– A sequel to The Inbetweeners Movie has been confirmed for release in 2014. After the hugely successful first feature-length outing, the dysfunctional quartet will return, with filming set to commence later this year.
– In other news, James Marsden has revealed that he will not feature in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Marsden, who has played Cyclops, had been in talks with director Bryan Singer for the film but has since confirmed he won’t be appearing.
– Popular TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres is set to host the Oscars next March. Last year saw Seth MacFarlane host the awards in a rather controversial manner, so Ellen’s appearance is likely to put producers at ease with her relaxed, easy-going style of hosting.
– The midnight screenings of Sharknado in the US have been so popular that cinemas have had to continuously keep adding shows to keep up the demand. It is thought that the interest on social media sites have boosted the profile of the film and surpassed the originally anticipated demand.
– Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled out of the Freddie Mercury biopic he has been working on with Queen. It is thought that where the band wanted a PG rated story, Cohen had been pushing for an R-rated tell-all portrayal of events. Cohen had been confirmed for the role for a number of years but has this week officially exited.
– Since Batman Vs Superman has been announced at Comic-Con, speculation has been rife over the identity Batman. The latest rumours suggest that Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Gosling and, surprisingly, Richard Armitage are all contenders for the role. The last man to play Batman was Christian Bale who confirmed after The Dark Knight Rises that he was finished with the character after starring in one of the movie industry’s most consistently praised trilogies.
– James Cameron has hired the talents of Josh Friedman to help pen the script for Avatar 2, whilst also announcing plans for Avatar 3 and Avatar 4. The first sequel is expected in December 2016.
– Samuel L Jackson will play the main villain in the upcoming Secret Service film. He will star alongside Colin Firth and Taron Egerton, with Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote currently in contention for the female lead part. The film, directed by Matthew Vaugn is to be released November 2014.
– Len Wiseman has parted company with Universal due to scheduling issues. Wiseman was to be the man guiding Universal’s reboot of The Mummy series but has walked away from the project. Jon Spaihts, co-writer of Prometheus has been writing the script, but in the meantime a search for a new director continues.
– Finally, Disney are working on a film adaptation of the Artemis Fowl books. Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) is currently writing the script.