Cool movie news you might have missed in the Christmas rush…

There’s plenty of hot film news around at the moment, here are three of the latest stories…

Expendables 4 is happening

After The Expendables 3 struggled to make an impact at the box office, largely due to its PG rating and the whole thing being leaked online before the released date, many insiders thought the franchise would soon be moved to TV.  This is still at the discussion stage, but there are many signs that it may be on the cards.  In the meantime, Stallone is reassembling his team of toughies for one last time (apparently), in The Expendables 4.  We know this because Splendid Film, a German independent distributor, has bought the movie rights for its home country.   It’s likely that most of the usual gang, including Statham, Stallone and Schwarzenegger, will be back for more.  With a release date set sometime in 2018, expect shooting to begin next year.

Alien Covenant closer to Aliens than Alien

Expect to see the trailer for Ridley Scott’s latest outing, Alien: Covenant, any time now, as 20th Century Fox have already begun releasing stills from the film onto their Alien Twitter account.  The photo which has attracted the most attention so far is of Katherine Waterson, who bares more than a passing resemblance to Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley.   Elsewhere, you can see plenty of military action, suggestion an Aliens based storyline.  We’ve also learned more about the movie from Micheal Fassbender, who played David, the android in Prometheus.  However, this time he’s going to play a slightly less psychotic synthetic crew member, named Walter, who’ll be unlike David and much more akin to Bishop.  “I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish. David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose…the elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego…”, explained Fassbender. Look out for Alien: Covenant in around five months from now.

Some shockers in the IMDB Best of 2016 top ten

IMDb based their best of list  purely on page clicks, so although some of the entries have been whipping up a storm on social media, it’s important to remember that it’s not about a films ratings or even IMDb users preferences.  This is more about ‘where have I seen that man/woman’, or ‘what else has this director done’, types searches and views. So here’s the list:
1.Suicide Squad
2. Captain America: Civil War
3. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
4. Deadpool
5. X-Men: Apocalypse
6. The Jungle Book
7. The Magnificent Seven
8. Ghostbusters
9. Warcraft
10. The Legend Of Tarzan