1. Miley Cyrus and Kanye West are collaborating on a new song
How do you follow up a performance as controversial as Miley Cyrus' twerk routine at the Video Music Awards on Sunday? By teaming up with the other most controversial artist in recent VMA history: Kanye West. According to the New York Post, Cyrus skipped her own VMA party to join West in the studio to work with him on a remix of "Black Skinhead," in what a source described as a "top-secret collaboration." Except obviously it's not now. [New York Post]
2. Matt Damon is on Team Batfleck
In the wake of Mileygate, or whatever we're calling it, the controversy over Ben Affleck being cast as Batman has largely faded into our collective pop-cultural memory. But one man is still attempting to convert any remaining haters to Team Batfleck: Matt Damon, Affleck's longtime friend and collaborator. "You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman!" said Damon in an interview with the Times of India. "Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people." It's just like Shakespeare said: Many a true word hath been spoken in jest. [The Hollywood Reporter]
3. Charlie Sheen went looking for a half-man/half-otter hybrid in Alaska
Last month, Charlie Sheen's quest to find the Loch Ness monster resulted in failure. But in the face of adversity, Sheen doubled down on his cryptozoological quest by taking a trip to Alaska to track down a half-man/half-otter hybrid, because that's the kind of thing you get to do when you have way too much money. According to Sheen, the creature is called the Kushtaka, a "shape-shifting trickster" that "lures one away from the campsite with the mimicked sounds of a crying baby." Unfortunately, Sheen's hunt came up empty — perhaps because the beast sensed his tiger blood. [TMZ]
4. These are some people who might be in Star Wars: Episode VII
The fact that there's really not any news to report about Star Wars: Episode VII hasn't stopped any number of websites from breathlessly reporting on Star Wars: Episode VII. Today's example? A report from Latino Review alleging that I Am Number Four's Alex Pettyfer and Peter Pan's Rachel Hurd-Wood have auditioned for roles in the film. The report doesn't indicate what those alleged roles might entail, so feel free to speculate wildly. (We're putting our money on the secret love children of Princess Leia and Chewbacca.) [SlashFilm]
5. You can see a double feature of Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z
Now that the summer blockbuster season is coming to a close, Paramount has an offer for you: A chance to see a double feature of Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z, so you can be disappointed by two major blockbusters for the price of one. The deal begins at select theaters on Friday and will remain available until September 5. But our advice? Stay home and read Night of the Living Trekkies instead. [FirstShowing.net]
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