Marvel released a new “special look” trailer for Black Widow during the National College Football Championship game last night and although it doesn’t look all that different from the first one, there are still some new revelations to explore. In particular, the trailer lays out the plot a little more clearly and introduces the film’s main villain, Taskmaster. That being said, we still don’t who is actually playing the character behind that mask, although there is plenty of speculation that it could be Ray Winstone, who joined the movie in an undisclosed role. Either way, one thing is certain: there will be a lot of three-point landings in this movie. Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour and it hits theatres on May 1st. Check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think.
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Although NBC cancelled Hannibal after three seasons due to low ratings, it is clear that there is still a very passionate fanbase for the character and the show. They continue to petition the network to resurrect it nearly five years after the fact, and although that doesn’t seem likely to happen, another network is now hoping to tap into that fanbase with a new show based on the books of Thomas Harris. CBS and MGM are reportedly developing a TV series that focuses on Clarice Starling and will act as a follow-up to The Silence of the Lambs. There’s just one problem: Hannibal Lecter himself is not expected to appear. Writer / executive producer team Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet had this to say about the project:
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Sony has taken a lot of flack for their treatment of the Spider-Man movie franchise in recent years as they have struggled to expand it beyond Spidey himself. Venom changed everything, however, proving that other Spider-Man supporting characters (including villains) can also carry a movie. Now this year we are getting Morbius, a Spider-Man spin-off starring Jared Leto as a slightly more obscure villain with a rare blood disease who gains vampire-like abilities. Much like Venom there is a distinct horror vibe here but the first trailer is also promising a loose tie-in to the MCU with the surprise return of a character from Spider-Man: Homecoming. Morbius is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) and hits theatres on July 31st; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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The nominees for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards were announced bright and early this morning and although things went mostly as expected, there were definitely a few interesting tweaks to the major predictions. Some of the biggest surprises were in the Documentary Feature and Animated Feature categories where Apollo 11 was snubbed in favour of the Brazilian film The Edge of Democracy and Klaus was able to sneak in over Frozen II. However, perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the fact that Todd Phillips’ Joker led the pack with a total of 11 nominations. We knew Joaquin Phoenix was going to be nominated for Best Actor but a lot of the other categories were not necessarily a given. Knives Out also missed out on a Best Picture nomination but Rian Johnson did at least get a Best Original Screenplay nod. What do you think of this year’s nominations? Check out the full list after the jump.
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After three weeks at the top of the box office, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was finally shot down by Sam Mendes’ 1917 over the weekend. The continuous take WWI movie opened nationwide and blew away all expectations with a tremendous $36.5 million haul, helped by strong word of mouth and its recent Golden Globe wins. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fell to second with $15.1 million, continuing to trail behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s box office run by about $100 million or so. It has currently earned $989 million worldwide and should soon pass the $1 billion mark. Jumanji: The Next Level dropped to third while Like a Boss and Just Mercy were deadlocked in fourth with $10 million apiece. The weekend’s other new release, the aquatic sci-fi thriller Underwater, opened in seventh place with $7 million. That’s a bit less than the studio was hoping for although the disappointing reviews probably didn’t help. In other box office news, Frozen II passed its predecessor last week to become the highest grossing animated movie ever.
1. 1917 — $36.5M
2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — $15.1M
3. Jumanji: The Next Level — $14M
4. Like a Boss — $10M
5. Just Mercy — $10M
6. Little Women — $7.7M
7. Underwater — $7M
8. Frozen II — $5.8M
9. Knives Out — $5.7M
10. Spies in Disguise — $5.1M
With the Oscar nominations set to be announced tomorrow morning, it seems only appropriate that we finally reveal the winners of the 2019 Junkers’ Choice Awards as well! It’s cool to see what the Film Junk community is into every year and how that compares to the rest of the world. Where else will you see a Harmony Korine movie get more votes than a Taika Waititi film and Uncut Gems generating more hype than a new Star Wars movie? That being said, the winners in some categories will surprise absolutely no one (Best Action and Best Foreign Language Film could be two of the most lopsided votes we’ve ever had). Meanwhile the overall battle between Parasite, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is shaping up to be one for the ages. Check out the results of this year’s vote after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is one of the best reviewed movies of 2019 and is expected to be nominated not only for Best Foreign Language Film next week but also Best Picture as well. As with any successful foreign film, however, it hasn’t taken long for Hollywood to start thinking about how they can repackage it to reach a wider audience in the U.S. Instead of going for a straight up English remake, we are hearing that Parasite is about to be turned into a TV series for HBO. What is bound to be a little more divisive is the fact that Adam McKay will also be helping to adapt it. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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In their first few years of producing movies, Marvel Studios seemed to take a somewhat mercenary approach to recruiting filmmakers with very few of the original directors staying on from Phase One to Phase Two. Things changed a bit as they progressed and relationships were built as more filmmakers started returning for sequels. Whether that is because they could afford to pay them more remains to be seen, but generally filmmakers have only had positive things to say about their creative partnership with Marvel in recent years. This week, however, one of the upcoming MCU Phase Four sequels is losing a returning director as Scott Derrickson has dropped out of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The movie was scheduled to start production in May but is not expected to be delayed. Here is what he had to say about it on Twitter:
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With the release date now less than a month away, Warner Brothers have released a second trailer for their upcoming DC movie Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. This is a Suicide Squad spin-off with a very different look and feel, focusing on Harley Quinn after she splits from the Joker and recruits some female superheroes to take on crime boss Black Mask. Following the success of Todd Phillips’ Joker, this is another R-rated DC movie but it is also very colourful and comedic and plays with the unhinged theatrics of Harley Quinn (yes, her pet hyena finally makes an appearance and there is a song and dance number as well). Directed by Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong and Ewan McGregor and it hits theatres on Feb. 7th. Will this be another massive hit for Warner Brothers? Check out the new trailer below and see what you think.
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After a pretty slow start to 2020, things are picking up a little bit in theatres this weekend with nationwide expansions for a couple of awards contenders and a few brand new releases as well. Sam Mendes’ acclaimed war film 1917 comes into the weekend fresh off a strong performance at the Golden Globes while legal drama Just Mercy starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx is going wide after mostly flying under the radar. Other major releases hitting theatres include the throwback sci-fi horror thriller Underwater and the R-rated comedy Like a Boss starring Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish and Salma Hayek. In limited release, also keep an eye out for the prison thriller The Informer starring Joel Kinnaman, Ana de Armas, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen and Common. What will you be watching this weekend?
Apple TV+ will debut its first full-blown comedy series next month with the arrival of Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. Created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), the show looks like it is trying to be Silicon Valley for the game development world. The plot revolves around a narcissistic creative director (played by McElhenney himself) who is eager to take credit for everyone else’s work at a game studio responsible for a globally successful MMORPG. The cast also includes F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch and Jessie Ennis and the show is produced by Ubisoft Film and Television, so perhaps there will be some added authenticity. Either way, I’m willing to give this a shot even if I’m not a huge fan of It’s Always Sunny. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet premieres on Feb. 7th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a sequel to the 1988 fantasy film Willow for well over a decade now with George Lucas himself supposedly contemplating it back before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012. When Willow director Ron Howard was brought on to finish Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018, the rumours kicked up again and at that point the conversation had fully shifted to doing a TV series instead. Jonathan Kasdan, one of the writers on Solo, was said to be the driving force behind it, having pitched an idea to both Howard and Kathleen Kennedy. Now this week Kasdan posted a mysterious tweet that seems to confirm that the Willow TV series is indeed moving forward:
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