The Losers, Captain America, Kick-Ass: Feb 1st Comic Reel

Mon, February 1st, 2010 at 7:58am PST

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

THE LOSERS

The Los Angeles Times spoke with director Sylvain White about the film, bringing up its similarity to "The A-Team." White is unconcerned with those similarities. "I wasn't aware the other movie was coming when I was busy fabricating and creating this film. All I can do is make the movie I want to make and do the best I can. I'm not worried about the 'A-Team,' our movie comes first and has a very different plot. ... As far as aesthetic, there are a lot of gimmicks with action movies right now, a lot of frenetic edit, techy exposition and nonsense. With this movie I really tried to give it a certain elegance," he says. Meanwhile, as we reported here at CBR on Friday, the trailer is up and looks quite good:

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&from=sp&fg=shareEmbed&vid=1b9d070f-aff2-47f6-8a86-9b2b44ec4fc6" target="_new" title="'The Losers' Exclusive Look">Video: 'The Losers' Exclusive Look</a>

Starring Jeffey Dean Morgan, release date: April 9th, 2010

THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA

Much like "Edge of Darkness" unleashed a couple of weeks of good "Green Lantern" information, expect the upcoming "Wolfman" to give us news on "Captain America." The two films have director Joe Johnston in common. Johnston has directed films like "Hidalgo" and "October Sky." He also directed "The Rocketeer." Johnston tells Film Journal the status of the film. "It's that phase of the production where money doesn't matter: 'Let's put all the greatest stuff up on the wall and [then later] see what we can afford," he says. It appears the film will be set partly in the past and present. " We're going back to the '40s, and then forward to what they're doing with Captain America now," he continues.

Release date: July 22nd, 2011

KICK-ASS

Here at CBR, we interviewed "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn during a visit to the set in 2008. Vaughn talks about how he first became involved with the project, following an attempt to retool the "X-Men" franchise. "I tried to buy 'Hancock,' when it was called 'Tonight, He Comes,' about four years ago, because I thought it was the first post-modern superhero film out there, and I was desperate to do that. And I then I thought 'Kick-Ass' took it to the highest level of what I was looking for – doing a superhero movie that respects all the superhero rules but breaks every single one of them at the same time," he recalled.

Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010

THE SHADOW

A million years ago, in 1997, I bought a record which contained an episode of "The Shadow" radio series starring Orson Welles as the title character. I bring this up because IESB mentions Sam Raimi is producing a second attempt at a Shadow film (following the 1993 Alec Baldwin version) and could possible chose the project has his next feature. They also have a review of a draft for the film. IESB first broke the "Spider-Man 4" collapse, so they may have a special line to Raimi. Or, y'know, it could be Mysterio.

Release date: TBA

SPIDER-MAN BEGINS?

Speaking of Mysterio, I believe he's struck again with this item in Britain's OK Magazine. According to the them, actor Zac Efron is poised to have a ₤9 million payday (something on the like $15 Million) to play Peter Parker in the rebooted "Spider-Man" film. This kind of flies in the face of the actor's attempt to grow up. The article suggests they have a Mary Jane lined up as well. The whole thing strikes me as the work of our pal Mysterio -- or as he is often known in these stories, "Studio Insider."

Release date: 2012

DEAD OF NIGHT

The official film production blog returns from winter break with a pretty sweet photo of Dylan Dog's desk. It's littered with Easter Eggs for the fans of the series, look closely for a special framed shot from a costume party.

Starring Brandon Routh, release date: 2010

DUNE

Director Pierre Morel continues to talk about the film. In an interview with IGN, Morel mentions he is starting over at the script level. "Peter had an approach which was not mine at all, and we're starting over again. I don't think we're going to keep any elements of the Peter Berg script. It was good, actually. It was interesting. It was just not our vision. I can't tell you right now [who's writing it with me], it's going to be official next week. The deals are not done!" He also mentioned a challenge of the film is breaking the hold the 1984 David Lynch version has on the minds of the audience. "In a way it kind of marked and printed an image on 'Dune.' Everybody now who reads 'Dune' reads it with David Lynch's images in mind. So we have to get away from that."

Release date: TBA

SMALLVILLE

Collider has a number of stills from the upcoming "Absolute Justice." We've been discussing this two-hour episode so long, it'll be weird to not post teasing images from it once it's aired. The Collider article also links to a couple of clips from the show. I've chosen this one since it features actual JSAers:

New episode: Friday

HUMAN TARGET

Target419.com has a gallery of images from the upcoming episode "Lockdown."

Airs: Wednesdays

RAINWATER RESEARCH

The search continues. The "something blue" notes I've gotten seem to be the right track ... now if I could just find out what "something blue" will work good in the martini. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, just plain weird, or spot Mysterio up to his usual hi-jinks, 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 my bill at BevMo.

TAGS:  the losers, the first avenger: captain america, kick-ass, the shadow, spider-man

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