The Monday Roundup, August 5th

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.

 News bites

  • Universal Pictures have announced their plans to move forward with the fifth instalment of the Bourne franchise. The follow-up to 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, will continue the story of Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) who is a former member of black ops team Operation Outcome. I wonder if they will go the Die Hard route with the titles now, like Bourne 5: Bourne With A Vengeance!
  • Despite positively swelling the cast of next years X-Men: Days Of Future Past, there remains some mutants not on the roster that the fans are still calling for, my grievance is no Nightcrawler or Azazel, and James Marsden confirmed over the weekend that he will not be reprising his role as Cyclops. He had this to say: “No, no X-Men, unfortunately. But who knows? If this next film really works, Bryan (Singer) has said he wants to fix a few things, so hopefully that’s one of them. It was great, to have a movie like that, the first two or three X-Men, and the studios in Hollywood work really hard to find a formula that’s successful, and you want to keep that intact. I always liked Cyclops, but they have a lot of characters that they have to parcel out, spend time with each one, make sure everyone feels like they’ve been given their due, introduce them appropriately.” 
  • Fans of Doctor Who can rest easy now that the new incarnation of the Doctor has been announced. Peter Capaldi will take over from Matt Smith and will start his run, presumably, from next year.
  • The US box office see’s a new champion crowned this weekend. 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg grossed a solid $27 million, while The Wolverine dropped to 2nd taking a further $21 million and The Smurfs 2 (Jesus wept) finished the weekend in 3rd having grossed another $18 million. The top 5 was completed with The Conjuring and Despicable Me 2 which took $13 million and $10 million respectively.

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week


Directed by Danny Boyle and starring James McAvoy, Trance revolves around “An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting. Consider this for rental if I were you.

Cinema pick of the week


I admit I left this film off my 4 films for August list as I didn’t know much about the character or the TV show he spawned from. However, I must admit that everyone time I see the trailer I laugh a little bit harder. I’m not sure how well it will do outside of the UK, but anyone who has a spare few hours and wants to laugh until they cry this Friday should definitely go and check out Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.


2 thoughts on “The Monday Roundup, August 5th

  1. Don’t get me wrong Alan Partridge looks good, but I think August is so packed with great films already, I don’t want to see what is basically an extended TV programme on the big screen. Wait for DVD, I think.

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