Odds and ends from Wednesday:
- While you're used to me poking fun at a majority of the actors working in Hollywood today, it's hard for me to say anything bad about Matt Damon. Honestly, I think the guy is wicked smart, chooses good roles and comes through with a quality performance each time. However, with news that J.J. Abrams is really interested in having Damon take on the role of a young Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek prequel, I'm left somewhere in the middle. Supposedly, Abrams is going out of his way to snag Damon, going as far as contacting William Shatner who thought the actor would make a fine candidate. Personally, I'd rather see unknowns in the role and part of me is cringing at the thought of having Ben Affleck standing beside Damon as a young Spock. Ugh.
- Lionsgate is looking to up its "urban" repertoire after optioning Larry Brown's novel The Rabbit Factory and attaching Vondie Curtis-Hall (Waist Deep) to direct. Factory ultimately became Brown's last novel, after the author passed away a year after it was published. Story is said to do the whole interconnecting thing, focusing on an assortment of characters who live in a world of desperation and violence.
- Haven't had enough Superman Returns yet? Well, now you can catch a sneak peek at a two-and-a-half-minute scene from the film over on iTunes. The footage shows Clark Kent leaving his job at the Daily Planet to tend to a missing Lois Lane. However, while flying over water, he notices that something is heading towards the city. Something really really bad. After tons and tons of marketing, I'm thinking this will be the last of the footage we see for free before the film hits theaters next week. Then again, the internet is a crazy, crazy place.