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Star Wars

Here’s a promo for Star Wars: Rebels, the new animated series that replaces Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

In the movie universe, reportedly Sir Ben Kingsley has auditioned for a role for Episode VII.

Wonder Woman

This isn’t an announcement for a movie or a TV show or even another DTV animated movie. Nope. It’s an announcement that they would really like to do one of those things with the character, which might make you wonder since they own the property and have the money to do it, why the character sits on the shelf right now gathering dust.

The Hollywood Reporter was present for an entertainment law conference this past weekend and during the proceedings Tsujihara said that the studio is prioritizing some kind of Wonder Woman project, but that at this time what that project will be is unknown. Noting the studio’s lack of superhero movies outside of Batman and Superman as “missed opportunity,” the executive said that there are “huge plans for a number of other DC properties on TV” and that they “need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV.”

Judging from the past few ‘projects’ they commissioned, in which she was Single Female Lawyer, I’m guessing she’s sitting on the shelf because they have no clue what to do with her.





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The Crow

The unnecessary reboot continues on unnecessarily.

Luke Evans has reportedly been cast as the lead now.

Anyone else think that Luke is going to make darned well sure that everyone on the set attends the gun safety lecture this time?

What… too soon?

Star Wars:

Mark Hamill gave a talk this weekend at a screening for Return of the Jedi. AICN has the article here. Go there and read the whole thing. Hamill comes off as a really insightful, down to earth sort of guy.

“Part of me is cautious, saying ‘let well enough alone, let everyone keep their nice memories if they have nice memories and don’t try to go back and do it again.’ But the other side of me, the adventerous side, thinks ‘If everyone’s in, how could I miss this?” How could you indeed?

Iron Man

In other news, the amount of money made by B-lister superhero Iron Man in his third movie: 175 million dollars domestically in one weekend; Money made on the big screen by A-lister superheroes Wonder Woman and Flash: $0.


Here is Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde on the set of the X-men: First Class sequel, which, if it stays true to the comic story from which it is adapted, Page will play a pretty heavy role in.

She looks pretty clean and well coiffed for someone living in concentration camp in a post-apocalyptic future.

Okay, 8:00am - Hard labor, 10:15 - latte break; 11:15 - burying the dead; 2:00 pm - Mani-pedi treatment; 3:00 pm - more hard labor

Okay, 8:00am – Hard labor, 10:15 – latte break; 11:15 – burying the dead; 2:00 pm – Mani-pedi treatment; 3:00 pm – more hard labor


Here’s a brief quote (courtesy io9) on how Marvel is going to expand the Avengers for the next movie, which given that we’ve gotten confirmation on Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch being involved, we already knew:

“All of the Avengers from the first movie will be back and they will be the core team, but what’s fun is that the roster shifts. It was always the intention to have a story line that brought in, obviously, new bad guys and potentially new heroes.”

I think we can agree that we’re all on board expanding the lineup.

You know… at least until they start talking about adding this guy.

Honest Trailers: Iron Man 2

I actually liked Iron Man 2, but that was still pretty funny.

Avengers 2

So Yahoo was interviewing nerd icon Joss Whedon about his planned sequel for The Avengers and this came up:

“I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book; a brother-sister act,” Whedon told Yahoo! Movies. “They’re in the movie. That’s exciting.”

He did not reveal who the characters were, but speculation on comic book and movie blogs immediately focused on the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The two are the mutant offspring of main X-Men villain Magneto. Quicksilver has the power of super speed, while Scarlet Witch casts hexes that often manifest as energy bolts.

Fox owns the rights to the X-men, but maybe these characters are considered to be part of the Avengers and weren’t included with the X-men rights, so long as their parentage isn’t mentioned.

Here’s a picture of the two, quite literally, crazy kids:


Yes, D.C. fans, this douchebag is going to be in a movie before the Flash. You may weep quietly into your keyboards now.


