What's Popping: Batman, 'Pirates 5', 'Expendables 3', 'Snowpiercer', 'Star Trek 3'

Christian Bale

Christian Bale is the most successful Batman ever, so it makes sense to bring him back even if it'll cost a king's ransom, right? That may have to be the case, according to the Beyond Batman ebook. The author claims Bale will have no choice but to come back and play Batman at least one more time because an obscene amount of money will be thrown at him. How obscene? $50 million.

The Lone Ranger may go down in the history books as the biggest box office flops of 2013 and may cause Disney to write down between $16--$190 million. As a result, Disney is reportedly scaling back on Pirates of the Caribbean 5, another Jerry Bruckheimer production, by cutting its budget from $250 million to $200 million. Not only that, the studio is also, reportedly, stripping Bruckheimer's authority to have the final say in the movie.

While Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, and Antonio Banderas are boarding The Expendables 3, Bruce Willis may be on his way out. Apparently, he is offered $3 million for four days of work, but he wants $4 million. Let's see if Lionsgate is willing to give into his demands.

When Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer hits theaters here, it will be 20 minutes shorter than what's shown in non-Western countries. Why? Without the trims, Harvey Weinstein fears those in Iowa and Oklahoma won't be able to understand the movie.

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci are returning to write the screenplay for Star Trek 3, but who should direct it? Unless J.J. Abrams drops out of Star Wars: Episode VII, he's certainly out. Well, how about G.I. Joe: Retaliation's Jon M. Chu and Planet of the Apes' Rupert Wyatt? They are the latest names coming out of the rumor mill.

Other News & Notes:

The Monuments Men trailer: Artworks need to be liberated too.

Hugh Grant boards The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Chicken Soup for the Soul will be a movie.

Tarsem Singh to direct The Panopticon.

Two Paranormal Activity movies dated for 2014.

Captain Phillips trailer: Tom Hanks vs. Pirates.

Now You See Me gets a sequel.

Sara reviews Elysium.

UFC chap Ronda Rousey boards Fast & Furious 7.

Seth Gordon drops out of Horrible Bosses 2.

Sara reviews We're the Millers.

New Thor: The Dark World trailer lingers in Asgard.

Sam Rockwell considering Poltergeist reboot.

Christopher McQuarrie confirmed for Mission: Impossible 5.

Ender's Game releases final trailer.

Chris Hemsworth talks Thor: The Dark World.

Disney debuts celebrational Muppets Most Wanted teaser.

Steven Spielberg exits American Sniper.

Sara reviews Lovelace.

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