The Random Spiel: January 12th 2009

The Los Angeles Times’s 2009 movie preview guide includes around fifty new stills, one from each of the biggest movies of the upcoming year. Check out their online gallery.

An enhanced version of that recent “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” poster does seem to display that it seems to be the titular villain after all rather than Jetfire, Soundwave or Megatron as previously suspected.

“Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno” continues to skirt controversy with word coming out that one sequence contains a black model called Jesus wearing a loincloth and a crown of thorns…” (full details)

“Josh Brolin says that he was blown away by ‘Jonah Hex’ director Jimmy Hayward’s take on the character that he brought him to the studio and suggested he be the man put in charge…” (full details)

“Sam Raimi indicates that he’s a fan of the vampire villain Morbius from the “Spider-Man” comics, could he be the next film’s villain?” (full details)

“‘Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince’ has been given a PG rating for ‘scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality’…” (full details)

“I do believe it will happen, because [creator] Michael Patrick King himself told me it’s gonna happen. But I haven’t really received any official information yet” says Stylist Patricia Field about a potential ‘Sex and the City’ movie sequel…” (full details)

“I would be less interested in that than I would in having cigarettes put out in my eyes” says David Fincher when asked about doing a possible sequel to ‘Se7en’…” (full details)

“The Directors Guild has announced its candidates for the Best Director of the year: Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), Ron Howard (“Frost/Nixon”), Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) and Gus Van Sant (“Milk”)…” (full details)

“A breakdown of the various psychic power abilities of the characters in Paul McGuigan’s upcoming action flick “Push” indicate this mythology-heavy action thriller may be too dense or the uninitiated…” (full details)

“In a sneak preview of scenes from “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” earlier this week, it was confirmed that footage from 2003’s “Underworld” with Selene (Kate Beckinsale ) will bookend the film…” (full details)

“Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will include a standard-definition DVD copy within many of its 2009 Blu-ray Disc releases. The move comes due to the success of including a standard DVD of “Sleeping Beauty” within the film’s October 7th Blu-ray release…” (full details)

“Because of the way MGM and Fox have given the US Region 1 DVD of “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People” a bare bones treatment, the film’s star Simon Pegg and director Robert B. Weide ask you to import the far more extras-loaded Region 2 UK DVD release…” (full details)

“Writer/director Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash” comic book store in Los Angeles, which last year moved from Westwood into the popular DVD store Laser Blazer, is closing its doors on January 11th due to the falling economy. His store in Red Bank, New Jersey however is still going very strong…” (full details)

“Avi Arad is set to produce “Robosapien Rebooted”, a film based on the toy robot line of the same name…” (full details)