THE DARK KNIGHT
There's a spoiler-esque report in the London Paper about an explosion on the London set of the Bat sequel.
Actor Tim Roth talked to Rotten Tomatoes and promised a "fun" gamma powered blockbuster. "We've done some very cool things," said Roth. "I think it's going to be fun. I'm in my own world with this one so there's a lot of it I don't see what's going on. All I know is, as far as I'm concerned, this is some fun stuff going on." Roth is privy to the transformation effects, but cannot share the details. "I'm still filming it. This is one for my boys. Pure, on set, all I'm asking is, 'Okay, this has got to be a cool shot for my kids, all right? Am I going to look cool in this shot?' It's truly about that for me, completely about that."
Superhero Hype also has a new set photo taking in all the destruction.
CBR News has video previews from tonight's episode, "The Kindness of Strangers."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Director George Miller flew in Saturday from his native Australia for a marathon casting session that started Sunday and continues Monday, seeing 35-40 actors test for roles in the comic book movie. Miller is seeing about four or five actors for the parts of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter, with a few overlaps. A few nonhero parts might be testing as well. On the roll call are Adam Brody (Fox's 'The O.C.'), Joseph Cross ('Running With Scissors'), D.J. Cotrona ('Windfall'), Mary Elizabeth Winstead ('Grindhouse'), Michael Angarano ('Sky High'), Teresa Palmer ('Wolf Creek'), Max Thieriot ('Jumper') and rapper Common. The cast of NBC's 'Friday Night Lights' is well-represented as well, with Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter also among those testing for parts. No costumes are involved in the tests, which are being taped as actors read script pages."
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Shock Til You Drop has an interview with director David Slade about bringing terror to your territory. "I made sure that we were R-rated and had it actually stipulated in my contract when we went in to make the film because there was no way this film could exist as a PG-13," Slade said. "It's easy enough to say that, but I don't want to be stuck within the horror movie that is trying to make this film PG-13 ... The way we approached the film, which was great, was that they really left us alone when we were shooting the film. If it was a PG-13 film I would imagine there would have been more hands on. There was a great amount of trust. God knows where it came from [chuckles] but we went out and we shot the film ... We were worried about a lot of things, but the MPAA gave us an R-rating on the first pass. We didn't have to change a thing."
The Kansas City Star reports that the Zack Snyder-helmed production will feature four sculptures from KC-area artists that will decorate the home of Dr. Manhattan, played by Billy Crudup.
Kryptonsite has two new image galleries for the October 25th episode "Action" and the November 8th show, "Wrath" as well. They also have an excerpt from a Smallville Magazine interview with actress Erica Durance.
Superhero Hype has a quote from voice actor Peter Cullen, who said, "I've been led to believe that there is going to be two more that I know of." He's also the subject of a lengthier interview at their site, saying he's not sure when the next movie would start due to Hollywood politics. "No, I have no idea," Cullen said. "I hope the writer's strike doesn't affect the ongoing plans. It affects everyone."
There's a war of words going on in the press. Journalist Nikki Finke rocked the Tinseltown boat with a column alleging sexism at Warner Brothers, which prompted studio honcho Jeff Robinov to respond in full in Variety. This week Finke is back with more anonymously-credited support for her idea that Themiscira's Finest will never hit the silver screen solo. "[Robinov has] nixed 'Wonder Woman' as a stand-alone film, downgrading her to just one of four superhero characters in the proposed Justice League pic, and ... Robinov will only make Wonder Woman as a spin-off of' Justice League,' about four superheroes including Wonder Woman. But his proviso is that 'JL' (no doubt its proper name Justice League Of America would be too jingoistic for the foreign market) would have to do really, really boffo to justify having a female star-driven pic. Again, I stand by my story."
Go Sadistik is reporting that "Diabolikal Super-Kriminal," a documentary about the European 'dark comics' of the 1960s and in particular the property called "Killing" internationally will premiere in Italy this month, heading out in other languages and markets soon after, with a possible ramp up for a live action film.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
We have to stop and say a special happy birthday to Myshell Curry because we can.
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