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THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013

The X-Files

THE AFTER
It’s been almost a year since we’ve heard anything about Chris Carter’s new apocalyptic sci-fi series The After, but now it sounds like the project has finally found a home.
After passing on that uneven Zombieland show, Amazon.com is gearing up for another round of potential pilots — and the X-Files creator’s long-delayed series is near the top of the list. Fingers crossed, sci-fi fans.
Little is known about the plot, other than that it is “set at the moment of the apocalypse” and would be in the “same vein” as The X-Files. That’s not much to go on, but it’s more than enough to pique our interest.
Though The X-Files made him a sci-fi legend, Carter has stayed relatively quiet in recent years. He had another potential series fail to make it out of development, and The After was announced almost a year ago and has been bouncing around looking for a backer ever since.
Here’s hoping Amazon is the right place, because we’d love to see what Carter could come up with.

Vin Diesel

SOLDIERS OF THE SUN
With two major sci-fi franchises already on his plate, Vin Diesel just added another — and it sounds positively awesome.
Diesel has teamed up with buzzy new writer Arash Amel to develop Soldiers of the Sun, which sounds like it could be an insane sci-fi war flick. Diesel will play the leader of a military unit on a post-invasion Earth, battling aliens to try and free the planet from alien occupation.
Here’s the weirdly awesome synopsis, via The Hollywood Reporter:
“Sun is set in a post-apocalyptic future and focuses on a squad of soldiers that searches for a fabled city of gold while on a tour of duty in Mexico liberating it from an alien race known as Orcs.”
Considering Diesel is a hotter commodity than ever now, with everything from Riddick to his newly announced Guardians of the Galaxy gig, it seems the studio hopes Sun can be the latest feather in his cap. They’re even comparing it to the massive Fast and Furious franchise, meaning this flick could spawn a lot of sequels if it does well.

Orphan Black

ORPHAN BLACK
The first season of BBC America’s sci-fi masterpiece Orphan Black shined by keeping the cast tightly focused (even more so when you consider that half the main characters are played by Tatiana Maslany), but it looks like we’ll actually meet a few new faces next year.
The surprise hit is looking to add two new recurring characters, both of which sound like they’ll be shaking things up even more than all the insanity we saw in year one. For one thing, it definitely looks like those religious fanatics will be hanging around.
Here’s the excerpt, via TV Line, breaking down the two new characters:
Two new recurring characters, for starters. The first one, Cal, will be introduced in Episode 3 and is described as a ruggedly handsome, adaptive and extremely well connected woodsman who possesses the heart of a lover. The other, more sinister-sounding newbie, Pastor Johanssen, debuts in Episode 2 and is the mercurial leader of a radical faith based “Prolethean” sect “who is fervently anti-science and views GMO’s and synthetic biology as a modern affront to God’s work.”
That last one definitely sounds like it could be a major antagonist to the clone gang, and we’re definitely curious to see how the first one fits into the mix.

VAMPIRE UNIVERSITY
The Weinstein Company's Vampire Academy has revealed a trailer!
Directed by Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters and based on the hit book series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles. The film follows Rose Hathaway (Deutch) is a Dhampir: half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.
Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Deepak Nayer and Michael Preger will produce with Stuart Ford executive producing.
Vampire Academy hits theaters February 14, 2014.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE
Although the domestic trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, released in June, ran for two and half minutes, a newly-debuted international take condensed the action to just under 60 seconds.
Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel "Xerxes" and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemesia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
300: Rise of an Empire opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on March 7, 2014.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013

Johnsons

THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS
Syfy has purchased the first two seasons of the New Zealand show, "The Almighty Johnsons." The comedic fantasy about Norse gods living in modern-day society will premiere in the United States at some point in 2014.
"The Almighty Johnsons" focuses on the four Johnson brothers -- ordinary guys living in Auckland who just happen to be the human incarnations of Norse gods. Unfortunately, they each have very limited superpowers from this and thus must deal with everyday life like everyone else. This mostly consists of mid-level jobs and drinking a lot of beer.
Beginning when the youngest Johnson brother finds out he's Odin and therefore must find his soulmate in order to avoid potentially global catastrophe, "The Almighty Johnsons" is currently airing its third season in New Zealand. The first two seasons -- 23 episodes -- are set to air on Syfy.
While this marks the first purchase of a television program out of New Zealand, Syfy has a strong recent history when it comes to acquiring foreign productions for American viewing. The Canadian series "Lost Girl" and "Continuum" came to Syfy in this same manner.
"We're delighted to introduce quality New Zealand programming to the Syfy audience," said senior vice president of programming, Chris Regina. "A compelling blend of fantasy and comedy, this quirky series should resonate strongly with our viewers."

Supernatural

SUPERNATURAL
We still have a few months to wait until The CW’s Supernatural returns on Oct. 8, but now we can at least get a peek at the gang all back together. And, wait, what the heck is Castiel wearing?
The network has dropped the first bit of season nine promo art, showing stars three stars Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), and Misha Collins (Castiel) hanging out in what looks to be a broken-down farmhouse.
What stands out? For one, Castiel has traded his trademark trenchcoat in for a sharp, well-fitted suit — though the Winchesters are still sporting their usual hunter-garb (with some weapons to match). With Castiel now officially (apparently) a human, it looks like he’ll finally have to find a new wardrobe.
This sneak peek also backs up reports that Castiel will have a major role in the new season, bumping up from recurring status to full-fledged regular. If the dude makes the cut in the first cast pic, it seems the fan-favorite fallen angel will be around a lot this season.
So, while we hang on to see what the producers cook up for that upcoming spin-off series, lets just be glad we get to hang without favorite hunters for another year.

Aquaman

AQUAMAN
Though they’re still figuring out what to do on the big screen, DC has been killing it on the animated movie front for years with some very solid superhero flicks. For the latest, you'd better hold your breath (literally).
With the Flash most recently getting the spotlight in the solid pic Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, based on the Flashpoint comic arc, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has now revealed that Aquaman will be getting his very own adventure sometime soon.
He revealed the development via Twitter, in response to a fan wondering when the king of Atlantis would get his own movie. Sure, he played a (murderous, bloodthirsty) role in The Flashpoint Paradox, but it's high time we get a true Aquaman flick.
The character has had a comic renaissance as of late, finally proving you can tell some pretty awesome stories with DC’s typical whipping-boy hero.

GRAVITY
Take a look at this longer trailer just released by Sony Pictures, detailing the reasons behind the accidental attack on the space shuttle, and going beyond Sandra Bullock's mere grasping and groaning as she tumbles into oblivion. The initial Gravity teasers have been somewhat sparse in their plot details, other than anxious astronauts dealing with an orbital disaster involving a rogue satellite, leaving some audiences snickering at their clumsy antics in outer space.
This detailed examination of the disaster gives a more accurate portrayal of the film's pace and structure. With ecstasy-inducing cinematography and brilliant, disorienting camerawork, director Alfonso Cuaron has crafted a dense, dire depiction of the horrifying harshness of space travel, no doubt designed to look awesome splashed across an epic IMAX screen ... even a year later than expected.
Grab onto something and have a nice trip.
Here the official synopsis:
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Gravity spins into theaters on Oct. 4, 2013, in IMAX 3D.

IRON MAN 3 GAG REEL
The man who is Tony Stark is a funny, funny guy, and we've got the first gag reel clip from Iron Man 3 to prove it.
If you've seen the third in the line of Iron Man movies, then you already know that there's a lot of comedy in it. The action flick excels at undercutting the dramatic moments with a joke to keep the movie light, fun and moving at a quick pace.
So we assumed the gag reel would be good. And this first glimpse of it confirms our conclusions.

INTERSTELLAR
After hanging up his cape with the Dark Knight trilogy (well, except for his producing duties on Zack Snyder’s superhero stuff), director Christopher Nolan is heading into deep space for his next big-budget adventure — and now we know a little more about what he’s planning.
Principal photography for Interstellar officially started this week, en route to the film’s Nov. 7, 2014, release date. Included in the announcement? An official synopsis, along with the full cast list.
The flick is being directed and co-written by Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), based on a script he co-developed with his brother Jonathan. It’s gone through some restructuring along the way, most notably when Nolan got involved, but this new synopsis finally reveals what we can expect.
Check it out below:
The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
It sounds intriguing, and this being Nolan, you’d have to think there are some major sci-fi twists he’s keeping under his hat until this thing gets further along. Regardless, we’re interested to see what he can do with a full-fledged future-set sci-fi movie.
The space-set flick will star Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace and several others.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013

HIGH MOON
Syfy has cast the two leads in its upcoming Bryan Fuller drama pilot High Moon.
The Office's Chris Diamantopoulos and Easy A's Jake Sandvig have been tapped to star in the 90-minute pilot from the creator of Pushing Daisies and Hannibal.
High Moon centers on a future when the countries of the Earth establish colonies to mine the Moon's resources, only to see chaos erupt when new forms of life are discovered. It's based on John Christopher's novel The Lotus Caves.
Diamantopoulos will play Ian, a chief investigator for the American federal government who has been dispatched to the moon to figure out the cause of an explosion. He's stunned by what he discovers. The character is outwardly the strong and silent type but has a dizzying agenda that helps make him a closeted neurotic. The only person who can access that side of him is his brother, Marty (Sandvig), whose ability to get under his skin has led to a complex and antagonistic relationship.
Sandvig's Marty is a convict sentenced to serve time as a laborer on the moon. Passionate about his job, Marty is investigated for espionage and sabotage when a giant blast goes off near an area where he was working. The character finds something he knows is a game-changer and will go to the end of the moon to prove he's telling the truth about its existence.
Diamantopoulos (The Starter Wife, Up All Night, Arrested Development) next appears in Showtime's Episodes. He's repped by WME, Untitled and Stone Meyer.
Sandvig, who played Emma Stone's unwelcome suitor Anson in Easy A, starred on NBC's Twenty Good Years. His credits include MTV pilot Hot Mess, Weeds, The Story of Us, Once and Again, The Closer and Veronica Mars. He next appears in An Evergreen Christmas. He's repped by Innovative, Main Title and Felker Toczek.
Fuller executive produces the Universal Cable Productions and Lark Productions vehicle alongside Adam Kane (Being Human), Cary Granat and Steve Granat for Reel FX, Don Murphy and Susan Montford for Angry Films and Louise Clark and Andrew Williamson for Lark Productions. Kane (Pushing Daisies) also will direct the pilot, which was written by Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies) based on a story adaption from Fuller and Gray. Production will begin Aug. 26 in Vancouver.

SUPERNATURAL NEWS
Gildart Jackson, the host of the freshman murder-mystery reality competition Whodunnit?, has landed a guest gig on the upcoming season of the CW's Supernatural.
The actor, who plays Butler Giles on the summer series, will play Haggerty, a veteran member of the Men of Letters, and appear during a 1930 flashback. Jackson will first appear in the fourth episode of the season, titled "Slumber Party." He's locked for one episode.
In addition to Whodunnit, Jackson's credits also include USA Network's Burn Notice, Charmed and General Hospital. He's repped by Ellis Talent Group.
Jackson joins Battlestar Galactica alum Tahmoh Penikett, who has a recurring role, as guest stars this season on Supernatural. The series returns Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. on The CW.

EXPENDABLES 3
Although his credits include a minor appearance in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (he played "Trader #1"), Glen Powell is a relatively newcomer to leading roles in Hollywood. That's all about to change, however, as The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Powell has scored a major part in Lionsgate's upcoming The Expendables 3. He'll play a military hacker and drone expert in the ensemble sequel.
Powell will join a cast that currently includes Slyvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz. The film set to shoot soon in Los Angeles, rumored additional cast members have been said to include Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich, although none have been, as of yet, confirmed.
The Expendables 3 will be directed by Patrick Hughes and will arrive in theaters on August 15, 2014.

THE HOUR OF PERIL
The Weinstein Company announced today they have acquired television rights to Daniel Stashower’s New York Times bestselling narrative nonfiction book, The Hour of Peril. TWC is eyeing the historical thriller as a television mini-series, with Brendan Deneen and Charles Spicer attached to executive produce on behalf of Macmillan Films.
Published in February 2013 by Minotaur Books, The Hour of Peril uncovers the riveting true story of how the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton and his most trusted operative, the fearless Kate Warne – America’s first female private eye – raced against the clock to detect and prevent a plot to assassinate President-Elect Abraham Lincoln before he could take the oath of office. This pair of American Heroes safely delivered Lincoln to Washington to assume the Presidency in one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era.
Meryl Poster, TWC President of Television, commented, “Daniel Stashower’s 'The Hour of Peril' is an untold and landmark moment in American history, with the suspense and fervor of a crime thriller, which will make for immensely captivating television."

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
Kirsten Dunst is set to join Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton in Midnight Special, the latest from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), Deadline reports.
The sci-fi project, said to be set in present day, follows a father and son who are forced into going on the run when the eight-year old boy develops some kind of extraordinary power.
Dunst, who played Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, recently appeared in projects like Melancholia, On the Road and Upside Down.
Warner Bros. Pictures is set to take on the project with Sarah Green and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones producing.

AUGUST 12, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
A jam-packed marquee resulted in decidedly mixed results for four new films jockeying for position at the North American box office.
Neill Blomkamp's Elysium -- the latest in a string of dystopian epics -- won the crowded race, even thought it opened lower than expected, taking in $30.5 million.
Sony and MRC had hoped the Matt Damon and Jodie Foster starrer would clear $35 million and match the $37.4 million debut of Blomkamp's breakout hit District 9, which opened in mid-August 2009. It received a B CinemaScore overall (it did receive an A- from moviegoers aged 18-24).
Sony, under pressure from shareholder activist Daniel Loeb to improve its box office fortunes, says the movie still turned in a great performance and that its exit scores matched those for District 9.
"To hit the $30 million mark is very good considering the competitive landscape and all these new movies coming in. We love being in the Neill Blomkamp business. He's a great storyteller, and this film will be a big success for the studio," said Rory Bruer, Sony's president of worldwide distribution.
Blomkamp became an overnight sensation with District 9, although that movie cost $30 million to produce, while Sony paid $115 million for worldwide rights to Elysium, which was packaged, financed and produced by MRC (It's not clear what the exact budget was). Males made up a majority of the audience (61 percent).
Sony expects Elysium to be a sizeable player overseas, where it opened in its first 17 territories over the weekend, earning a promising $10.9 million for a worldwide total of $41.4 million. Russia led with $6.8 million, 46 percent ahead of District 9. The film took in $1.7 million in Taiwan, the biggest opening for a Damon film and seven times the opening of District 9. It will roll out across the rest of the world over the next several weeks.
The movie did huge business in IMAX theaters, grossing $6.1 million worldwide, a record for August. In the U.S., 328 IMAX screens turned in $4.9 million -- or 16 percent of the total gross.
Sony took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots at the global box office between The Smurfs 2 and Elysium, respectively, with $44.1 million and $41.4 million in ticket sales.
Smurfs 2, facing competition in North America from Planes, declined 46 percent in its second weekend to $9.5 million for a domestic total of $46.6 million and coming in No. 6. Overseas, the family film crossed the $100 million mark, grossing $34.6 million from 65 markets for a foreign total of $110 million and worldwide total of $156.6 million.
Among the four new films rolling out domestically, New Line's We're the Millers was arguably the big winner. Opening midweek, the R-rated comedy grossed $26.6 million for the three-day weekend to come in No. 2, and a hearty $38 million for the Wednesday to Sunday stretch.
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, We're the Millers stars Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter as a fake family who smuggle marijuana out of Mexico. Ed Helms also stars in the film, which benefited from an A- CinemaScore.
On Friday, it looked as if Disney's Cars spinoff Planes would break the recent animation curse and hit $30 million in its debut, but no such luck. Battling the continued glut of family product, both Planes and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters suffered.
Planes, coming in No. 3 and earning an A- CinemaScore, opened to $22.5 million. Disney is in good shape financially, since the film cost a modest $50 million to produce, far less than most animated studio films. It originally was intended for a direct-to-DVD release.
Disney executive president of distribution Dave Hollis said there are seven weeks before the next family film enters the marketplace, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. "We have an all-audience picture that will be the primary option for families until then," he said.
Pixar did not produce Planes; rather, it was the brainchild of DisneyToon Studios, Disney's direct-to-DVD unit. Dane Cook leads the voice cast of Planes, playing the role of Dusty Crophopper, who dreams of being able to fly at high speeds.
Like We're the Millers, Fox 2000's Sea of Monsters also opened midweek, grossing a tepid $23.5 million for the Wednesday to Sunday stretch, including a weekend gross of $14.6 million. The sequel, costing a pricey $90 million to make thanks to a big special-effects budget, came in well behind the $38.7 million earned by the first Percy Jackson over the long President's Day weekend in 2010.
Based on the bestselling YA series by Rick Riordan, Sea of Monsters earned a B+ CinemaScore, same as the first film. Thor Freudenthal directed this time out, with Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson and Alexandra Daddario return in the top roles.
Sea of Monsters hopes to be a stronger earner overseas, where it bowed to $9.8 million from only six markets.
Rounding out the top five at the North American box office was another male-fueled film, Universal's Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg action pic 2 Guns, which fell nearly 59 percent in its second weekend to $11.1 million for a domestic total of $48.5 million.
Coming in No. 7 in North America was The Wolverine, which dipped 62 percent in its third weekend to $8 million. The 20th Century Fox tentpole has earned $112 million in North America.
Internationally, the Hugh Jackman superhero pic is destined to be one of the top X-Men films of all time, if not the biggest. For the weekend, Wolverine grossed $18 million from 66 markets for a foreign total of $196 million, bigger than X-Men Origins: Wolverine (195.3 million) and X2: X-Men United ($193 million).

WORLD WAR Z NEWS
Brad Pitt is celebrating his most successful film to date at the global box office, not accounting for inflation.
Over the weekend, the worldwide total for his zombie tentpole World War Z grew to $502.6 million, surpassing the $497.3 million earned by historical epic Troy.
From Paramount and Skydance Productions, World War Z is one of the summer's few success stories. The movie has grossed $197.4 million domestically (also a best for Pitt) and $305.2 million at the foreign box office.
In the movie, Pitt plays an ex-United Nations investigator who traverses the globe in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale also star.
Marc Forster directed World War Z, which is based on Max Brooks' novel. The movie was a passion project for Pitt, who produced alongside Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce.
By all accounts, the tentpole overcame substantial hurdles, including a lengthy delay in releasing the movie after the final act needed to be reworked.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Ever since he teased a meeting with Marvel Studios on his self-run Facebook page in June, The Fast & the Furious franchise star Vin Diesel has been the subject of much speculation regarding his future in their cinematic universe. Today, Diesel returned to Facebook and posted the below image. It looks like James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy has found its Groot!
Admittedly, Diesel's clues have been a little tricky in the past. He had posted a photo of himself standing in front of the second issue of "The Avengers," leading many to assume he was up for a role in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's a good bet that that was a clever red herring on Diesel's part and he's getting a kick off the Groot reveal. After all, Groot, the living tree creature, only speaks the one phrase, "I am Groot!" That would also serve as a nice wink to Diesel's early voice role as the title character of The Iron Giant.
Assuming the casting is set, Diesel will join Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close in the August 1, 2014 release.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2013

Maleficient After presenting their animated slate on Friday (August 9), Disney previewed their upcoming live-action movies on Saturday (August 10) at the 2013 D23 Expo. One of the most buzzed-about movies presented was "Maleficent," which star Angelina Jolie helped introduce to the fan convention in Anaheim, Calif.
"Maleficent" is the origin story of the "Sleeping Beauty" villain (Jolie), and will show how she became so hardened and evil. Elle Fanning will portray Princess Aurora.
"The strange thing was people with little kids would visit the set and I would think, 'I'm a Disney character!'" Jolie told the crowd. "I'd go over to the children and say hi, and they would scream and run off. One little boy actually said, 'Mommy, please tell the mean witch to please stop talking to me.'"
One child who wasn't afraid of Jolie while in character? Jolie's real-life daughter Vivienne, who plays the young version of Princess Aurora/Briar Rose. "She was the only 4-year-old who wouldn't scream," Jolie said.
So what drew Jolie to the part in the first place? "I've loved Disney since I was a little girl and my children loved Disney. You know you can bring your kids to a Disney film," Jolie said. "Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite. I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her, know what she was like and who she was. She had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel, Just wonderfully and deliciously cruel."
Jolie actually found out about the upcoming live-action take on Maleficent from her brother, who remembered her fascination with the character when they were children. "I got a call from my brother who said, 'You've got to try to get in on this,'" Jolie said. Looks like she owes her brother a huge thank you.
"Maleficent" hits theaters July 2, 2014.

ONCE UPON A TIME PREVIEW
Once Upon a Time fans at D23 Expo were treated to a never-before-seen clip from the season three premiere Saturday.
The upcoming season finds the ABC drama's heroes and villains traveling from Storybrooke to Neverland to retrieve Henry (Jared S. Gilmore). The clip featured Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) given an ominous warning from one of Peter Pan's lost boys, showing viewers that this is not going to be same Pan from children's bedtime stories.
"When Rumplestiltskin lets us know he is someone to be frightened of, I am frightened," co-creator Edward Kitsis told D23 attendees during the panel. "Neverland is the heart of darkness, but they're going into it to save Henry."
Added co-creator Adam Horowitz: "We're putting our own spin on it. It's a little different than what's been seen before."
Season three will be split into two batches of 11 episodes, with the first half focusing primarily on Neverland. Of the season three overarching theme, Horowitz said that while season one was about the characters not knowing their real identity and season two was about them remembering, season three will be about them getting "back to their true selves. What better place then Neverland, where everything is stripped away, for them to confront who they are?"
Meanwhile, the creators also teased romantic sparks between Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and insight, via flashbacks, into how Hook became a pirate.
Belle (Emilie de Ravin) also will return, and the show will introduce Ariel. The creators added that Ursula also is likely to appear -- "but you never know because on the show you never know who is the real Ursula," said Kitsis -- and there is also "a good chance of seeing a guy named Eric," added Horowitz, referring to Ariel's prince beau.
Horowitz and Kitsis also revealed that on their wish list of characters to incorporate into the show is Rapunzel.
"The key is when and how to honor the character and bring something new," Horowitz said.
Meanwhile, D23 attendees also got a look at the 19-minute pilot presentation for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the OUAT spinoff that debuts in October.
Wonderland follows a young Alice (Sophie Lowe) in Victorian London who tells of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. Like OUAT, Wonderland will feature flashbacks that give more insight into the characters. Unlike OUAT, the first season will feature a complete story arc.
"It will be much like a movie, or like how they went on one mission in Star Trek, and another year it was another mission," Kitsis said.
As for their decision to create an entirely new character -- Alice's love interest, the genie Cyrus (Peter Gadiot) -- the creators likened it to OUAT's Emma, who also was an entirely new creation. "Alice was curious enough to follow a rabbit into a hole," Kitsis said. "Naturally she would fall in love with a genie -- he's seen many lives, worlds and places. People ruin their lives for wishes. So they're kindred spirits."
While Wonderland is meant to stand on its own -- meaning people new to OUAT need not have seen that show -- OUAT fans will be treated to "crumbs sprinkled" throughout the series, teased Horowitz.

HOW I LIVE NOW
Magnolia Pictures has released the trailer for Kevin Macdonald's doomsday thriller How I Live Now, starring Saoirse Ronan and based on the award winning novel by Meg Rosoff.
Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.

Tomorrowland Logo TOMORROWLAND
The D23 audience was treated to a glimpse into the mysteries surrounding Disney’s “Tomorrowland” as Sean Bailey and filmmakers Brad Bird (director, co-writer, producer) and Damon Lindelof (co-writer, producer) talked about the inspiration of the secrets of the black box, which was featured in a short behind-the-scenes piece screened for the audience about the visionary Walt Disney. Although the audience was buzzing with questions, Bailey remained coy, but then announced a special, surprise “Tomorrowland” exhibit opening in the afternoon on the D23 floor that would reveal the contents of the box and more. Starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson, the action-packed adventure hits theaters December 12, 2014.

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Sean Bailey set up the story and talented cast of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,”the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen, and reminded everyone that “Mary Poppins” is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. After showing two clips from the movie to the D23 audience, Bailey introduced Jason Schwartzman and B. J. Novak, who portray the famous composing team of Richard and Robert Sherman, respectively, in the film. In a big surprise moment, Schwartzman and Novak welcomed “Mary Poppins” composer Richard Sherman on stage to greet the excited audience. The two talented actors then engaged the crowd in a rousing, confetti-filled, grand finale sing-along performance of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” the classic song from “Mary Poppins.”
Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “The Rookie”) and produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer. Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith wrote the screenplay.
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Saving Mr. Banks” releases in theaters December 13, 2013, limited, December 20, 2013, wide.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2013

Shield Cast SUPER SECRET S.H.I.E.L.D.
There are some pretty typical, established rules when it comes to promoting a new television series — and Marvel is breaking just about all of them when it comes to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The company, along with ABC, has decided not to send out screener copies of the pilot as we head into the fall. What’s that mean? Most critics, unless they caught one of the handful of screenings in recent weeks, will be seeing it for the first time right along with the rest of us when it premieres.
It’s a pretty gutsy move, but it just goes to show the movie-style approach they’re taking with the series. They’d never send out the new Avengers movie beforehand and risk it leaking, so why do it with S.H.I.E.L.D.? Heck, at the latest screening, security confiscated the ABC president’s phone just to be sure no footage could show up online. Now that’s hardcore.
Talking with The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel TV exec Jeph Loeb had a pretty intriguing response when asked why they’re being so secretive about a pilot, and said it’s mostly an effort to recreate the old adage of “appointment TV:”
"What we are trying to do with this show is just bring back some of the urgency of television. While we absolutely welcome the idea of you downloading it or you DVRing it -- because that's the way the people are watching TV -- but wouldn't it be great if we could get back to a place where, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights, everybody got together and decided to watch Marvel's Agents of SHIELD so that that social experience is actually one that's immediate as opposed to something that is shared and reshared and spoiled and then unrevealed and all of the other things that go along with it."
There’s no denying all the secrecy has led to an ample amount of buzz, but all we’ve got to say is it better be good after such a long wait. The show premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 24, so we’ll know soon enough.

Terryl Rothery ARROW NEWS
A beloved Stargate SG-1 star will be heading to Starling City soon as part of Arrow’s second season.
Teryl Rothery, who played Dr. Janet Frasier for seven years on the long-running SG-1 series, has signed on for a 3-4-episode arc in year two of The CW’s hit superhero series.
No word on exactly who Rothery will be playing, though she did tease that the character is “very different” from her previous roles. Could it be related to that Flash spinoff? We have no idea, but we can’t wait to find out.
After several years on SG-1, Rothery’s character grew into a true fan-favorite character. It’ll be nice to see her back in the sci-fi fold.

Mel Gibson Antonio Banderas EXPENDABLES 3
After the announcement that Harrison Ford has signed on for The Expendables 3 comes the reveal from Entertainment Weekly that Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas will also appear in the film. While there was no mention of Antonio Banderas' role, Gibson is said to play the main antagonist for the film, confirming earlier rumors.
The pair join a cast that currently includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz. The film set to shoot soon in Los Angeles, rumored additional cast members have been said to include Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich, although none have been, as of yet, confirmed.
Both Banderas and Gibson will also appear in Machete Kills, which will be released on October 11.
The Expendables 3 will be directed by Patrick Hughes and is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 15, 2014.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
eOne Films has debuted an international trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire .
Opening in theaters and IMAX on November 22, the Francis Lawrence-directed sequel stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour' of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

James Gray WHITE DEVIL
Director James Gray has a lot of experience writing and directing crime-thrillers with The Yards, We Own the Night and Little Odessa all having their share of fans among movie enthusiasts.
Now word comes from Deadline that Gray also has fans at Warner Bros. who have tapped the filmmaker to write and direct a contemporary drama called White Devil, set in the real world of the Chinese Mafia in Boston and a white kid adopted by a Chinese family into that world.
The movie is based on the real case of Dorchester, Mass. resident John Willis, also known as "White Devil John," who was allegedly a ringleader and enforcer within the area's Asian organized crime who was jailed earlier this year for drug-trafficking.
Gray's most recent film The Immigrant, starring Joaquin Phoenix-who has appeared in all of the director's films except for Little Odessa--Marion Cotillard and James Gray, is scheduled for release by The Weinstein Company, and Deadline states that Gray is still attached to the adaptation of David Grann's Amazon adventure tale The Lost City of Z at Paramount and the Fox/New Regency action-thriller The Gray Man.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013

Superheroes SUPERHEROES - WHO IS MOST POPULAR?
Superheroes have no shortage of representation on YouTube, but who's #1?
Who's your favorite superhero? Doesn't matter. Type their name into a YouTube search and you can watch videos involving them well into the twilight of your life and for several wasted reincarnations after that. I mean, not every single hero. Like, if you love Man-Thing the best, there aren't going to be a lot of videos about that guy.
Upon further reflection, just don't look up Man-Thing.
But all the big heroes have thousands of hours of video dedicated to them. Before we announce the big winner, though, let's take note of a few others in the top 10.
Deadpool comes in at number 10 with 200 million overall views and 8,900 hours of video dedicated just to him. I bet no other dude with a scarred-up face can say that!
Spidey's at number 7 with 340 million views and 7,400 hours, although we're pretty sure that's mostly people re-enacting that stupid cartoon meme.
Logan's in at 6 with 540 million views and 7,800 hours. We're pretty sure Wolverine's as obsessed with himself as comic fans are, so since he's basically immortal, he can pass his off hours just watching himself.
Okay, you can check out the full list here, but let's get down to the nitty and the gritty. The hero who comes in at #1 has a whoppping 3 billion views and 71,000 hours' worth of video. Who is it? It's ...
Batman, of course. Who else? Comics, TV shows, cartoons, movies -- the Bat signal is writ large across the sky no matter where you are in the world and no matter what time of day.

Mash-up Project X-MEN/MARVEL MASH-UP
Bryan Singer is making his triumphant return to X-Men with Days of Future Past next year, though he’s apparently already thinking another movie ahead. Up next? Something much, much bigger.
The director recently participated in a wide-ranging Q&A at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, and dropped a tantalizing bombshell about what he wants to do after Days of Future Past is wrapped.
He wouldn’t go into much detail, but told those in attendance he’s eyeing a Marvel Universe “mashup,” hinting that it might tie the X-Men ‘verse into a larger world.
So how exactly could that work? A few different ways. The most likely option is that Singer is developing a project that will combine all the Marvel properties currently under 20th Century Fox’s shingle, most notably X-Men and Fantastic Four. How that could fit with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot? No clue. But, assuming that film does well, it could make for a hella-cool sequel to bring them all together.
The less likely options: Singer’s referring to a studio-spanning uber-project that could potentially bring together Marvel’s
Avengers and the X-Men. Again, that’s pretty unlikely, but you never know. Also, that type of project would probably have Joss Whedon at the helm if it ever did happen — not Singer. He could also be talking about something more X-Men-centric, via the upcoming X-Force film, but the “Marvel Universe” bit makes us think the Fantastic Four are probably involved.
Regardless, this sounds pretty awesome. Whatever Singer is cooking up, we can’t wait to hear more about it. He’s been a good steward of the X-Men for over a decade, and we’d love to see him get to dig deeper into the Marvel characters available to him. Hugh Grant MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Hugh Grant has signed on for a supporting role in Guy Ritchie's spy film The Man From U.N.C.L.E..
Warner Bros.’ big-screen take on the classic 1960s spy TV series will star Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill, who stepped in to replace Tom Cruise in late May.
The film follows special agents Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), who work for the mysterious United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Alicia Vikander also stars as the female lead in the pic.
Grant will play the head of British Naval Intelligence.
Production is slated to begin in September.
Ritchie is directing and co-wrote the script with Lionel Wigram. Ritchie and Wigram also are producing under their new production shingle, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. John Davis is producing as well.
Ritchie and Wigram worked together on Ritchie's last two films, Sherlock Holmes and sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Cruise had been attached to star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. but dropped out of the project due to his schedule bumping up against Mission: Impossible 5.
Grant most recently appeared in Cloud Atlas and Did You Hear About the Morgans? and voiced The Pirates! Band of Misfits. He's repped by CAA and Underarm Services Ltd.

Tobias Menzies OUTLANDER
Game of Thrones and Rome star Tobias Menzies has nabbed not one but two roles on the cabler's adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's best-selling novels, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Outlander, the drama, from Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore, revolves around Fraser (Sam Heughan), who strikes up a passionate affair with Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Clarie's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Menzies will play both Frank Randall and Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall. Frank is Claire's 20th century husband and a professional historian with a particular interest in the 18th century and his own genealogy. Frank and Claire are reunited in 1945 after being separated by the war and rekindle their relationship when Claire disappears. Jonathan, meanwhile, is Frank's dark and violent ancestor from the 18th century and a captain in the English Army posted into Scotland during the rebellion.
Menzies plays Edmure Tully, the heir to the House of Tully of Riverrun on HBO's Game of Thrones. The character was last seen disappearing during the brutal Red Wedding. His credits also include playing Brutus on HBO's Rome. The theater actor's credits also include Casino Royale and Sundance Channel's upcoming mini The Honourable Woman. He's repped by Paradigm and Conway Van Gelder Grant in the U.K.
Gabaldon's seven-book series has sold more than 18 million copies and appeared six times on The New York Times' best-seller list. The eighth book in the Outlander series is due in the spring.
Moore will write the series and executive produce alongside Jim Kohlberg. The drama hails from Sony Pictures Television and is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Co. and Left Bank Pictures. Starz picked up the drama in June with a 16-episode order for 2014.

