A couple of months ago, Apple unveiled some initial details for their upcoming streaming service Apple TV+ along with an impressive list of original projects in development. Now this week we are getting our first look at one of those shows: For All Mankind. Created and written by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), the show imagines an alternate history where the Soviet Union put the first man on the moon and the global space race never ended. With a cast that includes Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten and Jodi Balfour, the show looks to tap into some of the NASA nostalgia being stirred up by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and recent movies like First Man, Apollo 11 and Armstrong (it also seems a bit similar to the Hulu series The First). For All Mankind arrives sometime this fall; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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We’ve got one more comic book movie to add to the summer movie season, although there are no superheroes to be found here. Based on the Vertigo graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, The Kitchen is a gangster flick with a plot reminiscent of Widows where the wives of three mob bosses are forced to take the reins when their husbands are arrested. The story is set in Hell’s Kitchen in 1970s New York City (the tongue-in-cheek title also playing on gender roles of the time) and it stars Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in decidedly unfunny roles opposite Elisabeth Moss. Originally planned for a September release, it is now scheduled for August instead which may indicate that it is more popcorn flick than awards contender. Then again, they might simply be hoping for a surprise August hit like Straight Outta Compton, which was also written by first-time director Andrea Berloff. The Kitchen hits theatres on Aug. 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Fresh off its debut during the NBA Playoffs last night, here is the first trailer for the upcoming film Ford v. Ferrari about the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Directed by James Mangold (Logan), it focuses on the development of the Ford GT40 and the team of car designer Carroll Shelby (played by Matt Damon) and driver / engineer Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they attempt to end Ferrari’s undefeated streak throughout the early ’60s. Michael Mann has also supposedly been developing an Enzo Ferrari biopic, ironically with Mangold’s buddy Hugh Jackman in the lead role, but it is unclear what the status of that project is. Ford v. Ferrari co-stars Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts and Josh Lucas and it hits theatres on Nov. 15th, 2019; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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As predicted, Godzilla: King of the Monsters levelled the box office over the weekend although it didn’t do quite as much damage as expected. Michael Dougherty’s sequel earned $49 million, almost half of what the 2014 Godzilla made and a fair bit less than Kong: Skull Island‘s $61 million debut as well. It did make approximately $130 million overseas, however. Elsewhere, Aladdin dropped to second place with $42 million while Rocketman opened in third with a solid $25 million. Blumhouse’s Ma opened in fourth with $18.2 million on a $5 million budget while John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum rounded out the top 5. For those keeping an eye on Avengers: Endgame, it has now pulled within $75 million of Avatar‘s all-time worldwide record although there are some pretty big releases coming up over the next few weeks.
1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — $49M
2. Aladdin — $42.3M
3. Rocketman — $25M
4. Ma — $18.3M
5. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $11.1M
6. Avengers: Endgame — $7.8M
7. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — $6.7M
8. Booksmart — $3.3M
9. Brightburn — $2.3M
10. The Hustle — $1.3M
Between Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4, Pixar has spent the past couple of years focused on two massive blockbuster sequels. Next year, however, they will return with an original concept and a brand new film called Onward. Directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University), it takes place in a suburban setting full of magical creatures including elves, trolls, mermaids, gnomes, unicorns and dragons (but no humans). It looks to have all the clever world building touches we’ve come to expect from Pixar and the story revolves around two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to find out if magic still exists. With a voice cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer, Onward hits theatres on March 6th, 2020. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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With Aladdin coming off a strong $90 million opening weekend, we have an interesting box office battle shaping up as Godzilla: King of the Monsters enters the ring. The kaiju movie is expected to claim the top spot but seems unlikely to come anywhere close to the numbers that the 2014 Godzilla put up, instead tracking closer to Kong: Skull Island. Also in wide release we have the Elton John biopic Rocketman starring Taron Egerton, which has been getting positive reviews. Some are wondering if it could follow the trajectory of the insanely successful Bohemian Rhapsody, although the big difference is that Rocketman is rated R. The weekend’s other major release is the Blumhouse thriller Ma starring Octavia Spencer. As with most Blumhouse projects, expectations are modest but you can never discount the possibility of a surprise hit. What will you be watching this weekend?
As the Rocky franchise continues to endure and evolve through the Creed series, Sylvester Stallone is now turning his attention back to the other iconic character that he is best known for: John Rambo. The last Rambo film was released back in 2008 and was expected to be the final installment and yet somehow Stallone can’t seem to let go. This time around he is going full-on western as Rambo finds himself trying to live a quiet life on a ranch in Arizona before he gets pulled into a conflict with a cartel south of the border when a friend’s granddaughter goes missing. Rambo: Last Blood is directed by Adrian Grunberg (Get the Gringo) and hits theatres on Sept. 20th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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Jim Henson fans have been waiting a long time for this, but after nearly 40 years, his 1982 fantasy epic The Dark Crystal is finally about to make its triumphant return to the screen. This isn’t the long-rumoured sequel but rather a brand new 10-episode prequel series set many years before the events of the movie. Directed by Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk), the show mixes puppetry with digital effects, resulting in a visual style that looks a little cleaner and less tactile but still gorgeous. With a voice cast that includes Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrives on Aug. 30th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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0:00 – Intro: The Hateful Eight Extended Cut + Beer Bottle Junk Mail
15:45 – Review: Brightburn
37:45 – Review: Booksmart
51:10 – Headlines: Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer
56:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: Valentine, Rim of the World, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Fleabag: Season 2, Hamlet 2, Uninvited, Chernobyl, The Last Watch, The Man Who Laughs, The Last Warning, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
1:55:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:56:52 – Outro
1:59:45 – Spoiler Discussion: Brightburn
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After making a name for himself with strange and atmospheric art house genre movies like Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy, Peter Strickland is back with another movie that apparently only he could make. In Fabric is a horror movie that revolves around, yes, a cursed dress being passed from person to person. Described as “equal parts Lynch and Argento”, the movie premiered last year at TIFF where it was praised for its dazzling visuals and offbeat sense of humour. In Fabric stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill and Gwendoline Christie and A24 will release it in theatres later this year. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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It’s hard to believe that there have already been six films in The Conjuring Universe and that the Annabelle spin-off series is going to become a trilogy before The Conjuring series itself, but here we are. Annabelle Comes Home is the third film about the titular demonic doll and it finds Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga once again reprising their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. This time around, however, it is their babysitters who are terrorized by the doll while they are away… now that’s a rough gig. Gary Dauberman, who wrote the previous Annabelle films and It, makes his directorial debut here. Annabelle Comes Home hits theatres on June 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Earlier this month Star Wars fans were told that Disney and Lucasfilm would take a three year break following the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with the next Star Wars film expected to hit theatres in 2022. The failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story had convinced them to halt development on any other standalone origin stories or prequels with the focus shifting instead to a new trilogy from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. But now a recent report suggests that perhaps they haven’t entirely discounted the idea of a prequel after all, they might just be going back thousands of years prior to the Original Trilogy. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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