Okay, so these aren’t the first posters that Fox has released for the upcoming prequel, X-Men First Class, but I gotta say, I dig them. The first image is of James McAvoy as a very hairy Professor X-

And the next is of Michael Fassbender, who looks just as pissed off as the Magento we know and love.

I love the style with the reflections in the water and the contrast between the backgrounds, showing the characters very different paths and history. I’ve said it before, and don’t get me wrong I have a ton of faith in Matthew Vaughn, I really hope this new flick is able to be true to the other movies and actually be good (unlike the god awful prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the just as bad sequel X3). How about you, getting excited yet?

Posted on March 1st, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on New X-Men Posters!
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Rumor has it that Kevin Costner will be joining Henry Cavill in Zack Synder’s Superman reboot. Deadline broke the story, saying that Costner’s role would be a key role in the superhero film but they didn’t have the information on who he would be portraying.

Let me start by saying that I think Costner is awesome actor and that I’d love to see him in the new Superman flick. He would, without a doubt, be a perfect fit for Jonathan Kent, Superman’s adoptive earth father. Costner has all of the qualities needed to shape Clark Kent into the Man of Steel. He just gives off the vibe of  a caring and loving father, and has fit well as a country man in the past (Field of Dreams!).

Snyder has mentioned that the new film would explore the time between when Clark Kent leaves Smallville and before he settles into Metropolis. In the current DC Comics continuity, Clark spend that time traveling the world learning about different cultures and saving people in secret. I would love if the new movie kept Jonathan Kent alive and well, unlike the past series of films (Donnor through Singer). In the comic Jonathan lived for quite a while and was able to see Clark not only become Superman, but save the would countless times, die fighting Doomsday, rise from the dead, marry Lois Lane, etc. I always felt that Superman having both Jonathan and Martha Kent, two loving parents, in his life is what really separated him from Batman. It is what allows him to be a beacon of light and hope, instead of the rage and darkness that Batman feels.

Either way I think casting Kevin Costner as Pa Kent would be a great move and I have high hopes with where the new Superman film is going.

Posted on February 22nd, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Dark Shadows just got a little hotter! According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to join the adaptation as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the head of the Collins family in the soap opera from the 60s. She joins Johnny Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heatcote, and Helen Bonham Carter for director Tim Burton.

I wonder if Burton will be going ultra serious or will have a more lighthearted/dark comedy tone to Dark Shadows. I can only assume that Warner Brothers wants to launch this into a series of movies, and not just a stand alone piece.

I have an undying love for Pfeiffer and I’ll watch anything she does. She last teamed up with Tim Burton on Batman Returns, where she was the only bright spot in the otherwise disappointing sequel.  Pfeiffer is currently filming two projects, the star-studded (and likely awful) anthology flick New Year’s Eve and Welcome to People, which costars Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pine.

Posted on February 15th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Michelle Pfeiffer Enters the Dark Shadows!
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Welcome to an all new edition of The Pit! Things have been a bit slow on the site lately, but will be gaining steam over the new few weeks. So, what is interesting this week in the world of entertainment?

  • Have you checked out the trailer for the Jodie Foster directed flick The Beaver, which stars Foster and Mel Gibson, in his first role since… losing his mind. The movie’s description sounds pretty engaging, “…story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.” Check out the trailer over here. Sadly for Foster, the movie keeps getting pushed back. It was originally going to come out in mid March, before getting pushed to April, and now May.
  • Has Die Hard 5 found its director? Deadline is reporting that big time commercial director Noam Murro, who also helmed the 2008 flick Smart People with Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Ellen Page, will be directing a script from Skip Woods. I’m not familiar with Murro’s commercial work (apparently his Halo stuff is pretty amazing), but having Woods write the script doesn’t give me much confidence in the sequel. Woods is credited with the terrible screenplays for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team, and Hitman.  I do want to see John McClane return. And what do we have to do to get Reginald VelJohnson back in the mix?
  • Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus has added Charlize Theron to a cast that already includes Noomi Rapace and the new Megneto Michael Fassbender. So, this movie was supposed to be the Alien prequel… is it still tied to Alien, or is it now something else?
  • This Monday on Jeopardy past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter face off against the super IBM computer known as Watson. Will they be able to stop the destruction of the future as seen by way to smart robots in the Terminator? I’m putting my money on the computer.
  • Visitor Poll: What kind of television deal do you have? Do you have an Optimized Cable Company or use satellite? Sound off in the comments. Depending on how you are connected, you’ll have to know where to get accessories like a VGA cable or USB cables. Thanks!
Posted on February 12th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: The Beaver, Die Hard 5, Jeopardy & More!
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It is no secret that I’m a huge Captain America fan. He is Marvel Comic’s Superman. Now, I haven’t always been a huge Captain fan, but I was damn impressed by him in Marvel’s (decently recent) “Civil War” storyline that divided the Marvel heroes pitting the Captain against Ironman. I’ve been very nervous about the new movie. I mean, they cast the Human Torch as Steve Rogers? And how could anyone forget the 70s Captain America flick? Well, we have a new poster that is pretty damn awesome…

