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Friday, June 6, 2008

Planet 51, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, TV DVD News, Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Comic Previews

Planet 51

Seann William Scott, playing an alien ufologist in the animated SF comedy said this: "One of the first scenes is, like, you see everyone watching this movie, and it pulls back to reveal that they're aliens. And so humans are aliens to them. And Dwayne Johnson's character lands on the planet, and everyone's like, 'Oh, my gosh! I told you!' The script is amazing. It's really funny, and it's right up SCIFI.COM's alley, because it starts off on some other planet, and there's all these aliens. I play this guy who's a total conspiracy theorist and a comic-book geek. He's all, 'I told you! I told you they're real!' And so [Johnson is] the 'alien,' and we're trying to protect him." Also in the cast are Jessica Biel, Gary Oldman, John Cleese & Justin Long. The film opens on July 24, 2009.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

The original cast from "Madagascar" are all back for the sequel. Also joining the cast, which consists of Ben Stiller (Alex the Lion), David Schwimmer (Melman the Giraffe), Chris Rock (Marty the Zebra) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gloria the Hippo) are Bernie Mac (Zuba the Lion, Alex's pop) and Alec Baldwin (Makunga the Lion, Zuba's main nemesis). Also joining the menagerie are Sherri Shepherd (Alex's mom), Sacha Baron Cohen (Julien), Cedric the Entertainer (love-master Maurice), Andy Richter (Mort) and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister (Testi). In the new storyline the escapees make their way to Africa and encounter species of their own kind for the first time. The film hits theaters beginning November 7, 2008.

TV DVD News has posted info about "Star Trek" (Alternate Realities) here, "Family Ties" (Season 4) here, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Season 1) here, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (Best of . . .) here, "One Tree Hill" (Season 5) here, "Jericho" (Season 2) here, and "The Office" (Season 4) here.

Green Lantern

Marc Guggenheim told Newsarama over here: "Although, I actually think fans are going to react really positively to the Green Lantern movie. It's not only a respectful approach to the character, but it's a loving approach to the entire mythos. So while there is this desire to be quiet and secretive and let the movie speak for itself, it's hard for me, because I feel like I know -- as a comic book fan -- I know what I want to see in a comic book movie. And I know... look, I'm like everybody else. I vividly remember Tim Burton's 'Batman' movie. If you look back, there's 'Superman: The Movie' and the first 'Batman' movie, and those two movies are the first big budget, superhero tent-pole movies. I think Green Lantern has the potential to be a very highly regarded superhero movie. We're approaching it with such respect and such care. And really, it's written to be a movie that everyone who's not familiar with the character can enjoy, but there are so many nods to things that I know the fans love and care about that I think people will be very happy."

Green Hornet

Seth Rogen spoke here to Superhero Hype about the film: "'Green Hornet' is PG-13 and that's an action movie. You can do anything violence wise. It's a very intense action movie and the relationship between Green Hornet and Kato, a lot of comedy comes from that. At first actually, we weren't even sure going in we could be more of a Jet Li type guy who maybe isn't the funniest guy in the world, but he's physically very impressive, or whether it would be more of a Stephen Chow type guy who can do martial arts, but clearly has a sense of humor. In the version that we've made it seems like a Stephen Chow type guy would be more suitable for the role. Again, until they officially greenlight it, it's hard to make any of those decisions. We have been meeting with directors and stuff even though we haven't been greenlit. We just kind of took it upon ourselves to kind of begin conservations with people. I'm really excited. It seems like it might really happen." Entertainment Weekly says here that the movie will come out June 25, 2010.

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
X-Men: Legacy #213,

Runaways #30,

Hulk #4,

Dark Tower: End-World Almanac,

The Boys #19,

Battlestar Galactica: Origins #6,

& New Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #9

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