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Quick News – October 16, 2010

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OBLIGATORY SUPERMAN UPDATE

Here’s what we know about Zack Snyder’s “Superman” movie – it won’t feature owls, Jeff East won’t be playing young Clark in flashback scenes, and Gene Hackman sure as shit won’t be coming out of retirement to play Lex Luthor in it. In other words, there’s not a lot known about Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan’s plans for the film – besides that it’s due in theaters in 2012. Snyder tells Bleeding Cool that the new film won’t be based on any of the “Superman” comics or well-known yarns about the Man of Steel (pity, was hoping for he might consider bringing the “Superman meets the Quick Bunny” comic to life – that’s deep stuff, I hear) : “As I have already explained, the film will focus on early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films. This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still can not talk about the script, I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular.”

As for the rumour that General Zod will be the villain of the movie? “Just a rumour”, Snyder tells Bad Taste. That’s neither or confirmation or a denial – it’s just a ‘screw off! I’ve got Guardians of Ga’Hoole investors breathing down my neck!’.

There’s also been talk of Brandon Routh possibly returning to the role. Harry Knowles spoke to Routh a couple of months ago and at the time the actor, whose option expired a year or so back, said he was getting into “Superman shape”. One would assume for, well, Superman… right? Or the dance cage at the local disco. Producer friend at Warner Bros didn’t have anything much to say when I asked about the Routh-back-as-Kal-El rumours but did say that he’s “heard Routh is still in with a chance. Armie Hammer’s another”. Of course, I think we can pretty much guarantee that every young actor under 35 with a couple of cool credits to his belt will be “in with a chance” but nice to hear that Routh is still a possibility.

MEGATEASE

Not an item about Kim Cattrall’s character in “Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country” but a tip-off that the first five minutes of Dreamworks’ new cartoon hopeful “Megamind” is online. The below embed won’t work for everyone – namely those outside of the United States – but if you can’t access it don’t despair… you can always watch this.

MEGAMIND SNEAK PEEK

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL DETAILS

I remember years ago, I’d have to been about seven or eight years old, sitting by a river and flicking through a newspaper. I saw an ad for “Sleeping Beauty” and expressed immediate interest in seeing it. “Look ma! Sleeping Beauty is back on, can we go?” Ma stared down at the paper at which time we both noticed something….er, odd. “Ma, why is Sleeping Beauty not wearing her dress in the picture? Um, why is she not wearing anything at all!?” Yep, porn “Sleeping Beauty” was playing at a local theatre. Probably lucky my mother saw the print ad – I’d have been stuffed up for life! (oh wait…) Anyway, some new plot details have just been released about this “Wizard of Oz” prequel that Robert Downey Jr is set to star in and Sam Raimi is directing – and it sounds, well, rather racy! Like “Sleeping Beauty at the XXX Theater” racy!

Pajiba says it has, “The Wizard — a snake-oil salesman posing as a magician — enter Oz via a hot-air balloon, which he uses to escape an angry husband who has found out that Oz slept with his wife. There, Oz — a fast-talking huckster who wears a velveteen frock coat…falls in love with Glinda (the Good Witch), and the two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches Evanora and Theodora. Theodora starts out as a good witch, but after Oz jilts her sexual advances, Evanora — the truly evil witch — convinces Theodora to become an evil witch with her and help her to rule all of Oz.” I can’t imagine a studio going for that… but then, I never imagined a studio going for a talking horse movie featuring Bobcat Goldthwait either.

BLACK SWAN IS SO PURTY

International artwork for the upcoming Darren Aronofsky-directed thriller (which, I hope, is described at least one critic as “Center Stage meets Carrie 2 : The Rage”) has surfaced (More…)

HARRY POTTERS WITH 3D

Just because “Deathly Hallows” won’t be going 3D doesn’t mean the previous installments in the JK Rowling-penned film franchise won’t be suckered in. WB are prepping 3D versions of “Order of the Phoenix” and “Half-Blood Prince” for Blu-ray. Is your wand erect? (More…)

JUSTIN BIEBER GETS TITLED

…’Titled’ I said. Paramount has given the Bieb’s upcoming 3D movie (yeah, I know, like how cool!… if I were a 13-year-old introvert with bad taste in pop music) a title “Justin Bieber : Never Say Never”. It’s one of the big Christmas releases.

