Several X-Men news items of note. First up, many people are interested in getting their hands on a pair of sunglasses like the ones work by Cyclops in the upcoming film. Oakley actually provided the glasses for the film, and special "ruby quartz" lenses were made for them. So can you buy those version of the glasses? No. Not yet. Coming Attractions got in touch with Oakley for the scoop. Turns out glasses with the red lenses were not made because they can cause headaches and block out anything red colored. Not good in traffic. However, Oakley is considering making some X-Men edition glasses. The frames are available now under the name "Juliet's" in different colors, but not X-Men type ones. They want to hear from the public. Do you want Cyclops shades? Write them at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them where you live, who you are, and why you want the glasses. See Coming Attractions for more info!
Next up, Comics Continuum got some info from X-Men producer Ralph Winter. He confirmed that there will be a third trailer hitting theaters, and that Michael Kamen's soundtrack will be heard soon. I'm personally very excited to hear what Kamen has in store. His score to Robin Hood is one of my favorites. He also did the music for The Three Musketeers, The Iron Giant, Mr. Holland's Opus, Lethal Weapon, the Die Hard trilogy, and more. The score to this film should be VERY cool.
Winter also had some interesting comments about how the Internet is playing a role in the promotion of the film:"Maybe you're getting to an audience faster and more completely than you could before with the Internet. It's a part of making movies today," Winter said. "We're not doing it in isolation from that, nor are we doing it in partnership with it. I think we use the Internet from the marketing side of it. But in terms of the actual making of the movie, the process is not that involved yet. Maybe it will evolve to another state."
It's very interesting to see how every movie deals with the internet in a different way. They either fully embrace it, attempt to manipulate it, or shun it. All approaches have varying degrees of success. So far I'd say the X-Men folks are doing a pretty good job. The official site is good, there are lots of good chats and pictures coming out, and the creators seem to have a good relationship with the fan sites. Good stuff!
Finally, X-Fan got some info from Topps on how to get the X-Men promo cards. You can get the information you need at the link to their site. But X-Fan also got the following info from Topps. The cards will feature the following special stuff:"We¿re thrilled to announce that the hobby version also includes the hottest trend in trading cards - randomly inserted memorabilia cards. These Movie Memorabilia cards feature genuine material used on the X-Men movie set for the creation of the main characters¿ costumes. You won't find these ultra-rare collectibles in mass market retail packs."
So will you find Wolverine's sideburns in a pack, too? ;) For more details, hit the links above!
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