James Franco Confirmed as a Villain?

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Scooper ‘Retroman’ pointed us to Oscar winner Matthew Mungle’s official website, where he posted an interesting bit on the work he did for Spider-Man 3. Will Harry don the Goblin mask in Spider-Man 3? He says:

Designed and created the make-up concept and appliances for James Franco in “Spiderman 3” to be applied by Luisa Abel.

You can find out more about Mungle at his site and here.

Source: Retroman

David Fincher Helming Torso

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David Fincher, who is currently directing Zodiac for Paramount and Warner Bros., will reteam with Paramount to helm Torso. Variety says Bill Mechanic, Don Murphy, Todd McFarlane and Terry Fitzgerald are producing.

Based on the graphic novel of the same name co-written and co-created by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko and illustrated by Bendis, the project will be adapted by screenwriter Ehren Kruger.

The story will center on real-life federal agent Eliot Ness — made famous by “The Untouchables” — after he closes the Al Capone case in Chicago and moves to Cleveland. There he makes a promise to help clean up the town until the city is scarred by a series of gruesome killings known as the “torso” murders.

David Fincher has directed such films as “AlienĂ‚Â³,” “Se7en,” “The Game,” “Fight Club” and “Panic Room”.

Source: Variety

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Update

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‘ARagerCool’ has some cool links for those anticipating the new CGI animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in development for a 2007 release.

There is now an official production website for the film, where you can read news and view cast and crew info. A licensing poster for the film is also up here.

Warner Bros. Pictures, The Weinstein Company and Imagi Animation Studios are behind the project.

Source: ARagerCool

Spike TV Officially Announces Blade

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Spike TV is set to bring Blade, one of Hollywood’s most successful theatrical franchises, to television. The “Blade” trilogy, which has earned more than $400 million worldwide, will be adapted into a two-hour original drama that marks the network’s first foray into scripted entertainment. Produced by New Line Television, Blade premieres on Spike TV in June 2006.

“‘Blade’ is perfectly suited for Spike TV and its male viewers,” says Pancho Mansfield, Executive Vice President, Original Programming at Spike TV. “The new ‘Blade’ promises to capture what men want to see: thrilling action and effects combined with an intelligent and highly creative story.”

David S. Goyer, who wrote the screenplays for the “Blade” trilogy as well as Batman Begins, serves as executive producer and co-wrote the script with popular comic book author Geoff Johns. Peter O’Fallon (“Suicide Kings,” “Eureka,” “American Gothic”) serves as director.

Spike TV’s Blade focuses on Marvel’s eponymous immortal warrior of the same name fighting a shadowy underworld of vampires who want to destroy the human race. The title character is a half-man, half-vampire who uses his incredible powers and skills to fearlessly battle the demonic creatures of the night in a blood-drenched crusade to prevent the ascendance of vampires over mankind.

Kirk “Sticky” Jones (“Over There”) has been cast in the leading role of “Blade.” Jill Wagner (“Monk”), Neil Jackson (“Stargate SG-1”), Nelson Lee (“Traffic,” the TV mini-series) and Jessica Gower (“Blurred”) round out the cast for the tele-picture.

Bill McGoldrick, Vice President, Original Programming and Lisa Ullmann, Director of Original Programming, are executives responsible for production at Spike TV. Avi Arad, President and CEO of Marvel Studios, Ari Arad, Executive Vice President, Marvel Studios, Jim Rosenthal and Jon Kroll of New Line Television will serve as executive producers.

Source: Spike TV

Batman Begins Nominated for Cinematographer Award

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Batman Begins (Wally Pfister), “Brokeback Mountain” (Rodrigo Prieto), “Good Night, And Good Luck” (Robert Elswit), “King Kong” (Andrew Lesnie) and “Memoirs of a Geisha” (Dion Beebe) are nominees in the feature film competition of the 20th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievements Awards. The winner will be named during the ASC Awards gala on February 26 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

“The five finalists were nominated by their peers who believe that their artful and seamless cinematography contributed to the success of these compelling movies,” says Russ Alsobrook, ASC who chairs the organization’s Awards Committee.

