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The New York Times takes a look at Gilberto Sanchez, the Bronx man arrested in the infamous 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' piracy case. Sanchez was identified as pirate zero, who first posted the movie online via the file-sharing site megaupload.com.
While Sanchez played a critical role in the situation, he is clearly a small fish and not the root source of the leak. C2F had speculated that the arrest could lead to the party or parties that actually took the unfinished work print from the studio system and put it in Sanchez's hands. However, that possibility is looking pretty slim, according to the Times' reporting.
Sanchez told authorities that he simply purchased the film from a street vendor at a Chinese restaurant, a man he can't identify and will be virtually impossible for the authorities to track.
At any rate, Sanchez is the only person on the hook for the crime and he's currently awaiting his fate in the court system. "I’m out on bond, waiting for them to sentence me or give me a pat on the hand and tell me, ‘Don’t do it again,’" he said.
Fans in Portugal will get a look at Michael J. Bassett's adaptation of Robert E. Howard's 'Solomon Kane' at next month's Fantasporto film festival, according to Variety. The dark fantasy film will open the festival, said to be the country's largest.
The event goes from February 26th to March 6th in the capital, Oporto.
Reports from Monday attributed director Sam Raimi's flight from 'Spider-Man 4' to creative and scheduling concerns. However, the L.A. Times goes in depth on the situation and their sources tell them there's at least one more component to the dispute.
Their insiders tell them that Raimi was ordered to get the budget down below that of the $300 million 'Spider-Man 3'. Raimi allegedly refused to agree to these constraints.
Check out their excellent summary of the situation here.
Mark Millar is already starting the Hollywood hype on his upcoming creator owned title 'Nemesis'. The book basically takes the Batman character (billionaire, highly trained, strategic genius, etc) and gives him the personality of the Joker (chaotic terrorist).
Early this week Millar leaked news that his agents in Hollywood were approached by an A-list director interested in the project. The news coincided with director Sam Raimi walking off from 'Spider-Man 4'. This lead some to speculate that the two news items were connected and that Raimi is circling 'Nemesis'.
Millar refuted the rumors on his message boards writing, "Can I just stomp this rumour before it gets any further?"
He went on to explain, "I just want to make it clear that Sam is not the guy who contacted my agent. I actually think he's one of the three best living directors and would be honoured to have him on anything I do, but he's not the guy who got in touch and the truth is that I'm not taking this out until March as originally planned. I want to have the whole thing finished before anybody reads it as Steve and I think we're onto something pretty special here. Civil War and Old Man Logan were massive hits, but the interest in this from the moment we even said the title has just been unprecedented. We want to make sure this goes to the right guy, though Raimi would actually be an amazing choice and it would be a hilarious middle-finger to all the suits he just walked away from."
But then this morning, Millar turned around and Un-stomped the rumor, starting a thread called "Raimi Directing NEMESIS Might Not Be Crazy After All!"
"Things move fast in Hollywoodland. I just woke up to some VERY unexpected emails," was Millar's cryptic post. "To be continued."
Later, when asked if he took the project out to directors Millar responded with, "Nobody has seen the scripts yet. The interest in based on 'Wanted' doing 350 mill, insane buzz around town on 'Kick-Ass' and that CBR interview where the 'Nemesis' high concept was explained and visual released. It's pretty crazy, but a lot of people are trying to get this before it goes elsewhere. Have another thing coming with Leinil after Summer and someone made an offer for this without even knowing what it is. Crazy times."
Not content to have all the focus on Raimi, Millar also admitted he wanted to take the project to 'Sherlock Holmes' director Guy Ritchie, a known associate of Millar's 'Kick-Ass' partner Matthew Vaughn.
"I was actually going to talk to Guy about it in the next couple of weeks, but wondered if a brilliant cop versus brilliant supervillain might be too much like Sherlock Holmes," Millar wrote. "I'm seeing Matthew this week and will see what he reckons."
So there you go. Millar is doing what he does best (aside from writing cool comics): whipping up hype!
Dwayne Johnson has a new movie coming out. This means it's time for the latest round of answering questions about the 'Shazam!' movie. Johnson has long been attached to the role of Black Adam in the film, which is to be directed by Peter Segal some day. However, that project has seen it's share of hurdles over the past year.
So is it still happening? MTV Splash Page put the question to Johnson yet again.
"I don’t know," says The Rock. "I can never say that with truth. The truth that I can tell you is that I would love to play Black Adam."
Johnson does admit that he and Segal still want it to happen.
"There’s a lot of [factors in play]. The studio will have to decide on that, whoever the director is – hopefully, it will be Pete Segal – who is still very passionate about the project. Both of us are, by the way. I’m not too sure where it’s at right now, but I would love to [do it].”
The actor also talks about playing other comic book characters in the video clip below:
Actor Tyrese Gibson, out making the press rounds for 'Legion' told IGN that he's looking forward to working on 'Transformers 3' this summer.
"They're saying that my character is definitely gonna have way more screen time," said the actor, who also revealed he parties with director Micheal Bay on a regular basis. Check out the video comments below...
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on the latest 'Green Lantern' casting.
Actor Peter Sarsgaard is in negotiations to play Hector Hammond in the film, Green Lantern's psychic nemesis introduced in the 1960s.
The move is somewhat surprising in that fans have anticipated Sinestro would be the primary villain in the movie. Some online sources are reporting that Sarsgaard will the chief villain.
Comics2Film has confirmed that Sinestro is definitely in the film, so it's unclear if Sinestro will rise to his full status as a villain, or if the movie will simply groom either Hammond or Sinestro as an emerging threat to trouble Hal Jordan in a sequel.
'Green Lantern' begins filming this March with Ryan Reynolds in the lead role and Martin Campbell directing. Blakey Lively signed on earlier this week to play Carol Ferris.