THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Variety reports that actors Brett Cullen and Chris Ellis have joined the cast as a judge and a priest, respectively. They note that both actors were in "Apollo 13." Cullen played CAPCOM 1 in that film and Ellis played Deke Slayton.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
January Jones tells The Daily Mail (via MTV News) about building Emma Frost's impossible body. "She has huge boobs with nice, womanly curves, but she is also ripped with muscle," she says. "In the amount of time I had to train it just wasn't possible to achieve that amount of muscle without losing all the good bits." Meanwhile, Beast makes a splendid cameo in this Farmers Insurance ad (via Spinoff Online) that also features actor J.K. Simmons, the former J. Jonah Jameson:
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Star Jason Momoa talks with Empire about the new film and possible sequels:
Release date: August 19th, 2011
IGN points to a page on the official Green Lantern site where you can listen to the film's score. It certainly has its heroic, orchestral pieces, but it also picks up the pace in spots. Meanwhile, Parka Blogs (via Comic Book Movie) has a review of "Constructing Green Lantern: From Page to Screen" which includes some fabulous photos from the book, like this one:
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
Producer Jim Lemley tells MTV News that he and director Timur Bekmambetov still talk about making a "Wanted" sequel:
Release date: TBA
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
According to The New York Post, three workers on the film were stuck atop a crane for three hours when the machinery stopped functioning. "The film grips were trying to build a platform for a camera on the roof of a building at Market and Madison streets in Chinatown around 11:15 a.m. when the malfunction occurred," they write. "Firefighters used a cherrypicker to get the two men down." I wonder if the crane was used on "Turn Off the Dark?" This is has been your obligatory cheap shot at the "Spider-Man" musical.
Release date: May 28th, 2012
DC MYSTERY ANNOUNCEMENT
According to The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee will appear the Hero Complex Film Festival on June 11th armed with "bombshell announcements about the future of Superman and the entire DC Universe." Could they be film related? Only Johns and Lee know for sure.
Release date: TBA
JOHN CARTER (OF MARS)
Collider reports that "John Carter of Mars" has been retitled as simply "John Carter." Like the rest of the film blogsphere, I have to log my protest of this change. Will test audiences get mad when they find out the movie is about a Civil War veteran on Mars and not a Noah Wyle romantic comedy?
Directed by Andrew Stanton, release date: March 9th, 2012
IN THE HALLS OF BEORN
So, I was wrong about Beorn. Reeler Andrew wrote me mid-day yesterday to tell me that Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt had been cast some time ago. I'm surprised I missed the announcement, but I'll always be ready to credit a good correction from a Reeler. 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 missing the Necromancer announcement.