Christian Bale would return as Batman — on one condition

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Christian Bale, who played Batman in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy from 2005-2015, says he’s open to suiting up as the caped crusader one more time — providing Nolan was back on board as well.

“I had a pact with Chris Nolan,” Bale tells Screen Rant. “We said, ‘Hey, look. Let’s make three films, if we’re lucky enough to get to do that. And then let’s walk away. Let’s not linger too long.'”

“In my mind, it would be something if Chris Nolan ever said to himself, ‘You know what, I’ve got another story to tell.’ And if he wished to tell that story with me, I’d be in.”

Nolan’s trilogy kicked off with Batman Begins in 2005, followed by The Dark Knight in 2008 and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

Currently, Robert Pattinson is set to reprise as the hero in a sequel to director Matt Reeves‘ hit The Batman.

Oscar winner Bale will soon make his MCU debut, playing the villain Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder, opening nationwide July 8.

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In Brief: Russell Crowe to star in ‘The Pope’s Exorcist; ‘ER’ actress dies at 61, and more

Russell Crowe has been tapped to star in The Pope’s Exorcist, a supernatural thriller from Overlord director Julius Avery, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Crowe will play real-life figure Father Gabriele Amorth, a priest who served as the Vatican’s chief exorcist with some 100,000-plus alleged exorcisms under his belt. Amorth died in 2016 at the age of 91. He wrote two memoirs — An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories — which detailed his experiences battling demons…

Deadline reports Emma Roberts has joined the ensemble cast of Sony Pictures’ Madame Web, joining Dakota Johnson, who will star as the titular Marvel character, first introduced in the comics back in 1980. Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced and Tahar Rahim also star in the film from S.J. Johnson, executive producer and lead director of Netflix’s acclaimed Marvel series, Jessica Jones. Madame Web has been given a July 7 release date…

Mary Mara, the actor best known for her recurring roles as patient Loretta Sweet in ER and inspector Bryn Carson in Nash Bridges, died in Cape Vincent, New York on Sunday in an apparent drowning. She was 61. Mara was discovered in the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent around 8:10 p.m. police confirmed in a report obtained by Variety. A rep for Mara tells the outlet that she was staying at the summer home of her sister, Martha. Mara’s other notable TV credits include NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, Law & Order, The West Wing, Monk, Shameless, Ray Donovan, Dexter and Criminal Minds. On film, she played Billy Crystal’s daughter in 1982’s Mr. Saturday Night

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‘Only Murders in the Building’ cast dishes on season two

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They’re back, to solve another murder! Only Murders in the Building returns Tuesday on Hulu for season 2, with stars Steve MartinMartin Short, and Selena Gomez on the case again. 

Last season ended with the Arconia Board president being murdered, and Martin tells ABC Audio that’s exactly where things pick up. 

“We’re set on solving the crime that ended last season,” he shares. “But one of the biggest changes is, you know, in terms of story is now that our podcast has hit big, we’re all three getting a little bit of notoriety that we didn’t have before.”

“So we will walk down the street and maybe get noticed by people. And we have to set about solving a crime while being kind of famous. Not really famous. Just kind of famousLike we are now,” Martin laughs. 

More specifically, the season begins with the trio’s characters being interrogated by police. So, who would be the first to flip on the others in real life?

Me!” Gomez quickly admits, before Martin calls out Short.

I think Marty would sell us out at a second,” he says — and Short doesn’t deny it.

I think definitely I would in one second, to survive in one second,” he says. “But I think before I could get the words out, Selena would have sold us out.”

Despite the first season being a huge hit, Short reveals he didn’t feel a lot of pressure going into season two because “a sequel is actually easier because you now know the characters.”

Well, you have to understand one thing, Marty has never done a second season,” Martin teases, to which Short rebuttals with their movie Father of the Bride 2.

Oh, that’s true,” Martin acknowledges, “But I’m talking about television.”

“Oh, touché,” Short responds.

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“See you at the movies”: Tom Cruise thanks theaters, fans as ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ passes $1 billion mark

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On Monday afternoon, Tom Cruise took to Twitter as his Top Gun: Maverick surpassed the $1 billion mark at the box office.

Cruise, the producer and star of the blockbuster, was adamant that his film avoid debuting on streaming, choosing instead with Paramount Pictures to delay the movie multiple times during the pandemic, with the goal of getting the film on the big screen.

His message didn’t specifically mention Top Gun‘s bottom line — it is now his biggest movie ever — but instead thanked everybody who fought to preserve the theatrical experience.

Cruise noted, “To all the films in release, to all the studios, and to all the exhibitors: congratulations. To the audience: thank you for venturing out and allowing us to entertain you.”

He added, “See you at the movies.”

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HBO says the fourth season of ‘Succession’ is underway


With the release of a photo of the show’s “clapper,” HBO announced Monday that shooting on the fourth season of the Emmy-winning series Succession has begun.