STAR WARS COMIC BOOK SERIES
Way back in April came the announcement that Dark Horse Comics was doing a limited edition series based on George Lucas' original pitch for Star Wars titled "The Star Wars." The release date for the first issue is fast approaching and Dark Horse has released a trailer for the comic series introducing you to some of the characters that you'll find in its pages (via USA Today).
Based on the orignal screenplay by George Lucas, The Star Wars is written by J.W. Rinzler with art by Mike Mayhew. The first issue hits stores September 4th. You can see a preview at https://digital.darkhorse.com/profile/3363/.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013

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EXTANT
Following the success of this summer's "Under The Dome," CBS is re-teaming with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television for a new straight-to-series order for summer 2014.
"Extant," a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space, skipped the pilot process and was given a 13-episode order. In its official announcement on Wednesday (Aug. 7), the network teased that "her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history."
"'Extant' is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal itself throughout the script," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said. "Our partnership with Amblin for 'Under The Dome' showed that viewers respond to high-quality event programming in the summer. We look forward to building on that with 'Extant and offering CBS audiences another high-concept, unique event for summer television."
The new series is expected to air alongside the recently ordered second season of "Under The Dome" next summer.

HER
One of the most poignant love stories at the movies this year might be one in which one half of the romance is a computer operating system.
Today we got the charming and very intriguing first trailer for Her, the fourth feature film from director Spike Jonze, who also brought us mind-expanding genre flicks like Being John Malkovich and Where the Wild Things Are. The story centers on Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a writer who keeps mostly to himself and whose life changes when he purchases a new, very sophisticated operating system that calibrates to fit his personality and calls itself Samantha (voice by Scarlett Johansson). As the single man and the remarkably human (though disembodied) artificial intelligence get to know each other, Samantha's curiosity sparks new energy in Theodore, and an unconventional romance begins to blossom.
Her also stars Amy Adams (Man of Steel), Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy). It's set to have a limited American release on Nov. 20.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD
The realms of Asgard and Midgard face total destruction in Thor 2, so hoist Mjolnir high ... and watch the new trailer!
We like Thor. He's a bit old-world (like, really, really old-world), but he's still got some swagger. And he'll need it for his latest Marvel offering. Times are desperate. Desperate enough that he'll need the help of his amoral brother, Loki.
So what lurked in the dark before the universe began? And can anything stop it?
We're digging the team of good guys (and Loki). Now we just need to see more of these Dark Elves and, more notably, more of Christopher Eccleston. Heroes only need be so bold as their villains. We've seen the destruction. Next, let's find out who walks in its wake.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Columbia Pictures has released a second trailer for their upcoming Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.
Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum), the film tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Catherine Keener, Max Martini, Yul Vazquez, Michael Chernus, Chris Mulkey, Corey Johnson, David Warshofsky, John Magaro and Angus MacInnes also star in the October 11 release.

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THE EXORCIST - POSSIBLE TV SERIES
Television seems to be the latest frontier for horror novels-turned-film-classics. Robert Bloch's 1959 novel Psycho led to Alfred Hitchock's 1960 feature film of the same name and, this past year, was reinvented as A&E's "Bates Motel." Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter novels were adapted into, among other films, Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs and now serve as the basis for NBC's "Hannibal."
Today, Deadline reports that William Peter Blatty's 1971 The Exorcist, committed to celluloid as William Friedkin's 1973 film, is planning its own small screen adaptation.
Details are currently few, but screenwriter Jeremy Slater (whose work includes the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four) is attached to a package currently looking for a television home. Roy Lee, who also works on "Bates Motel" is attached to executive produce.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013

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THE EXPENDABLES 3
It's become a revolving door of aging action stars in the world of "The Expendables 3."
Bruce Willis won't be back for the third go round, but Harrison Ford is on tap to replace him in the franchise, THR confirms.
Sylvester Stallone announced the news on Tuesday (Aug. 6) via Twitter: "WILLIS OUT... HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!" (Creative punctuation and spacing all a product of Stallone's, natch.)
He followed his announcement up with a jab at Willis, tweeting, "GREEDY AND LAZY ...... A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE."
Lionsgate has the Nu Image/Millennium Films action-adventure threequel set to open Aug. 15, 2014. Stallone returns as Barney Ross, the leader of a group of mercenaries that undertakes seemingly impossible missions. This time around, Jackie Chan and Nicolas Cage are due to take part in the fun, as well.

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SUPERNATURAL NEWS
The angels may have fallen on Supernatural but at least one of them will be a very familiar face.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Battlestar Galactica actor Tahmoh Penikett has been cast in the role of Ezekiel who is described as “a dignified warrior angel injured in the fall,” by Supernatural executive producer Jeremy Carver.
Penikett most recently appeared on Continuum but he played FBI agent Paul Blaard on two seasons of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse after playing Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon for four seasons of Galactica.
Carver said at San Diego Comic-Con this past month that Season 9 of Supernatural will find the Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) dealing with an assortment of angels who have “lots of different agendas.”
“[The angels are] lost, scared, and vengeful, and I think [the storyline] is lending itself to lots of exciting and wonderful character moments for all of our characters to be dealing with. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and in some ways very human world. We’re very excited to explore that.”
Penikett will make his first appearance on the long-running CW series in the season 9 premiere on October 8.

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THE GIVER
Meryl Streep is going sci-fi. The Oscar-winning actress is in talks for The Giver, The Weinstein Co. and Walden Media drama being directed by Phillip Noyce.
Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites are already cast in the sci-fi film as members of a society in which there is no conflict, racism or sickness.
Thwaites plays a young boy who is selected for his life service as the Receiver of Memories and works with The Giver (Bridges), an old man who teaches the boy to use his unique gifts of the senses. Streep will play the society’s Chief Elder, an authoritative and antagonistic woman who assigns the young their tasks.
The movie, which is eyeing a budget of around $25 million, is being produced by Nikki Silver of Tonik Productions along with Neil Koenigsberg and Bridges. Vadim Perelman wrote the script adapting the Lois Lowry YA novel. A shoot in South Africa is being eyed.
Streep will star next in August: Osage County with Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The actress tends to stick to dramatic or comedic fare, although she seems to work in one major fantasy or genre title at least once a decade. She starred in 2004’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Robert Zemeckis' dark supernatural comedy Death Becomes Her in 1992.
Streep is also slated to portray a witch in Disney’s forthcoming Stephen Sondheim adaptation Into the Woods.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013

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CASTLE NEWS
"Castle" Season 6 will bring some new faces to the NYPD and its murder cases. Antonio Sabato Jr. and Joshua Bitton have been announced as guest stars in the upcoming season.
Antonio Sabato Jr., best known for his roles on soap operas "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "General Hospital," will guest-star in episode 3 of Season 6. Sabato will play Ramon Russo, the heartthrob actor who once appeared in a '90s teen sitcom, "2 Cool for School." One of the actors gets murdered around the time of a reunion special, prompting a police investigation (as reported by TVGuide.com).
Considering the actor's Latin hunkiness, it's likely that Ramon Russo will be the fictional answer to Mario Lopez, who played AJ Slater on "Saved by the Bell." Sabato's episode is titled "Need to Know."
There will be some fresh blood at the police station this fall. Joshua Bitton has been cast as a new police detective assigned to the 12th Precinct, according to TVLine. Set to appear in multiple episodes, Bitton will play Grant "Sully" Sullivan.
Will Sully fit in at the station? Or is this someone set to throw off the delicate balance that already exists?
The sixth season of "Castle" will premiere on Monday, Sept. 23 at 10pm on ABC.

ENDER'S GAME
Some new footage from Ender’s Game has been released, showing off exactly what they used that big budget on — blockbuster special effects and massive space battles.
The new footage is a nice break from all the controversy surrounding author Orson Scott Card’s social views, and shows that director Gavin Hood might’ve actually made a pretty good movie from the beloved young adult novel. Here's hoping.
As silly as it sounds, the new footage is part of a “teaser trailer” to help build buzz for the release of a new, full-length trailer tomorrow. Yes, it’s a trailer for a trailer, but it’s still some nice new footage we haven’t seen before. Hey, the movie doesn’t come out until November — this is the best we can do for now.
A lot of it is centered around Asa Butterfield’s Ender and Harrison Ford’s Col. Graff, with Ender showing off some high-tech training gear to fantastic effect. Ford also looks right at home as the gruff commander, and if they get the story right, this could be a fun winter flick.

Coven

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN
Ryan Murphy is keeping most of the details about American Horror Story: Coven under wraps, but some new tidbits have finally leaked. So, what’s the latest freaky story?
All we’ve really known about the new season is that it’ll focus on witches, but now producer Tim Minear has revealed some of the wider themes they’ll be touching on with their latest scarefest. One interesting note? It should be a bit funnier than the past two (extremely dark) stories:
“There’s a feminist theme throughout Coven. There are also themes of race and oppression and family — especially mothers and daughters — along with laughs and scares and a few tears.”
I would say that the fun quotient is higher this year. [It's still] a drama, but there is a lot of humor, and we are embracing a velocity and fun with the series this year. It might be a little bit more welcoming to an audience.”
The expansive cast for the new season includes newcomers and vets such as Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and several others.
As far as character details go, Paulson will play Lange’s daughter, named Cordelia and inspired by the character in King Lear. Bassett will portray Marie Laveau, who is loosely based on “a woman in the 1800s who was very influential in the city,” according to TV Line. As for new addition Bates? She’ll be playing a twist on “infamous 1830s New Orleans socialite and serial killer Madame LaLaurie.”
The new season is set to premiere in October.

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STAR WARS
That long-awaited live action Star Wars series might finally be on the horizon.
When the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm last year, it opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for the future of the Star Wars franchise. While a new Star Wars film trilogy is definitely the most ambitious part of Disney's plan so far, it's far from the only thing they're interested in. We've already heard about new animated series, possible theme park attractions and new videogames, and now Disney-owned network ABC is talking about a live-action TV series.
You might remember that ABC entertainment president Paul Lee raised the possibility of working on program with Lucasfilm back in January, but at the time it sounded like it was merely something on his wish list, not necessarily something that was about to happen. Well, on Sunday, Lee gave a group of TV critics an update on ABC's relationship with Lucasfilm.
"We've started conversations with them," Lee said. "I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate."
So, not much progress, but at least "conversations" have taken place at this point. That leaves us with perhaps more hope than we had before, but still no real idea of when ABC might want to start this hypothetical show, or what this hypothetical show might be. Could they end up waiting until after Star Wars Episode VII and spin off a series from that film, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-style? Could they just be waiting to see how S.H.I.E.L.D. performs this season before attempting another potentially costly series tied in to a film franchise? Or could producer Rick McCallum's beloved and long-gestating Star Wars: Underworld finally be taken out of mothballs and dusted off for a network debut (despite its reputed darkness)?
Whatever that "inkling" Lee was talking about, we now at least know that the two companies are talking about a TV project. Now we're left to wonder how long we have to wait to find out more.

Reed Hastings

MARCO POLO
Netflix is considering setting sail with Marco Polo.
The streaming service is eyeing the drama series Marco Polo from Starz, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama was originally developed at Starz, who picked up the project straight to series in January 2012. Sources tell THR that the cable network released the drama back to producers the Weinstein Co. and Electus after its attempts to film the series in China fizzled. The Weinstein Co. is currently mulling whether to set up the series at Netflix as a nine-episode order or a feature film version of the project.
The series hails from creators John Fusco (Young Guns) and Dave Erikson (Sons of Anarchy, Low Winter Sun). The nine-chapter story chronicles the explorer's journey from the treachery surrounding him to his relationship with the tyrant Kublai Khan. Harveyand Bob Weinstein originally developed the idea alongside Electus' Ben Silverman, all of whom will serve as executive producers.
Marco Polo is the true story of the world’s greatest storyteller. It's described as an epic and cinematic adventure of high politics, masterful manipulation and deadly warfare. The drama is told from the young Marco Polo's point of view when he finds himself at the center of a brutal war between two empires in 13th century China, replete with close combat, romance and sexual intrigue, religious tension, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.
The series would join an original programming roster at Netflix that includes Orange Is the New Black, which in a move similar to Starz, was renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere; horror-thriller Hemlock Grove, Emmy darling House of Cards; Arrested Development; Ricky Gervais' upcoming entry Derek; and the Wachowskis' Sense8.
The pickup comes as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has plans to double the company's original series in 2014.

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B.O.O.: BUREAU OF OTHERWORLDLY OPERATIONS
Matt Bomer and Rashida Jones have joined the cast of the upcoming 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, The Wrap reports. They join the previously-attached Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy.
Written by Tom Wheeler and directed by Tony Leondis, B.O.O. will feature Rogen and McCarthy as a pair of ghosts (Jackson Moss and Watts, respectively) who discover a plot from within their organization to take over the Earth with a ghost army.
Jones is set to voice the ex-wife of Moss with Bomer playing the man that she has since married following Moss' death.
In addition to her regular work on NBC's "Parks & Recreation," Jones recently appeared on the big screen in Celeste and Jesse Forever. Bomer, meanwhile, stars on USA Network's "White Collar" and can be seen coming up in Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut Winter's Tale.

Penguins

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
A spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise, The Penguins of Madagascar has added Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich to its voice cast.
Cumberbatch, who starred earlier this year in Star Trek Into Darkness, will voice an animal working for the CIA who is tracking the adventure's villain, to be voiced by Malkovich. Malkovich is in theaters now as part of the ensemble of RED 2.
To be directed by Simon J. Smith with a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud, The Penguins of Madagascar hits theaters March 27, 2015.

JOBS
Open Road films has just debuted a new trailer for director Joshua Michael Stern's JOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role.
It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology -- and the world -- forever.
Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine also star in the August 16 release.

MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2013

Peter Capaldi

NEW DOCTOR WHO NAMED
Now that he's been announced as the 12th Doctor on "Doctor Who," Zap2it is taking a look back at some the best moments from Peter Capaldi's career, going back to the early 1980s.
Whovians may recognize him for his previous appearance on "Doctor Who," as Caecilius in the Series 4 episode "The Fires of Pompeii." He also starred in "Torchwood: Children of Earth" with John Barrowman, otherwise known as Captain Jack Harkness.
One of Capaldi's first roles was in 1983's "Local Hero," alongside Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster. In the film he plays a young representative for an oil company who learns his employer plans to buy a small village in Scotland to turn into a refinery.
He also stars in the 2009 comedy "In The Loop" with James Gandolfini. He plays his character from the TV series "The Thick of It," the Director of Communications for the Prime Minister of Northampton. The movie is a spinoff of the show, which ran from 2005-2012. "The Thick of It" and "In The Loop" can both be watched on Hulu.
Something to note is Capaldi is the first Doctor who have won an Academy Award. He wrote and directed the short "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life," which won an Oscar in 1994.
Ironically, Capaldi's most recent role in "World War Z" came with a curious name. He played the part of W.H.O. Doctor. Of course, W.H.O. stands for World Health organization, but the coincidence is pretty awesome.
Capaldi will become the madman with a box when Matt Smith regenerates during the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special, which airs on December 25.

SHIELD Poster AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Hot on the heels of the "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" panel at the TCA summer press tour, star Clark Gregg launched a game on Twitter. He posted the first piece of the show's official poster. Once retweeted enough times, Ming-Na posted the next piece. On it went through the cast and crew until the poster was complete.
The poster features the agents, led by a very alive Phil Coulson. Gregg reprises his role from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he's joined by Na, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge.
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" premieres September 24 on ABC.

Scandal ABC'S SPLIT-SEASON LINEUP
ABC on Sunday further clarified which of its programming would be broken up into two uninterrupted blocks of 12-episode runs, in addition to announcing its midseason schedule.
ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee used his platform at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour to unveil his plan for midseason with reality show Quest and limited series Resurrection filling in between fall and midseason drama runs. He called the latter drama "extraordinary" and noted there's "nothing like it on television."
The scheduling marks a move on ABC's part to eliminate repeats, allow programming to continue its momentum and retain viewers. It follows the cable network model -- something Lee is familiar with during his run at ABC Family.
Resurrection will premiere Sunday, March 9 at 10 p.m., taking the slot occupied by Betrayal when the freshman drama's season concludes. The Quest will debut on Thursday, Jan. 2 with a two-hour premiere, moving into the slot occupied by Once Upon a Time in Wonderland following the latter's season finale.
Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and Scandal will return in the spring, following their winter finales with new episodes that will run with few or no repeats until their season finales in May.
Lee will look to series like Killer Women (among others) and its other new fare to fill in the gaps during the long hiatus for Grey's, Scandal, Nashville and OUAT.
Here's the breakdown:
Thursday, Jan. 2
8-10 p.m. The Quest

Wednesday, Feb. 26
10-11 p.m. Nashville

Thursday, Feb. 27
9-10 p.m. Grey's Anatomy
10-11 p.m. Scandal

Sunday, March 9
8-9 p.m. Once Upon a Time
9-10 p.m. Revenge
10-11 p.m. Resurrection

2 Guns WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The pairing of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the R-rated crime-comedy 2 Guns (Universal) probably could have opened bigger with a summer release, but after taking in $10 million on Friday--$1.3 million of that from Thursday night previews--the superstar pairing settled in for an estimated opening weekend of $27.4 million, which was enough to win the weekend. Even with the added box office star power of Wahlberg, that was a fairly average opening for Washington, yet it represents his sixth movie in a row to open over $22 million.
After a relatively weak domestic opening, the superhero sequel The Wolverine (20th Century Fox), starring Hugh Jackman, took a typical second weekend plunge of roughly 59% to take second place with $21.7 million and roughly $95 million total.
Opening earlier in the week on Wednesday in 3,866 theaters, The Smurfs 2 (Sony), the sequel to Sony Pictures Animation's $563 million global hit, brought in just $9.5 million in its first two days before settling down to third place over the weekend with only $18.2 million. The $27.8 million the sequel earned in its first five days is less than the $35 million the original The Smurfs made in its three-day opening two years ago.
It probably goes without saying that The Smurfs 2--like most movies this summer--fared better overseas, where Sony opened it in 43 markets to the tune of $52.5 million, roughly twice its five-day North American take. Some of the big markets where it opened included the UK where it was #1 with $5.1 million, as well as being #1 in Holland, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, all big markets for the Belgian creator Peyo's popular characters. It was #2 in France with $4.2 million, but it also scored big in Central and South America as Brazil brought in $4.7 million and Mexico did $4.3 million. The Smurfs also opened significantly better in both Russia and Korea than the original movie, all pointing to the fact that the movie will do just fine without American business. Its $80 million global total after just five days says it all.
James Wan's horror-thriller The Conjuring (New Line/Warner Bros.)--one of the few movies in the top 10 without a "2" in the title and that isn't a sequel--continues to do well as it crossed $100 million this weekend with an additional $13.6 million, down just 38% from last weekend. With $108.6 million grossed in just three weeks' time, the $20 million-budgeted breakout should be making a solid play to end the summer in the Top 10.
Meanwhile, back in the land of sequels, Despicable Me 2 (Universal) took fifth place--its first time out of the Top 3 since opening over the 4th of July weekend--with $10.4 million as it continued to bolster its standing as the second-highest grossing movie of the year with $327 million.
Sony's other summer sequel, Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2, followed in sixth place with a solid $8.1 million and a total of $116.4 million, putting it into the Top 10 for the summer.
Barely motoring along in seventh place, DreamWorks Animation's Turbo added another $6.4 million this weekend, but it also dropped 53% from last weekend and is struggling with just $69.5 million grossed so far.
Surprise, surprise, eighth place also went to a sequel, namely Bruce Willis' RED 2 (Summit Entertainment), which added another $5.6 million to bring its total to a weak $45.1 million after three weeks in theaters.
Already one of the summer's biggest surprise sleeper hits, The Heat (20th Century Fox), starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, added another $4.7 million over the weekend to take ninth place, bringing its total closer to $149 million, making it the eighth-biggest movie of the summer.
It came out just ahead of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (Warner Bros.), which followed its record opening day in China with a weekend take of $4.6 million, having grossed $92.9 million domestically. This past weekend, the movie debuted at #1 there, grossing $45.2 million, Warner Bros.' biggest opening there and even bigger than The Dark Knight Rises' $32 million opening last year. That helped put Pacific Rim just ahead of The Smurfs 2 to win the international box office this weekend and put its global total across the $200 million mark.
The Top 10 movies at the box office grossed an estimated $120 million, which was up slightly from last year's August kick-off weekend where the Total Recall remake and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days failed to dethrone Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises from its third weekend at #1.
The only significant limited release this weekend was James Ponsoldt's coming-of-age drama The Spectacular Now (A24), starring Miles Teller (Footloose) and Shailene Woodley (Divergent), which opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles to the tune of $200 thousand, averaging roughly $50 thousand per site. A24 plans on expanding it into more cities later in August.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2013

Next Doctor NEXT DOCTOR WHO
The search for the next star of Doctor Who has made for heavy betting in the U.K., but now bookmakers are starting to lock it down — because they’re that sure they know who the next Doctor will be.
The leading candidate? Peter Capaldi, best known for his roles in The Thick of It, The Hour, World War Z and In The Loop, is heavily leading the bets to take over in the TARDIS. He’s up so big, many bookies are shutting down bets because they’re so sure it’s him.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a lock. Other outlets are reporting that everyone from William Hills, Daniel Rigby and Idris Elba are all still in the hunt to make their debut Sunday during the big reveal.
If it turns out to be Capaldi, it would be a marked departure from the recent casting since Who was brought back to life in 2005. At 55, he would by far be the oldest Doctor of the modern era. Considering that fans are used to the Doctor being a bit younger these days, it’ll be interesting to see if they go for a throwback and bring in an older actor for the iconic role.

Next Batman NEXT BATMAN
Less than 24 hours ago, SuperHeroHype launched their own front page poll to find out which actors SHH readers want to see take over the role of Batman for Zack Snyder's recently announced Superman/Batman movie. Today, Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter has a list of six names that have been mentioned behind the scenes.
As is always the case with these theoretical casting stories, the usual caveats apply in that the script hasn't even been fully written yet and getting an actor to commit to a role like Batman would likely require something for them to read and respond to.
One of the top choices on Kit's list seems to be 46-year-old Josh Brolin, who famously starred in Warner Bros.' Western bomb Jonah Hex but who also has cred with the comic book and genre crowd from working with the likes of Robert Rodriguez, including his starring role in next year's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
It's probably not too surprising that the story also mentions Brolin's Gangster Squad co-star Ryan Gosling as a candidate, because Gosling tends to get mentioned whenever they're casting any superhero movie, although being only 32 does veer further away from the idea of having a more experienced Batman under the cowl.
Here are the other four names mentioned in the piece, two of which have been discussed on the SHH Forums and at least one seeming to come from out of left field:
Joe Manganiello - The 36-year-old star of "True Blood" was being considered for the role of Superman at one point, according to Kit.
Richard Armitage - The 41-year-old British actor who got attention playing the dwarf Thorin in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
Matthew Goode - The 35-year-old who previously played Ozymandias in Snyder's Watchmen.
Max Martini - The 43-year-old TV star who has appeared on "Revenge" and "Castle" and who recently appeared in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.
Regardless of who is cast in the important role, Warner Bros. hopes to start filming in early 2014 in order to make a summer 2015 release date.

Next Bourne Project BOURNE NEWS
Just a little over one week short of a year to the date of the release of The Bourne Legacy, Universal Pictures is making plans to move forward with their lucrative "Bourne" franchise, having hired writer Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus) to script the fifth installment which will once again feature Jeremy Renner's character Aaron Cross.
Directed by regular series writer Tony Gilroy, The Bourne Legacy opened domestically on August 10, 2012 to the tune of $38.1 million its opening weekend and while it went on to make just $113.2 million domestically, its $276.6 million worldwide gross proved that the franchise was strong and the world was ready for a new Bourne lead, following the departure of Matt Damon.
Jeremy Renner's Cross was a new agent introduced in "Legacy" who had been enhanced medically to be smarter and stronger than other agents as part of Operation Outcome until he was targeted for termination. According to Deadline, Universal hopes there's enough interest to keep following that divergent storyline masterminded by Gilroy, which moved away from the original concept in the late Robert Ludlum's novels, in hopes to keep the franchise going with the ever-decreasing chances of Damon returning.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2013

MICHAEL ANSARA PASSES AWAY
One of the best voices in science fiction has passed away.
The hallmark of a truly great performer isn't that you immediately recognize his face, it's that you recognize his voice. And, within an instant of hearing it, you'll always know Michael Ansara's voice, even if his face isn't there to go along with it.
Science fiction fans know him for so many great performances -- he was the Klingon, Kang, on three separate Star Trek series, Kane on Buck Rogers, and Mr. Freeze for the Batman Animated Series. He played so many roles between 1944 and 2001 that it's hard to imagine how he was able to successfully inhabit so many.
Long before we knew him, though, Michael Ansara was born in Syria, before emigrating with his parents to the United States at the age of 2. In Lowell, Mass., he was a shy boy who had originally thought he'd be a physician. It was acting lessons that brought that boy out of his shell and helped him realize he had another destiny.
It wouldn't be easy. Acting never is. He was relegated to being a bit player mostly from the '40s and more than halfway through the '50s. He was typecast because of his dark skin and played mostly Native American roles.
It was through that particular stereotype that Ansara found his first standout role, as Cochise on the popular western Broken Arrow. He'd take on another Native American character, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart, in Law of the Plainsman.
The 1960s would afford Ansara the chance to break into sci-fi with roles on Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space and Time Tunnel. How lucky for him (and for all of us) that this path led him to discover the Klingon Dahar Master Kang. He faced off against Capt. James T. Kirk himself in the Trek classic Day of the Dove. The struggle between these two titans cemented Ansara and Kang as one of the great characters in Trek, if not all science fiction. Kang was so popular that Ansara would reprise the role on Deep Space Nine and Voyager, making him one of a select few performers to feature on three different Star Trek shows.
It was also during this time that he would marry Barbara Eden, star of I Dream of Jeannie. The two would have one child together, son Matthew.
Ansara snuck back behind the limelight again, flitting in and out of the many cop dramas that typified 1970s television. Naturally, we remember him for playing the sympathetic antagonist, Kane, on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. It was sadly also during this time that his marriage to Eden came to an end. A few short years later, Ansara would begin again by marrying Beverly Kushida. This marriage would last.
Life has a funny way of turning around on a man. The '80s didn't bring anything substantial in the way of major roles, but the '90s would see Ansara return to Kang and, more importantly, they would find him playing one of the most richly complex villains in all of fiction -- Mr. Freeze.
For every fan of TV and film, there is a role for which a performer becomes most known, a part that it seems he was born to play. The very first time I heard Ansara's voice, it came from the mouth of Victor Fries. From that moment on, the two men, one fictional, one real, were inexorably linked.
And, indeed, Mr. Freeze became the one role Ansara would continually return to between 1992 and 2001. It would be the last role he would play. 2001 was also the year Ansara's son, Michael, passed away from a drug overdose.
It's not hard to imagine a man wanting to shy away from fame after the death of his son. The tragedy of Mr. Freeze, a man unable to save the one person he loves most, trapped forever in an unfeeling prison of ice, suddenly feels all too familiar.
And now, in a way that is much more final, Michael Ansara's deep and moving voice is silenced after battling with prolonged illness. Michael Ansara died July 31 at his home in Calabasas, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, his sister Rose, his niece Michelle, and his nephew Michael John.
He is also survived by every role he ever played, every character he ever inhabited. And in that way his voice endures, eternal, even if the man is not.

CONVENTION GUEST
Michael Ansara was a guest at my first science fiction convention - the Big E-CON in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Ansara was gracious and just a wonderful convention guest. On Facebook, I see other comments from folks who met him at conventions around the country. He will be missed.

Janina Gavankar VAMPIRE DIARIES NEWS
Janina Gavankar is trading in Bon Temps for Mystic Falls.
The former "True Blood" shape-shifter (RIP, Luna!) has booked a potentially recurring role on Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries," TV Line reports. Gavankar will play Tessa, a "beautiful, exotic and self-assured" woman who comes to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old flame.
Gavankar will first appear in the hit CW series' third episode of the season, which is also a flashback hour. Her other TV credits include "Arrow," "The League" and "The Gates."

JMS-Signing J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI SIGNING THIS WEEKEND
Two LA-area signings this week for Sidekick #1! Golden Apple on Melrose 8/7 6 p.m. and Collector's Paradise in Pasadena 8/10 at 1 p.m. Also: Ten Grand #4 comes out the same day!

RIDDICK
After floundering with a big-budget PG-13 sequel, Vin Diesel wants to take Riddick back to its R-rated roots — and the latest trailer shows just how hard he’s trying.
From the claustrophobic setting on a dangerous alien world to the freaky monsters wreaking havoc on a small crew, this has all the makings of another sci-fi classic. There’s no question anymore: This is definitely a sequel to Pitch Black, not Chronicles of Riddick — and that looks to be a very good thing.
The new footage shows a bit more of Diesel’s Riddick being badass, and Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff pops up a few more times along the way. We also get to see a bit more alien tech and weapons, which look pretty sharp.
Maybe it's just the editing job, but the production values seem a little better here when compared to previous trailers — so here’s hoping this one is good and polished when it finally arrives on Sept. 6.

Trillium TRILLIUM
How can a man from 1921 fall in love with a woman living in 3797?
Vertigo, like any comic imprint, has its ups and downs. Lately, though, they've been knocking 'em out of the park with books like The Wake and Collider. And today we have a six-page preview of their next series, Trillium, written and drawn by one of our absolute favorite comic creators, Jeff Lemire.
If you like your science fiction with a little Twilight Zone sprinkled in for zest, then the plot for Trillium should prove a delicious one. From the official press release:
An epic and powerful love story, Trillium intertwines the lives of two souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles. William and Nika seem destined to meet and fall in love, but their love just might tear the universe apart. This isn’t just a love story; it’s the last love story ever told.
The Solider. 1921. Having faced death in the trenches of WW1, renowned English explorer William Pike now finds himself leading an expedition deep into the dangerous Peruvian jungle, in search of the ‘Los t Temple of the Incas’ and its mythical healing properties.
The Scientist. 3797. Dr. Nika Temsmith, Xeniologist, is attempting communication with an indigenous population near a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space. These strange life forms might hold the key to human survival, but no party has survived initial contact.
Even though science fiction set in space isn't the usual for Lemire, the rest of this concept is an absolute Lemire standard. The hope and sadness are already palpable just from the description. What we're saying is -- we're excited.
The first issue is due out next week on Aug. 7 and, what's more, it's "an oversized flip-book with two covers and two separate but connected stories." So, basically, you can start with either WIlliam or Nika and see where the story takes you.

SHERLOCK TRAILER
BBC One has posted a brief teaser trailer for the third series of Steven Moffat's popular television show "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, which will be returning sometime in 2014.
Launched in 2010, the series which airs on BBC One in the UK and on PBS in the States is a modern day retelling of the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective with Cumberbatch playing Holmes and Freeman playing his trusty partner, Dr. John Watson.

CONVENTION REMINDER
One of the best fan-run conventions is taking place this weekend near Baltimore. William Shatner is the guest for today only, but Amanda Tapping from Stargate SG-1 is also a guest along with Babylon 5's own Julie Caitlin Brown. For more information, go to www.shore-leave.com

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013

Superman ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN SERIES - ORSON SCOTT CARD
Controversy or no controversy, Orson Scott Card's new Superman story for DC Comics will be published ... eventually.
Back in February, DC announced Adventures of Superman, a digital-first series that would feature a variety of out-of-continuity Superman stories from creators like Marv Wolfman, Bruce Timm and Orson Scott Card. The announcement of Card's involvement in the project caused immediate controversy because of his longstanding, outspoken stance against gay marriage, a view that has also generated plenty of controversy in the lead-up to the release of the film based on his novel Ender's Game. Though DC Comics issued a statement shortly after the Adventures of Superman announcement saying that Card's views did not reflect the views of the company, the controversy continued. Comics retailers and fans began pledging to boycott the series if Card was involved, and in March artist Chris Sprouse backed out of drawing Card's story, citing a fear that the media coverage of the controversy would take away from the actual work.
Card's Superman story was originally supposed to kick off the series, but 14 issues into Adventures of Superman's digital run (as of July 29), the story remains on hold. Some readers and retailers likely hoped it would stay that way, but according to DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, the story's not dead.
"We’re searching for an artist to work on that story so it’s been tabled until that happens," Lee said.
DiDio then added, "We have a number of projects that started at the same time, so it moved back in the queue and we have other ones that are further along in production that we’re moving with first."
When asked again if Card's story would still be published eventually, DiDio answered simply "Yes."
So, even as controversy continues to swirl around Card thanks to Ender's Game, DC Comics is sticking by its decision to print his Superman comic sometime in the future. But how soon? An artist for the story still hasn't been found, apparently, so perhaps the company's waiting until after Ender's Game to address the issue again, in the hope that the controversy will have died down a bit.

