Monday Morning Round-Up: Fast Cars Edition

June 4, 2007

Paul W.S. Anderson will direct the adaptation of SPY HUNTER, replacing John Woo and continuing his move towards car chaseĀ  films– before this starts, he’s filming Jason Statham in DEATH RACE 3000. No word yet on whether DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON is sticking around– he was attached to the project before the directorial change.

Check out the full plot synopsis for CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN.

Scott Porter, of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, has been cast as a younger version of RACER X (to be played by Matthew Fox) in SPEED RACER. We love FNL, so we love this news. Porter’s also a big comic buff– check out this Newsarama interview.

Here’s an interview with Tim Story, re: FF2. Biggest news: Puppet Master will likely be featured in FF3. That could be cool, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for Namor or Mole Man.

Oh, and two new FF web sites: one for the video game, one for the animated series.

Danny Goldring has been cast in THE DARK KNIGHT, no word on the role yet.

See some new Transformers footage here. Click on ‘Exclusive Footage.’

And, you’re going to get to see Transformers even earlier… special early showings have been added nationwide on Monday, June 2nd.

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Friday Afternoon Round-Up: Hulk Squeeze edition

June 1, 2007

CBR has a preview of WORLD WAR HULK: X-MEN, in stores June 27th.

DANIA RAMIREZ (X-MEN, SOPRANOS) is joining the cast of HEROES as Maya– no word on her powers yet, though!

TV Squad’s got more details, via conference call, on the end of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.

We’ve all got one less day to wait ’til TRANSFORMERS.

Stan Winston is doing the special effects for THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

Newsarama has another weekly interview with editor Mike Marts about COUNTDOWN.

They’ve also got an interview with FLASH writer Marc Guggenheim. Sadly, his other book, BLADE (which we dug) has just been cancelled.

Legend in Japanese horror legend HIDEO NAKATA (RINGU, DARK WATER) will direct INHUMAN, based loosely on a true story.

Its not all repeats: Sci-Fi has new episodes of STARGATE SG-1, STARGATE ATLANTIS, and PAINKILLER JANE tonight, starting at 8pm EST.

The Beat has a look at Marvel’s April sales figures.


Transformers Madness

June 1, 2007

Hey LA! You can see Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS a week before the rest of us, on June 26th, at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Right now you need a fest badge, but single day tickets will be made available June 8th. Get all the info here.

The new toy line looks AMAZING, right?!! I can’t WAIT to get my hands on that BLACKOUT figure– they hit stores June 2nd.

I have a feeling this moving is gonna ROCK… yeah, yeah, its Michael Bay… but I’d argue that Bay’s succeeded when it comes to blockbuster action sequences (The Rock, Con Air), and failed when he tries to be ‘intellectual’ or ’emotional’ with the material (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon)… well, TRANSFORMERS definitely plays to the guy’s strengths– no sappy stuff here, just BIG, SHAPESHIFTING ROBOTS kicking ass all over the place.

Don’t believe me? Check out the new trailer, with lots of new shots, over at AICN.