'Transformers'-Mania is running wild on the web. Plus: Branagh talks about 'Thor'! Photos from the set of 'Scott Pilgrim'! McBride on 'Hench' and more! Moistening the edge to secure a seal, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.4!
MTV Splash Page chatted up Kenneth Branagh about 'Thor'. Once again the director proves elusive in revealing much about the project.
Branagh told the site that he's been reading the earliest Lee/Kirby comics, as well as the most recent, well-received J. MichaelStraczynski run.
"There are many Thors and many accounts of the stories across nearly 50 years of the comics. We look to raid from the best," Branagh said. He also said he's drawing on the expertise of Marvel's caretakers, from Joe Quesada to Brian Michael Bendis. "A lot of the job up to this point has been listening to people who know more and better than I. I have a very strong view of how to approach it myself, but I’m still listening and learning happily."
Marketing efforts on 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' are cranking up to 11 as we approach the film's June 24th release date. We've got a flurry of autobot stories in today's blast. First up...
IGN has revealed a new poster for featuring Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the two human stars of the film.
On Monday, when actor/filmmaker Danny McBride said he wanted to include DC Comics villains in his upcoming project 'Hench', we said it seemed unlikely to us. Now, McBride is downplaying that angle when asked about it by MTV Splash Page.
McBride said that while the movie focuses on the henchman point of view the audience will see a lot superheroes and villains. However, when asked directly if he really plans to incorporate DC comics characters into the movie, which is based on the indie graphic novel by Adam Beechen, he said, “Who knows? Once we write this filthy dirty script, probably no one’s going to want to be involved with it."
He then talks about a tertiary (is the word you want, Danny) DCU character who can throw his arms. Perhaps he's referring to the rather obscure character named "Captain Marvel" who arrived on the scene after the classic "Shazam" character and before Marvel co-opted the name. Check out the actors comments:
And...here's a TV spot from 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' where Optimus Prime beseeches the reluctant-for-no-apparent-reason Shia LaBeouf to side with the Autobots...
Phone maker LG has launched a new site promoting 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' as well as their new Versa phone model (which is doubtless featured in the film).
The LG N.E.S.T. site puts you in the role of a member of the Non-biological Extra-terrestrial Species Team with wallpapers, ring tones, trailers and images to download, a game for your mobile phone, a sweepstakes to enter and an ad for the new LG Versa phone.
The centerpiece of the site though are the Missions, which create a pretty clever integration of your telephone and web browser. You key in your phone number and moments later N.E.S.T. command rings your line. No big deal, right? We've seen this in everything from 'Snakes on a Plane' to 'Dark Knight' and even the previous 'Transformers' movie.
What's cool though is that some animated action begins in your web browser as you talk to the mission commander on the phone. The voice commands you give him actually manipulate the action on your screen. We don't recall seeing that on a promo site before. Of course, the game broke down when we started to give the mission commander bad instructions and then cursed him out for his failures.
Check it out at The LGNest.com.
Edgar Wright continues his barrage of daily photos from the set of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. The latest give fans a glimpse of newcomer actor Satya Bhabha in costume as Matthew Patel, the first of Ramona Flowers' evil boyfriends that Pilgrim must defeat.
According to Wikipedia, Patel is "Indian. Has mystical powers and can summon Demon Hipster Girls at will. Scott gets $2.10 for defeating him."
And now, a bitter episode of...
Jon Faveau is officially on the Mania shit-list for snubbing us, but we'll still cover his tweets...
# Back in the workshop with Downey. Shot late last night. This schedule is catching up with me. 1pm June 3
# Online press visiting the set today to speak with Robert and me. 3pm June 3
# Just wrapped. Will watch a liitle opelio crab fishing on TiVo then off to sleep. Midnight June 3
Sleep while you can, Mr. Favreau. Comics2Film at Mania has your number...