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With the San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, some of the weird from Hollywood is starting to surge to the forefront, as we present another installment of the Rapid Roundup of Tinsel Town Rumors.  Some might be true, some might be outright lies, but they are all entertaining… to someone… maybe not you… maybe that cute girl on the bus would be interested in your thoughts on the subject… or maybe not.  I don’t think looking at her and saying, “So what do you think about Cameron Diaz and the Green Hornet?” will get a dialogue started.

Green Hornet

Yes, the latest rumor from the Seth Rogen action flick has Cameron Diaz playing the leading lady.  It isn’t the first time Ms. Diaz has played opposite a comic book character, as her sizzling dance number in The Mask proved.

Smurfs

Yes, John Lithgow may indeed be playing Gargamel, but it will be Raja Gosnell behind the camera calling the shots.

Gosnell’s addition only complements the team. The editor-turned-director is best known for helming “Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” as well as last year’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” The movies combined live actors and settings with photorealistic animated talking animals such as dogs and rats. Turning his attention to the small blue characters created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo was the next step.

What could be better?  How ’bout Sean Connery as Papa Smurf?

Man, a 3D, live action CGI flick with three apple high Smurfs, John Lithgow, AND Sean Connery… it’s enough to crack the Intardwebz in half!

No?

moving on then…

Green Lantern movie to feature Superman?

Marc Gugenheim won’t confirm that Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent won’t appear in the upcoming Green Lantern movie, but he ain’t denying it either.

“Honestly, it changes on a daily basis. Whatever information I gave you today would be obsolete in a week, and maybe come back again in two weeks,” said Guggenheim. ” And even if it wasn’t in flux at the script stage, it would still be constantly in flux because you can film it, put it in the original cut, and eventually it could end up on the editing room floor.”

If DC hopes to create a unified universe similar to what Marvel has done with its movie franchise, now would be a good time to start.  The big question that arises if this turns out to be true, is who will play Clark?  Brandon Routh stated earlier this week that his sequel contract has expired, so he’s out.  Maybe Michael O’Hearn is available.

Ghostbusters 3

Harold Ramis doesn’t want Ghostbuster 3 to suck, so don’t expect to see a lot of CGI and special effects to make the movie look more modern.

Spider-Man 4

What’s going on with the next Spider-Man film?  At one time it looked like everything was moving smoothly, now there’s a report that Gary Ross has been brought in to rewrite the script for the Sam Raimi directed film.  James Vanderbilt took the first crack at the script, which was then rewritten by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Remo Williams: The Destroyer

This probably deserves its own entry, because the news is so kick-ass.  The 1980’s Remo Williams movie didn’t do too well at the box office, even though the books sell very well world wide. Charles Roven  and Steve Chasman think enough time has passed to give Remo another go as they team to bring The Destroyer back to the screen.

Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir wrote the initial batch of “Destroyer” adventure tomes, which centered on Williams, a New Jersey cop convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Williams is sentenced to the electric chair, but his death is faked so he can be reborn as the vigilante character the Destroyer, joining a top-secret assassin squad set up by the government to operate outside the bounds of the law.

He’s got a mystical Asian teacher/assassin/assistant too!

This will be a reboot of the movie series, with the new movie retelling the origin.

Kick-Ass

Check out this MTV Splashpage’s image of McLovin (aka Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in his Red Mist getup.

Jonah Hex, the animated series?

With the success of DC’s direct to DVD movies featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and now Green Lantern, how does an animated Jonah Hex short feature sound?  Joe R. Lansdale could be writing the bit, and he’s probably the right person to do it, as he was responsible for the very cool Batman: The Animated Series “Showdown” episode.

That should keep your brain going for a while.

If you have any rumors, tid-bits, or are an inside source, feel free to contact us directly to spread the news.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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16 Comments

  1. Kirby
    July 9, 2009 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    Superman in GL movie? I’ll take that.
    Spider-man 4? Okay, 3 left me wanting.
    Ghostbusters 3? Don’t see the point (ala IJ4)
    Smurfs? Pass
    Jonah Hex cartoon? Kick Ass!

  2. Gaumer
    July 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    I like the idea of the DC movies becoming a single universe like Marvel is trying, but there is no way in hell the badassness of the Dark Knight fits in with whatever the hell happened in that damn Superman returns flick.

