News Bits: Girl, Dates, Ghost, MacGruber 2

Gone Girl
Empire’s winter preview issue showcases some new photos from David Fincher’s thriller adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Fincher calls it a date movie that will “end 15 million marriages,” and we’ll see for ourselves in early October. [Source: Empire]

Release Date Changes
Warner Bros. Pictures have moved up the release of the “Magic Mike” sequel by two days. The film is now slated for release on July 1st 2015.

The Jason Bateman-narrated “Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary” has been slated for an April 24th 2015 release.

Finally the rom-com “Love, Rosie” starring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins is set to score a theatrical release in early 2015 in the United States through distributor The Film Arcade.

The Gray Ghost
One iconic element of “Batman: The Animated Series” was The Gray Ghost, a TV superhero character played by an actor named Simon Trent in the narrative and who was actually voiced by 1960s “Batman” actor Adam West. The adventures of “The Gray Ghost” inspired a young Bruce Wayne.

Now, J.L. Topkis has directed a live-action fan film short called “The Gray Ghost: The Lost Reel” which effectively serves as an imagined episode of “The Gray Ghost” series, but one which starts out tied into Bruce Wayne’s own dark history.

MacGruber 2
Out doing press for “Life of Crime,” actor and comedian Will Forte was recently asked about how the sequel to his spy comedy “MacGruber” is progressing. He responded:

“Jorma [Taccone, director] just sent an outline for MacGruber 2. We had worked together on something and I had fleshed out the first act of MacGruber 2. He took that and went nuts on the rest of it. I’m very excited because I feel like at some point, if somebody will let us do it, then we’ll do it. But it’s out of our hands. But we’re writing it for sure.” [Source: Collider]

Film Posters
A bunch of new posters today including Jon Stewart’s directorial debut “Rosewater,” the Jack O’Connell-led festival hit “’71,” the Adam Sandler tries drama again film “The Cobbler,” the Robert Downey Jr.-led “The Judge,” the Simon Pegg-led crime caper “Kill Me Three Times,” Bennett Miller’s much anticipated “Foxcatcher,” and the family feature “Paddington”.