Director Sam Raimi talked to Entertainment Weekly about the possibility of directing "The Hobbit" ("If Peter [Jackson] didn't want to do it, and Bob [Shaye, chairman of New Line Pictures] wanted me to do it -- and they were both okay with me picking up the reins -- that would be great. I love the book. It's maybe a more kid-friendly story than the others"), but even the rumor of Raimi taking on something so time consuming and leaving the franchise in other hands sent actress Kirsten Dunst into a tizzy. "It's disrespectful to the whole team, I think, to do that," Dunst said. "And audiences aren't stupid. It'd be a big flop without me, Tobey, or Sam. That would really not be the smartest move. But they know that already. [Sony chief] Amy Pascal would never do that." Sony's President of Production Matt Tolmach laid down the law: "Listen, we're making 'Spider-Man 4.' Our hope, dream, and intention is to do it with Sam. But I don't have a crystal ball."
In much more whimsical web-spinning news, Superhero Hype has the dirt on casting information for a "Spider-Man" musical directed by Julie Taymor and featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2. Seriously. Thanks to Leslie Trigg for pointing that out.
Finally, the Snow Patrol song "Signal Fire" is featured in the new sequel, and you can see the video now on MySpace.
Actress Christina Ricci was interviewed about being in the cartoon-based movie, and here's what it looked like on YouTube ...
THE DARK KNIGHT
Does Batman need stamps? According to a scooper at Superhero Hype, a bank robbery scene has been staged in an old post office, and shooting took place last night.
If you scroll down at this page at TV.com, it has a synopsis for the adaptation of Michael Oeming's graphic novel "Six." "Michael Oeming's graphic novel, 'Six,' comes to the small screen. 'Them' follows the story of an alien agent who comes to Earth in search of a rogue operative and finds himself lured in by the temptations of the blue planet. All of the other alien agents are emotionless and do not sway to any side. They just do as they are told. With this rogue cell falling out of line, there may yet be a chance for Earth. The show is produced by CBS Paramount Network Television. Jonathan Mostow will direct the pilot."
Sci Fi Channel announced a "Painkiller Jane" website for mobile devices featuring mobile-specific applications and contents to promote the Event Comics adaptation.
Actor Simon Pegg was interviewed by Suicide Girls where he had a few choice words about comics characters he'd like to play. "I floated that I'd like to play Rorschach because I think he's a great character," Pegg said. "Also I'm ginger and funny looking. I think he'll be fun to play. It's funny when you read those things because they get put out there as fact." When asked who else he wanted to play, Pegg said, "Probably Captain Britain ... I used to read Captain Britain when I was a kid. If they make a Captain Britain movie, there's only one choice."
Comingsoon.net has an interview with screenwriter Zak Penn talking about Ed Norton's casting. "I couldn't be happier about Ed Norton," Penn said. "I worked on the first 'Hulk' movie and I remember talking about how awesome it would be if we got Ed Norton to play this part. He really was up for it the first time. I think Ed Norton's one of the best actors working, and even I was pretty shocked that he wanted to do it. It's one of those rare things where it turned out better than I [expected]. Look, there's a lot of really good actors who wanted to do it even before I wrote my script. I'm not just saying this, but I cannot think of a better person to play Bruce Banner. In this case, Ed Norton would have been at the top of my list. To me, the thing about Bruce is that he's a physicist, he's a super-smart guy who has a lot of repressed anger. To me, that is the essential thing you need to know about him. He could be tall or short, but you have to believe that he's a physicist, you have to believe that life is frustrating for him physically. Ed went to Yale. He's a really smart guy. He has an intelligence that you can see on-screen, which a lot of people who are great actors don't project that. He projects the guy that is smarter than you, and he also projects anger in a lot of his movies, 'Fight Club' being the most obvious example. If you think about 'Fight Club,' he has a lot of similarities to the Hulk as a character. Tyler Durden is his Hulk."
THE CASTING COUCH
Last day to get tax returns filed, you US-based law abiding citizens. Still, you know 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."