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By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 8, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 8, 2013 |

If yesterday was sparse and unsatisfying in its selection of trade news deliciousness then today is like one of those buffets in Vegas that cost $3.99 and boasts cuisine from every imaginable source. Sh*t, there’s nearly enough Joseph Gordon-Levitt news for one post, but I’ll smoosh it all down for you.

First up here is the news that the impeccably eyebrowed Famke Janssen is just waiting for Bryan Singer to call her about appearing as Jean Grey in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. If Singer gives her the call, Janssen will be returning with former co-stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, and Patrick Stewart. There is also the rumor that Janssen filmed something for the upcoming The Wolverine, though I can’t find any confirmations about that.

Do you remember when that new Godzilla movie starring Matthew Broderick came out in the 90s? The Wallflowers covered the David Bowie song “Heroes” and there were ads and promotions for it all of the f*cking time? Then it came out and blew giant, radioactive lizard scrotum? Get ready, because Godzilla is returning to movie screens if Legendary Pictures has its way. Jean Reno reacts thusly:


They have Frank Darabont doing a final script rewrite, Gareth Edwards (Monsters) directing, and the intent to ground Godzilla in reality. That’s f*cking stupid. Rumored leads include Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), and Scoot McNairy (Argo). Production is set to start March 14th with a May 16, 2014 release date.

There was the rumor that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be the lead in the new Godzilla, but that sh*t ain’t the truth. JGL has accepted the lead role of Johnny in Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. There is no plan to ground this in reality. This takes him out of the rumor mill for Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, and Godzilla. Thank, Godtopus for that. JGL was rumored to be in every movie releasing from now until 2015. Or that’s what it felt like. Anyway, the long-awaited sequel to Sin City is set to hit theaters October 4th of this year.

Disney’s live-action Cinderella has lost director Mark Romanek over his being “too dark.” I suppose the original fairy tale events that include cutting off heels and toes to cram feet into the glass slippers and marry a Prince aren’t going to make it into the film. Shame. Cate Blanchett is still the only name attached to the movie, as the lead of Cinderella still hasn’t been cast. Saoirse Ronan (The Host, Hanna), Gabrielle Wilde (The Three Musketeers), and Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) are all supposedly in contention to play Aschenputtel. To tide us over, let’s look at this picture of Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella in one of Disney’s photo campaign deals.


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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.