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Sorry, Samurai Jack fans – Genndy Tartakovsky is no longer attached to direct The Power of the Dark Crystal. Boo? Hiss? I know he was an incredibly popular choice, but for years all I was hearing was that his version of the film was going nowhere.

But there’s good news. According to a smoking hot press release from The Henson Company, the film is finally set to move ahead with newly appointed directors, Peter and Michael Spierig. If you’ve seen Undead or, even more so Daybreakers, I think you’ll agree that this tie-up is a very good thing indeed.

The full press release also includes details on who has written the script, who is doing the FX and much more.

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Much of the world has received Iron Man 2 already (I’ve seen it with a paying crowd, and rather liked it), but the USA and Canada do not. Almost as though compensation for the wait, however, it seems that the film’s prints are coming to North American cinemas with a special in-the-can bonus.

Pretty much recreating the surprise of when Cloverfield burst from the shadows with a mysterious trailer before Transformers, it looks as though a new secret project from JJ Abrams is going to be officially unveiled this Thursday, when Iron Man 2 takes its first bow at midnight screenings.

This is curious enough. There are, however, some other small, teasing details to discuss and they’ve gotten me even more interested.

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Coming to you weekly from my vantage point in good old Blighty, it’s Slashfilm UK. Anglos and Anglophiles rejoice. This week’s is a special installment including 90 minutes of audio to stream or download.

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The web-digging sleuths at Stitch Kingdom have uncovered a series of URLs registered recently by Disney. They reveal plans for not one, not two but… oh, loads of new stage shows and musicals to be adapted from big-screen movies. Some of them have already happened, some we’ve known about for some time, while others are complete and total shockers. The full list lies beyond the break, including a few surprising head-scratchers.

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We’ve already discussed that Sam Mendes and Adam Shankman were frontrunners to direct Oz the Great and Powerful, an origin story for the Wonderful Wizard that looks set to star Robert Downey Jr. as the titular warlock. Now, it’s looking like Shankman is taking his campaign for the job into the public arena.

Shankman’s biggest, bravest play has been to quit another project, the long in development Bob: The Musical. He’s also making open reference to his desire to land the gig through retweets on his Twitter account. Bye Bob – you sounded like I might at least enjoy you.

The Great and Powerful question, as the LA Times frame it, is which sounds better: Wizard of Oz by way of American Beauty or by way of Hairspray?

Personally, I’d vote Hairspray…and doubly so if we were talking about the original. The prospect of a John Waters trip to Oz is something I’d get really excited about.

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The first Saturday in May is always Free Comic Book Day, when you can stop by your local comic shop and pick up some FREE strips to enjoy. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you this when, embedded below the break, we have Kevin Smith‘s commercial for the event and he does a perfectly fine job of selling the event.

Smith didn’t direct the spot, he’s just providing the voice over. So who did direct it? The surprise answer to that question awaits you after the break too.

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Today’s This month’s most bizarre casting news has broken: Sam Rockwell is going to play Batman, or at least The Bat-Man. Joining him will be Josh Hamilton as Superman, Leslie Bibb as Wonderwoman, John Hodgeman as The Penguin and Justin Long as Robin. All together now: Wha???

Didn’t see this coming? Well, I did… kinda…

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