June 15, 2007
Guillermo Del Toro’s HELLBOY 2 kicks off principal photography today in Budapest. Here’s your official plot synopsis:
After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).
Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development — pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann — the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.
Apparently this is a much bigger, more epic film than the first one. We’re excited.
June 6, 2007
We’ve got a release date for SETH ROGEN’S next starring vehicle, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (which is gonna kick ass)– and it faces off directly with HELLBOY 2 and BRENDAN FRASER’S JOURNEY 3-D as of right now. Look for that weekend to get less crowded somehow.
Wow… congratulations to all the fans of JERICHO, who mobilized (by sending CBS freakin’ bags of nuts) and saved their show from cancellation. Eight new episodes will air midseason, and if they do well, obviously, we’ll see more.
We may see a biopic chronicling the life of MAD Magazine and TALES FROM THE CRYPT creator William Gaines, with the wonderful title, “Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines.” Sounds like a potentially great film, very much in the vein of ED WOOD. Look forward to hearing more. Here’s more on Gaines.
Wanna see previews of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #3? IRON MAN #18? How about MS. MARVEL #16, or UNCANNY X-MEN #487? Hit CBR.
Yahoo’s got a Q & A session with TRANSFORMERS director Michael Bay.
The site for Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN film is up and running. Movie opens August 31st.
MODOK has a blog. And its great. Seriously.
Over at AICN, IndustryKiller! has word from a test screening of IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, the new Paul Haggis film. If you liked CRASH, take it with a grain of salt.
A nice update on the ALIENS and HEAT video game projects.
June 6, 2007
Guillermo Del Toro, on the message boards of deltorofilms.com, announced the casting choices for the highly anticipated HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY.
In the director’s own words:
John Hurt is back for a cameo.
Myers is not back (see Rupie in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN in the London stage!!).
Universal has NOT authorized a brief Kroenen cameo/ epilogue- yet.
Johann will be played by John Alexander (body) and Tomas Kretschmann (voice).
Dougie will play 4 characters.
Brian Steele will play 4 characters.
Anna Walton is the actress playing Princess Nuala.
Luke Goss plays Prince Nuada. Silverlance.
Roy Dotrice plays King Balor
The site’s also got background on all of these names…and a lot more! The movie is set for a Summer 2008 release.
To tide you over, til then, though, the latest Hellboy Animated Movie– Hellboy: Blood & Iron is out on DVD June 12th! Definitely worth picking up.