The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King:Calgary Sun recently sat down with Billy Boyd, who plays the comedic Hobbit 'Pippin' in the Lord Of The Rings films, to discuss his role in the films as well as tell of the 'cut' he's seen of the third film of the trilogy:

Boyd has seen part of a rough cut of Return and says the new film is by far the best.

“I don’t think people have any idea — it’s incredible,” says Boyd, who still keeps in touch with his co-stars, including Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom and John Rhys-Davies.

“We’ve started with the best source material and then the script they wrote is probably the best screenplay I’ve ever read.

“I was near tears just reading the screenplay. It was so emotional. On top of that, people already know the character and have been on journeys with all these guys. This is sort of the end of all those stories. It’s just got so much going for it before (Jackson) adds the special touches.”

The Amazing Spider-man: Reports have hit the web that Tobey Macguire may not be returning to reprise his role as Spider-man in the upcoming sequel which is set to start production on April 12th. According to Coming Soon! the cause for Maguire's possible absence range from salary disputes to physical ailments. Rumor has it, if Macguire dropped from the role, Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko), might be filling those tights.

In refute, The Hollywood Reporter ha gotten word from Macguire's reps about the rumor:

"After doing two physically demanding films in a row, Tobey has experienced mild discomfort in his back, which is in the final stages of healing," his rep said. "With an April 12 start date around the corner, everyone involved wants to be certain he is able to do the intense stunts."

Even despite his back trouble, Bush added, Maguire has been busy preparing for another go as Peter Parker, working out and showing up for special effects meetings. As for Gyllenhaal, a CAA spokesperson said the actor has never been offered the part.

We'll keep you posted. Thanks to CS! for the scoop.

Superman: The much talked about and rumored film of this year has to be the newly enhanced Superman that Warner Bros. is supposed to release in 2004. Well, after all the casting rumors, and director Brett Ratner's involvement with the project, it seems, according to The Hollywood Reporter, last Saturday, all contracts have expired and it's back to the drawing board for the entire project.

Both Brendan Fraser and Matthew Bomer are now out of contention for the title role, sources confirmed. Insiders said both sides parted amicably, but the project could be starting over from scratch. Today is the day the studio is expected to decide the fate of director Brett Ratner's option, which expired Saturday.

Van Helsing: Hugh Jackman talked about his role in the horror flick to Empire Movies recently:

"This is kind of the younger and more adventurous swashbuckling version of Van Helsing,' explains Jackman, 'who is, for want of a better word, a mercenary for the Catholic Church who is out there killing or dealing with possessed souls of all different shapes and sizes. Right at the beginning of the movie you meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which introduces my character. So he's out there dealing with these rogue demons that have taken over bodies. And as it turns out, Dracula, whose existence has been known to the Church in Transylvania, is kind of starting to get out of control, and so they send Van Helsing, on a big mission to find him. Anna, Kate Beckinsale's character, is the youngest and final member of the family whose job it is to try and track Dracula for 400 years."

The X-Files 2: Gillian Anderson was on UK chat show "Parkinson" where she discussed her hopes of an X-Files sequel:

"She said that they're doing another X-Files movie hopefully by the end of this year. She said she and David [Duchovny] have signed, and that Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish are also back. She had no idea or storyline, but said it might be a prequel set before the events of the TV series last season. Anderson herself specifically said - "Chris doesn't tell anyone what he's writing about, so we have no idea what to expect. But I assure you it will be something quite good. It's taken all this time, it better be. David, Robert, Annabeth, Brian Thompson who played a hunter and Mitch Pileggi, are all in it so it will be a nice reunion for us all".

Thanks to DH for the scoop.

The Passion: Some details about Mel Gibson's latest directorial feature are up at Ain't It Cool. CLICK HERE

Finding Nemo:The official site has posted some new photos as well as a new poster for the film. CLICK HERE

Agent Cody Banks 2: After a $15 million dollar opening weekend for Agent Cody Banks, which only cost $20 million to make, MGM is on a fast track to start production on the sequel to the film. The film starts shooting in 6 weeks.

Cursed: According to Moviehole, Corey Feldman confirmed that Skeet Urlich has won a major part in Wes Craven's "Cursed". In addition, Feldman says production on the film begins today, and his role is merely a cameo.

Starship Troopers 2: Ed Neumeier talked about the Starship Troopers 2 script today with Moviehole:

"The script for Starship 2 pretty much took its cues from what Phil wanted to do and what was possible given the limitations of the budget. Phil's idea was that we should sort of reverse what had been done with the first two Alien movies. If Starship Troopers was a gung-ho bughunt adventure ala Aliens, then Starship 2 would be a more moody horror picture like Alien.

"Personally, I'm always making fun of everything and trying for satire but don't tell Phil. In this case, the joke may well be on me since we don't have any money at all and everytime I propose something the producer, my old pal Jon Davison, just laughs at me.

"In many ways, though, our micro budget (at least by comparison to the first one) has been an interesting creative exercise. Since you don't have anything, you've gotta be very flexible and very inventive and ultimately this is both a freeing and inspiring experience. I often think of a scene in Vincent Minnelli's The Bad and The Beautiful wherein Kirk Douglas and Barry Sullivan playing producer and director of B pictures accordingly are assigned "a little horror called - 'The Doom of the Cat Men.'

Star Wars: Want to see the original trilogy on DVD...you know, where HAN shoots first, not Greedo? Follow this link to sign the online petition! CLICK HERE

The Sopranos: The show might go on. James Gandolfini had a one-on-one meeting with Brad Grey on Friday night at Grey's Pacific Palisades home. On Monday, Gandolfini's lawyers started the process of withdrawing the breach-of-contract suit the actor filed against the network March 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court, and sources close to the situation said the two sides were closing in on a contract for fifth and sixth seasons. And despite the rancor involving Gandolfini, sources said it was looking increasingly likely that "Sopranos" creator David Chase would agree to pen a sixth season of the show about the conflicted mafia don and his extended family. In January, HBO chief Chris Albrecht said that he expected the upcoming fifth season would be the show's swan song.

Stay tuned...

Brian B.