THE WALKING DEAD
We still have a few months to go until season four of The Walking Dead, but some new footage shows the zombies might be even freakier this time around.
The network has released some new behind-the-scenes footage from the new season, giving us another peek into what the hit AMC drama is bringing this October. It looks as freaky and gritty as ever, so that’s a good sign.
It’s hard to glean much from these tantalizing bits, but it looks like quite a bit of the action will be taking place at the prison, which isn’t much of a surprise. The new footage is interspersed with interviews from the cast and effects crew, along with producers Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman.
The new season debuts Oct. 13.

Continuium CONTINUIUM
The time-traveling adventure of future-cop Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) will continue for another year in the U.S., as Syfy has snatched up the season-three rights to the sci-fi action series Continuum
. The network announced today that the 13-episode third season would premiere in 2014. The second season is currently underway in the U.S., with new episodes on Friday nights up until the season finale on Aug. 30.
Syfy has also aired the first two seasons of the Canadian import, which originally launched on the Showcase network in that market. A third season was announced by Showcase a few months ago, though this is the first confirmation of an official U.S. pickup.
Based on Live +7 data, the series is currently averaging 1.8 million total viewers, up 21 percent from the inaugural season.
The series follows future-cop Kiera Cameron after she is transported back to the modern day, as she hunts down terrorists who escaped their execution in 2077. The second season is delving deep into the potential for twisty timelines, and it’ll be interesting to see how they play it all out over the next several weeks.
A portion of the press release is below:
NEW YORK – August 1, 2013 – Syfy has announced that it will air the third season of the popular time traveling police series Continuum. The #1 original cable drama in its Friday 10PM time period,Continuum will return to the network in 2014 with 13 all-new episodes.
Currently airing season two, which concludes on Friday, August 30, Continuum ranks as the #1 original cable drama in its time slot among Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and total viewers. Based on Live +7 data, the series is currently averaging 728K Adults 18-49, 836K Adults 25-54 and 1.8 million total viewers, up 21 percent, 18 percent, and 21 percent, respectively, from season one.
Continuum stars Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron, a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in the present day, swept along when a group of fanatical terrorists escaped their planned execution in 2077 by vaulting back in time.
Continuum co-stars Victor Webster (Castle, Melrose Place) as detective Carlos Fonnegra and Erik Knudsen (Jericho, Scream 4), who plays teen tech genius Alec Sadler.

Doctor Who-Matt Smith NEW DOCTOR WHO ANNOUNCEMENT - SUNDAY
This is it! Looks like we’ll finally get to know just who will step in as the Twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who this upcoming Sunday. Geronimo?
Press sources have leaked that the BBC is ready to announce who will become the 12th incarnation of our beloved Time Lord on Sunday, August 4 at 7pm on BBC1 (in the UK) in a special entitled Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. Currently, there is a very disposable repeat of Celebrity Mastermind listed in that timeslot.
The show—which will be live—will be hosted by Zoe Ball. It’ll feature interviews with past Doctors and companions. Who showrunner Steven Moffat and current Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith are said to join Ball on the show: along with the Chosen One, whoever he or she may be. Casting was apparently done under the code name Whodini ... clever.
The buzz also intensified following this tweet:
But it’s probably that they’ll only be announcing/confirming the live Sunday show.
Currently, actor Peter Capaldi (he appeared in the excellent Doctor Who episode “The Fires of Pompeii,” as well as in the magnificent Torchwood: Children of Earth) is topping the bookies’ lists as the one who'll follow in Matt Smith's shoes.

Thor THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Never mind the summer blockbusters, here's the real hero you've been waiting for.
The first Thor movie was vastly underrated. Thankfully, over time, more and more people have come around to see the film's charms ... or just to see it at all.
As we near the end of summer and start looking toward the future, thankfully, there's another Thor movie, one that looks even better than the last. With that in mind, we've got the latest official poster for Thor: The Dark World.
It's a pretty classic shot and a nice way to quickly show most of the major players. One note -- no Kat Dennings? If we trust anyone to take down an army of Dark Elves led by evil Christopher Eccleston, it's her.
Thor: The Dark World drops on Nov. 8.

Samuel L. Jackson THE SECRET SERVICE
Matthew Vaughn's take on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel The Secret Service has already cast Colin Firth as the secret agent who takes a young punk played by Taron Egerton under his wing, but now it's being reported by Variety that Samuel L. Jackson is set to play the villain with production expected to start this fall.
Vaughn had been looking for a big star to play the main baddie with Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio being two names that were mentioned, but now that Jackson is on board, they just need to find the movie's female lead, with Emma Watson and Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcoate both being named in the mix.
Adapted by Vaughn with his frequent writing partner Jane Goldman, Vaughn's Marv Films will finance and produce the film similar to how they did their previous Mark Millar adaptation Kick-Ass.
Jackson will next be seen reuniting with Spike Lee for the Oldboy remake, followed by a role in MGM's remake of RoboCop next February and then Marvel Studios' Captain America; The Winter Soldier in April 2014.

Sentinel-Singer X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox have been teasing the design for the sentinels in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past for some time, and now we've got a good look at one of them. Singer posted this image on his Twitter today showing him with one of the full size sentinels, captioning the image with "Here's to the next 50 years."
Coming to theaters on May 23, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Lucas Till.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013

Dark Knight comics SUPERMAN/BATMAN MOVIE
Director Zach Snyder has his hands full trying to put together the first big-screen meeting of Batman and Superman, but it sounds like he’s calling in the big guns to figure out the details.
A report from The Independent indicates Snyder has set up a meeting with legendary comic writer and artist Frank Miller to discuss the project, which sounds like a very smart move. Why? Because Miller wrote the comic arc they’re looking to for inspiration with the script.
Among his myriad accomplishments, Miller is the mastermind behind The Dark Knight Returns comics, which pitted Batman vs. Superman in an epic battle of brains and brawn. The quote used to announce the film (“I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come. In your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you”) was one of Miller’s signature lines from the comic.
The collection is revered as one of the best Batman stories ever written, and it’s nice to see that Snyder is open to advice from the master as he starts putting the pieces together. It’d be interesting to be a fly on the wall to hear what Miller has to say about the project, but if nothing else we can take some comfort from the fact that he’ll at least be involved in an auxiliary role.

David Conrad AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
The cast of Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting a little bigger. So who is the latest mystery man?
David Conrad (Ghost Whisperer) has signed on for the small-screen Avengers spinoff, according to TV Line, though his exact role has not been revealed.
But the series has been looking to cast a “brilliant and quirky scientist” to recur on the series, and Conrad seems to fit all the tangibles for the role. Conrad brings some decent genre experience, so he should fit in nicely with the baddie-fighting group of secret agents.
As for confirmation on who exactly he is playing? We may have to wait until the show debuts on Sept. 24 to find out.
While tossing in some nice big-screen crossovers via Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Whedon seems to be doing a good job of building a viable extension of the universe for television. We can’t wait to see how Conrad fits into the mix.

Star Wars Wallpaper STAR WARS EPISODE VII

Star Wars Episode VII doesn't feel so far away all of a sudden.
We'd been assuming that production wasn't due to begin on the next wave of Star Wars features until next year. According to a highly reputable fan site, however, things are rolling out a good deal sooner than we thought.
Lucasfilm has used aliases in the past to cover up production on features before, most notably with Return of the Jedi. Allegedly, that is happening again, and the code name for production on Star Wars Episode VII is Foodles.
While Foodles may be a real prepackaged foodstuff with a Disney license, it doesn't seem likely that a movie would be made from it. And despite earlier rumors of a 2014 start date, production on the faux Foodles is due to begin in August.
That means we may be seeing the first Star Wars films in theaters even earlier than originally projected. Or at the very least, that Disney is making sure they get working right away to hit the deadlines they want.
Either way, we're excited that the House of Mouse has fast-tracked what we're hoping will be a return to form for the galaxy far, far away.

ELYSIUM
What would you do to save one little girl? How about your whole world?
Right from the get, Elysium feels like exactly what it is -- a tense sci-fi thriller with a pretty powerful political edge. When the 1 percent leaves Earth for the ultimate gated community, a satellite far above the planet, the rest of us poor saps suffer from a rapid increase in crime, starvation, poverty and death. It's subjugation, plain and simple. There's not much hope for a way out, because, effectively, there is no way out.
The new trailer takes that concept and amplifies it while adding some great action sequences, too.
Even the hope Matt Damon finds comes at the price of some pretty nasty body horror and an all-but-guaranteed bloody end for himself. But, as you can see from the trailer, he's fighting for an endgame larger than himself -- bringing about the end to slavery of the human race at the hands of an elite few.

Man From UNCLE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
In a lengthy article on Variety talking about the ups and downs of getting a movie made based on the popular '60s spy show show The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a project that's gone through many incarnations, directors and stars over the past few years, they're reporting that plans are set to start shooting in early September with director Guy Ritchie confirmed at the helm and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) starring in the roles of U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, respectively.
Warner Bros. hopes to turn the film into a franchise despite the falling out of Tom Cruise in late May and a paring down of the production budget to $75 million. Plans are to shoot the film in Ritchie's native London and in Italy working from a script written by Ritchie with his Sherlock Holmes collaborator, writer and producer Lionel Wigram, acting as the origin story to tell how the two spies, one American and Russian, first met and started working together. Those roles were originally played by Robert Vaughn (Solo) and David McCalllum (Kurayakin) in the original series.

Helix HELIX
Syfy's newest original scripted series "Helix" from Sony Pictures Television began production this past weekend in Montreal, Canada. The 13-episode drama is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica," "Outlander"), Steven Maeda ("LOST," "The X-Files") who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact). Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot, will serve as a Co-Executive Producer.
"Helix" is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind's salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.
Billy Campbell ("The Killing," Killing Lincoln) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential "hot zone" at a remote Arctic research facility. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hataki, director of the outpost and its mysterious viral research program.
"Helix" also stars Kyra Zagorsky ("Soldiers of the Apocalypse") as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé ("Emily Owens, M.D.") as Major Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle and Neil Napier Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.
Prolific director and producer Jeffrey Reiner is directing the premiere episode of "Helix." Reiner directed multiple episodes of notable television series such as the critically acclaimed and award-winning "Friday Night Lights," "Awake" and "The Event." Reiner previously worked with Syfy directing the 90-minute pilot of the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel "Caprica."
"Helix" is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Stargate SG-1 STARGATE SG-1 FANS
The Syfy channel is hosting an all-day STARGATE SG-1 Marathon today, beginning at 8:00am and running until 5:00am on Friday.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013

PACIFIC RIM
Japan's Toho Studios are the folks who gave us our first atomic taste of mega monsters destroying Tokyo with 1954's Godzilla. The famed film production and distribution company went on to produce a killer slate of mutant creature features like Rodan, Destroy All Monsters, Mothra, and War of the Gargantuans. Guillermo del Toro was weaned on epic fare like this, so his Pacific Rim is no doubt a valentine to those cherished movies of his youth.
Here's a wonderful fan-trailer created in the dramatic Toho style of the '50s and '60s, with blaring titles, bad dubbing and ominous music to set the mood. This trailer was created by YouTuber "honda brigit" to coincide with Pacific Rim's Japanese release on August 9th and to salute those kaiju-krazy years when Toho was truly king of the monster movies.

The Flash THE FLASH
Looks like the CW superhero landscape is about to get even more crowded.
Deadline reports that the CW is now eyeing—make that fast-tracking—a Flash TV series, adding yet another DC male superhero to the roster, while we’re still waiting for Wonder Woman to make that long-overdue appearance. (The CW had been developing an origins project, which sadly didn't go to pilot.)
Apparently The CW is getting ready to discuss the new project at today’s TCA presentation. The idea would be to introduce the Flash on Arrow next season before sending him off into his very own series. Much as The CW did/is doing with The Vampire Diaries (The Originals) and Supernatural spinoffs.
Flash would be written by Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. Director David Nutter, who has helmed the Arrow pilot, is also set to direct the potential Flash TV pilot as well—with Berlanti and Kreisberg set to be the showrunners.
We like the idea of The CW expanding its DC universe—as has always been the network’s goal ever since the end of Smallville. Arrow’s a great show, and we’re expecting Berlanti and Kreisberg’s magic touch to spark Flash into life.
It will not be the first time the speedy superhero in red tights has been brought to TV. As some of you may recall, there was a short-lived TV series back in 1990 that lasted for only a single season. It starred John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen/The Flash and had the distinction of guest-starring Star Wars' very own Mark Hamill as a big bad villain named the Trickster in two memorable episodes.

Supernatural SUPERNATURAL SPIN-OFF
With Supernatural entering its ninth season this fall, The CW is looking to the future to see how they can expand the Winchester brothers’ demon-hunting world. Up next? A spinoff series.
The network hopes to introduce the spinoff via a backdoor pilot in the back half of season nine, which will give fans a peek at the potential cast and setting.
The spinoff will reportedly be set in Chicago, focused on the “clashing hunter and monster cultures in the Windy City,” according to TV Line. So most likely we’ll see the WInchesters take on a case there this season and meet up with some hunters, with the new characters getting some attention to see if the idea has legs.
Depending on how this turns out, it sounds like the spinoff will trade in Supernatural’s highway for a home town, giving it one significant twist from the original series. In the near-decade it's been on the air, Supernatural has created a pretty deep mythos that could conceivably survive outside of the main cast. But the big question is how the cast/plot will shake out with the spinoff.

Hartnett-Green PENNY DREADFUL
Showtime has found the leads for its upcoming horror drama series Penny Dreadful.
Eva Green and Josh Hartnett will star in the drama from John Logan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Penny Dreadful was created by three-time Oscar nominee Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator), who is on board to write and executive produce alongside Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). The psycho-sexual horror series will begin production in the fall in London.
Hartnett will play Ethan Chandler, a man of action and daring who isn't afraid of violence. He's charming and brash but there are demons behind his eyes. He's more complicated than he likes to admit.
Green will play Vanessa, the singular female of the story. She's enigmatic with haunted eyes and utterly composed. She will prove herself a force to be reckoned with and the heroine of the series.
Production will begin in October and will be on the air in the spring.
Hartnett's credits include Pearl Harbor as well as 40 Days and 40 Nights. Green's credits include Casino Royale and Kingdom of Heaven. Her TV credits include the miniseries Camelot.

Elusion ELUSION
Although the first book in the planned two-book series won't be published until March 2014, Deadline is reporting that Silver Reel and FlynnPictureCo. have secured the big screen rights to the forthcoming Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam. The young adult sci-fi tale is officially described as follows:
Soon, Elusion will change the world and life as we know it.
A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, a visor, and a wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.
Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father's unexpected death, Regan can't bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.
Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it's addictive and dangerous—Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty . . . a decision that will affect the lives of millions.
Claudia Bluemhuber and Beau Flynn are attached to produce.

TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

China White ARROW NEWS
Oliver Queen may have plenty of new enemies in "Arrow" Season 2, but at least one old foe will make a return: China White (Kelly Hu) will return to the superhero series in the second episode of the season.
"Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim confirmed the return of the Triad assassin at the TCA press tour in Los Angeles on Monday (July 29). While he didn't give too many details about how China White will fit back into the show's world, Guggenheim did give a little bit of context about the appearance.
"Kelly Hu is absolutely coming back. She comes back in episode 2," Guggenheim said. "She not only comes back, but we were dead-set on not just bringing back China White, but bringing back China White and showing her in a new way and with a new dimension than just what we did last year. There's no point in bringing her back, just to repeat same-old, same-old. We do one new scene where you go, 'Ooh! That's a China White we didn't see last year.'"
While Hu's China White is the only confirmed Season 1 villain to make more trouble, fans can expect other old foes to reappear in the second season. "Part of the enjoyment of Season 2 for us is how do you combine the old -- not the old -- but the Season 1 villains with the new Season 2 villains," Guggenheim hinted. "That's part of the fun of the show. It's part of the fun of any superhero show. The superhero mythos, the rogues' gallery. I think we've done a fairly okay job of rounding out his rogues' gallery, and it's about building onto that in Season 2."
What about the ultimate Season 1 villain, Malcolm Merlyn? Will he be back -- remember, the audience never saw Malcolm's body after Oliver beat him in the season finale. While Guggenheim wouldn't give too many details, John Barrowman will definitely return to the show in some form.
"We've confirmed that John Barrowman is coming back," said Guggenheim. But then the producer added, "We are a show that does flashbacks."
The one detail Guggenheim did give about Malcolm Merlyn's return is that he will be interacting with Oliver. "I don't think it's spoiling anything to say that John Barrowman's scenes will be with Stephen [Amell]," Marc Guggenheim hinted.
The question is: Will Oliver and Malcolm interact in the show's present or in the past? Only "Arrow" Season 2 holds the answers to that.

RIDDICK
While we eagerly await Vin Diesel’s new Riddick flick, there’s a brand-new (and a bit NSFW) motion comic that somewhat bridges the events between the end of The Chronicles of Riddick and the upcoming new film.
The last time we saw Richard B. Riddick, he’d become—despite his good efforts, as well as those of Vaako (played by Karl Urban) and Dame Vaako (played by Thandie Newton)—the almighty ruler of the Necromongers.
We know from the bunch of exciting trailers we’ve seen so far that the new Riddick film rocks the first film's vibe, Pitch Black, and will once again pit our favorite Furyan against a slew of new mercenaries out to get him.
Question is: What happened between then and there?
Now you can catch a glimpse of the troubles Riddick got as the new leader of the Necromongers whilst being reminded that Vaako will also be in Riddick (yay!).
Have a look at the prequel motion comic above, and as a refresher, here's the official synopsis:
The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.
We don't know about you, but we're pretty excited to see Riddick being on the run for his life once more and duking it out with some badass mercenaries—including Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff.
Riddick will hit theaters on Sept. 6, 2013.

ROSEMARY'S BABY/THE TOMMYKNOCKERS
Classic horror fans, you’re in luck: The folks at NBC are looking to beef up their miniseries slate with some freaky new projects inspired by two of the scariest stories out there.
The network has announced that two new miniseries are in the works, based on Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers. Both are legit horror classics, and it’ll be interesting to see how they’re reworked for modern audiences.
Rosemary’s Baby will be developed as a four-hour miniseries following the story of a woman unknowingly carrying the Antichrist in her womb. The project will be written by Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned), with Joshua Maurer, David Stern, Perri Kipperman and Alix Witlin executive-producing.
The Tommyknockers, which is set in a small town affected by an alien artifact in the nearby woods, will be directed by Emmy winner Yves Simoneau (V, The 4400). Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky are attached to executive produce.
The story of Rosemary’s Baby is probably best known from its 1968 film adaptation, which is considered one of the scariest movies ever made. The Tommyknockers has a less prestigious history on the screen, and was most recently turned into a decent 1993 TV miniseries.
Rosemary’s Baby brings a lot of name cachet, so it’s not much of a surprise to see it pop back up all these years later. The Tommyknockers is a more interesting pick, but King’s work is having a small-screen renaissance these days thanks to Under the Dome and Haven, so it makes sense that this story will get another shot.

CITY OF ASHES Sigourney Weaver is in negotiations to join the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, Constantin's sequel to its upcoming supernatural fantasy, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Much of the cast of the first installment, which opens Aug. 21 and includes Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is returning -- as is director Harald Zwart.
The project continues the story of a girl (Collins) who discovers she is a demon-slaying Shadowhunter and enters a world filled with warring vampires, werewolves and faeries, while also falling for another Shadowhunter (Bower).
In one of the few new roles, the veteran actress will play the ruthless leader of the Shadowhunters who will stop at nothing to destroy the man who killed her son.
An October start date is being eyed.
A legend in the genre world for her Aliens work, Weaver’s recent appearances include Amy Heckerling's romantic vampire comedy Vamps, Cold Light of Day with Henry Cavill and cult hit Cabin in the Woods.

UNDER THE DOME RENEWED
"Under the Dome," television's #1 summer series in viewers and key demographics, will return in summer 2014 with 13 new episodes, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.
Stephen King, whose bestselling novel is the basis for the series, will write the premiere episode of the second season.
"We're excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester's Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season," said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.
"Under the Dome" is a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television based on Stephen King's bestselling novel of the same name. It tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town's inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.
"Under the Dome" is averaging 13.84 million viewers, 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.8/12 in adults 25-54. In addition to impressive live plus same day ratings on CBS, the series has also seen significant additional viewing on DVR playback, video-on-demand and online streaming - including Amazon's Prime Instant Video, which provides exclusive online subscription streaming four days after the broadcast on CBS. Amazon says that since the show's launch, "Under the Dome" has been watched by more customers than any other series on the service.
"Under the Dome" is produced by CBS Television Studios in association Amblin Television. Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Jack Bender and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, are executive producers.

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Wolverine WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
"Wolverine" took home the top spot at the box office this weekend, by a wide margin. It didn't quite live up to the studio estimates of a $63 million opening taking, but its $55 million was ahead of the no. 2 spot by over $30 million.
"The Conjuring" finished second at $22.1 million, "Despicable Me 2" was third at $16 million, "Turbo 3D" at $13.3 million for fourth and fifth was "Grown Ups 2" at $11.5 million.
The rest of the Top 10 is as follows:
6. "Red 2," $9.4 M
7. "Pacific Rim," $7.5 M
8. "The Heat," $6.9 M, over $140 M total
9. "R.I.P.D," $5.9 M
10. "Fruitvale Station," $4.7 M
In other notable box office numbers, Woody Allen's new "Blue Jasmine" opened in limited release, earning over $600,000 in just six theaters.

Star Wars Logo STAR WARS NEWS
At the closing ceremonies of Star Wars Celebration Europe on Sunday, Lucasfilm announced that its next fan fest – Star Wars Celebration VII – will be timed to the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VII, and will be held in Anaheim, California from April 16-18, 2015. Does this mean we should expect a May, 2015 release for "Episode VII"? Hopefully we'll find out soon.
Star Wars Celebration Europe was attended by more than 20,000 fans from 40 different countries. In a Main Stage event hosted by Warwick Davis, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced that legendary composer John Williams will return to score the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, to be directed by J.J. Abrams. And one of the Executive Producers from "Star Wars Rebels," Dave Filoni, was on hand to guide fans through the genesis of the upcoming animated series, revealing designs heavily influenced by original "Star Wars" concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. While unable to attend in person, Executive Producers Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman shared their excitement for the series in a video message recorded exclusively for Celebration attendees. "Star Wars Rebels" will begin airing on Disney XD starting in fall of 2014.
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" was also featured at the event, spotlighting a first look at The Complete Season Five Blu-ray and DVD boxed sets, and the massive Seasons 1-5 Collector's Edition, both scheduled for an October 15 release.

Vin Diesel WORLD'S MOST WANTED
Universal Pictures has officially named Vin Diesel World's Most Wanted. Deadline is reporting that the Riddick star is set to headline an upcoming action adventure of that name.
The film, originally written by Sean O'Keefe and Will Staples, is being rewritten by Dan Mazeau. No plot details are currently available, but Neal Mortiz is producing alongside Diesel and together he and Diesel have previously launched both the Fast & Furious and XXX franchises. Tania Landau and Samantha Vincent are executive producing.
Diesel starred earlier this year in Furious Six and is set to reprise his Dom Toretto role in next year's Fast & Furious 7. His Riddick, meanwhile, hits theaters September 6.

ELYSIUM
We've got just two weeks left before director Neill Blomkamp latest, Elysium, hits theaters and, today, we've got a new clip from the sci-fi actioner that features leading man Matt Damon taking on a security robot.
Also starring Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Wagner Moura, Elysium takes place in the year 2154, wherein two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
Elysium arrives in conventional theaters and in IMAX August 9.

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

Grimm GRIMM STAYING ON FRIDAY NIGHT
There was a time when if a series looked like it had a pulse while airing on Friday nights, a network would quickly move it to a different night that had higher overall viewership.
That thinking led people to assume that as "Grimm" quietly became a solid performer on Fridays, it would move too. NBC experimented with it a little last season, giving it a Monday slot after the Summer Olympics and a post-"The Voice" Tuesday berth in the spring, but Season 3 will once again air Fridays.
"We kept hearing from people, 'Don't take it off Friday, we love it on Friday. Why are you screwing with our show?'" NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Saturday (July 27) at the TCA press tour. "We put it in on Tuesdays in the spring for a few weeks because we thought it deserved the jolt of 'The Voice' lead-in, just to drive more viewers into it. But everybody inside the company, and we kept hearing from people outside the company saying 'Don't screw with it on Friday' and 'Leave it on Friday.' We took that to heart."
It has paid off. Season 2 of "Grimm" averaged 7.4 million viewers (in Live +7 ratings) and a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. The demographic number is the best of any show that regularly aired on Fridays last season.
"Grimm" is now in the position of serving as a launchpad for a new series, "Dracula," which will follow it on Friday nights.
"We tried to build a night that's a little bit more genre with 'Dracula,'" Greenblatt says. "We saw last year, the week before Halloween when we aired the 'Mockingbird Lane' pilot at 8 o'clock and 'Grimm' at 9, and it felt like a genre thing has some juice on Friday night. It's always good not to screw something up that's working."
Season 3 of "Grimm" is scheduled to premiere Oct. 25 on NBC.

Underwood IRONSIDE RE-DO COMING IN OCTOBER
NBC's remake/redo of the 1960s-'70s cop show "Ironside" is a crime drama, but according to the people making it, it's not a procedural.
So what's the difference? Executive producer Ken Sanzel explains Saturday (July 27) at the TCA summer press tour.
"Procedurals are about process and kind of inevitably go to catching a bad guy at the end of the episode, says Sanzel, who previously worked as a writer and producer on "Blue Bloods" and "Numb3rs." "We'll catch plenty of bad guys, but as you see in the pilot, this is a man who -- because of who he was before, because of who he is now -- is driven to answer deeper questions about tragedy, having been steeped in some of his own."
"Ironside" stars Blair Underwood as a New York detective who was shot in the line of duty two years earlier and now is in a wheelchair. He carries some residual issues from the shooting, but has largely channeled any anger into his work, where he leads a hand-picked team of detectives and approaches cases from a not especially by-the-book angle.
Ironside's situation "doesn't necessarily just make him an angry guy, it makes him a driven guy. I think there's a little bit of a difference," Sanzel says. "I think he's probably an angrier guy than in the past, and now he's more consumed with all the things that would [as in the series pilot] lead a woman to jump off of a roof, when he knows it's just a suicide. He puts that in his pocket and takes us in 42 minutes through all the truth that happens with that.
"That's the key you use to open what makes this show special in the crime drama element, which I think is something that comes off of Ironside's situation."
"Ironside" is scheduled to premiere Oct. 2 on NBC.

STAR WARS VII SCORE - JOHN WILLIAMS RETURNS
It's official: the latest chapter of Star Wars will be scored by John Williams.
The composer, who has crafted the score for all six titles in the space opera saga, was confirmed to be joining J.J. Abrams' Episode VII by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on Saturday at a Star Wars fan event in Essen, Germany.
In April, Abrams had indicated that he wanted the composer to return to score his film, but cautioned that it was still in the "early days." The Star Wars website posted an interview where Williams explains how he'll score the latest film.
"Of course, I haven't seen the script," the composer says in the clip. "The story is still unknown to me, the new story. But I can't imagine that there will not be some references to the existing stories that we know that would necessitate, and make appropriate, the use of some of the earlier themes."
The Episode VII script will be penned by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) and is set to hit theaters in 2015, with Episode VIII and IX scheduled in the years after. Original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to appear in the film. In addition, THR reported that Lawrence Kasdan, writer of Empire Strikes Back, and Simon Kinberg, who penned X-Men: Days of Future Past, are writing separate spinoff projects set in the Star Wars universe.

Hilary mini NBC NEW MINI-SERIES PLANS
NBC is becoming the latest network to dive head-first into the limited series.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt used his forum Saturday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour to announce the network is developing four new high-profile event series.
In addition to the previously announced six-hour miniseries based on Cleopatra, NBC has ordered a four-hour miniseries based on former first lady Hillary Clinton starring Diane Lane, an "updated remake" of Rosemary's Baby, a new version of Stephen King's Tommyknockers and another limited series from Mark Burnett tentatively called Plymouth.
Greenblatt gave credit to CBS' Nina Tassler for the network's big summer swing with King's Under the Dome, noting that being in business with the author "sounds interesting" to executives at the network. Thus far this summer, Dome ranks as the No. 1 scripted series and a bona fide hit on Monday nights.
The four minis come a month after NBC hired ABC's Quinn Taylor as its new longform point person, who in the past has overseen King's previous miniseries.
For Burnett, this marks his second miniseries at the network, joining his follow-up to History's record-breaking The Bible with A.D.: Beyond the Bible, which the network added in early July.
Greenblatt noted the deal for the Clinton biopic just closed and casting has yet to begin for an actor to play Bill Clinton. While the former secretary of state is likely to announce her candidacy for president, Greenblatt said the mini will likely air before then -- avoiding concerns about offering about equal time to her potential Republican challenger.
"She's not going to declare her candidacy for two more years, so I think it will be the late spring or early summer of '15 that she will declare," Greenblatt told reporters. "This could well have aired before that. We have to talk through all that."
Hilary will be written and directed by Frozen River's Courtney Hunt and will recount Clinton's life as a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present. The script will begin with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president. It will include her likely run for president. Busted Shark's Sherryl Clark will executive produce alongside James D. Stern (Looper). Greenblatt told reporters following his presentation that the former first lady hadn't yet heard of the project. (The project comes almost 10 years after Greenblatt opted to air CBS' controversial mini The Reagans during his tenure at Showtime.)
The NBC miniseries comes as a Hillary Clinton theatrical film also is taking shape. Rodham, which focuses on the future first lady's formative years in the 1970s and her courtship with Bill Clinton, is currently in development and seeking an actress to play the lead character.
Rosemary's Baby will also be a four-hour mini and is described as an updated retelling of the novel by Ira Levin that led to a feature film about devil worship and the relationship between a young husband and wife. In the new incarnation, the couple lives in Paris. Lionsgate will produce with Scott Abbott (Winchell) on board to pen the project. Joshua Maurer, David Stern, Perri Kipperman and Alix Witlin will executive produce.
King's Tommyknockers is based on the author's 1987 novel about the residents of a small Maine town and how they deal with what they perceive to be an alien spacecraft that has landed nearby. Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky will executive produce, while Emmy winner Yves Simoneau (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) will direct.
Limited series Plymouth will follow the challenges and drama of the Pilgrims' journey across the Atlantic and the difficulties of settling in a new country. Burnett and Anne Thomopoulos of Mark Burnett Productions will executive produce alongside Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo of Little Engine. Oscar and Emmy winner Walon Green (NYPD Blue, The Hellstrom Chronicle) will pen the project.
With the additions, NBC becomes the latest network to delve further into the longform/event series business. The big push, which includes multiple high-profile projects at FX, Fox and ABC, comes as broadcast and cable networks alike look to lure A-list actors, prestige and eyeballs in an era dominated by DVRs. Greenblatt stressed the importance of event series and must-see live programming at NBC, including shows like The Voice as well as sports and Olympics programming.

Star Wars art Star Wars Rebels Logo STAR WARS REBELS
The first concept art and logo for Disney's animated Star Wars Rebels television series was revealed at Star Wars Celebration Europe on Saturday.
Executive producer Dave Filoni offered attendees the first look by unveiling drawings by concept artist Ralph McQuarrie that offer a better glimpse at the look and feel of Star Wars Rebels. Additionally, the official logo for the series was revealed. Executive producers Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman sent a video message recorded for the attendees.
Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which spans about two decades. The animated series is set "in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape."
Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel before debuting as a television series on Disney XD.

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013

CLONE WARS TRAILER
The fifth and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray, and here’s the last bit of promo footage we’ll probably ever get to see. But, what about those never-released episodes still sitting on the shelf?
As we all know, Disney pulled the plug on the series after buying Lucasfilm to make way for Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD — leaving an unknown amount of content in development and unreleased.
Fans had hoped the eventual DVD release (a.k.a. this one) would bring all that footage to the masses, but it sounds like we might be out of luck. The release info only mentions the 20 season five episodes that aired on television, meaning whatever else we might’ve been wanting probably didn’t make the cut.
There is still the promise of two director’s cut episodes, plus a “host of behind the scenes bonus materials, cast and crew interviews, and deleted and alternate scenes” on the way. But, “alternate” and “deleted” will probably not cover episodes that died in the pipe.
The fifth season, as well as a complete series package, are both scheduled to hit shelves on October 15, 2013. Until then, start reliving all the glorious action with the trailer above and officially say your goodbyes.

STAR TREK: NEXT GENERATION GAG REEL
Need proof a Klingon can have a good time? See the fourth wall break in these hilarious outtakes from the fourth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
As the classic Trek series continues to find new live on Blu-Ray, the studio is teasing the latest set with a nice clip from the gag reel. We get to peek at a few scenes going off the rails, and it’s great to see Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn & Co. having a little fun back in the day.
Considering how melodramatic the show could get at times, these clips are all the more surreal.
If you want to check out the full blooper reel, pick up a copy of the season once it hits Blu-Ray on July 30.

