Superman Returns, Spider-Man 3, X-Men 3: May 31st Comic Reel Wrap


Lots of info about this Bryan Singer joint. The studio has relaunched the official website with videos, photos, downloads and info about the film. Superhero Hype alleges to have found out the running time for the Brandon Routh-fueled DC adaptation at "150 minutes, or 2 1/2 hours." There's a new trailer online at Yahoo! Movies, while Comingsoon.net reports that the film's release date has been moved up two days to Wednesday, June 28th. Finally writer Karl Heitmueller wrote in to note the third part of his MTV Online series about the film.


More set reports are pouring in, and Superhero Hype has the latest. Their report reads, in part: "The streets of lower Manhattan are covered with cables. Pine street, Cedar, Broad have block long cables of various colors. When I asked a shopkeeper he said he was told that Spider-Man 3 will be filming on these streets tonight, 5/30/06."


Superhero Hype is busy today, noting that the final four day tally for the film is $122,861,157 for the Memorial Day weekend, more than $27 million more than previous record holder "Shrek 2." it also also marks the fifth-biggest opening four days for a movie ever, trailing just "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" ($158,449,700), Spider-Man 2 ($130,456,123), "The Matrix Reloaded" ($129,282,716) and Spider-Man ($125,878,901). They also note a rumor claiming that "Ian McKellen will be playing 'Magneto' in the prequel," also claiming that Norrin Radd would face off against the FF in their sequel. Finally, apparently actress Halle Berry threw up on crew members during the shooting of the film, proving that no matter how beautiful she is, somewhere, some guy is angry because she puked all over him.


The Associated Press is reporting that Marvel exec Avi Arad will be leaving the company to be and independent producer ... making films for Marvel. Arad said, "I have helped to build Marvel into a very special company, and on the heels of the tremendous success of 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' I felt like it was the right time for me to move away from the day to day corporate responsibilities in order to focus on what I love best - creating and producing. I am leaving behind a great team to run the studio, and I expect to remain actively involved in the development and production of many Marvel films in the years to come."

As far as fans are concerned, this is less than world-shattering news, but it means bigger paydays for Arad and the possibility of him working outside the Marvel system ... which also means more money.


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