News For Week of 24 February 2014

UK Box Office weekly  roundup courtesy of Charles Gant in the Guardian.

Number one spot, no surprises, its the Lego Movie at £5,978,904 from 552 sites. Total: £21,880,053.

2. Mr Peabody & Sherman, £1,698,483 from 529 sites. Total: £10,464,675
3. Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, £1,207,245 from 423 sites. Total: £3,766,394
4. The Monuments Men, £1,110,264 from 521 sites. Total: £4,078,741
5. RoboCop, £891,443 from 425 sites. Total: £7,036,354

Actor, director and Screenwriter Harold Ramis sadly died aged 69, from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis

See Guardian Obituary here.

The 2014 Academy Awards air March 2 2014 at 7pm EST.

You can't flip open your laptop without banging into various predictions, here are a mere tiny selection from the interwebs:

The Guardian's handy Oscar prediction chart.

The Telegraph's Who Will Win, Who Should Win.

Indiewire's Oscar Predictions.


My own ten cents on the 2014 awards? Im happy to see Gravity and 12 Years a Slave duke it out for dominance in the best film and director categories, I smell a split between the two to keep all sides happy. I'd love Lupita Nyong'o win best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave, though Jennifer Lawrence remains an awards darling. Matthew McConaughey has pretty much abducted and driven off with the best actor award for Dallas Buyers Club, but I'd still prefer Chiwetel Ejiofor win for 12 Years a Slave. Likewise Jared Leto has his name pretty much stamped on the best supporting actor award for Dallas Buyer's Club (though in my view that film was a case of an average picture pinching above its weight through its acting and the subject matter) but I'd prefer Barkhad Abdi to win for Captain Phillips (arguably his was a co-starring role opposite Tom Hanks, one I think which saw him give the stronger performance).

Best VFX and Cinematography seem destined to go to Gravity.

The Coen's superb Inside Llewyn Davis, barely nominated for anything, goes down as the awards crime of 2014! 

The full trailer and new poster art for the director Gareth Edward's new Godzilla 2014 reboot/reimagining arrives, confirming a few interesting details. 1) Godzilla still hates public transport and can be seen smashing up trains (this seems to happen in every Godzilla film) 2) Dialogue in the trailer suggests that this new film's plot will connect back to the post WWII period and early nuclear weapon testing, no doubt a nod to the original Japanese 1954 Gojira film from director Ishiro Honda, which drew on contemporary Japanese fears of nuclear war.

Empire Magazine have a handy trailer breakdown with guidance from director Edwards himself. 

The film arrives in the UK 16 May 2014. In theaters May 16th. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Girl's and Inside Llewyn Davis star Adam Driver is apparently all but confirmed to play a key villain in the new series of Star Wars films, episode VII of which is being directed by J.J. Abrams. Driver's entry into final negotiations for the role of the main bad guy has been confirmed by all the main US trade publications and looks close to a done deal, so says this Guardian Story here. And because I found it, here is an obligatory pic of Driver looking weird. 

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