Ben Affleck quit playing Batman after only two films, but producers are confident they've found their new "Caped Crusader" in Robert Pattinson. Pattinson recently filmed director Christopher Nolan's "Tenet," with Michael Caine (who played Alfred in Nolan's trilogy, including "The Dark Knight"). Pattinson also will be seen in five other films -- "The Lighthouse," "The King" (for Netflix), "The Devil All the Time," "Waiting for the Barbarians" and "The Stars at Noon" -- before we see him as Batman in a trilogy of films, starting June 25, 2021.
With the success of "Bohemian Rhapsody" (about Queen's Freddie Mercury) and "Rocketman" (about Elton John), MGM plans to make a bio-pic about George Alan O'Dowd, aka Boy George. At age 21, Boy George and Culture Club hit it big in 1982 with "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," which sold 100 million singles and 20 million albums. By 1986, touring and performing pressures allegedly drove him to severe drug usage and the group disbanded. In 1988, they regrouped to minor success until 1999, when they again broke up. In 2013, Boy George went solo to great success and was again backed by Culture Club. There's a lot of drama in this story, but whether Boy George (now 57) was ever popular enough or can appeal to young people today is the question.
We told you how Woody Allen is suing Amazon for backing out of distributing his latest film, "A Rainy Day in New York," and three others, so he moved his distribution to France, where it will premiere Sept. 18 and hopefully spread to other cities in Europe, making it irresistible to U.S. distributors. A few years back, Allen complained that it was too expensive to shoot in the U.S. but eventually came back anyway. Now he's moved his operation to Spain and is currently filming his next opus, "Wasp 2019," with Christoph Waltz, Wallace Shawn (of Woody's "Manhattan" and TV's "Young Sheldon") and Gina Gershon. It's a romantic comedy about a married couple at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who took Broadway by storm with "Hamilton" and movie theaters with "Mary Poppins Returns," has come back to his roots to film his 2007 Tony Award-winning musical, "In the Heights." It starts shooting June 26 with Susan Pourfar, Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera and Jimmy Smits.
Cloris Leachman, 93, who won an Oscar for "The Last Picture Show" (1971), seven Emmys (including for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and a Golden Globe (for "Phyllis"), not to mention a dynamic turn on "Dancing With the Stars," has begun shooting her 82nd film, "Jump, Darling," in which she plays the grandmother of a drag queen. No joke needed here!
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