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The Week in Film (8-12 Feb 16)

Find out what happens in the world of cinema with all the wacky and important film news in one article

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Finally an Oscar for Leonardo – Homemade in Russia

Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be receiving at least one Oscar this year after avid fans decided to create one themselves. The Oscar for Leo campaign was started up in Siberia, with his fans planning to melt down gold and silver valuables to transform them into an Oscar statue. 100 people have donated so far—hopefully it will not be the only Oscar for him this year, although many are looking forward to the ensuing viral jokes after another loss. More information about Oscar II.

 

Photo: Twitter/@LucasPaternott

Photo: Twitter/@LucasPaternott

 

Star Wars’ Force stronger than expected

Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens has now officially crossed the $2 billion mark, joining the elusive club of Avatar and Titanic. After buying Lucasfilms for $4 billion, Disney was hoping to have a return of at least $1.5 billion globally—which seemed like a very ambitious number at first but the huge marketing campaign (which involved the transformation of the Nelson Column into a lightsaber costing £24,000) paid off in the end. More info about the film’s success

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Spider-Man rejected again (this time not from the Justice League)

A Cambridge study has concluded that Spider-man cannot exist in the real world. Adhesive pads would be needed for humans which would have to cover at least 40% of the body surface so that they would be able to walk on a smooth vertical surface similarly to a spider. Gekko-man would be a better name for a super-hero since they are the largest animals to be able to accomplish that feat. Read more about the study

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Super Bowl Trailers Disappoint

The Super Bowl spots were a big topic last week with many new trailers welcomed to a large audience. Blockbusters like Jason Bourne, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse, and Independence Day: Resurgence were aired for the first time. Other films to look forward to this year are The Jungle Book, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eddie the Eagle, Gods of Egypt, and The Secret Life of Pets. Unfortunately—but unsurprisingly—most of the trailers are of films that are sequels or adaptations, meaning that the trailers promise yet another year of super-hero and war films. Watch all trailers