Will Arnett voices the Caped Crusader in The LEGO Batman Movie, a comedic installment which also features Zach Galifianakis as the Joker.
Arnett, who also voiced Batman in The LEGO Movie, had a healthy share of creative interpretation in terms of shaping the iconic superhero.
“It’s very fun to take an iconic character like Batman and kind of play with the rules that have always been there for him,” says Arnett, who teams up with Arrested Development collaborator Michael Cera on the film. “Keep it consistent in terms of him being good at what he does and kind of having that bravado and machismo. But at the same time, make him a little bit more flawed and goofier. That’s the license that we took and it made sense (in) the LEGO world to be able to do that.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Arnett explain why he laughed on a “profound level” while making The LEGO Batman Movie.
The LEGO Batman Movie, which features Cera as Robin and Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon, opens nationwide February 10.
It looks as though the next X-Men film is starting to take shape. My Entertainment World reports that X-Men: Supernova will start shooting on June 15 in Montreal. The film finds the X-Men dealing with one of their toughest decisions to date as Jean Grey has gained powers beyond her control and the power has corrupted her, leaving the X-Men to decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe.
Josh Hartnett is heading back to the big screen. Screen Daily reports the Penny Dreadful actor will start in The Last Draw of Jack of Hearts, a thriller that reunites him with Bunraku director Guy Moshe. Hartnett will play a former black ops soldier betrayed and left for dead during a covert operation in Africa, only to resurface later in Naples with a thirst for revenge and a desire to win back the mysterious love of his life.
Sarah Paulson is set to star in the new film Lost Girls, about a real-life serial killer who found his victims on Craigs List. The film centers on Mari (Paulson), the mother of a daughter who is one of several girls who has gone missing. The murderer has used a waterfront roadside in Long Island to dump all his victims, all of whom advertised themselves as escorts on the site.
Annette Bening has landed a juicy new TV role, joining the cast of the FX series, Katrina: American Crime Story. Deadline reports that Bening will play Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana, during and after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina will be the second installment of the American Crime Story series after their highly lauded O.J. Simpson-centric run in 2016.
Jack Coleman, most recently seen in NBC’s Heroes reboot, will co-star opposite Reba McEntire in a still-untitled drama for ABC. According to Deadline, the show centers on McEntire character Ruby Adair, the sheriff in a small Kentucky town who finds herself challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent helps her solve a horrific crime. Coleman stars of Ruby’s ex-husband Deke, who is married to Ruby’s former best friend Randa (Amanda Detmer). Marc Cherry is one board to produce.
Judy Greer has landed a recurring role on the Hulu hit series Casual. Greer will play Judy, a wry and self aware single mother forced to do multiple jobs at a digital branding firm. The overworked Judy finds herself being distracted by Alex during the course of the upcoming season.
Larenz Tate will have a recurring role on the fourth season of Starz original series Power. Tate will portray city councilman Rashad Tate from Jamaica Queens. Power will return to the Starz lineup this summer.
Kathleen Rose Perkins, excellent on Showtime’s Episodes, is set to star in the new NBC drama pilot Good Girls. The potential series follows three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers who suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe. The cast also includes Reno Wilson and Manny Montana.
After two seasons away, Gwen Stefani is back in the judge’s chair on The Voice. During her hiatus, she went on tour behind her This Is What The Truth Feels Like album, voiced a character in the Trolls movie, and contributed several songs to the film’s soundtrack. While she hasn’t mentored a winning contestant yet on The Voice, she’s feeling optimistic that her recent experiences will make her a better coach and mentor, and she’s looking forward to seeing what kinds of talent the new season will bring.
The 12th season of The Voice premieres February 27 on NBC.
After the phenomenal success of Fifty Shades of Grey, both on the bestseller list and at the box office, a sequel was inevitable. So writer E.L. James gave us Fifty Shades Darker. The book, as expected, went to No. 1 on the bestseller list, and the movie adaptation arrives in theaters on Friday. The first Fifty Shades flick made Dakota Johnson one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, and she’s back in the role of Anastasia Steele for “Darker.” When we talked to Johnson, she expressed tremendous gratitude for the role, and for the way the character has been written by James. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dakota Johnson)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fifty Shades Darker opens in theaters this Friday.
