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I was a little surprised when a solo movie vehicle for interplanetary Looney Tune zealot Marvin the Martian was announced but that was some time ago and since then, I assumed it was dying a slow death out in the cold. Not so, apparently and Alex Zamm, director of the upcoming Bevery Hills Chihuahua 2 and previously attached to a Hong Kong Phooey adaptation, has been tapped to take on directing duties.

The only one of Zamm’s movies that I’ve actually seen was Inspector Gadget 2, which he also co-wrote, and I have to say that I don’t remember it very favourably. Maybe he’s come on in leaps and bounds since then? I certainly share this love of cartoons he’s apparently indulging, and I respect his desire to elasticise some live action movies into toon territory.

It’s been so long since the Marvin movie was last talked about I’m a little surprised they’ve kept the original story premise. It’s a bad one too.

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Shrek Forever After will be the Last Shrek Sequel

Shrek Forever After

DreamWorks Animation has premiered the first photos from Shrek Forever After in Wednesday’s edition of USA Today. One of them can be seen above, the other (of Donkey), can be seen in the linked article. There are a bunch of new tidbits revealed in the article, including the story details, information of when we can expect the first trailer and new casting. We’ve rounded up all the tiny details, after the jump.

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IngloUrious BastErds

The Weinstein Co today sent out a press release announcing last week’s start of production on Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII film Inglourious Basterds. You might notice that both words are misspelled, much like the early screenplay that got leaked onto the internet a few months back. That is the official title of the film, likely in an attempt to distinguish itself from the 1978 Enzo Castellari film which inspired Tarantino.

You can read the full press release after the jump, which features a full cast and crew listing. New additions to the cast list include: Omar Doom and Michael Bacall (from Death Proof), Julie Dreyfus (Sophie Fatale from Kill Bill), Cloris Leachman (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and many others. Photo above thanks to Tarantino Archives. It is also worth mentioning that an Inglourious Basterds poster has again begun to circulate the internet movie sites. It has the wrong title spelling, so I’m pretty sure it’s fan created.
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is reporting that Mike Myers has been cast in a small role in Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming war film Inglorious Bastards.

Update: Variety later confirmed that Myers will British General Ed French, “a military mastermind who takes part in hatching a plot to wipe out Nazi leaders.”

It’s interesting to note the comedic casting choices so far: Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), BJ Nowak (The Office), and some also might argue that Eli Roth has a comic delivery.

Adam Sandler was also long rumored to be in line for a role in the film. However, Sandler confirmed to RTE that he was offered a part but regretfully had to decline due to a schedule conflict with the upcoming Judd Apatow’s comedy.

What do you think of Mike Myers being cast in a Tarantino movie? I’m convinced that Myer’s best days are behind him but maybe Tarantino sees something I don’t.

Mike Myers is Writing Austin Powers 4

Following the epic disaster that was The Love Guru, Mike Myers is going back to well and is writing a fourth Austin Powers movie with Baby Mama‘s Mike McCullers. According to Nikki Finke, the story will be “very personal with a father and son theme loosely based on his own life.” That’s right, the story will focus on the father son relationship of Dr. Evil and his son Scott Evil, played in the films by Seth Green. I always found Dr. Evil to be the most interesting aspect of the series. But I think they have played out the character in the two sequels, and I’m very skeptical that Myers can create a funny fourth film without having to resort to cheap laughs like tons of celebrity cameos.

No studio deal is in place, but it’s a sequel and I’m sure New Line/Warner Bros will quickly give it a greenlight. But the real question is: has Mike Myers lost it? And more importantly to the movie studios, is Myers still a box office draw? I think the Austin Powers brand still has enough juice to attact audiences, at least one last time.

Waynes World 3?

Wayne's World 3

Okay may-be not. But Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunited as Wayne and Garth for the first time in probably 15 years. The duo appeared in a new Wayne’s World segment on the MTV Movie Awards last night. They counted down the top 10 porno names based on hit movies in 2008. Watch the clip below.

I know Wayne’s World 2 was pretty bad, but watching this makes me wonder why Mike Myers is making even crappier-looking movies (ie The Love Guru) instead of Wayne’s World 3. And besides, what is Dana Carvey doing these days? But that also brings up the question, do kids these days even know who Wayne and Garth are?

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 Earlier this month, Slashfilm reluctantly posted its first item involving the supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Rumors were spreading via Boston.com that she was being sought for the female lead in an unannounced Austin Powers 4, and was currently reading the script, meeting with Myers et al. As with many things in life, when something seems off, you should call up Seth Green aka Scott Evil for a sarcastic brush of the hand and that’s exactly what MTV did. Here’s how Green summed up the rumors…

“Giselle…the model??” he exclaimed.

Green went on to say that there’s no script and that any recent AP4 “news” probably arrives from “off-hand” quotes attributed to Mike Myers during press rounds. He also points out that a fragmented New Line probably doesn’t have a sequel on the corporate brain right now. Grooooovy Fantastic news. Now if Green would only gave a loud pfffft to The Love Guru being a reality and confirm that it’s just another schtick-laden napmare, we’d be in the clear.

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“Acting.”

Those new softcore teen ads for Gossip Girl have introduced your mag-loving aunt to “OMFG” (unless she reads EW, where it’s the same image with “OMG”) but that acronym is not appropriate for Austin Powers 4. I’m going to suggest PGN (please god no for EW) and PFGN for everyone else who cannot withstand hearing “Oh, behave!” slither out of Mike Myers‘s signature character’s toothy piehole 400 more times. Boston.com reports that a script is currently out to model Gisele Bundchen for the role of the female lead in Austin Powers 4. Moreover, the site reports that her agent will soon discuss the deal with Myers and director Jay Roach (Austin Powers 1-3, Meet the Fockers). Trustworthy? Meh. Scary? Yes.

Nearly a year ago we reported that Myers was considering a solo Dr. Evil flick. With a virtual nickelodeon of superheroes floating into and out of the multiplex over the years (and for the years ahead), a Dr. Evil spin-off has potential to tap into and aggressively spoof the neglected psyche of today’s cheesy, ubiquitous supervillian. This movie could work, especially if Austin Powers was killed off in the first 10 minutes, leaving Evil and his heir to wither in midlife and quarterlife crises respectively. But Austin + Gisele + the word “randy” = PFGN. Three films more than did the kitsch trick, thank you.

Discuss: Is it just us? Is Austin Powers 4 a groooovy idea? Would you rather see Dr. Evil: An Evil Movie, or see Myers put these two characters and their New Line franchise on ice for 10 more years?

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