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Starlight had “Mamma Mia!” last month. The New Theatre Restaurant will perform the ABBA musical next summer. And just to prove that interest isn’t waning, the movie inspired by that stage show is getting a sequel and a new cast member. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” will co-star Lily James (“Cinderella,” “Baby Driver,” “Downton Abbey”) as a young Donna (Meryl Streep) in flashbacks, says The Hollywood Reporter. Streep will return along with her original co-stars — Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski. It’s due July 20, 2018. But first, Streep has to finish filming Steven Spielberg’s “The Papers,” in which she plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham opposite Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. That’s scheduled to open during Oscar season at the end of this year.
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First we thought Ben Affleck would direct, write and star in his stand-alone Batman movie. Then it was revealed that Matt Reeves (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) would helm “The Batman.” And now comes news that Reeves is scrapping Affleck’s script altogether. We’re sure Affleck is sticking around to star. But, according to Collider, Reeves wants more of a noir approach, so perhaps he will replace Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) as the main villain. We might learn more from next week’s San Diego Comic-Con. Stay tuned. Same Bat time. Same Bat channel.
Self-help books spawned the movies “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Heck, Steve Harvey’s advice book became two successful “Think Like a Man” movies. So we shouldn’t be surprised that John Gray’s 1992 relationship advice book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” will become two movies as well. Dark Horizons reports that Gray will produce one version for Western audiences and one for Asian audiences, given the book’s success in China.