Bunked, debunked and now rebunked? Â Film School Rejects has a comment direct from actor Thomas Jane about the photo that circulated last week and had director Mark Neveldine disavowing publicly. Â Jane wrote, “Yeah, the pic is real all right — my pal Akiva Goldsman told me about the project and I fell in love with the idea right away. Being a huge fan of all things Hex — I just couldn’t help myself. I called up my buddy Chris Nelson and we spent a Saturday afternoon working up some make-up for this impromptu shoot and I fired a few pics off to Warners. How do people get a hold of this shit? It’s a little embarrassing seeing my fanboy enthusiasm spilled all over the web, but great scripts don’t come around too often, especially for characters I love.” Â So — to sum up — yes, it’s Thomas Jane and no, the studio nor the production aren’t involved. Â Right, then. Â
According to E! Online, producer Laura Ziskin told Nevada and California theater owners that “Spider-Man 4 won’t hit theaters until at least 2011.Â She said there is no script yet and neither Maguire nor director Sam Raimi have signed on.”
THE GREEN HORNET
What’s that? Â An official teaser site? Â Cool …
Director Timur Bekmambetov talked to CBR News about bringing Mark Millar’s vision to life. Â
Superhero Hype also has a new video featurette with actors James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie talking about their characters. Â
THE DARK KNIGHT
Speaking of directors, Christopher Nolan also spoke with CBR News, talking about bringing the Bat back.
Did you miss the set report CBR News posted? Â
There’s a new TV spot on YouTube …
Did you play that Joker game on Why So Serious? Â That leads you here … and if you get the timer to read “03:02:13:22,” you might recognize someone.
Jim Gordon sent out another email as well …
With the probe into money laundering operations of the Gotham mobs well underway, I wanted to thank you for all your hard work and ask you all to keep your eyes open.
We all know that the mob can be quite ingenious when it comes to money laundering schemes. MCU must be just as ingenious in trying to root these schemes out.
Please, in your everyday life as well as your work on the job keep a lookout for anything out of the ordinary that may signal a money laundering scheme. Overheard conversations, suspicions of stores you frequent, etc. Everything is fodder for this critical investigation.
If you have any leads, tips, or information that can help the Major Crimes Unit crack this murky network of banks, businesses, and the people who run them, do not hesitate to contact me.
Would you believe that “Batman Beyond” was almost the cinematic direction of the franchise? Â A story at this website talks about the 1999 plan for an adaptation around Terry McGinnis.
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
We got an email from Coratelli noting this interview with cinematographer Steve Gainer (in Italian and English below).
BILLY BATSON AND THE LEGEND OF SHAZAM
Director Peter Segal talked to FirstShowing.net about bringing the wizard and the hero to the silver screen. Â “We’re still working on the script,” Segal said. “An interesting little development, but it’s an annoying one, is that after a strike there are residual effects and one was that everyone who was a writer suddenly had a back log of assignments as did John August, so we started to do our re-write process but he had to service some of these other prior commitments. So now we’re kind of waiting in line to get him back but it’s worked out okay because we’ve been working on the marketing of this and getting this going, so we’ve been doing enough to keep ourselves busy and as soon as this movie gets released then we’re going to focus again on ‘Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam.'”
Creator Mark Millar told CBR News a little about his next cinematic endeavour.
Comics2Film has snippets from an interview with actor Mark Keeslar, talking about the project. Â “I didn’t feel a lot of pressure coming from the comic book fan base,” Keeslar said. “I think that, like all fan bases, some people will love ‘The Middleman’ and some people will have difficulties with it. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, this comic book super hero, so, it is, in a way, both an ironic statement about comic heroes in general, and also a really passionate and loving look at comics and all of their multi-facets. It’s a loving portrayal, but also a lampoon at the same time. We’re taking a look at it through the eyes of Wendy Watson, your average, everyday art school graduate and how she sees the iconic comic book character played by myself, ‘The Middleman.'”
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
Musician Will.I.Am spoke to MTV about his involvement in the Hugh Jackman-fueled spinoff. Â “I’m a teleporter. … I’m here, I’m there, I’m everywhere. Boom, boom, boom!” he said. “My character’s name is John Wraith. He’s a black Texan. He’s not a cowboy, but his gear suggests that he is. He’s just a bad ass who’ll whoop your ass.”
You’ve seen the posters of the lovely ladies in the Will Eisner adaptation … but now they talk to you? Â Just run your cursor tenderly across the images on this new page at Yahoo! Movies and hear the actresses speak their lines. Â
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
Want a look at the latest version of Bumblebee? Â Check out Jalopnik. Â
Meanwhile, Superhero Hype notes that filming is currently taking place at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia for a June 26, 2009 release, and that the title has dropped the “2” and officially been released.
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
IGN has more art and details from their visit to the editing bay for the Guillermo del Toro-helmed sequel. Â Maybe some spoilers here.
INCREDIBLE HULK BOX OFFICE
The word from Comingsoon.net (domestic and international results) is that “Incredible Hulk” has pulled in $96.5 million, about $4 million behind the previous “Hulk” movie five years ago. Â Internationally, “The Incredible Hulk” finished a close second by grabbing $23.4 million at 4,700 theaters from 50 territories in its second weekend. “Hulk” has raised its totals to $63.3 million overseas and $159.8 million worldwide.
GRAPHIC NOVELS — THE “NEW” HOTNESS?
A piece at ICv2 notes the Time Magazine article announcing graphic novels as “Hollywood’s Newest Goldmine.” Â Way to keep up with the trends.
THE STUDIO HAS SOME NOTES …
We can’t do this without you. Â The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. Â The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Warner Brothers?” Â The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. Â The devoted, the involved. Â Fans, just like you. Â 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. Â Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and where is The Hundred and Four?
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