News bites

  • The Mummy reboot (really?) is up and running at Universal, with Jon Spaihts on writing duties, the studio have apparently approached Mama director Andre Muschietti to direct. Len Wiseman was originally attached to direct but left the project earlier in the year. The new film will apparently feature an all new cast and will have a more contemporary setting than the previous films.
  • Ben Affleck’s version of Batman in the upcoming Superman Vs Batman will be one who is “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for a while” that is according to Warner Bros. Kevin Tsujihara who was speaking at a recent conference to investors. He also added, “We think it’s going to be huge… We think it’s the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman.” No pressure for anyone then.
  • The much delayed movie version of Entourage is apparently being further delayed due to some of the principal cast holding out for a bigger payday. The quote from Page Six goes as follows, “They wanted to start filming early this summer, but the cast has been on hold. Jeremy (Piven) finally signed his contract two weeks ago. His deal closed August 29th. But there are other members of the cast, including Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara, who are still holding out.” Show creator Doug Ellin is set to direct the movie.
  • Grant Gustin (me either) has been cast as The Flash for The CW network. It was announced a while ago that Barry Allen’s Flash would be appearing in season 2 of Arrow in episodes 8, 9 & 20 with episode 20 also serving as a pilot for his own spin off TV show.
  • Finally, the US box office was topped once again by James Wan and Insidious: Chapter 2, which took $41 million in its first weekend. The Family finished second after taking $14 million, while Riddick took another $7 million to finish the weekend in third. The Butler and We’re The Millers completed the top five by both taking in just over $5 million.

TV pick of the week

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Kingpin is directed by the Farrelly brothers and stars Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid and Bill Murray and is one of the silliest and funniest movies I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. Kingpin is on Film4 at 12:35am Tuesday September 17th.

Cinema pick of the week 

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Talking of silly films, R.I.P.D. bombed on its release in America and didn’t feature in my Four Films For September guidewill UK audiences be kinder to Ryan Reynolds in this Men In Black style sci-fi comedy? I doubt it, but stranger things have happened.

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