THE DARK KNIGHT
The onslaught of data continues, as Wizard posted an feature article with actor Christian Bale who talked about how hard it was getting the part. “by the time I actually came to be considered seriously for Batman,” Bale said, “I’d become so focused about it, I viewed the role as mine, even before they gave it to me.”
After eating the Joker’s cake, CBR’s own Andy Khouri has a spoiler-filled report from Thursday night’s promotional event at Los Angeles’ The Bridge complex.
A scan posted on the Toon Zone message boards has a scan from Wizard Magazine discussing the Bruce Timm-led animated look into the film’s continuity.
Looking even farther ahead, Batman-On-Film has a new rumor about Rutger Hauer and the Bat movie after this one.
A story at Canada.com discusses the companies The Embassy and Gray Matter doing effects for the Robert Downey Jr.-fueled Marvel movie. “We do robots pretty well, and that’s what Iron Man essentially is,” said Winston Helgason, president of the Embassy.
Coming Soon has the new trailer for the fast paced film.
Director George Miller told the Sydney Morning Herald (scroll down to “Skullduggery”) that the project is moving forward without delays despite the strike and the movie will have a different name. He wouldn’t comment on casting rumors … including renewed ones in a PDF newsletter claiming that Megan Gale is Wonder Woman.
On the other hand, we got an email from Luke Hawkins pointing out a YouTube video with actor Scott Porter talking about exactly what happened with his involvement, or lack thereof, in the film.
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
Speaking of rumors, CHUD claims that “300” star Gerard Butler is being approached to be Sabretooth and that “Star Wars” actress Natalie Portman is being courted for the role of Kayla.
Comics2Film claims that Spitfire Pictures have optioned the film rights to Shannon Eric Denton and Jeff Mariotte’s Image/Shadowline Comics title.
Director Zack Snyder is giving fans a chance to ask him questions via Watchmen Comic Movie, and the ten “most interesting” will be posted online with answers from Snyder himself.
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
Speaking of fan questions getting answered, the Strause Brothers did just that at IGN in a video interview.
In an interview with Coming Soon, actor James McAvoy talked about his co-star Angelina Jolie and why people around the world will soon be jealous of him. “We have a big old kissing scene, but it’s not a romantic kissing scene. She basically just does it to play a trick on someone, and I’m completely unwittingly taken along on this thinking she might like me, which she actually doesn’t in any way. Yeah, no, she was great as well.” Like anyone would care why …
If you’re ready for a big spoiler, check out what’s happening on February 21st! Do not call that a comeback!
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY THIRTY-THREE
There’s two schools of thought on how Thursday’s talks went. The big media side, represented by the New York Times has this: “Both sides in the Hollywood writers strike expressed optimism that progress was being made in contract negotiations aimed at ending a five-week walkout.” However, the much more highly regarded columnist Nikki Finke had this to say: “I wish I had better news about the AMPTP-WGA contract negotiations, but I don’t. To sum up, they suck. I took extra time reporting tonight, and some very surprising developments came to light. For instance, Peter Chernin is privately telling Hollywood that the producers plan to quit the talks any day now. That they have no intention of coming back with another streaming proposal ‘until we are close.’ And that they’ll only give a better electronic sell-through formula ‘at the last minute’ when a contract with the writers is virtually signed. These quiet remarks by the Fox/News Corp No. 2 are the complete opposite of what the AMPTP is telling the WGA around the bargaining table.” Fantastic.
That could explain this piece at Hollywood Today, where moguls complain that the WGA demands could “kill internet streaming” with one unnamed CEO saying, “If we did what they have proposed, we would lose money every time we streamed a show over the Internet.” Which seems unusual given that the WGA demand was for a percentage of profits, but this is all academic at this point.
Tired of what they saw as divide and conquer tactics, the WGA upped the ante with a discussion of “unionizing reality shows and animation.” Given the heavy rhetoric about reality shows at the Solidarity Rally on Hollywood Boulevard and this week’s picketing of reality giant Fremantle Media, it’s hard to not see that one coming.
Finally, United Hollywood has an updated strike calendar of special strike programming for the next week, including a “Star Trek” day, bicoastal picketing and more.
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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