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#3: Casey Affleck Says Brother Ben Is Giving Up on Batman
When Matt Reeves not only took over directing duties from Ben Affleck on his standalone Batman movie, but also completely gutted his script, you had a feeling the production would go through a few more murky moments. According to brother Casey Affleck, that’s exactly what’s happening. In an interview with WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Keefe’s radio show, Casey was asked about the rumors surrounding his brother and his ominous future as the Caped Crusader.
After cracking a quick joke, the younger Affleck spilled the beans, confirming earlier reports that Warner Bros. was looking to remove Ben from the project, gracefully. After the hosts reacted in shock, Casey did try to backtrack. The studio has yet to comment on Casey’s remarks, but has in the past stated that Ben would be their guy to the end, with Affleck himself echoing those statements at Comic Con. Will Justice League be Ben’s last appearance as Batman? We’ll have to wait and see.
#2: Tom Cruise Breaks Ankle in Mission: Impossible 6 Stunt
The mission’s impossible, and apparently so was the jump. While trying to perform a stunt on the set of Mission: Impossible 6, Tom Cruise broke his ankle, which has put the entire production on hiatus for eight to nine weeks according to sources. A video obtained by TMZ shows Cruise jumping from one building top to another, but slamming into a wall at the very end.
According to director Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise hurt himself on the fourth take of the shot after landing into the wall at a wrong angle. McQuarrie tweeted out that fans had nothing to worry about, and that the production was still on track for the film’s July 2018 release. While news about Cruise injuring himself may surprise some moviegoers, his love for performing his own stunts shouldn’t be. Cruise has a long history of performing death-defying stunts; The Burj Khalifa scene from Ghost Protocol, and the Plane Sequence from Rogue Nation especially standing out.
#1: AMC Theaters to Sue MoviePass Over $10 All You Can Watch Subscription
We all love a great deal. Except for AMC, apparently. Only hours after MoviePass announced they would be slashing their monthly fees to $9.95, the USA’s biggest movie theatre company, AMC, responded with the threat of legal action, claiming the “small fringe player” would ruin the movie-going experience for customers. MoviePass is a subscription-based service which allows cinephiles to pay a monthly fee in exchange for one free movie a day.
The service has been around since 2011, but has only recently gained popularity because of their massive price drop. The monthly fee of $9.95 has been so enticing to consumers, that MoviePass’s website has continuously crashed due to increased traffic. AMC isn’t as impressed with the project, however, claiming that the “price is unsustainable and only sets up consumers for ultimate disappointment down the road.” MoviePass says that the service is good at 91 percent of American theaters. But if AMC does sue and opts out, that number will drop drastically.