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LASERLINKS 09-30-11

Laserlinks is where I throw up the news bites, trailers, casting announcements, etc. from the week that I didn’t get a chance to write about. Enjoy.

Superman: The Man of Steel

Julia Ormond is out as Superman’s mother, Lara. Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer will replace her.

The Thing

Here’s a photo gallery of hi-res stills from the upcoming prequel.

The Dark Knight Rises

What villain may be back for the final installment of Chris Nolan’s trilogy?

Christopher’s brother Jonathan Nolan comments on all of the leaked set photos and videos.

Thor 2

Patty Jenkins confirms she is in talks to direct the film, and she is already doing character research.

The Avengers

Here are some exclusive character headshots and details from each actor (from the Entertainment Weekly article).

Snow White & The Huntsman

Check out some set photos of Kristen Stewart wearing armor.

Men In Black 3

This flick is going to have some Rick Baker-designed retro 1960’s aliens.

Game of Thrones

Here’s a brief teaser for season 2:

http://www.hbo.com/bin/hboPlayerV2u.swf?vid=1208397

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LASERLINKS 09-23-11

Wow, it has been an incredibly slow nerd news week. Of course, every time I say that, something huge gets announced, so by the end of the day we might learn that JJ Abrams has signed on to direct Star Wars Episodes VII-IX or something. For now, here’s some news bites, trailers, casting announcements, etc. from the week that I didn’t get around to writing about.

The Avengers/Captain America 2

Chris Evans talks about Captain America 2, and says Captain America’s new costume in The Avengers was Joss Whedon’s idea.

Here’s a video from the Captain America Blu-ray that has a few seconds of  footage from The Avengers. There’s also some cool promo artwork in the article as well.

Thor 2

The latest name rumored to be sitting in the director’s chair on the Thor sequel is Patty Jenkins, who directed Monster with Charlize Theron and the pilot for the critically-acclaimed series The Killing.

Iron Man 3

The film may be shot in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Kick-Ass 2

Don’t expect a sequel anytime soon.

Hellboy 3

Ron Perlman is urges you to write to your Congressman if you ever want to see this one.

Star Wars

The Blu-ray set has broken Global sales records.

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Check out a promo pic of the entire cast – including Depp as Barnabas Collins.

Finally, here’s a hilarious clip of the Dr. Who parody “Inspector Spacetime” from the season premiere of Community. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more clips of this throughout the upcoming season.

“SWAMP ASS” PSA WITH NATHAN FILLION

Everything Nathan Fillion does is full of win. Well, except for Castle, perhaps.

THE ORIGIN OF DOC & MARTY’S RELATIONSHIP IS SURPRISINGLY NOT CREEPY

The mystery surrounding the friendship between Marty McFly and mad scientist Doctor Emmet Brown has confounded movie lovers for decades. Why would a skateboardin’, hard-rockin’ 17-year-old spend so much of his free time hanging around with a 60-year-old, plutonium stealin’ crackpot? Well, producer and co-writer Bob Gale has finally ended years of speculation that ol’ Doc Brown had a predilection for young boys in tight acid-washed jeans by offering this explanation:

“Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse—er, co-writer, co-creator): We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this…

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. When Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc., and that’s the origin of their relationship.”

I think it’s a testament to the screenplay of Back to the Future that Doc and Marty’s relationship is never questioned. The movie is so entertaining and well-crafted, that you just immediately buy into it. I still find it creepy as hell that Marty’s own Mother tried to get it on with him though…

RIDLEY SCOTT IS DIRECTING A NEW ‘BLADE RUNNER’ MOVIE?

Holy balls. Hot on the heels of some Underworld news that no one gives a shit about, comes this stunning headline from Deadline. Apparently Ridley Scott has signed on to direct either a prequel or a sequel to his game-changing, influential sci-fi noir masterpiece, Blade Runner. The film could possibly explore the Replican revolution mentioned in the 1982 film, or follow a storyline that takes place after the Rick Deckard adventure.

I think there could be one of two scenarios playing  out here: Either A.), Ridley Scott is feeling nostalgic for his old sci-fi properties like Alien and Blade Runner as a result of working on the (sort of) prequel to Alien, Prometheus, and is looking to return to that type of era-defining material again. Or B.), Ridley’s gone completely bugnuts berzerk (he recently stated he would never shoot in 2D again, and is attached to direct a film based on the board game Monopoly), and wants to continue to shit all over his legacy by plastering the screen with chestbursters popping out at the audience in 3D, or  vertigo-inducing shots of “spinners” decending into the neon steel canyons of  dystopian Los Angeles. Either way, I’m sure Michael Fassbender is going to be involved somehow. That guy’s in everything.

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