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

 

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

 

Here's the first trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game, about the life of the great WWII-era codebreaker and father of modern computing, Alan Turing. Directed by up-and-coming Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, the film promises to explore both Turing's monumental efforts to the bring the War to a close and his friendship with fellow genius Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley. The film will release on November 14 ... Discuss

 

Star Wars is really pushing their Force for Change, an initiative to benefit UNICEF. UNICEF's Innovation Labs are doing some very exciting work for social change, so the cause is good, and it's cool that one of the most anticipated films of the decade is willing to throw so much attention to it, but this is now the third (and final) Force for Change video we've seen, but it comes with a teaser of an X-Wing. Abrams has confirmed that the Millennium Falcon will appear in the new film as well, so all our old spaceship friends are back. Let's celebrate by donating some money to UNICEF ... Discuss