Bad Boys For Life Trailer

Well it only took 16 years, but the long-awaited third Bad Boys movie just got real. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back along with Joe Pantoliano but alas Michael Bay is not in the director’s chair this time around. Could that actually turn out to be a good thing? The plot finds Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey on the verge of retirement as an Albanian mercenary is planning to take his revenge on the duo. There are a handful of lame callbacks and some younger recruits that may or may not have significant roles, but fortunately the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence still appears somewhat intact. Bad Boys for Life is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and it hits theatres on Jan. 17th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Richard Kelly Apparently Developing a Rod Serling Biopic

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It is hard to believe that it has already been a full decade since Richard Kelly directed a movie. The cult auteur burst onto the scene with Donnie Darko in 2001 but since then he has directed just two other films, neither of which really found an audience: Southland Tales and The Box. He has had several projects in development including a mystery thriller called Corpus Christi and a true crime movie called Amicus that was supposed to star the late James Gandolfini, but sadly he just hasn’t been able to get any of his idiosyncratic visions back to the big screen again. Which, let’s face it, isn’t a huge surprise given the current state of the movie industry. However, there is some hope on the horizon: this week we are hearing that he may be setting up a movie about Rod Serling. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #721: Ready or Not

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0:00 – Intro: TIFF, Mailbag
25:20 – Review: Ready or Not
47:00 – Hot Topics: Disney+, Filmmaker Mode
1:27:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Good Boys, L’Argent, Fragment of an Empire, American Factory, Surviving America’s Most Hated Family, Tigers Are Not Afraid, The Dead Don’t Die, Mindhunter
2:30:47 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:32:47 – Outro

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie Trailer Starring Zach Galifianakis

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen any new episodes of Zach Galifianakis’ tongue-in-cheek talk show Between Two Ferns on Funny Or Die, but the good news is that we are about to get an entire movie on Netflix instead. If you’re wondering how a show like this can possibly be adapted into a feature length format, they seem to be relying on the standard tried and tested plot device for such things: a good old-fashioned road trip. This will apparently be used to stitch together interviews with such celebrities as Matthew McConaughey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tiffany Haddish, Brie Larson, Peter Dinklage, David Letterman, Awkwafina, Keanu Reeves, Chance the Rapper and many more. Sounds good to me. Between Two Ferns: The Movie arrives on Netflix on Sept. 20th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn Trailer

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After becoming one of the biggest A-list stars of the late ’90s and 2000s, Edward Norton kind of stepped back from the spotlight over the past decade or so. Whether that is by choice or not remains to be seen, but this year he is staging a comeback with only his second film as a director. Motherless Brooklyn is an adaptation of a Jonathan Lethem novel and it finds Norton playing a private investigator with Tourette syndrome trying to solve a murder. Although the book took place in 1999, the movie transplants the story to 1950s New York and early reviews coming out of Telluride are praising the cast while questioning the film’s length and confusing plot. Motherless Brooklyn co-stars Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Michael K. Williams, Leslie Mann and Ethan Suplee and it hits theatres on Nov. 1st. Check out the trailer below and see what you make of it.

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Mr. Mom Trailer: Vudu’s First Original Series

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Most people know that Disney+ and Apple TV+ are set to launch this year, but wait there is yet another streaming service getting into the original content business as well! Up until now, Walmart’s Vudu service has been known primarily as a digital locker service and VOD outlet, but they started offering a rotating selection of free titles with limited commercials back in 2016. Now this year they will premiere their first original series: Mr. Mom, a TV remake of the 1983 Michael Keaton comedy. The show stars Hayes MacArthur (Angie Tribeca) and Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted, Joey) and just in case you thought this was an extremely dated premise, they have updated it with a stay-at-home dad who is also trying to launch a startup and a mom who has to navigate a workplace dominated by millennials. Mr. Mom launches for free on Vudu on Sept. 12th; check out the trailer below.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: Angel Has Fallen Stays on Top

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No surprises here, but it was a very slow Labor Day weekend at the box office as Angel Has Fallen managed to remain at the top of the heap with just $11.8 million ($14.5 million over four days). In fact, the top 12 movies combined earned a measly $69.5 million, making for the second slowest weekend of the year. Good Boys remained in second place with $9.5 million while The Lion King jumped back up to #3 with $6.8 million. Hobbs & Shaw held steady at #4 and Ready or Not rounded out the top 5. None of the week’s new releases really even came close to the top 10 as Blumhouse’s Don’t Let Go opened at #14 with $2.4 million (to be fair, it opened in less than 1000 theatres). Next weekend things should pick up again with the release of It: Chapter Two.

