Judy Trailer Starring Renee Zellweger


It feels a little early to be talking about awards season, but no doubt that is the intended destination for the upcoming Judy Garland biopic Judy starring Renee Zellweger. Of course, whether it will find Zellweger back in the hunt for the first time since the early 2000s remains to be seen. The movie is directed by Rupert Goold (True Story) and it is based on Peter Quilter’s stage play End of the Rainbow, which focuses on Garland’s five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town in London in 1968, some 30 years after she rose to fame with The Wizard of Oz. It certainly looks like there is a big transformative performance here but it’s hard to shake the feeling that these kinds of predictable biopics just growing increasingly obsolete. Judy hits select theatres on Sept. 27th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Ana Lily Amirpour to Direct Female-Led Cliffhanger Reboot


Although Sylvester Stallone is still busy making sequels to his iconic Rocky and Rambo franchises, we’ve been hearing for a while now that one of his fondly remembered ’90s action movies might be making a comeback either with or without him. Renny Harlin’s Cliffhanger was released back in 1993 and starred Stallone as a mountain climber who finds himself taken hostage by the perpetrators of a heist after their plane crashes in the Rocky Mountains. The movie made $255 million and remains one of Stallone’s most successful movies of all time. Back in 2008, there was some talk of Stallone possibly starring in a direct sequel, but now we’re hearing that this will be a complete reboot with a female star being sought for the lead role. On top of that, there is now a somewhat unexpected director attached. Hit the jump for more details.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Endgame Closes In on Avatar, Detective Pikachu Solves the Video Game Movie Curse


It was a close one, but Avengers: Endgame managed to hold on to the #1 spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row. It became only the third movie to cross $700 million domestically as it added another $63 million on home soil and $102 million overseas, bringing its grand total to $2.485 billion. Just $300 million now stand between Marvel and Avatar‘s all-time box office record but with competition heating up, for all we know, it could take the rest of the summer to get there. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu opened in second place with $58 million, topping Lara Croft Tomb Raider ($47.7 million) to earn the best opening ever for a video game movie. It’s another hit for Ryan Reynolds and a sequel is reportedly already in the works. The Hustle was a distant third with a solid $13.5 million start while The Intruder and Long Shot rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere Poms opened outside the top five with $5.1 million while the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Tolkien disappointed with $2.2 million although it played in significantly less theatres than the other major releases this week.

1. Avengers: Endgame — $63.1M
2. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu — $58M
3. The Hustle — $13.5M
4. The Intruder — $6.6M
5. Long Shot — $6.1M
6. Poms — $5.1M
7. UglyDolls — $3.9M
8. Breakthrough — $2.5M
9. Tolkien — $2.2M
10. Captain Marvel — $1.8M

I Am Mother Trailer Starring Hilary Swank


Although Netflix didn’t throw around a ton of money at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of the acquisitions they did make was a sci-fi thriller called I Am Mother. From first-time director Grant Sputore, the story takes place in a future world where humans are extinct and a new generation of children are being raised by robots to repopulate the Earth. This is a contained thriller about a young woman is living in isolation with a robot caregiver who is forced to question all that she knows when an injured stranger suddenly arrives. Hilary Swank stars alongside newcomer Clara Rugaard with Rose Byrne voicing the robot (WETA provided the visual effects). I Am Mother arrives on Netflix on June 6th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, The Hustle, Tolkien


With Avengers: Endgame still going strong, the Marvel juggernaut is expected to top the box office for the third weekend in a row but a lot of people will be watching with interest to see how much closer it gets to Avatar‘s all-time record. The movie does have some major competition from the Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu, which is on track for a $50 million debut but feels like it could go even higher. Also hitting theatres this weekend is the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake The Hustle starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, which will be hoping to pull in Mother’s Day crowds. Other major releases include the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult and the geriatric cheerleader comedy Poms. In select theatres we also have the long-delayed drama The Professor and the Madman starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. What will you be watching this weekend?

HBO’s Watchmen Teaser Trailer


With Game of Thrones coming to an end this month, HBO has their work cut out for them trying to replace such a key show in their line-up. We already know that multiple Game of Thrones spinoffs are likely, but in the meantime one of the shows they will be looking to carry that torch is Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic comic Watchmen. This isn’t just another retelling of the comic but rather a sequel and “remix” of sorts that takes place in a contemporary setting but acknowledges the events of the comic in the past. The Watchmen themselves seem to have disappeared but superheroes are still outlawed and the world is an intriguing one. With a cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sara Vickers and Jean Smart, Watchmen arrives on HBO this fall. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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It: Chapter Two Trailer


