Welcome, welcome all of you to the first edition of The Early Edition, FSR’s new daily news brief. Think of it as the place to start your movie news day — all of the semi-important stories from the last 24 hours that don’t deserve a full write-up on our site (we are elitists, we kn0w) but do deserve some of your attention. This is also a place where we will stick items of interest — and yes, that was meant to sound dirty. This too shall pass, people, as I’m still reeling from this morning’s launch of our latest column, Bethany Perryman’s Turned On, Tuned In. If you are yet to check it out, you might want to hit it up — you just might enjoy it.
Now, on to some news that we missed over the weekend.
Tron 2 Character Appears in Wild, Starts New Fashion Trend
Our friends over at Slashfilm have informed the world that a man in blue spandex (seen at right) was spotted on the Vancouver set of Disney’s Tron 2. This came only a day after it was made known that the film had begun shooting in the Western Canadian city. So either this is our first look at what a computer program looks like in the sun or there is a really odd man walking around trying to bring spandex suits and moon boots back. Who knows…
Michael Bay Joins Twitter
Story of the day folks. The real Michael Bay is really bringing his brand of awesome to the Twitterverse. We’re not sure if he will be as entertaining as the intern-abusing Fake Michael Bay, but we are interested in finding out.
Maggie Gyllenhaal Joins Up for Second Nanny McPhee Movie That We Didn’t Know Existed
We had no idea that there was going to be a sequel to Universal’s Nanny McPhee, which starred Emma Thompson as a magical nanny who starts out ugly, but becomes beautiful after the children learn to behave — or something like that. But according to Production Weekly there will be a second movie, and it will be set 100 years after the first movie. It will also star Maggie Gyllenhaal. That is all we know. That is all we need to know.
Watchmen Writer Alex Tse Has Been a Battling Boy
Despite the “failure” of the year’s numero uno fanboy property Watchmen, the creative people behind it still seem to be getting some work. First it was Zack Snyder and his action flick with an all-female, all-hot cast and now it is Alex Tse, who has been commissioned to write a movie that sounds pretty effects heavy. Battling Boy‘s story “follows the son of a god who comes down from the top of a mountain at his father’s urging to rid the giant, continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts.” Brad Pitt’s production company bought the rights to the Paul Pope written and illustrated comic that is due out in the spring. No director has signed on to the project yet, but we’re sure they’ll find one eventually.
Rob Zombie Releases Real Photo from H2
Rob Zombie updated his MySpace Blog this past week with a new photo of Michael Myers (right), in which the gruesome guy’s mask is all messed up. This is, as Zombie calls it, one of the “many faces of Michael 2009.” As we explained in an article a few days back, these “many faces” also include lumberjack Michael Myers. Ooooh, scary.
Michael Sheen to play a Vampire version of Tony Blair
Okay, so that last part is a lie. Michael Sheen will not be playing Tony Blair, but he will be playing a vampire in the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon. He will play the leader the Volturi, an Italy-based coven of vampires. This comes as a surprise, as we were under the impression that Sheen fancied werewolves, especially after his role as a Lycan in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Though we would like to spread around the rumor that the leader of the Voltouri does, in fact, look a lot like Tony Blair.
Angelina Jolie Has Been Having Coffee with Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez
Reporting who actors are meeting when they hit the local Starbucks is a dicey game, to say the least, but Moviehole‘s Clint Morris has been to a few rodeos, so we’re going to take what he has to say seriously, for the moment. He is reporting that Angelina Jolie has been leaving her multi-cultural brood at home over the last few weeks to sneak away into the arms of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. She’s been talking about joining up with the Sin City 2, the long-gestating sequel to the 2005 hit that gave Frank Miller the impression that he could direct. And while he was wrong, that doesn’t detract from Sin City being awesome. Now Angie may play Ava, the lead character in Miller’s “A Dame to Kill For” story, who is said to be the lead in the flick. All I can say is… at least it isn’t Rose McGowan.
Yuan on Yuan: Notes About the Zombie Apocalypse
Wired Online has a kick-ass interview with Matt and John Yuan, the Asian dynasty at the heart of Jody Hill’s Observe and Report. Apparently these two fine young gentleman are total geeks who love to talk zombies, guns and a little D&D. It is one of those can’t miss reads of this week, trust me.
Books for James Cameron’s Avatar Will Blow Your Mind in 2D
As our friends over at Cinematical have pointed out, the companion book for James Cameron’s Avatar, the $7 billion dollar 8D CGI epic that has been in the works since before the damn Titanic was in the water, has popped up online over at Amazon. And though Amazon doesn’t have any cover art yet, it is clear that they will be charging about $20 for the book, which will feature a foreward written by Peter Jackson — yes, that Peter Jackson. Get your copy of The Art of Avatar now, as who knows how fast they will sell out when they go on sale November 1, 2009.