What Happened To Tim Burton’s Lost Movie

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burton-supermanSince 1987’s “Superman IV: The Quest For Peace,” there have been four Spider-Mans (“Spider-Man,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3” and “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and seven Batmans (“Batman,” “Batman Returns,” “Batman Forever,” “Batman & Robin,” “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises”), but just two Superman movies: 2006’s “Superman Returns” and the upcoming Superman reboot, “Man of Steel.” How did one of the most iconic comic book characters of all-time fall between the cracks during the last 25 years, when movies starring the likes of Thor became global blockbusters? It all started with “Superman Lives.”

“If ‘Superman Lives’ had come out, I think it would have been a giant hit,” filmmaker Jon Schnepp told HuffPost Entertainment. “This movie would have been a departure and completely different from what we’re used to from Superman and superhero lore.”

“Superman Lives” was supposed to hit theaters in the summer of 1998 with Nicolas Cage playing Superman and Tim Burton in the director’s chair. (Test shots from the film with Cage in his Superman costume have been widely disseminated on the internet.) Kevin Smith wrote the script — with rewrites from Wesley Strick and then Dan Gilroy. It was all set to go into production in early 1998 after Warner Bros. had spent upward of $30 million on pre-production. Then, it didn’t happen.

“They put a lot of money into ‘Superman Lives,'” Burton told HuffPost in an interview published in January. “What’s interesting is if we had been able to make the movie the way we wanted to back then — it was like ‘Batman’ all those years ago; there was always a bit of controversy. Like, ‘Oh, it’s too dark.’ It’s like, well, now it looks like a light-hearted romp.”

The plot of “Superman Lives” would have followed the “Death of Superman” storyline, where Superman is killed by Brainiac, an alien supercomputer, and later resurrected by the Eradicator. Actors ranging from Kevin Spacey to Tim Allen to Chris Rock Courteney Cox to Jim Carrey were approached for various roles. (Spacey eventually starred in “Superman Returns” for Bryan Singer.)

“We were trying to explore the more human side of the character and get into that whole thing,” Burton explained, before admitting that there’s no real rhyme or reason to why certain films fall apart. “There’s all sorts of forces at work: Where the studio’s at, the chemistry of the people and the producers. I think that’s why it’s hard to understand why certain things go down.”

Schnepp, director of “Venture Bros.” and “Metalocalypse,” is trying to understand. He’s producing documentary about “Superman Lives,” one he’s financing, in part, through Kickstarter. The campaign, which started on Jan. 24, has a pledge goal of $98,000. With 10 days to go, Schnepp has raised $79,895. The project is called “The Death of ‘Superman Lives.'”

“I want to find out why this was stopped, because I think it was a great idea,” Schnepp said.

One reason could have been the cold climate for superhero movies at the time. “Superman Lives” was set to go into production right after “Batman and Robin” was released. That Batman film, with George Clooney as the Caped Crusader, was mocked by fans and critics alike, and earned only $107 million at the domestic box office. According to Schnepp, that failure was a big reason why “Superman Lives” died.

“‘Batman and Robin’ f–ked sh-t up,” Schnepp said, bluntly. “It kicked every comic book in the f–king balls.”

After “Batman and Robin,” it would be eight years before another Batman film was even released. In between, Singer’s “X-Men” movie came out and helped launch the modern superhero era. As Schnepp posits, however, everything could have been different if Burton was able to make his version of Superman.

“If ‘Superman’ came out in 1998 when it was supposed to — ‘X-Men’ didn’t come out until 2000. How would that have affected ‘X-Men’? How would that have affected a lot of Marvel movies? How would that have affected the further adventures of Batman? Michael Keaton was scheduled to make a reappearance as Batman in Burton’s ‘Superman Lives.’ Who knows what that could have spawned?” Schnepp said. “I think it would have changed the landscape for superhero films quite a bit. So much so that we wouldn’t have had a Christopher Nolan Batman reboot. We would have probably had some other kind of Batman reboot. It might have been a Frank Miller reboot. It might have gone the way of Darren Aronofsky’s Batman.” Miller and Aronofsky collaborated on a “Batman: Year One” film in 2000; like “Superman Lives,” that film was never produced.

