Loki Trailer: Marvel’s Latest Disney+ Series Arrives in June

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Between the somewhat experimental, high-concept WandaVision and the more conventional, action-heavy The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel has shown two templates thus far for what they can do with a limited series on Disney+. Next on the agenda is their highly anticipated Loki spin-off series which, based on the new trailer, seems like it might fall more on the high-concept side of things. Created by Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), the show finds Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Thor’s adoptive brother, who has been captured by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) after stealing the Tesseract and is now being sent to various points in human history to help repair the timeline. It looks kind of like Doctor Who meets Brazil although it remains to be seen just how weird Marvel is willing to get with it. Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Richard E. Grant, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Sasha Lane also co-star. Loki arrives on Disney+ on June 11th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Space Jam: A New Legacy Trailer Starring LeBron James

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Twenty-five years after the original Space Jam hit theatres, the sequel / reboot is ready to pass the torch from Air Jordan to King James. Space Jam: A New Legacy finds LeBron James and his son (played by Cedric Joe) being sucked into a virtual world by a rogue A.I. (Don Cheadle) and forced to play basketball against a team of digital ringers. Joining him, of course, is the entire Looney Tunes roster, with the characters shifting between 2D and 3D animated representations depending on where they are. The movie also seems to feature cameos from many other Warner Brothers properties in a Ready Player One-esque scenario. Space Jam: A New Legacy is directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, Night School) and it arrives in theatres and on HBO Max on July 16th; check out the first full trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #55: Playstation Store Shutdown

We discuss the impending shutdown of the PS3, PSP and Playstation Vita digital stores as well as the future of digital game sales and backwards compatibility plus we also talk Narita Boy, It Takes Two, Resistance: Burning Skies, Disco Elysium, Tales of the Neon Sea.

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Knives Out Sequel(s) Headed to Netflix in Major Deal

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It may seem a little hard to believe (particularly given the fact that it is April 1st), but it is being reported this week that Rian Johnson’s upcoming Knives Out sequel will not be coming to theatres… at least not in the traditional sense. The original 2019 film was a big hit for Lionsgate and MRC (it earned $311 million on a $40 million budget) and you would assume they would be more than willing to build on that success. In a shrewd move, however, Johnson and his producer Ram Bergman made a single picture deal with MRC and retained the rights to shop around any sequels if they were to happen. Now that is exactly what they have done, resulting in a bidding war between several streaming services. We are hearing that Netflix ultimately landed the deal for not one but two sequels. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #792: Bad Trip + Pandorum

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0:00 – Intro
5:40 – Review: Bad Trip
29:10 – Retro Review: Pandorum
54:40 – Trailer Trash: The Suicide Squad
1:07:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: For Heaven’s Sake, Wrong Turn (2021), The Last Blockbuster, Odd Tinkering, Invincible (2021)
1:42:25 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:45:10 – Outro

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines Trailer

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Originally announced last year under the somewhat uninspired title Connected, Sony’s upcoming animated movie The Mitchells vs. The Machines has since been acquired by Netflix and will debut on the streaming service next month. The movie is produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and is written and directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls). The plot revolves around a modern, tech-addicted family that embarks on a road trip in order to spend some quality time together before their daughter goes off to college. Little do they know, they are about to become the world’s last defense against a global robot uprising. The Mitchells vs. The Machines features the voices of Olivia Colman, Maya Rudolph, Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride and Eric André and it arrives on Netflix on April 30th. Check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw Trailer

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Although there are a few high profile movies getting theatrical releases in April, it won’t be until May that we really start to get a sense of whether Americans are ready to return to movie theatres. Currently the May line-up includes Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man, A Quiet Place Part II and Disney’s Cruella (the latter of which is also coming to Disney+ with Premier Access), but now Lionsgate has confirmed that their upcoming Saw reboot / spin-off, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, will also be arriving that month. Chris Rock leads and executive produces the film while Darren Lynn Bousman makes his return to the director’s chair for the first time since Saw IV. Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols also co-star. It may not be a major blockbuster but will it be enough to get people to leave the comfort of their homes? Spiral: From the Book of Saw hits theatres on May 15th; check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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Adam Wingard to Direct ThunderCats Movie

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With Godzilla vs. Kong set to arrive on HBO Max and in select theatres tomorrow, director Adam Wingard is looking to continue his relationship with Warner Brothers by taking on another property that he has been thinking about since he was a kid. Wingard is now attached to direct ThunderCats, a big budget movie based on the ’80s cartoon and toy line. His long-time collaborator Simon Barrett will co-write the script with him and it is being envisioned as a cross between realistic CG animation and something more stylized. Wingard was quick to point out that it will have no resemblance to the recent live-action movie Cats, however. Here’s what he had to say:

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The Night House Trailer Starring Rebecca Hall

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Before he tackles the upcoming Hellraiser reboot (assuming it actually happens this time), director David Bruckner (The Ritual) has an original horror movie coming to theatres this summer called The Night House. The movie stars Rebecca Hall as a woman living alone in the lakeside home built by her recently deceased husband who slowly starts to uncover his secrets. The trailer starts out feeling like a bit similar to The Invisible Man before taking an interesting turn in a very different direction. Written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (Super Dark Times), The Night House is currently scheduled to hit theatres on July 16th. Check out the first trailer below and see what you think.

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Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man Trailer Starring Jason Statham

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After getting back to his British gangster roots with The Gentlemen in 2019, Guy Ritchie is continuing to reconnect with his past by reteaming with Jason Statham on the upcoming film Wrath of Man. The movie looks to be a remake of a 2004 French film called Le Convoyeur (Cash Truck) and it finds Statham playing a mysterious cash truck security guard who soon reveals himself to be an expert marksman with an ulterior motive. With a supporting cast that includes Scott Eastwood, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Niamh Algar, Holt McCallany, Laz Alonso and Post Malone, the movie looks a little more like a standard Jason Statham action flick than a dialogue-heavy Guy Ritchie joint but it seems like it should satisfy fans of both. Wrath of Man arrives in theatres on May 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #54: Nobody Saves the World Reveal + Xbox Indie Showcase

Graham Smith from Drinkbox Studios joins us to talk about their upcoming game Nobody Saves the World plus we also discuss the ID@Xbox Spring Showcase and Manifold Garden, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Deep Rock Galactic, Ratchet & Clank and Undertale.

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James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad Trailer

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DC fans may not be getting the David Ayer cut of Suicide Squad anytime soon, but they do have James Gunn’s soft reboot The Suicide Squad to look forward to this year and that’s not at all a bad thing. Perhaps hoping to get people’s minds off the so-called SnyderVerse, WB has just released the first trailer for the movie this week and it showcases another wacky roster of strange characters and a tone that feels (surprise!) very similar to Guardians of the Galaxy. With a mix of new and returning cast members, the movie finds Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis reprising their roles while Idris Elba, Michael Rooker, John Cena, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion, Pete Davidson, Peter Capaldi and Steve Agee are all new additions to the squad. The Suicide Squad hits theatres and HBO Max on Aug. 6th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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