The Random Spiel: January 19th 2008

-Posters are out from The Bank Job, 10,000 BC, Stop Loss, Possession, Midnight Meat Train, Hell Ride.

-Xavier Gens has confirmed that he is no longer in talks to direct the new adaptation of “Conan the Barbarian” and that the producers are keen on finding a helmer who’ll do their bidding.

-Michelle Monaghan has confirmed that she has been asked to play the role of Silver Fox in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and is presently working out scheduling to see if she can do it.

-For the many who’ve mailed in asking, my ‘Best Films of 2007’ list won’t be up until next weekend as there’s a few must-see titles I won’t get to a chance to view until late next week. Right now though “No Country for Old Men” and “Atonement” are vying for the top spot.

-Game publisher Eidos is developing a Xbox 360 and PS3 game based on the “Highlander” film and TV franchise for release late this year.

-He did a hell of a job as a flirty omnisexual time agent last week in the second season premiere of “Torchwood”, now former-“Buffy” star James Marsters has talked about his role in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the anime “Dragonball”. Also new behind-the-scenes videos, set photos, cast interviews and more from the upcoming live-action “Dragonball” movie are up at Hoycinema.

– Sarah Michelle Gellar has confirmed that she is still attached to play Alice in a big screen adaptation of the dark “Alice in Wonderland” video game.

-Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez returned to Auckland, New Zealand this week to film more of James Cameron’s “Avatar”. Surprisingly enough “Underworld” helmer Len Wiseman was also spotted around town.

-Announcement of the Oscar nominations will stream live at Oscar.com for the first time on Tuesday at 5:30am US-PST.

-Brendan Fraser says that the cameras they used on “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” are the same as those being used in James Cameron’s upcoming “Avatar”.

-Actor Doug Jones, who plays Abe Sapien in the upcoming “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”, has given an interview about what to expect in the sequel.

-A website formatted specifically for iPhones has gone online for the upcoming sci-fi action thriller “Jumper”.

-Warner Bros. Pictures is planning a theatrical re-release of Tony Gilroy’s drama “Michael Clayton” starring George Clooney in the title role. The film will return to theatres on January 25 in approximately 1,000 locations in North America.

-Two storyboards are up from Zac Snyder’s adaptation of the “Watchmen” graphic novel.

-Four films have been nominated for best picture by both the DGA & PGA meaning they’ll almost certainly get an Oscar Best Picture nomination: “No Country for Old Men,” “Michael Clayton,” “There Will Be Blood” and “Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

-Director Ed Cunningham talks about the status of “The King of Kong” feature film adaptation based on the documentary.

-Shooting wrapped Friday on the Clive Owen and Naomi Watts thriller “The International”.