§ As many as nine movie clips from WATCHMEN are now online, and we haven’t watched them (we want it to be pure), but according to some, they have not been as instantly life-changing, dick-stiffening, epiphany-inducing, second-coming revealing, cancer-curing, and war-ending as people hoped. Maybe we will watch ’em after all and judge for ourselves.

§ The Flickr stream of SCOTT PILGRIM director Edgar Wright continues to reveal the cast:

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Michael Cera as Scott.

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Chris Evans as Lucas Lee, the second evil ex boyfriend.

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Mystery cast member? Although the eyebrow looks a bit like Brandon Routh as Todd Ingram, some believe it to be the still-rumoured Jason Schwartzman as 7th boyfriend Gideon Gordon Graves, although that is total rumor, totally unverified, as Splash Page explains.

§ Mickey Rourke is not only recovering from the death of his beloved chihuahua, but he’s now playing hardball with Marvel over Iron Man 2, NY Mag’s Vulture reports:

But so what if ICM’s David Unger doesn’t look good in a dress — at least he’s battling Marvel for a bigger paycheck for Rourke for his rumored role as a villain in Iron Man 2, right? “Right now, we’re not doing Iron Man 2,” Rourke told us grimly.

He did have some good news, though. Following the widespread disappointment over his canceled appearance at the upcoming WrestleMania 25, Rourke told us he’ll still be there, just not in the ring: “We’re gonna go in support. Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Rick Flair have been such a part of the movie … So whatever support I can give back to all those people from WWE, I’m gonna do that.”

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  1. Most people in the wrestling biz still expect Rourke to wrestle. He just “can’t say it” right now, as to jeopardize his chances of winning the oscar.

  2. At first I was a little irked about Michael Cera as Scott, thinking “ugh he’ll just play the same character he always plays in everything,” and then I realized that’s actually what Scott is like, so it’s cool.

  3. The movie Watchmen was made without the consent or participation of the writer of the book, Alan Moore.

    Out of respect for Mr. Moore, why not consider waiting at least one week (preferably more) after the theatrical release of Watchmen to watch it, as a small protest to the consistently poor treatment of Mr. Moore by Time Warner and DC Comics? DC comics, it should be noted, has a long and notorious history of poor treatment of cartoonists, going back at least to screwing a couple of teenagers out of the rights to Superman.

    I am not arguing that it is wrong to go see the Watchmen movie if you really want to. I am just suggesting you wait a bit to see it, out of RESPECT for the person who wrote it, as his wishes for it are not being honored.

    I repeat… this is an issue of RESPECT. It is not a legal issue. It is not an issue of artistic merit, or lack thereof. It is not even an issue of being completely sick of seeing marketing for this movie everywhere, even though I certainly am. It is an issue of respecting the intent of an artist whose works you respect.

    Furthermore, a week is a VERY small time to wait if you really want to see this thing. It is an important time to the Time Warner Corporation, however, as how a movie is received in its first week very much effects how successful it is overall.

    I’ve read many objections to Mr. Moore’s complaints about the film. Yes, Mr. Moore was doing work for hire… yes, he sold the rights to Watchmen. It was certainly a bad business deal.

    Mr. Moore signed a contract where the rights to Watchmen would return to him after the book had been out of print for a designated period of time. At the time Watchmen came out, there was no precedent for a graphic novel NOT going out of print. Watchmen, Dark Knight and Maus changed that. Mr. Moore naively thought at the time he signed the contract that he would get the rights back, and DC Comics was happy to exploit him.

    Regardless of whatever mistakes Mr. Moore has made in this instance, his works have greatly enriched my life. Out of respect for him, I don’t think it is asking a lot to wait a week or two to see whatever travesty they have made of his book on the screen… or, better yet, you could choose not to see it at all.

    The book is still on the shelf, and will always be the best way to experience this masterpiece of comics fiction. Why not do yourself a favor and read it instead of watching the Hollywood aberration?

    If you’ve ever read and enjoyed any of the wonderful works of Alan Moore, please consider affording him this extremely small favor.

    Join the Wait a Week to Watch the Watchmen Facebook group here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=128815745124