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

  • Great news for Doctor Who fans as today it emerged that Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field In England) will direct the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Doctor. Capaldi will become the 12th incarnation of the Doctor for the series’ 8th season. Wheatley is somewhat of a leftfield choice, but one that could bring about something truly special.
  • Word has it that Sony are moving forward on a Captain Planet And The Planeteers movie. The 90’s cartoon was a particular favourite of mine growing up but I’m not sure how an adaptation of this will work on the big screen, it becomes even harder to imagine when you read this synopsis from Wikipedia: “Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, is awakened from a long sleep by Hoggish Greedly, who happens to be drilling above her resting chamber. Realizing that the damage is extensive, Gaia sends five magic rings, four with the power to control an element of nature and one controlling the element of Heart, to five chosen youths across the globe: Kwame from Africa, Wheeler from North America, Linka from the Soviet Union (changed to Eastern Europe after the Soviet Union’s collapse), Gi from Asia, and Ma-Ti from South America.”
  • Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of filming on the 50 Shades Of Grey movie. Hunnam was due to play Christian Grey in the movie, but due to scheduling conflicts with his TV work on Sons Of Anarchy, Hunnam can no longer fulfill both roles. With shooting due to begin next month, the hunt will surely be on for a new Mr. Grey.
  • For the first time in a good while, a new film has not gone straight to No.1 at the US box office. Instead Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity has maintained its crown taking another staggering $44 million. New Tom Hanks thriller Captain Phillips opened in 2nd with a solid $26 million. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 maintained a strong run by finishing the weekend in 3rd taking another $14 million.  If my cousin is reading this, then Paddy I’m sorry but audiences seem to agree with me about Machete Kills after it finished in 4th with a lame $3.7 million. Runner Runner rounded out the top five by taking another $3.7 to take its two-week total to just over $14 million.

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

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I’m putting After Earth here as there are no other major releases at retail this week other than V/H/S 2, and while I haven’t had chance to see this film yet I do have a morbid curiosity towards it. It bombed at the box office and has a miserable score of only 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. If however, you’re willing to put any preconceptions aside, then you could well end up enjoying this film more than you thought you would.

Cinema pick of the week

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Whilst I mentioned Escape Plan in my Four Films For October feature, I would like to throw a curveball at you this week and instead direct you toward Captain Phillips. Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips is based upon the true story of the hijacking of a US cargo ship by Somali Pirates. Captain Phillips has opened to very good reviews in America and also took a decent share of the box office this week, leading to early speculation of this being a true Oscar contender already.

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