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LASERLINKS 10-28-11

Happy Halloween, everybody! If you don’t already know, LaserLinks is a collection of news bits, casting announcements, trailers, and other geekery that I didn’t get a chance to write about during the week. And away we go….

The Avengers

Director/Writer Joss Whedon wrote and directed an entire movie in secret while on a break from shooting on the massive superhero team-up movie. It’s an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and it features a ton of familiar nerd names like Amy Acker from Angel/Dollhouse, Sean Maher from Firefly, and self-proclaimed King of the Geeks, Nathan Fillion. There is no word on a distribution deal or release date as of yet. Source: Reuters.

Hunger Games

Here’s a new gallery of stills and posters from this upcoming adaptation of the hugely popular YA book series.

The Dark Knight Rises

Here’s a report on the upcoming New York City shooting.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Here’s a video clip of the directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, discussing how they didn’t really do much research on the comic book version of the film’s villain, Blackout.

Beetlejuice 2

It looks like a sequel to the Tim Burton classic is finally moving forward, and it will be a true continuation of the story with Michael Keaton returning as the titular “ghost with the most.”

Independence Day 2 & 3

Yep, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are close to completing not one, but two screenplays that will continue the story of the monument-destroying aliens from the original ID4. They also really hope to get Will Smith to return and say, “Welcome back to Earff!”

Superman: The Man of Steel

Michael Shannon dishes some info on the fight scenes between Zod and Superman.

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THE WALKEN DEAD

Well, you knew this was inevitable…

‘AVENGERS’ SET VIDEOS ARE FULL OF RUBBLE, SCREAMING PEOPLE

We don’t know a whole lot about the plot of Summer 2012’s most anticipated film, The Avengers yet, but thanks to these set videos from Cleveland (doubling as New York) we do know that a major superhero battle is going to take place – full of explosions, rubble, and fleeing pedestrians. The best part is, since this is Cleveland, the rubble was already there! It must have saved the studio thousands of dollars.

‘THE AVENGERS’ TEASER TRAILER

WARNING: Intense and multiple nerd-gasms can occur upon viewing.

WARNING # 2: This video contains the final scene of Captain America: The First Avenger, in its entirety.

WARNING #3: I just ate an egg and cheese sandwhich and I’m feeling very gassy.

 

ARE THESE VIRAL VIDEOS FOR ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’?

Probably not, but you never know. Christopher Nolan’s marketing team is clever, original, and very, very sneaky. The “Why So Serious?” and “I Believe in Harvey Dent” viral campaigns for the last Batman film set the standard for entertaining and effective Internet marketing (they were also a ton of fun). Aint it Cool News has the lowdown.

 

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