"Wonderful" Freddy vs. Jason news I know theres a thread about this lurking somewhere on the forum, but I think this counts as different news though. From Fangoria.com: "August 15: Hodder out of FREDDY VS. JASON? FREDDY VS. JASON begins shooting in Vancouver on September 9, but it appears that longtime Jason actor Kane Hodder will not be reprising his role in the eagerly awaited grudge match. Both New Line and a distraught Hodder himself tell Fango that the production has been auditioning other performers all week to take over the role, including HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION’s Shape star Brad Loree. So why is the studio passing on Hodder, who has kept the character alive for the past 14 years and has emerged as a hero to fright fans? Both the actor and an anonymous New Line executive tell Fango that the production has “rethought” the character to make Jason both more sympathetic and a closer physical match to opponent Freddy (Robert Englund, who has signed on). To get an idea of what the filmmakers have in mind, the new Jason casting breakdown calls for an actor “who can emote pain and anguish over the loss of a loved one… [we’re looking for] someone with poetic eyes.” The idea is to make Jason a “sad, pathetic, Phantom of the Opera-type character,” says our New Line source. Though Hodder has met with director Ronny (BRIDE OF CHUCKY) Yu, he admits that the production wants a “different body type” for the film. New Line, which expects to decide on its Jason star by this weekend, insists that Hodder is still being considered for his dream gig. In other FREDDY VS. JASON news, screenwriter David (BLADE II) Goyer, who has been periodically involved with the project over the years, is polishing Mark Swift and Damian Shannon’s script, while STIR OF ECHOES’ Fred Murphy will serve as director of photography. In other casting, R&B singer Kelly Roland of Destiny’s Child is expected to take the film's female lead. And in yet another career-defining move for Bill Terezakis of WTC Productions, the Vancouver-based FX artist (HOUSE OF THE DEAD, WILLARD, FINAL DESTINATION 2) will be providing the movie’s special makeup. “We’re redesigning both the characters, Freddy and Jason,” Terezakis tells Fango. "We’re doing tons of stuff on this film, real interesting effects and makeup.” Regarding his and the industry’s resurgence in creature FX, he adds, “This is the Year of Rubber all over again. Everyone is doing makeup.” Why must they kill everything I love? My hope for this movie is getting slimmer. Sure it will look good with Yu directing and I'm glad to hear about the "Year of Rubber" thing, but things are looking grim to me. Hopefully that's just rumors, but Fangoria has finally got their Internet shit together so I don't know. And another thing I can't stress enough, why do they put singers in movies? Is New Line really that desperate for money that they need to try and get people who are fans of these "musicians" to see the movie just to watch their favorite singers act? Arrgh! Anyway I'm done.