joker origin movie

A few days ago, the news broke that Warner Bros. is developing a movie that would explore the origin story for The Joker. And while this Todd Phillips-drected, Martin Scorsese-produced project (!)  sounds like a profoundly bad idea on many levels, it got the /Film staff talking. Who would you cast as the young version of Batman’s arch-nemesis? And more specifically, who would you cast as the young Joker in a movie that will be a standalone film unconnected to the larger DCEU and therefore untethered to Jared Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad?

So we put our brains together and came up with 14 names. These are not the actors that we think would actually be cast as a young Joker. Instead, these are the actors we’d like to see cast as a young Joker. After all, if they’re going to make this movie, they might as well cast someone interesting in the lead.

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Tour De Pharmacy Trailer

Back in 2015, HBO debuted a sports mockumentary called 7 Days in Hell that chronicled fictional tennis players Aaron Williams (Andy Samberg) and Charles Poole (Kit Harington) who played a match to end all tennis matches: a seven-day, five-set marathon that took everything out of them. It was a hilarious 45-minute foray into tennis presented in the style of HBO Sports documentaries, and now the world of competitive cycling is getting the same treatment.

Tour De Pharmacy focuses on five cyclists in 1982 as they dealt with the controversy of nearly every athlete doping in order to get an edge on competition. The cast includes Andy Samberg, John Cena, Freddie Highmore, Daveed Diggs, Orlando Bloom and they somehow got Lance Armstrong to appear and even poke fun at his own relationship with doping.

Watch the Tour De Pharmacy trailer below. Read More »

Bates Motel Rihanna

Bates Motel returns for its fifth season on February 20th. The show, which more than a few people were initially skeptical about, went on to become a success for A&E. While the series began to lose some steam around season two or three, it’s now coming to a close with season five, which creators Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) had always envisioned. Actor, singer and artist Rihanna is a part of the final season, and she’s co-starring as Marion Crane, famously played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho.

Below, get your first look at Rihanna in Bates Motel.

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bates motel season 5 trailer

The producer and co-creator of Bates MotelCarlton Cuse (Lost), never thought Bates Motel was a story that needed eight or nine seasons. Cuse and co-creator Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) saw the show coming to an end after season five, which A&E and all involved are indeed planning to do. The show returns next month for its last season, which features actor/singer Rihanna in a key supporting role.

Below, watch the Bates Motel season five trailer. Spoilers follow.

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Bates Motel Season 2

There was a lot of skepticism going into A&E’s Bates Motel. “Who wants to see a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic? Why do we need to see Norman Bates’ origin story? How can this sustain itself for five or more seasons?” The show ultimately proved to be a success with viewers. However, after season one, it’s struggled to prove those skeptics wrong.

Bates Motel returns this March. Watch the Bates Motel season 4 teaser trailer.

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‘Bates Motel’ Renewed for Two More Seasons

Bates Motel renewed

Norma and Norman Bates’ toxic relationship will continue for the foreseeable future. A&E has renewed Bates Motel for two more seasons, the show’s fourth and fifth. The Psycho prequel stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga. More on the Bates Motel renewal after the jump.  Read More »

I am going to assume that the Futurama crew, like the rest of the Internet, is cheering in celebration of Community‘s return. After the jump:

  • Dean Norris says Breaking Bad‘s final run is “Hank-centric”
  • Roy from The Office is Beverly Hills Cop‘s new Judge Reinhold
  • George R.R. Martin could develop more shows for HBO
  • See the real-life models for the staff of ISIS on Archer
  • Marc Maron‘s IFC series, titled Maron, unveils a first teaser
  • Syfy has a new trailer for its upcoming series Defiance
  • Mother and son are creepy in Bates Motel‘s new teaser and poster
  • Comedy Central offers a peek at the next season of Futurama
  • Get ready for Community‘s long-awaited return with a new trailer

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As a prequel to one of the most revered horror movies of all time, A&E’s Bates Motel has some pretty big shoes to fill. And while it’s unlikely to reach the same iconic status, it’s heartening to see that the first trailer actually looks pretty good. (Unlike, say, the one for the ill-received 1987 pilot of the same title.)

The new series, by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), follows Norman through adolescence in the present day. Freddie Highmore plays the future murderer as a sweet, shy teen, while Vera Farmiga plays the mother who literally drives him insane. The family is eager for the fresh start promised by the new motel she’s just purchased, but as we all know from Psycho, their plans don’t really go as planned. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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I’m not certain why, exactly, 2012 has turned into the year of Alfred Hitchcock, but it doesn’t really matter. We’ve got two biopics, Hitchcock and The Girl, chronicling the making of Psycho and The Birds, respectively. And just as Hitchcock is about to open we’re starting to get a look at the new TV series, Bates Motel, acts as a prequel to Psycho, with Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as young Norman Bates, and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) as his mother.

The series premiere is called ‘First You Dream, Then You Die,’ and features the real beginning of the Bates story, at least as it relates to the motel: “Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of an idyllic coastal town seeking a fresh start with her teenage son, the handsome and shy Norman.” We’ll have to wait to see how well the series storyline does or doesn’t fit in with the Bates family history established in some of the Psycho sequels. But for now, you can get a video taste of the show thanks to two brief teasers.  Read More »

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Norman and Norma Bates’ twisted relationship is the stuff of cinematic legend, but apparently things weren’t always so weird between them. In fact, the first photo from Bates Motel has them looking downright relaxed together. Also after the jump:

  • Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky will be an FBI trainee on Hannibal
  • The Wire‘s Chad Coleman is The Walking Dead‘s Tyreese
  • ABC’s The Mindy Project makes a few casting changes
  • Hugh Laurie will be the pirate Blackbeard on Crossbones
  • Mark Wahlberg and Fox are developing a pot comedy
  • The poster for Revolution‘s fall finale teases a big battle
  • Hate-watch the first trailer for Season 2 of NBC’s Smash

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