Robert Pattinson front-runner to portray Batman

Robert Pattinson front-runner to portray Batman
May 17 (UPI) — Robert Pattinson is the front-runner to portray Batman in Warner Bros. upcoming solo film based on the caped crusader, according to reports. Pattinson, most famous for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, is in negotiations to take on the Batman role which was last held by Ben Affleck, Variety says. The publication, citing sources, said that Pattinson is the studio’s top choice and that a deal will be closed shortly. The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, has stated that it is unclear if an offer is on the table for Pattinson who is on a short-list of actors, including Nicholas Hoult, Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Deadline, citing sources, reports that Warner Bros. has yet to decide who will don the cape and cowl with the studio liking both Pattinson and Hoult with Pattinson holding the edge. The next Batman film, titled The Batman, is... More

‘Big Bang Theory’ cast praise series finale on ‘Late Show’

‘Big Bang Theory’ cast praise series finale on ‘Late Show’
May 17 (UPI) — The cast of The Big Bang Theory reunited on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss the series finale, which aired Thursday night, of their long-running sitcom. Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard), Kunal Nayyar (Raj), Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy) sat downwith Colbert on Thursday and praised the show’s writers for leaving their characters in a good place. “Thought the writers did an incredible job,” Galecki said before Nayyar joked about what he thought might happen to Raj. “I was worried one of us was going to be killed off in the finale,” Nayyar said. “Being the Indian guy I was really happy I made it.” Cuoco and Parsons also gave props to the writing team. “We had a lot of anxieties about how this was going to go,” she said. “There is a lot of... More

Grumpy Cat, Internet sensation, dead at 7

Grumpy Cat, Internet sensation, dead at 7
May 17 (UPI) — Grumpy Cat, an Internet-famous feline known for her unique, unhappy-looking face, has died at the age of 7. Grumpy Cat’s owners announced her death on InstagramFriday, stating that she suffered from complications from a recent urinary tract infection. She died peacefully at home on Tuesday. “Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough,” her owners said. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.” Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, became an Internet sensation in Sept. 2012 after Bryan Bundesen — the brother of owner Tabatha Bundesen — uploaded a photo of the feline to Reddit. The post earned over one million views within two days and led to Grumpy Cat being named Most Influential Cat by MSNBC that same year. Grumpy... More

Fans brace for Sunday’s epic ending of ‘Game of Thrones’

Fans brace for Sunday’s epic ending of ‘Game of Thrones’
May 17 (UPI) — When millions of viewers settle in for the epic finale of the world’s most popular TV show on Sunday, they will witness the end of an eight-year cliffhanger. Will Game of Thrones fans be able to handle it? Besides grieving beloved characters — slain with an abandon never before seen on television — fans have become so emotionally invested in the story line that disgruntled ones are petitioning for a rewrite. It’s no wonder many won’t make it to work on Monday. A poll by the Workforce Institute @kronos found 27.2 million Americans will skip work, arrive late or at least be less productive. Some 20.4 million said watching Season 8 has caused them to miss work or perform poorly. Based on George R.R. Martin‘s best-selling A Song of Fire and Ice novels, which debuted in 1996, HBO’s Game of Throneswas written and produced by David... More

Keanu Reeves recalls crush on ‘Speed’ co-star Sandra Bullock

Keanu Reeves recalls crush on ‘Speed’ co-star Sandra Bullock
May 17 (UPI) — Keanu Reeves says he had a crush on Speedco-star Sandra Bullock. The 54-year-old actor had nothing but praise for Bullock during Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show after Bullock shared her past crush on Reeves on the show in December. Reeves told host Ellen DeGeneres he wasn’t aware of Bullock’s crush while filming the 1994 movie. He said he also had feelings for Bullock on set. “She obviously didn’t know I had a crush on her, either,” Reeves said. “We were working.” “It was nice to go to work. I mean, she’s such a wonderful person and a wonderful actress,” he added. Bullock recalled her crush on Reeves during the Dec. 20 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I think of how sweet Keanu Reeves was and how handsome he was,” the actress said of filming. “It was hard for me to like, really be... More

‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ stars reunite

‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ stars reunite
May 9 (UPI) — The stars of Beverly Hills, 90210 reunite in a promo and cast photo for Fox’s upcoming revival. The new series, BH90210, released a video Wednesday showing Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling coming together for a table read. Beverly Hills, 90210 had a 10-season run on Fox from 1990 to 2000. The series starred Priestley as Brandon Walsh, Doherty as Brenda Walsh, Garth as Kelly Taylor, Ziering as Steve Sanders, Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman, Green as David Silver and Spelling as Donna Martin. BH90210 will premiere Aug. 7 on Fox. Spelling and Garth shared the cast photo Wednesday on Instagram. The picture shows Spelling and the cast striking a pose on set. “The gang is BACK. @BH90210 premieres August 7th on @FOXTV. #BH90210,” she captioned the post. Fox shared plans for the revival in February. Luke... More

Netflix announces ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ interactive special for 2020

Netflix announces ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ interactive special for 2020
May 9 (UPI) — Netflix has announced plans to release an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive special in 2020. The project is set to bring back series stars Ellie Kemper (Kimmy), Tituss Burgess (Titus), Jane Krakowski (Jacqueline) and Carol Kane (Lillian) and serve as a proper ending to the comedy series which had its final Season 4 episodes arrive on Netflix in January. The interactive special will be similar in scope to Netflix’s Black Mirror standalone film Black Mirror: Bandersnatchwhich allowed viewers to shape what was happening on-screen in a choose-you-own-adventure-style of format. Bandersnatch, released in December, asks viewers to make yes or no choices that change the course of the plot. Viewers can make the choices by using a remote control, a mouse if Netflix is being accessed on a computer, or a video game controller if Netflix is being accessed on a video game console. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt... More

RuPaul defines camp, says drag is political statement on ‘Late Show’

RuPaul defines camp, says drag is political statement on ‘Late Show’
May 9 (UPI) — RuPaul appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and gave his definition of the word camp as it relates to the recent Met Gala. RuPaul, who attended the 2019 Met Gala in New York, said Wednesday that camp is being able to see the facade of life. “You have to be able to see the absurdity of life from outside of yourself,” the drag queen said about camp, which was the theme of the Met Gala. “The idea of drag is camp because we’re saying, ‘You know, I’m not this body. I’m actually god in drag playing humanity,'” he continued. “When you are in that place than you can laugh at the absurdity.” RuPaul also discussed how he learned at an early age to not take life too seriously and how that relates to drag being a political statement. “What we do in drag is... More

‘Star Wars’ cast, crew mourn Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew

‘Star Wars’ cast, crew mourn Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew
May 3 (UPI) — Members of the Star Wars film franchise, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams, shared remembrances of Peter Mayhew following the Chewbacca actor’s death. Mayhew died Tuesday at age 74 at his home in North Texas. He is survived by his wife, Angie, and three children. Mayhew famously portrayed Chewbacca in five Star Wars films, including the original Star Wars in 1977, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, Return of the Jedi in 1983, Revenge of the Sith in 2005 and The Force Awakens in 2015. Chewbacca, a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk, was Han Solo’s (Ford) partner and co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon. “Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character,” Ford said in a statement. “These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film... More

Kenan Thompson plans to stay on ‘SNL’: ‘It’s the best job in the world’

Kenan Thompson plans to stay on ‘SNL’: ‘It’s the best job in the world’
May 3 (UPI) — Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson plans to stay on the long-running series. The 40-year-old actor discussed his future with the NBC sketch comedy show during Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Three presidents have been in office since Thompson joined SNL in 2003. Thompson hopes to still be on the show when a potential fourth president takes office in 2020. “Oh, would love it. I would love that,” the star told host Ellen DeGeneres before joking, “Hopefully it will be in 2020, but we’ll see what happens.” “It’s the best job in the world,” he said. “I can’t see myself just walking away from it like that. Even with how busy I’ve been lately — I’m doing another show on NBC called Bring the Funny.” Thompson became the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Livehistory in 2017. He compared the cast to a “big... More