'Green Hornet' TV Spots

Sony/Columbia Pictures has starting running three TV commercials for THE GREEN HORNET, and has posted them on their youTube site.
The action-comedy is due in theatres in standard, 3D, and IMAX 3D formats on January 14th, 2011. 
Directed by Michel Gondry, THE GREEN HORNET stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, and Tom Wilkinson.
Check out the other two Ad clips at the link above.

New Green Hornet Trailer

The latest trailer from Sony/Columbia’s THE GREEN HORNET.
Well, it looks like it might actually be a fun action-comedy.
The problem is, it’s called THE GREEN HORNET, and just about guaranteed alienate any long-time fans of the 74-year-old radio/TV character—and possibly comic book fans in general.
The word is that preview audiences were enthusiastic about the film in test screenings.
Due out January 14th, 2011 directed by Michel Gondry from a script by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, based on the characters created by Fran Striker and George W. Trendle.
It stars Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Cristoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, Tom Wilkinson, and Edward Furlong.
via The Moive Reel

'Battle: Los Angeles' Trailer

With the low-budget SKYLINE already in theaters, how about a look at Sony/Columbia’s big-budget  BATTLE: LOS ANGELES trailer?
A platoon of Marines battles an alien invasion of Los Angeles.
Starring Aaron Eckhart (THE DARK KNIGHT), Michelle Rodriguez, Lucas Till and Bridget Moynahan.
Jonathan Liebesman (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING) directed the film, from a screenplay by Christopher Bertolini.
Due out March 11th, 2011 from Columbia Pictures.

Ghost Rider Sequel Begins Shooting

Still from the first Ghost Rider film
Still from the first Ghost Rider film

On their Twitter page, GHOST RIDER: SPIRT OF VENGENCE directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (CRANK, GAMER) revealed that they began shooting this Monday  on the sequel to the Marvel Comics character’s premeire film. 

“principal photography on ghost rider SOV begins today!!!
idris elba, helicopters, motorcycles, russian arm and the the Transfagarasanul…. HOLY SH*T”

GHOST RIDER SPIRIT OF VENGANCE is due out in the US from Sony/Columbia on  February 17th, 2012.
The screenplay is by Scott M. Gimple and Seth Hoffman from a story by David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS).

Men in Black 3 Casting & Speculation

MENinBLACK_CardAccording to Pajiba.com, Amblin’ Entertainment’s MEN IN BLACK III has cast Josh Brolin (JONAH HEX)  as a young version of Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent Kay in the time-traveling sequel.
Will Smith and Jones are set to return in their roles in the Sci-Fi comedy, with Emma Thompson said to be playing their new, modern day boss. The site claims Alec Baldwin (THE SHADOW) is in talks to portray the Agency’s head in 1969.
Jermain Clement (FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS) is reportedly playing a character named Boris.
The article says Gemma Arterton (CLASH OF THE TITANS) is in negotiations to play a secretary in `69, and  Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9) to enact a fast-taking alien.
Barry Sonnenfeld (THE ADDAMS FAMILY) returns as director, with a script by Etan Cohen (TROPIC THUNDER). Shooting is set to begin this November, with a May 25th, 2012 release planned by Columbia Pictures.  
The MEN IN BLACK series is based on the comic book created by Lowell Cunninghan.

Spider-Man Villain to be Lizard?

According to The Wrap , the villain that Rhys Ifans will be playing in Sony/Columbia’s SPIDER-MAN reboot is Dr. Curt Connors — The Lizard.
Dylan Baker played Dr. Connors in SPIDER-MAN 2 and 3, as a sympathetic professor to Peter Parker, presumably before his experiments to regrow his missing arm.
In the original comics, Spider-Man discovers the Lizard in Florida when Peter Parker goes to investigate the case for The Daily Bugle. He uses Connors’ notes to affect an at least temporary cure for the condition, though he would sometime relapse back into his bipedal reptile form.

Rhys Ifans

Amazing Spider-Man #6
Amazing Spider-Man #6

Spider-Man Casting: Ryhs Ifans

rhys_ifansAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Welsh actor Rhys Ifans (HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS) will play the un-named villain, opposite Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), in the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot.
 The annoumcement came from Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures.
 Tolmach is quoted as saying the following:

 “We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the SPIDER-MAN movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film ANONYMOUS, we’re in awe of his talent and think he’s the perfect choice to take on this role.”

The new movie, to be directed by Marc Webb from a script by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin,  is set to begin production in December, with a July 3rd, 2012 release in mind.

No Mary Jane for Spider-Man Reboot

maryjane_Romita_ASMAccording to The Hollywood Reporter,  Sony/Columbia’s SPIDER-MAN reboot will NOT feature Mary Jane Watson as Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) love interest.
It also claims that the film will focus more on the early comic’s high school setting than the first Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire SPIDER-MAN film.
A number of actresses are auditioning for director Marc Webb to play the thus far nameless female lead, including Teresa Palmer (THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE), Emma Roberts (flown in from the SCREAM 4 set),  Imogen Poots (FRIGHT NIGHT remake), Ophelia Lovibond (NOWHERE BOY),  and Lilly Collins (PRIEST).  Mary Elizabeth Winstead (SCOTT PILGRIM Vs. THE WORLD) may also have been under consideration.

In the comics, Peter Parker’s love interests have included (more or less in order) Betty Brant, J.Jonah Jameson’s secretary (played by Elizabeth Banks in the previous series), Gwen Stacy (played by Bryce Dallas Howard ), Debra Whitman, and Felica Hardy (the Black Cat).
Interestingly, in the comics Aunt May tried without initial success to set Peter up with Mary Jane, the niece of one of her friends.

"Spider-Man" Reboot & "Men In Black III" To Film In 2010


SuperHeroHype reports that Marc Webb’s SPIDER-MAN reboot (still being referred to internally as “Untitled Spider-Man Project”) is set to begin shooting in LA this December. Sony/Columbia Pictures has yet to confirm whether they will also film in NYC as they did with the first three films. The film is scheduled for release on July 3, 2012 with Andrew Garfield in the starring role and Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad returning to the producer’s chairs.
Barry Sonnenfeld’s MEN IN BLACK III is scheduled to begin shooting in September in NYC. The May 25, 2012 release will star Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. The summer of 2012 is already shaping up to be a big year for major film franchises.

'Spider-Man' Reboot Lead Cast

andrew_garfieldComingSoon.net reports that Andrew Garfield has been cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Sony/Columbia Pictures’ as-yet-untitled SPIDER-MAN re-boot.

After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012.
The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Today’s confirmation culminates what has been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting announcements in recent memory. Bloggers, pop culture speculators, and everyday fans have pored over and analyzed every conceivable online rumor in an attempt to discover the identity of the next actor to play Peter Parker. Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role.
On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”
The selection of Garfield was revealed at a press event in Cancun, Mexico for international journalists attending a media tour promoting upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Andrew Garfield has previously appeared in genre titles THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS and NEVER LET ME GO. He won a British BAFTA Award for Best Actor in 2008, for the Channel 4 drama BOY A, playing an American student. Born in Los Angles, he was raised from the age of three in England.