    Superman was good, but how do you fit that Batman movie into any other universe?

  3. July 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    There’s nobody on Earth or Krypton that can convince me that Super Man Returns was any good at all. The sooner DC realizes that Super Man needs another reboot, the better. How that piece of kryptonite crap will ever fit in with The Dark Knight is beyond me.

  4. July 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm — Reply

    The_Julian Says: The sooner DC realizes that Super Man needs another reboot, the better.

    ———————————————————————-

    NO! NO MORE REBOOTS! You cannot tell me that the average man on the street does not know the Superman origin. Just start the movie with an action fight scene and hang on. Touch on the general origin with background chatter (rocket from another planet, yadda-yadda…)

    Just act like the other movies never existed. Stop wasting time/money on a build up origin movie! Tweek the costume slightly (nothing radical, just a little streamlining) but stay true to the comic. Hell, make Jimmy Olsen (or someone like him, Lois?) as a window into Supes world.

    The comic (Action and others) have been around for SEVENTY-SEVEN YEARS (77)!!!!!! There has not ever really been a time when Superman was not in some comic at some time for the last three quarters of a century. MAYBE they have been doing SOMETHING right.

    And don’t use the “more modern viewers/readers need to be updated” excuse.

    Sorry to make my “returning” post a rant, but this whole reboot issue (comics and movies) is a point that really bugs me.

    Good to be back! ;-)

  5. July 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm — Reply

    Whoa… Stacy B returns…

  6. mosdef
    July 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    Whoa…Stacy B returns…[2]

  7. July 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm — Reply

    I meant a reboot more in the sense of having a brand new cast of actors and an all around better creative team.

    I couldn’t agree more that I don’t want to see a retelling of the origin story, but I do want to see a better movie than “Returns.” Without Brandon Routh. No More Routh.

    And welcome back Stacy! Sorry I brought you back on such a sour note, but, seriously, welcome back!

  8. July 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm — Reply

    I want a picture in my thingammie!!!

    Oh, and…

    Whoa… Stacy B returns.

  9. July 9, 2009 at 9:06 pm — Reply

    I am sort of frothing at the mouth about GL. It makes me salivate.

    …that didn’t come out the way I wanted…

  10. MaximusRift
    July 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm — Reply

    Welcome Back, Stacy B!

    I agree that Superman’s story doesn’t need to be retold. If you must, do it like in Watchmen where 30 – 40 years were covered in the opening credits. Also, have Lex in the picture, but not be the villain.

  11. Gaumer
    July 9, 2009 at 11:01 pm — Reply

    Lex is cool but I dont think he needs to be in a Superman movie to make it be successful.

    If you dont have him as the villain, what does he do? He’s so good at being the villain :)

    He could meet up with Bruce Wayne in a business thing…I dont know.

    B. Stacy…Whoa, returns (remix)

  12. July 9, 2009 at 11:34 pm — Reply

    I wonder who else would work to be a big bad for any new Superman movie… Maybe Bizarro if they can make him awesome enough. I also wouldn’t mind Darkseid though.

    But if they wanna make a Superman/Batman crossover, I think they would have to go with the ever reliable Lex if they ant a character that both characters have a major amount of history in and that everybody’s already familiar with.

  13. July 10, 2009 at 1:47 am — Reply

    Ah, now how did I miss that one?

  14. Hitman Sam
    July 10, 2009 at 7:56 am — Reply

    @ Ghostbusters 3 News

    That is the best news I’ve heard all day.

  15. July 10, 2009 at 8:22 am — Reply

    Stephen, I think that Braniac could work…
    THE BEATS
    1) Mysterious virus hitting/stealing tech at WayneTech, LexCorp, and Kord Industries
    2) Clark and Lois working on a rumors of a mysterious terrorist organization using high tech weapons (ala Intergang)
    3) We think it is Luthor, third act switch it’s Brainiac!
    4) Swarms of Brainiac drones hitting various cities (great chance to cameo other heroes protecting the people)
    5) Defeat of Brainiac, US Ambassador to the UN Maxwell Lord approaches Superman and Batman with the idea of a strikeforce/team to assist the world’s governments against the really big threats no one goverment could handle. Of look, Lord is accompanied by a certain green-skinned-manhunter.

    But just brainstormin’ here.

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