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Tom Cruise Heads Into Oblivion

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Boy, Tommy just isn't satisfied until he makes a movie in every genre this year, huh!

On the heels of starting production on the musical flick Rock of Ages, Tom Cruise has now committed to starring in a new science fiction film for Universal Pictures.

Now, since this is Tom Cruise we're talking about here, the man behind the rebooted Mission:Impossible, Vanilla Sky and War of The Worlds, you know this isn't just some run-of-the-mill, Octopussysaurus, SyFy movie shenanigans. This is some legit, big-budget, epic stuff!

Tom is poised to take the lead role in Oblivion, based off the Radical Publishing graphic novel. The story is about a group of folks in the future who are forced to live in clouds as Earth has been rendered uninhabitable. Tom plays a lone solider who still works on the Earth's surface, repairing the robots that battle savage alien life forms. Then, this beautiful woman crashes into the planet unexpectedly and well, you can guess what happens from there.

Sound like UR kinda movie? Think Tom is right for the part? Discuss!

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Forget Cowboys! Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens Is Next!

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Finally! Hollywood's releasing a historical picture! LOLz.

Men In Black III director Barry Sonnenfeld has made what is pretty much the most epic announcement of all time - he's getting ready to put together Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens!

The full title of Sonnenfeld's upcoming project is Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens, and he'll be working alongside comic book writer Grant Morrison to develop this epic tale as a graphic novel AND feature film, which will hopefully be in IMAX and 3D.

Here's what Sonnenfeld had to say about his dinosaur/alien filmmaking aspirations:

"Growing up, my fascination was all things dinosaur, and as an adult, I've had some success making films about aliens, so this is a dream come true."

The story will revolve around a "secret prehistoric world war battle," in which "an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs" and "the planet's only hope is the giants that roam the planet with, it turns out, a lot more intelligence than previously realized."

Words cannot properly express how exciting and important this project is. Finally, the untold tale of the dinosaur struggle for survival against aliens can be told…and MAYBE this film will provide us with new insight on how the dinos TRULY went extinct! Ha!

Are U excited for Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens?

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George Takei Advises Warner Bros. Against 'Whitewashing' Akira Movie!

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Wow! We're so glad that he's taking such a serious stand!

In the film industry, it's become pretty much common practice for big-screen adaptations of popular Asian graphic novels and video games to be what's known as "whitewashed," which means the studios casting white actors in roles that are meant for other ethnicities!

The most recent example of this rumored to be the long-awaited film version of the Japanese graphic novel Akira, but thankfully, Star Trek actor George Takei has taken a stand against the practice, and has publicly asked Warner Brothers execs to re-consider before any official decisions are made!

Here are some HIGHlights from the interview on the matter:

Were you surprised to find out Warner Bros. is courting white leading men for roles in the adaptation of Akira?

George Takei: It’s not a surprise because that’s been a Hollywood tradition. For example, when I was very young, I read Pearl Buck’s epic novel of China, The Good Earth. And that film, all of the principal major roles were cast with Caucasians. As a matter of fact, Luise Rainer, who played the wife, won an Oscar for that. Paul Muni was her husband. It’s an old Hollywood tradition that we’ve always been battling, not just Hollywood but Broadway too, if you remember Miss Saigon and the furor over that. So, no, I really wasn’t surprised, but the audience has changed now, and I’m surprised Warner Bros. is not keeping up with the audience. The manga and anime phenomenon is mostly white in this country. It originated in Japan, and, of course, it has a huge Asian fan following. But it’s the multi-ethnic Americans who are fans of Akira and manga. The idea of buying the rights to do that and in fact change it seems rather pointless. If they’re going to do that, why don’t they do something original, because what they do is offend Asians, number 1; number 2, they offend the fans. The same thing happened with M. Night Shyamalan. He cast his project [The Last Airbender] with non-Asians and it’s an Asian story, and the film flopped. I should think that they would learn from that, but I guess big studios go by rote, and the tradition in Hollywood has always been to buy a project, change it completely and flop with it. I think it’s pointless, so I thought I would save Warner Bros. a bit of failure by warning them of what will most likely happen if they continue in that vein.