The finalists were nominated for studio and independent films in genres ranging from action adventure to drama. The nominees are natives of the United States, Australia and Mexico.

This is the third ASC Award nomination for Lesnie, who was previously recognized for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” in 2002 and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2004. Prieto was nominated for “Frida” in 2003. Beebe was nominated for “Collateral” last year. It’s the first ASC nominations for Pfister and Elswit.

ASC was founded in 1919. There are currently 285 members, and 145 associate members working in ancillary sectors of the industry.

Source: American Society of Cinematographers

G4 and Hasbro Team Up for ‘Action Blast!’

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G4, the video game lifestyle network available in 53 million cable and satellite homes, and Hasbro, Inc, a worldwide leader in leisure time entertainment products and services including toys and games ranging from traditional to high-tech, today announced they are joining forces and forming a strategic partnership to create entertainment for the G4 audience that showcases a wide-range of Hasbro brands. The alliance will kick off with a joint project featuring a one hour live-action and animation block called “Action Blast!” The announcement was made today by Dale Hopkins, COO, G4 and Brian Goldner, President of the U.S. toy segment for Hasbro.

Produced by Hasbro in association with Tango Pix, the one hour entertainment block features series based on Hasbro’s classic and newer action brands, including Transformers, G.I. Joe, “Beastwars” and “B-Daman”. The block also includes interstitials featuring Kaiju Big Battel, characters with a devoted following who are best known for their live tournament-style performances which are a tongue-in-cheek hybrid of American pro-wrestling, Japanese monster-movies and lowbrow pop-culture. On Saturdays and Sundays, “Action Blast!” showcases a best-of-the-week collection with shortened versions of the previous week’s episodes. Short, irreverent skits featuring Dr. Susan Physics also pepper the hour, including minute-long collages of animated battles from some of Hasbro’s best-known action figures.

“G4 is the perfect television destination for Hasbro to reach the young male audience, and this partnership enables G4 to bring our viewers a retro-cool block of gamer-friendly programming,” comments Hopkins. “With the ‘Transformers’ feature film due out next summer, there is clearly a high demand for Hasbro entertainment.”

“Hasbro recognizes that our brands can entertain a very diverse audience in so many ways,” said Goldner. “Our alliance with G4 gives Hasbro the opportunity to maximize the strength of our core brands like ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Transformers’ in a new and innovative way.”

In addition to the one-hour block, G4 and Hasbro are currently collaborating to develop entertainment for G4’s late night block, which airs every weeknight at midnight. The companies are also looking to extend their relationship to other content formats including, VOD, broadband and wireless platforms.

“Action Blast!” airs every day at 8:00 AM ET/PT on G4, starting in January 2006.

Source: Hasbro

FX Buys Superman Returns Cable TV Rights

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FX has bought the cable TV rights to Superman Returns six months in advance of its June 30 theatrical premiere, reports Variety.

The network has agreed to pay Warner Bros. Domestic Cable about 12% of the eventual domestic gross, with a cap at between $17 million and $25 million, depending on the contract’s length of term and on whether Warner finds another buyer to share the window with FX.

The channel gets the first burst of “Superman” runs in its TV premiere early in 2009.

FX previously bought rights to Spider-Man 2, Batman Begins, Fantastic Four and X2: X-Men United.

Superman Returns will appear on HBO next year in the exclusive pay TV window as part of HBO’s output deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Source: Variety

New X3 Images!

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20th Century Fox has provided Superhero Hype! with two new images from X3, hitting theaters on May 26. You can view the new pics here.

Directed by Brett Ratner and written by Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg, the third installment stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, Rebecca Romijn, James Marsden, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones and Patrick Stewart.

