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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

  • Greg Jacobs will direct the sequel to 2012’s male stripper drama, Magic Mike. The new film, currently titled Magic Mike XXL, will likely see the cast from the first film return, although at this stage no official word has been given on anything.
  • James Bond, sorry, Pierce Brosnan has joined the cast of The Expendables 4. While filming in Bulgaria, Expendables producer Avi Lerner approached Brosnan about taking a role in the new film, with Brosnan exclaiming “he would love to.” Brosnan’s role is not yet known, but personally I’d like to see him play a bad guy this time around and have a role reversal of his 007 days.
  • Another old-timer, Mel Gibson, is looking at taking the lead role in action/thriller Blood Father. The film will be directed by Jean-Francois Richet with Peter Craig on writing duties. The tone of the film is said to be similar to that of Taken, as Gibson attempts to protect his daughter from a gang of drug dealers. The film shoots in May and will likely eye a 2015 release date.
  • Top Gun 2 is apparently still a go over at Paramount, with Jerry Bruckheimer recently revealing that work is still taking place on the film which has been in development for 28 years. The late Tony Scott was the last director attached to the film, with a storyline involving Tom Cruise’s Maverick teaching a new group of pilots as traditional flying techniques are becoming more obsolete due to computer technology and drones. Bruckheimer seems hopeful of us getting a sequel, although he admits it is down to finding a new director and the time to do it in Cruise’s busy schedule.
  • Darren Aronofsky’s Noah floated (sorry) to the top of the US box office after taking $44 million this past weekend. Divergent’s haul of $26.5 million meant it was knocked down to second place, while the Muppets Most Wanted also fell one place to third with another $11.3 million in the bank. Mr. Peabody & Sherman finished the weekend in fourth, with another $9.5 million earned, and left God’s Not Dead in fifth with $9 million taken this weekend. Somewhat surprisingly, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new action film, Sabotage, barely made the top ten this weekend with a lame $5.3 million in box office receipts.

DVD/Blu-Ray Picks Of The Week

This week see’s the home video release of Frozen, which has just become the biggest earning animated film ever, as well as Robert De Niro’s family drama/comedy The Family. Other releases this week are the remake of Carrie, Jason Statham actioner Homefront and the excellent BBC TV show The Musketeers, which I highly recommend you all go and watch if you haven’t already.

Video Of The Day

Into The Storm is a found footage disaster film from New Line Cinema, and judging from the trailer really it looks really quite impressive. The film has been in development for a few years now, but will finally be released in the UK on August 22 of this year. The IMDb has this synopsis for us; “A group of high school students document the events and aftermath of a devastating tornado.”

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