Afternoon Links: Batman vs. Superman vs. Phoenix?

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Variety has sources saying Joaquin Phoenix is being courted as the villain (who is probably Lex Luthor! Who is bald!) for The Film That May One Day Only Formerly Be Known As Batman vs. Superman. “However, it’s very early in the process and even if Warners [sic] offers Phoenix a role, it’s not clear he would accept as the actor has steered clear of big-budget pics in the past few years, leaning towards movies with a more prestige feel,” the report reads. Translation: If Joaquin Phoenix actually watches Man of Steel, this news will quickly become invalid. Honestly, after what Zack Snyder did with/to Michael Shannon, we’re all obligated to hope Joaquin steers clear.

Here is the trailer for Neighbors, in which Zac Efron sets up a frat next to Seth Rogen and his yup-he-got-a-hot-movie-wife-again wife, Rose Byrne. Also featuring Hannibal Buress, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jake Johnson, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Mantzoukas, Craig Roberts, and some amazing airbag pranks.

Gonna make you chase down the new Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore trailer, though. Because that movie’s going to be … not good.

Original Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont is suing for damages. And Sons of Anarchy head Kurt Sutter is all about it, tweeting, “go frank. fuck those ghoulish, dead-eyed scumbags in their green-gobbed asses. i ain’t talking about the zombies.”

Pulp Fiction, The Magnificent Seven, Mary Poppins, and 22 other movies joined the National Film Registry. In case the aliens take our DVDs away.

Just because it’s a holiday special doesn’t mean “Between Two Ferns” is any less bizarre. This one’s got Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire, and Arcade Fire singing “Little Drummer Boy.”

Pharrell signed to Columbia and has an album due next year. Cue “Happy.”

A recent Billboard quote from Angel Haze’s manager: “If I didn’t have Angel on lockdown, she’d just put [her upcoming debut album, Dirty Gold] up there,” Carson says with a laugh. “She wants people to hear it now. She’s so caught up in the moment and the creative space. She doesn’t get caught up in the politics.” Today’s headline: “Rapper Angel Haze Attempted To Leak Her Entire Debut Album.” (And she basically did. And it wasn’t supposed to come out until March 3.)

HBO has a James Gandolfini special coming this Sunday. It’ll feature clips of the actor’s work, behind-the-scenes material, and words from “more than two dozen friends and colleagues.”

Gaga and Xtina performed a duet on The Voice‘s season finale.

Lindsay Lohan in the studio.

There’s all kinds of unseemly moments in Drew Magary’s GQ profile of the Duck Dynasty guys, including homophobo-mania!

Aw, c’mon, who asked for a show about the creation of Twitter? No, just … just raise your hand. OK. Please exit. Thank you.

And are you getting into New Year’s resolutions mode? Let Killer Mike’s life advice guide you. “Just be the best you you can be. And the best you you can be is probably about average. So learn to celebrate average more. Buy better beer, don’t try to be a better human being.” [h/t]

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