Heat Vision reports the roles of Abin Sur and Thomas Kalmaku have been cast. Temuera Morrison and Taika Waititi will take the parts respectively. Interestingly, the Heat Vision article does not mention Kalmuka’s name, only referring to Waititi’s role as “the best friend of Hal Jordan.” It does make me wonder if the character is being used at all or if it is a new part taking the place of the Kalmaku character. Also, filming begins this week.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
I’m sure going to miss writing about “Kick-Ass,” even though we still have a month before it is released. The Los Angeles Times 24 Frames blog has this to say about the film, which screened over that weekend at SXSW, “The [film] feels somehow at once lean and bloated. Some of the effects underwhelm, and the whole thing has a light, cardboard-y feel. While set in New York City, much of the film was clearly shot in Toronto. And Aaron Johnson doesn’t quite have the charisma to pull off the lead part of the teenager who adopts the role of a superhero, leaving something of an empty hole at the center of the film … The audience seemed with the film in places, but at times the cheers felt almost forced, as if the crowd had come out for a rollicking good time and was determined to have one no matter what.” The LA Times own Geoff Boucher responded with “I saw a screening of the film a few weeks ago at Lionsgate in Santa Monica and I have a different take on it — I think there’ll be a lot more cheering for this strange, scabby thrill ride that plays like ‘Heathers’ for today’s audience. I’ve seen “Kick-Ass,” and while I can’t say too much about it yet, I will say if your first opinion of the film is “the effects underwhelm,” you might be missing the point.
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
According to Heat Vision, Said Taghmaoui, who looked uncannily like the Breaker action figure in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” has joined the cast as “a leader of thieves who is saved by Conan (Jason Momoa) and later offers him aid.” Meanwhile, the Vulture claims Rob Perlman has been cast as Conan’s father. Interestingly, the Heat Vision article, published a few days later, still lists the role as open.
Release date: 2011
Time to take Edward Norton’s Hulk temperature. The actor seems to give an answer based on his mood the day he’s interviewed and can his opinion of returning to the role (either for “The Avengers” or a solo sequel) can go from chilly to optimistic within days. Let’s see what he tells MTV News:
Release date: May 4th, 2012
Trailer Addict has the preview reel shown at SXSW:
Starring Lawerence Fishburne, relase date July 9th, 2010
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
Alan Cumming tells MTV News he’s still the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man musical, but has a great anology for the production as a whole:
Release date: TBA
Deadline reports director David Fincher is trying to get his vision of “Heavy Metal” going again. The director previously set the film up at Paramount, but that deal fell through. Deadline writes, “Fincher’s shopping a version I would call vastly more appealing. I’m told that Fincher has ‘Avatar’ director James Cameron ready to direct a segment, as well as ‘300’ director Zack Snyder. Fincher is directing one himself. And, oh yeah, the whole thing will be 3-D animation.” Proven directors and 3D? Fincher might get this made before anyone holding the purse strings questions the source material.
Release date: TBA
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summer Glau of “Firefly” and “The Sarah Conner Chronicles” has been cast in the NBC program, “The Cape.” She will play, “Orwell, a cute and intrepid investigative blogger who fearlessly goes after corrupt cops and costumed bad guys,” according to the Reporter.
Anyody else have a hard time with the Daylight Savings transition over the weekend? I didn’t feel it until today and I’ve got plenty of work to get done while feeling jet-lagged. Maybe it’s getting time to just pick a time-zone and stick with it. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, 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 actual jet lag.