Sheldon Turner to adapt video game inFAMOUS for the big screen

Sony Pictures has signed a seven-figure deal to bring inFamous to the big screen. And screenwriter Sheldon Turner (Longest Yard, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, X-Men Oranges: Magneto) is going to be writing the script.

Launched in May, “inFAMOUS” centers on bike messenger Cole MacGrath, who survives an explosion that destroys entire blocks of Empire City only to find he has new electricity-derived super powers that come out of his hands like Star Wars. The action game, designed for Sony’s PlayStation 3 console, allows the player to use his powers for good or evil, as MacGrath’s karma affects how the devastated city’s people and infrastructure deal with him.

“What excited me most about the game was it was the first of which I’ve come across that had a big idea and a character arc,” Turner said. “It is, I believe, the future of gaming. The game, while big and fun, is at its core a love ballad to the underachiever, which is what our hero, Cole McGrath, is.”

Miley Cyrus could be Batgirl in Dark Knight Sequel?

First NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I can’t make this stuff up.

From hollyscoop.com

Apparently Miley is being considered for the role of Batgirl, starring opposite Christian Bale! Talk about a step up from Hannah Montana! The Globe’s Loosch Lips column broke the news, saying Miley recently “stunned” producers at Warner Brothers in a full batsuit trying to pitch herself.

The insider says, “She was sort of hopping around the room and had even written some dialogue for herself. The problem is, some people aren’t really convinced Miley has the acting chops to pull it of.”

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all it the news that Comic-Con thankfully drowned out, but we’re stunned to discover the rumor that Hannah Montana herself, Miley Cyrus, could play Batgirl in Chris Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight. It can’t be true… right?

On the face of it, it’s so ridiculous that there’s no chance that it could be true, especially when you trace it back to a story that claims that Cyrus dressed in a Batgirl costume to impress Warner Bros. execs recently. Wasn’t that exactly what Sean Young did with Catwoman for Batman Returns, after all?

But there’s something so ridiculous about it that we can’t help but feel a little scared. After all, even if Warners isn’t secretly hoping that Nolan will make the next Batman movie a little more family-friendly, who’s to say that Nolan – a man who has cast both Katie Holmes and Scarlett Johansson in his movies, remember – wouldn’t think that there’s some bizarro artistic value in taking kid star Cyrus and casting her against type in a dark epic about the nature of darkness in heroic evolution as personified by a man dressed as a giant bat…?

Or, to put it another way: Alicia Silverstone didn’t end up in Batman and Robin by herself.

Marvel Announces The Avengers Line-Up

Got this from I09

Kevin Feige talked about the interlaced comic book plots that are tied to Iron Man 2, spurred by the Nick Fury cameo by Samuel L. Jackson, and Tony Starks cameo in the Hulk movie.

Do you know what heroes are we going to be putting in The Avengers? How close are you to discovering who the core characters are?

I think we know. I think it’s going to be Iron Man and Thor, Captain America and Nick Fury. I think it’s safe to assume that there will be some members of the Hulk universe in the film as well. In terms of the additional I think Black Widow, sure. The SHIELD organization for sure. What’s exciting, for me, about The Avengers movie is seeing those four characters interact with each other. I think anywhere from the first issues of The Avengers to Civil War the dynamic between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark is just awesome, it’s fascinating. It brings out sides in others that won’t be brought out in the other franchises. Going forward with the mix is a whole other thing, I think it will be cool. So to pile on another 15 or 10, frankly more than four would be too many.

Is the Hulk in it?

Zak Penn is outlining it as we speak, so we’ll see.

Are you going to test potential Captain America people against Robert knowing they’ll have work together at some point?

We’ve already been doing a little bit of that, to an extent. We’re certainly casting all of the actors knowing that they need to carry, whether they are the good guy or the bad guy or a small part, not only their own franchise but playing an important part in the Avengers franchise. We are definitely keeping that in mind as we are casting.

Has Chris Hemsworth [Thor] said that he would met with Robert?

Oh yes, that was the first meeting of Thor and Tony Stark, it was pretty cool.

My first thought was ‘Where’s Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Wasp?’ but that’s just me.

