In addition to signing on for a repeat performance as the brilliant billionaire Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, Variety reports that Robert Downey Jr. has now also agreed to star in Iron Man 3 and another Marvel comic book super hero movie The Avengers. Not to be confused with the British television crime / comedy show The Avengers starring Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee.
 
The first full length trailer for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans has just come online and even without Len Wiseman at the helm this addition to the Underworld stable is looking very promising.
 
Brad Pitt is set to star in a futuristic adaptation of Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey, in what could potentially be a wild and surreal cinematic experience. To give you a feel for the crazy creative possibilities of this new project, here’s a brief rundown of the Odyssey’s plot:
 
After panning Mark Wahlberg’s performance in M. Night Shyamalan’s abysmal The Happening, it’s only fair that we state up front that in Max Payne Wahlberg travels some way along the path of redemption as an actor. Not too far, to be sure, and while it’s possible to applaud the optimism he demonstrates in his choice of movies, his judgement certainly comes into question.
 
Known for pushing the limits of studio budgets and special effects in films like Titanic and Terminator 2 , it seems James Cameron may have taken on more than he can handle with his new science fiction epic, Avatar .  
 
What's going on with Ridley Scott and science fiction? The director of the genre classics Alien and Blade Runner is now working on not one, but two new science fiction movies. First we reported Scott was set to adapt Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, staring Leonardo DiCaprio, and now it seems he's also going to adapt Joe Haldeman's science fiction novel The Forever War.
 
Looks like a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's excellent superhero comic book movie, Unbreakable , staring Bruce Willis and Samual L. Jackson could still happen.
 
The Times Online reports that Aldous Huxley’s science fiction classic Brave New World (1932) will be turned into a big budget movie directed by Ridley Scott and staring Leonardo DiCaprio.
 
If asked to name a contender for the helm of Marvel Studios' forthcoming Thor movie, I can guarantee one name that would not have passed my finely-tuned sense of the improbable is that of Kenneth Branagh. But what do I know? The word from Variety is that Branagh is indeed in negotiations to direct the live-action movie based on Marvel Comics' character Donald Blake, a disabled medical student whose alter-ego is the hammer wielding Norse god Thor.
 
If The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor demonstrates anything, it's that the pen is far mightier than the sword when it comes to killing off the undead. Well, an undead movie franchise anyway. No need for an archaeological dig to investigate what caused the collapse of this appalling ruin of a movie: every scene, every piece of banal dialogue and off-target one-liner points to the script penned by the writing team of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.