Walton Goggins Joins ‘G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation’

One of the actors to really start to break from TV into consistent film acting in the past couple years is Walton Goggins. His work on The Shield lead to a handful of notable film roles. (He was fun in Predators and had a good, if brief turn in the excellent and under-seen That Evening Sun.) His more recent gig on Justified and body of work in general has led to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Being cast in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation may not seem like as big a deal as being in Lincoln, but it might ensure that Goggins is in front of a few people who won’t see Lincoln. Variety announces that he’ll play Warden Nigel James in Jon Chu‘s sequel to the 2007 screen outing for the Joes. Read More »

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Jon M. Chu and the producers of G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes keep expanding the cast of the Joe sequel.  They’ve retained a few actors from the first film: Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Byung Hun-lee, and have roped in a couple of significant new cast members, notably Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock. RZA is on board, too, and now Adrianne Palicki from Friday Night Lights, who got some good notes for her work in the Wonder Woman pilot that NBC decided to can, will play the female lead: Lady Jaye. Read More »

Rubbernecking 2.0: scouring the web for traces of failed projects. Case in point: the interest in even a bit of footage from David E. Kelley‘s rejected NBC pilot for Wonder Woman. Naturally, as soon as the network realized that no one might want to see the show, a great many people consequently want to see it. (There were people who wanted to see the show, period; but I think a good many more are interested simply on the basis of the pilot’s rejection.)

So here is a promo for the show that provides our first and possibly last look at Adrianne Palicki in motion as Wonder Woman. Read More »

We may never see a broadcast of the canned NBC pilot for David E. Kelley‘s Wonder Woman relaunch, starring Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman. But copies are floating around, and the show is sure to end up as a fully circulated bootleg. Until it hits YouTube, those curious about the show that will never be will have to rely on info drops like this one. A copy of the pilot fell into the hands of one writer, who has penned a mostly positive review, and pulled a few screencaps that show the classic ‘short pants’ costume and even the show’s version of Wonder Woman’s jet. Read on for some review details, and for a gallery of images.  Read More »

NBC Dumps ‘Wonder Woman’

The script was derided; the costume was scorned; and test audiences frowned at the rough-cut pilot. Now NBC has taken the same line as seemingly everyone else who has had a gander at David E. Kelley‘s new television Wonder Woman. The network passed on the pilot, and so the show won’t go to series. Read More »

Hey, you know that Wonder Woman series we’ve all been worried about? One lucky comic book fan actually got to watch an early cut of the pilot, and from the sounds of it, most of our fears are totally justified. After the jump, highlights from this first, very early review, plus quotes about The Amazing Spider-Man from Martin Sheen (a.k.a. Peter Parker’s dear Uncle Ben) and future plans from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

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We’ve already seen photos of Andrew Garfield as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man and Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy in
Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man. Today we have the first looks at Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors a.k.a. The Lizard, and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben.

The first photo, snapped by college student J. Anthony Hall, shows Ifans and Garfield filming an outdoor scene. Not much is actually happening in the still, but it’s worth noting that Ifans is clearly wearing a bright green sock or covering over his right hand — presumably so it can be made to look missing or changed in post-production. (In the comics, Connors was a war surgeon who lost his arm in a blast. Upon returning to civilian life, he developed a serum from reptilian DNA and regenerated his arm. Then he became a full-on reptilian monster. Oops.)

The other images, from the Daily Mail, feature Sheen and Garfield standing outside in sunglasses. I’d guess that they aren’t in character in these pictures, but I can’t be sure. Scroll past the jump to see the full images. [Coming Soon via Obsessed with Film]

Also after the jump: possible bad news for Wonder Woman fans, possible good news for Pepper Potts fans, and an image from The Avengers set, and details on The Avengers‘ budget and locations.

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In just a few short months David E. Kelley‘s new Wonder Woman show for NBC has turned fans from optimistic onlookers to prognosticators of doom. Casting Adrianne Palicki seemed like a good move, and may well have been, but the first draft of the costume was terrible, and revisions only partially rectified things. But the costume isn’t the only thing getting revisions.

More problematic is word that the pilot script kicks off a series that features “a reinvention of the iconic D.C. comic in which Wonder Woman — aka Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.” That reportedly involves three separate identities, a good deal of crying and an Ally McBeal tone that doesn’t sound very Wonder Woman at all. The latest round of info is that script revisions were done late in the process, as the pilot was shooting, to make the show a bit more tough. Will it help? Read More »

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