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Tobey Maguire poo-poos last week's rumor which featured the Vulture and Vultress as the villains for MTV News. "In terms of 'Spidey 4,' I will plead the Fifth and not say anything," says the actor. Of course, all of this might be academic if IESB's sources are to believed. According the them, the production is on "indefinite hold." The article claims, "An inside source working on the project tells IESB that there are some major issues director Sam Raimi is dealing with that include an incomplete script. And why is the script incomplete? Looks like Raimi and the studio heads at Sony Pictures can't agree upon a villain for the film." Much like last time on "Spider-Man 3," Raimi and Sony appear to be at cross purposes over the villain. If this proves to be true, I find it unfortunate Raimi and the Studio can no longer easily come to terms on this story point, which IESB says isn't "being handled in the most friendliest of fashions." To me, that friction made "Spider-Man 3" feel much more like a contractual obligation than a film anyone had the drive to make.

Directed by Sam Raimi, release date: May 5th, 2011?


Mania.com has a interview/press release with William Baldwin, who plays Batman in the direct-to-video film. Baldwin mentions he was on director Joel Schumacher's shortlist to play Batman back in the "Batman Forever" era. Asked if that influenced his performance, the actor responded, "I was mostly influenced by whom I perceive Batman to be, with the possible exception that I think sometimes I allow a certain sensitivity or an emotional dynamic to give (the character) maybe a likeability or an accessibility. That's almost an insecurity of mine as an actor -- to want to breathe a little bit of those types of emotions into characters. I think I find them more appealing and more likeable and more human. What I didn't choose to do is to go towards the darkness of the way the original Batman series was intended. Because Batman, in the original comic series, was a lot darker than the character that was brought to life in television."

Release date: February 23th, 2010


Actor Mark Strong talks with Collider about his role in the film (and his roles in a couple of other flicks, "Robin Hood" and "John Carter of Mars"). "I play a character called Frank D'Amico. He's a New York mafia boss. He's basically been dealing drugs and running rackets all his life," Strong explained. "I found beating up small children very difficult to cope with. Going to work and strangling 10 year old girls is not what I imagined I would be doing at my age, but having seen a rough-cut of the movie it's really exciting and very different and that's, I think, probably what people are responding to."

Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010


So, that scavenger hunt marketing campaign revealed the first trailer for the film. CBR followed the story and now we have the trailer and an extensive gallery of stills from the trailer. I find the Senate hearing scene that opens the trailer the most reassuring thing, but there is some giddy thrill in seeing Iron Man and War Machine side to side.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010


At the Avatar premiere, director Bryan Singer told various people he has signed to direct the film. He just hasn't told any of the usual suspects. Collider points to Flickchart's Twitter page, but the post is without quote. IGN points to a video at MySpace where Singer actually announces, "I just yesterday signed a deal to do an "X-Men: First Class" origins picture, which is kind of cool. I'm very excited." I've yet to see the trades confirm this, but since "Avatar" and "X-Men" are both Fox properties, I could easily see the whole thing being planned. Singer announces "X-Men" at the 27 minute mark.

Release date: TBA


This is a rare kind of day where only now could I mention Rene Russo has joined the cast of "Thor." Variety reports, "the actress set to play Frigga, the mother of Marvel Entertainment's hammer-wielding Norse hero." Considering the size of this cast, the film more resembles a mid-1970s ensemble extravaganza than a superhero movie. I suppose the God of Thunder deserves no less.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date May 20th, 2011


It seems Marvel moved the everything forward yesterday with just one bit of news bigger than the last. It's not often we get a landslide like that over one group of film, but sometimes that happens ... but we still await the casting of Captain America. 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 Forbush Man movie.

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