Green Lantern Finally On The Fast Track To Production?

Production Weekly’s current issue has The Green Lantern slated as being in the development stage.Each sector of space is protected by a Green Lantern, possessing a power ring that uses a powerful green energy to do anything within the limits of the user’s imagination and will power. When the Green Lantern assigned to this sector of space finds himself dying on planet Earth, he tells the ring to find a suitable successor. The chosen replacement, hot-shot test pilot Hal Jordan, finds himself with a new job he never expected.

It doesn’t appear that they have a director attached but I thought last year Variety had said that Greg Berlanti would be the director of the project.

The description states that this Green Lantern will be the Silver Age’s Hal Jordan and not Guy Gardner or Kyle Rayner.

 

Tim Burton to Direct Alice in Wonderland, Johnny Depp to Star?

Director Tim Burton, who will helm a new film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland stories, said that he will stay true to the stories’ essence.

“It’s just such a classic, and the imagery is so surreal,” Burton said in an interview while promoting his latest film, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. “I don’t know; I’ve never seen a version where I feel like they got it all. It’s a series of weird adventures, and to try to do it where it works as a movie will be interesting.”

“The stories are like drugs for children, you know?” Burton said. “It’s like, ‘Whoa, man.’ The imagery, they’ve never quite nailed making it compelling as a full story. So I think it’s an interesting challenge to direct.”

Mia Wasikowska, an up-and-coming actress from Australia and actress on HBO’s In Treatment, is set to star as Alice in Tim Burton’s upcoming big screen version of Alice in Wonderland.

Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) has already written the script for the film.

Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Johnny Depp could play the role of Mad Hatter.

The film is set to begin shooting in 2009 and will combine live action with performance-capture animation.

Would You Pay $5,000 For a Digital Print of Billy Joel?

How about Thelonious Monk? Charles Mingus? Or Miles Davis, pictured above? With CD sales tanking and a recession upon the land, Sony BMG is stretching out and selling photos from its vaults. And while some of the shots are beautifully vivid, and deeply appeal to consumer nostalgia, they’re nowhere near cheap. In fact, given the current financial state of the music industry, the limited-edition prints on Sony’s new Icon Collectables site seem prohibitively expensive.

 

Billy Joel’s contact sheet from The Stranger is going for $5,000. Photos of Johnny Cash, Carlos Santana, Sly and the Family Stone and more often start at $300 and approach $1700, stopping at $1699 for the sake of a dollar. Further offerings featuring Jaco Pastorius, Billie Holiday, Glenn Gould and The Greatest himself, Muhammad Ali, are on the burner, which is hot with hoped-for revenue in an era where the internet has made digital replication, of everything in sight and sound, a commonplace, personal occurrence.

 

Will it work? That’s up to what’s left of the consumption economy, which is getting battered by failing banks, job losses, military spending and unrepentant downloading. In other words, it’s up to you. (From Wired.com)

Baseball Card Sells for $1.62 Million

A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card was sold for $1.62 million at a memorabilia auction in Chicago, a sports auction company said Saturday.

The record price for a baseball card is $2.8 million — paid in 2007 for a near-mint condition Wagner card released in 1909 by the American Tobacco Company.

John Rogers, 35, of North Little Rock, Ark., said his winning bid for the T206 Wagner card is the realization of a decades-long dream.

“I call this the holy grail of baseball cards,” Rogers said in a phone interview. “I’ve looked at a number of other specimens, sat in a few other Wagner auctions. But this is the one that makes collecting worth while.”

Rogers has collected baseball cards since he was 6. When he was in the second grade, he said he cut out a copy of a Wagner card and carried it around in his pocket.

“Since I was 8 years old, I’ve hoped and dreamed that one day I’d be able to get one,” Rogers said.

Bidders at the Friday night auction also spent $42,000 on Ken Griffey, Jr.’s 600th home run ball and $240,000 for a 1938 Lou Gehrig Yankees road jersey, said Doug Allen, Mastro Auctions chief operating officer.

The T206 cards are from a series issued between 1909 and 1911. Allen said the card was in excellent condition, and said the next highest bid, $1.3 million, was placed on behalf of a client who wished to remain anonymous.

Wagner’s card was among the first of hundreds of cards of major league players produced by the American Tobacco Co. and included in packages of cigarettes.

Unlike other players, however, Wagner quickly demanded that his card be withdrawn. Theories vary as to why, with one being that he didn’t believe American Tobacco paid him enough.

A nonsmoker, the Pittsburgh shortstop was arguably the second-greatest baseball player of his era, behind Ty Cobb. Wagner hit .344 during his rookie year of 1897, and batted over .300 for 17 consecutive seasons, winning eight National League batting titles.

One of the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Wagner retired in 1917 with more hits, runs, RBIs, doubles, triples and steals than any NL player.

There are fewer than 100 Wagner baseball cards in existence, said Julie Stoklosa, a spokeswoman for Mastro Auctions, and less than ten are in excellent condition.

Allen said even the lowest graded Wagner baseball cards can fetch more than $150,000.

“The mystique and allure of the T206 Wagner card continues to grow,” Allen said.

Among the previous owners of the card sold in 2007 were hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall, former owner of the Los Angeles Kings, who paid $451,000 for it in 1991. (From Comcast.net)

 

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the Next Batman Movie?

The rumor mill is buzzing about plans for the next Batman. And guess which stars are rumored to be on the shortlist to play Batman’s arch enemies? According to several reports, it’s rumored that Johnny Depp is being considered to play the role of The Riddler.

Angelina Jolie has been linked to the role of Catwoman, Batman’s stealthy rival and love-interest, formerly portrayed by Michelle Pfeifer and Halle Berry. In a recent interview with the Daily News, film icon and original Catwoman Julie Newmar whole-heartedly endorsed the idea of Angelina Jolie stepping into the skin-tight costume. “Angelina would own the part,” Newmar said. And she definitely has a point. Check her out as the uber-asassin Fox in this summer’s action flick “Wanted.” Newmar also claims that there is truth behind the casting rumors. “My industry friends tell me [she] has made inquiries about the role. I can understand how it would pique her interest. Catwoman is Batman’s one true love,” mused Newmar. “She’s tremendously popular with women because she’s both a heroine and a villainess.” (From Comcast.net)

If You Love Books, You Have To Check This Site Out.

Web site BookMooch is a free community designed to make it easy and cheap to exchange books with other users. BookMooch charges nothing for swapping books – you only pay for shipping. It works on a point system, in which you get points for typing in books you want to give away and sending books to other users.  According to the site, as long as you send out one book for every two sent your way, you should stay afloat, point-wise.

Apple Warns of Near-Term iPod Shortages – Product Refresh Could Be Soon

Apple has issued an advisement bulletin to select resellers suggesting that the company is beginning to ramp down production of current-generation iPod models, according to AppleInsider. In the advisement, Apple “strongly suggested” that resellers either bring in or place immediate orders for approximately four weeks worth of their top selling iPod models, noting that supplies of the devices would start to become extremely limited within the next week. Apple traditionally holds an iPod-focused special event in the September-October timeframe to announce new iPod models; this report is consistent with the belief that the company is planning to hold a similar event again this year. (From iLounge)

 

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