FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
Meanwhile, actor Julian McMahon told Media Blvd he thinks he'll be able to take it easier this time around. "With the first film, I was in make-up for up to 10 hours, and that is 10 hours before I started a 13 or 14 hour day," McMahon said. "It was a pain in the ass, but it was just part of the job. I don't think there's going to be as many prosthetics this time. I'd rather not do it again, but at the same time, I've signed up to do what I need to do. I was the one that came up with a lot of it, so I was kicking myself afterwards."
Actors David Wenham and and Gerard Butler talked to MTV about being "badass" Spartans. "The new rules are that there are no rules, and why should there be? You can break every convention," Wenham said. "This is based on a true story, a piece of history, but when you see the film, you're like, 'Wow, it's out there!' You can see it's solidly based in a foundation of truth but [at the same time] it's so different. It's a contemporary retelling of that story infused through the mind of Frank Miller."
THE DARK KNIGHT
Director Christopher Nolan shot down some rumors in an interview with In Focus magazine, saying Ryan Phillipe was not Harvey Dent, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is not Oswald Cobblepot and Christian Bale will not be seen in character with Brandon Routh's Superman.
Neil Gaiman was interviewed by Bookslut, and said, "They're editing Stardust currently. Editing is where I tend to hold my breath a lot. While something is being shot, you tend not to hold your breath. Everyone's just making a film, what will be will be. In the editing phase, there is so much that can [go] wrong. Everyone is so close to it. They showed me a scene when I was in London the other day, and it was the opening scene of the movie. We got to the end, and I said, okay, you half to put back a lot of the stuff you cut down. They said, 'Well, we're really concerned about pace.' 'That's fine, but what you shot was the absolute minimum needed to tell the world that Dunstan and this girl at the faerie market really like each other, really fancy each other. He's besotted with her, she's really taken with him, and she's given him this flower, and now they're sneaking into caravan in order to get up close and personal. And that information was what you had. You actually trimmed that down for the purposes of pace and speed and now what it looks like is she must be the market slag because they meet and nip off for a quick one.' And they actually had the incredibly had the good grace to hang their heads and say, 'Oh my god, we hadn't thought of it that way, but you're right.' I very much hope that in the next edit, they expand it again. Having said that, I also know that they spent an interesting few weeks doing things like, they had a version of the film where the opening of the film is a flashback halfway through. They decided they should start with Tristran, stuff like that. Right now the film has at least three endings. From the point of view of those people who have endured 'Lord of the Rings,' that's at least one ending too many. Which is in some ways my fault because in a book I can do lots of different endings. I do them fairly fast in an epilogue."
Here's a humdinger of a rumor, from TV Guide's Ask Ausiello column: "Here's a spoiler wrapped in a riddle: Smallville has four couples now -- Lana and Lex; Lois and Oliver/Green Arrow; Chloe and Jimmy; Martha and Lionel. Which one will be expecting by Thanksgiving? Place your bets now!"
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