The Random Spiel: April 24th 2007

A script review is out of Martin Scorsese’s music industry-set drama “The Long Play”.

-Wal-Mart may be gearing up to release a dirt cheap HD-DVD player by next year – sub-$299 prices which could have a major effect on the still brewing format war.

-A synopsis for the fourth “Saw” film currently in production is up at Fearnet, as is the first photos.

-Bart Simpson will go full frontal in the upcoming “The Simpsons Movie” according to MSNBC.

-James Cameron’s “Avatar” is said to have an ‘initial budget’ of around $195 million according to The Chicago Tribue.

-Joss Whedon talks about the “X-Men 4” rumours and how he’s in a sad place right now it seems in a fascinating Wizard Universe interview.

-The first pics from the set of Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia” are up at Australiamovie.net.

-Former “Star Trek” producer Rick Berman is set to write a tell-all book about his time working on the various spin-offs from TNG to DS9, Voyager and Enterprise.

Early photos are out of the Alien and Predator designs being used in AVP2.

-A whole stack of pics are out from the Tribeca entry “Unearthed.”

-A new one-sheet is out for the Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez vehicle “El Cantante”

-Shaun Toub is not playing the Mandarin in Iron Man, rather a prisoner named Dr. Yinsen reports Screenrant

-Ten international movie posters are out for “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.”