Jake Gyllenhaal Says He Won’t Play Batman

It’s clear that there’s been trouble in Gotham for quite some time now. Although Ben Affleck is, at least officially, the current reigning Batman, rumors have been circulating since last summer that he and Warner Bros. might be thinking of changing that. Affleck was up to write, produce, direct and star in the next standalone Batman movie, but by late 2016 he was already out calling the script “subpar” and describing the film as “not good enough.”

Then he stepped down from the director’s spot, and Matt Reeves swooped into that role. Ever since, rumors have persisted that Affleck wants out of the DC Universe entirely and that Warner Bros. was considering fulfilling his wishes. Casey Affleck almost said as much last summer.

One Variety report claimed although Affleck will likely appear as Batman in the upcoming Flash movie, it’s “highly unlikely” that he will star in The Batman, as Reeves is looking to fresh “fresh talent.” Nevertheless, the fact remains that none of this speculation has been confirmed by either Affleck or Warner. Affleck played Batman most recently in 2017's Justice League, but the rumor mill has continued running. The latest story, as of late last year, was that Jake Gyllenhaal was in the running for Batman/Bruce Wayne.

Although that tidbit has remained a rumor, Gyllenhaal himself was finally asked (or he finally chose to answer) a direct question in a new interview with CNA Lifestyle. The interviewer very cheekily squeezes in a question about the Dark Knight by saying there is a role that embodies a bunch of features like “thrill-seeker, fearlessness, innovative, bold, curious.” She then straight up asks him if he’ll be the next Batman.

“Wow, that’s a very difficult question,” he says, with a little laugh. “The answer to that question is no.”

If you believe him, then that’s that. You can go now, have a nice day.

However, if you’re the skeptical type, you’ll remember that Jason Momoa repeatedly flat-out lied to interviewers about being Aquaman. It wouldn’t be out of the question for Gyllenhaal and Warner Bros. to want to keep quiet about the news until everything is straightened out. And how fascinating would it be for Gyllenhaal to play the archnemesis of the Joker, the role that won his close friend and Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar?

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Robert Kraft Says Patriots Haven’t Discussed Contract Extension For Tom Brady Yet

There are currently two years left on Tom Brady's contract. He's also set to turn 41-years-old this upcoming preseason. The standard practice in this situation has been for the team to extend Brady, which the Pats have done in four out of five instances where he's had two years left on his deal (with the lone exception being when he returned from a torn ACL in 2009). But, again, he's soon to be 41-years-old. Any other dude (who hadn't retired several years ago) would serve as a veteran backup as they draft a quarterback in a few weeks. But he's Tom Brady and he's a freak of nature.

Because of that Pats owner Robert Kraft seems totally unconcerned with his longtime quarterback's current status, which sees him making a big enough salary to give the team a serious cap hit over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Kraft seemed as if he couldn't give less of a crap about the current situation with the default face of the league.

“He'll be 41 when the season starts,” Kraft said. “Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we'll deal with it.”

Kraft, who has reportedly played a central role in past negotiations with Brady, also spoke on the QB's intent to play into his mid-40s, which he has publicly reiterated on a number of occassions. “I hope he plays,” he said. “He's at a different point in his life. He talked about it. It's interesting to see that Tom vs. Time and see where he's at, his kids growing up. But that is something for he and his family to decide what is right for him.

“Me personally, I'd like to see him play as long as he can. I don't think anyone would have believed 10 years ago that he would have played this year, gone to the Super Bowl and been MVP of the league at 40 years old. It's just unbelievable. It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains, how much film he watches, one of the hardest working guys. He is driven to excel. I think as long as he feels he is like that, he'll keep playing. We're so lucky to have him in our system.”

Five more years, man. You heard it here first eighth or ninth.

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‘Black Panther’ Blu-ray Will Include a Bunch of Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel

The Black Panther mania lives on. After Marvel's latest film overthrew Titantic's longstanding record of being the third highest grossing domestic film of all time, the comic book giant announced Black Panther will be available for viewers to watch at home next month.

But buyers won't just get the film to enjoy in the comfort of their home. There will also be a bunch of new content included like a director's intro and commentary from Ryan Coogler, a roundtable discussion on creating the film, a featurette on the women of Wakanda, a breakdown of the technology in the film, a discussion on Marvel Studios' first 10 years called “Connecting the Universe,” and some Wakanda tourism ads.

Those who buy the new release will also receive deleted scenes titled “U.N. Meet and Greet,” “Okoye and W'Kabi Discuss the Future of Wakanda,” “T'Challa Remembers His Father,” and “Voices from the Past.” There will also be a gag reel that's bound to be hilarious along with a sneak peek at Ant-Man and The Wasp, scheduled to hit theaters July 6. Buyers can also indulge in retailer exclusives like Best Buy's steel-book case, Target's filmmaker edition, or Walmart's exclusive trading cards. But what we really need is more clips of Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong'o dropping bars.

