Mickey, Scarlett, and "Iron Man 2!" And When Can You See "Spider-Man 4?" Marvel at this Super Marvel Update! 

After low-balling Mickey Rourke for a mere $250,000, Marvel, apparently, saw the error in their ways, and showed the actor money!

Rourke, reportedly signed on for "Iron Man 2" after he received significant amount of cash!

But wait there's more! According to our lovely and amazing friend Nikki Finke, "Sony was considering hiring Mickey to play the villain in Spider-Man 4."

Oh, and yeah, Rourke is going to play the role of the Russian villain Crimson Dynamo, but I'm wondering if he's going to star as the first incarnation of the baddie, Professor Anton Vanko? Hhhhmmmm....

The actor is supposed to be in Russia promoting "The Wrestler" and doing research for his upcoming role.


And then, the one that really got low-balled? Scarlett Johannson! Thanks to Miss Nikki again, Johannson apparently screen-tested for the role of Black Widow, but didn't get it!

The role was offered to Emily Blunt, but the Brit will be busy working on FOX's "Gulliver's Travels" so...

Johannson is now Black Widow, and is getting paid...um...really low!


Oh, and ignore this schedule we posted last year, Marvel changed their opening dates, and issued a press release about it!

New York, New York – March 12, 2009 – Paving the way for the production and release of its multi-character superhero film, THE AVENGERS, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. , announced today an adjusted release pipeline for its self-produced feature film properties that reflects the first time individual Super Hero characters and story arcs will be inter-woven and culminate in a multi-character motion picture. Separately, Marvel Studios confirmed today that Sony Pictures Entertainment will release SPIDER-MAN 4 on May 6, 2011. Additionally, Marvel Studios has revised the release dates for THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA as part of its release strategy for an uninterrupted road to THE AVENGERS, now debuting May 4, 2012.

A Marvel character-based film will now launch the summer box office season for three years in a row, from 2010 through 2012.

“This new schedule strongly sequences Marvel’s movie debut dates, big screen character introductions and momentum. It maximizes the visibility of our single character-focused films, leading to the highly anticipated release of the multi-character THE AVENGERS film in 2012,” said David Maisel, Chairman, Marvel Studios.

Sony Pictures’ and Marvel Studios’ SPIDER-MAN 4 is slated for May 6, 2011. To date, all three motion pictures in the phenomenally successful SPIDER-MAN franchise have generated nearly $2.5 billion worldwide theatrically.

Below is Marvel Studios’ 2010-2012 updated release schedule for its slate of self-produced and financed feature films:

Marvel Studios Feature Film Pipeline
IRON MAN 2: formerly May 7, 2010, now May 7, 2010
THOR: formerly July 16, 2010, now June 17, 2011
CAPTAIN AMERICA: formerly May 6, 2011, now July 22, 2011
THE AVENGERS: formerly July 15, 2011, now May 4, 2012

The release date for IRON MAN 2 remains unchanged.

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UPDATE: WRITERS FOR "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" -- Gangsta Rap Gets Legitimized on the Big Screen! Biopic About N.W.A. in the Works! Oh, and "Dolemite" Remake as well! 

The iconic N.W.A. introduced gangsta rap to the world and we got to discover the likes of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Easy E, and MC Ren in the process. And their definitive album, Straight Outta Compton, changed the musical landscape forever.

Now, New Line is developing an urban drama about N.W.A. to be called..."Straight Outta Compton." According to EW, "the project will chronicle the rise and fall of the rap quarter."

Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are among the film's producers, as well as Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Wright. They're actively looking for a director ala Curtis Hanson ("8 Mile". Great plan, but who's writing the script? 'Cause you know, it all begins with the written word.

UPDATE: My source told me that the script is written by Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus. They "did a lot of research, interviewed many people and worked closely with New Line and Eazy E's widow Tomica to get all the facts right."

The writing duo is "also writing a big screen remake of the 1970's black action film 'Dolemite.'"

And I promised I won't divulge my source BUT they gave me love :happy

They said, "We love your site and wanted to answer your question about the writers. You're right...it is all starts with the written word."

"Anyway, keep up the good work!"

Yay! "Straight Outta Compton" and "Dolemite!"

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UPDATE: NO MORE QUESTION MARK! Third "Twilight" Director is Juan Antonio Bayona! 

It was loud and clear, almost certain, that Drew Barrymore might be directing the third "Twilight" installment, "Eclipse."

But that was last week.

This week, the name Juan Antonio Bayona is one of the stronger finalists being considered to direct the threequel. the chosen one! Bayona is directing "Eclipse!"

Who is he? Bayona is considered a horror wunderkind and a protege by Guillermo Del Toro. He created a creative, intriguing, excellent Spanish horror film in 2007 called "El Orfanato" ("The Orphanage").

I loved what Bayona did in that film! He twisted supernatural notions to come up with a thought-provoking movie about love and loss!

And I think, the "Twilight" franchise will benefit greatly with Bayona's addition! He knows the genre, he can create mood and atmosphere, yet Bayona can instill heart in the project!

So go for it Summit Entertainment, hire him!
Summit hired him, and is expected to make an official statement soon!

Here's what I thought about "The Orphanage" when it was shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival!

And here's the full "The Orphanage" trailer!

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"Race to Witch Mountain" Movie Review -- Is It Better than the Original? 

The 1975 Walt Disney classic “Escape to Witch Mountain” is the touchstone of my youth. The film made me want to have the super powers of the two alien children, Tia (Kim Richards) and Tony (Iake Eisenmann) for the good of humanity, of course.

