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Friday, December 29, 2006

Tinker Bell, Still Lost In Space?, Toon Insurance, Painted Veil, Happy Feet,Mike Fright, Comic Previews

Tinker Bell

We wrote awhile back about this film being delayed because the current version was skewing to young (4-6), according to test audiences. Brittany Murphy, who voices the title character in the upcoming direct to DVD animated feature, spoke to SCI FI Wire about the fantasy, saying: "When they asked me to play the role of Tinker Bell, . . . come on! How could I possibly say no? Disney sent me a basket. I'll never forget; I was working on a movie in London, and they sent me a basket with Tinker Bell alarm clocks and things like that and this great sketch of what she'd look like, along with all the other characters in Pixie Hollow. It definitely shows her life with Peter and the Lost Boys, but it shows Tink with her girlfriends and also feeling inadequate about being a tinker fairy. Pots and pans, kettles; that's what a tinker was when J.M. Barrie wrote the original. It meant something different in that world than it does in today's world, and she feels very insecure about that. And the film explores that, which is sort of fantastic." About shooting the motion-capture film she added: "One of the oddest happy things I've seen in my life was seeing this face that I was raised with and this feisty personality, which is the character of Tink, who is an icon, with my voice coming out of her mouth. And she looks how we all know she looks, but she has my facial expressions. That was very odd to see. All of a sudden her eyes grow to half of her face. She does little things that I do, and, really, it's very strange." Tinker Bell, which also features the voice of Kristin Chenoweth, is now being targeted for release in 2007 or 2008.

Still Lost In Space?

Mania correspondent Beatle sent them a scoop about the possibility of more Lost in Space films. He said: "One of the producers that worked on 'Lost in Space,' Mark Koch, attended our work christmas party last week. His production company is overseeing a new series of commercials, so he's been in the country for most of December. He talked a little about 'Lost in Space,' yesterday, and how it didn't do anywhere near what they thought it would. He said they had planned on doing a whole series of movies. The cast were signed up for three films in all. What he would like to do, he said, is relaunch LIS as a series of direct to video sequels - he mentioned the 'Babylon 5' films as a good example - but still link it to the first movie, because regardless of what people thought of it, it still has its fans. He also said he likes Matt LeBlanc, and they discussed the possibility recently. He's apparently keen to play Don West again. He also said that there was talk of a new TV series at one stage,
but he wouldn't of been involved.

Toon Insurance

An article in The Orange County Register takes on the task of finding the cartoon, comic, and movie characters who are most in need of a life insurance policy. A survey is sighted in which respondents were asked their opinion on whether Spider-Man, Batman, Fred Flintstone, Harry Potter or Marge Simpson needed such coverage.

The Painted Veil

Edward Norton reported that he broke three vertebrae during a horse riding accident on the set of "The Painted Veil." The movie, directed by John Curran, was shot entirely in China. Norton says: "One of those horses chucked me off pretty badly. I broke my spine in like three places. I broke my back. I broke three vertebrae in my back. I felt like my back was horribly wrenched but I sort of assumed I was OK, and I didn't actually find out I had broken it until I went to Hong Kong. I cracked my 10th, 11th and especially my 12th thoracic vertebrae." "The Painted Veil," a Warner Independent release, is the third filming of the Somerset Maugham novel.

Happy Feet

The New York Times has published an article about Savion Glover's uncredited role in the CGI-animated film here (free registration is required). Glover's tap-dancing was motion-captured to provide the dancing for Mumbles, the lead penguin of the movie, but is, for the most part, unrecognized by the credits or the advertising for the movie.

Mike Fright: Stand Up!

Check Out: The Mike Fright Site!

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages for
Battlestar Galactica: Zarek #1,

Flare #36,

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #25,


The Cryptics #2,

& She-Hulk #15

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