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.
- After the success of the Halloween themed Toy Story short film, Toy Story of Terror, ABC has announced that most of the voice cast will be returning to the small screen for a new Christmas themes special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Woody, Buzz, Trixie, Mr. Pricklepants, Rex, Jessie & Mr. Potato Head are all due to return, while a new character called Reptillus Maximus will also appear. The official synopsis is as follows; “During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room.”
- After being initially scheduled for release in July 2015, Batman Vs Superman has now been pushed back a whole year to May 2016. While the official blurb from Warner Bros. was that the creative team needed time to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” it is also widely believed that a leg injury sustained by Ben Affleck will see him out of action for roughly 6 weeks & thusly push back production.
- The upcoming Steve Conrad directed John Belushi biopic already has Emile Hirsch down to star as Belushi, and has now added Miles Teller to co-star as Dan Aykroyd. Hirsch confirmed the news at Sundance party this weekend. Aykroyd is set to produce the film.
- Cop comedy, Ride Along, has debuted at the top of the US box office after taking in $41.2 million. The film stars Kevin Hart & Ice Cube as a “fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister.” Lone Survivor has dropped down to number 2 after another solid $23 million took its domestic haul to $74 million. Animated silliness The Nut Job was the next new entry in third after its $20.5 million earning went someway to reclaiming its $40 million budget. The new Jack Ryan film had a somewhat disappointing debut taking in $17.2 million, hopefully it will do better overseas once it is released at the end of the month. Frozen completed the top 5, dropping 3 places but still earning $11.9 million, which takes it domestic haul to an incredible $332.6 million.
DVD/Blu-Ray of the week
Two films came out in 2013 that wanted to destroy the White House in glorious OTT style, and even though White House Down was the second to be released it was actually the first to be filmed. While White House Down didn’t seem to fare as well as Olympus Has Fallen, WHD is sure enough a fun ride, if maybe just a rental only.
Video of the day
Believe it or not, I don’t get to see many TV shows, and I’m really very far behind on many of the current offerings that on our screens at the moment. However, one of the few shows I’ve been able to fully commit to was Hannibal. With its mix of psychological horror and Police procedural I found myself completely hooked. So, with much excitement, and for anyone who hasn’t already seen it, here is the trailer for season 2 which will air in the US on February 28th, while a UK release has not yet been set.