HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Director Guillermo del Toro made a post on his message boards talking about developments after the first day of filming. "We JUST finished the first day of shooting ... Danny Elfman IS going to score 'HELLBOY 2' and I feel privileged. I have worked with Marco Beltrami many times and will work with him soon enough but I believe we will have a beautiful score with Elfman, whom I admire greatly (in fact the 'Title sequence' music cue had the 'Ta-de-dum-ta-de-dum' rhythm by explicit request by me in an attempt to make it kind of Elfmanesque) and with whom I share a dark view of the world. In the first 'HELLBOY' film we had about 8 creatures (total, between CGI and animatronics/prosthetics) but in this one we have around 30 or more and the emphasis is still heavily on a 50% 50 % balance with CGI as enhancement or as a choice but not THE choice."
Director Tim Story signed on for the Vertigo adaptation? Read about it here at CBR.
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
Speaking of Story, he's interviewed at Superhero Hype and talked about who you won't see in the franchise. "Universal has the Sub-Mariner," Story said, "and of course, there's a big story in the 'Fan Four' with Namor, and unfortunately, we won't be able to use that character, because Universal does have it and are planning a movie to it. Every now and then, you get lucky because the other properties, because they were splitting them up so much, we really lucked out that the Silver Surfer was still at Fox. It was like one of those 'Thank God it happened!'"
Meanwhile, the TV Guide channel talked to the cast, and we've got that video here, courtesy of YouTube ...
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Actor Samuel L. Jackson and director Frank Miller are excited to be working together, according to a feature at MTV. "It will be similar [to 'Sin City' and '300'] in terms of using the expanding technology that was used in those movies [to visualize the comic world]," Miller said. "But I hope to take things a step further, of course."
Jackson said that negotiations were a done deal. "As far as I'm concerned it is," the actor said. "I'm looking forward to it. Yeah, I'm anxious to find out what [Miller] wants me to look like, how we want to do it and when we want to start."
THE DARK KNIGHT
Speaking of urban avengers, Batman-On-Film has a first look at the Bat's cowl for the sequel. Mmm, wardrobe ...
ABC7 Chicago has posted some quotes from the Friday press conference held by the City of Chicago. "We tend to shoot at night like some kind of covert operation," director Christopher Nolan said. "So, we have minimal people actually seeing me in that way. But I'm sure they look and think 'Who the hell is that freak?' when they do come across me! After all, that should be the point because Batman is meant to strike fear into people's hearts. So, if they just thought, 'Yeah, yeah, it's Batman,' then it wouldn't work."
According to the Chicago Business News, the production returns to the Windy City this Saturday.
What kind of sounds will the Robots in Disguise be rolling out with? IGN also has an early listen to a Goo Goo Dolls song called "Before It's Too Late" that will be featured in the action film.
The official site has been updated with new video and a Flash game.
It's all about official websites today -- at the one for the cartoon adaptation you can check out video from the Berlin press conference announcing the film's beginnings.
SPIDER-MAN BOX OFFICE UPDATE
Just for those keeping score, Comingsoon.net sez: "In its sixth weekend, Sony's 'Spider-Man 3' pushed its overseas total to $539 million thanks to an estimated $7 million weekend from 6,205 screens in 77 markets. Worldwide, Spider-Man 3 has grossed $864.7 million, 13th on that all-time list." Domestically, Spidey added $4.4 million this weekend to push its total to $$325.7 million. The third installment is 17th on the all-time domestic blockbuster list.
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