– Firstly, the 86th Academy Awards took place last night and it was a great evening for British film. Gravity and 12 Years a Slave triumphed, whilst David O. Russell’s thoroughly-American Hustle failed to pick up a single award. British director Steve McQueen took home the award for Best Picture, with the film’s star Lupita Nyong’o being awarded Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Gravity won for best cinematography, directing, film editing, original score, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects. Well done the Brits!
– Jeff Goldblum has confirmed that he will appear in Independence Day 2, just a week after the news that Will Smith would not feature. However, Goldblum also revealed that there had been no call up for him to reprise the role of Dr Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World. Independence Day 2 is set for release 1 July 2016.
– In related Jurassic World news, Vincent D’Onofrio has been signed to play the main villain for the dino-sequel. He will join the cast that includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Nick Robinson. Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man) has also been added to the cast.
– In an interview with MTV, Ralph Fiennes has revealed that Bond 24 will begin filming in October. The as-yet-untitled 24th instalment to the franchise has retained the Skyfall duo of director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan. Fiennes will return to play Gareth Mallory (AKA M), the replacement for Judi Dench.
– As the OSCAR ceremony got underway last night, the alternative Razzie awards took place to celebrate the worst of the industry over the last year. This year the big ‘winners’ were Will Smith and son Jaden for their performances in After Earth, the Sci-Fi flop from last year which saw the father and son duo share a film set for the first time. Other awards were worst picture – which went to Movie 43 despite its strong cast that included Richard Gere and Kate Winslet, and The Lone Ranger, which was awarded the gong for worst remake.
– Rumours are abound once again that the Wachowski Brothers may be planning a new Matrix trilogy. While the rumours are far from certain, it is believed a writing team has start penning the script for a first film. Expect the rumour mill to turn for quite some time on this one…
– The Conjuring 2 has been given a release date of October 2015. The sequel to last year’s film will tie in with the Halloween weekend. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will return, as have writing pair Carey and Chad Hayes.
– DreamWorks look set to re-ignite the Shrek series according to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. The last film was 2010’s Shrek Forever After which grossed the least of any of the franchise. Further details are yet to be announced.
– FInally, Adam McKay has confirmed there will be no Anchorman 3. This week sees the release of a re-gagged Anchorman 2, but the director confirmed in an interview with Empire that there would not be a third film.