Kirsten Dunst on Spider-Man 3

by SuperHeroHype

ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com caught up with Kirsten Dunst today and talked to her about reprising the role of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man 3.

Asked about the conflicting reports on whether there may or may not have been additional shooting, Dunst said she had not done any more shooting since filming wrapped. “I haven’t yet no, but I think there are some blue screen things. Nothing major.”

Mary Jane Watson will be joined by Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard) in the sequel who rivals her for Peter Parker’s affections. Dunst said there was no competition on the set between the two, however.

“It’s so funny. Everyone asks me that like it’s a competitive thing, but Bryce and I got along better than anybody,” she explained. “I was happy to have another girl to share all of that testosterone with. It was nice to come to set and have a girl to hang out with. Her character adds another type of woman that puts Peter in a position obviously with conflict with me and lying and this and all of those things just to create more drama in our relationships.”

She added that it was nice to have a year in between shooting Spidey 2 and 3.

“It was nice to have that year because I was really excited to go back to work again. I love working with Sam and coming back to a place where you know everybody which is a good thing because you’re confident. You’re not afraid to give your opinions on anything like lighting or whatever it is. You’re there with your team again. It’s a long movie so when you start doing the blue screen things and you’re just lying there and reacting to all of these things and these long takes, you feel like you’re losing your mind. But, when it comes to the scenes and Sam it’s all about that for him. That doesn’t feel like I’m making anything less important than this film.”

Spider-Man 3 hits theaters on May 4, 2007.

Source: Heather Newgen

Let’s Do Some Shopping at the Fan 4 Store

by SuperHeroHype

Scooper ‘Space Coyote’ told us he caught some of the filming for Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer in Vancouver and it looks like our heroes will get their own products, even in the movie:

I came across a Fantastic Four 2 set at Burrard and West Hatings in Vancouver. You can see in my photo a “Fan 4 Store.” In the window on the left side of the building, there were many Fantastic Four toys on display.

Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, directed by Tim Story and starring Michael Chiklis, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Julian McMahon and Andre Braugher, opens in theaters on June 15.

Source: Space Coyote

Casino Royale Equipment Promo Trailer

by SuperHeroHype

You can now watch a trailer with shows all the equipment that 007 uses in “Casino Royale” by clicking here. The trailer includes both movie footage and behind-the-scenes clips.

Directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig, Casino Royale hits theaters on November 17.

Source: YouTube

Blade: The Series Cancelled

by SuperHeroHype

THEOcracy has picked up a post from Jill Wagner, who stated that Spike TV has cancelled Blade: The Series:

Just wanted to say thanks again to all of you who supported me and Blade the Series. I was just informed today that there will be NO 2nd season of Blade the Series. I really enjoyed playing Krista and i hope that i did her justic at least for one season! However, that is not the end of Jill Wagner’s acting career. I will keep you guys posted on what’s next for me. Again i say thanks for the support. Hey, there is always the DVD right????

The series started off strong early in the season but lost viewers as it went on.

Source: THEOcracy

Transformers Extras Casting Call

by SuperHeroHype

ClickOnDetroit.com reports that the Transformers production is looking for extras:

Paid extras needed for major motion picture “Transformers”.

The movie is directed by Michael Bay with Steven Spielberg acting as executive producer.

Extras 16 years of age & older are needed to work outside for the 2-day scene currently scheduled for the first week of Oct. 2006. If you are interested in possibly working as a paid extra in the film, please send information immediately.

Mail To: Wendy Washbrook/Extra Casting

“Transformers”

5600 Campus Center Drive

Bungalow 1

Playa Vista, CA 90094

Or Email Photo and Info To: Wendy Washbrook/Extra Casting: wwashbrook@verizon.net

Source: ClickOnDetroit.com

New Superman Returns: The Videogame Footage

by SuperHeroHype

New gameplay footage from Superman Returns: The Videogame can be viewed at YouTube.

The game, featuring the voices of the film’s cast, allows players to experience a real sense of flying, and master Superman’s unrivaled powers in order to save Metropolis.

The game is scheduled to hit stores on November 20th.