Punisher: RIP Images

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Weekend Boxoffice Chart for July 24th to July 26th

Disney’s flick about guinea pigs who come to life and kill everybody (ok so it’s a family pic and that never happens) “G-Force” was the winner at the domestic B.O., opening over the weekend to an estimated $32.3 million from 3,697 playdates and besting Warner Bros. holdover “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

Half-Blood Prince” remained the worldwide leader, earning a magical $84.4 million internationally for a total haul of $627.1 million. That’s the top pace for the “Potter” franchise. Domestic gross was an estimated $30 million from 4,325 runs.

Seems like no matter how much I want live action talking animal movies to die they never will. It’s most upsetting.

1.G-Force $32.1 Total:$32.1
2.Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $30.0 Total:$221.8
3.The Ugly Truth $27.0 Total:$27.0
4.Orphan $12.7 Total:$12.7
5.Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $8.2 Total:$171.2
6.Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $8.0 Total:$379.0
7.The Hangover $6.4 Total:$247.0
8.The Proposal $6.4 Total:$140.0
9.Public Enemies $4.1 Total:$88.0
10.Bruno $2.7 Total:$56.5
11.(500) Days of Summer $1.6 Total:$3.0
12.Up $1.6 Total:$283.6

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-26

First Halo Legends Anime Images Plus Q & A

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The new Halo anime project set announced at ComicCon on Thursday seems to already have some images out.

Also Newsarama has a great Q and A up:

-A question about upcoming prequel game Halo: Reach was sidestepped, as it is a Bungie project.

-The infamous Halo 2 and 3 Alternate Reality Games (e.g. I Love Bees) will be referenced in Halo: Legends, but O’Connor won’t say how

-A fan wants another game with Master Chief, O’Connor says he’ll be in Halo: Legends at least.

Other Spartans? Yes, including females, and some Spartan back story

-A request for info about Master Chief’s fate post-Halo 3 was denied, and Halo: Legends will only touch on the subject.

-A follow-up about secondary characters and O’Connor let the fans know that they are important to them and will be respected.

-Casting of Halo: Legends will be announced in the future; nothing ready to announce yet

-A real Marine requested a better showing for his future counterparts. O’Connor said they will give it their all, but may not be successful.

-Anime dubbed or subbed? Both with other language subtitle options available.

-Will the Covenant’s story be told? Yes, O’Connor says their story is important and will have their own segment

-A fan asked about a frame of Halo: Legends that showed an elite dressed as a samurai. O’Connor said it’s part of I.G’s “Duel” (working title) episode.

-A sharp eyes fan noticed that some of the existing multiplayer maps make an appearance in the Halo: Legends Trailer. O’Connor says those are Easter eggs and there is more to it.

-Was the Halo Encyclopedia used in making Halo: Legends? It is a separate project, but info was available to the anime studios

-The asking price for Halo: Legends has not be decided on

-Will more mature Halo material be made available in the future? O’Connor says Halo: Legends will at parts be dark and violent.

-One fan remembers when Halo: ODST was said to be the last game. O’Connor jokingly blames Bungie

-What year is Halo: Reach going to be set? Although Bungie wasn’t present, the panel answered this one: 2552

-Bring back Marathon? O’Connor: No plans.

-Halo: Chronicles with Peter Jackson (The oft-mentioned live action film)? O’Connor: No news.

-Will the events of recent real time strategy game Halo Wars be included within Halo: Legends? Yes, everything is canon and interconnected…except the Toei segment.

With that, O’Connor closed out the panel by running the trailer once again to leave fans aching for more.

Win Free Shirts – Just TweetPhotos from Comic-con!

Although sold out for months, every comic fan with a laptop or web-enabled phone can now have full-access to Comic-Con 2009, the country’s leading comics and popular arts convention.

We’ve partnered with TweetPhoto to offer attendees free t-shirts for helping share the Comic-con experience, from their perspective, with the fans at home.

TweetPhoto is a free photo sharing service for Twitter users to easily upload photos and turn them into tweets on Twitter. The company aims to change the way in which people socially share, discover and interact with photos across multiple social networks in a way that feels natural and engaging to users.

