X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
While on the set, IGN talked with Jennifer Lawrence about taking on the role of Mystique. "I love characters that evolve and stories that evolve, and that's my favourite part about this entire film - every character goes through an evolution to get to where they are now. We know which side they are on, but with this movie we get to see why," she says. "That's what I think is interesting - she's not just a good girl gone bad, she's a good girl that's been hurt and kind of finds a resolve or comfort on this side that she really thinks is right. She doesn't think that she's going to the bad side or the dark side, I think that that was just what made more sense to her. Because at the end of it she realises that she can't get rid of it. She's tried to be normal her whole life, and this side supports and accepts her totally for who she is."
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
Star Paul Bettany tells The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex that his penchant for religious themed parts -- he appeared in "The Da Vinci Code" as a flagellating albino monk and in "Legion" as an archangel-- is purely accidental. "I swear to God, this is the last time. If they make a sequel to this, of course I'll do it, but it's the last time I take on a religious theme," he proclaims. The actor also discusses his journey to action stardom and the return of scary vampires. Meanwhile, Comics Continuum has an on-set video interview with Christopher Plummer, who plays Monsignor Orleas in the film:
Release date: May 13th, 2011
MEN IN BLACK III
The Daily Mail has a few new photos from the set, including this one of Bill Hader decked out in Andy Warhol garb:
Release date: May 25th, 2012
COWBOYS & ALIENS
With the Cannes Film Festival underway, MTV News spotted this new character poster adorning a theater in the French town:
I'm sure variations of it will appear in the States shortly.
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
DOMINION: DINOSAURS VERSUS ALIENS
And speaking of "vs" movies, Deadline reports that "Men in Black III" director Barry Sonnenfeld is involved in the development of a graphic novel that will put the extinct creatures against the mythical extraterrestrials. Interestingly enough, writer Grant Morrison will "develop a graphic novel and movie." I suppose that means he'll write the book and the first draft of the script. According to the article, the project will center around "a secret prehistoric world war battle. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, the planet's only hope is the giants that roam the planet with, it turns out, a lot more intelligence than previously realized." With Morrison on board, I'm willing to give it a shot.
Release date: TBA
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Quint at Ain't It Cool News's spoke with stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong about the practical approach to stunts in the film. "When Spider-Man swings from one direction, then turns to swing another direction he's pulling at 2 to 2 ½ Gs. That's a lot of pressure on his body, but you see that on the body. You see the arms straightening out, you see the legs straightening out and then he pulls them back up as he then goes back up into his flying position," said Armstrong. "You sense, subconsciously, the realism. You know. The eye and the brain is a funny thing. You only need something slightly off kilter for you to say, 'Oh! Alarm-alarm-alarm! Something's not right!' If somebody has one eye a quarter-inch higher, it's not a lot, but straightaway the whole thing is out of balance and you see that in CG. When you see somebody swinging for real, then you look at the CG version your computer brain instantly tells you which is which."
Release date: May 28th, 2012
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
According to Batman-News, the production is headed to London. "I've received word from multiple sources that The Dark Knight Rises will be filming next week on St. John Street in London. The shoot will last about four days, from May 16th until the 20th. Local businesses in the area have been told that they'll hear gunshots during this time. It's likely that they'll film at The Farmiloe Building on St. John Street — this was used as the Gotham City Police Station in both 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight,'" writes Batman-News's Chris. I wonder if the easily penetrated Gotham PD station will see another costumed looney escape custody.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
Sad news on the television front as TVLine reports the Fox series has been cancelled in a bloodbath that includes other network shows like "Lie to Me," "The Chicago Code," and "Traffic Light." At least it got two seasons, right? If only the network had been that generous with "Firefly."
LOCKE & KEY
It also seems Fox is passing on the pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic book. Deadline reports that while converting the show into a miniseries event was a possibility, that is no longer the case. "The show is now heading to the death pile," they write.
Airs: Most likely never
Excecutive producers Brian Peterson tells the LA Times Hero Complex that a lot of considerations went into writing the final two-hour episode. "I think that, facing the finale, we had the season to wrap up, we had the series to consider and the more earnest, farm-bound origins of the show," he says. "And then we had to think about where do we fit into the greater mythology. At the heart of it, luckily, was Clark and Tom [Welling] was a really good partner with us in finding that balance." Meanwhile, What's Playing hears rumblings that Welling is being courted by ... Marvel? A source tells them, "[He] hasn't been approached for any Marvel property yet, but that doesn't mean there isn't interest in him." Hmm ... definitely a developing story.
"I'LL BE IN THE HUMVEE"
No sooner do I make a joke about the former California governor being woefully miscast as Tetsuo in "Akira" than he announces a separation from his wife of twenty-five years. That guy always steals my thunder. Always. 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 Arnold Schwarzenegger as single man about town.