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February 03, 2019

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Here's the list of the movies that we watched in the month of January. Be sure to click them to see our reviews, the trailers, posters, and credits for these entertaining motion pictures. Hopefully, this will entice you to check some of these flicks out or save your peepers from prolonged exposure to some of the duds. Don't worry, there are some good ones! Trust me.

Silent Rage
Demolition Man
Monster on the Campus
The Hitman's Bodyguard
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Twelve
Ocean's Thirteen
Ocean's 8
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Last Samurai
Showdown in Little Tokyo
Next of Kin
47 Ronin
The Drop
Mutant Chronicles
Strange Wilderness
Road House
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Run All Night
Against All Odds
Red Sparrow

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'The Batman' dated for June 2021, Ben Affleck out as caped crusader

Warner Bros. has announced that solo Batman film titled The Batman from writer and director Matt Reeves, will arrive in theaters on June 25, 2021.

The film will not feature Ben Affleck, as Batman as the actor is stepping down from the role. Affleck previously starred as the caped crusader in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, briefly in 2016's Suicide Squad and in 2017's Justice League.

"Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life," Affleck said on Twitter Wednesday.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Affleck's tweet is the star's way of saying goodbye to the role.

The Batman will instead feature a younger Bruce Wayne with casting underway. Reeves, best known for helming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, previously said that The Batman will be noir driven.

"I think there's a chance to do an almost noir-driven, detective version of Batman that is point-of-view-driven in a very, very powerful way that hopefully is going to connect you to what's going on inside of his head and inside of his heart," he said in June 2017.

Reeves signed on to helm the Batman project after Affleck stepped down from the directors chair in January 2017. Affleck later said in July 2017 at the San Diego Comic Con that he would be staying on to portray the Dark Knight.

Warner Bros. also announced on Tuesday that a new Suicide Squad film titled The Suicide Squad, will be arriving on Aug. 6, 2021. James Gunn, the filmmaker behind Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy films, will be writing and directing.

Diana Ross, 75, to perform at the Grammys

R&B icon Diana Ross is to celebrate her 75th birthday by performing at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Feb. 10.

Alicia Keys is hosting the gala -- which recognizes excellence in music -- at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

CBS is scheduled to air the event. Rapper Kendrick Lamar goes into the competition with a leading eight nominations.

Ross, who turns 75 on March 26, recently took the stage for NBC's New Year's Eve special and performed during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Music Awards, which was hosted by her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross.


"Now he thinks Disney World is real life. Oh, yeah. He expects it now ... [He asked], 'Dad, can we go back?' I was like, 'Yeah, when?' He said, 'Now.' I was like, 'How will we do that?' He said, 'Get on a plane ... Dad, planes leave the airport every day.'"
--Jimmie Allen, on his 4-year-old son Aadyn's hilarious reaction after a special trip to Disney World, to PEOPLE

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Which 'This is Us' star was named the 2019 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year?

'Star Trek': Patrick Stewart is 'happy' with Jean-Luc Picard series

Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart is reportedly very "happy" with the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series.

Alex Kurtzman, the co-creator of Star Trek: Discovery who will executive produce the new CBS All Access show, shared details about the project Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

Stewart first played Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which ran from 1987 to 1994, and reprised the role in several movies. Kurtzman said the 78-year-old actor trusts him to bring new life to the beloved character.

"Patrick didn't want to put handcuffs on us in any way by saying, 'I don't want to do this and I don't want to do that,'" the producer said, according to Entertainment Tonight. "He said, 'I want you to have the freedom to explore this character from a new perspective."

"We've started to internalize his thinking about Picard. Because that conversation is literally daily, either on e-mail or in the room in person, we feel confident that we're making choices that he would be happy with and is happy with because he's ultimately a producer on the show, too, and he gets as much of a say," he explained.

Kurtzman said Stewart made it clear to producers he did not want to repeat what he had already done in the Star Trek universe, according to The Wrap. The untitled new series will take place more than 20 years after fans last saw Picard.

"It's been 20-plus years, so he couldn't possibly be that same person anymore," the producer said of the character.

"The question becomes: What has happened to him in that period of time?" he shared. "How do you hold on to being the person that everybody loved, when the circumstances around you may have changed so radically? Those are the big questions that we're asking."

Stewart shared a behind-the-scenes photo in September after beginning work on the series. He previously said it was "an unexpected but delightful surprise" to have the opportunity to revisit Picard in a new show.

Netflix renews 'Fuller House' for fifth and final season

Super SaleNetflix renewed Full House sequel series Fuller House for a fifth and final season.

The official Twitter account for Fuller House confirmed the renewal alongside a video that highlighted moments from the series including Kimmy (Andrea Barber) and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) deciding to move in with D.J. (Candace Cameron-Bure).

"We're saving the best for last," Cameron-Bure says in the clip alongside other cast members.

Original Full House stars John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier and Bob Saget also appeared on Fuller House alongside cast members Juan Pablo Di Pace, Adam Hagenbuch, John Brotherton, Michael Campion, Elias Harger and Soni Bringas.

Fuller House arrived on Netflix in 2016. Season 4 debuted on the streaming service in December and featured D.J. starting to date Steve (Scott Weinger) once again.

The fifth and final season is set to arrive in the fall.

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Which 'This is Us' star was named the 2019 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year?

This is Us and Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia has been named the 2019 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

"More than excited to be roasted by the some of the smartest kids in America @HarvardMagazine. See ya there @TheHastyPudding," Ventimiglia tweeted.

"!!!!! So excited to host you!!!" responded Harvard University's acting troupe, which dates back to 1795 and is the oldest theater group in the United States.

Ventimiglia is scheduled to take part in the traditional Hasty Pudding roast and press conference at Farkas Hall on Feb. 8.

After that, he is expected to watch the company's latest show France France Revolution.

Past recipients of the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year distinction include Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks, Chris Pratt, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Reynolds.

Paul Rudd held the title in 2018.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2019 Woman of the Year -- Jurassic World actress Bryce Dallas Howard -- was honored with a parade and roast in Cambridge, Mass. on Thursday.