THE WALKING DEAD - SEASON 4
With 50+ new Woodbury refugees pouring into the prison, we knew the cast was poised to swell for season four of The Walking Dead. So here are three more characters we’ll meet this fall.
After hearing about three other new characters on the way, plus three recurring characters that’ll be beefed up to regulars, it looks like the back half of season four will be adding even more survivors to the gang.
The folks at TV Line have the scoop, and here are the three new characters on the way later this year:
“While I can’t say if we’re due for another major death anytime soon, it’s looking like there will be warm bodies to fill any gaps. For midseason, the show is casting the recurring roles of John Tyler, a rough-around-the-edges and vulgar man with a propensity towards violence; Wayne Kesey, a gent in the 30s/40s whose book smarts are his main tools in survival; and Jordana Barraza, a Latina with a shameful past but a desire to learn right from others.”
Hmm. It sounds like “John Tyler” could fill the Merle void this season, while “Wayne Kesey” might be stepping into Milton’s role as the brain of the operation. As for “Jordana Barraza”? It sounds like she’ll slide right into Andrea’s conflicted mold quite nicely.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
It looks like Coulson won’t be the only agent with a fair share of secrets on Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series.
A new featurette has been released showing off Ming-Na Wen’s Agent Melinda May, who doesn’t seem very keen to join up with Coulson’s secret unit. At least not at first.
We get to see a bit more of her backstory, as she has apparently requested to be taken out of the field for some unknown reason. But Coulson knows she can still kick ass, so he drags her back into the action. Judging by some of her fight scenes, the field is definitely where she belongs.
For Stargate fans, Ming-Na should also look familiar, as she played Camile Wray on Universe. This role looks to be a whole different animal, though, so it'll be nice to see her getting in on the action a little more.
The series debuts on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

Once Upon A Time ONCE UPON A TIME NEWS
At least part of "Once Upon a Time" Season 3 will take place in Neverland, as we saw our intrepid heroes set sail for the "Peter Pan" locale in search of Henry. Now the show has announced who will play one of J.M. Barrie's classic characters.
Rose McIver has been cast as Tinkerbell, reports EW. The iconic fairy will have a surprising connection to another character and will appear in multiple episodes.
Meanwhile, TV Line reports that Sean Maguire has replaced Tom Ellis as Robin Hood. Ellis was unable to return due to his "Merlin" obligations, so Maguire will step in for a recurring arc.
One big role left to cast? The Little Mermaid, Ariel.
"Once Upon a Time" returns Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

George R. R. Martin A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
George R. R. Martin's next A Song of Ice and Fire novel isn't done yet, but he might have already spilled one of its biggest secrets.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!
Martin's last novel in the epic series, 2011's A Dance with Dragons, left one particular character in a state of extreme uncertainy. For the last two years, readers haven't even known if he's even still alive, but Martin may have just accidentally revealed the truth while answering a question about long-term planning for his characters in a lengthy (and very fascinating) interview with io9. His answer is below. See if you can spot the possible accidental spoilage.
"You introduce characters, and sometimes they take on a life of their own.
"Some major characters — yes, I always had plans, what Tyrion's arc was gonna be through this, what Arya's arc was gonna be through this, what Jon Snow's arc is gonna be. I knew what the principal deaths were gonna be, and when they were coming. That would be the closest thing."
Did you catch it? Yeah, Martin used the word is, not was, when referring to Jon Snow, whose fate was left ambiguous at the end of Dance with Dragons after he was stabbed repeatedly by some of his fellow Night's Watch brothers. Some fans had already written Jon off as dead based on his final appearance in the book, but this quote definitely rekindles hope that the character isn't gone.
Or is he? Obviously, Martin could have simply misspoke, or he could have been referring to knowing what Jon Snow's arc would be back in the early '90s when he began the series. Either way, that little grammar choice will be enough to keep even more fans talking about Jon's fate right up until the day the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter, finally hits bookstores.

47 RONIN
Keanu Reeves just proved again that he can still kick some ass in this first awesome trailer for 47 Ronin.
Written by Fast & Furious 6’s Chris Morgan and Drive’s Hossein Amini (which probably accounts for the amazing action sequences we’ve seen in this trailer), 47 Ronin is the first English-language version of a film that has already seen (*gasp*) 80 adaptations in Japan!
Our boy Keanu (who is 48, by the way, and looks at least 10 years younger, not that we're jealous or anything) plays a warrior who is recruited by 47 samurai to get revenge "upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind."
The movie has lots of stunning fantastical elements, ranging from ghosts, magic, Voldemort-like men and dragons.
Alongside Reeves, the flick will also star Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Tekken) and Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim).
47 Ronin will hit theatres on Christmas Day—Dec. 25, 2013.

Red Witch AGENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Director Joss Whedon will be expanding the roster with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now he’s finally dropped some hints about what he’ll be doing with Scarlet Witch. The big news? She’ll have a whole new look.
Chatting with Nerdist, Whedon opened up a bit about how he’ll be handling the addition of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. When asked if he’ll keep Scarlet Witch’s comic-booky (but kick-ass) half-helmet, Whedon said it will most definitely be heading to the chopping block.
But that doesn’t mean they won’t pay homage to the design:
“No. She might wear a headband or something that might echo it. The guys at Marvel, the conceptual artists, are phenomenal, and they are so good at taking the essence of what works and interpreting it for the actual human body, and when they paint something you can not only tell how it’s gonna work on a person, you can even tell what fabric it’ll be. They are very specific, very talented. So I’m excited to see the designs. Obviously we want to echo the look that people know, but there’s the classic look and the Ultimates look, but you have to do it in a way that will work. But it can’t be too old school … she can’t wear a leotard.”
Considering the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made quite a few changes to the comic canon the past few years, mostly for the good, all we can really do is put our faith in Whedon that he’ll be able to figure it all out.

COLD COMES THE NIGHT
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all domestic and international media rights to Tze Chun’s Cold Comes the Night, starring Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus).
Currently in post-production, Cold Comes the Night is directed Chun and written by Chun alongside Osgood Perkins, and Nick Simon. Chun’s acclaimed debut feature, Children of Invention, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won 17 festival awards.
Chun’s film tells the story of a struggling motel owner (Eve) who, along with her daughter (Parker), is taken hostage by a career criminal (Cranston) as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Marshall-Green). Everyone gets in over their heads, and a series of double-crosses leaves a string of dead bodies in this pulse-pounding story about desperation and survival.
The film, which also stars Ursula Parker ("Louie") and Leo Fitzpatrick ("The Wire"), is produced by Mynette Louie of Syncopated Films and Trevor Sagan of Sasquatch Films. It was financed by Three Point Capital, Whitewater Films, and Cherry Sky Films, and executive produced by Scott Halle, Rick Rosenthal, Nick Morton, Jacob Pechenik, and Ali Jazayeri. Lauren Craniotes, Vice President of Production for SPWA, is overseeing the film for SPWA.

Wes Bentley INTERSTELLAR
Following yesterday's announcement that Topher Grace had been cast, The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that The Hunger Games' Wes Bentley has joined Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Bentley has filled the final role in the film's all-star line-up that also includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow and Casey Affleck.
Directed and written by Nolan, Interstellar is based on a script by Jonathan Nolan. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan of Syncopy Films and Obst of Lynda Obst Productions. Kip Thorne will executive produce.
Interstellar will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding. The movie hits theaters on November 7, 2014.

THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2013

REVOLUTION UPDATE - SPOILER WARNING
If you didn’t watch the season-one finale of Revolution back in June, you might want to stop reading here.
Still with us?
Then you know that in the last seconds of the first-season finale, nuclear warheads were racing toward Atlanta and Philadelphia because of Randall’s (Colm Feore) twisted plan to reunite the states back into one entity. We were left wondering if they could be diverted, and the answer is no, as the new season trailer shows:
Along with the nuclear fallout, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes changes, too, as creator Eric Kripke has enlisted Rockne S. O'Bannon and Ben Edlund to join the series as executive producers and writers. They’re helping chart a new direction for the series, which has also changed shooting locations from North Carolina to Texas.
In a recent interview, O'Bannon admits he’s been onboard with the series just as a fan since the pilot.
“I came to the show since literally the first episode of the show. I was working on two shows last year, which I don’t recommend, but this was one of the shows I made an effort to record and watch, because I just loved it. It really did surprise me, and some of the things I talked to Eric about is that I see Revolution a real saga. In my mind, the characters of the show are essentially the heroes of the future. 100 years from now, in this show, they will be erecting statues for these characters and writing about them in history books. We don’t who is who right now, but we’ll see. Humanity has clearly taken a turn. By taking away all of our electronics, we have to see what is going to grow out of that. In my mind, it’s sort of a cleaned palate of society.”
Ben Edlund, who worked on Supernatural for the past few years, says he’s excited about this post-nuclear world –- which is three months post-detonations -– will initially break apart, then reconnect the core characters. “In a way, the nuclear bombs destabilized our story base in kind of a cool way. We’ve blown the chains of story into the air, and we’ve got parts and pieces landing around Texas for us to explore. Season one was Book One, and season two is Book Two: The Texas Chapter. Book One was about being opposed to a militia force, so it developed around military stories. The core fabric of this one is they land in a town, and instead of it being a road movie, it’s about settling down for a little bit. It will allow for deepening stories.”
Revolution returns to NBC on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

SNOWPIERCER
Wanna know exactly how Earth became a winter hellscape in the new Snowpiercer movie? Check out this animated prologue detailing the global warming cure that went very very bad.
Based on the avant-garde French graphic novel LeTransperceneige, by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, director Bong Joon-ho (The Host) has detailed his film adaptation with a grim dystopian flair and some rip-roaring action sequences, as seen in the most recent trailer. Following an environmental disaster turning the planet into a giant ice cube, survivors exist on a titanic supertrain that circles the chilly Earth nonstop. Snowpiercer opens next month in South Korea, with U.S. release dates to follow. It stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ewan Bremner, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho. Here's the official synopsis:
Snowpiercer is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.

TRANSFORMERS 4
Titus Welliver is the latest name to join the cast of Michael Bay's Transformers 4, now in production, Deadline reports. His character has not yet been revealed.
Welliver joins Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller and Han Geng in the June 27, 2014 release. Although the plot of sequel is still top secret, Bay teased recently that it will involve a "Chase from Hell."
Welliver is known for big screen roles in films like Argo and The Town. Genre fans will recognize the actor from the recent Marvel Studios One-Shot, "Item 47," as well as for playing the Man in Black on ABC's "LOST."

YUKIKAZE
First announced back in April, Warner Bros. Pictures' adaptation of Japanese author Chohei Kambayashi's alien invasion novel Yukikaze has found a writer in Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans). Tom Cruise remains attached to star.
The serialized Yukikaze began being published in the pages of SF Magazine in 1979. The collected version of the tale is officially described as follows:
More than thirty years ago, a hyper-dimensional passageway suddenly appeared over the continent of Antarctica. Fighters from the mysterious alien force known as the JAM poured through the passage, the first wave an attempted terrestrial invasion. Their ferocity was unquestionable, their aim unknown. Humanity, united by a common enemy, managed to repel the invaders, chasing them back through the passageway to the strange planet nicknamed “Fairy.”
The task of finishing the battle was given to the newly formed FAF, a combat force created to go to Fairy and eliminate the JAM bases once and for all. Now, in the midst of a war with no end in sight, Second Lieutenant Rei Fukai carries out his missions in the skies over Fairy. Attached to Tactical Combat and Surveillance Unit 3 of the Special Air Force, his duty is to gather information on the enemy and bring it back to base—no matter the human cost. His only constant companion in this lonely task is his fighter plane, the sentient FFR-31 Super Sylph, call sign: Yukikaze.
The novel was previously adapted into a five-episode Japanese direct-to-video anime series.

SONS OF ANARCHY
FX has announced it will launch the sixth season of "Sons of Anarchy" on September 10 at 10 PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode and will continue to run the series on Tuesdays at 10 PM.
"Sons of Anarchy" is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegal arms business driven by the seduction of money, power, and blood.
Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is SAMCRO’s new President who must face the consequences of the MC’s illicit deeds before they tear the club apart. Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal) is Jax’s formidable mother. Clarence ‘Clay’ Morrow (Ron Perlman) is Jax’s stepfather, the last of the Original Nine and former President. Dr. Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) is Jax’s old lady and mother of his second son.
Having framed Clay for the murder of Damon Pope, Season Six begins with Jax’s leadership uncontested, but his family life suffering from his single-minded pursuit of John Teller’s vision. Jax must find a way to keep Tara from going to prison for conspiracy to commit murder while rebuilding his club and breaking from the cycle of violence and greed that ultimately led to his best friend’s death.
"Sons of Anarchy’s" season five notched its most viewers to date, continuing the show’s run as the highest–rated program in the history of FX. In Total Viewers, the show captured an average of 6.4 million and in Adults 18-49, it averaged 4.4 million viewers.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD
YouTube announced a special programming week from August 4-10 called "Geek Week," and they've revealed they will premiere the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World in conjunction with the event on Wednesday, August 7th.
Though not confirmed, the new trailer could contain footage that was screened at their San Diego Comic-Con panel.
Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins star in the November 8th release.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2014

GRAVITY
"Gravity," an upcoming film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, has a new trailer. This trailer may be one of the tensest and most stressful two minutes of footage ever.
Seriously, watching this video may bring on a panic attack.
The concept of the film is simple. Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a first-time astronaut and a medical engineer. Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) is a veteran in command of his final shuttle mission. Thanks to debris striking the shuttle, Stone and Kowalsky are left alone in space. They are tethered to each other, but oxygen is limited and both are hurtling into the hopeless realm of deep space.
Do the astronauts have any chance of getting home? It sure doesn't sound like it.
In the "Detached" clip, audiences see the beginning of the astronauts' problems. Despite everyone's best efforts, radio communications go silent and Stone's tragically small figure vanishes into the darkness.
Prepare yourself for nightmares -- of the best kind -- after an image like that.

Ron Moore HELIX AND OUTLANDER
TV hasn’t had a new Ron D. Moore drama since Caprica, so fans of the genre-centric series creator will be glad to hear that we’re getting two new sci-fi series from the man in 2014. Helix and Outlander (based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels) are both being executive produced by Moore and will explore the far reaches of the Artic Circle and historic Scotland way back in the 1700s.
Helix starts production on 13 episodes in early August and is as he describes it, a “thriller with horrific elements.” It will star Billy Campbell (The 4400) as CDC scientist Dr. Alan Farragut, who travels to the Artic Circle after receiving an emergency call from a remote outpost station there.
Moore tells us that the base isn’t “owned or controlled by any one particular nation. It’s sort of a group of people who cobbled money together through mysterious sources and have been up there for quite some time doing medical research. Something happens at the base and a virus breaks out. They go under quarantine and they call the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to send a team to help them contain it. When [the team gets] there, they discover there’s a lot more going on than anticipated and they start realizing the research that has been going on has enormous potential to help humanity or to destroy humanity. Each episode is just one day at the base so the tension keeps ramping up and ramping up until we get to the end of the season.”
At the same time, Moore and his former Deep Space Nine executive producing partner, Ira Behr, are prepping the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s time-traveling, historical romance series, Outlander, into a premium cable series for Starz network.
Moore enthusiastically reveals that they’ll be shooting the series in Scotland this fall. “It’s a really an exciting piece. We have 16 episodes. It’s a big production, and if you know the books at all, it’s a big, sweeping story.”
“We’re at pains to really follow the books,” he says to assure concerned readers. “One of the great things was Starz said to us early on was, 'We love the books, we think they are great so let's make the [show] for the people who love the books. Let’s make it for the fans of the books first and trust that anyone who doesn’t know the material will get swept along in the story like everyone else does.' Nobody ever says that,” Moore laughs. “Typically studios and networks just say, 'Yeah, we don’t really care about the book. We bought it for the cover or whatever…' and then dispense with it very early on [in the process]. This was the rare time when everybody said this is great material and we like the story and these characters so let’s try to get as close to the books as possible in the show and that’s what we are doing.”

Gran Turismo GRAN TURISMO
A feature film version of the hit video game series Gran Turismo is on the way from Sony Pictures, The Wrap reports. Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca are attached to produce.
The first Gran Turismo was released for PlayStation in 1997 and boasted 140 different sport cars and 11 different racing environments. The most successful game franchise in PlayStation history, Gran Turismo 6 is slated to hit shelves later this year.
The news comes in the wake of Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious 6 breaking records worldwide and earning more than $700 million worldwide. DreamWorks Pictures, meanwhile, has their own racing franchise in the works, also based on a video game series. The Scott Waugh-directed Need for Speed will hit theaters March 14, 2014.

PENDRAGON P.I. - HELP JASON CARTER
Want to see British actor Jason Carter (Marcus on the classic hit sci-fi series Babylon 5) return as an unconventional private investigator who's a bit of Sherlock Holmes, a splash of Sam Spade, and a dash of The Doctor?
Jason Carter is working with Jerry Seward, creator and executive producer of an independent movie pilot titled Pendragon, P.I.that They are developing a gifted and accomplished production team to produce this series. Jason will play the lead, a man who - along with his helper Lucy (played by April Washko) - relies on his deductive skills to sort through a maze of clues in an attempt to solve the case of mysterious disappearances in a small, lakeside town where impossible things happen.
For more information on how you can help, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-get-pendragon-p-i-jason-carter-project-made?show_todos=true.

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI - COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL ICON AWARD
Here is a post from the Fans of JMS Facebook page:
I wanted to extend my thanks here to the good folks at SDCC who this weekend honored me with the International Icon Award. I had no idea it was coming, so I was clueless as to what they were going on about when I arrived for my spotlight to find folks waiting for me on stage. By the time I figured out it was an award, let alone an Icon award, it was time to step up onto the stage to receive it, so I don't know how coherent I was in my acceptance.
So I wanted to use this space to extend my thanks to everyone at the convention for this amazing recognition, an award that's only been given eight times or so in the long history of SDCC (to folks like George Lucas, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Matt Groening and Stan Lee). It's an absolutely stunning honor, and I am infinitely appreciative.
If you would like to read more, go to http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/j-michael-straczynski-latest-icon-award-recipient.

SUPERNATURAL
"Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles took some time during the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con to talk about what's coming in Season 9 of his show.
Here are some interview highlights that Jensen had to share:
"They have no choice now but to dive in and figure out how they're going to navigate this whole new element that is now on their plate -- all the angels and demons ... We don't know how the angels are going to come into play, whether they're friend or foe."
"I like the fact that Dean is not playing the guilty cheerleader anymore."
On Crowley: "They think that he is going to better serve them alive than dead.
"But of course it's all going to backfire, it's all going to go to s***. That's just Season 9."
"They have outgrown the scope of Dad's journal to the extent of what they're dealing with."
On Castiel becoming human: "It's going to be interesting to see how the relationship between Castiel and -- not just Dean but Dean and Sam -- goes from here, given the fact that he is just a regular guy. Might have to have a few training sessions in store... 'OK, this is how we load a gun.'"

ROBOCOP REBOOT
There are a lot of hard core fans of director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film RoboCop that groaned loudly when it was announced that the seminal, ultra-violent action film was getting a brand-new remake. At San Diego Comic-Con, actor Joel Kinnaman, who plays the human cop Alex Murphy and later his robotic self, was adamant about distancing their version of the story from the original in a show of respect to Verhoeven’s work.
The style, the robotics, the lesser violence (it’s going for a PG-13 rating) and even the quotable lines were all considered very carefully to avoid direct comparisons and set this film apart. For example, Kinnamon said, “We kept a couple of lines from the original but we feel like all of the iconic lines from the first movie were part of the tone of Verhoeven’s movie, so I think that would feel unjust and disrespectful to keep all of the lines. “Your move, creep” did not, but it’s something that I say to my friends all the time when I play chess with them on my iPhone,” the actor laughed. “I practiced it a lot but never say it in the movie.”
Kinnamon also explained audiences will get more time with Alex Murphy before he gets gunned down and rebooted. “We go a little further with Alex Murphy and spend more time with him at work as an undercover cop and as a family man. He’s got a beautiful little family and that leads very much to the question -– is he now property? Is he owned by OmniCorp? He is very vulnerable because his system needs to be changed and he needs to be plugged in, so he is dependent on this corporation that has made him to survive. [His suit] has made him very powerful but at the same time vulnerable. [OmniCorp] also lets him interact with his family and lets him reconnect with his family after he’s become RoboCop and that’s not something that’s easy -– to try to embrace your six-year-old son and wife when you have a big robotic body and you can’t feel them.”
An admitted long-time fan of the original movie, which the actor said he’d “probably seen 25 or 30 times,” Kinnamon shared that his RoboCop walk has been in unofficial development since he was young.
“I started rehearsing my RoboCop walk way before I even became an actor so I was well-versed in my robo-walk. But when I got the suit on, the idea [hit] that the 1987 vision of where robotics would be is very different from a 2013 vision of where robotics would be, and how a robot would move 15 years in the future. So when I put the suit on, I had some ideas. We went for a more superhuman approach to his movement pattern. We also added in some more robotic movement to it too. I played around with it and [director] Jose (Padilha) would look at it and maybe give me a little note, and then I’d either take it or work on something else. Mostly I took his notes,” Kinnaman laughs.
RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.

DRACULA
A bloody new trailer for NBC’s Dracula series was released to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con, and it looks like the blood will be flowing in buckets once this one arrives in the fall.
The sexy, bloody trailer is the best setup yet to show what fans can look forward to — and this one lands right in the sweet spot of a Victorian-era True Blood. It’s graphic, and it shows off quite a bit of vampy lovemaking and gruesome death.
Set in the 1890s, the series stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula, though he’s assumed the identity of an American businessman to keep his bloodsucking a secret. The cast is rounded out by Arrow alum Jessica DeGouw as Dracula’s love interest, and Thomas Kretschmann as a new twist on Van Helsing.
The trailer was a bit too graphic for my taste, but you an check out the trailer using the link below:
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AGENT CARTER
Set to be included as a bonus feature on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release on September 24, Marvel Studios' latest "One-Shot" short film, "Agent Carter" has brought online a new clip that you can check out here.
The film features Hayley Atwell, reprising her role as Peggy Carter. Set one year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, "Agent Carter" also stars Bradley Whitford, Shane Black and few additional surprises.
"After the premiere of 'Captain America,' I went straight back to London to do a play," says Atwell of how the project came about. "I thought that was the end of it. Then months and months and months later, I got a call from Lou [D'Esposito] saying that this was something that we could make together. It was as new to me as it was to the fans."

WARRIORS OF OZ
A new vision of L. Frank Baum's world of Oz is on the way from Timur Bekmambetov. Deadline reports that the Nightwatch and Wanted director will executive produce and potentially direct "Warriors of Oz," a miniseries set to air on Syfy.
The miniseries would follow modern day warriors on a journey through a post-apocalyptic future version of Oz taken over by an evil wizard. The Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion are to be reimagined as three warriors themselves, Heartless, Brainless and Coward.
It's been a busy time for Baum-fueled adaptations in Hollywood. Earlier this year, Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful hit the big screen and, set for release on May 9, 2014, Summertime Entertainment will offer their animated take, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY
First announced back in 2010, Richelle Mead's hit book series Vampire Academy is headed to the big screen. Today, The Weinstein Company has revealed the film's official site.
Directed by Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters, Vampire Academy stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles. The film follows Rose Hathaway (Deutch) is a Dhampir: half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.
Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Deepak Nayer and Michael Preger will produce with Stuart Ford executive producing.
Vampire Academy hits theaters February 14, 2014.

12 MONKEYS
Terry Gilliam's 1995 feature 12 Monkeys is heading to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the time travel tale is in development as a series with "Terra Nova" writers Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas attached to pen the pilot.
Inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film "La Jetée," 12 Monkeys begins in a post-apocalyptic future wherein a convict, James Cole (played by Bruce Willis in the 1995 film), volunteers to travel back in time in the hopes of learning how it came to be that the release of a deadly virus set the world down a path to its own near-destruction.
Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle, both of whom produced the original film, are attached to the series with a 90-minute pilot currently being planned. "24" helmet Jon Cassar is attached to direct.

MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

THE AGENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
As if brand-new trailers for Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier weren't enough, Joss Whedon came out at the end of the Marvel panel at Comic-Con to really blow the audience's minds.
Whedon strode out only to announce, "I don't have a lot to say," before pointing to the big screen behind the stage as the lights went down. A short teaser unveiled a quick glimpse of a mechanical head very familiar to Marvel fans and the name The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Ultron, of course, is the robotic being created by Dr. Hank Pym that has tried again and again over the years to wipe out humanity, most recently in the Brian Michael Bendis run also titled Age of Ultron.
It's unknown whether Whedon will pull from that story or earlier ones, and whether he will incorporate the Ultron-created android the Vision, a role that has been linked to Vin Diesel. The mind reels at all the possible ways this could go. And where does Thanos fit in? Also, will Hank Pym be introduced in the Avengers sequel, since his Ant-Man movie is being released after that?
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige brought Whedon out at the end of a thrilling panel that also featured visits from the casts of the Captain America sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as an assembly of footage from the latter movie, which is only 10 days into shooting.
The panel kicked off with a visit from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the flesh, as the actor exhorted the delighted audience in costume and character.
He introduced the new extended trailer for Thor: The Dark World, which opened with the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) and his fellow Asgardians in battle before Thor eventually heads to Earth to reunite with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). A destructive force soon appears on Earth as well, the work of Malekith (Christopher Eccleston).
With Malekith potentially destroying the fabric of reality itself, Thor must turn to Loki for help. But can his imprisoned brother be trusted? In one final shot, it looks like Loki betrays his adopted brother to Malekith.
Following that, Feige brought out Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo, plus cast members Chris Evans (Cap), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (the Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Emily van Camp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13) and Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones).
Asked how large a role Black Widow has in the movie, Scarlett said she's "very integral" to the story, adding that she and Cap develop a very complicated relationship. "They have different approaches to morality," added Evans.
Evans also said that Cap is now dealing with a modern age where "people are less trusting and the world is not as black and white as it used to be."
The talk was kept brief as the lights went down again and the footage began with a riveting scene of Cap being surrounded in an elevator at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ and laying waste to all of them within the enclosed space. As with most of these trailers, the action flashes by too quickly to absorb everything, but we do get to see Evans being debriefed by the S.H.I.E.L.D. exec played by Robert Redford, several shots of the Falcon taking flight and pursued by a jet fighter, a penultimate scene of the Helicarrier crashing badly into a body of water and one last shot of the Winter Soldier picking up Cap's shield.
Before the audience could recover from that relentless footage, Feige next brought out -- fresh off a plane from London -- director James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, including Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Dave Batista (Drax), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser), Djimon Honsou (Korath the Pursuer) and Karen Gillan (Nebula), the latter of whom stunned the audience by pulling off what turned out to be a red wig and revealing that she has shaved her head for the part!
Again, the discussion was kept to a minimum, although the massive Bautista won over the crowd when he said that he fought really hard for the job, and "when I got it I broke down and cried like a baby." Pratt described his character by saying, "He's kind of a jerk; he had a hard time as a kid and now he goes around space making out with hot alien girls and being a bit of a rogue and a jerk, and through teaming up with these guys finds a higher purpose, something to care about and fight for and put his life on the line."
Saldana chimed in, "I've been blue once, so why not try green?"
Despite just starting production, Marvel assembled an impressive reel of footage that emphasized, above all, that the tone of Guardians will be decidedly lighter and more comedic. br> Guardians seems to be setting itself up as a wild space opera with flavors of both Serenity and Galaxy Quest, which sounds right to us and completely different from anything Marvel has done before. It was the surprise hit of the panel -- until Mr. Whedon pulled off his act.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The horror genre is making unprecedented gains at the 2013 summer box office, a playtime historically ruled by all-audience tentpoles.
This past weekend, New Line and Warner Bros.' low-budget The Conjuring scared up a $41.5 million opening, far more than anyone anticipated and more than three times the dismal $12.8 million debut of Universal's big-budget tentpole R.I.P.D., which cost at least $130 million to make and stars Ryan Reynolds opposite Jeff Bridges. It also left Red 2, which opened to $18.5 million, in the dust.
The Conjuring came in ahead of the openings for recent summer tentpoles Pacific Rim ($37.2 million), The Lone Ranger ($29.2 million), After Earth ($27.5 million) and White House Down ($24.0 million).
Directed by Saw maestro James Wan and costing only $20 million to produce, The Conjuring follows the success of Universal's The Purge, which opened to No. 1 over the June 7-9 weekend, grossing $34.1 million and besting big studio comedy The Internship, which debuted to $17.4 million.
Generally speaking, horror pics avoid the heart of summer, preferring the August corridor and other times of the year, such as Halloween.
This unspoken rule could change with the success of The Conjuring and The Purge, which respectively boast the top openings of all time for an original R-rated horror movie and guarantee sizeable profits for their respective studios.
Based on a true story, The Conjuring stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as paranormal investigators who help a family terrorized by a dark force. Lily Taylor and Ron Livingston also star in the movie, which received an A- CinemaScore from moviegoers, a rarity for a horror film, and generally strong reviews.
One reason for the success of horror this summer could be females turned off by action fare. Teenage girls and younger women are huge fans of the genre. Overall, females made up 53 percent of those buying tickets to see The Conjuring.
"It was a bold move for us to go right in the middle of summer. It's very significant," says Jeff Goldstein, WB's executive vp domestic distribution. "Its success shows that fresh material attracts the audience in a big way. The real-life aspect of this movie makes it look very cool, and it scares the stuffing out of you."
The Purge, produced by Jason Blum of Paranormal Activity and Insidious fame, cost just $3 million to make. It has earned $64.1 million domestically and $12.3 million so far internationally for a total $76.4 million.
While designed as an all-audience tentpole, Brad Pitt zombie epic World War Z also is benefiting from the heightened interest in horror. The summer title has grossed north of $456 million to date.
Earlier this year, Universal's horror pic Mama was another win for the genre, opening to $32.1 million and trouncing the favored front-runner, Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe action-thriller Broken City.

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013

News J. MICHAELSTRACZYNSKI HONORED
Congratulations to J. Michael Stracznyski, the 2013 Comic-Con International Icon Award recipient!

Batman-Superman Logo SUPERMAN/BATMAN MOVIE COMING
"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder took the stage at Comic-Con to reveal that he has begun work on a sequel. Batman and Superman will unite for a sequel to Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel,” paving the way for a “Justice League” movie, the studio announced at Comic-Con on Saturday. The news was leaked just before the panel began, but that didn’t temper fans’ rapturous reaction to what would be the first time the superheroes were united on screen.
Director Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel," "300") made a surprise appearance in Hall H to announce he was working on the sequel, and promised to reveal something to "inform" audience expectations. He brought out actor Harry Lennix, who read a passage from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight" - and then the screen flashed the Superman "S" symbol, shadowed by the distinctive wings of Batman. The crowd, as they say, went wild.
Snyder and David Goyer, who wrote the first one, will write the second one, maintaining the core creative team from the summer’s monster hit.
Though Snyder disclosed nothing more, Warner Bros. then sent out a press release announcing that Henry Cavill would return as Superman. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will repreise their roles as well. It remains unclear who will play Batman.
Christian Bale, who played Batman in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, has said he is done with the part.
The new film also brings back Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder as producers. Nolan and partner Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan.
In a prepared statement, Warner production chief Greg Silverman said: “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first and he utterly gets this genre. We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic superheroes to the screen in his own way."
“Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere. All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DC Universe," said Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment.
The success of Nolan’s Batman movies made the rebirth of Superman the next logical step for Warner Bros. in its efforts to leverage the DC Comics library, which also includes iconic characters such as the Flash, the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” did not reinvigorate the franchise, delaying those plans for a few years. Snyder’s “Man of Steel” gave Warner Bros. exactly what it wanted, grossing more than $600 million at the worldwide box office and furthering speculation that Warner Bros. would plot a multi-character “Justice League” movie.
TheWrap reported on the eve of the film’s debut that Warner Bros. was planning to make a sequel to “Man of Steel” first, and then move on to “Justice League” and the other DC characters. Though early reports on Saturday indicated Warner Bros. would formally announce those plans for movies about The Flash and Justice League, the studio did not say anything beyond "Man of Steel."
Warner Bros. announced its plans for Superman and Batman on Saturday at a panel where the studio showcased seven different upcoming movies, including “Godzilla,” “Lego: The Movie” and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.”
One question that went unanswered on Saturday is whether Legendary Entertainment will be involved in any way. Legendary co-financed and co-produced the “Dark Knight” movies and “Man of Steel” under a deal it had with Warner Bros. Yet Legendary has now moved on to NBCUniversal, and the schism was evident on Saturday as Warner Bros. slotted all the Legendary movies at the beginning of the panel, and reserved the second half for its own projects.
Regardless of who makes it, it is inevitable that Cavill, Snyder and the gang will return to Comic-Con in future years, promoting what Warner Bros. hopes will become a lengthy streak of hit movies.

