First pics surface of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

DC Comics fans are excited by the appearance of several images showing Joaquin Phoenix filming scenes for next year’s standalone Joker movie. Hollywood rumor site JustJared posted several shots of the newly-gaunt actor in the role of “Arthur Fleck”, this film’s name for the pre-transformation Clown Prince of crime.



Adding to the hype, over the weekend, director Todd Phillips posted this image of Phoenix on Instagram, with the simple comment, “Arthur”:


No one can play Batman’s nemesis quite like Heath Ledger did. But we’d wager Joaquin Phoenix will nail the performance in his own way. The new Joker movie is expected to release October 4, 2019.

His Dark Materials coming to HBO and BBC

The popular His Dark Materials series by author Philip Pullman is poised to become the next big series on BBC and HBO. The titles Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass for those in the United States), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass have been optioned for a two season order from the BBC, with HBO picking up worldwide rights. Unsure how this might go? Still hurting from the… dubious attempt at a Golden Compass movie a while back? Well, we bet you’ll forget your pain when you hear Dafne Keen (best known for her impressively believable role as Laura/X-23 in Logan) will play Lyra.

Imagine an armored polar bear underneath her. Or not.


Keen will be joined by some big names: James McAvoy as Lyra’s Uncle Asriel; Ruth Wilson as socialite Mrs. Coulter; and Lin-Manuel Miranda as adventurer Lee Scoresby. That’s just the start of a large ensemble cast, which also includes Anne-Marie Duff, Clarke Peters, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, James Cosmo and others.


Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruth Wilson, and James McAvoy are all onboard


Do you need a refresher on what Pullman’s series has in store for the young Lyra? This tidbit from the press release should help:

The first season follows Lyra (Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.


Jack Thorne (known for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) will adapt the novels for television, while the first two episodes are set to be directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). Each season of the show will be eight episodes long.

We can only speculate if the series becomes as successful as BBC and HBO hope, the idea of optioning Pullman’s more recent Book of Dust could be entertained. One series at a time, though. We expect His Dark Materials will be quite an entertaining experience, and look forward to watching Keen continue to grow as a skilled actress.

Patrick Stewart will bring Picard to new Star Trek series

Captain Picard on the bridge

So, here’s what we know about the impending Star Trek return of Jean-Luc Picard: he will be played once again by the inimitable Sir Patrick Stewart; he will reprise the role in a new series for CBS All-Access, where Star Trek: Discovery has been gaining warp-speed momentum. The new series will take place 20 years or so after the last Star Trek: Next Generation movie, Nemesis (a 2002 release).
Beyond that, we don’t know much for certain yet. According to Stewart, who came on stage to announce (or rather, tease) the series at Star Trek Las Vegas earlier this week, we could end up seeing a different Jean-Luc Picard than we’re used to. As Stewart clearly stated,

“I have to tell you, he may not – and I stress, may not – be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognize and know so well. It may be a very different individual, someone who has been changed by his experiences.”

Scripts have yet to be written, and negotiations are underway, but Jean-Luc Picard will definitely be returning to a new Star Trek show. Cue Scotty/O’Brien/other transporter room specialist to beam us up for Trekkie bliss as soon as possible.

Additional Star Trek series have been hinted at as well, including a teen-oriented Starfleet Academy series and an animated series, but details have yet to be released.