And now … the short list? The 24 Frames blog at The Los Angeles Times reports “Kick-Ass” star Aaron Johnson and “Star Trek’s” Anton Yelchin are part of director Marc Webb’s list of potential Peter Parkers. While he uses the term shortlist, 24 Frames’ Steven Zeitchik writes, “Just the fact that these actors are being considered means little in practice. Over the last few months, director Marc Webb has canvassed a wide group of young actors with the aim of seeing which one he and and the studio should anoint to take the role previously filled by Tobey Maguire. Screen testing is expected to start shortly.”
Release date: May 28th, 2012
Geoff Johns began teasing the possibility of a live action “Blue Beetle” show. It began with this Twitter post: “BLUE BEETLE NEWS from DCE!! We have a live-action test of Jaime Reyes’ scarab activating his suit. It. Is. Awesome.” He quickly followed with “Blue Beetle’s going to appear in most of the Brave and the Bold’s this year and we’re hoping to develop a live-action show. Fingers crossed!” Then, in true Stan Lee fashion, he made this half-promise: “If I can break it out of the vault, I’ll bring it to SDCC. LIVE ACTION BLUE BEETLE!!” I suppose the important thing to glean from this is that Jaime Reyes might be coming to TV. Could he replace “Smallville?”
Release date: TBA
MEN IN BLACK 3D
Heat Vision reports Sony teased the film while launching its new 3D television on Friday. Apparently, it features Wil Smith saying something like, “I make this look good,” while dressed as his J character. I say apparently, because it seems the YouTube video of the brief tease has lost its memory:
That memory zapper device must be really handy in the age of YouTube.
Release date: May 25, 2012
Superhero Hype grabbed a few screencaps from Entertainment Tonight’s set visit and found a fleeting glimpse of Sif:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
New York Magazine’s Vulture has discovered Sam Raimi has an offer to direct the Oz prequel, which will focus on the windswept carnival con-man and his elevation to Wizard. “It’s unclear if Raimi will accept: Last July, he was hired by Warner Bros.-based Legendary Pictures to develop a film based on the wildly popular World of Warcraft video game,” they write. Having seen Raimi act in a couple of places, I say he’d actually make a great Wizard.
Release date: TBA
NO ORDINARY FAMILY
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Stephen Collins is now a regular on the series, meaning you’ll see his name in the opening credits every week. Well, provided it has opening credits. He’ll also appear in the majority of episodes during the season. You may remember Collins from his eleven year stint as Reverend Camden on “7th Heaven” or his role as Commander Will Decker in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” or perhaps any of the hundreds of Lifetime movies he’s made. He will play the boss of Julie Benz’s character in the new series.
A GAME OF THRONES
HBO had made a teaser for the series available. I know a few people who are really excited to see this series of novels adapted for television, so I thought I’d point it out:
Release date: TBA
Well, with screenings, a press conference, another screening, a Q&A and driving around town, it was a busy weekend … but it’s all worth it to bring you some interesting stuff this week. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or 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 a nap.
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