Spinning Headlines – Week 15: Batman – The Killing Joke, Game of Thrones, The Neon Demon, Deadpool 2, Statham vs. Giant Shark, Suicide Squad, AvatarX4… Spinning Headlines – Week 15: Batman – The Killing Joke, Game of Thrones, The Neon Demon, Deadpool 2, Statham vs. Giant Shark, Suicide Squad, AvatarX4…
"Batman: The Killing Joke" definitely R-rated, "Game of Thrones"' last two seasons might get fewer episodes, "The Neon Demon"-trailer, Shyamalan's "Tales from the Crypt"... Spinning Headlines – Week 15: Batman – The Killing Joke, Game of Thrones, The Neon Demon, Deadpool 2, Statham vs. Giant Shark, Suicide Squad, AvatarX4…

Hi there. It’s been quite a busy week in the entertainment news. You can go ahead and check out our “news”-section for daily updates. Or I could just list all the links of this weeks happenings right here:

Whew – that’s a lot. What the hell is there for me to report about? Well…

First things first:

So there.




All of you who have read Alan Moore‘s “Batman”-graphic novel “The Killing Joke” have undoubtedly been a bit worried about it being toned down for the upcoming animated film produced by Bruce Timm. Have no fear – in an interview with EW Sam Register – the President of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series – confirmed that the film will be a definite R. And there are no plans of any PG-13 edit, either. Register said: “From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating. ‘The Killing Joke’ is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.

“Batman: The Killing Joke” will premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con this summer, with a release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD to follow later in the year.




Something a bit troubling for all “Game of Thrones“-fans; showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff made some statements, that after the soon-to-be-aired sixth season of the HBO series, the fans might have an even LONGER wait between the last ones as they tease that they don’t have enough story for full 10 episode seasons. In fact, the seventh season could only be seven episodes long and the eighth(and probably final) season could only have six. “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” said Benioff. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.

It’s been known ever since the first two seasons, that Weiss and Benioff have cut off a LOT of material from the George R. R. Martin books, but have they cut TOO much already? Time will tell…




Like it or not, the M.Night Shyamalan-overseen “re-imagining” of “Tales from the Crypt” is happening and TNT has now officially greenlit a 10-episode first season of the show. With a “newly reinvented Crypt Keeper” – whatever the hell that means.

Crypt” will be a part of a whole new block of horror-themed 2017 programming from TNT, along with another anthology horror series called “Time of Death“, which is described as an anthology of season-long horror tales that unfold in real time with each taking viewers hour-by-hour through a single “long night of hell.” The first season will center around a murderous psychopath who returns to his Midwestern hometown during an annual county fair to exact revenge on a community he believes destroyed his life. The first season will pay tribute to the slasher films of the 1980s, and future seasons will be inspired by other horror subgenres.

The third show in the “horror block” is called “Creatures” and it’s synopsis goes as follows: “a psychological thriller that tells the disturbing tale of two former best friends who at 12 years old tried to cut out their classmate’s heart as a sacrifice to an internet bogeyman they invented called Mr. Gorgi. Fifteen years later, the two women have been released from a psychiatric institute, back back in their small town in Alaska, they start to feel the presence of Mr. Gorgi once again.



Oh, hell – it’s the next film from Nicolas Winding Refn: of course I’m gonna see that!




No many movies get out of development hell – especially ones that have been there since 1997. Which was the original year of publication for Steve Alten‘s book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror”. Several filmmakers have been attached to the project over the decades – like Jan De Bont, Guillermo Del Toro – and lately Eli Roth, who actually managed to get the movie in active development again. Roth bailed from the movie early this year and was quickly replaced by John Turteltaub (“National Treasure 1-2“). And now the lead actor has been announced: Jason Statham

The synopsis of the book: “On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists – Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he’s never imagined. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.




The Ryan Reynolds-starring “Deadpool” was a breath of fresh air in this era of moping/brooding superheroes; it was funny as well as unapologetically violent and non-PC. And it made a mint at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film on a worldwide basis with it’s $757.3 million grosses. So naturally there’s gonna be a sequel. And it was officially announced by 20th Century Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider this week. Besides Reynolds, ALL of the creative team of the first film is set to return, including director Tim Miller, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

As Fox has previously announced that they reserved the dates of October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018 for “untitled Marvel films“, it’s very likely that “Deadpool 2” (or whatever the title may be) will take one of those slots.



