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

  • With the recent news that Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be filming in Italy’s Bard Fortress (Hydra hq anyone?), director Joss Whedon has spoken about the sequel to 2012’s Avengers: Assemble and had the following to say; “The events of Captain America (The Winter Soldier) will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can’t assume everybody went to see Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what’s happened, but not be slavish to it. I look at this movie, and the model I’m always trying to build from, my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in-between and it’s a very different movie. But you don’t need any information, it’s there in the film about what’s happened since, what’s different, and why is this a different film, why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker. It’s all there, you’re in the vernacular of the first movie and you’re just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that’s what will happen with my movie. Obviously I’m talking about one of the greatest films ever made, I hope that mine will be good, but that is my guiding star.” Interesting stuff there. It’s been rumoured for a while that the Winter Soldier movie would be the one that connects both the Avengers movies, and it’s certainly no small thing to say that The Godfather Part 2 is the “guiding star” for this movie. Exciting stuff.
  • Rumour has it that Dreamworks has hired director Rupert Sanders (Snow White & The Huntsman) to helm their live action version of Ghost In The Shell. The film will be produced by Steven Spielberg and centres around a futuristic police force who investigate techno crimes, and has spawned a manga comic book, anime movie and several video games.
  • Kevin Smith has released some details regarding his future projects. First up is the news that Clerks 3 is due to start filming in May of this year, with a likely release date of 2015. Secondly, horror movie Tusk will see a wide release toward the end of this year, in the States anyway. Tusk was birthed during one of Smith’s Smodcast podcasts, the following synopsis comes from Wikipedia; “When podcast host and journalist Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Mr. Howe, his best friend and podcast co-host Teddy Craft teams with Wallace’s girlfriend to find him.” Lastly, Smith has also released details of a planned Christmas horror anthology titled The Krampus. The film will consist of four short stories that all have a connecting thread, and Smith hopes to begin filming on this after he has finished Clerks 3.
  • Ride Along stayed in first place at the US box office after earning another $21 million, and kept Lone Survivor in 2nd which earned $12.6 million in its fifth week of release. The Nut Job maintained third spot after taking in another $12.3 million, while Frozen actually rose one spot to 4th with another $9 million in the bank. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit completed the top 5 with $8.8 million, taking its two-week haul to $30 million which is still someway behind its $60 million budget. The worst performance of the weekend came from the Aaron Eckhart starring I, Frankenstein which took a miserable $8.2 million on its first weekend of release, and with a reported budget of $65 million it’s got a long way to go to make up those numbers.

DVD/Blu-Rays of the week

This week sees some solid releases on home video and VOD. The best of the bunch this week is by far the Chris Hemsworth starring Rush, which tells the story of the bitter 1970’s Formula 1 rivalry between James Hunt & Niki Lauda. Dexter Fletcher’s second effort as director Sunshine On Leith is also released this week, and with a 7/10 on the IMDb and a 66/100 on Metacritic, this could well be worth a watch. The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones also gets a release this week, as does a new Blu-Ray transfer of 1987 classic Robocop.

Video of the day

I wasn’t overly impressed with the first trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, which is an alternate take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty, but having seen this second trailer I am completely sold. Starring Angelina Jolie & Sharlto Copley & directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent is “The Sleeping Beauty tale is told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora.”

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