Source: Whosyerdaddyhuh

Dawson’s O.C.T. Lands at Dimension

by SuperHeroHype

Dimension Films has acquired the rights to produce O.C.T. – Occult Crimes Taskforce, based on Rosario Dawson’s (Sin City, Clerks II, upcoming Grindhouse, upcoming Killshot) new comic book series of the same name which she co-created with David Atchison and Tony Shasteen. Dawson is set to star in and produce the film. Ford Lytle Gilmore is executive producing the film, with Atchison and Shasteen serving as co-producers and Gus Vasquez serving as associate producer. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.

When N.Y.P.D. detective Sophia Ortiz (Dawson) stumbles upon a bizarre murder scene, she’s quickly brushed aside by the Occult Crimes Taskforce. Versed in the black arts and equipped with mystical weaponry, the O.C.T. keeps the streets safe from unholy creatures of the night.

Bob Weinstein stated, “We are thrilled to be involved with Rosario again. ‘O.C.T.’ is extremely inventive and this project will showcase her talent both as star and producer.”

Rosario Dawson stated, “I’m excited to develop and produce a film that comes from a comic book where the protagonist is based on the likeness of a real person. I have loved comic books since I was a child and I am thrilled to have created a project that joins my love for films as well. Dimension is the perfect partner in this endeavor, as they truly understand the creation and marketing of this genre. I have worked with them in many projects over the years and they have always been fantastic partners.”

In June 2006 at Comic-Con International, Dawson announced plans to create a television miniseries and video game based on her comic book. The first issue of Dawson’s comic book miniseries was published in July 2006 by Image Comics and 12 Gauge Comics. The comic book series was co-created by Dawson, David Atchison, and Tony Shasteen, was written by Atchison, and illustrated by Shasteen.

Richard Saperstein, president of production, Matthew Stein, senior vice president of production, and Alex Franklin, director of development and production, and Brendan Deneen, director of production and development, will oversee the project on behalf of Dimension Films.

Source: Dimension Films

TMNT Moved Up a Week

by SuperHeroHype

ComingSoon.net reports that Warner Bros. Pictures will release writer-director Kevin Munroe’s CG animated TMNT a week earlier than was expected. The turtles will now hit theaters on March 23, where it currently faces “Bean II,” “Mr. Brooks” and “Pride.”

Source: ComingSoon.net

Rena Sofer Joins Heroes

by SuperHeroHype

The Hollywood Reporter says Rena Sofer has joined the Heroes cast:

Rena Sofer has landed recurring roles on Fox’s Emmy-winning action drama “24” and on NBC’s new sci-fi drama “Heroes.” On “24,” from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV, Sofer will play Graham’s (Paul McCrane) wife. On “Heroes,” from NBC Universal TV Studio, Sofer will play the wife of aspiring politician Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar).

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Caine Starts Filming The Dark Knight in March

by SuperHeroHype

Michael Caine says on his official website that he will reprise the role of Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight starting in March:

In January I start shooting a remake of “Sleuth” with Jude Law directed by Kenneth Branagh with a very different screen play from the original by Harold Pinter. After that in March I reprise my Butler roll in the second “Batman” again directed by Christopher Noland starring Christian Bale. This one is “The Joker” and the Joker is Heath Ledger. Great casting.

Visit the link above for more of his post.

Source: Michael Caine

Aylesworth and Pasquale Set for AVP2

by SuperHeroHype

Reiko Aylesworth and Steven Pasquale have been cast as the leads in 20th Century Fox’s Alien vs. Predator 2, which begins filming next week in Vancouver, reports Variety.

Greg and Colin Strause direct from a script by Armageddon writer Shane Salerno. Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and Robbie Brenner are producing.

Aylesworth, a former series regular on Fox’s “24,” recently finished filming The Killing Floor, executive produced by Avi Arad and Doug Liman, as well as a supporting role in Mr. Brooks.

Pasquale appears in the FX series “Rescue Me.” His film credits include Aurora Borealis.

Source: Variety

Casino Royale Strategy Game Launched

by SuperHeroHype

A new Casino Royale Strategy Game has launched at CasinoRoyaleStrategyGame.com.

Le Chiffre funds the world’s terrorist organizations, providing what he refers to as a “reliable banking services” to so called “freedom fighters.” As an MI6 team leader, your goal is to find the briefcase of terrorist funds before Le Chiffre’s henchmen do, and escape from the airport.

Do you have what it takes to thwart Le Chiffre’s plan? See for yourself here!

Casino Royale hits theaters on November 17.

Source: Sony Pictures

The Hellcycle in Ghost Rider!

by SuperHeroHype

Sony Pictures has updated the official Ghost Rider Blog with a new video clip about The Hellcycle in the movie. You can view the clip in various formats here!

