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Is Reese Witherspoon’s next movie a romantic fantasy or out-of-touch schlock?

In “Home Again,” Reese Witherspoon finds herself with three gorgeous house guests almost half her age.
In “Home Again,” Reese Witherspoon finds herself with three gorgeous house guests almost half her age. Open Road

Walking over the line?

On the one hand, it’s sort of a fantasy to be like Reese Witherspoon’s character in the new “Home Again” trailer, a 40-year-old newly single woman who somehow ends up with three hot, young filmmakers as house guests. On the other hand, ewww. Or, as The Playlist said: “Sometimes you have to wonder how out of touch some people are in Hollywood. Nothing in this trailer … makes any sense (or is remotely funny or romantic), and yet somehow it got made.” You be the judge. It’s written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer (daughter of director Nancy Meyers) and is due out Sept. 8.

Empress who?

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Oscar Isaac is a fine actor and all that, but don’t you think he was wasted as the grumpy, oversized Egyptian Apocalypse in the last “X-Men” movie? Now comes word from Deadline Hollywood that another fine performer, Jessica Chastain, is in talks to be the next villain, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra Neramani. (Sound imposing? Or hilarious?). “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” to be directed by writer/producer Simon Kinberg, brings back the previous film’s mutants, including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. It’s due in November 2018.

Holy sequel, Batman!

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Two-Face (voiced by William Shatner) and Batman (Adam West) will face off in animation. Warner Bros.

Adam West, the belovedly campy Batman of 1960s TV, may have died last week, but his Caped Crusader has more fight in him. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment tells 13th Dimension that West completed his recording for the animated DC feature “Batman vs. Two-Face.” The villain, aka Harvey Dent, will be voiced by none other than Capt. Kirk, William Shatner. And Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will return as Robin and Catwoman. It’s a sequel to last fall’s animated “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.” No word on when the video comes out.

Adam West, whose straight-faced portrayal of Batman in a 1960s TV series lifted the tight-clad Caped Crusader into the national consciousness, has died at age 88. West died on Friday night after "a short but brave battle with leukemia," his family

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc