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The British are coming...for our superheroes!

british-superheroesImage Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.com (2); Stephen Lovekin/Gety Images Record 20905790 With today’s big news that Henry Cavill has been cast as the Man of Steel in director Zack Snyder’s new Superman movie, some early internet snarking has pointed out that he’ll be fighting for Truth, Justice, and the American Way while disguising his native British accent. In fact, looking ahead, all of our big superheroes will be played by those who hail from across the pond: Andrew Garfield will play Spider-Man in Sony’s 2012 franchise reboot and Batman’s Christian Bale — who, let’s face it, can probably do a flawless American accent in his sleep at this point — was born in Wales.

Is this blasphemy, or mere coincidence? And don’t we just want whoever is best for the role? (Though, that said, can you imagine the uproar if an American was cast as James Bond? Yeow!) What do you guys think? Does it matter where the actors are really from as long as they are believable? Sound off below!

Thank you, Sir Ian McKellen, for saying 'Yes' to 'The Hobbit.' Thank you even more for telling us why.

Gandalf-the-GrayImage Credit: Pierre VinetWould I have been crestfallen if Ian McKellen had passed on playing Gandalf in the upcoming Hobbit films? Well, yes, actually. Certainly because his performance, especially in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was my favorite part of the entire trilogy, but also because his absence might have made his reflective and forthright blog posts about the subject unnecessary. Beginning his latest entry with “All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me,” he has the gift of writing in his own singular voice, as I can’t read his thoughts without hearing Sir Ian whispering them. READ FULL STORY

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann to reprise 'Knocked Up' roles: What other supporting characters deserve the star treatment?

knocked-upImage Credit: Suzanne HanoverPaul Rudd and Leslie Mann are getting back together for a movie! I adored them in Knocked Up! His boys’ night out to Vegas. Her girls’ night out to dance. Her flirtation with Jason Segel. His flirtation with fantasy baseball. But … there’s more! Variety reports that the duo are actually reprising their Knocked Up characters for Judd Apatow’s next project, set for the summer of 2012. Holy Aldous Snow!

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Not-a-Forgetting-Sarah-Marshall-sequel-but-sorta, Get Him to the Greek, but I’m open to this idea. Their married couple was sweet, hilarious, and real, and if Apatow, who’s writing and directing, has more for them to say and do, I’m more than willing to take this trip with them. But spinning off a sequel, instead of making a straightforward follow-up about a hit’s main characters — Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen are not confirmed for this go-around — made me think, What supporting characters from my favorite comedies would I most like to see (or have seen) get the star treatment?

Since you (or I) asked, here’s my list: READ FULL STORY

Gemma Arterton joins Jeremy Renner in 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' (and the 'Twilight' effect?)

Hansel-and-Gretel-Witch-HuntersImage Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosCould this be the greatest twist on the fairytale genre since Shrek? The leads are now set for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, the film set 15 years after the siblings killed the witch who kidnapped them — and finds them working as witch-seeking bounty hunters. The trades report Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) has joined Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town) in the title roles. (They have similar face shapes — we like it.) Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay and Kevin J. Messick are producing, so we assume there’ll be some comedy accompanying the dark action when cameras roll this March in Berlin. READ FULL STORY

Who do you think should play Snow White?

snow-whiteImage Credit: Walt DisneyWhich fair actress might play the part of a storybook princess with “skin white as snow, lips red as a rose, and hair black as ebony”? Universal Pictures is reportedly looking for a young actress, possibly a lesser-known one, to play the starring role in Snow White and the Huntsman (Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender are rumored to be in talks for the roles for the evil queen and huntsman). So far, some of the names on the supposed shortlist have been Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, Felicity Jones (who was in 2008’s Brideshead Revisited and can be seen in Julie Taymor’s The Tempest), Bella Heathcote and Riley Keough — the granddaughter of Elvis, so no stranger to (rock) royalty.

If we had the power to control Hollywood casting (would that we could) and the time/space continuum (ditto), it’s fun to imagine a still-undiscovered Anne Hathaway or Mila Kunis in the role. Or push for Friday Night Light‘s Aimee Teegarden, True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll, or Harry Potter‘s Evanna Lynch, aka Luna Lovegood, to get a shot (What? They can dye their hair!). Plus, there’s reportedly a rival Snow White production in the works at Relativity Media entitled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White so perhaps plenty of apple-cheeked actresses might be in luck.

So PopWatchers, who do you think would be best in the role of Snow White?