Ghost Rider hits theaters on February 16.

Source: Sony Pictures

Cornell’s Casino Royale Title Song Online

by SuperHeroHype

Singer/songwriter Chris Cornell and Bond composer David Arnold’s main title song for Casino Royale entitled “You Know My Name” has hit YouTube. You can also listen to the song in its entirety at this link.

Daniel Craig stars as the new “007” in Casino Royale directed by Martin Campbell. The film will be released worldwide by Columbia Pictures on November 17, 2006.

Source: YouTube

Johnny Depp to Play Rex Mundi?

by SuperHeroHype

The Los Angeles Times reports that Jim Uhls, who wrote the screenplay for Fight Club, will write Rex Mundi, a series of graphic novels by Arvid Nelson and Eric Johnson. The project is a vehicle for Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) to star in and produce through his Infinitum Nihil production company, says the newspaper.

Rex Mundi (King of the World) posits an alternate present of 1933 in which the Reformation never happened, the Inquisition is still in full swing, Europe remains dominated by the Catholic Church and the rest of the world consists of colonies.

Depp would play a pathologist investigating the mysterious death of the priest who found him as an orphan.

“It’s a noir-ish ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ” Uhls said. “There are murders and a mystery, and the lead character discovers a massive conspiracy, biblical in its origin.”

Visit the official Rex Mundi website for more on the graphic novels.

Source: Los Angeles Times

No Comic Book Movies for Kevin Smith

by SuperHeroHype

ComingSoon.net has some new quotes from Kevin Smith about him not wanting to do a comic book movie:

Kevin told Simon Thompson, Senior Editor at BANG Showbiz: “Those movies are way beyond my capabilities. I’m not really talented enough to pull off a big visual spectacle like that.

“Writing a comic book is fun and watching comic book movies is fun but I just don’t see myself combining the two and making a comic book movie myself.”

He also talks a bit about his upcoming horror movie, which you can read about here.

Source: ComingSoon.net

Happy Birthday Batman!

by Chris Mason

TV’s Batman Adam West turns 78 today!

Say what you will about the classic campy 1960’s Batman TV series, Adam West’s contribution to the history of Batman cannot be ignored! The series premiered on the ABC television network on January 12, 1966 and was a huge hit. The series ran for three seasons and was cancelled in 1968. The series spawned a film, Batman: The Movie and the campy tone of the show took the country by storm and created a merchandising bonanza the likes of which had never been seen before.

Many hardcore bat-fans blame the 60’s series with its POW! BAM! BIFF! for ruining Batman, but most fans forget that at the time in the comics the Caped Crusader was at an all time low, battling purpled headed aliens and giant bugs, a far cry from his darker origins. It was not until the likes of Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil & Frank Miller that the Dark Knight was returned to his darker roots!

Happy Birthday ADAM WEST!

Source: Excelsior

Ratner on the X-Men 3 Special Edition DVD

by SuperHeroHype

X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner told IGN that you can expect a Special Edition DVD soon:

Brett Ratner, director of X-Men: The Last Stand, told IGN that he is working on a Special Edition DVD to follow the initial release of the film on October 3. “Well, there’s almost an hour-long making-of, my personal making of the movie, my experiences making the movie,” Ratner said during a phone interview. “There’s special features which include, you know, just basically the creation of the movie – I mean, how we did it in the storyboards and original animatics.”

Visit the link above for more on this. What’s also interesting is that XMenFilms is reporting that Wal-Mart stores will include a bonus disc when you buy X-Men: The Last Stand there which features 50 minutes of additional behind-the-scenes footage.

Source: IGN, XMenFilms

James McAvoy Talks About Wanted

by Edward Douglas

Last year, Scottish actor James McAvoy found himself a lot of new and younger fans by playing Mr. Tumnus in Disney’s blockbuster, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and he’s been keeping busy since then, having a number of new movies coming out in the next few months. He’s definitely becoming a hot actor in demand, being called upon for a number of different movie roles.

One of the most interesting ones is playing the role of Wesley Gibson in the movie version of the subversive Top Cow comic Wanted, created by Mark Millar and JG Jones, about how the super-villains of the world band together to kill all the superheroes, leaving Wesley alone to decide which side to take.

While in New York for his next movie The Last King of Scotland, McAvoy talked with ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com about the comic book movie, which will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch).

