What's Popping: 'John Carter', 'Kick-Ass 2', 'Star Trek 2', 'Godfather', 'Bullet to the Head'

If Disney's John Carter is a good movie, we wouldn't know it from the trailers. It seems like Disney is more interested in showing off the special effects than letting us know why we ought to care about the characters or their plights. This extended clip does a way better job at it than the previous trailers but you'll have watch John Carter battle some apes before that. Disney, what's wrong with telling us straight up that John Carter is a love story about between an Earthling and a Martian princess?

The feature adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book Kick-Ass was disappointing at the box office so a sequel is unlikely to happen. However, Millar says in an interview that the sequel will indeed happen and will actually begin production this summer. If true, this is one of the best kept secret around since no one was aware of it. Perhaps Millar got in touch with Uwe Boll's financiers?

MTV managed to get their hands on two set pics from Star Trek 2. According their description, Spock and Benedict Cumberbatch's mystery character is fighting in what is described as the "Space Barge set" and Cumberbatch's character was able to resist Spock's Vulcan Death Grip (TM) to get the upper hand in the fight. What is he and how can he resist the invincible VDG (TM)? The mystery deepens. In another pic, Zoe Saldana's Uhura is pointing a phaser at Cumberbatch's character.

You can tell a novel is bad when a movie studio sues to stop it from getting publish. Normally, they welcome it with open arms because they can adapt them into movies but that's not the case with the forthcoming Godfather novel titled The Family Coreleone. Paramount is suing the Mario Puzo Estate to stop them from releasing it. Why? Because the Mario Puzo Estate had released a second unauthorized Godfather novel titled The Godfather's Revenge and it wasn't very good. They don't have high hopes for this other one either.

Warner Bros. has pulled Sylvester Stallone's actioner Bullet to the Head from its April 13th slot with no replacement date announced. Maybe they didn't like what they saw. Bullet to the Head is based on a graphic novel about a cop and a hitman teaming up to take revenge on those who've killed their respective partners. The movie is directed by Walter Hill.

Other News & Notes:

Joel Kinnaman offered the role of Robocop.

Michael Fassbender will play a lawyer in Ridley Scott's The Counselor.

Christian Bale will star in Scott Cooper's revenge drama Out of the Furnace.

Dwayne Johnson in talks to play Hercules for Brett Ratner.

Anthony Mackie joins Michael Bay's Pain and Gain.

Kathryn Bigelow's bin Laden movie adds Harold Perrineau to cast.

New Wrath of the Titans trailer online.

New Brave clip online.

New American Reunion trailer is online.

Warner Bros developing live-action Bleach movie.

Jai Courtney will play John McClane's son in Die Hard 5.

Writer and director board untitled movie based on Disneyland Matterhorn ride.

William Fichtner replaces Dwight Yoakam as the villain in The Lone Ranger.

Sam Mendes releases Skyfall video journal.

Nash Edgerton and Jennifer Ehle added to Kathryn Bigelow's bin Laden movie.

Paul Walker set for two picture deal with Universal of which the action thriller Skyscraper is the first.

James Franco porn-inspired drama, Cherry, is online.

Woody Allen and Alexander Payne winners at WGA Awards.

McG gives updates on Tink, Puzzle Palace, Spring Awakening and more.

Jim Caviezel joins Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Tomb. He will play the prison warden.

After disappointing opening, you can cross Ghost Rider 3 off.

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