Come Away Trailer: A Peter Pan / Alice in Wonderland Mash-Up from the Director of Brave

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We’ve already seen one unique take on Peter Pan this year with Benh Zeitlin’s Wendy but now Relativity Media has released the first trailer for their upcoming film Come Away, which arrives this November. Directed by Brenda Chapman (Brave, Prince of Egypt), the movie merges the tales of both Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland to create something brand new. Newcomers Keira Chansa and Jordan A. Nash play two siblings named Alice and Peter who must journey to London together before escaping from a family tragedy by taking refuge in their own respective fantasy worlds. With a supporting cast that includes Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michael Caine, the movie is scheduled to hit select theatres and VOD simultaneously on Nov. 13th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange in the Next Spider-Man Movie

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Last week it was revealed that Jamie Foxx would be returning as Electro in the next Spider-Man movie, lending some weight to speculation that the multiverse is about to become a major part of the next phase of the MCU. Since then we have heard additional (very much unconfirmed) rumours that Kirsten Dunst and Dane DeHaan may also be returning, but in the meantime another key piece of the puzzle appears to have fallen into place. Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play Doctor Strange in the as-of-yet untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel. Hit the jump for more details.

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Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist Trailer

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If you’re a fan of William Friedkin just as much as you are a fan of the movies he has made, you’ll be happy to hear that Shudder has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to the upcoming documentary Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, the movie continues Philippe’s series of documentaries about iconic horror movies that started with 78/52 (about Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho) and Memory: The Origins of Alien. This particular doc is built almost entirely out of a lively conversation with Friedkin himself and, as always, he proves to be a compelling on-screen personality. It’s another solid addition to Shudder’s line-up of non-fiction offerings which serve as an ideal complement to the rest of their genre programming. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist arrives on Shudder on Nov. 19th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Pixar’s Soul to Debut on Disney+ This Christmas

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It was probably inevitable, but this week Disney has finally announced that the upcoming Pixar animated movie Soul will not be arriving in theatres this November as originally planned. Instead, the movie will go straight to Disney+ on Christmas Day. This time around there is no mention of a premium rental fee like there was for Mulan and it appears to be a standard release available to all subscribers at no extra charge. In regions where Disney+ is not available, the movie is still expected to get a theatrical release at some point. Director Pete Docter had this to say about the announcement:

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David Fincher’s Mank Trailer

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Although they came close with Roma, The Irishman and Marriage Story, this time around Netflix may have their most legitimate shot at a Best Picture win with David Fincher’s Mank (the lack of studio competition this year doesn’t hurt either). Of course, Fincher himself has previously been nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network but never won either. Mank stars Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, battling alcoholism and Orson Welles as he tries to finish the script for Citizen Kane in the late ’30s. The movie is shot in black-and-white and borrows the visual style of Hollywood films of the era. With a supporting cast that includes Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Burke and Charles Dance, the movie hits select theatres in November before arriving on Netflix on Dec. 4th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies Coming to 4K in December

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At long last Warner Brothers has finally announced that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies will be coming to 4K UHD this year just in time for Christmas. The good news is that for the first time ever, the releases will include both the theatrical and extended versions of the movies together and the two trilogies will be sold separately in case you want to skip out on The Hobbit movies. The bad news is that they have also announced that next summer there will be a Middle-earth Ultimate Collectors’ Edition which includes all 6 movies along with new bonus content and newly remastered versions of The Lord of the Rings movies on Blu-ray. It seems there is always one more double dip around the corner for these films, but at least they gave us a heads up. Hit the jump for more details.

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Fatman Trailer Starring Mel Gibson: Santa Claus vs. A Hitman

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When it comes to family-friendly Christmas movies, there should be no shortage available on Netflix this holiday season (including Kurt Russell returning to play Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles 2). However, if you’re looking for something a little more dark and twisted, well it seems like Saban Films has you covered as well. Fatman stars Mel Gibson as a slightly bitter Chris Cringle, who is contemplating retirement when a kid hires a hitman to take him out after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. That hitman is played by none other than Walton Goggins. Are you sold yet? Directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms (Small Town Crime), Fatman hits select theatres on Nov. 13th before arriving on VOD on Nov. 17th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Paul Greengrass’s News of the World Trailer Starring Tom Hanks

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Although there are only a handful of studio movies still planning to hit theatres this December, it appears that Universal is standing behind their planned release date for Paul Greengrass’s upcoming film News of the World. The first extended TV spot has arrived online this week and it confirms that they will go up against Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day. The movie finds Paul Greengrass reteaming with Tom Hanks after the success of Captain Phillips, but perhaps even more intriguing is the fact that it finds him trying his hand at a western. Based on the novel by Paulette Jiles, the story revolves around a widowed Civil War veteran who agrees to escort an orphaned ten-year-old girl across Texas to her aunt and uncle hundreds of miles away. News of the World hits theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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The 355 Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Penélope Cruz

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Universal has just released the first trailer for their upcoming action-thriller The 355, which is currently scheduled to hit theatres in January (although as with every release date that should probably be taken with a grain of salt). Directed by Simon Kinberg (Dark Phoenix), the premise involves female agents from several intelligence organizations being forced to team up to take on a terrorist threat intent on starting World War III. Jessica Chastain plays a CIA agent while Lupita Nyong’o plays a British MI6 operative, Penélope Cruz is a Colombian psychologist, Diane Kruger is a German spy and Bingbing Fan reps China. Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramírez also co-star. Overall it looks a bit generic, not unlike something you’d expect to see on Netflix, but it also seems to have an Ocean’s 8 vibe which could be fun if the chemistry between cast members clicks. The 355 hits theatres on Jan. 15th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Film Junk Bonus Podcast: Patreon Livestream – Oct. 4, 2020

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0:00 – Intro
7:10 – Junk Mail / Q&A: Cineworld Shut Down / The Death of Cinema, Moving and Going Digital, Tenet Box Office, The Witches Poster, James Cameron vs. Letterbox, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Recommended Reeding, Clifford Blu-ray, Jay’s Audio System, Reed’s Star Trek Chocolates, 4K Price Limits, Wolfhound, Cursed Films: Season 2, Manifesto Questions, Most Memorable VHS Covers, Reed’s Thoughts on the New Taylor Swift Album, How Fame Has Affected Us, Being Starstruck, Warrior, In Person Recording Post-Coronavirus, Harvey’s vs Wendy’s
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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Delayed to 2021

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Following the announcement that Cineworld is closing down theatres in the U.S. and U.K., we are hearing that Warner Brothers is delaying another big theatrical release to 2021. Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune was originally set to hit theatres on Dec. 18th but multiple sources are now reporting that it will shift to late 2021 instead. Wonder Woman 1984 is still scheduled to arrive in theatres one week later on Christmas Day. It could be that the Wonder Woman sequel will soon follow suit or it could be that Dune had to move to avoid having two major releases so close together. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Cineworld Confirms Impending Shut Down of Theatres in U.S. and U.K.

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With the next James Bond movie, No Time to Die, officially being pushed to 2021, the shockwaves are now reverberating throughout the movie industry. Cineworld, the second largest global exhibitor, has confirmed that they are now being forced to suspend all operations across the U.S. and the U.K. As of Oct. 9th, some 536 Regal Cinema locations and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres will be closing their doors indefinitely, affecting approximately 45,000 jobs. Here is the company’s official statement:

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