X-Men: First Class, Conan, Cowboys & Aliens: July 6th Comic Reel

Tue, July 6th, 2010 at 7:58am PDT

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Our pals over at Spinoff Online have a roundup of rumors regarding actor Ben Walker and his status as Hank McCoy in the film. After some rumblings that he'd been dropped, Showbiz 411 reports that he has indeed chosen to continue with his Broadway role in "Andrew Jackson" instead of the film. The interesting part is reports of Fox being nervous after a string of box office disappointments and the desire to have a "Twilight" style hit. "James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender remain with the film. They're the 'senior' cast, which is just hilarious," writes Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman.

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

CONAN

Bleeding Cool and various other sites posted this official-looking photo of "Conan":

I don't know if we'll ever see this style image painted on the side of a van. The site also spotted some more set pics at MoreMomoa featuring Jason Momoa as Conan fighting some ... vampire?

Release date: 2011

COWBOYS & ALIENS

The film's screenwriters, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman talk with MTV News about the film:

Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011

SPIDER-MAN (BEGINS)

Here at CBR, we have video from the Andrew Garfield casting announcement:

Release date: May 28th, 2012

TRON LEGACY

Olivia Wilde talks with MTV News about the film. "He's The Dude! [Laughs] It doesn't get cooler than that! It's funny. [The production crew of] "New Moon" was in town shooting and they wanted to have a bowl off, and I was like, "Bring it on. You know we have The Dude, do you really want to have a bowl off?" He's amazing. He's really like a leader. It's been great for Garrett [Hedlund] and I to work with him so much, to follow his examples. His professionalism is unparalleled. I've never worked with anyone so humble and gracious, so it's really cool to see him put just as much into a sci-fi flick as this as he would into "The Big Lebowski," a Coen Bros. movie, and anything. I can see why he shone so much in "Iron Man." I see the way he approaches it. It's just like a character piece," she says of co-star and original "Tron" alum Jeff Bridges.

Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010

GRINDHOUSE

Yesterday, Edgar Wright, director of the best trailer in the full "Grindhouse" experience posted to his Twitter account the following: "So, get this, tomorrow I am doing a commentary on 'Don't'. Some of you will know what that means is finally happening." It is presumed he means the theatrical version of "Grindhouse" will be released. After a disappointing box office run, the two films that comprise "Grindhouse" were released separately on home video in extended editions with only the trailer for "Machete" making it to those releases.

Release date: TBA

THE WALKING DEAD

The AMC official blog asks production designer Greg Melton a few questions. Asked about working from a comic book, he responded, "It's like having a storyboard of the whole production. Usually I get a storyboard of an effects sequence or an action sequence. But it's very interesting to have something from beginning to end. There are a lot of iconic images in that graphic novel that we have taken into the series. People will go, 'Oh yeah that's the downtown Atlanta shot.' For instance the police station in the graphic novel: One day I was driving around and saw right behind our production office this little brick building that looked exactly like the police station. So there are a lot of points like that, and then the hospital is something we really took to a whole new level as far as the devastation and really showing for the first time the scale of the apocalypse in Rick's town."

Airdate: October

INDEPENDENCE HANGOVER

Everyone recovered from their Fourth of July parties, BBQs, and mini road trips? I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon of grilling and the arrival of side dishes in my circle of friends. With that done, July begins properly and that means the countdown to Comic-Con. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, 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 a little event at the end of the month.

TAGS:  x-men: first class, conan, cowboys & aliens, spider-man, tron legacy, grindhouse, the walking dead

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