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.

  • The recent Academy Awards show was reportedly one of the dullest in years, with lines being fumbled, actors names being mispronounced and a very uneventful Ellen DeGeneres failing to shine as host. I’m glad I didn’t stay awake for this one after all. Never mind though, the awards themselves were fairly one-sided with Gravity and 12 Years A Slave dominating the night. Gravity won seven of its ten nominations, including Best Director, while 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’0. The full list of winners can be found here.
  • Some possible plot details have emerged for the reboot of the Terminator franchise, currently titled Terminator: Genesis. With the cast in place and Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) onboard to direct, the rumour mill is suggesting that Terminator 5 could well do a Back To The Future II on us, whereby the new movie revisits scenes & scenarios from the previous movies and possibly goes about changing those events. As this new film in the franchise is setting about creating its own timeline, I wouldn’t bet against some old faces showing up and having a key role to play, again.
  • Captain America himself, Chris Evans, has revealed that he wishes to take a break from acting once his stint with Marvel Studios is over. The actor recently told Glamour magazine that he would like to turn his hand to directing in the future, as he clearly feels acting is not enough for him; “With acting, you’re one piece in a very big puzzle. It’s like you helped buy a gift but you don’t know what the gift is, so you come back and see the movie. Sometimes it’s nice, sometimes it’s tragic. This process (directing), you’re involved in every single decision.” He has already made his directing debut with 1:30 Train which also stars Alice Eve and revolves around “A young woman in New York City races to catch the 1:30 Train to Boston. On the way she is robbed. She is lost in the dark underbelly of New York at night with nothing and no one.”
  • Producer of the new Fantastic Four movie, Matthew Vaughn, has given some hints on what not to expect in Fox Studios reboot of the franchise. Talking with Empire, he said; “It’s a total reboot that’s for sure. It’s got nothing to with the other bloody ones. It’s not a stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it’s made of polystyrene. And it’s not a comedy.” I agree the new films should set themselves apart from what came before them, but I’m wondering if they plan on altering their powers slightly when he says “it’s not a stretchy guy” in regards to Mr. Fantastic, time will tell I guess. The new film will be released in June 2015.
  • Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, The Conjuring) is set to sign on for an unspecified role in the Ant-Man movie. With Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas onboard, with Edgar Wright set to direct, the movie will be released July 17th 2015.
  • Liam Neeson is bigger than Jesus, in the cinema at least, as his new film, Non-Stop, grossed $28.8 million at the US box office this weekend taking the number one spot. Son Of God, or Jesus Begins as I’ve renamed it, took second spot with a healthy $25.6 million. The Lego Movie fell to third after earning another $20.8 million, taking its total domestically to over $209 million. 3 Days To Kill and The Monuments Men completed this weeks top five after earning $4.95 million and $4.94 million respectively.

DVD/Blu-ray Picks Of The Week

A somewhat dull week for home releases yet again, because other than the outstanding Gravity there isn’t much to choose from. The Americans season 1 is released, as well as The Haunting In Connecticut 2 (yawn!). Other than those new releases, there seems to be a glut of older films getting the steel book treatment, Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later, Brazil & Cocoon are all released again, if that’s your type of thing.

Video Of The Day

It’s not everyday you come across something as awesome as this, but I found a short animated movie called Batman Vs The Terminator (already sounds better than what Snyder has planned right?). It was created by New Zealand based filmmaker Mitchell Hammond, and is set 30 years after Skynet’s nuclear bombs tried to end all life on earth. It’s a great little short, and one I’m contemplating doing a review for now. Take a look.

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