Apparently Everybody Wants Bane to Be in Their Superhero Movie

Today, on the heels of last week's major superhero movie announcements from Warner Brothers (re: the DC Universe) and Marvel (re: RDJ and Captain America 3) we've got some pretty interesting news from Fox. Apparently Bryan Singer, director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, wants Tom Hardy to play Apocalypse.

If Singer gets his man, this would be Hardy's second major comic book villain. In case you somehow didn't know, Hardy also played Bane for Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises.

Here's the thing, though. Apocalypse isn't his only option. Hardy's name has recently been bandied about in connection with the DC supervillains flick Suicide Squad, too, and a few months ago he was supposedly being pursued for Marvel's Doctor Strange.

Of course, it's obvious why everybody wants Hardy for their comic book movies. He was a total badass in DKR and is in general a fine actor. However, we don't know if the guy even wants to play another supervillain, despite the fact that he would make a pretty sick Apocalypse.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

[via Screen Rant]

Yes, There Will Be Ewoks in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Warwick Davis has been cast in 'Episode VII'...

Hey, remember when Han, Luke, and Leia took out a whole battallion of Imperial Storm Troopers with nothing but a couple of rocks and a tribe of cuddly teddy bears in Return of the Jedi? Well, guess what? Those cuddly teddy bears—the Ewoks—are returning for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Or at least that's what J.J. Abrams wants us to believe. Yesterday Abrams (and by "Abrams" I mean somebody who works for him) posted a funny little video announcing that Warwick Davis, who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi, has been cast in the latest instalment of everyone's space opera set in a galaxy far, far away. So the obvious conclusion is that there will be Ewoks.

The only problem? J.J. Abrams loves messing with us, and the video didn't actually say Warwick Davis would reprise his previous role. So it's quite possible Abrams cast Davis in some other role and made a big deal about the announcement just to make us think there will be Ewoks.

That being said, if this really does mean there will be Ewoks in Episode VII, maybe I was right. Maybe Lando Calissian did go to Endor, enslave the Ewoks, and start a new mining colony after they blew up Death Star II.

Here’s the Complete List of Announced DC Superhero Movies

Yesterday, Warner Brothers made one of the most ambitious announcements in movie history, unveiling a slate of 10 new superhero movies for their DC Universe, plus another two "bonus" films that I guess they left out because 12 isn't a nice round number like 10.

Of course, the fact that WB wants to build such franchise is hardly news. We've suspected this was in the works since they confirmed Batman would be in the Man of Steel sequel, and we knew it was in the works when they announced Gal Gadot would be Wonder Woman. What makes this announcement notable is the detail.

When Marvel announced their plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they only gave us specifics on a handful of projects and left the rest—like Guardians and Ant-Man—for a later date. Warner Brothers, however, is going all in by telling us all the movies they're going to make and when they're going to make them.

Take a look at the complete schedule:

  1. Batman v Superman (2016), starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck
  2. Suicide Squad (2016), directed by David Ayer
  3. Wonder Woman (2017), starring Gal Gadot
  4. Justice League Part One (2017), starring everyone
  5. The Flash (2018), starring Ezra Miller
  6. Aquaman (2018), starring Jason Momoa
  7. Shazam (2019), starring The Rock as Black Adam
  8. Justice League Part Two (2019), starring everyone again
  9. Cyborg (2020), starring Ray Fisher
  10. Green Lantern (2020), starring not-Ryan Reynolds

The "bonus" movies I mentioned? Those are another standalone Superman movie and a standalone Batfleck movie. They just don't have dates yet.

Will all this play out exactly as planned? Highly doubtful. But I for one appreciate the grandiosity.

[via EW]

HBO Goes Rogue, Announces Plans for Stand-Alone Streaming Service

Today HBO announced that, in 2015, they will launch their very own stand-alone web streaming service that will provide access to their premium content without a cable or satellite subscription.

We don't know how much it will cost yet, and much of that depends on whether they make this a true first-run streaming service or a kind of "HBO Go Plus" where you just get to watch old content on demand. But either way, this is a pretty big deal. Right now there are a lot of people who only subscribe to cable for HBO and sports, so cable companies stand to lose a lot of subscribers.

