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- Oh dear gods, Kevin Smith shaved his beard! Grow it back, Kevin! For the love of all that’s good and pure in life, grow it back right the hell now!
- Speaking of things made out of nightmares, I have no idea how the hell this was discovered – I mean who the heck is even testing for this stuff? – but the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Titanic‘s “My Heart Will Go On” synchs up perfectly.
Holy hell, that is far too accurate to be a coincidence! Is Joss Whedon secretly a Celine Dion fan?
- Sticking with Age of Ultron, it would seem that those recent rumours that we would be getting an Avengers roster shakeup in the movie appears to be on the money, as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has pretty much confirmed it now.
“It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.”
- And finally, for the last bit of news on the Marvel front: There was quite the kerfuffle online last night as Deadline reported that Benedict Cumberbatch had been tapped by Marvel to play the titular lead in Doctor Strange. The internet promptly lost their minds. They then found them again (probably between the cushions on the couch) when a number of sites began debunking this story. At this point in time there have been so many people that had landed the role “for certain”, that I’m expecting the announcement any day now that my dog Tricksy was actually playing the part. So until I see something official, I’m holding back any excitement.
- Poster of the day: The Shining
- James Franco may be a weirdo with his own coloring book, but he does take on interesting projects. His latest is a film showing the chaotic making of Tommy Wiseau’s infamous The Room, arguably the worst movie ever made (which of course makes it really fun to watch when high, something that I’m sure Franco is no stranger to). The film, titled The Disaster Artist, will see Franco directing as well as playing Wiseau, while his younger brother Dave Franco will play actor Greg Sestro, on who’s non-fiction book the film will be based. Franco – that’s James not Dave – has now also secured Fault In Our Stars screenwriting duo Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber to pen the script.
- Hold on to you nipples, folks! Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin, one of the worst comic book movies of all time and which has essentially been nothing but a giant running gag for the last 20 years, is getting a comic book sequel. And not even in an ironic, Ha-ha just messing with you kind of way. A real 12-issue comic series, written by Schumacher himself and actually published by DC Comics. The series, drawn by Dustin Nguyen, will see Schumacher adapting/revisitingg his two Batman films as well as the third film, Batman Triumphant, which never got made because Batman and Robin ended up being a pile of bat guano.
- Speaking of Bat-nipples, did you know that contrary to popular belief, they’re actually awesome? I know this because Darryn proved this to me using slideshows, Excel spreadsheets and a very disturbing live demonstration. Luckily, you don’t have to go through any of that to understand, you just have to watch this video.
- Looks like Ridley Scott will soon be hobnobbing it was Darren Aronofsky in the “Shunned by Christian Fundamentalists” Club. Earlier in the year, Aronofksy’s fantastical reimagining of the biblical tale of Noah and his ark drew the ire of several religious groups, and now Scott has done the same with his upcoming Moses story Exodus. Not being helped along by star Christian Bale’s assertions that Moses was “likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life,” Scott is finding himself under the crosshairs of several religious bloggers after it was revealed that in Scott’s version, the parting of the Red Sea – one of the most famed miracles in the Bible – the result of an earthquake and not divine intervention.
“You can’t just do a giant parting, with walls of water trembling while people ride between them [like in 1956’s The Ten Commandments]. I remember that feeling, and thought that I’d better come up with a more scientific or natural explanation.”
- HBO may not have made anything official, but Taylor Kitsch sure is convinced that he’s going to star in the second season of True Detective.
“I’m really excited. I’ve just been prepping … it was tough to sit a year out, keeping a finger crossed that I was going to get True … it was just showing a lot of patience on my end and turning a lot of stuff down because I wanted to be a part of it … So I’m excited. I loved that first season of it so much. It’s just unlike anything I’ve seen in, you know, I don’t know when. And it was so grounded. It could really happen. This is very similar, and I love that. It makes it more relatable. It makes these guys more real.”
- This Saw parody contains everything from dismemberment to puke to poop water to weird sex acts. It’s also utterly hilarious.
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Last Updated: October 28, 2014