Monday, April 27, 2009

BUZZ: Wolverine's Alternate Endings, Almodovar Series, Pettyfer & Hudgens get "Beastly," and more

• In order to lure comic fans to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they've hidden multiple secret endings on different prints and theaters will be showing different versions. Here's what you might miss:
"The film has several additions scenes during and after the credits. The first of these scenes plays a few seconds into the credits, and depicts William Stryker walking down a road. The toes of his shoes are torn and bloody from walking for so long (having been commanded by Silverfox to walk until his feet bleed, and then to keep walking). A military vehicle drives up behind him and he is apprehended by military police for questioning about the death of a general that he murdered earlier in the film in order to protect his personal vendetta. Depending on which theater the movie was shown in, one of two possible endings then appear following the credits. The first depicts Weapon XI's hand reaching out from the rubble of the nuclear complex to touch his severed head, whereupon the head comes to life and makes a brief hushing sound before the scene fades to black. The second alternate scene shows Wolverine drinking at a bar in Japan. The bartender asks if he is drinking to forget. Wolverine replies that he's actually drinking to remember."

• If you've never seen Pedro Almodovar's (Volver) incredible, over-the-top, dramedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas, do it. Do it now, because it's being developed into a TV series. It's about a jilted voice actress who spends two days trying to track down her former lover. I'm assuming the series will span longer than that, but what's really important is that we'll get a weekly dose of Almodovar, which is definitely a good thing.

• If you love "Burn Notice" but want to see Michael as a young, snarky ingenue who's teamed up with the FBI, then you might want to catch USA's "White Collar." Matthew Bomer ("Chuck") plays a con artist who helps the head of a the FBI's white-collar crime unit (Tim DeKay). Tiffany Thiessen, of "Saved by the Bell" fame, is also in the cast.

Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") got a record deal. I wonder how long it'll be before Blair starts singing.

• It seems both Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens have been given a second chance at stardom. If you recall, Pettyfer was once the star of Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, a film that was supposed to be competition for Frankie Muniz's Agent Cody Banks, but it crashed and burned in foreign theaters with a mere $23 mil. Meanwhile, the only career that really sky-rocketed after High School Musical was Zac Efron's. So while the other alumnis get record deals and sign up for more teen TV films, Hudgens has yet to make her mark as anything other than Efron's girlfriend. Perhaps starring in the teen romance film Beastly will change both their careers for good. The film is based on Alex Filnn's young adult novel, which is a modernization of Beauty and the Beast. It "tells the story of a handsome rich kid with a mean streak. When he ditches a date, a curse is placed upon him, turning him into everything he hates. The grotesque transformation leaves him with the seemingly impossible task of finding true love to break the ugly spell."

• "Arnold Schwarzenegger has given the go-ahead to include his likeness in the upcoming Terminator Salvation. A body-cast mold of Schwarzenegger made during the filming of the first film provided the basis for a digital-effects version of his famous character..."

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