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Movie Morsels: GREEN LANTERN Updates, New AVENGERS TV Spot, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Footage & More

While TV fans are rejoicing that Coach is rising from the grave to feast on the nostalgia of the living, movie maniacs shouldn’t despair because we have a metric ton of news for you today in Movie Morsels. Superheros, super-sized explosions, and supremely entertaining behind-the-scenes stories abound, so get readin’!

Green Lantern

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Tyrese Gibson isn’t just one of the stars of Furious 7; he’s looking to become a member of the Justice League. The actor posted a fan-made rendering of him as Green Lantern known as John Stewart

In a lengthy caption that accompanied post, Tyrese clarified that playing John Stewart isn’t just about playing a “black superhero”; rather, it’s about Tyrese playing an iconic character:

“I don’t need to ‘campaign’ for anything. I took the Oath and I’m ready to suit up as John Stewart IF it lands this way….. Great seeds have been planted at Warner Bros., they know I’m very excited about the possibilities.”

Of course, nothing is set in stone just yet. Rumors have been circulating that Chris Pine might be eyed to play the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern. If nothing else, Tyrese has made his intentions known to Warner Bros., but it’ll be a matter of time until we find out who’ll usher us through the Blackest Night.


Avengers: Age of Ultron

With a little over a month to go until Avengers: Age of Ultron, more and more TV spots are beginning to pop up. The latest one comes all the way from Australia, and offers a few bits and bobs of new footage for you to salivate over.


Mad Max: Fury Road

Let’s face it — the only thing you need to know is that there’s a brand new Mad Max: Fury Road teaser and it’s filled with explosions galore. The movie comes out on May 15, 2015, which isn’t nearly soon enough.


Force Majeure


Chances are that you didn’t see Force Majeure, the film Nerdist News head writer Ben Mekler calls, “the funniest thing I saw last year.” The Swedish dramedy about a family on the worst ski vacation of their lives and an ensuing avalanche is apparently being eyed for an American remake. Who could star in this deeply uncomfortable film? According to the latest reports, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in negotiations to star. Considering how wonderfully she handles cringe comedy on Veep, JLD sounds like an ideal candidate.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

The Billionaire’s Vinegar


Is it sour grapes for Matthew McConaughey? Possibly, but that’s only because he has signed on to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, a film based on Benjamin Wallace’s book, The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. The book tells the story of one of the largest scandals ever to hit the wine industry, in which former music manager turned wine dealer Hardy Rodenstock acquired several bottles of wine that he claimed were once owned by Thomas Jefferson. The bottles sold for $156,000 and $500,000 at auction — so you’d better be extra careful with those corks.

McConaughey will next be seen alongside Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant’s suicide drama, The Sea of Trees, about the Aokigahara Suicide Forest in Japan.


Space Jam


Though we’re eagerly awaiting any tidbits of news over whether a LeBron James-starring Space Jam 2 will ever happen, this bit of classic Space Jam news had us reeling. Evidently, Michael Jordan talked smack to actors during Space Jam pick-up games.

In an interview, actor Keith Gibbs revealed this little gem when asked whether or not Jordan trash talked him:

Oh yeah, nonstop. [Laughs.]

He didn’t give a shit who you were. When I was doing Space Jam, we played three days. I thought it was over. I had to go out of town. I get a phone call, they’re like, ‘Why aren’t you here?’ I was like, ‘Oh, they’re still playing?’ I had no idea.

I walk in, and it’s Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Charles Oakley. Grant Hill shows up. Jerry Stackhouse shows up. Now, all of a sudden it’s an NBA All-Star pickup game. Every night. I did that for about a month and a half, two months. Then the UCLA kids came in, and they had just won a national title — Ed O’Bannon and those guys. Just phenomenal. Best pickup games I’ve ever been a part of. It was unreal.

Yeah, so Jordan … I had to guard Reggie Miller and Michael Jordan in back-to-back games. It was so bad. I was friends with Chris Mills and Tracy Murray — we had been to some camps together. One play, I got switched onto Jordan, because Chris was like, ‘Keith, you take him.’ Jordan hit a 35-footer on me. I mean, it was ridiculous: leg out, tongue out, all that stuff … hit a 35-footer on me and goes, “GET THE F*CK OFF THE COURT.”


What do you think of today’s top stories? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Rick says:

    Green lantern is one of my top 5 favorite characters and I would live to see Hal Jordan or Kyle Rainer before john Stewart, but if john is used I hope it’s not tyrese doing it. 

  2. Alan Scott says:

    Hal Jordan. John Stewart. Kyle Rayner. Guy Gardner. Simon Baz. Michelle Rodriguez?
    Sector 2814 is getting real crowded with Green Lanterns. Other sectors of the Galaxy gets 2 Lanterns patrolling multiple star systems and planets… Earth alone gets 5, 6 different ones? And they’re all humans, and not aliens too. (Funny how it works out that way for comicbooks.)
    I’d rather have Tyrese as John Stewart than another rehash of Hal Jordan. Hell, “Diggle”‘s more preferable than Ryan Reynolds.

  3. Dave says:

    Why not both Hal and John? Do a Green Lantern Corps movie. Throw in Guy while you’re at it. Can’t forget Gnort and Ch’p. I think that would be a pretty good movie. Or throw in Kyle Rayner and head towards more of a Blackest Night storyline. Could get a whole series of movies out of that.

  4. Taylor Anne says:

    Everyone is talking about Idris but would even be able to do a DC franchise when he is involved with Marvel?

  5. gunnshow says:

    Hell no. There is only one who is worthy to be John Stewart and he’s certainly the green lantern we deserve…Idris Elba.

  6. Seth says:

    I’d rather Hal Jordan than anybody, but if not him, Stewart is pretty great.  Actually if Idris Elba could play him I might much prefer that to Hal.  

  7. tODD says: