RDJ Recites Taylor Swift, OPPENHEIMER Heads to Streaming, Lost DUNE Script Uncovered, and More News Odds & Ends


From Harrison Ford posing with an anime chair, to Robert Downey Jr. doing a dramatic reading of Taylor Swift, to Oppenheimer finally heading to streaming, here are some of our favorite pop-culture news odds & ends from recent history.

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Oppenheimer Sets Streaming Date, Heads to Peacock

Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) touches his head, deep in thought of the horrible thing he'll unleash.
Universal Pictures

Oppenheimer is finally heading to your streaming screens. If you didn’t catch the movie in theaters over the summer, you can find it streaming on Peacock beginning on February 16.

You can check out what we thought of the film, below.

Madame Web Suit First-Look Comes From an Unlikely Source

Sometimes our first looks at movies come from trailers, magazines, or dramatic social media drops. But we were treated to our first look at Madame Web‘s supersuit from the most unlikely of sources, a bottle of Ocean Spray cranberry juice. Absolutely iconic.

Here’s everything we know about the movie so far.

Lost David Lynch Dune 2 Script Uncovered

A scene from David Lynch's Dune.
Dino De Laurentiis Corporation

As we prepare to experience Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two this summer, another Dune 2 has emerged. This extra Dune comes in the form of a recently uncovered script for David Lynch’s Dune 2, Dune Messiah. The script was thought to be lost, but we can finally dive deep into its contents. You can take a look at what adventures the half-finished script holds over at Wired. Spoilers: It involves “a shape-shifting ‘face dancer.’” Yikes.

In the meantime, here’s everything we know about Dune: Part Two.

Patrick Stewart Says a Picard Movie Script Is in the Works

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc on board La Sirena in Star Trek: Picard.

Hold onto your hats because a Picard movie could be coming our way. Patrick Stewart shared with the Happy Sad Confused podcast that a script had been written for him in the role. He notes, via Gizmodo, “I heard only last night about a [movie] script that is being written, but written specifically with the actor, Patrick [Stewart], to play in it… And I’ve been told to expect to receive it within a week or so. I’m so excited because it sounds like the kind of project where the experimentation that I want to do will be essential for this kind of material. It’s good at 83.”

This podcast filmed quite a while ago, so, chances are, Patrick Stewart has already seen a version of the possible Picard movie.

It’s a good thing too, because a Picard movie is exactly the story Patrick Stewart has been hoping for.

Incredibly Long Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Godzilla RC Figure Has Landed

Long Godzilla with measuring lines
Jada Toys

How often can you say a figure is longer than it is tall? Well, this Godzilla RC figure from Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire certainly takes the prize for one of the longest figures we’ve seen. It’s got its pink on, it’s ready to blow some heat-ray breath, and it’s 25 inches long. (And only 12.5 inches tall.)

Long Godzilla image
Jada Toys

You can also take a look at the first trailer for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire to see Godzilla in action.

Robert Downey Jr. Dramatically Recites a Taylor Swift Song

Robert Downey Jr. and Taylor swift
W Magazine/Taylor Swift

Who doesn’t need to hear Iron Man dramatically recite a Taylor Swift song? We’re obsessed. At the start of his interview with W Magazine, Robert Downey Jr. took a little time to give us a dramatic reading of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” We want for nothing.

Unfortunately, Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark will stay dead in the MCU and won’t be able to catch the latest hits from Taylor Swift.

Harrison Ford Strikes a Pose with Suzume‘s Chair!Souta

Harrison Ford with Suzume's Souta

Another meeting of strange bedfellows included Harrison Ford and… a chair. Yes, Ford struck a pose with Suzume‘s iconic chair at the Golden Globes. This chair, of course, is also one of Suzume‘s main characters, Souta, transformed. We don’t know who is luckier to meet who. But we are seated should they ever want to make a movie together.

We thought Suzume was an absolutely iconic movie.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Promises to Preserve Kevin Conroy’s Final Batman Performance

Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League Kevin Conroy Batman
Rocksteady Games

Kevin Conroy’s final performance as Batman can be found in the Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League game. Since this is a live-service game, fans worried that if service to the game were ever to be stopped, the performance would be lost. But, as we saw via Comicbook.com, Rocksteady Production has promised to launch an offline version of the game to preserve the performance.

Rocksteady Production Manager Jack Hackett shared, “I completely understand that concern. To be clear, we’ve really heard that, and I understand the concern. Obviously, in the short term, that’s not any kind of risk, but I’m happy to tell you that we will support, post-launch, an offline mode where you can play through the story of this game in perpetuity. We hope to deliver that in 2024. That’s our goal. I won’t promise that under all circumstances. But, I totally get that kind of archival concern about a game like this.”

You can watch a moving tribute to Kevin Conroy’s Batman, here:

Tekken 8 Meets Succession‘s Brian Cox in Hilarious Collaboration

What could you need more in your life than Succession’s Brian Cox explaining the Tekken universe to you? Very little. We particularly love Cox’s emphasis on how the franchise loves fathers that throw their sons off cliffs. It’s poetic. And also informative. Tekken 8 will release on January 26, 2024, so you have a lot of time to review the franchise’s history with Cox.

Brian Cox narrates Tekken 8 trailer
Bandai Namco Entertainment America

For more video game fun, check out Dave Bautista recreating a nostalgic Mortal Kombat ad to celebrate Mortal Kombat 1.


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