As for “Superman Lives,” Schnepp told HuffPost Entertainment that he hopes to get Burton, Smith and Cage on camera to discuss the film, but hadn’t confirmed anyone just yet.

“It’s not negative toward Warners or Tim Burton,” he said. “It’s more of a larger idea: things that could have been, that didn’t exist, that were almost ready to go and how I want to see that now and didn’t get the chance. I want to tell the story of why this thing was created this way.”

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Returns With Massive Ratings For A&E

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duckA&E’s pro-hunting hit Duck Dynasty returned Wednesday night to record ratings. The season three premiere delivered 8.6 million viewers.

That’s huge. It’s not only the most-watched Duck Dynasty episode ever, it’s A&E’s most-watched telecast ever and ranks as cable’s biggest reality show telecast so far this year. The 10 p.m. episode (the first of two back-to-back airings) was up 132 percent vs. the second season premiere. In fact, Dynasty had a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49, just barely edging out Fox’s American Idol and ABC’s Modern Family (both 3.9) in the nationals and winning the night. (More on that Idol vs. Modern Family fight).

The return of Duck Dynasty benefited from an unexpected gift-from-the-PR-gods when British singer and animal rights activist Morrissey cancelled his planned Feb. 26 performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live at the last minute in protest of the Duck Dynasty stars appearing the same episode. Morrissey called the show’s stars — who own a family business that makes products for hunters — “animal serial killers.”

Kimmel later hit back during his show’s Tuesday monologue: “While I respect his stance on this, I really do, there’s a very good reason why I didn’t dump the Duck Dynasty guys for Morrissey. And that’s because they have guns.” Kimmel also added of the famously downbeat singer, “He keeps finding new ways to depress us.” The host aired a parody video for “a new Duck Dynasty product for vegans.”

The pop singer then countered that Kimmel “found time to jokingly promote gun-ownership — hugely amusing for the parents at Sandy Hook, no doubt. He also promoted his special guests Duck Dynasty – who kill beings for fun. None of the above issues are, of course, as important as Jimmy Kimmel himself, who has finally revealed his show to have an overwhelming loss of meaning. Tune in and relive the intellectual fog of the 1950s.”

Kimmel followed that up by tweeting yestrerday, “Note to Morrissey — if you have more dumb statements to make, I invite you to make them where I do, on my show.” He included in the tweet a link to the cover art for Morrissey’s 2004 album You Are the Quarry, which featured the singer wielding a machine gun.

The Christian-friendly A&E docu-series has been on a ratings tear since catching fire last year. One surprising survey found that Duck Dynasty received more mentions on Facebook in 2012 than any other TV series, including social-network-friendly hits like HBO’s Game of Thrones and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory

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Beale Street Music Festival Lineup: Black Keys, Bassnectar, Public Enemy & More

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keysThe Black Keys, Sheryl Crow and Public Enemy are among the musical acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in May.

The eclectic list of performers was announced Tuesday on the website for Memphis in May, the month-long tourism event that includes the three-day music festival.

Other scheduled performers include Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice in Chains, Bassnectar, The Smashing Pumpkins, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Flaming Lips, Dwight Yoakam, The Roots, The Black Crowes, Patti Smith and ZZ Top.

The music festival takes place at Tom Lee Park, which sits alongside the Mississippi River. It runs from May 3 through May 5.

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Is Robert Downey Jr. Thinking About Quitting ‘Iron Man’?

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robertStar muses on hanging up the armor

Robert Downey Jr. will have played Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man, four times in five years when “Iron Man 3” comes out later this spring. So it’s hardly surprising that the superstar actor is thinking about the possibility of putting Stark’s helmet on the shelf.