Well, as the above Tweet states, Channing Tatum has now joined the ever-expanding cast of Matthew Vaughn‘s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle“.

Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the Grinch in an upcoming animated re-imagining of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from Illumination animation studios and Universal.

And also for Universal/Illumination, Trey Parker(“South Park”) will be the voice of the villain in “Despicable Me 3“, Balthazar Bratt. Bratt is described as “a former child star, driven to supervillainy as a result of the abrupt cancelation of his TV series when he hit puberty”.

And finally, from the three serious candidates to play the young Han Solo in the upcoming Phil Lord/Christopher Miller-directed “Star Wars story“, Alden Ehrenreich, Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor – it is now rumored that Ehrenreich is the prime candidate. Ehrenreich was seen earlier this year in the Coen Brothers “Hail, Caesar!” and also is the lead in Warren Beatty’s years-in-the-making super-secret “Howard Hughes project” which is said to be released later this year, finally.




Spike TV has greenlit a 10-episode season based on Stephen King‘s “The Mist“, to be produced by The Weinstein Company/Dimension Television. The novel has of course been already adapted on the big screen by Frank Darabont in 2007. The series is set to begin production this summer, and is slated for a 2017 debut. Is there enough story to be stretched over 10 hours, or did the film already cover all that in an efficient manner? I tend to think the latter.




Well, after seven year in development, the saga of the “Avatar“-sequels got a new turn this week as James Cameron confirmed at Las Vegas Cinemacon that there will now be FOUR sequels. Four. First it was two, then three and now another one has been added to the release slate which now spans way up to Christmas 2023. I know Cameron is a confident man, but is there a line between being confident and OVER-confident? And with such a mammoth task ahead, is it out of a question that my April Fools-joke from a few weeks ago might actually have some validity?

You tell me. “Avatar 2” is set to open at December 2018 – nine years after the first movie.


That is all.

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  • Stalks

    I’ll be adding Killing Joke to my DC Animated Collection.
    Second best batman Graphic novel, hands down!

  • I_am_better

    Yup. Really waiting for that one

  • Stalks

    LMMFAO You certainly did call it with the April Fool’s column, Kim!
    Who effin knew? Well, at least no douchebag will accuse you of “biting”?
    Too soon? Neva! (0:’

  • Stalks

    The Neon Demon looks a bit similar to Black Swan and after looking at the thumbnail, I thought it was a Carrie remake under another title. Hyuk,hyuk,hyuk.

  • I_am_better

    Cameron will be almost 70 by the time the last film is out.

  • Stalks

    He can’t even get the 1st sequel out and TBH, he’s been slacking as of late. Even his die hard fans of Avatar, are losing patience.
    I would like to see him tackle a variety of projects, but he’s fixated on his “great SciFi opus”. *Rolls eyes*

  • I_am_better

    I guess Tom Arnold can stop with his annual “True Lies 2”-pitches

  • I_am_better
  • I_am_better

    “Twin Peaks”-revival wrapped shooting – might continue even beyond the upcoming episodes:


  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I’m actually looking forward to the Meg movie. Don’t judge me.

  • I_am_better

    It was an entertaining book. I’m surprised it has been this difficult to make it into a movie. Hell – SyFy makes a new shark movie every month or so

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “he’s been slacking as of late.”

    Oh, come on! No one could credibly accuse him of that. Cameron is the hardest working man in show business. How much work do you think he and his team have been doing behind the scenes? They’ve been working flat out! This is arguably the most complex undertaking in cinema history.

    As the man himself once commented, people seem to think directors are only active when movies are in shooting or release. He joked that people thought he was sitting throwing dollar bills into the fire in the twelve years between Titanic and Avatar, when he was in fact active in so many fields (documentary field trips, virtual pipeline, 3D and mo-cap development, NASA advisory council, etc.). Just because the public hears little about these things doesn’t mean nothing’s going on.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Sadly, that ship has long sailed. Poor Tom.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Well, Ridley Scott is nearly eighty and seems insistent on three sequels to Prometheus! What’s good for the goose…

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I haven’t even read the book (apparently it has half a dozen sequels, too, so – franchise!), but giant sea creatures are always fun. Especially if the CG is done to a high standard, as presumably it’s going to be in this case. The SyFy stuff is unwatchable because the production values are so cheap.

  • Shut up Meg.

