A few weeks ago, DC Comics announced that they would be revealing that one of their long established character would be coming out as gay in the rebooted New 52 universe series. Superman and Batman fans who were holding their collective breaths can now exhale as DC revealed today that the newly gay superhero is Alan Scott aka Green Lantern. The character originally debuted in 1940 as a straight man, but writer James Robinson explained how he came up with the idea of reintroducing the character as gay: "The original version of Alan Scott was an older man, and he had a superpowered son, Obsidian, who was gay. The fact that Scott was young now means Obsidian no longer existed. I thought it was a shame that DC was losing such a positive gay character. I said, 'Why not make Alan Scott gay?' To Dan DiDio's credit, when I suggested it to him, there wasn't a moment's hesitation. [Entertainment Weekly]
With a movie as massive as The Avengers, it makes sense that Marvel would release a six-movie, 10 disc Blu-Ray on September 25. The collection will be called Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled. It will include Marvel's The Avengers (Blu-Ray 3D and Blu-Ray), Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-Ray 3D and Blu-Ray), Thor (Blu-Ray 3D and Blu-Ray), Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk on Blu-Ray plus a bonus disc, The Phase One Archives, all bundled in collectible packaging. You can pre-order it on Amazon for $153.30. And don't worry, if you just want The Avengers by itself, you can pre-order the BluRay for $34.99 and 2-disc DVD for $27.99.
Jennifer Lawrence stars in the latest trailer for The House at the End of the Street. The film hits theaters September 21.
The Amazing Spider-Man has teamed up with Stand Up 2 Cancer to sell some limited edition T-shirts.
Speaking of Spider-Man, here's the new one-minute commercial that is, well, amazing.
China has censored several minutes of Men in Black 3's Chinatown sequence because a scene where several Chinese people being neuralized could be seen as a comment on national censorship. Ah, China. As if that wasn't enough, an extra is suing the production from reportedly being harmed from an on-set costume. [THR]
The Gotham Preacher spreads the word of Batmanism.
Kathleen Kennedy, producer of more than 80 movies including, Schindler's List, the Back to the Future movies, Jurassic Park and The Goonies has been named the co-chair of LucasFilm. [Deadline]
Guy Ritchie successfully rebooted Sherlock Holmes into an internationally smash hit franchise. Now Warner Bros. is banking on Ritchie to direct Treasure Island into the latest swash-buckling smash hit franchise. Expect lots of slow-motion sword fights. [Cinema Blend]
Empire has a new image of Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman in The Dark Knight Rises. Check it out below.
Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider star as a married couple having trouble conceiving a child in The Babymakers. The film co-stars Aisha Tyler and Helena Mattsson and opens August 3.
Cinema Blend has the poster premiere for Fernando Meirelles' 360, starring Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins and Jude Law. The film will be on VOD June 29th and in theaters August 3rd.
Take a look at this new 5-minute behind the scenes featurette for Pixar's Brave and when you're done, check out the new clip. Brave opens June 22.
Brave 'Suitors' Clip
The Ol' Dirty Bastard biopic Dirty White Boy will feature The Wu-Tang Clan playing themselves. That takes care of a ton of casting issues. [The Playlist]
Channing Tatum and crew are making it rain men in this new clip from Magic Mike, which dances into theaters June 29.
Also, here's the new poster for Magic Mike.
Here's a new one-minute clip for The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Who wants to bet that the power of love turns him into a real boy?
Check out this collectors poster for folks who are catching the midnight screening of Prometheus next week.
What if corporate brands dominated society… actually, I guess it already does, but in Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Dolerain's visually impressive new film Branded, a powerful corporation has secretly planted a genetic code into the population turning them into the ultimate consumer. Here's the first trailer for the film, which hits theaters September 7.
Buzz on the RoboCop remake may be a bit ho-hum right now, but star Joel Kinnaman who will star in the Peter Weller role of Alex Murphy spoke with Collider about his thoughts on the remake. "[Director] Jose [Padilha] has a completely different take on this than Verhoeven had and with all respect, everybody that's involved in this movie loved the original and we have a lot of respect for it. We're going to have a lot of throwbacks and there's going to be a lots of fun stuff for the fans of the first movie. It's a new story with the old one." As long as they have the "I'll buy that for a dollar," line in it. [Collider]
Justin Bieber gave himself a concussion by walking into a glass wall. He later (jokingly) swore revenge. [CNN and TMZ]
Here are the new posters for Lay the Favorite and Take This Waltz.
Jason Biggs stars as a recently fired journalist who joins his oddball friend (Joel David Moore) as he runs for a seat on the Seattle City Council in Grassroots. The film co-stars Lauren Ambrose, Christopher McDonald and Cobie Smulders and arrives in theaters later this year.
If you miss Finding Nemo's limited 3d re-release in September, the film will get a 2D and 3D Blu-Ray release on December 4. [ComingSoon]
The Perks of Being a Wallflower gets its first poster and will reveal their full trailer during this Sunday's MTV Movie Awards pre-show. For now, here's a six-second sneak peek.
Marilyn Monroe would have been 86 today. To that end, Fox announced the release of a gorgeous Blu-Ray collectors set featuring seven of Monroe's most famous films: The Misfits, Some Like it Hot, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, There's No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return. The collection will be available July 31st, but you'll be able to pre-order it soon.
Finally, Gandalf, er, Ian McKellan kicking back on the set of The Hobbit.
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The Hobbit, The Avengers, Channing Tatum, Green Lantern, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus, Magic Mike
End of Week Recap
Dangit, I already have all the MCU movies, including the two latest ones in 3D, so all I need is Avengers 3D. But I really want that collection as well. It looks to be really impressive. Need to look into saving up for that. Fall/Winter 2012 is going to be busy for movie/game consumers...
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