'Dragonball Evolution'From the costumes to the hairdos to the chosen storyline itself, “Dragonball Evolution” may not be the “Dragonball” movie that some fans are expecting, and the film’s director and stars say they're well aware they can't please everyone -- but that doesn't mean they won't try.

MTV News spoke with the the people behind the film and in front of the camera to get a roundup of the differences fans can expect to see between the live-action film, the various "Dragonball" anime series and the original manga that started it all. Read More...

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Robert Downey Jr. in 'Iron Man 2'With “Iron Man 2” shooting set to begin on Monday, Robert Downey Jr. was rocking the Tony Stark look at the “Soloist” junket today, where he had an update for MTV News about the plot of ol’ Shellhead's sequel.

Fans were anxious earlier this years when news broke of the films (I kid you not) toilet design, and knowing that the film will open to Iron-vomiting caused many of to speculate that the blockbuster's follow-up might go for the famous alcoholism storyline, “Demon in a Bottle,” which originally appeared in “Iron Man” issues #120-128 in 1979.

When asked if the film was based on this famous story arc, Downey told MTV News, “Not really.” Read More...

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'Dragonball Evolution'With volume after volume of the original manga and hundreds of episodes of multiple anime series, it’s no surprise that next week’s "Dragonball Evolution" only touches the tip of the iceberg in regards to the epic mythology of "Dragonball." What is a surprise, however, is that a sequel has already been penned.

“I know they’ve written a second one and it’s pretty far out there,” actor Justin Chatwin told MTV News. Chatwin plays Goku, the hero of the tale, who seeks to recover the powerful "Dragonballs" and protect the world from the evil Lord Piccolo, played by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum James Marsters.

"The second one really goes to some different places that I’ve never seen in any comic book adaptation," said Chatwin. Read More...

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James MarstersWith roles in genre hits like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Smallville," "Torchwood" and now "Dragonball: Evolution," James Marsters has the fandom market cornered. During a recent "Dragonball" press event, the multi-talented actor took a moment to share some thoughts with MTV News about the universes he'd like to return to in the near future.

After "Smallville" fans were overjoyed at Marsters' portrayal of the classic comic book villain Brainiac (and alter ego Dr. Milton Fine) in the fifth and seventh seasons of the popular series, Marsters said he hopes it's just a matter of time before his phone rings with a return offer. However, he admits that his own popularity is a stumbling block.

"The problem is that my manager talked them into paying me a whole lot of money," Marsters told MTV News. "When I heard how much, I thought that we'd probably be talking about Brainiac a whole lot and seeing him just a few times." Read More...

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Taye DiggsThough not 100-percent official yet, it's looking like Taye Diggs will be taking an undead approach to acting, starring as the main villain in the "Dylan Dog" comic book series adaptation, titled "Dead of Night."

Shocktilyoudrop reports that Diggs will be joining the cast opposite "Superman Returns" actor Brandon Routh, and will play the role of a vampire in the big-screen adaptation of Tiziano Sclavi's Italian comic book series. Read More...

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'Deadworld'At this week's red carpet for "Coraline," producer Bill Mechanic revealed to MTV News that he's already got another project in the works with ties to the comics world -- an adaptation of the comic book series "Deadworld."

"Deadworld" was originally published back in 1987 by Arrow Comics but was recently re-launched by Image in 2005. The storyline features survivors fighting off an apocalypse of zombies, but with the twist that the attacking dead are as sentient and intelligent as the living.

"[It's] a different one for me," says Mechanic of the project. "I've never done anything like it." Read More...

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'Torso'On the red carpet for the Portland premiere of "Coraline," producer Bill Mechanic told MTV News
that a big-screen adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel "Torso" is still moving forward, with or without Paramount's involvement.

Just last month, word came through that the rights to Bendis' original graphic novel had lapsed at the studio and that the previously-announced film version, to be called "Ness", was in jeopardy.

The film still has David Fincher attached as a director, but no studio has committed to back the picture. Mechanic now says that not only will the film still happen, it'll still happen at Paramount. Read More...

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Scarlett JohanssonI hate to kick Imagi Entertainment when they're down, but in the wake of news yesterday that the Imagi is in serious financial trouble comes word that Scarlett Johansson, once rumored to appear as a voice in "Astro Boy" (even to the extent that she was, at one point, listed in a studio press release), was never officially signed on for the role.

MTV News caught up with Johansson at the junket for "He's Just Not That Into You" and asked her about the "Astro Boy" rumors.

"I had kind of sort of met on it and stuff, but I don't know where that came from," Johansson told MTV. "I had never been committed to it. I don't know what happened to it." Read More...

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Daniel CraigFROM MOVIES BLOG: James Bond actor Daniel Craig has officially signed on as the pirate Red Rackham in the newly titled "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn," joining the previously-announced Jamie Bell as the boy reporter Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thomson and Thompson. But wait, there's more: In addition to Steven Moffat (of "Doctor Who" fame), Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have come aboard as writers.

Rope of Silicon has the news that should please current "Tintin" fans and, hopefully, excite even those cynical about the project.

Read more about Daniel Craig and others joining the "Tintin" cast at MoviesBlog.MTV.com.

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'The Green Hornet'It sounds like it may be the beginning of a death-knell for "The Green Hornet." Over at Hitfix, Drew McWeeny has word that Sony may be backing out the project completely.

Rumors of a "Green Hornet" movie have been around for years and years, ever since Kevin Smith was attached to the project as a writer and director. When Smith left the film, it seemed dead in the water, but then the rather unexpected casting news broke that placed Seth Rogen in the lead as the masked hero. Read More...


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