Its official: Matt Reeves will direct ‘The Batman’

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After weeks of rumors, uncertainty and speculation surrounding one of Warner Bros. most valuable comic book properties, the studio announced today that Matt Reeves will indeed direct the solo Batman movie. The word comes from Deadline Thursday.

Many are probably familiar with Reeves’ work by now, which includes monster movie “Cloverfield” and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, as well as this summer’s highly anticipated “War for the Planet of the Apes” so this might suggest that the studio is very happy with results.

Reeves seems excited about his upcoming task, saying in a statement from the studio on Thursday, “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

Affleck was originally slated to direct the standalone Batman movie in addition to headlining, but stepped down last month due to the demands to do both jobs. He donned the cape and cowl last year in Batman V Superman:Dawn of Justice and will reprise the role in Zack Snyder’s Justice League on November this year.

There is currently no release date set for The Batman.

Yeezus Walks: A Kanye West statue was unveiled in Los Angeles this morning

By: Shane Brooks

This morning, on Hollywood Boulevard, a life size statue of artist Kanye West was revealed with a thorn of crowns on his head, nails through his hands and a pair of his own 350 Yeezy Boost sneakers on his feet. The statue stands on a podium with the words “False Idol”inscribed into it. Kanye has been known to call himself a “God” in several interviews and with songs titled “I am a God” and “Jesus Walks” and calling himself Yeezus it will be very interestingto hear the artist’s thoughts on the project. Attempts have been made by several publications to reach out to West’s representatives for a comment but none has been made so far.

The crucified West was created by L.A. street artist Plastic Jesus. You may remember himfrom an art piece he did last year by putting a small wall around Donald Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed the artist and he had this to say: “West is a genius at writing and producing but he’s not a God, and that’s where we put him. Until there’s an issue in his life or a hiccup in his career, then we crucify him.” When asked about the message behind the artwork he elaborated by saying, “By all means, treat and respect these people as artists but don’t turn them into gods- because we crucify our gods.”

On February 24th the statue will be a part of Plastic Jesus’s exhibition with guitarist Billy Morrison called Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion. For more information on the statue or the artist himself you can visit his website, plasticjesus.net. Here you can see other public art displays he has put together and even purchase pieces from his online collection.

So, if you’re in the Hollywood area make sure to go see the statue on display before it is taken down and we will be waiting to hear from Kanye West himself to hear his thoughts on the piece.

Eddie Brock is Back This May In The Oversized VENOM #150

New York, NY—February 21st, 2017 — Reunited, and it feels so good! Or, is it bad? Either way you swing it, Eddie Brock is back, and he’s bonding with the symbiote once more ahead of the can’t-miss VENOM #150 – the oversized anniversary spectacular coming this May! Series writer Mike Costa is joined by superstar guest artist Tradd Moore for an oversized main story featuring Eddie’s return to the pages of Venom. Bonded together again, Eddie and the symbiote are web-slinging their way across New York City. But, is their relationship as harmonious as it once was? Or is their bond more sinister than ever?
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Legion M to partner with NEON on Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis

Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 17, 2017) – NEON, the new distribution label founded by Tom Quinn and Tim League will partner with Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned media company, on the company’s debut release, Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL. The film, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, debuted to strong reviews at Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, and subsequently became the first film to secure invites from Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Sundance Film Festival 2017 and SXSW 2017.

COLOSSAL features Anne Hathaway as Gloria, an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell and Tim Blake Nelson also star.
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Costume Designers Guild Award Winners

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ are the big winners at Costume Designers Guild Awards, while TV awards go to “Game of Thrones,” “American Horror Story: Roanoke” and, “The Crown”.

