Kilmer for governor?

For some reason, someone asked outgoing New Mexico governor Bill Richardson if he’d like actor Val Kilmer (Deja Vu) to succeed him…The democrat politician had this to say:

I like the idea. Val Kilmer is a New Mexican, he was Batman. You know there have been successful actors going into politics. I haven’t talked to him about it, I don’t know how serious he is, but you know if he jumps in a race he’s got name ID, so it can’t be discounted.

It’s good to know being Batman is a political advantage. Christian Bale for King of England!

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Casting has begun on the Metal Gear Solid movie

Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams has revealed several tidbits about the forthcoming video game adaptation, namely: she’s in consideration to play the hero’s sidekick, Meryl Silverburgh, and would accept the part in a heartbeat, Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) and Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) are in talks to play Solid Snake, the main character, and Kurt Wimmer (Ultraviolet) is currently the top directing choice.

“I have read half way through the script and Meryl developed into a real character that I felt for, she is someone who wants to be strong and will work for it no matter how hard it is… That’s the kind of role that I want, so if they call me in and ask me I will definitely say yes.”

“From what I can tell you, they are still in early development for the movie. Some actors I know they have asked are Viggo Mortensen and Christian Bale, but that as far as I know and I can tell you, there really keeping secret about casting.”

“Well, like I said there [sic] still in early development, but Kurt Wimmer is apparently asked to direct the movie, but nothing is official I mean they could change the director at any time, so nothing is definite right now.”

Metal Gear is one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time, so they better not screw this one up. Honestly, things aren’t looking very good. Kurt Wimmer isn’t really known for his subtelty, his films being mostly remembered for flashy action scenes while the Metal Gear games popularized the idea of stealth progression as entertainment. Also, Christian Bale may be everyone’s favorite actor right now, but I don’t think he fits the character well. Remember when Bale was really hesitant about Batman Begins because he didn’t want to be associated with a big franchise? My how things change.

Honestly, the simple fact they’re calling this Metal Gear Solid seems wrong to me, as that game was actually the third in the series. The games have a very clear storyline that spans five decades, so they should either adapt them in the order they came out, thus basing the film on the 1987 game Metal Gear, or in chronological order by adapting Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, which came out four years ago. In any case, the movie was expected to come out in 2009 but that can’t really happen if they want to do it right. And they better.

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Ridiculous rumor of the day: Cher top choice for Catwoman

Catty Update: Warner Bros unsurprisingly debunked the rumor…did they need to bother?

British newspaper The Telegraph insists that pop singer Cher, who hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2003’s Stuck On You is director Christopher Nolan’s top choice for the role of Catwoman in the unavoidable third Batman movie. Never mind that the script hasn’t been written, that the screenwriters dismissed the idea of Catwoman being in the new movie or that Nolan isn’t even officialy signed on yet…just believe The Telegraph, which goes in to “inform us” that Johnny Depp has actually already been cast as The Riddler.

Not only has work not officially started on the new Batman, but Catwoman is a character who has always been portrayed has a having both a romantic link and an enmity to Batman (as well as being a love interest for Bruce Wayne). Thus the idea of pairing the 62 year old Cher with the 34 year old Christian Bale and expecting sexual tension to emanate is laughable beyond belief. Angelina Jolie was the last actress rumored to play the character, and while I don’t agree with that choice, it’s certainly much more fitting (my personal vote goes to One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush). Catwoman was last portrayed on the big screen by Halle Berry in the eponymous 2004 film, however that was a bastardized version and her last true portrayal remains Michelle Pfeiffer’s famous turn in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

The annoying thing with these rumors is that some supposedly “professional” people actually present them as fact, and plenty of people will simply believe them and tell their friends (kind of like celebrity gossip). And with official cast announcements about the currently untitled Dark Knight sequel not happening for at least several months, possibly more than a year, expect ridiculous rumors to pop up by the truckload.

Actually, let me start a few right here: Sylvester Stallone cast as Clayface! Verne Troyer to portray Killer Croc! Dakota Fanning lands coveted Poison Ivy role!

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Schwarzenegger’s face won’t appear in new Terminator movie. Voice still a possibility.

Everyone pretty much agrees that Terminator simply isn’t Terminator without Arnold Schwarzenegger. The current Governor of California has expressed interest and enthusiasm over the franchise’s fourth installment, and has even been open to the possibility of making a small appearance in the film. Turns out he won’t, but his voice might. Terminator producer Moritz Borman told Wired.com:

“I’m not going to answer the question about what we’re trying, or what we want, or what we’re toying with. It’s really up to what fits in the film or not. Maybe his voice, or maybe not.  It’s really not settled.”

In other words, expect robots to say “I’ll be back” throughout the movie. Still, it’s better than nothing. Terminator Salvation has been filming in New Mexico under the direction of McG (the Charlie’s Angels movies) and is due for release on May 22nd, 2009 in the USA, South Korea and Iceland. In an effort to reinvigorate the formula, it will be the first Terminator film set entirely in the future and will initiate a story arc that will continue in two further installments.

The film stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Anton Yelchin (J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek), Sam Worthington (Rogue), Moon Bloodgood (Pathfinder), rapper Common (Wanted), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) and Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd) and was written by John D. Brancato & Michael Ferris (Terminator 3) with David C. Wilson (Supernova) and polished by Paul Haggis (Casino Royale), Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Shawn Ryan (FX’s The Shield). McG has cited 2006 apocalyptic masterpiece Children Of Men and the novel The Road as influences

Hey, here’s an idea! Why not get Robert Patrick to reprise his T-1000 character? Not in this movie, but in one of the next ones. They could show Skynet creating him or something, that’d be pretty neat wouldn’t it?

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