When Can You See Adam West's Final Performance as Batman?

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The universe was cruel earlier this year when it took Adam West away from us. The iconic actor, who played The Caped Crusader in the beloved ’60s Batman series, passed away back in June, prompting tributes from the /Film staff and fans spread across Hollywood and the world. But thankfully, we’ll get to see Adam West as Batman one more time.

Before Adam West passed away, there was a Warner Bros. and DC Comics animated movie featuring Adam West and Burt Ward teaming up again as Batman and Robin, reprising their roles from the Batman TV series that began in 1966. It was such a success that a sequel was put into works that would adapt a storyline that was intended for the TV series, but never filmed for a number of reasons. It turns out Adam West had finished recording all of his lines for that movie before he passed away, and now we know when you’ll be able to see it.

First, here’s the cover art for the home video release of Batman vs Two-Face, revealed on BestBuy.com:

Batman vs Two-Face

The inspiration for this animated feature comes from an episode of Batman written by Harlan Ellison that was intended to introduce the villain Two-Face, as seen above. However, a combination of Ellison clashing with ABC executives during this time, as well as the gruesome nature of Two-Face’s appearance (and penchant for carrying a shotgun) resulted in the episode never being shot for the small screen. Instead, it was relegated to a comic book published back in 2014.

The comic book featured some pretty exciting action sequences involving a chase between the Batcopter and Two-Face on a boat, culminating with a fight on a pirate ship. Hopefully that’s something we’ll get to see in the animated feature that also features the voice of William Shatner as the facially deformed villain in question.

So when will you get to see it? Well, if the product page on Best Buy’s website is to be believed, then it will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 17, 2017. However, it has become customary with these DC Animation projects that they get released on Digital HD before hitting physical media, and even before that, Fathom Events usually gives the movies an evening to play in theaters. We’ll just have to wait for those dates to surface another time.

For all you Adam West fans out there, that won’t even be the last we’ll hear from the actor since he had already recorded lines for five additional appearances on future episodes of Family Guy. In case you missed it, watch the tribute to the actor from the FOX animated series right here.

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'Blade Runner 2049' Will Be Rated R

The Blade Runner 2049 MPAA Rating is R

Blade Runner fans who were worried that the upcoming sequel would tone down the violence can rest easy: Blade Runner 2049 officially has an R rating from the MPAA.

According to the MPAA, Blade Runner 2049 will be rated R “For violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.”

Those qualifiers are unsurprising, as 1982’s gritty sci-fi classic Blade Runner also received an R rating for those exact same reasons. While there weren’t many shocking bursts of violence in the original Blade Runner, its bleak neo-noir landscape still lent to a rather gruesome experience.

Arrival and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve continues the story first told by Ridley Scott 35 years ago in Blade Runner. The movie picks up 30 years later, with Ryan Gosling‘s Officer K going on the hunt for Harrison Ford‘s missing Rick Deckard. Other than that, most plot details have been kept tightly under wraps, with trailers and promotional teasers revealing little except that Jared Leto plays a villain who manufactures or controls replicants, and Dave Bautista may be a replicant himself. Robin Wright has also appeared as an icy authority figure of some sort, while recent trailers have hinted that Officer K is on the run after discovering a world-altering secret.

Here’s the official synopsis for Blade Runner 2049 below:

“Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.”

The term “visionary director” has been irritatingly overused as of late, but it’s a term that Villeneuve truly lives up to. His stunning work in Arrival and Sicario shows a mastery of genre filmmaking as well as a fearlessness when it comes to raw violence. And he’s aided by no less than illustrious cinematographer Roger Deakins, whose work is already making the Blade Runner 2049 trailers some of the most beautiful cinema I’ve ever seen. It’s a strong team supporting Villeneuve, rounded out by his Arrival and Sicario composer Johann Johannsson, working with an assist from Hans Zimmer.

I doubt that Villeneuve would have softened the hard edges of the original Blade Runner film, considering his pedigree. Sure, modern blockbusters have tried to reach a wider audience with a PG-13 rating, but the R rating is vogue again, with superhero films like Logan and Deadpool touting it as a symbol of maturity and/or novelty. But an R rating itself doesn’t make a great movie. Thankfully, the strong team and cast behind Blade Runner 2049 is more than promising.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6.

