Latino Review has a lengthy report from an “Insider” on the set of the film. “[Director Kenneth] Branagh is fantastic. The guy is a passionate director. He makes everything and everyone important, no matter how small their role in the production is. He’s keeping the material very close to the comic. The tone is – even the way the stuff looks – is darker,” writes their man on the inside. “Surprisingly, the costume looks amazing. We could tell early on from the production sketches of costumes and sets that this was going to be something good. It’s just beautiful and the designers really took it to heart. If you look at some of the more recent Thor comics that are out now, the tone and the costuming is that. It’s basically, the way you read the comics now, they’re updated the way they are now and that’s how the costumes are. I think everyone is going to be very, very happy. Nothing looks cheesy or cheap.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
MTV News reports a “Kick-Ass” panel will take place at SXSW featuring director Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., and stars Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz. There will also be special posters available like this one:
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello writes, “Clark and Zod will have an inevitable (and rather spectacular) showdown before the end of the season. And look for Lois and Perry to team up on the Kandorians story. Fancast‘s Matt Mitovich spills a few beans on the episode called “Checkmate.” He writes, “I’ve learned that [Martian Manhunter] is more enmeshed in the Checkmate mystery than any of us may have suspected, and that makes Clark suspicious as heck. I’m also hearing – and this part gives me gooseflesh – that Martian Manhunter and Amanda Waller have a face-off that potentially won’t end well for the spaceman. Hopefully, the big guy’s got a trick or two up his purple sleeve … ?” Meanwhile, Kryptonsite has some preview images of April 2nd’s “Escape,” featuring the Silver Banshee.
New episode: April 2nd, 2010
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
Is the price one must pay for being the Spider-Man Musical? As our pals at Robot 6 mentioned yesterday, Variety reports star Evan Rachel Wood has dropped out of the production due to scheduling conflicts. “Casting is underway to find a new Mary Jane to join the rest of the cast in the production,” say the show’s producers. The musical has been plagued with trouble from poor finances, pushing it away from its original spring opening.
Release date: 2010?
With a number of promotions for the film underway, this bit of corporate synergy is by far my favorite (via Sci Fi Wire):
Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
UGO has the final release poster for the film, which resembles an earlier one with more stuff happening on it. Meanwhile, IESB reports the film will open on International IMAX screens the same day as the US release.
Release date: May 28th, 2010
THE WIZARD OF OZ (BEGINS)
The Los Angeles Times reports Warner Bros is currently developing two Oz projects. After “Alice in Wonderland’s” big opening this past weekend, the studio is keen to bring all the elements of Oz together in a new franchise. “With its Harry Potter series drawing to an end, Warners also likes the idea of a franchise, and ‘Wizard of Oz’ and the many books L. Frank Baum wrote featuring many of the same characters (all of which are in the public domain) fit the bill nicely. And let’s not forget the property’s strong, young female protagonist, hugely in vogue now in the post -‘Twilight’ and -‘Alice’ eras,” writes the times. I love Oz and I’ve always been surprised how few of the stories have been adapted for film. Walt Disney tried to film one of the Oz books with the Mouseketeers in the lead roles back in the 1950s, but that project never coalesced. Of course, there is also “Return to Oz,” which is closer to the books, but tends to tramatize people.
Release date: TBA
CONFORMING NEGATIVE CONTINUED
A million years ago, I learned to cut film. I really, really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, times changed and cutting film became an old-timer thing. In recent weeks, I’ve been helping out a friend and learning computer editing. I forgot how much I enjoyed manipulating footage and the computer programs make it so easy. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, 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 bigger video projects.