THE BATMAN Director Matt Reeves Has An Actor In Mind If Ben Affleck Walks Away

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There have long been rumors that Ben Affleck wants out of the DC Extended Universe as Batman, and with Justice League just a few days away, a new rumor says a replacement for Affleck is already being considered if he decides to walk.

On a recent episode of John Campea's YouTube show, he shared that a Hollywood insider revealed to him that The Batman director Matt Reeves has already thought about who will replace Affleck should he leave.

"I'm hesitant to say anything, but I talked to a Hollywood producer yesterday and they gave me the name of who Matt Reeves wants [to replace Affleck] as Batman," Campea said. "And, I've got to be honest with you, that name caught me a little bit by surprise. I called somebody else later in the day, saying 'hey, I heard this, is there any validity to this?' And they said 'well, Matt does want him.' But, that doesn't mean it's going to happen. There's been no movement or anything like that."

There has not been any official word that Affleck is departing the Batman role, even Affleck himself has openly said that he's already considering how to hang up his cowl. In a recent interview, Affleck said he was pondering how it would end, noting that playing Batman is something he can't do forever.

This wouldn't be the first time Batman actors changed within the same cinematic universe. You may remember that in 1995, Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton's Batman in Batman Forever only to be replaced AGAIN by George Clooney in 1998 for Batman & Robin. And even though the DCEU may use the upcoming Flashpoint movie as a way to address a potential casting change, Campea didn't think that any recast would even be acknowledged.

"I think it's going to be a pure recast. I don't think they're going to do anything terribly convoluted with Flashpoint."

Unfortunately, no names were given as to whom Reeves would want, but it could be fun to speculate. But, for now, Affleck is Batman in the DCEU and fans will get to see him in action this week. Who do you think would make a decent replacement for Ben Affleck as batman?

Justice League opens in theaters November 17th.

THE FIFTH ELEMENT Director Luc Besson Set To Direct ABC Pilot THE FRENCH DETECTIVE

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ABC has ordered a pilot for The French Detective, which is based on James Patterson‘s Luc Moncrief mysteries. ComingSoon.net reports that Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) is set to direct, it will also be his TV directorial debut and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) will star in the series.

The French Detective is written by Assassin's Creed scribes Bill Collage and Adam Cooper and Jonathan Collier (Bones). The show is being described as a “light procedural drama” and will tell the story of Parisian detective Luc Moncrief who joins the NYPD in an effort to start a new life.  

The James Patterson series has three books; French Kiss, The Christmas Mystery and French Twist. On Amazon the description of French Kiss reads: 

“Very handsome and charming French detective Luc Moncrief joined the NYPD for a fresh start–but someone wants to make his first big case his last. Welcome to New York.“

Dujardin is, of course, best known for playing the role of George Valentin in the 2011 movie The Artist. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Dujardin won the award for Best Actor. 

Besson created the NBC series Taken, which is a prequel to his movie franchise. 

Netflix Won’t Say if Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN Will Be Released In Theaters

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Martin Scorsese is currently shooting The Irishman in and around New York but it still isn't completely clear if the iconic filmmaker's movie will even make it to the big screen.

Scorsese is believed to have asked Netflix that the film get a theatrical run in 2019. Variety reports that sources familiar with the negotiations say Netflix’s film division chief, has told Scorsese that the film will have a minimum two-week theatrical window. That would at least qualify it for Oscar contention.

But Netflix head of film publicity Julie Fontaine recently told the news outlet that “it’s premature to say anything at this point.” 

But even if Scorsese's film goes to theaters it will likely go out on the same day it is available to stream on Netflix, something the streaming giant usually does. 

Production of the pic, whose All-star cast includes Robert De NiroAl Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano and an out-from-retirement Joe Pesci, has faced several complications. For starters the film has been in development since 2008, then it was pulled out of turnaround at Paramount last year by Mexican producer Pavlovich. 

Paramount withdrew when it became clear that the visual effects necessary to make De Niro’s character look 30 years younger in flashback scenes would push the film’s budget far past the initial $100 million estimate. 

“We quickly realized that that Marty and De Niro really thought that the aging process was going to be a very important aspect of this film,” Pavlovich said. “The traditional [business] model was not going to work with this new vision of the project, and that’s when we entered conversations with Netflix.”

The Irishman is targeting a 2019 release.

Luke Skywalker Himself Mark Hamill Surprises People on Disneyland’s STAR TOURS Ride

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Whenever I go to Disneyland I make it a high priority to visit the galaxy far, far away. I always have Star Tours on the top of my "must ride list." It's not because it's the most thrilling ride at the park, it's because for those few minutes on the ride you are magically transported and feel like you are a part of the Star Wars saga.

But for a small group of people, their ride on Star Tours was extra special. That's because Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill surprised them when he boarded the Starspeeder. The Tweet below show's Hamill's grand entrance, below that a video shot by one of the riders captures his speech.

Talk about an epic experience! Going for a spin with Skywalker himself! The best part about Hamill's visit is that he strapped in and went on the ride. You can faintly hear him say that he hasn't been on the ride since it opened. One can only assume he's talking about its original opening in January of 1987.

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STAR TOURS Will No Longer Mix Settings and Characters from Different Eras

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Ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney Parks has given us a look at the newest addition of the Star Tours ride, the very popular Star Wars-themed ride features segments taken directly from different eras of the saga. Some fans find it a bit irritating when events from different eras occur during the same ride experience. But according to WDW News Today those days are gone. When Star Tours opens on November 17th, 2017, riders will only find characters related to the latest Star Wars trilogy and will most likely never see these characters mixed with classic faces and sequences moving forward. The site reports:

"An entirely new opening sequence featuring characters from Episodes 7 and 8 will debut, followed by the Jakku sequence, a transmission from BB-8 (and maybe even some other new characters), and then finally, the new Crait sequence featuring the planet from The Last Jedi."

