HENRY CAVILL NIXED AS SUPERMAN: DC Universe shake-up! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Henry Cavill, who played Superman in three films, is exiting the franchise. Warner Bros. wanted Cavill to appear for a cameo in Shazam!, bowing April 5th, but contract talks broke down due to scheduling conflicts. The studio is far from heartbroken, according to sources, who claim that there’s "a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn’t work" and that "Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors." Are you sad to see Cavill hang up his red cape?
BLOOMBERG TAKES ON TRUMP IN PARIS TO PITTSBURGH: In the Nat Geo documentary Paris to Pittsburgh, set to drop December 12th, Michael Bloomberg confronts President Donald Trump over global warming. The film showcases the people battling climate change in their backyards, and depicts elements of the national debate over coal and clean energy, plus Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Agreement. "Americans are determined to uphold our end of the Paris Climate Agreement, with or without Washington’s help," said Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor of New York City 2002-2013. "Paris to Pittsburgh shows how disconnected Washington is from the American people on climate change, and how communities across the country are taking action to confront the severe health and economic threats it poses."
RUTH WILSON JOINS GLENDA JACKSON’S KING LEAR: In June, it was announced that Glenda Jackson would hit Broadway this spring as King Lear in a new production, and now other new stars have been revealed. Sam Gold will direct, and Ruth Wilson has joined as both Cordelia and the Fool; Jayne Houdyshell will play the Earl of Gloucester and Elizabeth Marvel will play Goneril. King Lear will begin performances at the John Golden Theatre on February 28, open April 4, and run through July 7.
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUBS TRAILER DROPS: Joel and Ethan Coen’s Netflix series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs nabbed Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival last weekend, and now the first trailer has made its bow. "First time?" James Franco asks his fellow prisoner, both of whom are about to be hanged. The Western anthology features tales from the frontier, which each of the six episodes providing a distinct chapter and story. Franco is joined by Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits and Willie Watson, among many others. The Ballad debuts November 16thon Netflix.
HULU ADDS DEADLIEST CATCH, MYTHBUSTERS: Discovery networks, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Moto Trend, Velocity and Animal Planet are set to join Hulu’s live TV bundle in December, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal makes Hulu the exclusive non-Discovery home for hits like Deadliest Catch, Mythbusters and Say Yes to the Dress.