Groovy. In anticipation of the trailer's release, CBR released its full set visit report. Last April, our own executive producer Jonah Weiland visited the soundstages in Manhattan Beach, CA and interviewed director Kenneth Branagh and actors Tom Hiddleston, Jaime Alexander, Ray Stevenson & Josh Dallas, and Colm Feore. "We're blessed with the actors. We have an amazing group of people who've been very excited, very motivated," said the director of his cast. "They all came with incredible passion for the characters, for the comics, for the stories. You've probably spoken to some of them. Jaimie Alexander absolutely knows chapter and verse on set."
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Last week, Movielhole reported the cast of the film has been ordered back to Bulgaria for re-shoots. Following on the announcement that the film has dropped it's 3D moniker, a source tells the site, "It could be that they have abandoned 3D but last I heard they were going to shoot some more 3D friendly scenes and then hire a freelance firm to convert it in post." A curious situation indeed.
Release date: August 19th, 2011
THE GREEN HORNET
Superhero Hype has a new international poster for the film that I think is pretty slick:
Staring Seth Rogen, release date: January 14th, 2011
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
During his live chat at latimes.com, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed the various Marvel films and let loose a few details about "Captain America." According to Feige, "While there's no Invaders, there's lots of Howling Commandos!" I guess that puts an end to the Invaders rumor that circulated during the summer. He also mentioned Nick Fury would not appear in the World War II section of the film, keeping the character in a "modern" context. He also teased a trailer for the film and a first look at the Red Skull would come with the New Year ... which could mean just about anything, but I imagine sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Big Shiny Robot asked co-creator Joe Simon about his thoughts on the character finally getting a major motion picture treatment. "I have a great deal of confidence in the Marvel movie makers, and have been contacted by Stephen Broussard, the co-producer, several times. It's apparent that they're putting a great deal of energy and creativity into all of their projects," said the 97 year-old comics veteran.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Lou Ferrigno tells Nuke the Fridge that he is "involved" in the film and discusses the new "Hulk" TV show:
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
Comics Continuum has a number of interviews from the Los Angeles Premiere of the film. Here's a brief one with Jeff Bridges:
Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Time Hero Complex Blog has a photo slideshow from the premiere featuring the stars and Daft Punk:
Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
The LA Times also has a write-up on the "Spider-Man" Muscial's director Julie Taymor. In addition to the show, she has a new film coming out, her interpretation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." She tells the Times that the two are not so far apart. "I actually see Shakespeare - and I really mean this - and Spider-Man as pop icons. They are both mythic. They both come from ancient cultures," says Taymor. "Even Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, who created Spider-Man, were drawing from ancient Greek myths. And there are human spiders in Indian, American Indian and African ... stories. My push for 'Spider-Man' is its mythic DNA, and my push for Shakespeare is its common denominator - its ability to be accessible to the groundlings."
According to Superhero Hype, The CW wants fans to show support for the Blur. "Fans of 'Smallville,' from Warner Bros. Television, will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to appear in an upcoming episode of the 10th and final season via the 'Smallville:' Believe in Heroes Challenge, a 10-day promotion running from Friday, December 10-Monday, December 20, on CWTV.com," says the press release. Fans are encouraged to shoot a video playing the part of a Metropolis citizen who supports The Blur and the other superheroes. Some of the videos submitted will be featured in the February 4th episode, "Beacon." Full details are available at CW's Smallville site.
After saying there would be no more wizards for me over the weekend, I inadvertently found myself watching "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" last night. While I love me some Nicholas Cage, the film seemed a by the numbers affair. I don't think it will spawn seven additional films about its kid magician. 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 next Nicholas Cage flick.