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More Casting Announced for Superman/Batman Film

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Holly Hunter (Photo: IMDB)

Holly Hunter (Photo: IMDB)

While Warner Bros. is still unsure of what to call the movie known as the “Zack Snyder Untitled Superman/Batman Film,” the studio is closer to releasing all of the star power behind the hugely anticipated new film, expected to be released in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Oscar®-winning actress Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey of 300: Rise of an Empire, and Tao Okamoto of The Wolverine have joined the cast, all playing roles newly created for the film.

Snyder stated, “Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen.  I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her.

Callan Mulvey (Photo: IMDB)

Callan Mulvey (Photo: IMDB)

“I just had the good fortune to work with Callan on 300: Rise of an Empire and was very impressed with his incredible talent,” the director continued.  “He’s a fantastic actor and I’m looking forward to having the chance to work with him again.  And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress.  I’m really excited to have her joining us on this adventure.”

Originally, the project began as a sequel to last year’s Man of Steel, and still is to some extent, but as the cast and character list grows, it appears the Warner Bros. and DC Comics is coming closer to creating a Justice League movie in response to Marvel’s ever-popular The Avengers.

Tao Okamoto (Photo: IMDB)

Tao Okamoto (Photo: IMDB)

The rest of the cast list to date includes:

  • Henry Cavill – Superman/Clark Kent
  • Ben Affleck – Batman/Bruce Wayne
  • Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman/Diana Prince
  • Jesse Eisenberg – Lex Luthor
  • Jeremy Irons – Alfred
  • Amy Adams – Lois Lane
  • Laurence Fishburne – Perry White
  • Diane Lane – Martha Kent

The new film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston. It is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer.  Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises Hollywood

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Kevin Sorbo stars in "God's Not Dead," the surprise hit by Pure Flix Entertainment. (Photo: Pure Flix)

Kevin Sorbo stars in “God’s Not Dead,” the surprise hit by Pure Flix Entertainment. (Photo: Pure Flix)

Sure, it wasn’t the biggest movie opening last weekend, (That honor went to Divergent which made $56 million), but Pure Flix’s faith-based movie God’s Not Dead made a fairly big splash anyway and people are noticing including Entertainment Weekly. “The biggest surprise of the weekend is undoubtedly the success of God’s Not Dead, an inspirational drama about a college student who defends his belief in God against a non-believing professor,” said Adam Markovitz on the magazine’s website on Monday. “With no marquee stars (Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain appear in the film, as does Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson) and little mainstream press, the film earned $8.6 million from just 780 theaters.” Variety also referred to the movie as the “biggest shocker” of the week.

This is similar to the success of the 2012 faith-based film, October Baby. When that film debuted in March of that year, it came in 8th place making just $1.7 million its opening weekend, but its competition was shown in ten times as many theaters. In both cases the movies were promoted mostly by word-of-mouth through social media. For instance, I wrote an article about God’s Not Dead last November (‘God’s Not Dead’ – 4 Reasons to Support this Film) and someone from Pure Flix liked it and sent out a “tweet” on Twitter with a link to the article. To this day, I receive one or two tweets that someone has favorited the tweet or is reposting a Pinterest photo of the movie’s poster. Apparently bargain basement advertising can work. It doesn’t hurt that the movie’s theme song has already been a hit for Newsboys and many are aware of it.

Ironically, Pure Flix’s website is taking the humble approach with no box office bragging. Only a splash page telling everyone that the film is playing now. Make no mistake; this is a big deal for the Arizona company. Led by actor and managing partner David A. R. White (who also has a small role in the film), Pure Flix is known for making many movies each year, but most get sent directly to video. However, the Pure Flix Facebook page, which have over 1 million “likes” did provide a link to a press release yesterday about the. It states that the movie will be extended to about 1,000 theaters for this coming weekend. In the press release he is quoted as saying, “Demand for God’s Not Dead in the faith-based community has been significant because the message is culturally relevant to millions of Americans.”

