Ninja Assassin, Thor, Lobo: Nov 23rd Comic Reel

Mon, November 23rd, 2009 at 7:58am PST | Updated: November 23rd, 2009 at 12:01pm

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

NINJA ASSASSIN

It's release week, which means a blitz of assorted interviews. First, Comingsoon.net talks to director James McTeigue. Asked about trouble getting the film its R rating, he says, " I didn't. Luckily enough... I think the ratings board did a good thing. When we submitted the movie, we said, 'Look, it's really stylized.' In no way is this 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer' or one of those movies that's so extreme it's meant to make you feel sick. This is like a game, it is like anime, it is like a comic book. I think they saw it as that, so henceforth, they gave me an R-rating and if you look at the ratings card, it goes 'For stylized violence and blood.' I think they got it." Heat Vision also asks the director about the appeal of ninjas. Meanwhile, Collider talks with McTeigue and star Rain:

Starring Rain, release date: November 25th, 2009

THOR

Natalie Portman briefly explains to Superhero Hype why she took the role. "I just thought it sounded like a weird idea because Kenneth Branagh's directing it, so I was just like, 'Kenneth Branagh doing 'Thor' is super-weird. I've gotta do it'," she explains.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, release date: May 20th, 2011

LOBO

In this interview from Collider, producer Joel Silver talks about work on the film and breifly mentions "Sgt. Rock."

Release date: TBA

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

The close-up on eyes theme continued over the weekend at the blog of director Edgar Wright with photos of Scott, Gideon, and Knives Chau, Age 17. Also, a reader pointed me to an interview with Ellen Wong, who plays Knives, at an Italian comic site called Comicus. She says, "I felt like Knives deserved justice. She's a young girl full of passion and determination, who is stuck in between two worlds, and finds herself belonging to neither. I really thought a lot about that idea, and with the help of Edgar, we were as prepped as prep can be!" Meanwhile, Collider talked with actress Anna Kendirck about playing Stacy Pilgrim. Finally, Jason Schwartzman talks to MTV News about Wright.

Starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, release date: 2010

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has a video featuring a little bit of JSA footage. Look closely and you might glimpse The Sandman.

New episode: Friday

KULL THE CONQUEROR

Comingsoon.net points to an item on French site Fantasy.fr in which Paradox Entertainment's CEO Fredrik Malmberg announces a new film based on the Robert E. Howard character.

Release date: TBA

30 DAYS OF NIGHT SEQUELS

Creator Steve Niles tells Bloody Disgusting plans are afoot to make more "30 Days" sequels. "If that goes well, we’re set up to move forward. We got a great young cast that we can bring along if this works out well, and we’ll be ready to keep going with the story. Plus, the comics are done. God, what do we have, like seven different graphic novels now if it actually took off?" says Niles.

Release date: TBA

A THING GOING AROUND

It's the holiday season, which means some sort of bug has found me, killing my weekend, but not my resolve to find interesting stories to report. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of cough syrup.

TAGS:  ninja assassin, thor, lobo, scott pilgrim, smallville

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