It’s no secret that Downey’s contract with Marvel is up with “Iron Man 3,” and while it’s unknown whether the studio plans to offer him a new deal, Downey himself has a few words to say on the topic — essentially, that he knows a time will come when he stops playing the cocky playboy industrialist turned defender of the Earth.

In an interview with Empire (via Screencrush), Downey was asked about leaving the role and answered in classic Downey style (which means he didn’t really give an answer):

Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There’s a little
bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best.
Sorry! The affinity with Tony now is: how do you sustain something? I’m not stupid,
I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of
things, I’m not too picky about that either.”

What does that mean? Basically that he wants to keep his options open — he might be willing to keep going as Stark if the quality of the films (and the quality of his paycheck) remains high. But then he adds:

     “(Leaving) would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego…but
sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let’s see what happens. I take the audience
very seriously — I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like,
‘Don’t do that anymore.’ I don’t have to overstay my welcome…”

So there Downey is stating — we think — that even if the money and the films remain consistent, audiences might just get tired anyway of seeing him play Tony Stark in more “Iron Man” and “Avengers” movies.

If Downey does leave — and that’s a question that will probably be resolved when they announce the cast of 2015’s “The Avengers 2” — the role can be recast, of course. It’s been done with James Bond, Batman and Jack Ryan, to name just a few.

The only problem with recasting Stark is that he and Downey are so inextricably linked, and Downey has put so much of his own personality into the part, that a new actor in the role might require a radical rethinking of the character.

How do you feel? Should Downey keep playing Tony Stark until the end of time and should Marvel back up the bank truck to his front yard to keep him? Or would change be good for the actor and the franchise?

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Miranda Lambert, Worried About Blake Shelton ‘Cheating’ Over Twitter?

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blake coverWe don’t have much of Life & Style’s cover story this week, but it seems like it could have been pretty juicy. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are the most controversial couple of country music, I think – people have very strong opinions, for and against. The people against them always point out that Blake dumped his first wife Kaynette Gern as soon as he hooked up with Miranda (at the very least, there was some overlap), which makes Miranda a “homewrecker”. People who support them always point out that Miranda and Blake seem made for each other, that they’re both damaged and “real” and they complete each other in some passionate, crazy way.

Still, is it possible that Blake has a wandering eye? That’s how Miranda got him in the first place, so maybe. L&S seems to be claiming in their cover story that Miranda is “scared” that Blake’s “flirtatious tweets” will eventually lead him to cheat. Get that? It’s not that Blake has actually put his p in another woman’s v. It’s about his tweeting. According to Jezebel’s round-up, Miranda has now taken to following Blake around while he’s on tour and she’s “implementing her three fool-proof rules for making their marriage work: Face time every two weeks, she can check his texts, and she gets to chaperone him on The Voice.” As for the “23-year-old singer” – I couldn’t figure it out by looking at his Twitter, but CB pointed out a story from last year in which Blake was tweet-flirting with a young country star named Cady Groves. She was 21 years old then – maybe it’s the same chick?

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Billie Joe Armstrong Shares Story Of His ‘Gruesome’ Detox From Drugs And Alcohol

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billyGetting years of drugs and alcohol out of your system isn’t easy!

As part of his no holds barred interview about his long-time battle with alcoholism and drug addiction in the new issue of Rolling Stone, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong opens up about his “gruesome” detox process and rehabilitation following his September 2012 onstage breakdown, and RadarOnline.com has the details.

Armstrong, who was guided into rehab by his manager after his onstage blackout at I Heart Radio in Las Vegas went viral, was forced to cancel several months of shows and promotional events scheduled around the release of the band’s album Uno.

“I was going through withdrawal. That was gruesome, laying on the bathroom floor and just feeling like…I didn’t realize how much that stuff affected me. And it’s not the stuff that is immediately in your system. It goes back to how long you’ve been using. It was working its way out,” the singer, who admits that he was trying to get sober since 1997, explains.

