Weekly News Roundup – Oscar Nominations, Possible Donnie Darko Sequel & More

In Memoriam: John Hurt and Emmanuelle Riva

Over the course of the last few days, we’ve lost two screen legends – Sir John Hurt and Emmanuelle Riva have both passed away this week, aged 77 and 89 respectively. Hurt was best known for his roles in Alien, The Elephant Man, V For Vendetta and has most recently starred in Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, Doctor Who and Jackie. The BAFTA-winning actor was currently in production on Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, where he plays Neville Chamberlain. Riva best-known work included Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours: Blue and Michael Haneke’s Amour, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress – the oldest nominee ever for an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role award. [BBC/AV Club]

2017 Oscar Nominees Announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the nominees for this year’s Oscars, which take place on Sunday, February 26th. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (our review) earned 14 nominations in total – tying the record set by Titanic and All About Eve. Other top nominees include fellow Best Picture nominees Arrival and Moonlight (8 each), Hacksaw Ridge, Lion and Manchester by the Sea (6 each), and Fences and Hell or High Water (4 each) – with major surprises including yet another Meryl Streep nod for Best Actress, nominations for Suicide Squad and Passengers; and snubs for Amy Adams’s performance in Arrival, as well as Martin Scorsese’s Silence which earned a sole Cinematography nod. [THR]

Richard Kelly May Return To World Of ‘Donnie Darko’

With the cult classic Donnie Darko now re-released on Blu-ray with a brand new restoration, director Richard Kelly expressed his desire to return to the world of the film, describing a potential sequel as ‘bigger and more ambitious’ in a recent interview. He also touched upon needing a big budget to make it happen, and that he will look into developing the idea following the release of his next film. [HMV]

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther And Avengers: Infinity War Begin Production

Marvel Studios have announced this week the start of production for both Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther as well as Anthony & Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War. Both announcements came with casting confirmations – Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman will be joining Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o in the February 2018 release, with recent additions to the Avengers threequel’s cast including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2‘s Dave Bautista and Pom Klementieff. [Deadline/Collider]

Two Movies And A…Perfume Ad – Terrence Malick’s 2017 Plans Revealed

The famed director is debuting Song To Song – starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender – this March at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas; but that’s not all. Word is that Malick not only has another upcoming project – war drama Radegund  (featuring a notably less star-studded cast than Song To Song, save for Matthias Schoenaerts) due to make its festival debut closer to the end of this year – but he also reportedly shot a perfume ad campaign for Guerlain starring none other than Angelina Jolie. Once the campaign launches in March, Malick will join the ranks of Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze and Nicolas Winding Refn who all recently directed spots for Dior, Kenzo and Gucci respectively. [Collider]

Poster Of The Week – Ghost In The Shell

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