We've got photos of Megan Fox on the set of 'Jonah Hex' Plus: Pandemic may hamper 'Wolverine' debut. Wayans talks 'G.I.Joe'. Laird talks 'Ninja Turtles'. Bay talks 'Transformers 2' and more. Setting its phasers to "chainsaw ninja", it's your Comics2Film 9.4.28!
The Hollywood Reporter says that film industry mavens are worried about how the recent outbreak of swine flu in Mexico is affecting moviegoing in that country. Most concerned about he outbreak is 20th Century Fox, who debuts 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' this weekend.
There have been reported cases of a new strain of the potentially deadly virus in numerous countries around the world and the World Health Organization has raised the threat level from 3 to 4 (two notches short of a full-blown pandemic). Hardest hit by the outbreak so far is Mexico, which has a suspected death toll of 149 from the disease.
"Theaters are closed, and that's why we can't open the film," Fox co-president of international distribution Tomas Jegeus said. "It's that simple. But people are more than concerned in Mexico, and it would be stupid and irresponsible to open a film."
Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda has announced that the band is contributing a song to 'Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen' as well as working on the score for the film. From a post on his blog, Shinoda writes:
Although I wasn't at liberty to say it before, the song I've been referencing here on mikeshinoda.com in the past few weeks...is actually being done for Michael Bay's new Transformers film, due out June 24th.
In addition--and probably ever cooler--we have been offered the unique opportunity to help score the film. The song we wrote is being used as one of the themes, and we will be writing various interpolations on that theme, and trying out some other thematic ideas as part of the (very large) team scoring the film.
My bandmates and I are working with award-winning film composer (and resident ass-kicker) Hans Zimmer. We met with Hans last week, and heard some of the incredible things he and his guys have done with our new song. In the next few days, we'll be doing some work with Hans' amazing writing and recording crew.
Michael Bay has shown us select scenes from the film, and it looks incredible. I can't wait for you to see it.
In a conversation with SCI FI Wire, actor Liev Schreiber said that physical demands of playing Sabretooth in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' were daunting.
"Early on we were shooting the first big fight sequence with Hugh and I, which was outside of the bar. Hugh and I had rehearsed day and night for this, and I'll admit, I'll be candid here, I wasn't sure that physically I was up to this role," Schreiber said. "Now I know that I am, but initially I was a little concerned.
"I'm sorry to say this in public, but Hugh and I being the elder statesmen of this cast, I think we were both rightfully concerned that we wouldn't be able to pull off the fight that the stunt guys had shown us. Sure, we'd been lifting weights and we looked large, but what they were asking for was truly impossible, and I just remember the third night after shooting until six in the morning every night, looking over at Hugh, and the two of us were just so smashed up by this fight and desperate to improve but desperate to impress our small sons at home, and they said, 'Would you guys like to do one more?' I remember looking across at Hugh, praying that he would say, 'I'm tired. I want to go home and go to bed.' And he said, 'Nah. I feel great!'"
Schrieber and Jackman have a lot more to say about the new movie so click through for the complete transcript.
I hope you caught Mania.com's exclusive interview with actor Danny Huston, who plays the villainous Stryker in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. Here's an exceprt:
"[Stryker] feels he has the God-given right to rid the world of mutants. There's a love/hate relationship with them: he admires their strength and abilities the way a horse trainer might admire a great thoroughbred. And he has this very gentle way of manipulating them until he understands them. These kinds of stories are almost Biblical in some ways, like Cain and Abel."
Click over for our complete chat with the man.
Fans who blanched at the casting of funnyman Marlon Wayans as an action figure in 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' needn't be concerned said the actor.
"The movie is serious, action and some comedy - but not all comedy," Wayans told MTV Movies Blog. "You pull off the reigns; I did what was appropriate for the role and for the character.
"It wasn’t about ‘Hey, let it be the me comedy show’. It is G.I. Joe. It’s supposed to be badass action. So you commit to it - and I found the fun in being a badass, for once in my life."
Wayans does admit that the change of pace was not always fun. He told MTV he was more than a little intimidated by some of the stunts he had to do and found the Joe team's body armor to be quite uncomfortable.
'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' arrives in August.
MTV Splash Page checked in with Peter Laird, co-creator and sheherd of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' brand, and talked about the just-announced live-action film.
"I can say that at this point there are a lot of positive feelings about a ‘Batman Begins’-style ‘reboot,’ which would, of necessity, include a retelling of the Turtles’ origin story," Laird said. "Having said that, I would also be into an all-new story, if it was decided that that was a more desirable direction. Either way is fine with me, to be honest!"
In addition to the origin elements, Laird said he would love to see Baxter Stockman folded into the story. Stockman invents the deadly, robotic mousers in the early 'Ninja Turtles' comics. In the animated TV show he goes on to be transformed into a human fly.
Of course, The Shredder, April O'Neil and Casey Jones are likely to be a part of the story as well.
Laird also says that the current plan is for the Turtles to be represented by suits and animatronics, and not CGI as some have speculated. However, the Turtle actor's faces may be CGI, which sound similar to techniques used on the squid-headed characters in 'Pirates of the Carribean'.
Click through for more from Laird on the new movie!
There's a new set of photos whipping round the net of Megan Fox on the set of 'Jonah Hex'. The actress is seen in classic western garb and a tight-cinched corset that transformers her from super hot, to freakishly skinny. Eat a burger, girl!
Anyhow, here's a sampling, with more found at Phun.org
And we close with a gripping segment of...
Not too much action on the Favreau Twitter feed yesterday. That first photo he promised hasn't surfaced yet but he did reveal one cool thing...
# Downey is donning the suit. 11 AM - Apr 28