Justin Timberlake must be some kind of mutant. The man can sing, dance and act (if his recent Emmy nomination is any indication), and he was recently in the running to play superhero Green Lantern, before he lost out on the part to superhero hog Ryan Reynolds, who has already played Hannibal King in Blade Trinity and Deadpool in Wolverine, and was recently given a Deadpool spin-off. If JT is interested in playing a superhero -- and Reynolds will give someone else a frickin' chance (Double-R backlash!) -- we think he should keep trying. In fact, we've come up with a batch of comic book characters that we think Timberlake would be perfect for.
If you're anywhere near a computer, television or another entity drawing breath, you know that movie villains are kind of hot right now. Hoping to cash in on a little of that Batman scratch is Sony, who just pushed into development a project that would bring back Venom, Spidey's gooey black nemesis from Spider-Man 3.
Comic book fight! And I don't mean of the POW! CRACK! variety. I mean that Marvel Comics' own Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., totally slammed the locker door in the face of Dark Knight helmer Christopher Nolan, and pretty much everyone else on that film and at DC Comics. I'm totally ducking out of Biology to stand in the hallway and watch, because the gauntlet has been thrown, y'all. Apparently, RDJ didn't get The Dark Knight. In an interview with Moviehole for his role in Tropic Thunder, the big screen's Tony Stark railed against the critically acclaimed Dark Knight, saying he didn't get what was so brilliant about the film and eventually working up enough of a lather to drop the F-bomb on the entire DC Comics empire.
Good news, bad news, casting news. Some actors will be working in the near future, and some won't.
- Helping out those who will is Shakespeare, with King Lear coming back to the big screen. For those of you who didn't have to read it in 10th grade, the tragedy tells the story of an aging British monarch who decides to abdicate the throne and divide his kingdom between his three daughters, based on how well they declare their love for him. Anthony Hopkins is set to play Lear, with Keira Knightley and Gwyneth Paltrow as two of his daughters. For those keeping score at home, that puts Paltrow's Characters with British Accents vs. Characters with American Accents at about 3 to 1.
When The Incredible Hulk arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this October 21, home movie enthusiasts and will have several options to choose from. Collider has reported details about the extra footage that will be available. For those living in the past with mere DVD players (that would be me), there's the standard release, which will contain a little over 13 minutes of scenes deleted from the theatrical release. You can also choose to shell out the extra bucks for a three-disc collection that has almost 30 minutes of deleted footage. But if you've upgraded to a Blu-ray player, an incredible 44 extra minutes will be available to you.
You hear about them all the time -- awesome Hollywood props going for big bucks and then getting locked away somewhere where no one will ever see them again. Isn't it time we took back these historical treasures? And by "take back," I mean shouldn't we buy them ourselves, and lock them away somewhere where only we and a handful of our friends will ever see them again? Well, now's our chance -- online site liveauctioneers.com is hosting a big Hollywood auction, with tons of film-used superhero costumes (Superman, X-Men, Daredevil, Batman, Captain America and both the movie and TV Spider-Men), as well as a ton of items from Terminator, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner, Highlander and Conan, and it ends August 1st, which means we have to move quick.
Never was there a Moviefile writer happier than I when she found out there was talk around town of Keanu Reeves starring in a movie titled Plastic Man. The jokes rolled out before me like the waves in Point Break. If ever there was a part Keanu Reeves was born to play, it would be... well, actually, it was the part of Theodore Logan from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, but a close second is a character named "Plastic Man." I was ready to hand the man a preemptive Oscar. And then, of course, I did a little research.
MTV has managed to get its Lasso of Truth around Leonard Goldberg and Joel Silver, who are producing the first-ever Wonder Woman film. The project, which for a time had been in the hands of Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon (Whedon claims he quit the project because of a difference between he and Silver/Goldberg), is rolling along, according the producers, who are just "waiting for the script to come in." After the Whedon debacle (Whedon was set to both write and direct), the producers are taking the "old school" route, as they call it, and waiting for a script they commissioned to come in before taking that script to interested directors.
Last month, IESB reported on negotiations between Marvel Studios and Iron Man director Jon Favreau. At that time, Favreau had not yet been signed to direct the sequel, even with an already-announced release date of April 2010. The holdup? Money, of course. Isn't it almost always money? But according to IESB's source, Favreau was asking for a "regular standard director's fee, no more" and not for, say, ownership of Robert Downey Jr.'s children.