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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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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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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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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“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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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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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
Star Wars fans are in mourning this week as actor Peter Mayhew has reportedly passed away just prior to May the 4th. The 7’2″ actor is best known for playing Chewbacca in all of the Star Wars films up until 2017, after which he retired following a surgical procedure. Actor Joonas Suotamo had since taken over for him, although Mayhew continued to be credited as “Chewbacca consultant” on all recent Star Wars films. He had recently appeared at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. The cause of death was believed to be a heart attack. He was 74 years old. Mayhew’s family released the following statement on social media:
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We’re in for another weekend of Marvel mania as Avengers: Endgame continues to pack in moviegoers, likely on its way to breaking all the second weekend records. There are quite a few new releases hitting theatres, however, providing some alternatives if you’re looking for one. The Seth Rogen / Charlize Theron comedy Long Shot has earned solid reviews and will likely to be battling Sony thriller The Intruder starring Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy for second place. STXfilms is also releasing UglyDolls while the Latino action-thriller El Chicano is opening on over 600 screens. In limited release, look for Werner Herzog’s latest documentary Meeting Gorbachev, Olivier Assayas’s Non-Fiction and Zhang Yimou’s martial arts epic Shadow. What will you be watching this weekend?
Between The Shallows, 47 Meters Down and The Meg, the past few summers have seen a resurgence of the killer shark movie. And although there is a 47 Meters Down sequel scheduled to hit theatres this summer, it looks like it may actually get shown up by something similar yet slightly different: a killer gator movie! Director Alexandre Aja is teaming up with producer Sam Raimi for a movie that looks a little bit like Piranha 3D meets Don’t Breathe. Granted, it’s not as intentionally campy as Piranha, but the premise is a little bit ridiculous. Set against the backdrop of a Category 5 hurricane, the story revolves around a young woman (Kaya Scodelario) who tries to help her father (Barry Pepper) escape his flooded home only to find themselves hunted by “Florida’s most savage and feared predator.” Crawl hits theatres on July 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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With the 2010s about to draw to a close, you can expect to see a flood of Best of the Decade lists and articles popping up a little closer to the end of the year. One site decided to get ahead of the game, however, by polling 250 different film critics, programmers, academics and filmmakers on the top films of the decade thus far. After tabulating the results, they found that the winner was George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, beating Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life by just 9 votes. The polling supposedly happened last fall, so I guess it means no 2019 movies were eligible at all although 2018’s Roma did manage to make the cut. Also of note: David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks: The Return came in at #17. How do you feel about these results? Check out the top 25 after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Much has been said about the questionable quality of Adam Sandler’s recent Netflix movies, but the bottom line is that people seem to be watching them — so much so that Netflix had no problem signing him to star in four more. This next wave of Happy Madison films seems to be upping the ante a bit in terms of talent, although whether that will pay off remains to be seen. Jennifer Aniston stars opposite Sandler in Murder Mystery, a generically-titled comedy that finds a New York cop and his wife framed for murder during a European vacation. The script comes from respected screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and the movie co-stars Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans and Terence Stamp. Murder Mystery is directed by Kyle Newacheck (Game Over, Man!, Workaholics) and it arrives on Netflix on June 14th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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