POLL SHOWS POPULARITY OF ROBERT PATTINSON’S AS BATMAN: Americans age 18-29 love Warner Bros.’ choice of Twilight star Robert Pattinson as Batman, a Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll finds. Nicholas Hoult was also in contention. About 42% favor Pattinson over 30% who wanted Hoult. However, older adults (ages 45-64) prefer Hoult by a slight margin."Twilight fans are totally on board. I think their dedication to Rob is the kind that means fans who weren't Batman fans before are now going to devour all things Batman, in support of Rob," says Bekah Decker, co-founder of Robert Pattinson fanzine LettersToRob.com. "Bruce Wayne is dark, [Pattinson's Twilight character] Edward [Cullen] is dark. There is a vigilante quality in Edward — more in the books — that is an obvious tie to Batman."
WARNERMEDIA TO NAB J.J. ABRAMS DEAL: J.J. Abrams and his co-CEO and wife Katie McGrath have been in a months-long courtship with multiple bidders on a partnership with their production company Bad Robot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They are nearing the finish line with WarnerMedia, and sources say the deal could value Bad Robot at $500 million.
JENNI RIVERA BIOPIC IN THE WORKS: Jenni Rivera, the beloved Mexican-American singer-songwriter, is getting the biopic treatment. Kate Lanier, the writer behind the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got Do It With It, starring Angela Bassett, will take on the script. The untitled project will track Rivera from her rise in Long Beach (her mom crossed the border on foot while pregnant), to the top of the Billboard Latin charts. She died at age 43 in 2012 in a plane crash in Mexico.
POSE SCORES EARLY SEASON 3 RENEWAL: FX has picked up Ryan Murphy, Steve Canals and Brad Falchuk’s Pose for a third season a week after its sophomore season debut. The show features a record number of trans characters portrayed by trans actors has emerged as an awards season contender for its stars, including Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez. "Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season,” FX chairman John Landgraf said in a statement.