COWBOYS & ALIENS
Back in the WonderCon hallway, MTV News asks director Jon Favreau about the lack of Clint Eastwood in the film:
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
Natalie Portman talks to The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex blog about her character, the revamped Jane Foster. "The fact that she's a scientist and on the fringe of mainstream science and is almost this absent-minded professor type with her devotion to her work, I felt you haven't really seen that as a female before," she says. "She's cluttered and just … off. She's emotional and passionate and kind of a mess. To be able to see that kind of woman in this type of movie, I thought that would be something exciting." She credits director Kenneth Branagh with giving her the freedom to imbue Jane with these extra layers of complexity. "I really felt they were going to let me do whatever was needed to make this character human and compelling and a great partner for Thor," she adds. Meanwhile, IGN refreshed their "Thor" image gallery with new stills like this one:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
MAN OF STEEL
Meanwhile, MTV News takes star Henry Cavill on a tour of WonderCon:
Release date: 2012?
IGN asks Duncan Jones about the character, avoiding any mention of his rumored meeting with Fox about the project:
Release date: 2012?
The Daily Blam! got its hands on this insert from the action figure line. It features a new symbol for the Department of Extranormal Operations and an Interlac decryption key:
Meanwhile, Comic Book Movie has a few new full body shots of Ryan Reynolds with the GL effects applied. Here's the photo that Entertainment Weekly cropped for its cover all those long months ago:
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
File this one under "improbable." Gossip site X17 (via Bleeding Cool) claims that Katie Holmes "will be returning to the Batman franchise in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' playing her own character's mother in flashbacks." While I doubt there's any truth to the rumor, I have to wonder if there's much pathos left to mine in the Rachel Dawes character. Blowing her up and having Batman feel sore about it is pretty much the crescendo.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Ready to be freaked out? Various sites are linking to this brief video of Caesar. It's a digital make-up applied to actor Andy Serkis (Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings") and I think this may be a time when "The Uncanny Valley" will work in a film's favor:
Release date: June 24th, 2011
Director Peter Jackson is using Facebook to talk about the film and its 48 frames per second photography. "We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 fps, rather than the usual 24 fps (films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920's)," he writes. "So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok--and we've all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years--but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or 'strobe.'" He claims the 48 fps process reduces a lot of the eye-strain associated with 3D filmmaking and mentions special effects guru Douglas Trumbull's experiment with higher frame rate photography in the late 1970s. Jackson also posted this photo from the set, which may be the first to feature Bilbo as played by Martin Freeman:
Release date: 2012
Release date: Summer in the UK, 2012 in the US
In my last Spinoff Online report from WonderCon, I talk with writer Neil Gaiman and director Toby Haynes about their contributions to the upcoming season. Gaiman says his episode "has everything I would've wanted [in an episode of the show] and it takes you places you've never been before." Haynes, the first director to bring the show to the US for key scenes, calls the whole thing "exciting."
Returns: April 23rd, 2011
According to TVLine, NBC president Robert Greenblatt says Diana has several costume options, including the "shiny" pants costume from the early publicity still and the more subdued costume seen in recent set photos. "In fact," they write, "there's a third version that has yet to leak — and it should make fans of the original series very happy."
I tried to recover the data from my crashed hard drive yesterday, but it came to no avail. At least Nicolas Cage's copy of "Action Comics #1" was recovered and it was missing for eleven years. Maybe there's hope yet for my lost data. 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 rewriting a few chapters.