Source: 20th Century Fox

My Super Ex-Girlfriend Picture Revealed

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ComingSoon.net has your first look at a new picture of Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson in the 20th Century Fox action-comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend, opening July 14. Here is how the studio describes the film:

Everyone’s had a painful parting of the ways with a romantic partner. We pick up the pieces and move on. But for one New York guy, it’s not going to be so easy. When he breaks up with his girlfriend, he discovers his ex is actually the reluctant superhero, G-Girl. A scorned woman, she unleashes her super powers to humiliate and torment him. “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” stars Uma Thurman as Jenny Johnson, aka G-Girl and Luke Wilson as Matt Saunders, her beleaguered boyfriend. Anna Faris is Hannah, Matt’s co-worker. Rainn Wilson is Vaughn, Matt’s best friend and Eddie Izzard is Professor Bedlam, G-Girl’s arch nemesis.

You can view the image here.

Source: ComingSoon.net

Monster Club Headed for the Big Screen

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Canadian independent producer Image in Media Inc. on Tuesday said it has signed a $20 million deal to join Chinese and U.K. partners in producing the British comic book property “Monster Club” as a 3-D animated movie.

The Hollywood Reporter says the Montreal-based Image in Media said it will shortly begin production with partners China Film Animation Ltd. and U.K.-based Treehouse Film and Television Ltd. on the 90-minute Monster Club the Movie.

“Monster Club,” published by Britain’s AP Comics and created by Kit Wallis, follows Mia and her three friends, all agents for the Organization, as they attempt to stamp out a monster epidemic worldwide.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Rebecca Romijn on X3 & Punisher

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IESB.net talked to Rebecca Romijn at the Critics Choice Awards and she says she finished filming X3 over two months ago. She also mentioned her character, Mystique, has more to do and goes for a bit of a heart break, but not necessarily romantic.

She added that she won’t be involved with The Punisher2.

You can watch the video interview at the link above.

Source: IESB.net

Michael Chiklis on Fantastic Four 2

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IESB.net talked to Fantastic Four star Michael Chiklis who says he hasn’t seen the script yet for #2. Here’s a clip:

When asked where he sees his character headed he mentioned that he believes that they will stay true to comics and that we will shades of what have appeared in the comics. He also believes that it will be better because they don’t have to worry about establishing the characters and that they could get to “the fun” much quicker.

You can view the video interview here.

Source: IESB.net

More on the Luke Cage Adaptation

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MTV talked to both Tyrese Gibson and Marvel’s Avi Arad about the Luke Cage feature film. Here’s a clip:

“I’m probably going to be benching about 415 pounds once I get into that mode,” Gibson said with a grin as he discussed his desire to play Luke Cage in an upcoming superhero flick from the makers of “The Fantastic Four” and the “Spider-Man” films. “They’re just saying that ‘Luke Cage was a real big and muscular guy, and we want to make sure that you appear to be that.’ “

There’s more on the character, the film’s soundtrack and casting at the link above.

Source: MTV

James Franco Talks More About Spidey

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iFMagazine also got a chance to talk to James Franco about Spider-Man 3 this weekend and here are some clips:

“We start this week,” says Franco. “[We’re shooting] mostly in L.A. At Sony [studio]. And then we always do exterior shots in New York here. It’s about a five [month shoot] I think. That’s pretty long actually — longer than most movies.”

“You have to do wire work and all of that stuff, but the experience of getting into character is the same,” says Franco. “Yes, it’s a comic book, but the people in Spider-Man aren’t acting like they’re in a comic book. They’re acting like they’re in the real world. Tristan is based on a legend, but we’re not acting like we’re in a fantasy land. We’re acting like real people who live in that world. So that’s the same thing.”

You can read the full interview at the link above.

Source: iFMagazine

Marvel Drops Toy Biz and Switches to Hasbro

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Hasbro, Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, Inc., announced today a license under which Marvel has granted Hasbro toy and game rights to its renowned superhero universe that includes franchises such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Captain America. Through the agreement, Hasbro has obtained the rights to develop products based on Marvel’s globally-known universe of over 5,000 characters in a wide range of toy and game categories — including action figures, role play and preschool toys, board games and puzzles. The agreement covers both the “classic” comic book look of the characters as well as product lines inspired by Marvel-themed movies.

