This Week’s Movie News

A little something called the Oscars happened this week….



The Academy Awards have come and gone, leaving behind the usual collection of winners and losers.  Spotlight took original screenplay and Best Film, while Mad Max: Fury Road won six awards, mainly on the technical side of things.  Leonardo DiCaprio finally bagged an Oscar (Best Actor) for his role in The Revenant, which also took home the awards for Cinematography and Director.  The full list follows:

Best picture SPOTLIGHT

Best actor LEONARDO DICAPRIO (The Revenant)

Best actress BRIE LARSON (Room)

Best supporting actor MARK RYLANCE (Bridge Of Spies)

Best supporting actress ALICIA VIKANDER (The Danish Girl)

Best director ALEJANDRO INARRITU (The Revenant)

Best adapted screenplay THE BIG SHORT (Adam McKay & Charles Randolph)

Best original screenplay SPOTLIGHT (Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer)

Best animated film INSIDE OUT

Best foreign language film SON OF SAUL

Best animated short BEAR STORY

Best cinematography THE REVENANT (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best costume design MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Jenny Beavan)

Best documentary feature AMY


Best editing MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Margaret Sixel)

Best live action short STUTTERER

Best make-up and hair MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin)

Best original score THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Ennio Morricone)

Best original song SPECTRE (Sam Smith, Writing’s On The Wall)

Best production design MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson)

Best sound mixing MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo)

Best sound editing MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Mark Mangini, David White)

Best visual effects EX MACHINA (Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett)

I made a few last minute predictions before the awards (see here) and got 7 of 10 correct.  Unfortunately for Sylvester Stallone and Kate Winslet, my predictions for their supporting actor/actress wins was proven wrong, as was my guess at best adapted screenplay (Room, original novel and adaptation by Emma Donaghue).

Host Chris Rock addressed the controversy over the lack of black nominees, dedicating most of his opening monologue to the sensitive subject while Vice President Joseph Biden, who received a standing ovation as he took the stage, remarked upon fighting sexual assault, stating ‘Let’s change the culture’.  It will be interesting to see what happens at the Oscars next year, that’s for sure.

Batman V Superman

There was the usual round of clips and posters this past week for this superhero match up but other important news has emerged.  Firstly, a planned R-rated cut will be available when the film hits DVD/Blu-Ray later in the year.  Second, the film is tracking to open between $100-150 million in the US, which means it could open at lower than Deadpool, a third-tier character made at a fraction of the budget.  Having said that, Deadpool was tracking at $50 million and took in more than three times that figure, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Also, Justice League has officially begun filming.


X-Men News

Spin-off film Gambit, starring Channing Tatum as the titular mutant, was set to bow in cinemas in October this year but has now been pulled from the release schedule, although it has not been cancelled.  Given that filming hadn’t begun and new director Doug Liman had only recently joined the project after Rupert Wyatt left, this should be seen as good news as nobody would want to see a rushed comic book movie, particularly as Fox has now marked October 2017 and January 2018 as release months for X-Men projects.  Quick prediction- one of these will be for Gambit and the other for Deadpool 2 (or possibly X-Force).

A remake…yay (sarcasm)

A remake of The Thomas Crown Affair is on the cards.  You know the original- Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, sexy chess?  No?  How about the Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo version?  Well, if you haven’t seen either (both are pretty decent) then don’t worry, because Hollywood is now making another version, starring Michael B. Jordan.

In other news, original storytelling was killed in LA.

In Memory of…

George Kennedy, aged 91, passed away on February 28th..  The versatile actor won an Oscar for his role in Cool Hand Luke and entertained many with his comedy roles, notably in the Naked Gun movies.


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