We definitively debunk the 'Thor' Teaser Poster that's going around. Plus: Rockwell talks 'Iron Man 2'. Hood talks 'Deadpool'. Page talks 'X-Men 4' and more. It's Obviously delicious, secretly nutritious. It's your Comics2Film 9.9.28!
This week's comic book movie 'Surrogates' starring Bruce Willis opened at #2 this week, proving less appetizing to movie audiences than a leftover helping of Sony's 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'. Mania's box office report has the film has the futuristic robot thriller banking about $15 million, which is with studio projections for the film, but definitely on the disappointing side.
The Disney/Touchstone film was also #2 overseas, competing with Disney/Pixar's 'Up'. 'Surrogates' rang up another $12.2 million in foreign markets according to Variety. It did it's best work in Russia where it opened #1 and pulled in $5 million.
IGN caught up with actor Sam Rockwell at this weekend's Fantastic Fest. They quizzed the man about his role as Justin Hammer in 'Iron Man 2'. Rockwell chatted a bit, but had few new details to offer fans.
In addition to the expected gushing about the experience of working with the movie's all-star cast, Rockwell said Hammer is similar to another character he's played on the big screen.
"He's a rival of Tony's - they are competitors in the weapons industry. I team up with Mickey Rourke and we decide we want to take him down and take down the Stark legacy," Rockwell said. "He's sort of like a cousin of the 'Charlie's Angels' character I played. The smarmy cousin. But it's Mickey - he does the fighting and the kicking ass in the film."
'Iron Man 2' arrives in theaters next year.
Although there's no telling if here 'X-Men: The Last Stand' character will be on screen again, actress Ellen Page seems interested in the notion of returning to the franchise as Kitty Pryde.
Out promoting her new film 'Whip It', Page admitted to MTV Splash Page she knows nothing about future X-Men movies. However, she does love the character.
"I think Kitty Pryde is rad, so who knows what will happen. I have no idea though," Page told MTV.
Check it out:
Actress Kristen Bell appears in the year's next comic-adaptation, the CG animated rendition of the classic manga 'Astro Boy'. Bell (who lends her voice as the title character's gal pal Cora) talked to SCI FI Wire about the movie.
Naturally, the 50+ year-old character has been updated for modern audiences.
"It presents Astro Boy in the light in which I think he's used to living, but also with a slightly fresh perspective," Bell said. "People that are familiar with the manga or how iconic he is overseas, I know they're going to have high expectations. That's a little nerve-racking knowing that people are so familiar with this character, and I hope they did it right. I think they did. Our director, David [Bowers], was fantastic, and he loves this story more than life itself. I've seen it and I really like it. I think it's really good."
She also discusses whether or not the film is accessible to non-fans, what her character brings to the movie, and why you'll want to bring a handkerchief to the cinema when you see the film.
Click through for the complete interview.
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' director Gavin Hood told MTV Splash Page that Ryan Reynolds acquitted himself nicely as Wade Wilson in the movie and may have a bright career ahead of him as an action star.
"[Reynolds spent] the Christmas and New Year’s break with the stunt coordinators, because in that scene with the swordplay I think there’s only one shot where we used the stuntman," Hood told MTV News. "You have to do a heck of a lot of work to work on that swordplay in a very compressed period of time."
He also added that Reynolds' was a little shaky with the swordplay at first, but was a quick study (and pleasant to work with besides).
Frequent and long-time C2F contributor AntoBlueberry pointed us to a purported 'Thor' teaser poster that's making the rounds on message boards. Apparently the story is that the image was handed to a popular blog site by a "reliable" source. The bloggers are understandably wary of posting it as they haven't confirmed its authenticity yet.
After examining the poster Comics2Film at Mania.com can say with certainty that it is a fan-generated photo manipulation. The poster is a nice bit of photoshopping but really lacks the polish and impact a good teaser poster for a Marvel movie would have.
Aside from a few potentially unnatural elements (the hair and the cape are definitely suspect) we managed to uncover the smoking gun that proves this was cobbled together from pre-existing images and painted up in Photoshop, rather than the product of Marvel studios.
The reason we're so sure? The hammer is the most obvious clue.
Thor's hammer in the poster is, in fact, the Mjolnir replica hammer product sold by Diamond Select Toys. Furthermore, the hammer as seen in the picture matches exactly with the publicity photo that Diamond Select released to promote the product.
If you examine both images carefully (click on our side-by-side comparison below) you'll see the shape and perspective of the hammer are identical. More importantly, certain details, like the scuffing and weathering on the bottom of the hammer and the gaps in the leather wrap of the handle are also identical.
So, if you see this poser making the message board rounds, don't be fooled.
And if you spot any other tell-tale signs, post them in the comments below...