Want some piping hot movie news? I’m a bit late for that but how about some nice, warm portions from what’s been getting served up across the past week? If that’s what you’re after then no problemo...

 

SKYNET SCHMYNET

It’s been known for some time that James Cameron was planning to reunite with Arnold Schwarzenegger for a new Terminator film. However the veteran director has another ace up his sleeve, revealing he is bringing Linda Hamilton back to the franchise to reprise her role as mother of all resistance fighters and Skynet‘s worst nightmare Sarah Connor.

Deadpool‘s Tim Miller will helm the action-packed chapter based on writer/producer Cameron’s story. It’s reported this will be the first in a fresh trilogy that passes the legacy onto new characters via its ageing stalwarts: so, much like Star Wars then. The movie ignores the third instalment onwards, serving as a direct sequel to Judgment Day, recently re-released in 3D.

Whilst series that pretend previous entries never happened don’t have great track records (Superman Returns for example, or Neill Blomkamp‘s proposed continuation of Aliens) the reunion of the principal players should at least erase the memory of misconceived fifth flick Genisys.

Resurrected heroines play a key role in the week’s news – Jamie Lee Curtis was also announced as taking on Michael Myers in the forthcoming Halloween 11, due out next year.

 

ALICIA UNLEASHED

On a minor feminist note the first full trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot landed, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. Showcasing an actress who is infinitely better than the material perhaps deserves, it features the typical running around and death-defying feats you’d expect, though hardly unearths anything noteworthy. Hopefully Vikander will make the project fly after a lacklustre pair of movies with Angelina Jolie.

Much amusement has been created by the film’s poster and Croft’s neck, though I’m happy to report her head is all present and correct here…

Tomb Raider leaps into cinemas in March.

 

CRANSTON’S PICKLE

Fans of stop motion, of which I am one, will be intrigued by Isle Of Dogs, the new animated adventure from Wes Anderson. Anderson is generally known for his quirky, self-conscious efforts like The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel. However he made a surprising fist of Roald Dahl‘s Fantastic Mr. Fox and now applies the same approach to this Japanese tale, where the inhabitants of a canine island find themselves helping a young boy track down his four-legged friend. A trailer has just been uploaded.

Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson and Yoko Ono lend their voices to the peculiar but fun-looking antics. Things get hairy early next year…

 

MALE/FEMALE BONDING

Out to see on the big screen is Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which stars Taron Egerton as bolshy spook “Eggsy”, alongside Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. The flick’s Bond-esque leanings are nothing new when it comes to tributing 007, so I wrote a feature about this, which you can read here.

 

HARRY DEAN STANTON 1926-2017

Finally by way of tribute to the late Harry Dean Stanton, who passed away a week ago, here’s a look at one of his final roles, Lucky. The story of a man at the end of his days and the journey he undertakes in an attempt to understand everything, this drama co-starred David Lynch, someone who the actor collaborated with recently on Twin Peaks.

This well-loved and respected character performer worked with many of the great movie artists of the past two centuries: he was one of the first to encounter Ridley Scott‘s Alien and appeared in Cool Hand Luke, Wise Blood, Paris, Texas, The Last Temptation Of Christ for Martin Scorsese and many others. He died of natural causes aged 91. RIP…

 

I’ll be back with more movie news next week!

 

Sources: THR, YouTube