'Inkheart' scribe to deliver 'Spider-Man 4' script by summer. Plus: Fleischer's 'Superman' gets proper DVD release. 'Iron Man 2' cameras roll Monday. 'G.I. Joe' disappoints...and more! Asking JJJ if he's insulted any werewolves lately, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.1!
'Watchmen' fans can click over to the CGChannel.com for a feature article on how the Intelligent Creatures special effects shop took on the task of animating Rorschach's inkblot mask, creating a CG stand-in that mimicked the facial movements and expressions of actor Jackie Earle Haley.
Ain't it Cool News caught an extended trailer of this summer's 'G.I.Joe' at the ShowWest trade exhibition this week. The annual show has been a traditional meet-up between theater owners and studios, but over the last five years has been integrated into the ongoing publicity blitz for films.
While the site reported that, "the theater owners went crazy for it, applauding at the end like they just watched MILLER’S CROSSING," their man on the scene Quint was not so impressed.
Here are some interesting comments:
"What I saw was an amalgam of better Paramount blockbusters, lazy action and dull action scenes without much of a pace."
"We get ... a glimpse at the fucked-up Cobra Commander face you’ve seen on the toy packages, the knowledge that they are using green nanobots that eat through metal as their weapon and that the Joe squad uses robotic supersuits when deciding to kick ass."
"My issues with the robot suits… they’re not all that bad, but goddamn it looks like IRON MAN Lite when they move. We got an extended look at the character dodging the missiles on the city streets, jumping around in slow motion and then jumping through the bus and it could have been a cut-scene from IRON MAN… the kind that you’re glad was cut from the movie.
It’s flashy, but not cool.
There's more description for the Spoiler-hungry readers out there before he concludes with:
"It was just uninspiring, limp. Maybe I’ll get some kind of enjoyment out of the full movie… hell, I almost have to with expectations this low."
Click through for the complete report.
'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau is Tweeting about the movie again.
"More training. Start shooting Monday. Last of cast has arrived in LA."
The director also posted a pic to go with the micro update, which shows him sparring in a boxing ring with an unknown opponent. Could this be him ramping up for some action as "Happy" Hogan? Fans recall Favreau played the minor role of Hogan in the first film, and that Hogan was a former boxer before becoming Tony Stark's best bud and bodyguard.
Next week fans will be able to purchase 'Max Fleischer's Superman: 1941-1942' wherever DVDs are sold. The DVD set collects the classic and influential series, which featured rotoscoped animation to bring a heightened sense of realism to the first Superman cartoons ever.
The show has seen numerous releases on the home video market, due to the status of the episodes as public domain works. However, this official version from Warner Home Entertainment will feature the highest-quality reproduction of the individual episodes, as well as bonus features, like a revealing documentary which defines the tradition of the “Super Human” archetype of hero and why Superman resonates with fans on such a deep and personal level. Also included in the bonus features are interviews with surviving members, relatives and biographers of the animation and production team and contemporary animators such as Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series), Paul Dini and Dan Riba (Superman: The Animated Series) who detail the influence these cartoons have had on their own works.
The DVD is available on April 7th. WHV has provided a clip from the set. Check it out:
Ah, spring. The sun is shining. Birds are singing. A young man's fancy turns to thoughts of the next 'Spider-Man' movie. And so, director Sam Raimi has begun to drop regular hints about the sleeping giant franchise, which is about to spring into action once more.
The director tells SCI FI Wire that a completed script is on the way.
"Right now, David Lindsay-Abaire ['Inkheart'] is working on a draft of the new picture," Raimi said Monday. "And he's hard at work, and hopefully we'll see something in about three months."
Raimi says he's committed to making the announced May 6, 2011 release date and hopes to bring Kirsten Dunst back as Mary Jane. But what about the villains Sam? Last week saw a new surge of villain rumors, but Raimi remained tight-lipped on the subject.
"I'm not at liberty to discuss the villains yet," Raimi said. "I think I have to wait till the finished screenplay, and then it'd really be up to Sony Pictures and the producers to determine when they want to release that information. To them, it's usually a big, a big, big thing, a big moment where they want to present the villain with the proper respect or fear that he or she deserves."