Lazy Friday News is a weekly round-up of stories from across the spectrum of entertainment, or whatever happens to tickle my funny bone. This week: Zack Snyder has taken Superman's underwear right off in Man of Steel; Waterworld might have been awful, but we may see it again; vegetables stand in for the new RoboCop; two past X-Men stars are coming back in X-Men: Days of Future Past; and the good and bad news about film piracy.
Christopher Nolan has built the Batman franchise on one concept that few other superhero films have embraced, and it has made the difference between the relatively airy heroes found in other blockbusters this year, and Nolan's grim Dark Knight.
Coming out this week on Blu-ray and DVD: Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Christopher Nolan's mind-bending action-thriller Inception; and a look at Shrek's final chapter, Shrek Forever After.
New this week at a theatre near you: Leonardo DiCaprio walks the dreamscape in Christopher Nolan's daring thriller, Inception; and Jay Baruchel plays the wizard in training for Jon Turteltaub's live-action adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
One of the year's biggest films arrives this week with the debut of The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger as the insane Joker. Also arriving this week is the musical comedy Mamma Mia!, a trio of farcical animated simians in Space Chimps, and the documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
This week in new releases, I take a look at the hot Blu-Ray launch of Batman Begins, plus reviews of the plant horror film, The Ruins; Bruce McDonald's edgy The Tracey Fragments; teenage comedy Charlie Bartlett; the dramatic thriller Towards Darkness; unofficial Spice Girls documentary, Raw Spice; and the latest television seasons arriving on DVD, including a collection from The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.