Eventually, guests will have a choice between two paths in the attraction, they will decide to ride sequences that either features characters from the current trilogy (episodes 7-8) or those from the past (episodes 1-6). 

It's not clear when this will begin, but it there is speculation that it could be within 6-12 months after the debut of the Crait addition later this month.

This separation would begin to solve the confusion avid Star Wars fans, as characters from very different eras in the series have appeared back-to-back in the Star Tours attraction since its overhaul in 2011. 

GAME OF THRONES Fans Can Marathon All 67 Episodes In A Movie Theater in The UK

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Nowadays it's not difficult to catch up any TV show thanks to streaming services and HBO's highly popular Game of Thrones is no different. Especially because through seven seasons there have only been 67 episodes total. If you really put some effort into catching up you could easily tear through the whole thing out in a couple of months. But for the truly impatient, you could watch the entire series in a theater full of devoted fans later this month in the United Kingdom.

Winteriscoming.net revealed information about this ultimate binge-watch, which is being hosted by HBO at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, on Monday, November 27 and ending Thursday, November 30. The four-day marathon is also celebrating the release of season seven and the complete seasons one to seven box set on DVD and Blu-ray in December.

But rewatching the entire show on the big screen isn't the only bonus of this marathon. Everyone that makes it through all 67 episodes will be entered into a drawing to win a year supply of pizza from MOD Pizza, who will also be supplying meals during dinner breaks.

Unfortunately, if this is something you want to be a part of, it is too late, the free event has already reached capacity. but there is a chance that the theater will be announcing the release of more tickets at the door each day.

I can see how this could be a fun event to attend, but I can only imagine that spending time around with a large group that hasn't showered in 4 days would smell a lot like death. So you have been warned, but then again, that might add a certain ambiance. Is this something you would want to attend?

Check Out These Stunning Miniature Sets Used in BLADE RUNNER 2049

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Sometimes old tricks are just better than new technology. Case and point the visual effects wizards who worked on the worn futuristic version of Los Angeles in Blade Runner 2049, in a new featurette we see how filmmakers relied on detailed miniature sets and buildings instead of just building it all in CG.

In this short, Weta Workshop gives us a look inside its model shops. Their work is incredibly detailed, and when filmed with the right camera angle, lens, frame speed, and lighting, it can actually look more realistic than any cutting-edge CG. The creators still use 3D modeling software to design the scale-model cities, but they are all built, painted and weathered by a group of talented artists.

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK Movie In The Works with the Screenwriter of IT

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If you grew up in the 90s and watched a lot of TV you are probably familiar with Are You Afraid of the Dark? a horror fantasy-themed anthology that aired on Nickelodeon. Now it looks like the popular teen series may be coming back to life in the form of a feature film.

The Tracking Board reports that Paramount Players is adapting the beloved show and have already hired Gary Dauberman (It, Annabelle: Creationto pen the script. Plot details are being kept under wraps and it's not clear if the film will have a similar anthology format, or just be one single storyline.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? was one of the key shows from the Nickelodeon's memorable SNICK lineup in the ’90s. The show launched in 1992 and followed a group of teens who referred to themselves as The Midnight Society. Every week, at a secret location in the woods, one of the members would tell a scary story to the rest of the group, some of which were based on public domain fairy tales, short stories or urban legends.

The show ran until April 1996, and a revival series with new writers, directors, writers and cast members was produced by Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2000.

And now with the massive popularity of Netflix's Stranger Things and horror feature It, it makes perfect sense to give this franchise a try.

What do you guys think?

Quentin Tarantino Talks About His New Film Saying “It’s Not Charles Manson, It’s 1969”

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Quentin Tarantino is currently looking for a new home for his ninth movie. As you've probably heard, the director has removed himself from scandal-plagued patron Harvey Weinstein, who has backed his features since picking up 1992’s Reservoir Dogs.

According to Indiewire Tarantino has been making the rounds and just completed a series of pitch meetings last week with five studios (not including Disney) seeking to back his new project, which he finished writing about five months ago. 

The story was initially rumored to be set in the late '60s-early 70s in Los Angeles and that it would follow the Manson family murders. The initial report described the film as centering "on Sharon Tate, the actress, and wife of director Roman Polanski who was murdered by Manson and his followers in 1969." 

A more recent report goes on to say, "there has been a lot of press that the script focuses on Charles Manson and the murder spree he orchestrated, but I’m told that is akin to calling Inglourious Basterds a movie about Adolf Hitler, when the Nazi leader was only in a scene or two."

The director has now clarified himself that "It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969." So I guess we'll stop calling it his Manson Family film because that's not what it's going to be about. 

Tarantino isn't ready to start directing until January because he says he still need to tinker a bit with the script, and spend some time with his new fiance, Israeli singer Daniella Pick.

Although not confirmed the cast is rumored to include Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate and Tarantino vets Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

Warner Bros. Moves WONDER WOMAN 2’s Release Date Up

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Warner Bros. is moving up Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 2 from December 13, 2019 to be released six weeks earlier on Nov. 1, 2019.

Patty Jenkins is returning to direct the sequel. The new date also puts Wonder Woman 2 seven weeks away from the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, which should pull in more box office sales. The new date is also a week before the opening of the 25th James Bond movie.

The first movie Wonder Woman opened with $103 million in North America on June 2-4, but has outperformed the other titles to become the 20th highest domestic grossing film of all time. 

Even though the film won't be in theaters for 2 years, we will get to see Gadot as the powerful Amazon warrior in Justice League on November 17.