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Greg Dean Schmitz

FML's newest column continues this week with upcoming movies associated with this week's Breakthrough, The Curse of La Llorona, and Disneynature's Penguins.


Avengers: Endgame (4/26/2019)
Admittedly, we're including Avengers: Endgame here based on what appears to be online speculation. Depending upon which site you read or believe, Linda Cardellini from this week's 'The Curse of La Llarona' either is, or is not, going to appear in 'Avengers: Endgame.' Fans may remember that Linda Cardellini costarred in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' as Laura Barton, AKA the wife of Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). We haven't actually seen Linda Cardellini in any of the 'Avengers: Endgame' trailers, but there have been some looks at Hawkeye that imply that tragedy struck his family life, as in Cardellini's character. What's not known if whether she actually appears in new footage, or just as a charred photograph in a pile of ash or something. Regardless, here's the final trailer for next week's Avengers: Endgame.

Annabelle Comes Home (6/28/2019)
Many franchises (or would-be franchises) have attempted to replicate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the few successes has been the series of horror films that got its start with 2013's 'The Conjuring.' That movie led to the Annabelle movies, and 'The Conjuring 2' led to 'The Nun' (and its expected sequel) and a planned movie for The Crooked Man. The sixth movie in the "Conjuring Universe" is this week's 'The Curse of La Llorona,' and it's far from the last (not even including those two movies we just mentioned). The third Annabelle movie, 'Annabelle Comes Home,' is scheduled for this summer (6/28/2019), up against the Beatles movie 'Yesterday,' and the shark sequel '47 Meters Down: Uncaged.' Then, next year, we'll get what is likely to be the eight movie in the franchise, with 'The Conjuring 3' (9/11/2020).

Ford v. Ferrari (11/15/2019)
This is sort of a quiet week as Hollywood is sort of nervous about taking on 'Avengers: Endgame' so close to its release next week. What that also means is we don't have trailers for all of the films directly connected to this week's new films. For example, Josh Lucas costars in the religious drama 'Breakthrough,' but his next big film, 'Ford v Ferrari,' doesn't yet have a trailer (we can probably expect the first one in either late summer or no later than September). Although 'Ford v Ferrari' sounds like it's a movie about two major car entrepeneurs going against each other (and it is, sort of), the movie actually focuses on two men representing Ford in the 1966 Le Mans race against Ferrari. Christian Bale will play driver Ken Miles, and Matt Damon will costar as car designer Carroll Shelby. (Here's an archival interview with Carroll Shelby.)

Corporate Animals (TBA 2019)
The next Disneynature movie is reportedly called 'Dolphin Reef,' but there's not only not a trailer, but not even an official press release confirming that 'Dolphin Reef 'really is their next film (with varying sources saying it might come out in 2020 or 2021). Instead, the next film connected to this week's Penguins is just a movie that features Ed Helms, the narrator of Penguins. The independent horror comedy 'Corporate Animals' premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, but the movie doesn't yet have a release date. Demi Moore and Jessica Williams also costar in 'Corporate Animals,' which is about a cutlery company CEO (Moore) who is trapped in a cave with her assistants, which eventually leads to what Wikipedia calls "casual cannibalism."

Fonzo (TBA 2019)
If it turns out that Linda Cardellini is not in next week's 'Avengers: Endgame' after all, her next film will then probably be 'Fonzo.' Despite its title, 'Fonzo' has nothing to do with "The Fonz" from TV's Happy Days. Instead, Fonzo is a biopic about infamous Chicago mobster Al Capone, who will be played by Tom Hardy in one of his trademark chameleon-like portrayals. Linda Cardellini will costar as Capone's wife, and other costars will include Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, and Jack Lowden. Fonzo was directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four), who at one time was attached to direct a Boba Fett movie.