Welcome back to Reel Weekly!

This week on the site we check out Scorsese’s latest with the thrill-ride that is The Wolf Of Wall Street as well as the phantasmagorical retelling of a Japanese legend with 47 Ronin.

Before we get started with news, if you haven’t already seen the results from the 71st Annual Golden Globe awards you can check them out HERE. And while we’re on the subject of awards, make sure you check out this year’s Academy Award nominations HERE.

Movie News


  • The Conjuring’s demonic doll Anabelle will be getting its own film as the first of three planned spinoffs to the surprise horror-hit. John Leonetti, The Conjuring’s cinematographer, will be stepping up to the director’s chair on the spinoff with director James Wan attached as exec producer. Read more


  • The depraved antics of Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street have caused a stir in some international markets. Lengthy cuts being made before release in certain territories, the largest being the United Arab Emirates who chopped a full 45 minutes off the run time. Further to this, the film has received a total ban in both Malaysia and Nepal. Read more

Casting Buzz


  • Quentin Tarantino apparently has his eye on two actors for his upcoming western The Hateful Eight. Bruce Dern (up for an Oscar at this year’s awards for his performance in Nebraska) and Christoph Waltz (who worked with Tarantino on his last two films) are both reportedly being eyed for the award-winning film maker’s next flick. Read more


  • Michael Douglas has been cast as scientist Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s upcoming Marvel entry Ant-Man. So what about the recently announced star of the film Paul Rudd? He’ll be playing Scott Lang, who took the mantle of Ant-Man from Pym in the comics after stealing the technology behind his powers. Read more


  • Chris Pratt, star of Marvel’s upcoming cosmic epic Guardians of the Galaxy, has been confirmed to be starring in Jurassic World, alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins. The news comes from a tweet from Ron Howard showing Pratt and his daughter meeting on the red carpet. Read more


  • Thomas Kretschmann will be joining James Spader’s titular villain on the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron. Kretschmann will play Baron Von Strucker, an ex-nazi who has worked up the ranks of terrorist outfit Hydra, and is promised as having connections to both Nick Fury and Captain America. Read more

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  • Meryl Streep is set to star in The Senator’s Wife, where she will take on the National Rifle Association of America in a film Harvey Weinstein is describing as “the new Mr Smith Goes To Washington”. The film promises to give us an inside look on how the NRA used its influence to block a bill which would have expanded background checks on gun sales. Read more


  • The stars of Academy Award-winning writer Charlie Kaufman’s upcoming comedy-pilot How and Why have been revealed as John Hawkes and Michael Cera. Hawkes will play Goodman Hesselman, who has recently lost his job on a children’s science program and is forced to star in a new show in the middle of nowhere. His new boss Mendelson (Cera) tries to copy his previous show as much as legally possible. Read more

TV News


  • Five directors have been announced for WGN America’s 10-part Ten Commandments series. Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera are all onboard. The modern interpretation of the biblical story will see one episode dedicated to each commandment. Read more


  • Mark Wahlberg is set to produce a remake of classic 80s drama Highway to Heaven to be penned by former Hell On Wheels showrunner John Wirth. The original series focused on Michael Landon’s Jonathan Smith, a probationary angel who teams up with ex-cop Mark Gordon. Read more


  • NBC have joined the comic book arms race by ordering a pilot for Constantine, a British occult specialist and career scumbag. Many will remember the DC / Vertigo comics character from the 2005 cinematic adaption starring Keanu Reeves. The series will be written and produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. Read more


  • Netflix have locked in yet another series to get excited about with Marco Polo; a “drama of politics, manipulation and deadly warfare among clashing empires.” The online distributor had ordered nine episodes of the series set in 13th Century China, to be produced in the new Pinewood Studios in Malaysia. Read more


  • Veronica Mars fans have even more to get excited about with the announcement of a new spinoff series to air on CW Seed. Not much has been revealed about what the series will entail, but there’s speculation that success on the digital platform could lead to the property making a return to prime-time television (and the upcoming movie certainly wouldn’t hurt either). Read more

That’s it for news this week so let’s check out what we have on offer to watch. There’s new trailers for Game of Thrones Season 4, Doom: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four” (which also includes Corman’s full film), The Face Of Love , and Blue Ruin. Also new this week are these clips from Ride Along (which includes behind the scenes B-roll footage) and Robocop, and this new featurette for Need for Speed.

And lastly, make sure you check out this hilarious piece of prank marketing for the upcoming horror-thriller Devil’s Due:

Compiled by Zac Platt.