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'Captain America 3' confirmed for May 2016 release up against 'Batman vs. Superman'

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Looks like Steve Rogers really is giving the orders now.

After about a month of rumored speculation, Marvel has officially confirmed that Captain America and his trusty vibranium shield will leap back onto the big screen on May 6, 2016 — meaning everyone’s favorite red, white, and blue super soldier will be facing off against another pair of costumed heroes in Warner Bros.’ Batman vs. Superman. READ FULL STORY

Superman/Batman: Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto join cast as new characters

Man of Steel, meet Elastigirl.

Holly Hunter is the latest addition to the Henry Cavill/Ben Affleck superhero mash-up, tentatively known as Superman/Batman, with Callan Mulvey of 300: Rise of an Empire and Tao Okamoto of The Wolverine also joining the Zack Snyder film. All will will be playing new characters, never before seen in the DC Comics universe. READ FULL STORY

Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor in 'Batman/Superman' film -- BREAKING

Jesse Eisenberg, say goodbye to that curly head of hair.

The Oscar-nominated star of The Social Network has been cast as the Man of Steel’s ultimate foe in Warner Bros. upcoming Batman/Superman film, the studio announced today.

He’ll be joined by another actor with Academy Award history: Jeremy Irons (won won Best Actor for 1990′s Reversal of Fortune) will co-star opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman as his butler and confidante Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed film.

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'Ant-Man' claims vacated Superman/Batman release date

Edgar Wright’s take on Marvel’s Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, will be released on July 17, 2015 — two weeks earlier than scheduled. Marvel announced the news on its site on Thursday. Its only direct competition now is Warner Bros.’ Pan.

This scheduling takes advantage of the fact that Warner Bros. just pushed its Man of Steel sequel back nine months to a May 6, 2016, release. It previously held the July 17, 2015, spot, which was likely why Ant-Man had built in that two-week buffer. Other July 2015 releases include the Terminator reboot, Minions, and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck.

It’s all speculation at this point, but in general, these moves are good for Ant-Man – another potential franchise in the Marvel universe.

Casting Net: Tom Cruise developing 'Jack Reacher' sequel; Plus, Jason Momoa in talks for 'Batman vs. Superman,' more

• Tom Cruise is developing a follow-up to 2012′s Jack Reacher with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. The sequel will be based on Lee Child‘s Never Go Back – the 18th book in the series — where Jack is faced with a new commanding officer and a possible return to Army service. No writer or director is attached to the pic, but according to the report, all hope that Christopher McQuarrie, who directed the first film and is currently working on prepping Mission: Impossible 5 with Cruise, will return. [Deadline]
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Gal Gadot to star as Wonder Woman in 'Batman Vs. Superman'

After decades of waiting in the wings while the boys had all the fun — a frustrating exile best epitomized by a failed television pilot — Wonder Woman is finally set to return in the biggest way imaginable. Gal Gadot, the Israeli model and actress who appeared as Gisele Harrabo in the Fast and Furious franchise, will star as the iconic Amazon in Batman Vs. Superman.

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” said director Zack Snyder, in a statement. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Gadot, 28, competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel before becoming a professional model/actress. What better qualifies her to play a superhero, though, might be the two years she spent in the Israeli army.

Ben Affleck on the extended cut of 'Argo,' and the movie role he thinks is even more intimidating than Batman

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Last year at this time, Argo had just surpassed the $100 million mark at the box-office on its way to winning three Oscars, including the statue for Best Picture. Ben Affleck’s true Hollywood story of the CIA’s risky mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from the angry hive of the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979 was bold, confident filmmaking, and his emergence as a sentimental favorite during awards season was as delightful as it was unlikely, considering the many ups and downs of his career. Fifteen years after Good Will Hunting, 10 years after Gigli, and five years after becoming an acclaimed director with Gone Baby Gone, Affleck’s crowning achievement established him as a master Filmmaker, with a capital F, in league with other actors who became esteemed directors, like Eastwood, Redford, and Beatty.

Affleck, fortunately, hasn’t given up acting. In fact, it’s well known that he’ll spend 2014 filming two of Hollywood’s most-anticipated movies: David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs. Superman. (Psst, he plays Batman.) But before he embarked on those projects, Affleck wanted to revisit Argo one last time. In the new extended edition Blu-ray, in stores today, he reinserted nine minutes of footage that revolve around his character’s family life, fulfilling a promise he made to a now-famous actor whose scenes had been left mostly on the cutting-room floor.