Guardians of the Galaxy GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
They weren't scheduled to make an appearance, but the cast and crew of Marvel's next new title, "Guardians of the Galaxy," surprised the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con.
After they left the fans in Hall H cheering for more, the cast sat down to talk to the press about the movie and their characters, along with director James Gunn. Gunn kicked it off with his interpretation of what the story is. "'Guardians' is about a family coming together," he says, "It really is about a group of individuals who have acted selfishly, and only as individuals throughout their life, learning something about themselves that makes them heroes.
He also says the script for the movie isn't too dark in his opinion, though that's sort of what Gunn does best. "I don't think of it as darkly comedic. I do think of it as me. There's a lot of James Gunn in this movie." While some might not agree with that approach, it seems producer Kevin Feige and "Avengers" director Joss Whedon go. Upon turning the first draft of the script in, Gunn says, "Their biggest note was 'More James Gunn', which freaked the hell out of me.
As for his goals for the movie, Gunn jokes that he wants to avoid spoilers but, "I have some really big injuries planned for Michael Rooker (Yondu) and hopefully [Dave] Bautista (Drax the Destroyer) is going to help me with those."
When asked about his process of preparing for his role as Star Lord, Chris Pratt says it took six months to get in the shape he needed to be in. It paid off though, and Pratt has the selfie to prove it.
Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, says she's excited to be entering the Marvel universe, especially in a movie like "Guardians." "I do believe that Guardians have bigger powers in a way," she says, "and if we were up against Captain America or Thor, I would totally kick his a**."
Bautista is still relatively new to the acting game, even though he's a former WWE World Champion. He admits that he's still learning and honing his craft and that "Guardians" is hands down the biggest thing he's ever been involved with.
Benicio del Toro was announced during the Hall H panel as joining the movie in the role of The Collector. When asked what weird or wonderful thing his character brought to the table, del Toro offered a simple, "Well, he collects things."
Before ending the panel, Gunn shared a personal story Benicio told him during the casting process. The pair were talking about the character and collecting in general when del Toro looked at him and said, "You know, I was the first kid in my neighborhood to have an alligator." According to Gunn, it's in his top five favorite sentences of all time. "It's true," del Toro confirms.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" will be in theaters August 1, 2014.

REVOLUTION SEASON 2
Saturday, the cast of NBC's Revolution made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. They teased the upcoming second season and debuted a new trailer. We have to admit, it's much more brutal than we expected. There are tons of explosions and a fair share of stabbings. Once again, series regulars are put on the chopping block. Showrunner Eric Kripke has no problem killing off fan favorites.
At the panel, Kripke discussed the amount of destruction ahead. “We’re trying to be the first network show in history that loses two American cities in the first 15 seconds [of a season],” he said. “We’re back to a very intense set of basics, [a world] that’s even more dangerous than in season one.” Is that even possible?
It appears there's been a time jump and it hasn't been kind to everyone. Monroe's spending his nights in fight clubs, Rachel's dealing with flashbacks of Randall's suicide and Miles is off somewhere being pessimistic.

ARROW
The CW and DC Comics have just unveiled a new sizzle reel for the upcoming second season of the hit series Arrow. Though be warned, if you haven't been watching it goes into heavy spoilers for the first season. Keep your eyes open throughout the video for some special surprises and teases and sound off below telling us what you think!
Star Stephen Amell has spoken about the upcoming season and teased that it will feature "a growing world" for Oliver Queen. New series regular Colton Haynes has also teased that "a few of the most important DC characters" will be joining the series.
Arrow also stars Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson, Colton Haynes as Roy Harper, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance. The show airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The first season of the series will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 7th with season 2 premiering on October 9th.

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013

HANNIBAL
With a show as grim and gory as NBC's "Hannibal," it's hard to remember that the folks involved laugh from time to time. But as the Season 1 gag reel, which creator Bryan Fuller and Co. brought to San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday (July 18), reveals, the cast finds levity whenever they can.
Whether it's Laurence Fishburne cracking up after screaming, in character, about knowing when he's awake or Hugh Dancy calling a vegetarian a "w****" during a dinner scene, it's clear this cast has found a way to enjoy themselves and get back the darkness that envelopes the series.
As revealed during the panel, all 13 episodes of "Hannibal" Season 1 will be available for purchase on Sept. 24.

ALMOST HUMAN
It's no secret the cast of FOX's new sci-fi procedural "Almost Human" is really, really, ridiculously good looking. But when one of the hot main characters is an android policeman (Michael Ealy) and not actually human, the romantic pairing possibilities suddenly get a lot creepier (if still very attractive).
Karl Urban, who plays the human half of the future crime-fighting duo at the center of the show, which takes place in Los Angeles 35 years in the future, leaves the possibility of an android/human relationship open. "With J.J. Abrams [who produces the show], anything's possible," he jokes at the show's Friday afternoon panel at San Diego Comic Con. The relationship between Urban's John Kennex and Ealy's Dorian is strictly bromantic at this point, however.
The show follows LAPD Los Angeles detective Kennex as he's paired up with Dorian, who's not the standard issue android most of his colleagues team up with. This android has human-like emotions, which will make Kennex's experience very different. So it's not your typical crime procedural, says executive producer Naren Shankar.
"We have cases of the week which deal with future crimes and technology, but the human elements are really [the cast]," says Shankar, "their relationships and human beings dealing with the world of the future."
Though this near-future world is by no means the ruined America portrayed in many a current young adult novel, creator J.H. Wyman warns that there will also be some downsides. "We've sort of all been promised this incredible utopia of computers and technology, but there's another side to that," he says. "There's a dark side to that, there's a what if side to that. There's cautious side."
"Almost Human" premieres Monday, Nov. 3 on FOX.

WALKING DEAD SEASON 4 PREVIEW
Uneasy alliances, treachery, next to no hope, and a horde of zombies at your door? Yup -- The Walking Dead's back, all right.
Things were, as ever, in a murky place at the end of Walking Dead's third season. And that's just on-screen. While Walking Dead may be a critical darling, the show has gone through a number of showrunners since the comic made its way to the small screen.
But the new showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, is obviously ready and raring to go. He was at San Diego Comic-Con's famed Hall H along with comic creator Robert Kirkman with a brand-new trailer to show off.
Kirkman says of season four that "things are going to be way crazier, it's an escalation." Well, let's see, shall we?
An escalation, indeed. Who's feeding those zombies and leading them inside? What's up with the voice on the radio? And what surprise deaths will the fourth season have in store?
Gimple suggests things might be calm at first, but not for long, saying, "They might get a little comfortable, but then things might get a little dangerous."
And as for Rick and Carl, we'll be seeing some changed there as well. According to actor Andrew Lincoln, "The relationship with Carl is integral to the beginning of the season from Rick. [Carl] turning into a sociopath at the end of the season woke him up to his parenting duties. You find Rick in a completely different place this season."
We've got less than three months left to wait (and speculate). The Walking Dead season four premieres Sunday, Oct. 13.

GAME OF THRONES MEMORIAL FILM
Directly from San Diego, HBO has debuted online the "In Memoriam" video shown at their "Game of Thrones" Hall H panel. If you're not caught up on the show, do not watch this. Spoilers for the first three seasons ahead! But at the end of the video, you can see the tagline for season 4 of "Game of Thrones," which is set to debut in spring 2014.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, "Game of Thrones" is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The series' fourth season is on track to air in the spring of 2014.

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

DIVERGENT
The cast, director and author of Divergent gave Comic-Con the first look anywhere of footage from the dystopian sci-fi movie.
The movie is based on a book by Veronica Roth, who imagined a future world where society is divided into factions based on their personal characeristics. Each person goes through an extensive training process before they are able to choose which faction they want to belong to, and as director Neil Burger says, "The choosing ceremony is almost like a graduation ceremony ... once you've chosen, there's no going back to your family." Lead character Tris (Shailene Woodley) leaves behind her family, who belong to the Abnegation (selfless) faction so she can join the Dauntless (brave) faction.
Picture The Hunger Games in an urban environment -- in this case a Chicago that doesn't look too far removed from the present -- and you have an idea of what Divergent looks like. The montage of scenes shown in Hall H -- the first footage from the movie shown anywhere -- opens with a group of young people running through the streets of the Windy City and jumping on an L train, before Woodley and her friend Christina (Zoe Kravitz) leap off the elevated train onto the roof of a building.
She must then jump into the hollow center of another building and land in a net hundreds of feet below as her final test to become a Dauntless, after which she meets hunky potential love interest Four (Theo James). The rest of the footage features Tris getting knives thrown at her, getting some sort of injection in her neck, a quick intro to Kate Winslet, Tris crowd-surfing, some wielding of guns, and more knives -- only this time one gets close enough to draw blood from her ear.
At first it's just Burger, Roth, Woodley and James on stage in Hall H with moderator Chris Hardwick. Burger reveals that filming was completed two days ago and they prepared the trailer in advance because they knew they were coming to Comic-Con. Shailene is asked about playing Tris and says, "I get asked a lot how does it feel to play an action star ... I never saw her as an action star, I see her as a very normal young woman who's put in elevated situations where she has to find out who she is and find the bravery to help those around her and help herself.
Theo James is asked what he thinks the movie's main theme is and chimes in: "Bravery is not being fearless, it's how you deal with things that are scary and (how you deal) with fear itself."
The rest of the supporting cast then comes out, including Kravitz, Mekhi Phifer, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ben Lamb, Will Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen and Amy Newbold. There are a lot of people on that stage!
They share memorable experiences from the shoot, including their training, fight choreography and dining hall scene in which Woodley gets to crowd-surf above the entire Dauntless faction. "How often do you get to crowd-surf for 45 minutes straight in a controlled environment?" she asks the audience. (Answer: not very often.)
The strangest part of the panel comes when a random guy gets up to the mic during the audience Q&A and begins to ask a question about Ender's Game -- apparently oblivious that he's asking the wrong panel!
We have not read the Divergent books (the third one, Allegiant, is due out in October), but they have a devoted following and the concept is interesting if somewhat overly complicated. The footage was not the most compelling, but Woodley is a great young actress and Burger has made several other interesting films, including Limitless with Bradley Cooper. Can Divergent reach the same heights as The Hunger Games?

THE 100
If you're looking for a new, interesting show about the human race struggling to survive in the future, then you'll be pleased with the CW's new show, The 100.
[Warning: Spoilers ahead.]
The pilot, which was shown during Comic-Con's Wednesday preview night, is set 97 years after the Earth was left uninhabitable due to a nuclear war. The only humans who survived are those living on The Ark, a group of space stations in orbit. The show opens with a young girl named Clarke Walters (played by Eliza Taylor) locked in a cell. We learn that resources are so limited on The Ark that the smallest crime can be punishable by death once you're over the age of 18 and if you are younger, you'll be locked in a cell until you're old enough for execution. Walters is then dragged out of her cell and put on a ship sent to Earth with 100 other delinquent youths. The youths are forced to test the environment and see if it is ok for human colonization.
It's at this point that the pilot turns into some mix of The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies. Left to their own devices, the youths split into two groups. One group includes Walters, her friend Wells (played by Eli Goree), and some other ragtag youths (including love interest Finn played by Thomas McDonell) who want to carry out their mission for the people still on The Ark and another group led by some darker characters like John (played by Richard Harmon, Continuum) who want to forget about the people who imprisoned them in the first place.
The kids clash with each other and eventually Walters group leaves to carry out the mission left for them by The Ark. Both groups face typical challenges as they explore the new world, from mutant animals to searching for water to being hunted by each other. The new world is interesting to see but what was really fascinating in the pilot and seemed to get the best reaction from the audience were the scenes spent on the actual Ark with the adults.
Up in orbit is a stellar cast of veteran actors leading the remains of humanity including Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, Fringe), Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Kelly Hu (Warehouse 13, Arrow), Paige Turco (Damages), and Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy). The scenes between these characters are just too few. When we visit these characters in orbit we get a fascinating peek into why the 100 were sent down to Earth and just how badly the space station's resources are running out. The audience reacted the most to these dramatic scenes and the mood was almost one of disappointment when the show returned to the youths on Earth to play out the final moments of their travels through the wilderness.
Still, it's a drama with a lot of promise especially with such a great experienced cast helping shore up the show for these younger stars. As long as the series doesn't turn too much into a kid hunting kid drama and it takes more time in the future to explore the life of humanity on The Ark, it could be one of the best new shows on TV this year.

INTELLIGENCE
Comic-Con is where the truth comes out. If it's sci-fi, fantasy, horror or comic-book-related, you'll get a scoop from the event. Today, TVGuide got some dirt on one of CBS's most anticipated new shows, Intelligence. The series stars Josh Holloway (Lost), and has a very familiar premise. It's so familiar, in fact, that it's earned some criticism.
In a nutshell, Intelligence centers on Agent Gabriel Black at the U.S. Cyber Command. He's an extremely talented individual who's a cut above the rest. Why is that? It's probably because he has a microchip implanted in his brain that gives him an advantage. It allows him to tap into the electromagnetic spectrum: Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data.
Intelligence has drawn comparisons to NBC's Chuck, but Holloway claims they're not one and the same.
"I thought Chuck was a great show," he says. "But it's not Chuck at all. The computer can't enhance what I am. I can't download how to fly a helicopter and suddenly fly a helicopter. I'm basically just connected to the information grid, so it can assist me in more practical ways than that concept of Chuck. I'm still Gabriel, and I get my tail kicked most of the time."
Intelligence premieres midseason on CBS.

ALMOST HUMAN
Whether you're a fan of science fiction, police dramas or just plan good TV writing, you're going to love FOX's new drama Almost Human. This futuristic police show was the only pilot screened during Comic-Con's preview night that won't be airing on The CW this fall. It's the latest show from J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams, who most recently worked together on FOX's Fringe, and is set 35 years in the future.
[Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
During that time, technology has advanced enough that cops are being paired up with androids as partners to help in an escalating crime war. The central character of the drama is John Kennex (played by Karl Urban, Star Trek), who is a hardened cop just returning to active duty on the LAPD after being in a coma due to an ambush from a shadowy criminal organization.
Urban does a great job of portraying a gritty, experienced detective who is determined to find out who caused the ambush that injured him and resulted in the death of his partner and squad. It's also clear from the start that he has no love for the android police officers. The android policemen all share a similar plastic appearance and are reminiscent of the emotionless Observers from Fringe. Even the crime-ridden, dark setting of the story is similar to the last season of the former FOX sci-fi drama in that it immediately draws you into the world and you want to know what happened to make it this way and how these characters are going to survive in it.
The show is only predictable in that Urban of course has to have an android partner despite his dislike of them (of course!), but manages to get a special model that feels more emotions than the standard robot cops. This android is called Dorian (played by Michael Ealy, The Good Wife) and is part of a decommissioned series of robots who were all shut down when it was decided their emotions were getting in the way of their work. Dorian and Kennex clash as they go on their first case, looking into a group targeting cops, but Dorian surprises his human partner with his deduction skills. It turns out emotions can actually help on the job, and while this could have turned into a cheesy moment, the two actors play the scenes where they reluctantly start to trust each other perfectly.
In the end, it's thanks to Dorian and his differences that the entire police headquarters is saved, and Kennex finally comes to accept him as his partner. This pilot did a great job of combining a compelling science fiction setting with an interesting investigation storyline, and it kept the entire Comic-Con crowd enraptured while it played. The small humorous moments got laughs at just the right times, and the dramatic surprises elicited a couple of gasps. It was the only show that had people talking once it ended, and I heard multiple attendees talk excitedly about wanting to see what happens next when the show starts in the fall.
Another plus for this show is its interesting side characters, especially the police chief Maldonado, played by Lili Taylor (Hemlock Grove). A smart, confidant leader, Maldonado clearly understands Kennex and what he's been through. In one scene she says that he's the only cop she trusts, making the audience feel bad that she's been stuck with all the other cops while Kennex was injured. It must have sucked not having anyone to trust while on the job! It also becomes clear during the episode that she's the one who assigned Dorian to Kennex in the first place, showing she understood his need to have more in an android partner than fast reflexes. She's a character that leaves you wanting to know more about her story and wishing she was in more scenes.
There's a lot to look forward to in Almost Human as a result. There is a lot of potential for this to be a fascinating sci-fi drama, and with J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams at the helm I have no doubt it will be. I'd recommend definitely adding it to your list of must-see shows in the fall.
Almost Human premieres Monday, Nov. 4, on FOX.

ELYSIUM
Sony has just released new TV spots for Neill Blomkamp's new movie Elysium.
Arriving in conventional and IMAX theaters on August 9, Elysium stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Wagner Moura.
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
At Comic-Con this week in San Diego, Bear McCreary will be introduced as the composer for the ABC pilot for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aims to bring the Marvel Universe into primetime television with a mythology that is tethered somewhat to the silver screen exploits of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency that answers a world with thunder gods and gamma-green monsters.
McCreary’s new post will surprise exactly no one in San Diego. The classically trained pianist and graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music has been in the ear of discerning genre fans in a big way the past decade as the composer of some truly distinctive themes — among them the unsettling strings that open AMC’s record-setting hit The Walking Dead and the dark tribal exhilaration of the drums that ushered in episodes of the Peabody Award-winning series Battlestar Galactica.
Jeph Loeb, the head of television for Marvel, said McCreary is a collaborator with boundless energy and a gift for finding the “emotional vibrancy” of moments and music and message.

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
TERMINATOR: THE FINAL BATTLE
Dark Horse announced today, on the eve of Comic-Con International in San Diego, that it will publish the 12-issue "Terminator: The Final Battle" by the team of J. Michael Straczynski and Pete Woods. JMS will appear Thursday at 1:00 PM at the Dark Horse booth on the con floor for to sign and discuss the as yet unscheduled series with fans.
To read more about the announcement, go to http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=46690.

TWILIGHT ZONE COMIC
Dynamite Entertainment has announced they have signed a deal with CBS Consumer Products to create new TWILIGHT ZONEstories and have signed J. Michael Straczynski to write them.
"One of the most deeply satisfying and creatively exciting experiences I've had in 25 years of writing for television and film was my stint on the new Twilight Zone television series," says Straczynski. "I've been a fan of the original series since I was tall enough to reach for the TV tuner. So I was profoundly excited when Nick Barrucci came to me with the possibility of doing the new Twilight Zone comic to come out from Dynamite."
To read more about JMS' new venture into the TWILIGHT ZONE, go to http://www.comicvine.com/articles/j-michael-straczynski-prepares-to-enter-the-twilig/1100-146880/.

Things are already moving very quickly at the con and it is just getting started. Be sure to see the latest news from the convention as it is posted on The Zocalo on Facebook.
JMS will be doing a number of sessions, promoting his new books and other upcoming projects.

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

TERMINATOR: THE FINAL BATTLE
Dark Horse announced today, on the eve of Comic-Con International in San Diego, that it will publish the 12-issue "Terminator: The Final Battle" by the team of J. Michael Straczynski and Pete Woods. JMS will appear Thursday at 1:00 PM at the Dark Horse booth on the con floor for to sign and discuss the as yet unscheduled series with fans.
To read more about the announcement, go to http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=46690.

TWILIGHT ZONE COMIC
Dynamite Entertainment has announced they have signed a deal with CBS Consumer Products to create new TWILIGHT ZONEstories and have signed J. Michael Straczynski to write them.
"One of the most deeply satisfying and creatively exciting experiences I've had in 25 years of writing for television and film was my stint on the new Twilight Zone television series," says Straczynski. "I've been a fan of the original series since I was tall enough to reach for the TV tuner. So I was profoundly excited when Nick Barrucci came to me with the possibility of doing the new Twilight Zone comic to come out from Dynamite."
To read more about JMS' new venture into the TWILIGHT ZONE, go to http://www.comicvine.com/articles/j-michael-straczynski-prepares-to-enter-the-twilig/1100-146880/.

ENDER'S GAME
Harrison Ford channels his inner Bill Adama in the latest Ender's Game clip showing off some new footage from the controversial sci-fi flick.
Ender's Game won't be out in theaters until Nov. 1, but that hasn't stopped the sci-fi pic from being a major news story in the here and how. Lately it seems like Lionsgate has been working overtime to separate the Ender's Game movie from the author's controversial views on marriage equality.
So, as we await the inevitable deluge of details from San Diego Comic-Con, Summit Entertainment has snuck out this viral recruitment video both to keep excitment up and, no doubt, to keep focus off that pesky boycott at the same time.

ROBOCOP
Attempting to prove that everything's better with 'bots, check out this impressive promo video touting Omnicorp's assortment of badassery for urban and military applications from the upcoming RoboCop reboot.
The roster includes the XT-908 Aerial Drone, the Cobra-Cannoned ED-209 and their RC-2000 cybernetic law enforcement unit, aka RoboCop. Check out more viral goodies on their main site at Omnicorp.com.
Directed by Jose Padilha, the Robocop remake stars Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) and stomps into your city on Feb. 7, 2014.


THE WALKING DEAD
The producers of The Walking Dead are getting ready to unleash some zombie insanity over at San Diego Comic-Con, and they’ve let loose a few more pics from season four showing the main men ready for action.
Stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) have staged a full-scale takeover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, with three collectible covers.
It takes a heck of a man to pull off a poncho, but Reedus looks positively badass propped up on that motorcycle. Plus, Lincoln looks ready for action with his gun drawn. The most interesting inclusion? Riggs, whose character grew into a major player last season and finally graduated from the ranks of whiny punk kid.
His transformation was one of the most entertaining storylines of last season, and it’ll be interesting to see how the writers bring him along this year. Judging by the fact that he made the cut for the cover shot, you’d have to think he'll continue to have a pretty big role.


PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
What do you get when you have Nathan Fillion talking about his Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters character? You get epic awesomeness, of course.
The geektastic Fillion (Firefly, Castle) is playing the Greek messenger God Hermes. So it’s fittingly hilarious that he works in a UPS store (which becomes an OPS store), now, isn't it?
The new, more than two-minute-long action-and-myth-packed video featurette also has interviews with the upcoming fantasy film’s main stars, including the great Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy, Merlin), who plays Charon, the ferryman to Hades.
Directed by Thor Freudenthal, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will hit theaters on Aug. 7.

HELIX
Ronald D. Moore’s new Syfy series Helix will be out in force at San Diego Comic-Con, and the network has released a new clip to get us good and creeped out.
Staged in the same vein as the first brief teaser we saw when the show was announced, the new clip shows off a bit more of that freaky black ooze — and this time it’s on the move.
Not a whole lot is known about the series, apart from the fact that its set at an Arctic research facility and seems to have a bit of a The Thing vibe going for it. It’ll be interesting to see how much Syfy shows off at Comic-Con, especially since the show doesn’t actually debut until 2014.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013

DISTRICT 9 SEQUEL
It’s been five years since director Neill Blomkamp exploded onto the sci-fi scene with his indie hit District 9, but it sounds like he might finally be coming back to the franchise that made him famous.
Despite the fact that a District 9 sequel hasn’t manifested, Blomkamp has kept plenty busy the past few years. His sci-fi epic Elysium, starring Matt Damon, is opening soon with quite a bit of critical buzz. Plus he already has his next project, Chappie, in the pipeline.
But after that? It sounds like District 10 could be a real possibility, especially since the writer-director has already “written an 18-page treatment for District 10,” according to a profile in Wired. Aside from saying it’s “really f*%$ing cool,” he wouldn’t spill any details, but it's good to hear Blomkamp is finally figuring out where to take the world of District 9 next.
The first film did a great job of world-building, and we’re chomping at the bit to see what Blomkamp could do with a bigger budget and some time to play in the universe he created.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
We finally know just who (well, almost officially: we’ll still have to wait for this week's Comic-Con for an official confirmation) Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher) are playing in director Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The Game of Thrones star will play Bolivar Trask—a military scientist who creates the mutant-hunting, freakin' giant robots the Sentinels—while Helman will play the role of a young William Stryker. The character was formerly played by Bryan Cox and Danny Huston in previous X-films.
While Dinklage's casting as Bolivar Trask was generally—though unofficially—known, Helman's was, up till now, still a mystery.
We also know a bit more about the major plot point.
In the 1981 comic book written by Chris Claremont, Kitty Pryde (played by Ellen Page) sends her consciousness back in time to warn the X-Men and stop the assassination of a senator that would set in motion the bleak and grim dystopian future run by Trask’s Sentinels.
The movie takes a slightly different path. According to Vulture:
In Singer's take, Ellen Page returns as Kitty from the Brett Ratner–directed X-Men: The Last Stand, but this time she uses her powers to send Hugh Jackman's Wolverine back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty's powers and bring their friend back to the future. Could that be the plot development that brings Anna Paquin's power-copying Rogue into the fold once again?


AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
If you’ve been worried about how Joss Whedon would slip some geekiness into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., wonder no more. This new footage is the most Whedon-esque bit yet.
As we barrel toward San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Marvel has started leaking out some new goodies from the upcoming ABC series — and the latest featurette introduces geeky team members Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), who look to bring a healthy dose of levity to the wild, weekly cases.
In the footage presented here, they look like they have the potential to become classic Whedon characters in the vein of Buffy’s Willow or Dollhouse’s Topher — geeky characters who turn out to have more layers than an onion once he starts peeking.
Add this clip to the one introducing Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) we got last week, and we can start to get a better picture of Whedon's pitch.
Marvel's 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is set to premiere on September 24 at 8:00pm on ABC. We should also get some more details on the series this weekend.

THE FIFTH ESTATE
DreamWorks Pictures has provided a trailer from The Fifth Estate, the Bill Condon-directed thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney. The October 18 release is described as follows:
Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, "The Fifth Estate" reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?

DAN BROWN'S INFERNO
Inferno, the latest novel to follow the adventures of Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks in "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons"), is heading to the big screen. Sony Pictures has dated the film for December 18, 2015 with David Koepp adapting the screenplay, Deadline reports.
The book itself marks the fourth novel to follow Langdon. The third book, "The Lost Symbol", is still eyed for a big screen version, but is expected at a later date. Published earlier this year, Inferno is officially described as follows:
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces... Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust... before the world is irrevocably altered.
UPDATE: It has now been revealed that Hanks is set to reprise the Langdon role with Howard returning to direct.

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN SERIES
You knew it was coming, and now comic guru Alan Moore has chimed in on Fox’s plan to reboot his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic as a TV series. Hint: He’s not psyched.
Moore's acclaimed comic started in 1999, and followed a Victorian-era team of heroes from literature and history. It stared as a period-set take on Justice League, but expanded its world into one of the richest and most unique in comic history.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Moore to ask him about the plan to turn his comic into a weekly TV show, and he equated the project to the studios simply rummaging through the trash for something to adapt.
While discussing the TV effort, Moore also noted the complete and utter failure of the 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery, which was a critical and commercial bomb, as proof it probably isn’t a very good idea:
“Me and [co-creator] Kevin [O’Neill] have been chuckling about that one, we only heard about it the other day. When [DC Comics] did the recent Watchmen prequel comics I said all of sorts of deeply offensive things about the modern entertainment industry clearly having no ideas of its own and having to go through dust bins and spittoons in the dead of night to recycle things...
The announcement that there is a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen television series hasn’t caused me to drastically alter my opinions. Now it seems they are recycling things that have already proven not to work.”
Zing! Not to argue with Moore, but there was a very simple reason the film version failed. It was truly, deeply awful — and took too many liberties with Moore’s canon. A faithful adaptation (as faithful as you can be without Moore signed on, admittedly) could be interesting.
Of course, it’s a long shot to think that will actually happen — but we can always hope. In the meantime, lets just be glad that some things never change, and good ole’ Alan Moore is still as sassy as he’s ever been.

GODZILLA - SAN DIEGO COMIC COM NEWS
We're just days away from San Diego Comic-Con 2013, and Godzilla just got us even more pumped.
We already knew to expect Godzilla at the biggest convention of the year, but over the last couple of days we've seen two things that have us positively feeling the King of the Monsters' footfalls. First, on Sunday, director Gareth Edwards posted a video message to fans with a link to a viral website, GodzillaEncounter.com, and a promise that "something very big is heading to San Diego." We still don't know what that something will be, but today we got our next taste of Godzilla carnage with this awesome poster that features a glimpse (kinda) of the monster himself.
For more Godzilla teaser goodness, check out Edwards' video message, and be sure to check back here later this week for updates on Godzilla and everything else happening at SDCC '13.

WONDER WOMAN
From Batman to Teen Titans, the folks at DC have done a killer job of leveraging their properties as animated series — but this new Wonder Woman short might be the coolest one yet.
As part of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block that runs on Saturday mornings, they’ve cooked up some animated shorts to sprinkle in around the full-fledged series. The latest? Wonder Woman, in the style of a Knight Rider-esque ass-kicker (with an invisible muscle car!).
They’ve released the 30-second clip above to give us a tease, but the entire short is expected to debut soon on Cartoon Network.
In addition to the Wonder Woman bit, DC has also dropped a boatload of its other, more quirky shorts on YouTube — which are also well worth a look.

INTERSTELLAR
Mackenzie Foy played the daughter of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) in the final Twilight movies, but for her next role the actress is going out of this world.
Foy, who also stars in The Conjuring, the New Line horror movie that opens Friday, is in final negotiations to join the all-star cast of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi movie Interstellar.
The, um, stellar lineup already includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Casey Affleck.
The script, by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, involves time travel and alternate dimensions and sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole.
Plot details are being kept in a black hole, as is Foy’s character description.
Foy, who is also set to voice a role in an animated adaptation of children’s classic The Little Prince with Jeff Bridges and Marion Cottilard, among others, is repped by Coast to Coast, Keyword Entertainment and Felker Toczek.

EDGE OF TOMORROW
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt's upcoming sci-fi thriller will debut brand-new footage at Comic-Con during the Warner Bros. panel on Saturday, July 20, at 10:45 a.m., the studio announced Monday.
The film, previously titled All You Need Is Kill, has also undergone a title change and will now be called Edge of Tomorrow. The Warner Bros./Village Roadshow feature has been slated for a June 6, 2014, release in 2D, 3D and Imax.
Directed by Doug Liman and based on the Hiroshi Sakurazaka book All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow takes place in the near future in which an alien race unbeatable by any military unit in the world has hit Earth with an unrelenting assault.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise), who has never been in combat, is dropped into what becomes a suicide mission. After being killed within minutes, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop that forces him to go through the combat and death repeatedly. Each time Cage engages the enemy with more skill, along with Special Forces' Rita Vrataski (Blunt), and they get closer to defeating the enemy.
Rounding out the cast are Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong and Franz Drameh. The screenplay was written by Dante W. Harper, Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, and Christopher McQuarrie.

THE WORLD'S END
With an intricate viral event planned for this week's Comic-Con International San Diego, Edgar Wright's The World's End has just revealed a look at a special art print that will be available during the con. Posted by artist Tommy Lee Edwards. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike, The World's End takes place 20 years after a group of five childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl. They reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.
The World's End arrives in theaters August 23.

MONDAY, JULY 15, 2015

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
Getting people excited for a How to Train Your Dragon sequel isn't that hard, but this is still awesome.
We'll go ahead and say it -- it could easily be argued that How to Train Your Dragon is the best DreamWorks animated feature so far. It's got a solid story, an identifiable protagonist, actual consequences and, oh yeah, DRAGONS. So, yeah. We dug it.
But sequels, while inevitable, are always a tricky proposition. For every Toy Story 2, there are infinitely more animated followups that only serve to sully their predecessors. That's why news of a sequel to How to Train has had us cautiously excited so far.

TRUE BLOOD RENEWED
HBO has renewed the hit show "True Blood" for a seventh season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. New episodes of the series will debut in summer 2014, with executive producer Brian Buckner returning as showrunner.
"'True Blood' remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers," noted Lombardo. "Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV."
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the show takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy-winning HBO series "Six Feet Under") created the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
The sixth season of "True Blood," which launched June 26, is already exceeding ten million viewers per episode.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel Studios' first television tie-in to their ongoing cinematic universe is set to make a major appearance at this week's Comic-Con International San Diego and, today, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has debuted a teaser image.
The upcoming series will have a panel at Comic-Con on Friday, July 19, that will feature executive producer Joss Whedon and Marvel's Head of Television and series executive producer Jeph Loeb. The show will also be spotlighted at the Marvel Entertainment Booth on the Convention Center floor throughout the entire weekend, with special surprises to be announced!
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents including: Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May and Chloe Bennet as the mysterious computer hacker Skye. It will air on Tuesdays this fall on ABC.

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013

I'm away for a few days in Pennsylvania. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013

ARROW NEWS
Not content until she’s had a role on every sci-fi show in existence, the lovely Summer Glau will be heading to The CW’s Arrow next season as a mysterious new baddie in Starling City.
Glau will play Isabel Rochev, described as a “beautiful and dangerous Vice President of Acquisitions for Stellmoor International, a company looking to take over Queen Consolidated.”
If the name sounds familiar, it should, because the character is a proper member of the DC comic canon. She was also foreshadowed in season one as one of many names on Robert Queen’s “list.”
After breaking out in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Glau has had regular and recurring roles on everything from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to Alphas, to Dollhouse, to Chuck and The Cape. Not a bad resume, and a boatload of geek cred.
Of course, fans might also be worried that Glau’s presence will serve as the kiss of death for the fan favorite series, as most of her roles came on shows that are now noticeably absent from the airwaves. Let’s just hope she shows up and kicks butt, and is only a bad omen for Oliver — and not the series’ hopes for a third season.

