Tuesday, June 2, 2009

News - 06/02/09...

Captain Cross Dresser

Sony Pictures Television has dumped its 2008 TV pilot, The Adventures of Captain Cross Dresser on the internet, via its web portal Crackle.com. Had you even heard of Captain Cross Dresser? Neither had we.

George Shapiro and Howard West (Seinfeld, Man on the Moon) produced this. You’ll note no “Created by” credit… we understand Carl Reiner may have been more than just a voice (he’s voicing the psychiatrist, Dr. Fillmore). Fred Willard (WALL-E) does the honors as the Captain. Note: It’s nine minutes long, and is preceeded by a commercial. Ed Wood would be quite proud.

(Thanks, Charles Brubaker)

(Thanks cartoonbrew)

KidMangoTV Block Debuts on MyFamilyTV

KidMangoTV, a syndicated block of Porchlight Entertainment children’s programs, debuts today on ValCom Inc.’s MyFamilyTV network.

The four-hour weekday block is expected to reach more than 30 million homes through the MyFamilyTV network. KidMangoTV also will expand to a primetime block and a Saturday block in the coming months.

The block will include programs created and acquired by Porchlight, including Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Four Eyes, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear and My Goldfish is Evil.

“Our schedule includes multiple Emmy award winning shows and kid-tested classic brands,” said Shea Fontana, VP of children’s programming at PorchLight. “Plus, we’ll be introducing kids to great shows never before seen in the U.S.”

The initiative will be supported with a website, KidMango.com, which will feature family-friendly content including animation, games, comics, music and movies for kids ages 3 to 10.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

Warner Bros. Expands PUCCA Deal to North America

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has expanded its master licensee agreement for the popular property PUCCA to include the United States, Mexico and Canada.

PUCCA began as a series of Flash-animated online short films created by Vooz Co. in South Korea. The comedy shorts, which use almost no spoken words, follow the 10-year old daughter of a Chinese restaurateur in Korea, who is in love with a 12-yearo-old warrior named Garu.

The success of the online shorts lead to the property’s debut on television in the United States, where a half-hour animated series airs on Disney XD.

Under the agreement, Warner Bros. Consumer Products will offer apparel, accessories, bags, home goods and stationery and paper goods, primarily for fashion-forward young adults, juniors and tweens.

PUCCA has a strong following, not only in the United States, but internationally, and we are thrilled to work with such a strong entertainment property,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

4Kids Reps WordWorld Around the Globe

4Kids Entertainment has been named the global licensing agent for WordWorld, the Emmy-winning animated series airing on PBS Kids.

WordWorld has earned praise from critics, educators and parents for its innovative approach to encourage literacy skills in preschoolers by embedding words into the objects they represent.

4Kids will use the property’s unique attributes to build a multicategory licensing program that highlights WordWorld’s focus on word play.

“This strategic alliance will deliver an unprecedented consumer products program in the children's literacy space,” said Don Moody, CEO and Creator of WordWorld. “We’re confident that 4Kids will leverage WordWorld’s innovative approach to play and education to make products that change the way children learn to read."

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

"One Piece" Removed From FUNi.com, Hulu, and Joost

One Piece has been removed from FUNimation's official website, as well as Hulu and Joost, due to a security leak which caused episode 403 to be distributed illegally before its 5/31/09 Japan air date. The Japan/U.S. simulcasts were expected to begin on 5/30/09 before this action halted the plans. FUNi is currently looking into who perpetrated this act. It is unknown at this time whether One Piece will reappear on Hulu, Joost, or FUNi's site.

Angora Napkin Orchestrates a Montage

Nick Cross (The Waif of Persephone), has been hard at work on Angora Napkin, the girl-band creation of Sheridan College-grad, Troy Little. The Flash project actually began as a graphic novel, which was published only 5 months ago (on sale for $19.99), and back in 2008 the Canadian network TELETOON announced the project would be part of The Detour pilot project. Below is a montage that Cross and Little whipped together to keep us busy while the pilot continues cooking. It’s nearly a 100% digital production, focusing on strong poses in favor of “slick modern-looking animation.”

