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Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' getting an HBO Max spin-off

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Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Writer-director Matt Reeves is in the early production days of his big-screen The Batman, but he’s already inked a deal for a small-screen spin-off. 

Reeves, along with Sopranos veteran and Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter, have just announced they’re developing an HBO Max show centering on Gotham City’s cops.  Set in the same universe as The Batman, the series and the movie will share Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon.

It’s not yet known if Robert Pattinson, the man who will wear the Dark Knight’s cowl for The Batman, will cross over as well.

In a statement, Reeves says, “This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a long-form format can afford. And getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”

Incidentally, Fox ran its own Batman companion show, Gotham, from 2014 to 2019. That series, which also centered on the cops in the superhero’s neighborhood, was something of a prequel, following a young Bruce Wayne in the years before he ultimately became the Dark Knight, and young Detective Jim Gordon as he moved up the ranks of the GCPD.

Though production’s stalled during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Batman is still slated for an October 1, 2021 theatrical release. No word yet on the HBO Max project’s debut date.

By Stephen Iervolino
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See Shia LaBeouf as a ruthless gang enforcer in 'The Tax Collector' trailer

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RLJE Films(LOS ANGELES) — Director David Ayer returns to the L.A. gangster culture he brought to life with End of Watch in the trailer for his latest film, The Tax Collector

No, it’s not about accounting. In the movie, Shia LaBeouf plays the titular character — a ruthless enforcer who makes sure that nobody is skimming from various gangs’ ill-gotten gains. If the count is short, “go rob a bank, rob your own mother,” one character warns.  Just don’t short the collector.

However, things go sideways when Narco‘s star Bobby Soto’s character ends up short, and basically every gangster in L.A. wants a piece of him — so much so that they kidnap his kids. That’s when he and the Collector team up to set things right.

The Tax Collector, which also stars comic George Lopez playing against type as a criminal kingpin, comes to streaming August 7.

By Stephen Iervolino
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With a big reason to celebrate, COVID-19-free Tom Hanks makes a splash for his 64th birthday

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) — Tom Hanks has a reason to make a big splash for his 64th birthday and he did just that, jumping into a pool to celebrate. 

The star, who along with his wife Rita Wilson recovered from COVID-19 earlier this year, also worked in a plug for his new WWII movie, Greyhound, in the slow-motion Instagram post

“This Greyhound is 64!! Hanx,” he captioned the video. Greyhound is the name of his thriller, which debuts today on Apple TV+.

For her part, Wilson posted to Insta, “Happy Birthday, @tomhanks We love you so much. You are our anchor. Every day with you is a blessing,” she wrote. She added a clever Beatles nod to her husband’s age with, “Give me your answer, fill in a form / Mine for evermore / Will you still need me, will you still feed me / When I’m sixty-four’ YES!”

Hanks turned 64 Thursday.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Florence Pugh details how critics decrying age difference with boyfriend Zach Braff affected her

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ABC/Eric McCandless – ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Florence Pugh is opening up about her relationship with Zach Braff, more specifically, how comments on their 21-year age difference once affected her. 

“I’ve always found it funny, how I can be good enough for people to watch my work, and support my work, and pay for tickets, and I’m old enough to be an adult and pay taxes, but I’m not old enough to know who I should and should not have sex with,” the 24-year-old English actress said while a guest on the “Sue Perkins: An hour or so with” podcast released on Wednesday. 

“Once again, [it’s] making a young woman feel like s*** for no reason,” she continued. “I think I did feel s*** for awhile about admitting that, and then I thought, ‘How ridiculous is that?'”

The Little Women star added, “I’m 24 and I can’t choose who I love… There’s a reason why I’m not with someone my age — it hasn’t worked. So who are you trying to match me up with?”

Pugh also shared that she finds it baffling that people feel entitled to give an opinion over what she does in private.

“People want to have a say on who you go out with, where you go to lunch. And I think for me, I’ve just always found that part of this life — even when I grew up watching actresses — I’ve always found that weird how people have a say over your private life,” she shared. “The fact is I’m not a reality TV star, I don’t let people into my life like that. Since when has it been OK for people to shout at someone for their relationship? It’s crazy to me.”

Pugh and Braff, who is 45-years-old, have been linked romantically since April 2019. 

By Danielle Long
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita welcome 1st child, Beckett Mercer

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Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson is now a father.

The Modern Family actor and his husband, Justin Mikita, welcomed their first child, Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita, on Tuesday.

“Jesse and Justin welcomed their little bundle of joy Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita on July 7, 2020,” a representative for Ferguson told People magazine.  “The new parents are overjoyed and excited for this new journey as a family of three.”

Ferguson, who played Mitchell Pritchett during Modern Family‘s 11 seasons, announced the news that himself and Mikita were expecting their first child during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden in January 2020.

Ferguson and Mikita, who have been married since 2013, have not shared any photos of their son yet.

By Hayley FitzPatrick
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