  • franks_television

    I don’t really get the thing about shorter Game of Thrones seasons. It seems like they are really having to cram everything in there currently. The episodes often seem rushed. Maybe they could just give each character a bit more time on screen instead of having a shorter season.

  • franks_television

    Good news!

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    Game of Thrones is good news. When a show is as popular as this and they limit episodes, they have to be doing it to maintain quality. No Peter Jacksoning around.

  • I_am_better

    There’s still plenty of characters to kill

  • I_am_better

    He’s been more quiet about it in the last few years. I guess he’s stayed off the coke.

  • I_am_better

    I guess the closest to the adaptation Jan De Bont got was when he had Lara Croft punch a shark

  • I_am_better
  • I_am_better

    DAMN good news

  • I_am_better

    Another Neon Demon-teaser:


  • The way the Avatar sequels project is going, they might as well do that as a television series.

    The Neon Demon trailers!!! Yes! Nicolas Winding Refn, movielovers!!!

    GOT seasons with less episodes? Boo!! Will still watch it, will still probably love it. But… i want more GOT, not less. But than again, quality over quantity any day.

  • Nice!

  • This describe the popularity of JJ Abrams so well.

  • An even crazier and surreal Black Swan? I like that notion.

  • That was not a good movie.

  • I_am_better

    Not at the computer at this moment, but here’s a new still from “Star Trek Beyond”. No dirtbikes, but more fisticuffs:


  • Stalks

    *Cue Beastie Boys’ “Sabotaaaaagggggeeeeee…”!!

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    ball kick

  • Stalks

    You would thank around this time, he would’ve at least dropped the first sequel or some side project. 😛

  • KilliK

    Asi, did you read the rumors about the new Star Trek tv show?

    1) The series will be set in the Shatnerverse, and not the Quintoverse established in the 2009 J.J. Abrams movie.

    2) Rather than confine itself to a single era in Starfleet history, each season of the new series will tackle a different era. Each season could go pre-Archer, post-Janeway, or any timeframe in between.

    3) The first CBS season will take place between the events of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” and the launch of the Enterprise-D in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

    ofc, it’s from Faraci so take it with a grain of salt:

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    If it was an ordinary film, I would agree, but A2 involves underwater mo-cap. I don’t think anyone’s ever done that before. The equipment has to be invented from scratch. Plus, we all know the mayhem that ensues when Cam and water-based productions meet! The tales are legendary. I pity the actors selected.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    So, Orci is no longer involved? Good. Maybe his career is finally over. Sadly, his partner-in-crime’s will continue a little longer, thanks to the Tom Cruise Mummy film.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I’m hoping for something more like this:

    State of the art, baby!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    He has also lost a lot of weight, and looks quite svelte these days.

  • Dee-abolik

    Tales from the Crypt sounds convoluted already.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Well, Hamill and Conroy are the only things that will make The Killing Joke salvageable for me.

  • Kylo Ronin

    Along with Bruce Timm obviously.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I bet M. Night is playing the new Crypt Keeper himself.

  • Dee-abolik

    This may be incorrect, but a Crypt Keeper with a Panjabi accent… imagine that

  • Dee-abolik

    Elle Fanning creeps me out already, Refn doesn’t have to add much.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Well, the Indian population/economy is currently booming almost as much as China’s. Hollywood would love to make equal inroads there, too, and if it wasn’t for the ingrained Bollywood culture, they already would have. Maybe an Indian Crypt Keeper (complete with turban and prayer beads) would be just the ticket to accomplish that?

    …or maybe not. LOL

  • KilliK

    yeah, Orci is not involved but unfortunately Kurtzman is producing the show. I hope his involvement is minimal with Fueler calling the shots.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy


  • CoolHandJuke

    Fingers crossed for animated torture tits. after I wrote that, I realized the monster I have become, yet I remain ambivalent…

  • Toruk_Makto

    I was just about to get interested. Then you said Kurtzman was still involved.

    Get rid of him!

    Those JJ acolytes are like fleas or roaches, you have to exterminate them completely or else you risk re infestation.

  • Stalks

  • KilliK

    what a bunch of morons. Jim really needs to hurry with his sequels, so that he can shut the mouths of those naysayers for good. I mean, they have twice dοubted the man but he had the last laugh in the most glorious way. twice. but they never learn.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It’s history endlessly repeating itself, isn’t it? The doubters and naysayers lined up to attack Cameron on Titanic, then on Avatar, and now on the sequel project. They NEVER learn, despite JC proving himself over and over again and continually accomplishing amazing things.