“I’ve heard of the comic, I hadn’t read it,” he said to us. “It’s a Glaswegian writer [Mark Millar] that did the book. I’m a bit of a sci-fi fan, though I never got around to reading it. The thing that really turned me on and got me really excited first of all was Timur the director, ’cause I’d seen ‘Night Watch’ and shortly after, I saw ‘Day Watch.’ I was blown away by the first one and then even more blown away by ‘Day Watch.’ I’m such a sci-fi nut, and it’s kind of wish fullfillment to play that kind of part, but I’m not going to try to get all buff for it. I’m going to try to make him a real guy. I know that’s not revolutionary and that’s been done before in this realm, but it’s not done all the time.”

“It’s difficult because the character has been based so obviously, at least visually on Eminem, I feel like I need to get away from that, because I feel that’s something I’ll never achieve,” he confessed. “I feel that I’d like to take the essence of what [Mark Millar’s] done and fill it. What else a live action thing does, as opposed to a comic, is that there’s some things that really work well in the translation and some things that don’t. I suppose that will determine our level of success, how we grade that, and how Timur and I work that out. He’s exciting. He’s an evil genius, so I’m just puttin’ my ass in his hands and hopefully, he won’t burn it.”

“I’ve not done it in a couple years, but I’m bendy still,” McAvoy said about his gymnastic skills, which he’ll probably need for the role. “I can move around. There’s a lot of jumping around and swinging around and doing silly things, so I can’t wait.”

He hasn’t met his fellow Scotsman Mark Millar yet, but since the movie is set in America, he won’t be using his normal Scottish accent. McAvoy also said that Sh*thead, the villain made completely out of sh*t, isn’t in the current script. “It’s kind of pared back. It’s less superheroey, and it’s more about the empowerment of lives, and how Wesley does all this amazing stuff because people tell him he’s a superhero, then he realizes he just did it through belief.”

Wanted will probably begin shooting next year, but you can see McAvoy in a bunch of other movies in the meantime, including the drama The Last King of Scotland, which opens September 27.

Source: Edward Douglas

Director Louis Leterrier on The Incredible Hulk!

by SuperHeroHype

The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier (the “Transporter” films, “Unleashed”) stopped by the Superhero Hype! message boards to chat with fans about Marvel Studios’ anticipated sequel, to be released by Universal Pictures. The film will return to the roots of the long-running comic series, combining a well-developed character storyline with incredible action and fun. Zak Penn, who previously collaborated with Marvel on X2: Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, is writing the script.

Here is a list of Leterrier’s answers to questions asked by the fans:

Q: Can you confirm the method for which the Hulk will be presented?

We’re studying every method and we’ll pick the best method for every shot. It’s important to make the Hulk tactile in this one. As an audience member I love to be confused and not know if it’s CGI, animatronic, make-up (loved Davy Jones in Pirates… all CG!!!).

Q: Can you confirm if Dominic Purcell is in talks for a role in your movie, and possibly what role that is.

Let me show you something…

ITW: Hello Louis Leterrier.

LL: Hi.

ITW: I hear you’ve been asked to direct Indiana Jones 4.

LL: Huh…

ITW: INDY, you’re so lucky!!!

LL: Huh, well, I love these films but…

ITW:That’s going to be amazing. Good luck”

… and a day later every one says that LL is directing the next Indy.

Listen to Dominic Purcell’s interview again.

Q: Will you get Statham a role in this film if not Abomination perhaps someone in the military.

He’s Betty…

Q: We know the budget is not over 180 million per the terms of the merril deal but do you have an estimate yet? Zak said it was quite a bit.

It’s enough. Listen, I made Transporter 1 for 17M$, Unleashed for 20M$ and Transporter 2 for 22M$ (this one could have used a couple of extra bucks, sorry about some of the vfx’s). I’m used to small budgets. This one’s very big in Hollywood standards and huge compared to my first films. I’m going to put every penny on screen.

Q: Is Bana officially eliminated from contention or is he still a possibility?

He’s not out.

Q: How far are we away from a casting announcement and a release date?

Nothing’s set.

Q: Is this a sequel or not? There has been alot of confusion over this. Sometimes yes, and other times no.

It’s a hard question to answer. You have to be the judge of that when you see the film.

Q: Is Lou Ferrigno really in the running to voice Hulk? (I hope not)

I’ve only met Lou once and I was star-struck. Who do you think should do the voice?

