Who’s wants some Angelina Jolie? IGN has an exclusive video chat with the screen siren.
Director Timur Bekmambetov told Sci Fi Wire that he’d list the A-lister among the benefits of his first Anglophone film. “Yeah, there’s no Angelina Jolie in Russia,” Bekmambetov said. “And Morgan Freeman. And everybody speaks Russian. … Of course, I had the best dream crew, the best people in the industry … It was a collaboration. I was surprised, because, of course, we know all these myths about how bad studio people [are] and how they’re torturing creative people. It’s bulls–t. It’s not true. With me, I mean. Maybe somewhere, I don’t know. Maybe I was lucky, or it’s a dream. We are here, and nothing [bad] happened.”
Bekmambetov also spoke to Newsarama about the Eminem rumors that kickstarted the project. “I didn’t picture Eminem to play Wesley. I saw him differently,” he said. “I think Eminem is not representative enough for a big worldwide release. James McAvoy is going to be easy to identify with.”
We got an email from Antonio Rivera pointing out this new video clip at Empire Online.
Comic Book Movie notes the new Flash game giving you insights into the film.
Finally, you can preview the soundtrack at Cinemusic.net.
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
Lake McQuarrie News has new photos of Logan’s Normandy beach invasion.
THE DARK KNIGHT
Superhero Hype and IGN got a new package mailed to them including a new copy of The Gotham Times and even a mask and cowl, boxes from Gotham City Pizza and a link (user name “Nycticeius” and password “merritt”) focused on Citizens for Batman.
COWBOYS AND ALIENS
Writer Fred Van Lente checked in with CBR News about Robert Downey Jr. possibly joining the adaptation of his work.
INCREDIBLE HULK 2
Director Louis Leterrier told MTV that he wants to take the decision on the sequel’s villain to the fans. “I think that if we get to ‘Hulk 2’ I would go to Comic-Con and ask the crowd of people that actually love the movies, which one would you prefer to see, Samson or the Leader?” Leterrier said. “Both are very interesting. [But] there’s something unstoppable about [Leader] and it’s just not the same thing. It’s just different. The fact that he controls stuff with his mind, I just like that.”
There’s a few new action figure images at Comics2Film.
According to Variety, Universal has bought the rights to Vasilis Lolos’ Oni Press graphic novel. The project is set up under producer Barry Josephson’s shingle. Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing the screenplay. Eric Gitter is producing through his Closed on Mondays Entertainment, the producing arm of Oni Press. Josephson Prods. executive Alexander Young will co-produce.
Writer J. Michael Straczynski talked to AMC TV about working on a Norrin Radd screenplay. “I was writing it as ‘FF2’ was about to come out, and the theory was for it to pick up literally the next frame after the ‘FF2’ movie, where you find out why Silver Surfer was there and what happened to him,” Stracyznski said. “We would have seen Galactus, his home world, what happened and him trying to get back there, because now that he’s betrayed Galactus, he’s concerned his home world might be in jeopardy … In the script I come up with some ways to visualize him that are true to the original, but take it one step further using the current CGI technology that we have. So we would have seen him as a character on numerous occasions in the second movie, not inconsistent with the first distant shot of him in that that’s just a way of concealing who and what he really is. Believe me, he would be not at all silly looking.”
W Magazine has some comments online from their interview with Charlize Theron, talking about why she chose to join the Will Smith production. “[Will] said that there’s this idea within the industry where you do your independent film that’s made for under $2 million, it’s a struggle and then you win your Academy Award for that, because that’s your best work,” Theron said. “And then you do what’s considered these kind of sellout roles in the big blockbusters. And he’s like, ‘Why can’t we do the best work in a big movie that can be a blockbuster?'”
Artist Joshua Middleton revealed some of his artwork for the DVD on his blog.
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
There’s a new TV spot on the official site.
IRON MAN BOX OFFICE
According to Variety, the Jon Favreau-helmed movie helped push Paramount Pictures over the $1 billion mark in international receipts.
KEEPING IT REEL
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