Rodney Rumford, Co-Founder of TweetPhoto explains how it will work. “Attendees can email their digital pictures to StylinOnline.2009@TweetPhoto.com. They’ll include “#Comicon @StylinOnline” in the subject line to let us know its an entry, and include a “#” before their Twitter username to identify it as theirs. We’re giving away one free t-shirt to the top 10 contributors each day of the show, and two shirts to the “people’s choice” as the best photo of the day.”

StylinOnline.com CEO James Stylin explains why. “Our customers are the fans at Comic-con. But a lot of our customers couldn’t make the trip. This is something we could do to help share every bit of Comic-con with the fans that have been good to us.”

Instructions to Enter

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Prize t-shirts include the closely guarded art from Mad Engine, including the Marvel Comics Iron Man, titled “War Machine”, a Wolverine “Claw” design, Captain America “Re-Born”, and a super-hero grouping titled, “Comic Geeks”. Disney’s classic “Tron” has been included in the collection, as well as Kingdom Hearts “The Kingdom”, Power Rangers and a historical tribute to “A Christmas Carol”.  Sony’s represented with the “Stay Puft Marshmallow” from the new Atari Ghostbuster’s video game and the classic video game “Contra” includes “Rapid Fire”. The collection also includes classics from Mighty Mouse and a new design for the Spring 2010 Disney movie, “Prince of Persia”. Last minute Green Lantern shirts have also been released for this event.

Winners will be selected by the total number of pictures uploaded using their Twitter username at the close of the show each day. The “People’s Choice” winner will be determined by the most “thumbs ups” votes received from all of that days entries. To learn more about the contest requirements, eligibility and process visit www.StylinOnline.com or the Stylin Online Fan Page on Facebook.

Winners will be posted daily. See all the contest photos at http://www.tweetphoto.com/user/StylinOnline

Sam Raimi to Direct Warcraft Movie

BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT® AND LEGENDARY PICTURES SIGN SAM RAIMITO DIRECT UPCOMING WARCRAFT® MOVIE

Raimi, acclaimed director of the blockbuster Spider-Man series, will bring the forces of the Horde and the Alliance to life in epic live-action film. Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment will produce alongside Raimi’s Stars Road Entertaiment.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – July 22, 2009 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the eagerly-anticipated major motion picture based on Blizzard Entertainment®’s award-winning Warcraft® universe. Raimi has, in the course of his career, clearly demonstrated a genius for developing and adapting existing fictional universes for mainstream audiences while staying true to the spirit of the original content.

Raimi directed the Spider-Man trilogy, which has broken box-office records around the world and garnered five Academy Award® nominations. Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat humor, Raimi wrote and directed the cult classic, The Evil Dead and produced 30 Days Of Night. He most recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller, Drag Me To Hell.

“At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story,” said Raimi. “I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen.”

Charles Roven’s producing talents were recently seen with last summer’s blockbuster The Dark Knight, which grossed in excess of $1 billion, was nominated for eight Academy Awards® and won two. His body of work also includes the widely acclaimed Batman Begins and the sci-fi classic 12 Monkeys. Roven, with Atlas producing partner Alex Gartner, will be producing with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, Legendary’s Chief Creative Officer Jon Jashni, Raimi and Raimi’s producing partner Joshua Donen. Raimi’s partner, Robert Tapert, will be an Executive Producer and Blizzard Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Creative Development, Chris Metzen, a Co-Producer.

“Partnering with Sam Raimi exemplifies Legendary’s mandate of marrying the highest quality intellectual property to world-class filmmakers” said Legendary’s Tull. “Sam’s passion for ‘Warcraft’ is undeniable and we know that he will create an incredible film worthy of Blizzard’s phenomenal franchise. We look forward to collaborating with our partners at Warner Bros. and continuing our successful relationship with Chuck in bringing this rich new world to the screen.”

“Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have a shared vision for this film and we searched at length to find the very best director to bring that vision to life,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “From our first conversation with Sam, we could tell he was the perfect choice. Sam knows how to simultaneously satisfy the enthusiasts and the mainstream audience that might be experiencing that content for the first time. We’re looking forward to working with him to achieve that here.”

“Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft has become a second home for millions of players and Sam’s experience and talent make him the perfect director for this remarkable and action-packed world,” said Atlas’ Roven. “Alex and I are proud to be working with Sam and re-teaming with our friends at Legendary and Warner Bros.”