Q: Avi & Zak have said they liked the action in the first film (desert battle), do you also share this opinion? And plan to live upto/top it?

There’s only one way out of this one and it’s up…

Q: Ang sometimes used interesting wipes to go between shots, although you don’t need to, will you slip a few in during editing for people like me that loved that?

Too early to say.

Q: Was the distancing from the first movie (even as a sequel) at Comic-Con more of a way of getting attention of those that were dissatisfied with the first film rather than condemnation of the first film itself?

I like the first film. I just think I’m a maggot compared to Ang Lee. I’m not going to try to copy him, it would be an enormous failure. I’m going to do my version of a Hulk film. There’s a lot of me in Unleashed. If you liked this film, you’ll like our Hulk.

Q: Will you also be checking out Ultimate Fighter matches to get a feel for the influence on Hulk’s fighting style in the first film (assuming you aren’t familiar with that already)? Or will there be no consistency in this regard? Speaking of consistency, will there be any?

I’ll surround myself with the best fight choreographers. It’s going to be special.

Q: Has there been any talk of doing an online video blog from behind scenes of the film as many movies are doing these days?

I don’t know. I’m not very photogenic.

Q: Has there been talk on where this will be filmed (U.S., Canada etc)?

Too early to say.

Q: Are you focused on casting an unknown or well known actor for Abomination? Or are you open to either?

Open to both.

Q: If there is some sense of continuity between films is there a chance will Harper return (even if it’s just a cameo)? Are you expecting rewrites for Zak’s first treatment?

Zak’s turning in the best screenplay I ever read. I’m serious.

Source: Advanced Dark

Jonathan Mostow to Helm Sub-Mariner!

by SuperHeroHype

Universal Pictures has signed Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines director Jonathan Mostow to rewrite and direct Marvel Studios’ Sub-Mariner.

Variety says Mostow has cleared his schedule to make Sub-Mariner his next film. The comic, created by cartoonist Bill Everett in April 1939, centers on a young man who discovers he’s actually a descendant from the long-lost kingdom of Atlantis. He turns out to be the key man in a brewing war between the underwater world and our own.

Kevin Misher is producing through his Misher Films along with Marvel Studios. Universal’s Peter Cramer is overseeing for the studio, Kevin Feige for Marvel. David Self wrote an earlier draft of the screenplay.

Mostow’s past credits also include U-571 and Breakdown.

Source: Variety

Imagi Gives New Life to Astro Boy

by SuperHeroHype

Imagi Animation Studios has announced that it has optioned rights from Tezuka Productions Company Limited (“Tezuka”) of Japan to produce a new CG animated feature length motion picture intended for theatrical release in 2009, based on the renowned anime franchise “Astro Boy” originally created by Osamu Tezuka.

Originally known as “Tetsuwan Atomu” (translating into “Iron Fisted Atom”) in Japan, the franchise is best known by its American title “Astro Boy.” “Astro Boy” first appeared as a manga comic series in 1952, drawn by Osamu Tezuka, who is affectionately known as the “god of manga”. The original television series, first broadcast in Japan in 1963-1966, was the first to embody aesthetics that later became known as “anime”. After enjoying success abroad, “Astro Boy” was remade in the 1980s as “Shin Tetsuwan Atomu” (“Astro Boy” in the US and other Western countries) and again in 2003.

The “Astro Boy” franchise has garnered enormous success around the world. In Asia, Astro Boy’s popularity is considered equivalent to that of Disney’s Mickey Mouse in North America. The franchise has enjoyed great success in merchandising and toys. Astro Boy’s induction into the Robot Hall of Fame in 2004 is further testament to its significance in animation history.

The original “Astro Boy” story follows the adventures of boy-sized robot “Atom.” With the help of his friends, he battles enemies attacking the world and faces personal challenges in adapting to the human world.

Imagi’s technical and creative leadership in bringing comic-based action heroes to life in feature animation will once again be showcased in a major theatrical production. Similar to Imagi’s other feature film productions, including TMNT and Gatchaman, the new Astro Boy CG animated feature will be based on a completely new story created in Imagi’s US studio. CG production will take place in Imagi’s state of the art Hong Kong animation studio.

