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Bryan Singer Responds to Rape Allegations and Queen Biopic Firing

Director Bryan Singer has released a statement denying the allegations that he raped a 17-year old boy in 2003. This isn’t the first time that allegations of sexual misconduct and minors have shown up in Singer’s past and the director has denied all of the past allegations as well. But it seems that those past allegations might have been the tipping point for Singer getting fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, which he also denies. Bryan Singer is a notorious for creating a hostile work environment, so many assumed that was the real reason that he was fired, but Singer has his side of the story.

Bryan Singer’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, released a statement to TMZ, denying that the director had raped a then 17-year old Cesar Sanchez-Guzman in 2003. In the statement, Brettler attacks the alleged victim and basically calls the lawsuit a sham. He had this to say.

“Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end … When Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events.”

Bryan Singer’s lawyer is basically saying that Sanchez-Guzman is out to get some money out of the director and using the new wave of sexual assault cases as starting point. As previously noted, this is not the first time that Singer has been accused of being sexually inappropriate with minors in the last 20 years.

Bryan Singer was accused by a 14-year old extra of having himself and other minors get nude for a shower scene back in 1997, which Singer denied. Model and actor Michael Egan also accused Singer and others of drugging and raping him when he was 15 years old and you guessed it, Singer denied it. Many more allegations involving minors and sexual assault have been thrown at Bryan Singer over the years, but he has always publicly denied them. One has to wonder how Singer has escaped the public scrutiny that Harvey Weinstein has rightfully earned.

Sources close to the Bohemian Rhapsody project claim that Bryan Singer was asked by the studio if they had to worry about any sexual misconduct stories coming up while the Me Too movement was beginning to gather momentum. Singer reportedly told the studio that they had nothing to worry about, but after that meeting is when the production of the Queen biopic began to unravel according to sources. Singer would reportedly show up to the set late and hungover and or drunk, which led to a toxic work environment and his firing.

Bryan Singer denies that he was fired for his behavior on the set and instead claims that he took time off to deal with a pressing family matter. Singer acknowledged creative disputes with star Rami Malek, but stated that he had to “return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents.” Singer added, “This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services.” Bryan Singer is following a similar flight pattern that we have seen time and time again and as usual, it’s not his fault. You can read more about Bryan Singer’s denial, courtesy of TMZ.

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Singer’s statement claimed to need the rest of 2017 off to care for sick parent & take care of his own health. 1) If his mother’s health in NJ is so poor, why is he already in LA? 2) Singer doesn’t seem like a person w/ health problems in the interview.???? https://t.co/Xf4zDbGv7jhttps://t.co/EVxbqwTdeJ

— An Open Secret (@AnOpenSecret) December 8, 2017

As usual @entylawyer nails it again! H/T to @JohnDoe78359022pic.twitter.com/fzPWQ4om8b

— Gabe Hoffman (@GabeHoff) December 8, 2017

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Film Slate To Be Financed By Digital Currency And Distributed Via Blockchain

EXCLUSIVE: In what may be the first group of features to be financed by cryptocurrency and distributed via the blockchain, a consortium of companies plans to release New Frontiers, a sci-fi anthology of feature films.

Ground Control Entertainment, XYZ Films, and producer Kyle Franke are partnering with SingularDTV co-founder and president of entertainment Kim Jackson on the project, which will consist of a five-part anthology of films created and directed by Ruairi Robinson (The Last Days on Mars), Stephan Zlotescu (True Skin), Zac&Mac (Law Zero), and Tyson Johnston (Lunar).

Producer Scott Glassgold and Ground Control Entertainment developed the universe for New Frontiers with screenwriter Philip Gelatt. Production will start in the first quarter of 2018. Futurism will serve as an executive producer on the project.

No details on the anthology plots have been released. The combined features sport a budget of $5 million, or approximately 9000 in ether, the digital currency derived from the ethereum blockchain and one of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world.

