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Wanted, The Expendable One, Heroes: May 8th Comic Reel Wrap

WANTED

Chicago-based rapper Common has been cast in the Mark Millar adaptation, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Common will play the Gunsmith, an assassin with an unparalleled knowledge of firearms who is enlisted to help train and transform McAvoy's character into the world's most feared and powerful hit man. Timur Bekmambetov is directing.

THE EXPENDABLE ONE

According to Variety, Intrepid Pictures has acquired feature rights to graphic novel "The Expendable One" and signed Shane Kuhn and Brendan Cowles to write the screenplay.

HEROES

How did last night's episode do it for you? We've got a huge behind the eclipse feature with writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite, right here at CBR.

TRANSFORMERS

Actor Josh Duhamel showed a new clip from the action movie when he appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show, and it's ended up on YouTube ...

Voice actor Mark Ryan issued an update about his involvement with the movie and voicing Ironhide for the game. "I recently got called back to the studios by Michael Bay to voice more material to be utilized in editing the 'Transformers' movie to be released during the summer," Ryan wrote. "Michael was again in great form and having a lot of fun with the characters of the Autobots. The material I saw was truly spectacular and I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it in a motion picture before. The action sequences look extraordinary and the scenes were funny and thrilling. The ILM/Special Visual Effects were unprecedented in their complexity and vision. From what I understand the previews of the film seem to be testing very well with selected audiences and I think it's going to be a monster! So now I can also announce that I've recently recorded two voices for the Activision game based on the film to be released at around the same time as the movie. I voiced both Ironhide and Hoist for the game, directed by legendary "Rocky" star: Carl Weathers, who is an all round gentleman and an excellent voice-over director! More info on 'Transformers' later in the summer!"

FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER

French film site Allocine has posted a new photo of actor Julian McMahon in character as Dr. Doom.

More interestingly is a tidbit from the Los Angeles Times (registration required) from director Tim Story. "I've got to tell you, to get the 'Fantastic Four' and turn it into a franchise," Story said, "the first thing I thought was, 'Will I get the Silver Surfer?' Or someone like [the superhero] Black Panther, who was introduced in their book, get Djimon Hounsou and go do it?' But there are so many other great villains and stories -- I feel like I hit the jackpot."

Finally, the official site has posted an international banner for the film, showing Johnny Storm facing off against Norrin Radd.

HE-MAN

The new rumor from British publication The Sun is that "Legendary Pictures -- the team behind 'Superman Returns' -- are set to give the Eighties cartoon the 2007 treatment" ... with actor Brad Pitt starring in the dual role as Prince Adam and the title character.

IRON MAN

Paramount has provided CBR News with a new promotional photo of actor Robert Downey Jr. all dolled up as Tony Stark, alongside a higher resolution version of the armor photo from last week.

STARDUST

Actor Rupert Everett is quoted at Sci Fi Wire talking about his involvement with the Neil Gaiman project. "'Stardust' is another kid's movie," Everett said. It's a fairy story, and it's done by a man called Matthew Vaughn [director of 'Layer Cake']. It's a really good movie, and I'm not just saying that because I'm here. It's a film about the real world and a parallel universe alongside the real world. It's got Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro, Claire Danes and tons of people ... I haven't read the graphic novel. But it's a great story. Secondus, my character, is about to inherit the kingdom, and his brother pushes him off the side of the roof, and he comes back as a ghost. I'm a special effect, and the ghost has fallen on the ground in a funny way, and my head is all splattered. I was most bored standing in front of a piece of green screen in a studio. I know some people do it for months, and I did it only for a few weeks, but, boy, does it really get you down."

SPIDER-MAN 3

The story is still one word: "money." Variety reports that "Spider-Man 3" broke the Y3 billion ($25.2 million) barrier in only six days, setting a new box office speed record for a Hollywood film in Japan. Opening in Japan on 807 screens on May 1, Spidey recorded Y3,187,560,000 ($26.8 million) on 2,578,255 admissions in its first six days of release. According to distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, this is the fastest any Hollywood movie has hit the Y3 billion mark in the Japanese market.

Superhero Hype summed up the grand total, which is $382 million dollars worldwide. Of that, $231 million was tallied from international ticket sales, with $151 million coming from the film's record-setting debut in North America. Playing in 4,252 domestic locations, the film took in an average of $35,540 per screen. The film also unspooled at more than 8,900 locations abroad.

KEEPING IT REEL

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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