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

  • While not strictly film news, tickets for the new Monty Python live show went on sale this morning at 10AM and sold out in approximately 43 seconds. As such the shows organisers and the O2 venue in London, where the show will be held, have announced 4 additional dates. Which means the show will now run from July 1st-5th 2014.
  • If you had any wish to see Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow join forces with Superman & Batman on the big screen, then you may be somewhat disappointed after you have read the next paragraph. Executive producer Greg Berlanti has admitted that no discussions have taken place regarding any merging of DC’s cinematic and television properties. Now, that’s not to say it will never happen, but for the mean time it looks like Arrow will be staying on the small screen.
  • I’ve hoped and prayed that this day would never come, but the reboot hype has finally caught up with 1989 cult classic Road House. The original starred Patrick Swayze & Kelly Lynch, and is famed for its over the top violence. The new film is due to be directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast & The Furious) and will be penned by Michael Stokes.
  • There were no surprises at the US box office this weekend, as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned a massive $161 million, bumping Thor: The Dark World down to 2nd after taking another $14 million. The Best Man Holiday slipped to 3rd with just over $12 million. The only other new entry this week was Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn, which came in 4th earning a pretty weak $8.2 million. While Free Birds completed the top 5 by taking in a further $5.3 million.

DVD/Blu-ray pick of the week

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While I never got round to reviewing Despicable Me 2, I can however tell you it is one of the funniest, sweetest and down right ludicrous films I have seen in a good while. If you haven’t seen it then you really should go out and get this on DVD now.

Cinema pick of the week

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The remake of the classic Carrie, is finally released in the UK this week and while it may not be to everyone’s taste, it certainly has my curiosity. Can it be better than the Brian De Palma directed original and form its own legacy, or will it merely fall into the category of sub-standard horror remakes? Time will tell, and hopefully I will have a review up soon.

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