MPC Herds Elephants for San Diego Zoo

Below are two new CG-animated ads for the San Diego Zoo, promoting their new Elephant Odyssey exhibit. The ads were directed by Ruairi Robinson (50 Percent Grey) out of Alturas Films. The agency leading the project is M&C Saatchi LA, and the animation was handled by MPC.



Up and away

Up has scored the best opening weekend of any animated theatrical feature in the last twelve months. The numbers for $1-million-plus opening weekends are from Box Office Mojo; the percentages are the portion of the total gross to date earned on the opening weekend.

Up: $68.2 million; 100% (May 29, 2009)
Madagascar Escape 2 Africa: $63.1 million; 35.1% (November 7, 2008)
WALL·E: $63.0 million; 28.2% (June 27, 2008)
Kung Fu Panda: $60.2 million; 28.0% (June 6, 2008)
Monsters vs. Aliens: $59.3 million; 30.5% (March 27, 2009)
Bolt: $26.2 million; 23.0% (November 28, 2008)
Coraline: $16.8 million; 22.4% (February 6, 2009)
Space Chimps: $14.6 million; 23.9% (July 18, 2008)
Star Wars - The Clone Wars: $14.6 million; 41.6% (August 15, 2008)
The Tale of Despereaux: $10.1 million; 19.9% (December 19, 2008)
Igor: $7.8 million; 40.0% (September 19, 2008)
Fly Me To The Moon: $1.9 million; 10.9% (August 15, 2008)
Battle for Terra: $1.1 million; 66.9% (May 1, 2009)

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)

In California? Want to See Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service, Totoro, Spirited Away) in Person?

Kai-Ming Cha's Boiled Egg blog revealed ticket to legendary director Hayao Miyazaki's appearance at University of California, Berkeley go on sale at noon (PAC) June 2nd. See here for the tickets and The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley's 50th anniversary site.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hayao Miyazaki in Conversation

6:00 PM to 7:45 PM

Zellerbach Auditorium

For this extremely rare, U.S. appearance, Hayao Miyazaki will be interviewed on stage, followed by a question and answer period with the audience. Join us for an opportunity to engage Miyazaki in a conversation about more than just anime— the social issues and ideas that his films champion, including the future of Japan and the role of the artist in a rapidly evolving world.

For tickets to this limited-seating engagement, please visit http://tickets.berkeley.edu/

The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley is proud to award internationally acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki with the 2009 Berkeley Japan Prize, which honors individuals from all disciplines and professions who have, over a lifetime influenced the world’s understanding of Japan. In conjunction with his in-person acceptance of the award, Hayao Miyazaki will be honored with a series of events held on the UC Berkeley campus, celebrating his timeless body of film work.

Hayao Miyazaki is the second recipient of the recently inaugurated Berkeley Japan Prize; the 2008 winner was novelist Haruki Murakami.

The Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley will also be presenting A Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki with screenings of
Sunday, July 12, 2009
4:00 p.m. My Neighbor Totoro
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1988)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
7:00 p.m. Porco Rosso
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1992)

Sunday, July 19, 2009
2:30 p.m. Castle in the Sky
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1986)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
7:00 p.m. Princess Mononoke
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1997)

Friday, July 24, 2009
San Francisco Bay Area Premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo
Wheeler Hall
6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Saturday, July 25, 2009
The Hayao Miyazaki Symposium
Institute of East Asian Studies
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Leading scholars of Japanese popular culture, literature, and film will discuss Hayao Miyazaki’s work and his international influence in a roundtable panel discussion.

NY Times on Disney's "Princess and the Frog" vs. Critics of Race

The New York Times has surveyed the obstacles facing Disney's The Princess and the Frog, noting the equal amounts of praise and criticism it has drawn several months before its release because it will depict the first black Disney Princess character. On the one side, Disney can claim that cast member Oprah Winfrey acted as a consultant for the racial aspects of the movie and that theater owners and members of the NAACP who have seen segments of the movie had "extremely positive" reactions. Producer Peter Del Vecho added that, "We feel a great responsibility to get this right," and added that the decision to make Tiana black came about organically.

