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'Eddie Murphy'FROM SPLASH PAGE: Sure, we all had a good laugh at the expense of the U.K.-based tabloid The Sun after they announced that Eddie Murphy and Shia LaBeouf would portray The Riddler and Robin, respectively, in "Gotham" (what The Sun claimed to be the title of the follow-up to this summer's "The Dark Knight"). After all -- as we've made perfectly clear -- Warner Bros., director Christopher Nolan and various high-level execs attached to the franchise have all gone on record saying that there's been absolutely no movement on the film, let alone a script or preliminary casting.

However, the source of the speculation -- Sun reporter Gordon Smart -- has come forward in the face of the fanboy firing squad to defend his reporting, saying that he stands by his story based on "a reliable contact" close to the film. And while it's still safe to shrug and smirk this rumor off, it might be worth noting that Smart claims that the same anonymous source who kick-started the recent "Batman 3” casting rumors was responsible for another rumor back in 2005 that proved true in a big way: the casting of Daniel Craig as the new (at the time) James Bond.

Read more about the response to the "Batman 3” casting rumors at SplashPage.MTV.com.

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Gerard WayFROM SPLASH PAGE: On top of being a certified rock star, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is also living the life that most of us geeks can only dream of. In addition to his hit comic book series, Dark Horse Comics' "The Umbrella Academy" (the new "season" of which -- "Umbrella Academy: Dallas" -- we previewed here on Splash Page a few weeks back), Way and the boys of MCR are also contributing a song for the upcoming, ridiculously-anticipated comic flick, "Watchmen." For Way -- a hardcore fan of the original groundbreaking comic series -- it couldn't get any better...or could it?

"I don’t want to say too much but as far as the placement right now, it’s integral to the ending of the film," said Way, revealing that things have changed since our earlier report that MCR's cover of "Desolation Row" would be confined to playing over the end credits. "And that gave me goose bumps, and not because we did the song, but because it works that well I feel. I’ve seen the part that we’re integral to -- we’re talking about the very end."

For more on My Chemical Romance's Bob Dylan cover being integral to the ending of "Watchmen," head over to SplashPage.MTV.com.

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'Forbidden Planet'After the announcement that J. Michael Straczynski had been tapped to write the on again/off again remake of "Forbidden Planet," geeks across the globe pretty much said the same thing: "Well, duh!" Given his resume -- which includes creating the sci-fi cult hit "Babylon 5” as well as fanboy-acclaimed runs on such Marvel comics as "Fantastic Four" and "Spider-Man" -- Straczynski's pen and the remake of the 1956 sci-fi classic seemingly go together like unconscious damsels in distress and hulking, terrifying robots. And judging by the writer's excitement for the project, he apparently agree.

"I’ve always wanted to do something involving 'Forbidden Planet,'" Straczynski told MTV News. "It’s my favorite science-fiction film of all time. I’ve watched the rights go from one company to the next. I heard that the rights at Dreamworks were about to expire and I went to Joel Silver and said I think if you move quickly you can grab it and I can write it. And he did. It’s the dream of a lifetime to play in that universe." Read More...

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Robert Downey Jr.FROM SPLASH PAGE: The Internet damn-near gave Robert Downey Jr. a standing ovation when news broke last month about the actor not only signing on for "Iron Man 2," but also officially joining the cast of the absurdly-anticipated "Avengers" movie. Naturally, we had to get Downey's take on the upcoming film that's destined to be the Holy Grail for Geekdom, and you can rest assured knowing that the actor is well-aware of how important the film will be to not only Marvel, but the comics community as a whole.

"If we don’t get it right it's really, really going to suck," said Downey. "It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel’s best and brightest because it’s the hardest thing to get right. It’s tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters."

Read more about Robert Downey Jr.'s thoughts on the "avengers" movie on SplashPage.MTV.com.

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Josh BrolinFROM SPLASH PAGE: Sure, the years worth of behind-the-scenes drama surrounding "Watchmen" is an epic story in itself, but lately it seems as though an adaptation of DC Comics' "Jonah Hex" is starting to give it a run for its money.

This morning, Variety broke the news that due to "creative differences," Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have officially dropped out as directors for the in-early-development, big screen adaptation of "Jonah Hex" -- DC's resident post-apocalyptic, anti-hero cowboy. And while we could speculate all day as to what those "differences" were, the writing was on the wall when we spoke to Josh Brolin a few days ago, the actor who's had an on-again, off-again attachment to the lead role of Hex.

"When I first read it I thought, oh my God it’s awful!" Brolin exclaimed to MTV News. "And then I had a moment a week later and I thought why is it awful? Maybe the thing to do is to do the most awful movie I can find."

Read more of Josh Brolin's thoughts about "Jonah Hex" at SplashPage.MTV.com.

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'Preacher'FROM SPLASH PAGE: Just as fans were slowly accepting the fact that "Preacher" -- Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion's highly-controversial comic series that took on everything from organized religion to shady government agencies -- was DOA at HBO, along comes news that the option has once again been picked up, this time by Columbia Pictures, who intends to make the property into a full-length feature film. A "Preacher Feature," if you will (ba-dum-dum!).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia has picked up the option and pegged Sam Mendes to direct. Neal Moritz's Original Films banner will produce alongside Kickstart Prods.' Jason Netter.

Read more about the current status of "Preacher" at MTV's Splash Page.

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'Iron Man'FROM MTV.COM: While news of Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle coming back on board for 2010's "Iron Man 2” has been talked about for the past few months, today, Marvel Studios made it official via press release.

However, the big news which should delight fans everywhere is the studio has also confirmed that the three will be involved in 2011's sure-to-be-mega-hit, "The Avengers," with Downey and Cheadle reprising their roles as Tony Stark/Iron Man and James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine, respectively, and Jon Favreau signed up to executive produce.

Read more about these breaking "Iron Man 2” and "The Avengers" announcements over at MTV.com!

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'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes'Hollywood is abuzz as a killer looms -- though no one's sure whether it's a fruit or vegetable.

After a decade of relative dormancy, killer tomatoes are back in a big way this year with an "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" remake planned for release in 2009, along with a brand new comic book adaptation of the original 1978 film hitting stores this week.

AKT's resurgence into pop culture comes thirty years after the B horror film parody arrived in theaters, spawning a series of sequels, video games and even a '90s animated series. The re-imagined "Tomatoes" film comes courtesy of Second Wind Entertainment with Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, creators of comedy Web site "Ask A Ninja" at the helm.

Nichols and Sarine's remake will reportedly take no prisoners, striking a decidedly darker tone than the original. Though still rooted in humor, the new film is said to be more akin to Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" series than the late '70s silliness of the source material. Read More...

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Kenneth BranaghFROM SPLASH PAGE: Could acclaimed actor/director Kenneth Branagh be officially on board to direct "Thor?" According to a recent post on WhatsOnStage.com -- a British website that covers theatre and performing arts -- that just might be the case.

While there has been no official word from Marvel Studios or Branagh's reps, WhatsOnStage reports that Branagh will be stepping down from directorial duties on a stage production of "Hamlet" (starring Jude Law) "because of commitments to the forthcoming feature film 'Thor,' a project he’s recently undertaken." The story notes that Branagh will continue as an "artistic associate" for the current theatre season.

For more about why this might mean an official announcement soon about Kenneth Branagh directing "Thor", check out SplashPage.MTV.com!

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Don CheadleFROM SPLASH PAGE: After a morning of breaking news about Don Cheadle taking over the role of Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes from Terrence Howard in "Iron Man 2," we recalled a recent interview with Cheadle where we asked the actor if he ever considered taking a role in a comic book film, and if so, who he'd like to play. His answer may astound you...

"Vanilla Man!" the actor laughed. However, Cheadle quickly followed up his reply with his thoughts on comic films and whether he had any interest in landing a role in one.

"I’d love to do that, I love comic books," replied Cheadle. "Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of black superheroes that they’ve made comic books about, so maybe we have to go the other way, create one in the film and then create a comic book about him."

Or, in his case, land a role as Col. Rhodes, Tony Stark's right hand man who will most likely don the sleek silver armor of War Machine in the upcoming sequel to "Iron Man."

Read more of "Iron Man 2" star Don Cheadle's thoughts about superhero films over at SplashPage.MTV.com.

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