–The Imitation Game won the 2015 USC Scripter Award this past Saturday, which honors both screenwriter (Graham Moore) and original source author (Andrew Hodges). The other nominees were Gone Girl, Inherent Vice, Wild and The Theory of Everything.
-The Sundance Film Fest Awards were announced, with Me & Earl & the Dying Girl taking a Grand Jury Prize and Robert Eggers collecting the Directing Award for the horror film The Witch.
-In casting news, Rose Byrne will be returning for X-Men: Apocalypse after having sat out for Days of Future Past, the American remake of Sleepless Night announced Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan as leads, and Matthew McConaughey joined Born to Run. Aside from that, it was a fairly uneventful week for casting.
A lot of new footage premiered during yesterday’s Super Bowl. First, a lengthier tease for Jurassic World:
Among the other new trailers was a Terminator: Genysis spot that only made the film look 50% terrible instead of 90%, a Ted 2 teaser featuring Tom Brady, a pretty hilarious teaser for Furious 7, and a longer look at Brad Bird’s exciting-looking Tomorrowland:
A short spot for the event series Dig also aired, which hopefully won’t just be the latest in a string of disappointing things starring the fantastic Jason Isaacs. The dude deserves so much better.
January/February is usually pretty desolate as far as new releases go, and you’re probably better off catching up on those Oscar nominees you haven’t seen yet. Stateside February 6 releases include the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending, the horrid-looking Seventh Son, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and the Ryan Reynolds vehicle The Voices. Save your money.
This Sunday (Feb. 8) sees the return of The Walking Dead and the premiere of the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, and Saul will air a second episode on Monday (Feb. 9) as well. Stay tuned for our reviews of both.
Prior to that, this week’s episode of Agent Carter will probably be worth watching as it guest stars Neal McDonough from Captain America: The First Avenger. A new hour of Gotham airs as well, as do episodes of Justified and The Blacklist in non-comic book fare.
New streaming offerings for February 1 include The Brothers Bloom, Joe, the complete series of Spartacus and seasons 1-5 of M*A*S*H. This week’s Netflix suggestion is Jon Favreau’s Chef, so long as you’re prepared to get hungry.
Review of the Week
Head here for our review of Ordinary People, kicking off our Director Series on Robert Redford.