FROM MTV SPLASH PAGE: After the cast of "The Avengers" assembled for the first time at Comic-Con in July — Marvel vets like Robert Downey Jr. standing with newbies such as Mark Ruffalo — a former superhero might have been thinking, "Man, that could've been me…"
Before Ruffalo was tapped to play the Hulk — and before Ed Norton played the green-skinned Goliath in 2008 — Eric Bana owned the role. But the Ang Lee-directed film in which Bana starred never took off at the box office in 2003, the part was recast, and years later the actor admits he could end up being envious of what Ruffalo and his cast mates will get to enjoy.
"Only if they have a lot of fun," he explained while at New York Comic Con promoting the thriller, "Hanna." "The obvious potential there is those movies can be a lot of fun to make. But then sometimes they're not. I would be jealous if it turns out they just go off and have a good time." Read more...
- I thought you were dead! "Half…." Video showing Two-Face / Harvey Dent pops up online. "The Dark Knight" continues to be the one movie that can't come soon enough. (Why So Serious)
- James Cameron, Joe Dante, Jon Favreau, Rick Baker, Frank Darabont and others pay tribute to Stan Winston. (AICN)
- Sam Raimi to direct "The Given Day," Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River") novel about post WWI Boston. (Variety)
- Just what in the heck is "Hulk" director Louis Leterrier's new film "Strays" all about? AICN investigates. (AICN)
- Practice your parkour. "District 14" coming to theaters. (/film)
If you missed the news when MTV broke it this January, by now you know that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will appear in “The Incredible Hulk,” thanks to ubiquitous new television spots which prominently feature old metal head. And you know, too, about a brief easter egg with Captain America, where Bruce runs across a frozen body in the Artic.
Marvel’s cross promotion is easily one of the coolest aspects of their new films, giving filmmakers a sandbox full of toys in which to play. “Hulk” director Louis Leterrier almost got to play with the coolest. Read More...
- If Logan is flying solo, can we refer to him as an ex-X-man? Cameras have begun rolling on "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (USA Today)
- Which will be better, "Hulk" or "Hellboy"? The big-guy battle is already brewing (FilmStew)
- Phuket, Thailand! Director Jason Reitman insists there'll never be a "Juno" sequel (Dark Horizons)
- Not as tasty as Necco heart-shaped candies, but what do you want for nothing? Dazzle your valentine with e-cards promoting the upcoming flicks "Get Smart" and "Hellboy II".
- Why is Will Ferrell so damn amazing? The comedy superstar answers these and other questions during his "Funny or Die" comedy tour (Funny Or Die)
- Has "Prom Night" star Kellan Lutz signed on to the vampire blockbuster "Twilight"? BloodyDisgusting seems to think so (Bloody-Disgusting).
When Ang Lee's "Hulk" came out way back in 2003, the knock on it from the comic community was that it played too much like a character film, with not enough action, not enough spectacle -- not enough Hulk smashing the ever-loving crap out of his enemies. So, of course, Tim Roth, who plays villain Abomination, immediately waylaid our worst fears that the reboot would be more of the same.
"I can't give the game away, but I felt like I was making an independent movie with a serious budget," he said. "They had three units going and I was with the second unit quite often. I wrapped the other day in Brazil."
Wait, what? An independent movie? If Hulk and Abomination don't lay waste to entire cities with the brutality of their fighting, I’M going to start to smash things. Read More...
Sit back, relax and enjoy a hot, steaming cup of our links of the day, back again with news on “Harry Potter,” “Hulk,” Jake Gyllenhaal, Zac Efron and more.