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Black Panther will be available digitally on May 8 while the physical versions will be available May 15.

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Tiffany Haddish Turned Down a ‘Get Out’ Audition: ‘I Don’t Need No Extra Demon Curses’

After Tiffany Haddish appeared in Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's comedy Keanu, Peele asked her to audition for another little project he was working on—Get Out.

But Haddish wasn't having it. While on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Haddish explained why she doesn't “do scary movies.”

“I don't do that. That's demonized kind of stuff,” she recalled telling Peele at the time. But when Peele explained it wouldn't have demons, Haddish had other thoughts on the Academy Award–winning film's plot. “That's the white man trying to take people's souls out their body and opening up brains. That sounds like some demon stuff to me,” she said. But she did tell Peele that she'd watch it…”in the daytime.”

In the interview, Meyers went on to say how working behind-the-scenes of a horror film might be better than watching it. But Haddish heard the tales of The Exorcist, or as she calls it “one of them white scary movies,” where the set was allegedly cursed.

“I don't want to get in no curses. People already curse me out enough as it is, I don't need no extra demon curses,” she said.

It seems to have worked out for Haddish though, as she's been prospering in the industry with a stacked set of projects underway including the TBS series The Last O.G. with Tracy Morgan, which just broke records for the network. Although she might have gained the wrath of Beyoncé (or at least the Bey Hive) for dishing on an incident where an yet-to-be-named actress bit Beyonce on the face.

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Cardi B on Her Pregnancy: ‘I Haven’t Even Planned Out Anything for the Baby Yet’

On the heels of the release of her debut album Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B stopped by Hot 97 to have an open and honest conversation about a number of topics, ranging from her past as a stripper to people criticizing her for getting pregnant at this moment in her career.

Cardi confesses that prior commitments have prevented her from adequately preparing for the arrival of her first child, saying, “I haven’t even planned anything out for the baby yet.” However, she says that once the baby arrives, she plans to take some time off.

Cardi B, addressing the people who question why she’s having a baby during what is currently the height of her career, wondered why she can’t have both—the child and the career—at the same time. “Why do I have to be in my mid-30’s to have a baby?,” she asks. “What am I doing wrong? I’m a grown woman… I’m 25 years old, and I’m going to say this in the most humble way, I’m a millionaire. I’m established.” She also lets it slip that her and Offset have a name in mind.

At many points throughout their conversation, the usually animated and humorous Cardi strikes a more serious tone, especially when it comes to addressing her past as a stripper. She admits that her decision to go down that particular career path was solely meant to help her pay bills, and give her an opportunity to get something to eat as she attended community college.

At the 6:15 mark, Cardi reveals that if she were to do a film in the near future, she would lean towards a comedy. As for rumors involving her working on a film, she says, “I’ve just been taking meetings, but I haven’t really confirmed anything. I haven’t signed anything.” When asked about how she was able to secure a Chance the Rapper feature, Cardi says, at the 35:45 mark, “This record [“Best Life”] felt like it was so him, and we reached out to him. And he did a verse, but I felt like I needed him on the hook. But he was very busy. He was in Australia.” After some work from a person she refers to as “my man,” the track came out just as she had hoped. 

Watch the interview in its entirety above.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Sets a Marvel Record With $150 Million Promo Budget

If the choices are go big or go home, Marvel decided to go with the former when it comes to promoting Avengers: Infinity War.

Deadline reports Marvel will be dropping at least an estimated $150 million to promote the upcoming film with partners like Coca-Cola, Quicken Loans, and Infiniti. 

As Deadline notes, this is more than they spent for Spider-Man: Homecoming ($140 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 ($80 million). And it's for good reason. Infinity War has been 10 years in the making, since 2008's Iron Man. A total of 18 films have made it to the screen as a build-up to this epic moment. There's even a promise of characters dying in the film and such high-level spoilers that the film's directors, the Russo brothers, are demanding silence via Thanos.

Other brands assembling with Marvel include Ziploc, Go-Gurt, Yoplait, Synchrony Bank, American Airlines, Stand Up to Cancer, Duracell, Unilever, Quaker, Chevron, and Samsung, which will provide “interactive digital initiatives and robust in-store presences at numerous retailers,” according to Deadline.

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In one of the latest collaboration ads for Quicken Loans, Iron Man and Doctor Strange save/destroy the world behind a woman using the financial app before the Sorcerer Supreme safely transports her to her new home.

Infinity War is projected to open to more than $200 million at the box office. On top of Marvel's popularity in general, the film will be riding high on Black Panther's success, If it breaks the bank, the promo would be all worth it.

Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters on April 27.

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Cardi B Is Cardi Boseman in ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promo

Saturday Night Live is watchable this weekend for two undeniable reasons: Cardi B and Chadwick Boseman.

