The Monday Tuesday 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

  • John Hurt has criticised Harvey Weinstein and his desire to cut director Bong Joon-hos’ Snowpiercer by twenty minutes. Speaking at the Critics Circle Awards in London, Hurt had the following to say; “It’s a wonderful film, I’ve seen it. And I want it to be shown in the English-speaking territories in its full version. And I’m not in agreement with Harvey Weinstein who wants to cut twenty minutes out of it, because I know what he’ll cut out. What I can do is support the Korean (production) company, and Bong Joon-ho, who is a consummate director. It’s a wonderful film, and I would hate to see it tinkered with.” The film currently has no western release date.
  • With the recent DC animated release Justice League: War doing well on DVD & VOD, DC have announced their plans for the animated universe to feature a shared continuity. So, instead of releasing a series of one-off animated movies, each film will now share some connection with the last. With Justice League: War starting off this new series, the next release Son of Batman will feature the same version of Batman in both movies. DC also has plans to release one continuity free movie a year, with the next of these being based upon the popular Arkham video games.
  • Even though The Lego Movie has yet to be released, Warner Bros. are already making plans for a sequel. Two writers are already attached to the sequel, while early indications suggest the first movie could earn in excess of $40 million this weekend at the American box office.
  • Ride Along maintained top spot at the US box office, after taking in another $12 million in its third week of release. Frozen rose two spots to second after earning a further $8.9 million which is quite a feat seen as the film is in its eleventh week of release. Zac Efron starrer That Awkward Moment debuted in a fairly miserable third place, with an initial weekend haul of $8.7 million. The Nut Job fell one spot to fourth taking in $7.2 million, while Lone Survivor fell three places to fifth with another $7 million in the bank.

DVD/Blu-Ray picks of the week

A slow week for home releases see’s more focus on TV rather than movies, with the release of Vikings Season 1, as well as The Bridge Season 2 and the first season of Bates Motel. The biggest film released on DVD this week is the Hugh Jackman starring Prisoners.

Video of the day

With the Super Bowl happening this past weekend, film fans were treated to several short trailers from a selection of this years biggest movies. Transformers: Age Of Extinction, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Need For Speed were all featured . You can see all the individual spots here. The best spot however, was a new full length trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which looks every bit as good as I have hoped.

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