Iron Man 2
Jon Favreau has been talking to Sci Fi Wire about "The Avengers" and the Mandarin. He said: "It's tough, because it first starts off as, 'Hey, wouldn't it be fun if we stuck a Captain America shield in the background? Wouldn't it be fun if we had Sam Jackson play Nick Fury, like in The Ultimate Avengers?' Now, between Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury and the after-the-credit scene that then in the 11th hour became the final scene of 'The [Incredible] Hulk,' that one was a big one for me. You're going to that guy, and you're forming a team. That's clearly not the day after 'Iron Man' ended. Where does that fit in the continuum? I don't want to just ignore it. I guess you could do what Marvel does and say it's an alternate universe [laughs]. They've gotten away with it for a couple of decades. But how do you make it all work within that world? Because I think it is fun, and I think 'Hulk' was successful in keeping in a tone that did not seem inconsistent with our film ... It's really all how you treat the person, and that's what informs what it is. And so the Mandarin, to have that kind of weight to him, it's really a matter of using all the narrative tricks to do it. But a dude running around in robes shooting these beams and rays that have powers, ... if you take them literally, [that] would throw off the balance of the whole universe ... How do you do it and keep the whole thing together and yet fulfill the expectations from the book? So we do have him, and I think it's something that, a little bit goes a long way. There are a lot of other characters and a lot of other countries that have become very interesting lately and fit very well into our universe."
Shrek Goes Fourth
Consider one rumor dead! Tom Cruise will not voice one of the bad guys in the film, slated to open in 2010. Cruise's publicist Jeff Raymond sent E! Online this statement: "As of today, there is no truth to the Tom Cruise-Shrek 4 rumor." As of today there's no truth to the rumor? What about yesterday?
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Wagon Train" (Best of) here & here, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (Vol. 6) here, "Duckman" (Seasons 3 & 4) here, "Mannix" (Season 2) here, "The Fairly Oddparents" (Season 6, Vol. 1) here, "Moonlight" (Complete Series) here and "Everwood" (Season 2) here.
Three Stories About Joan
The Shreveport Times reports here that Bruce Willis will, for the first time, sit in the director's chair for the psychological thriller "Three Stories About Joan." Besides directing Willis will star with Owen Wilson and Kieran Culkin. Production will be in Shreveport from Oct. 2 through Nov. 10.
Variety reports that ABC wants the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to move next year's Oscar ceremonies (currently scheduled for February 22) to March because of the analog-to-digital switchover on February 17. Also Gil Cates, previous producer of 14 Oscar ceremonies, confirmed that he has other commitments and will not be able to produce next year's show.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
The Lone Ranger #13,
New Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #12,
Red Sonja #37,
Broken Trinity #2,
The Sword #11,
Dead Space #6,
& Godland #25