Kryptonsite has both guest star spoilers and the official network description of this season’s third episode, “Wither.” They also have galleries of promotional imagery featuring Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk. Meanwhile, Devoted to Smallville has a scan of FHM’s Fall TV Special, focusing on the show.
Hollywood North Report has an interesting casting rumor claiming that the rapper Bow Wow is listed on call sheets playing a “dual character” in the episode “Reunion.”
According to Toon Zone, “at Anime Weekend Atlanta, Funimation announced the acquisition of anime series Peach Girl. The anime series is based off of the long running manga.”
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR 2
There’s a report in Variety (subscription required) noting that Reiko Aylesworth and Steven Pasquale have been cast as the leads in 20th Century Fox’s “Alien vs. Predator 2,” which begins filming next week in Vancouver. Greg and Colin Strause direct from a script by “Armageddon” writer Shane Salerno. Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and Robbie Brenner are producing.
This page from New Zealand features info on the new live action film as well as a photo of Clovis Cornillac, the new man in the helmet.
Screenwriter John Rogers talked to Newsarama about what he’s been able to learn about the Michael Bay-helmed production. “Yep, I wrote the first draft,” Rogers said. “I’ve seen the shooting script, and it’s about half and half. They’ve moved one of the storylines a little earlier, and they’ve increased the big military aspect, whereas I had focused on some of the smaller, personal stories. Yeah, you know, I get a credit, we’ll see. We’ll see what it looks like eventually. It goes from me, to the other guys, who work quite extensively with Michael Bay, so using what he needs to get his vision across. The characters are the same, the rough plot’s the same, and I’ve seen the mock-ups of the battles and it’s gonna be frickin’ huge. It’ll be a lot of fun to see.”
SUPERMAN RETURNS 2
Director Bryan Singer has no problems building big expectations for what’s next in Metropolis, according to quotes at Today Online. “When you do a first film like ‘X-Men,’ for example, you’re introducing a world and a set of characters. Once those characters are introduced, once we’ve lived with them for awhile and we know them, when you get into a second film like an ‘Empire Strikes Back’ or a ‘Wrath of Khan,’ you can make an action-adventure film and you don’t have to bank all that time getting to know the characters. Now you can raise the stakes, raise the jeopardy and make a leaner, meaner movie.”
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
According to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has chosen Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-winning visual effects house Weta Digital to oversee the upcoming film. Noted character actor Doug Jones will provide performance and movement references for Weta, in a process similar to the way Andy Serkis portrayed Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The voice casting of Silver Surfer has yet to be determined. Weta has developed an advanced computer-generated animation process that employs motion-capture techniques updated to add further dimensionality to the liquid-metal hero.
Comics Continuum has an interview with producer Michael Goguen who talked about some developments expected in the fourth season. “Robin is hugely important to the series, just as he is to the entire Batman mythos, in that he helps to humanize Batman, and give him an ally and partner that truly understands his motivation, being the only person close to Batman that shares the same tragic circumstance in his origin story. Robin is in every story this season, and we’ll get to see him being trained and growing into a stronger and stronger crimefighter and an integral part of what is becoming a deeply connected ‘Bat Family.'”
The Continuum also has a rundown of episode titles and synopses.
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