Yes, it’s true — Optimus Prime and Megatron now have a MySpace page. Go on, send ’em a friend request. Ain’t It Cool News has a first look at the new one-sheet posters for the film, as well as a rumor that actor Keith David will be the voice of the Decepticon Barricade. Finally, screen writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were interviewed by USA Today, discussing the thoughts behind the designs. “We always modeled Optimus Prime after King Arthur,” Kurtzman said. “His design (from the ’80s toys and cartoon) was so iconic we couldn’t make too many changes.” Orci said, “The Transformers as a race are sentient emotional beings, and they share our characteristics. They arrived on our planet when we face similar kinds of wars and are able to say, ‘We are not that different from the humans.'”
SIN CITY 2
According to MTV, director Robert Rodriguez suggests that some big casting rumors for what’s happening with the next movie. “[Johnny Depp] was interested in doing the Jackie Boy character that Benicio [Del Toro] played [in the first one],” Rodriguez said, “but he was doing that movie ‘Libertine’ in Europe and it just kept getting pushed and delayed and went right through our shooting schedule, But there is a better role for him in [‘Hell and Back’]. I kept going, ‘Gosh, Jackie Boy is a small part, he could be really good [as Wallace].’ When he wasn’t available, I thought maybe it was meant to be.”
Not enough? How about Antonio Banderas in talks for a role? “When I showed him the first sample of the work, he went, ‘Man I’ll do anything in that. I’ll be the hunchback. You have to bring me onboard, that looks amazing,’ ” Rodriguez said. “So Frank met him that time too and he said, ‘I have got to find something for that guy. I’ve never met him before. He’s amazing.’ [So we’re] looking at the cast of characters and [looking] to see where he can fit.”
OCCULT CRIMES TASKFORCE
In addition to appearing in the aforementioned MTV piece, actress Rosario Dawson talked to IF Magazine about developments on her own project. “I will producing it for Bob Weinstein at Dimension, It will hopefully be coming out late next year and I want to add some action to that one. I have that in my head more so than before. Now that IÕm producing it, IÕm going to write it that I have to do a lot of action, because I begged and pleaded as much as possible to be a hood ornament like Zoe [in ‘GRINDHOUSE’] and it never really worked. They were like, Ôtwo of our lead actresses, on the hood of a car, insurance nightmare, not going to happen.Õ I tried, but was in a good position in the back seat.”
Couldn’t get a look at that new trailer? Well, we’ve got you covered, here at CBR, with screen captures of the whole shebang.
Yes, you heard right — the rumor is that before the movie is even out, creator Mark Millar is talking about a second movie in the works. “I am NEVER writing a sequel to ‘Wanted,'” Millar wrote. “The director has an idea for a sequel based on these characters and ideas and they’re already making plans with the studio. But I am absolutely not doing a sequel to the comic-book.”
In an article with The Herald Millar indicates new casting news is pending. “I now understand why casting directors are so well-paid,” Millar said. “It really is a skill to figure out who can bring a character to life and work together as a team. There are four big names in this picture and Angelina is the third of the four released. There is another big male star (to be) announced inside the next week or two. But the people involved in this are already way, way beyond anything I imagined for the first movie I actually own.”
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
Actors Jessica Alba and Julian McMahon was interviewed by Extra “about giving their sexy costumes and super hero antics another go.” That’s from Extra, not us.
THE DARK KNIGHT
They also noted a debunking from Moviehole about that Alan Dale rumor, since apparently he’s not involved with the sequel at all.
Director Greg Beeman is back on his blog answering more fan questions including whether or not Mrs. Petrelli will get more of a spotlight, about Claire and Peter’s powers and whether certain characters will appear again.
Finally, Devoted to Smallville has a gallery of screen captures from last week’s action-packed episode, “Combat.”
READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP?
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 (web site, MySpace blog) saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and “enough talk — let’s go make with the ‘biff’ and the ‘pow’ already.”
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