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IRON MAN 2 rehersals underway

Plus: GREEN HORNET, WOLVERINE, WATCHMEN and more

By Rob M. Worley     March 25, 2009
Source: Various


IRON MAN 2 slideshow
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Favreau tweets an 'Iron Man 2' update. Plus: Rogen talks 'Green Hornet'. A new clip from 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. A new clip from 'Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter'. New casting for 'Dead of Night'. A new poster for 'Gatchaman'. New fights for 'Scott Pilgrim'. All this and two bonus items! Cranking a hard cutback as it hits the wall but watching out for the screaming bottom curve...it's your Comics2Film 9.3.25!

 

 

Briem Joining DEAD OF NIGHT?

ShockTillYouDrop adds another bit of 'Dead of Night' casting news today. They're reporting that Anita Briem will play Brandon Routh's love interest in the film. The actress recently appeared in 'The Tudors' and 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'.

The movie is based on the wildly popular Italian comic book character Dylan Dog. Antonello Blueberry, our resident Dylan Dog expert, tells us that Briem is no Mary Jane to Spider-Man's Peter Parker. Rather, "readers of the Dylan Dog series know that he changes love interest in every issue."

So Dylan is a player. Let the games begin.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

GREEN HORNET: Gondry's New Style and Chow's Current Status

Set Rogen is back on the publicity circuit once more, promoting his estimated twenty-seventh movie of 2009 so far, 'Observe and Report'. Of course, the Rogen film we all care about is 'Green Hornet', so that's what the press is asking him about.

Rogen told Superherohype that plans are to start filming with director Michel Gondry in June of this year, in hopes of making the June 2010 release date. He also said he's not sure where actor Stephen Chow stands.

"He's kind of our mascot. (laughs) He may be Kato. I'm not 100% sure if that's the case, but it's a very likely possibility. I'm not sure. Honestly, we're kind of in the very early phases right now. We're just putting those elements in place so I'm being honest. I honestly don't know yet," Rogen said.

Rogen said he's not worried about being hidebound to 'Hornet' canon, since the canon seems to change every time the character resurfaces.

"He's actually the Lone Ranger's grandnephew. The Lone Ranger is owned by Jerry Bruckheimer so that probably limits the amount of involvement we can actually have in that movie. We were inspired by the original. We kind of took what we thought was good and left what we didn't. Honestly, we didn't feel any real obligation living up to the original because the radio plays totally different than the TV show which is different than the comic book. There is no real set way."

Meanwhile, the good folks at Collider.com also quizzed Rogen on the subject. They asked about Gondry's artistic style and whether or not he will employ it for what is meant to be a studio tentpole movie.

"You know he really does not want to. Me and Evan have actually approached him with ideas like maybe we could do something like this…you could do some of your weird  people made out of string and shit like that. He’s like, 'No, I don’t want to any of that. The fact that you think I want to do that drives me crazy and makes me never want to do anything like that again,'" Rogen said. "He hates being predictable and repetitive and doing what’s been done before.  As soon as he starts to feel like he’s expected to do something he doesn’t want to do it at all."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Video: WOLVERINE  - "War"

Fox-owned IGN has an exclusive new clip 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' entitled - "War". Check it out:

 

 

 

IRON MAN 2 Rehearsals Underway

'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau nicely leveraged MySpace during the development and production of the first movie as a way of staying in contact with the fans and cultivating a community around the film. This time around he's adding Twitter to his arsenal.

Case in point: Last night's tweet:

"Great rehearsal today with Gwyneth, RDJ and Don Cheadle."

So, there you have it. Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr and Don Cheadle are walking through the 'Iron Man 2' script in prep for filming in April.

Six hours earlier, Favreau also tweeted:

"I'm sitting here with Gwyneth. She wants to know why she should tweet."

Our response to Favreau's query is best summed up by this instructional clip from Current.com.

 

 

GATCHAMAN Poster

New GATCHAMAN Poster

We were unable to translate the originating source, which appears to be Japanese, but a foreign-language blog devoted to 'Gatchaman' has posted a photo of a poster promoting the new film by Imagi. The poster promotes a 2010 release date.

The poster appears to have been on display with a new offering of 'Gatchaman' toys, possibly at a trade or licensing show.

Imagi is the same CG studio behind 'Astro Boy', which debuts later this year and 'TMNT' which hit back in 2007.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

 

Featurette: TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER

Still not sure about picking up the 'Tales of the Black Freighter' on DVD, Blu-Ray, On Demand or iTunes this week? Empire Online has a clip from teh DVD extras to further entice you...

 

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

SCOTT PILGRIM Prepares For Battle...with the World!

MTV Splash Page chatted up actor Mark Webber about his work on Edgar Wright's 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', currently filming in Toronto. Specifically, Webber relates an early meeting in which Wright showed him his vision for the film's fight sequences.

"Back in October, [Edgar] whips out his laptop and he shows me a rough sequence of one of the fight scenes, staged out with just some stunt actors,” Webber told MTV News. “I have such a hard time describing it other than that Scott’s character was flying through the air, and when there was a kick, there was — stuff! But it looked so realistic."

Webber goes on to say that the tech behind what Wright is planning seems like something new and unique.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

IRON MAN, Let us Groooove...

This clip really needs no introduction, but I feel I must write something in this space.

 

 

 

Don't Click This Link...

...or else you'll see a shirtless Megan Fox and her left-bicep tattoo on the cover of the latest Empire magazine.

 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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xenomorph 3/25/2009 8:19:27 AM

So Wolverine faught in the Civil War, WW1, WW2, and Vietnam, but he did not fight in Korea? why is everyone always forgetting about the Korean War?

