Movie News: ROTK, Unfortunate Events, Superheros

The extended edition of Return of the King is scheduled for release on December 14th. It features, among other things, a in-character comment track from Gollum and Smeagol.

Superheros! Bryan Singer on Superman; David Goyer on Batman Begins; first pics of the Fantastic Four. And then there are spoof rumors.

Rumor Mill: Sean Connery may give voice to Aslan in the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe film.

The official site for the Series of Unfortunate Events movie is up, and Coming Soon has a look at the preview poster.

Karrdes may enjoy these pictures of Natalie Portman in her latest film, Closer. Our little Amidala’s all grown up…

Empire Tales

Coming Soon continues their DVD preview with some great quotes from a Q&A session with ESB director Irvin Kershner:

I did not think of it as science fiction ever. To me it was a fable. It was a fairy tale. And all the research I did was for fairy tales. I read, of course, Campbell. I read Jung. I read Freud. I even read Einstein to try and understand a little bit of what he was saying because he was a great philosopher. And of course I’m very familiar with Zen Buddhist concept. To me it’s a hobby, not a religion. A hobby. I collect Buddhas, you see. Well, I stressed the fairy tale aspect. I stressed the characterization. I tried to put as much humor as possible in it.

In other SW/DVD news…
Reuters interview with Anthony Daniels / John Campea at Movie Blog pleads for sanity / TFN wants you to get a good deal (and then argue about it on their boards) / Jason Kottke has some interesting things to say about Hollywood and and the threat of piracy as told by George Lucas.