We received an email from creator Joe Michael Straczynski, who had a correction on our Friday update: “These eight episodes are hold-overs from season two, not a new season three. Showtime aired the first 7 of 15 episodes this fall, and is holding the last 8 episodes until after the holidays. They are calling it a third season, but in fact it’s the second half of year two. Just for purposes of clarity.” We appreciate the personal note from Mr. Straczynski.
COMIC BOOK: THE MOVIE
The makers of the spoof-u-mentary emailed us a link for a deleted scene (4.5 MB QuickTime video) from the DVD extras. The scene features Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Nuetron) and Daran Norris (“Fairly Odd Parents”) discussing the best use of Daran’s “talents.”
Halle Berry seems to be overcoming her objections to reprising her role as Ororo Monroe. She told the South Jersey News things that sound positive. The article says, “Berry isn’t signed to make any more X-Men movies but she says she’d come back for another if ‘they could give Storm a little bit more to do.’ Even if she’s relegated to the background, she’ll likely return. ‘I’m so connected to the group that I would come back.'”
THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER
About.com sat down with Danny Trejo (“Spy Kids”) about his role in the upcoming dark sequel. “Wicked Prayer? Yeah, I’m in Wicked Prayer,” Trejo said. “I play a Baptist Minister Indian chief. Fallen from grace. I’m actually a good guy in this, Baptist minister. He’s the chief of the tribe that hates Eddie Furlong’s character, The Crow. I scream at him, ‘How did God choose you?’ And it’s funny because he turns around and says, ‘Your daughter did.’ My daughter is Emmanuelle [Chriqui], his love interest. I’m a peace activist.”
HULK VS. X2: X-MEN UNITED
The Oscar race is on, as The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the films in the running for the Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar. The competition is stiff, including Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Peter Pan,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and the aforementioned Marvel adaptations. Fifteen minute clip reels from the movies will be screened by the Academy’s Visual Effects Award Nominating Committee on January 21, and three of them will get Oscar nominations. The results will be revealed January 27th.
Comingsoon.net has posted the trailer for the upcoming French comic book adaptation. It opens in France February 11th and stars Vincent Cassel, Juliette Lewis, Michael Madsen, Temuera Morrison, Nichole Hiltz, Colm Meaney, Eddie Izzard and Djimon Hounsou. Superherohype.com had this to say about the plot: “Set during the 1870s, Blueberry is about a spiritual marshal named Blueberry (Cassel) who tries to stop Blount (Madsen), the man who murdered his girlfriend, from getting to a stockpile of gold hidden in Indian territory.”
Comics Continuum has information on a new “Mutant X” DVD release, covering the first season. They also note the January 12 episode, “No Exit,” involving “s a disgruntled quadriplegic with cybernetic mutant powers.” It’s the first of five consecutive new episodes.
TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY
IGN Filmforce has an article about the biographical movie, featuring the story of former “Superman” actor George Reeves. Benicio del Toro and James Gandolfini are both in talks about the role of private detective Lamar Moglio; Sharon Stone, Naomi Watts and Annette Benning are rumored competitors to portray love interests, and both Viggo Mortensen and Keanu Reeves are being considered for the role of George Reeves himself.
Speaking of all things super, Kryptonsite has a new trailer which includes old footage as well as scenes from an upcoming “event” episode called “Asylum,” which brings back no fewer than three former guest stars.
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