“I was going through so much sh*t. Even in the second week, I was like, ‘I don’t belong here. I’m not convinced.’ The sick part of it is I wanted to get all of the narcotics out of my system so I could start drinking. But that’s the insanity of the whole thing. You make excuses. You rationalize. You can take a sh*t in a mailbox — that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.”

Instead of checking into a facility, Armstrong opted to rehabilitate in the comfort of his home where his wife and two sons were living, but had a nurse that came and made sure he wasn’t having “seizures and stuff like that.”

“I kept it away from my sons pretty good. My dogs kept looking at me, wondering how I’m doing. They can sense that stuff. I could have gone to a facility, but this way I could be around my loved ones.”

However, Armstrong wasn’t sure if his wife, Adrienne, who was never a drinker herself, was going to stay with him or divorce him.

“I think it’s safe to say there were some choices she had to make,” he explains. “Am I going to get kicked to the curb? I’m sure the thought crossed her mind – that if I didn’t get sober, I could potentially lose all of that stuff. I could have lost the band too. I didn’t realize how destructive I was. I thought everybody was in on the joke. But I was the joke.”

Armstrong, who has remained sober since September, is looking forward to his upcoming tour with the band, but not without taking some precautions to keep himself clean.

“We still have to talk about that,” he responds, when asked if there are going to be rules like “no alcohol backstage” while on tour. “Everybody knows it’s coming – what’s going to keep me from falling off the wagon, but everybody is happy at the same time.”

However, he is still nervous about jumping back into playing gigs, especially as he’s never really played gigs sober before.

“Sometimes I’m not sure I’m ready,” he admits. “There is still the obsession for alcohol. There’s also sleepless nights. But I have to work on it every day. Because I know what goes on out there. I’m hosting this giant party for people. At least 70-75 percent of the people in the audience have been getting a drink on. I’ve got to watch my step.”

Armstrong — who turned 41 this month — will resume touring with Green Day on March 10 in Pomona, Calif.

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Lindsay Lohan Refuses Plea Deal

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linday1Yesterday, we discussed the alternate-legal-universe strategy being employed by Team Cracken’s crack legal team, which is basically to deny, lie, obfuscate, blame the black guy and then lie some more, then do some more drugs, then chug some vodka, than blame another black guy. Believe it or not, if you’re a young, white crackhead with big boobs, this legal strategy actually works. A few months ago, prosecutors were in talks with Lindsay Lohan’s then-lawyer Shawn Holley on a plea deal that would have included mandatory jail time and at least six months of rehab. But by hiring a new (sketchy) lawyer and simply waiting out the prosecution, the plea deal being offered is now ridiculously generous – no jail, two months of rehab, and a gentle slap on the firecrotch. You’d think that LL would jump at the chance, right? Not so much. Because she’s so LINNOCENT.

Lindsay Lohan did NOT cut a plea bargain Wednesday with prosecutors in her lying-to-cops case …TMZ has learned … and right now it looks like she’s headed for trial.

We broke the story … Santa Monica and L.A. City prosecutors had a noon meeting via telephone with Lindsay’s lawyer, Mark Heller.

Sources connected with Lindsay tell TMZ … prosecutors insisted Lindsay accept a significant amount of time in a residential rehab facility, but Heller wasn’t having it. We’re told prosecutors bent a little and offered somewhere around 30 days rather than the 60 they initially wanted — still Heller didn’t accept.

We’re told Heller and prosecutors have not given up, and one source connected with the talks tells TMZ, “Negotiations are ongoing.”

BUT … sources say Heller and Lindsay are not in lockstep — he’s willing to accept a plea that involves counseling and possibly some sort of rehab, but Lindsay says she’s not accepting any of it because to her it sounds like “punishment for something I didn’t do.”

Bottom line … prosecutors aren’t worried if they can’t strike a deal — we’re told they’re more than willing to go to trial March 18.