The film will fall under Legendary Pictures’ co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. “Warcraft is emblematic of the kind of branded, event films for which our studio is best known. We have enjoyed great success with our partners at Legendary, and this is an incredible opportunity for us to work with Sam on a project that is so eagerly anticipated by so many,” said Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft universe is a rich fantasy setting that revolves around the epic conflict between the opposing forces of the Horde and the Alliance. Since its debut in 1994, Warcraft has developed a loyal following across the globe, with several bestselling, award-winning PC games and a range of popular licensed products including novels, action figures, apparel, comic books, board games, and more. World of Warcraft®, Blizzard Entertainment’s subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Warcraft universe, is the most popular game of its kind in the world. Its most recent expansion, Wrath of the Lich King™, is the fastest-selling PC game of all time, with more than 2.8 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and more than 4 million in its first month.

Further details about the upcoming Warcraft movie, including cast and targeted release date, will be revealed as development progresses.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes eleven #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

Exclusive Prince of Persia Movie Posters

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – Based on the massively popular series of videogames, the story sees Gyllenhaal as a ‘rogue prince’ Dastan and Gemma Arterton as ‘mysterious princess’ Tamina, who reluctantly team up to safeguard an ancient dagger that could release the Sands of Time, allowing its possessor to reverse time and rule the world

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Not at all what I expected with all the pictures of Jake Gyllenhaal shirtless, not joking, every shot I saw of this movie he was shirtless. They didn’t model the poster after the game box so they don’t even lead on to the fact that it’s based on a videogame series at all. I actually think that’s a good thing and really look forward to checking this out.

Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of July 17th to July 19th.

The sixth Harry Potter movieHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince worked a spell at North American theaters, selling an estimated $159.7 million worth of tickets during its first five days of release.

Get it worked a spell, oh boy am I on fire today!

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $79.4 – Total: $159.6
2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $17.7 – Total: $152.0
3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $13.7 – Total: $363.8
4. Bruno $8.3 – Total: $49.5
5. The Hangover $8.3 – Total: $235.8
6. The Proposal $8.2 – Total: $128.0
7. Public Enemies $7.5 – Total: $79.4
8. Up $3.1 – Total: $279.5
9. My Sister’s Keeper $2.8 – Total: $41.5
10. I Love You, Beth Cooper $2.6 – Total: $10.2

StylinOnline.com SDCC Exclusive T-Shirt Designs

T-Shirt Super Heroes Team-Up to Battle Comic-Con 2009

San Diego, CA – Two of the comic book genre’s super heroes of t-shirts have joined forces to battle the ravenous retail shopping scourge that is Comic-Con 2009, the country’s leading comics and popular arts convention. Online mega-retailer StylinOnline.com has partnered with veteran t-shirt designers at Mad Engine to present twelve exclusive t-shirt designs available starting July 22 at Comic-Con booths 630, 215, 5129, 5345 and 5349.

San Diego, CA – July 20, 2009 — Two of the comic book genre’s super heroes of t-shirts have joined forces to battle the ravenous retail shopping scourge that is Comic-Con 2009, the country’s leading comics and popular arts convention.

Online mega-retailer StylinOnline.com has partnered with veteran t-shirt designers at Mad Engine to present twelve exclusive t-shirt designs available starting July 22 at Comic-Con booths 630, 215, 5129, 5345 and 5349.

The t-shirts include closely guarded art from the Marvel Comics Iron Man, titled “War Machine”, a Wolverine “Claw” design, Captain America “Re-Born”, and a super-hero grouping titled, “Comic Geeks”. Disney’s classic “Tron” has been included in the collection, as well as Kingdom Hearts “The Kingdom”, Power Rangers and a historical tribute to “A Christmas Carol”. Sony’s represented with the “Stay Puft Marshmallow” from the new Atari Ghostbuster’s video game and the classic video game “Contra” includes “Rapid Fire”. The collection also includes classics from Mighty Mouse and a new design for the Spring 2010 Disney movie, “Prince of Persia”.

James Stylin, President of StylinOnline.com is very excited for the upcoming encounter. “Comic-Con is a force to be reckoned with from a retailers perspective. There’s a lot of competition for the hearts and dollars of comic fans. This audience demands great art, and with expectations so high we wouldn’t go to battle with anything less than what the artists at Mad Engine give us consistently.”

