Back in December of 2013, Variety revealed that DC Comics and Warner Bros. were hoping to secure the services of Joaquin Phoenix to play Lex Luthor in the Batman versus Superman film that would eventually be called “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” That role went to Jesse Eisenberg, but it appears Phoenix may have found his superhero franchise anyway. According to TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider, Phoenix is under consideration to star as Doctor Strange in the forthcoming Marvel feature that Scott Derrickson will direct. HuffPost Entertainment contacted representatives for Phoenix and Derrickson to confirm the rumor; this post will be updated if and when they respond.
“Four years ago, these best friends discovered a hot-tub time machine.” So says the narrator at the start of the “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ red-band trailer, which Paramount debuted at Comic-Con on Thursday. No John Cusack this time around — Adam Scott, briefly glimpsed here, seems to have taken his slot — but that just means more laughs for Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. This NSFW trailer is a riot. People who like funny things should watch it below. “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ comes out on Christmas Day.
The wait is over. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer debuted on the “Today” show on Thursday, and it teases just about everything fans of the book will want to see – plus a special, exclusive version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” (That explains her Instagram teaser.) Based on E L James’ best-selling erotic novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey” stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. It’s set to hit theaters Feb. 13, 2015.
Michelle Fairley’s TV career is getting resurrected once again! First the actress was killed off as Catelyn Stark on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Then she had an arc on USA’s “Suits.” Then she played a terrorist on Fox’s “24: Live Another Day”—and was killed off again. Now Fairley is joining the second season of ABC’s “Resurrection.” She will recur on the show as Margaret Langston, described as “the formidable matriarch of the Langston clan … mother of Henry and Fred (Kurtwood Smith, Matt Craven), and dead for over three decades, she will reappear in Arcadia as one of the returned. Margaret brings with her knowledge of the Langston family’s dark past, a past she is determined to keep hidden. Her return will have consequences for the entire family.”
It looks like “Arrested Development” star Portia de Rossi is joining the “Scandal” gang next season. On Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that her wife will appear on “Scandal” in a “top secret arc.” “Scandal” Writers confirmed the news as well. Neither de Rossi’s rep nor ABC immediately responded to HuffPost’s request for comment. In the time being, don’t trust Ellen with any secrets.
Filming on Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” was so intense for Jake Gyllenhaal that he was forced to get stitches in his hand after punching a mirror. That sequence is teased below in the first official trailer for the film, which HuffPost Entertainment is happy to debut. Gyllenhaal stars in the film as Lou Bloom, “a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism.”
The major character dying on “The Simpsons” may have been revealed, and we’re not clowning around. Fans have been speculating for months on what character would be killed off in the Seasons 26 premiere of “The Simpsons,” and now it appears that Krusty the Clown is set for his final act.
Don’t cha know it’s official! FX CEO John Landgraf has announced that the network will pick up new seasons of both “Louie” and “Fargo,” according to FX press releases. The fifth season of Louis C.K.’s comedy series will premiere in late spring 2015. A press release indicated the new season of “Louie” would have seven episodes; however, in comments made at the Television Critics Association press tour, Landgraf said there could be up to eight. Season 4 of the series is currently nominated for five Emmys.
Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) will replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in the Weinstein Company’s “Paddington,” based on the popular children’s literature character. Firth departed the live-action/CGI-hybrid project in June. Producer David Heyman told the Daily Mail, which broke Thursday’s news, that Firth’s voice was “too mature” for the part; the film needed a slightly younger voice for the beloved bear who arrives in England from Peru. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi will also lend their voices to the film.
“The Flash” is getting a chilly character addition this fall. The CW’s “Arrow” spin-off has just cast “Prison Break” actor Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold. The freeze-gun-touting villain is one of Barry Allen/The Flash’s biggest adversaries in the DC Comics, and is the leader of the Rogues—a group of his enemies. Miller will guest star as the character in the fourth episode of the show’s debut season this fall. “We’ll be seeing his origin and the origin of the Rogues,” said executive producer Greg Berlanti.