Greetings everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Roundup where we bring you the latest movie news and announcements for your reading pleasure. This week we saw Transformers 4 defy extinction, a duo of comedies ready to tickle your funny bone, and finally some new Netflix releases to secretly watch on your lunch break (or is that just me?). Let’s get into it.
Transformers: Age of Extinction destroyed its competition, raking in an estimated $100 million at the box office this weekend, making it 2014’s biggest opening weekend thus far. The film stars Mark Wahlberg who took the helm after replacing Shia LeBeouf who starred in the previous three installments. Which, was arguably good for business given LeBeouf’s recent tabloid dramas.
Big Film News!
It’s been a great summer for blockbuster and sequel movies, and maybe that mad flow of cash was behind Legendary Pictures’ decision to pursue production on a sequel to last year’s Pacific Rim. IGN is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro’s follow up, Pacific Rim 2, is slated to hit the screen on April 7, 2017, along with an animated series to be released before the movie.
In other, somewhat laughable film sequel news, German company Splendid Film has announced the forthcoming release of Rambo V. According to Indiewire, the film will be produced by Avi Lerner (producer of the Expendables series), but Stallone, who wrote in and will of course star in the next Rambo chapter, describes his script as his version of No Country for Old Men. Well, okay.
In dreaded remake news, Deadline is reporting that an American reboot of Takashi Miike’s cult classic Korean horror film Audition is in the works. Executive Producer Mario Kassar will be assembling the effort. Kassar’s credits include production work on Terminator and Rambo, so it’ll be interesting to see if Kassar’s action-fixated history or the eerie and subdued pace of Ryu Murakami’s 1997 novel will inform the final product.
And finally, fans of The Fault in Our Stars were treated to a pleasant surprise by the novel’s author John Green, who tweeted the following news this week:
So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska.
— John Green (@realjohngreen) June 26, 2014
Mr. Green’s assessment of director Sarah Polley is, in our opinion, perfectly accurate and her knack for emotionally charged storytelling should prove a perfect match for the popular novel.
New on Netflix
This week brings some exciting new releases to your Netflix queue. June 29th delivers Bad Grandpa .5 that has 40 extra minutes of deleted scenes and interviews from residential Jackass Johnny Knoxville. Remember the 2012 bootlegging drama Lawless that starred Shia LeBeouf, Tom Hardy, and the always radiant Jessica Chastain? Well it’s also being released on Netflix instant streaming this week. June 30th brings a dose of nostalgia with the streaming release of with My Girl (yes, we’re still crying over that one) and “Sophie’s Choice.’ And the tearjerker “Philadelphia” starring Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks follows on July 1st.
Movie Tweets of the Week
With countless bloggers, fans, and stars sharing their thoughts and personal lives on twitter 140 characters at a time, it’s next to impossible to keep up with the best twitter moments from each of our favorite movie commenters until now.
Just saw Transformers 4 and hooo boy more like TransBOREmers! RT this good joke — Benjarvis Ghazi (@Ironghazi) June 28, 2014
The prize you get for watching all of Armageddon is Ben Affleck shrieking “I love you!” at Bruce Willis.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 28, 2014
I’m working on a story called Gary Oldman and the Sea, where Gary tells some fish about all the Jewish books he’s read. — Wonderella (@wonderella) June 26, 2014
What we’ve learned from blockbusters: If your city is being demolished, plaster your home and family with brands. They always go untouched.
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) June 26, 2014
Buzzfeed’s series of “things you never noticed in movies” articles are either for 9 year olds or vegetables.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) June 25, 2014