Movie News Roundup – 9th January

This is a new feature here on Shuggie Says, I’m going to try it for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. Every Monday I’m going to look back at the week and pick 3 or 4 of the news stories that caught my attention throughout the week.

La La Land wins big at Golden Globes – Musical Romance La La Land was undoubtedly the big winner in the film categories at last night’s Golden Globes taking home all 7 of the awards that it was nominated for, including all of the musical and comedy ones. Given the show’s entire opening was a homage to La La Land it is hardly surprising that it performed so well.

Causing an upset with the second most wins of the night was Elle, as most of the drama awards were spread out with no other films particularly dominating. Moonlight took home best drama, but in one of the big shocks of the night Mahershala Ali was beaten to best supporting actor in a drama by Aaron Taylor Johnson’s performance in Nocturnal Animals. Unsurprisingly favourites Viola Davis and Casey Affleck won, but Isabelle Huppert managed the other great shock, beating out the likes of Amy Adams and heavy favourite Natalie Portman for best actress in a drama. Full list of winners.

 

Ben Affleck’s Batman may not happen – Even the majority of this summer’s biggest Batman v Superman critics liked Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman, and so the general opinion was that his own stand alone Batman film, would be directed by him after recent critical hits such as The Town and Argo. But his recent comments about the film in an interview have cast some doubts on this:

“That’s the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

The fact that there still isn’t a script for the film it’s hard to imagine that there is any chance for the film to make it’s slated 2018 release date. It’s good to see that Affleck wants this to be as good as can be, but this does appear to be symptomatic of any of the behind the scenes problems going on in the DC cinematic Universe.

 

Apple to introduce ‘theatre’ mode for iPhones – Apple is strongly rumoured to be introducing a theatre mode of their electronic devices to be used in cinemas during their next update. It is not yet clear exactly how thought that this was would automatically block incoming calls and messages, prevent the phone from making sounds, and dim the screen as low as possible.

Those in favour are saying that this would cause fewer distractions as it would stop people from having incredibly bright screens or phones going off and making noise. The idea’ critics have said that it will just encourage people to use them, and that phones should just be off at the cinema. What do you think, would a theatre mode be a good feature or not?

 

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