Tezuka and Imagi are eagerly anticipating the creation a vivid new version of one of the world’s most beloved action heroes. Imagi’s CEO and Vice Chairman Francis Kao says, “I grew up with Astro Boy, as did so many of us at Imagi. We now have an opportunity to bring our Astro Boy dreams to life by combining the power of high end CG imagery and Imagi’s creative collaboration with Tezuka.”

Tezuka’s General Manager Yoshihiro Shimizu further expressed Tezuka’s enthusiasm in this new project, “Imagi is a world class producer of CG feature animation, and has a unique talent for bringing 2D comic characters to life in stunning 3D worlds. We are delighted to be working with them on Astro Boy.”

Source: Imagi Animation Studios

Fantastic Four 2 Set Reports

by SuperHeroHype

Scooper ‘kuhlaiyen’ caught some of the Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer action in Vancouver this weekend:

On Saturday morning on the 9th of September 2006 in Vancouver BC at Granville and Pender, I saw some interesting Fantastic 4 sequel production going on. It’s not uncommon to see filming around here, but I became interested when I saw some people “discreetly” handling a prosthetic mask of the Thing! Then I saw Michael Chiklis, the Thing himself. He wasn’t “Thing” at the time, just in his street clothes. The man is short! Then I saw a silver/grey Dodge Ram truck being hoisted into the air by a crane. Pretty cool stuff, but sadly no Jessica Alba 🙁

‘KalEl1949’ also witnessed the filming and said:

I was downtown on Pender on Saturday when I got to watch filming of the Fantastic Four sequel. They started with a clip of Johnny Storm and The Thing coming out of a cake shop with two wedding cakes. The Thing’s car is blocked by vans in front and behind so he hands the cakes to Johnny and lifts the car out of the spot and tosses it onto the road. It took a few hours to film all of this but it was definatly quite a sight to see The Thing in full costume, it looks like they’ve make his brow thicker.

Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer is coming to theaters on June 15, 2007.

Source: kuhlaiyen

Bruce Campbell Talks Spider-Man 3

by SuperHeroHype

‘Josh Look’ wrote in about a Q&A held with Bruce Campbell on Friday in which he was asked about Spider-Man 3:

I had the honor to go to a Q&A session with Bruce Campbell on Friday night in Cambridge, MA. It wasn’t long before someone popped the ‘Spider-Man 3’ question. Bruce said that he couldn’t say much and was probably going to say too much, but he and Spidey will “team up.” He also bragged that the snooty usher is the only person to ever defeat Spider-Man in the movies.

Later in the night, (with an enitrely different crowd) there was a screening of his film “Bubba Ho-Tep.” He took more questions, and again Spidey 3 came up. This time, said that his role was “pivitol.” Obviously a joke, but I’d be willing to be that he is definitely NOT Mysterio, as earlier rumors claimed.

Spider-Man 3 hits theaters on May 4, 2007.

Source: Josh Look

Josh Hartnett on 30 Days of Night

by SuperHeroHype

ComingSoon.net sat down to talk to “The Black Dahlia” star Josh Hartnett and he mentioned his upcoming film, the adaptation of the Steve Niles graphic novel, 30 Days of Night. Here’s a clip:

“It’s less of a horror movie. You saw ‘Alien,’ right?” Hartnett asked. “It’s like that. It’s kind of a supernatural, but kind of a western, you know, in that genre. It’s all about being on the edge. The outskirts of society. Having to create your own society with an outside element creating massive fear and panic. Most of the film you don’t even know they’re vampires.”

Check out the full interview at the link above!

Source: ComingSoon.net

On the Transformers Set

by SuperHeroHype

In 1984, Japanese toy company Takara launched a new line of toys called ‘Transformers,” which was sold outside of Japan by Hasbro. The toy robots had the ability to convert themselves into cars, animals or aircrafts. The Takara toyline proved to be such a huge phenomenon that there have been Marvel comic books, animated series and a feature-length film based on the popular toys. And now, director Michael Bay is in the midst of shooting a live action Transformers film.

The movie is currently being shot in Los Angeles and while ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com was on set, Bay (wearing a t-shirt that read “Giant F**king Robots are Coming”) was shooting one of the final scenes. While the studio has embargoed a lot of the set coverage, we can tell you that it’s going to be a huge action scene, because the entire street (Broadway between 8th and 9th) in downtown L.A. was blocked off and there were a couple hundred extras.

