Eva Longoria for Wasp?

Overrated beauty Eva Longoria (ABC’s Desperate Housewives) has recently visited Marvel Studios’ offices, leaving with a bunch of comic books and a business card, and apparently many believe she’s in talks to play Wasp/Janet Van Dyne in the forthcoming Avengers movie planned for 2011 and set up by various other comic book films such as Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Wasp is one of the first Avengers and a character I’ve surprisingly absolutely never heard of before. According to Wikipedia, Wasp’s abilities include size manipulation, flight, bio-electric energy blasts and telepathic insect control… Eva Longoria is certainly sexy enough (at least with makeup on) but what do you think? Are you looking forward to Eva floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee?

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Actors set to Stare At Goats

Kevin Spacey (21), Ewan McGregor (Deception) and Jeff Bridges (Iron Man) have joined George Clooney (Leatherheads) among the cast of Men Who Stare At Goats, the feature length directing debut for Clooney’s buddy Grant Heslov (screenwriter of Good Night, And Good Luck).

Contrarily to some reports, Men Who Stare At Goats is NOT based on a true story, rather it is inspired by a non-fiction book by Welsh journalist/documentarian Jon Ronson (Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes) exploring paranormal military programs and psychological techniques used for interrogation. The title is a reference to attempts to kill goats by simply staring at them.

McGregor will play Bob Wilton, a journalist who meets Clooney’s character Lyn Cassady, a soldier with supernatural powers. Together they go to Iraq and meet up with Cassady’s boss Bill Django, played by Bridges, and Larry Hooper, a supernatural prison warden portrayed by Spacey. Men Who Stare At Goats will be released in 2010.

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Iron Man 2 in IMAX 3D?

Iron Man director Jon Favreau wants to follow in The Dark Knight‘s footsteps and shoot part of the sequel with IMAX cameras. As you may or may not know, IMAX screens are much more square-shaped than “normal” ones, with an aspect ratio of 143/100 as compared to 185/100 which is the standard for most films these days.

I wasn’t lucky enough to catch The Dark Knight in IMAX but a lot of people who did insist it is truly amazing to behold. From what I understand, the image would expand for certain scenes, offering the viewer a greater immersion into the film. Once again I haven’t experienced it, so I can’t really comment, but if it is as good as they say, then awesome I guess.

Additionally, Favreau says he’d love for Iron Man 2 to go 3D, which I really don’t think is a good idea. I’m strongly opposed to the idea that 3D is the future of cinema. I enjoy 3D films when they come out, but I am a firm believer than 2D is capable of drawing in the viewer much better than 3D, strangely enough.

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Please no: Gwyneth Paltrow to unleash fitness DVD?!

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man) is set to join the ranks of Carmen Electra, Anna Kournikova and Cindy Crawford by releasing a brand new fitness DVD. Yes, you read that right.

“She will show what she does each day to stay slim – mostly pilates, yoga and resistance training.”

Wow-wee! So basically: What? Why? Hello no! Keep in mind that the source is British tabloid The Sun, not exactly known for the accuracy of its reports, so this may thankfully not be true. Paltrow will next be seen in the romantic drama Two Lovers opposite Joaquin Phoenix (We Own The Night). The film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released around the world starting November.

Would you like to see a Gwyneth Paltrow exercise vid? Maybe Coldplay can do the sountrack!

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Movie Of The Day: The Punisher (2004)

Blade, released in 1998, was the precursor of a movement X-Men confirmed in 2000: movies based on comic books are the next big thing. Sure, comic book movies have been continuously made for a long time, but never in such numbers and on such a high profile. The publishing company Marvel Comics can largely be credited for this, as while they’d been pretty careless with selling their movie rights in the past, they started to take more control in the mid-nineties, resulting in the first few films to come out of the trend, including the two previously mentioned. It’s been non-stop since then, with 2008 seeing at least seven films based on comic books released in the world. The Punisher is also based on a Marvel property, which had previously been brought to the screen in a fun 1989 B-movie starring Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier).

Frank Castle is an FBI agent undercover on an arms deal in Tampa, Florida. The deal is busted, and an unexpected participant is killed in the process: one of local mobster Howard Saint’s sons. Stricken by grief, Saint sends his men to kill Castle and his whole family in Puerto Rico, where they are having a reunion. Castle miraculously survives the massacre, if barely, and is nursed back to health by some witch doctor dude. Driven by rage, Frank Castle returns to Tampa, seeking to punish Howard Saint and his organization for the harm they have caused. He is now the Punisher.

The Punisher was the directing debut for action screenwriter extraordinaire Jonathan Hensleigh (Next), who co-wrote the flick with Michael France (Fantastic Four). It stars Thomas Jane (The Mist), John Travolta (Hairspray), Rebecca Romijn (the X-Men films), Ben Foster (30 Days Of Night), Roy Scheider (Jaws 1 & 2) in a small role, wrestler Kevin Nash (Dead Or Alive) and country singer Mark Collie (Fire Down Below) among others. Trailer and review after the jump.

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