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New 'Thor: Ragnarok' Images Arrive, Jaimie Alexander Confirmed to Return as Lady Sif

Thor Ragnarok Photos

The buzz around Thor: Ragnarok has been high ever since the latest trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con last month. In fact, the Marvel Studios sequel has been on top of the social media buzz charts for three weeks in a row. That’s impressive for a movie that doesn’t hit theaters until November.

Now the Thor: Ragnarok hype train keeps on rolling with a batch of new images debuting online, showing off the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth), both before and after the new haircut given to him by the people of Sakaar. Plus, there are new shots of Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Idris Elba as Heimdall.

Along with the new photos, there seems to be confirmation of a certain cast member from the first two installments of the Thor franchise is returning for a third round. See the new Thor Ragnarok photos and find out more about this latest casting confirmation below.

Jaimie Alexander as Sif in Thor The Dark World

Is Jaime Alexander Returning as Lady Sif?

Before we get to the photos, let’s talk about the latest confirmed addition to Thor: Ragnarok. At one time, the return of Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif was up on the air, but it seems the actress has been confirmed to make an appearance in the film by way of a surprising source. A Twitter user posted this promo for an episode of Talking with Chris Hardwick on AMC:

The promo goes out of the way to say “Jaimie Alexander from Thor: Ragnarok” to promote the episode, which is the best confirmation we’ve had so far about her involvement in the third installment of the franchise. There’s always a chance that her role in the movie was assumed by a the promo’s producer, but usually something like this has to go through several official channels for approval, and if she wasn’t in the movie, that would have been squashed rather quickly.

For now, we’ll assume that Lady Sif will be involved in Thor: Ragnarok in some capacity. However, fans of the character may want to prepare themselves, because with Hela the goddess of death invading Asgard, some of our favorite warriors may end up meeting the wrong end of her blade.

Thor Ragnarok

New Thor: Ragnarok Photos

A batch of new photos from Thor: Ragnarok have surfaced online from this month’s issue of Empire, giving us a new look at the characters we’ve been introduced to in the first two trailers for the sequel so far. The images include the work colleagues Thor and Hulk getting ready to smash into each other, as well as Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) spending some time in New York City together. But there are some other interesting details to be noticed in these images as well:

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First of all, take note of the image where The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) is standing at a control center with Topaz (Rachel House of Hunt for the Wilderpeople) on his right. They have Thor himself presented in front of him, restrained in some kind of chair. This looks to be at the end of one of the scenes that was shown to us at San Diego Comic-Con, where Thor is sitting in a chair that moves through a holographic display that explains the origin of Sakaar and its ruler, The Grandmaster. It’s a sequence that takes a cue from the scary boat ride from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, containing exposition presented in an entertaining way.

Secondly, check out that photo of Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. What’s going on behind her? With all the green streamers and homemade heads that look like a familiar green guy we all know, this appears to be some kind of parade for the gladiator champion known as The Incredible Hulk. He’s clearly quite a big deal on Sakaar, and I can’t imagine the planet is going to be too happy when Bruce Banner and Thor decide to make a getaway from the planet.

Finally, what we’ve seen of Idris Elba has Heimdall so far has been very interesting. He’s not wearing the gold armor that we’ve seen him wear in the previous Thor movies and he’s in the middle of the wilderness somewhere. The teaser trailer showed him fighting what appeared to be Hela’s minions, so maybe he’s on the run from the invasion of Asgard. We’ll have to wait and see.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – The Incredible Hulk!”

Thor: Ragnarok arrives on November 3, 2017.

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Daily Podcast: Everything We Learned About Star Wars: The Last Jedi & Our Standalone Movie Wishlist

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On the /Film Daily podcast for August 10, 2017, Peter Sciretta is joined by Ben Pearson, Brad Oman and Jacob Hall, who stop by the water cooler to discuss Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, The Magic Castle, RPG cases, and Mondo’s Home Alone Cheese Pizza Vinyl. A dumpster truck full of Star Wars: The Last Jedi information has been dumped upon the world and we try to scavenge through the pile, as well as talk about Hellboy reboot casting. And in the Mail Bag, we’ll talk about our hopes for the future of the Star Wars stand alone movies.