There is much talk about how Hollywood has embraced biblical themes as of late. Son of God opened with $25.6 million during its opening week and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah has been so controversial, that it is bound to do well this weekend. Right on their heels is Heaven is for Real which will be playing Easter weekend. Let’s see how long this trend will last.

Angus T. Jones: No More a Half-Man

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Former child star Angus T. Jones. Photo: KHOU TV

Former child star Angus T. Jones. (Photo: KHOU TV)

In a world where former child star actors and singers go off the rails in their behavior and faith, one is actually going in the opposite direction.

Angus T. Jones, the former “half-man” in the CBS sitcom, Two and a Half Men, has re-emerged publicly since leaving the show. Sporting a beard that the Duck Dynasty men would approve of, the 20-year-old sat down for an interview with Houston’s KHOU TV. For those who have never watched it, Two and a Half Men originally starred Charlie Sheen as a happy playboy bachelor who reluctantly opens his home to his brother (Jon Cryer) and his son Jake (Jones). After fallout with creator Chuck Lorre in 2011, Sheen was fired/quit the show and Ashton Kutcher replaced him. Then, in 2012, Jones was seen in a YouTube video where he pleaded with people to not watch the show as he described it as “filth” and “very inappropriate.” He later apologized and continued playing the role until Lorre was able to write the character out of the show.

A younger Angus T. Jones with co-star Charlie Sheen. (Photo: CBS)

A younger Angus T. Jones with co-star Charlie Sheen. (Photo: CBS)

Jones had been exploring his Christian faith and no longer was “okay” with playing the role on the hit show. “It was difficult for me to be on the show and be part of something that was making light of topics in our world where there are really problems for a lot of people,” said Jones in Sunday’s interview. “I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t OK with it and I was still doing it.” He admits that he could he could have handled the situation better than insulting Lorre in the process. “That’s his like baby and I just totally insulted his baby and to that degree I am apologetic but otherwise I don’t regret saying what I said.”

Today, Jones is a college man attending school in Colorado and a few weekends at World Harvest Outreach Church in Houston, a Seventh Day Adventist Church. “I really want to come into the light because I know that is where the healing is and I’ve seen God do amazing things.”

Unfortunately, not everyone is on Jones side. Within hours of airing the interview, the KHOU website (as well as many others) became littered with bitter remarks from readers who think Jones should return or give away the millions of dollars he earned while acting on the show. Perhaps they don’t realize that he started acting on the show when he was around the age of ten.

Have Your Say on Who Wins the American Comedy Awards

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The American Comedy Awards airs on May 15, 2014 on NBC. (Photo: NBC)

The American Comedy Awards airs on May 15, 2014 on NBC. (Photo: NBC)

Who is your favorite late night TV host? Which comedy movie did you see this year that was worth your hard-earned money? Which viral video cracks you up every time you see it? Wouldn’t it be great if there was an award show (as if there wasn’t enough already) to honor those who pull our funny bone? Well now there is! Don Mischer Productions will be presenting the American Comedy Awards Thursday, May 15 on NBC, however, your vote is needed NOW. (Why NBC waited until the last minute to ask for our help, is a mystery.)

“The American Comedy Awards will honor those who have achieved new heights during the past year in both film and television, as well as pay tribute to some of comedy’s most enduring personalities,” states the award show’s press release. “The telecast will acknowledge the work of stand-ups, those who specialize in movies and the actors and actresses who are seen by millions on TV every week.”

Categories of awards include: Comedy Film, Comedy Actor, Actress and Supporting Actor and Actress, Director, Screenplay, Comedy Writing,  Comedy Series, Alternative Comedy Series, Late Night Talk Show, Viral Video, Club Comic and more.

Voting is currently open online at  or on Facebook via the “American Comedy Awards” Facebook Voting App.  Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET/8:59 p.m. PT on March 18. You must be at least 13 years old to vote.

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