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Christian Bale offered $50 million to be Batman again?!

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Holy Bat-bucks, Batman!

It looks like Christian Bale could take home a Bruce Wayne-sized paycheck to don the cowl again in a Justice League flick (and probably Batman vs. Superman or Superman vs. Batman… or whatever.)

The Press Association writes…

Christian Bale has reportedly been offered 50 million dollars (£32 million) to reprise his role as Batman in the Justice League film.

Warner Bros has begun production on a Justice League movie, a DC Comics Avengers-style ensemble film with superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern uniting to fight evil powers.

Christian – who played Bruce Wayne, aka the Caped Crusade, in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy – recently said in an interview he had had “enough” of the role.

But new eBook Beyond Batman: The Unauthorised True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma by Vincent Russel has quoted a source from Legendary Pictures saying the studio is determined to get him on board.

The insider said: “Why would Christian Bale walk away from what is certainly going to be either the first or second highest grossing movie in the history of cinema?

“He could probably make 50 million dollars for being in the movie 20 minutes. And it would be worth every penny to the studio.”

The book added: “Sources close to Christian Bale have reportedly begun expressing their suspicions that Bale now views the Batman films in the same light that Robert Downey Jr views the Iron Man films.”

So it looks like I spoke a little too soon when I was speculating on who the next Batman would be. More news to come, I’m sure.

[via the Press Association]

Mia’s Journal: Entry #45

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Diary of a Teenaged Girl

April 28th

Only a few more weeks until school is done.  I can’t believe I’ve almost completed my first year of school here.  At least Brianna has left me alone for the last couple of months.  Maybe she’s finally tired of picking on me.

That… and she has a new boyfriend.  Now she is dating Shawn Holmes.

Of course she wants to date him.  He is good looking and his father is a rich land developer.  I wonder what she sees in him.

As long as it keeps her off of my back…

Mia White
Age 14

New Thor: The Dark World trailer!

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The Marvel moviebus just keeps on truckin’. The latest trailer for Thor: The Dark World is online now.

Check it out…

From the official press release…

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow and Stan Lee. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

“Laugh it up, Fuzzball.”

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Arts ‘n crafts in a galaxy far, far away.

[via Craftster.org]

DuckTales… Pew Pew!

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It’s a duck! It’s a shooter! It’s a DuckTales shooter, and it’s coming to iOS.

DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot quietly snuck into the Canadian App Store the other day, and it looks pretty intriguing.

While I’m bummed that this isn’t a port of the excellent-looking DuckTales Remastered, it’s still cool to see Disney do something with the property. Here’s hoping for a Darkwing Duck game in the future!

And now, let us have a moment of reflection…

[Source: Gamezebo]

Tater WHO?

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Smith’s a spud, according to the Press Association:

Doctor Who star Matt Smith will be ensuring the Daleks have had their chips after being turned into a Mr Potato Head figure.

The enduring classic children’s toy has regenerated into a new version featuring the face of the actor – who bows out as The Doctor later this year.

The spud character has been given a sonic screwdriver, bow-tie and a fez in his latest mash-up as the 11th Doctor which manufacturers hope will be a collectible hit for fans.

Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary later this year with a special edition of the BBC One show in November. Matt is to be succeeded by Peter Capaldi who will step into the role after the Christmas edition of the show.

Don’t ever call this Potato Head “Mister.” He’s the Doctor.

[Source: Press Association]

Limited edition Hatbox Ghost tee available… for one week.

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Kam and I are suckers for anything related to The Haunted Mansion. So when we saw that Disney was offering a severely limited edition Hatbox Ghost tee, we just had to pass it along.

How limited? This shirt is only available for one week.

Click here to order yours from the Disney Store! But hurry — he’s disappearing on August 15, 2013.

D23: Tons of new Disney animated features announced!

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Man, I wish I could’ve gone to D23 this year!

You probably knew that there was a Finding Nemo sequel in the works, as well as the well-publicized Frozen, and of course, the hotly anticipated Micky Mouse short that’s attached to it.

But a slew of new animated films were announced, and I gotta say that I’m pretty intrigued by the concept art for some of these.

From the press release…

TOY STORY OF TERROR!

  • Lasseter surprised fans with a screening of the first 10 minutes of Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story OF TERROR!” The D23 Expo audience was the first ever to see footage from the spooky new 30-minute special that features favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this “Toy Story OF TERROR!” From director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman, “Toy Story OF TERROR!” premieres on ABC Oct. 16, 2013.

