May 15, 2014 - 15:06 BST hellomagazine.com Ben Affleck has shown off his bulked-up Batman physique Ben Affleck has been working hard to get into character for his new role as Batman . The 41-year-old showed off a new buff and bulky physique as he headed out in LA this week. the first still was released of him as the caped crusader . VIEW GALLERY Ben Affleck showed off his bulked-up frame in LA this week Ben standing next to the Batmobile in a brooding black-and-white shot , taken on the set of the upcoming Batman vs Superman film. Man Of Steel – although details of the plot remain a closely guarded secret. We're actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs Batman or Batman vs Superman but yes, it's that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that's happening," screenwriter David Goyer confirmed at San Diego ComicCon. VIEW GALLERY Director Zack Snyder has released the first image of Ben Affleck as Batman Ben was initially considered to be a controversial choice to take over from Christian Bale as Batman , but the first photo of him in character has had a positive reception . Fans and critics, including Rolling Stones' Jon Blistein, have said they are pleased to see the character still portrayed as the " brooding Batman we've come to know and love ". Ben said he was a "big boy" who can handle the criticism . Entertainment Weekly . VIEW GALLERY Ben Affleck has laughed off criticism of his casting in the superhero film At the same time, I don't think those projections about something that has happened yet are all that meaningful . … [Read more...] about Ben Affleck bulks up for Batman
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It’s hard to tell from the first episode of a show — or the first two episodes, in the case of The Michael J. Fox Show , which debuts with back-to-back half-hours tonight — if the rest of the series that follow will be any good. Like most new sitcoms, The Michael J. Fox Show will take a handful of episodes to try to find its groove, but the first two episodes hold a lot of promise and feature enough funny moments to drown out the heavy exposition. This is Michael J. Fox’s first regular TV role since he left Spin City to spend time with his family following a Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2000, and this is only his third-ever sitcom, following that show and Family Ties , both critically-acclaimed ratings hits. The charm and likability that propelled Fox to success with those other shows is still on display here, and he’s been maintaining his acting chops since leaving Spin City , with recurring roles on The Good Wife , Rescue Me , Scrubs , and more. He slips easily into his new character here — partly because he has years of sitcom experience under his belt and partly because said character is based on him. NBC certainly believes in The Michael J. Fox Show . The network beat out ABC and CBS in a bidding war for the series last fall, making a commitment to air 22 episodes before a pilot was even produced. This is something that very rarely happens in TV these days. It’s Fox’s stellar sitcom track record and his marquee name that inspired the decision. NBC was so gung-ho on the program that they even agreed to let production take place in New York, where Fox and his real-life, non-TV family reside, making this the only NYC-produced network sitcom currently on the air now that 30 Rock is all done. After years of producing award-winning but little-watched workplace comedies like 30 Rock , Parks and Rec , and their ilk, NBC is making a conscious shift towards family-centric sitcoms this season, with all three of the network’s new comedies ( Fox … [Read more...] about ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ Has Plenty of Potential But Isn’t Quite There Yet
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Photo-Illustration: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Much of Clubhouse is boring — or, at least, disproportionately filled with the awkward in-between of group interaction. This is far from a novel observation, and it’s an observation that continues to be made even as the attention and discourse around the audio chat app rose to fever pitch over the past few weeks. Pulling data from Apptopia, the New York Times reported that the app had been downloaded over four million times in the past month alone, which broadly corresponds with my own immediate networks. I started out the year with few outside my professional circles knowing what the app was; now, it’s something that gets brought up in my various Whatsapp groups every few days. That I personally find much of the app boring is a subjective contention, of course. I’m certain a substantial portion of the app’s user base would passionately differ from my assessment, and perhaps rightly so. I’ve only been on the thing for about a week, and I get the sense many users have cultivated a different relationship with the platform than I have. I, for one, picked up the app in search of experiences that justify time away from other things I could be doing: watching a movie, chasing my cat, lurking in far-flung subreddits, plowing through more podcasts. On that front, I often find little of comparable value, even when there is spectacle. Yet I am compelled, because there is something genuinely compelling about the Clubhouse experience. I keep dipping back into the app when I have a few minutes to spare, leaving it on in the background as I do other things — cleaning the house, making lunch, figuring out tax forms — when my brain is tired from listening to podcasts demanding close attention. Again, I rarely find anything worthwhile, but that’s part of the pleasure I get from it. And let’s be clear: Boringness is not antithetical to pleasure. It’s kinda why I’ve developed great affinities … [Read more...] about Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?
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