THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
So, the Anne Hathaway publicity machine is in full effect. A "source" tells MTV News she is a great choice for the part. "She can 'go there' with this role. Obviously, Chris [Nolan] sees something in her that's fantastic that we haven't seen or have seen ... plus Hathaway has longevity, a steady career arc and growth in appearing in big films," says the source. While I'd normally use the Mr. Mxyptlk joke here, I think the source is dong a little bit of damage control. Some fans aren't exactly excited to see her in the role, so expect to see plenty of stories like these. Of course, she could surprise everybody. We were all unsure about Heath Ledger when he was announced. In the meantime, MTV News also had Hathaway photoshopped into Michelle Pfiffer's old costume. The results are ... kind of creepy:
Release date: July 20th, 2012
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Is it trouble for the film? El Mayimbe at Latino Review reports the flack over the group shot earlier in the week is indicative of a growing rift between director Matthew Vaughn and the studio. He writes, "The movie is still shooting in LA while Vaughn is somewhere else editing. They're shooting at the Culver City Studios for the next couple of weeks. The official story is that they're just shooting pick ups but the reality is ...that hot mess of a film has not been coming together. Vaughn and company ran from location to location but never got the right stuff, or stuff that worked. That's what's happening right now - while he's cutting the film somebody else is shooting literally six weeks - almost a whole film - worth of stuff." It's entirely possible that this is happening. While Vaughn is used to the break-neck pace, the studio is not and there could easily be a clash of cultures. On the positive side, good work can come out of such heated environments. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence talks about being painted blue -- this time with Heat Vision. She also mentions being happy to go off the "X-Men" diet. "It was awful, I was hungry for five months," she says. "I'm still pissed about it. I'm slowly working my way back because I have to be able to eat like an asshole."
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
As we reported yesterday here at CBR, documentary filmmaker Mark Bailey is on to write a new draft of the film. It is the first movement on the film in sometime and possible indicative of Marvel's interest in getting the movie made.
Release date: TBA
SINBAD: ROGUE OF MARS
Variety reports that Morningside Entertainment has picked up the rights to the Bluewater Productions comic. . According to the article, the plot follow "the titular sailor's adventures when a Jinn transports Sinbad and his crew to the red planet, where the Jinn's people have long been imprisoned." The book is the result of a story idea kicking around the Morningside offices for sometime. Bluewater licensed the property and accepted the concept. Now, everything is coming full circle. Paul J. Salamoff is set to adapt the comic book.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
Comicus.it has an interview with series four writer Jane Espenson. "'Torchwood' is being produced mostly in the US style, but it's inevitable that some UK touches are still there. We spent more time in the room as a team than the UK people were used to, but the short season allowed us to have all the plotting and a huge amount of the writing entirely done before any shooting started, which I think is more of a UK thing," she says. "On the day that shooting started, we were closing in on some pretty polished drafts of the seventh and eighth episodes, and I believe nine is in really great shape too. It's so wonderful not being on that meat-grinder/treadmill combo that happens in the middle of a long season, where there are episodes that require attention at every step of the process."
Plenty of "Smallville" news today. Soaps.net reports "Days of Our Lives" vet Eric Marstolf has been cast as Booster Gold. Click on the link for a beefy photo of the lad. Also, Erica Durance talked with TVLine about the return of the show. "Now that she knows [Clark's identity], and they've professed their love, and they're engaged, it's about, 'How do I fit in a relationship with him?' She still has her commitment issues and they're huge. Usually the more terrified she is about someone, the more she tries to find some reason to say, 'I'll leave you first!' But her main focus is absolute and unadulterated support and belief in who he is and what he does, how very important it is, and how it's so much greater than her. It's about, 'How can we support [Clark's destiny]?'" she says ."You're going to see fun little snippets about how Lois helps hide his identity and work on a 'new look.' It's funny, because it's just an overblown idea of what women do in marriages anyway. She thinks, 'OK, if you're going to do this, if you want to make this work, this is what we need to do....' But she still stops at nothing, goes off on her own, investigates things, and gets in trouble - as usual! It's all good." Finally, The Superman Homepage hears tell of one last appearance by Supergirl. "Under complete condition of anonymity, a source close to the show shared with me that Laura Vandervoort will return to 'Smallville' for at least one more episode," they write. They also say they normally don't run rumors like this, but their source is trustworthy. Time, of course, will tell.
Airs: January 29th, 2011
WEEKEND UNDER THE COVERS
Bring me some hot tea. It's the weekend and I'm definitely sick. It's a good thing I can sleep in the next couple of days. When I'm sick, I like to hide in bed and watch "Star Trek: the Motion Picture." No, really. At first, it was a good sleep aid. The "Special Longer Verson" VHS tape was guaranteed to put me to sleep whenever I pushed play. Now, I admire the effort that went into an underwhelming story. While the lack of villain is a bold choice, it gives the movie little to know dramatic thrust. That's it's key problem. It feels like they're boldly backing out of the driveway the entire movie. As it happens, The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex unearthed a Making Of featurette from 1978, when the film was shot. It's an interesting look at the film before it became one of two "Star Trek" movies everyone loves to hate. 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 running out of throat lozenges.