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In The Water Cooler:

  • Peter is practicing for his Magic Castle audition
  • Jacob built an RPG case for my gaming group. 
  • Ben is watching Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
  • Brad finally got ahold of Mondo’s Home Alone Cheese Pizza Vinyl

In The News:

  • The ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Summons Milla Jovovich as the Villain
  • ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Photos & Details: Finn Becomes a Pilot, Rey is Not Welcome & More
  • ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How the Introduction of Rose Changes Finn
  • Luke Skywalker Thought Kylo Ren Was the Chosen One, But Will Rey’s Story Reveal Otherwise?
  • ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Why Luke is in Hiding and How He Got There
  • ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: More Ahch-To Creatures Have Been Revealed
  • First Look: The Praetorian Guard Are The Protectors of The Mo-Cap Snoke

In The MailbagFitgeek from Gerrit, CA asks “What are your thoughts or ideas for the next few stand alone SW movies?  What would you like to see explored?”

  • Peter’s picks: original stories with original characters and not spin-offs/origin stories, Martin Scorsese-style gangster movie
  • Jacob’s picks: Army of Shadows in Star Wars, Earliest Jedi Tales
  • Ben’s picks: Stormtrooper film (secret crossover)
  • Brad’s picks: The Kessel Run, Cantina Band Mockumentary

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'Ocean's 8' is Going Back to Film More Next Week 

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Sarah Paulson is part of the ensemble of Ocean’s 8, an all female Ocean’s 11 led by Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. After a Television Critics Association panel for the new season of American Horror Story, Paulson told reporters that the heist is going to get even bigger as she goes back next week for additional shooting.

“I am actually going to do some more of that next week,” Paulson said. “They decided to add more things.”

Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney) from Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen. She also assembles a crew to pull off a heist, this time at the Met Gala in New York. The first image released shows Debbie Ocean’s eight on a subway. For Paulson, it was an empowering set to work on.

“It was extraordinary to look around the room and see Cate Blanchett, whom I’ve worked with twice now, and Sandra Bullock and Rihanna and Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina,” Paulson said. “It felt like a really empowering place to be and really fun. We have a text chain going that’s one of the most epic things. If my phone were stolen, it would be… I’m sure I’m just inviting everyone to hack my phone now.”

There is plenty of time for additional photography, since Ocean’s Eight is nearly a year away from release. Gary Ross directs the script by Ross and Olivia Milch. Matt Damon is expected to appear in a cameo, providing more connection to the Ocean’s trilogy, and a Clooney cameo has not been ruled out.

Ocean’s Eight is due in theaters June 8, 2018.

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Broadway's 'Frozen' Will Get Rid of the Worst Part of the Movie

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We all went into Frozen fully expecting to hate the obvious contender for irritatingly cute and quirky sidekick, Olaf. Instead, he made us melt with emotions and we got waylaid by another annoying plush doll marketing ploy: the trolls.

But good news to all of you who loved Frozen except for that whole subplot with the trolls — Broadway’s musical adaptation of Frozen will cut them out altogether. Now that’s how you treat a fixer upper.

According to the New York Times, the musical adaptation of Frozen will block the trolls from making the transfer to the stage. Instead, the trolls will be replaced by “a group of scruffy (covered in greenery), sexy (greenery only goes so far), tailed creatures, called hidden folk, drawn from Scandinavian folklore and chanting in Norwegian.”

While I’m thankful that there won’t be a troll in sight — unless it’s an internet troll in the audience — at the Frozen Broadway show, it’s a little ridiculous that they were cut out in favor of “sexy” Scandinavian folk creatures. Now I can only imagine that the creative process around this segment of the play entailed a lot of brainstorming over how to make rock trolls sexy. Which would have been hilarious.

