#ICYMI on TheWrap: 10 of the Week’s Top Showbiz Stories

In case you missed it, Ben Affleck is Batman, Michael Hastings death ruled accidental, and "Ben & Kate" actress Dakota Johnson being eyed for "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 3:25 PM

Fall Movie Preview: 'Hunger Games,' 'Thor' Shoot for Record-Breaking 2013
We've got a big fall movie season ahead of us with a number of potential blockbusters, as well as Oscar bait, like George Clooney's "Gravity," with immense mainsteam audience appeal. Here are the 20 movies we're dying to see. And here are the rest.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Eyes 'Social Network' Scene-Stealer Dakota Johnson (Exclusive)
Finally! Universal might, possibly consider casting an actress two years after the role was culturally relevant.

CBS, Time Warner Cable Reach Politically Motivated, Temporary Agreement
The network and cable provider are still locked in a stalemate over a retransmission dispute, but at least they're putting their differences aside to give New Yorkers access to Democratic primary debates for Eliot Spitzer's comptroller race. While the two parties continue to negotiate to put an end to a blackout affecting 3.5 million TWC subscribers, the cable provider is offering free antennas and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remains "mystified" by the mess.

Ben Affleck as Batman: Hey, Bat-Fans, Calm the *%!& Down!
Yes, the man who played Daredevil is now stepping in to fill Christian Bale's boots when the "Man of Steel" sequel flies into theaters on July 17, 2015. The interweb is not happy about it. But Warner Bros. sure is, because it means Affleck — who brought the studio its first Best Picture Oscar since 2006's "The Departed" — is as committed to WB as he was when former president Jeff Robinov was in charge.

Kickstarter, Superman and James Wan: The 5 Best Decisions of Summer (Video):
Congratulations! Now let's get to the real juice — the 5 worst decisions of summer. We're talking about you, Dan Loeb.

Review: Al Jazeera Is Radically Out of Touch With America … but in a Good Way
Still, there are five big stumbling blocks to overcome before finding success with American audiences.

Michael Hastings Autopsy Rules Death Accidental; Meth, Marijuana Found in System:
Just don't expect any conspiracy theorists to believe that.

Bradley Manning: 'I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am Female'
After being sentenced to 35 years in prison, the WikiLeaks mole announced he is actually a she. Chelsea asked President Barack Obama for a pardon, and at the very least, to pay for her gender transformation while serving her time. Yes, we're referring to her as a "her," even though she's a male anatomically. Take note media.

'Black Metal,' 'Fear of Flying,' 'The Last Ice Merchant' Among TheWrap's ShortList Film Festival Highlights:
Watch and vote for all 12 finalists competing for the opporunity of a lifetime in our second annual online short film festival.

Simon Pegg: 'F— You' if You Think 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Sucks
That's one way to respond to critics.

And now, here are five stories you don't necessarily need to read. But you know you want to.

Lindsay Lohan Admits to Oprah She Lied: I Actually Tried Cocaine '10 to 15 Times'

'Breaking Bad' Star Bryan Cranston's Hilarious Ad for Hemorrhoid Cream (Video)
Turns out Cranston has been peddling drugs on television since the '80s. Butt drugs, that is.

Fox's NFL Reporter Drilled in Face By Football During Broadcast (Video)
Don't worry, though. She's fine. It's OK to laugh.

Brandy Performs Surprise Concert for 40 in 90,000 Seat Stadium
She's fine. Also, OK to laugh.


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