FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT: Actor/director Bill Duke, who plays 50 Cent's father in "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " - hitting theaters today - says he was relieved to not be the one at the helm. Notes Duke, who has directed such flicks as "Sister Act 2," "On my way home, I'd see Jim Sheridan with his head in his hands, worrying about the next day's work, and be happy to be an actor this time." In fact, the Irish filmmaker is the reason Duke came on board. "I just wanted the opportunity to work with somebody of that caliber," he notes. "Jim is a director who really pushes you to the very edge because he wants the best all the time."'
More recently, Duke acted in Brett Ratner's "X-Men 3," which he claims will differ quite a bit from the first two. "I think you're going to find a lot of levels to this movie. Brett brings a certain amount of detail, and he's really committed to telling a story. Also, he takes a great deal of time with the actors and their performance," adds Duke, "like Kelsey Grammer - he's wonderful.
He has to wear this costume that weighs at least 15 to 20 pounds" to play the blue-furred Beast. Adds Duke with a laugh, "I don't think you're going to see any Frasier up in there!"
Official Superman Returns Site Launched and Teaser Trailer Confirmed !
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures November 9, 2005
Superhero Hype! has confirmed that the teaser trailer for Superman Returns will be attached to Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," opening in theaters on Friday, November 18. The teaser, which runs one minute and thirty-three seconds, will play with screenings of the fourth Harry Potter installment.
Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer, will be released in conventional theaters and IMAX theaters on June 30, 2006. The anticipated action-adventure stars Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington, Eva Marie Saint, Kal Penn, Parker Posey and Peta Wilson.
Warner Bros. Pictures has launched the official website for director Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, opening in theaters on June 30, 2006.
At the site, you'll find the "Story," the cool new comic book layout of "Bryan's Video Journals," "Photos" from the film, many new "Downloads" such as Buddy Icons, Wallpapers and the Teaser Poster, as well as links to the latest "News" and "Email Updates".
Check out the site here!
"News" and "Email Updates!!" WEEEEEEEE!
Frank Langella on Playing Perry White
Source: Edmonton Sun November 9, 2005
The Edmonton Sun spoke to actor Frank Langella about playing Perry White in director Bryan Singer's upcoming Superman Returns:
Langella replaced Hugh Laurie as Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet, in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns. Laurie had to back out to film a second season of his hit Fox-TV series House.
"With Bryan's blessing, my Perry White will be very different than the previous ones," said Langella.
"I couldn't play a small man who barks out orders while he's chomping on his cigar. It's physically wrong for me. I play Perry as the strong, quiet type."
Good news since the affable, yet cantankerous boss of Clark Kent and Lois has always been defined simply as "small man who barks out orders while he's chomping on his cigar"
Can you do us a favor Frank? Can you also play him with an English accent and have him sing songs from Annie as he does a Strip Tease to the Tango?
If this works maybe Frank will go on to play Zorro. But his Zorro can be a Jewish accountant who "Saves" people from the evils of false Amortization and illegal write-offs.
I love Actors..
Let's Look at Marvel's Upcoming Stuff!!
Let's finish off this Stuff with a look at Marvel's future prospects, cause frankly, this year blew chunks of Electra and Fantastic Four all over my nice spaghetti dinner. Good thing Batman Begins was there, to show Marvel what they HAD done right with Spider-man and X-men, because the crap they came out with in the form of the Punisher, Daredevil and Blade Three is making the future look Grim...or is it? Let's see:
Marvel's Updated Film and TV Slate
Source: Marvel Entertainment November 9, 2005
Marvel Entertainment has reported its 2005 Third Quarter results today and said both profit and revenue fell. Marvel's Chairman, Morton Handel, commented, "We are pleased with the box office success of the 'Fantastic Four' feature film, which launched (and sunk) this character franchise and has grossed over $329 million worldwide to date. Marvel's business model continues to be solidly profitable and generates strong free cash flow. Even though the Movie was panned and hated by everyone and we cannot expect to make more than 20 million on a sequel, because we ruined everyone's taste for this concept, we like to think of ourselves as a bunch of crackheads during a stoning. When rocks fly at us we don't think "Danger", we simply think "Cool! Free Rocks!"
"As reviewed in more detail below, Marvel is revising its 2005 financial guidance to reflect the contribution of a landmark, long-term license agreement in the video game category which has largely offset some weaker than expected performance in our toy operation. However, our 2006 outlook reflects a difficult year for both toys and licensing. Despite the near-term challenges, the management team and Board remain confident in the long-term power of Marvel's business model, which will generate high levels of cash in coming years. Accordingly, the Board has approved an additional $250 million share repurchase authorization. We believe repurchases will be accretive to earnings and will provide a very attractive long-term return on investment as we proceed beyond 2006. Those years will include the release of both the 'Spider-Man' and 'Fantastic Four' sequels in 2007 and the anticipated launch of Marvel's own film slate starting in 2008."
The company stated the following as its upcoming slate:
X-Men 3, Fox - Currently filming, May 26, 2006 release
Ghost Rider, Sony - Filming completed, July 14, 2006 release
The Punisher 2, Lions Gate - Writer, targeted for fall 2006 release
Marvel Character Feature Film Development Pipeline (Partial List)
Spider-man 3, Sony - Director, May 4, 2007 release
Fantastic Four 2, Fox - Director, July 4, 2007 release
Silver Surfer, Fox - TBD
Wolverine, Fox - TBD
Deathlok, Paramount - TBD
Hulk 2, Universal - TBD
Namor, Universal - TBD
Black Widow, Lions Gate - TBD
Iron Man, TBD - TBD
Thor, TBD - TBD
Film Projects Included in the Marvel Film-Backed Credit Facility
Ant-Man, The Avengers, Black Panther, Captain America,
Cloak & Dagger, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye,
Nick Fury, Power Pack and Shang-Chi. The first film is anticipated for release in 2008.
Marvel Character Animated Direct-to-Video Projects in Development
Partnership with Lions Gate to develop, produce and distribute original animated DVD features. Four projects in 2D/3D format are in development with the first releases slated for 2006. Titles include:
Ultimate Avengers (February 21, 2006 release), Ultimate Avengers 2, Iron Man and Doctor Strange.
Marvel Character Animated TV Projects in Development
Partnership with Moonscoop SAS (formerly Antefilms Productions) to produce an original animated television series based on the Fantastic Four. Twenty-six, 30-minute 2D/3D animated episodes are planned with initial TV airings in 2006.
2005/2006 Video Game Release Schedule
Spider-Man & Friends - Q1 2005
Fantastic Four - Q2 2005
Ultimate Spider-Man - Q3 2005
X-Men Legends II - Q4 2005
Marvel versus EA - Q4 2005
Punisher - Q1 2005
Hulk: Ultimate Destruction - Q3 2005
Ghost Rider - 2006
Hmm....Maybe They'll Make it after all. I'm there for Ultimate Avengers, at least!!