This Week’s Movie News

This week’s movie news includes a new trailer for Batman V Superman, release dates for some more robots in disguise, success for Deadpool, the Bafta Awards and more.

Bafta Awards

The Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards for film were full of a mixture of winners and losers, some of which weren’t even nominated for an award.  The Revenant dominated the awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro G Inarritu) and star Leonardo DiCaprio took home Best Actor.  Brie Larson took home Best Actress for her role as a kidnapped mother in Room while Best Supporting Actor and Actress went to Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) respectively.

Mad Max: Fury Road took home four awards for Make-Up and Hair, Editing, Costumes and Production Design while Best Special Visual Effects went to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Star Wars actor John Boyega took home the EE Award for Rising Star.  For a full list of winners, click here to visit the official Bafta site.

Host Stephen Fry caused controversy when he insulted Costume Design Award winner Jenny Beavan, referring to her outfit as that of a ‘bag lady’.  Twitter users began posting tweets about his joke, calling the jest offensive (and worse) while Fry defended his position, stating that he and Beavan were close friends and telling the ‘sanctimonious fuckers’ to ‘fuck the fuck off’.  He has since deleted his twitter account and stated he is ‘free at last’.

Meanwhile Rebel Wilson proved a hit with a speech that poked fun at the current Oscar diversity issue as she prepared to present the award for Best Supporting Actor.  See the video below:

 

Leonardo DiCaprio’s win, plus his Golden Globe award last month, puts him as firm favourite to win the Best Actor Oscar at the end of the month.  For more on DiCaprio’s Oscar history, see here.

Transformers

Another movie universe has been officially confirmed as release dates for the next three Transformers movies have been set.  Transformers 5 and 6 will land in June 2017 and June 2019, while 2018 will see a Bumblebee spin-off.  Michael Bay will direct the first movie before handing the reins to the franchise to as yet unconfirmed successors.

Deadpool

Deadpool has landed and hit big, breaking numerous box office records and taking in over four times its budget during its global opening weekend.  The Ryan Reynolds vehicle has received great reviews (read mine here) and has already had a sequel confirmed.

New Trailers

Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, new action thriller Criminal released its first trailer, which also stars Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones and, in the lead, Kevin Costner.  The film involves an experimental operation to implant the memories, skills and secrets of a dead CIA agent into the mind of a death row inmate in the hope he will complete the operative’s final mission.  The trailer looks great and the movie is due out on 15th April this year.  It’s worth noting the original release date was January 2016 however the movie will now open after Reynolds’ and Gadot’s respective superhero outings and on a fairly quiet weekend, so could prove to be a sizeable hit.

A new and final trailer for the upcoming DC Comic Book Movie was released this week with a focus on Batman.  The trailer begins with Batman (Ben Affleck) taking down a group of criminals in a violent, intense action scene followed by his musings on the power of Superman (Henry Cavill), before various clips of the two heroes fighting, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor close out the footage.  Personally this trailer seems to be in response to the vocal fans who have been critical of Affleck’s casting and shows him as Batman in a superb action sequence and the two sides of Bruce Wayne- Playboy millionaire  and brooding vigilante.  Watch the trailer now:

Hardcore Henry released its first trailer this week and presents a movie told entirely from the perspective of the protagonist Henry.  If you like first-person video games, this could be the movie for you.  Read the official synopsis and view the trailer below:

Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.) He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

Finally, a little tease…

Although not due for release until January 2017, animated film Sing has it all: Animated anthropomorphic animals, pop songs and a stellar cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and John C. Reilly.

 

 

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