Brian De Palma’s Domino Trailer


If you are excited to hear that Brian De Palma has a new movie coming out next month (his first since 2012’s Passion), you might want to rein in that excitement just a little bit. Apparently the movie (titled Domino) was not a great experience for him and he has pretty much publicly disowned it; after an arduous shoot plagued by financial problems the producers opted to release an 88-minute cut that is about an hour shorter than De Palma’s version. The movie stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) as a Copenhagen police officer out for revenge after his partner is killed by ISIS. Yeah it looks like VOD trash, but maybe there’s still something worthwhile here? Domino co-stars Guy Pearce and Carice van Houten and it hits select theatres and VOD on May 31st. Check out the trailer below.

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Stuber Trailer Starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani


Dave Bautista seems to be everywhere these days, having just debuted a trailer for his upcoming family comedy My Spy and being announced as the first cast member for Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead (not to mention last night’s appearance in Wrestlemania) and now we have a trailer for another upcoming Bautista flick called Stuber. This one is an action-comedy that finds him playing a detective who forces his reluctant Uber driver (Kumail Nanjiani) to accompany him in pursuit of a dangerous criminal. On paper it sounds like a solid premise, but after watching the trailer I was not really feeling the chemistry between the two leads. On the plus side, the movie is directed by Michael Dowse (Fubar, Goon) and co-stars Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino and Karen Gillan. Stuber hits theatres on July 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and see wht you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Shazam! Starts Strong with $53 Million


Well it wasn’t quite Wonder Woman or Aquaman, but Shazam! still had a solid showing for Warner Brothers over the weekend, taking the top spot at the box office with $53 million. That is close to the lower end of the MCU debuts, comparable to movies like Ant-Man ($57 million) and The Incredible Hulk ($55 million), but with some good word of mouth they should be able to maintain a steady stream of viewers at least until Avengers: Endgame hits. The movie also had a slightly lower budget than some of the other DCEU films ($100 million as opposed to $150-300 million). In second place, Pet Sematary earned $25 million, which doesn’t seem like that much compared to It but apparently it is the second largest opening ever for a Stephen King adaptation. Dumbo fell to third with a steep 60% drop off, adding $18.2 million in its second weekend. Us and Captain Marvel rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile the other new movie in wide release, The Best of Enemies, opened in sixth place with $4.5 million.

1. Shazam! — $53.5M
2. Pet Sematary — $25.0M
3. Dumbo — $18.2M
4. Us — $13.8M
5. Captain Marvel — $12.7M
6. The Best of Enemies — $4.5M
7. Five Feet Apart — $3.7M
8. Unplanned — $3.2M
9. Wonder Park — $2.0M
10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — $2.0M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Shazam!, Pet Sematary, High Life


Shazam! kicks off a month chock full of superhero movies this weekend, and although the character is not as well-known as some of the bigger Justice League members, strong reviews and word of mouth may help give it a boost. Also hitting theatres this weekend we have the remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, which will be hoping to recreate on a smaller scale the success of It. The other new wide release arriving on the big screen is the civil rights drama The Best of Enemies starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell. In select theatres, we also have Claire Denis’ art house sci-fi film High Life starring Robert Pattinson and Mike Leigh’s Peterloo plus Emilio Estevez’s latest directorial effort The Public. What will you be watching this weekend?

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old to Die Young Trailer


We saw a short teaser of sorts last year but now this week Nicolas Winding Refn has finally dropped the first full trailer for his upcoming Amazon series Too Old to Die Young along with a release date. The show is co-written by Ed Brubaker (Criminal) and stars Miles Teller as a grieving police officer in L.A. dealing with the death of his partner, but on a deeper level it is about “existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais in the city of angels.” As you can probably guess, there is lots of beautiful imagery, a throbbing Cliff Martinez score and lots of slow-mo… perhaps that is why each episode of the 10-episode series is going to be 90 minutes long. Could this actually be too much of a good thing? Too Old to Die Young co-stars Jena Malone, Billy Baldwin, John Hawkes, Nell Tiger Free, Babs Olusanmokun, Callie Hernandez, and Cristina Rodlo and it arrives on Amazon Prime on June 14th. Check out the trailer below.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #701: The Beach Bum