The deal was negotiated by SingularDTV’s Jackson, with Chris Spicer and Nick Scott from Akin Gump for XYZ and Allison Binder for Ground Control. Jackson’s credits include Tub (Sundance 2010),  Children of God (Newfest, Outfest 2010, HBO), Gun Hill Road (Sundance 2011 competition, 2011 theatrical release), and Blue Caprice (Sundance 2013, MoMA New Films/New Directors, IFC/Sundance Selects). It was nominated for a Spirit Award.

“I’m very proud that SingularDTV is creating a new frontier of its own, with a peer-to-peer funding and distribution platform, connecting fans with the films and filmmakers that they love,” said Jackson. “Our platform allows for audiences and creators to mutually benefit from the success of any project. As long as they keep supporting projects, there is no end to the possibility of sequels or TV series continuing to reach eager audiences. With SingularDTV there are no disappointing cancellations of beloved pilots or series. It’s a self-sustaining franchise.”

SingularDTV’s Ethervision distribution platform streaming channel plans to offer films, music and other content later in 2018. The company has been ramping up its activities and just announced the appointments of executives Shreesh Tiwari (chief strategic officer), Archna Desai (chief operating officer), and Oliver Mahrdt (SVP of marketing).

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The Real-Life ‘Bada Bing’ From HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ Is Closing In NJ – You Gotta Problem With That?

Nobody knew nuttin’ today at a Lodi, NJ strip club made famous by The Sopranos, as media inquiries poured in following word from the state attorney general that the club must close.

Satin Dolls, the strip club that served as the fictional “Bada Bing” in the HBO series that ran from 1999-2007, is one of two North Jersey go-go bars that have until December 17 to cease their live entertainment, according to an NJ.com report. The clubs must close for alleged violations of state laws, according to a statement from Christopher Porrino, the Attorney General.

The Route 17 club and A.J.’s Gentleman’s Club in Secaucus must sell or transfer their liquor licenses to a third party no later than January 3, according to Porrino and the NJ Division of Alcohol Beverage Control. Reports indicate the owners, identified as members of the Cardinalle family, have been under state investigation for more than six years, Porrino said.

The Bada Bing club was a frequent scene in the HBO series, serving as an unofficial clubhouse for the Soprano family. It was also featured in one of the climactic scenes of the series, with club owner Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt) gunned down in the parking lot.

“The division has alleged that Anthony Cardinalle, who was criminally disqualified from maintaining involvement with the clubs’ operations, nonetheless continued to run the businesses,” Porrino said. “The division also alleges that the owners failed to account for large amounts of cash flowing in and out of the businesses.”

Cardinalle was indicated by the federal authorities in January, 2013 for his alleged participation in a conspiracy with the Genovese crime family. The conspiracy involved the NY-NJ waste-disposal industry, ironically the public profession held by fictional mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) on the Emmy-winning series.

Despite a guilty plea by Cardinalle in December 2013 to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit extortion that resulted in 30 days in jail, a fine and restitution, the ABC division contended it had unspecified evidence Anthony Cardinalle continued to run the clubs. Part of the evidence included Cardinalle identifying himself as an owner to the Lodi police following a 2015 robbery at Satin Dolls by the world’s dumbest crooks.

“The Cardinalles may have wanted to keep the business in the family, but that’s not how it works. Their continued flouting of alcoholic beverage control laws cannot and will not be tolerated,” Porrino said. “Illegal activity was glorified at the ‘Bada Bing’ in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey,” he said. “It’s time to shut it down.”

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Spider-Man Animated Movie Trailer Is Coming This Saturday?

It looks like we could be seeing the first footage from Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man Animated Movie very soon. The movie is going to center on Miles Morales and will be theatrically released in 2018. The movie doesn’t even have an official title yet, but producer Chris Miller, one half of the duo Lord and Miller, has teased something is coming soon related to the Spider-Man animated movie.

