Game of Thrones made its much anticipated return to TV this week with its Season 5 opener that broke viewing figure records for Sky Atlantic, the home of GoT in the UK.
The British lead series saw 1.67 million viewers tune in for the season opener on Monday, a 26% increase on last year – not bad considering the first four episodes were leaked online ahead of the official launch in the UK, one night after the U.S.
To some the figures may seem low, but considering the adult nature of the show and the fact that it’s the most pirated show in history, it’s not a bad victory for Sky who are currently battling online rivals such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The award-winning fantasy series, based on the novels of George R.R. Martin, has become one of the most watched series around the world and has made global stars of its British talent including Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington and Lena Headey.
Ryan Gosling is a man unserious demand these days – not surprising considering his undeniable ability to send female pulses racing, and now reports are surfacing that The Notebook star could be set to join the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi cult classic, Blade Runner.
Rumours of a possible Blade Runner sequel have been making the rounds for several decades since the original’s release in 1982, and now it’s looks likely that Gosling will take his place alongside Harrison Ford, who has confirmed he’ll be returning for the sequel.
Directed this time by Prisoners (2013) visionary Denis Vileneuve, and with Ridleu Scott taking up Executive Producer duties, the much anticipated sequel will take place decades after the original that was set in a dystopian Los Angeles.
Nothing is yet known about the plot or who’s Gosling will play, but it is likely to once again centre around Ford’s character of Rick Deckard.
With Ford set to star in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens which its cinemas this Christmas, as well as recently announcing his intention to star in another Indiana Jones sequel, a release date for the Blade Runner sequel is yet to be announced – though it could be sometime yet.
He’s one of the UK’s hottest properties at the moment, having recently claimed Oscar success with his performance as Dr. Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), and now it appears the young actor could be set to join the nations biggest fictional series, Harry Potter.
A couple of years ago Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling hinted at a possible movie adaption of the famous Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – now, four years after the conclusion of the world famous boy wizard series, it appears the film may have found its leading man.
Set almost seventy years before the time of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themfollows the adventures of Newt Scamander, a famous and idolised wizard who’s adventures around the world become the stuff of legend. It worth pointing out that the film is neither a sequel nore a prequel to the record breaking Harry Potter series, but instead a completely seperate extension of the captivating fictional world created by Rowling.
Despite Redmayne clearly interested in joining the project, Warner Bros. Studios, the makers behind the Harry Potter franchise, are also eyeing other potential suitors including X-Men: Days of Future Past star Nicholas Hault.
The new film, slated to be a trilogy and Rowling’s introduction to the world of screenwriting, will hopefully share in the same box-office success as its Harry Potter counterpart, who’s seven films have grossed over $7 billion worldwide.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is due to start production later this year, with a release date slated for November 18, 2016.
It’s official! Furious 7, the six sequel in the Fast and Furious franchise, has smashed box-office records after grossing a staggering $147 million domestically in the US in it’s opening weekend, eclipsing the March record held by last years Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
The film, the last in the illustrious yet sadly short career of Paul Walker, lies fourth in the list of greatest launches of all time with a whopping $392 million worldwide – it comes just behind The Avengers (2012) $392.5 million haul and the $394.4 million scored by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) still way out in front with $495 million.
Even more great news for the cast is that Furious 7 has reached the $500 million milestone in less than a week and looks set to overtake Fifty Shades of Grey as 2015’s highest grossing film to date – though with Avengers: Age of Ultron opening this month, it’s probably safe to assume this title will not remain theirs for long.
Despite the mind-blowing action scenes, including the destruction of over 240 cars during the production, Furious 7‘s popularity at the box office is likely due largely in part to the sad death of it’s star Paul Walker, who tragically passed away during filming, resulting in the studio recruiting the star’s two brother’s to help transition his character out of the franchise in the most respectful and memorable way possible.
However, with a stellar cast including the likes of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Stathom, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, it’s no surprise why people have been flocking to cinemas all over the world in their masses.
The future of this money making, record breaking franchise is yet to be confirmed, though it’s star Vin Diesel recently hinted to an eighth outing, so anything could be possible, but sadly it will always be missing one of it’s most popular and well-loved stars.
Furious 7 has certainly been one of the most talked about film releases in recent times, sadly though not for all the right reasons – after the tragic and unexpected passing of one of the franchises key stars, Paul Walker back in 2013, the film has been a prominent feature in the spotlight, with one major question still waiting to be answered.
Now it seems original star Vin Diesel has finally put rumours of the franchises completion to bed, with news that Furious 8 is already in the works, despite the latest instalment still yet to hit cinemas.
Perhaps not so crazy considering that the latest release of the hit super-charged action franchise is projected to break April box-office records with over a $100 million domestically (US only) in its opening weekend. A hefty haul which would eclipse the current record of $90 million held by last years Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Vin Diesel spilled the gossip regarding further sequels during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, also hinting at potential key plot points regarding a the new mysterious character of Mr. Nobody, played by franchise new-comer Kurt Russell.
