We like to cover as much news as possible here that interests you, but it’s unavoidable that little nuggets get missed here and there. Sometimes there’s too much to mention. Sometimes there’s not enough information to warrant an entire post. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes a fourth thing happens.
Anyway, the Weekend Roundup is a means of keeping you updated on the weekend’s happenings without overwhelming you with multiple posts. This way you have time to enjoy your weekend outside, with trees and ducks and stuff.
So here are the important titbits that might come up in the coming week:
Affleck and Brolin Stand Up for American Sniper
It’s been a surprising few weeks for Bradley Cooper. While he’s been on Broadway with Elephant Man, Award-magnet American Sniper has been entirely snubbed by the SAg and Golden Globe Awards. As if that weren’t mind-boggling enough, now fellow Oscar contenders Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) and Ben Affleck (Daredevil 2…just kidding, Gone Girl) have spoken publicly in favour of Cooper’s performance and the importance of the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. It’s relatively unheard of for Oscar competitors to be rooting for one another this late in the game, so maybe the spirit of Christmas is still working miracles in Hollywood.
Official Set Image for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller
It’s hardly a surprise to see Steven Spielberg taking on a project that depicts an important moment in American history. Even less of a surprise is his reunion with collaborator Tom Hanks. But then who needs surprises when it’s all good news? Well now we have an exclusive image from the set of Spielberg’s untitled Cold War epic that sees Austin Stowell play Francis Gray Power, an American pilot who is shot down over Soviet airspace in a spy plane. Good thing he has Hanks to rely on as attorney James Donovan. The image is a little non-descript, but it all looks good. More news soon hopefully!
Sony and Robert Rodriguez Play with Fire and Ice
Remember Fire and Ice? Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi’s animated fantasy feature from the 1980’s that combined traditional cell animation and rotoscoped live action footage? No? Well you’re about to. Sony is taking a wary step out of its front door and picking up Robert Rodriguez’s project, a live action reboot of the animated feature. This will be the first film that Rodriguez has directed in four years that isn’t a sequel, so it will be cool to see him working with some new material again. Well, not new, but you know what I mean. It’s a fairly epic fantasy storyline, taking place between the fortresses of Icepeak and Firekeep with the kidnapping of a princess by the evil Queen Julianna.
Exclusive Poster for Helen Mirren’s Woman in Gold
Helen Mirren and Nazis!? I’m in! This is an exclusive poster for Mirren’s latest project, in which she plays a woman who bravely plans to reclaim a Gustav Klimt painting that was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War 2…well when else would Nazis be operating? Mirren will be starring alongside Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl and Ryan Reynolds, who I can only hope is playing a wise-cracking SS officer. Any chance of that? Simon Curtis is directing and the Weinstein Co. is releasing the feature in 2015. Expect a trailer on Monday!
Horrifying Holiday Greetings from The Babadook
Let’s end the weekend on a creepy high! There’s been no end of amazingly eery extras following the success of The Babadook that has been steadily building since Sundance. Now we have a Christmas fable to add to the canon. The Christmas message is only 45 seconds long but has all those monochrome shivers that we’ve come to expect.
And that’s the weekend. See you all next week!