Entertainment Round-up: Gorilla Grodd, Dollmaker on Gotham, Daniel Bruhl in Captain America: Civil War

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With warm wishes for our friends getting snowed upon in the Northeast, here’s a few items that have crossed the newswires this Monday morning: – The Flash is, on balance, probably my most looked-forward to superhero series each week (give or take Agent Carter), but nothing about that show excites me more than the upcoming […]

Phoebe Gloeckner’s Diary of a Teenage Girl wows them at Sundance

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But this year, The Diary of a Teenage girl, based on the hybrid novel/comic by Phoebe Gloeckner, and directed by Marielle Heller is getting very strong reviews. The film stars 22-year-old Bel Powley as Minnie Goetz, a teenage girl whose emerging sexuality finds an outlet in an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. (Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgaard play the mother and boyfriend.) Strong reviews have led the way to the film being picked up by Sony Classics already.

Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm cast in X-Men: Apocalypse

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We reported on this topic just a few weeks back, but now according to Variety, Bryan Singer has settled on his three younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm for the 1980’s set X-Men: Apocalypse. Playing Cyclops will be Tye Sheridan, who blew my socks off in Mud and the recent David Gordon Green […]

Melissa Benoist cast as Supergirl

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  CBS has found the lead of their first superhero adaptation since The Flash debuted in 1990. Melissa Benoist, who appeared most recently in the indie hit Whiplash, has been tapped for the role of Kara Zor-El in Supergirl, making her the third live action version of the character, following Helen Slater (Supergirl) and Laura […]

Simon Pegg to co-write Star Trek 3

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It has only been over a month since Roberto Orci walked away from the director’s chair on the upcoming Star Trek threequel, with Fast & Furious series director Justin Lin taking over the job not long after. With Orci’s script for the film (which he co-wrote with John D. Payne and Patrick McKay) being tossed, […]

Gotham to debut The Red Hood in a future episode

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When Gotham kicked off last year, the show began with a number of proto-versions of Batman’s Rogues gallery such as The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and of course The Penguin (who, played by Robin Lord Taylor, has sort of worked his way into MVP status on the show according to its fans, along with Jada […]

X-Men: First Class writer attached to Fables screenplay

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Comic Book Resources recently learned in an interview with producer David Heyman that Jane Goldman is currently working on the script for a Fables feature film, based on the Bill Willingham comic about fairy tale characters living in New York City. Goldman’s previous writing credits include co-authoring the scripts for X-Men First Class and Kick-Ass […]

Powers show slated for March 10 release

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Brian Michael Bendis announced today that Powers, Playstation Network’s first live-action series, will premiere on March 10 with the initial 3 episodes. The series is scheduled for an initial 10-episode run, but rather than following the Netflix or Amazon Prime method of dropping all episodes at once, Playstation intends to release a new episode each Tuesday. […]

Entertainment Round-Up: Deadpool, Walking Dead Spin-Off, Supergirl, etc..

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Happy MLK Day! It hasn’t been a terribly eventful Monday insofar as entertainment related news goes, but here are a few relevant links that you might find worth the click: – Fox’s upcoming X-Men spin-off, Deadpool, starts shooting this Spring in Vancouver. Ryan Reynolds is back in the superhero world, and hopefully this trip will […]

Gotham renewed for second season

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It’s not a surprise, given that it was a fairly big ratings success, but FOX has renewed the Batman prequel series Gotham for another season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network felt confident in bringing back the Bruno Heller-created series based on its strong performance in the key 18-49 year old demographic, where it […]

WB Animation debuts trailer for Batman vs. Robin

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Earlier this week, WB Animation announced the voice cast for Batman vs. Robin, the 23rd feature in their DC Universe Animated Film line-up. Today, they debut its initial trailer via IGN…take a look below at the first animated appearance of the Court of the Owls. Batman vs. Robin hits stores in the Spring.

Review: Fables: The Wolf Among Us stars a well-realized wolf in Sheriff’s clothing

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It seems fitting that Fables: The Wolf Among Us is Vertigo’s “first ever digital-first series” according to the publisher’s website. If you can parse that distinction, meaning Vertigo has never before released a comic series in digital format prior to it’s print debut, it makes a strange sort of sense that they chose this particular series to hold the title of first-ever first digital. Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 is a comic series based on the popular Telltale video game series of the same name, which was itself based on the 14-time Eisner award winning series from creator Bill Willingham.

Tom Hardy drops out of Suicide Squad, Jake Gyllenhaal a possible replacement

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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is now a man down (I wonder how many puns like this are being formulated across the blogosphere). Tom Hardy, thanks to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant going over schedule into March, and his already existing promotional schedule for Mad Max: Fury Road, has been forced to drop out of the super-villain […]

Once again, it’s time for the “nerd categories” of the Oscar nominations

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There’s quite a bit of discussion today regarding today’s Oscar nominations (I remain very sad for Ava DuVernay’s snub in the Best Director category), but let’s talk about the stuff that’s collectively of greater interest to the readership of The Beat, because there’s great work to celebrate there too! Here are the nominations that include […]

Review: Justice League Throne of Atlantis Animated Goes Deep

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is the animated film follow up to last year’s Justice League War that introduced the New 52 to DC Animation. The last few movies have been a roller coaster of quality. Flashpoint Paradox was excellent while War and Assault on Arkham suffered from execution problems. While the film has a few standout moments Justice League TOA doesn’t quite parallel the emotional strength of its Geoff Johns Aquaman source material.

Convergence to Bring in The INJUSTICE Universe

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by Davey Nieves Today Entertainment Weekly revealed the solicits for the first four issues of the nine part Convergence event from DC Comics. The event will bring together the pre-52 universe with just about every part of the DC Comics multi-verse. Perhaps the most interesting part of the solicit was the inclusion of the popular INJUSTICE […]