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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Did Natalie Portman Pull A Quick One in Black Swan?

The ballerina who served as a dancing double for Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winnning role in Black Swan tells EW she has been the victim of a “cover-up” to mislead the public about how much dancing Portman actually did in the film. “Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie,” says Sarah Lane, 27, an American Ballet Theatre soloist who performed many of the film’s complicated dance sequences, allowing Portman’s face to be digitally grafted onto her body. “All the other shots are me.”

Lane’s claim follows a March 23 L.A. Times article in which Portman’s fiancé and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied said Lane’s work in the film was far less significant. “There are articles now talking about her dance double [American Ballet Theatre dancer Sarah Lane] that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio,” he said. “Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie.”

Lane disagrees. “The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie,” she says. “But that doesn’t show the actual dancing.” Lane admits that she was never promised a particular title for her six weeks of work on the film, though she was disappointed to see that she is credited only as as “Hand Model,” “Stunt Double,” and “Lady in the Lane” (a brief walk-on role).

Lane also says that Black Swan producer Ari Handel specifically told her not to talk about her work to the press, even though she claims there was no such stipulation in her contract. “They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar,” says Lane. “It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years…. Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?”

Reps for Portman, Fox Searchlight, and Handel have yet to provide comments on the matter.

Lane is barely seen in promotional materials for the movie, including a VFX reel posted by studio Fox Searchlight that appears to show all the digital alterations made to key dance sequences. An unverified version of that reel, leaked to YouTube, seems to shows how digital face replacement was used to put Portman’s head on Lane’s body. (The clip was included in a blog post by Dance Magazine‘s Wendy Perron, who wrote about Lane’s story earlier this month.)

According to Lane, Portman’s dramatic transformation into a ballerina — a narrative firmly at the center of her successful Oscar campaign — wasn’t as impressive as the public was led to believe. “I mean, from a professional dancer’s standpoint, she doesn’t look like a professional ballet dancer at all and she can’t dance in pointe shoes. And she can’t move her body; she’s very stiff,” says Lane. “I do give her a lot of credit because in a year and a half she lost a lot of weight and she really tried to go method and get into a dancers head and really feel like a ballet dancer.”

In interviews, Portman didn’t hide the fact that she had used a body double for key sequences in the film, though Lane’s name, and the extent of her work, were played down. “I do have a double for the complicated turning stuff,” Portman told EW last November. “It was not anything I ever could have done in a year, nothing I could’ve caught up with. But I think it was just better for all of us if I did as much as possible.”

Lane insists she isn’t speaking out of jealousy over Portman’s acclaim. “[Natalie] is an amazing actress, for sure,” she says. “I know that it’s not a personal thing against me. I know that it’s just a political thing. It’s just unfortunate that I kind of lost credit.”

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Armie Hammer Cast In Snow White. Is Saoirse Ronan Next?

Saoirse Ronan could be cast opposite Armie Hammer in Relativity's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White that's an revisionist adult retelling of the fairy tale from director Tarsem Singh. Armie Hammer, fresh off The Social Network, has closed a deal to play Prince Andrew Alcott in the pic. But Ronan (Atonement, and the upcoming Hanna) is still only "in discussions" for the title role. Julia Roberts already has been cast. It's worth noting that Relativity plans to be in production first for a June 29th, 2012, release before Universal's Snow White And The Huntsman starring Twilight saga superstar Kristen Stewart gets going and comes out December 21, 2012. Supposedly, Viggo Mortensen is shaky in that version.

Relativity Media has closed a deal with The Social Network breakthrough star Armie Hammer to play Prince Andrew Alcott in its upcoming untitled Snow White feature, based on the Brothers Grimm story, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell).

Hammer joins Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts who was previously announced in the role of the Queen. Pre-production has begun, and principal photography will start in May. The theatrical release date is set for June 29, 2012.

