Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

This week:
– The Oscars drops new category
– Die Hard 6 gets a real title
– Captain Marvel revealed

Read on to find out more!

The ‘Most Popular Film’ category is no more

Last month, it was announced that the Oscars were introducing a new category to their line-up; ‘Most Popular Film’, which was a way to celebrate films like Star Wars and Avengers: Infinity War – blockbusters that win big at the box office, but generally aren’t the type of movie that would win an Academy Award.

Response to this was mostly negative, as some argued that these films should win the same awards granted to other Oscars contenders, as opposed to a ‘pity award’ of sorts, that seemed to be there for the sake of bringing in bigger audiences and pathetically pandering to mainstream movie viewers – rather than just making categories like ‘Best Picture’ more inclusive.

Now, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson has announced:

“There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members. We have made changes to the Oscars over the years — including this year — and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years.”

…meaning that the category is pretty much dead in the water. But who knows, maybe it will return one day. Or maybe ‘Best Picture’ will actually become a bit more inclusive.

But probably not.

The Oscars next returns to screens in 2019.


Die Hard: Year One gets a real title (that isn’t Die Hard: Year One)

In case you don’t know, there’s another Die Hard movie on the way. Despite the fact that, after Die Hard With A Vengeance, the films have been getting progressively worse, they’re giving it another shot.

But this time, there’s a twist! Not only is this upcoming film a sequel, following the life of an elder John McClane (as played by the 63 year old Bruce Willis), but it’s also a prequel, following a younger twenty-something John McClane (presumably played by someone other than 63 year old Bruce Willis) concurrently. The film will flash back and forth between the two, as the elder McClane is confronted by a villain from his distant past.

The film, at some point, was labled Die Hard: Year One. I can’t remember if that was official or where exactly it came from, but it’s irrelevant now, so I’m not going to look it up. Feel free to do so yourself if you are so inclined.

Anyway, the film has now been revealed to be called McClane, and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura spoke to Empire about what to expect from the film:

“You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in says, ‘McCLANE’. We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before.”

And from Bruce Willis:

“I don’t know how you do Die Hard without Bruce. The idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his twenties. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.”

Die Hard 1-5 are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download.


EW provides a first look at Marvel’s newest saviour

There are certain magazines you can always count on to give the best scoops and pictures from upcoming film. Variety, for instance, provided a beautiful coverage and corresponding photo-shoot from behind the scenes of The Last Jedi.

For Marvel, however, Entertainment Weekly usually provides heaps of new content, and with Captain Marvel coming up, this year proves no different. In an exclusive visit to the set, EW bagged some great shots and a ton of new information on the film.

Highlights include some great shots of Brie Larson as the titular Captain Marvel, Ronan and Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy before they became bad guys, our first look at Ben Mendelsohn and the villainous shape-changing Skrulls and a youthful looking Samuel L. Jackson as ‘young’ Nick Fury. 

You can check out the images below:

According to EW, “Captain Marvel sidesteps the traditional origin-story template, and when it begins, Carol already has her powers. She’s left her earthly life behind to join an elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by Jude Law’s enigmatic commander.

But before long, Carol finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. And she’s got a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls — the notorious Marvel baddies made all the more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities. Ben Mendelsohn plays their leader Talos, who spearheads a Skrull invasion of Earth.”

Captain Marvel flies into cinemas on March 6th 2019.