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Filmism.net Dispatch July 25, 2010

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You might have wondered what's happened to Wesley Snipes in the last few years since the Blade series. It's possible he's been enmeshed in a legal battle over his tax evasion charges, and it wasn't good news this week as it emerged he may do time.

At least he might be able to get together with Lindsay Lohan and start a support group for former stars turned felons. Casey Affleck won't be joining them just yet but he's not as squeaky clean as his public persona if you can believe the sexual harassment lawsuit a former staff member's just slapped on him.

Mission Impossible 4 is indeed being directed by Brad Bird as I heard a few weeks back, and since abandoning The Hobbit films Guillermo Del Toro hasn't been sitting on his hands. He'll be doing the film version of Disney's Haunted Mansion ride (which the studio will be hoping strikes Pirates of the Caribbean-like gold) and may be doing yet another version of Pinocchio.

There's a 300 sequel/spin-off in the works, but all the big news this week is coming from San Diego ComicCon, and the biggest is all about The Avengers movie. Mark Ruffalo's stepped into The Hulk's oversized shoes, but the really exciting news that will set the film apart from the rest of the comic book dross is that Joss Whedon has signed to direct.

I also wanted to call your attention to a trailer that looks like it could be for a very tightly-wound, taught horror movie called Devil, produced and directed by M Night Shyamalan but with an unknown in the director's chair. And for a bit of guilty fun, Machete, Robert Rodriguez's contribution to the Grindhouse trailer reel.

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