Relativity's Snow White, a retelling of one of the most beloved fables of all-time, will eschew the traditional story in favor of a more modern tale full of comedy and adventure. After her evil stepmother kills her father and destroys the kingdom, Snow White bands together with a gang of seven quarrelsome dwarfs to reclaim what is rightly hers..

The film's producers are Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Bernie Goldmann (300) and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour franchise). The script was written by Melissa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher)

Relativity currently has box office hit Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Oscar®-winner Robert De Niro, in theatres. The studio recently had Golden Globe®-winner and seven-time Oscar®-nominee The Fighter in theatrical release, via Paramount Pictures, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as well as Golden Globe®-winner and eight-time Oscar®-nominee The Social Network via its partnership with Sony Pictures. Looking ahead, Relativity has David R. Ellis’ Shark Night 3D releasing on September 2nd, 2011 and the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11th, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.

Armie Hammer is currently filming Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

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The Three Musketeers 3D Trailer

We have the trailer for the film The Three Musketeers. The film itself is based on the novel by the same name written by Alexandre Dumas père.

In this remake of the film it stars Logan Lerman as D'Artagnan, Matthew Macfadyen as Athos, Ray Stevenson as Porthos, Luke Evans as Aramis, Milla Jovovich as Milady de Winter, Christoph Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu and Orlando Bloom as Duke of Buckingham.

The film is scheduled for release on October 14, 2011.

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The hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) along with three formerly legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and prevent a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

6 New Character Posters From THOR

New Character poster for the upcoming film THOR. The posters feature Chris Hemsworth as THOR , Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Academy Award® winning actor Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

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THOR: Heir to the legendary throne of Asgard, Thor is a brave but restless warrior who longs for glory and the rush of battle. Armed with the mighty hammer Mjolnir, made from the sacred metal Uru and forged in the heart of a dying star, Thor is nearly unstoppable with the weapon in his hands. But when Thor’s father Odin decrees that only a worthy hero may wield Mjolnir, Thor must learn to use its extraordinary power for the good of all the Nine Realms or risk losing it forever.

DR. JANE FOSTER: A brilliant and talented young scientist, Jane began her career doing particle research at Culver University in New York. She continues to do post-doctorate work there in the field of astrophysics. Most recently, she applied for and was given a grant to study anomalous particle phenomena in Puente Antiguo, New Mexico.

HEIMDALL: The gatekeeper and sworn guardian of Asgard, Heimdall can focus his extraordinary senses on any world across the cosmos, seeing and hearing all that transpires. These gifts, along with his intimidating size and battle prowess, make him the only Asgardian fit to keep watch for potential threats and defend his kingdom from those who would destroy it

He is the adoptive brother and archenemy of the superhero Thor.

A warrior and Thor's childhood friend based on the mythological deity of the same name. Sif often accompanies Thor and Balder into battle, who has developed an attraction to her; however faithful Sif never shows affection for anyone but Thor and certain individuals that resemble him greatly.

ODIN: The king of Asgard and father to Thor and Loki, Odin has spent thousands of years establishing a delicate peace across the Nine Realms. But when Thor takes irresponsible actions that threaten that peace, Odin is forced to make the heartbreaking decision to banish him to earth… with the hope that Thor’s time amidst humanity will teach his son humility and allow him the chance to prove himself a worthy successor to the throne of Asgard.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, in THOR, Chris Hemsworth portrays the title character with Tom Hiddleston in the role of Thor’s brother Loki, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Additionally, the studio has cast Academy Award® winning actor Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Renee Russo as Frigga, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Josh Dallas as Fandral, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Idris Elba as Heimdall, as well as Colm Feore, Kat Dennings and award-winning actor Stellan Skarsgård. The film is slated for release in theatres domestically on May 6, 2011 via Paramount Pictures which will also release the film on a worldwide basis.

The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

The screenplay for THOR was penned by Mark Protosevich as well as Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D’Esposito, will executive produce.

