Meet the (Probable) Cast of the ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

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(From left) Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell

Deals are not yet signed with anyone, but it looks like 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have picked a cast for the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, according to Deadline.

In addition to Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan (who has been the only consist name associated with this picture) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Fox is said to be finalizing deals with Miles Teller (Divergent, The Spectacular Now) to play Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman; and Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac, King Kong), who would take on the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing.
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Aims for Funny Bone

Looks like director James Gunn decided to go for broke with Guardians of the Galaxy and do something different. Instead of making yet another epic “Marvel movie,” he decided to make a James Gunn film instead! After watching this trailer, my first impression is that he made the right choice.

This is the work of the guy who wrote and directed Slither; this is the work of the guy who wrote and directed Super. I like it.

You might miss former DOCTOR WHO companion Karen Gillan debuting her look as baddie Nebula. Look for her at about the 1:57 mark; she’s the blue chick deploying blades in each hand. She’s in the trailer for literally one second.

Matt Smith Filmed Multiple Takes of His Regeneration

goodnightMatt Smith, the erstwhile 11th Doctor, revealed during a panel at the recent New Orleans Comic Con that he filmed multiple takes of his final scene as the star of DOCTOR WHO in “The Time of the Doctor.”

Smith told fans that he didn’t know which version would ultimately air on Christmas Day:

“I thought that one the real moments — I was really pleased when Amy Pond came back into it; I thought that was really nice.

“But for me, as an actor, being really honest with you, I did loads of really different takes. So I was quite surprised to see that was the take they used, ’cause I didn’t think — I thought that they might use something else, because we did a lot of different takes and we did a lot of different versions of that ending — and a lot of them were really troubling — and I quite liked them.”

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I Knew It! Scarlett Johansson Is Not of This Earth!

There’s this weird indie movie called Under the Skin that made the rounds at film festivals in the latter part of last year that tended to polarize a lot of critics into “Love it!” and “Hate it!” camps. I’ve been keeping my eye on it, and it finally headed for the USA.

In the creepy flick, Scarlett Johansson plays an alien sent to Earth to assume female form and seduce men. (I know, good thinking on the aliens’ part, right?) She targets hitchhikers in Glasgow, Scotland, and environs.


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GOTHAM TV Series Hires Its Major Cast Members

mckenzieThe Batman prequel TV series GOTHAM, which is headed for Fox this fall, has made a flurry of casting decisions that fill in most of the key players, except for one: a 10- to 11-year-old Bruce Wayne.

Ben McKenzie (SOUTHLAND and THE O.C.) will play a young detective Jim Gordon, the future police commissioner of Gotham City. The series is expected to center on Gordon’s growth as a law-enforcement officer, and how the Gotham Police Department deals with the rise of the psychopathic villains who will eventually become Batman’s rogues gallery. But don’t hold your breath for the Joker to show up; the show is starting small — with Penguin.
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Elizabeth Olsen Teases Scarlet Witch’s Wardrobe

?????????????????????????????????After Elizabeth Olsen was cast as the Scarlet Witch for Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans know Wanda Maximoff is in the competent hands of a beautiful and talented actress, so only one question remains: What will she wear?

The Witch has had one primary costume for decades, and that has been changed up and reworked in more recent times, but whenever you say “Scarlet Witch” to a true comics fan, only one image comes to mind: her classic “red swimsuit over red mesh” uniform.

However, following the trend of the Marvel movies to redesign characters’ outfits — even Captain America and Iron Man were tweaked for the big screen — director Joss Whedon is giving the Witch another makeover.
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Hallmark Also Sold Batman Valentines

Hallmark issued Batman-themed Valentine’s Day cards in 1966 — strangely, the same year Doubl Glo released a similar set. Could you imagine two companies getting the license to manufacture the same item for the same market today?

I think these Hallmark cards are kinda lame, so perhaps National Periodical Publications (DC Comics) was unsatisfied and went to Doubl Glo? Or maybe it was simply a case of no one paying much attention to merchandising and licensing back in those days? After all, it wasn’t until Star Wars came along in 1977 that licensed merchandise became a cash cow. In 1966, NPP was probably just happy to get a check in the mail!

These great images were also compiled by Chicago cartoonist Mark Anderson, who put them on his website.

You’ll Fall In Love With These Vintage Batman Valentines!

You never can tell what you’ll discover on eBay. And, lucky for us, Chicago cartoonist Mark Anderson was exploring the online auction house when he chanced upon a bunch of Doubl Glo Batman Valentines from 1966 and snatched them up. Now he has posted them on his website for all comics fans to enjoy! Have a look:

Way to go, Mark!

ETA: It turns out Hallmark also sold Batman Valentines that very same year! Check them out!

See the 3rd ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Trailer

The latest trailer from Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks a lot like the second trailer, but it does have a smattering of new footage:

My favorite new bit is when Gwen yells, “Peter!” and then clamps her hand over her mouth.

In case you want to relive the first trailer, click  here.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (It looks like Sony is sticking with that title) opens May 2.