At least we won’t have to hear a Broadway version of “Fixer Upper,” which was basically a charmless version of classic Disney ensemble songs like Hercules‘ “Zero to Hero.” The Frozen Broadway show will also do away with the somewhat nonsensical plot of the trolls being pivotal to helping the king and queen tame Elsa’s ice powers, yet remaining utterly useless throughout the rest of the plot. They got to be cute for one song at least.

The one downside to the trolls being cut however, is that sweeping opening number with the human workers who sing “Heart of Ice” will be replaced by the “sexy” greenery as well. Which is too bad, because that felt like one of the more authentic show tunes in a film replete with catchy pop numbers.

In honor of “Heart of Ice,” here it is again, in memoriam.

The Frozen Broadway show is currently in rehearsals in Denver. The Disney Theatrical Group recently released the poster for the Frozen musical adaptation, seen below. The New York Times has a sneak peek at the seven other poster designs that didn’t make the cut.

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The musical adaptation of the hit Disney movie will move to New York in Spring 2018. But if your kids are too eager to revisit the world of Arendelle once again, Frozen will return as a Christmas short in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, in theaters in front of showings of Pixar’s Coco on November 22.

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Sequel Bits: 'Glass,' 'Top Gun 2,' 'Pacific Rim: Uprising,' 'Creed 2,' 'Super Troopers 2,' and More

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In today’s edition of sequel bits:

  • A star date for M. Night Shyamalan‘s Glass.
  • Tom Cruise begins training for Top Gun 2.
  • Sylvester Stallone teases the return of Drago once again.
  • John Boyega talks Pacific Rim: Uprising.
  • And more.

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Just recently M. Night Shyamalan was watching one Samuel L. Jackson classic, Pulp Fiction, to get inspired for Glass. Jackson and Shyamalan have collaborated one time only with Unbreakable, but that’ll change next month when they return to their world of broken heroes and villains. Jackson revealed to Collider he begins rehearsals on September 18 and starts shooting a week later on September 25. He said nothing of Elijah Price’s current state, but as for the movie, Shyamalan said it’ll cost more than $5 million spent on Split. As one would expect, he’s been tightlipped about plot details.

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Unbreakable 2 isn’t the only long-awaited sequel finally getting made. Super Troopers came out almost 15 years ago, and now its sequel is in the can. On the official Broken Lizard website, Kevin Heffernan – who plays the passionate Officer Farva – shared the news that sequel is now complete after 8 months of post-production. Super Troopers 2 still doesn’t have a release date, but Heffernan wrote:

Next step: We await our release date. Fox Searchlight has reviewed the finished product and will soon inform us of the plan. When we have the release date you will be the first to know. That’s when trailers, posters and all the promo materials will launch. It’s painful to wait for this process because we’re dying to share this film with you, but each step takes us closer. Again, we could not have done this without you and we thank you for all of your help.

All the best, Chickenf*&kers!

Kevin Heffernan

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Tom Cruise spent a year training for a sequence for Mission: Impossible 6. Director Christopher McQuarrie said the sequence isn’t a stunt, but Skydance Media CEO and producer David Ellison said the sequence is “gonna be mind-blowing.” Cruise has blown minds in the past with his dedication to performing imaginative stunts. The Daily Mail recently snapped some photos of Cruise in action as Ethan Hunt. He was seen parachuting down in Oxfordshire countryside.

Top Gun

The Daily Mail also got photos of Cruise readying for Top Gun 2 in England. 31 years after Tony Scott‘s popcorn movie classic came out, Cruise is going to play Maverick once again after many years of rumors and discussions. Before Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) starts shooting Top Gun 2 later this year – which Val Kilmer is back for – Cruise has been flying around a helicopter and sporting Mav’s signature aviator sunglasses. Wearing jeans, too, of course, because that’s what Cruise is most comfortable in – a fact I’m proud to know.

Ivan Drago in Creed 2

10 years ago, Sylvester Stallone returned to one his most famous roles with great success with Rocky Balboa. Years later, he topped it with Creed. Stallone will be back as Balboa in Creed 2, which he’s also been teasing the return of Ivan Drago for. We still don’t know whether Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) will return to direct the sequel, but we do know Balboa will take another swing at Drago. Stallone told TMZ, “I’m gonna punch him…You know I gotta hit Drago once.”

