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Variety reports that fans in China will thrill to the CGI adventures of 'Astro Boy' on the same day as fans in the U.S.
This is somewhat unusual as China apparently reserves a blackout period for domestic releases only and the October 23rd date falls in that window. However, since Imagi International is based in both Hong Kong and Los Angeles it is allowed to fly where other foreign films cannot.
According to a press release, producer Eric McLeod and exec producer David Venghaus join the ranks of filmmakers bringing the comic-based 'DevaShard', to the big screen for Vanquish Motion Pictures. McLeod and Venghaus worked together on the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise as exec producer and first assistant director respectively.
Vanquish's Jay Douglas and Nav Gupta will produce alongside McLeod and are scripting with writing partner Heather Kenealy, from a treatment by 'Underworld' co-creator Kevin Grevioux, who's also serving as executive producer with Venghaus.
The story, hailing from Hong Kong's Fluid Comics, chronicles two rival young warriors, one a cursed demon, the other blessed with divinity, whose intertwined fates lead them to the eve of a grand war. The first two books of the series were unveiled at San Diego's Comic Con and will hit U.S. shops in December.
McLeod is currently producing Tony Scott's 'Unstoppable,' 'Bioshock' for Universal and exec producing 'Prince of Persia' for Jerry Bruckheimer, while Venghaus just wrapped A.D. duties on Robert Zemeckis' 'A Christmas Carol'.
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' continues to dominate the home video market according to the Hollywood Reporter. Neilsen VideoScan ranks it the #1 seller for the second week in a row on the overall and Blu-Ray charts.
It fell to #2 on the rental charts, giving up to the 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past'.
FirstShowing chatted with 'Ninja Assassin' director James McTeigue, who has been rumored to be a contender for the languishing 'Superman' franchise.
McTeigue reiterated that he's not attached to the film in any real form but admitted the rumors have some basis in reality.
"I've had some discussions, the Wachowskis to a lesser degree, but the 'Superman' franchise is in a strange kind of place at the moment," McTeigue admitted. "I think they're still trying to work out the mechanics of how that can come together."
The director goes on to talks about what he would do if he ever did land the job, although his comments are sort of nebulous.
"I'm not saying you do the ubiquitous dark Superman, I'm not saying that… I'm just saying that I think there are some things that you could excise from the Superman mythology that people would get into it, if you took the world that he was in and changed that a bit, and maybe even project that into the future a bit," McTeigue said. "I think you don't really have to play into the origin story anymore. I think there's a whole bunch of things you could do to make that film more alive and exciting again."
McTeigue also said he has no role in the planned 'X-Men Origins: Magneto' film.
Click through for his complete comments.
Actor Edward James Olmos talked to the L.A. Times Hero Complex blog about his involvement with the 'Green Hornet'. Olmos revealed that he plays Michael Axford, who works at the Daily Sentinel, the newspaper owned by James Reid, father of the title character's alter ego Britt Reid (played by Seth Rogen).
"We’re the backbone of the paper," Olmos told Times reporter Yvonne Villarreal. "Things go awry, and I end up having to try to sustain what’s going on in our lives. And of course the Green Hornet doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t want to give anything away."
The 'Battlestar Galactica' actor also encourages fans to keep an open mind about the film.
"I think it’s going to be very exciting. People will find that it’s different than what they expect. Seth is doing a wonderful job. There’s a lot of everything. It’s going to be action-filled, and there’s a lot of humor in the situations. It’s really a well-crafted piece of work. Hopefully people will enjoy it and we’ll have a few of these films."
Speaking of 'Green Hornet', Splash News has a report from the set of the movie which includes a first look at actor Seth Rogen (or his stunt double) in his crime-fighting gear.
RHI have posted the trailer for their upcoming SyFy Channel original min-series 'The Phantom', which aims to upgrade Lee Falk's classic comic-strip character for 21st century audiences. It features a hero who refuses to wear the silly purple tights, but has no qualms about wearing a bright purple beanie.
ETOnline continues their series of 'Iron Man 2' reports, this time talking up actor Don Cheadle, who fills them in on his suit of armor, the training, the evolution of Rhodey and getting into action as War Machine.
MTV Splash Page presents that sizzler reel for 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths' that you'll find on the recently-released 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies' DVD.