Ben Affleck once built a Batcave entrance to a panic room in his house because of his love for the Caped Crusader. The movie star has come under fire after getting cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, but his director pal Kevin Smith insists Affleck was destined to play Bruce Wayne's alter-ego.
He reveals the actor's former home featured a bookcase that opened into a panic room.
Smith says, "He brings me into the room and goes, 'Look at this'. There's an office room and this beautiful bookcase - he reached under and he clicked something and all of a sudden the bookcase opened.
"I was like, 'No! You built a f**king Batcave?' And he was like, 'No I built a Batcave entrance!' When you went in behind the bookcase it was a panic room."
And Smith is urging the comic book fanatics who have started taking aim at Affleck over his Batman casting to hold their judgment, insisting Affleck will be great as the Caped Crusader.
He adds, "This dude has loved Batman going as far back as I can remember. He only did Daredevil because he loved Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. He's like, 'They're never going to make another Batman', because this was after Batman had nipples. So he was like, 'Daredevil's cool, and Miller wrote him as well'. So he liked the character, but it was always rooted in Batman.
"He's always been into the notion. He'll honour the character. I honestly think the dude's a great actor, it makes absolute sense."
But Batman fans aren't convinced Affleck's the right choice for the role - an online petition, launched to urge filmmakers to recast the part, has attracted over 70,000 signatures.
Prison Break star Dominic Purcell has heaped praise on his former onscreen brother Wentworth Miller for coming out as gay. Miller revealed his sexual orientation in an open letter to the organisers of a film festival in Russia, rejecting an offer to attend the event due to the conservative country's anti-gay laws.
He wrote, "Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline."
Neil Patrick Harris and Matt Bomer are among the openly gay stars who congratulated the actor on his move, and now Purcell has also saluted Miller.
He tells UsMagazine.com, "As a friend and someone I care for deeply, I am very proud of Wentworth. I wish him much happiness and peace. I applaud his courage and his stance against a wrongful, archaic ideology."
Purcell played Miller's older brother on the hit jail drama from 2005 to 2009.
"Wow, I think its really bold and incredibly classy how he came out and did it. I am really proud of him. It's very reflective of his amazing character." Openly gay actor Matt Bomer shows his support for Wentworth Miller, who 'came out' on Wednesday (21Aug13).
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has come out as gay. The 41-year-old actor has opened up about his sexual orientation after being asked to attend a film festival in Russia, an offer he turned down due to the conservative country's anti-gay laws.
In an open letter to St. Petersburg International Film Festival director Maria Averbakh, Miller writes, "Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes.
"However, as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."
Miller ends the letter, which was first published on gay rights group GLAAD's website on Wednesday (21Aug13), by stating, "Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."
Fashion-forward actress Sienna Miller is giving fans the chance to emulate her style by selling off key pieces from her wardrobe for charity. The Alfie star, who has been named one of the world's most fashionable celebrities in the past, is auctioning off her clothes and accessories on Hardlyeverwornit.com to raise funds for good causes.
Items on sale include sunglasses, belts, hats, jeans and dresses.
Proceeds from the auctions will go to a number of charities.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar has risked the wrath of his hip-hop peers by taking aim at the likes of Drake, Wale and J. Cole in his new verse on Big Sean's track Control. Even his song collaborator isn't immune to the lyrical jabs as Lamar spits: "I'm usually homeboys with the same n**gas I'm rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them n**gas should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n**gas/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n**gas/ They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n**gas."
A representative for Mac Miller has dismissed concerns for his health after the rapper appeared to collapse midway through a concert in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday (09Aug13), insisting the drama was all part of the show. The hip-hop star was playing the title track from his latest album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, for fans at the Celebrity Theatre as part of his The Space Migration tour, when he fell to the ground.
Video footage of the incident shows members of his live band briefly halting the music to check on Miller, who was hunched over on his knees, before jumping back to his feet to continue with the performance.
The clip caused a stir as it emerged online on Monday (12Aug13), but Miller's spokesperson has brushed off the stage fall and is adamant it was intentional.
A statement issued to HipHopDX.com reads: "He didn't collapse. He just ducked down on stage as part of the set."