Alby Amato, Mad Engine Founder and recipient of Marvels Comics first Lifetime Achievement Award agrees that fan expectations are high. “When we design a t-shirt for a fan it comes under great scrutiny for authenticity and uniqueness. We’re very proud of the new collection for Comic-Con, and of our partnership with StylinOnline.com”

Select shirt designs will be released prior to the show starting Tuesday, July 14 with additional designs released through the web site and social media including MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and TweetPhoto before the show start Wednesday, July 22. All of the t-shirts will be available at retail booths on-site at Comic-Con, as well as online at http://www.StylinOnline.com.

About StylinOnline.com:
Based in Michigan, StylinOnline.com is one of the largest retailers of licensed comic books, movie, TV, video game, music and pop culture t-shirts, sweatshirts, belt buckles and pop culture apparel for men, women, teens, juniors, and kids.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-19

More New T-Shirts available to order

More New T-shirts available at Stylin Online. Fresh styles for T-shirts and more are online now!

Check out the Alvin and the Chipmunks Logo T-Shirt, Die Hard Yippee T-Shirt, Ghostbusters 3D Logo T-Shirt, Green Lantern Blackest Night T-Shirt, Green Lantern With Sinestro T-Shirt, How I Met your Mother Slap Bet T-Shirt, Incredible Hulk Red Smash T-Shirt, Incredible Hulk Walk Comic T-Shirt, Marvel Faces X T-Shirt, Naruto Antileaf Stance T-Shirt, Naruto Gaara T-Shirt, Pablo Escobar Finest T-Shirt.

For all our newest items, check our New T-Shirts Page.

More Kingdom Hearts online!

T-shirts with new styles and artwork are at Stylin Online! All these Kingdom Hearts T-shirts are available through our store right now!

Check out the Kingdom Hearts Cover T-Shirt, Kingdom Hearts Donald Duck T-Shirt, Kingdom Hearts Goofy T-Shirt, Kingdom Hearts Mickey T-Shirt.

Check out the full category listing here: Kingdom Hearts.

For all our newest items, check our New T-Shirts Page.

First shots of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow from Iron Man 2

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Scarlett Johansson Cover With Some Other People

Scarlett Johansson As Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson As Black Widow

These two shots provide the first look at a leather clad Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow in Iron Man 2.

If she can do an OK Russian accent I’m good with her as Black Widow, even with her curly hair (Black Widows is straight). Lets just say everything else works fine.

On a side note, after watching the Wrestler, Mickey Rourke scares me… and this Limited Comic Con Exclusive War Machine T-Shirt is just awesome.

Green Lantern superhero game on the way

Looks like we have more Green Lantern news for you today and hot on the heels of news that Warner Bros. has picked Ryan Reynolds to play the Green Lantern in an upcoming film

GamesBeat has all the details:

Warner Bros. and game developer Double Helix have partnered to create an action-based video game slated around the comic book hero Green Lantern, VentureBeat has learned.

The video game is believed to be linked to the official Green Lantern movie scheduled for a June 17, 2011 release. The movie is to be directed by Martin Campbell (director of the Casino Royale and GoldenEye films) with a screenplay penned by screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Michael Green.

Both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game are in the works. As far as we know, there has never been a video game that focuses solely on Green Lantern, which is one of DC Comics’ oldest superheroes.

Double Helix, a twin studio comprised of two studios dubbed Shiny and The Collective, is currently finishing work on G.I. Joe (due August 4) for Electronic Arts, and has started work on Green Lantern for WB. Double Helix itself is a division of Foundation 9 Entertainment.

Superhero games are perennial bestsellers in the video game industry, so it’s only fair that Green Lantern character should get his shot. With the 50th anniversary of the original Green lantern (a.k.a Hal Jordan) being celebrated at this year’s Comic-Con conference and the straight-to-DVD movie Green Lantern: First Flight arriving shortly to retail stores, Green Lantern seems to be having a revival. Comic artist Geoff Johns is leading the comic book revival with a series dubbed Blackest Night. Buzz about this subplot in the Green Lantern storyline has been building for some time.

“The current Green Lantern comic story arc has been getting a lot of attention,” a representative at DC Comics told VentureBeat. “Geoff Johns has done an amazing job with the Blackest Night.”