Below, in addition to a behind-the-scenes video from the new Blu-ray, Affleck discusses the cut scenes, why he’s not worried about the fans who erupted online when he was cast as the new Batman, and the one character that he considers even more daunting than the caped crusader. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Idris Elba will battle terrorists in 'Bastille Day'; Plus, 'Terminator' rumors, more

• Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) has signed on to star in the thriller Bastille Day, which finds a young artist and a former CIA agent teaming up on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct. Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider) penned the script. Elba can be seen next as Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (out Dec. 18). [Variety]

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'Batman vs. Superman' brings superhero rivalry to the football field

The last time football was featured in a Batman movie, a pro stadium was being decimated by deadly explosions. But Gotham football fans are apparently resilient.

Tomorrow, in East Los Angeles, director Zack Snyder is filming scenes for Batman vs. Superman during a college football game between East Los Angeles College and Victor Valley College. Though the community colleges aren’t exactly the sort of traditional football factories that pop up on SportsCenter, the teams that will square off at halftime are comic-book powerhouses: Gotham City University versus Metropolis State University.

Batman-News.com even has the team’s uniforms (see above), with both squads wearing colors that reflect the styles of their hometown hero. Gotham City University’s black and gold unis even echo those of their ill-fated professional franchise, the Gotham City Rogues. Nicknames and mascots for the college teams haven’t been revealed, but can we get some support for the Gotham City Knights and the Metropolis State Crusaders?

Snyder plans to spend 20 minutes filming the two imaginary teams squaring off at the 20,000-capacity Weingart Stadium, which will stand in for Gotham’s home field. It’s safe to assume that the cities’ ultimate bragging rights in this upcoming blockbuster won’t be determined by what happens on the field — but it can’t hurt to deliver a blow for civic pride.

Kevin Smith is back: Director talks his next movie, Ben Affleck's Batcave, and 'the most important film' of 2013

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Clerks director Kevin Smith spends a lot of his life in California these days, but he’ll always have New Jersey in his blood — and his vernacular. As Bruce Springsteen once said about Frank Sinatra after their historic first encounter, “I was glad to find that his conversation was still peppered with the kinds of words that have made our state great.”

Kevin Smith can flat out talk. You could even say it’s his primary job these days, since he has repeatedly mulled retirement from directing and now hosts several popular podcasts. But the indie filmmaker, who made his convenience-store first film for $27,575, hasn’t turned his back on the independent-film scene. When he was at Sundance in 2011 with his horror movie Red State — when he famously spurned Hollywood — he vowed to eventually distribute other artists’ films outside the studio system. “Phase 4 called up like six months later and was like, ‘Were you serious, because we can help you with that,’” says Smith, who subsequently paired with the independent distributor to form the Kevin Smith Movie Club, a “handpicked collection of unique independent films that resonate with Smith’s and SModcast’s audience.”

On Oct. 4, Phase 4 and Smith’s Movie Club will release The Dirties, a top prize-winner at January’s Slamdance Film Festival about two high-school outcasts who make a revenge-fantasy movie about killing the group of bullies that make their lives a living hell. When their film project only makes their situation worse, the teens contemplate taking the scary next step, plotting and videotaping their own Columbine-style massacre. Starring Owen Williams and Canadian director Matt Johnson, the movie combines a variety of genres but results in creating something entirely new. “You’ve seen found-footage genre, you’ve seen faux documentary, and you’ve seen school shootings [movies] before, but you’ve never seen it done the way that Matt Johnson has pulled it all together,” says Smith. “The last time we saw a movie kind of compelling like this, Gus Van Sant, a filmmaking master!, made Elephant, but this is so goddamn different. I looked at this and I was like, “This is the f–king future, man.”

Smith is effusive in his praise of the young filmmaker — “I get more out of standing next to Matt than Matt gets to standing next to me” — but he also chatted to EW about his own future behind the camera and why he thinks his Chasing Amy star Ben Affleck really grabbed the role of Batman. (Hint: It has something to do with a panic room.)

Click below for Smith’s lengthy Q&A and an exclusive slightly NSFW video clip from The Dirties, which will play in theaters and VOD beginning Oct. 4. READ FULL STORY

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