X-Men: First Class is headed to Latin America (sort of) and Taylor Kitsch gets physical for John Carter of Mars

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A scouting alert suggests X-Men: First Class is headed to some faraway places. John Carter himself explains how fight scenes are key to his character. Plus new photos and clips from Inception, Twilight: Eclipse, True Blood, and more!


X-Men First Class:

A posting on the West Michigan Film Office revealed this location scouting alert that suggests the film is headed to some exotic locations...or at least, wants us to think they did:

A location scout is seeking out areas with a 1960's, South-American or Central American island feel for the next X-Men movie, 'X-Men: First Class.' In particular, he needs to find cafe and bar locations, evoking the Argentinian feel of Bariloche, and an Art Deco Cafe or restaurant overlooking a body of water. Additionally, the movie calls for a Miami styled harbor for yachts. If you know of any locations that seem to match a description, please contact our office.

You know, call me crazy, but I have a passing familiarity with the Midwest, and I don't know if you can find those locations in West Michigan. That sounds way more like eastern Wisconsin.



We have four more awesome-looking banners for Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller. I think I'm ready to start the bidding: will Inception be the best film ever made, or the greatest thing in the history of all things? I'm tempted to go with the latter. And you think I'm kidding. [/Film]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:

A new batch of photos reminds us that, even if director David Slade has managed to make a movie I think might actually not be completely terrible (what a vote of confidence!), there's still going to be plenty of pale glowering and young men without shirts. And I mean plenty. [Spoiler TV]


John Carter of Mars:

Star Taylor Kitsch says a lot of John Carter's character comes out in his fights, and so he is trying to do as many of his own stunts as possible. The action will be very intense, although apparently he didn't do anything too serious in terms of pre-filming training, claiming he "ate nothing but fast food, Chinese and pizza in prepping ;)" Of course, that winking emoticon could mean he's joking, but I can't really be expected to puzzle out every cryptic hint, can I? [John Carter of Mars Movie]


Toy Story 3:

Three new promos take the form of dating tips from Barbie's eternal beau Ken. I don't want to make a big deal about this or anything, but I too have what has been described as extremely solid hair.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice:

Two new posters remind us that this movie isn't just coasting on the lunatic energy that is Nicolas Cage in a flowing blond wig. There's also Alfred Molina in a bowler hat! [CinemaBlend]


True Blood:

The five day countdown begins with this clip. You've got to hand it to True Blood: this show actually manages to turn saying the number five into a crazy, sexy mess:

This general HBO promo has a quick clip of Sookie and Jessica at the beginning:


No major new updates since the big announcement, but Starz executive Stephan Shelanski has reconfirmed that John Barrowman and Eve Myles will be back, that they wouldn't have gone ahead with this unless Russell T. Davies would be involved in a major way, and they still haven't confirmed any other members of the cast or crew. The plan is to broadcast in summer 2011, and a lot of further announcements will be coming in the very near future, although probably not in time for Comic Con. [Spinoff Online]


Meanwhile, Davies himself spoke to the BBC about what's in store for the remaining team, saying although there will be lots of travel to the US and other countries, the story will still very much be an intimate, personal one. There will be major characters from both the British and American sides, and part of the fun he says will be exploring the culture clash. After seeing how Davies generally treated American characters in Doctor Who, capped off by his casually killing off the US president in The Sound of Drums (and not even bothering to undo it!), I'm a little dubious that he can seriously explore the American perspective. That said, if you told me a year ago that the best thing the Doctor Who revival would ever produce would be a Torchwood mini-series, I'd still be laughing in disbelief. So he's probably earned a bit of trust on that one. [BBC News]

Stargate Universe:

Here's a promo for the season finale, the second part of "Incursion":

The Darkest Hour:

Max Minghella, the young actor whose previous credits include Bee Season and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, is joining Olivia Thirlby and Emile Hirsch in the cast of this alien invasion movie. Produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, the film takes what's been described as a 28 Days Later approach to a bunch of American tourists trying to survive an alien attack on Moscow. [/Film]


Batman Year One:

It looks like one of Frank Miller's better-regarded comic efforts is getting the direct-to-DVD movie treatment. Warner Bros isn't confirming anything right now, but sources say Sam Liu, who most recently helmed the crazily awesome and awesomely crazy Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, will direct. One can only hope this leads to the big budget All-Star Batman and Robin adaptation the world so desperately needs. (Because he's the goddamn Batman, you see.) [CinemaBlend]


Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff.



The fact that X-Men First Class has such a shabby budget that they are looking for Michigan to stand in for Miami speaks volumes. Think about it. Why not just shoot the movie in the Miami area? Has waterview, check. Looks like Miami, double check. Has Art Deco cafes, check. Could pass for the tropics or part of South America, check. No brainer, unless you have serious cash flow problems. I suspect this means the stunts and effects will look as "not quite as good as they could have been" which was what kept X-Men 1 from being a true superhero classic.