Comic-Con 2011 News: Spider-Man will not be a part of any future THE AVENGERS movies according to producer Avi Arad

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 | ©2011 Marvel Comics

This one is a kind of a no-brainer, but for anyone wondering if the Spider-Man character would ever appear in a future THE AVENGERS team-up movie, don’t hold your breath. First of all, even though Marvel (and now Disney) owns the character, it’s currently licensed to Sony Pictures, which makes it harder to extract him for a movie at another studio. However, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN producer Avi Arad at a press event during Comic-Con 2011 says there’s another reason for not putting him a big movie like that either. “There’s the team-ups [in the comics] that keep the publishing going, […]Read On »


Comic-Con 2011 News: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN star Andrew Garfield was given Tobey Maguire’s blessing when he took over the role

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in SPIDER-MAN 4 | ©2010 Sony/Marvel/photo by John Schwartzman

While at today’s 2011 Comic Con in San Diego, Andrew Garfield spoke to the press about finally taking over the role of Peter Parker aka Spider-man in the new reboot THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Having been a big fan since he was a kid, he loved the chance to be the poster boy for all skinny kids around the world who wish they could transform into a crime-fighting super hero. “I like the idea of a skinny kid beating up bad guys,” says Garfield. “It’s a dream of mine and what a way to do it so you can give other […]Read On »


Comic-Con 2011 News: The scoop on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN reboot

Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN | ©2011 Sony Pictures/Marvel

With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN rebooting the film franchise with new Peter Parker Andrew Garfield and new director Marc Webb, at today’s 2011 Comic-Con press event producer Avi Arad discussed why they went the reboot route as opposed to a fourth chapter in the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire incarnation of the franchise. “Most of you are aware we started on the way to do another movie, but our director [Raimi] and cast and us realized there wasn’t enough newness,” says Arad. “There was not a new story to tell. As we started to discuss this movie and what we wanted to make, […]Read On »


SDCC 2011 News: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES director reveals how this new prequel ties into the franchise

Andy Serkis is Caesar in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES | ©2011 20th Century Fox

How faithful is the new RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES prequel? Well, director Rupert Wyatt, while speaking to the press at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, says it’s always a challenge to make a film of this ambition. “It’s never from my point of view as a director,” says Wyatt. “It was never my intention to be a slave to the franchise as it were. The writers presented us with a script that is very, very respectful and subtly acknowledging the mythology, but it’s very much an origin story in the real sense of the world. It’s the […]Read On »


SDCC 2011 News: Was EXPLOSION the alternate title to PROMETHEUS?

ALIEN movie poster | ©1979 20th Century Fox

While speaking to the press at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof spoke about scripting the new Ridley Scott directed film PROMETHEUS, which depending on who you speak to, is a thinly veiled prequel to Scott’s 1979 ALIEN. In coming up with a title, Lindelof says he wanted to come up with something “pretentious” like INTENTION. “PROMETHEUS makes the movie sound much smarter and much better than my original title EXPLOSION,” Lindelof says with a grin. Lindelof does go on to say that the title is very key into the story of the film, since Prometheus was […]Read On »


SDCC 2011 News: PROMETHEUS star Charlize Theron wishes she got into shape for the new sci-fi film

Charlize Theron in AEON FLUX | ©2005 Paramount Pictures

While Sigourney Weaver clearly has some big shoes to fill now that Ridley Scott is helming a loosely connected prequel to his 1979 classic ALIEN, casting Charlize Theron in the new film called PROMETHEUS surprisingly didn’t require the actress to get into shape. “I was going to do MAD MAX, so I started training for that for six months,” says Theron. “I would be lying if I said I was training for this.” Her character of Meredith Vickers is more business-like than kick-ass heroine, which got very interesting for the actress. “I’m the Suit,” she says. “I have a very […]Read On »


SDCC 2011 News: PROMETHEUS details finally revealed on ALIEN-inspired film directed by Ridley Scott at Comic-Con

The first image of Ridley Scott's new ALIEN prequel PROMETHEUS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

While speaking to the press at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, writer-producer Damon Lindelof (LOST)  finally revealed the secrets behind the new film PROMETHEUS that he penned and produced for director Ridley Scott. What started off as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 classic, ended up becoming its own entity. However, details were scarce until today as Lindelof spilled some of the secrets. “I think from the beginning Ridley has been very cryptically obtuse about it,” says Lindelof. “There are some very big ideas in PROMETHEUS, thereby it covers a vast space of time – the past present and future. Is […]Read On »


Exclusive Coverage from the 2011 COMIC-CON – DAY 1 & 2 (July 21 & 22, 2011)

COMIC-CON 2011 - DAY 1 and 2 (July 21 & 22, 2011)

Yes, it’s that time of year again – COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2011 has arrived and the ASSIGNMENT X staff are already at the CON gathering all the news that we can cull together for our loyal readers. Check back here (or refresh this page – your choice) for all of our updates throughout the day. We’re also going to be updating on Twitter and Facebook – you can check us out by clicking the links below. Click on Link: COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL BREAKING NEWS AND INTERVIEWS DAY 2 (July 22, 2011) Click on Link: Andrew Garfield talks about playing Peter Parker in […]Read On »


Free Special screening of INSIDIOUS courtesy of FANGORIA plus live Q&A streaming on July 11

INSIDIOUS Blu-ray | ©2011 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

If you’re a fan of INSIDIOUS and want to see the hit James Wan directed thriller again before its hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, FANGORIA magazine is holding a special screening tomorrow, Monday, July 11 followed by a live streaming Q&A with Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell on Facebook. The event is being held at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 North Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. To get free tickets, send an email to with “INSIDIOUS” in the subject. Fans are encouraged to send in questions to the director and screenwriter in advance via Facebook and Twitter […]Read On »


Exclusive: The scoop on INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 – could it be happening soon?

INDEPENDENCE DAY movie poster | ©1996 20th Century Fox

While speaking with writer-director-producer Dean Devlin who was awarded the Dr. Donald A. Reed Award at the 37th Annual Saturn Awards (and presented to him by longtime collaborator Roland Emmerich), ASSIGNMENT X asked Devlin about the long-rumored sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY which he co-wrote and produced with director Emmerich back in 1996 (so would that make the acronym ID4-2?) This is what Devlin had to say about INDEPENDENCE DAY 2. ASSIGNMENT X: What’s the status of INDEPENDENCE DAY 2? DEAN DEVLIN: Roland and I would like to do sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY. We’re still trying to make that happen. I […]Read On »

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