On the other side, many critics are blasting Disney for the prince character's relatively light skin color, suggesting that he is not black; accusing the company of insensitivity for setting the movie in New Orleans, "the setting of one of the most devastating tragedies to beset a black community"; targeting Ray the firefly for being a stereotype of an uneducated Southerner; and complaining about the princess' original name (Maddy) and rumored profession in an early version of the script (chambermaid to a wealthy white woman).

Microsoft Motion Rig, Beatles Kick off E3

Getting back to the glitz and attention-grabbing glamour of past E3s, Microsoft kicked off the video game industry’s annual confab by reuniting the surviving Beatles and announcing a new motion-sensing camera.

The sensor-based technology, called Project Natal, was demonstrated at the software giant’s press conference and has the ability to recognize faces, voices and body movements to control a game without using a game pad or other controller.

The move is an attempt to challenge Nintendo’s Wii, the industry’s current top-dog console.

Microsoft also brought out musicians Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, to promote the Sept. 9 release of The Beatles: Rock Band video game. The event unveiled a trailer and confirmed details on the 45 Fab Four songs bundled with the game, with additional tunes available for download.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

1980s Vintage Jetsons Out on DVD

It’s back to the future this week as The Jetsons, Season 2 Vol. 1 comes to DVD.

The new release (Warner Bros., $34.98) features 21 episodes original broadcast in 1984-85 on three discs. It also features several bonus features, including a documentary called “The Jetsons: Return to the Future” featuring interviews with writers, animators, historians, cast and crew.

Here’s a look at a couple clips from the release:

Coming to Blu-ray for the first time is Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp (Digital Leisure, $39.95), the 1991 animated videogame sequel to the original arcade game Dragon’s Lair. The film, directed by Don Bluth, has been fully restored for the Blu-ray release, with a 5.1 audio mix and new HD features added, including interviews with game creators Bluth and Gary Goldman, a video commentary, the ability to watch the animation without playing the game and behind-the-scenes animation features.

Other animated offerings include the six-disc
Peanuts Deluxe Collection (Warner Bros., $99.62) and Kids Cartoon Pack (Echo Bridge, $9.99).

Additional home video releases of note include
Joss Whedon’s online superhero musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (New Video, $14.95), Defiance (Paramount Vantage, $30.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray), the comedy He’s Just Not That Into You (New Line, $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray) and Revolutionary Road
(Paramount Vantage, $30.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray).

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

Disney Preps More Manny Content, Products

Handy Manny’s building himself a media empire.

Disney Channel is expanding the popular animated series with new programming and a new consumer products line.

The character will star in a new series of 20 animated shorts under the banner title of Handy Manny’s School for Tools, set to air in 2010, and two primetime TV specials. The first special, which will air this fall, is Handy Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure and features four new songs from the rock group Los Lobos. The second special will air in 2010.

Meanwhile, Disney Consumer Products is expanding its Handy Manny line of licensed products this year to include action figures, puzzles, playsets, plush toys, apparel, footwear, sleepwear, home furnishings, bedding, backpackgs, party patterns, stationery, greeting cards, books and DVDs.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

New Heathcliff Content in Development

FitzRoy Media and Magic Lantern Entertainment have forged a joint venture to bring Heathcliff, the mischievous feline star of the long-running comic panel, to movies, TV and direct-to-DVD.

Heathcliff was created in 1973 by cartoonist George Gately, and has run in newspapers ever since. The strip is currently being written and drawn by Peter Gallagher, Gately’s nephew, who took over the strip in 1998.

“This new agreement demonstrates the growing momentum in the entertainment marketplace for a proven franchise that is positively ripe for exploitation in the 21st century,” said FitzRoy Media CEO Hamp Hampton. “Heathcliff has been a permanent fixture in popular culture for decades and we see enormous potential for this delightfully adventurous character across all platforms.”

