Here’s some potentially frustrating news.

Last week, someone got possession of Samuel L. Jackson‘s copy of The Avengers shooting script, and attempted to sell it to any film sites and bloggers who were willing to pony up the cash. The good news: It appears as if nobody was thoughtless enough to do so.

We’ve resisted posting about the screenplay leak for fear that it would provide the seller a podium off which to auction his goods. The bad news: A site that shall not be named didn’t think their actions through, and posted several photographs worth of evidence of the script to prove the offer was legit. The images, which feature massively watermarked script pages strewn across a table, very clearly detail a scene where the Hulk transforms in front of Black Widow as Iron Man and Captain America frantically search a large boiler room. I suppose there’s no harm in telling you that now, since evidently the scene won’t be appearing in the film. Read More »

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Not counting his Ali G Show creations and the trio of feature efforts that followed, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s winning presence has been put to use in only two films thus far, first in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and not long after in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. That’s going to be changing in the next couple of years though, as he adds two more films to his roster — the appreciably shorter-titled Hugo Cabret (directed by Martin Scorsese) and The Dictator.

We’ve already gotten an early peek at Cohen in Hugo Cabret, along with his Academy Award-winning co-star Ben Kingsley, and now a new bit of casting for The Dictator informs us that the duo will be joining forces once again. Is this the result of Cohen and Kingsley sharing strong chemistry on-set? We can only hope. Learn more after the break. Read More »

Above you’ll find a high-res version of the latest banner poster for Martin Campbell‘s Green Lantern, which was released today via MTV and features the whole of the Green Lantern Corps looking united and badass and more than a little stoic. It joins the release of a great new one-sheet for the film, which you can check out after the break, along with a bunch of other comic book movie tidbits and updates. Read More »

After a recent announcment that Sony Animation had optioned the rights to Chuck Sambuchino‘s book How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will), the obvious question became: How exactly does the studio and producer Robert Zemeckis plan to adapt the survival guide parody?

Luckily, we have the author here to offer his take on the situation, and to shed some light on what else the film has in store for us. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »

After being in development for almost a decade, Instant Karma is finally on its way to seeing the light of day. The project has just about run the gamut of movie studios, starting off at DreamWorks Pictures before moving on to Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, and then eventually landing at New Line Cinema in 2003. They came very close to getting the film together, even going as far as to line up a voice cast that included Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Gene Wilder, Mira Sorvino and Eartha Kitt, among others. But the project kept getting picked up out of turnaround, and has now been acquired by Sony Pictures Animation. Read More »

If you’re planning on watching only one trailer to sell you on Green Lantern, make it this one.

That suggestion is probably coming a little late. Marketing has been in full swing for Green Lantern since the end of last year, and first impressions weren’t great. Either the studios were deliberately leaning on the Earth-bound storyline in hopes of presenting the material in a way that audiences would find more palatable (read: it looked lamely derivative), or this was the soonest they could render enough of the CGI to properly market the film. Whatever the explanation, I am now fully amped for this film, which looks exactly as crazy and otherworldly as one would hope for a film based on a comic book teeming with alien beasties. With only 30-seconds more than the previous extended TV spot, most of the footage is the same, but the enhanced pacing and set-up provided in those additional 30-seconds are very welcome.

Check out the spot, along with some brief updates on The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, after the break. Read More »

Zorro Heading to the Future in ‘Zorro Reborn’

Zorro has been making appearances in film for almost 100 years, but the most recent incarnation of the character played against tradition, with Anthony Hopkins playing an aged Don Diego de la Vega handing off the mask to a misfit outlaw played by Antonio Banderas. That was of course The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell, who later followed up that film with the more family friendly The Legend of Zorro. The first film was moderately successful — enough, anyway, to get a sequel greenlit — but its follow-up barely even registered, either at the box office or with critics. At the time, it seemed like the character would be retired from movies, at least until a studio ran out of ideas and figured out a way to bring him back.

Only six years later, that time has come. Read More »

Tired of casting for Gary Ross adaptation of The Hunger Games clogging your RSS feeds? Sorry folks, we still have a ways to go. The most recent additions to the line-up are Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott, two newcomers who will be helping fill out the cast for the 24 children selected to fight to the death. As you can see from the above photos, worries that the casting process would skew older to downplay the intense subject matter may have been for naught. Their characters are unnamed too, so — having not read the book — I can only assume that they will be meeting an untimely end. What fun! Read More »

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