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The Bourne Legacy- Who's Going To Be The Leading Man?

The young male Role To Die For at the moment is the lead in The Bourne Legacy, the Bourne Identity spinoff film that will be directed for Universal by Tony Gilroy. The field is narrowing, and I'm told that the following are set so far to test: Joel Edgerton (The Thing), Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Luke Evans (The Amateur American).

There could be another name or two (Logan Marshall-Green comes up as speculation), but that's who'll test first week of April. Now the choice could always come from an actor who doesn't test. Among the established names in the mix has been Shia LaBeouf (will not test, per insiders) and Battleship's Taylor Kitsch (has met with Gilroy and is a possibility). I don't think the studio feels this needs a big star. It's hard to find a better branded movie, and while it's not Matt Damon starring, Gilroy's writing work has provided the spine for the original series. That gives this some franchise cred.

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American Pie 4 10 Things You Need To Know About The Movie

According to whatsplaying they have 10 scoops about the upcoming sequel American Pie 4.

The scoops  have neither been confirmed or denied so let's take it with a grain of salt.

As of right now Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy and Seann William Scott are confirmed to star in the film. But I am sure Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge and Alyson Hannigan aren't to far behind.

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1. The whole gang is returning to East Great Falls for their ten-year High school reunion (made possible thanks to Facebook). They’ll come near and far to remember the good times – only to be faced with the frightening realization that they’re no longer young teenagers.

2. Oz has hit the big time as a contestant on a Dancing with the Stars-type show. He also lives in a pricey Malibu mansion. He returns home a big-shot.

3. Stifler isn’t doing well – he’s working as a temp for a rude boss that refers to him as ‘his bitch’. He’s also not having a lot of luck with the ladies. Still, he’s excited to get back home and do some partying.

4. Jim’s next-door neighbor Kara, now all grown-up (!), develops a crush on the married man. Can Jim resist her? Can he keep his marriage to Michelle in one piece?

5. Marco wants to kill Jim. He’s been dating Kara for quite a while but now his woman only has eyes for the “pie f*cker”!

6. Upon returning home Stifler scores with Laurie, a former hottie now 80 pounds heavier. Thoughtful as ever, Stifler lets her know he’ll be turning the lights off for their lovemaking session.

7. Jim is a YouTube sensation these days – everyone knows his little performance piece from the ’90s with Nadia!

8. Oz’s girlfriend Mia – seemingly with him for his money only – decides to join him at the reunion. Meanwhile, Oz’s ex-Heather brings with her to town her new boyfriend, a forty-something surgeon, who tries to act younger.

9. Stifler is supposed to be working on the weekend of the reunion and attempts to keep up the ruse that he still is.

10. Trisha use to go to band camp with Michelle. She’s now a smokin’ hottie bartender – one whom ‘international traveler’ Finch will score with (Though Stifler’s Mom will also make a reappearance).

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VOTM: Chad Vader Sings Rebecca Black's Friday

Chad Vader Is BACK!!

It's tough to parody a song that almost seems to be a parody to begin with, but we should have known that if anyone could pull it off, it would be Chad Vader.

In his latest video, Chad—who happens to be Darth's younger brother, and who has starred in a series of hilarious videos detailing his life as the day shift manager at a small supermarket—tackles Rebecca Black's endlessly annoying Internet meme du jour "Friday" and worries that, "After singing this song, I will never be cool again."

No need to worry about that, Chad. You'll always be cool with us.

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Lily Collins Is Front Runner For Female Lead In "Odd Thomas"

Lily Collins has emerged as the front-runner to play Stormy Llewellyn, the girlfriend of the title character in "Odd Thomas," an adaptation of the Dean Koontz bestseller.

Collins ("The Blind Side") was competing with a shortlist of thesps that included Emma Roberts, Kat Dennings, Portia Doubleday and Addison Timlin.