[From TMZ]

“Punishment for something I didn’t do”…? WTF? We can argue about whether or not she was drunk-driving (I think chances are pretty good that she was), but the prosecution has a pretty good case for Lindsay lying to the police by telling them that she was not the driver during her PCH crash. She WAS driving. Multiple eyewitnesses say so. Her assistant says so. Enough. And that one charge is enough to revoke her probation on the cracked-out jewelry heist case. Meaning… jail time, if the prosecution has any balls. So what is Mark Heller doing? Why is he letting Lindsay’s crack delusions spin so out of control?

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Frontman Scott Weiland Fired From Stone Temple Pilots?

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scottThe band Stone Temple Pilots, or STP, issued a short statement on Wednesday, confirming that Scott Weiland had been asked to leave the group.

This is apparently news to Weiland who asks how he can be fired from a band he founded and fronted!

The press release issued by the band today stated, “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.”

The singer and his now ex-bandmates Dean and Rob DeLeo have had a rocky history that includes fights and break-ups. The band members reunited in 2007 when Scott was kicked out of the band Velvet Revolver.

His former bandmate Slash preempted the split story late last year when he told a Minneapolis radio station that Weiland had been “fired from Stp”.

Scott Weiland said he had no idea he band was preparing to kick him to the curb and said it doesn’t matter because he can’t be fired from a group he created.

Scott just released a statement in response to STP’s press release this morning.

The singer said, “I learned of my supposed ‘termination’ from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press.”

He added, “Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded, fronted, and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out.”

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Mark Wahlberg Turned Down Role In First ‘Star Trek’ Movie

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walhbergActor vows never to pass on a J.J. Abrams project again

Mark Wahlberg turned down a role in J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek movie because he couldn’t understand the script.

Wahlberg was approached to play Captain Kirk’s father George Kirk in the movie, but he was baffled by the dialogue so he passed on the part and the job went to Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth instead.

Recalling the missed opportunity, Wahlberg tells Total Film magazine, “I remember (Abrams) asking me to play Captain Kirk’s father in ‘Star Trek’, and I tried to read the script, and I just couldn’t even… I didn’t understand the words or the dialogue or anything. I said, ‘I couldn’t do this. I think you’re really talented, but I couldn’t do it.’ Then I saw the movie, I was like, ‘Holy s**t. He did a great job.'”

The blockbuster went on to become a box office hit and received rave reviews from critics, while Wahlberg has vowed never to pass on an Abrams project again. He adds, “I probably wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to work with J.J. again, so if he wanted me to do something that I couldn’t fully understand, I would probably give it a sho

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Chris Rock And Dave Chappelle Performed Together, Discussed Going on Tour

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rockDave Chappelle made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar, the legendary nightclub featured during the credits to Louie. Considering Chappelle’s relatively reclusive history, this would’ve been exciting for comedy nerds, if not exactly newsworthy. However, after Chappelle performed solo for 45 minutes or so, and was preparing to leave, Chris Rock jumped on stage.

“Aw, you lucky motherfuckers,” Rock told the crowd, according to The Comic’s Comic.

The two comedians spent the next hour riffing on a variety of subjects, including the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane, Kevin Hart, Prince, President Obama and, at some point, Chappelle reportedly convinced Rock to text Jay-Z to see if the rapper could join them for a late-night meal of spaghetti. The rapper didn’t respond, so the duo called and left messages for Arsenio Hall and Lenny Kravitz.

Later in the night, the two discussed the idea of touring together. “After next Tuesday, I’m free for like 11 years,” Chapelle told Rock when the subject came up. “I’ve got time between now and the movie [set to film this spring],” Rock replied. “By Halloween, I could do some dates.”

So, nothing definite, but it could happen. Before plans were finalized, another comic, Marlon Wayans, showed up and took part in a 15 minute Q and A with Chappelle and Rock. Finally, at almost 3 a.m., Rock headed home, with a DVD of the club’s recording that night to explain to his wife why he was late.

“I’ve got proof,” he told The Comic’s Comic before leaving.

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