'Venom' writers talk about Stan Lee cameo. Plus: 'Transoformers' victorious. 'Iron Man 2' car revealed. Columbus talks 'Welcome to Hoxford' and more! Ichi. Ni. Ichi, ni, san, shi! It's your Comics2Film 9.7.7!
Well, the weekend box office was a squeaker, but the Hollywood Reporter tells us that 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' is officially the #1 movie for the second weekend in a row.
Actual box office receipts for the Paramount/DreamWorks film totaled $42.3 million. Fox's contender, 'Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' actually rang up $41.7 million making it the #2 movie. Both studios over-estimated their receipts at $42.5 million, but the discrepancies are within a typical margin of error.
We don't usually report celebrity news but this one seemed interesting.
He's been a sidekick for 'The Son of the Mask', a henchman for Lex Luthor in 'Superman Returns' and a partner for Harold in the 'Harold and Kumar' series. Now actor Kal Penn is Barack Obama's lackey at the White House.
The Associated Press is reporting that on Monday, Penn started his new job as the White House liason to Asian communities. Specifically he's an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison, with a focus on connecting Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts groups.
Let's hope Barack Obama goes easier on Penn than Lex Luthor or Dr. Gregory House did.
We do report on movies based on comics, no matter how obscure. With that in mind, 'St. Trinians' was a comic strip created by English cartoonist Ronald Searle. It in the late 1940s, early 1950s and featured a school for young hellions that routinely tortured each other, their teachers and, well, just about everyone.
The strip has been the subject of several films, including one as recent as 2007.
Now Bleeding Cool reports that Dr. Who actor David Tennant is set to star in a sequel to that movie, 'St. Trinians II: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold'. The movie apparently started filming this week.
If you've been following the 'Iron Man 2' buzz, you know there's a scene set at the Monaco Grand Prix, which climaxes with Mickey Rourke's Whiplash calling out Tony Stark. Naturally we can assume that the billionaire industrialist has a car in the race.
Road & Track's spy cam now has your first photo of the Stark Industries sponsored Grand Prix vehicle. According to their report, Stark himself is driving the car in the race.
Click though for a look at the photos (which is unfortunately small and covered with watermarks).
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the screenwriters behind Sony/Marvel's 'Spider-Man' franchise-extender 'Venom', have a new movie coming up called 'Zombieland'. SuperheroHype chatted with them on the set of the new movie and then said they certrainly aim to include and obligatory cameo from Stan Lee in their script.
"Oh, yeah. Stan Lee is in it," Reese told SHH. "I feel like that's the one thing we can say. He does appear in our script, and we're very specific about where he is and why. May he live forever. Let's hope he's in many movies to come."
'Zombieland' arrives in theaters October 9.
Back in March the trades announced that filmmaker Chris Columbus aimed to adapt Ben Templesmith's horror comic 'Welcome to Hoxford' to the big screen. MTV Splash Page caught up with Columbus and asked him if he's going to direct the film, or solely serve as producer.
"You never know where that vibe is going to take you or where you’re going to want to go," Columbus said and later added, "I just want to do movies that I’m excited about."
According to the 'Dead of Night' production blog, clips from the movie will be screened at Comic-Con International, on July 23rd. Director Kevin Munroe, actor Brandon Routh and "other surprise folks" will be on hand.
Strangely, the whole thing is going down during the "Masters of the Web" panel, rather than a panel devoted specifically to the film.
MTV Splash Page followed up with creator/writer Alex Grecian to get his comments on the story.
"I’ve read his treatment for the series and talked to [TV writer Evan Gore] many times, both by phone and in person, and he’s extremely enthusiastic about ‘Proof,’" Grecian told MTV. He also said that he's heard that Jackson loves the book and is "excited to be involved."
Grecian addressed the idea that the creators of the show would try to emulate creator/artist Rossmo's art style.
"I think it would be really hard to animate [Rossmo's] style. [Rossmo's] character designs are perfect and I’m hoping they stick pretty close to those, but I’d look for the actual style of the show to be streamlined a bit," he said.
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