Pacific Rim Uprising teaser

John Boyega, who’s very good in Detroit, is suiting up as Jacob Pentecost in Pacific Rim: Uprising. The prodigal son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) will pilot a Jaeger and fight some Kaiju in the sequel. While speaking with IGN, Boyega told the outlet the big machines move with more grace in Steven DeKnight‘s sequel. “We’ve got better upgrades,” he said. “The robots are moving much more swift. Yeah, we’re like ballerinas up in there, it’s fantastic.”

Boyega added:

And it’s still heavily influenced by [director] Guillermo del Toro, but at the same time, Steven DeKnight’s directing. And it’s gonna be really fun. It’s larger than life.

The Bourne Legacy - Jeremy Renner

Producer Frank Marshall said a sequel to The Bourne Legacy probably won’t happen. Around the release of Jason Bourne – a disappointment that still stings a little – Marshall said there are no plans to keep the Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) stories coming. In an interview with Collider, Renner said it’s a character he would like to play Cross again, but that’s up to the audience and studio:

I really, really enjoyed shooting that movie, and so my desire and will in wanting to do that is yes, but is has to be … an audience has to want that and the studio. There’s a lot of other people. It’s kind of outside my pay grade to make those decisions, but yeah I’d want to do that. It’s interesting you mentioned sort of that mid budget film and it is sort of harder to keep finding those and the sort of way to get the collaboration of an indie with a slightly higher budget.

Renner, by the way, is fantastic in Wind River – a solid movie with a dynamite third act. It’s a taut, grueling, and introspective thriller. Renner does some his best and most quiet work in Taylor Sheridan‘s (Sicario) directorial debut.

Jeremy Irvinge

War Horse star Jeremy Irvine and Alexa Davies (Absolutely Anything) have joined Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which comes out July 20, 2018. According to Deadline, Irvine will play Sam (Pierce Brosnan) in flashbacks, while Davies will be alongside him in the past as Rosie (Julie Waters). Waters isn’t confirmed to star in Ol Parker‘s sequel, but Brosnan is back for sure. Meryl StreepColin FirthAmanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski are returning as well to sing more ABBA tunes.

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The Morning Watch: Why the 'Breaking Bad' Pilot Is Perfect, Yakko's Song Sung By Movies & More

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a new video essay explores why the pilot for Breaking Bad is a perfect beginning to the series and a flawless episode of television. Plus, someone with a lot of time on their hands recreated the favorite Animaniacs song “Yakko’s World” using dialogue from movies, and Saturday Night Live cast member turned United States Senator Al Franken once delivered one hell of a live performance as Mick Jagger.

First up, Breaking Bad has been finished for some time now, letting Better Call Saul take over as the best series on AMC. But that doesn’t mean the show isn’t ripe with lessons to be taught for how to create the perfect episode of television. A video essay from Lessons from the Screenplay released back in the spring takes an 11-minute, in-depth look at the pilot for Breaking Bad and breaks down why it’s a flawless pilot, perfectly setting up the compelling series that would follow.

Next up, do you remember the song “Yakko’s World” from the animated series Animaniacs? Sung to the tune of “The Mexican Hat Dance,” the song features one of the Warner Brothers from the show running through the nations of the world. It’s one of the best things to come out of the Animaniacs, and some genius decided to recreate the song by using the dialogue from 168 movies in place of the lyrics from the show. This had to be incredibly time consuming, but I’m sure you can already think of the exact movies used for some of the countries. If you’ve never seen the original “Yakko’s Song,” check it out right here.

Finally, before he was a US Senator, Al Franken was a talented comedian on the iconic late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. Though Franken only really had one memorable, recurring character (the self-help guru Stuart Smalley), he was one of the sharpest writers and performers of political satires on the program. But beyond having wit when it came to writing topical and relevant political comedy, he was also just a great comedic performer, as evidenced by the above video from the 1980s.

The video comes from a live show that Al Franken put on with comedy partner and fellow SNL writer Tom Davis. It was a sketch variety show, and one of the segments featured an incredible parody of a Rolling Stones performance with Al Franken doing a pitch perfect impression of Mick Jagger, right down to his wacky facial expressions and protruding lips. Watch the video and prepare to be amazed.