0:00 – Intro: Episode 700 Grand Total + Frank’s New TV + Jay’s Target Trip
22:15 – Review: The Beach Bum
49:25 – Headlines: Joker Trailer
55:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Dumbo (2019), There’s Nothing Out There, Serenity (2019), Dark Shadows, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Triple Frontier, My Cousin Vinny, Q The Winged Serpent, After Life, The Dawn Wall
1:34:15 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:37:45 – Outro
1:46:30 – Spoiler Discussion: Serenity

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Joker Trailer Starring Joaquin Phoenix


Despite the lack of consistency across the so-called DC Extended Universe, Warner Brothers is spearheading an interesting new approach with their comic book properties moving forward. Joker is the one of their new standalone films and it stars Joaquin Phoenix in an origin story for the iconic Batman villain that is supposedly unconnected to any other movies or characters. Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), this feels more like a dark character study than a comic book movie and it very clearly seems to be drawing from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, both of which were referenced when the project was first announced. It is interesting that after so many incarnations, it looks like we have yet another creepy and compelling portrayal of the Joker to look forward to on screen. Joker hits theatres on Oct. 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Joel Coen to Direct Macbeth Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand


After three and a half decades of working together, one of the Coen Brothers is finally stepping out on his own. Joel Coen has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth with his wife Frances McDormand set to star alongside Denzel Washington. This is the first time Coen will direct a project without his brother Ethan at his side, although many of their previous films had Joel Coen listed as the sole director due to DGA restrictions on multiple credits. Hit the jump for more details.

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Avengers: Endgame Special Look Trailer


Although there was a widespread belief that there would be no more trailers released for Avengers: Endgame, it appears that Marvel could not avoid dropping one last “special look” in order to promote the fact that tickets are now on sale. The latest trailer does offer some new footage (and, in particular, a glimpse of Thanos) but for the most part it continues to keep things pretty sombre and pretty vague. Captain Marvel is now in the mix while Iron Man and Cap patch up their differences for one last hurrah. Avengers: Endgame hits theatres on Apr. 26th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Pennyworth Teaser Trailer: The Action-Packed Alfred TV Series You Always Wanted


I know it’s April Fool’s Day today but, believe it or not, this is a real teaser for a real TV show. And to be honest, it doesn’t look all that bad. Fox has already done a Batman prequel series without Batman in it, but Epix is taking things a step further by setting up a show that revolves around the early life of his trusty butler Alfred. What you might not know is that Alfred Pennyworth was a former badass British SAS soldier who helped form a security company with young billionaire Thomas Wayne. The show is created by Gotham producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon and it stars Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game) in the lead role. Pennyworth premieres sometime in June; check out the first teaser below and see what you think.

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The Dead Don’t Die Trailer: Jim Jarmusch Makes a Zombie Movie


When Jim Jarmusch decided to write and direct a movie about vampires, it made a certain amount of sense, especially when Only Lovers Left Alive turned out to be a retro cool rock and roll romance. This time around, however, the New York-based auteur is returning to the horror genre to offer his take on the undead and I’m not entirely sure it fits. It looks very comedic and very broad and yet it’s hard to resist a zombie movie that stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Iggy Pop, RZA, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits. Did I mention it also has Tilda Swinton wielding a katana sword? He’s really gotta do something about that title font though. The Dead Don’t Die hits select theatres on June 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Dumbo Drums Up $45 Million


Following a string of successful live-action remakes of Disney animated classics that includes Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, Tim Burton’s Dumbo quietly topped the box office over the weekend with an unspectacular $45 million. That is definitely below expectations but not quite a disaster either; it is at least Burton’s biggest opening since Alice in Wonderland in 2010 (which isn’t really saying much). Meanwhile Jordan Peele’s Us added another $33.6 million in its second weekend bringing it to $174 million worldwide. In third place, Captain Marvel earned $20.5 million and is about to hit $1 billion worldwide. Five Feet Apart remained in fourth while Unplanned opened in fifth with $6.1 million. Elsewhere, Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum sputtered and failed to catch on the same way that Spring Breakers did, just barely opening in the top 10 with a disappointing $1.8 million.

1. Dumbo — $45M
2. Us — $33.6M
3. Captain Marvel — $20.5M
4. Five Feet Apart — $6.3M
5. Unplanned — $6.1M
6. Wonder Park — $4.9M
7. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — $4.2M
8. Hotel Mumbai — $3.2M
9. A Madea Family Funeral — $2.7M
10. The Beach Bum — $1.8M