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Want to watch Benedict Cumberbatch try to deny he’s playing Doctor Strange? Where can you eat a Superman fast food meal? Would Matthew McConaughey play a superhero? Did you miss anything in the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man footage? Which Iron Man 2 cast member joined Agent Carter? Who does Holly Hunter share a scene with in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

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Batman V Superman rumors

Rumors have surrounded Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from the get-go, and today we have three more to share. One has to do with Jesse Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor, who will apparently not be sporting the traditional chrome dome. The others have to do with actresses Tao Okamoto and Holly Hunter, and whom they might be playing in the film. Hit the jump for all the latest dirt.

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Holly Hunter Batman vs Superman

So far, most of the Batman vs. Superman actors announced are playing very familiar roles. We’ve got Henry Cavill as Superman, of course, plus Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. But last week, a trio of names were added with no indications about which characters they’d be playing.

Today, we finally might have some dirt on one of them. According to a new rumor, Holly Hunter will be a woman who has a history with Batman in the comics. Hit the jump for more details.

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Alex Pardeen - Batman vs Superman

Briefly: Three new actors have been added to the cast of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman. They are Oscar winner Holly Hunter, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 300: Rise of an Empire player Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto, Logan’s love interest in The Wolverine. While there’s no word on specifically which role each actor will play, the roles are not from the comics and have been created specifically for the movie.

The film, which stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, opens May 6, 2016. [Deadline]

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In Paradise, Julianne Hough stars as a young woman who renounces her faith after a plane crash leaves her scarred. She travels to Las Vegas to indulge in all the behaviors that sh has avoided in life, and runs across characters played by Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Nick Offerman. The film is written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), who also makes her directorial debut.

Some of the weirdest news of last week was that Paradise would debut this week (on Thurs, Aug 8) on DirecTV. The plan has been in the works for a while, says the LA Times, to which Cody said, “I don’t know a director who is in on the distribution strategy, or if it’s necessarily ever OKd with the filmmaker. But they believe in my movie, and I’m excited to be trying something a little different. I think VOD is a pretty good place for an indie rom-com right now.”

So Paradise is an unexpected trailblazer for a certain sort of distribution, and you can bet that if it turns out well for the film and DirecTV we’ll see more releases like this in the future. For the time being, you can see the first trailer below. Read More »

Paradise - Diablo Cody (header)

How has the movie business changed in the past decade? For one, VOD and streaming video have changed the stigma once attached to films debuting at home before they hit theaters, and movies now routinely can be seen on the small screen before they open on the big one.

But the distribution scheme for Diablo Cody’s first turn as a director is still a bit unusual. The movie is Paradise, starring Julianne Hough as a devout young woman badly burned in a plane crash, who travels to Las Vegas to immerse herself in sin city. Octavia SpencerRussell BrandNick Offerman and Holly Hunter also appear.

Cody said today that the film will premiere on August 8 on DirectTV. A theatrical release will still take place in October, and in other responses to questions Cody said that the film will hit other VOD services after theatrical. Get her comments below.  Read More »

Paradise - Diablo Cody (header)

Diablo Cody has written some of the sharpest female-led dramedies of the past several years, and now she’s taken the next step by helming her own.

The Juno scribe makes her feature directing debut this fall with Paradise, a comedy about a sheltered young woman (Julianne Hough) taking a walk on the wild side. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman, and Holly Hunter also star. Check out the first pics after the jump.

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Jane Campion‘s last film was the truly excellent Bright Star, and after a movie like that I’d normally leap at any opportunity to see the director’s next effort. But I missed Campion’s new mini-series Top of the Lake at Sundance, because doing the project justice required a seven-hour commitment, and I couldn’t make that work at the fest.

On television, however, Top of the Lake has room to stretch. This trailer for the procedural suggests that the relatively short time investment is one very much worth making. Top of the Lake stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as an investigator who leads the search for a missing girl in an unusual, challenging township. The impressive supporting cast also includes actors such as Peter MullanDavid Wenham, and Holly Hunter, who could be mistaken as playing Campion.

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