Collins is the daughter of British musician Phil Collins and his second wife, American-born Jill Tavelman, and the half-sister of actress Joely Collins and musician Simon Collins

I will try to get a confirmation if she has taken this role or not when I attend the press junket for her upcoming film Priest  next Saturday at Wonder Con.

The film will be having a panel on Saturday at Wonder Con.

Heres the information on the panel:

3:00-4:00 Screen Gems: Priest— A post-apocalyptic action thriller, set in an alternate world, one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. Confirmed to appear are stars Paul Bettany and Lily Collins, and director Scott Stewart. Esplanade Ballroom

Anton Yelchin is attached to star in the supernatural thriller, which Stephen Sommers is directing from his own script that's based on Koontz's novel. John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan are producing through their Fusion Films banner, while Sommers will also produce for the Sommers Co.

Set in a California desert town, story follows Thomas, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

Collins made her feature debut as Sandra Bullock's daughter in "The Blind Side." She next stars in Screen Gems' "Priest," and Lionsgate's Taylor Lautner thriller "Abduction."

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LAST NIGHT Trailer Starring Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes & Keira Knightley

We have the first official trailer for the upcoming film LAST NIGHT starring Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet.

LAST NIGHT was written and directed by Massy Tadjedin.

The story follows a married couple Joanna Reed (Knightley) and Michael Reed (Worthington), apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague (Mendes) to whom he's attracted. While he's giving in to his temptation, his wife stays faithful encountering her past love (Canet).

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Set in New York City, Last Night is the story of a married couple that while apart for one night, is confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage. Joanna (Academy Award(R) nominee Keira Knightley) and Michael Reed (Sam Worthington) are 7 years into a successful and happy relationship. They are moving along in their lives together until Joanna meets Laura (Eva Mendes), the stunningly beautiful work colleague whom Michael never mentioned. While Michael is away with Laura on a business trip, Joanna runs into an old but never quite forgotten love, Alex (Guillaume Canet) and agrees to have drinks with him. As the night progresses and temptation increases for the couple, each must confront who they are inside and outside of their relationship. Last Night is ultimately a film about choices – the choice you make to be with someone, to give yourself physically and emotionally, and how to survive all three.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Big Bang Trailer Starring Antonio Banderas & Sam Elliott

The guys over at cinemablend got this Exclusive trailer for the upcoming film The Big Bang.

The film stars Antonio Banderas as a private eye in over his head. It also stars Snoop Dogg, Sam Elliott, Autumn Reeser, William Fichtner, Delroy Lindo, Jimmi Simpson and James Van Der Beek.

Give the trailer a try, from what I can tell it's going to be an interesting film that you haven't heard of just yet.

The Big Bang in select theaters on May 13th.

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Late one night, Los Angeles private investigator, Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas) gets a visit from a recently paroled Russian boxer with an intriguing job offer: find Lexie, his missing girlfriend—and the 30-million dollar stash of diamonds she’s hiding. As Detective Cruz sets out to find her, the clues send him into the city’s seediest corners, from a Hollywood action star with a dirty little secret (James Van Der Beek), to an enterprising porn producer who takes a personal interest in his own work (Snoop Dogg), and a kinky waitress with an unusual fetish for particle physics (Autumn Reeser). Lexie proves to be as elusive as she is beautiful and Cruz becomes obsessed with finding her. With time running out, Cruz discovers the trail leads to reclusive billionaire (Sam Elliott), and his physicist (Jimmi Simpson), intent on recreating The Big Bang underneath the New Mexico desert. Tailed by a trio of cops also looking to find the missing diamonds, and with the body count piling up, Cruz soon realizes that what appeared to be a standard missing person’s case is anything but, and could quite possibly bring about the end of the world as we know it.

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Trailer For Judy Moody And The NOT Bummer Summer MOVIE

The official trailer Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer. The film itself is based on the extremely popular children’s book series!