“La La Land,” took home the contemporary award while “Hidden Figures” won the award for period costumes. Marvel Studio’s superhero film “Doctor Strange” took the fantasy award, winning over Oscar contender “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Last year’s winner on this category, Jenny Beavan‘s post-apocalyptic designs for “Mad Max: Fury Road”, eventually won eventual Oscar Best Achievement in Costume Design.
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Paul Hogan is back on TV poking fun at wrestling

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Watch WWE Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan save the day once again in a strange yet fun new commercial created by advertising agency DDB & Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam for Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer, the largest insurance company in the Netherlands. The Hulkster appears as himself in the commercial, which is the 60th in Beheer’s “Just Call Us”, a campaign that has been running for 30 years.

Appropriately titled “The Hulk”, the bizarre new TV spot shows a family enjoying day and taking pictures at the pier when suddenly a thief snatches the mother’s bag. In comes Hogan, stopping the thief before he get away, pulls his punches yet does him no harm by missing his target by a few inches and his signature wrestling moves not connecting, a sequence that seem to poke fun at professional wrestling’s dramatized athletic performance and world of make-believe. Hogan was disgraced back in 2015 and has been absent from American wrestling for a couple of years.

Watch the full commercial here:

The Predator: First Look at Cast

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The Predator director/co-writer Shane Black shared to Twitter early Monday a first look at the cast to announce the start of production.

The image shows Black with the team of new alien hunters, which includes Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu), and 10-year-old Jacob Tremblay (Room).

The director also confirmed on Twitter that his movie will not be a sanitized version, saying, “And, just to be clear… PG-13 is for pussies. Spines bleed… a lot.”

Black appeared in the original 1987 Predator as ‘Hawkins together with Arnold Schwarzenegger. “The Predator” is expected to open on Feb. 9, 2018.

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‘La La Land’, ‘Finding Dory, ‘Game of Thrones’ top CAS Award

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“La La Land” walked away with top film win at the 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards Saturday night, beating out other nominees Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sully. Pixar’s “Finding Dory” won the award for animated film.

This further solidify La La Land’s seemingly unstoppable dominance in multiple Oscar categories that will be presented next Sunday, Feb. 26. In 11 of the last 20 years, the winner of the CAS live action feature competition went on to win the Oscar, including Gravity in 2013 and Les Miserables in 2012. The 53rd CAS Awards were presented on February 18th in the OMNI Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.

The full list of winners (bolded) below:

MOTION PICTURE – LIVE ACTION
La La Land
Production Mixer – Steven Morrow, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Andy Nelson, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Ai-Ling Lee
Scoring Mixer – Nicholai Baxter
ADR Mixer – David Betancourt
Foley Mixer – James Ashwill

MOTION PICTURE—ANIMATED
Finding Dory
Original Dialogue Mixer – Doc Kane, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Nathan Nance
Re-recording Mixer – Michael Semanick, CAS
Scoring Mixer – Thomas Vicari, CAS
Foley Mixer – Scott Curtis
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Marvel Entertainment and Archie Comics Announce Collaboration with MARVEL COMICS DIGEST

All-new Marvel digest collections increases exposure of Marvel’s favorite Super Heroes with new digest format within large chain retailers and in comic shop markets nationwide

New York, NY—Feb 16, 2017— Marvel Entertainment and Archie Comics, two of the leading pop culture and entertainment brands in the world, announced plans to create and distribute a new MARVEL COMICS DIGEST for “big box retailers,” newsstand, and comic shops, packaged and distributed by Archie. The digest format, long the specialty of Archie, will spotlight some of the best-loved Marvel Comics tales for new and young readers in a captivating way that will create new direct comic book market customers.

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Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Song to Song

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Terrence Malick’s all-star ensemble drama Song to Song, set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene, has revealed its first trailer ahead of its SXSW debut.

According to it’s official synopsis, Song to Song is a “modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples – struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) – chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

Though that might sound slightly familiar to a recent Gosling critical and commercial hit, production of Song to Song was actually announced in November 2011, was originally titled “Lawless”, and Malick began shooting in 2012.

Song to Song will have its world premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 10, before opening in NYC and Los Angeles on March 17, 2017. Broad Green Pictures is releasing the movie. Broad Green also released the poster for the film on Friday (below).