When you’re an iconic figure like Jack Sparrow, “Ain’t No Grave” can hold you down, as the Johnny Cash in the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales suggests. The fifth installment of the franchise, while continuing Sparrow’s misadventures, brings fresh blood to the table with Kon Tiki filmmakers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg behind the camera.
Penned by Catch Me If You Can scribe Jeff Nathanson, the feature deals with ghost Captain Salazar’s (Javier Bardem) hunt for Sparrow. To successfully combat Salazar, Sparrow must find the Trident of Poseidon with the help of an astronomer (Kaya Scodelario) and a wide-eyed Naval officer (Brenton Thwaites). Of course, a Pirates movie isn’t complete with Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and it’s great to see a quick glimpse of him in the film’s trailer.
Another cast member of note is Golshifteh Farahani, who gives a scene stealing performance in Paterson. Hopefully her role is also meaty, but even if it’s not, it’s great to know her career is gaining momentum.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens May 26. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
The selling point behind the upcoming comedy Fist Fight rests on the improbable idea of Charlie Day getting into a brawling match with Ice Cube. Though we’re not expecting anything as intense as Fight Club, it’ll be interesting to see how many fists are landed in the flick, which is being directed by Day collaborator Richie Keen (they work together on It’s Sunny in Philadelphia).
The story centers on meek high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) who, on the last day of school. crosses hairs with his intimidating colleague Ron Strickland (Cube). News of the fight spreads around the classrooms and hallways, and before summer break the students and the faculty will be treated to a showdown to end all showdowns!
Click on the media bar to hear Ice Cube talk about the number one rule behind effectively doing a fight scene.
Fist Fight, co-starring JoAnna Garcia and Christina Hendricks, opens nationwide February 17.
Director M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split continues to dominate the competition as it beat newcomer Rings with a $14.5 million weekend. Saddled with bad reviews, Rings took in $13 million followed at #3 with A Dog’s Purpose ($10.8 million). The sci-fi/family drama The Space Between Us bombed in its debut, coming in at #9 ($3.8 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Split - Budgeted at just $9 million, the feature had made $144 million worldwide. The sleeper hit took in $14.5 million.
2.Rings - Though it finished second, Rings’ $13 million weekend was still disappointing.
3. A Dog’s Purpose - $10.8 million
4. Hidden Figures - One of this year’s biggest surprises, as it’s made over $122 million worldwide. This weekend, it takes in $10.1 million
5. La La Land - The Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling headlined musical is primed to win big at the Oscars. At $268 worldwide, this $30 million budgeted flick is one of this year’s biggest hits.
6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - It makes only $4.5 million this weekend but most of the movie’s money is being made overseas ($95 million international to date).
7. Sing - $4.08 million
8. Lion - $4 million
9. The Space Between Us - $3.82 million
10. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - This Vin Diesel led franchise has been a box officer misfire. It takes in just $3.7 million this weekend.
A new domestic trailer for The Lost City of Z, James Gray’s (The Immigrant) highly anticipated epic headlined by Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga), has been released. Based on David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, the centers on British explorer Percy Fawcett’s (Hunnam) journey into the most remote areas of the Amazon. Though his attempts to search for this “lost city” is ambitious, his explorations is negatively received by the scientific community. The naysayers don’t stop Fawcett from attempting to find this lost civilization, and it’s a quest that eventually leads to his disappearance in 1925.
Pattinson co-stars as the military official who accompanies Fawcett on his trips, with Sienna Miller (Live By Night) and Tom Holland (upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming) playing his wife and son respectively. As witnessed with the underrated The Immigrant, Gray knows how to tell a personal story amidst an arresting visual canvas, and we”re hoping The Lost City of Z is another solid effort from the filmmaker. Hunnam, whose success has come from the long running TV series Sons of Anarchy, has done his share of movies (Pacific Rim, Children of Men), but he still hasn’t broken out as an A-list star. Maybe The Lost City of Z will change those fortunes.
The Lost City of Z hits Los Angeles and New York April 14 and opens nationwide the following week. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!!
Throughout its first season, Supergirl felt like an extended origin story, as the title character took a series of baby steps toward discovering the scope of her powers. But the series’ sophomore year didn’t bring a case of the “terrible twos”; in fact, the series seems to have not only found its rhythm, but also a stronger sense of identity since moving to The CW. Melissa Benoist, who plays the superhero, says she’s been thrilled with the Season 2 storytelling so far. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa Benoist)
Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8/7c on The CW.