Monday, August 27th, 2007
Hulk Smash Downtown Toronto!
A long and busy weekend means one half-assed post today. Something more substantial tomorrow.
Local celeb watchers who worry about going into withdrawal following the close of the Toronto International Film Festival should take note of this item from Comic Book Resources – the have a spy report from the set of The Incredible Hulk, which is filming in the Big Smoke, that says: “I was just talking with a location scout on set of The Incredible Hulk who has told me that Younge Street in Toronto will be closed between Dundas and College from September 17th to the 19th. During this time they will be filming the final fight scene between The Abomination and The Hulk. Also at this time, they will be making this area of town look like New York. The Canon Theatre will be made to look like the Apollo Theatre.”
At first, this sounds like exciting news – the climax of a major superhero motion picture being filmed right down the street from me! Until you realize that almost everything of interest is likely to be CGI which means that at best, you’ll get a couple of Oscar winner/nominees in Edward Norton (Bruce Banner/Hulk) and Tim Roth (Emil Blonsky/Abomination) grappling on Yonge St whilst dressed in green bodysuits. At worst, you get their stuntmen. The movie will open on June 18 of next year. I kind of keep hoping that the real Hulk will blog from the set, but he may be in disavowal mode, having already dismissed the casting.
The compilation CD for the Polaris Music Prize, due to be awarded on September 24, will be released tomorrow but only nine of the ten finalists are represented. A track from Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible will be absent on account of the band’s “no-compilation” policy. I guess the Six Feet Under soundtrack didn’t count as a compilation, just a single album containing tracks from lots of different artists. Seems kind of silly – it’s not like it’s a K-Tel Hits Of The 00’s collection or something. JAM! has more info.