The film stars Heather Graham, Janet Varney, Jaleel White and directed by John Schultz.

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The film chronicles Judy Moody’s (Jordana Beatty) adventures in which she sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life with the help of her little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) and fun-loving Aunt Opal (Heather Graham). The script, penned by Kathy Waugh (Peep and the Big Wide World) and Megan McDonald, is based on the characters in McDonald’s popular children’s book series, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press. There are nine adventures in the bestselling series, with more than 13 million copies in print worldwide, and translations in 22 languages. McDonald has written a novel inspired by the film’s script which will be published May 24, 2011.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part 2 Final Shot. The film has since been completed and edited but ABC family delivered this featurette for you Harry Potter fans. The clip shows what the cast and crew shot on the very last day of filming.

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True Blood Season 4 Teaser Trailers

There’s just under three months to go until True Blood Season 4 kicks off. To help plug the gap, HBO has released a trio of promo trailers…

The show is set to return on June 12,2011, but if you need your appetite whetting for the fourth season of True Blood, then HBO has been slowly rolling out a collection of trailers for the new run.

Under the banner of ‘Waiting Sucks’ the trio of promos it’s released to date are available below these very words…

Also if your interested in some Spoilers check them out HERE.

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HANNA Featurette & Wonder Con Panel Information

Focus Features has delivered this kick ass recently behind-the-scenes featurette for the film HANNA. In the featurette we get interviews with Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, The Soloist), Saoirse Ronan (Academy Award nominee "Atonement"), Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.

If you plan on attending Wonder Con this year your in for a treat.

2:00-3:00 Focus Features: HANNA— Reunited for the first time since he directed her to an Oscar nomination in Atonement, Joe Wright and Saoirse Ronan are ready to shake you up with HANNA. A boldly original adventure thriller with elements of dark fairy tales, HANNA will cue lots of questions from you for the talented team at this panel -- even before you've seen the movie. Esplanade Ballroom

I hope to be attendance to the press round table and will bring you all the Exclusive news as soon as I get it.

Make sure to follow the site on Twitter @sandwichjfilms for all you up to the minute news from Wonder Con.

Film will be in theaters Friday, April 8th.

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Synopsis: The title character of this adventure thriller, filmed in Europe, Hanna (played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan ["Atonement"]) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Eric Bana of "Star Trek"), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland.

Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

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X-PERTS- The Cast Of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Answers Your Questions

Get the behind the scenes scoop on X-MEN: FIRST CLASS from the filmmakers and cast of the film by checking out the X-PERTS tab on the official Facebook page.

Last week, Bryan Singer answered fans questions about the film, cast, and stepping into the role of producer. Check out the latest responses to questions from the X-PERTS answered by Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy / Beast) about portraying a younger version of the character that Kelsey Grammer made iconic.

Check it out now:

Until June 1st, fans can submit their questions to the cast and filmmakers of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS via Twitter and Facebook, and each week a new cast member or filmmaker will answer them on the X-PERTs page.
Fans can submit questions two ways:
- Tweet @XMenMovies
- Post on the wall of Facebook.com/XMenMovies

Next week, Oliver Platt (Man in Black) and Rose Byrne (Dr. Moira MscTaggert) will be answering the X-PERTS questions, so be sure to submit yours now.

SYNOPSIS: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon. Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) directs, and the producers are Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer. Singer, who helmed the acclaimed blockbusters “X-Men” and “X2,” wrote the story for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

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Robert Kirkman Will Be Exhibiting At Wonder Con. Where Are My Walking Dead Fans?

Robert Kirkman, creator of the award-winning comic series The Walking Dead and executive producer and writer of the critically acclaimed television series of the same name, will be exhibiting at WONDERCON 2011 April 1-3.

In addition to Kirkman’s original books including The Walking Dead and Invincible, the SKYBOUND booth will feature a preview edition of their first original, Witch Doctor by Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner and a new The Walking Dead hoodie. See below for a list of scheduled signings and panels, including Witch Doctor-related events.