Chris Miller, who was previously directing the Han Solo movie for Lucasfilm before he and Phil Lord were let go over creative differences, took to Twitter to tease the arrival of the possible trailer. Yesterday, the director tweeted, “Something’s coming,” but offered no context, leaving fans to speculate on their own. Now, Miller has shared a photo of the log for the Miles Morales Spider-Man movie, with “In 2 days” written on it. At bare minimum, we’re getting some sort of reveal related to the movie, but it’s likely we’ll see some sort of initial footage.

Sony is holding a panel on Saturday at Comic Con Experience in Brazil, so it’s likely this reveal, be it a trailer or just some information about the untitled Spider-Man animated movie, will come at that time. The Get Down star Shameik Moore has been tapped to voice Miles Morales in the movie, with Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) set to voice the movie’s villain, who has yet to be named. Ice Cube is also part of the voice cast as Morales’ father. Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey serve as co-directors on the movie, with Lord and Miller writing the script and producing.

Miles Morales may not be quite as famous as Peter Parker, but the character has become insanely popular in recent years. In the world of Marvel Comics, Miles Morales took up the Spider-Man mantle in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, which takes place outside of the main Marvel Comics Universe, following the death of Peter Parker. Morales is a young kid of African American and Hispanic descent and has powers similar to the more well-known Spider-Man, but with some differences. The character was introduced in 2011 and the demand to see him on the big screen was almost immediate. Those fans are getting their wish next year, even if it isn’t going to be in live-action form.

The untitled Spider-Man animated movie will not be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in any way and is expected to stand totally alone. The movie is currently set to arrive in theaters on December 14, 2018. With that in mind, it may be a bit early for a full-length trailer, but a teaser of some sort wouldn’t be totally out of the question. At the very least, a title reveal and some firm details on what the movie will be about should be coming over the weekend, based on Chris Miller’s recent social media activity.

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— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) December 7, 2017

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Ben Affleck Will Return in Flashpoint But Not The Batman

A new report surfaced about some major restructuring occurring over at Warner Bros. after Justice League failed to live up to its expectations. Within that report, it was revealed that Ben Affleck will stay on board to play Bruce Wayne again, but not in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Instead, it has been reported that he will stay on for the still in development Flashpoint movie. Apparently, Warner Bros. has been extremely happy over the way that The Flash has been received in Justice League and the Flashpoint movie will remain in development and will more than likely be the last time that we see Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader.

The Flashpoint story in the comics shakes up the way that DC Comics was perceived and is more than likely going to do the same thing for the DCEU, which has been rumored since July when the movie was announced. In the Flashpoint story line, the Flash wakes up to discover that everything around him has changed. His mother who had previously passed away in his own timeline is alive and his dad died 3 years earlier due to a heart attack as opposed to dying in prison. There is no Justice League and there are some huge changes for the Batman story.

Bruce Wayne is murdered instead of his parents, which leaves Thomas Wayne to later turn into Batman while his Martha Wayne goes insane and turns into the Joker. With this storyline, it seems obvious that Ben Affleck would only have a small part unless they decide to break up the story of Flashpoint into chunks, but that seems unlikely. The point being, there isn’t much room for Bruce Wayne, since he gets killed off. It would all depend on how much time that the movie devotes to Barry Allen’s current timeline as opposed to the altered timeline, which will have a new Batman, heavily rumored to be Jeffrey Dean Morgan who portrayed Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman.

This leads us back to Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will presumably not have Ben Affleck in it at all. Affleck was originally slated to helm the project, write, and star in it, but over the last year, each component has been taken over by Matt Reeves. The new Variety report confirms that Affleck will not return and that the director has already been talking to others to take over. Jake Gyllenhaal’s name has come up frequently and now Jon Hamm’s name has been thrown around as well, which fans have lobbied for in the recent past.

If the Variety report is to be taken seriously, it appears that Warner Bros. will be significantly retooling the DCEU and the Flashpoint movie might be just the reset button that the studio needs. It has long been rumored that the fate of the DCEU rested on the success of Justice League and it looks like there was more than just an element of truth to those initial rumblings. You can read more about Ben Affleck playing the Dark Knight one more time in the Flashpoint movie via Variety.