When Warner Brothers and New Line decided to adapt Stephen King’s It as two movies, they were taking a bit of a risk that depended on the first movie succeeding at a certain level. Of course, the first movie then went on to make $700 million worldwide and the sequel ended up becoming one of the safest bets on their release schedule. They were also able to pull in a star-studded cast to play the grown-up versions of The Losers’ Club including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and… Isaiah Mustafa. The first teaser trailer has arrived online and it focuses mainly on Jessica Chastain, but it also hints at a backstory for Pennywise that may or may not betray his cosmic origins from the book. It: Chapter Two hits theatres on Sept. 6th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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The Lodge Trailer: From the Directors of Goodnight Mommy


Austrian filmmakers Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz turned a lot of heads with their film Goodnight Mommy, a chilling and tense tale of two twin brothers who lose trust in their mother after she returns home from getting cosmetic surgery. Now they are back with another horror movie that seems to pit two kids against a parental figure although it is unclear who should be afraid of who. This time around it is a brother and sister who are left to spend time with their father’s new girlfriend in a remote winter cabin only to find that she once belonged to a cult. Riley Keough, Alicia Silverstone and Richard Armitage star. The Lodge hits theatres sometime this fall; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Rim of the World Trailer: Netflix’s Amblin-Style Alien Invasion Movie


Hey remember McG? After directing Terminator Salvation back in 2009 he kind of dropped off the radar for a while, helming a few forgettable films but mostly producing a lot of TV stuff. Then a couple of years ago he directed a horror comedy called The Babysitter which was acquired by Netflix and seemed to do well for them. So much so that his next movie is also debuting on Netflix with a trailer proclaiming it to be “from the director of The Babysitter” (with no actual mention of his name). It appears to be a somewhat unremarkable Stranger Things-influenced genre flick about a group of teenagers at summer camp who face an alien invasion. The premise certainly has potential but it seems to lack personality for whatever reason. Rim of the World arrives on Netflix on May 24th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #71: Hannibal Lecter


“Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.” With the recent release of Hannibal on 4K UHD and last year’s Criterion re-release of The Silence of the Lambs, it seemed like a good reason to finally revisit another influential and iconic movie franchise. We start with a discussion of Michael Mann’s Manhunter before moving into the Anthony Hopkins trilogy and try to understand what makes Hannibal Lecter such a compelling character over 30 years after his on-screen debut. Discussion topics include the stylistic touches that each director brought to the franchise, the memorable scores and musical choices, the casting, the evolution of serial killer movies, and two similar yet distinctly different approaches to the same story with Manhunter and Red Dragon. Is Manhunter an underappreciated classic or is it all style and no substance? Is Ed Norton secretly to blame for some of Red Dragon‘s shortcomings? Is Hannibal Lecter the greatest movie villain of all time? And more importantly, how did he get a hold of that pen? Put the lotion in the basket and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer #2


Warning: this trailer contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame! Just wanted to get that out of the way, even though Tom Holland gives a little PSA before the trailer too. I’m not sure why Marvel felt they needed to use that stuff to market Spider-Man: Far from Home, but I guess they wanted to reinforce the fact that the events take place soon afterward (and force people to run out and see Endgame immediately if they haven’t already). Aside from getting a better sense of Spidey’s headspace, we also get a better look at Mysterio, the European locales and Spider-Man’s new stealth suit as well. Still no word on what happened to Spidey’s high school friends in between Infinity War and Endgame but there is a hint that the multiverse may be coming into play. Spider-Man: Far from Home hits theatres on July 2nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Avengers: Endgame Passes Titanic to Become #2 Movie of All Time Globally


What a difference a week makes. After Avengers: Endgame destroyed box office records last weekend, there was still some doubt as to whether or not it would have the staying power to beat Titanic or Avatar for the all-time worldwide box office total. But in its second weekend, the movie dropped just 55%, earning another $145.8 million domestically and $282 million overseas to hit $2.18 billion in just 12 days. That puts it past Titanic to become the second highest grossing movie of all time and at this point it seems highly unlikely that it won’t surpass Avatar‘s $2.78 billion in the near future to set a new record (at least until Avatar 2 arrives). Way down in second place, The Intruder earned $11 million, just barely edging out Long Shot, which earned $10 million. UglyDolls and Captain Marvel rounded out the top 5. Next weekend should be interesting as Endgame throws down with Detective Pikachu.

1. Avengers: Endgame — $145.8M
2. The Intruder — $11M
3. Long Shot — $10M
4. UglyDolls — $8.5M
5. Captain Marvel — $4.3M
6. Breakthrough — $3.9M
7. The Curse of La Llorona — $3.5M
8. Shazam! — $2.5M
9. Little — $1.5M
10. Dumbo — $1.4M