1:00pm-2:30pm – Witch Doctor signing with Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner, Booth #401
3:00pm-5:30pm – Kirkman Signing, Booth #401
5:00pm-6:00pm – Spotlight on Robert Kirkman Room 103
Kirkman, one of the most successful writers in comics today, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible, Haunt, Image United, Astounding Wolf-Man, Marvel Zombies, and the recent Super Dinosaur, will offer fans some insight into the genius behind their favorite hit comics. After becoming an Image Comics partner in 2009, introducing the internationally renowned hit TV show based on the comic he created with artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead on AMC, and recently announcing an upcoming video game adaptation of the same series from TellTale Games, he has proven to be an unstoppable creative force. Room 103

12:00pm-1:30pm – Kirkman Signing, Booth #401
2:00pm-3:00pm – Image Comics Show Panel with Brandon Seifet and Lukas Ketner, Room 104
3:00pm-4:00pm – Witch Doctor signing with Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner, Booth #401
4:30pm-6:00pm – Kirkman Signing, Booth #401

1:00pm-3:00pm – Witch Doctor signing with Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner, Booth #401
2:00pm-3:00pm The Kids Are All Right! Panel Room 104
Some of the most successful comics today are being created specifically for the younger set. Discussing the current state of the kids comics industry are panelists Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Super Dinosaur), Jennifer Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Eternal Smile), Lark Pien (Long Tail Kitty, Mr. Elephanter), Scott Peterson (Batman Brave & The Bold, Scooby-Doo), and Lisa Brown (Picture the Dead, Tribune Media Services syndicated cartoonist). Moderated by Eva Volin (Good Comics for Kids, SLJ; Alameda Free Library) with a Q&A to follow. Room 104
3:30pm-5:00pm – Kirkman Signing, Booth #401


Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. Following the grassroots success of the self-published Battle Pope (2000), Kirkman caught the eye of Image Comics founding partner Erik Larsen. After several short-term projects (SuperPatriot and TechJacket), he achieved superstar status in 2003 with Invincible and The Walking Dead. During a subsequent stint at Marvel Comics, he gained many new fans with the haunting and hilarious Marvel Zombies. MTV translated Kirkman's Invincible into a motion comic -- one of the first in a growing industry trend. Kirkman's SKYBOUND imprint, under the Image Comics umbrella, is committed to fostering up-and-coming talent in the industry, and all acquisitions are hand-picked by Kirkman himself. Kirkman won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for The Walking Dead. AMC's interpretation of the comic, helmed by Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd, has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike, and continues to garner the highest ratings for the network, making it a game changer for groundbreaking television on cable.



A division of Image Comics founded in July 2010, SKYBOUND is helmed by Robert Kirkman, who handpicks and publishes up-and-coming comic creators for publication and development. Kirkman and SKYBOUND management maintain an active role in the promotion and expansion of their talent pool’s projects, and artist and company alike will be fully vested in the development of their properties into new mediums (e.g. television, film) globally. The first SKYBOUND Original, Witch Doctor, will be published in early 2011, and will be followed by a collaboration between Kirkman and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) entitled Thief of Thieves.


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DOROTHY OF OZ Movie Poster & Comic Book To Be Revealed At Wonder Con

Fans of the beloved “Oz” franchise will get a glimpse of the Emerald City with the official unveiling of the DOROTHY OF OZ, limited edition comic book Saturday, April 2 at San Francisco’s 2011 WonderCon.

The comic, produced by publishers IDW and Summertime Entertainment, is the first in a series of five progressive books carefully designed to bridge the gap from the classic L. Frank Baum “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” tale to the upcoming 2012 release of the animated DOROTHY OF OZ, based on the book by his great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum.

