Jesse Eisenberg “Hopes” to Be in JUSTICE LEAGUE, Jeremy Irons Agrees with Bad Reviews of BATMAN V SUPERMAN

It's a slow news day — I guess Hollywood is still sleeping off a hangover from Memorial Day festivities — so here are two quick pieces of info related to the movies of the DC Extended Universe. First up, Jesse Eisenberg, who played Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, apparently still doesn't know if he's going to reprise that role in Justice League or not, despite the fact that Zack Snyder and company have been filming for weeks already in London.

“They just started filming Justice League so I’m kind of waiting for my crack at it… I think so, and I love it and I love everybody, it’s a really talented group of people obviously, so I certainly hope to be in it.”

I thought it was a little implausible that he didn't know if he was going to be in the film a couple of weeks before filming began, but it seems downright impossible that he wouldn't be aware if he's a part of this film by now. He's probably just trying not to tip his hand about what may amount to nothing more than a cameo appearance (that's just speculation).

Meanwhile, Eisenberg's BvS co-star Jeremy Irons (who played Batman's butler Alfred in the film) had some interesting things to say about that movie over the long weekend. When The Daily Mail pointed out that the film received a spanking from critics, Irons responded:

"Deservedly so. I mean it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed…It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear. I’m tied into The Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income…Not that I need a bit of income, but it’s nice to keep ticking over."

This isn't quite Michael Caine-levels of dismissiveness of a movie he's been in, but it's still refreshing to hear him speak candidly about a project that's considered a massive disappointment by it's lead actors, critics, many audiences, and even its own studio.

Justice League Part 1 arrives in theaters on November 17, 2017.

Guillermo del Toro Shares His Top 5 Horror Films and How Films Change with Age

Your reaction to films change with your age. That's the main takeaway of this 2015 interview with Guillermo del Toro in which he ranks his top five horror films...well, that and he maybe witnessed a murder. He just goes into it so casually I don't know if he's being serious or it's just a language barrier thing!

It's kind of crazy that Guillermo ranks Jaws over films like Halloween and The Exorcist, but I think he justifies it well! I still want to know about that murder story though...

Rumor: James Bond Producers Eying First Female Director in Franchise History

I gave up on AMC's limited series The Night Manager after three of its six episodes because I couldn't endure the slow pacing, but it was clear to me that the spy series could serve as a sort of backdoor audition for Tom Hiddleston to play the next James Bond. Hiddleston is apparently meeting with Eon Productions about the role, but a new report from The Radio Times says the actor isn't the only one who's caught Barbara Broccoli's eye: Susanne Bier, who directed every episode of The Night Manager, is now "one of the leading contenders to take over" directing duties on the next Bond film.

Sources close to Bond producers Eon tell that Bier is among a “handful” of names making up producer Barbara Broccoli’s shortlist to inherit the directing gig from Mendes.
If Bier gets the job it would make her the first woman ever to helm a James Bond movie –and would also vastly increase the chances of the already hotly-tipped Hiddleston getting the role of Bond thanks to the pair's previous working relationship.

While we aren't sure about the legitimacy of their source or this claim, one thing's for sure: Bier would definitely be the first woman to ever direct a Bond movie. But that piece about if she gets the job, it increases the chances of Hiddleston becoming the next Bond is, to use a British phrase, total rubbish. That's not how franchise filmmaking works, and even though they may have developed a decent working relationship over the course of that miniseries, that's not going to be the deciding factor for Broccoli. She needs a new Bond who's going to stick around for years, and the directors (as history has proven) are far more interchangeable.

Still, if Bier has a good script to work with, she could direct a hell of an action movie. But if it's as slow and plodding as The Night Manager ended up being, it might not turn out as great as everyone hopes. 

This comes a few days after further confirmation that Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes won't be back to direct the next installment, so take all of this with a grain of salt. Let's put aside the "choose the best person for the job, regardless of gender" argument for a second. If you could choose the first female director of the Bond franchise, who would it be?

Via: Birth.Movies.Death

KUNG FURY 2 is in Development

The director of the viral sensation Kung Fury has announced a sequel is in the works! Uproxx says director David Sandberg posted this picture to make the reveal:

No info on length or on what format the film will appear, but if I were a betting man, I'd say Netflix is involved! Kung Fury was made available on the service and was in their "most popular" section for quite a while, so I wouldn't be surprised if this next one is exclusive to the streaming platform. If you haven't seen it yet, the whole thing is a trip with cops, Nazis, just gotta watch it below.

Listen: GAME OF THRONES’ Young Hodor Sings Original Song “Hold The Door”

Spoilers ahead for the sixth season of Game of Thrones. You've been warned.

A couple of weeks ago, Game of Thrones fans witnessed the devastating reveal of how Hodor got his name and the beloved character's sacrificial death immediately afterwards. Kristain Nairn, the man who has portrayed Hodor on the show since the beginning, did tremendous work, but the actor who played the younger version of the character, Sam Coleman, was equally great, giving a heartbreaking performance as he transitioned from Wylis into Hodor.

Turns out playing Hodor isn't the only thing Coleman and Nairn have in common. Nairn is well-known as a DJ, and it seems Coleman also has some musical talent. Vanity Fair points out this original song Coleman wrote and recorded, in which he plays the piano and sings about the events of that tragic episode. Naturally, the song is called "Hold The Door." Listen below:

Here Are All of The STAR TREK BEYOND Character Posters

I thought the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond was fine — nothing special, but decent enough for a teaser trailer. But then I saw the newest trailer, and I was pretty blown away by how great it looks. It's a complete reversal from that first marketing attempt, and the movie has gone from something I was mostly ambivalent about to one of my most anticipated films of the summer.

Paramount has released a bunch of character posters for the film over the past few days, and rather than string it out into a series of articles, I figured we'd just wait until they were all released and post them all in one easy-to-find spot for those who care about this kind of thing. The ones for Kirk (above) and Krall (Idris Elba's new villain) were just released this morning.

Star Trek Beyond blasts into theaters on July 22, 2016.


Lawrence Kasdan on Han Solo Spinoff Film, Confirms It Will Start Shooting in January

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently preparing the upcoming Han Solo movie for production. The script for that film was written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. As you know, Kasdan has a long history with writing Star Wars films, so it gives a lot of us fans hope that he's given us one of the best possible early stories for Han Solo.

Kasdan was recently awarded with the first Icon Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.  Before he was given the award, he participated in a Q&A panel in which he covered several Star Wars topics. During that panel, he talked about the Han Solo standalone film and confirmed that it would start shooting in January 2017.

Here's a transcript of how the conversation went down, via Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Q: What can you tell us about the Han Solo project?
Lawrence Kasdan: Young Han! (Laughs)
Q: For the fans, generally speaking, should they be excited?
Lawrence Kasdan: Oh, I think so! You know, Chris Miller and Phil Lord are going to direct it. They’re great, funny and imaginative and we’ve had a great time together. My son [Jon] and I wrote the script and Chris and Phil are working on it and they’re about to move to London to start shooting in January. And it should be fun.
Q: 2018 is the release date?
Lawrence Kasdan: Yes. They’re actually scheduled for May. The [other Star Wars films] are falling on Christmas — Rogue One and Episode 9. Han will come before Episode 9.

Alden Ehrenreich is set to play Han Solo and even though we don't know any story details for the film yet, we do know that it is set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and that his friend Chewbacca will be included. I'm looking forward to seeing what these talented individuals do with this iconic character. The movie will be released in May of 2018.