shocktillyoudrop.com reports here that film rights have been sold for the for the "official" sequel to Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel Dracula, written by Dacre Stoker (the great-grandnephew of Bram) along with Dracula historian Ian Holt in the Stoker-family-authorised story. The novel, originally called 'Dracula: The Un-Dead' is going to get a new title, will publish in October 2009, but the film will start production that same year.
Superman: The Man of Steel
Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh have left the 2011 project, but the Belfast Telegram reports here that actor Kevin Spacey will return as Lex Luthor.
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Charmed" (Complete Series) here, "Moonlight" (Complete Series) here, "M.A.N.T.I.S." (Complete Series) here, "The Simpsons" (Season 11) here, "Cannon" (Season 1, Vol. 2) here, "Hawaii Five-O" (Season 5) here.
The First Avenger: Captain America
Screeninglog has posted what purports to be the synopsis for the film here, decide for yourself if it sounds right.
Director Guillermo Del Toro has been talking about the Dragon Smaug. He said: "All my life I've been fascinated by dragons. I was born under the Chinese sign of The Dragon. It's such a powerful symbol, and in the context of 'The Hobbit' it is used to cast its shadow through the entire narrative. Essentially, Smaug represents so many things: greed, pride . . . he's 'the Magnificent,' after all. The way his shadow is cast in the narrative you cannot then show it and have it be one thing, he has to be the embodiment of all those things. He's one of the few dragons that will have enormous scenes with lines. He has some of the most beautiful dialogues in those scenes! The design, I'm pretty sure that will be the last design we will sign off on, and the first design we have attempted. It is certainly a matter of turning every stone before figuring out what he looks like, because what he looks like will tell you what he is. My belief on the 'Wargs' issue is that the classical incarnation of the demonic wolf in Nordic mythology is not a hyena-shaped creature. It is a wolf. The archetype is a wolf, so we're going to go back to the slender, archetypical wolf that is, I think, the inspiration for Tolkien."
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
X-Men: Original Sin #1,
X-Men: Manifest Destiny #2,
X-Men: Magneto Testament #22,
Marvel Zombies 3 #1,
& Marvel Illustrated: The Odyssey #2