CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Various sites, including Bleeding Cool are pointing to this video of Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson filming last Saturday on the streets of New York. Everybody is guessing it is for the film's after-credits scene as director Joe Johnston was on set.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Superhero Hype has a new clip from the film featuring a train, bikes, and Maggie Q owning some fools with a length of rope:
Release date: May 13th, 2011
While "Captain America" was still filming with Chris Evans and Sam Jackson on Saturday, today marks the beginning of production on "The Avengers." Director Joss Whedon sent his fans at Whedonesque a message on the eve of photography:
Tomorrow we start shooting (I THINK I'm legally permitted to say that). Day one. That's right. We'll be shooting the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene, at the following address:
[Marvel Lawyers rush in, take Joss's keyboard, blowtorch a picture of his family like in "Stormy Monday", drink his milkshake, leave the seat up, fluff his pillows, violently unfluff his pillows, leave]
Went too far. My bad. Anyhoo, it should be a fun day, followed by the eighty thousand other fun days it will take to finish this. I'll be checking in from time to time, if there's news or I crave attention (i.e. am awake) . None of it will be Avengers news.
So wish me luck. DO IT! LUCK! NOW! I'm off to finish some Buffy pages, and then figure out what the movie is about already. I'm pretty sure it's about the Justice League [Marvel Lawyers re-enter, unspeakability occurs] or possibly something else. I'll get it. I've been looking forward to this. For about 46 years.
That Whedon is such a cut-up.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
Tom Hiddleston tells the Guardian UK about his audition as Thor, which led to the actor being cast as the title character's scheming brother. "[Director Kenneth Branagh] explained that what I have for free is that I can't turn off my intelligence. Therefore Loki would be much more up my street," he recalled. Along with Loki's many interior dimensions, he notes the film will have plenty to please film-goers. "There's the action in 'Thor,' with big, muscle-bound men smashing things up. There's the humour – my favourite line is when Thor strides into a pet shop and demands a horse. And then there's Loki's psychological depth. I hope it means that Thor can appeal to many people on many levels."
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Marvel uploaded another International Trailer to its YouTube account with new footage a minute or so into the preview's run-time. Watch for Azazel's tail in action.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
While I thought it had been confirmed awhile back, Peter Jackson made it totally clear that Ian Holm is returning to New Zealand to play the older Bilbo Baggins. Addressing some confusion about the line, "In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit," from the first production video, the director wrote on his Facebook page that "Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit,' that recording was actually Martin Freeman's voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived." So let's all rejoice as the "Lord of the Rings" reunion gets bigger. Sadly, Jackson also announced on that actor Rob Kazinsky, set to play Fili, has left the production. "Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us. I should say that Rob's departure will not affect ongoing filming of The Hobbit, nor will it impact work done to date, as we had yet to film much of Fili's storyline," writes the director.
Release date: 2012
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
One of the lads at Comic Book Movie found a trio of stills from the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie, including this shot of some trainees:
I recognize Arisia, but is that Tomar-Re next to her?
Release date: June 7th, 2011
"IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ..."
With the Easter holiday, news is a little slow this morning. There was one curious announcement that concerns one of my favorite non-comic book related things colliding with comics. According to TVLine, an upcoming episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will take some inspiration from the mess that is "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Though no one will confirm that the stage debacle inspired the episode called "Icarus," it will feature a "born again" drunk director and a character named Arno, "a secretly bisexual rock-star composer who's cheating on the missus with a colleague." I can't wait to see Vincent D'Onofrio grill these suspects. 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 year with "Law & Order."