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Rapper turned actor Common talked to Crave Online about picking up the guns for the Mark Millar adaptation. "I play this character named the 'Gun Smith,'" Common (originally known as Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.) said, "and man it really was a beautiful experience, we shot it in Prague, I finished [the movie] up, they're still shooting, but man, I just learned a lot on there, to be one of those characters, its funny, most of the roles I've been getting I'm shooting guns, or holding guns and that's the exact opposite of what Common is about, at least I ain't for shooting for no reason, I'm only down if its to protect one's self. Anyway, it's ironic that I'm taking on those characters but its fun."


We got an email from Chris Rider, talking about a casting notice sent to students of a certain improv class ...

Hello xxxxx Students:

A casting director has asked us for help in locating actors who can do strong impersonations of specific historical figures for a feature film. This is not a xxxxxx project.

The project is called "Watchmen" -- directed by Zack Snyder. They are seeking actors who can impersonate and can potentially look very similar to the following historical figures:

John McLaughlin

Eleanor Clift

Ted Koppel

Pat Buchanan

Richard Nixon

If you would like to audition for this film, please contact me by 10:00 p.m. tonight (Monday) via e-mail (xxxxxxxx), and I'll forward the sides to you. Please only plan to audition if you can do a strong impression and can look very much like the character.

No phone calls, please.


According to IF Magazine there's still some movement on the Mark Steven Johnson produced televised adaptation. "It's certainly a show that we're waiting to get in and very bullish about it and excited about it," said Michael Lombardo, President, Programming Group and West Coast Operations for HBO. "I'm not a betting guy, but we're certainly are talking about it and hoping."


TV Guide's new issue spoils some surprises for next season, and Kryptonsite has some highlights, including the possibility of new masks coming to Kansas.


Chicago's Fox affiliate has posted video from the set showing the Tumbler and the Joker on set (which is way better quality than the version which showed up on YouTube -- who aims a camera at the TV?), and Batman-On-Film has a slightly spoilerish set report with photos.


We can't do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos -- they're all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, "What do you mean your sister's dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?" The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web's rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we've got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and "enough talk -- let's go make with the 'biff' and the 'pow' already."

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