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CHUCK Star Cast in THOR? (Yes and no)

Plus: SCOTT PILGRIM, DCU Toons, ASTRO BOY and More!

By Rob M. Worley     November 16, 2009
Source: Various

'Chuck' star cast in 'Thor'? (Yes and no). Plus: Schwartzman has more good things to say about 'Scott Pilgrim'. DCU Toons coming to Facebook. 'Astro Boy' tumbles from top 10. More! Waking up to a 80 proof morning, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.16!

 

 

ASTRO BOY Box Office

In it's fourth weekend of release, 'Astro Boy' has fallen from the box office top 10, according to estimates published by Box Office Mojo. The manga-based CGI flick went from #10 to #13 this week, giving up notches to newcomers '2012' and 'Pirate Radio' and the climbing 'Precious'.

'Astro' took in another $1.65 million this week, bringing the domestic take on the film to nearly $18 million.

 

 

Fans to Make DCU Trailer on Facebook

Variety reports that the collaborative animation project Mass Animation is rolling out a contest that will see fans creating an animated trailer promoting  the DC Universe Online game, coming next year from Sony Online Entertainment.

Fans will be able to download models and software to create snippets of animation which they can post on their Facebook pages. Then there'll be online voting to determine which clips end up in the 90 second trailer.

The contest is set to start December 7 and run through early February.

 

 

ST. TRINIAN'S arrives January 46

From a press release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the U.S. release of the comic strip-based British comedy 'St. Trinian's' on DVD January 26, 2010.

The film star Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Lena Headey, Russell Brand and Mischa Barton. The DVD will have special features such as a making-of featurette, bloopers, deleted scenes and a music video performed by U.K. pop sensation Girls Aloud, who also make a cameo in the film. 

'St. Trinian’s' will be available for the suggested price of $24.96.

'St. Trinian’s', the infamous school for ‘young ladies,’ is in trouble. Despite being an old flame of its Headmistress (in a top-of-his-class comic performance by Ruper Everett), the new Education Minister is shaking things up and the school is facing financial ruin. But the students of St. Trinian’s aren’t going to give up without a fight. After all, they excel at chaos and attitude not chemistry and algebra…and that’s exactly what it’s going to take to beat the authorities before they close down their beloved school for good. Starring Colin Firth, Lena Headey, Russell Brand and Caterina Murino. Also starring Mischa Barton, Talulah Riley and Gemma Arterton, with a cameo appearance by U.K. sensation Girls Aloud. Based on the popular drawings of 'The Girls of St. Trinian's' by Ronald Searle, and following the hit film series of the 1950's and 60's.

The film is directed and produced by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson, and is written by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft.

 

 

BATMAN All-Nigher at BFI London IMAX 

Fans in London who like their Batman big will get a chance to bask in the IMAX glory of the Dark Knight Detective this November.

The BFI London Imax is holding a Batman All-Nighter on November 20th, running four films of the Caped Crusader.

Screening at the All-Nigher are:

  • BATMAN (1989)
  • BATMAN RETURNS (1992)
  • BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
  • THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

If you don't have 8-10 hours to kill then you can still see 'The Dark Knight' at the BFI on Saturday the 21st, Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. Click through for details.

 

 

Jason Schwarztman on SCOTT PILGRIM

MTV Splash Page had a chat with actor Jason Schwartzman, who lends his voice to next week's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'. Schwartzman also spent some time this summer on the set of Edgar Wright's adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's free-wheeling comics series 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'.

The actor told MTV that he's seen the opening 20 minutes of the film, which features young slackers in love, with plenty of kung fu fighting and video game power ups.

"It's unlike anything I've seen in my entire life," Schwartzman enthused. "It's really funny, it's really emotional, there's a lot of romance—but the action sequences, I've never seen scenes quite like these. They're really beautiful."

He also added to his past copious praise for Wright and leading man Michael Cera.

Check out two clips for Schwartzman's complete comments.

 

 

 

A Hail of THOR Chatter

Stan Lee, Jaimie Alexander and...Zachary Levi?...all talk about the the movie!

As Kenneth Branagh's vision of Marvel's 'Thor' hurtles towards a January production start, chatter on the web by folks involved with the movie is increasing.

First up, none other than the Thunder God's co-creator Stan Lee is twittering about the film. It'll surprise no one that Lee will make a cameo in the movie, as he has in most all recent Marvel movies.

On Thursday night he tweeted about it.

"Since many have asked, my 'Iron Man' cameo is done and I'm waiting to do 'Thor'. But I'n not goin' to Asgard unless they fly me first class!"

