• For a guy who was as dominant militarily as someone who is biologically French can be, we haven’t seen a lot of Napoleon Bonaparte in movies. Really, the only lasting impression he’s made on the big screen was opposite Bill and Ted, but the Wyld Stallyns may have to move over. Rupert Sanders, known equally for directing Snow White and the Huntsman as he was for doing it with that film’s lead actress, is going to bring the Frenchman’s life to epic glory in a biopic being described as “Scarface-like.” Please let him say “Say bonjour to my little croissant.”
  • When it comes to your dreams, don’t give up…don’t ever give up. This week, the die-hard contingent of fans that has been breathlessly awaiting a sequel to 1989’s The War of the Roses, which proved domestic violence can be so wacky and hilarious, finally got their wish! Some 25 years later, we’ll get to see another madcap sendup of a marriage that devolves into violence! Oh, comedy.
  • The gosh-darn hilarious comedy duo Key and Peele are teaming up with Judd Apatow to write a new movie. That’s exciting for several reasons: first, those guys are brilliant and need more work. Second, it’s nice to see a comedy being conceived by a biracial group of writers. Third, maybe Key and Peele, who work in short segments on their Comedy Central show, can introduce Apatow to the concept of brevity.
  • If you haven’t been paying attention, 2015 is going to be stupidly packed with big-budget, highly anticipated fare like no other movie year in history. Think I’m exaggerating? Here is a small sample of the 42 movies with confirmed dates: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Ted 2, Terminator, Ant-Man, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, Star Wars Episode VII, Mission Impossible 5 and so on and so on. With a list that full, they can’t all do the money they expect. It’s like the Hollywood version of the Hunger Games…and one of the movies IS The Hunger Games!

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).

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