Late Thursday night, NBC did that thing they always do where they have the current week’s host and musical guest stand in front of a camera with an SNL cast member. Much like Cardi and Chadwick's presence on this weekend's new episode makes it watchable, so too does their presence in this batch of promos. See for yourself below:

Cardi's expertly timed SNL appearance arrives amid Invasion of Privacy mania. The album, Cardi's studio debut, dropped Friday and will undoubtedly open at the top of the Billboard 200. The record avoids the arguably overpacked vibes of recent high-profile releases by keeping the experience at a concise 13 tracks. Migos, Chance the Rapper, SZA, 21 Savage, and J Balvin are among the features.

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Boseman is fresh off the massive success of Black Panther, which just last month was designated the most tweeted about movie in history. Thankfully, Ryan Coogler's Marvel smash will soon kick Titanic out of the coveted Top 3 Biggest Movies Ever club. As of Tuesday, the film had bagged just over $650 million in the U.S. and was less than $7 million away from taking the No. 3 spot from the—let's face it—extremely overrated James Cameron ship-sinking romp.

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DJ Esco, Future, and O.T. Genasis Drop Smoky “Bring It Out” Video

Kolorblind isn't even a week old and we've already been hit with multiple visuals.

For the latest, DJ Esco linked up with GT Films to flip “Bring It Out” into a fittingly smoky video featuring O.T. Genasis and frequent collaborator Future. Catch it in full below:

Kolorblind, as promised, was a super stacked affair. Front-to-back features from Future stand alongside memorable collabs with Ty Dolla Sign, Schoolboy Q, Young Thug, and more. The album's title is a nod to Esco's belief that “no boundaries” exist. “When you listen to the music, it's purely enjoyment for musical purposes,” he explained on release day.

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Starting this month, Esco is hosting a weekly residency at Drai's Beachclub and Nightclub in Las Vegas that will likely feature a heavy helping of Kolorblind cuts.

Future's next major project, as far as we know, revolves around musically capturing the spirit of Director X's upcoming Superfly. “With Superfly, the cast and I were focused on paying homage to the original film, while bringing something new and fresh,” X told Complex when dropping the film's first trailer last month. “I'm excited for everyone to see this movie the cast and crew worked so hard on.”

hen revisit the recently released “Code of Honor” video (also featuring Future) below.

 

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Young Thug and Future Drop “Group Home” Video

As we wait for the better-be-inevitable Super Slimey sequel, why not dive into a new visual from the Young “SEX” Thug and Future collab project?

The cinematic “Group Home” video was directed by Videogod, who has previously flipped songs by Wiz Khalifa and Gucci Mane into memorable slices of film. See the appropriately super and slimey video for the TM88 and Fuse 100-produced track below:

Thugger and Future's 13-track tape was unveiled back in October and also saw production assists from Richie Souf, Southside, Wheezy, and more. For the project's only guest spot, the two enlisted Offset for the highlight “Patek Water,” which now stands as one of many examples of Offset's underappreciated solo charisma.

The chances of a Slimey sequel are, if nothing else, not terrible. At the time of the tape's release, Southside told Complex that those 13 tracks “aren't even the hardest” of what they wrote together. He added that “it might not even be a Super Slimey 2,” but instead “What a Slime to Be Alive” up next. “We are with the element of surprise,” he said.

Slimey hashtags were also tossed around in the recent swarm of pictures showing Thugger in the studio with Travis Barker, though Thugger ​did vow to hold off on dropping new music in 2018 in honor of his deaf brother

Future, meanwhile, has a full slate of music plans for the year ahead including music for Director X's Superfly revival.​ Just last month, he teased new music in the film's first trailer:

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‘Black Panther’ About to Pass ‘Titanic’ to Become No. 3 Highest-Earning Movie in the U.S.

Marvel and Disney's Black Panther continues its reign as a box office superhero. The film is high on a record-breaking streak, and it’s just made history again. Its $652.5 million domestic box office total reported on Tuesday officially beats out Jurassic World's $652.3 million earned in 2015. That makes Black Panther the No. 4 movie ever in the U.S. 

And in a mere $6.8 million, Ryan Coogler's MCU-redefining film will pass 1997's Titanic to give us a new No. 3. (It could happen as early as Thursday or Friday, although Forbes' estimate isweekend's end if not very early next week.)

Once Black Panther passes James Cameron's nautical 11-time Oscar-winner, it will need to rally another $100 million to hit Avatar's $760.5 mill. At the top of the heap is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, dropped in December 2015 and outperformed all of American movie history to the tune of $936.6 million.

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Globally, Black Panther lapped Frozen’s $1.276 billion, entering the top 10 movies of all time with a total gross of $1.279 billion to date. The top five international markets for the Wakanda-set flick have been China, the U.K., South Korea, Brazil, and France.

It's already been a couple weeks, though, since Black Panther became the highest grossing solo superhero movie.

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