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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

  • While the film has not yet been given the green light, director Guillermo Del Toro is writing the script for Pacific Rim 2 “as if it is happening.” Del Toro is working on a script with his new cohort Zak Penn after original screenwriter Travis Beacham went to work on several new TV shows instead. Del Toro has said that the film will not be a prequel, and that the sequel will feature great spectacle as he works on his new crazy ideas. As previously stated, none of this means the film is a go just yet but with solid box office takings and a devoted fan base, we could be edging closer to another kaiju vs jaeger showdown.
  • Marvel’s Ant-Man movie finally has a new director. After the disappointing news that Edgar Wright had left the project, various directors names have been thrown about but finally, we seem to have a taker. Peyton Reed has stepped into hot seat while previously interviewed director Adam McKay will now rewrite the script. Ant-Man is due to begin filming soon, which means that Reed & McKay don’t have much time to get things sorted. Marvel also released a new synopsis for the film, which seems to be a little different to what Wright originally had planned: “Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”
  • While out doing promotional rounds for his new film 22 Jump Street, Channing Tatum spoke about what he would like to do with the planned X-Men spin-off movie featuring the character of Gambit. While preparations are still in the very early stages, Tatum has played up the role by saying it’s something he has always wanted to do and that he would like the character to change the superhero genre. Gambit was due to have a cameo in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse and then receive his own solo spin-off film, but now Tatum claims the solo effort may come first which, I presume would negate any appearance from the character in Apocalypse.
  • Ghostbusters is due for both a cinematic and Blu-ray re-release. The film marks its 30th anniversary this year, and to celebrate Sony are bundling Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II together in a shiny double pack, that will be stuffed full of extras. It is also the first time the second film has been released in the high-def format. The first film will also hit screens again on August 29th. The sad thing is, all of this is, so far, only happening in the USA and there has been no confirmation yet on if the UK will get the same fried gold treatment as our American cousins.

US Box Office

  • The Fault in our Stars debuted at the top of the US box office after earning $48.2 million. The tear-jerker scored highly, and with a budget of only $12 million those are some really good numbers.
  • Maleficent was knocked down to second place, but still scored another $33.5 million. This takes its two-week total to $127.3 million, and should have it break its $180 million budget sooner rather than later.
  • The only other new entry in this weeks top five was Tom Cruise’s sci-fi action epic Edge of Tomorrow. The film earned just over $29 million in the US, but its international takings have pushed it over the $140 million mark.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped two places to fourth and took another $14.7 million in the films third week of release in the states, and bumped its earnings up to over $189 million.
  • A Million Ways To Die In The West completed the top five this week but only took in $7.2 million. Combine the films domestic total with its foreign earnings and it has banked just over $50 million. While that is not necessarily bad for a comedy, if you compare it to Bad Neighbours or the upcoming 22 Jump Street, it is really a piss poor performance.

DVD Picks Of The Week

Now this is more like it. This week see’s the release of the, by all accounts, excellent True Detective on DVD and Blu-Ray, while Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor also see’s its release on home video. Alongside these we also get George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, as well as Jose Padilha’s Robocop remake and John Turteltaub’s Last Vegas.

WTF? Poster Of The Day

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Honestly, what the hell is this?!? “Gimme some pies!” Is that really your tagline? Declare your independence, and avoid this movie.

 

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