Weekly News Roundup: Remembering Bill Paxton; Oscar Winners; ‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue & More

In Memoriam: Bill Paxton

We are extremely saddened to learn that famed character actor Bill Paxton passed away this weekend aged 61. He was best known for his appearances in AliensThe TerminatorTitanic, Twister, Edge of Tomorrow; as well as TV turns in Big Love and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and his directorial debut Frailty. Paxton will next be seen in James Ponsoldt’s The Circle. Fellow Hollywood stars came out with an outpour of support and remembrance following the news, including Jennifer Aniston who delivered an emotional tribute to the actor at last night’s Oscars. [BBC]

The Oscars – Moonlight and The Salesman Upset & More

The bitter months-long rivalry between the two frontrunners could not have ended more perfectly. The Academy Awards were handed out last night at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre, with La La Land, as expected, scoring big by picking up 9 awards including Best Director and Best Actress. But the big surprises came closer to the end of the night – not only did Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman beat out favourite Toni Erdmann in the Best Foreign Language Film category, the night ended with a big twist as La La Land was mistakenly awarded Best Picture instead of Moonlight. [THR]

Matt Reeves Officially Announced As The Batman Director; Nightwing Movie In The Works From LEGO Batman Director

The DC Universe drama has finally concluded – Warner Bros. have officially announced that Matt Reeves will indeed direct the in-development Batman solo film starring Ben Affleck. And elsewhere, reports have surfaced that the studio are also working on a film centred around the character of Nightwing, with The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay in talks to helm the project. [THR]

Fox Debuts Prologue Short Film For Alien: Covenant

The build up to Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise continues – Fox have released a special 4-minute ‘prologue’ for Alien: Covenant this week. Directed by Luke Scott and packed with Alien references galore, this short (which will not appear in the final film, like similar ‘prologue’ promos for The Martian) nicely introduces us to the crew of the to-be-doomed colony vessel and is an absolute must-watch ahead of the film’s May release.

Trailer Of The Week: Bright


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