* Let’s talk robots and gangsters, shall we? Hugh Jackman posted a picture of the Chappie poster on his Instagram (he truly is one of my favourites to follow on there), complete with those blocks we used to play with as kids. Today we can expect a trailer for the hush-hush film from District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp, starring Jackman, Dev Patel, Die Antwoord and
* Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of Godzilla‘s debut. The film opened in 1954 on November 3rd, with the beast made from bamboo, cloth, paper and wire – not a visual effect in sight! In a look back at the making of the movie all those years ago in WSJ, Eizo Kaimai talks about creating the model for the Japanese “gorilla whale” for Toho Studios’ film. The reboot released this year made $525 million, and we know there have been many versions and spinoffs, so what an incredible legacy to have been a part of creating.
* Darren Aronofsky has been made the head of the Berlin Film Festival’s jury. It’ll be the 65th anniversary of the fest, next year in Feb, and I still have never been to Germany’s top film fest. The rest of the jury members who’ll be joining the Black Swan director have yet to be announced, but Wim Wenders will be getting an honorary Golden Bear, so we know that much. Certainly other big announcements will be made in the run-up to the fest’s milestone year – as good a reason as any to go this time!
* Stephen King‘s new novel, Revival, comes out next week. NPR broadcast a part of an interview Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross did with him last year, when Joyland was coming out, and it’s fascinating to hear him talk about what frightened him as a child and what frightens him now. His take on religion and God and the supernatural, plus a little tidbit about how The Shining was almost set somewhere else entirely add to the treasures of this great chat.
* Beyonce has announced she’s releasing an old album with two new songs, which has made many people happy. But if you’re looking for new music, how about the latest single from The Hunger Games Mockingjay soundtrack by Scotland’s wonderful Chvrches or Wu Tang’s Ruckus in B Minor from their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow?
* After a full-throttle first single, Pearl Jam finally release a second single from the band’s forthcoming Lightning Bolt album. In contrast, Sirens is a bittersweet love-song that we’ll happily take.
* The newest version of Grand Theft Auto has smashed records, bringing in $800 million in the first 24 hours of its release. As for the game itself, it’s being called ‘the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment.’
* With London all wrapped up, eyes now turn to Milan Fashion Week and the show-stoppers expected to be unveiled there. Gucci and DSquared2 opened the Spring 2014 collections there.
* Stephen King is preparing to release The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, this coming Tuesday, saying, in an interview with USA Today, that the book picks up 3 years after his gripping novel left off.
* Closing arguments in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial will be heard on Monday, signalling an almost-end in sight for the drawn-out case.
* Dave Matthews Band scored its sixth #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart, with Away From the World.
* In case you missed it, a new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released.
* The actress in the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims is suing the producers of the film and YouTube.
* Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – Doctor Sleep – is set to release on Monday.
*Green Day are streaming their new album – part one of three – before the official release next week on their Facebook page. Go now!