The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.
- I’ve yet to see World War Z, so I’m unsure how this would work, but after taking in $66 million at the US box office and $118 million worldwide, Paramount have announced plans for sequels to the Brad Pitt starring zombie apocalypse movie. Apparently World War Z was originally planned as a trilogy, but those plans were discarded after the project ran into a few problems. Now though, after taking more money than they probably expected, those plans have been resurrected.
- When originally cast in the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie, William Fichtner’s role was shrouded in secrecy. However, in a recent TV interview Fichtner finally revealed who he will be playing and had this to say: “I play Shredder. It’s cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, ‘Really? Let me think about this for a minute.’(Laughs) Then I was like, ‘Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.’ I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it.”
- In somewhat odd news, Jim Carrey has taken to Twitter to criticise the level of violence in Kick-Ass 2, a film he is nonetheless starring in. Making his views public, he had this to say: “I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” I’m pretty sure Carrey knew what he was getting himself in for when he signed up for this, and if he’d seen the original movie then he would be well aware of the level of violence. His comments stink of hypocrisy and stupidity in my opinion.
DVD/Blu-ray pick of the week
Broken City stars Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe and seems to have favourable reviews on its side, although I’m sure it’s no classic and if you do want to watch it, then I would consider it as a rental only.
Cinema pick of the week
I really wasn’t sure which film to pick this week as we have a triple threat of good films to choose from. The other two were Hummingbird and Despicable Me 2, my choice though is This Is The End. With all the headline actors playing themselves in the movie, they face the apocalypse whilst enjoying a party at James Franco’s house, where better to face your doom?