The joint venture’s first planned project is a new Heathcliff animated DVD special for 2011.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

Comedy Central Airs New Atom TV Episodes

Atom TV returns June 15 to Comedy Central with four new late-night episodes of sketches from the online video site.

Each episode of Atom TV is compiled from original online videos developed or handpicked by Atom and Comedy Central, both of which are MTV Networks companies.

The Atom shows featured in the return run of Atom TV include:

"White People Problems": Everyone’s got problems – if only they could all be white people problems. Through the miracle of music video, Zach and Jesse Selwyn take viewers on the journey through the trials and tribulations of a white person living in the modern world.

"Old People News": Senior Citizens report the news. At least, they will as soon as they can figure out how to open their e-mail attachments.

"Modern Day Jesus: Mary": Starring Attack of the Show! host Olivia Munn as Mary Magdalene, Jesus and Mary discuss their control freak dads and get flirty with each other.

"Haunt 2": A reenactment of one couple’s story about the gay ghost who haunted their home. Created by Oren Brimer and starring Pete Holmes (VH1) and Matt McCarthy.

"Puppet Rodeo": Puppets and live animals team up for a rodeo, and it goes well – until one dog rips the puppets to shreds.

"Dutch West Short Shorts": 2 episodes of completely random, quick and ridiculous micro-sketches created by the NYC comedy group Dutch West.

"Klingon Night School": This G-Man short about a Klingon class and its dedicated teacher won Atom’s Upload Showdown contest, earning a full-length airing on Atom TV.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

Singer Interested in Returning to X-Men

Many X-Men fans were disappointed when director Bryan Singer decided to venture off to Superman Returns instead of directing X-Men: The Last Stand, the third movie in the trilogy he kicked off with X-Men and X2 in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

In a recent interview for the July issue of Total Film (reprinted in the Coventry Telegraph's The Geek Files), Singer mused about returning to the franchise:

"I'm eternally intertwined with X-Men now," he told them. "What takes an audience four hours to watch - the first two movies - took six years of my life. So, to not be part of it....It's a shame."

They also asked Singer whether he wished he had directed the third "X-Men" movie, to which he replied, "It's weird for me to watch it, because I'm so close to the universe. And also Brett is a good friend of mine. But, of course, I would love to return to that universe."

Lastly, they tried to get his thoughts on possibly directing the in-development X-Men Origins: Magneto that had been announced years ago with David (Blade: Trinity) Goyer attached to direct. Singer gave a tentative "possibly" response, because he expects it to cover some of the same WWII Nazi Germany territory he's covered before:

" The only thing that concerns me about Magneto is that if the prequel were to follow the track I used in X-Men, which is Magneto's history in the concentration camp, then I've lived in that world. Apt Pupil, X-Men and now Valkyrie...I've lived in that Nazi universe for quite a while. I just might need to take a little break before I do something like that."

He was even less committal about making another Superman movie:

"I don't know, I don't know. There are still issues...I just...I just don't know. I don't necessarily...I don't know. It's one of those things where...It's so weird talking about stuff unless I'm about to ramp up and shoot it."

EXCLUSIVE: New ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra’ Clip From The MTV Movie Awards

Earlier yesterday, Splash Page gave you a peek at the “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” clip that aired during the MTV Movie Awards, but now the full clip is up on MTV.com. Since I know we have some “G.I. Joe” fans here on Splash Page, here’s all the footage that aired during the show Sunday night:

Featuring Channing Tatum (Duke), Sienna Miller (Baroness), Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow) and Marlon Wayans (Ripcord), the new footage not only shows off the actors playing the “Real American Heroes,” but also some of the vehicles that were such a big part of the G.I. Joe toy line. Well, not these vehicles, exactly — but you get the idea.

Jon Favreau Tweets about IRON MAN 2

From the Favreau Twitter feed, a smattering of tidbits from the weekend filming:

# Scarlett kicked ass yesterday. All of her preparation has really paid off. She has a great work ethic. A real pro. 10:48 AM May 29th

# Sam Rockwell had a great day today. 4:01 AM May 30th

# No sleep last night. I was wound up from an intense week. Now I'm at work again to prepare for upcoming work. Mild delirium setting in. 12:28 PM May 30th

Ryan Reynolds says DEADPOOL Won't Tie in to WOLVERINE

'Deadpool' fans who didn't dig the treatment of the character in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' may breath a little easier when they hear what actor Ryan Reynolds has to say about the spin-off movie that he's set to star in.

