News briefs: New Futurama? IMAX Transformers? Mickey Rourke in Russian?

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Adam-Troy Castro
Jul 4, 2015

Collider.com reported a rumor that the defunct sci-fi animated series Futurama has been given a new 13-episode order by Comedy Central.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen director Michael Bay posted on his official message board that the film is nearly done, that it will feature 42 robots and that the movie will run slightly longer in its IMAX version "with more robot fighting. Four scenes were shot on IMAX cameras so the screen will fill the full IMAX screen for these scenes."

Neil Patrick Harris will play a supporting role in CBS Films' Beastly, a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Harris is playing a blind tutor who helps and bonds with a teen (Alex Pettyfer) who is shell-shocked from being turned into a hideous young man.

Iron Man 2 star Mickey Rourke told the Guardian newspaper that he'll be speaking Russian in his role as the villainous Ivan (Whiplash): "I decided to do half my role in Russian, and that's hard, because the Russian language doesn't roll off the English-speaking tongue very easily."

Kirsten Dunst will definitely be reprising the role of Mary Jane in the upcoming fourth Spider-Man movie, producer Todd Black told the New York Post.

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