latest box office news

Transformers Lands in the US Transformers: Age of Extinction landed in North America over the weekend with a reported gross of $100m.  Despite the love to hate relationship of Michael Bay and the Transformers franchise it blew away the opposition.  The next best was 22 Jump Street which only managed $15m.  We can expect a…

how to train your dragon 2 movie review

Good Family Entertainment The observant among you would have noted that I made no mention of this movie in my review of new releases.  Well that’s because this movie hasn’t been released yet.  This weekend saw preview screenings to no doubt get the buzz going. In the latest animation from Dreamworks we see dragon rider…

walking on sunshine movie review

Spoiler Alert! It’s Not Mamma Mia Taylor (Hannah Arterton) returns to a pretty village on the Italian coast three years after a summer romance when she is surprised to hear that her sister Maddie (Annabel Scholey) is getting married in two days time.  Would you believe it, the future husband is the young man Taylor…

editorial: the rebirth of franchises

TV was pretty rubbish last night as the World Cup, Wimbledon, and Glastonbury have taken over the airwaves.  I decided to put on a movie instead and for no particular reason chose to go with Batman Begins (2005), the start of the already classic Christopher Nolan inspired trilogy. It got me to thinking that while…

writers return to bond 24 project

It has been reported that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who worked on the last five Bond films including the rather fantastic Skyfall have been hired to polish the script for the as yet untitled Bond 24 project. The film is currently due to open in the UK on October 23rd 2015 and in…

director to be named for snow white/huntsman sequel?

I’ll hold my hand up and say I found the original Snow White and the Huntsman a bit of a surprise and even have the DVD at home.  While not a complete surprise Universal has been attempting to turn this into a new franchise given it made money at the cinema I had no idea…

pacific rim 2 confirmed

Given its big time $190m budget Pacific Rim was far from a runaway success in cinemas grossing $411m.  Despite the mixed response it has been confirmed that Guillermo del Toro will be back to direct a sequel that is slated to be released on April 7th 2017.  Legendary and Universal are betting big on the…

in the event of a moon disaster has a director

In the Event of a Moon Disaster is an alternative reality film based on a speech written back in 1969 by presidential scriptwriter William Safire.  Safire wrote a speech for Richard Nixon in the event that the Apollo 11 mission that landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the moon ended in tragedy. The project now…

karate kid 2 struggling to reach the screen

There appears to be more upheaval in the attempts to bring a sequel to the Jaden Smith Karate Kid reboot to the a movie theatre near you.  Columbia Pictures has been working on this project for four years and now the film is being rewritten … again.  The latest scriptwriters being attached to the project…

get ready for more stars

Well I guess it was inevitable.  With the success of The Fault in our Stars the author of the book, John Green, is seeing his first book being turned into a big screen project.  Looking for Alaska is a coming of age drama as a young man in search of adventure comes into contact with…

predator reboot on the books … again

Whoever said originality was dead in Hollywood.  It is being reported that Shane Black the director behind Iron Man 3 has been tapped to outline a plot for a reboot of the Predator franchise.  I am a massive fan of the Arnie original and when I read the news I had to be coaxed from…

wargames to be remade

My age is starting to catch up with me.  Films that I thought weren’t made that long ago are being remade by the dozen at the moment.  Next on the list is the 80’s classic WarGames.  That film centred on a teenager played by Matthew Broderick who found his way into a military computer that…