Her superpower is being able to keep that costume from slipping while she fights, walks, or does anything.

Her superpower is being able to keep that costume from slipping while she fights, walks, or does anything.

Regardless, I would still take this with a grain of salt. Reportedly the Wasp was a part of the first movie’s script for some time before she was taken out, so it’s possible that Whedon will run into similar issues here.

Iron Man 3

For those unlucky bastards who haven’t seen this movie yet (myself included), Marvel has released a minute long clip with Tony talking to Pepper about how he is freaking out a bit after dealing with the whole gods, aliens, and monsters thing in the Avengers.

Also, as predicted, the corporate bigwigs realized that they like money and got their crap together to come to an arrangement whereby they all get money. Thus movie theaters will show Iron Man 3.

"I like money..."

Pictured: Corporate Executive

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s an all Marvel day apparently, but Crave Online has an interview with Clark “Agent Coulson” Gregg on his upcoming projects, including the S.H.I.E.L.D. series.

On what not getting picked up would mean for his character:

I certainly would be sad if it didn’t because I have a feeling it would mean that Coulson didn’t live anymore. But yeah, I think we made a good pilot. Joss knows what he’s doing, and other writers, his brother Jed and Jed’s wife Maurissa are amazing. I think we’ve got a shot.

No, I know obviously I can’t ask how he comes back so I was trying to think of some interesting ways to talk about it. But are you going to whip a new team into shape?

Yes. It’s a world of post-Avengers and it’s a world where Coulson is in better shape than last we saw him. I think in a world post-Avengers where the public is aware of superheroes beyond Tony Stark and the world of Thor and aliens coming through time portals, there’s a lot of business for S.H.I.E.L.D.

I, for one, cannot wait for this thing to happen. Given the success of the Avengers and the early box office for Iron Man 3, I’m guessing Disney/ABC is probably going to green light the series, because there is continued interest in this universe.

Though seriously, if you had asked me ten years ago if I would have thought that any of this was possible, I would have given an emphatic ‘no’.

It’s a good time to be a nerd, folks.

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Star Trek Into Darkness

There’s a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch’s ship, the USS Vengeance:


Iron Man 3

Slashfilm has their review posted from last night’s screening. Sounds promising to me.

Justice League

Everyone is still pretending that this movie is going to happen. And the latest bit involves news that if anyone is going to direct this movie which probably won’t happen it’s going to be Zach Snyder.

Given the positive reception I’ve heard about the Man of Steel movie, this isn’t surprising, but still, I think, generally overestimates Warner Bros. competence with its non-Batman superhero properties.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A


Bryan Singer has confirmed that mutants Bishop and Warpath will be in his upcoming sequel to First Class.

Bishop is a time travelling mutant from a dystopian future were mutants are herded into concentration camps and he became a paramilitary trooper, worked as a lackey for future Gambit in exchange for Gambit uploading his sister’s consciousness into a holographic computer, before Bishop travelled back to our time to catch time travelling escaped convicts, alternatively fought and helped the X-men as the plot demanded, saved the X-men from the psychic manifestation of Professor Xavier and Magneto’s merged consciousness’ (Seriously… don’t ask…)

Bishop then went a little wonky thinking that a baby would lead to dystopia and chased her and Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone’s (it’s a long story…)  son Cable (also from the future, as I said… long story) through time in order to kill her before she grew up and did something to destroy the world, where along the way he teamed up with Cable’s evil clone brother Stryfe, because comics, that’s why…

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Star Trek into Darkness

Here’s a clip that’s been making its way around the intertoobs.

No spoilers really, and if you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ve probably already heard about this clip.

But it is a nice clip of Bones being Bones, Spock being Spock, and Scotty being Scotty.

Thor 2

Here’s the new trailer:

I was sort of ‘meh’ on it until the last part. I laughed at Thor’s line to Loki, ‘When you betray me…” instead of “If…” It shows that he’s not a complete idiot and also as desperate as Loki says he is.