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Jon Hamm to Replace Ben Affleck in The Batman?

For a while, it’s looked like Justice League could be Ben Affleck’s final turn as Batman in the current DC movie universe, which means another actor is going to have to replace him at some point for The Batman. Now, a new report claims that former Mad Men star Jon Hamm is gunning hard for the role. He and Affleck have been good friends ever since working together on The Town in 2010, but this new report claims Hamm is willing to do what it takes to get the role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman and that this “is business.” Here’s what an unnamed source had to say about the situation.

“Jon’s gunning hard for the role…They enjoyed working together and have been on good terms ever since. But Jon knows Ben has faced some criticism over Batman v Superman and Justice League, and frankly thinks he’d be better suited for the job. This is business for Jon, not personal.”

Jon Hamm is 46-years-old currently and Ben Affleck is 45, so they’re pretty much the exact same age. That means The Batman, should Hamm ultimately get the gig, would still feature an older, grizzled, seasoned version of the Caped Crusader. Said the source, “Of course, Ben’s not officially out of the role yet. but the writing’s on the wall, and Jon’s desperate for the gig, friend or not.” Matt Reeves, who’s been tapped to direct The Batman for Warner Bros., has reportedly been looking at other actors to replace Affleck. Jake Gyllenhaal was recently said to be in contention and this report also notes that he’s “chasing” the role.

“Matt thinks Jon is charming and was a big fan of Mad Men, so it seems like a great transition to him. Jake Gyllenhaal has also been chasing the role, and Matt has definitely been considering him. But Jon is closer to Ben’s age and look, and will be a smoother replacement to fit into the plans already in place.”

Originally, Ben Affleck was going to write, direct, co-write and star in The Batman. However, he eventually decided to walk away from directing the first solo outing for the Dark Knight as part of the DCEU and Matt Reeves, coming off of War for the Planet of the Apes, was brought on board. Affleck’s script was thrown out and, at this point, it’s totally unclear what direction Reeves is taking the movie. Either way, this would be a huge get for any actor and that’s why Jon Hamm wants the role so badly and has been “carefully courting” Reeves.

“Things have been going great for Jon since Mad Men wrapped. An iconic part like this would take his career to the next level. He doesn’t care whose toes he has to tread on to get there.”

Indeed, Jon Hamm has enjoyed success after Mad Men. Most recently, in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. But getting to play one of the biggest superheroes on the planet for one of the best directors working in Hollywood currently is on another level entirely. So, even though this new info from Radar Online should be regarded as rumor for now, it’s not hard to imagine Hamm wants to be The Batman.

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First Official Aquaman Movie Photo Reveals Jason Momoa’s New Look

Aquaman has already set itself apart from Justice League with a single photo. Jason Momoa is set to reprise his role as DC’s most famous Atlantean in an Aquaman solo movie next year, which is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7). Now, the first official photo of Momoa as Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, from the movie has arrived online.

In the photo, Aquaman looks radically different from the https://movieweb.com/aquaman-movie-story-details-shark-riding-jason-momoa/cheesy version of the character that many are familiar with from the early comics and the Super Friends animated show. This isn’t your daddy’s Aquaman. This is an angry, totally ripped and kind of awesome Aquaman. Here’s what director James Wan had to say about his take and approach to the Aquaman movie, which is set to arrive in theaters on December 21, 2018.

“It’s going to look very different, it will feel very different, aesthetically, tonally, story-wise, it’s my own take. It’s a much more a traditional action-adventure quest movie…Aquaman has been the joke of the comic book world, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought how cool that would be. Let’s take the character everybody makes fun of and do something really interesting with him.”

