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Which Movie Franchise Could Be Spun-Off To TV?

A huge Hollywood movie franchise could be getting a spin-off from the silver screen to your television screen.And it’s not necessarily good news.


Screen Gems Hopes For Next Young Adult Franchise

In the never ending quest to find the next big franchise based on a young adult series, Screen Gems has purchased the rights to the upcoming young adult fantasy novel, Black City.


Angry Birds Going To A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today a new blockbuster entertainment franchise collaboration; Angry Birds Star Wars. Launching worldwide on November 8, the unique partnership will…

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Garfield, Webb Back For More "Spider-Man"

Andrew Garfield will sling webs and James Webb will direct the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man. The actor and director joined on the franchise’s reboot this summer which did well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel.  The first film offered hints of a longer narrative and Webb said he saw his […]


Whedon Reveals Why He's Back For More "Avengers"

It would seem like a no brainer to bring Joss Whedon back to write and direct the Avengers sequel. But earlier this year, it was very much in doubt that Whedon would return to the franchise.


Everything I Need to Know about the Zombie Apocalypse I Learned from Resident Evil

With the next installment of the Resident Evil franchise opening on September 14, Screen Gems asked us to let our listeners and readers know about a chance to win a Zombie Survival Pack.


Report: MGM considering public ownership

Soon you may be able to invest directly in the historic studio that owns the Stargate franchise.


Christian Bale confirms that he’s done playing the Dark Knight

We all knew it was coming (though we admit we’ve lived in complete denial about it), but for those of us who still hoped that Christian Bale would reconsider and return for further adventures of the Caped Crusader down the line after the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, those hopes have just been crushed.

This is what Christian Bale recently revealed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, confirming that both he and director Christopher Nolan are bowing out of the franchise after the third film:

“I wrapped [up The Dark Knight Rises] a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and [director] Chris Nolan—that will be the end of that Batman era.”

So what does that mean for Batman’s future?

Will Warner Bros. simply end the Dark Knight’s adventures then and there, or will they go for yet another reboot of the franchise in order to make Batman fit into the world of the recent Green Lantern movie and the highly anticipated Man of Steel (not due out until June 14, 2013), starring Henry Cavill as the new Superman?

With the recent rumors circulating that Warner Bros. and DC Comics are still very much interested in making that Justice League movie for around 2015/2016, they’ll have to recast the role—unless, of course, Christian Bale can be persuaded to reprise the iconic role of playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne by day and dark caped crusader Batman by night with a monstrous amount of cold, hard cash (which in all honesty we doubt Bale would accept).

Still, an amazing chapter will be closing with the departures of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale—the best Batman ever, in our humble opinion—and we’re rather sad it’ll be all ending with The Dark Knight Rises.

How about you? Are you disappointed about this news? Or are you rather looking forward to see who could play Batman next?

The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released on July 20, 2012.

(via Ace Showbiz)


Several New Star Trek Books Announced

Fans of Star Trek will be pleased to hear that three new Star Trek books have been announced for 2011 and 2012, including a new “365″ book.

“Inherent in…the Star Trek…franchise is a deep wealth of information and insight that can be explored far beyond their TV or film iterations,” said Liz Kalodner, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Consumer Products. “Star Trek also [has an avid fanbase] eager to learn and enjoy these properties to the fullest. This combination lends itself to a top-notch publishing program.”






The Trek books include:

  • The Star Trek Vault (Abrams – October 2011). Charting the first 40 years of Star Trek, Star Trek Vault is the ultimate treasure trove of Star Trek imagery and memorabilia, sure to appeal to both the casual and die-hard fan. Author Scott Tipton has written numerous Star Trek comics. His award-winning website,, was named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s “100 Greatest Websites.”
  • Star Trek TNG 365 (Abrams – Fall 2012). Star Trek: The Next Generation 365 is the definitive, authorized guide to the landmark television program that aired from 1987 through 1994. A visual celebration of the adventures of Captain Picard and his crew, the book covers the entire series in unprecedented detail, combining in-depth commentary, behind-the-scenes histories, and interviews with writers, cast, and crew with synopses for the series’ 178 episodes.
  • Star Trek Book of Opposites (Quirk Books – September 2011). The Star Trek Book of Opposites will make a great novelty gift for Star Trek fans of all ages, offering an exciting voyage of silly educational fun. The book will pair colorful photographs of Star Trek‘s classic heroes and aliens to introduce the concept of opposites through immediate visual humor.

JJ Abrams ‘Star Trek’ Released 2 Years Ago Today + POLL: Rank Star Trek 2009

Two years ago today, On May 8, 2009, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek was released, spawning a new era for the franchise Gene Roddenberry created four decades earlier. Today TrekMovie takes a look back, and a look forward. We also have a new poll for you to …