"Without saying too much, I can't imagine that there's gonna be any tie-in to the Wolverine movie at all," Reynolds told IGN at a recent press junket for 'The Proposal'.

While the project searches for a director, Reynolds says he's committed to at least two other films before he can work on the merc-with-a-mouth movie, but when he does the movie, he aims to do right by the fans.

"There's so many variables to play. It's tough because when you have a character like Deadpool, to the greatest extent of your power, you want to bring as much authenticity to that character as possible. And by 'authenticity,' I don't mean that you'd want to make him somebody that you'd have a Starbucks coffee with, I mean that you want to make him as close to the comics as possible," Reynolds said. "And there's nothing that I wouldn't do to make sure that ends up on film, but sometimes things are out of your control, things that you can't change. But I'm really happy, in these early talks, that the studio is as obsessed with making it as close to the comic book source material as possible. And that's all I really needed to hear. Cuz I will husk-f*@k a herd of cattle to bring Wade Wilson to life as the real deal."

If the actor has his way, Deadpool will even be breaking the fourth wall as he does in the comics.

"There's nothing else like that in movies, or comic books, for that matter. I would like to make him self-aware; I'd like to have a bit of a pop-culture air going on throughout the film," Reynolds said. "I mean, the greatest villain in a Deadpool comic is Deadpool."

But will the pretty-boy actor do a movie in which he's alternately wearing scar makeup or a mask?

"There's no way to do this without having the scarring, having the mask, having it all. And it can be done. It's a no-brainer in that sense. You gotta have the character of Deadpool. You don't want to just invent something new and call it Deadpool."

Writer: Tobey Maguire in Tokyo Suckerpunch will make you forget Spidey

Ed Solomon, writer of the upcoming fantasy film Imagine That, said that his next project, Tokyo Suckerpunch, should be the vehicle that liberates star Tobey Maguire from his association with Spider-Man.

"I believe that for Tobey it's the perfect thing to go beyond that," Solomon said in a group interview Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif. "It's a romantic comedy—it's got a lot of action, but it's mostly comedy set in Tokyo, about a guy who thinks he's in love with one woman."

In addition to Imagine That, Solomon's previous credits include Men in Black and Charlie's Angels. He said that Tokyo Suckerpunch, based on the novel by Isaac Adamson, follows a comic-book writer who is obsessed with the fantasy life he leads in his own graphic novels.

"He's a graphic novelist who lives in Cleveland and writes a graphic novel about himself that he sets in Tokyo," Solomon said. "He has a certain fantasia of what Japan is and has a certain fantasia of what a real woman is. Neither exists in reality, but he goes off to Tokyo in pursuit of this fantasy woman."

Solomon added that the story veers away from comic-book fantasy to provide the character with a realistic romance. "Basically, and he ends up in this adventure not dissimilar to the kinds of things he writes about," Solomon continued. "He goes there with his editor, to be played by Anne Hathaway, and ends up it's a love story about him and Anne Hathaway, basically, and it's really about a guy figuring out what matters to him."

‘Thor’ Screenwriter Promises Character Will Exist In Marvel Movie Continuity

There’s no question that the announcement of “Iron Man,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and “Thor” tying together for an “Avengers” film has been well-received by the comic book community, but there’s at least some doubt that the fantasy-driven God of Thunder will integrate cleanly into the comparative realism exhibited by his eventual teammates.

For the skeptics among you, worry no more — your fears are noted and addressed in the “Thor” script, says screenwriter Ashley Miller. Along with his co-writer Zack Stentz, Miller says that “Thor” was written with the express purpose of fitting alongside Marvel’s on-screen continuity.

