Paul Bettany will star in the Screen Gems fantasy film "Legion." The tale tells of a God who loses faith in humanity and dispatches his legion of angels to wipe out the human race. Only a group of misfits in a diner in the desert can join with the archangel Michael (Bettany) and give mankind a hope of survival. Scott Stewart wrote the script with Peter Schink and will direct it as his first feature when shooting starts in New Mexico in March.
On this posting of Comingsoon.net, NBC co-chair Ben Silverman says: "We will be saving and re-launching our #1 drama and most successful franchise, 'Heroes,' so that it will run in all original episodes in the fourth quarter."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe " (Vol. 2, 2002 Series) here & here, "Garfield and Friends" (Complete Series) here, "The Jeff Corwin Experience" (Season 2) here, "Doctor Who" (Classic Box Sets) here, "The Muppet Show" (Season 3) here, "Battlestar Galactica" (Season 4) here, "Joey" (Season 2) here and "The Rat Patrol" (Complete Series) here.
92% percent of Writers Guild of America members in Los Angeles and New York Tuesday voted to end their strike and return immediately to work. They will vote again on Feb. 25 on the new three-year contract. Many have complained about lack of headway on DVD residuals and jurisdiction over animated and reality shows. Entertainment attorney Steven Beer said: "Writers got hard-fought and well-earned improvements, but it could be tougher sledding for the rank and file in the future." But Jonathan Handel, a former WGA attorney, said that: "the writers successfully faced down six multinational media conglomerates and established a beachhead on the Internet. ... That's quite an achievement." The first network show to return will probably be NBC's Saturday Night Live. It will be "live" for four weeks in a row beginning February 23, with Tina Fey hosting and Ellen Page will be hosting the second on March 1.
Moviehole reports here: "A 2010 start date, rather than mid-2008, is now being eyed. Apparently much of the cast have gone and booked themselves up this year, but more importantly, the studio has realised the film isn't ready to roll."
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
The Next Issue Project #1: Fantastic Comics #24,
Amazing Spider-Man #549,
Black Panther #34,
Fantastic Four #554,
& Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #5