Film Bits: Zack Snyder Makes ‘Justice League’ Reveal; ‘Christine’ Releases Phenomenal Trailer; ‘Sully’ Takes Number One for Second Week

Zack Snyder Reveals First Look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon

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Justice League director Zack Snyder gave us our first look at Commissioner James Gordon over the weekend, in celebration of Batman Day. The image reveals J.K. Simmons in classic Commissioner Gordon regalia—trenchcoat, fedora, glasses—standing aloft next to the Batsignal, staring into the sky. The new Gordon will be revealed next year when Justice League hits theaters and, while unconfirmed, probably in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie. Justice League opens November 17, 2017.

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Relive the Most Infamous Moment in Media History with First Trailer for ‘Christine’

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The first trailer for Christine, the biopic of Sarasota news anchor Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide live on air in 1974, has been released. Rebecca Hall (The BFG) stars as the ill-fated anchor, whose battle with depression met with her battle against her bosses in a tragic storm that lives in infamy to this day. The trailer showcases a woman at odds with the direction of her outlet as they search for the juiciest (bloodiest) stories. Michael C. Hall (Dexter) co-stars with Hall (no relation) in a film directed by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer) and written by first time screenwriter Craig Shilowich. Christine opens October 14, 2016.

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Rest in Peace: ‘The Sound of Music’ Actress Charmian Carr Dies at 73

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Charmian Carr, Liesl from The Sound of Music, passed away this weekend of complications from dementia. She was 73. Carr will live forever in the annals of pop culture thanks to her performance as the eldest of the von Trapp’s in the Academy Award winning musical. Her only other acting credit was opposite Anthony Perkins in Evening Primrose. The former actress later went on to start a design company, Charmian Carr Design, and wrote two books, Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl.

(The Hollywood Reporter)

Voice Behind ‘Space Ghost’ Favorite Zorak Dies at 54

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Voice actor C. Martin Croker, best known as the man behind Zorak in Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Brak Show, died this weekend at 54. Details are scarce about the cause of Croker’s death, but his passing was confirmed in a tweet from Adult Swim, where Croker made his biggest mark. In many ways, it was Croker who helped turn the block of adult cartoons on Cartoon Network into the powerhouse it is today. In addition to Space Ghost, Croker also voiced characters on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the show which solidified Adult Swim’s reign in the 00’s.

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‘Sully’ Soars Part Competition for Second Week in a Row

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Clint Eastwood’s Sully soared at the box office for the second week in a row with $22 million, scaring away Blair Witch’s attempts to dethrone the  biopic. The horror sequel earned a paltry $9.6 million at the box office, calling into question the logistics of hiding its status as a sequel until just a couple of months before its release. Don’t Breathe fell to fifth place with $5.6 million, while other newcomers, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Snowden, rounded out the top five with $8.2 million and $8 million, respectively.

  1. Sully-$22 million
  2. Blair Witch-$9 million
  3. Bridget Jones’s Baby-$8.2 million
  4. Snowden-$8 million
  5. Don’t Breathe-$5.6 million
  6. When the Bough Breaks-$5.5 million
  7. Suicide Squad-$4.7 million
  8. The Wild Life-$2.6 million
  9. Kubo and the Two Strings-$2.5 million
  10. Pete’s Dragon-$2 million

(Box Office Mojo)

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