Also, too, if you’re single, I think I know what Natalie Portman’s type is: overly dramatic blondes who wear ridiculous armor, wield a mythological weapon and scream, “NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” over her death.

So if you want a shot, you might want to dye your hair, locate Excalibur, and take a drama class.


Good news, everyone, by which I mean terrible news… Comedy Central having previously resurrected Futurama from Fox’s axing, has now axed the show.

Iron Man 3

Disney is currently flexing its corporate muscles and is having a bit of a tussle with AMC and Regal theaters over (what else?) money. Disney purportedly wants a bigger take of the box office for Iron Man 3 (and possibly subsequent movies) and now the theater chains have stopped selling pre-release tickets to Iron Man 3 and everyone is wondering if the film will open on time in the US, and seriously, with the amount of money we’re talking about, this isn’t even a story. The two sides will reach a compromise and everyone will have enough money to fund their cocaine, blackjack, and hooker addictions for another few months.

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Spiderman 2: Electric Booglaloo

Here’s a picture of Jamie Foxx looking rather blue as Electro. I think the makeup effects look pretty cool, but honestly, he looks more like a Star Trek alien than an electric man, so I’m guessing they’ll probably add some CGI to enhance the effects.

Insert Arrested Development/Blue Man Group joke here later.

Insert Arrested Development/Blue Man Group joke here later.


Danny Woodburn has signed to play the rodent ninja master Splinter in this movie that continues to happen despite my sacrifices to the movie gods. The movie gods are a fickle bunch.

Iron Man

All good things come to an end, and Robert Downey, Jr. sees himself not being able to go past 2016 (when he turns 50) playing Tony Stark, which would leave some pretty big shoes for his successor to fill, assuming, of course, that Disney doesn’t back up a dump truck full of money to his house and/or decide that Tony should go out like a hero in the Avengers 2.

Star Trek

io9 has a summary up about a recent screening of some footage from the upcoming Star Trek iNTo Darkness

Speaking of new footage, here’s the last trailer for the movie which opens May 18th.

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General Zod has a message for us all.


And Bryan Singer tweeted a picture of Patrick Stewart as Professor X this weekend:


Catching Fire

Here’s the new trailer for the Hunger Games sequel. As I recall, I thought the first movie was passable, but not particularly great, because the horror of what they were trying to show was muted by the fact that we didn’t spend enough time with any of the kids for their deaths to have any emotional impact and seriously, if there was a yearly chance that your kid was going to die for sport because the government said so, I don’t know that many parents who wouldn’t grab the nearest knife or pitchfork, head on out to the woods and try to ambush a few government thugs so you could get better weapons to go and kill more government thugs.

Captain America 2

Slashfilm sat down with screenwriters Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely to discuss the upcoming sequel.

On how they fit their individual movie into the larger role of The Avengers 2:

McFeely: Kevin is the dungeon master, so if there’s something we really need to know, he’ll tell us, but he doesn’t steer us. With rare exceptions does he say “We can’t do that because of this next movie.” More often than not he’ll say “Let’s get this movie right and whatever falls out after that,we’ll address in the next movie. We’ll make sure that we don’t steer that movie in the wrong direction.”

Markus: And more often than not, when you’re thinking of the movies as a whole, it’s “What do you want the state of the world to be when Avengers 2 kicks off?” It’s never like, Cap has to put down a briefcase so the Hulk can pick it up. It’s never that specific. It’s sort of like, “Where do you want loyalties to lie when that movie opens?”

Head over there for the rest of the interview, it’s worth reading in full.

Iron Man

Lastly, if you’re in the LA area, you can go visit a new attraction at Disneyland based on Iron Man.

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Star Wars

On a post over at starwars.com, Lucasfilm announces that they will be wrapping up their long running Clone Wars cartoon series, postponing the planned comedic Star Wars: Detours, and starting work on another cartoon series set in a period of time that hasn’t been explored yet.

