Confirming earlier stories, Cobie Smulders will play a "key member" of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While they're not saying the part is that of Maria Hill, the scuttle around the actress links her to the character. "Smulders will have a slew of options on her for the character, which could extend through any number of other Marvel Universe film projects," they write. Working for Marvel as an actor traditionally means a long-term contract. Samuel L. Jackson, for instance, signed up for a nine-picture deal when he returned as Nick Fury in "Iron Man 2." Filming is set to begin filming in April.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
Sources tell TMZ that Lindsay Lohan is up for a part in the new "Superman" film, saying the actress/headline maker is "dying to show people again how talented she is." More likely, she just wants to apologize to Superman for the jewelry she "borrowed." According to the story, the part is a "major" role, but not Lois Lane. Could she really be up for Ursa? Can she stay out of trouble long enough to appear in a full feature film?
Release date: 2012?
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
Collider talks with actor Jamie Bell about the film:
Directed by Steven Spielberg, release date: December 23, 2011
C. Thomas Howell tells The Dallas-Fort Worth Tribune (via Comic Book Movie) a tiny morsel about his character in the film. "[It's] not a major role, but it is a poignant, important role," he says. Meanwhile, The Daily Blam! has some new video of Spidey in Downtown Los Angeles:
Release date: May 28th, 2012
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Release date: August 19th, 2011
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
The Los Angeles Times Theater Critic Charles McNulty finally saw the show and found certain flaws in it. "Julie Taymor's $65-million, accident-prone production, featuring an erratic score by U2's Bono and The Edge, is a teetering colossus that can't find its bearings as a circus spectacle or as a rock musical." Ouch. He blames director Julie Taymor for the wavering production. "Lacking the clarity that's born out of tough choices, [it] adds when it should subtract, accelerates when it should slow down. Taymor's inventive staging of 'The Lion King' was a victory for the craft and commerce of theater alike. But the investors of 'Spider-Man' have inadvertently bankrolled an artistic form of megalomania." He later adds, "The real villainy is Taymor's overreaching desire to top herself."
Opens: March 15th, 2011 ... maybe
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHT
Nathan Fillion, a fan favorite for Hal Jordan when the live action feature was being cast, will finally play the character ... in the DC Animated tie-in release "Emerald Knights." According to TV Guide, "'Emerald Knights' is a series of vignettes about the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force. Fillion plays Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Earth's space sector, who mentors Arisia, a new recruit played by 'Mad Men's' Elisabeth Moss." The article also notes Fillion and live action GL Ryan Reynolds worked together on the ABC sitcom "Two Guys and a Girl."
As our pals at Spinoff Online reported yesterday, the show will wrap up its final season with a two-hour send-off on May 13th. "We're excited to be able to make the final moments of Smallville a television event, as the character we've grown up with makes his legendary transformation," said executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders in a statement. Also, here at CBR, we have a preview of this Friday's episode, entitled "Beacon."
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