The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.
- After the very so-so movie which starred Keanu Reeves, Constantine is due to be resurrected for NBC TV in America. Constantine is a supernatural detective whose job it was to keep the world safe from the dark forces threatening to overthrow us. The show will be penned by David S. Goyer, and follows a raft of recent DC comics & characters to get their own TV show after Arrow, The Flash & the recently announced Gotham, which will follow a young James Gordon before he became Commissioner.
- After labelling Bruce Willis “greedy & lazy” for demanding $1 million for a four-day shoot on The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone has now told Empire he regrets the comments he made toward his friend; “This is just a matter of economics. Bruce has been a lifelong friend. I still consider him a friend, at least on my side. This is something that came out of frustration. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so vocal with it.“
- This isn’t strictly news, and is by no way me promoting them, but Cineworld are doing a special run for the release of Thor: The Dark World at the end of the month. On October 29th at selected cinemas, they are going to show Thor, Avengers: Assemble & Thor: The Dark World in a back to back screening. I think this is a cool move and will no doubt please the horde of geeks out there who need to see the film right away (no I haven’t booked my tickets yet!).
- Finally, the US box office saw a new release and a new champion crowned this weekend as Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 opened strongly with $35 million. Hugh Jackman thriller Prisoners fell to second and took another $11 million. Rush, after a small screen opening, rose to $10 million for the weekend to finish in third. While Baggage Claim & Don Jon arrived at fourth & fifth respectively, taking $9.3 & $9 million each.
TV pick of the week
Salt, Film 4, Thursday October 3rd at 9PM. Salt originally starred Tom Cruise in the lead role, but due to events beyond the makers control, Cruise left & Angelina Jolie replaced him. At first this seemed like a strange move, but one that ultimately paid off in the end as this is a smart action-thriller that deserves your attention and also deserves a sequel.
Cinema pick of the week
This is a slow week for new releases, so I’m going to go with one of my favourite bands and urge you to see Metallica: Through The Never, which is released on Friday October 4th, and follows “Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band’s show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.“