As the extras walked up and down Broadway, Bay paced the street making sure the new Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Jazz were set and in place. There were camera cranes placed over the cars and at the end of the road were Styrofoam rocks made to look like concrete. It looked as though they had been blown up and two crashed cars were being loaded onto a tow truck.

There were men dressed in military uniforms standing in the middle of it all and unit publicist Gabriela Jutentag explained, “All the guys in military garb are all ex military. Real military, except of course Tyrese and Josh Duhamel. This is one of the scenes from the end of the movie so I don’t want to tell you too much about it. Obviously when you see everybody looking up and you don’t see anything up there, you can imagine what it is.”

Even though the film is being shot in LA, the story never clearly indicates the location. “I don’t think we’ve ever determined what city. Michael hasn’t gone to any kind of length to disguise Los Angeles by any means, but I don’t think there is a specific city. We’re going to go out about the last week of production, we’re going to go shoot in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, D.C. We’re hopefully going to be the first movie that’s actually going to go shoot at the Pentagon. We’ll see though. It hasn’t happened yet,” Jutentag added.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura wants to keep the story under wraps. “We really don’t want to spoil the story. I know people are mad at us for it. We don’t want people to be mad…What’s the mystery by the time you get there. We’re desperately trying to hold on to some elements of it…Entertainment depends to a certain degree. So if you’re going to give away the surprise, then what’s left?”

But he did say a lot of the mythology is incorporated into the film. “We like to think there’s quite a bit of it. It had so many different iterations. That’s what’s complicated about it, is that which iteration do you think is the mythology and which one did you grow up with? That was the hard part.”

Another hurdle in making the film was the human element of the story, di Bonaventura told us. “Because these things are amazing. The scale of them is so big. How do humans play out? I’m sure as part of Jurassic Park’s issue. You start falling in love with the dinosaurs. But like, what about the people.? In a way the Transformers work themselves out, but how do you make sure the people have an equal role?”

All Tom DeSanto, another producer on the film, said about the story is that “the characters have a lot of heart and soul. They’re great characters… The robots are great. When you see this stuff you’re going to go, ‘I’ve never seen that before in my life.’ And you’re going to believe it. You’re going to believe that that truck or that car is actually standing there. But, you’re going to care and that’s the key.”

Stay tuned for interviews with the cast and Michael Bay. Transformers opens in theaters on July 4, 2007.

Source: Heather Newgen

The New Casino Royale Trailer Hits!

by SuperHeroHype

Moviefone has your first look at the new trailer for Sony Pictures’ Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond film directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig as 007. The movie, opening November 17, is based on the first Bond book written by Ian Fleming.

James Bond’s first “007” mission leads him to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world’s terrorists. In order to stop him, and bring down the terrorist network, Bond must beat Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale. Bond is initially annoyed when a beautiful British Treasury official, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), is assigned to deliver his stake for the game and watch over the government’s money. But, as Bond and Vesper survive a series of lethal attacks by Le Chiffre and his henchmen, a mutual attraction develops leading them both into further danger and events that will shape Bond’s life forever.

Click here to watch the trailer!

Source: Sony Pictures

Official Spawn Animation Voice Cast Announcement

by SuperHeroHype

IDT Entertainment and Todd McFarlane Productions has announced an incredible lineup of Hollywood talent providing voices for the characters featured in the return of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn Animation, including Keith David returning in the lead character voice role of Spawn.

The ensemble cast of actors, actresses and musicians include:

  • Keith David (“Pitch Black,” “Something About Mary”) as the voice of Spawn, the tortured soul on an eternal battle with evil, caught between heaven and hell.
  • Carl Weathers (“Rocky,” “Predator”) lends his voice talent as Captain Edwards, a long time police captain who tries going by the book despite rampant crime.
  • Mark Hamill (“Star Wars,” Batman: The Animated Series) plays the voice of Twitch, a seasoned overly analytical detective tormented by the evil lurking in NYC’s alleys.
  • Michael Jai White (SPAWN the Movie, “Exit Wounds”) lends his voice to Barabbas, right-hand man to Russian gang boss Lukas. As the enforcer of the gang, he oversees all protection and disciplinary action within the gang.
  • Bruce Boxleitner (“Tron,” “Babylon 5”) will be the voice of Ainge, a dirty cop with only one thing on his mind: money. Someone only truly interested in himself over and above everyone else.
  • Cree Summer (“Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” “Star Wars: Clone Wars”) actress/singer/songwriter lends her voice talent as Marie, a pretty young Cajun girl hidden beneath the surface of a tormented drug addict with frightening other worldly visions.
  • Peter Jessop (“Resident Evil,” “Medal of Honor” -video games) will voice Lukas, the vicious leader of a brutally violent street gang looking to control more than just the streets and back alleys of Hell’s Kitchen.
  • Jon Polito (“The Rocketeer,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There”) is the voice of Sam Burke, the dangerously passionate detective eager to stop the evil in NYC.
  • Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption,” The Batman) will voice Mammon, a mysterious dark figure plotting against Spawn for reasons yet unknown, a man with a ferocious appetite for power.
  • Jesse Corti (“CSI Miami,” “Resident Evil: 4”) will voice Pedro, rival gang leader and number one nemesis of Lukas.
  • Phil LaMarr (“Pulp Fiction,” “Samurai Jack”) is the voice of Perry, a strung out, immature, trouble maker in way over his head.