He's not the only one tweeting about the film. Actress Jaimie Alexander has been posting blurbs about her training for the role of the sexy Asgardian warrior woman Sif in the film. Here are some of her recent, related tweets:

  • November 6th - "1st day of stunt training for Thor... kinda nervous :)"
  • November 6th - " wow.......that was pretty dang tough....but a shit ton of fun!!!! :) :) need to sit in an ice bath for year.....am beyond SORE!"
  • November 11th - "day two of stunt training: complete! :)"
  • This morning - "is gearing up for a full week of stunts! :) I LOVE MY JOB!"

But the most intriguing bit of 'Thor news comes from Saturday's USA Weekend blog chat with 'Chuck' star Zachary Levi.

The comedic actor reveals that he had actually been cast in the movie. Levi was lined up to play one of the Warriors Three, the dashing swashbuckler Fandral. Like Alexander, Levi had been bulking up for the part.

However, when the current season of his NBC TV series went from 13 episodes to 19, Levi was needed for extra filming and had to walk away from the film.

The actor also told USA Weekend (perhaps jokingly) that had originally been called in to audition for the lead role. "I’m tall and in pretty good shape, but I’m not big and girthy like that," he said.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.

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monkeyfoot 11/16/2009 7:00:37 AM

Astro Boy: If I had alot of money lying around and someone had asked me to invest in the production of this film I would've said no problem. It was a fun CGI kid's film with a boy turned into a super powered robot fighting bad guys in the future. What 8 year old wouldn't line up to see that? Wonder what went wrong?

Thor: Lee will play Heimdall, guardian of the Rainbow Bridge. "Halt! None may enter Asgard unless he is a True Believer! Excelsior!"

Wiseguy 11/16/2009 7:30:43 AM

Jamie Alexander is so hot, don't know if she can act or not but she has the body for the role.

Stan Lee is a co-creator of Thor? I know Lee is old but I didn't know he was that old

Glad Levi had to drop out from Thor. I just don't see him as an Asgardian

VinJoy 11/16/2009 8:16:23 AM

I'm surprised Astro Boy failed too. It's a shame cause I wanted it to succeed.

ddiaz28 11/16/2009 9:19:35 AM

Oh man bring that Batman all nighter here!  That would be a blast.  I went to the all day screening of the extended LOTR trilogy the day ROTK came out and that was great.  I imagine this would be just as fun.  Funny but not surprising how they left out Batman Forever. 

I think what went wrong with AstroBoy was that it wasn't up to par with the likes of Pixar, Dreamworks, or Blue Sky films.  Now that the market is inundated with 3D animated films, people can really see the differene between top tier work and the rest.  The way this film was rendered just looked so generic.  Although I am surprised just how badly it did.  I mean if a movie like Hoodwinked (horrible!) could make the cash it did than it seems like any animated drivel could.  I guess kids and their parents just have a lot to choose from these days and AstroBoy obviously was not on their list of must see films.

Matador 11/16/2009 9:35:14 AM

I don't know Chuck might have been an alright Balder The Brave.

ponyboy76 11/16/2009 9:59:30 AM

So, living in London is finally going to pay off for me. Batman, here i come.

I could not see Zachary Levi playing Fandral. Fandral to me was always like a cross between Face from the A-team and Errol Flynn in Robin Hood. Levi is neither one of those. When I read the title my first thought was either Adam Baldwin or the female lead. I could see her as the Enchantress or some other Asgardian. Levi is way too geeky to play Fandral.

ChadDerdowski 11/16/2009 10:07:46 AM

Well done, Wiseguy... you had me cracking up with that one!  Lee created a pantheon of gods that predates Christianity!?!?  WOAH!

Monkeyfoot... I actually like that idea of Stan Lee playing Heimdall.  It'll never happen. It shouldn't happen.  But it would make me smile.

acrossalloceans 11/16/2009 11:46:46 AM

hah Thor is such a waste of money. Just scrap it and go into Captain America. of all the characters the marvel universe has, Thor is one that should be cut.

mbeckham1 11/16/2009 11:48:56 AM

I could see Levi as Donald Blake. Everyday guy in a crazy ystic world. Like Chuck everyday guy in a super spy world.

DeeJay4ADay 11/16/2009 2:49:41 PM

The casting for Thor is being handled masterfully, if only from a PR standpoint.  As Thor is one of the few well-established modern heroes that actually comes from a cultural legend, I anticipate that this character will have a lot of non-fanboy buzz when we get closer to the release date.  In actuality, I wouldn't be surprised if the Thor film stimulated a new interest in cultural deity characters.

The larger issue for me is; who will oversee the designs for Asgard?  At this point, Asgard's design's, the cinematography and the special effects are the only things that the fans need to be convinced will work.  The casting is somewhere between great and good enough, and the core story would take more work to do poorly than execute well... so I'm curious as to what Asgard is going to look like.

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