-- Philip Seymour Hoffman can play any role. Priest ('Doubt'), wacked-out artist ('Synecdoche, New York'), villain ('Mission: Impossible III'), a real-life literary giant ('Capote') and even a rock critic ('Almost Famous'). But his biggest challenge may be forthcoming: Internet rumors have Hoffman being considered for the role of Venom in Sony's reboot of 'Spider-Man.' The rumors were started by a scant one sentence in a report at Deadline: Hollywood about casting for the female roles in the film. But you know the Net: today's rumor is ... well tomorrow's rumor. Anyhow, most buzz has put this casting in a negative light; not so much for Hoffman but because, apparently, a lot of people just don't care for Venom. As one pundit put it: "We've had enough of him in live action form to last us a lifetime."

-- Paramount, Fox and James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment are in the planning stages to release the 3-D version of 'Titanic' in April 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship sinking in the Atlantic (Paramount marks its own centennial the same month). That could put the film in theaters just a couple weeks after the 3-D reissue 'Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace' from Fox and Lucasfilm.


-- Though the future of the James Bond franchise is still in doubt because of the uncertain status of MGM ('Bond 23' is still listed at IMDb for 2012, however, as the studio is trying to make deals to get the film produced), 007's legacy still lives on. An insurance company in England has created the BOND Bike (Built of Notorious Deterrents) to help bring awareness to green transportation and sell bicycle insurance at the same time. The bike includes a flame-thrower in the handlebars, an ejector seat to disposes of thieves and a caterpillar track for smooth riding over pot-holed roads. This is definitely a geeky dream version of an Aston Martin.

-- After being wooed by Los Angeles and Anaheim, Comic-Con has decided to stay at home -- San Diego, where the convention was born in 1970. All three cities began making lucrative offers to the convention earlier this year when doubts sprang up about whether San Diego could still house the event -- which reached an attendance limit at the San Diego Convention Center of 125,000 in 2007 and has hit those numbers every year since. Details of what tipped the decision one way or another were not released, but it's known that new hotels are being constructed in San Diego and, according to Comic-Con, San Diego "really came together to try to make it work for us." The new agreement lasts through 2015.

-- Emily Blunt has joined Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in 'Looper,' a complicated time-travel action movie about killers of the future, called "Loopers," who work for a mob living even further in the future who send victims back in time to be knocked off by the hit men. The target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn't technically exist. Meyer Lansky would be proud. The film is being directed by Rian Johnson ('The Brothers Bloom').

-- Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill and Marc-Andre Grondin are skating to Canada for 'Goon,' an indie hockey comedy based on the book 'Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey' written by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio. The film begins shooting in Winnipeg in mid-October.

-- Fox 2000 has picked up a an untitled Beach Boys project -- being produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team responsible for 'Hairspray' -- that deals with the band's music but is not a biopic. The movie will be in the vein of 'Mamma Mia!' which built a story around the music of ABBA. Some reports have Fox beating out Universal for the project -- to the tune of $2 million. That's a lot of surf boards.
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