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Smallville, Conan, The Dark Knight: December 14th Comic Reel Wrap

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Smallville, Conan, The Dark Knight: December 14th Comic Reel Wrap

SMALLVILLE

Actors Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack are the subject of a few joint interviews, from Kryptonsite (which spotlights the new company the thespians are starting to provide services for college students) to Buddy TV (which has MP3 and text). They’ll be the subject of another interview today at The TV Addict where fans can submit questions.

Not to be outdone, their co-star Erica Durance also has an interview with Buddy TV talking about exactly how she gets incrementally sexier every year.

CONAN

The rumor from Ain’t It Cool News is that “Predator” veteran John McTiernan will direct the Cimmerian’s long-stalled big screen comeback.

THE DARK KNIGHT

IGN has what they claim is an official synopsis of the film, while actor Eric Roberts talked to BadTaste.IT very superficially about playing a Gotham crime boss. “Yes, I’m portraying Salvatore Maroni,” Roberts said, “but director Christopher Nolan chose not to stay entirely true to the comic book version of Maroni.”

There’s a new international poster out, and Omelete has the first look at it.

When can you see a trailer, you’re wondering? The rumor from Superhero Hype is that it’ll be on the official website by early next week, after fans can check it out attached to prints of “I Am Legend.” Want more proof? Comics2Film has the satellite coordinates for where high tech fans can catch the trailer on Monday.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

Speaking of “I Am Legend,” an article at MTV notes that the film shows posters for the long-rumored project … in a post-viral New York City of 2012. “That was Akiva,” said director Francis Lawrence. “It’s very funny. That was Akiva’s department; Akiva became the cheerleader for every movie poster and [inside] thing you’ll see in this movie. So, because we’re in a video store, you’d see movie posters around, and when we’re in Times Square so you’d see movie posters around.”

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

The rumor from Moviehole is that actor Christian Clark is “in talks” for a role alongside Hugh Jackman.

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Another new rumor is floating around IGN and Kevin Spacey’s Triggerstreet that “Knocked Up” actor Jay Baruchel may be joining the cast as a villain, and that he could be involved with Maxwell Lord.

WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY FORTY

Today’s big news is that the WGA has filed a labor complaint against the AMPTP, claiming that their ending negotiations was a violation of federal law (for a look at the actual documents, who other than Nikki Finke would have that?). This comes as the Director’s Guild of America announced that they would hold off negotiating with the AMPTP to give the WGA more time — another bad sign for the studios and networks.

WGA-West president Verrone claims he’s not inflexible, being quoted as saying there’s room to negotiate on the matters considered non starters by the AMPTP, although he included a threat: “With every day that goes by, our members are exploring internet TV. The ability to explore this business without media conglomerates is becoming a real possibility.”

Speaking of paradigm shifts, the Hollywood Reporter claims that the strike could shatter the traditional “TV season” and make year-round programming a reality.

Meanwhile, strikers in New York braved harsh conditions including rain, sleet, hail and snow. “They threw everything at us — plus locusts (roaches, actually, but they could have been locusts),” striking writer Lewis Friedman wrote. “We disbanded before they could play the frogs and the old ‘first born’ gag on us. I suppose we should have expected the producers had that kind of power …” Still, there was plenty of star power at their Viacom rally, with 300 picketers and the likes of Griffin Dunne, Zeljko Ivanek, Seth Meyers, Tony Gilroy, Liz Tucillo, Marcia Norman, Rene Balcer and many more.

Variety reports that late night hosts may come back on January 7th, and discusses what’s a stake if they do or don’t.

Finally, after getting spoofed, the AMPTP remixed their website, but still managing to mangle a popular quote (they said, “The WGA’s filing of a complaint with the NLRB reminds us of the old lawyers’ adage: When the facts are on your side, argue the facts. When the law is on your side, argue the law. And when you don’t have either the law or the facts on your side, you pound the table,” while the actual quote is “When the law is against you, pound the facts, when the facts are against you, pound the law, and when theyÕre both against you, pound the table”). Woops …

THAT’S A WRAP

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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