8th June 2012

With blockbusters like Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman dominating the box office, UK distributors have opted to sneak-release several smaller films this weekend, including two British indies: Ben Drew's East End multi-strand drama Ill Manors and Simon Pegg's paranoia black comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything. But the best release this week is the searching for Metallica doc Mission to Lars.

Michael Fassbender

Meanwhile, Prometheus opens in America this weekend, and a beardy Michael Fassbender was spotted on his way into a New York TV-show interview. Intriguingly, he ignored the paparazzi and instead gave his full attention to fans lining up to see him, posing for photos and signing autographs.

In London, the premiere for the British track and field drama Fast Girls saw former Olympians Dwain Chambers and Sally Gunnell jogging onto the Leicester Square red carpet alongside the film's stars Lenora Crichlow, Lily James and Noel Clarke.

Movie news this week was dominated by sequel updates. Andy Serkis will be back as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Aaron Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz are returning for Kick-Ass 2. Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale are playing villains in Iron Man 3. Comedy filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo (You, Me and Dupree) may direct Captain America 2. And Michael Bay is rebooting the entire cast for Transformers 4.

The Bourne Legacy

Speaking of reboot sequels, a more detailed trailer arrived for The Bourne Legacy, which shifts the focus to Jeremy Renner as another spy in the top secret programme. Matt Damon isn't back for this action-adventure, but other cast members are back, including Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Albert Finney.

And in a rare instance of a film that's not a sequel or remake, or based on a fairy tale or Bible story, the trailer for the intelligent, slow-burning Northern Ireland thriller Shadow Dancer is starting to drum up interest. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim), the film stars Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen. The film premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival later this month.


Rich Cline

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