The end of Clone Wars is too bad. That was a show of varying quality, but when it was good, it actually made the prequel trilogy better by spending time showing Anakin’s heroic qualities, his commitment to those he cares about, and his extremely short fuse when those people are hurt. Wish we had had more of that in the prequels and less podracing.

No, no, this is just as good as taking the time to develop the friendship between your two leads that will make the inevitable betrayal all the more powerful.

No, no, this is just as good as taking the time to develop the friendship between your two leads that will make the inevitable betrayal all the more powerful.

Sigh… I’m done. Moving on.

Anyway, I’d expect if we’re moving into a new trilogy set 30-40 years after Han, Luke, Leia, and company killed the Emperor, blew up the Death Star, and liberated the galaxy, that the new show will be set prior to Episode VII and lead into that movie. Given the fan base and the amount of money involved, Disney would be crazy not to take advantage of having both a TV and film property that could play off of each other.

GI Joe

Ninja fight.

Iron Man 3

Robert Downey, Jr. and director Shane Black give an interview to Moviefone.com about their upcoming sequel and what to expect. Some mild spoilers, but a lot of stuff we already knew.

Updated: It would probably help you all if I actually posted the link.


Normally, I don’t post TV stuff, but it’s a nerdy show, and frankly, Arrow is a lot better than I expected way back when I first heard that the CW was doing another DC superhero origins story. I expected Smallville epic levels of awfulness and have instead been pleasantly surprised that it ranges merely from the silly to surprisingly good.

So here’s a clip reel with some footage of upcoming episodes.

(h/t io9)

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Star Wars

Let’s start with some rumor whiplash.

Carrie Fisher’s people are now saying she is not confirmed to return in Episode VII.

“She was joking,” a rep for Fisher told CNN about the star’s comment. “Nothing has been announced.”

Which I roughly translate as Disney’s people called her people and said, “Shut your client up, we’re the ones who announce this stuff.” So yeah, she’ll probably be back in some capacity, but I imagine Lucasfilm and Disney want to keep everything Star Wars related under wraps until they make an official announcement.

And here’s an interesting article on the Disney/Lucasfilm deal.

Iron Man 3

Some bits from io9:

The interviews just keep on rolling out from writer-director Shane Black and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. First up, here’s Black explaining how he adapted Warren Ellis’s “Extremis” comics story for the film:

In the Extremis comic book, there’s a type of thing that takes over and basically upgrades DNA. Sometimes you die. But if you live through the experience then you come out this changed thing. But the way they do it is the guy that does it is not some man chosen to be the super soldier — he’s just a militia guy. There’s an element of realism to it as well. So what we’ve tried to do is take this very science-fictiony concept of super people, and ground it in the type of people who volunteer for this being not necessarily super villains, but just people who upgrade.

I love the idea of a super villain that doesn’t wear a cape, that doesn’t wear a super suit. That goes around dressed as you are right now. As for the science of it, once again we’ve gone back to the comic books, and I think pretty much lifted the Maya Hensen idea, that she met [Tony] long ago and had the germ of an idea, which now has come to fruition full circle, but she’s afraid because it’s gotten out there. And we go from there. I think you’ll be interested in the effect that we generate to demonstrate what Extremis does to a human being. It’s a pretty interesting special effect. But we’ve deliberately stayed away from defining, ‘Oh it’s nanites.’ What we do keep from the comic is the idea that there’s a slot in the brain that seems to have been dormant, but exists in human beings, almost as though it’s waiting for human beings to find a way to fill it. It’s been there forever.

Avengers 2/Hulk:

The Hulk will not be getting a standalone film at least until after the Avengers sequel, which given that is only two years away and nothing about the Hulk has been announced, I think was a given.

When reached for comment, Hulk smashed our reporter, then went off for a good cry.


If you want a better idea of what the latest incarnation of General Zod looks like, you can find it here.