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Wolverine, Thundercats, A History of Violence, Serenity: August 24th Comic Reel Wrap

WOLVERINE

Dark Horizons is reporting a rumor that Hugh Jackman is going to ask "Dancing With The Stars" winner Tom WIlliams to play "a big role" in the Logan-centric spin-off.

THUNDERCATS

According to Animation HQ (scroll down, you'll see it), "It's been rumored recently that the studio is working on a remake of the seminal 80's toon, 'ThunderCats.' The new show's look might be similar to 'The Batman,' reflecting an edgier, anime-inspired style. Supposedly, pre-production is in the ongoing and it may be scheduled for broadcast sometime in late 2006. There have been no official announcements as of yet." Somewhere in the world, John Layman is rejoicing ...

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

Variety (subscription required) is reporting that New Line has partnered with Court TV to help spread the word on "A History of Violence," with Viggo Mortensen, through a two-hour block of primetime network programming tied to the movie's theme of a double life. In addition to running thirty second "Violence" spots during the two hours, New Line will get tagged tie-ins (in which an announcer says at the break, "Brought to you by 'A History of Violence'"), in-program sponsorships (during which the bottom third of the screen is filled with a silent promo for the movie in the middle of "Forensic Files") and 10 brief vignettes of "Violence" during commercial breaks.

SERENITY

Has the viral marketing plan for the Joss Whedon cult classic started infecting the world? People are talking about the two leaked video clips shows actress Summer Glau being chatted up and popping up in strange places. Universal, of course, claims no knowledge of this at all.

X-MEN 3

Another set report is over at Superhero Hype, which includes a description of The Beast. Their spy wrote, " I also had the luck of literally walking into Kelsey Grammer with his Beast head on, T-Shirt and shorts...I was going up the driveway to my car and he was coming down to the castle...The Beast is awwwwwesome [sic] ... I didn't recognize him because I was so astonished with the face ... I told him he was 'looking good' and then recognized his voice when he said 'thanks.' The face is jet black and huge and builds up on his squarish features. Just at the side the skin turns a deep blue with a solid line running down the side so his ears are blue and his neck and shoulders. The hair is a different blue and looks like he put his finger in an electric socket. No one will be disappointed!"

SMALLVILLE

Just an update on that news about running around the back roads of Smallville -- the car will be blue. Which makes no sense if you don't like spoilers, but if you do, well, there you have it.

READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP?

I'm actually a little nervous about my fiction and poetry reading tonight (you're not in LA, and can't make it, huh -- that's okay, just go buy a copy of my novel), which is unusual. Anyhoo, if you have the scoop on anything related to comic book movies, TV adaptations or just want to give us a briefcase full of cash, no questions asked, drop us a line and let's coordinate. You can choose an alias if you'd like, or be mentioned by name -- we honor requests for anonymity. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, and "don't blame me, I'm drunk too!"

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