When James Wan met with Warner Bros. initially about tackling a DC movie, he was offered a choice: The Flash or Aquaman. While The Flash movie, which will tackle the Flashpoint storyline from the comics, still doesn’t have a director, Wan decided he was up to the challenge of making Aquaman cool. As for Jason Moma? He says that the Aquaman movie is going to be “totally different” from Justice League. Considering the mixed reception to DC’s superhero teamup movie, that’s probably one of the best things he could say.

“Justice League was only a weekend in Arthur Curry’s life. This is a totally different beast. In Aquaman, you see when his parents met and what happened to them. Then the little boy being raised and finding his powers and going through that and never being accepted on either side. And then becoming this man who puts up all these walls. You just slowly see this man harden up and be completely reluctant wanting to be king and not knowing what to do with these powers he has. I think James Wan just killed it.”

While both Fox and Marvel Studios are releasing three new superhero movies in 2018, Warner Bros. is only releasing Aquaman. That should give them time to figure out what they want to do with the DCEU moving forward and should also let the dust settle from Justice League. Aquaman also stars Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the villainous Black Manta. Be sure to check out the new photo of Jason Momoa in Aquaman, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, for yourself below.

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— Film Gob (@filmgob) December 7, 2017

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Justice League Failure Causes a Major Shake-Up at DC Films

Warner Bros. is in the middle of reconfiguring the DCEU after the less than stellar performance of Justice League at the box office, according to a new report from Variety. The report also goes on to say that it’s inevitable that Ben Affleck will be leaving Matt Reeves’ The Batman and that the director has already been talking to new actors to take over the role, which has been previously reported. There had been rumors before that Warner Bros. was aiming for Justice League to be a homerun and if it wasn’t, restructuring would occur to make up for Batman v Superman.

Variety reports that Jon Berg will leave his post as the head of the DC Films division. Berg will apparently become a production partner with Roy Lee, the producer of IT and The LEGO Movie and Warner Bros. is reportedly currently looking for a replacement for Berg. The changeover is expected to start right after the new year. Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich had this to say about the situation.

“This is something that Jon approached me about six months ago, and he expressed his goal was to ultimately be a producer at the studio. I first met Jon when, as a producer, he brought Elf to New Line, which remains one of the best and most evergreen titles in the library. We’re thrilled that Jon is partnering with Roy and anticipate their company being a valuable source of movies for Warner Bros. and New Line.”

Geoff Johns, who has partnered with Jon Berg on much of the creative direction of the DCEU movies, is expected to continue serving as DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer, but may stay on as more of an advisor to new projects. Johns, who reports to DC president Diane Nelson, works in areas such as television (and has written various episodes for DC-inspired shows), publishing, and consumer products, in addition to his contributions to the movies. Both Johns and Berg acted as producers for Justice League and the budget to profit ratio is reportedly very uneven and only offset by the success of IT and Dunkirk. This change really comes as no surprise, but it does offer a lot of questions with a lot of the projects that the DCEU has loosely announced over the last year.

As far as Zack Snyder is concerned, the director is not scheduled to direct anything coming up, but he will be acting as producer for Wonder Woman 2 and Aquaman. The studio was reportedly unhappy with what Snyder had shot for Justice League and were not happy to see that the movie was going to have a dark tone, something that the director has been criticized for in the past. It has been reported that there wasn’t a whole lot that Joss Whedon could do when it came to time to punch up the dialogue and change the tone of the existing footage. There were already limitations to what Zack Snyder had finished, including using the all CGI villain Steppenwolf, which has been criticized by fans and critics.

At the end of all of this leaves Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which has gone through its fair share of drama over the last year. It has widely been reported that Ben Affleck will not be coming back and that Reeves has begun the casting process, looking for a new Batman. However, the Variety report suggests that Affleck will remain on board for the Flashpoint movie, which has not been reported before. Apparently, Warner Bros. has been impressed with the reaction to The Flash in Justice League and will continue to develop the movie, which may be used to reconfigure the DCEU as we know it. This is a developing story and more news is expected to be announced soon. You can read more about the Warner Bros. restructuring of the DCEU courtesy of Variety.

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