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

  • Seemingly stuck in development hell, the Deadpool movie is apparently edging a little closer to getting the greenlight. Bit by bit a small amount of information comes out about the project, and it also seems that the people attached to it are not giving up on it anytime soon. Director Tim Miller has declared both he and star Ryan Reynolds “are ready” but they are “waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly fucking awesome film this would be.” It seems as if the R-rating and level of violence seem to be putting Fox Studios off making this movie at the moment, and from a business standpoint I completely understand that, but this is also a movie I am dying to see, and think they should take a risk with it and just make it already.
  • The long running legal battle for the rights to Thunderball, the James Bond film from 1965, has now been settled. With all rights returning to the Bond franchise owners, MGM & EON, it is entirely possible that we may well see bald-headed villain Blofeld and the secret organisation SPECTRE back on our screens at some point. The original dispute was between the studio and screenwriter Kevin McClory, who helped Ian Fleming pen the story to Thunderball, but a dispute between the two gave McClory a significant amount of copyright which he and later his estate were unwilling to hand over to MGM.
  • Just the other week, Adam Driver was being heavily linked to the role of Nightwing in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman movie. Along with two other actors, Driver seemed favourite to land the role. However, Driver has now told Collider that the rumours aren’t true and that he knows nothing about the role: “No. Not that I know of, no. If you find out, let me know, then I’ll know.” I bet the fanboys on the forums are breathing a sigh of relief now.
  • Peter Pan is due for the reboot treatment over at Warner Bros. with news also coming our way that the studio is seeking Javier Bardem to play the big bad in the movie. Rumour has it that Bardem would play the role of Captain Blackbeard, meaning that Pan’s arch nemesis, Captain Hook, would be held back for any possible sequel in the series. Bardem certainly has developed a reputation as the go to guy for bad ass villainy lately, and his inclusion in any movie is always welcome by me.
  • Finally, Thor: The Dark World remains top of the US box office after taking in another $38 million which takes it gross stateside to over $146 million. The Best Man Holiday is the only new entry this week, coming in at number 2 and taking just over $30 million, the seen it all before friends reunited at Christmas tale will likely see a big dip in numbers next week. Last Vegas has moved up one spot to 3rd, taking $8.8 million. While Free Birds took $8.3 million and moved down one spot to 4th. In its fourth week of release Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa took $7.6 million which sees it drop down to 5th.

Blu-Ray/DVD pick of the week

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This week sees the release of The Wolverine, and much like last weeks pick, Pacific Rim, anyone buying this on DVD is going to be let down by a lack of extras compared to the Blu-ray release. Quite why studios seem to keep doing this remains somewhat of a mystery to me at the moment. Anyway, before I get all Victor Meldrew and start complaining about everything, The Wolverine is a much better film than X-Men Origins: Wolverine ever was, and in my opinion is also one of the better X-Men movies to be released. You can find my original review of The Wolverine here.

Cinema pick of the week

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Parkland is released this Friday and is “A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.” Likely being released now to try to capitalise on any Oscar potential the film may have, Parkland looks an interesting and no doubt dramatic take on the events of that fateful day back on November 22 (see what they did there!) 1963.

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