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 almost everybody is referring to the Man Of Steel sequel as Batman Vs Superman, the movie still remains officially untitled, with a new report from Batman on Film claiming that the sequel will be very Superman centric. They also report that Lex Luthor will be the big bad of the movie, but no word yet on who the secondary villain is, and that there will be no Batman related villains in the movie, nor will there be any other members of the Justice League appearing other than Batman & Wonder Woman.
  • This one will remain firmly in the rumour column for now, but word has it that Martin Scorsese is interested in working with One Direction. Quite what the project will be remains unknown at this time, but The New York Daily News reports that “Martin is very passionate and enthused about the music of One Direction.” Which has led to speculation that the legendary director would like to work with them in the future. Lets all pray that nothing more comes of this horrible news.
  • With Star Wars characters Han Solo & Yoda reportedly getting their own “origin” movies, we can now add fan favourite Boba Fett to that list as well. With Jon Schnepp (The ABC’s Of Death) claiming a source of his has confirmed the Fett standalone movie by saying “One of them is Boba Fett. It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.” Whether this is true remains to be seen, but a Fett movie would definitely be one of the more interesting Star Wars movies that have been proposed so far.
  • Frozen has regained top spot at the US box office after some stiff competition from Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Frozen is in its seventh week of release and took another $20.7 million, while The Marked Ones narrowly missed out with $18.2 million. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug dropped to 3rd after earning another $16.2 million. In its second week of release The Wolf Of Wall Street rose one spot to 4th with $13.4 million, taking its domestic haul to $63 million. Which leaves American Hustle to round out the top 5 on $13.2 million.

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

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Following on from the events of the first movie, Insidious: Chapter 2 is a good, if never spectacular sequel, but one that does compliment the first film and watched together would likely create a unique viewing experience. My original review for Insidious 2 can be found here.

Poster of the week

With Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit due out later this month, the hype machine is slowly gathering apace, and now we have three character posters showcasing the three male leads of the movie. With Chris Pine taking the role of Jack Ryan, along with Kevin Costner as his boss William Harper and Kenneth Branagh as Russian businessman/bad guy Viktor Cherevin hopes are high that this movie will kickstart a series that has so far failed to reach to the dizzy heights of the Bond & Bourne franchises.

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