Read more:
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'21 Jump Street' poll: Would Johnny Depp have to play Tom Hanson?

21-jump-street-deppImage Credit: Everett CollectionJonah Hill co-wrote the script for the upcoming film remake of 21 Jump Street, Channing Tatum has just joined the cast, and Johnny Depp is on the record saying that he’s not opposed to making a cameo. Back in February, he told EW, “I’m hoping they’ll let me do a cameo. Someone will say, ‘Whatever happened to Tom Hanson?’ and they’ll find me somewhere hoarding jars of peanut butter and shaking in my underpants.” I know that Hill would be thrilled if Depp made a brief bow in his film, but I have to ask: Would a quick nod to 21JS nostalgia and Depp’s humble history be enough?

Though Depp himself toyed with the idea of resurrecting his Tom Hanson character, might it be better if he played an entirely different character in the remake? It’s funny to think of Hanson “hoarding jars of peanut butter,” but it’s also a little sad to those who grew up loving the original show. Wouldn’t it be more fun if Depp appeared as an addled English teacher with a meth habit, or a Wooderson-like hanger-on who’s too cool (and old) for school, or the school janitor who knows where all the bodies are buried? Or is it Hanson or nothing? Vote below and be counted. READ FULL STORY

Anna Faris won't be in 'Ghostbusters 3.' Who would you call to star in the sequel?

Contrary to internet speculation, Anna Faris has not joined Ghostbusters 3, her rep tells EW. And the rumor that Bill Hader and Will Forte will be the next generation of stream-crossers is currently nothing more than that. But just because this long-awaited sequel still lacks its fresh, younger cast, an official start date, or even a greenlit script, there’s no reason fans who grew up wearing plastic proton packs can’t still get excited about the future of the franchise. Let’s help sort this out: READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale: The hero Batman deserved and needed

Stephen Vaughan

There’s a famous tale that Batman & Robin director Joel Schumacher settled on George Clooney as his second and final Batman after sketching the superhero’s cowl with a Magic Marker over Clooney’s face in photos. I’m sure there was actually much more involved in the casting, but the story underscores a basic truth about playing every superhero, but especially Batman: No one really cares who wears the suit.

At least that was true for a long time. READ FULL STORY

Gerard Butler and his biceps in talks for 'Afterburn'

gerard-butlerImage Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.comGerard Butler is in talks to star in the bigscreen adaptation of the comic book series Afterburn. Frequently described as “Indiana Jones meets Mad Max,” the Red 5 title is set in the near future, after a massive solar flare strikes Earth, destroying the Eastern Hemisphere. Europe, Africa, Asia, India and Russia have become wastelands, and what life remains (like sharks!) is mutated. Butler would play Jake, who leads a team of “recovery experts” who venture into the danger zone to secure treasures like the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, and the Crown Jewels for wealthy Western clients. They have their competition, of course — rival treasure hunters, pirates, and hostile mutants. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is in talks to direct. According to Red 5, a draft of the script was written by Matt Johnson (Into the Blue), and Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart), is set to take another pass. Tobey Maguire and Neal Moritz have been attached to the project as producers since 2008, the year the comic, written by Paul Ens and Scott Chitwood, debuted.

What do you think? This sounds right in Butler’s wheelhouse after Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, 300, and Gamer. I’m all for a role that requires him to wear bicep-baring T-shirts (though I could do without Jake’s do-rag). And even though I’d like to see Butler in a good chick flick, his radar is slightly off when it comes to that genre (P.S. I Love You, The Ugly Truth, The Bounty Hunter).

Colin Farrell might be on board for 'Total Recall'... but what about Kuato?

Quaco-Total-RecallImage Credit: Everett CollectionReports that Colin Farrell had been offered the starring role in Miramax’s remake of Total Recall are still premature, according to the actor’s rep, but Farrell is a leading candidate to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played either an interplanetary spy or an Everyman who simply becomes convinced he’s on a dangerous mission to colonize Mars. Farrell certainly would bring an entirely different energy to the role of Douglas Quaid, but so would anyone who’s not the governor of California. As someone who’s watched the 1990 film at least 40 times, I’m torn over whether I want a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall, or a more devoted adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember it for you Wholesale.” I revere the original novella, but I also have a soft sport for the film’s karate-kicking Sharon Stone and the gruesome mutant freedom-fighter named Kuato. Part of me would love a starker vision of the story, but if the credits roll, and I don’t see Kuato peering out of some dude’s belly, I’ll be a bit upset.

How do you prefer your Total Recall?


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