Marvel terminated its licensing agreement with Toy Biz Worldwide Ltd. on December 31, 2005, one year earlier than the license’s scheduled termination date. In 2006, Marvel-branded action figures and other toys formerly produced by Toy Biz Worldwide will be produced by Marvel.

The five-year license with Hasbro gives the company the rights to bring Marvel Entertainment-based toy products to retail beginning January 1, 2007. Hasbro’s first full line of products based on Marvel properties is expected to center on Ghost Rider and the highly-anticipated movie event, Spider-Man 3, scheduled for release on May 4, 2007. Marvel has also agreed to provide services to Hasbro in connection with the licensed toys. The license guarantees Marvel $205 million in royalty and service fee payments, of which $70 million would be payable on the theatrical release of Spider-Man 3 and $35 million upon the theatrical release of Spider-Man 4. In addition, the license can be extended past the five year term, dependent on the number of other entertainment properties released during that timeframe.

“We are particularly pleased with this arrangement as it fits strategically into our plan to continually develop our home-grown core brands while aligning ourselves selectively with the best licenses in the business,” Alfred J. Verrecchia, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro, Inc. said.

“Hasbro’s multi-year agreement with Marvel provides Hasbro with proven properties in categories where we have been long-time industry leaders,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s President, U.S. Toy Segment. “Marvel’s properties are a ‘who’s-who’ in children’s and family entertainment and provide Hasbro with many exciting opportunities in the years ahead.”

Tim Rothwell, Worldwide President, Consumer Media Group, Marvel Entertainment, added, “Hasbro is renowned in the toy arena. It supports its key brands with heavy promotional and advertising campaigns and their innovation provides consumers with an unmatched retail experience. We believe aligning with Hasbro as our master toy and game partner sets the stage for us to further extend the global and domestic reach and image of the overall Marvel brand.”

Bruno Maglione, President, Marvel International, commented, “As we continue the process of developing our brands through a heightened mix of coordinated multi-media and product activity it was important to engage with a partner who understands how to leverage and optimize that sort of evergreen franchise approach. Hasbro brings that experience to the table, and with it, the ability and reach to execute globally. It’s a perfect match.”

David Hargreaves, Chief Financial Officer of Hasbro, Inc, said, “We are very pleased with this deal as it provides Hasbro with incremental revenues in high margin categories and allows us to maintain an appropriate balance in our portfolio of core brands and strategic licenses.”

Juli Boylan, Sr. Vice President, Sony Pictures Consumer Products, the limited partner in Spider-Man Merchandising LP, stated, “We are thrilled to have Hasbro develop toys and games for ‘Spider-Man 3’. We are very proud of the ‘Spider-Man’ film franchise and feel Hasbro will play a pivotal role in its continued success.”

The license is conditioned on its clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Source: Hasbro, Inc.

The WB Casts Aquaman

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The WB has set 28-year-old newcomer Will Toale to star in Aquaman, a new series from Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, says Variety.

The Florida-born Toale worked as a model before landing a supporting role in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Broadway’s Roundabout Theater alongside Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly.

“In the [three month] search for Aquaman, we saw over 400 people in England, Australia, Canada and several U.S. cities,” Gough said. “We saw Will’s tape over Christmas, and he was the only guy we took to the network.”

A pilot will shoot in March, probably in Miami. The series is expected to be a signature offering next fall for the network and Warner Bros. TV.

“We call him ‘the much-maligned Aquaman,’ but when we first pitched ‘Smallville,’ Superman was considered cheesy,” Gough said. “In the comic, Aquaman’s the lost king of Atlantis, but in our version, he is Arthur Curry, this twentysomething who owns a dive shop.”

Source: Variety

Tyrese Gibson on Luke Cage

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IESB.net caught up with “Annapolis” star Tyrese Gibson who gave an update on the big screen Luke Cage adaptation. The site says:

Tyrese Gibson has already met with Marvel head Avi Arad and is very excited and committed to this project.

They are currently waiting for a second draft of the Luke Cage script and things will move from there.

Stay tuned for more on the movie as it comes in.

Source: IESB.net

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