Ladies and gentlemen, we have our Demon’s Head. After noticing yesterday’s almost-certain coverage here, the Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit emailed us with the official story, which ran in the trade paper: “Ken Watanabe will follow his Oscar-nominated performance in ‘The Last Samurai’ by squaring off against Christian Bale in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming untitled Batman movie. Christopher Nolan is directing the film, which will be produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Larry Franco. Watanabe will play the villainous Ra’s Al Ghul, an immortal strategic mastermind who wants to bring his own brand of order to the world. Watanabe joins Bale, cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Michael Caine as Wayne’s trusted butler Alfred; Katie Holmes as a childhood friend of Wayne’s; Liam Neeson as Wayne’s mentor Henri Ducard; and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, a former board member and sidelined employee of Wayne Enterprises. The project is scheduled to start production next month in London.”
Also, Viggo Mortensen debunked rumors of his involvement while talking to Zap2it, saying, “I’m not signed up to do anything at this point, but I guess there was interest from them and other people. But at the moment I’m not available because I’m involved [in doing press for ‘Hidalgo’].”
Faithful reader Ricardo D. Martins wrote in to tell us he saw the sequel trailer playing in Brazil, prior to “Big Fish.” In other cinematic news, AdWeek notes that Sony has teamed up with Regal CineMedia for “a two-and-a-half minute block in each 20-minute pre-show for branded entertainment at Regal cinemas equipped with digital delivery systems.” Why should you care? Well, “Jeff Blake, vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City … said a behind-the-scenes short for ‘Spider-Man 2’ will premiere in June in advance of the movie’s July 2 release. ‘The main thing will be to separate the block from the usual trailers and give audiences an expanded look at product,’ Blake said. ‘We give a lot of credit to Regal for making it an added value rather than a distraction.'” Finally, Tobey Maguire offers an opinion to Wizard Magazine, on stands today: “This movie has a better story, a better script. To me, we have a better villain. Cinematically, I think Doc Ock’s just a cooler villain. That’s no knock on [Green Goblin actor] Willem [Dafoe]; I think he did a great job. I just think I like Doc Ock better.”
Jeremy Henderson emailed the Comic Reel to alert us to a Usenet posting by “Blazerkohl,” who found an interesting audition posting online. If you note the seventh entry down, it read, “L.A.Bound Entertainment is now accepting submissions for the lead in ‘Supergirl 2’ by Tri star pictures. This will be part of a 4 picture deal. Once production begins there will be around a four month commitment, but the entire four picture deal is figured to last about two to three years filmming back to back. We are accepting submissions from around the U.S. that fit the following break down: Model type, caucasian 19-26 y/o, brown to blonde hair, green to blue eyes, 5’7″ to 5’10”, 36-24-36 or close to that description. Sag/Non-Sag talent.”
It seems that “X3” and “X4” could film back to back, according to today’s issue of Wizard. Cinescape summarizes the info, saying, “Among the facts dropped in the mag are: the idea by Singer to shoot X-MEN 3 and X-MEN 4 at the same time; how many primary characters are currently in the X3 treatment (which includes Beast); which actors are likely to reappear in the second sequel; other filmmakers that Singer has been meeting with regarding the latest breakthroughs in filmmaking technology; and spinoff movies using Wolverine and other X-Men characters. Perhaps the biggest news is the revelation of what the general premise of X-MEN 3 will be about — or is, at least at this early stage of the game. According to Singer, the idea behind X3 is what would happen if humans and mutants went up against evolution itself.”
As of press time, the 10 minute “behind the scenes” video from Hellboy with “Baby Hellboy,” “Monster Fights,” “Hellboy Beating The Crap out of Creatures” and “Amazing del Toro/Mignola footage” was available at Hellsite2. They warn that it could get yanked at any time, and the footage will soon be available on the Best Buy DVD. But you’d have to pay for that …
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