Phoebe Waller-Bridge Joins Indiana Jones 5

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It’s been a little over a year since we’ve had any major updates on the fifth Indiana Jones film, but the project is still continuing to move forward and now this week Lucasfilm has dropped a major casting announcement. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) will star opposite Harrison Ford as the female lead although additional details about the role have not been disclosed. They have also announced that John Williams will be returning as the film’s composer. James Mangold (Logan) is directing with Steven Spielberg remaining actively involved as a producer. Mangold had this to say:

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #56: MLB The Show Coming to Game Pass + Outriders

We discuss the ramifications of MLB The Show arriving on Xbox Game Pass on Day 1 and talk about EA’s dynamic game difficulty patent plus Frank tells us why Hideo Kojima is overrated and we also get into Outriders, Kaze and the Wild Masks, NBA 2K21, Oddworld: Soulstorm, Wargroove and Prime 2D.

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The Woman in the Window Trailer #2

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With an end to the pandemic now seemingly on the horizon, we’re starting to see a lot of the streaming services rolling out the big studio acquisitions that they’ve had in their back pocket since last year. Next month Netflix will release Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, a Hitchcockian thriller that they picked up from 20th Century Studios last summer. Based on the best-selling novel by A.J. Finn, the movie stars Amy Adams as an agoraphobic woman who believes that she has witnessed a murder in the house across the street. As you can probably guess, however, things may not be what they seem. The movie co-stars Anthony Mackie, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry and Julianne Moore and it arrives on Netflix on May 14th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #793: Godzilla vs. Kong

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0:00 – Intro
13:40 – Review: Godzilla vs. Kong
41:32 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Last Temptation of Christ, Q: Into the Storm, The Great Typing Controversy on Letterman, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
1:05:12 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:09:30 – Outro

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #87: Eddie Murphy

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“Listen, I know what I like, and I know you know what I like, because you were trained to know what I like, but I would like to know, what do you like?” Following up on the release of Coming 2 America last month, we took the opportunity to revisit some of Eddie Murphy’s most iconic comedies from the 1980s starting with 48 Hrs. and Trading Places, moving on to Beverly Hills Cop and The Golden Child, then concluding with the original Coming to America. The resulting conversation covered a variety of topics including the evolution and parameters of the buddy cop genre, Eddie Murphy’s music career, his collaborations with John Landis, dealing with problematic and outdated humour, and a bygone era where comedies once dominated the box office. Is Trading Places overrated or a stone cold comedy classic? Is The Golden Child underrated or a complete dud? Does Frank’s so-called comedy scale actually make any sense? Stick a banana in your tailpipe and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead Trailer Starring Angelina Jolie

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After making a name for himself as the writer of such movies as Sicario and Hell or High Water and then stepping up to direct Wind River, Taylor Sheridan has spent the last few years working on the TV series Yellowstone. Next month, however, he is back with a new movie called Those Who Wish Me Dead and it looks to fall in line with most of his previous work. Angelina Jolie plays a smokejumper who is asked for help by a young murder witness who is being chased by two assassins across the Montana Wilderness. Part western, part survival thriller, the movie is based on the novel by Michael Koryta and it co-stars Finn Little, Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen and Tyler Perry. Those Who Wish Me Dead arrives in theatres and on HBO Max on May 14th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Profile Trailer: Timur Bekmambetov’s Latest Screenlife Thriller

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After producing such films as Unfriended, Unfriended: Dark Web and Searching, over the past few years Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has shifted his career to focus almost entirely on movies that take place on a computer screen. At one point it was stated that he had 14 such movies in development (he calls the genre “Screenlife”), but the next one to arrive will be one that he actually directed himself. Profile is based on the true story of Anna Erelle, a French journalist who went undercover online in order to investigate the recruitment of young women by ISIS. The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival back in 2018 where it received decent reviews, although some critics questioned the decision to mine such a serious issue strictly for thrills. Now Focus Features will give it a North American release as movie theatres slowly reopen. Profile arrives in theatres on May 14th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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WB Cancels James Wan’s The Trench and Ava DuVernay’s New Gods

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With some fans still demanding a continuation of the SnyderVerse and Warner Brothers attempting to put the focus back on their upcoming DCEU movies like The Suicide Squad, The Flash and Black Adam, the studio has quietly cancelled a couple of the more idiosyncratic DC films that they also had in development. James Wan had been working on an Aquaman spin-off called The Trench, a horror-oriented project focusing on the amphibious monsters that live in the Mariana Trench, while Ava DuVernay was hired to direct New Gods, based on Jack Kirby’s cosmic space opera. Now both projects appear to have been shelved indefinitely. Warner Brothers released the following statement last week:

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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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