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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Wolfman, Demons, Amazon & TiVo, Spider-Man 3, TV DVDs, Bert & Ernie, Children's Emmies, Criterion Collection, Mike Fright, Comic Previews

The Wolf Man

The Hollywood Reporter says Mark Romanek will direct the upcoming Andrew Kevin Walker scripted remake of "The
" for Universal Studios. Benicio Del Toro will play Lawrence Talbot who returns from the U.S. to the home of his ancestors in Victorian-era Great Britain and gets bitten by a werewolf. Production starts this Fall.


Harold Perrineau will have a co-starring role in the upcoming CBS/Barbara Hall pilot, "Demons." On the show about Gus, an ex-Jesuit priest-psychologist who does exorcisms, Perrineau plays a priest who has known Gus since seminary and is his confessor, confidante and good friend. This may mean that talk that Perrineau (best known for his role on "Lost" as single father Michael Dawson) and the ABC series could not reach an agreement for the character's return is true.

Amazon Movies on TiVo

Right after Wal-Mart announced it was going back online to try to sell videos by making them available for download, Amazon said that it is testing a movie downloading service of its own that won't even require a computer, but rather require a TiVo digital recorder. That would allow the downloaded movies to be played immediately on a TV set.

Spider-Man 3

A "Spider-Man 3" featurette is online containing new footage and comments from Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace and director Sam Raimi. You can see it here.

TV DVDs has word about the release of the Second Season of "Rawhide" here, and the first season of "Flipper" here. There is also a report on a 30th Anniversary edition of "Roots" here.

Bert and Ernie

Sesame Workshop will adapt its popular Bert and Ernie muppet characters to claymation for "The Adventures of Bert and Ernie," World Screen reports. The new show has already been presold in Australia, India, Denmark, and other world markets.

Children's Emmy Awards

The nominations are listed here at Toon Zone. For all the Daytime Emmy Awards go here.

The Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection, known for its elaborate packages, will try an entry-level line of boxed sets in March 27. The Eclipse line will feature "lost, forgotten or overshadowed films, in simple, affordable editions." Each set to contain three to five films, with no bonus features, made from the best available masters, but not the full Criterion restoration. Retail pricing, on average, will be less than $15 a disc. Regular Criterion Collection DVDs start at about $30. Peter Becker, Criterion Collection president, said: "The goal is to make these films available, to make sure that Criterion's own work style doesn't contribute to the continuing unavailability of these films. Once our producers and restoration crew get started on a Criterion edition, the project takes on a life of its own. Months later, with a little luck, we'll have something really special to show for it, but at that rate we can't make a dent in the number of important unreleased films that we'd like people to be able to see."

Mike Fright: Stand Up!
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Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages for
Red Sonja #19,

G.I. Joe: America's Elite #20,

Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus Terrax/Stardust,

Bullet Points #4,

Ms. Marvel #12,

Spider-Man and Power Pack #4

Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs. Nighthawk #2,

Uncanny X-Men #483,

& X-23: Target X #3

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