    There was an extremely petty article on the Hollywood Reporter site attacking the Avatar sequels, too. What a bunch of jealous bitches. It’s not just fanboys: many in the Hollywood media hate Cameron, his bravado, and his huge success, and want him brought low, but it’ll never happen. Most people are emotionally-driven mediocrities and morons, and lack any kind of vision or critical reasoning ability at all.

    But the thing is, I relish all these attacks. In many ways they’re very tiresome, but they just make it all the sweeter when Cameron inevitably triumphs again, because they continually place him in the underdog position by default. And they also inadvertently show JC is still, in actuality, considered top dog, and that the fanboys, haters and media assholes know it in their heart of hearts. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a great perspective on critics and negative commentary: he said, “just remember this: everybody pities the weak, but jealousy you have to earn.” If that isn’t a winning attitude, I don’t know what is.

  • KilliK

    well, said, mate.

  • ErnestRister

    Rambo Rick
    Film Critic Reporter!!
    1st Period
    Coach Moore


    this is mean to ask kids who are in summer school what they want to do on Vacation. because were not on Vacation were in summer school. it makes me mad to think aboutt it.

    I am only in here because of ms. Jones the math teacher. she looks like a frog. I wish she was a frog because then she would get hot and blow up.

    by Rambo Rick
    Film Critic Reporter!!

    #1. Catch Crafish. I like to get a peice of raw bacon and put it on a hook. Then I go to the low water crossing. It is the one by the pond with the rusty barrel and the rusty car parts in it. It also has a tire in it. I lower the bacon into the water and wait for the crafish to try and grab it. When the crafish grabs onto it, you yank the bacon out of the water. the crafish is stupid and hangs onto the bacon. Stupid crafish! then you get to step on the crafish, or tear off his head of the crafish, or pull out his guts or throw the carfish guts on the girls when they ride by oin there bikes. When yore done you can eat the bacon.

    #2. Go to the pool. first you have to take a shower before you get in the pool. this is because the cold water will make you pee in the shower and not in the pool. it is better to pee in the shower because then you are not swimming in pee. in the shower the pee just gets on your leg.

    When I am in the pool I like to go stand in front of the water pump. the life gard always tells me to get away from the water pump. I bet when everyone goes home he gets in the pool and stands in front of the pump. he doesn’t like me to do it because hes jellous. I hate the lifegard. I am going to put a mousetrap in the pump and he is going to get a surprise! ha ha!

    I also like to telll everyone to look at mne when I am on the high dive. I wont jump until everyone looks at me. the life gard gets mad and tells me to jump, but I wont until people watch. then I jump. to get back at the lifegard I pee in the handsoad dispenser in the bathroom. then he will wash himself with my pee. Ha Ha! the lifegard is dum!

    #3. Play with my Cockur Spanial. I have a tennis ball and my cockur spanial wants to put his mouth on it. I don’t let him because he likes to eat his own poo poo. I act like I throw the ball then the dog looks for it but I didn’t throw it. Stupid cockur spanial! He is so dumb. Then he stands up on his back legs with his ears up. then he smells around. then I show him the ball and he gets excited. then I sit on it.

    #4. Go deer shooting. My cousin Trey takes me to the country. He pulls up an electirc fence for us to crawl under. We have to be quiet so the police dont hear us. You are not supposed to kill deer in the summer. Deer are on base then. In the wintertime you can shoot them as many times as you want.

    you hide in a tree house then the deer slowly come out of the woods. they come out of the woods because they like to eat mice. when they are too close to miss, you shott them but you have to be fast because the wardon will come and make you throw back the deer that are too small.

    after we are done killing deer, we take the biggest one home and tie it to a tree in the backwayrd. then we pull out all of its guts and make sausage and throw guts on the dog. Then I like to take the deer head and hold it up to yore window, so it looks like a deer is looking in yore window. Ha ha! Its not a deer!

    #5 Break into houses. Dont try and go on vacation in my neaghborhood. I like to wait for pople to go on vacation. Whe I know they’re on vacation, I get all their mail and I order things from the old woman magazines like tampons with a qtip on the end. why do you need a q tip down there anyway. do girls have ears down there? Id hate to half to have an ear down there and half to listen to my own farting itd be like farting in your own ear! that’s gross.

    when I find a house with an open window, I sneak in and turn down the air conditioning! then they have a big bill right after vacation and they get mad.

