Blomkamp Alien Sequel Ready To Go

Neil Blomkamp, director of ‘District 9’ and upcoming release ‘Chappie’, claims Hollywood executives are all set to put into motion his sequel to the legendary ‘Alien’ franchise. Sigourney Weaver is lined up to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley, a role she has played through the four previous ‘Alien’ movies. Blomkamp however, is the reluctant party, with doubts over the plans to reboot the series. Read more here.

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Force Awakens Earlier Than Expected?

Reports circulating today seem to suggest that J.J Abrams is keen to bring forward the release date of ‘Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens’, scrapping the December release in favour of a summer drop. The logistics of this move are in question however, from a production point of view, to bring forward the film by six months is no mean feat. Add to this the blockbuster summer of cinema releases we already have lined up, including ‘Age Of Ultron’ and ‘Jurassic World’, big competition indeed. Nevertheless, the prospect of the force awakening a little early is very exciting news. Read more here.

Oscars 2015 Close Up: Whiplash

With just 12 days to go until the Oscars 2015 ceremony, we had better get a move on with our feature on the eight films nominated for the Best Picture category. Film six is Damien Chazelle’s drama, ‘Whiplash’, the story of a young drummer and his ruthless mentor. As well as being up for the Best Picture, J.K. Simmons is currently odds-on favourite to scoop the award for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of the obsessive instructor. Read an interview with Simmons here.

 

Spider-Man To Join Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

Sony Studios today confirmed that the planned Sony reboot of ‘Spider-Man’ will be a joint venture with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new Spider-Man is set to appear in a Marvel film next year, before getting his own stand-alone movie the following year. This means Spider-Man is very likely to be part of The Avengers line-up for the ‘Infinity Wars’ double header in 2018/19. The bad news however, is that Andrew Garfield is almost definitely not going to be playing the role of Peter Parker for Sony. Read more here.

 

BAFTA Awards: The Winners

Tonight marked the 68th annual British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). ‘The Theory Of Everything’ took home two of the big awards, winning in the Outstanding British Film category, and star Eddie Redmayne named Best Actor. Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ stole the show however, winning Best Film and Best Director amongst others. Click here to see the full list of nominations and winners.

 

Keanu Reeves Joins ‘Neon Demon’ Cast

Nicholas Winding Refn, director of one of my all-time favourite movies ‘Drive’, has assembled a pretty impressive cast for his latest project ‘Neon Demon’. Keanu Reeves has now joined Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning and Jena Malone in the dark horror film which is due to start filming at the end of March. Refn remains tight-lipped, but read what he had to say here.

Oscars 2015 Close Up: Grand Budapest Hotel

Nearly there now guys! 18 days to go until the big night, and here is a look at one of the forerunners for the Best Picture award, Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’. With an endless all star cast and quirky, odd narrative, this critically acclaimed wonderland film has received praise and countless awards since its release and is a hot favourite to scoop at the Oscars. Read the interview with director Wes Anderson here.

Oscars 2015 Close Up: The Imitation Game

As we head into February, let’s get back on with the Oscar buzz. Next up in the spotlight is ‘The Imitation Game’ and we are halfway through the Best Picture nominations now. Directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, this is the story of Alan Turing, the man who cracked the enigma code and ended World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch talks about the role here.

All Female Cast Set For Ghostbusters Reboot

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is set for a reunion with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig for his reimagining of the iconic Ghostbusters franchise. Joining them, it is believed that Saturday Night Live regulars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will complete the foursome. Feig fuelled casting rumours by tweeting a picture of the four ladies yesterday. Read more here.