“There’s a lot of overlap in the worlds of Oz-lovers and Comic book fans, so we figured this was an ideal medium to help set the story framework for where next year’s DOROTHY OF OZ film will begin,” said DOROTHY OF OZ Transmedia Producer James Jones. “The comic series will continue to reveal what happened in Oz once the wicked witch was gone, and its people fell under the control of a new menacing villain. The film will essentially pick up where the last comic left off.”

Ten lucky Ozians who can’t make the voyage to San Francisco will also win the comic in an exclusive Facebook Fan contest. Entrants must submit a personal video explaining in 60 seconds or less why they are excited about DOROTHY OF OZ and why they are the biggest OZ-fans on Facebook. It will run worldwide from Wednesday, March 30 through Wednesday,April 6.

The animated feature film stars Lea Michele (“Dorothy”), Martin Short (“The Jester”), Jim Belushi (“The no-longer Cowardly Lion”), Dan Aykroyd (“Scarecrow”), Kelsey Grammer (“The Tin Man”), Oliver Platt (“Wiser the Owl”), Hugh Dancy (“Marshall Mallow”), Megan Hilty (“China Princess”) and Patrick Stewart (“Tugg”).

In addition, Summertime Entertainment will belaunching a fully immersive, interactive virtual world called “Adventure in Oz.” The platform will offer children and adults a virtual land to play games and learn throughout several new, unseen corners of Oz, while introducing them to the wholesome characters their parents already know and love.

“Oz is one of the most beloved franchises of all time, and we’re thrilled to help carry it on for a new generation through multiple modern-day platforms,” said Ryan Carroll, Summertime Entertainment’s head and Producer of DOROTHY OF OZ. “We believe that between a new comic book series, a 3D animated musical film, and an online virtual world, fans of all ages and countries will be able to enjoy Oz as it’s never quite been experienced before.”

For more information, visit www.dorothyofozmovie.com and www.adventureinoz.com

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Will David Fincher Direct Angelina Jolie In Cleopatra?

What has happened with Sony Pictures' plans to mount an exciting new biopic of Cleopatra, with Angelina Jolie attached as the Egyptian queen, based on Stacy Schiff's bestselling book Cleopatra: A Life? I'm told the director conversation right now is with David Fincher, who just got a Best Director Oscar nomination working with Cleopatra producer Scott Rudin, and who is working with Rudin on the Stieg Larsson novel adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, also at Sony Pictures.

I spoke to James Cameron in December and he let me know that he was not doing the film. until 20th Century Fox stepped up and got him to commit instead to two Avatar sequels. After that, speculation centered around Paul Greengrass, who wound up instead directing his own script, Memphis, about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., for Universal, also with Rudin producing.

It's not surprising that the top directors in town are after this gig. As Rudin has described it, this is the first telling of the Cleopatra story from a woman's perspective. Instead of simply being a seductress, as she was portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 Joseph L. Mankiewicz-directed film, Cleopatra is also a shrewd politician, strategist and warrior, with sexual charisma to spare. The feeling is the role is a perfect fit for Jolie, who might be the only actress right now with the box office might to get such a large film financed. Jolie is very particular about the directors she works with. This would be her first film with Fincher.

I'm told that the Fincher conversation might come down to timing. Sony Pictures wants to get this film under way soon. There are three bestsellers in Larsson's The Millennium Trilogy, and Dragon Tattoo scribe Steve Zaillian is already scripting the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire. Fincher is expected to return. He is also attached to Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. There are a lot of conversations going on about this film, including setting a new writer, and whether Cleopatra will be in 3D without Cameron. The studio would not comment on the Fincher conversations, but I'm persuaded it is more likely than not to happen.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Screen Shots From Captain America: The First Avenger Trailer

The trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger has hit tonight. We have some screen captures from the actual trailer.

In these pictures we get a closer look of Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (does this leave the door open to a Winter Soldier film in the future?) and all the images of Captain America himself.

 See all the pictures after the Jump...

The film will be released on July 22, 2011.

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.

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