The Random Spiel: April 15th 2007

-The strangest rumor of the week has popped up over at Slashfilm. Seems the runtime of “Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix” is being cut down due to the failure of “Grindhouse” being perceived as being due to its 191 minute length.

– Are you wondering why the “Halloween” teaser trailer that went online last week is no longer there? According to a New York marketing firm the trailer has been deemed too violent by the MPAA and is considered a Yellow Tag trailer. Expect it to reappear soon, but using one of those ‘six-hour window’ security systems (kind of useless on a global environment like the Net).

– A first look at the live-action “Iron Man” in his “Mark 1” armor.

– The first photo is out of Lena Headey and Thomas Dekker in Fox’s pilot “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”

– A controversy is erupting over the “Get Smart” movie with one production crewmember slamming the film.

-There’s mild talk that the original “Charlie’s Angels” team of Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson are going to re-team.

– David Goyer talks some more about his plans for the “SuperMax” hero prison movie.

– Despite no airdates being yet set, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” is still filming and currently in production of Episode 20.

– The online teaser poster is out for Mike Dougherty’s Halloween-themed horror ensemble “Trick ‘r Treat”.

– The first official stills are out for “The Oxford Murders” starring Elijah Wood and John Hurt.

– A script review is out for “The Queen” scribe Peter Morgan’s “Frost/Nixon” which Ron Howard remains attached to.

– Talk from early March was spot on – Scott Derrickson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) has been officialy hired to oversee the remake of “The Day The Earth Stood Still”.

– Brad Bird talks about why Pixar has no plans to reformat the first classic “Toy Story” film for 3-D.

-Clean-cut guys in Charlotte, North Carolina who’re willing to be in George Clooney’s new film “Leatherheads” this week, go here to become one.

– The marketing for “28 Weeks Later” in the UK is using a brilliant idea of projecting infection warning signs on major landmarks like the White Cliffs of Dover and the Houses of Parliament. There’s also a cool new poster.

-The indie film “Sympathy” has begun playing at the Wilshire Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles, the one room-set horror film sounds worth checking out.