Johnny Depp To Turn Down Riddler Role?

On September 25, 2008, reports:

Johnny Depp is set to turn down the chance of appearing in the next Batman film, according to reports.

The Hollywood hunk has been strongly linked to the role of Batman baddie The Riddler in the follow up to The Dark Knight.

But Depp has told pals he’s unlikely to take the role as a mark of respect to Heath Ledger who died shortly after starring as The Joker in the record-breaking flick.

A source says, “What Johnny would want to do with Riddler is not a million miles away from what Christopher Nolan and Heath did with The Joker.

“He’s yet to have talks about an offer but he feels he’s not the man for the role and that Heath is just too hard an act to follow.”

Producers would be unlikely to have Riddler as Batman’s next villain without Depp, the insider added.

Hey, it’s not as if Johnny needs the work anyway.

It was revealed yesterday that the Pirates of The Caribbean star will be appearing in THREE new Disney films.

Speaking at a press conference at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre on Wednesday, Disney chairman Dick Cook detailed plans for upcoming films that would tie Depp to the studio for the next few years.

Cook confirmed that a third sequel to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was in the works, and that he would star as The Mad Hatter in director Tim Burton‘s forthcoming adaptation of Alice In Wonderland.

And, topping off the list of projects, will be a big screen version of The Lone Ranger, which will see Depp re-team with Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

However, Depp will not take on the lead role of the Lone Ranger himself – he will instead be the hero’s sidekick, Tonto.


NEW POLL: Who should play The Riddler in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman movie?

This is a follow-up poll from a previous Riddler/Batman poll.


For all you Harvard fans out there like me, reports:

TIAA-CREF Ivy League Game of the Week Kicks Off With Harvard On Versus Television

Courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications
Release: 08/14/2008

-Content courtesy of Ivy League Sports 

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League Office announced today an agreement with VERSUS for unprecedented national television coverage for its 2008 football season. VERSUS will televise five Ivy League football games under the title “The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF,” beginning on October 11, at noon as Cornell Big Red visits the defending champion Harvard Crimson.

Harvard will also complete the season package when it hosts Yale in the 125th playing of The Game and Harvard Stadium on November 22 at noon.

This agreement marks the first time since the early 1990s that Ivy League football games have been packaged together nationally. “The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF,” will reach more homes than any other games in Ivy League football history, as VERSUS is currently in more than 73 million U.S. homes.

“The entire Ivy League community is thrilled to have the heart of our football season broadcast nationally this year by VERSUS, and we appreciate TIAA-CREF’s strong support to make it possible. Our students and home communities, and our alumni around the country, as well as college football fans everywhere, will be able to watch top-notch football and celebrate great rivalries,” said Jeff Orleans, Executive Director, Council of Ivy Group Presidents.

The Ivy League includes Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania. With the nation’s longest history of football competition, the Ivy League also sponsors championship competition in more sports, for more athletes, than any other conference in the country. Ivy League student-athletes have outstanding competitive and academic records and Ivy League football alumni of every era are among the most distinguished in the country.

“Ivy League football has an incredible legacy supported by a passionate fan base and we are thrilled to now have the opportunity to present these historic rivalries to a national audience,” said Jeff Goldberg, Vice President of Programming for VERSUS. “The addition of five Ivy League games to the network’s 2008 schedule will undoubtedly help solidify VERSUS’ position as a top television destination for college football.”

VERSUS’ Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF 2008 schedule follows:
Schedule subject to change

October 11, Noon, Cornell at Harvard
October 25, 4 p.m., Dartmouth at Columbia
November 1, Noon, Brown at Penn
November 15, Noon, Princeton at Yale
November 22, Noon, Yale at Harvard

About Versus
VERSUS celebrates real competition across all platforms (, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD). Now in more than 73 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events such as The Tour de France, Davis Cup Tennis, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cage fighting (WEC) and Professional Boxing. The network also offers collegiate sports featuring nationally ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can’t find elsewhere. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

About TIAA-Cref
TIAA-CREF ( is a national financial services organization and the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields with more than $420 billion in combined assets under management. (6/30/08).