Who Should Play "Captain America?" Meet the Wannabes! 

The Hollywood Reporter shared with us that Marvel is conducting screen tests this week in its search for the actor to play Steve Rogers, the alter ego of Captain America in the big-screen adaptation!

Joe Johnston ("The Wolfman" director) has been hired since November of 2008 (Check our original story right here) and it's taking them long to find their hero!

This new film will see Captain America's World War II roots and his eventual membership with Marvel's superhero team the Avengers. (Check out "Captain America's" plot breakdown right here)

So here's the list of the actors hoping to play Steve Rogers aka Captain America. These actors have either tested or are expected to screen test this week and next at Marvel's Manhattan Beach headquarters.

Who do you think should play the part? Let me tell 'ya, all these actors have the good, old American boy look!

First, we have JOHN KRASINSKI -- a possibility! A fine actor who's already popular from his role in "The Office." He also possesses such an incredible aw shucks charm!

Then, we have MICHAEL CASSIDY from "Smallville"

PATRICK FLUEGER from the show "The 4400," he also appeared in "Brothers" with Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, and Jake Gyllenhaal

WILSON BETHEL who starred in "Generation Kill"

MIKE VOGEL from "Cloverfield"

"Gossip Girl's" CHACE CRAWFORD is also in talks to screen test -- he's flaunting his body already!

GARRET HEDLUND, star of the upcoming "Tron," was set to test but backed out because of scheduling conflicts. Oh, he will return to test, you wanna bet?

Also having scheduling conflicts is "Supernatural's" JENSEN ACKLES

Marvel had the same dilemma when the studio was looking for its "Thor." The role eventually went to Chris Hemsworth after testing many actors.

So, the criteria for the role?

*** youngish
*** rugged
*** oh yeah, American, since it's, um, Captain America

But THR is saying that the search could widen to include British or Australian actors if the studio could not find American candidates.

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Mickey Rourke to Play Conan's Father? 

Mickey Rourke is in talks to star as Conan's father in the upcoming "Conan" flick from Lionsgate.

Our friends at LatinoReview.com first broke this back in January, and now, it's confirmed! Rourke may soon utter the line "Conan, I'm your father."

Marcus Nispel is still set to direct the "Conan the Barbarian" reboot and actor Jason Momoa is playing the starring role that made Arnold Schwarzenegger famous.

Shooting is set to start in Bulgaria in March.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that "the story sees Conan embark on a quest to avenge the slaughter of his people including his father, Corin."

Oh darn it, Rourke is gonna die!!!

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Filipino Film Wins Big at Soho International Film Festival 

Yay! "Walang Hanggang Paalam," a film from the Philippines, my home country, won the Best World Showcase at the inaugural Soho International Film Festival! The festival "encourages new and seasoned filmmakers to create innovative and thought-provoking pieces."

Directed by Paulo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos, The gay-themed independent film has layers of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. The film stars Jacky Woo, Jake Roxas, Joem Bascon, and Lovi Poe.

Congratulations to everyone! For more on the Soho International Film Festival, click here to visit their official website.

Here's the rest of the press release announcing other winners:

"A Kiss of Chaos" nabbed the Best Showcase Feature Film Award for U.S. Director Ricardo Sean Thompson, with "The Godmother" taking Best Showcase Short Film Award for Director Lior Chefetz. The Best Documentary Award went to the gripping expose, "Burma: An Indictment" by Jeremy Taylor.

Director Fred Carpenter's "Just Like Joe" won the feature film audience award, with Turkish Director Tolga Karacelik's "Rapunzel" taking the audience award for short.

Keeping in the spirit of the festival, Australian Director' Zdenka Simandlova's "Defect" captured the Best Work In Progress Award.

Filmmakers from many other films including "One In The Gun's" Steven Man (lead actor/ executive producer), Rolfe Kanefsky (director/writer), Esther Goodstein (producer); "Throws of Passion's" Todd M. Jones (director), Jeremy Linden (writer/producer) Jonah Cooperman (producer); "Ice Grill, U.S.A.s" Greg Santarsiero, Mark Bernardi (co-director), "Non Con Un Bang's" Mariano Lamberti (director), Roberta Calandra (writer), Carlo Giuliano (actor); "Pastor's Kid" Dale Adriatico (writer/director); "Big League Chew", "A Cry Within's" Frances Lozada (lead actress/producer), Franky G (lead actor/director); "The Lesson Plan's" Eddie Duran (director), "Sunday Morning" John D. Roberts (writer/director) and "Pitik Bulag's" Arnold Vegafria.

Festival founders Jorge Ballos, Luis Pedron and Noli Parumog spoke emotionally at the conclusion of their first year. "To say we are proud of this inaugural group of filmmakers, is an understatement. In our eyes, every film which was selected to participate is a winning film. We are thankful to the filmmakers for trusting us to honor their creative expressions - from the features, to documentaries to shorts... each one brought something outstanding and unique to the festival. We look forward to many returning with their next projects in years to come."

The Festival also announced it's 2011 dates: April 20 - 24, 2011. "We are already open for submissions" say the founders.

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Matt Damon to Play Robert F. Kennedy? 

EOnline.com is saying that Matt Damon is "thisclose to starring as the nearest thing we've got to American royalty: a Kennedy. Specifically, Robert F. Kennedy."

It's not a done deal yet, but apparently Damon is attached to play RFK but it will all depend on the final script, which has not yet been written. The film will be based on Evan Thomas' Robert Kennedy: His Life.

EOnline is further saying that Damon's "already got the accent down. Not to mention the politics." True that!

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¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! George Lopez to Voice "Speedy Gonzales" 

New Line Cinema is getting ready to make a big screen version of "Speedy Gonzales" and "Garfield" writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen are penning the script.

George Lopez is attached to voice Speedy.

The Hollywood Reporter told us that this will be a live-action/CG hybrid feature.

I used to love this cartoon, but isn't it too politically incorrect for our times, albeit racist? I doubt if Speedy's lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez will be featured.

Apparently, New Line is aware of this, so the producers are updating "the brand with a modernized sensibility (it takes place in present day) under what Anne Lopez calls George's "Latino seal of approval." (No need to throw fuel on the fire that serves as an immigration debate in this country.)"

Anne Lopez, one of the producers, told THR that, "Speedy's going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he's a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he's good at."

So Speedy befriends a race-car driver. Problem solved!

This is kinda, sorta interesting, but I'm afraid that Speedy will now be relegated to the "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" world, no?

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