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'Rogue One' Star Riz Ahmed in Talks for 'Venom' Spin-Off, May or May Not Be Carnage

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Sony Pictures is getting their Spider-Man franchise spin-off Venom ready to go. Tom Hardy has been attached to the project as the title character for some time now, and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer will be behind the camera for the film that is said to have no ties to the Spider-Man played by Tom Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now the supporting cast is starting to fill out.

Reports have indicated that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Riz Ahmed is in talks to play a popular Marvel Comics character in Venom. While the character isn’t being disclosed at this time, there is word on which character it won’t be. Find out more about Venom cast addition below.

Variety was the first to report on the Venom cast looking to recruit Riz Ahmed. While their reports doesn’t mention which character he would play if a deal comes together, The Hollywood Reporter has heard from sources that it won’t be Carnage, even though that’s the role in the film that Sony Pictures has been looking to cast. Carnage was supposed to be the villain and Riz Ahmed is said to have been considered for the role, but the script has changed since then and now he’s reportedly up for a different role.

Meanwhile, Jeff Sneider from The Tracking Board says his sources are torn as to what role Riz Ahmed would play, with one trustworthy source saying it will be Carnage. So it sounds like it could go either way.

Reporter Justin Kroll at Variety indicated on Twitter that Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) and Mathias Schoenarts (The Danish Girl) were also in the running for the role, so if Riz Ahmed somehow isn’t able to make it through negotiations, the studio does have other options at their disposal. Unfortunately, none of those options give us an idea as to who the character they could have played will be if it’s not actually Carnage.

Considering that Spider-Man: Homecoming has already used Vulture and Shocker, not to mention hinting at Scorpion, maybe Venom will venture into different villain territory by bringing someone like Kraven the Hunter or Mysterio into play (especially since there are spin-offs for those characters in the works). Or maybe they’ll dig deep into sci-fi Spider-Man territory by bringing Scarlet Spider into the mix, who is actually a clone of Spider-Man. That sounds pretty far fetched, but Venom is supposed to be a straight-up sci-fi movie, and potentially R-rated, so maybe it’s not too crazy.

Very little is known about Venom at this point, but the script is being written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the movie along with Sony’s Amy Pascal.

As of now Venom is slated to arrive in theaters on October 5, 2018.

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Superhero Bits: Nebula's New BFF, Wonder Woman Passes $400 Million, Deadpool 2 Set Photos & More

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How did Gal Gadot celebrate Wonder Woman hitting $400 million at the domestic box office? Is John Ridley still working on a TV series for Marvel? Which member of the Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a new BFF in Avengers: Infinity War? What did Captain Marvel star Brie Larson think of Wonder Woman? Which villains will be included in the Spider-Man animated series on Disney XD? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

This is what happens when #WONDERWOMAN breaks 400 million domestic! Wait for what happens at 500 million! @gal_gadot in @michaelkors @marktownsend1 @sabrinabmakeup @katystrut_photography cameo by @Brettrutt

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This is how Gal Gadot celebrates Wonder Woman making over $400 million at the domestic box office this week.

Actress Sugar Lyn Beard (Sausage Party) has joined The Flash for season four as Rebecca Sharpe, aka Hazard.

Spider-Man: Homecoming concept art by Ryan Meinerding shows off a much different look for Ned Leeds.

Director James Gunn almost included a Skrull as one of the Ravagers in the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

Watch this clip from the upcoming animated Batman and Harley Quinn movie, featuring Harley waiting tables.

The upcoming Spider-Man animated series at Disney XD will include villains like Venom, Jackal and many more.

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CinemaBlend was given this Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art showing a different design for Ego.

Brie Larson said Wonder Woman made her cry a lot and she’s not worried about extra Captain Marvel pressure

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Netflix Lassos the Coen Brothers' Western Series 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel and Ethan Coen‘s first TV project, the Western anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, has landed at Netflix. And on brand for the Coen brothers, they announced the production with some choice words that aren’t publishable in the first paragraph. Avert your children’s ears.

