We’re so close to the premiere of Cats AND Laura Dern won best supporting actress at the New York Film Critics Circle awards so let’s end the week with some good energy.
Robert Pattison continues his chaotic neutral press tour, saying, “Batman is not a superhero. It’s weird, I always balk at it. It doesn’t count. You need to have, like, magical powers or something.” on the Today Show, though he concedes that the cape helps. [USA Today]
— James Bond (@007) December 4, 2019
Though Oscar Isaac felt the chemistry between Poe Dameron and John Boyega’s Finn was natural and should have been explored romantically in Rise of Skywalker, there will be no triumphant Finn/Poe kiss in Episode IX. JJ Abrams thinks Finn and Poe have a relationship deeper than romance in their intense friendship (???), and promises some kind of hint of queerness which I assume means two aliens hold hands in a crowd scene but I guess I’ll have to wait and see. Anyway, I’ll personally fight my way up the corporate ladder of homophobes at Lucasfilm if that’s what it takes to keep Oscar happy. At least Isaac and Boyega’s incredible bromance is intact. [Variety]
Speaking of John Boyega, apparently after a night partying he left his signed Rise of Skywalker script behind during a move. It ended up on eBay, thankfully snatched up by a Disney employee. Anyway I’m sure Disney has people tailing him now and they’ll have to bunker him down with Tom Holland. [The Verge]
SPEAKING OF TOM HOLLAND, everyone’s adopted cinnamon roll and Rihanna lipsyncher, while he was “three pints in” at the local pub quiz (a delight), Bob Iger called him up in response to an email, leading Holland to cry on the phone about the potential end of Spider-Man in the MCU. [IndieWire]
Japan’s most lauded kabuki actor, Ichikawa Ebizo, picked up a lightsaber for a one-night show, Star Wars Kabuki-Kairennosuke and the Three Shining Swords. Though he played Kylo Ren, apparently Jar-Jar is his favorite character. The entire 30 minute performance is available to watch online if you’re looking for something different to scratch that Kylo itch. [Japan Today]
Director Wes Ball (Maze Runner) is attached to a new Planet of the Apes project at 20th Century Fox, though its unclear whether it will be a continuation of the most recent series or a new beast. [Deadline]
Zack Snyder posted a photo of what appeared to be the infamous #SnyderCut on his Vero (?????) account. [Vulture]
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Very excited to announce that my film HORSE GIRL will be premiering at SUNDANCE 2020!! This is the first film I’ve ever written (co-wrote with my good friend @jeffbaena) and it is very close to my heart. Couldn’t have done it without our amazing producers @markduplass, @jayduplass, @meleslyn & Alana Carithers – and our incredible crew!! Also @netflixfilm !!CANNOT WAIT for everyone to see this very unique, very special film we made. 🐴💋
Could anything feel more perfect than Alison Brie making a movie about a horse girl and premiering it at Sundance?
Beloved television writer DC Fontana, best known for her work on Star Trek: The Original Series, passed away this week. [SyFy]
Despite being only an occasional watcher of the Arrowverse shows I can’t say I’m not extremely hyped for this crossover, which is why I’m relieved there’s a guide on how to watch it. [IGN]
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) December 4, 2019
Author and Stephen King son Joe Hill dropped a little teaser of the upcoming series based on his IDW series with artist Gabriel Rodriguez.
Damaris Lewis will be a series regular for season 3 of Titans, playing Blackfire opposite to Anna Diop’s Starfire. [Shadow & Act]
Except I would never switch off that song. https://t.co/tqQXbim7ym
— Pedro Pascal he/him (@PedroPascal1) December 3, 2019
Ahmed Best will finally get the respect he deserves on a new Disney+ show that sounds like Legends of the Hidden Temple with Jedi. The Jar-Jar Binks actor is hosting Jedi Temple Challenge and I hope it rules. [THR]
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 5, 2019
Each Marvel Rising feature focuses on a different teen — Shuri, Spider-Gwen, etc., so now Tyler Posey’s (Teen Wolf) Inferno gets his turn.
— Sony Pictures Animation (@SonyAnimation) December 5, 2019
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In a recent Esquire interview, Billy Dee Williams said, as an aside, “And you see, I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.” Despite my initial read of this as him simply saying he was in touch with his feminine side, it caused an explosion of headlines declaring that the actor had just come out as gender-fluid. Turns out, he isn’t and he was talking about Carl Jung’s concept of the anima and he encourages everyone to read Jung (basically this followup is worth a click). Also, he’s not gay. [The Undefeated]
Disney’s live-action Aladdin crossed the billion dollar mark — but its titular star, Mena Massoud, struggled to even get an audition after, despite such a high profile breakout role. [Daily Beast]
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro targeted Leonardo DiCaprio last week, (falsely) alleging the actor paid money to torch the Amazon. [The Guardian]
Chris Hemsworth’s (Thor, Blackhat) wife Elsa Pataky (Tidelands) has been forced to put the kibosh on his hammer collection — he now has five from his various MCU films and apparently takes up all the good spots in the home. [Insider]
If you’re not on Twitter for petty actor drama then you probably missed this dust up between Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, The Odd Couple) and Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy). Brown tweeted about Washington’s new show on Fox Nation, saying he “said yes to dancing with the alt right.” He clapped back by attacking her role in the upcoming Lady & the Tramp movie with this: “Walt Disney, a KNOWN RACIST,” which to be honest made me laugh out loud? Anyway, a longer back and forth ensued by Brown definitely came out on top. [The Jasmine Connection]