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

  • Star Trek 3 has two new writers in the forms of J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Payne & McKay will join Damon Lindelof (Into Darkness) & Roberto Orci (Star Trek) on scripting duties for the as yet untitled third film in the new series. Paramount are still looking for a director to helm the project, while it is heavily believed they want the film out by 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise.
  • The upcoming Fox TV show, Gotham, which is based upon the early years of detective Jim Gordon’s time with the Gotham Police Department, will also feature a young Bruce Wayne. However, Bruce will be merely 10 years old, and means we won’t be seeing the Batman on our TV screens anytime soon. Speculation has led many to believe that Gordon’s first case on the show will be the murder of Thomas & Martha Wayne, and then leading into his first dealings with some of Gotham’s more notorious villains.
  • Stick this one in the rumour column for now, but word has it that DC and Warner Bros. are applying an international casting theme for their upcoming Superman Vs Batman and Justice League movies. We already have a British Superman, an American Batman, an Israeli Wonder Woman and, potentially, a New Zealander playing the villain for Superman Vs Batman. Along with this, it is also being reported that the studio are looking at all ethnicities to play the role of Lex Luthor, with the likes of Denzel Washington and Idris Elba reportedly making their list.
  • The two studios behind the Terminator reboot are working on a film and a TV show that will interconnect with each other to tell a much larger story. The first film in the planned trilogy will be released in 2015 with the TV show to follow soon afterward. The new film will be connected to the 1984 original, as will the TV show, and as both progress we will begin to see how they connect with each other.
  • Finally, Frozen has claimed top spot at the US box office taking in another $31 million and bumps The Hunger Games: Catching Fire down to number 2 after it took a further $27 million to add to its considerable haul. The only new entry in the top 5 this week is Christian Bale crime drama Out Of The Furnace, which took just over $5 million. Thor: The Dark World fell to 4th with another $4.7 million in the bank. While Delivery Man rose one place to finish 5th taking in $3.7 million.

DVD/Blu-ray pick of the week

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One of the films I didn’t manage to catch this summer, Kick-Ass 2, finally gets its release on DVD. Going off of the reviews I’ve seen of this movie, I would stick this one firmly in the rental column, as it is no doubt an enjoyable film, but one that doesn’t quite match up to its predecessor. The IMDb has this to say: “The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.”

Cinema pick of the week

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Peter Jackson’s latest instalment of The Hobbit franchise see’s “The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.” While I didn’t see the first film, reviews are indicating this is a much better entry in the series, and seen as there is nothing else out this week I predict The Desolation Of Smaug to take all the money.

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