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.
- After the departure of Edgar Wright from Marvel’s Ant-Man movie, news reaches us that director Adam McKay was in advanced talks to helm the troubled movie but within a matter of hours he too had walked away from the project. Quite where this leaves Marvel is anyone’s guess. Shooting is due to begin soon ahead of the movies 2015 release date.
- More Marvel news comes in the form of Josh Brolin agreeing to voice the mad titan Thanos in the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy movie. Brolin has apparently been in talks for the role for a while now, and his deep husky voice seems well suited to the role. Does this mean Thanos will have a big role in GOTG?
- Not a week goes by without another remake being announced, and this weeks special is none other than the 1993 Sylvester Stallone classic (?) Cliffhanger. Quite why anyone feels there is a market for this to be remade is beyond me, but it seems that Hollywood is looking at remaking popular high-concept action feasts from the 90’s. Perhaps Daylight or Dante’s Peak will be next?
- The good folk at Empire magazine have revealed the results of their “greatest film ever” poll, with The Empire Strikes Back coming in at number one. The Godfather was second, while The Dark Knight, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction completed the top five. You can read the whole list here.
- It would seem Marvel have taken their ball and left in regards to producing anymore Fantastic Four movies. With the movie rights being held by 20th Century Fox, Marvel have taken the decision to not promote the characters for the foreseeable future, and stop producing any comic books that the feature the F4 as headline acts. It is also reported all artwork featuring the characters has been removed from Marvel’s offices. Apparently Marvel tried a similar strategy with the X-Men, but that has proved unsuccessful after the strong reviews and box office performance of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
US Box Office
- Disney’s Maleficent has debuted at the top of the US box office with a weekend haul of $70 million. Add that to its worldwide takings and the Angelina Jolie starring epic has already earned a sturdy $170 million.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped one place to second after taking in another $32.6 million, which takes its domestic haul to $162 million. This means it has taken over $500 million worldwide.
- Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West finished the weekend in third after managing a rather poor $17 million. Perhaps the Family Guy creator should stay behind the camera in the future?
- Godzilla slipped two places to fourth after earning another $12.2 million, while the horrible looking Adam Sandler comedy Blended completed the top five taking, $8.4 million in its second week of release.
Revealing Poster Of The Day
Apparently the MPAA have a problem with the latest promotional poster for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For being somewhat risqué. Can’t see the problem myself………