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The Newsdesk 03.12.09 – Rourke and Johansson Up for Iron Man 2; Hanks Mending SAG Fence

• Mickey Rourke will get a “significant” payday to play Russian villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2. Go, Rourke! Ride your comeback for all it’s worth.

• The first trailer for Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell will give you hope for the future of horror. It’s also timely — a bank lender is the bad guy.

• Scarlett Johansson has signed on to play the Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. The sequel is turning into an episode of The Love Boat, what with all the stars they’re packing in. Is Charo available for a cameo?

• Tom Hanks and other A-list actors are attempting to jump-start back-channel talks between the SAG and the AMPTP.

• Talks between Lionsgate Entertainment and billionaire investor Carl Icahn have reportedly broken down.

• Juan Antonio Bayona ( The Orphanage ) will direct Eclipse, the third installment in the Twilight franchise. The up-and-coming horror director and Guillermo del Toro protégé will make his English-language debut with the teen vampire film. Like it or not, this franchise is turning into the next Harry Potter.

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