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Warner Bros. confirms 'Justice League'
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Here's a brief roundup of the major stories in film news for Monday, April 28, 2014:

Warner Bros. confirms 'Justice League' movie -- Warners has finally confirmed what everyone suspected: a "Justice League" movie is officially in the works. According to the 'Wall Street Journal,' the 'Justice League' film follow-up 2016's tentatively titled "Batman Vs. Superman." Three key members of the Justice League will appear in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel slated for 2016, with a possible release time-frame for "Justice League" sometime in 2018. ... This news comes shortly after stage actor Ray Fisher was reportedly cast as Cyborg in "Batman Vs. Superman" - Cyborg is a prominent member of the Justice League in the comics. ... "Batman Vs. Superman" is scheduled for a May 6, 2016 release.

Prediction: Movies only in theaters for three weekends in the future? -- Blockbuster movies could be available via VOD on streaming services or smartphones mere weeks after opening on the big screen within the next decade. According to Variety, DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg predicts major movies will spend just three weekends in the theater - then immediately 'drop' on streaming services in the relatively near future. A growing percentage of independent films are being released simultaneously on VOD as well as art house cinemas -- and some films have been released on streaming services like Netflix mere weeks after opening in theaters, but weeks before its official DVD release.

'The Other Woman' dethrones 'Captain America' at the box office -- The extramarital affair comedy "The Other Woman" took the top spot at the box office this past weekend, finally knocking off "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." According to The-Numbers.com, the Cameron Diaz-led comedy raked in $24.7 million in its opening weekend, which was well above early estimates of a $16 million debut. "The Winter Soldier" added another $16 million to its impressive three-weekend box office haul. Its now $225.9 million domestic sales makes it the 2nd top grossing film of 2014 - "The Lego Movie" is the 2014 box office king for now.