Alternate AVENGERS Opening, STAR WARS, More Hollywood News

Maria Hill Narrates AVENGERS Alternate Opening

Another early Avengers DVD/Blu-ray extra has surfaced, this time on Yahoo! Movies. It's an alternate opening to the widely successful film (home release set for Sept. 25), with Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) recalling the events of the film through flashback. Here's the clip:

SPIDER-MAN and BATMAN Head-to-Head in China

Both the Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises opened head-to-head in mainland China Monday, with Spider-Man edging out Batman for a $5.5m opening (Rises opened to $4.5m).

The Chinese government film office sets debut dates, with some analysts suggesting China put them head-to-head to cannibalize the box office for both, reports Variety. The trade reports despite the duel openings both debuts were impressive.

Amazing has now earned more than $700 globally, with Rises less than $60m shy of $1B worldwide.

The OTHER "DKR" Batman Movie

Sure, this summer the Dark Knight Rose, but what about when he Returns?

Frank Miller's seminal Dark Knight Returns, about an aged Bruce Wayne who returns to the world of superheroics in a dystopian future, is not just the next DC Animated movie, it's the next two. Ahead of next month's release, the first official clip from the first film is here, and it features one very familiar image.



SuperHeroHype has a few photos from the set of 2013's Marvel Studios sequel Thor: The Dark World. Check them out here.

STAR WARS In Your Face Back-to-Back

Strangely not announced at Star Wars Celebration VI, the four-day convention for all things Star Wars that just concluded Monday, the next two episodes of Star Wars in 3D will premiere in back-to-back months in 2013.

September 20, 2013 will see the re-release of Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, while October 11, 2013 concludes the prequel trilogy with Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. Both films are being converted to 3D by Prime Focus with more than a little help from the special effects giants at Industrial Light and Magic, a LucasFilm company.

At three panels at the aforementioned Celebration VI, ILM showed off some footage from Attack of the Clones in 3D while detailing the process. Going through over 2,000 scenes per film, they individually highlight depth markers for every object, person, and blaster bolt in the shot, pass that information over to Prime Focus, who then has to separate each. The process takes about a year per film. The films follow Episode 1, which was re-released in early 2012, and precede the still-promised 3D release of the original trilogy.

I Am the Law

2000AD's Judge Dredd is back in movie form with a decidedly different take coming from Dredd 3D. A new 30 second TV spot titled "Legendary" (thanks, Barney Stinson) summarizes Dredd's role with a bullet (or several). The film, starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, hits theaters September 21, 2012.


ATHENA Gets a Headache

 Fox is developing a new hour-long drama based on the Kickstart Productions graphic novel Headache. The story, which will be called Athena on TV, features a young woman who discovers that she's actually a Greek goddess. Lisa Joy, formerly of Burn Notice and Pushing Daisies, wrote the OGN and will write and executive produce on the show. 

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