Monday Morning Box Office Report: Aladdin Grants $86 Million Debut

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Despite some questionable marketing and lacklustre reviews, Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin still managed conjure up box office riches with an amazing $86 million debut. It took the #1 spot over the Memorial Day Weekend and is expect to hit $100 million over four days with an additional $100+ million overseas as well. That is good news for Disney after their last live-action remake, Tim Burton’s Dumbo, failed to impress. In second place, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum added another $24 million, passing Chapter 2 to become the highest-grossing entry in the series. Avengers: Endgame fell to third and is now trailing Avatar by $111 million globally, while Detective Pikachu dropped to fourth. Rounding out the top 5, BrightBurn came in slightly below expectations with $7.5 million. The weekend’s other major release, Booksmart, also failed to break out, ending up at #6 with an adequate $6.5 million.

1. Aladdin — $86.1M
2. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — $24.4M
3. Avengers: Endgame — $16.8M
4. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — $13.3M
5. Brightburn — $7.5M
6. Booksmart — $6.5M
7. A Dog’s Journey — $4.1M
8. The Hustle — $3.8M
9. The Intruder — $2.3M
10. Long Shot — $1.6M

HBO’s Los Espookys Trailer Starring Fred Armisen

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Although you might assume that HBO is only interested in finding their next big blockbuster show right now, you can’t deny that they are also taking chances on some pretty niche stuff. Los Espookys might be one of the strangest and most intriguing TV trailers I’ve seen in quite a while. Created by Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL), Ana Fabrega (The Chris Gethard Show) and Julio Torres (SNL), it takes place in Mexico City and revolves around “a group of friends turning their love for horror into a peculiar business.” This is a half-hour Spanish-language comedy series that seems to fall somewhere between What We Do in the Shadows and Twin Peaks. Fabrega, Torres and Armisen also star alongside Bernardo Velasco and Cassandra Ciangherotti while Lorne Michaels is on board as executive producer. Los Espookys premieres on June 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Christopher Nolan’s Next Film Gets a Title and Cast

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It goes without saying that fans have been clamouring for more details on Christopher Nolan’s next film which, up until now, has been shrouded in secrecy as per usual. Warner Brothers set a 2020 release date back in January and a few months later we started hearing some casting news. But with production now officially underway as of this week, Warner Brothers has finally announced a title and a full cast list as well. The movie is reportedly called Tenet and it is described as “an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.” I guess we’re finally getting that Bond movie he wanted to direct after all. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Aladdin, Booksmart, Brightburn

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The post-Endgame lull is over as major blockbusters start to pick up again this weekend with the release of Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. Although it has some negative buzz and mixed reviews to overcome, the Will Smith vehicle is still looking at an $70+ million debut. Other major releases hitting theatres include the James Gunn-produced superhero horror flick Brightburn and Olivia Wilde’s R-rated female-led comedy Booksmart, both of which have the potential to surprise. In select theatres, look for the romantic drama The Tomorrow Man starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner and the well-received dramedy Funny Story, directed by former YouTube filmmaker Michael J. Gallagher. In the meantime, Avengers: Endgame will continue its slow pursuit of Avatar‘s worldwide box office record. What will you be watching this weekend?

Star Trek: Picard Teaser Trailer

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After debuting the first look at their upcoming series Star Trek: Picard during upfronts last week, CBS has finally released a teaser trailer online as well. It is most definitely just a teaser, but it presents some intriguing questions, hinting that something forced Picard to leave Starfleet and retreat to the comfort of his family vineyard back on Earth. Narrated by Sonequa Martin-Green, the teaser does not reveal what else the show might have in store and if Jean-Luc will, in fact, be lured out of retirement. 78-year-old Patrick Stewart returns for the lead role with Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway also co-starring. Star Trek: Picard will premiere on CBS All Access in late 2019; check out the teaser below and see what you think.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer

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It’s time once again to try and put past mistakes out of your mind and challenge yourself to care about the Terminator movie franchise. There is a new movie coming later this year (the sixth installment, for those keeping track) called Terminator: Dark Fate and it is being billed as a proper sequel to Judgment Day with James Cameron back on board as a producer and Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor. Arnold is here too, of course, but there are some new characters falling into familiar roles with Mackenzie Davis playing a new model Terminator protecting a girl (Natalia Reyes). It’s still not entirely clear what happened between T2 and this movie though. Directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool), Terminator: Dark Fate hits theatres on Nov. 1st; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Nightingale Trailer: From the Director of The Babadook

