What's Popping: 'TDKR' Tragedy, 'Amazing Spider-Man 2', 'Robopocalypse', 'Captain America 2', 'Finding Nemo 2'

The Dark Knight Rises

At a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado on Friday, a gunman opened fire on the audience resulting in 12 deaths and many injured. The suspect, 24-year-old James Holmes, was arrested behind the theater's parking lot near his car. He was found with a rifle, a shotgun, and two handguns. The suspect was a graduate student in neuroscience program at the University of Colorado Denver before he pulled out in June.

The Amazing Spider-Man made enough to warrant a sequel, but Marc Webb may not return to direct it. It's not that Sony didn't want him back; it just that Webb is contracted to direct an unknown movie for Fox. The thing with sequels is, you don't want too many years to pass between them or else you'll need to spend more in advertising to drum up interest again. In the end, Sony may roll with someone else for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In another Sony-related news, the studio is planning Men in Black 4.

How will Andrew Stanton recover from the John Carter flop? By moving on to direct the sequel to one of Pixar's most beloved movies, of course. Andrew Stanton is officially on board to direct Finding Nemo 2 which is planned for a 2016 release. However, Stanton's stint with live-action is not over; he will be given another chance when the memory of John Carter isn't so vivid in people's mind anymore.

Steven Spielberg is currently in post with his Abraham Lincoln biopic, but once he's done with Lincoln, he will move on to Robopocalypse. Described as World War Z with robots, the movie will chronicle humanity's final days as sentient machines begin to take over the world. If the schedules align, the one to lead humanity's struggle will be Chris Hemsworth.

Falcon, the first African-American superhero in a mainstream comic may make an appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anthony Mackie is in talks to play the character and the story in the sequel may involve a sidekick of Captain America's who've disappeared and is presumed dead in an attack during WWII.

Other News & Notes:

Christopher Nolan releases statement on the Aurora, Colorado shooting.

Jurassic Park producer hopes to have fourth movie in theaters 2 years from now.

Jackie Earle Haley joins Robocop cast; plays a character named Maddox.

Emile Hirsch joins Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch in Peter Berg's Lone Survivor.

Taylor Kitsch offered the lead role in DreamWorks' Need for Speed.

McG to produce Wes Ball-directed animated feature Ruin for Fox.

Kenneth Branagh will direct and play the villain in the Jake Ryan reboot.

Lena Headey, Jared Harris, and Godfrey Gao added to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones cast.

Besides Loki, the other villain in Thor: The Dark World may be Malekith.

Rotten Tomatoes suspends comments for The Dark Knight Rises.

TMNT co-creator Jonathan Liebesman is enthusiastic about Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles reboot.

Halle Berry suffers a head injury on the set of The Hive.

Mother Russia may be in Kick-Ass 2.

Amy Adams joins Bradley Cooper & Jeremy Renner in David O. Russell's new film.

Carlton Ruse will write New Line's disaster movie San Andreas: 3D.

The Dark Knight Rises is tracking to do very well at the box office.

Hulk is not in Iron Man 3, according to producer.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is looking for a director.

Gary Ross in talks to direct Disney’s Peter Pan movie Peter and the Starcatchers.

Amanda Plummer will play Wiress in The Hunger Gamers: Catching Fire; Sam Claflin, Melissa Leo, and Tony Shalhoub are in the mix for other roles.

Svetlana Khodchenkova May Play Viper in The Wolverine.

Movie based on Ouija board game gets new writers.

Johnny Depp to star in Wes Anderson’s next: The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Roberto Orci, co-producer and co-writer for Star Trek 2, throws more confusion on Benedict Cumberbatch’s role.

Producer Neal Moritz is trying to make a Sleeping Beauty comedy.

Guillermo del Toro still wants to make At the Mountain of Madness movie.

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