1. Angel Has Fallen — $11.8M
2. Good Boys — $9.5M
3. The Lion King — $6.8M
4. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — $6.4M
5. Ready or Not — $5.9M
6. Overcomer — $5.7M
7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — $5.0M
8. Spider-Man: Far from Home — $4.3M
9. The Angry Birds Movie 2 — $4.2M
10. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood — $4.1M

Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer #2

If you thought the timeline from the Terminator franchise had become a little too convoluted after five movies, Paramount and James Cameron are hoping they can win you over by going back and making a direct sequel to T2: Judgment Day. But of course, there are some new twists here as well and it is potentially the start of another trilogy with a convoluted timeline of its own. Terminator: Dark Fate finds Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor and discovering that although she helped stop Skynet, humanity is still in danger. Terminator: Salvation already had a Terminator who thinks he is human, so this time around Mackenzie Davis plays a human who is an enhanced cyborg. Meanwhile the villain, played by Gabriel Luna, is an advanced Terminator who can apparently split in two. Natalia Reyes is the mysterious new girl who must be protected while Arnold Schwarzenegger is back along with Edward Furlong (or so we’ve been told). Terminator: Dark Fate hits theatres on Nov. 1st; check out the new trailer and let us know what you think.

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Memory: The Origins of Alien Trailer

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s Alien, the movie is heading back to theatres for select screenings this fall. Coinciding with that, there is also a brand new documentary about the making of this sci-fi horror classic coming to theatres and VOD. Memory: The Origins of Alien is directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, who also did 78/52, the documentary about the Psycho shower scene. Featuring interviews with Veronica Cartwright, Tom Skerritt, Ronald Shusett, Roger Corman and Roger Christian (among others), the movie also delves into the personal archives of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger and reconsiders the movie in the context of when it was made. Whether the movie is aimed at casual viewers or more hardcore fans, however, remains to be seen. Memory: The Origins of Aliens hits select theatres and VOD on Oct. 4th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Don’t Let Go, Bennett’s War, Official Secrets

Make no mistake, it is the last weekend of August and the new releases in theatres are about as lacklustre as you’d expect for this time of year. The biggest release is Blumhouse’s time travel thriller Don’t Let Go but it’s not even getting a full wide release, hitting approximately 900 theatres (and reviews are not looking great). The only other major releases are the Indian action-thriller Saaho and Bennett’s War, an inspirational drama about a U.S. soldier who is part of the Army Motorcycle Unit. In select theatres, we have Gavin Hood’s political drama Official Secrets starring Keira Knightley, spy thriller Spider in the Web starring Ben Kingsley, and, yes, even Fred Durst’s latest film The Fanatic starring John Travolta. What will you be watching this weekend?

One Cut of the Dead Trailer: The Acclaimed Japanese Zombie Movie Comes to Shudder

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Shinichiro Ueda’s meta zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead has already become a smash hit in Japan and has been earning rave reviews on the festival circuit. Back in January, it seemed like it had also arrived on Amazon Prime in the U.S. and UK, but that turned out to be a bootleg version of the movie that had somehow made it onto the streaming service illegally. Now almost a year after it started playing festivals, the movie is finally getting a U.S. theatrical release followed by an authorized streaming release on Shudder. They have dropped a trailer for the film as well, although it comes with a suggestion that the best way to see the movie is without any prior knowledge at all. One Cut of the Dead hits theatres in New York and L.A. on Sept. 13th and will have more one night only screenings across the U.S. on Sept. 17th. The Shudder release date is still TBA. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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UHD Alliance Announces Filmmaker Mode for Smart TVs to Preserve Director’s Vision

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Over the past year or two, there has been a lot of push back against motion smoothing and other settings on modern smart TVs that taint the cinematic experience at home. Last year Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie posted a short PSA on YouTube to try and raise awareness while several high profile filmmakers including Christopher Nolan approached the UHD Alliance to push for a new setting on TVs to preserve their vision. Now these efforts have paid off and resulted in something called “Filmmaker Mode” with manufacturers like LG, Panasonic and Vizio committing to add this new viewing mode to their future TVs as early as 2020. Nolan had this to say about the announcement:

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