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Ben Affleck Officially Done With Playing Batman

Warner Bros. announced yesterday that the next Batman movie has been scheduled for a June 25, 2021 release date, and while Matt Reeves is still attached to the project as the writer and director, Ben Affleck is now officially out.

Affleck first played the caped crusader in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, before donning the cape and cowl for a cameo in Suicide Squad and eventually starring in 2017’s Justice League. Affleck’s performance in the role got mixed reviews, but he was still set to take on the role once more for a solo Batman film that he was set to write and direct. As time wore on though, he eventually dropped out of each of those roles, and is now no longer going to star in the film either. According to reports, the Warner Bros. film is now going to focus on a younger Bruce Wayne/Batman. 

Affleck shows no ill will towards the project either, tweeting yesterday evening “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life.”

A search is currently underway for Affleck’s replacement, but no names have been released as to who they may be considering.

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Jason Momoa To Join Dune Reboot

Dune is shaping up to be the next big franchise, and now the huge all-star cast is set to be getting even bigger.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is in final negotiations to join the Denis Villeneuve led science-fiction film. The hulking actor will portray Duncan Idaho, a swordmaster in the house of Atreides. The cast already includes Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. It seems like everyday another big name is added the cast, which raises expectations even further.

Dune is the first novel in a series of novels by Frank Herbert. Originally published in 1965, the book is set in the distant future, and follows the story of Paul Atreides. His family controls the planet Arrakis, which is home to a valuable resource, and after his family is betrayed by other noble families who want the resources for their own, Atreides leads a rebellions to reclaim what is his. If the film is successful, there are five other Herbert novels that could be adapted as well. 

Momoa is currently filming the Apple sci-fi series See, and can still be seen in the big screen in Aquaman and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. 

Photo: Eva Rinaldi fron Wikipedia

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Katy Perry Releases New Single / Video “365” With Zedd

With Valentine’s Day 2019 well on its way, Katy Perry and Zedd have released a new single and video called 365 that begs the question, can AI learn to love?

In the video Perry plays a Stepford-style robot who falls in love with a human male played by Zedd. The announcement says  “The video tells the poignant story of an android Katy Perry, who yearns to be human, as she attempts to make a genuine connection with Zedd.”  Perry herself tweeted out this morning “Does it know the difference between LOVE and OBSESSION?” as she tried to hype the video online.

Perry and Zedd wrote the song together, with Zedd producing. Perry was also responsible for conceptualizing the video directed by Warren Fu. Zedd said that the idea for the collaboration started to take shape last summer while they were on tour together in Australia. Perry on the other hand said she was “happy to collaborate” with Zedd as well. 

365 is the first single by both artists this year, and Perry’s first since the release of her 2017 album Witness. Zedd has worked recently with Shawn Mendes, Elley Duhé, and Maren Morris and Grey.

 

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Martin Scorsese And Leonardo DiCaprio’s Serial Killer Project Moves To Hulu

It’s been close to a decade that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have been working to get an adaptation of Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City” to the big screen, and now it looks as if the project will be developed as a project for TV instead of the big screen. Hulu announced yesterday that they’ve teamed up with Scorsese and DiCaprio (who will now executive produce) to make it finally happen.

The Devil in the White City tells two stories, one being the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, and the other of serial killer H.H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle” where he seduced, tortured and mutilated young women. The two stories are interlinked by their location and time lines, and present a chilling side of American history. DiCaprio originally bought the rights to the 2003 book back in 2010, and in 2015 he signed on to play Holmes, while bringing on Scorsese to direct. The film never seemed to move beyond that though, and has stayed in development hell since then. 

Hulu’s announcement didn’t say where DiCaprio would still be starring in the series, or if Scorsese was still intending to direct the project, but at least their names are still attached to the project.

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