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Welcome back to Reel Weekly,

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First and foremost this week we are giving our Australian readers a chance to win a DVD copy of White Elephant courtesy of Madman Entertainment. For your chance to win a copy of the inspirational true story of Argentinean priest/activist Father Mugica, check out the competition details and enter HERE.

In reviews this week we go on a journey across the Outback in “one of the best films to come out of Australia in the last five years” with Tracks, we discuss whether Lars von Trier’s new film is a bold step forward for cinema or just a controversial exercise in Lars doing whatever the hell he wants with Nymphomaniac, and finally we get lost at sea with Robert Redford in J.C. Chandor’s minimalist survival film All Is Lost.

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Before we get started, some more sad news this week as we learn of the death of voiceover royalty Hal Douglas, who passed away at age 89 after battling pancreatic cancer. While you may not recognise the name, any movie lover is sure to recognise the gravelly voice Douglas leant to countless Hollywood trailers. Read more

Movie News

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  • Soon-to-be-published graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and author behind World War Z (but don’t blame the movie on him)) and Caanan White has already been snatched up by Sony Pictures. The story will follow an African American unit who fought in Europe during the First World War and, despite returning as heroes, “still faced the hard hand of racism from their fellow soldiers, citizens and the federal government.” Read more

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  • The latest work of whimsical wizardry from Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel has broken the record as the highest grossing limited live-action debut in the U.S. Earning a handsome $800,000 across the four cinemas that saw it released, Wes Anderson’s eighth film beats the previous record held by Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master, which averaged $147,000 per screen. Read more

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  • Chris McKay, editor and animation co-director of The Lego Movie, will be getting bumped up to director for the sequel of the Warner Bros. smash hit. Best known as a director on Robot Chicken as well as the third Robot Chicken: Star Wars TV special, McKay has plenty of experience in bringing toys to life in fun and inventive ways. Read more

Explorers

  • 1985 sci-fi adventure Explorers is set for a remake under Paramount Pictures to be written by Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Ande Nemec. The original film, starring a young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, has developed a following on the home entertainment front despite flopping at the box office, so hopefully that suggests a modern audience might be a tad more receptive. Read more

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  • Following the very average box-office performance of the less than average Smurfs 2, the planned third film is being scrapped in favour of an all-animated prequel. Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury will tell an origin story that promises to be closer to creator Peyo’s original artwork. It sounds like it could have a bit more integrity than the soulless CGI/live-action hybrids, but who gives a Smurf really? Read more

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  • It wouldn’t be surprising if delays or fiscal responsibilities make one of the studios back off, but at the moment Marvel and DC are set to go head to head on May 6, 2016, with Captain America 3 and Snyder’s Batman/Superman film getting released on the same day. Marvel originally had the date saved for an untitled film when DC pushed their big crossover back to go against it. With early buzz on Cap 2 possibly being one of Marvel’s best films, it seems only fitting that it will be the Sentinel of Liberty that goes up against Dark Knight and the Man of Tomorrow. Read more

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  • Queen front man Freddie Mercury’s untitled biopic has hit yet another snafu, this time with director Dexter Fletcher leaving due to creative differences. Star Ben Whishaw is still attached (having replaced Sacha Baron Cohen as the lead in the last round of problems), but with the film no doubt being delayed to find a new director, his commitment to appear in the next Bond movie could get in the way. Read more

Casting Buzz

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  • CW’s spin-off of the hit supernatural series Supernatural is getting its cast together for the premiere of the first episode on April 29th. Supernatural: Bloodlines (formally Supernatural: Tribes) sees Nathaniel Buzolic (The Vampire Diaries), Sean Faris (Never Back Down), Danielle Savre (Heroes) and Stephen Martines (General Hospital) joined by Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) as the female lead Violet. Read more

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  • The one and only Martin Sheen has joined the cast of Warren Beatty’s untitled project about the assistant to Howard Hughes. Also on-board are Alden Ehnrenreich as the aforementioned assistant, Lilly Collins as his love interest and Beatty himself as the paranoid aviator. Read more

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  • Jennifer Beals is set to star in a pilot called Proof, a medical-drama/supernatural hybrid for TNT. Produced by The Closer’s Kyra Sedgwick, the pilot will see Beals as Dr. Kathryn Russo, a surgeon who begins investigating supernatural occurrences following the death of her son to discover if there really is something after death. Read more

  • Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas) is set to join Dean Winters (Oz) as the second lead in Vince Gilligan and David Shore’s new series on CBS, Battle Creek. Winters will play tough-guy detective Russ Agnew who teams up with Duhamel’s sincere and naïve FBI agent Milton Chamberlain. Read more

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  • Following the cast of the titular heroes in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot being revealed, rumours are circulating about a number of frontrunners being looked at for the role of the villainous Dr. Doom. That number, obviously, is four. Sam Riley (Control), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Rock n’ Rolla) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) are all reportedly being considered for the Latverian dictator. Read more

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  • NBC have given us our first glimpse at Matt Ryan as Constantine for their news series about the DC/Vertigo comic anti-hero, and fans will be happy to know it looks spot-on. Exec producer David S. Goyer, a long-time fan of the character, seems intent on giving a more faithful adaption of the character than the 2005 film of the same name, which was not at all a bad film, but one pretty far from the source material. Read more

 TV News

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  • Fox comedy series Raising Hope has been officially cancelled and will wrap up at the conclusion of its fourth season. Current show runner Mike Mariano assured fans they wouldn’t go out without a satisfying conclusion, saying, “We planned our Season 4 finale with this possibility in mind.” Read more

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  • Fox have released an extended synopsis for their new DC comic adaption Gotham, which stars Ben McKenzie (Southland) as a young James Gordon (played by Gary Oldman in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy). The series will work as an origin tale, showing the titular city before being put under the protection of Batman. Classic rogues such as the Joker and the Penguin being heavily incorporated into the overall plot. Read more

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  • Looks like the colossally successful Big Bang Theory is going to be with us for a while given the news that CBS has put together a massive 3-season renewal. The comedy juggernaut continues to blow the competition out of the water with its latest season averaging 19.79 million viewers, proving there’s still plenty of room in today’s world for antiquated sit-coms that use god-awful laugh-tracks and trade off jokes demeaning sub-culture’s they clearly don’t understand. Read more

That’s it for news. In trailers this week we have Stage Fright, 24: Live Another Day, Game Of Thrones Season 4, Normal Heart, Devil’s Knot, Noah (as introduced by Emma Watson), 13 Sins, Hateship Loveship and Get On Up.

Also for your viewing pleasure, here are new clips from Noah, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

And lastly, these featurettes for Noah, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (with a bonus look at the red carpet world premiere) and this handy 25-minute recap of Game of Thrones season 3.

That’s everything this week. But before you go, be sure to bid adieu to this year’s Oscar season with the below super cut of the final moments of all 86 best picture winners (obviously beware of spoilers).

– Compiled by Zac Platt.