“We are streaming motherfuckers!” said Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

“The Coens are visionary directors, masterful storytellers, and colorful linguists. We are thrilled for Netflix to become home to the full range of their talents,” said Cindy Holland ,the vice president for Original Content for Netflix.

I kind of wish I could have just published the Netflix press release as is, because it is as wild and wacky a ride as an actual Coen brothers movie. While we knew that the Coen brothers were working on a TV project as far back as January, this is the first official confirmation of it being a Western anthology series made in conjunction with Annapurna Television.

The Academy Award-winning directing duo will write, direct, and executive produce the Netflix original series, which will be an anthology series following six stories set on the American frontier “told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen.”

Netflix continued with more details of the series:

Each chapter will feature a distinct story about the American West. The project will star Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, and many others.

Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television will also serve as executive producers, along with the Coen brothers’ longtime collaborator Robert Graf.

The Western genre and anthology medium seem like a perfect combination for the Coen brothers, who have made films in both these veins with great success. The Western is a staple of the Coen brothers’ films, and they’ve recently explored more anthology-style storytelling with Hail Caesar!, an homage to Golden Age Hollywood as told through whimsical, disconnected vignettes.

We got some details of what the six anthology stories would encompass in July:

  • “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is about a singing cowboy.
  • “Near Algodones” is about a high-plains drifter whose own fecklessness dogs his attempts at bank robbery and cattle driving.
  • The third story, “Meal Ticket,” follows an actor and impresario of a traveling show.
  • The fourth, “All Gold Canyon,” is about a prospector who happily finds a gold seam but then unhappily finds an evil encroacher.
  • The fifth, “The Gal Who Got Rattled,” follows two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.
  • Lastly, “The Mortal Remains,” about the five very different passengers on a stagecoach of mysterious destination.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is set to premiere in 2018.

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When Can You See Adam West's Final Performance as Batman?

Batman vs Two-Face

The universe was cruel earlier this year when it took Adam West away from us. The iconic actor, who played The Caped Crusader in the beloved ’60s Batman series, passed away back in June, prompting tributes from the /Film staff and fans spread across Hollywood and the world. But thankfully, we’ll get to see Adam West as Batman one more time.

Before Adam West passed away, there was a Warner Bros. and DC Comics animated movie featuring Adam West and Burt Ward teaming up again as Batman and Robin, reprising their roles from the Batman TV series that began in 1966. It was such a success that a sequel was put into works that would adapt a storyline that was intended for the TV series, but never filmed for a number of reasons. It turns out Adam West had finished recording all of his lines for that movie before he passed away, and now we know when you’ll be able to see it.

First, here’s the cover art for the home video release of Batman vs Two-Face, revealed on BestBuy.com:

Batman vs Two-Face

The inspiration for this animated feature comes from an episode of Batman written by Harlan Ellison that was intended to introduce the villain Two-Face, as seen above. However, a combination of Ellison clashing with ABC executives during this time, as well as the gruesome nature of Two-Face’s appearance (and penchant for carrying a shotgun) resulted in the episode never being shot for the small screen. Instead, it was relegated to a comic book published back in 2014.

The comic book featured some pretty exciting action sequences involving a chase between the Batcopter and Two-Face on a boat, culminating with a fight on a pirate ship. Hopefully that’s something we’ll get to see in the animated feature that also features the voice of William Shatner as the facially deformed villain in question.

So when will you get to see it? Well, if the product page on Best Buy’s website is to be believed, then it will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 17, 2017. However, it has become customary with these DC Animation projects that they get released on Digital HD before hitting physical media, and even before that, Fathom Events usually gives the movies an evening to play in theaters. We’ll just have to wait for those dates to surface another time.

For all you Adam West fans out there, that won’t even be the last we’ll hear from the actor since he had already recorded lines for five additional appearances on future episodes of Family Guy. In case you missed it, watch the tribute to the actor from the FOX animated series right here.

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More 'Hunger Games' and 'Twilight' Movies May Happen If Lionsgate Gets Its Way

more hunger games and twilight movies

Lionsgate may volunteer the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises as tribute to reboot mania.

