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AVENGERS PREQUAL ONLINE
As promised and teased at ComicCon, the first in a series of “Marvel One-Shots” will grace the Thor DVD as part of the build-up to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. The purpose of the shorts is to bridge the gaps (if you thought there were any) between the individual Marvel movies and next year’s giant team-up. First up is The Consultant, in which Agents Coulson and Sitwell discuss some dodgy orders from on high regarding Emil “Abomination” Blonsky, and Coulson baulks at using the titular freelancer to annoy General Ross.
THE WOLVERINE RE-WRITE
With filming now delayed, as the production team waits out the weather in Japan and leading man Hugh Jackman heads off to star in Tom Hooper’s new version of Les Miserables, it seems that The Wolverine’s director James Mangold is taking the opportunity to run the script through the re-write machine courtesy of Unstoppable’s Mark Bomback.As you’ll likely already be aware, the new outing for Logan will see the freshly amnesiac anti-hero looking for a place in the Japanese criminal underworld. There’ll he’ll find both love and problems, with the majority of the latter provided by the evil Silver Samurai.But as Variety reports, there will also be another thorn in his side, as he’ll face off against Viper, credited here as the secretary for Japan’s Minister of Justice. But fans of Marvel comics know she has a much deeper history than that, having trained with Wolverine at one point with mentor Seraph. She’s also had more friendly dealings with Silver Samurai.While we’re not sure Christopher McQuarrie is the sort of writer who really needs to be re-written, he is likely too busy to do any additional work himself thanks to preparing to film Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in One Shot.Bomback, meanwhile, has been something of a go-to guy for Fox and other studios with the likes of Die Hard 4.0, the new Total Recall and Jack the Giant Killer on his CV. He’s also written for Jackman before, cranking out the script for Deception. Not sure we want to hold that up as an example of his abilities, though…The Wolverine should kick off shooting next year in Tokyo and Vancouver.
NEW TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY CLIP
Boasting what is surely a contender for Greatest Cast Ever Assembled and based on a classic spy novel by John Le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is one of the more exciting films lined up for this autumn season. And as a special Friday treat, here’s a little snippet from the film that lays out some of the suspects in the Cold War-set thriller.We get a glimpse here of Control (John Hurt), the man at the top of the “Circus”, Britain’s foreign intelligence agency (or MI6 to you and me) in the early 1970s. He briefs agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) in the hunt for the mole, assigning code-names to each of the suspects in the hunt. You’ll also catch a glimpse here of Gary Oldman’s George Smiley, who becomes the key figure in the hunt for the shadowy leak.This clip does contain mild spoilers for the film, if you haven’t read the book or come across the seminal 1979 TV series, so tread carefully.
The idea of a sequel to Tim Burton’s ace 1988 spook comedy Beetlejuice is one that has floated between the worlds of fact and rumour like a lost soul for years. Now, after a long period lost in limbo, it would seem that it’s back, with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith talking up the idea as he launches his new production company.While there has been loose chatter about a follow-up to the Michael Keaton film, with even Burton himself handing Mars Attacks! writer Jonathan Gems the concept of a Hawaii-set sequel (which went through several script drafts but never saw the light of day), it’s always seemed to flare up occasionally, usually when any of the cast or the director himself are asked about it, and then die out again.Well, like Beetlejuice himself needing to have his name called several times before he’ll appear, it seems as though the sequel has been mentioned enough to bring it to life.
Margaret is a film that we were really starting to think wouldn’t ever see the light of day. Despite boasting a quality cast in front of the camera and a talented filmmaker in You Can Count On Me’s Kenneth Lonergan behind it, the drama has been caught up in legal issues and release date delays for years.Lonergan began making the movie for Fox Searchlight back in 2005, and while the shoot seemed to go smoothly, nothing has since then. The movie got bogged down in the editing room and sparked two lawsuits about costs and delivery.The wrangling has overshadowed the movie itself, which features Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Jean Reno, Matthew Broderick and more, and tells the story of Lisa, a 17-year-old school girl whose life starts to fall apart when she witnesses a fatal bus accident and deals with the guilt of lying to the incident inspectors. Her fears that she’s partly responsible for the accident bubble to the surface and start to take their toll. Eventually, she comes into conflict with the bus driver (Ruffalo) and tries to soothe her feelings by kicking off an affair with a teacher (Damon).