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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Vs. My Heart
I’d like to be able to talk coherently about how awesome Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World looks, but unfortunately (fortunately?) the new trailer looks so nifty that I’ve melted into a pile of fangirl goo. I”m still hesitant about some aspects of the movie, especially Michael Cera’s inability to turn off his Michael Cera-ness. But the immensely talented Edgar Wright, who’s responsible for both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, has made it clear from the trailer that he’s got a handle on Pilgrim’s exciting action and fundamentally strange tone.
Look Out! Don Glover For Spider-Man
When the Spider-Man reboot casting list leaked, we were seriously underwhelmed. Director Marc Webb may be getting a chance at a do-over, however, as Community’s Donald Glover has started a twitter campaign to get a chance to audition for the role of webslinger. Glover may not be the most conventional choice, but we’re with io9 that there’s no reason not to be colorblind when it comes to Peter Parker. Most importantly, Glover is hilarious, and crazy talented. Watching his and Danny Pudi’s rapport on Community has been one of the highlights of the television season.
Guillermo del Toro Leaves Hobbit, Film Officially Ruined Forever
Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, has announced that he will no longer direct the two film adaptations of The Hobbit due to scheduling problems. There’s little doubt that the film will eventually get made; despite MGM’s financial woes, continuing the Lord of the Rings franchise would be like printing money, so someone will pick it up. The film might even be pretty good, as there are a number of directors who are capable of directing a film of this scale. The sad part is that while the Hobbit might very well turn out to be a good film, it probably won’t be a great film. With del Toro signed on as director, it was an assurance that the Hobbit wouldn’t just be an attempt to milk the franchise by making more of the same. And it would have looked absolutely gorgeous. Here’s hoping that the new guy keeps del Toro’s character models at least.
Sources: io9, Hollywood.com