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.

News bites

  • Rumour has it that Kick-Ass himself, Aaron Taylor-Johnson will be playing Quicksilver in the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron. It has also been reported that Elizabeth Olsen will play his on-screen sibling, Scarlet Witch. The news is somewhat unique, as Johnson’s co-star in the original Kick-Ass, Evan Peters will also be playing Quicksilver in next years X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Due to a sharing of the rights on the character, both Fox & Marvel can use the character, as long as neither film makes any reference to the other.
  • Here’s something I didn’t see coming, Matt Smith will be playing Patrick Bateman in a West End musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho. The play will run from early December until the end of January, and will centre around Bateman’s Wall Street banker who lives a double life as a serial killer.
  • Limitless, the Bradley Cooper starring thriller about a writer who takes a new smart drug to allow him to use abilities in life to the full, is due to be launched as a TV show. Cooper will produce, though I highly doubt he will be making any appearance on the small screen.
  • Gravity has topped the US box office this weekend, taking in $55 million to knock Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 down to second, which took another $21 million. Batfleck and Justin Timberlake thriller, Runner Runner, proved the weekends biggest flop by taking in a measly $7 million. While Prisoners & Rush completed the top five by taking $5.7 & $4.4 million respectively.

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

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Joss Whedon, or God to the likes of me and you, has done many great things and had a huge impact on modern pop culture in the process, now, finally, his passion project, Much Ado About Nothing gets its release on DVD & Blu-Ray. The film stars many Whedon alumni, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof and Nathan Fillion.

Cinema pick of the week

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Before you say anything, just remember this is a really slow month for films, if you want the best picks of the month then you should look hereHowever if you wish to see something completely mindless from a director who hasn’t done anything truly memorable since 2005, then you should look no further than Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. Not a great recommendation is it that.

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