X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
Superhero Hype has the official synopsis for the Hugh Jackman-fueled spinoff: “Leading up to the events of ‘X-Men,’ ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ — written by David Benioff (‘The Kite Runner,’ ‘Troy’) — tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.”
Screenwriter Benioff talked to Comingsoon.net about his affection for the character. “I don’t know what’s exactly in the present draft of the script, so I’m curious to see it when it gets made, but yes, I grew up a huge comic book fan,” Benioff said. “Where I grew up on Yorkville and 86th on the East End, there was a comic store called Action Comics on like 84th and 2nd, and I was there every week. Wolverine was always my favorite character, because at that time at least, most of the superheroes were still these square-jawed righteous do-gooders, and then along comes this cigar-chomping, hard-drinking rowdy little Canadian guy and I just loved him from the beginning. It was the one comic book adaptation that I always wanted to do, and I really went after it. I went into Marvel and just really pursued it aggressively.”
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
Actress Gina Holden is quoted at Sci Fi Wire talking about how intimate she got with the film’s many creatures. “It was an absolutely terrifying experience in the best way possible,” Holden said. “This is big-time action and gore. It’s pretty crazy. For me, it’s a dream come true as an actress to work with the people I was working with and to work with the creatures. As an audience member you’re just going to be blown away. It’s really intense, and you kind of get to see the pecking order of these creatures through me as well.”
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY THIRTY-NINE
It’s not David Bowie and Queen singing, but everybody is under pressure, as BusinessWeek has a feature claiming the WGA is “losing ground” talking about reality and animation unionizing as the Directors Guild of America prepares to open its negotiations which could undermine the WGA position (Nikki Finke has a report on the DGA negotiators’ strategy).
Finke also reports that the guerilla marketing of WGA members is starting to get under the skins of the studio suits.
NBC’s really starting to feel the financial pressure from the strike, as the New York Post notes that they’re in for an average half million dollars for each advertiser who got shorted on ratings projections. Ow!
More pain for the peacock — WGA writers disrupted a taping of late night show “Last Call With Carson Daly,” the only late night show back at work.
QUIET ON THE SET
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