    #6. go to Skateland USA. I like to skatte real fast but then I run inot the wall on the other side because it is hard to turn. instead of trying, I just hit the soft spot on the wall. I also like to eat the Skatteland french fires and play Marvel CapCom Super Crossover. When they have couple skate I get on the floor and stand still and I hit the couples as they skate by.

    #7. Put koolaid in the lawn sprinklers. this is fun! you sneak out when your mom has gone to sleep and you go to someones house that is wateriung their lawn. you turn off the hose then you take the powder koolaid and put it in the sprinkler and you can put a lot in the hose too. in the morning when people arte all dressed up from work, they will go turn on their sprinklers but they will get hit with koolaid! ha ha!

    this is a good way to learn bad words but I already no them all.

    #8 I also like to Rap houses, put coins on railrpoad tracks, sing, play games, beat up little kids.

    #9 go to the dollar. I like to go to the dollar movie. when Titanic was at the dollar I saw it nine times. that means I spent nine dollars to see Titanic. When Reving of the Sith gets to the dollar, I will see it some more. That means I will spend more dollars.

    Reving of the Sith was good. A lot of people got hands chopped off. It is the story of how the Jedi get killed and the Witch takes over the government. A good Jedi finds out his girfliend is going to be pregnant and have a baby. Then he turns evil. He is mad at her and he imagines her dying. He wont tell her he keeps thinking about her dying cause he doesnt want babies. He hates babies. He turns evil and starts to kill all the kids he can see. His dad (Obi-One) shows up and says stop killing babies, but he wont. Then he chokes his wife so she’ll die and not have babies. So the dad chops him up.

    I felt bad. The Jedi was good until he found out he was going to have babies. No woman better have babies with me. I plan on seeing this movie many times at the dollar. I hope it is at the dollar soon. Titanic is still better thanm Star Wars though.

    that’s what I would be doing if I were not here in summer school. i don’t want to think about this anymore because it makes me mad. i hate Ms. Jones for failing me and putting me in summer school. I hope she gets hit by a bus and dies. stupid ms jones! hi I’m Ms. Jones and I am a fat old poo poo head with a head full of poo poo. when I sneeze, poo poo comes out of my nose because I am poo poo and I like to eat poo poo ands I shower in poo poo and dogs are mad at me because I eat there poo poo when they are not looking and I don’t leave any for them and that’s why I should not make Rambo Rick take summer school.

    that was Ms. Jones talking nott me.

  • Dee-abolik


  • KilliK

    wow, lots of hate:

    it will be sweet day when Avatar2 comes out and shuts their stupid mouths for good.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “Twitter reacts”? More like a few cherry-picked tweets from Twitter react. BTW, one of the main writers at that Flickering Myth site is a deluded Cameron hater and I had a very nasty exchange with him and his acolytes in the comments section there about four or five years ago. Fuck him and fuck that site.

    Now, how long until Devin Faraci pens another editorial on his site on behalf of he and the sycophantic monkeys that frequent it, vehemently protesting the production of the Avatar sequels? That’s rhetorical, BTW. I’m sure he has already and, either way, I don’t care to read his garbage.

  • Jim? Who’s Jim? Is he one of your buddies from school?

  • Pretty talented young actresses scares you?

  • Yeah, this is restoring my faith this movie will be good, oh yeah! So yeah! Like, lots, oodles!

  • The Abrams Trek movies would be the kind of movies i would root for the villains because the heroes are so fucking hateful. Except the first movie the villain was a fucking pathetic pussy, so it doesn’t even have that to go for it!

  • Well, if true, it seems that finally there’s somebody actually good back at the helm of Star Trek with the right ideas. Now that’s an welcome change.

  • I read from somewhere that Kurtzman’s involvement in the ST show is getting smaller and smaller, due to his workload with the new film franchises he’s involved, namely the Mummy reboot. This is probably why the new ST show has both Fuller and Meyer as show runners.

  • Dee-abolik

    she’s not my type

  • KilliK

    yep, there is hope for this show afterall.

  • KilliK

    yeah, he is. and he still owes me a few bucks since then, that SOB.

  • I can imagine the accumulated interest now.

  • Well, i think only this year she’s 18, so it better.