“Our script is very firmly rooted in the Marvel film world,” Miller told CineFools. “We were constantly looking for ways to connect Thor to the other movies and heroes, even if they were simply in passing. Part of grounding Thor in the world is grounding him in the specific, fictional world he inhabits. How many of those references and connections make it to the final product are beyond our control, but they are everywhere.”

Miller certainly admitted that “Thor” will have fantasy elements, but that doesn’t distinguish itself from being a comic book or superhero movie.

“I’m not sure I accept the distinction [between 'fantasy' and 'comic book'],” he said. ‘Thor’ is a comic book film in that it’s based on the Marvel conception of the character as super-hero. But there are definitely some big fantasy elements working behind that. He is the God of Thunder, after all. It’s hard to approach the character without both of those things informing the work.

“Thor’s powers are godly, yes. And his zip code is a little different,” Miller continued. “But at the end of the day, he’s a man. In the comics, Odin sends him to Earth because he’s not perfect. He’s brash, arrogant. Even over-confident. We all know that guy — some of us have even been that guy. Stan Lee’s genius was to give Thor-as-hero an emotional throughline we could all relate to, and knock him down a couple of pegs … The challenge is to dramatize that and make the audience see what the fans have known and believed about the character all along.”

‘Thor’ Star Tom Hiddleston Getting Fit For Loki, Finds Similarities In Shakespearean Characters

While we’re waiting for the official shoe to drop on Chris Hemsworth’s casting as Marvel’s Thunder God, there’s plenty of room to speculate about the first confirmed actor aboard Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor.”

Tom Hiddleston will play Loki in the comic book film, with his ascension to the Trickster God’s throne owing no small thanks to his prior collaborations with director Branagh. But the Marvel blockbuster might put that friendship to the test — six months away from shooting, Hiddleston has been instructed to maintain a strict diet.

“Ken wants Loki to have a lean and hungry look, like Cassius in Julius Caesar,” Hiddleston told the Daily Mail. “Physically, he can’t be as posing as Thor.”

This means that Hiddleston will have to maintain the lanky physique he’s currently sporting — the same physique that raised a few eyebrows when the British actor was named in connection to the lead role in “Thor”.

Given Hiddleston’s thin frame, and also considering his background as a Shakespearean actor, his approach to Loki seems a much easier fit than if the actor had assume the mighty Mjolnir. In fact, Hiddleston is already comparing Loki to classic Shakespeare villains. In addition to the aforementioned Cassius, the actor likens his character to a nemesis from “King Lear.”

“Loki’s like a comic book version of Edmund in King Lear, but nastier,” he said. “Loki’s skilled in black magic and sorcery. He’s a shape-shifter and has all sorts of super powers from the dark arts. He can turn clouds into dragons, things like that.”

Jon Favreau To Make ‘Late Night’ Appearance Tonight… From The ‘Iron Man 2’ Set!

With Jay Leno’s career as host of “The Tonight Show” officially wrapped up despite a promised television resurrection next fall, all eyes are on his replacement Conan O’Brien, who takes the hosting reigns this evening. For any of you comic book fans looking to check out Conan’s prime time string dance, here’s some added incentive to tune in long enough for Conan’s own “Late Night” replacement, Jimmy Fallon.

According to his Twitter feed, Jon Favreau will be a guest tonight on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” though the “Iron Man 2” director will not be appearing on the show in person — he’ll be broadcasting straight from the set of the superhero sequel.

“I’ll be skyping a bit from the set of Iron Man tonite on Jimmy Fallon,” Favreau wrote on the social networking site this afternoon.

We’ve already seen spy photographs and even extensive Twittering from Favreau himself, but the director’s “Late Night” appearance will be the first chance for Shellhead fans to catch a Favreau-sanctioned look at on-set footage from the “Iron Man” sequel — not counting his past Twitter activity, of course.

Could Favreau’s appearance also herald cameos from other “Iron Man 2″ cast members? Might we get our first official looks at newcomers Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Don Cheadle?

Whatever the case may be, it’s looking like Jimmy Fallon is the talk show host to beat tonight. Conan better have plenty of “Walker, Texas Ranger” clips on queue if he wants to stand a chance against “Iron Man!”

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