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'Alan Cumming'When last we heard from the "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" front (that being the upcoming, $40M Broadway spectacular featuring a musical score by U2's Bono and The Edge, in case you're just tuning in), the show's legendary director, Julie Taymor, offered MTV an exclusive update on where casting for the show currently stood. Taymor said talks with Evan Rachel Wood were progressing for the role of Mary Jane, and that she was still searching for an actor to play the title role.

However, in a blink-and-you-would've-missed-it quote, Taymor also hinted at who the main villain in the Spidey musical would be -- namely, the Green Goblin -- and today, the New York Post is reporting that Alan Cumming is currently in negotiations for the role of Marvel's notorious pumpkin bomber. Read More...

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'Surrogates'It seems like we manage to go weeks at a time between news regarding "Surrogates" -- Disney's upcoming sci-fi thriller based on the original graphic novel by Rob Venditti, Brett Weldele and Top Shelf Productions -- yet every time something pops up along the grid, it's been worth the wait.

Granted, we're still a ways out from the flick's September 25, 2009 release date, but after months of sporadic teaser posters, exclusive interviews and comic previews, at long last we finally get a glimpse of the film, coupled with some behind-the-scenes looks at the production in a viral featurette that hit the web today. Check it out after the jump. Read More...

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'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'In a development that should only be a surprise to the most devout Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner fans out there, it looks as though comic book films will once again rule the multiplex, as "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is set to easily take the top spot at this weekend's box office with an estimated $89M three-day draw, soundly distancing itself from the projected second place earner, McConaughey/Garner's "Ghost of Girlfriends Past" ($16M).

As with yesterday's report concerning Friday's overall take, we remind you that these totals are unofficial estimates as Fox continues to count up the receipts. However, reliable sources close to Deadline Hollywood Daily speculate that, after Friday's $35M, coupled with a solid $31M pull on Saturday, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" should top out at $89M once the smoke clears from fans flocking to see Hugh Jackman's latest stint as Marvel Comics' cigar-chompin', shower-drain-cloggin' badass mutant. Read More...

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'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'Regardless of recent concerns with the levels of violence, fears over the Swine Flu pandemic, and a rough cut of the film being leaked weeks in advance, once again, Marvel's franchise mutant has proved that he continues to be the best there is at what he does -- and what he does is draw a crowd.

As the number-crunchers over at Fox count up receipts towards an official Friday total, reliable sources tell Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily that "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" has opened up to an estimated $35 million on Friday night. Meanwhile, should movie-goers keep up this pace through Sunday, the Snikt!-fest could potentially rake in a jaw-dropping $90M total for its opening weekend, easily making it one of the most successful comic book film debuts of all time. Read More...

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'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'Sure, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" doesn't hit the multiplex circuit until this Friday (unless of course you're one of the lucky fans that live in Tempe, AZ), but that certainly isn't stopping the actor who's become synonymous with Marvel's franchise hero, Hugh Jackman, from dishing on where he'd like to take Wolvie on his next epic adventure -- both in terms of story and location.

"I won't lie to you, I have been talking to writers," Jackman told MTV News. "I'm a big fan of the Japanese saga in the comic book." Read More...

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GambitYou'll be hard-pressed to find a comics fan out there who isn't looking forward to the inevitable throw-down between Wolverine and Sabretooth in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," but what many fans seem really excited about are the big-screen debuts of longtime Marvel favorites like Gambit and Deadpool. Even more anticipated than their debuts, however, is their potential for solo spin-off movies or cameos in future 'X-Men' films.

Recently, IESB spoke with longtime "X"-Producer Lauren Shuler Donner about this very topic -- and while she hinted that the studio is definitely thinking along those lines, IESB claims that the producer told fans not to expect any of the new mutants from "Wolverine" (especially Gambit) to show up in the recently-announced X-Men prequel, "X-Men: First Class." (Cue the sigh of relief from the comics continuity community.) Read More...

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Andy WhitfieldNews out of the Devil's Due camp today -- the publisher has teamed up with the Starz channel to publish a comic book miniseries based on the network's upcoming series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."

In a statement made via press release, the series will be a "provocative, violent and sexy television series chronicling the life of the famous Ancient Roman gladiator and his rise to fame," starring Andy Whitfield (pictured here), John Hannah and Lucy Lawless. Meanwhile, on the comic side of things, "Spartacus" head writer Steven S. DeKnight ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Smallville," "Dollhouse") will join Devil's Due President Josh Blaylock and comic favorite Jimmy Palmiotti to write the series, which will debut at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Read More...

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'Lions, Tigers and Bears'Super-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had better watch out -- he's well on his way to being typecast as the producer who only works on films about toys coming to life. According to news which broke over the weekend, the "Transformers" producer has picked up another project about playthings becoming larger-than-life heroes.

Variety reports that di Bonaventura will serve as producer on "Lions, Tigers and Bears," based on the Image Comics series by creator Mike Bullock. The pitch, which was written by Joey Aucoin, was bought preemptively by Paramount Pictures. Read More...

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'Iron Man'These days, it's nearly impossible to separate Robert Downey Jr. from his now ubiquitous role as Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man), so it's no surprise that, during a press junket for the actor's latest film, "The Soloist," the folks over at Collider jumped at the chance to get some juicy tidbits about the upcoming, insanely-anticipated sequel to last summer's box office smash. And as usual, Downey wasn't shy about playing along.

"Day one I’m doing a Senate hearing where the government is saying the Iron Man tech needs to be turned over to the Senator and the Senator is Gary Shandling," said Downey in reference to recent rumors that Shandling had joined the production. "And we had this fantastic day that was somehow this controlled chaos of a Senate hearing where I keep interrupting them and dah dah dah." Read More...

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'Wolverine'For those of us holding out for the official theatrical release of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," we're merely weeks away from the film's debut. And if we've learned anything from these types of events, get ready to be hit with a berserker barrage of "Wolverine" videos, pics and assorted coolness -- like the clip posted this weekend on USA Today's "Who's News" blog, which spotlights the crew of mutants from the film.

Providing a quick introduction to Wolverine, Gambit, Sabretooth (who introduces himself as Victor Creed), Emma Frost, William Stryker and a host of other mutants who will appear on the big screen May 1, the new "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" promo clip is posted after the jump. Oh, and for more on the movie's cast, be sure to check out the in-depth "Wolverine" character profiles that debuted on MTV.com. Read More...

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