If you’re very sharp, your eyes will catch the official confirmation from trade publication Variety that actor Samuel L. Jackson will star alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Terence Howard in the Marvel movie. Wondering who he’ll play? Perhaps you should look for the eyepatch and the helicarrier with “one bad mutha …” on it …
CBR News has a feature article with writer/producer Alan Burnett, showing some images from a new episode.
It’s all about rich super heroes at the top of today’s news wrap, as director Seth Rogen talked to MTV about his proposed super hero film for Sony. “Just a few weeks ago, [co-writer Evan Goldberg and I] laid out our outline for the movie to the studio,” Rogen said, “and before the phone call, Evan and I were like, ‘This is not like any superhero movie — they might just hate that. It’s not using any of the normal superhero movie formats. It’s not an origin story. It’s more like a regular action movie.’ [But] they really liked it and told us to go for it.” Right after the strike, okee dokee …
Keeping it green for a moment, Wizard Magazine has director Louis Leterrier talking villains. “Obviously, General Ross is the villain, so he had to be in it,” said Leterrier. “But the Abomination, Emil Blonsky, was who Marvel wanted to put in this chapter — the first chapter of our new saga — because he’s the most famous. He’s an enemy that can actually threaten the Hulk. It’s very important for me that there is a danger. When Bruce Banner is Hulk, I didn’t feel in Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’ that there was any threat. He was invincible. So with Abomination there’s actually a monster that can, you know, kill him when he’s in the Hulk form.”
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
You can check out the official website for a look at a new theatre lobby display showing Liz Sherman. More are expected in the next couple of days, featuring Abe Sapien and the title character himself.
Director Sam Raimi is still hemming and hawing about what’s next or even if he’s involved — he told CBR’s own Comics Should Be Good, “If I was writing it I would have a very strong opinion about that, but we’re hiring a writer to come up with his own take. Sony was willing to go either way, we’ll just have to wait and see what the writer comes up with. I think anything’s possible, though. I mean, there’s been so many different versions, it doesn’t have to follow the movies that we’ve made. I’d very much like to see Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, so I have a personal interest in that, but certainly anything’s possible. Spider-Man’s such a big character in the comic books that he could endure a lot of different interpretations. You could start over or you could start with a different aspect of the story than I’ve focused on in the pictures I’ve made, we’ll just have to wait and see what the writer comes up with.”
CBR News also presents video previews of the possible season finale, next Monday’s “Powerless.”
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY TWENTY-FIVE
On the good side, everybody’s still friendly, but on the bad side, day two of renewed talks have turned into a game of chicken according to strikewatcher Nikki Finke. The AMPTP apparently covered old ground because, “they also feel that the writers weren’t paying attention and didn’t absorb the proposal back then. So, basically, they presented back what they proposed on November 4th.” This means stretching things into a fourth day of talks.
However, with thousands of CBS News employees looking at a December 10 walk out and Canadian writers striking in solidarity (possibly disproving lingering rumors that there is no such place as Canadia), time may start to breathe down the necks of the studios and networks.
One group that’s in a hurry to end the strike are advertisers, and a blog post from Time Magazine re-examines the pressures they can bring to bear on the two sides of the labor struggle. After all, it’s forcing the Democratic presidential candidates to cancel their debate after the Republicans took it to YouTube.
Meanwhile, the often pro-AMPTP Variety reported that some showrunners have returned to work doing non-writing related work since the negotiations have resumed, including “Lost’s” Carlton Cuse. They might not get the level of disgust that the WGA has for late night host Carson Daly for crossing the picket line.
CBR News has an extensive summary of the entirety of the strike and a lot about its ramifications.
Maybe it’s good news, at the end of the day, that the Broadway stagehands’ strike came to a conclusion with all sides smiling.
A VOTE FOR CHAOS IS ITS OWN REWARD
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 saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].
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