JAMES SPADER TO PLAY ULTRON IN AVENGERS SEQUEL

Marvel Studios has announced that James Spader will play Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel scheduled for a May 1, 2015 release.

Marvel did not specify if Spader would be providing his voice only, or if he would physically appear in the movie.

Spader, 53, earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on Boston Legal and The Practice, and will return to television this fall in NBC’s The Blacklist.

Most recently, Spader was seen in Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN MOVIE TO FILM IN MICHIGAN

The Michigan Film Office has announced the Superman/Batman movie from Warner Bros. Pictures has been approved for a film incentive from the state. 

Production on the new film, directed by Zack Snyder, is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan in the first quarter of 2014. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is writing the screenplay. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. 

“This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan.”

“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” Snyder said. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”

The movie was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures.  

Titles include Action Comics #23.1, Ame-Comi Girls #7, Animal Man Vol. 3: Rotworld – The Red Kingdom, Batman #23.1, Batman and Robin #23.1, Batman: Black & White #1,  Batman: The Dark Knight #23.1, DC Universe vs. the Masters of the Universe #1, Detective Comics #23.1, Django Unchained #7, Earth 2 #15.1, Fairest #19, The Flash #23.1, Forever Evil #1, Green Arrow #23.1, Justice League #23.1, Justice League Dark #23.1, Justice League of America #7.1, Legends of the Dark Knight #12, Necessary Evil: The Villains of the DC Universe TP, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #37, Superman #23.1 and Trillium #2.

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