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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dead Like Me, Iron Man, TV DVD News, Strike News, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, Comic Previews

Dead Like Me

SyFy Portal says here that after almost a year of delay a film based on the Showtime series "Dead Like Me" is set to air this summer. Mandy Pantinkin will not be in the movie, which was filmed last year. Ellen Muth is reporting that if viewership for the new TV feature is high enough, the show might be back, in one form or another, as a series. The film stars Henry Ian Cusick as Cameron Kane, the new manager of the grim reapers. While Mandy Pantinkin was not available for the film, if the show is picked up, Rube Sofer will be back.

Iron Man

IGN has posted these video clips with director Jon Favreau and actor Robert Downey Jr. talking about the film. Favreau said here to Movies Online: "I am used to only having dialogue story and characters to cut with. With 'Iron Man' every day is like Christmas morning a new shot comes in and we cut it into the movie . . . The stuff between Robert and Gwyneth and Jeff Bridges is really great stuff. There was so much freedom in story telling because they always knew it would be about iron man and flying so i had no pressure on the scenes and had a tremendous amount of freedom to tell a story in a tone that I'm very comfortable with. In a way it was really the most creative freedom I can remember having on anything and it works. It is a very very good movie and I think peoples expectations will be met. Although it's changing now, but with superhero movies, they are expecting an experience they are not expecting quality. They have a good time without a great movie. So if you deliver a great movie on top of something that is spectacular to watch you can deliver a great experience. Because of the caliber of actors that marvel allowed me to hire its really been a lot of fun. it's a very long process. It will have been two years when it comes out in May."

TV DVD News has posted info about "Battlestar Galactica" (Season 3) here, "The Muppet Show" (3rd Season) here, "Night Gallery" (Season 2) here, "The Real McCoys" (Best of . . .) here, "TekWar" (Complete Series) here, "M.A.N.T.I.S." (Season 1) here and "MI-5" (Vol. 5) here.

Strike News

USA Today says here that the Writers Guild of Aamerica has given a waiver to the Grammy Awards, so the show will proceed with WGA writers and no picket line. Also, in response to allegations that shows like "A Daily Show with Jon Stewart" are actually working outside the restrictions of the strike, correspondent Aasif Mandvi says here in NY Magazine, that a loophole was found. "Actually, you can write. But you can't think. Not many people know this, but it's just the thinking and writing at the same time that they object to. You can put pen to paper as long as there is absolutely no coherent thought. You can draw pictures, you can write words, but it can't make any sense to anyone who has a basic education."

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

Terry Gilliam is working to "salvage" the movie Heath Ledger was working on when he died last Tuesday. Christopher Plummer says a "terribly saddened" Gilliam is doing all he can to finish the film. Plummer said: "Terry's throwing himself into the job of trying to salvage the picture. (He's) trying to work out, at this moment, how to continue on. Fortunately, because the film deals with magic, there is a way, perhaps, of turning Heath into other people and then, using stills and I think they call it CGI. Terry was a very good friend of Heath's. He very much wants to go on with the movie, and I can very much understand why. Because he wants to dedicate it to Heath, of course."

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Avengers: The Initiative #9,

Captain America: The Chosen #6,

Fanastic Four #553,

What If? Spider-Man vs. Wolverine,

& X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #5

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