It seems this is particularly still a problem for Asian and Asian-American actors. Do you see something like this happening with a role written for a black actor?

Oh, absolutely not. African-Americans have made enormous advances. There are a whole host of bankable stars who are African-American. Can you name one bankable Asian-American star? No. There isn’t. You have Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson. A whole host of them. One can’t name a single Asian-American whose name you can take to the bank and get a project financed. We are making headways. I’m not a pessimist. We have made tremendous headways from the time I started in this business in 1957. Asian faces are part of the ensemble in many TV shows playing not roles that are specifically Asian, but playing doctors and detectives. Advances have been made, but we have still not caught up with the African-American achievements.

Why do you think there seems to be a reluctance to cast Asian-American actors in leading roles?

I don’t think it’s a reluctance, they just don’t know better. They have the experience of Shyamalan’s project, and I would think any savvy production company would learn from that. So I’m really baffled by the lack of learning from experience. Hollywood doesn’t like failures, and there’s a string of failures in the past. With this effort, I’m trying to warn them of what is likely to happen with this Akira project.

What would you ideally like to see happen with the Akira adaptation?

Well, ideally, they should do it properly and get Asian-American actors cast in those roles. In the adaptation they would of course be speaking in English and understandable to a popular American audience. That’s the whole point. They bought a project that is popular and enormously loved by its fans, and if they want the fan following to support the film, that’s the way you do it.

And all we have to say that is BRAVO! Well-said, sir!

We can't commend him enough for speaking up! It seems so FOOLISH that they would cast a story that's so fundamentally Asian with white actors - ESPECIALLY when it's been proven to bring about box office and critical failure, as well as displease the fans!

How can they expect to stay true to the integrity of the story?!

Hopefully Warner Bros. will see George's very valid and logical points, and they'll reconsider how they want to cast it!

Our fingers are crossed!

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Tom Hardy's Dark Knight Rises Role Revealed??

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This isn't exactly what we expected, but we think if anyone can make it work, HE definitely can!

Reports are circulating that Tom Hardy's mystery roles as a villain in Christopher Nolan's upcoming The Dark Knight Rises has been revealed to be a character from the graphic novel Prey, a deranged police psychiatrist named Dr. Hugo Strange!

According to his story, which is apparently the baseline for his part in the flick, Strange uses hypnotherapy to turn police officers into vigilantes to try and draw Batman out of hiding!

Inneresting!

But don't you think this feels a little too similar to Cillian Murphy's role in the first two films?

We suppose we won't know for sure until more details about the story start emerging!

Thoughts??

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True Blood Gets More Graphic

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In February, HBO is going to rake in some more merchandising $$$ when they release the first True Blood graphic novel.

The book will be a compilation of the series' first six comic book issues and will be titled True Blood, Vol.1: All Together Now.

Perhaps you could count it as a very last Christmas present to yourself.

Since debuting in this past summer the True Blood comics have become the best selling title for its publishers history!

Nice! This is sure to up the profit margin a little bit!

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Superman Is A Vampire…Or At Least Looks Like One

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Does the new Superman sparkle in the sun? Does he have an unquenchable thirst for blood? Does he like to play intense games of baseball with his family while Muse blares in the background?

Okay, so maybe he's not a vampire, but the newly redrawn version of Superman def resembles a Robert Pattinson-like individual.

Emo Superman will be featured in Superman: Earth One, a new graphic novel written by J. Michael Straczynski, with emo artwork by Shane Davis.

The graphic novel will re-tell the Superman origin story, but with a Twilight/hipster-esque vibe to it.

Here's what DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio had to say about the graphic novel:

"We wanted to tell a story that's hip, sexy, and moody."

What Superhero will get the hipster/emo/Twilight treatment next? Are we gonna see a young Taylor-Lautner-like Batman walking around the pages of an upcoming graphic novel, completely shirtless?

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J.J. Abrams Has A New Project!

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And it's a robot movie!

Paramount has acquired the rights to graphic novel Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel to be produced by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot company!

Boilerplate tells the fictional tale of the world's first robot who fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia and even journeyed to the South Pole.

Could be good, but sounds like a major "nerd alert" movie!

What do U think?

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