Michael Jackson Auditioned for X-Men

The X-Men franchise began back in 2000, and since it was the first time the Marvel Comics property was being brought to the big screen, there was a lot of buzz about who should be cast in the various mutant roles of the titular superhero team. For example, Viggo Mortensen revealed not too long ago that he turned down the role of Wolverine due to a commitment he had to another project. While we’ll always wonder how awesome that would have been, we couldn’t be happier that Australian actor Hugh Jackman ended up being launched into stardom by taking the role that he would go on to play for 17 years.

Beyond that though, you might be surprise to hear that there were some mind-blowing contenders who came in to read for various roles in the first X-Men movie. Believe it or not, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, came in to audition for Professor X. And he wasn’t the only chart-topping singer looking to play one of the Marvel mutants.

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The LEGO Batman Movie TV Spots

LEGO Batman may have a mansion, plenty of wonderful toys, and a loyal butter, but he has zero friends. The caped crusader keeps busy saving Gotham and doesn’t have the best social skills, so he’s a bit of a loner in desperate need of a pal. The LEGO Batman Movie — which director Chris McKay describes as a cross between Michael Mann and About a Boy — follows Batman on his quest for happiness.

Below, watch The Lego Batman Movie TV spots.

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Teaser Trailer

The Lego Batman Movie trailer

Don’t tell anyone, but my most highly anticipated Batman movie isn’t Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or even Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie. It’s The Lego Batman Movie, featuring Will Arnett as the grizzled and raspy voice of the Caped Crusader. I mean, who can who can resist a description like “About a Boy as directed by Michael Mann,” as director Chris McKay recently put it?

We first met the Arnett’s version of the character in 2014’s The Lego Movie, but the spinoff promises an even more up-close-and-personal look at the solitary vigilante. Following a first look at some Lego Batman Movie photos this week, Warner Bros. has dropped the very first The Lego Batman Movie trailer, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Lego Batman movie

UPDATE: THR’s Borys Kit has learned that Mariah Carey is not playing Commissioner Gordon, as previously reported, but rather the mayor of Gotham City. Original story follows.

Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie boasts some pretty inspired casting. Gravel-voiced Will Arnett proved in The Lego Movie that he was the perfect choice to play a comedic spin on mainstream comics’ most self-consciously “gritty” superhero, and we couldn’t think of a better pick to play his poor beleaguered sidekick Robin than Arnett’s Arrested Development nephew Michael Cera. Plus, any film that brings together Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, and Ralph Fiennes merits our attention.

But this latest bit of Lego Batman casting news goes beyond inspired to downright WTF. According to a new report, the role of Commissioner Gordon will be played by the Elusive Chanteuse herself, Mariah Carey. Yes, really. Read all about the Lego Batman Mariah Carey casting after the jump.  Read More »

Mariah Carey Christmas

All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas… is for you to check out her new holiday movie. New Line is developing an untitled Yuletide project to star Carey and center on the power of music. Brett Ratner will produce through RatPac Entertainment. Get all the details on the upcoming Mariah Carey Christmas movie after the jump.  Read More »

Tina Fey Developing a ‘Mean Girls’ Musical

Could the Plastics be headed to Broadway? If Tina Fey has her way, quite possibly. During an interview at the SAG Awards this weekend, the Mean Girls screenwriter revealed that she and her husband (30 Rock composer Jeff Richmond) are working on a musical version of the high school comedy classic. And while casting has yet to begin, Fey joked that she could just have a role for noted movie fan Mariah Carey. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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