ShockTilYouDrop reports here that Kickstart Entertainment now has the rights to the comic book. Some kids write to Santa, this is the story about the one who writes to the Count. Joshua Williamson, the comic's writer, says: "It's a Halloween adventure which is definitely geared toward a younger audience with adults still in mind, and I think captures that magic of a kid's imagination and just being a kid. Dracula himself was the beginning inspiration. I'd always wanted to do a book with him and started doing a lot of research on the legend. After a while, I started looking into his impact on our culture and how he was this pop icon. We've kept everything from the book and expanded on it. If people enjoyed the book, they're going to love the movie."
Cowboys & Aliens
SciFiWire says here that those behind the film still want Robert Downey Jr. to remain in the 2010 project even though he had reportedly already left. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman said: "We've been talking to him about that. He's one of the busiest men on the face of the Earth. If the schedule can line up, we'd absolutely love it."
CineFOOLS spoke here with writer Ashley Miller (the other writer is Zack Stentz) about the project. Miller (who is a comics fan) said: "Thor's powers are godly, yes. And his zip code is a little different. But at the end of the day, he's a man. In the comics, Odin sends him to Earth because he's not perfect. He's brash, arrogant. Even over-confident. We all know that guy -- some of us have even been that guy. Stan Lee's genius was to give Thor-as-hero an emotional throughline we could all relate to, and knock him down a couple of pegs. . . The challenge is to dramatize that and make the audience see what the fans have known and believed about the character all along. As for realism . . . what does that mean? If the standard is, does he throw his back out if he hurls the hammer a little too hard… probably not. He's a god. He's incredibly strong. He can fly. He tosses lightning bolts. There's nothing realistic about any of that. But he also bleeds. He struggles. Life kicks him where it hurts the most. Dramatically speaking, the powers and Asgard are gravy. The meat -- and what makes it a Marvel movie -- is the character." The film is due to open May 20, 2011.
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (Volume XV) here, "The Patty Duke Show" (Season 1) here, "Mr. Belvedere" (Season 3) here, "thirtysomething" (Season 1) here, "Kate & Allie" (Season 6) here, "Wolverine & the X-Men" (Season 1, Vol. 2) here.
ScreenRant has posted an article here about the Mark Nevaldine and Brian Taylor written and directed film (previously called "Game" and "Citizen Game") about multiplayer online gaming except in this version the players are controlling real live humans. The idea of people stuck in video games has been a staple of SF TV for some time now, but I'll hold my opinion until I really see the film (which opens on September 4th). BTW: They also have a link to a pretty cool "interactive" version of the above poster.
The BBC reports here that, while you may have known the the new Doctor will be Matt Smith, you might not know that his new companion will be played by Karen Gillan.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Bloody Disgusting says here that the 2011 film has lost its director. Breck Eisner had been slated for the job, but has left the Universal Pictures project.
Special thanks to Movie Goods.com for so many of the dynamite movie posters we use from time to time. You cannot find a better place to run down those new or classic posters.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse -- Necromancer #2,
Black Panther #5,
Captain Britain and MI13 Annual #1,
Dark Avengers #5,
Mighty Avengers #25,
& War of Kings #4