That being said, don't go celebrating the end of cable just yet. Keep in mind that HBO is owned by Time Warner, a cable company. And while this is an obvious attempt by Time Warner to free itself from the shackles of its cable competitors and appeal to the estimated 10 million broadband-only households in America, they're not exactly ditching the cable model. Time Warner is still a major opponent of net neutrality who wants streaming services like Netflix to pay extra for the bandwidth their customers use. And that is still major bullshit.

In the end, Time Warner is trying to have its cake and eat it too. They want to screw over streaming services and broadband customers so people keep paying crazy money for cable. But they also want to appeal to people who are dying to ditch cable altogether.

Sounds like an existential crisis is brewing.

[via Washington Post]


Bill Murray Supposedly Teaming Up with Sofia Coppola for Weirdest, Best Christmas Special Ever

As a rule of thumb, it's generally not even worth writing a post about something if you have to begin with a warning that the story may be complete bullshit. And that is certainly the case here. This story may be complete bullshit. However, this story is also about Bill Murray. So even though it may be bullshit, I am morally obligated to relay it to you.

So are you ready? Okay, here we go. Bill Murray is teaming up with director Sofia Coppola to make a TV Christmas special.

That's right. Bill. Murray. Christmas. Special. Just let those four words sink into your brain.

Both Murray and Coppola have confirmed the news with Variety. But that doesn't mean it's true, or that, if that the special will air on television if it is made. Just read Murray's description of the show and try to imagine him telling it to some executive at ABC:

It’s not going to be live. We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina style and wit to it. It will be nice.

Don't get me wrong, a Bill Murray Christmas special sounds fantastic to me. I think—and I know I'm not alone here—that Bill Murray is the most entertaining man alive. But would you really be that surprise if it turned out the guy was just f**king with us?

There is no word yet about when or where this would air. I guess we'll all have to wait and see.

Robert Downey Jr. May Not Do ‘Iron Man 4,’ But He Is Doing ‘Captain America 3′

Robert Downey Jr. has said (over and over) that there are no plans for Iron Man 4, and Marvel big wig Axel Alonso has hinted that there may be a new Iron Man. But nobody ever said Robert Downy Jr. was done playing Tony Stark, and nobody ever said he wouldn't appear in other Marvel movies. So the fact that RDJ is set to joint the cast of Captain America 3 should not come as a complete shock. In fact, when you think about it, it all makes perfect sense.

According to Variety, Marvel is bringing their "Civil War" storyline to the big screen for Captain America 3 and (one would have to assume) Avengers 3. I don't want to spoil it for you, but I think you can tell from the very title that there's a falling out. And since Steve Rodgers and Tony Stark didn't get along too well in The Avengers, I don't think it is giving too much away to say the falling out is between Captain America and Iron Man.

Given that we already know Chris Evans doesn't intend to be Captain America ad infinitum, and that Marvel has hinted that Tony Stark may be less of a good guy going forward , Captain America 3 looks like it's going to be a pretty big turning point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hold on to your hats.


David Spade Classic ‘Joe Dirt’ Gets a Straight-to-Crackle Sequel

Earlier this month, Happy Madison signed a groundbreaking deal with Netflix for four brand new Adam Sandler movies that will debut exclusively on the world's most popular movie and television streaming service. And while all or most of those movies will probably feature David Spade (not to mention Rob Schneider, Steve Buschemi, Blake Clark, and all the other actors who are always in Adam Sandler movies), that wasn't quite good enough for the SNL alum. So he went and got a straight-to-streaming movie deal of his own.

Of course, it's not with Netflix. They only wanted Sandler. It's with Sony-backed Crackle. And the movie is Joe Dirt 2.

At this point I'm going to tell you what Crackle is, because you probably don't know. You see, Crackle is a streaming service that offers movies, TV shows, and original web series just like Netflix. However, unlike Netflix, Crackle is totally, 100% free because, unlike Netflix, Crackle makes you watch commercials. The service has been gaining a pretty respectable lineup of movies and shows over the last few years, and you can now use it on your PS3, Roku, or Apple TV.

While the original Joe Dirt has attained a bit of a cult following over the years, scoring Joe Dirt 2 isn't exactly a "major coup" for Crackle. However, it is a step in the right direction, and it suggests a possible niche for the company in the streaming game: making movies that a decent amount of people would like to see, but which major studios would never make.

Whaddaya say, internet? Are you totally pumped for Joe Dirt 2 or what?