A Warner Bros representative declined to comment on this story, citing it as “rumor and speculation.” But multiple sources close to the project who asked not to be mentioned by name, said a Green Lantern game concept has been bandied about for more than a year, but hadn’t seen much development progress until recently.

Natalie Portman to Play Jane Foster in ‘Thor’

Marvel Studios has found its love interest for Thor, tapping Natalie Portman to star opposite Chris Hemsworth in the comicbook pic.

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Marvel Studios announced today that Academy Award nominated actress Natalie Portman has been cast to star as Jane Foster in the studio’s highly anticipated movie THOR. In the early THOR comics, JANE FOSTER was a nurse who became Thor’s first love. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. Portman will star opposite Chris Hemsworth who will play Thor and Tom Hiddleston who will play the villain Loki. Kenneth Branagh will direct the film.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce THOR. Principal photography for the film is set for early 2010. The film will be released in the US on May 20, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: THOR. This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Portman will next be seen starring in Jim Sheridan’s BROTHERS opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire. She recently wrapped production on HESHER, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and executive produced by her production company handsomecharlie films, and Don Roos’ LOVE AND OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS, which also she executive produced. In 2004, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as an Academy Award nomination in the same category for CLOSER. She also earned critical acclaim for her role in GARDEN STATE and is most well known for her role as Queen Padme Amidala in the STAR WARS Trilogy. Other film credits include THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, V FOR VENDETTA, COLD MOUNTAIN, ANYWHERE BUT HERE, HEAT, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, and THE PROFESSIONAL.

THOR is one of a continuing slate of films being produced by Marvel Studios based on the Marvel characters, including IRON MAN 2 on May 7, 2010, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA on July 22, 2011, and THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.

Portman is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CAA and George Sheanshang.

Weekend Boxoffice Chart For July 10th to July 12th

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest movie just beat out the kid flick Ice Age to take the number 1 spot in this weekends North American box office chart.

  1. Bruno $30.4 Total: $30.4
  2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $28.5 Total: $120.5
  3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $24.2 Total: $339.2
  4. Public Enemies $14.1 Total: $66.5
  5. The Proposal $10.5 Total: $113.7
  6. The Hangover $9.9 Total: $222.4
  7. I Love You, Beth Cooper $5.0 Total: $5.0
  8. Up $4.6 Total: $273.7
  9. My Sister’s Keeper $4.1 Total: $35.8
  10. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 $1.6 Total: $61.4
  11. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $1.5 Total: $170.5
  12. Star Trek $1.1 Total: $251.9

I still own three of the Borat shirts listed on this page. I may get another one with this Borat t-shirt only being 5 bucks… can’t beat that.

Deadpool Cast as Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds, 32, who recently played the character Deadpool opposite Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be crossing Universes for his next flick and going from Marvel to DC, and actually back to Marvel again with a spinoff for Reynold’s Deadpool character in development.

After winning a three-way battle with Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper over the role it seems that Ryan Reynolds will play Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern movie.

If the new deal goes ahead, it would make Reynolds the only male actor to have played heroes for comic rivals Marvel and DC.

New District 9 Trailer Now Out

When I first saw the teaser trailer I was like, Ok I’ll check this out, but I’m not sure it’s going to be good. Now after watching this (follow the link below) new trailer I’m fully blown away. I’m actually excited to see it, shocking I know.

From www.latinoreview.com

Sony / Columbia Pictures has released the full trailer for the new sci-fi thriller “District 9” from director Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson.

The film stars Sharlto Copley, and David James and is set to hit theaters on August 14th 2009

DISTRICT 9 depicts a fictional world where extraterrestrials have become refugees in South Africa. Extraterrestrial race is forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.

Watch the trailer here

Transformers 2 Breaks The $600 Million Mark

With an official announcement of Transformers 3 expected by many to be coming shortly. It seems Transformers 2, while getting some mixed reviews (read that as just about every critic blasted it) has done what no other film yet this year has.

As of Tuesday the film made over $300 million in North America and the film passed the $300 mark worldwide that same day, bringing its worldwide total to just over $600 million. With production costs of $200 million (wow btw) I’m guessing they are going to take away a nice chunk of cash.