'Basterds' villain Christoph Waltz to hunt 'Green Hornet'. Plus: Mendes gives update on 'Preacher' feature. 'Solomon Kane' photo, review and trailer. 'Transformers 3' talk and more! Raising its shot glass to the big 'Road House' in the sky, it's your Comics2Film 9.9.15!
Warner Premiere is inviting fans to link up with the Facebook app for 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies'. Fans can collect virtual cards and enter to win prizes in a sweepstakes.
MichaelBay.com reports that Michael Bay "will be meeting later this week with Steven Spielberg, and Ehren Kruger to discuss ideas for 'Transformers 3'. By the end of the week he should have an idea if Transformers 3 will hit your local cineplex in the summer of 2011 or 2012."
Actor Michael Fassbender (who played the Brit actor-turned-spy in 'Inglorious Basterds') recently chatted with MTV Splash Page about his role in the upcoming 'Jonah Hex' movie.
The actor said he was attracted to the part because of the chance to work with Josh Brolin and John Malkovich, although he's never read an issue of the comics on which the movie is based. Instead he found inspiration from a version of another comic character.
"I don’t even know [if my character was in the comics]; Jimmy said that there was a character like that in there," Fassbender told MTV. "I took my inspirations from other areas. Once I put on my costume, I have a bowler hat and [added] some elements of 1970's Riddler."
He confirmed that he's referring to Frank Gorshin's indelible performance from the 1960s-era 'Batman' TV show.
"[Director Jimmy Hayward] just let me run with all those elements, and hopefully the character has enough dimensions in him. I know he’s a pretty sadistic character. He’s the kind of guy where this environment just suits him perfectly. It’s a wild west, and he gets to run amok,” Fassbender said.
If you read yesterday's C2F report you know that a rather nasty screed against actress Megan Fox appeared briefly on 'Transformers' director Michael Bay's website. The letter, attributed to three anonymous crew members who worked on both movies, was later removed from the site and replaced with a retraction from Bay himself, saying he doesn't condone such things.
Well, New York Magazine has taken a look at the situation and speculates that Bay wrote the screed himself. There are some good arguments to support that theory.
MichaelBay.com appears to be mostly a two-person show, with webmaster Nelson doing most of the heavy lifting and Bay himself chiming in on occasion. So it seems unlikely that such a vicious letter could be posted without Bay's knowledge. It also seems unlikely that Nelson would fail to recognize the viciousness of the attack letter and then post it without checking with the boss first.
The magazine points out that the language of the letter seems similar to the language used in other examples of Bay's writing. However, they can only underscore one specific point of similarity, that being the use of the phrase "'A' game", which is apparently a favorite of the director.
New York Mag's assessment is hardly conclusive, but entirely within the realm of possibility.What do you think, Maniacs? Was Bay stung enough by Fox's comments that he wrote a hit piece himself? Or do you believe in the three amigos? Post your comments below...
Over at EW.com, Michael Ausiello reports that actor Julian Sands will play Jor-El on this season of 'Smallville'.
Apparently it will be revealed that a young version of Clark's Kryptonian father arrived on Earth with Zod in a November episode called "Kandor".
Terrence Stamp previously played Jor-El, who only appeared as a disembodied voice to our young Clark.
'Smallville' season 9 debuts in two weeks.
Empire Online talked to director Sam Mendes about the planned adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic series 'Preacher'.
"It's getting closer," Mendes told the magazine. "I've seen a script and it's very good. We're a little further down the road than when I last spoke to you."
Mendes, who previously adapted the graphic novel 'Road to Perdition' into a feature film, says he loves the medium and adds that, "'Preacher' is absolutely brilliant. I certainly feel it's a movie.
"It's funny, it's violent as hell, it's extremely blasphemous and profane, but it has an amazingly skilful tone," the director continued. "I met Garth Ennis and I'm just a huge fan of it."
Buzz is building for the pulp fantasy film 'Solomon Kane' as it unspools for audiences in Toronto this week.
The film enjoys its World Premiere tomorrow night as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness line-up. If you're in town for the festival, head over to the Ryerson Theater for a look (and then send us your impressions of the film).
Davis Films have provided a new photo of James Purefoy as Robert E. Howard's title character.
Meanwhile, FearNET got an early look at the film and posts a mostly positive review stating, "'Solomon Kane' is a well-shot, competently realized, and surprisingly entertaining mash-up of 16th century 'wizards and warriors' and devil-may-care monster mayhem."
They've also posted a good quality, English language version of the trailer that's been making the rounds.
Each trailer focuses on characters from the film, like Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid. The asks us to consider the question, what would Lucky Luke be without his faithful horse, Jolly Jumper...
Actor Christoph Waltz, who is currently burning up the big screen as the sinister Nazi villain of 'Inglorious Basterds', has been tapped to star as Mr. X in 'The Green Hornet', according to Variety.
The trade report saysWaltz will play Chudnofsky, a Los Angeles crime boss who tries to unite the city's various gangs in order to form a supermafia.
Nicolas Cage had previously been announced in the role, which was referred to as "Mr. X".
The film is currently lensing at locations in Los Angeles with actors Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and director Michel Gondry. Rogen and collaborator Evan Goldberg wrote the script.
'Green Hornet' is due in theaters December 17th.
What do you think, Maniacs? Waltz was pretty terrific in Basterds. Does this make you feel any better about Green Hornet? Post your comments below...