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For a long time, it's been rumored that DC had their eye on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to play a superhero. That's not so odd—Johnson is a mega movie star who looks like he could bench a couple Batmobiles on his cheat day—but it's a little difficult to know just what superhero he should play. Strange as it is to say, he looks almost too big to play a superhero. Superman (Henry Cavill) probably couldn't wrap his arms all the way around Johnson's bicep. But DC has reportedly made up their mind and although they've tried to keep it a secret, Johnson let a major clue slip while doing press for Hercules, telling the interviewer that he'll be playing someone “with the power of Superman” who “can throw down." And then, perhaps, the biggest clue of all: "Just say the word."

It's almost certainly a reference to Shazam (formerly Captain Marvel), a superhero who is actually 12-year-old Billy Batson, but transforms into the very Superman-like Shazam by shouting "Shazam." The move fits in with rumors that DC is eyeing a Shazam movie after it releases its Batman V Superman movie in 2016 ... Discuss

 

As if the decision to put creepy looking noses on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wasn’t enough to distort the memories of your childhood heroes, now, the makers of the new TMNT movie have released this travesty of a “theme song.” Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Kill the Noise, and Madsonik are all to thank for “Shell Shocked” and further ruining a once great franchise. Somewhere, Vanilla Ice is very upset ... Discuss

 

When Chris Grava was in college, he did a semester abroad in Cape Town South Africa. His brother Nick went to visit him, but was so moved by the children he met at a foster home for orphans, that he ended up staying, and now helps manage Home of Safety in Khayelitsha. Today, Chris and Nick run a nonprofit that helps local children who suffer from HIV, are orphaned or neglected. During a recent visit, Chris wore a GoPro cam to give friends and supporters back home a glimpse of life at the center, and the resulting video is pretty great. You can learn more about their efforts at Intsikelelo.org ... Discuss

 

The cable network FXX shelled out three quarters of a billion for the rights to The Simpsons last year, and they’ve got some big plans for the iconic series. Earlier this year, the network announced that they would be airing a 12-day marathon featuring all 522 episodes in August, and now, they’ve revealed what the online component will look like. And the “Simpsons World” app and website sounds amazing. According to a press release, in addition to being able to watch every episode on-demand, fans can organize custom playlists, view an “exhaustive episode guide that can be opened up to run parallel to the episode” and, most importantly, find their favorite Simpsons jokes and share them on social media. Simpson World launches in October, and your world will never be the same again ... Discuss

 

Paul Thomas Anderson (one of America's greatest living filmmakers) is directing a film adaptation of a book by Thomas Pynchon (one of America's greatest living writers) starring Joaquin Phoenix (one of America's greatest living actors), so Inherent Vice has some hype behind it. Like all Anderson's work, the big question has always been "what kind of release will it get?" as his slow-moving, frequently baffling films rarely lend themselves to wide studio releases. The answer, it turns out, is the New York Film Festival, where Inherent Vice will debut on October 4.

That's about all we know at this point. The book is a darkly comic crime saga set in 1970s Southern California, and will also star Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson. Anderson plays famously loose with his adaptations of books (There Will Be Blood was supposedly inspired by Upton Sinclair's Oil!, not that you'd be able to tell from the movie itself), so it's anyone's guess how close this film will be to the source material. That said, there is not a more consistently compelling filmmaker working in Hollywood today ... Discuss