Mickey Rourke is NOT "Iron Man 2's" Crimson Dynamo Reveals Robert Downey Jr. 

We've been hearing this rumor loud and clear! Mickey Rourke may co-star in "Iron Man 2" as Crimson Dynamo.

But Robert Downey Jr. is saying, um, no!

In an exclusive interview with MTV News, Downey Jr. says:

“That’s actually incorrect,” Downey told MTV News when asked if Rourke was being considered for the aforementioned Iron Man rogue. When pressed if, instead of Crimson Dynamo, Rourke was up for the role of Whiplash, another potential role bandied about on blogs these days, Downey had a more cryptic response.

“I can neither confirm nor deny that,” said Downey. “Or maybe it’s some semblance of both. Here, I can tell you everything about the story except I won’t give away the ending. The nerd stuff is top-drawer security.”

Darn it, I want more nerd stuff!

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Al Pacino to Star in "King Lear" 

Al Pacino had a bad 2008! Both of his released films, "88 Minutes" and "Righteous Kill," to put it bluntly, sucked!

He's even nominated for the Worst Actor Razzie Award for BOTH films!

So, perhaps to prove he's still a great actor, Pacino will play the title role in "King Lear" to be directed by Michael Radford who's also writing the script.

This is the second time the actor is working with Radford in a film based on a Shakespeare play. The first time they worked together was in 2004 for "Merchant of Venice."

If you remember, Pacino played Shylock in the film.

"King Lear" will be a great role for Pacino. It's full of pathos and despair, which I know the actor can bring!

According to the film's producer Barry Navidi:

"Al has been offered this role many times over the years, but didn't feel ready. He's ready now. The film will be true to its period, very similar to the classical look of 'Merchant of Venice.' Michael came up with the most brilliant adaptation and Al and I flipped for it."

So Mister Pacino is ready now? Bring it on!

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"Milk" Screenwriter to be Honored by the Writers Guild of America 

Dustin Lance Black, who worked hard in his quest to bring Harvey Milk's life to the big screen is being honored by the Writers Guild of America West.

Black, who's nominated for the WGA award for original screenplay is going to receive the Paul Selvin Award.

The Selvin Award is given to writers whose works examine civil rights issues.

"Milk" is a fitting tribute to Harvey Milk, a gay rights pioneer!

WGA West president Patric Verrone revealed to Variety:

“Lance Black's script reminds us that all it takes is a single spark to light the fuse of an entire movement.”

The WGA awards will be this Saturday at the Century Plaza hotel. Congratulations Mister Dustin!

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Christian Bale Goes Psycho on "Terminator Salvation" Set -- Caught on Audio Tape...YIKES! 

What is going on with Christian Bale? First he was accused of beating up his mommy, now, he goes off on the director of photography of his upcoming flick, "Terminator Salvation."

Apparently, Shane Hurlbut, the poor guy who received all of Bale's anger, accidentally ruined a scene by walking onto the set!

And after listening to the audio recording? You would not want to make Bale angry. Batman turned into Hulk! Big, mean, green with anger!

Our friend Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily checked the authenticity of the recording for all of us. It's authentic alright, and her source says:

"Christian and the DP are all good now. It happened. It was one isolated event. He regrets that he lost his temper."

Oh, okay!

The next time I meet Bale in one of the press junkets, I'll put on my best behavior! But he was soooo sweet when I met him for "The Prestige."

Want to listen to the recording? Just be warned, lots of F bombs all over the place, so it may not be suitable for work!

But here it is.

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"Dirty Harry" The Musical?  

Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is planning to turn "Magnum Force" into a full-blown musical!

"Magnum Force" is, of course, the 1973 sequel of "Dirty Harry" and Hitchcock, an obsessive fan, wants to turn this shoot 'em up to a song and dance extravaganza!

According to the Guardian:

Plans are reportedly afoot for the 1973 sequel to Dirty Harry, in which Clint Eastwood hunts down a vigilante cop with a penchant for murdering gangsters, to be turned into an all-singing, all-dancing production. It would follow in the footsteps of rather more comprehensible conversions such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Dirty Dancing, Sunset Boulevard and the world-conquering Billy Elliot.

Hitchcock revealed:

"It's a film that seemed to be on all the time when I was on tour," he said. "By the fifth time [I saw it], I became addicted to it. It's taken a very strange hold on my life."

Now keep in mind, it's just a planned stage musical for now, but I would love to see Clint Eastwood's reactions!

But hey, Eastwood sang in "Gran Torino."

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