Transformers, 300, X-Men 3, Legion of Super-Heroes: March 10th Comic Reel Wrap

Fri, March 10th, 2006 at 12:00am PST

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Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

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TRANSFORMERS

The Comic Reel got an email from someone asking only to be called "Angelophile," pointing us to the message boards of producer Don Murphy, where line producer Ian Bryce ("Spider-Man") revealed that set construction starts on location next week, Los Angeles sets will start construction in early April, CG robots are being "built" at Industrial Light and Magic, with crew members including "Costume Designer - Deb Scott ('Titanic'), Assistant Director - Simon Warnock ('Lord of The Rings') Stunt Coordinator - Kenny Bates ('Pearl Harbor') Cinematographer - Mitch Amundsen ('Eight Below')." He's all over that thread, yammering away. Hope he doesn't get fired for being so chatty ...

300

Playback magazine has talked with Montreal's Meteor Studios, about creating 250 shots for Zack Snyder's Frank Miller adaptation. The piece says, "Most of the shots involve a pivotal nighttime battle between the Spartans and a phalanx of elite soldiers known as the Immortals. Meteor is also working on some daytime scenes set in Sparta itself, involving 3D extensions of the city. But its big scene is the fight, which also requires a coastal road, a narrow mountain pass and the Aegean Sea. Meteor will deliver by the end of June."

X-MEN 3

Director Brett Ratner was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly, where he said, "What I didn't change was the plot. The plot of this movie, in my opinion -- the concepts of 'The Cure' and the Dark Phoenix -- is brilliant. What I changed were set pieces, the location of where the third act would take place, for example. Every day we were working on making the script better and when I say 'script,' I mean the relationships among the characters and the placement of the scenes because I'm very much into transitions. When you make a film, you're not just shooting like 50 little movies. Every scene has to connect with the next. It was a much bigger canvas because it was a much more emotional story. The story -- whether you're an 'X-Men' fan or not -- is very relatable. 'The Cure' is a very strong issue."

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

There's an update on the animated series on Comics Continuum, where voice actor Andy Milder talked about portraying Garth Ranzz. "I read the Legion books like crazy when I was a kid," Milder said. "My older brother is 11 years my senior and collected them, so I started near the very beginning. While I confess to falling out for some years in the 80s and 90s, I keep my eye on them. Lightning Lad, however -- this is a true honor. A founding member and, for my money, one of the coolest-powered heroes? Fantastic." Voice recording has already begun, with Kelly Ward as voice director.

BLADE

The new Spike TV series was filming in Vancouver, and this guy snapped some photos.

SUPERMAN RETURNS

As part of the Year of Superman, the full-length animated feature "Superman: Brainiac Attacks" will premiere June 20th, according to TVShowsOnDVD. The DVD will retail for $19.98 (SRP) and will feature a mini game where Superman battles the Lex9000.

Meanwhile, actor Brandon Routh is settling into the idea of being famous forever, according to this interview. "I go a little bit incognito, I guess, to some extent, but I'm not as recognizable as I will be in the summer certainly," he said. "It is a little bit nerve wracking, but I'm fairly happy with what we created back in Australia."

SPIDER-MAN 3

Aaah, zombie Uncle Ben! Oh, sorry, no ... it's just 80-year-old actor Cliff Robertson talking to the Palm Beach Post, saying, "I just got a call that they were going to bring my character back to life again." His part is being filmed in May. He'll take back the ghostly personae of the murdered Ben Parker.

Meanwhile, the Pasadena Weekly has an interview with Terry Laurents, whose house was used for the filming of the web-spinning sequel. Their reporter wrote, "Stepping inside, I notice that her home has already begun to metamorphose into a Hollywood movie set. Thin sheets of plastic cover the wooden floors, coils of cords snake through the house and camera equipment jams the hallway -- all in preparation for the filming of 'Spider-Man 3,' scheduled to begin in a couple of days."

V FOR VENDETTA

Director James McTeigue is quoted at Sci FI Wire talking about switching actors from James Purefoy to Hugo Weaving. "We'd been shooting for about three weeks, but like with every film, James wasn't in every scene and wasn't on [set] every day," McTeigue said. "So there wasn't that much of James there [in the final cut]. I can probably answer the question about why James left. He wasn't comfortable in the mask. It was hard for him to make peace with the mask. "Hugo came in, and he'd done mask work before. He really made peace with the mask or knew what was capable in the mask. I think it was a really intelligent, fearless decision that he made just to trust it. I said, 'Trust the mask. Trust me to tell you if you're going to do anything stupid. I won't make you look stupid.' It took him, like, a day. He'd come over to the monitor, watch and go, 'Oh, if I did that, that'll look better.' I'd say, 'Yeah, maybe fade back into the light there a little bit.' He's such a complete actor that he knows all those mechanics of a film set anyway, like where to be in the frame. So he just got into the role really quickly."

The BBC has an article about the Wachowski Brothers, talking about the road they took to a shaven-headed Natalie Portman.

SMALLVILLE

There's a new chapter of the Vengeance Chronicles, getting all up in some Luthor business.

AQUAMAN

Miami Today reports that the pilot (allegedly called "Mercy Reef") will begin shooting in the Florida city this week. "The series makers aren't going to be using the interiors of the Coconut Grove EXPO Center now," said Mr. Parente, "but the inside of the North Miami studio. They were fortunate enough that the dates they had wanted, which had originally been booked at Greenwich Studios, were freed up. They will still be using a lot of practical locations in the Grove. That include the dockmaster's office. The crew loves the look of the Grove."

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Ooh, new clip from the episode "Grudge Match."

BATMAN BEGINS

Batman On Film has a scooper report from Australia, saying "Hugh Jackman appeared on a television show here in Australia called '9 AM,' and did mention in the interview that his next project was in the 'Batman' sequel. Unfortunately, he did not go into any specifics." This is unconfirmed data after days of bandying back and forth about rumors of Jackman's involvement.

THAT'S A WRAP

Here's where you get in on the action. Did you see a link we didn't catch? Have you snuck into a closed movie set, and have inside data? Maybe your cousin is dating somebody who knows something, and they had to tell you? Whatever it is, we wanna know it all -- fire off an email and let us know whether you want your name used or your contributions to geekdom to go down anonymously. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is novelist/karaoke host/all-around lunatic Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, how 'bout those comics reviews, and [tagline sent back to development hell until something hipper can be dreamed up].

 
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