    “Spawn” is the story of a highly decorated U.S soldier, brutally executed by his own men. Reborn as a creature from hell, he fights a constant battle between the forces of good and evil. The first “Spawn” series aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999 and won two Emmy awards. “Spawn,” one of the world’s best-selling comic books with hundreds of millions sold worldwide has also been the subject of a live-action feature film released in 1997. Distributed by New Line Cinema, the movie version of “Spawn” has grossed over $100 million internationally.

    Fan reaction to the release of the first “Spawn: Animation” teaser trailer, which debuted at the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con, has been overwhelmingly positive. To view the trailer, click here.

    Grammy- and Emmy-winning Producer/Director and “Spawn” Creator Todd McFarlane is overseeing all aspects of development and production, as executive producer. Terence Fitzgerald, president of Todd McFarlane Entertainment, is the co-executive producer, and IDT Entertainment’s Sidney Clifton is leading the creative development team. The animation is being produced by IDT Entertainment Animation, Los Angeles.

    Source: Todd McFarlane Productions

  • New Animated Spawn Voices

    by Chris Mason

    Todd McFarlane has announced on Spawn.com the voice cast for the new SPAWN animated series. Below is an excerpt from the site…

    The selection process was slow going as we had anywhere from five to ten actors for each part to critique. The characters voices are such a subjective choice it was nice to have many options. With so many options I was able to match the sound for each character that I had in my head with a real voice.

    Keith David, (“Spawn: The Animated Series,” “Pitch Black,”) was at the top of my list for Spawn, since he had done such an excellent job in the HBO series. I couldn’t imagine anyone else for the role. When Keith was approached for the part he was more than happy to return as the voice of Spawn and we were thrilled to have him back.

    Michael Jai White, (“Spawn,” “Exit Wounds,”) who all of you should remember as portraying Spawn in our live action movie in 1997. I was pleased with his audition for Barabbas, one of our main “bad” characters, and happy for the opportunity to have both Spawn actors working together on the project.

    Captain Edwards, the police chief. When I heard the voice of Carl Weathers (“Rocky,” “Predator”) I thought he was perfect. He had the right amount of authority in his voice and his delivery of the lines was close to perfect without any direction. He truly is an accomplished actor.

    Bruce Boxleitner (“Babylon 5” ) as Detective Ainge, Jon Polito (“The Rocketeer,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There”) as Sam, Mark Hamill (“Star Wars,” “Batman: The Animated Series”) will be our Twitch.

    Follow the link above for more voice talent news.

    Source: ODSOB

    John Ottman on Superman Returns

    by SuperHeroHype

    The Superman Homepage talked to composer John Ottman about his plans for the Superman Returns score. Here’s a clip:

    Q: The question that everybody wants to know John, apart from the main Superman fanfare, will there be any other parts of John Williams’ original score used in Superman Returns?

    A: I don’t think so. We tried out the Lois Lane theme (Can you read my mind), and, don’t get me wrong, its a GREAT theme, but the feel of that theme over this contemporary film, it’s gagging, and it’s awful. It just seemed stupid. So I’m hoping that we don’t have to do that. Just for the moment we’re actualy temping with (the score from) ‘Solaris’. It works really well, and more of it’s kind of modern, so the film can go with it. Its important that the film goes somewhere without trying too hard to pay homage to the past. So to answer your question, besides the fanfare, the score will be original.

    Check out the interview at the link above.

    Source: Superman Homepage

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