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Steven Spielberg To Tackle BLACKHAWK for WB/DC

The Hollywood Reporter:

Steven Spielberg is jumping into the world of DC Comics.

The iconic filmmaker is tackling his first DC Comics property, the World War II action-adventure hero Blackhawk.

Spielberg, along with his Amblin Entertainment, will produce Blackhawk for Warner Bros., and is developing it as a directing vehicle, the studio announced Tuesday. The move reteams him with the studio behind his latest tentpole, Ready Player One.

David Koepp, who has worked with Spielberg writing the blockbusters Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is penning the script.

Another HUGE get for Warner Bros. Wonder what Disney’s thinking.

Also, I do like the idea of DC focusing on some of the more obscure corners of their universe. Just avoids the baggage of what has come along so far.



Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have chosen Cathy Yan to be the director of an untitled girl gang movie, likely the next superhero film to be graced by Suicide Squad scene-stealer Harley Quinn, in the form of Margot Robbie. A deal has to be completed, but it is expected that Yan will become the second female filmmaker to join the DC club after Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins, and the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film.

This is a bold bet for Warner Bros’ Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada, who oversee DC under Toby Emmerich. Yan got the job over numerous well established male directors, and because she is taking this giant leap with just one small-budget indie movie under her belt. That would be Dead Pigs, a film that won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance last January. Despite being a new talent, Yan’s presentation for Birds of Prey was exceptional, and Robbie held firm to her desire for this film to be directed by a woman.

Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and her Kroll & Co Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures. Robbie and Unkeless produced I, Tonya.

I have to say, the “Phase 2” DCEU is looking way, way better…this, Wonder Woman 2, the New Gods movie from Ava DuVernay…

Props to Margot Robbie getting the producer role, too.

#FastFoodArmsRace: Heinz Is That Kid In The Lunch Room, Combines Ketchup and Mayo

Chew Boom:

Heinz announced Monday that it received enough votes in its social media poll to launch Mayochup in the U.S. this year.

Heinz Mayochup is a pre-made blend of the brand’s mayonnaise and ketchup, and according to Heinz, more than 500,000 fans voted in favour of bringing the saucy mashup stateside.

Mr. Show proving prescient here.

All I can think of now is how my High School lunch room used to have these top-down squeeze dispensers of Ketchup, Mustard and Mayonnaise, and how on a pretty much weekly basis, someone would hulk-out, pull them too hard, and cause a horrible mixture of condiments to flood the cafeteria floor.

So, it’s that! But in a bottle! For $3!

#FastFoodArmsRace: Dominos Japan Gets Sloppy, Calls It A Promotion

Brand Eating:

Domino’s Japan is featuring toppings in abundance with a new, limited-time trio of “Ultra-Topping” pizzas, including a cheese pizza that is topped with so much cheese that it oozes over the side.

The Ultra-Topping Cheese Pizza features four times the mozzarella of the chain’s regular pizzas which basically makes it look more like a plate of cheese than pizza.

It’s joined by the Ultra-Topping Pepperoni Pizza and the Ultra-Topping Mayo Jaga Pizza. Like the cheese version, each of the pizzas includes four times the normal amount of its namesake topping. If you’re wondering what Mayo Jaga is, it’s a topping combination of mayo, corn, cheese, potato, pork sausage, and parsley flakes.

No thanks, Japan. I’m good here.