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We’ve been waiting almost five years to see Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to her breakout horror hit The Babadook, but the good news is her next movie is almost upon us. The Nightingale premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year where it was fairly well-received despite being singled out as a gruelling experience. The movie takes place during the colonization of Australia in 1825 and stars Aisling Franciosi as a 21-year-old Irish convict seeking revenge for crimes committed against her with the help of a tracker. The first trailer establishes a grim tone without revealing much in terms of plot. The Nightingale hits select theatres on Aug. 2nd with a nationwide expansion soon to follow; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #707: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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0:00 – Intro
11:10 – Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
46:40 – Headlines: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer #2, Robert Pattinson as The Batman
1:05:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Wandering Earth, Urban Legend, Game of Thrones, The Twilight Zone (Spoilers from 1:39:00-1:39:40), Veep, Tokyo Drifter, Borgen
1:54:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:55:25 – Outro
2:01:40 – Spoiler Discussion: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer #2

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Fresh off its world premiere at Cannes, Sony has just unveiled a brand new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Described by Tarantino as his closest thing to Pulp Fiction since, well, Pulp Fiction, it takes place in 1969 Los Angeles across a canvas of multiple characters and storylines that eventually intersect. We know that washed up TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) eventually cross paths with Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), who eventually crosses paths with Charles Manson (Damon Herriman). But beyond that it is still not entirely clear how it all overlaps. The movie features a mix of real and imagined events, history and satire, and you can sense Tarantino’s love of the era in every frame. Whether all the inside jokes and pop culture references will overwhelm the story remains to be seen. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theatres on July 26th; check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: John Wick Puts a Hit on Avengers: Endgame

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With Avengers: Endgame finally starting to slow down, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was able to walk right in and steal the top spot at the box office over the weekend. The movie earned a stellar $57 million, which is almost double what John Wick: Chapter 2 earned back in February 2017. It seems likely that there will be more John Wick chapters or spin-offs still to come. In second place, Avengers: Endgame added another $29.4 million domestically, passing Avatar to become the second highest grossing movie domestically. It is not likely to catch the #1 movie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and it is still trailing Avatar globally as well. Considering the competition in the coming months, it might be tough for Endgame to make up the $170 million difference to pass Avatar’s all-time worldwide record. In third place, Detective Pikachu continues to excel, adding $24.8 million and reaching $290 million worldwide. A Dog’s Journey opened in fourth with a disappointing $8 million (less than half of A Dog’s Purpose) while The Hustle rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile The Sun Is Also a Star became the latest YA film to struggle, debuting with just $2.6 million.

1. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame — $29.4M
3. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu — $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey — $8M
5. The Hustle — $6.1M
6. The Intruder — $4M
7. Long Shot — $3.4M
8. The Sun Is Also a Star — $2.6M
9. Poms — $2.1M
10. UglyDolls — $1.6M

Ball Junk Podcast Episode #36: NBA Draft Lottery

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The most anticipated episode of the Ball Junk Podcast is here! The mystic powers of the NBA have given Frankie a way back in. We talk the NBA Draft Lottery, the Pelicans, AD, the Lakers, Magic and uncredited bit borrowing. We dig a little into the NFL Draft, bring back OUR game of Real or Fake and all of your favourite segments. Check it out here or subscribe and download on iTunes! BALLS!

0:00:00 – Intro: Welland Jackfish Game
0:13:30 – NBA Discussion (including STOLEN material discussion)
0:45:50 – NFL Discussion
0:58:50 – The OG Real or Fake Magic Johnson Tweets
1:33:00 – Balls Around the World
1:04:50 – Sack Time
1:10:35 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Chris Rock Teaming Up with Lionsgate on a Saw Spinoff

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Although the Saw franchise returned in 2017 following a 7-year hiatus with Jigsaw, it was unclear if the movie had been successful enough to justify more sequels. This week, however, Lionsgate has finally revealed that there will be a new Saw movie, albeit with an surprising new creative force behind it. Chris Rock has reportedly pitched an idea for a Saw spinoff that will take the series “to a really intense and twisted new place.” Story details are still under wraps but Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, had this to say about the announcement:

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