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The Fast & Furious franchise has obviously been moving away from the original street racing premise for a long time now, but somehow it feels like the ties have finally been fully severed with their upcoming spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are teaming up in a buddy action-comedy movie that finds them facing off against a villainous Idris Elba, who is playing a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist (aka “Black Superman”). Yeah, there’s a lot of ridiculous over-the-top action here, but I have to admit, the friendly rivalry at the centre of it all is a decent draw. That being said, there is one element of the Fast & Furious series that they are somehow still clinging to… it’s all about FAMILY! Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and hits theatres on Aug. 2nd; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Official Trailer #2 [HD] - YouTube
It’s been a few years since we first heard that Mark Wahlberg was attached to star in an adaptation of the ’70s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man with his buddy Pete Berg at the helm. Eventually Berg left the project and was replaced with Argentinian director Damian Szifron (Wild Tales) but after a few years of development (and a change in ownership from The Weinstein Company to Warner Brothers) things seemed to go silent. This week, however, we are hearing that the project is back on track with the hiring of a new director to replace Damian Szifron: Bumblebee helmer Travis Knight. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Variety, Travis Knight will direct The Six Billion Dollar Man for Warner Brothers with Mark Wahlberg headlining in the lead role. The title adds another three zeroes to the original TV series title primarily to account for inflation but also, I believe, to indicate of some level of self-aware humour. It is unclear if this is being developed as a full-on parody or something a little more serious.
The original show starred Lee Majors as Colonel Steve Austin, a NASA astronaut who is seriously injured in an accident and has his body rebuilt with bionic implants that give him superhuman abilities. A movie based on the property has actually been in development since the mid-’90s when Kevin Smith wrote the initial screenplay. Travis Knight got his start working as an animator at Laika, eventually directing the film Kubo and the Two Strings before jumping to studio blockbuster level with Bumblebee. That movie was well-reviewed even if it was the lowest grossing Transformers movie to date. Are you interested in The Six Billion Dollar Man?
This week 20th Century Fox has released one last trailer for their upcoming X-Men movie Dark Phoenix, which by all accounts is expected to be the final mainline X-Men film for this particular cast now that the Disney / Fox merger is complete. While it would be nice to see them go out on a high note, it does feel like they are fighting an uphill battle on this one. The good news is that this trailer does look a bit more exciting than the previous ones, mainly because we’re finally starting to see some action and special effects sequences. The bottom line is that the majority of this movie is resting on the shoulders of Sophie Turner, so here’s to hoping she can pull it off. Dark Phoenix hits theatres on June 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
Dark Phoenix | Final Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX - YouTube
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After the box office disappointment of The Lego Movie 2, it seems like Warner Brothers may have shot themselves in the foot by watering down the toy-based movie franchise with too many spin-offs too soon. But if the Lego movies are already starting to wane, that’s probably not good news for the upcoming Playmobil: The Movie, which looks like a generic low budget knockoff of the same idea (not unlike the toys, I suppose). The movie revolves around a human brother and sister who get pulled into a world populated by Playmobil characters from a multitude of genres and playsets. Featuring the voices Anya Taylor-Joy, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and Daniel Radcliffe, this looks to cover some very familiar territory but with a lot less style and panache. Playmobil: The Movie hits theatres on Aug. 9th in the U.K. and Aug. 16th in North America; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
Following up her performance in Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Allison Williams’ next film looks like another horror movie designed to push buttons. Directed by Richard Shepard (Dom Hemingway), who previously worked with her on Girls, The Perfection stars Williams as a troubled musical prodigy who becomes obsessed with a talented up and coming student (Logan Browning) at her former school. The trailer is definitely giving off a bit of a Black Swan / Suspiria vibe, and based on the early reviews coming out of Fantastic Fest last year, the movie does not hold back in terms of disturbing imagery and nail-biting suspense. The Perfection arrives on Netflix on May 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
The Perfection | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube
WB’s Shazam! held its ground at the box office over the weekend, taking advantage of some relatively weak performances from newcomers to remain at #1. The movie added another $25.1 million domestically and has now earned $221 million worldwide, which is not bad although it only has one more week before Avengers: Endgame drops. The Regina Hall comedy Little opened with $15.5 million, showing up Hellboy and stealing second place. In third place, Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot debuted with a disappointing $12 million, significantly less than Guillermo Del Toro’s films earned back in 2004 and 2008. No doubt the scathing reviews played at least some part in that. Pet Sematary and Dumbo rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, After opened in eighth place while Missing Link was left out in the cold with just $5.8 million, by far the lowest opening ever for a Laika film. You have to wonder how much longer the studio can continue to produce films that are critical darlings but commercial failures.
1. Shazam! — $25.1M
2. Little — $15.5M
3. Hellboy — $12M
4. Pet Sematary — $10M
5. Dumbo — $9.2M
6. Captain Marvel — $8.6M
7. Us — $6.9M
8. After — $6.2M
9. Missing Link — $5.8M
10. The Best of Enemies — $2M
Here it is, fresh from the unveil at Star Wars Celebration: the very first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker! This will mark the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga and, from what we have been hearing already, it will likely be the last Star Wars movie before they take a bit of a hiatus (famous last words). Plot details are still being kept under wraps but clearly Rey is heading for her final confrontation with Kylo Ren and the dark side. Lando is also back and it would appear that Ian McDiarmid is also making his return as Emperor Palpatine. Star Wars: Episode IX is directed by J.J. Abrams and hits theatres on Dec. 20th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
With Star Wars Celebration set to kick off in Chicago today and expected to bring our first look at the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian, Disney has also unveiled a lot of the major details surrounding their brand new streaming service. Unlike the recent Apple announcement, they actually set a release date and announced the pricing for Disney+, which perhaps unsurprisingly will undercut Netflix. They also hinted at some of the many original movies and TV series in the works. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
At a recent press conference, Disney announced that their Disney+ streaming service will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12th with Europe and Asia expected next year (no word on where Canada will fit into that equation). The service will cost $7 a month and will include content from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and even National Geographic and Fox which they now own. They promised 10 original films and 25 original series within the first year, including three Marvel Cinematic Universe shows. All 30 seasons of The Simpsons will also be available at launch along with (nearly) all the Star Wars movies and the entire Pixar library.
The original shows in development include the Jon Favreau-produced Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Marvel spin-offs centering on Loki, Scarlet Witch and The Winter Soldier / Falcon, and a Monsters Inc. series called Monsters At Work. Upcoming movies targeted for Disney+ include live-action remakes of Lady and the Tramp and The Sword in the Stone plus a Christmas movie called Noelle starring Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter. All of this will be in addition to their vast catalogue of older content from Disney and Fox. Will you be subscribing to Disney+ on launch?
Lionsgate’s R-rated Hellboy reboot leads this week’s crop of new releases hitting theatres, but considering that it is currently getting scorched by fans and critics alike it seems unlikely to pose much of a threat to reigning box office champ Shazam!. Other new releases include Laika’s latest stop-motion animated flick Missing Link, body swap comedy Little and the YA romance After. In select theatres, we also have the long-delayed biblical drama Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix plus a pair of musical dramas: Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell starring Elisabeth Moss and Max Minghella’s Teen Spirit starring Elle Fanning. What will you be watching this weekend?