High School Musical 3: Senior Year
The soundtrack to "High School Musical 2" was the second best selling album of 2007. To doubt that there would be another film in the series would be foolish. But could the franchise go big screen, and could they get all the principals back for salaries that Disney would be willing to pay? The answer is "yes," all the principal cast members of Disney Channel's "High School Musical" movies will be back for the big-screen version. Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman will be seen in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," when it opens October 24.
Superman: The Man of Steel
Variety reports that Warner Brothers has set back the release of the sequel to Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" from 2009 to 2010 because of the writers' strike. The original scribes opted out and the strike arrived before more could be hired. Warner executives have agreed to proceed with Singer attached to produce and direct the sequel, though sources say Singer may only produce.
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Gunsmoke" (Season 4) here, "Extras" (Series Finale) here, "Father Knows Best" (1st Season) here, "Alien Nation" (Ultimate Movie Collection) here, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (4th Season) here, "Painkiller Jane" (Complete Series) here and "The Shield" (Seasons 1-5) here.
The Directors Guild of America has opened negotiations for a new contract with the Writers Guild of America. The DGA wants to keep the negotiations confidential. The directors spent $2 million on a study about potential earnings via Internet distribution that can then be used in its negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Association. In a joint statement the WGA and the Screen Actors Guild wished the DGA well, but felt compelled to add: "The DGA has to do what is best for its membership, but it is important to remember that they do not represent actors and writers."
J.K. Rowling has commented on her website: "It is simply impossible to incorporate every storyline into a film under four hours long." That is why the final installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise may be released in two parts. One source said: "There's so much to fit that the view is the last movie should be in two halves. There is a huge battle when Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, takes on (evil wizard, Lord) Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes) that needs to be done really well." The sixth film in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," will be released in November.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Avengers Classic #8,
Incredible Hercules #113,
Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad #2,
Immortal Iron Fist #12,
Iron Man and Power Pack #3,
Marvel Comics Presents #5,
& New Exiles #1