AMAZON AND COMICS
The biggest online retailer of them all is about to start making funny books, and look who's already involved!
Never mind Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and IDW. There's a new game in town -- Jet City Comics. And the company producing this new line of comics is none other than Amazon.
Right from the get, that's a nice potential shot in the arm for both the digital end of the comic market and brick-and-mortar shops. But, as with all things, it boils down to a question of content.
So what's Amazon's lineup? Well! As we mentioned at the top, George R.R. Martin is on board, and he's bringing a little something old and a little something new along with him.
My fans have been clamoring for the return of Dunk & Egg ever since the graphic novels of ‘The Hedge Knight’ and ‘The Sworn Sword’ went out of print several years ago, so I am delighted to announce that Jet City Comics is bringing them back—newly formatted for digital readers, and in paper for those who still prefer the traditional formats. And Jet City will be bringing you something new as well: the graphic novel ‘Meathouse Man,’ adapted from one of my strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories by the amazingly talented Raya Golden. I’m pleased and excited to be a part of Jet City’s takeoff. May they fly high.
In addition to Martin, Jet City will also see Hugh Howley's bestselling novel Wool adapted by two of our absolute favorite comic writers, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.
It's an exciting move, not just because of Martin's involvement, but also because, lest we forget, Amazon began as a book retailer in 1994 before they went on to sell, ya know, everything else.
We are thrilled to see Hedge Knight back in print, and we'll definitely give Meathouse Man and Wool a shot.

SEVENTH SON
The Seventh Son is a fantasy film inspired by the novel The Spook's Apprentice. It's the first entry in Joseph Delaney's series The Wardstone Chronicles. As you might suspect, the story follows the seventh son of the seventh son. In the film, the character of Tom Ward is played by Ben Barnes, who's much older than the character in the book. But then again, the film's not a direct adaptation.
Jeff Bridges plays a Spook called John Gregory. All his life he's been fighting against the Dark, and at one point imprisoned the deadly witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore). Years after her capture, she escapes and is hell-bent on making John pay. With his back against the wall, John has to quickly train a new apprentice. Cue Tom Ward, who becomes mankind's last hope against evil.
The Seventh Son also stars Game of Thrones' Kit Harington as Billy Bradley, Djimon Hounsou as Radu and Jason Scott Lee as Urag.
The Seventh Son opens in theaters Jan. 17, 2014.

GODZILLA
We won't get to see the Godzilla reboot for about ten more months, but Legendary and Warner Bros. are already gearing up the marketing for the film. Having taken over a warehouse in San Diego to promote the film at next week's Comic-Con, the marketing has now moved to the internet were a website called Godzilla Encounters" was just launched. Featuring news clippings and articles about strange activity in the ocean and off the coast, this viral marketing attempt cements the "real world" approach that is being brought to the film.
Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston and Sally Hawkins, Godzilla hits the big screen May 16, 2014.

JMS AT WONDERCON
J. Michael Straczynski answers 5.2 Questions, ranging who his hero is in real life, what he would like to be able to do, writing, when he writes, and upcoming projects.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
Hollywood is taking another stab at Alan Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," this time on the small screen. Fox ordered a put pilot commitment for the graphic novel series that "Heroes" showrunner Michael Green is executive producing and showrunning.
The show's logline reads, "A drama series based on Alan Moore's critically and commercially successful graphic novel series about a group of Victorian-age literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who team up to fight a common enemy."
It remains to be seen if this adaptation of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" stays closer to its source material than the 2003 film starring Sean Connery did. Author Moore was not a fan of that version of his story, though he somewhat notoriously has disliked every Hollywood take on his stories from "From Hell" to "Watchmen."
Because "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is a put pilot, Fox will pay a penalty if it never airs. That's a big vote of confidence for the series, though it remains to be seen when it actually will head into development. For the record, neither Moore nor Kevin O'Neill will be involved in this TV show.

GREATEST SCI-FI SHOWS IN HISTORY
The folks at TV Guide are working up a list of the 60 greatest sci-fi shows in history — and their rankings might surprise you.
The full list of all 60 shows will be unveiled in an upcoming issue, but word leaked out on the Top 10. On the top of the heap? Star Trek/Star Trek: The Next Generation, which rode its cutting-edge sci-fi morality tales into history.
The classic, original version of The Twilight Zone was a close second, with Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot, The X-Files and Lost rounding out the top five. It’s hard to argue that any of these shows don’t deserve a spot on the list, but the order is sure to spur some lively debate.
Check out the full Top 10 below:
Star Trek/Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
The X-Files
Lost
Doctor Who
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The Walking Dead
The Prisoner
Game of Thrones
You’d think Doctor Who might be higher, but it's hard to argue with what’s above it. Plus, newcomers like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones earned a spot pretty quickly — it’ll be interesting to see if these shows have the same staying power as their older counterparts.

OUTLANDER
Starz's upcoming time-traveling series Outlander has just cast its romantic male lead.
Starz has announced that relative newcomer—well, at least on this side of the pond—Sam Heughan has been cast in the lead role of chivalrous Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser. The actor has appeared in the U.K. on BBC soap Doctors and A Very British Sex Scandal.
The new TV series is adapted from author Diana Gabaldon’s highly successful book series, which follows the adventures of a married World War II nurse named Claire Randall who’s mysteriously sent back in time to 1743. There she embarks on a love affair with the dashing Jamie Fraser.
The new time-traveling drama from Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore (who is also hard at work on Syfy's upcoming series Helix) will begin filming in the fall for a 2014 premiere.

DEFIANCE
The first season may be over, but more Defiance is already headed our way.
Last night, the hit series wrapped up its first run of episodes on Syfy with a number of huge developments, including a political shift, a few deaths and a pretty shocking conclusion. Now the long wait begins for the show's second season, and while you can certainly fill time by playing the Defiance tie-in game, you've also now got at least a rough date to circle on your calendar in preparation for season two. Here's when Syfy says the series will be back.
Sadly, we don't have a specific premiere date yet, but make note of that month if you're itching for more episodes.
And if you just can't wait until then to see more of the show's cast, and you're heading to this year's San Diego Comic-Con, be sure to catch the Defiance panel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19, in Room 6A. Stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda) and Jaime Murray (Stahma) will be on hand to chat about season one's success and even share a few tidbits from season two. And that's not all. Syfy's also once again transforming a San Diego Hard Rock Hotel restaurant into "Cafe Defiance," pictured above, so you should definitely head over there to hang out with fellow fans.
So, now that season one is over, we've officially got less than a year to wait until season two.

THE LAST DAYS ON MARS
Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi thriller The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams and Tom Cullen.
The film concerns the first manned mission to Mars, during which a crew member discovers fossilized evidence of bacterial life. When he and another colleague vanishes, the team starts to suspect that the life form they have discovered is not yet dead, and the group begins to fall apart as it awaits for a relief ship.
The film, produced by Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell, was acquired from Focus Features International, which is handling worldwide sales on the film, which bowed in this year’s Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
“With a terrific ensemble cast and top-notch production values, The Last Days on Mars is an exceedingly well-made and frightening science fiction film that will be a real pleasure for fans of the genre,” said Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia, Magnet’s parent company.
Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International, said: “After a successful Cannes premiere, we’re delighted to have Magnet onboard. They are a perfect fit for the film, and we have no doubt they will do an excellent job of ensuring that U.S. audiences embrace this exciting new filmmaker.”
Magnet is eyeing a release through its Ultra VOD program later this year.
The film was negotiated by Magnolia/Magnet senior vp acquisitions Dori Begley and director of acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg with Focus Features International.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel is already rolling out the advertisements for their upcoming series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and now they're ready for you to meet their new characters. In the first of what will likely be an ongoing series, Marvel has debuted an introduction to Agent Grant Ward, played by Brett Dalton, who is the Black Ops specialist of the group.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will have a panel at Comic-Con on Friday, July 19, that will feature executive producer Joss Whedon and Marvel's Head of Television and series executive producer Jeph Loeb. The show will also be spotlighted at the Marvel Entertainment Booth on the Convention Center floor throughout the entire weekend, with special surprises to be announced!
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents including: Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May and Chloe Bennet as the mysterious computer hacker Skye. It will air on Tuesdays this fall on ABC.

THE JUNGLE BOOK
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, the classic tale of an Indian boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and living among the animals, is becoming quite popular apparently as Walt Disney Pictures, who released the classic 1967 animated version, will be developing their own live action movie based on the book. They've hired Justin Marks to adapt Kipling's short story collection that was first published in the 19th Century.
With Kipling's book well into the public domain, Warner Bros. has been developing their own live action version of The Jungle Book, written by "Harry Potter's" Steve Kloves, while at the same time developing a new Tarzan movie. Even so, Disney certainly has an advantage in that most people who hear the title "The Jungle Book" will associate it with the animated feature--Walt Disney's last production--which they were likely to have seen sometime in the last 45 years.
Marks is a fairly new screenwriting discovery who was involved in early drafts of David Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo as well as writing The Raven, which is being developed by Mark Wahlberg and Universal Pictures. He also had his hand in drafts of comic book-inspired films Suicide Squad and Super Max.
Even though development is in the early stages, Walt Disney Pictures are already looking for a director who can bring the tale of a boy raised by wolves to the big screen.

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013

CURSE OF CHUCKY
Believe it or not, the movie "Child's Play" is turning 25 years old. It was 1988 when that possessed Chucky doll first took to the big screen, wreaking havoc on anyone and everyone.
From there, the movie turned into a series and continued to get sillier as the installments rolled on. The last time Chucky was seen was in 2004's "Seed of Chucky," in which the doll and his doll wife (voiced by Jennifer Tilly) enlist real-life Jennifer Tilly to make a half-doll/half-human baby. Makes sense, right?
However, the 25th anniversary of the first film brings with it a new movie, "Curse of Chucky," and seems to be trying to get back to what the story's really about: a possessed doll terrorizing and murdering people.
"Curse of Chucky" is the first film in the series to forego a theatrical release, instead going straight to Blu-ray and video-on-demand, as many movies are starting to do. You'll be able to see "Curse of Chucky" on October 8.

HAVEN
After a wait of many months, fans can get their first glimpse at what's coming on "Haven" Season 4. Where does the show go after Audrey disappeared into the mysterious barn at the end of Season 3? And when will the show itself be back?
The answer to the second question is much easier than the first. "Haven" Season 4 will premiere on Friday, Sept. 13 at 10pm on Syfy.
As for what mysteries are in store for the audience in the upcoming season, a video posted by TVLine offers a few teases. There are definitely no concrete answers, but the few hints do point in intriguing directions.
SPOILER WARNING!!!
Spoiler things from the video (in case you don't want to go watch it) at http://tvline.com/2013/07/08/haven-season-4-premiere-date-promo/:
There is a person encased in glass on the beach? Even for "Haven," that seems like a weird one.
A person -- who sounds a lot like Duke -- is telling Audrey (A new Audrey?) about her identity.
The new character played by Colin Ferguson makes an appearance. Whoever he is, the new guy seems to want to help Audrey figure out who she is. As for Audrey, she definitely looks like she could be a "new" person. Who is this guy?
Audrey's hair is different in Season 4. That's rarely a good thing for her.
One way or another, Duke gets out of the barn (more or less) intact.

PACIFIC RIM
The steel-stompin' showdown starts this week, and here's the latest Pacific Rim trailer, welded together with new footage and battle scenes sure to get your turbines whirring.
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures and titled "Resistance," it features large lizards leaping out of the ocean, bad-breathed creatures taking in the city sights, a peek at the gaping "interstice" rift where these leviathans are hatched and a titan-toppling tidal wave of hellfire.
Not too shabby for a cathartic day at the movies!
Early reviews for Guillermo del Toro's summer blockbuster are already in and predict a bright box-office future for the mecha monster mash, praising the film's kinetic pace, neon-glossed FX and elegant action sequences.
Trampling theaters on July 10th in 3D and IMAX 3D, Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini and Clifton Collins Jr.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES
MTV has debuted this final poster for Screen Gems' The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, opening in theaters on August 21.
Directed by Harald Zwart, the film stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

CINDERELLA
Walt Disney Pictures' live action version of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is gearing up to start filming in the fall and the latest name to join the cast is Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard, who will play the king's adviser, the Grand Duke.
Skarsgard is probably best known at this point for playing Dr. Erik Selvig, first in Thor and then in last year's Marvel's The Avengers, and he'll be reprising the role in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World. Before that, Skarsgard was known for his groundbreaking Scandinavian films, many of them with controversial Danish auteur Lars von Trier, who he is reuniting with for the two part Nymphomaniac.
Skarsgard joins Lily James in the title role, Richard Madden from "Game of Thrones" as her prince, Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother and "Downton Abbey" star Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger as the stepsisters.
The fantasy film is being produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron.

MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE REPORT
There was good news and bad news at the weekend box office as "Despicable Me 2" led the charge to a new holiday record, but "The Lone Ranger" stumbled badly and looks like one of the biggest bombs of 2013.
Easily finishing first for the frame, "Despicable" brought in an estimated $82.5 million for the three day weekend and a total $142 million since its Wednesday opening. Made on a reported budget of $76 million, the animated sequel shouldn't have much trouble topping its predecessor's total gross of $251.5 million and looks to overtake "Monsters University" as the top grossing animated movie of the year.
"Despicable" can also take pride in accounting for a huge chunk of the $220 million three-day weekend box office -- a new record for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Coming in second but causing a lot of noise with its disappointing performance, "Ranger" nabbed $29.4 million for the three day weekend and just $48.9 million since its Wednesday opening. On a reported budget of anywhere between $215-250 million, "Ranger" joins "White House Down" and "After Earth" as one of the highest profile bombs of the year. It's just the latest bad news at the box office for Johnny Depp.
Opening in only 876 theaters, "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" debuted to a strong $10.1 million weekend (good for eighth place) and $17.5 million total since Wednesday. The low budget standup comedy concert movie had an opening to rival 2000's standup landmark "The Original Kings of Comedy," and even if it doesn't share that film's staying power, the performance proves Hart's drawing power.
A trio of hits rounded out the top five. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's buddy comedy "The Heat" placed third with $25 million for the weekend and a new gross of $86.4 million. "Monsters University" took a hit from the "Despicable" competition but earned $19.6 million for fourth place and a new $216.1 total. "World War Z" took in $18.2 million for a new gross of $158.8 million.
Outside of the top 10, indie comedy "The Way, Way Back" had a very strong opening in limited release. The coming of age story with an ensemble cast including Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell made $575,000 over the weekend for an impressive per theater gross of $30,263. That bodes well for an expanded release in the coming weeks.

BATTLE ANGEL
With director James Cameron hard at work writing back-to-back sequels to his box office record-setting smash Avatar--which don't have specified dates as of yet but could very well be shooting for December 2015 and 2016--anime and Manga fans may be wondering what that means for Cameron's insistence that he plans to develop and direct a live action movie based on Battle Angel.
We hadn't really heard anything from Cameron about the project since last year, but when the Oscar-winning filmmaker was down in Mexico City earlier this week to speak at the technology forum TagDF, a local site called Diario La Verdad was in attendance to document some of the more interesting bits of the panel, and fortunately, our pals at The Film Stage speak Spanish and they translated the text to share the juicier parts. One thing he told the audience was that he plans to start development on the long-gestating project sometime in 2017, telling the audience that its themes of trans-human exploration has "haunted" him for years.
If Cameron follows through with it, then Battle Angel will likely be his next movie after Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.
You can read more with Cameron, talking about his relationship with Alfonso Cuaron while working on the latter's upcoming Gravity and thoughts on how 3D is being used in some of the summer's biggest movies over at The Film Stage.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
Here is the first official "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox" clip to be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The clip -- which falls within an alternate, fractured timeline -- features Cyborg and his "team" trying to recruit Batman to help put a halt to a potentially apocalyptic war.
The film will have its World Premiere at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday, July 19 from 7:30-9:30pm in Ballroom 20. The premiere/panel description with anticipated participants is below. Panelists are subject to change (which could include additions!)
Fans can also meet and get autographs (on a Comic-Con exclusive mini-poster) from the panelists on Saturday, July 20 from 11:00am-Noon at the Warner Bros. Booth.

SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013

MC FARLAND
Fresh off his role as Clark Kent's earthly father in "Man of Steel," Kevin Costner has signed play a high school track coach in Disney's "McFarland."
In a plot that sounds much like "Stand and Deliver" meets "Remember the Titans," Variety reports the film revolves around a real-life track coach who created a championship team in a predominantly Hispanic town in California after the young athletes defeat "social and physical hurdles."
While Disney has yet to announce a release date for "McFarland," Costner next stars with Chris Pine and Keira Knightley in Paramount's "Jack Ryan," scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2013.
Costner recently won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for his portrayal of 'Devil' Anse Hatfield in The History Channel mini-series "Hatfield & McCoys."

SNOWPIERCER
A plan to stop global warming has gone very, very wrong in Snowpiercer, which has debuted a new trailer.
A class system has developed, with the poor living in the train's tale and the rich living in the front. One man (Chris Evans) has had enough, and seeks to reach the front of the train to benefit everyone on it. Among those seeking to stop him is the strangely dressed Mason (Tilda Swinton). It's the first English-language film for Bong, known for directing the Korean monster blockbuster The Host (2006).
The film also stars Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris. Frequent Bong colaborator Song Kang-ho plays Namgoong Minsu, a mysterious securty specialist Evans' character seeks out for help.
Snowpiercer is being released domestically by the Weinstein Company, which has not announced a release date. It hits South Korean theaters this summer.

PHINEAS AND FERB: MISSION MARVEL
USA Today has posted this new sneak peek at "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel," airing on August 16th on the Disney Channel.
In "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel," Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk stand powerless after being struck by Dr. Doofenshmirtz's power-draining "inator." Once the Marvel Super Villains – Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K. – find out that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is responsible for robbing the Super Heroes of their powers, they seek him out and together create mayhem in Danville. Meanwhile, Phineas and Ferb do everything they can to restore the Super Heroes' powers before the evil villains take over the world.

TARZAN
Constantin Film has released the new German trailer for the 3D animated adventure Tarzan, opening in Germany on October 10. The English version of the film features the voices of Kellan Lutz ("The Twilight Saga") and Spencer Locke ("Resident Evil" films).
The movie was directed by Reinhard Klooss from a script by Klooss, Jessica Postigo and Yoni Brenner.

SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Disney has already started flexing its Marvel muscle with a handful of animated series either in the works or already on the air — and now it sounds like that other Marvel super team could be up next.
Marvel comics editor Steve Wacker dropped some hints in the letters section of the latest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy that imply a Guardians animated series could be in development. Wacker talks about his time at a Disney XD summit for Ultimate Spider-Man, and it turns out Guardians was a very hot topic at the event. Hmm.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Now, look, I can’t officially confirm that we spent a LOT of time talking about the Guardians Of The Galaxy cartoon but wouldn’t that HYPOTHETICALLY… be amazing?”
It makes sense that Marvel would be looking to leverage every Marvel asset they have, and with a Guardians film coming down the pike, corporate synergy dictates that it’d be a perfect time to get folks acclimated to the deep-space team with an animated series.
The Mouse House is already working on Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H./.

DEFIANCE
The first season of Syfy’s Defiance comes to an end Monday night, but you can see the first four minutes of the finale right now.
Picking up pretty quickly after last week’s penultimate installment, the season finale sets up the search for Irisa and the mayoral election for the soul of the city.
From killing off characters to ass-kicking fights, the past few episodes have brought some major game-changers for the first-year series. It’ll be interesting to see what the writers have in store as they try to bring at least some of these dangling storylines to a close.
Luckily for us, the show has already been renewed for a second season, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to head back into the post-invasion melting pot. Oh well, at least we can still play the MMORPG game in the off-season.

RIDDICK
Vin Diesel has revealed the first TV spot for Riddick, coming to theaters and IMAX on September 6.
Written and directed by David Twohy, the film stars Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk and Keri Hilson.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.

LANTERN CITY
The first preview pages from 'Rise' - telling the story of Lantern City, a new project from Bruce Boxleitner.
Facebook posting: It has taken a lot of work to get to the publication of "RISE". Here, we invite you to take a sneak peek at some of the original artwork concept sketches.
For more information, go to www.lanterncitytv.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013

COMIC-CON THURSDAY SCHEDULE
Comic-Con regulars know Thursday is usually the calm before the epic storm of Friday and Saturday. And without "Twilight" on the agenda, this year's first full day of the Con looks even less packed than usual.
Except, of course, for the 20th Anniversary of "The X-Files" which should fill Ballroom 20 past its breaking point and likely have hardcore fans lining up early just to guarantee a seat.
On the movie side, panels for "Divergent" and "Ender's Game" will try to lure the "Twilight" crowd (and hopefully appeal to some non-"Twilight" loving sci-fi fans as well). While anticipated TV panels also include fan favorites "Psych," "Dexter," "Teen Wolf," "Wilfred" and "Beauty and the Beast" and newcomers "Hannibal," "The Blacklist," "Star-Crossed" and "Intelligence" (with "Lost" star Josh Holloway).
Plus, the first ever Con panel for the BBC's awesome "Sherlock" (which airs stateside on PBS). Sadly, without stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman -- though don't be surprised if they send a video greeting. (Plus, it's in Ballroom 20 right before "X-Files," so it's likely to be a madhouse.)
Check out the full Thursday (July 18) schedule on Comic-Con's site and a few TV and movie highlights below:

"Intelligence" (10:00am - 11:00am, Ballroom 20): Stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and executive producers Michael Seitzman (North Country), René Echevarria (Terra Nova, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Tripp Vinson discuss the new CBS dramatic thriller.

"Star-Crossed" (11:00am - 12:00pm, Ballroom 20): Stars Matt Lanter (90210, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), and Grey Damon (Secret Circle, Nine Lives of Chloe King), along with executive producers Adele Lim (One Tree Hill), Meredith Averill (The Good Wife), Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible, Alias), and Scott Rosenberg (Gone In 60 Seconds, Con Air) invite you to get a first look at the futuristic epic romance tale.

"Beauty and the Beast" (12:00pm - 12:45pm, Ballroom 20): Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and Jay Ryan (Terra Nova) along with executive producers Jennifer Levin (Without a Trace), and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters), invite all #Beasties to join them for an exclusive discussion of what is ahead for #VinCat and the sophomore season of the breakout fan-favorite series from the CW network.

"Psych" (1:00pm - 2:00pm, Ballroom 20): For the fifth year running, cable TV's most beloved fake psychic detective series is bringing its signature brand of humor, pop culture nostalgia and delicious flavor to Comic-Con.

"Sherlock" (2:15pm - 3:15pm, Ballroom 20): Steven Moffat (co-creator, executive producer and writer), Mark Gatiss (co-creator, executive producer and writer), and Sue Vertue (producer) discuss the latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his long-suffering faithful friend, Dr. John Watson.

"The Blacklist" (3:00pm - 4:00pm, Room 6A): View a preview the first episode of the highly anticipated new NBC drama series The Blacklist from Sony Pictures Television.

"The X-Files" (3:30pm - 4:30pm, Ballroom 20): It's been two decades since FBI Special Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) first partnered to investigate unsolved paranormal cases. The X-Files made primetime safe for sci-fi, and spawned a generation of hugely successful writer/producers. Somewhere, the truth is still out there.

"Enders Game" and "Divergent" (3:50pm - 4:50pm, Hall H): Summit Entertainment presents a special sneak peek at the highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved, award-winning novel Enders Game. The panel will also feature the first footage ever seen of the futuristic thriller based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel, Divergent.

"Wilfred" (4:00pm - 5:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront): Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) stars as Ryan, a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred, his neighbor's canine pet, played by Jason Gann (The Wedge), who co-created and starred in the Australian version of Wilfred in 2007.

"The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel" (4:15pm - 5:15pm, Room 6A): Robert Kirkman discusses the evolution of The Walking Dead and his plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, in a lively Q&A forum.

"Teen Wolf" (6:00pm - 7:00pm, Ballroom 20): Join cast members Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Charlie Carver, and Max Carver plus executive producer Jeff Davis for a Q&A as they discuss season 3 and share a special video presentation exclusively for Comic-Con fans.

"Dexter" (6:30pm - 7:30pm, Hall H): You've been there for every edge-of-your-seat moment, every kill, inside Dexter's most intimate thoughts, watching him transform before your eyes. Now, after eight amazing seasons, it's time to say goodbye to America's Favorite Serial Killer.

"Hannibal" (6:45pm - 7:45pm, Room 6A): Emmy Award-winning executive producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Martha De Laurentiis (Red Dragon), and star Hugh Dancy (Agent Will Graham) reveal juicy morsels from behind the scenes of the groundbreaking NBC drama Hannibal.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Things are looking very bright at Universal Pictures this 4th of July as the animated family sequel Despicable Me 2 has far exceeded expectations by grossing an estimated $34.3 million its opening day.
Once again starring Steve Carell as the voice of the supervillain named simply Gru, Despicable Me 2 opened on Tuesday night and it's already Universal Pictures' biggest Wednesday opening as well as the eighth-highest Wednesday opening and third-highest opening day gross for an animated feature ever. Internationally, the movie has grossed $65.9 million through yesterday bringing its worldwide total over the $100 million after opening in a few select territories this past weekend and the weekend prior. It opens in 38 more territories this weekend and we'll have the full worldwide box office total for the movie in our Sunday box office report.
Meanwhile, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Productions' take on The Lone Ranger, reuniting actor Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski from the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, opened with less than $10 million its opening day, and the comedy concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain brought in an estimated $4.5 million in just 876 theaters.

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013

COMIC-CON NEWS
A few new movies have been officially announced for the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and the reboot of "Robocop" will be sending out their casts and crews for panels at the annual convention in Southern California.
Stumping for "Spider-Man" will be director Marc Webb, along with Andrew Garfield (Spidey), Jamie Foxx (Electro) and Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn). They'll be joined by producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. No Emma Stone this time around, and Paul Giamatti will also be absent.
"Robocop" will have a smaller crew at the panel, but a good one none the less. In addition to director Jose Padilha, stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson will take the stage.
Sony will also bring "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" to the Con, with a panel featuring directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearns, and stars Anna Faris and Terry Crews.
San Diego Comic-Con kicks off July 18.

THE CROW
After a downward spiral of awful sequels, it sounds like they’re finally trying to get the Crow franchise back on track.
Relativity Media has hired The Crow creator James O’Barr as a “creative consultant” on the reboot, which is expected to start shooting in early 2014.
O’Barr wrote the graphic novel that inspired the 1994 cult-classic film of the same name, and his involvement at least means they’re trying to take it seriously and appeal to the existing fan base.
The reboot has already signed Luke Evans (The Raven, Clash of the Titans) to star, and the project will be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall). According to O’Barr, the reboot will be inspired by the graphic novel — but still pay homage to the well-known film version.
Here is O’Barr’s statement about his involvement:
“It is important for ‘Crow’ fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself. I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.”
This definitely adds a new wrinkle to the story, and it’ll be interesting to see how O’Barr’s involvement could affect this project.

MORE COMIC-CON NEWS - THOR/CAPTAIN AMERICA COMING
Two hotly anticipated Marvel films will be featured in Comic-Con's Hall H this year.
Walt Disney Pictures announced that Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier will both be featured during the Marvel presentation on its Saturday, July 20. Marvel Studios' president of production Kevin Feige is currently the only panelist who has been named, but the Disney announcement promises "many special guests."
Thor: The Dark World, the sequel to the 2011 film, follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) one year after the events in The Avengers. Alan Taylor directed, with a cast including Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Idris Elba. It's slated for release on Nov. 8.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees the return of Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. It follows Steve Rogers (Evans) as he deals with adjusting to the modern world after the events of The Avengers. He'll team up with Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) to fight off enemies in Washington, D.C. It hits theaters on April 4, 2014.
There are sure to be some other surprises from Marvel and Disney when the audience fills the 6,500 seats in the massive Hall H at the San Diego convention on Saturday.
Comic-Con runs July 17-21 in San Diego.

SHERLOCK COMING TO COMIC-CON
It's been quite a long wait for fans of Steven Moffat's "Sherlock." The second series concluded in January of 2012 with a cliffhanger that now appears set to remain unresolved until the show finally comes back for a third series in 2014. The good news, however, is that EW has just confirmed that "Sherlock" will take the stage at this month's Comic-Con International San Diego.
Although stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are not slated to appear, Moffat will be on stage along with his co-creator, executive producer and writer Mark Gatiss and producer Sue Vertue.
The series, which launched in 2010, is a modern day retelling of the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective with Cumberbatch playing the titular Holmes and Freeman his sidekick, Dr. John Watson. The series airs on BBC One in the UK and on PBS in the United States.

SMURFS 2
Sony Pictures Animation has released a new TV spot for its upcoming The Smurfs 2!
In the July 31 sequel, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world's greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our time, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
Returning cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, with Katy Perry as Smurfette and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. Brendan Gleeson joins the cast as Victor. Joining the voice cast are Christina Ricci and JB Smoove as Vexy and Hackus.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013

FALLING SKIES RENEWED
Falling Skies is keeping its spot on TNT's schedule. The network's confirmed that the sci-fi drama will return for season four. Considering its strong numbers, is anyone surprised? Falling Skies averages 5.8 million viewers a week, which includes Live+7 DVR playback. According to the press release, it's basic cable’s No. 1 scripted series with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the summer to date.
Season four will consist of 10 episodes and is expected to debut in summer 2014. The current season is dealing with major changes and notable guest stars that are making their presence known (i.e. Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard, Stephen Collins and Doug Jones). Its return has given TNT a boost, making it one of the summer's top-rated cable networks.
Falling Skies airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.

ARROW NEWS
Most fans would agree that the first season of The CW’s Arrow was actually pretty good, but producer Marc Guggenheim promises it was only the prequel to all the Dark Knight-esque action they have planned.
In a great interview with Comic Book Resources, Guggenheim opened up about their grand plan for the series and where they want to take it in the coming years. If you’ve noticed some parallels to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, that’s intentional, and Guggenheim said season one was essentially laying the groundwork for all the stuff they have planned. You know, like Nolan did with Batman Begins.
If they’re able to run as long as they’d like, he says they’ll really spend the first two years taking Oliver through that transition from “The Hood” to “Arrow.”
Check out an excerpt from the interview below:
“This was always sort of the trajectory we planned. This has always been the first two years of ‘Batman Begins.’ In fact, last year, around October, right before the show premiered, we had a meeting with the head of the studio and we basically said, it's about going from being the Hood to the Arrow to Green Arrow. We knew all along that it would take us two years to do that. The thing that makes me worried is, the show works well because it has darkness to it. It's not gonna be all sunshine and rainbows in Season 2, I don't want people to get the wrong impression that the show is going to abruptly change, tonally. It's actually consistent in its tone even though Oliver has a more ‘Aspirational’ mission.”
It’s nice to know they’ve developed such a detailed show bible along the way, and that forethought and planning showed in season one. They had good arcs, which tied together nicely to create a pretty taut action thriller. Here’s hoping it only gets bigger and better next season.

BLACK PANTHER
Stan Lee has made no bones about the fact that he wants a Black Panther movie, but now it seems like he might have actually confirmed it.
At Wizard World in NYC over the weekend was asked about Marvel's Phase Three of movie adaptations. Well, true believers, what Stan Lee had to say gave us hope.
The people at Marvel are spending hours trying to think 'What'll we do next?' And there's a damn good chance that they will think just what you mentioned because it would be a great idea, and little by little, everything you want to see will come along because they're just like you. They're fans of the stories and are trying to think, 'What will the fans like to see next? What would we like to see next?' So they're working on Ant-Man, working on Doctor Strange; they're working on Guardians of the Galaxy; they're working on God knows what. Did I say the Black Panther also? They're the ones I know about.
That sounds an awful lot like a Black Panther movie is definitely happening to us. We'd like to think that's been true for a while, but it probably doesn't hurt that T'Challa's book, New Avengers, in which he acts as team leader, is doing really well at the moment.

PACIFIC RIM
With just over a week to go before it hits theaters, director Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim has today revealed a new trailer.
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters, the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures release stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

VERONICA MARS - COMIC-CON
The "Veronica Mars" movie has begun filming. And the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con is approaching quickly. Now, there are details about the presence of "Veronica Mars" at the massive fan event.
Timing
All events associated with "Veronica Mars" will occur on Friday, July 19. There will be a panel at SDCC on Friday morning, cast signings at the Warner Bros. booth throughout the day and an off-site fan event starting at 7:30 that evening.
Events
SDCC panel: Show creator and producer Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell (Veronica), Enrico Colantoni (Keith), Ryan Hansen (Dick), Jason Dohring (Logan), Tina Majorino (Mack), Krysten Ritter (Gina), Chris Lowell (Piz), Percy Daggs III (Wallace) and Francis Capra (Weevil) will be on the panel to talk about the production and show exclusive footage.
Signings: While Kristen Bell will not be there, most of the rest of the cast are expected. No times have been announced yet.
Fan event: Starting at 7:30pm at the Horton Plaza Regal Cinema, the event will bring back the panelists and show more footage. For those without reserved seats (from the Kickstarter pledges), the attendance line will start at 6:30am that day.
Video: There will be video recordings available after the panel and fan event.

S.H.I.E.L.D.
We're just two short months away from the kickoff of the 2013/2014 TV season, and that means promos of all shapes and sizes for all the new shows headed our way will be flooding the airwaves. It also means billboards. Lots and lots of billboards, particularly in Hollywood, where the major networks and studios will be trying to outbuzz each other all summer long. Usually these billboards are packed with text and bright colors to draw as much attention as possible, but there are other ways of catching the eye.
One show that's already got all of our attention is Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Joss Whedon-created ABC series that will follow the exploits of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives in a world where superheroes are very much a reality. Though it's got a lot of buzz behind it already (and it'll definitely have more after Whedon and company cruise into San Diego Comic-Con in a few weeks), S.H.I.E.L.D. is not exempt from the billboard game. It's just playing the game in a different way. Check out this billboard spotted in Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly.
How cool is that? Black on black, no text, but definitely eye-catching. And how many fans would love to have that exact logo up on their walls? If this is how the billboard campaign starts, we can't wait to see what other cool displays ABC and Marvel are cooking up for us.

