"Spider-Man" the Musical Lives On! Gets a New...Title? 

Okay I must admit, back in September, when I first heard about plans on turning our friend Spidey into a musical, I thought it was a joke!

But no. It's for reals, y'all!

Take a look at the above "official" Broadway image teaser, and you can go to their website as well.

Here are more fun facts:

1) Music and lyrics to be provided by U2's Bono and the Edge (okay, intriguing)

2) This will be directed by Julie Traymor (she adapted the Broadway version of "The Lion King")

3) The full title? "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" -- okay, don't laugh...I guess it's better than Turn On the Light? It's still a hokey title, oh well...this may change...

As far as the story, read the press-release:

"The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down—literally—when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek—suddenly endowed with astonishing powers—soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character. Spider-Man’s battles will hurtle the audience through an origin story both recognizable and unexpected—yielding new characters as well as familiar faces—until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero’s journey."

Oh, by the way, if you go to the website, previews of the show will begin January 16th of next year, and the show will officially open on February 18th.

I wonder how "The Wrestler's" Evan Rachel Wood will put her own brand of spin to the Mary Jane character?

Okay, I'm kind of intrigued yet repulsed by the idea of a singing, dancing "Spider-Man" but confession time...I signed up for updates on their website, so you should too :happy

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Joss Whedon Speaks Out! Whatever Happened to the "Wonder Woman" Project? 

The incredible Joss Whedon, one of my pop culture gods (yes, I'm a HUGE "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fan, the great TV show NOT the film he-he-he), was once attached to WB's "Wonder Woman" film. He even wrote a script, and then...the project was shelved.

And now, in a special interview with Maxim, Whedon proposed that Warner Bros. is having a hard time developing many DC Comics heroes because they are too "god-like" to connect to audiences.

Really? What about "Batman?"

Oh wait, he's got an answer to that:

"Because, with that one big exception (Batman), DC's heroes are from a different era. They're from the era when they were creating gods.

"And the thing that made [rival publisher] Marvel Comics extraordinary was that they created people. Their characters didn't live in mythical cities, they lived in New York. They absolutely were a part of the world. Peter Parker's character (Spider-Man) was a tortured adolescent.

"DC's characters, like Wonder Woman and Superman and Green Lantern, were all very much removed from humanity. Batman was the only character they had who was so rooted in pain, that had that same gift that the Marvel characters had, which was that gift of humanity that we can relate to."

Now, according to the Geek Files, Whedon's "Wonder Woman" project was supposed to star Eliza Dushku, Faith from "Buffy" and is currently starring in "Dollhouse" (another Whedon project).

So yeah, what about that "Wonder Woman" project?

"I have no idea the status of the movie and, honestly, I never did. I was told they were very anxious to make it. I wrote a script. I rewrote the story. And by the time I'd written the second script, they asked me...not to.

"They didn't tell me to leave, but they showed me the door and how pretty it was. Would I like to touch the knob and maybe make it swing? I was dealing with them through [producer] Joel Silver who couldn't tell me what they wanted or anything else. I was completely in the dark. So I didn't know what it was that I wasn't giving them. I've moved on."

Aw, don't move on Mister Joss. You single-handedly restored my faith in super-heroine power! So continue creating butt-kicking, intelligent babe characters, and I'll continue watching!

As for that "Wonder Woman" project? Stay tuned...

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Release Date Extravaganza: "Green Lantern" and other Warner Bros. Films Will Be Seen On... 

Alright y'all, save the dates:

"GREEN LANTERN" -- DEC. 17, 2010


"SHERLOCK HOLMES" -- DEC. 25, 2009


-- JULY 16, 2010

"JONAH HEX" -- AUGUST 6, 2010


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It's Official! Cate Blanchett is Maid Marian! 

The glorious Cate Blanchett is replacing Sienna Miller as Maid Marian in the Ridley Scott film, "Nottingham." Russell Crowe is still Robin Hood, the last time I checked.

But the "Nottingham" title? That may change.

Ooooh, and "Gladiator" fans, I heard that the script has now "evolved into a 'Gladiator' version of the Robin Hood legend."

Interesting, since Scott directed that Academy award-winning film, with Crowe.

According to Variety:

Crowe plays Robin of Loxley in an origin story of Robin Hood that hews close to historical facts of the period. Abandoned as a child, he finds community with the common people of Nottingham. Robin's abandonment and trust issues hamper his ability to fall in love. He meets his match in Marian, a strong, independent woman.

Okay, I'm soooo there!

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"Two Lovers" Movie Review -- The Last Joaquin Phoenix Movie! Or is it? 

Joaquin Phoenix has been reduced to being a tabloid fodder. His announcement to quit from acting to become a rap artist has brought punch lines to numerous late-night talk shows.

But before you jump on the “Joaquin-Phoenix-is-Crazy” bandwagon, let me remind you of Joaquin Phoenix, the actor twice nominated for the Academy Awards. Surely you remember his scene-stealing performance in “Gladiator” as Commodus, or when he successfully channeled Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line.”

In his supposed last film, “Two Lovers,” Phoenix brilliantly displays raw talent seldom seen from an actor of his age. The film is a romantic drama elevated by the actor’s performance. Read More...

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