FROZEN

  • Walt Disney Animation Studios’“Frozen,” directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan”) and Jennifer Lee (“Wreck-It Ralph”- screenplay by), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), shared never-before-seen film footage, introduced by “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell, voice of Anna, and Josh Gad, voice of Olaf. Fans were also treated to a show-stopping live performance of the film’s powerful new song “Let It Go,” sung by Broadway’s Tony® Award-winner Idina Menzel, who provides the voice of Elsa in the film. In theaters Nov. 27, 2013.

    GET A HORSE!

  • “Get A Horse!” made its U.S. premiere at the D23 Expo. Featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse, this black-and-white, hand-drawn theatrical short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical haywagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short from Walt Disney Animation Studios isdirected by Lauren MacMullan (TV’s “The Simpsons”) and produced by Dorothy McKim (“Prep & Landing” trilogy, “Meet the Robinsons”), “Get A Horse!” opens in front of “Frozen” on Nov. 27, 2013.

THE PIRATE FAIRY

  • Disneytoon Studios’ “The Pirate Fairy” brought pixie dust to the festivities, unveiling the newest and most exciting adventure in the Disney Fairies franchise. Director Peggy Holmes (“Secret of the Wings”) introduced Christina Hendricks, who gives voice to Zarina, and Tom Hiddleston, tapped to voice a young James aka Captain Hook. “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail Spring 2014.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

  • Disney•Pixar’s heartfelt and hilarious “The Good Dinosaur” roamed the convention center this morning. Co-director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream ( “Cars 2,” “Up”- associate producer) were on hand to announce key members of the voice cast, including Lucas Neff, voice of Arlo; Bill Hader, voice of Forrest; Judy Greer, voice of Ivy; Neil Patrick Harris, voice of Cliff; John Lithgow, voice of Poppa; and Frances McDormand, voice of Momma. “The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters May 30, 2014.

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

  • Disneytoon Studios’ “Planes: Fire & Rescue” landed on stage at the D23 Expo, welcoming Dane Cook, the voice of Dusty in “Disney’s Planes,” the action comedy adventure that landed in theaters today. Cook, who returns to voice the character in the follow-up, joined director Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) on stage. Julie Bowen was announced as the voice of Lil’ Dipper, and fans were treated to story details for “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” plus character images, concept art and footage from the film. “Planes: Fire & Rescue” ignites July 18, 2014.

BIG HERO 6

  • Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” hit the D23 Expo in style, welcoming director Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) to the stage with a story presentation, including concept art and a sizzle piece designed to build excitement for the action comedy adventure. “Big Hero 6” features brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

INSIDE OUT

  • Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” brought Joy to fans—literally—revealing members of the voice cast, including Amy Poehler as the voice of Joy, Lewis Black as the voice of Anger, Mindy Kaling as the voice of Disgust, Phyllis Smith as the voice of Sadness, and Bill Hader as the voice of Fear. The audience met two of the film’s five starring emotions, Sadness and Fear, when Smith and Hader appeared on stage to greet fans and fuel excitement for the 2015 film. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, is not the main character but the setting for the film. Moviegoers will go inside her mind to explore how memories are formed and how a mixture of five emotions—Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness—defines life experiences. In theaters June 19, 2015.

FINDING DORY

  • Director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) shared exciting voice cast announcements for Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” Joining Ellen DeGeneres, who provides the voice of Dory, are Albert Brooks as the voice of Marlin, Diane Keaton as the voice of Dory’s mom Jenny, Eugene Levy as the voice of Dory’s dad Charlie, and Ty Burrell as the voice of Bailey. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters Nov. 25, 2015, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. “Finding Dory” reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.

ZOOTOPIA (Working Title)

  • Walt Disney Animation Studios’ director Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and writer Jared Bush shared plans for the upcoming comedy adventure ”Zootopia” (working title). In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends. In theaters in 2016.

I think I’m most excited about Big Hero 6 (robots!) and Zootopia, because it reminds me a little of Robin Hood. And man, I’m a sucker for Robin Hood.

[Source: Disney]

The Muppets sequel looks like a winner to me!

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You had me at “Ricky Gervais.”

I was pleasantly surprised by The Muppets a few ago, and the follow-up looks to be a hoot. Check out the trailer below.

Steampunk Blythe Dolls? Almost.

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Okay, I’m man enough to admit that I dig these dolls.

These steampunk beauties are made by a Korean doll manufacturer called Pullip, and look like a bigger, more detailed version of Blythe dolls.

Check out some of the pics below…

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 At $100-200 a pop, these dolls probably aren’t ones you’d want to give to your kids. They’re definitely cool collectibles, however. Check out more on Amazon.

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