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

  • In a move I didn’t see coming, Ben McKenzie (The OC, Southland) has landed the role of Detective Gordon in Fox’s upcoming TV show Gotham. The show will follow a young James Gordon as he moves through the ranks of the Gotham Police Department. The show is scheduled to have cameos from a young Bruce Wayne as well as famous villains such as the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler & the Penguin.
  • After months of speculation, Will Smith has finally confirmed that he will not be appearing in the sequel to Independence Day. Director Roland Emmerich, along with producer Dean Devlin, had prepared two versions of the film; one including Smith’s character & one that didn’t. Fox Studios are still seeking a July 4th 2016 release date to celebrate the first films 20th anniversary. Damn that makes me feel old.
  • After years of playing the voice of JARVIS in the Iron Man movies for Marvel, Paul Bettany is set to finally get a physical role in the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Bettany will play The Vision, a robotic organism originally built by Ultron who uses him as one of his henchmen, only for The Vision to turn on his creator & then join the Avengers.
  • The Transporter movies were the definition throw away nonsense, saved only by some good fight scenes and a charismatic central performance from Jason Statham as Frank Martin. Despite their questionable quality, the films garnered over $250 million worldwide & are now the subject of a reboot. EuropaCorp will fund the new trilogy, with the first of these to focus on Frank Martin’s origin. Statham will not return to the series.
  • As expected, The Lego Movie took the US box office by storm, earning $69 million and taking the number one spot. The Monuments Men debuted at number 2 with a solid $22.7 million, but that leaves it some way short of its $70 million budget. Ride Along dropped to number 3 earning $9.3 million in its fourth week of release. Frozen finished the weekend in fourth with another $6.9 million in the bank. While That Awkward Moment completed the top 5 with another $5.5 million earned.

DVD/Blu-Ray Picks Of The Week

After a somewhat lackluster week for home releases last week, this weeks releases fare much better. TV fans have Dracula Season 1 & Nikita Season 3 to consider. While film fans are spoilt for choice with Captain Phillips, Metallica Through The Never and Filth all being released this week.

Video Of The Day

The new red-band trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller, Sabotage, looks all kinds of badass. Alongside Schwarzenegger are Josh Holloway, Joe Manganiello & Sam Worthington who are ” members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.” Sabotage is released on May 9th in the UK.

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