The first cool photo from the set of 'Iron Man 2' is revealed. PLUS: More from the set of 'Dead of Night'. New casting rumors for 'Green Lantern'. 'Wolverine and the X-Men' toon continues on Nick and more. That's a dealbreaker, ladies! That's your Comics2Film 9.5.8!
The 'Dead of Night' production blog has a nice piece detailing the work of "suit guy" Brian Steele. By "suit guy" we mean, of course, a guy whose film work consists primarily of wearing prosthetic and animatronic suits to play monsters on the big screen.
If you think you've heard Steele's name before, you may recall our interview with 'Hellboy II' creature creator Mike Elizalde last year. He specifically praised Steele's work manning the 150 lb. suit for the iron-fisted creature Wink in that movie.
Here's an excerpt from the blog:
"First of all, Brian is the second person on set every day. The first being the guy who puts his makeup and prosthetics on. But Brian’s job actually starts the day before, when he has to limit the amount of food and liquid he consumes. You see, he knows once all that “monster” stuff is on him, there’s no…taking it off to perform certain functions. You’re there from the wee hours of the morning (no pun intended) to the late, late hours of the night. Then, from the moment he is in the suit, he has to know exactly how much water to ingest to keep his body at a even level of not being dehydrated while not having to…perform certain functions. Try doing that with about 50 pounds of latex on. In May. In Louisiana. Not an easy task. Oh, yeah, then you’ve got to actually DO stuff, like act."
Click through for more interesting insights from the set of 'Dead of Night'...
Speaking of 'Dead of Night': earlier this week Mania.com visited the set of the film in Louisiana. Hopefully you saw Kurt Amacker's quick summary of the visit, along with an exclusive photo of actress Anita Briem in the film.
File it under no news is good news, but The Hollywood Reporter published a new round of TV pilot pickups. The sole new comic-based TV show out there 'Human Target' still has not officially been picked up by Fox TV, but the Reporter calls the show "the one to beat on the drama side."
Over at the Deadline Hollywood Daily blog, Nikki Finke is a bit more emphatic. She reports that the show is "a lock after it screened very well. 'Peter Rice saw it and loved it,' a source tells me. It's now considered FBC's best drama pilot."
We'd love to see the series, which would feature Mark Valley as Christopher Chance, the security expert who is ready to take a bullet for his clients. Also signed for the show are Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley.
The new name in the emerald hat is someone called Shawn Roberts. He's a relative newcomer who has read for parts in other Martin Campbell films and has a supporting role in Campbell's upcoming 'Edge of Darkness' movie. According to their report Campbell "loves the guy."
Mania's own sources have told us that the producers plan to leave no stone unturned, and casting an unknown actor is definitely on the table, so Roberts may well be a front runner.
The Review also says Brian Austin Green, who has been campaigning online for the role, has had a reading and a screen test.
Gosling, Pine, Gyllenhaal, Cooper, Green, Roberts...yep! It's the internet superhero casting playoffs once more!
Who do you think should play the Green Lantern? Post your comments below...
Elsewhere on Mania, the intrepid Jarrod Sarafin has filed a report that Brett Ratner has bailed out on the long-percolating 'Conan' relaunch.
Yesterday we showed you a semi-interesting photo from a location shoot of 'Iron Man 2' at Randy's Donuts in Inglewood. In it a figure could be seen sitting in the "O" of the giant donut.
Well, shortly thereafter, People.com snagged a cool exclusive by revealing the detail of that photo: Actor Robert Downey Jr. in a mix of Iron Man gear with mo-cap markers. Click the thumbnail for a closer look.
Meanwhile, a reader for Collider.com filed a fairly descriptive account of the filming at Randy's. Here's an excerpt:
"...he saw a stand in for Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) on set and that he watched Nick Fury race up to the donut place in a blue government car and he got out and walked to his right to get a better view of where Iron Man would be. The camera was on a crane. James said it appeared that Iron Man was going to be in the donut hole on the roof and that Nick Fury was yelling at him, but he couldn’t hear what he was saying."
According to the scooper, Jackson was wearing garb similar to what we saw him wearing in the first one.
Click through for the complete account.
Fans of the 'Wolverine and the X-Men' show in the U.S. will be happy to learn that Nicktoons has extended its order for another 26 episodes of the mutant series. New episodes of the show will resume May 22nd, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
And now another thrizzeling installment of...
After the exciting talk of Scarlett in the Widow suit, Furious Jackson and the donut run yesterday, Favsey has returned to business as usual on his Twitter feed.
# Back at work. Not a lot of sleep. Running on fumes. 9AM - May 7th
# Finally home. Great day at work. I hope I starved myself enough to make up for all the donuts I ate yesterday. 12:00 AM - May 8th