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

  • Sony are set to expand on Spider-Man & their cinematic universe by putting movies based upon The Sinister 6 & Venom into production. Word has it that writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Ed Solomon, Jeff Pinker & Drew Goddard along with The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb will oversee all future projects starting with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 which has a planned release date of summer 2016.
  • Ed Helms is set to take the role of detective Frank Drebin in a proposed remake of The Naked Gun for Paramount. There is no word yet on who will direct the feature at this time, but the creators of Reno 911 are set to pen the film. A big part of me hopes this falls into development hell and never see’s the light of day.
  • Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke has landed the role of Sarah Connor in the 2015 reboot of The Terminator. Alan Taylor will direct the first of a new trilogy, while Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the series as the T-800. In other Terminator related news, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) is the frontrunner for the role of Sarah’s son, John Connor.
  • With a combined budget of roughly $415 million, the next 3 instalments of James Cameron’s Avatar franchise is all set to film on location in New Zealand. The first of these films is set to be released toward the end of 2016.
  • Sadly, Peter O’Toole passed away at the weekend after he was taken to hospital on Friday. O’Toole is best known for his role as T.E. Lawrence in 1962’s Lawrence Of Arabia. He also had roles in Caligula, Ratatouille & Stardust to name but a few.
  • Finally, the US box office has a new champion after The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug took in a staggering $73 million on its opening weekend. Frozen dropped to 2nd place after taking in a further $22 million. While Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas entered in 3rd place with $16 million in the bank. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dropped to 4th after earning another $13 million, which takes its domestic haul to $356.9 million. Thor: The Dark World completes the top 5 with another $2.7 million earned.

Cinema pick of the week

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Whether it will be any good remains to be seen, but as there is little else out this week, my cinema pick has to be Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Following on from the first film, we find Ron Burgundy & his news team leaving San Diego to instead work for New York’s first 24 hour news channel.

Trailer of the week

Christopher Nolan’s latest effort see’s the director stepping into unknown territory with Interstellar. Little is known about the film, as is usual with any Nolan directed effort, but the IMDb does have this synopsis for us;

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & Michael Caine.

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