WALKING DEAD
One of the best things about Comic-Con is the awesome promotion. You get to see custom-made trailers, footage and posters. One of the convention's most popular panels is AMC's The Walking Dead. Every year it's preceded by great marketing, and this time is no different. The network just released the first teaser poster for season four, and it's overrun by zombies.
Four members of the cast take center stage. The poster features Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) all wielding their favorite weapons: a gun, crossbow, sword and hammer. The new season can't get here fast enough. Michonne is on a horse, guys. We repeat, Michonne is on a horse.
The Walking Dead returns in October.

THE WOLVERINE
The Wolverine has premiered new footage exclusively through Digital Spy.
The above video, titled 'A Ronin's Story', sheds light on the storyline for Hugh Jackman's upcoming X-Men spinoff.
The 20th Century Fox/Marvel film is based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 limited comics series which sees antihero Logan make a journey to Japan to confront a figure from his past.
"Wolverine is the ultimate outsider. And in our movie, which takes place after X-Men 3, he's probably more isolated than you've ever seen Wolverine," Jackman explained. "He has lost hope, and it's a dangerous place for someone as powerful as Wolverine."
The Wolverine opens in cinemas on July 25.

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE
Sandman: Zero no longer. The official title for Gaiman's new story is ...
The Sandman: Overture. That's the official title for the forthcoming Morpheus miniseries that will be coming out bimonthly through DC's Vertigo imprint beginning Oct. 30.
And while we're at it, let's have a look at some cover art, shall we?
As for returning to the his most famous property, Gaiman said, "The most peculiar thing for me about returning to ‘Sandman’ is how familiar it all feels. When I was writing ‘Sandman’ from 1987 to 1996, I never had the feeling at any point that approximately 50 million people were looking over my shoulder scrutinizing every word."

LOST MELODY
Nicolas Cage has his sights set on Terry Zwigoff's latest, Lost Melody, The Wrap reports. The site says that the star is in talks to play the lead in the offbeat indie drama.
Lost Melody will feature Cage as a man who falls in love with a prostitue and must find a way to escape his unpleasant wife.
Zwigoff, whose previous credits include the documentaries Crumb and Louie Bluie, is also well known for narrative films like Ghost World and Bad Santa. He also co-wrote Lost Melody with Melissa Axelrod.
Cage recently provided a voice in the DreamWorks Animation film The Croods and can soon be seen in the Scott Walker thriller The Frozen Ground.
Lost Melody will be produced by Edward R. Pressman with Anthony Scaramucci serving as executive producer.

TURBO
Twentieth Century Fox has released, via Yahoo! Movies, a new trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Turbo, opening in theaters on July 17. The animation film features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Ken Jeong, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Lion and Samuel L. Jackson.
Turbo is the story of a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagné. Turbo’s obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an outsider in the slow snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his cautious older brother, Chet.
Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living. He gets that chance after a freak accident when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed. Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations limit his dreams.

ELYSIUM
The first TV spot for Neill Blomkamp's Elysium has arrived!
Opening in theaters on August 9, the sci-fi action film stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Wagner Moura.
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

IMAGE EXPO 2013
J. Michael Straczynski (JMS)Reminder: will be at Image Expo in San Francisco on Tuesday to announce new slate of Joe's Comics books for 2014. For more information, go to http://www.imagecomics.com/expo/.

JULY 1, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Over the weekend, Sony Corp.'s film studio was dealt its second box-office disappointment of the summer in the form of action film White House Down as it continues to face a call from activist shareholder Daniel Loeb for a partial spin-off of its entertainment businesses.
The movie, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, opened to a dismal $25.7 million domestically after costing at least $150 million to produce, excluding a $150 million-plus marketing spend.
Meanwhile, Will and Jaden Smith's sci-fi epic After Earth has all but ended its North American theatrical run after four weekends, topping out at only $58 million. Overseas, the Sony film, which was critically panned, has earned only $130.9 million, with its release in China still coming up.
Wunderlich Securities analyst Matthew Harrigan last month called After Earth "an ill-timed flop for Sony given its challenges from hedge fund manager Dan Loeb."
On Sunday, he told The Hollywood Reporter that the weak White House Down opening will similarly not boost the position of Sony and its CEO, Kaz Hirai, who has promised that the conglomerate's board would evaluate Loeb's proposal. "Kaz Hirai must have been feeling good about winning the gamer PR campaign at E3 around pricing used games and Internet, but this is a negative for what is generally a well-run studio that is adroit at counter programming," Harrigan said. "Right after After Earth, this doesn't help either. Hopefully Elysium and Smurfs 2 perform globally."
Loeb's hedge fund Third Point in mid-June said that it has slightly increased its stake in Sony to 6.9 percent as it continues to push for an IPO of a 15 percent-20 percent stake in the conglomerate's film and music businesses. In his second letter to Hirai back then, he argued that Sony's entertainment business lacks the "discipline and accountability" of many peers.
"In light of this track record, it seems difficult to argue that entertainment would not be strengthened by the transparency that comes with public reporting, an active media analyst community evaluating financial performance regularly and an expert board with strongly aligned incentives," Loeb wrote.
Third Point has suggested that Sony's entertainment operations could be worth about $10 billion, with an IPO possibly raising as much as $2 billion. That money could go towards acquisitions and other investments.
Observers pointed out that Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2, which will open July 12, and Matt Damon and Jodie Foster's sci-fi drama Elysium, set to open in August, have been drawing good buzz for Sony. The studio also has had a recent success with the modestly-budgeted Seth Rogen apocalyptic comedy This Is The End, which has grossed roughly $75 million in the U.S. after three weekends.
Last weekend, After Earth topped the Japanese box office in its opening weekend, but failed to light it up.
The film grossed $2.57 million in its first three days on more than 570 Japanese screens, with local analysts predicting a $10 million final total in the country, the third-largest theatrical market after the U.S. and China. Analysts have said the film may struggle to cover its production and marketing budget.

KILL THE MESSENGER
Rosemarie DeWitt has taken the female lead opposite Jeremy Renner in the upcoming Kill the Messenger, Deadline reports.
The film is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, a San Jose Mercury News reporter who allegedly committed suicide after being the target of a smear campaign when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.
Peter Landesman wrote the screenplay, based on the two books the studio optioned: "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion," by Webb, and Nick Schou's "Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb."
DeWitt recently appeared in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Watch and Promised Land.
Michael Cuesta is attached to direct Kill the Messenger with Scott Stuber producing.

DOC SAVAGE
As already revealed, "Iron Man 3" co-writer/director Shane Black is following up the Marvel superhero property with an adaptation of another comic hero - 1930s pulp adventure icon Doc Savage.
Appearing at the Saturn Awards this week, Black confirmed to Collider that the Sony-produced film will retain the 1930s setting of the stories. He also spoke about his love for the property:
"We’re shooting it as though it’s in the 30s, including all the Capra-esque elements of 1930s films like You Can’t Take It With You. The idea of ‘What if Jimmy Stewart were a stone-cold killer?’ basically. It’s that kind of combination which we enjoy.
Doc Savage is a personal film to me. It’s a 1930s pulp character so it hasn’t been around for 75 years or so, but people if they’re introduced to it they’ll get to know, hopefully, what I came to love as a kid. I’ve read those series for 43 years and always wanted to figure out how to crack it."

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013

THE HOBBIT
Well, that’s a wrap — or at least it is for Ian McKellen’s Gandalf on the Hobbit trilogy.
Director Peter Jackson has been keeping fans apprised on the lengthy shoot via hia Facebook page, and has now revealed a pic from McKellen’s final day of shooting. Of course, Gandalf is expected to appear in the remaining two Hobbit films, set for release later this year and in 2014, but McKellen’s scenes are apparently complete.
Jackson essentially called the wrap an end to an era, dating back almost 15 years to when they filmed the Lord of the Rings trilogy:
"Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I'm feeling very sad right now."
The pic above shows a sad Jackson and McKellen saying goodbye to one of the most iconic characters in modern fantasy.
Oh well ... at least we still have two more movies on the way in which to enjoy our favorite wizard. Factor in the extended editions that Jackson is surely prepping, and we should still have more than enough Gandalf to go around.

THE TERMINATOR
Arnie may be back, but Terminator itself is going back to square one.
We've been hearing talk of a Terminator 5 for a little while now, but it turns out the roboapocalypse is getting a little more of a facelift than we originally thought.
The new film, which will be called simply Terminator, will be a reboot for the franchise. Not only that, but it will be the first film in a standalone trilogy. Considering that the last two Terminator films weren't exactly the most successful or well-regarded, we can't say we're surprised. In fact, we're not terribly bummed about it, either. Terminator has always been about time travel anyway, so it's not hard to imagine that messing with the space-time continuum wouldn't eventually get us right back to the beginning anyway.
Here's the full press release:
Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.
The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.
Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.
Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year.
Now we're wondering if Schwarzenegger is still going to be playing the titular one-man robot death machine or if his role will be something else entirely.
Either way, we're glad that, despite the reboot, he still seems to be on board. Our only other request? Please, oh, please, do not turn this new iteration of the franchise into a CGI-fest. The first two films were successful in many ways because of their excellent practical effects. Imagine this as a post-apocalyptic Field of Dreams -- if you build a giant robot of death, we will come ... to the movie theater, that is.

DOCTOR WHO
This trailer for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary isn't real, but it's so good you won't even care.
We're less than half a year out from an episode that, at the very least, will see Matt Smith and David Tennant go toe to toe in a two-Doctors extravaganza. So people are understandably salivating at the thought of seeing footage from the landmark episode. You can imagine how thrilled people were when they thought the first teaser trailer had finally leaked.
The trailer is absolutely amazing, but it's also absolutely fake. But if someone hadn't told us up front that this wasn't the real thing, we never would have known. It's so good that we're left feeling that the actual trailer (whenever it turns up) will have some big shoes to fill.

PACIFIC RIM
On the heels of the first two clips from the July 12 release, Pacific Rim has revealed a new featurette. Dubbed "Under Attack."
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters, the Guillermo del Toro film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

THE WORLD'S END
A new UK TV spot for The World's End, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike, is here.
In The World's End, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013

GAME OF THRONES NEWS
Game of Thrones just cast its biggest season four character: The Red Viper of Dorne.
In what must be one of the most anticipated season four casting news, HBO just revealed through James Hibberd’s Inside TV on EW that Chilean actor Pedro Pascal (Graceland, Red Widow) had been cast in the coveted role of Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne.
Prince Oberyn, aka the Red Viper, will arrive in King’s Landing in what will be a pivotal storyline in the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones.
What’s exciting (besides the awesome casting news), is that it’ll be the first time that a character from Dorne will actually be featured on the show. As most book fans know, and without being too spoilery here, Dorne will become another major player in the power struggle for the Iron Throne in Westeros.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have said:
“This was a tough one. The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”
So far, casting director Nina Gold and her team have been amazing in their casting choices for the show so we’re looking forward to seeing what Pascal will bring as the Red Viper to HBO's hit fantasy series.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
The roster just keeps expanding for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the director has added yet another mutant to the fold.
Meet Adan Canto, who will reportedly be playing the Brazilian mutant Sunspot, aka Roberto Costa. Sunspot was created in the 1980s, and has the ability to absorb solar energy that can be used in energy blasts.
If Canto looks familiar, he’s popped up recently in the U.S. on the hit Fox series The Following, though he’s a relative unknown outside of his native Mexico.
Word broke a while back that Canto had joined the X-Men sequel, but there was no word on who he might be playing. But the actor slipped up and responded to a fan on Twitter who had said they were looking forward to him playing Sunspot with this reply: “Thanks! Next summer.”
He deleted the post soon after, but the damage was done.

ENDER'S GAME
As the marketing machine gears up for this sci-fi epic, there's one face that's noticeably absent.
San Diego's annual Comic-Con is still the mecca for all things geeky. So, naturally, it's the place where all sci-fi things great and small come to promote what they're working on.
It's no surprise, then, that Ender's Game will be looking to make a big splash at the con. In addition to the expected panel, Summit Entertainment will also be providing an eight-room interactive Ender’s Game exhibit. That's pretty cool, even by Comic-Con standards.
As for the panel proper, it will take place on July 18 in the famed Hall H, where the line to get in never ends. On the panel will be star Harrison Ford, producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood and co-stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. Everyone. Well, almost. The man who wrote the book series upon which the film is based, Orson Scott Card, won't be there.
While Card has long been known for his gifts as a sci-fi creator, in recent years he has also become infamous for his very public anti-gay views. His stance hasn't gone over very well with many people (fans included), and so it seems likely that Card is being purposefully kept at arm's length from promotion for the Ender's Game film adaptation in order to prevent fans from attempting to start a boycott.
Whether or not that's a good thing, we can't say we're surprised. After Card was fired from a Superman comic due to fan backlash at his involvement, we almost assumed he wouldn't turn up for Comic-Con.
But now it's official -- no Orson Scott Card for San Diego Comic-Con.

PACIFIC RIM
Warner Bros. has released a new clip from Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim featuring Charlie Hunnum as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori. According to the synopsis, the duo is our only hope against those monstrous creatures called Kaiju. But before they can battle them, they have to battle each other.
In the following scene, Raleigh puts Mako through the wringer. He's a former pilot looking for a partner, and she's an untested trainee. They engage in combat and are constantly trying to one-up each other. Mako may not have much experience, but she's no pushover. Her natural skills shine through, and she quickly proves herself to her superiors.
It looks like neither actor held back in this scene. They freely toss each other around like rag dolls.

THE FIRE SERMON
DreamWorks has taken the film rights to the upcoming literary trilogy The Fire Sermon, Deadline reports. The dystopian science fiction tale arrives from Francesca Haig and will be seeking a domestic publisher next month.
Set in a post-apocalyptic 25th century, The Fire Sermon has humanity evolved without technology and all children are born as twins. The Alpha twins represent a ruling class while the mutated Omega twins are treated as lower-class individuals and sent to live in their own villages. The catch is that when one twin dies, so does the other and the story follows a brother and sister pair, one of whom rises up to become a ruler amongst the Omegas.
Carla Hacken, whose credits include films like Walk the Line and The Devil Wears Prada, is attached to produce.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

CAPTAIN PLANET
Screenwriters the world over must've stopped generating new ideas because there is a big-screen adaptation of "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" in the works.
THR reports that Sony Pictures is in final negotiations to pick up the rights to the 1990s environmental cartoon for an adaptation by producers Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy), Don Murphy ("The Transformers") and Susan Montford.
"Captain Planet" told the story of five teens, each from a different continent (North America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America), who'd been given powers by Gaia, the earth spirit, in order to protect the planet from polluters. When they weren't strong enough, their powers combined to summon the one and only Captain Planet.

TERMINATOR
"The Terminator" will be back in theaters in 2015.
Paramount Pictures has announced a reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise will open June 26, 2015. Arnold Schwarzenegger has already confirmed he will return in the title role, but the film is expected to launch a brand new standalone trilogy rather than continue where 2009's semi-disastrous "Terminator: Salvation" left off.
Paramount will distribute and is financing the project in a partnership with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison's Skydance Productions.
Laeta Kalorgridis ("Avatar," "Shutter Island") and Patrick Lussier ("Drive Angry") are attached to write the screenplay.
"Terminator" co-creator James Cameron is not involved in any official capacity, although he will regain rights to the franchise in 2019 -- which could complicate bringing a full trilogy to fruition.

THE ROVER
A24 has acquired U.S. rights to David Michod’s thriller The Rover, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
Set in a futuristic version of Australia following an economic collapse, the film centers on Pearce, who plays a loner traveling the Outback who teams up with Pattinson to track a gang of thieves.
Michod, who wrote and directed 2010’s Animal Kingdom, also wrote The Rover based on a story he and Joel Edgerton conceived. It was produced by Michod, Liz Watts for Porchlight Film and David Linde under his Lava Bear Films banner. The film co-stars Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones and Susan Prior. Natsha Braier served as director of photography, and Jo Ford, who also collaborated with Michod on Animal Kingdom, was production designer.
A24 will release The Rover theatrically in the U.S., while Village Roadshow will release it in Australia and New Zealand. The film’s investment partners include Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corp. and Screen NSW, and financial partners Fulcrum Media and the Union Bank.
”A24 is a perfect fit for The Rover. A young, innovative and exciting company at the cutting edge of the independent sector in the U.S., they have contributed to an already exciting array of global distribution partners, and we are pleased to be partnering with them on the future release of the film,” producers Watts and Linde said.
A24 is distributing Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and will open James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now on Aug. 2.
A24 negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers and FilmNation Entertainment. UTA also reps Michod. Before selling U.S. rights to A24, FilmNation Entertainment licensed the film to a majority of territories worldwide based on showing a two-minute reel of footage from the film.

TRANSFORMER 4's FREIGHTLINER
Michael Bay's official site has just been updated with another new automotive still from Transformers 4 and this one is quite a tease. The Freightliner truck is likely a sign that the character of Ultra Magnus will be featured in the 2014 release.
"The adventure continues to transform with a very different offering from Daimler Trucks North America," the site's official description reads. "The imposing 2014 Argosy cab-over truck by Freightliner."
Ultra Magnus, sometimes depicted as the brother of Optimus Prime, is an Autobot whose original creation is the result of a repainted Prime toy sold in 1986. The character also Transforms into a truck and features a color design very similar to the picture shown.
Although the plot of sequel is still top secret, Bay teased to ComingSoon.net that it will involve a "Chase from Hell." Starring Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing and T.J. Miller, Transformers 4 hits theaters and IMAX on June 27, 2014.

THE CONJURING
A new trailer for James Wan's supernatural thriller The Conjuring is now online.
Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Foy and Joey King, the Warner Bros. release is based on the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson, Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.
Featuring a screenplay by Chad and Carey W. Hayes, The Conjuring hits theaters July 19.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013

SATURN AWARDS
The Academy Of Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Films handed out top honors in TV and film at its 39th Annual Saturn Awards on Wednesday (June 26) night in Burbank, with "Marvel's The Avengers" and "Breaking Bad" taking home the most awards in their respective mediums.
"Avengers" collected hardware for top science fiction film, director (Joss Whedon), supporting actor (Clark Gregg) and special effects, going to the team of Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick.
"Breaking Bad" took in three TV awards for Best Presentation on Television, supporting actor (Jonathan Banks) and best actor (Bryan Cranston, in a tie with Kevin Bacon).
The full list of winners at the 2013 Saturn Awards is as follows:
FILM AWARDS
Best Science Fiction Film: "Marvel's The Avengers"
Best Fantasy Film: "Life of Pi"
Best Horror/Thriller Film: "The Cabin in the Woods"
Best Action/Adventure Film: "Skyfall"
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey ("Killer Joe")
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games")
Best Supporting Actor: Clark Gregg ("Marvel's The Avengers")
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway ("The Dark Knight Rises")
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Suraj Sharma ("Life of Pi")
Best Director: Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers")
Best Writing: Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained")
Best Production Design: Dan Hennah ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey")
Best Editing: Alexander Berner ("Cloud Atlas")
Best Music: Danny Elfman ("Frankenweenie")
Best Costume: Paco Delgado ("Les Miserables")
Best Make-Up: Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead ("Cloud Atlas")
Best Special Effects: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick ("Marvel's The Avengers")
Best Independent Film Release: "Killer Joe"
Best International Film: "Headhunters"
Best Animated Film: "Frankenweenie"

TELEVISION AWARDS
Best Network Television Series: "Revolution"
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: "The Walking Dead"
Best Presentation on Television: "Breaking Bad"
Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television: "Teen Wolf"
Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Kevin Bacon ("The Following") (tie)
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv ("Fringe")
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Jonathan Banks ("Breaking Bad")
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Laurie Holden ("The Walking Dead")
Best Guest Star on Television: Yvonne Strahovski ("Dexter")

HOME ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
Best DVD/BD Release: "Touchback"
Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release: "Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut"
Best DVD/BD Collection Release: "Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection"
Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: "Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1 & 2"

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The Lifetime Achievement Award: William Friedkin
The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Vince Gilligan
The Visionary Award: Richard Matheson
The Life Career Award: Jonathan Frakes
Theater Showcase Award: "Silence! The Musical"

X-FILES 20TH ANNIVERSARY
"The X-Files" is making its way to San Diego this summer to celebrate its 20th anniversary at Comic-Con International 2013.
An ad appeared in TV Guide Magazine's July 1 issue announcing the panel, informing that the celebration would take place on Thursday (July 18). Scheduled to attend are creator Chris Carter, as well as writer/producers David Amann, Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban and Jim Wong. Gilligan and Gordon, of course, went on to fame with "Breaking Bad" and "24," respectively.
But what about Mulder and Scully? The ad says "more guests to come," without including a mention of either David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson. Anderson's official website says the actress will be in attendance, however there's no word on Duchovny.
We suppose the truth is out there, somewhere.

ELEMENTARY NEWS
From giant, evil lizard to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rhys Ifans is trading up.
Rhys Ifans had big shoes to fill when he took on the part of Curt Connors in The Amazing Spider-Man, but his move to the small screen is anything but small.
When Elementary resumes next season, it will see Holmes return to London in order to revisit an old case. There he will be forced to face a man with whom he shares a great deal of bad blood. In fact, this man and Sherlock share blood in more than one way -- they're brothers.
Yes, Ifans will be taking on the role of Mycroft Holmes, and executive producer, Robert Doherty, couldn't be more pleased.
I could not be more excited to have Rhys coming aboard. I've always been a tremendous fan and feel very honored to have him in the fold. Equally excited are Jonny and Lucy, both of whom have worked with Rhys in feature films. I think this is going to be a lot of fun for all of us.

FOX FALL PREMIERE DATES
Fox has announced the fall premiere dates for the 2013-2014 season. Here's the full press release:
The 2013-2014 season begins with the return of THE X FACTOR. Hosted by Mario Lopez, and featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, the hit music competition series will launch with a two-night season premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Sept. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Darkly amusing procedural BONES enters its ninth season on Monday, Sept. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of the thrilling adventure fantasy SLEEPY HOLLOW (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving's classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen") is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity's last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie, "42," "Shame," "American Violet") to unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers.
On Sept. 17, the Tuesday night comedy block is back with two new additions - DADS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) - and new seasons of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Kicking off the night is DADS, the new live-action, multi-camera comedy from Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild ("Ted," FAMILY GUY) that stars Emmy Award winner Seth Green (FAMILY GUY) and Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi ("My Name is Earl," "Ted") as two successful gaming entrepreneurs - and childhood best friends - whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull, "Two and a Half Men") and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, "The Good Wife," "The Sopranos") move in. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), from Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur ("Parks and Recreation") and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") and Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age," "Homicide: Life on the Street"), is a new single-camera workplace comedy about what happens when a hotshot detective (Samberg) gets a new captain (Braugher) with a lot to prove.
Will Rachel (Lea Michele) be Broadway's next baby? Will Blaine (Darren Criss) marry Kurt (Chris Colfer)? Can the kids of New Directions win yet again at Nationals? Find out the answers to all these GLEE-related questions when a new season of the hit musical comedy launches Thursday, Sept. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following THE X FACTOR.
New unscripted series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is set to debut Friday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The new culinary competition series for talented kids gives budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 the opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.
Sundays get re-animated beginning Sept. 29, with the season premieres of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BOB'S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Later this fall, futuristic action drama ALMOST HUMAN premieres Monday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams ("Fringe," "Lost," the "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman ("Fringe," "The Mexican") and starring Karl Urban ("Star Trek") and Michael Ealy ("Sleeper Cell," "Common Law"), ALMOST HUMAN is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime in a futuristic new world.
Friday nights beginning on Nov. 8 are all-new when BONES moves to a new night and time (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) kicks off an all-new hour of comedy, followed by the series premiere of the new sibling comedy ENLISTED (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Written and created by Kevin Biegel ("Cougar Town," "Scrubs") and starring Geoff Stults ("Ben and Kate," "The Finder"), Chris Lowell ("Private Practice," "Veronica Mars") and Parker Young ("Suburgatory"), ENLISTED is an irreverent single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base.
Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):
Wednesday, Sept. 11
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part One)
9:00-10:00 PM MASTERCHEF (Season Finale)
Thursday, Sept. 12
8:00-10:00 PM THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part Two)
Monday, Sept. 16
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Series Premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 17
8:00-8:30 PM DADS (Series Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (Season Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 18
8:00-10:00 PM THE X FACTOR (All-New)
Thursday, Sept. 19
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR (All-New)
9:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Season Premiere)
Friday, Sept. 27
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Encore)
Sunday, Sept. 29
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BOB'S BURGERS (Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD (Season Premiere)
Monday, Nov. 4
8:00-9:00 PM ALMOST HUMAN (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (All-New)
Friday, Nov. 8
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM RAISING HOPE (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM ENLISTED (Series Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

MARVEL MYSTERY PROJECTS
Just what is Marvel Studios plotting for the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three? Disney just revealed that a new untitled Marvel movie is in the works, and it is now the third to be announced that doesn't have an Avenger attached to it. Beyond Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" and the rumored "Doctor Strange" film, no characters have been officially announced as the focuses of the studio's upcoming Phase Three movies.
The first two mystery projects were announced earlier in June, and will come out on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017. The newest film will premiere on July 8, 2016.
There's plenty of speculation about which Avengers these movies could focus on. The Inhumans, Black Panther and Runaways are all popular voices, while superheroes like the Punisher, Blade, Ghost Rider and Daredevil are all newly back under Marvel control. Then there's always the chance Phase Three could feature a sequel to "Captain America," "Thor," "Guardians of the Galaxy" or a new "Hulk" movie as well.
Marvel still has years to unveil which superheroes the mystery movies will follow, but with San Diego Comic-Con and D23 just around the corner, fans likely won't have too long to wait.
Up next, Marvel has "Thor: The Dark World" coming out on Nov. 8, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014, "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Aug. 1, 2014, "The Avengers 2" on May 1, 2015 and "Ant-Man" on Nov. 6, 2015.

ENDER'S GAME
"Ender's Game" is still months away, but the promotional machine for the movie is off and running. The trailer came out in May and the movie's official Tumblr account has been posting viral content pretty regularly, asking people to join the "International Fleet" to begin training to fight the next alien invasion.
That trend continues with three brand-new propaganda posters. None of them carry the movie's title or a release date, but instead feature messages like "Join the next generation of heroes" and "Protect Earth."
The movie, an adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi epic, finds the Earth still recovering from an alien attack. As teenagers go through military training for the inevitable second battle, one stands out: a boy named Ender (Asa Butterfield). He is joined by the likes of Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld. "Ender's Game" is in theaters November 1.

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
A new international trailer for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has debuted, and it features lots of cool new footage.
Released by 20th Century Fox, the new trailer throws a lot of epic creatures and Greek myths at us alongside our demigod heroes.
We don’t know about you, but we thought the new trailer gave off a very Harry Potter vibe (especially the cab bit) mixed in with a bit of Wrath of the Titans (the fire monster thingie), but in a cool way.
The only downside: not enough geektastic Nathan Fillion as Greek god Hermes.
Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, continues his epic journey to fulfill his destiny, as he teams with his demigod friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which has the power to save their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood.
And where to find the fabled Golden Fleece? Why, in the Sea of Monsters—also commonly known to us mere mortals as the Bermuda Triangle—that's where. Nice vacation spot, we hear.
The Thor Freudenthal-directed sequel to 2010’s hit fantasy flick Percy Jackson & the Olympians stars Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Robert Maillet and Zoe Aggeliki.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will hit theaters on Aug. 7.

OUTLANDER
Ronald D. Moore is officially a showrunner again.
The Starz network announced today that it's given a 16-episode series order to Moore's adaptation of Outlander, the bestselling fantasy series by Diana Gabaldon. Moore will serve as writer and executive producer for the series, which will shoot in Scotland this fall for a 2014 premiere. So, just a few months after we got the encouraging news that Moore was mustering a writing staff, the show is a reality.
"We are thrilled to be bringing Outlander to Starz next year," said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. "Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time. The books weave a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare. With Diana's stories guiding us and Ron's mastery, we hope to bring Claire and Jamie to life for the millions of fans the world over."
The Outlander novels -- which tell the story of Claire Randall, a combat nurse in 1945 who is suddenly swept back to 1743 Scotland -- have sold more than 20 million copies and frequently appear on the New York Times bestseller list. The eighth novel in the series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, is due out in March 2014.
“I'm very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life," Moore said. "Diana's created a rich and textured world filled with intriguing characters, and I believe that Starz is the perfect home for her story. I think we'll make something that the millions of fans of these books will enjoy and recognize as Outlander."
So, between this and the forthcoming Syfy series Helix, which he's executive-producing, it looks like 2014 will be a very good TV year for Moore.

KNIGHT RIDER FEATURE
Michael Knight and KITT may soon be bringing their adventures to the big screen. The LA Times reports that The Weinstein Company has hired Brad Copeland to draft a feature film take on the popular automotive action franchise.
The original "Knight Rider" series aired for four seasons on NBC beginning in 1982. It starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a crimefighter aided by the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT), a highly advanced vehicle with its own A.I. personality.
"Knight Rider" was spun off into the short-lived "Code of Vengeance" in 1985 and, in addition to three different telefilms, received two sequel/reboot series, "Team Knight Rider" and just plain "Knight Rider" in 1997 and 2008, respectively.
In addition to work on television shows like "Arrested Development" and "The Inbetweeners," Copeland has scripted big screen fare like Wild Hogs and Yogi Bear. He also wrote and directed the 2012 indie feature Coffee Town, starring Glenn Howerton, Steve Little, Ben Schwartz and Adrianne Palicki.

UNDER THE DOME
CBS debuted "Under the Dome" and, according to the Nielsen ratings, an estimated 13.14 million people tuned in to watch the Stephen King adaptation. It's the most-watched summer drama premiere on any network since 1992.
If you missed out on the premiere last night, CBS is streaming the episode at http://www.cbs.com/shows/under-the-dome/video/. We recommend giving it a spin.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan, the series stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Jolene Purdy, Nicholas Strong, Britt Robertson, Aisha Hinds, Alex Koch, Natalie Martinez and Colin Ford.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

CEDAR COVE
Hallmark Channel announced that Bruce Boxleitner (“TRON,” “Babylon 5,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King“) has been cast as a series regular in Hallmark Channel’s first-ever primetime series, “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove.”
The two-hour prime-time drama is set to premiere Saturday, July 20 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C), with Boxleitner joining the cast regularly as Bob Beldon, owner of the local Cedar Cove inn, Thyme and Tide.
The series is based on the bestselling book series "Cedar Cove" by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Debbie Macomber and stars Andie MacDowell (”Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Groundhog Day”), along with Dylan Neal (“Dawson’s Creek,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Sarah Smyth (“50/50,” “Call Me Fitz”), Paula Shaw (“Freddy vs Jason,” “Hitched For The Holidays”) and Brennan Elliott (“Strong Medicine”). As previously announced, Teryl Rothery (“Stargate SG-1,” “Kyle XY,” “Dragon Ball”) has been cast as a series regular playing Grace, Judge Olivia Lockhart’s (MacDowell) best friend.
A native mid-westerner, Boxleitner received his formal acting training on stage and is an alumnus of Chicago’s prestigious Goodman Theatre. His big break occurred when he was cast opposite James Arness in the pilot for the epic TV series “How the West Was Won” and he went on to star in the CBS series “Bring 'em Back Alive.” In 1982, Boxleitner was cast in the title role in Disney’s cult film “TRON,” but, it was in Boxleitner’s four-year run for CBS’s “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” starring opposite Kate Jackson, that made him a household name. In 1994, Boxleitner joined the cast of the syndicated science-fiction TV series “Babylon 5” as John Sheridan, commander of the B5 space station — an interplanetary UN — and later president of the Interstellar Alliance.
Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” is a 16 Lighthouse Road Productions Ltd. production. Executive producers are Dan Wigutow, Caroline Moore, Ron French, Debbie Macomber and Harvey Kahn.
The series is produced by Connie Dolphin with Steve Harmaty as Co-Executive Producer. The pilot was directed by Michael M. Scott, written by Bruce Graham (“Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas”) and was adapted from material from Debbie Macomber’s series of books, Cedar Cove. Carl Binder is the show runner for the series.
Online: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/cedarcove/about.

