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Here is Annette Bening and Warren Beatty's eldest child Stephen who was born Kathlyn.

He doesn't speak about his parents at all in this video but the internet is saying that this is Stephen Ira Beatty so I believe (everything on the Internet is true, right?). Stephen makes a joke about staring at us uncomfortably to end the video but the only thing uncomfortable about this charming motor mouthed super smart kid staring at me is a) how hideous the walls in this room are and b) freaking out over how much he EXACTLY looks like a cross between his parents. Especially when he smiles. Well, more Beatty than Bening but still...  Right?

Finally, you should know that Park Chan-Wook's first English language film Stoker, featuring a dreamy triangular cast of Mia Wasikowska as a lonely girl, Matthew Goode as her shady Uncle and Nicole Kidman as her unstable mother is no longer the 2012 release we were hoping for. It will open on March 1st, 2013 in limited release. Don't be sad. We still have more Nicole Kidman coming in 2012 with The Paperboy. Next year: Stoker and Oscar Bait The Railway Man.

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Nat did you see about Jennifer Jason Leigh joining the cast of Revenge? What do you think?

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJA

Their son looks like Juliette Lewis.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

Five Batman Villains article: I mentioned an idea recently of a series of six movies focused around perceiving Batman through the lenses of six of the seven kid sidekicks (yes, SIX of the SEVEN) Batman has amassed over the years (Dick Grayson (First Robin, Nightwing and Second Batman (last part won't be used)), Barbara Gordon (Batgirl and Oracle), Jason Todd (Second Robin and The Red Hood (latter identity is stupid and won't be used)), Tim Drake (Third Robin and (ugh) Red Robin (wouldn't use)), Stephanie Brown (Spoiler, Fourth Robin (that part won't be used) and Third Batgirl) and Cassandra Cain (Second Batgirl and Black Bat (won't be using Black Bat)) with Damian Wayne (Fifth Robin) left completely unused) recently and choosing central villains and storylines to forward their dramatic arcs, with all the characters played by people around the same age as the characters in the comics. Why? What can move Batman beyond a pure adolescent power fantasy has less to do with "treat everything gritty and realistically" (though I DO admire Nolan a whole lot for trying that angle) and has more to do with "this guy is trying to be a good dad, even when he doesn't succeed."

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Glenn's review: The Burton and Schumacher Batman movies are New York, but the comics are vague, and I always got something along the lines of "mostly Chicago, but with that occasional eyebrow raising New York touch" out of the previous Nolan films.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I would've liked to see Harley Quinn played by Brittany Murphy.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Glad to finally, finally hear more on Stoker but boy 2013 seems a long way away right now.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmes

OT: Here's the full trailer of "The Master"


Just one word: Excellent and it seems to be confirmed that Phoenix is the lead contender and Hoffman and Adams in the supporting categories. Sorry Volgagia, but if the trailer is a proof of the potential performance by Phoenix, this is his Oscar to lose. Also, if anyone could control damage in Hollywood -Which isn't the same being crazy to being a jerk- is Harvey Weinstein.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterleon

While I'd like the next Batman franchise to have Robin, to have one movie for each of those people is ridiculous, and not only because many of them exist together (Barbara + Dick, Tim + Stephanie) but primarily because with such rapid fire graduating of Robins and Batgirls might confuse people, but you'd be spending like 30 minutes every film setting up the new Robin and getting rid of the old one. Plus, Damian rules

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt S

leon -- confirmed? looks like the very definition of a two-lead movie to me (sigh)

July 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

The bane of your existence: category fraud. O' how he rears his ugly head every time you assume award season will be fair and square. Philip Seymour Hoffman has one in lead no less and his career nomination build is in the character actor ghetto of supporting the same as his older friend Kathy Bates — he's fine with earning a second in the lesser category because he's been recognized already in the uphill battle one: at least for character performers.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

Very disappointed about Stoker's release date being pushed back, was looking forward to Park Chan-Woon's English-language debut. But i guess you can't get them all.

And that trailer for The Master looks incredible, the only upcoming film I'm really looking forward to. And judging from that trailer, it really does look like Joaquin Phoenix is the lead and Philip Seymour Hoffman is in the supporting role.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

Stoker NOOOO! I need more (new) Nicole in my life!

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

Volvagia, thanks for the comment! I had been under the belief after The Dark Knight that "Gotham City" was Chicago. Wasn't it filmed there? But, yes, they had sorta left it vague with the previous Nolan instalments. This one, however, goes out of its way to make sure we're aware it's NYC. Strategically putting Manhattan landmarks (bridges, Freedom Tower, Empire State, Central Park) right there in the middle of the frame. It's like when "Superman" was set in Metropolis, but the original movie didn't even attempt to make it look like anything other than NYC.

Not that I mind, I just thought it was a curious thing for Nolan to do since they very much talk about "Gotham City" all the time. Even the police cars have GPD on them.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

Matt S: It's a weird idea but it'd work (and work well) with the right structure.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia
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