So a while ago I asked you people, my lovely readers, to vote on the destiny of my Daily News Roundup feature. The votes came in, yes all five of you voted. Sincere thanks to those that did take the time to do so though.

The results came through and it was decided I would post a news roundup once a week. I mulled over when to do this, when will I be able to commit some proper time to it and not be affected by work and such like. So I decided to revamp the feature slightly, I will post a news roundup once a week (on a Monday) and it will feature a little more to it than the previous incarnation.

So here is the first (and hopefully not last) Monday roundup.

News bites:

  • I’m not entirely sure what makes her a superstar, but Chinese superstar Li Bingbing has joined the ever-growing cast of Michael Bay’s Transformers 4. Bay had this to say on her casting: “I am excited to have Li Bingbing join our cast and to be shooting portions of the movie in her native China. I have always aspired to work with the best actors and this cast is especially exciting now with the addition of Li.” Of course I’m sure all this is true and has nothing to do with the producers wanting more exposure in a very advantageous market….
  • Star Wars, the gift that keeps on giving, or the franchise that never dies (depending on your point of view) has announced that a new animated TV show will air from next year. Star Wars Rebels will “take place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”
  • If you’re a fan of the Fast & The Furious franchise, then this video over at IGN showcasing all the best crashes from each film is for you.
  • I’m not sure what to make of this announcement from EuropaCorp, but apparently there was enough interest in the three Transporter films that they have given the go ahead to a new trilogy. The Transporter films were, at best, very silly ways to kill a few hours. There is no word on who will direct the fourth movie and more importantly no word on whether Jason Statham will be returning as Frank Martin.

Video of the day

Now this is no way movie news but I thought it was worth sharing anyway. Yes, the trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins has gone live and man this looks epic. I admit there is no gameplay footage in the trailer, so it can’t count as any real representation of the game but you gotta admit it still looks sweet.

Blu-ray/DVD of the week

Tarantino’s finest effort yet(?) finally gets a home release. One of the best films this year, if you haven’t seen it yet you need to stop reading this and go order yourself a copy. Now.

Cinema pick of the week

My review will be up later for you to peruse, but trust me this is simply brilliant.

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