The show, which has earned 23 Emmy nominations and nine wins, as well as trophies from the Screen Actors Guild and others, will have a 10-episode fourth season, HBO revealed.

The series centers on the powerful Roy family, led by patriarch Logan Roy — played by Emmy winner Brian Cox — and the family drama surrounding the members serving in his media empire, including fellow Emmy winner Jeremy Strong‘s Kendall, Kieran Culkin‘s Roman, Sarah Snook‘s Siobhan and Alan Ruck‘s Connor.

The network teases of the upcoming season: “The sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves ever closer. The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.”

The season is expected to debut next year.

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Jodie Sweetin addresses “police brutality” incident during abortion rights protest

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Jodie Sweetin guest hosted E!’s Daily Pop show on Monday and addressed getting shoved by Los Angeles police officers on Saturday while she was protesting the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The actress recalled, “We were there protesting, and they were walking us back where we were, and one of the officers just snatched my bag and tossed me forward.”

Sweetin said she had no plans to press charges. “We took care of the situation. We didn’t use that as an excuse to do anything further. We continued our march, and we were out there probably another four or five hours marching downtown,” she said.

The Full House star was keen to shift the spotlight away from the highly publicized incident. “Above all, I want to continue to not make this about me.”

The star explained, “People are shocked when they see Stephanie Tanner, something happened to her, and all of a sudden it makes it more real, and I hate that it takes people knowing someone, being someone that they recognize, for people to be outraged or take action.”

The 40-year-old former child star also added, “If people are disturbed by what they saw, let me tell you: I’ve spent a lot of time protesting out in the streets and that is a very minor incident of police brutality.”

Sweetin vowed to “continue to bring the focus back to women’s rights and also to police brutality.”

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Mishael Morgan becomes first Black woman to win lead actress award at Daytime Emmys

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Mishael Morgan made history Friday night as she became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama: Actress.

She was previously nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2018 and 2019 for her role as Hilary Curtis in The Young and the Restless. After starring in the series since 2013, this year, Morgan won for her current role as Amanda Sinclair.

“I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do,” the 35-year-old actress said in her acceptance speech. “Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation … they can strive to be the best.”

“I need to thank the fans and everybody sitting at home,” Morgan continued. “They embraced me when I came on this show and I am so immensely proud of our generation.”

“We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together,” she added.

Morgan posted an Instagram photo holding her trophy, which she captioned, “It wasn’t a dream. We did this. I am so blessed to be living in a time, where this could be a part of my story.”

Other winners at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards included Steve Harvey, Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud, and Tamron Hall, Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for her self-titled show. Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Informative Talk Show.

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The King reigns at the box office: ‘Elvis’ edged out ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ after all

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It was a dogfight at the box office over the weekend, but in the end, Elvis downed Maverick.

Newly revised numbers quoted by Variety show that Baz Luhrmann‘s Presley biopic beat Tom Cruise‘s sequel by around a million bucks — close, but still good enough for a first place finish.

The trade reports that Elvis made $31.1 million in its first weekend in theaters, while Top Gun: Maverick brought in $29.6 million in its fifth weekend in theaters. Earlier estimates had the movies tied at $30.5 million apiece.

That said, don’t feel bad for Tom: Maverick is the star’s biggest hit of his long career and flew past the billion-dollar mark at the global box office after just a month.

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ inspires makeup palette

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Sometimes, you just want your eyes to sparkle. In case you don’t have the power to control lightning to get that effect, Ulta Beauty has you covered.

The cosmetics company has revealed its “Be Worthy break apart eye shadow palette,” inspired by the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder. The kit features sparkly shades with names like Electrify, Goddess, Protector of the Cosmos, and Hero’s Journey. Naturally, there’s a shade called Love and another, Thunder.

As its name suggests, the palette breaks apart — like Thor’s hammer Mjölnir did. One side bears shades emulating the new armor of Chris Hemsworth‘s character, while the other side’s colors more closely reflect the literal glow-up Natalie Portman‘s character, Jane Foster, gets when she becomes Mighty Thor.

The set retails for $25.

Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters July 8 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by ABC News’ parent company Disney.

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Better Call Carol: Burnett to appear in final season of her “favorite show” ‘Better Call Saul’

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AMC’s acclaimed drama Better Call Saul just recruited another Emmy winner for its final season: Carol Burnett.

The network announced Monday that the iconic comedienne will guest in multiple episodes of the series’ sixth season, playing a character named “Marion.”

“I’m thrilled to be a part of my favorite show,” Burnett enthused in the announcement.

As previously reported, Breaking Bad Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will also appear in the spin-off’s final season, reprising their respective Breaking Bad roles of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

The series, produced by Sony Pictures Television, returns for its final six episodes beginning Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC+. The series finale will air on August 15.

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