And what is this? Thanks to the Superbowl, we have a new teaser of the upcoming superhero flick. Check it out here. Now, I don’t hate the trailer, but I could have used less of Steve Rogers pre-transformation and more actual Captain America footage. I love that we get to see a glimpse of the Red Skull and that the movie is staying pretty true to various comic incarnations.  July can not come soon enough. I hope the movie rocks.

Posted on February 7th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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It looks like Warner Brothers and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows remake is coming together very nicely.  First Burton cast his good luck charm Johnny Deep in the leading role of Barnabas Collins, followed this week by news of Eva Green possibly signing on to portray Angelique, the witch that curses Barnabas with the vampiric curse. Now we can add three more names into the mix…

Watchmen‘s Jackie Earle Haley is in talks to portray Willie Loomis, Australian actress Bella Heathcoate is up for Victoria Winters, and Burton’s gal pal and one of my favorite working actresses, Helena Bonham Carter is “in talks” for the role of Dr. Julia Hoffman (by in talks we can assume that she has been cast in the role from the beginning, no way should Burton do any films without Carter).

For those unfamiliar with the classic series, Willie Loomis is a violent drifter that releases Barnabas Collins from his coffin and sorta becomes his manservant.  Haley has the right creepiness to make this role even more memorable than it could be. Victoria Winters is the innocent “good next door” type that serves to bring the audience into the world of Dark Shadows. She is a governess with a mysterious past. In various incarnations of the series she has been portrayed by Alexandra Moltke, Betsy Durkin, Carolyn Groves, Joanna Going, and most recently in 2004 by Marley Shelton in a failed television pilot by the WB. Dr. Julia Hoffman is a human character that attempts to cure Barnabas of his vampirism among other things over the very long history of the series. It’ll nice for a change to see Carter in a role that is more normal. Right off that bat you’d think that Burton would cast him as an evil vampire or crazy witch.

The movie begins shooting in April, so we can expect to see a lot more casting news in the near future.

Ever since Chris Nolan and David Goyer were announced as producer and writer of the new Superman film, the net has been abuzz with who would don the red and blue tights of the Man of Steel. Then it was revealed that Watchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder would be helming DC Comic’s beloved and most well-known superhero. Well, it’s been a long time coming but we finally have our answer!

Yesterday it was announced that 27 year old brit Henry Cavill was chosen for the duel role of Clark Kent/Superman. Cavill has a few credits to his name including Stardust, The Count Of Monte Cristo and the upcoming Mythology based Immortals, but he is probably best known from his role as Charles Brandon on the TV series The Tudor’s. He was once dubbed the “most unlucky man in Hollywood” after he screen tested and narrowly missed being cast as James Bond, Batman and Superman (in the previous attempts at getting the long troubled production off the ground, before Singer settled on Routh). But he unlucky streak is over as Snyder and Nolan obviously see something in the man that they are willing to place such a huge role on his shoulders.

The fanboys have been buzzing since the news was announced with the majority saying that this is a great casting move. Of course the negatives are there in the groups, but as one person commented you could clone Christopher Reeve and the negative ones still wouldn’t be happy. Personally I haven’t seen enough of Cavill to really say whether he’s a good choice, but I do think it’s the right choice. He’s still kind of unknown to people much like the way Christopher Reeve was. I just pray that Snyder fills out the rest of the cast with the right people.

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