Deadline reports that actress Julia Ormond has been offered the role of Lara, Superman's birthmother. I guess that means the rumors that Connie Nielsen was set to play the part turned to dust. Still, I wonder how much screen time the part can possibly have if the film is a "soft" reboot that starts when Clark is in his twenties. Krypton can only be a distant memory, right? Or will we get a full half-hour of Russell Crowe warning people that the planet is about to explode?
Okay, that's a good trailer. Yahoo! also premiered a new poster that's pretty snazzy:
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
MEN IN BLACK III
The Wrap reports tensions on the set are mounting. "Star Will Smith headed back to L.A. last week for two days, setting off more reports of production problems. (It's not clear there were any.) But more static has arisen with the filming of chase scenes that have shut down portions of streets around New York City, diverting traffic and generally pissing off the local populace," they write. "Meanwhile, Smith has been throwing his weight around, leading to leaks off the set about demanding behavior -- ordering that a set be torn down because 'it wasn't right,' and that another set be rebuilt to accommodate his improvisations." Smith's weight includes this big, big trailer:
According to the article, the cost of production is approaching $215 million after tax breaks!
Release date: May 25th, 2012
Patrick Dempsey continues his campaign to become the Sorcerer Supreme with this little MTV News conversation:
They caution it could be a fake, but it's pretty good if it is just a bit of fanart.
Release date: TBA
Superhero Hype reports that the production is looking for servicemen stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force base to do some extra work. If you happen to fit the requirements, click through for more information.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
Entertainment Weekly has your first look at Thorin's Company and the Lucky Number, Mr. Bilbo Baggins:
The magazine also has a photo of Ian McKellan all made up as Gandalf the Grey.
Release date: December 14th, 2012 & December 13th, 2013
Spinoff Online reports that the "Iron Man" and "Wolverine" anime series based on stories by Warren Ellis will have their US debuts on G4 at the end of July.
Airdate: July 29th, 2011
WEEKEND IN DEMAND
Get me some energy drinks and cue up some Survivor -- It's the weekend and I have a ton of engagements across Saturday and Sunday. I'm taking it easy tonight because there's no rest for the semi-wicked. I'm also going to see "The Room" on Saturday night, which will be plenty of fun. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of the week to come.