What the plot will be about in Furious 8, and who will remain with it, will very much hind on how Paul Walker’s character is written out of the franchise. You can though catch Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Stathom, Kurt Russell and the rest of the original cast when Furious 7 roars into cinemas worldwide from this weekend (April 3).
All good things must sadly come to an end – a philosophy of life that is as inescapable as the British weather.
Wolverine himself, Mr Hugh Jackman, has hinted via his Instagram account that his upcoming outing as the clawed anti-hero in the yet Untitled Wolverine Sequel will be his last.
The Aussie actor, who’s portrayed the X-Men’s most famous member since 2000, looks set to hang up his claws despite last year announcing his plans to continue in the role for “as long as humanly possible”. It’s certainly the end of an era in the superhero world if this news is true, considering, like Robert Downey Jr with Iron Man, Jackman has pretty much moulded the character to the point where it would not look bizarre for anyone else to portray him.
The news marks another harsh blow for Marvel and the X-Men franchise as a whole, with news of Hollywood starlet Jennifer Lawrence also planning on stepping down from her role as Mytique after production of X-Men: Apocalypse finishes.
Next years blockbuster will mark the seventh time Hugh Jackman has donned the famous sideburns over the last sixteen years, and even though he’s expressed on numerous occasions how much he values the character for keeping him in he highest physical fitness, it appears the man has made his mind up this time.
Of course both Twentieth Century Fox and representatives for Jackman have yet to confirm the news, meaning that nothing is set in stone – so the perhaps Aussie star could still be persuaded to remain with the franchise if studio execs were willing to offer a lucrative deal in the near future.
Hugh Jackman will return alongside Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult when X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas from May 19, 2016.
It has arrived – the first trailer for Spectre has officially landed and it’s clearly going to be the most mind-blowing 007 outing yet.
Daniel Craig returns as the world’s most famous spy when a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
With Sam Mendes returns to the directors helm after the phenomenal of Skyfall and a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Harris, Monica Bellucci and Dave Bautista, Spectrelooks set to go on and eclipse the record breaking gross of it’s predecessor when it hits cinemas worldwide from October 23.
He’s currently being tipped as the next Bond, well after Daniel Craig steps down that is, so he’s clearly proven he’s a man in demand. Now Idris Elba is reportedly in talks to star as the next villain in J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Trek sequel which is yet to receive a name.
The third outing of the U.S.S. Enterprise and its crew, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana, is scheduled to go into production later this year with Elba rumoured to be starring as it’s main villain, although exact details on the character are still being kept secret.
It’s probably no surprise that creator Abrams has opted for another British actor, considering how popular Benedict Cumberbatch was as evil warloard Khan in 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness. Though for the third instalment there looks set to be some behind the scenes changes with original visionary J.J. Abrams stepping down, most likely due to his committments to the new Star Wars trilogy, and Fast & Furious supremo Justin Lin taking the helm. Another interesting addition is to the writing team, with cast member Simon Pegg co-writing the script – so expect a lot more humour and awesome action scenes.
With original cast members Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin also attached to reprise their roles, Star Trek 3 looks set to be even better than its predecessors. Catch Star Trek 3 beaming in to cinemas wirldwide from July 8, 2016.
It appears the X-Men franchise may be set to lose one of it’s most popular stars – fan-favourite Jennifer Lawrence has hinted in a recent interview that the up-coming X-Men: Apocalypse may be her last outing as mutant bad-ass Mystique.
The Hunger Games actress was slightly coy with reasons behind her decision to leave the hit franchise, despite reports last year of a potential Mystique spin-off film.
Along with co-stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, Lawrence has been a crucial factor in the success of the ‘First Class’ franchise, with the last outing, Days of Future Past, raking in an astounding $500 million in its first week of release. Which now leaves a burning question as to where this franchise will go, where it to lose one of its most popular stars?
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to showcase a new group of actors and actresses, all playing younger versions of popular characters such as Cyclops, Jean Gray and Storm. Much like the current cast, these new additions to the X-Men family, including Tye Sheridan and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, could in fact be the future of the franchise, perhaps leading us into yet another trilogy.
Even though it appears the franchise is more than prepared to deal with any loss of its current cast, nothing is definite yet – for someone of Jennifer Lawrence’s stature and star power, studios are usually prepared to break the bank in order to ensure their stars can be encouraged back into the fold. Though having fronted the box-office mega-franchise The Hunger Games, the last of which is due out at the end of the year (2016), no-one could blame Lawrence for wanting a bit of down time.
With an all-star returning cast, as well as some new faces including Channing Tatum as Gambit, you can catch X-Men: Apocalypse in cinemas from May 27, 2016.