Now, Walt Disney Pictures is releasing a reboot of the film bearing a more fast-paced title “Race to Witch Mountain.” The plot and the children’s names may have been changed, but the magic is still intact. Read More...

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"The Dark Knight" Lords Over the 35th Annual Saturn Awards 

"The Dark Knight" grabbed 11 nominations for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards! "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" received nine while "Iron Man" took eight.

The Saturn Awards is given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The awards will be presented June 25.

Here's the complete list of nominees:


Science Fiction Film

"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (20th Century Fox)
"Eagle Eye" (Paramount / DreamWorks)
"The Incredible Hulk" (Universal / Marvel)
"Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
"Iron Man" (Paramount / Marvel)
"Jumper" (20th Century Fox)

Fantasy Film
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (Walt Disney Studios)
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount)
"Hancock" (Sony)
"The Spiderwick Chronicles" (Paramount)
"Twilight" (Summit Entertainment)
"Wanted" (Universal)

Horror Film
"The Happening" (20th Century Fox)
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Universal)
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (Universal)
"Quarantine" (Sony)
"Splinter" (Magnolia / Magnet)
"The Strangers" (Rogue / Universal)

Action / Adventure / Thriller Film
"Changeling" (Universal)
"The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.)
"Gran Torino" (Warner Bros.)
"Quantum of Solace" (Sony)
"Traitor" (Overture)
"Valkyrie" (MGM / UA)

Christian Bale ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Tom Cruise ("Valkyrie") (MGM / UA)
Robert Downey, Jr. ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)
Harrison Ford ("Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Brad Pitt ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
Will Smith ("Hancock") (Sony)


Cate Blanchett ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
Maggie Gyllenhaal ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Angelina Jolie ("Changeling") (Universal)
Julianne Moore ("Blindness") (Miramax)
Emily Mortimer ("Transsiberian") (First Look Studios)
Gwyneth Paltrow ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)

Supporting Actor
Jeff Bridges ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)
Aaron Eckhart ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Woody Harrelson ("Transsiberian") (First Look Studios)
Shia LaBeouf ("Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Bill Nighy ("Valkyrie") (MGM / UA)

Supporting Actress
Joan Allen ("Death Race") (Universal)
Judi Dench ("Quantum of Solace") (Sony)
Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace") (Sony)
Tilda Swinton ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
Charlize Theron ("Hancock") (Sony)
Carice Van Houten ("Valkyrie") (MGM / UA)

Performance by a Younger Actor

Freddie Highmore ("The Spiderwick Chronicles") (Paramount)
Lina Leandersson ("Let the Right One In") (Magnolia / Magnet)
Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") (Fox Searchlight)
Jaden Christopher Smith ("The Day the Earth Stood Still") (20th Century Fox)
Catinca Untaru ("The Fall") (Roadside Attractions)
Brandon Walters ("Australia") (20th Century Fox)

Clint Eastwood ("Changeling") (Universal)
Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)
David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Bryan Singer ("Valkyrie") (MGM / UA)
Steven Spielberg ("Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) (Walt Disney Studios)

Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway ("Iron Man") (Paramount / Marvel)
David Koepp, John Kamps ("Ghost Town") (Paramount / DreamWorks)
John Ajvide Lindqvist ("Let the Right One In") (Magnolia / Magnet)
Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") (Warner Bros.)
Eric Roth ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") (Paramount)
J. Michael Straczynski ("Changeling") (Universal)


Network Television Series

"Fringe" (Fox)
"Heroes" (NBC)
"Life On Mars" (ABC)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Fox)
"Supernatural" (CW)

Syndicated / Cable Television Series
"Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi)
"The Closer" (TNT)
"Dexter" (Showtime)
"Leverage" (TNT)
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Cartoon Network)
"True Blood" (HBO)

Presentation on Television
"24: Redemption" (Fox)
"The Andromeda Strain" (A & E)
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Jericho" (CBS)
"The Last Templar" (NBC)
"The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice" (TNT)

Actor in Television
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") (AMC)
Matthew Fox ("Lost") (ABC)
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") (Showtime)
Timothy Hutton ("Leverage") (TNT)
Edward James Olmos ("Battlestar Galactica") (Sci Fi)
Noah Wiley ("The Librarian: The Curse of The Judas Chalice") (TNT)

Actress in Television
Lena Headey ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles")(Fox)
Jennifer Love Hewitt ("The Ghost Whisperer") (CBS)
Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") (ABC)
Mary McDonnell ("Battlestar Galactica") (Sci Fi)
Anna Paquin ("True Blood") (HBO)
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") (TNT)
Anna Torv ("Fringe") (ABC)

Supporting Actor in Television
Henry Ian Cusick ("Lost") (ABC)
Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles")(Fox)
Michael Emerson ("Lost") (ABC)
Josh Holloway ("Lost") (ABC)
Adrian Pasdar ("Heroes") (NBC)
Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes") (NBC)

Supporting Actress in Television
Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter") (Showtime)
Summer Glau ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles")(Fox)
Yunjin Kim ("Lost") (ABC)
Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost") (ABC)
Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes") (NBC)
Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica") (Sci Fi)

Guest Starring Role in a Television Series
Kristen Bell ("Heroes") (NBC)
Alan Dale ("Lost") (ABC)
Kevin Durand ("Lost") (ABC)
Robert Forster ("Heroes") (NBC)
Jimmy Smits ("Dexter") (Showtime)
Sonya Walger ("Lost") (ABC)

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