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Incredible Hulk, Watchmen, Hancock: December 18th Comic Reel Wrap

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Incredible Hulk, Watchmen, Hancock: December 18th Comic Reel Wrap

INCREDIBLE HULK

Comics2Film has a script review of the screenplay for the Edward Norton-fueled reboot.

WATCHMEN

CBR News has a feature focusing on creator Dave Gibbons’ visit to the set of the Zack Snyder-helmed adaptation.

HANCOCK

How about a teaser for the new Will Smith superhero film? Thanks YouTube!

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

According to the Herald Sun, Logan’s big screen spinoff will get to use Sydney’s Fox Studios by January after a Baz Luhrmann film ran way over time and over budget.

SMALLVILLE

How about a double dose of Laura Vandervoort from Devoted to Smallville on YouTube? No problem …

SPEED RACER

Superhero Hype has a look at the new poster for the Emile Hirsch vehicle.

WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY FORTY-FOUR

David Letterman may yet get a pass, but when Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien return to TV on January 2nd, they will do so unscripted and without their WGA writers after continuing to pay their staffs during the work stoppage. The two celebs, who are both WGA members themselves, still want to state solidarity with the guild despite returning to work. “I have been and continue to be an ardent supporter of the WGA and their cause,” O’Brien said. “My career in television started as a WGA member and my subsequent career as a performer has only been possible because of the creativity and integrity of my writing staff. … Unfortunately, now with the New Year upon us, I am left with a difficult decision: Either go back to work and keep my staff employed or stay dark and allow 80 people, many of whom have worked for me for 14 years, to lose their job … I will make clear, on the program, my support for the writers and I’ll do the best version of ‘Late Night’ I can under the circumstances. Of course, my show will not be as good. In fact, in moments it may very well be terrible. My sincerest hope is that all of my writers are back soon, working under a contract that provides them everything they deserve.”

Leno said, “Now that the talks have broken down and there are no further negotiations scheduled I feel it’s my responsibility to get my 100 nonwriting staff, which were laid off, back to work. We fully support our writers and I think they understand my decision.”

There’s no bad blood from the WGA, as noted by a report in Reuters “Jay and Conan have been supportive of us from the beginning, and we understand the pressure they’re under from NBC,” said WGA spokesman Jeff Hermanson. The guild however chided the network in a statement saying “NBC forcing Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien back on the air without writers is not going to provide the quality entertainment that the public deserves. The only solution to the strike is a negotiated settlement of the issues.”

Also on the WGA’s naughty list: the Golden Globes and the Oscars. After allowing the SAG Awards to have a waiver and have WGA writers work on their production, the two big ticket shows will have to proceed without scripted material.

The Director’s Guild of America will meet with the WGA to discuss new media and how to approach the studios.

Finally, the AMPTP has posted a new open letter to the entertainment industry on their website.

SANDY, CAN WE ROLL THAT CLIP?

We can’t do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?” The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web’s rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we’ve got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].

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