Iron vs. Bruce Lee. That shit was awesome!

Megan Fox. MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....................Foxy!

Wiseguy 3/25/2009 8:47:27 AM

I think the Korean War is actually ,as far as anyone outside of the two Koreas are concerned, called a "police action" or something like that by the UN. So the brave men that fought and died don't get their due respect because of a technicality. Wolverine was probably there though.

In 10 years Megan Fox will be complaining how older actresses can't get any work and all the roles go to hot young things with no real acting skills. Now that's irony, at least I think that qualifies as irony, don't want to come off as dumb as Alanis Morisette

"Of course, the Rogen film we all care about is 'Green Hornet'"?  Don't be so sure Rob. Ok maybe a little but only cause I'm expecting one of the worst films of the genre with Rogen as the lead. The guy is just awful. The only funny thing so far, of course I haven't seen it, about O&R is how awful it looks and I bet it won't come close Paul Blart's box office and that was a terrible film in itself.
 

violator14 3/25/2009 9:12:25 AM

OH pls pls pls make a Deadpool movie. The more I imagine it, Ryan Reynolds with the Deadpool mask on and blurting insane funny ass shit while he's getting shot at.... makes me wanting it more and more.

http://media.photobucket.com/image/deadpool/TMurdaugh/DeadPool-AWESOME.jpg     - Hilarious

http://www.myfreewallpapers.net/comics/pages/deadpool.shtml   -  Sick

hanso 3/25/2009 10:59:02 AM

Observe & Report is gonna be money, you watch Wiseguy. 

Jody Hill doing that flick and I think Eastbound & Down, which he writes and directs, is hilarious.  Of course it's got Danny Mcbride and that helps.  I gotta check out The Foot Fist Way, but if Observe & Report is anything as funny as Eastbound then it's gonna be sweet.

fft5305 3/25/2009 11:57:56 AM

Maybe they just didn't feel like getting involved during the Korean War. Maybe that was Korea they showed, and Stryker approaches them after that. Then, they're involved with the Weapon X program during the Vietnam era, so they don't get involved there.

My God, Megan Fox is sooooooooooo hot.

re: IM v. Lee, amusing, but someone has waaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands!

fft5305 3/25/2009 11:59:01 AM

Oh, and didn't Favs announce about a week ago that rehearsals were getting under way? Yet another instance I could have used an Edit button instead of submitting multiple comments...

Duggernaut 3/25/2009 3:18:47 PM

I absolutley hated x-men 3 but I know I will be a sucker who goes out and sees wolverine on the opening weekend. Now the clip looked good but I suspect the war scenes will be watered down.

Does anyone know what wolverines or sabertooth nationality is in the movie. Now both are supposed to be Canadian and it makes sense that they are in ww1 and ww2 becuase the canadian forces were there and was were the most feared soldiers (the original storm troopers) of the allied forces. So that fits in if they were assigned to help out the americans but  in vietnam Candians had to enlist in the US which many did, but why are they in the civil war?  It sounds like a lot of explaining and complications and I wonder if they are just going to turn the characters american so we just accept they are there doing their civic duty or we just pallin accept that.

I got a few problems with this as I dont like when they screw with the orgins of characters and change them becuuase some a-hole in hollywood thinks it will make sense for their movie and screw the character up which ussually ruins the sequence of  following movies.

My other concern is that wolverine is Canadian and as a canadain we are very proud of our little ball of hoser fury.  Hes the only super hero we got and pretty much our national defence system in the comic book world.   Alpha flight, Johhny Cancuck and Duddley Do-right combined would get there asses handed to them by power pack or any one  solo hero or villain in the comic universe. 

But knowing those brilliant masterminds at  fox, Wolverine will have an Australian accent and will be talking about dingos every fourth line. And no offense to my Austrailian brothers but that would be like making Crocodile Dundee Canadian, wretling with moose,living in  an igloo and saying eh every second word.  That  makes me so hot Im buring the top of my igloo as we speak. damn you fox!!

ponyboy76 3/25/2009 3:42:52 PM

Yeah, I got that latest Empire Magazine on Monday. Suffice to say the pages of that particle article are somehow inexplicably stuck together. What is up with the Autobot  tattoo? Actually, more importantly what is up with the little extremely sad poem on her side. Girl must have had some serious break up with some dude to get  that.

Seth Rogen is a funny dude and Stephen Chow is great, but what I really want to know is if and if so, when the Hell he`s going to make another Kung-Fu Hustle movie? I was watching it again last week and it is simply awesome.

TayDor 3/25/2009 11:34:42 PM

Dugger:  Wolverine's employment is so muddied.  Yes, he's Canadian.  But he spends alot of his pre-adamantium/pre-x-men days working for the US Government.  Weapon X was a US government project whose paper trail ran through the US Agriculture's pest control division, yet the facility was on Canadian soil.

 

As to why the Korean war was left out?  That's the 50's, the height of the cold war.  That's probably when he was working for the CIA.  Prolly got put into Vietnam as a civilian consultant...ie: CIA trainer of indiginous people.  Tho obviously not what they're going for in the movies.

Man I wish Marvel could buy back these rights so we could get quality X-men movies like Marvel Studios hgas been doing with Iron Man and Hulk.

Duggernaut 3/26/2009 2:38:27 PM

I agree with you Taydor and wish marvel could get their rights back to x-men and spiderman.  I be they are happy though becuase they have thier plates full with making too many other pics. Its a shame because the cross over of characters of x men into avenegers would be fanatstic.

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