GALECKI LOVES HIS SCI-FI

Johnny ‘he bumped uglies with Kaley Cuoco!? for real!?’ Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”) is joining Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy in New Regency’s untitled sci-fi movie from Andrew Niccol that used to be called “I’m Mortal” (More…)

SHIT ASHTON KUTCHER SAYS

Ashton Kutcher will take time off from his *cough* open relationship *cough* to develop a new TV series based on a mother-hoppin’ Twitter feed (yeah, because “Shit My Dad Says” was such a good idea!) called “Dear Girls Above Me” (More…)

GREEN HORNET POSTER LACKS COLOUR

Columbia has released a new poster for the upcoming “Green Hornet” starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. One-Sheet looks as great as the movie does.

HOW I MET KIRK’S MOTHER

Jennifer Morrison (Kirk’s mama in “Star Trek” – the J.J Abrams one) is playing a pivotal role on “How I Met your Mother” this season (the mama!? Not sure… guessing the producers don’t know either). Anyway, her first episode is being teased here

SCOLFIELDACUS

Wentworth Miller (“Prison Break”) has expressed interest in replacing cancer-stricken Andy Whitfield on the Starz series “Spartacus : Blood & Sand”. It really depends on whether the producers want the show to fall flat on it’s face post-Whitfield, I guess? (More…)

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS… AGAIN

MTV Greece has confirmed a rumour that first surfaced on What’s Playing earlier this year regarding a potential remake of the 1989 tiny-kids-in-the-backyard yarn “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”. In March, an insider told What’s Playing that “It won’t be a sequel to the other films – if only because Mr. Moranis has retired…Not sure how far it is along, but it is in the works”. But Matt Frewer will be back, right!?

HEATHER’S NOT HUNGOVER

Heather Graham won’t be reprising her role as the white trash mama in Todd Phillips’ “Hangover” sequel. A Warner Bros rep told E! Online: “Unfortunately Heather won’t be in the sequel. The way the story unfolds doesn’t allow any room for her character to show up. I don’t want to reveal too much of the film, but once you see it you’ll understand.” (More…)

BETTY WHITE FATHERED BLACK MAN

Betty White is set to join the cast of… well, friggin’ everything… but also… “Men in Black 3″. The former Golden Girl will play Kay’s mother in the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones sequel (More…)

ROBOCOP RETURN

Darren Aronofsky’s been on-and-off “RoboCop” more than Tom Arnold’s played trampoline with Rosie. Is he back on the long-gestating remake? Maybe

JACK WALSH, ELLEN RIPLEY UNITE

Robert De Niro obviously saw “Buried”. The Oscar Winner has accepted an offer to join Sigourney Weaver in director Rodrigo Cortes’ ”Red Lights”. Lights turns on a psychologist, played by Weaver, and her assistant whose study of paranormal activity leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic (De Niro). (More…)

REEF MADNESS

The new survival thriller by Andrew Traucki, ”The Reef”, will be part of FILM4 FRIGHTFEST all-night Halloween event on Saturday October 30, at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square. A fantastic line-up of seven World or UK premieres, Sneak Previews and one Retro Classic that scare, thrill and freak out have been selected for this years event. Now in its eleventh year, FILM4 FRIGHTFEST is the UK’s premiere fantasy and horror film festival. “Film4 FrightFest was delighted to showcase BLACK WATER in 2007, And now we’re thrilled to highlight director Andrew Traucki’s latest survival thriller at its Halloween 2010 event, THE REEF really is the scariest shark shocker since JAWS”…Alan Jones Director Film4 FrightFest said.

HULKING GUILLERMO

Guillermo Del Toro is apparently pitching ABC a take on the recently-announced “Incredible Hulk” TV series. “Battlestar Galactica” producer David Eick will also be throwing his hat in the ring. While Lou Ferrigno is certain to be pitching the network… er, himself. (More…)

Finally,

HOLE CAST

No Hole Cast This Weekend as I’m off on a fun but likely-exhausting work trip leaving in the early hours of Sunday morning. We will, however, be back next week.

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About Caffeinated Clint

The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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