Game Junk Prototype Episode #16: Sony’s PS5 Future of Gaming Event

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We run through everything that Sony unveiled at their Future of Gaming event including the actual look of the Playstation 5 and count down our top 5 games confirmed for the next-gen system.

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Ball Junk Podcast Episode #41: Sports Impending Return

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We’re back! After a long layoff we’re happy to bring you a socially distanced episode of the Ball Junk Podcast. We’re recording at a safe 32 kilometres apart and we have a packed show. It’s the return of Sports! We discuss plans for the NBA, MLS, NHL, NFL and MLB. We review Ben Affleck’s starring role as an alcoholic, reluctant youth basketball coach in The Way Back, Real or Fake: Magic Johnson Tweets returns and of course we answer your questions in Sack Time. Download and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Pods. Balls!

0:00:00 – Intro
0:02:03 – Sports Impending Return
0:33:06 – Review: The Way Back
0:44:30 – Real or Fake: Magic Tweets
0:56:28 – Sack Time
1:03:55 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Trailer

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We already saw a teaser trailer last month in the form of a fake music video, but now this week Netflix has released the full trailer for their upcoming comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. The movie stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as aspiring musicians from Iceland who are chosen to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. With a supporting cast that includes Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan and Demi Lovato, this is a send up of the surreal and strange nature of the real-life competition although the truth is they don’t really need to exaggerate very much. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and hits Netflix on June 26th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Blumhouse’s You Should Have Left Trailer Starring Kevin Bacon

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Despite catching some flack from theatre owners (and AMC Theatres, in particular) for some of their big direct-to-VOD releases, Universal is continuing to push forward with more this summer. The latest title to be announced is a Blumhouse psychological thriller called You Should Have Left, based on the novel by Daniel Kehlmann. The movie is written and directed by David Koepp (Premium Rush) and it finds him reteaming with Kevin Bacon, who also starred in Koepp’s Stir of Echoes back in 1999. Bacon plays a screenwriter suffering from writer’s block who takes a vacation in the Welsh countryside with his wife (Amanda Seyfried) and daughter (Avery Essex). What starts as a relaxing getaway turns dark when he finds that there is a sinister force at work in the house and his past might come back to haunt him. You Should Have Left arrives on VOD on June 19th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Evil Dead Sequel Moving Forward with New Director

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Update: On a related note, the original Evil Dead is also returning to drive-in theatres starting this weekend.

After the success of the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, there were said to be plans in motion for both a remake sequel and also a sequel to the original Evil Dead trilogy to be directed by Sam Raimi. While the latter eventually turned into the Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead, the former was put on the backburner in the meantime. With Fede Alvarez going on to direct bigger projects like Don’t Breathe and The Girl in the Spider’s Web, he was becoming less and less likely to return. Now this week it looks like the project is happening but with a different director at the helm. In the latest issue of Empire, Bruce Campbell had this to say:

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Bill & Ted Face the Music Trailer

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At long last, the first trailer for the upcoming Bill & Ted sequel, Bill & Ted Face the Music, has finally arrived online just in time to celebrate Bill & Ted Day! (6/9… get it? Yeah I don’t know if this one will catch on.) 29 years after the release of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are back and they are apparently travelling back in time to steal a song from their younger selves in order to unite the world. Oh, and Death is here too, along with original screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. The movie looks to be maintaining its Aug. 21st release date, so if Christopher Nolan’s Tenet ends up being too early, perhaps this is the movie that will ultimately save cinema. What could be more appropriate? Bill & Ted Face the Music is directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest); check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #81: Spike Lee

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“It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love.” When we chose Spike Lee for our next premium podcast, we had no idea that the U.S. would be in the midst of a series of urgent and unprecedented protests against racism and police violence by the time we recorded it. There are few directors whose movies speak to this moment better than Spike Lee and so we proceeded to dig into the following films: She’s Gotta Have it, Do the Right Thing, Clockers, He Got Game, Summer of Sam and 25th Hour. Discussion topics include Spike Lee as an actor in his own movies, key casting choices that kickstarted several careers, both expected and unexpected examples of product placement, his standout scores and soundtracks not to mention his overall lasting cultural impact. Why is the ending of Do the Right Thing so powerful and consistently relevant? Is Summer of Sam an underappreciated gem or do we all have nostalgia blinders on? Why is the title of 25th Hour missing a word? Do the right thing and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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In light of the global response to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and countless others, we are donating the first month of all proceeds received for this episode to Black Lives Matter and additional organizations via the Act Blue Racism and Police Brutality Funds.

This podcast is available for a MINIMUM donation of $1, but we encourage you to give more (if you can) between June 8th, 2020 and July 9th, 2020. Film Junk is proud to join in with and offer support to all of those fighting to raise awareness of a broken system that must be changed. #BLACKLIVESMATTER Thank you all!

Game Junk Prototype Episode #15: Most Wanted PS5 Games

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We count down the top 5 announcements we’d like to see from the delayed Playstation 5 press event and answer some of your junk mail questions plus we also talk Final Fantasy VII Remake, Axiom Verge and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.

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Enter the Fat Dragon Trailer Starring Donnie Yen

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If you’re looking for a good way to turn your brain off for a couple of hours, Well Go USA is bringing the comedic martial arts film Enter the Fat Dragon to U.S. audiences next month. The movie is a remake of the 1978 Sammo Hung film of the same name and it stars Donnie Yen as a physically fit supercop who gets demoted to records clerk and ends up gaining a lot of weight. When he gets assigned a new mission to solve a murder in Japan, he embraces the opportunity to prove himself even if his body isn’t quite ready for it. Enter the Fat Dragon is directed by long-time stunt coordinator Kenji Tanigaki and co-written and produced by Wong Jing and it arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on July 14th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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AMC Theatres Warns It May Not Survive the COVID-19 Shutdown

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There has been a lot of concern over the past few months about whether movie theatres can survive the COVID-19 shutdown with the world’s biggest theatre chain, AMC Theatres, already having had a bankruptcy scare back in April. At the time, analysts predicted that the company would be out of money by mid-summer and they were reportedly on the verge of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They seemed to avoid disaster by borrowing another $500 million, but now this week they are warning that their future is still very uncertain. The company has announced an expected net loss between $2.1 and $2.4 billion for Q1 2020 and made a Going Concern filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission:

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Upgrade TV Series in the Works

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Following up on last month’s news that The Purge TV series would not be renewed for a third season on USA Network, Blumhouse is now turning to another recent film in their catalogue to adapt for television. Leigh Whannell’s 2018 film Upgrade takes place in the near future and stars Logan Marshall-Green as a quadriplegic man who gets a high-tech implant called STEM that allows him to walk again. The A.I. eventually takes control of his body, however, and helps him exact revenge on the men who killed his wife. Now Upgrade is about to get a sequel on the small screen. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic Trailer

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It’s been 44 years since the release of the original Rocky, so clearly now is the perfect time for a brand new documentary called 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic. The upcoming film, which is also being released outside of North America under the title Becoming Rocky, is directed by Derek Wayne Johnson, who also did the documentary John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs and has another upcoming doc about Frank Stallone in the works as well. The entire thing is narrated by Sylvester Stallone himself but it’s hard to tell from this trailer just what to expect. The IMDb listing says it is only 30 minutes long but here’s hoping this is something more than just a glorified Blu-ray special feature. 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic arrives on VOD on June 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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