemplating new dates for both Black Widow and Pixar’s Soul. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #767: The New Mutants

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0:00 – Intro
18:45 – Review: The New Mutants
41:25 – Prescribing Frank: Joy Ride
1:07:30 – Headlines: Dune Trailer
1:17:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: Tenet, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, Nomadland, Gemini Man, Cyborg, Infinite Football, The Abyss, Cobra Kai, Ted Lasso, The Godfather: Part III
1:55:40 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:58:30 – Outro

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