IGN talked to director Peter Segal about the DC adaptation. “One of the next movies I may be doing is a comic book: ‘Captain Marvel’ … ‘Shazam.’ And that’ll be a different kind of thing [than ‘Get Smart’]. But I think in even some of the best dramas, there’s always a sense of humor that you can bring to it,” Segal said. “I’ve read some people who’ve said I’m trying to make a lighter, funny Shazam!, which is not true. I want to stay very faithful to the source material there. But it is a 13-year-old boy who becomes a superhero, and I think there is an element of ‘Big’ in that and I think there always was in the comic book. When Stan Lee came to me many, many years ago about doing ‘Fantastic Four’ and I was on — and Chris Columbus ironically as well — I was on ‘Fantastic Four’ for about a year and a half, I asked Stan: ‘Why me? Why Chris Columbus originally before Chris handed it to me?’ And he said, ‘Because all of my heroes have flaws and in those flaws there’s a sense of humor and humanity.’ And that’s what he saw in some of my work. So I think that would be the common theme; no matter what the story is, if I could bring some of what I learned over the past decade or so to those kinds of stories, I think I can help tell those stories even better.”
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Sci Fi Wire also has an article about the same, where del Toro said, “This is a bigger movie, and essentially I think we are a week shorter in the schedule. It’s the same as in the first one–the fat man’s syndrome. If you have four doughnuts, you want them all, and the crumbs and the glass of milk. So it’s a problem. You have a budget and you say, ‘How can I make it much bigger?’ Even if you don’t have the money. So that’s a little problem. And then in this one we didn’t have the money and we didn’t have much time, so it was twice as stressful.”
The new trailer is out at Marvel.com.
Kryptonsite has a new promotional poster for the February 7th episode “Siren.”
Screenwriter James Vanderbilt spoke with Blog Talk Radio about working on the sequel. “I went in on that. I really loved the films,” Vanderbilt said. “It’s sort of an odd process because you’re sitting down with the people who made the first three and going, ‘Well let me tell you what to do.’ But I was lucky enough that they were interested in me and I’m a huge fan of those movies, so we closed that up right before the strike. Once the strike’s over I get to go to work.”
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
If you wanna bulk up like Hugh Jackman, Health Brands has an article on how he did it.
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY EIGHTY-NINE
An article in Variety notes that the WGA has cancelled plans to picket a CBS investors meeting, which could be a sign that the informal talks are going well. Maybe.
United Hollywood has less encouraging news for a big resolution, as Intermedia and The Film Department have signed interim deals with the WGA.
Finally, the “below the line” crew members of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” all received a thousand bucks to keep them going during the ongoing labor struggle.
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