News Nuggets: Christian Bale is ‘jealous’ of Ben Affleck replacing him as Batman?

Christian Bale now admits that he was “jealous” when he heard that Ben Affleck would be taking over the role of Batman. Even though he had always said “The Dark Knight Rises” would be his third and final time as the Caped Crusader, he did start entertaining the idea of a return. He says, “I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.’ So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.” Affleck will star with Henry Cavill in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” next year. USA Today

Until now, it was only a rumor but the NFL now officially confirms that Katy Perry will headline the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. The live event will be held on February 1 in Arizona. Previous performers have included Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Madonna, Paul McCartney, U2, and the Rolling Stones. TV Guide

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For the first time, you can watch brand new clips from the upcoming FX comedy series “The Comedians.” The show debuts in 2015 and may be a major Emmy contender next fall. It stars Billy Crystal as a veteran comic paired with an edgy newcomer played by Josh Gad for a late night sketch show. Vulture

Final casting is now complete for the second season of HBO’s “True Detective.” The network confirmed Monday the additions of Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly. Previously announced were the two leads of Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. The plot is about a trio of police officers and a career criminal in the aftermath of a murder. TV Line

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The addition of film star Emma Stone is propelling the Broadway revival of “Cabaret” to some of its best box office returns so far. Stone is appearing with Tony winner Alan Cumming for a short run. Last week, the musical brought in $816,760 in sales, approaching its original numbers from the tourism-filled summer. Variety

The Online Film Critics Society will announce its 18th annual film nominees on Monday, December 8. Award winners will be unveiled on December 15. Founded in 1997, the group is the largest and oldest organization of its kind and heavily involved in the expansion of internet-based film journlism. OFCS

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