Both franchises wrapped up their stories before cinematic universe fever broke, and Lionsgate is itching to fill the hole — first by exploring a John Wick universe that spans movies, TV, and comic books, and now by revisiting their most popular and lucrative franchises.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer implied that the studio is looking to produce more installments or spin-offs of the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises provided they get Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and Hunger Games writer Suzanne Collins to sign off, according to Variety.

Feltheimer said during a quarterly earnings call with analysts on Tuesday:

“There are a lot more stories to be told, and we’re ready to tell them when our creators are ready to tell those stories.”

The fact that this conversation took place on an earnings call with Wall Street, without involving the authors, is telling. It’s less about “more stories to be told,” and more about how much they can market franchises that were on unsteady narrative ground to begin with.

Okay, Hunger Games may have a world worth exploring, especially in prequel form before the games were instituted, or even at the beginning of the games’ inception. But what an utterly nihilistic franchise that turned out to be. I do think it was bold of Collins to write such a dreary ending — and even bolder for a mega-blockbuster franchise to go through with it — but it doesn’t lend to world expansion after the fact. The story of Katniss Everdeen is done, and shouldn’t be explored more as that girl has suffered enough.

As for Twilight, haven’t we butchered vampire mythology enough? Though I’ve only read the first book and seen the first and third movie — not of my own volition — it seems like there isn’t much more “story” to suck dry after Bella and Edward have had their vampire baby who is now fated to fall in love with the werewolf Jacob. Oh god, that’s going to be the spin-off isn’t it? Nope, I don’t want to know.

Of course, these are all early talks without the author’s perspectives. I doubt they will have much input however, since the movies that were loyally adapting their books are now done, and Lionsgate has the rights to make as many films as they want. Maybe this is the beginning of a Hunger Games and Twilight crossover cinematic universe in which it turns out vampires were the cause of the downfall of the U.S. government — and the source of much future box office revenue for Lionsgate.

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'Neuromancer' Movie to Be Directed by 'Deadpool' Helmer Tim Miller

Neuromancer movie

Author William Gibson‘s 1984 science fiction novel Neuromancer predicted many elements of our modern technology-fueled society, coining the term “cyberspace” and pioneering ideas about artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, virtual reality, and more well before those concepts were as ubiquitous as they are today. A movie adaptation has been in development hell for years, but today it inched closer to existence: Deadpool director Tim Miller has been hired to bring the book to the big screen for 20th Century Fox.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news, and while the project doesn’t have a writer or any stars attached at the moment, the report mentions that writer/producer Simon Kinberg (who is making his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix) will produce this adaptation.

Neuromancer tells the story of Henry Dorsett Case, a computer hacker taking refuge in Chiba City, Japan after stealing from his employer. He’s left with a damaged nervous system that prevents him from connecting to “the matrix,” a worldwide virtual reality network (which is basically the internet before there was an internet). A mysterious benefactor offers to restore Case’s health and connection to the network if he pulls off a difficult job for him: hack an artificial intelligence that’s orbiting the planet. Mark Wahlberg was in the running to play Case at one point, but no word yet on who might take on that role in this version.

Gibson’s book, his first, is the debut entry in the Sprawl trilogy, and Neuromancer earned rave reviews upon its publication, winning the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. It’s been on my personal list of things to read for years, so I’ll have to kick it closer to the top if I’m going to finish before this movie comes out. As for whether or not Miller is the right fit, it’s tough to say at this stage: he did a fine job with a limited budget with Deadpool, but it’s his VFX work that predated his feature career that give me hope he might be the one to finally bring this across the finish line.

Director Joseph Kahn of Torque and Detention fame (his latest film, Bodied, debuts at this year’s TIFF) was once attached to helm an adaptation of Gibson’s book with Star Wars prequel star Hayden Christensen rumored to play the lead role, and eventually Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali replaced Kahn with a vision of the story that was envisioned as being “really about our post-human future. It’s about how we, in the future, are going to relate to machine consciousness.” We even saw some concept art from Natali’s Blade Runner-inspired take on the movie, but he ultimately parted ways with the project as well.

Neuromancer doesn’t have a release date set yet, but we’ll keep you updated with more info as soon as we hear it.

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