Warner Bros. has announced that Ben Affleck will take on the role of Batman in the studio’s upcoming film featuring Batman and Superman.  Henry Cavill will return as Superman following “Man of Steel.”  The film, to be directed by Zack Snyder, will open July 17, 2015.   The film is based on the DC Comics characters, and based on a Comic-Con report, could draw partial inspiration from “The Dark Knight Returns.”  The film is as yet untitled.

Affleck most recently starred in the Academy Award-winning film “Argo.”  He previously played a superhero in 2003′s “Daredevil,” based on the Marvel Comics character.

Nigeria’s film industry, the world’s second largest by films made, generates about $800 million a year in revenue, according to London and Lagos-based distributor iROKO Partners Ltd.

Nigeria started producing movies in the 1960s, though modern Nollywood started with Kenneth Nnebue’s 1992 drama “Living in Bondage” establishing the themes of marital discord, greed and conflicts between Christianity and traditional faiths.

Ben Child 

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Hollywood is failing to include enough gay characters in its movies, according to a new report by the US action group Glaad.

The organisation, formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, found that fewer than 15% of films from the six major studios last year featured gay characters, and almost all were in minor roles.

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The mayor of Rio de Janeiro has offered to fund Woody Allen's next movie if the filmmaker shoots it in his city.

Eduardo Paes is so desperate to get the director to Brazil that he will cover Allen's production costs if he agrees to film there.

He tells O Globo, "I really want him to come! I did everything. I've talked to his sister, I've sent him a plane ticket through (architect Santiago) Calatrava, his neighbour in New York, and I would pay anything for him to come shoot here...

By: Ruth Steyn 

For many decades, animation has been the preserve of the entertainment industry. The legacies of Walt Disney, Warner Bros, Hanna Barbera, and more recently, Pixar, have firmly established animation's value in terms of storytelling.

However, over the years, other industries have seen the potential of animation to reach audiences and convey powerful messages, and slowly but surely the reach of animation has expanded far beyond the borders of pure entertainment.

TORONTO - Kate Winslet, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Hugh Jackman are among the A-listers heading to next month's Toronto International Film Festival.

Festival organizers say this year's star-packed guest list also includes Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Daniel Radcliffe, Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Wiig.

The details emerged as the final films were announced for the movie marathon, bringing the final count to 288 features and 78 shorts bound for the fest.

"Escape From Tomorrow," the unauthorized independent film shot guerrilla-style at Disney theme parks, is headed to movie theaters and TV sets, resolving a long-running question about the commercial status of one of the year's most provocative movies.

Randy Moore’s black-and-white Surrealist feature will be released commercially by PDA, the distribution offshoot of the sales and management company Cinetic Media, on Oct. 11, according to a PDA spokesman.

Kevin Ritchie 

After eight years with Participant Media, Courtney Sexton (pictured) is leaving  to join CNN Films as senior director.

As Participant’s director of documentary production, she oversaw the development, production and release of feature docs such as An Inconvenient Truth, Food Inc., Standard Operating Procedure and Last Call at the Oasis.

James White

Well, that really is the strangest teaser for a Star Wars film we could imagine… Which is why we can all go ahead and assume it’s for something else that J.J. Abrams and his legion of Bad Robots is working on. But what?

It’s certainly a compelling piece of of footage, featuring a ragged man struggling on to a beach from the ocean as a gravelly narration talks about endings and beginnings.

by Barry Hertz

After spending weeks slowly doling out information about the big Hollywood and foreign films coming to the Toronto International Film Festival, organizers on Wednesday revealed which homegrown projects would be unspooling this September. From Quebec’s own enfant terrible Xavier Dolan to the late Cory Monteith, this year’s slate promises something for nearly every demographic—even those who typically shy away from made-in-Canada productions.
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