- “I always lean towards the dark side.” Daniel Radcliffe disappointed in comic tone of “Half-Blood Prince.” (Edmonton Sun)
- Hulk smash Abomination in new film? Hold off just one second. “With Abomination there’s actually a monster that can kill [Banner] when he’s in Hulk form.” Director Louis Leterrier talks new “Hulk.” (Wizard Entertainment)
- A 100 percent guarantee: Jake Gyllenhaal to play panty-hose-wearing NJ Jets Quarterback Joe Namath in upcoming biopic. Can Heath Ledger as Suzy Kolber be far behind? (Variety)
- But can he wink? Matthew Perry to play grown-up version of Zac Efron in “17.” (Hollywood Reporter)
- “I’ll let you guys go nuts on this one.” Joe Carnahan posts an image of Juggernaut on his blog signaling ... what? An X-Men origins story? Vinnie Jones? We have no idea. (Joe Carnahan)
- Here’s to you, Mrs. Tomei! Oscar-winning actress tops list of top 20 nude scenes of '07. (Mr. Skin)
- Soldiers sound off on "Stop-Loss." (Stop-Loss)
One Hulk, Two Hulk, Red Hulk, Blue Hulk -- when is one Hulk not enough? When there's going to be yet another movie version and a new comic version.
"The Incredible Hulk," a reboot of Ang Lee's 2003 take on "The Hulk," isn't upsetting the actors from the last go-round, at least not enough to cause any real tears. "Boo hoo," said Sam Elliott, pretending to cry over being replaced by William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. "That's a little weird [to see someone take your part]. But I happen to be a huge Edward Norton fan, and I think he's a great choice for the Hulk. I'm sure he'll be incredible."
Ditto for Jennifer Connelly, who played his daughter. "I love Liv [Tyler]," Connelly said of the next Betty Ross. "She's a friend of mine and I'm so excited that she's doing it and I can't wait to see it. I love Ed [Norton] as well, and I can't wait to see what Ed does with it." Read More...
Consider that Lou Ferrigno's most iconic role is about to be taken over (for the second time) by a huffing and puffing mass of computer-generated images, and you might forgive the former Mr. Universe for being green with envy. But the world's most famous Hulk told MTV News that he's totally on board with Edward Norton's upcoming reboot...literally.
"I was in the movie. I just finished filming," Ferrigno said, smiling. "It's a spectacular movie. Very impressive."
Ever since 1977 when he began playing the character in a famous television series, Ferrigno has had a lot of time to ruminate on the Hulk. Norton, he says, shares a similar obsession.
"We talked about it. I believe he rewrote the script because he's very involved with the character," Ferrigno related. "He's not just doing another movie, he wanted to be involved with the character. I think that's going to bring it to the next level." Read More...
We end the week with news on "Hulk," "Scream 4," "Sweeney Todd," "Escape From New York," and more below.
- A close shave indeed! Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s "Sweeney Todd" gets a trailer. (Yahoo!)
- Hulk smash Ontario. Photos surface from the set of the anticipated superhero flick. (Superhero Hype)
- Will Brett Ratner helm "Escape From New York"? (AICN)
- I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for "Scream 4." (JoBlo)
- The puzzle begins: Jigsaw leaves his first clue on Coming Soon. (Coming Soon)
- Todd Phillips to direct "Hangover," about a group of guys who lose the groom after a Vegas bachelor party. (Variety)
I stopped thinking clearly after seeing those pictures of Anna Farris, but for the rest of you, our links of the day, which include news on "Hulk," "Smoking Aces," "Wonder Woman" and more.
- Where's my lasso of truth? Katie Holmes to star as Wonder Woman? (Starpulse)
- Roland Emmerich ready for a "Fantastic Voyage." "ID4" director to helm sci-fi remake. (Variety)
- Did Ed Norton really write "The Incredible Hulk"? "The LA Times" smashes the controversy open. (LA Times via Cinematical)
- Michelle Monaghan drives over to "Trucker." (Variety)
- Joe Carnahan wants you to name his "Smoking Aces" prequel. (Joe Carnahan)
- Speaking of prequels: This one's a prequel to a prequel. Casting underway on "The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian." (Moviehole)
- Pics of Anna Farris as a "Playboy" bunny. My head asplode. (ComingSoon)