The Monday Roundup

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

  • Fast & Furious star Paul Walker passed away at the weekend after being involved in a car crash along with his friend Roger Rodas who also died. Rodas was at the wheel of the car after Walker had attended a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide. My thoughts are with Walker’s family & friends at this deeply sad time.
  • Director Michael Bay has vowed that the next instalment of the Transformers franchise, Age Of Extinction, will be less goofy than previous entries. “I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool. This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy (on the last one).” Hopefully Bay sticks by his word this time.
  • The Weinstein Company are venturing into the world of television with the adaptations of several of their movie franchises. With a pilot for Scream already in the works, and talks of a 10 part adaptation of The Mist, news comes our way that Sin City will be next on the slate. The show will apparently follow on from next years A Dame To Kill For, and would be produced by Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire remained top of the US box office taking in another $74 million in its second week of release. New Disney animation Frozen took the number 2 spot after taking in a weekend gross of $66 million, as the film actually opened to a wide release on Wednesday in America, its total haul is closer to $93 million. Thor: The Dark World slipped to 3rd with another $11 million in the bank. While The Best Man Holiday & Homefront completed the top five taking $8 million & $6 million respectively.

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week


With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time that all of the summer blockbusters are released on DVD. This week alone see’s the release of Man Of Steel, The Lone Ranger, The Hangover Part III, Grown Ups 2 & Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. For me though, this weeks pick has to go to the very good Superman reboot. Visually superb & bringing the character back into the modern era, Man Of Steel is a good place for DC’s cinematic universe to start afresh.

Cinema pick of the week


December is looking a little barren for cinema releases, but Disney’s latest animated effort, Frozen, has already made a small fortune on the other side of the pond and is sure to do the same over here. The IMDb has this synopsis for us: “Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.”


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