Out of the mainstream comics take center stage as two more join the cast of the 'Scott Pilgrim' and actress Cate Blanchett talks about her efforts to bring 'Cancer Vixen' to the big screen. Also in this issue: Andy Serkis talks 'Tintin', Kristen Kreuk talks 'Smallville' and Zack Snyder talks 'Watchmen'. And yes, 'The Dark Knight' is nominated for another award. Pour yourself a cup o' java and dial up the stylin' sounds of Sinatra as you lay back and enjoy your Comics2Film 9.1.15...
Let's get the 'Dark Knight' accolades out of the way first.
Variety reports that Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards nominations have been announced. Both 'The Dark Knight' and 'Iron Man' have been given the nomination for the Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Award. They're competing with the publicity campaigns for 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua,' 'Hancock,' 'Mamma Mia!' and 'Marley and Me'.
Award recipients will be announced at a Feb. 18 luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
MTV Movies Blog reports that actress/producer Cate Blanchett has taken an interest in 'Cancer Vixen: A True Story', the humorous autobiographical graphic novel from cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto.
"It’s about a cartoonist’s look at her contracting cancer," Blanchett, who obtained the film rights to through her Working Title Films production company shortly after its release. "And the process of getting cancer."
Blanchett herself would play the lead role, but the current mission for the project is to find the right director. "It’s a tragic-comic look at it," she explained. "So it needs a really particular, special filmmaker. I hope that happens."
"We are starting 'Tintin' the week after next," actor Andy Serkis told ComingSoon.net at a recent press event. "Peter Jackson is producing and Steven Spielberg is directing. I remember reading them as a child. I wasn't this massive fan. I loved the almost storyboard nature of the beautiful, beautiful drawings. And the way its going to be done... It's obviously performance capture so it's is going to be perfect. There isn't a more perfect way of doing it."
The film is to be filmed as a pair of motion capture animated movies, with Steven Spielberg directing the first and Jackson directing the second.
Actress Aubrey Plaza and actor Kieran Culkin have joined the cast of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World' according to separate sources.
The film, an adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's fan-fave comic, stars Micheal Cera ('Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist'). Edgar Wright ('Hot Fuzz', 'Shaun of the Dead') is directing.
The Hollywood Reporter brings the news that Plaza, of the Upright Citizens Brigade is set to play the character Julie Powers in the film. Powers is the obnoxious on-off-on-again girlfriend of Stephen Stills, the lead singer and guitarist of Scott’s band, Sex Bob-omb.
Meanwhile HitFix.com has confirmed that Kieran Culkin ('Igby Goes Down') has also been cast in the film. He'll be playing Wallace Wells, Pilgrim's gay roommate and witty observationist.
HitFix reports a spring start for the fim in Toronto.
SCI FI Wire has an in depth Q & A with actress Kristin Kruek about here continuing work on 'Smallville'. The actress has been absent for much of the current season, but reappeared just before the winter break. She's back tonight at 8pm in the "Legion" episode.
The actress also stars as Chun Li in the upcoming 'Street Fighter' movie.
Finally, 'Watchmen' director Zack Snyder is talking to MTV Splash Page about the process of bringing Billy Crudup and Jackie Earle Haley into the fold.