Miller has yet to comment on the incident himself.
Incarcerated rapper C-Murder was granted a brief moment of freedom on Saturday (03Aug13) after authorities gave him permission to attend his grandmother's funeral The embattled hip-hop star, real name Corey Miller, is currently serving life at Lousiana State Penitentiary after being found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Steve Thomas in a New Orleans, Louisiana nightclub
Miller was permitted to spend the day in mourning with his family and friends at the ceremony but photographs of the rapper posted on Instagram.com proved that he was still under severe restrictions, as he was snapped wearing handcuffs and his prison orange jumpsuit.
The 42-year-old star posed for family photos with his three daughters, hip-hop star brother Master P and nephew Lil Romeo, who later took to his Twitter.com page to show his support for his uncle.
He wrote, "Being able to just sit & have a conversation w/my uncle (C-Murder) was a blessing. We gonna get you home Uncle C! Love ya."
I’m going to start this recap off by saying, "I told you so." Last week I said that a romance between Deb and Elway was going to happen, and it's happening. Deb and Elway flirt their way through this entire episode, and I can’t wait until the subject finally comes up between them (subtext intended). Deb knows Elway is starting to have feelings for her, and she tells Dexter as much at the end of the episode. She seems like she’s going to fight feeling the same way, but I really don’t want her to. I would love to see them together.
As for Deb and Dexter, their relationship is getting better every episode. They're getting back to the way things used to be, and I think that's good for both of them. They need each other. They even have steak and beer together like they used to in Season 1. This episode featured a few things from Season 1, in fact, which is something I enjoyed. Dexter tells Cassie how he likes to bowl, he brings doughnuts when he goes to talk to Zach, and he even uses red string at a crime scene to analyze the blood spatter. This episode, and this season in general, is bringing this show's story full circle, and I think however it ends will be satisfying. It's not over yet though, and I'm intrigued by this new storyline they’ve started with Zach Hamilton.
Dexter has been trailing Zach for a week, trying to find proof that he killed Norma Rivera so that Dexter can kill him. But things get complicated when Zach shows up at Vogel's place. Vogel tells Dexter she's treating Zach, and that he reminds her of Dexter. She doesn’t want Dexter to kill him without consulting her first. When he finally does get proof that Zach is a killer, he goes to Vogel, and she admits she already knew. She doesn't want Dexter to kill him because she wants Dexter to teach him. She never tried to teach anyone else the code because she didn't have Harry, but now she has Dexter, and she wants to work with him to teach Zach the code. When Dexter asks why, Vogel says it's because Zach reminds her of Dexter.
Dexter ignores Vogel and puts Zach on his table. But when Dexter asks him why he killed Norma and tried to kill his father, Zach tells him that he was trying to protect his mother. His father's indiscretions have driven his mother to start drinking heavily. Zach can’t stand to see her slowly killing herself, so he tried to fix the problem. He tells Dexter that when he killed Norma it felt like a weight had been lifted off his chest. He doesn't want to be this way, but he is. Dexter realizes that Zach is like him, and he decides to teach him the code. This season we've seen Dexter interacting with Harrison quite a bit, especially now that he's getting older. But now Dexter has a, as he puts it, a spiritual son, one that he doesn’t have to lie to. It's another relationship we haven't seen before, and it's another reason this season is so well done.
Not everyone is doing as well as Dexter though. Batista finally makes a decision and promotes Miller to sergeant, which of course doesn't make Quinn too happy. So now we've got to deal with depressed Quinn again. Or maybe he'll take it like a grown man and won’t go as far off the rails as he normally does when things don't go his way. He showed more initiative than ever before in trying to become sergeant, so he might actually be maturing.
Masuka also has a setback. He finds out that Nicki does have some debts, but despite that, he enjoys being with her. So he decides to wait it out and see how things go. He also decides to give her a check for $5,000. Nicki doesn't take that so well, because even though she has debts, that’s not why she came to Masuka. She gets upset and runs off, but I still don’t think we’ve seen the last of her.
Speaking of not seeing the last of someone, Hannah's back. And not only is she back, but she's back with some pretty shady methods. This time she drugs Deb and Dexter. This cannot be good news.
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