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Bruce Campbell Shuts Down Spider-Man 4 Casting Rumors

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As fun as it would have been to see Bruce Campbell play Mysterio, it doesn’t seem that this rumored casting was ever meant to be. For years, there have been rumors that Campbell would have been director Sam Raimi’s pick to play Mysterio in his unmade sequel Spider-Man 4. This seems to be based on storyboard images, said to be for the ill-fated film, that features illustrated images of Mysterio getting unmasked. The man under the mask just so happens to have a strong resemblance to Campbell, igniting speculation that this was because he’d been cast in the role.

It would even make sense from a storyline perspective for Campbell to have been the Raimi-Verse’s Mysterio. The actor had previously played three different characters in the first three Spider-Man films, all of them having interactions with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire). What if this had been Mysterio all along? The story potential is there, but is this something that Raimi had actually envisioned? And was Campbell officially cast in the role before the project fizzled out?

According to the Evil Dead star himself, there isn’t any truth to the rumors that he’d been cast as Mysterio. Campbell addressed the rumors when asked about them directly in a new interview with Game Informer. Here’s what he had to say when asked if he really had been cast in that role for Spider-Man 4.

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As Bruce Campbell says, there has also been a lot of hearsay over who he might be playing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, or if he will even show up at all. Campbell previously teased his cameo in the movie, confirming that he did shoot a scene for the project. However, as the film has undergone a lot of edits in ...-production process, Campbell can’t be sure his scene will make the final cut.

For now, fans will have to speculate over who Campbell could be playing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. For April Fools’ Day earlier this month, the actor joked that he would be playing a Doctor Strange variant. Last year, he similarly joked on the first of April that he’d be reprising the role of Ash from the Evil Dead films. In any case, fans will just be happy to see Campbell involved in one way or another, so let’s hope the scene will be seen on the big screen.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 6, 2022.

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Neil Patrick Harris Apologizes for Mocking Amy Winehouse at Halloween Party in 2011

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Actor Neil Patrick Harris has offered an apology in the wake of renewed criticism over an image shared to social media in 2011. At the time, Harris was hosting a Halloween party at his home with his husband David Burtka. The party came just months after the sudden death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who passed away in July of that year at the age of 27.

For their party, Harris and Burtka used dark humor to incorporate Winehouse into their Halloween party’s themed offerings. They had created a platter with beef ribs, pulled pork and chicken sausage in a spicy BBQ sauce they dubbed, “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse.” The food was arranged in such a way to depict the deceased singer with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth. One of the guests had shared an image of the platter to Twitter at the time, and in recent days, the photo has gone viral with renewed complaints against Harris.

Now, Harris has weighed in on the controversy with a statement released to Entertainment Weekly. The Matrix Resurrections star acknowledged that the photo was indeed from the party he’d hosted with Burtka, but admits that it was just as “regrettable” then as it is now to have made light of Winehouse’s death. Harris goes on to praise Winehouse for her status as an enduring music icon while apologizing for any offense that the situation may have brought to anyone.

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Amy Winehouse was one of the world’s most influential and successful singer-songwriters, though her struggles off the stage had also been well documented. After years battling addiction, Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011. As she was just 27 years old, her death was made all the more tragic as fans can only imagine what else Winehouse may have done in her life and career.

The story of Winehouse will be told on the big screen. Last year, it was announced that Halcyon Studios will develop a biopic about the late singer based on Daphne Barak’s 2010 biography Saving Amy. Halcyon Studio CEO David Ellender said in a statement when the film was first announced, “Our team is honored to be working on this project. Although her career was cut far too short, Amy was the voice of a generation and we look forward to telling her story in the most poignant way possible.”

No one has been announced for the role at this time, but Stranger Things favorite Millie Bobby Brown has publicly campaigned for it. She previously told Netflix Latinoamérica, “I would love to play Amy Winehouse. I personally think she is like an icon to R&B, blues, and basically the whole culture of music. I just love her music and I really was impacted by her whole story. I always say that I would love to play her.”

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Is Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers the New Roger Rabbit? Early Reviews Overwhelmingly Say Yes

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The announcement that Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers were being resurrected sent shivers down the spine of fans. Following in the wake of the Disney+ series Chip and Dale: Park Life, which brought the in vogue simple animation style to the furry twosome, a Rescue Rangers movie seemed like it was destined to make a whole generation grimace, but following the release of two trailers, it looked possible that a revival/reboot/remake was finally being done in a way that worked. Now the first reviews suggest that the film could well be up there with the pinnacle of live-action/animated crossovers, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Chip and Dale have been part of Disney’s character arsenal since making their debut in Private Pluto in 1943. After appearing in numerous cartoons with the likes of Donald Duck, the pair were given their own series in 1989, when they became the owners of a detective agency which they ran with the help of associates Gadget Hackwrench, Monterey Jack and Zipper. While the show only ran for a year, it has remained an iconic favorite, and now it looks set to make a huge and unexpected return.

The new film sees Chip and Dale, voiced by John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, respectively, years on from their days as investigators. Chip is working selling insurance, while Dale has continued to live a celebrity life and had a 3D make-over in the process, but the pair reunite when cartoon characters start going missing. Now the first reviews have started coming in, and it looks like this is one reunion that everyone who remembers the original series will want to see. Check out what has been said about the movie below:

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There are very few rebooted franchises that manage to satisfy everyone, but somehow, Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers appears to be on track to do just that. When the first trailer for the movie dropped, it caught many off guard with a knowing humor and hybrid of 2D and 3D animation styles in a live-action world. While this managed to grab the attention, it was the second trailer that really made people sit up and take notice as it delivered a whole wave of cameos, including characters not actually owned by Disney.

Of course, this is what has led to comparisons with Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which famously saw characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck appearing alongside the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Betty Boop, which was an almost unthinkable achievement in itself without the movie delivering one of the best films of the decade in the process. Based on its early reviews, Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers could well become this generation’s Roger Rabbit – who coincidentally appears in the movie – when it arrives on Disney+ on May 20.

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