CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Bleeding Cool has your first spoilery look at Cap’s comic book inspired USO costume. At some point, he trades in these threads for the gear we’ve seen in posters and trailers. I’ve kept the pictures behind the link just in case you’d rather be surprised when the movie opens next month.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Crave Online spoke to Mark Strong about a possible special scene at the end of the film. SPOILERS AHOY! “The thing to do is introduce everybody to the mythology and the story, and then give them that little taste,” he says. “Certainly the fanboys who know about it will be excited, and anybody else, at least they have an opportunity of understanding where it could go from here.” Click through with caution as the nature of the possible scene is discussed. Meanwhile, early reviews are starting to leak out and some have not been kind. Here’s an example from the Village Voice: “It’s 10 minutes before a human character appears on-screen in ‘Green Lantern,’ a personality-free franchise-launcher that builds toward a quaint, if explosive, argument in favor of the nebulous quality of “humanity.'” Ouch.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
COWBOYS & ALIENS
Nordling at Ain’t It Cool News interviewed writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Talking about the film’s premise, Ostby said, “How do you grapple with [aliens] when it’s completely outside of your realm? I remember there they were saying when the native Americans first saw the western ships coming to shore they couldn’t see them because it just wasn’t in their realm of thought. They had no way to even grasp what it was they were looking at and therefore just didn’t see anything, which was sort of intriguing.” Fergus added, “That idea of ‘How do you process the impossible?’ I think you just totally hit it on the head about what the challenge was. Was it hard, like you say when you set up this western and we didn’t know this project had been bouncing around for a long time, which was good in a way, because we thought we were the first ones to get a crack at it. We had no idea there was a history, but we went in and pitched it as exactly that. ‘This is a western and science fiction starts to creep its way in,’ much like that ‘Twilight Zone’ where you set up reality with 95% reality and then in comes something impossible.”
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
MAN OF STEEL
Bleeding Cool has the lowdown on extras casting for the film in the Plano and Chicagoland, Illinois areas. They’re looking for men, woman, and children … so this one is wide open. Click through for more information if you live nearby.
Release date: 2012
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Movieweb has a new TV spot for the film:
Release date: August 19th, 2011
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
One of the lads at Comic Book Movie hears of a possible scene between Bane and Ra’s Al Ghul. A source tells him that he watched “a large team in black hoods storm a room holding Tom Hardy as Bane led by what looked like a young ra’s and kill off some stragglers.” A rough scene description, but certainly possible. I think it’s a forgone conclusion that the film version of Bane is somehow tied to the League of Shadows. I’m open to other suggestions, though.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
Fresh from the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas (via Comingsoon.net) comes this promo image for the film duo:
Why is the second B smaller than the other letters? Graphic design people, I need an answer.
Release date: December 14th, 2012 & December 13th, 2013
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
And so, it is open. The Hollywood Reporter has a handy round-up of the critical appraisal of the revamped show, which still slants toward the negative. Here’s a choice quote from the New York Magazine review: “I’m sorry to report that the eight-legged, nine-lived megalomusical — which finally opened tonight, in its newly tamed, scared-straight and heavily Zolofted post-[Julie] Taymor state — has deteriorated from mindblowingly misbegotten carnival-of-the-damned to merely embarrassing dud.” Wow. I’m making it my mission to become involved with a project that can only be described as a “mindblowingly misbegotten carnival-of-the-damned.” Clearly, the old version of the show was better.
Opened: June 14th, 2011 … finally.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Spinoff Online reports that actor Sean Astin has been cast as Raphael in the new series. “Astin, who will voice the twin sai-wielding, red bandanna-wearing Raphael, joins the previously cast Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo) and Rob Paulsen (Donatello),” they write.
Release date: TBA
THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD
I’m going to see “King Kong” tonight at The Los Angeles Theater; one of the venerable old movie places along Broadway in Downtown LA. While I love the original “Kong,” the thrill is seeing the inside of the theater. The romantic part of me would love to see all the theaters on that street reclaimed and showing films constantly, but progress wins out, I suppose. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of urban renewal.