Iron Man 2
IGN spoke here with Sam Rockwell (one of the my personal favorite actors in the business today) about the Justin Hammer role. Rockwell said: "He's a rival of Tony's -- they are competitors in the weapons industry. I team up with Mickey Rourke and we decide we want to take him down and take down the Stark legacy." In a video interview here on Entertainment Tonight, Jon Favreau said this about casting Rourke: "Once we thought of him, we started developing the costume and the design of the character around him. His career got very busy as he was doing all the award season stuff and it took some time to make everything work out, but he was enthusiastic from our first meeting. And, I was so glad that it worked out. Now he's a very formidable adversary to Robert Downey Jr." You can click on the link to watch the entire interview, including commentary from Favreau and cast members Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle. The film opens in the U.S. on May 7, 2010.
The Los Angeles Times has said here that the owners of the franchise rights, Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek, are having finacial troubles and are therefore looking to sell those rights. Anybody with a tub of money want to see this really glory again? Arnold?
Thomas The Tank Engine
Cinemablend lets parents know here that Josh Klausner is adapting a 2010 feature film based on toy-train world originally created by Rev. W.V. Awdry. About the Shining Time Station version or the Alec Baldwin narrated feature "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends," they say: "This new version would seem to be more directly based on the 40s works though, rather than Shining Time Station. Each incarnation revolves around the people and magical, talking railroad trains which populate a fictional island."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (Season 3) here, "Star Trek" (Seasons 2 & 3, Blu-ray) here, "The Spike Jones Show" (Best of . . .) here, "Rescue Me" (Season 5, Vol. 2) here, "ER" (Season 12) here, "G.I. Joe" (Limited Edition Complete Collector's Footlocker Set) here.
John Carter of Mars
In news that promises to make this writer happy Empire Online says here that the live action film is moving along merrily towards an actual 2012 production. The cast has now grown by Tal Hajus (Thomas Haden Church), a vicious Thark warrior; Kantos Kan (James Purefoy), Captain of the ship Xavarian, the kingdom of Helium's grand warship and Matai Shang (Mark Strong) ruler of the godlike Therns. I must admit to multiple heart crashes, each time this project was on and then off and then on again. The prospect that it might actually vault from my childhood to the screen is something hard to put in words. Let's just say it makes me happy.
The Hollywood Reporter says here that production has been shut down in late August and ABC will be splitting up the season. After the November 3rd premiere they's run 3 more episodes and leave the last as a cliff-hanger. Then the show will become a possible mid-season replacement. Maybe.
Variety reports here that the $25 million made-for-TV adaptation (probably a mini-series) has added more cast members. Captain Ahab (William Hurt) and Starbuck (Ethan Hawke) are being joined by Gillian Anderson, Charlie Cox and Donald Sutherland. Production is set to begin this month with an airdate in 2010.
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
Gotham City Sirens #4,
Justice Society of America #31,
Teen Titans #75,
Dark Reign: The List -- Hulk,
Punisher Annual #1,
& Avengers: The Initaitive #29