TEEN WOLF AND COMIC-CON
"Teen Wolf" is taking a bite out of this year's Comic-Con. MTV is bringing the hit sexy thriller back to San Diego for the fourth time with a panel of stars Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, and executive producer Jeff Davis. The panel is on Thursday, July 18.
On the same day, MTV is also hosting "MTV2 Party in the Park," open to all Comic-Con attendees, as well as the premiere of "Guy Code Honors" on Sunday, July 21, featuring the cast of "Guy Code" along with performances and special guests.
Check out the full lineup MTV is bringing this year to Comic-Con:
Thursday, July 18
"Teen Wolf" panel with cast members Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Daniel Sharman, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, and executive producer Jeff Davis, featuring an exclusive first-look at an all-new trailer.
"MTV2 Party in the Park" celebrates the fans at Comic-Con with live musical performances and free food and drinks.
Friday, July 19
"MTV Presents: Creator Pitch LIVE!" is hosted by MTV Comics executive editor Tom Akel, and is a live pitch competition between three of the top creators in the business. Last year's winner David Petersen ("Mouse Guard") will be back to defend his crown against two new challengers. Creators are presented with a topic just a few weeks out from the convention and then develop original pitches that the fans vote on to determine the winner.
"MTV Comics Premieres Graphic Novel The Gloom" from acclaimed writer Tony Lee ("Doctor Who," "Starship Troopers"), and artist Dan Boultwood. In 1940s Manhattan, vigilante The Gloom is America's last line of defense against the Nazis, classic pulp heroism, and common sense. Tony Lee will be signing copies of "The Gloom" at Arcana's booth #2415.

AUTHOR RICHARD MATHESON DIES
Richard Matheson, author of several iconic sci-fi stories including "The Shrinking Man" and "I Am Legend," has passed away. He was 87.
THR reports that Matheson died in his home in Calabasas, CA on Sunday (June 23). The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
Several of Matheson's works were adapted into films during his career. In 1956, he wrote "The Shrinking Man," which was turned into the film "The Incredible Shrinking Man," giving him his first feature screenwriter credit. His vampire novel "I Am Legend" was the basis for an astonishing three different adaptation: 1964's "The Last Man on Earth," 1971's "Omega Man" and 2007's "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith. His 1971 short story "Duel" was adapted into a telefilm that shone a spotlight on young director Steven Spielberg.
In the late '50s, Matheson began writing for TV series like "Star Trek" "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" and "Twilight Zone," which he wrote 16 episodes for. In fact, one of his 16 is the legendary 1963 episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" starring William Shatner.
News of Matheson's passing came from his daughter, Ali Marie Matheson, who announced her father's death on Facebook on Monday, writing, ""My beloved father passed away yesterday at home surrounded by the people and things he loved ... he was funny, brilliant, loving, generous, kind, creative, and the most wonderful father ever ... I miss you and love you forever, Pop, and I know you are now happy and healthy in a beautiful place full of love and joy you always knew was there..."

WOLVERINE
She may not have a big role in the movie, but it's important to remember how important Famke Janssen's Jean Grey is to Wolverine in the "X-Men" film series. That could be the major reason Jean's likeness is captured in a poster for "The Wolverine."
It was revealed in March that Janssen would have a cameo in the film, even though her character died in "X-Men: The Last Stand." Star Hugh Jackman explained the appearance, saying, "She has a presence, which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself."
Now that presence is immortalized in a poster done in the sumi-e ink style. Posters with the same artistic look have been released for other characters in the movie, including Wolverine and Silver Samurai. The Jean Grey print was first posted by Collider, and can be seen popping up in movie theaters around the world.
"The Wolverine" is in theaters July 26.

THE CW'S FALL SCHEDULE
The CW continues its obssession with genre television. The network today revealed its fall premiere schedule, which includes mostly sci-fi and fantasy fare. With the exception of a few shows, they have an impressive lineup of new and returning dramas.
You will notice several scheduling changes. Arrow and Supernatural are no longer partners in crime. While Arrow maintains its Wednesday slot, it will usher in the new drama The Tomorrow People. On the flip side, Supernatural's being bumped to Tuesdays and paired with The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. Also, Beauty and the Beast has moved up to Mondays alongside Hart of Dixie.
The premiere date for Nikita's final season is still unknown.
Mark your calendars for the dates below:
Monday, Oct. 7
8 p.m. - Hart of Dixie
9 p.m. - Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday, Oct. 9
8 p.m. - Arrow
9 p.m. - The Tomorrow People
Thursday, Oct. 10
8 p.m. - The Vampire Diaries
9 p.m. - Reign
Tuesday, Oct. 15
8 p.m. - The Originals
9 p.m. - Supernatural
Friday, Oct. 25
8 p.m. - The Carrie Diaries

MORE COMIC-CON NEWS
The madness that is San Diego Comic-Con is nearly upon us.
In just a few short weeks, the biggest pop-culture event of the year will explode with goodies and bits of news from the worlds of film, TV, comics, toys, games and more, and we're finally getting a glimpse at how the schedule is shaping up. Details of the con's TV panels and events (including sneak peeks at a few promising new genre shows) are hitting the 'net, and we've got them all right here.
Keep in mind, though, that this list isn't complete just yet. Details are still coming together for many of these panels, including exact times and locations, and we haven't even heard about all the shows yet. But if you're planning to head out to San Diego to catch a can't-miss panel for your favorite genre series, this'll definitely help you start marking the calendar. Here's what we know so far about the con's TV events.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
The con's preview night is always a hot spot for TV, and this year is no different. Warner Bros. has already announced pilot screenings for its new genre shows The 100, The Tomorrow People, Almost Human and Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, which will include some special extra footage.
THURSDAY, JULY 18
If you're a full-on fannibal, set your watch for 6:45 p.m. on this day. That's when showrunner Bryan Fuller, star Hugh Dancy and executive producers David Slade and Martha De Laurentiis will gather for the Hannibal panel. Also on this day so far: events for Starz's Treasure Island prequel Black Sails and Cartoon Network's wild sketch series MAD.
FRIDAY, JULY 19
Even more genre TV events will hit the con, including panels for new series The 100, Almost Human, Sleepy Hollow and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (featuring series creator Joss Whedon), and returning series The Big Bang Theory, The Following and Nikita.
SATURDAY, JULY 20
What's probably the con's biggest day is also its biggest for TV events so far. Look out for panels featuring new shows The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, along with returning favorites like Arrow, Futurama, Once Upon a Time, Person of Interest, The Simpsons, Revolution and The Vampire Diaries.
SUNDAY, JULY 21
If you're still around for the con's final day, check out panels for Cartoon Network's new series Beware the Batman, along with events for Teen Titans Go! and Supernatural.
Like we said before, there's still a lot of stuff to be announced before the con, so we'll keep you updated as we get more info on all the biggest genre show events at San Diego this year.

PACIFIC RIM
Warner Bros. Pictures has released this new 2-minute long TV spot for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim!
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on July 12, the film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

TAKEN 3
Not long after the incredible success of Taken 2, it was revealed that work was underway to bring Taken 3 to theaters. Today, Deadline confirms that Liam Neeson is nearly set to return and will be paid almost $20 million to do so.
Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson will again provide the screenplay for the third film which, as Kamen noted last year, will offer a new twist on the franchise formula.
Released last fall, Taken 2 pulled in more than $375 million worldwide, beating the original Taken's total gross of $226 million.
Franchise stars Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen are also said to be in negotiations to return to their respective roles, but neither has been confirmed at this time.

KILL THE MESSENGER
Paz Vega is set to join Jeremy Renner in the upcoming Kill the Messenger, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, a San Jose Mercury News reporter who allegedly committed suicide after being the target of a smear campaign when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.
Peter Landesman wrote the screenplay, based on the two books the studio optioned: "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion," by Webb, and Nick Schou's "Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb."
Vega's credits include Sex and Lucia and Cat Run. She can be seen in the upcoming Grace of Monaco.
Michael Cuesta is attached to direct Kill the Messenger with Scott Stuber producing.

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

RODDENBERRY INTO SPACE
The remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife will be launched into space soon — and stay there forever. Roddenberry’s remains have previously been sent into space (he died in 1991), but this new plan will actually send them drifting off ... You know, perhaps to where no man has gone before?
The project is being handled by the Texas-based company Celestis, which has made a business of sending remains into space then bringing them back. Celestis will launch these high-profile remains, along with some digital files, DNA samples and hair from acclaimed science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke.
The items will be carried off with a large experimental solar sail developed by NASA, which will take them (literally) into the great beyond.
R.I.P., Gene — thanks for the good times.

WORLD WAR Z SEQUEL
With the successful $111.8 million worldwide debut of zombie extravaganza World War Z -- a passion project for the actor -- Paramount actively will turn to developing a sequel, studio vice chairman Rob Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter. The tentpole earned $66 million in North America, the best opening for an original live-action tentpole since Avatar, and $45.8 million from its first 25 foreign markets.
World War Z initially was envisioned as a trilogy, but those plans were shelved when the movie ran into trouble, requiring extensive reworking of the last act. Initially set to open in December 2012, the movie's release date was pushed back to June, prompting many in Hollywood to anticipate a blood bath.
But in a happy reversal of fortune, World War Z is off to a strong start, both in terms of its commercial and critical appeal. It will need to stay strong to make up for its $190 million budget, however. Paramount appears confident it will, judging by the fact that its reviving plans for further installments. It's the biggest debut of Pitt's career.
Skydance Productions co-financed World War Z, which also was made in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films. Pitt produced via his company Plan B, with Marc Forster directing.
Franchises are incredibly important to Hollywood studios and can likewise reap huge rewards for talent in terms of pay. And a World War Z series could mark a big win for Pitt in terms of his aspirations as a producer.
Pitt -- one of the world's most recognizable stars -- has spent much of his career pursuing prestige projects, versus more commercial event pics. Exceptions were Troy and the Ocean's Eleven franchise, although those were ensemble films.
His previous best box office opening, not accounting for inflation, was Mr. & Mrs. Smith in summer 2005 ($50.3 million). A year before, in May 2004, Troy opened to $46.9 million, now his third best debut.
Pitt has starred in a number of two-handers (Spy Game, Interview With a Vampire, The Devil's Own), as well having a relatively small -- but memorable role -- in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. His last two films were indie mob pic Killing Them Softly, which bombed, and the critically acclaimed Moneyball.
Pitt aggressively helped market World War Z, attending numerous screenings across the country, as well as turning up at industry events, such as CinemaCon, the annual convention of theater owners in Las Vegas. He also has jetted around the world to attend various premieres of the movie.
"The great thing about this process was that it showed what a great partner and producer Brad is," says Moore. "He made a true commitment."
Moore said that when the studio deemed that there problems with the movie, Pitt and Forster worked closely with Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman to "find the right movie. He stayed and worked when he could have gone off and shot another movie."
The result -- World War Z drew a fairly even ratio of males (51 percent) and females (49), while 33 percent of those buying tickets were under the age of 25, and 67 percent were over.
In addition to Pitt's appeal, Moore says that females were drawn to the film's storyline. In World War Z, a U.N. worker who is torn between protecting his family and leaving to find a cure for a worldwide pandemic turning humans into zombies.
Last week, when attending the Moscow premiere, Pitt himself hinted at a sequel and said there is plenty of material left over from Max Brooks' novel, upon which the movie is based.
"I think the movie captured the public's imagination with something that is fresh and different," says Moore. "And certainly, Brad gave a superb performance."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Affable monsters and hordes of zombies converged at the North American box office over the weekend to create a perfect storm for moviegoing.
Disney and Pixar's long-awaited sequel Monsters University opened to a sizzling $82 million, the No. 2 Pixar opening of all time after Toy Story 3 ($110 million). Overseas, Monsters U took in an early $54.5 million from 35 markets for a worldwide debut of $136.5 million.
Brad Pitt zombie pic World War Z, from Paramount, also overperformed in opening to $66 million, the top launch for an original live-action tentpole since Avatar. It also marks Pitt's largest opening domestically, easily outpacing the $50.3 million launch of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in summer 2005. Internationally, World War Z debuted to $45.8 million from its first 25 markets for a worldwide total of $111.8 million.
World War Z's performance is a notable victory for Paramount, considering many in Hollywood left the film for dead after its release was pushed back from December 2012 in order to allow for numerous reshoots required to reshape the ending. Directed by Marc Forster and co-financed by Skydance Productions, World War Z was a passion project for Pitt, who produced the tentpole.
Domestic box office revenue for the weekend reached an estimated $236 million, the second best of the year after Memorial Day weekend and among the top 10 weekends of all time.
Heading into the frame, box office observers believed World War Z would end up in a closer battle with Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan's Man of Steel, with many giving Superman an edge over zombies.
As it turned out, Man of Steel fell more than expected domestically, even as it jumped the $200 million mark in North America and nearly $400 million worldwide. The movie grossed $41.2 million domestically, a 65 percent decline, pushing its domestic total to $210 million.
Overseas, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' Man of Steel towered over the competition, grossing $89 million from 52 markets for an international cume of $188.3 million and global total of $398.3 million. Highlights included China, where the tentpole took in $25.5 million. And it beat World War Z in the U.K., grossing $8.2 million in its second weekend, versus a $7.1 million opening for World War Z.
Coming in No. 4 in North America was Sony's innovative comedy This Is the End, which fell just 37 percent in its second weekend. The R-rated pic grossed $13 million for a domestic cume of $57.8 million.
Rounding out the top five was Summit's sleeper hit Now You See Me. The magician heist pic has enjoyed a great hold, grossing $7.9 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $94.5 million.
The might of Monsters U, directed by Dan Scanlon, continues Pixar's winning streak at the box office and marks the 14th Pixar title to open to No. 1. The sequel returns Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Frank Oz in the roles of Mike Wazowski, James P. Sullivan, Randall Boggs, and Jeff Fungus, respectively.
"The consistency of the quality that comes from Pixar and John Lasseter and his team is extraordinary" "This movie had to live up to a very had to live up to a very high bar, and it did," said Disney executive vice president of distribution Dave Hollis, also noting that the animated tentpole did strong nighttime business in a sign that adults were turning out in addition to families.
One downer -- onlyl 31 percent of the revenues came from 3D screens.
Monsters U will have plenty of competition in the coming weeks as a record number of 3D summer toons open at the North American, but a glowing A CinemaScore should help fuel word of mouth.
Overseas, the 2013 summer animation war began over the weekend in Australia, where Monsters U debuted opposite University's Despicable Me 2 in advance of the winter holidays. Despicable 2 was the victor, grossing $4.3 million. Combined with previews, the toon has earned a total of $6.4 million. Monsters U took in $3.5 million.
Paramount is hoping that World War Z -- following the lead of other successful original tentpoles -- enjoys a better-than-usual multiple. Avatar debuted to $77 million in December 2009 on its way to cuming $760.5 million domestically, or 10 times its opening number. And in summer 2010, Christopher Nolan's Inception grossed $292.6 million, nearly five times its $62 million debut.
"This was an original movie in a summer that's been full of sequels and remakes. I think it captured the public's imagination. Certainly, Brad gave a superb performance," said Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore.
Rated PG-13, World War Z earned a B+ CinemaScore.
World War Z, based on Max Brook's 2006 novel of the same name, was a sizeable gamble for the studio, costing $190 million to produce after tax incentives. The budget was originally $150 million, but the additional work -- shepherded by Pitt and Forster alongside Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman and his team -- bumped up the number.
In the film, Pitt plays a retired U.N. employee who must return to work and stop a worldwide pandemic that is turning humans into zombies. The Killing's Mireille Enos stars as his wife.
At the specialty box office, Sofia Copolla's The Bling Ring came in No. 11 as it made a major push in its second weekend, upping its theater count from five theaters to 650. The indie film, from A24 films, grossed $1.8 million from 650 theaters for a cume of $2.1 million.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
When he was first cast in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in May, William Fichtner's role was described as being of "iconic stature" within the mythology of the series, making many believe that he would be playing Shredder. Now he has confirmed that he is indeed playing the villain.
"I play Shredder," he told HuffPost TV Canada. "It is cool. It's one of those things that came along where I thought, 'Really? Let me think about this for a minute.' [Laughs] Then I was like, 'Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.' I'm very glad that it worked out, I'm really glad that I'm doing it."
He stars opposite Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett and Danny Woodburn in the June 6, 2014 release.

SIDEKICK 1 FROM JMS
Here's a sneak peek at the San Diego Comic Con variant cover for Sidekick 1, courtesy of the amazing talents of Whilce Portacio! The second title from Joe's Comics, following the terrific reception to Ten Grand, Sidekick tells the story of what happens to a sidekick after his mentor is apparently assassinated.
We will be having a limited-edition black-and-white version at Image Expo in San Francisco on July 2nd, this SDCC variant the weekend of 20th, and the book proper (or improper) comes out August 7th. Pre-sales on the book continue for another couple of weeks, so there's still time to get in your order.
If you haven't yet seen the trailer for the book, you can find it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-A0Bma0gII.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013

SUPER MOON TONIGHT
The largest full moon of 2013 will be rising Sunday evening (June 23), when the moon will be at its closest point to the Earth (the perigee), creating what has become known as the "supermoon." The moon will appear roughly 12 percent bigger in the sky than normal.
"It doesn't matter where you are, the full moon you're seeing will be the biggest for 2013," NASA's assistant director of science Michelle Thaller tells Space.com. "That 12 percent size difference can mean as much as a 30 percent change in brightness, so this will be a particularly bright supermoon."
Thaller adds that while a supermoon does happen about once a year, this year the supermoon is closer than it has been in a while. Space.com adds that if you take an amazing picture of the supermoon on Sunday, send it to spacephotos@space.com and maybe it you'll see it on their website.

WORLD WAR Z
After this weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Smith will no longer be Brad Pitt's biggest opening weekend earner.
The actor's World War Z is set to surpass the $50 million brought in by the 2005 spy film, which co-starred Angelina Jolie. Paramount expects the zombie apocalypse tentpole, which earned a B+ CinemaScore from audiences, to gross more than $60 million in its debut.
WWZ earned $25 million on Friday, placing the title at No. 2 on the domestic box office chart behind Disney/Pixar's Monsters University at $30.5 million.
The movie, co-financed with Skydance Productions, underwent an arduous production process that included numerous reshoots before finally making its way into theaters.
Pitt's last summer film was Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which opened to $38 million in August 2009. He also starred in Steven Soderbergh's 2007 heist sequel, Ocean's Thirteen, which opened to $36 million in June. And the actor opened the mythology epic, Troy, to $46 million in May, 2004.

HERCULES
Kon-Tiki star Tobias Santelmann has joined Brett Ratner's upcoming Hercules film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Santelmann will play the lead villain in the film, a character named Rhesus. Santelmann's character is described as "a golden-locked barbarian and revolutionary" who will go toe-to-toe with Dwayne Johnson's Hercules in the movie.
Hercules also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt. Rounding out the main cast are Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie and Reece Ritchie.
Based on the Radical Studios graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," the ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist. The screenplay is by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. President Barry Levine of Radical Studios is a producer and Executive VP Jesse Berger is an executive producer on the film.
Hercules will land in theaters on July 25, 2014.

INTO THE WOODS
Anna Kendrick is the latest name said to be joining the cast of the ensemble Broadway musical adaptation Into the Woods, says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter. She will play Cinderella opposite Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracey Ullman and Christine Baranski.
Into the Woods weaves together the story of several of the most beloved fairytales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel) into the original story of a Baker and his wife who try to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests and their desire for “happily ever after.”
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book and direction by James Lapine, "Into the Woods" earned 10 nominations at the 1988 Tony Awards, winning three including best score and best book of a musical. The 2002 Broadway revival won a Tony for best revival of a musical.
Kendrick recently starred in Rapture-Palooza and can be seen coming up in the Dylan Kidd-directed comedy Get a Job.
Walt Disney Pictures is expected to start filming in the fall. James Lapine wrote the script and Rob Marshall will direct.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013

MATT SMITH THANKS THE FANS
We're still trying to make peace with the fact Matt Smith is leaving "Doctor Who" after this year's Christmas special, and this heartfelt video thank you to fans and colleagues is only making it harder.
He starts the message Bob Dylan/INXS/"Love Actually"-style with a series of words written on sheets of paper he holds up to the camera. The silence makes it all the more touching when Smith finally speaks.
The announcement Smith will be ending his tenure as the Eleventh Doctor came earlier this month, and ever since speculation has been rampant about who might replace him. This video is just more proof the replacement has big shoes to fill.

DOCTOR SLEEP
Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, the sequel to his legendary scarefest The Shining, won't hit bookstores until the fall. But we're just days away from the debut of Under the Dome, a CBS miniseries based on King's novel of the same name, and King's publisher is taking the opportunity to give Doctor Sleep a plug.
The short spot above will air during Under the Dome broadcasts (which begin Monday night) to promote the forthcoming novel, which will follow the exploits of an adult Danny Torrance as he battles a new supernatural foe. Here's the official synopsis for the book:
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the 'steam' that children with the 'shining' produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant 'shining' power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes 'Doctor Sleep.'
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
Doctor Sleep hits bookstores Sept. 24.

RELEASE DATES FOR ID-4, X-MEN AND MORE
Good news, sci-fi fans. It looks like 2014 and 2015 should be a whole lot of fun.
The folks at 20th Century Fox have just announced some major sci-fi release dates, while also confirming that long-rumored Independence Day sequel really is happening.
We also get a new date for Bryan Singer’s eagerly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be showing up a little earlier than expected in the summer of 2014. But that comes at the cost of bumping the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel further down the line.
If it means we get the X-Men back together a little sooner, that’s not a bad tradeoff. Here’s the full breakdown:
Roland Emmerich (Stargate, Independence Day) is returning to direct Independence Day 2, which is set to open wide on July 3, 2015. For those keeping count, that’s 19 years after the original. Still no official word on whether original stars Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum will be back to battle aliens.
The new X-Men sequel Days of Future Past is moving up from its originally set July 18, 2014, release date to May 23, 2014. As far as competition is concerned, it’ll roll out a week after Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot.
To make room for Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is moving from May to July 18, 2014. The first installment in this rebooted Apes canon was a surprise blockbuster, so this one will probably gain some steam heading into next year.
A new date for the videogame adaptation Assassin’s Creed has been set for June 19, 2015, which bumps it back a month from its original May 22 release date.

MAGGIE
Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken a leading role in the upcoming zombie project Maggie, Variety reports. He's also planning to serve as a producer on the 2011 "Black List" project. Written by John Scott 3, it was given the following official logline:
As a “walking dead” virus spreads across the country, a farm family helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a flesh-eating zombie.
Although she was up for the title role earlier this year, Chloe Grace Moretz is no longer set to star due to scheduling conflicts.
Schwarzenegger, who recently starred in The Last Stand, also recently confirmed that he'll be returning to his most popular franchise with Terminator 5.
Commercials director Henry Hobson will helm Maggie and the modestly-budgeted film will mark his theatrical debut.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013

IRON MAN
Robert Downey Jr.’s status with Marvel has been in flux ever since his lengthy contract finally ran out after Iron Man 3, but Disney has just ponied up enough cash to keep him in the suit for at least a few more movies.
Marvel has announced that Downey has inked a new, two-picture deal to return in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. There’s no mention of money, but considering the fact that Avengers and Iron Man 3 banked $2.7 billion worldwide (and counting), it has to be a lot. Like, a lot.
Regardless, it’s great news for the continuity of Marvel’s long-term plan, and shows the centerpiece of Phase I will be sticking around through at least Phase 3. One thing to note: There’s no mention of Iron Man 4, meaning Tony Stark’s standalone movies are probably on hold for a while.
Most likely Iron Man will be shifting to an Avengers-only role, similar to how Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk was used recently. This also means we’ll most definitely be seeing more characters introduced to take those ripe spots on the schedule where Iron Man 4-5 will not be showing up.

TRUE BLOOD
Last Sunday, True Blood kicked off its sixth season by picking up right where it left off. The Vampire Authority's all but gone, and Sookie and company were running for their lives. Next week things will cool down as Bon Temps' favorite waitress tries to return to normalcy. But let's be real, this is True Blood, there's no such thing.
HBO's released a preview clip that introduces a new person (or should we say element?) to Sookie. While walking to work, Sookie comes across an injured man (Robert Kazinsky). Her head tells her to ignore him, but her gut says the opposite. It turns out the stranger is suffering from a serious wound, which was caused by a vampire attack. Sookie uses her fairy powers to read his mind and discovers his secret.
Like Sookie, the mystery man has fairy blood, and they engage in a silent conversation. No words, just thoughts. It's an interesting exchange, to say the least.

INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL
The long-awaited sequel to Roland Emmerich's Independence Day will land in theaters in 2015.
20th Century Fox announced Thursday that Independence Day 2 will open on July 3, 2015, the eve of the lucrative holiday that drove 1996's Independence Day to a stellar $50 million debut. Emmerich will return to direct and produce, but none of the original cast -- including lead Will Smith -- has been announced as returning as of yet.
For now, only Universal's animated 3D Untitled Illumination Entertainment 2015 Project is slated to also open on that date.
Fox also announced that Peregrine's Home for Peculiars will hit theaters July 31, 2015. The film, based on Ransom Riggs' debut novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, will be directed by Tim Burton from a script by X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman. The story follows a teenage boy who is transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them.
The project currently has that date to itself.
Fox has also shuffled the dates of several other high-profile projects.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, has moved up from July 18, 2014, to May 23, 2014. Bryan Singer's X-Men film features several members of the original 2000-06 trilogy -- Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin and Ellen Page -- along with the First Class stars, including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence. Newcomers Peter Dinklage, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy and Fan Bingbing also have been added to the cast.
Warner Bros. comedy Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, also opens May 23, 2014.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shifts from May 23, 2014, to July 18, 2014. Fox's sequel stars Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer and Andy Serkis. Directed by Matt Reeves, the sci-fi pic is set 15 years after the events of the hit 2011 film. It follows Caesar (Serkis), the intelligent ape who is trying to maintain dominance over his kingdom, and the scientists struggling to survive in San Francisco.
The sequel to upcoming 3D animated film Planes -- titled Planes: Fire and Rescue -- is the only other wide release currently set for May 23, 2014.
Finally, video-game based film Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, will push from May 22, 2015, to June 19, 2015. Pixar's Inside Out, from Up director Pete Docter, is slated for the same release date.

COMIC-CON NEWS
ABC has officially announced that their upcoming series "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will make an appearance at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego. You can read an excerpt from the press release below:
On Friday, July 19, Marvel Television will introduce fans to their first live action television epic with their new ABC series, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," featuring a panel with executive producer Joss Whedon and Marvel's Head of Television and series executive producer Jeph Loeb. The show will also be spotlighted at the Marvel Entertainment Booth on the Convention Center floor throughout the entire weekend, with special surprises to be announced! Specific times and locations for all events to be announced at a later date.
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

WORLD WAR Z
Listen as J. Michael Straczynski talks about his involvement with WORLD WAR Z.

HEMLOCK GROVE RENEWED
Netflix has renewed its original series, "Hemlock Grove" for Season 2. The mystery thriller will return with 10 new episodes in 2014.
One of the first major original series to appear on the Netflix streaming service, "Hemlock Grove" is a bizarre and creepy gothic horror piece set in a small Pennsylvania town. With murders, monsters and a whole lot of mystery, the main story focuses on the friendship between the wealthy Roman Godfrey and a secretive newcomer, Peter Rumancek.
For Season 2, the series will add a new showrunner, Charles Eglee ("The Walking Dead," "Dexter," "The Shield"). He will join executive producers Eli Roth ("Hostel"), Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman, Eric Newman and Michael Connolly.
"The worldwide fan response to 'Hemlock Grove' was phenomenal," said Roth. "Netflix members loved the potent combination of sexy monsters, mystery, and the dark family soap opera that ended with a huge twist, leaving audiences worldwide totally shocked. Season 1 was just a warm up for what we have in store for Season 2. Get ready to be scared in ways you never expected."
"Hemlock Grove" stars Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron, Freya Tingley, and Dougray Scott.

BEWARE THE BATMAN
Superhero fans will have a glut of new animated series this year, and an extended look at Cartoon Network’s Beware the Batman looks like it could be one of the best of the bunch.
Whereas Marvel is taking the more animated, kiddie-focused route on Disney XD with shows like Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., DC is looking for a CGI throwback to the late-to-mid-'90s golden era of animated superhero shows. The new footage has a Batman Beyond vibe, and that’s a very good thing.
As for whether the actual show will be as intense as this trailer? We’ll know soon enough, as the show debuts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.

THE LEGO MOVIE
Toys are all the rage at the box office these days, and yet another iconic kiddie classic is coming to the big screen. Get ready for The LEGO Movie, which is apparently chock-full of beloved DC heroes.
An average-Joe LEGO guy tasked with saving the world will call on everyone from Wonder Woman to Batman (voiced perfectly by Will Arnett) along the way to protect his tiny, yellow way of life.
The expansive voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and a ton of other folks — meaning this kiddie flick could be one to watch when it finally arrives in February 2014.
The movie looks to be a cameo-fueled blast, and if they can keep the jokes tight, it could definitely work. Fingers crossed.

GHOSTMAN
Headhunters director Morten Tyldum is set to helm the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation of Roger Hobbs recent novel Ghostman. Published earlier this year, the crime thriller is officially described as follows:
When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from "Jack." Only thirty or so people are sure this man exists, some believe he's dead, and none know anything at all about his true identity. Those are closely guarded trade secrets, to say the least, for an exceptionally trained, experienced, and talented criminal. But as he struggles to clean up the mess left in the wake of the bungled Atlantic City heist, he finds himself increasingly more visible as he's pursued simultaneously by the FBI and other interested, if mysteriously elusive, parties--a situation that requires every gram of his skill, ingenuity, and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense become meaningless terms.
Tyldum will soon make his English-language debut with the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are both attached to star.
The feature film version will work from an adapted screenplay by Peter Craig with Kevin McCormick producing through his Langley Park Pictures.

LOCKE & KEY
Universal Pictures has been having a really good year and that's now showing by their willingness to jump in and save projects from other studios like the recent Dumb and Dumber sequel. That said, they're also looking ahead to new franchises and according to The Hollywood Reporter, they've now optioned the rights to Joe Hill's highly popular supernatural comic book series Locke & Key, published by IDW Publishing.
The project will be produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen, who are having a strong summer sleeper hit with Now You See Me, through their Universal-based K/O Paper Products banner, along with Ted Adams, CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing.
It tells the the multi-generational stories of three siblings after the murder of their father which leads them to moving back into their ancestral home in Massachusetts which they discover has magical keys that give them special abilities even though others want to also get their hands on said keys.
The comics by Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez have led to multiple Eisner Awards nominations--Hill won an Eisner for his writing--as well as getting the graphic novel collections onto the New York Times bestseller list, which ultimately led to there being a lot of interest in Hollywood to adapt the graphic novels for a number of years.
Dimension Films previously owned the rights, which expired in 2010, and Kurtzman and Orci jumped in to possibly turn the comics into a television series, but it was held back by budget restrictions. Universal brings new hope for the feature film and a possible franchise if the initial film does well.
As it happens, Hill has supernatural fiction in his blood, being the son of noted horror author Stephen King, and having written his own novels Heart-Shaped Box and NOS4A2.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013

WORLD WAR Z
A new clip from Brad Pitt’s World War Z finally shows off more of the zombie insanity, and gives us our best look yet at those ant-like undead.
Yes, this flick has been through the ringer as far as rewrites and reshoots, but there’s no denying — it looks absolutely epic in scale. Pitt has been saying all along that this is a worldwide look at an outbreak, and those wide set piece shots look breathtaking.
Who knows, maybe Damon Lindelof really does have the magic touch. It could happen, right?
The footage here seems to come from pretty early in the film, with Pitt and his character’s family trying to escape the bustling, zombie-filled streets of Philadelphia. Again, they've shown they can make a big movie. But, the jury is still out on if it's a good movie.
The flick opens June 21.

LOGAN'S RUN
Logan's Run is one of those cult sci-fi movies that's beloved based more upon how weird it is than its actual quality. But the book-turned-film has its charms. The idea of a seemingly utopian society that kills off all its citizens once they turn 30 years old (21 in the book) is the kind of speculative sci-fi that hits all the right moral questions and mortal fears.
But it's also incredibly cheesy and ridiculous, so, despite rumors of a remake over the years, it has seemed far more likely that Logan's Run would (and should) remain the '70s schlock it was.
But now a writer has come onto the project who has us watering at the mouth for a new version -- Ken Levine. If his name doesn't immediately jump out at you, it's because he's not known for movies, but for creating a videogame series called BioShock.
The BioShock series is incredibly well known for its sprawling worlds, dystopian alternate timelines and zany characters. Levine has an eye for detail that has made BioShock a household name. And now, apparently because Levine is a huge fan of the Logan's Run, he wants to make its story famous all over again.
So we say bring on the domed city, the runners, the Sandmen and the Carousel. This is the time of Renewal!

THE ARROW
Rumors have been making the rounds that The CW’s hit series Arrow could introduce a few more heroes next season, and now star Stephen Amell has chimed in.
In a chat with Digital Spy recapping the first season and looking toward what’s coming next, Amell teased that he would love to see some version of the Justice League introduced during season two.
Why? Because he’s interested to see how the writers would adapt the characters into the more grounded Arrow universe:
“I hope so, very much hope so. I would just like to see them come through our universe and get our treatment, so to speak, so it could be anyone.”
If the writers did want to expand the roster next season, it’d be the perfect time. They played season one pretty close to the vest, and did a great job of getting the series outside the shadow of the long-running Smallville.

UFOTOG
Legendary sci-fi visual effects expert Douglas Trumbull hasn't directed a feature since 1983's Brainstorm, when his star Natalie Wood died under mysterious (and infamous) circumstances during a party on Catalina Island as the film was under production.
Now, the man who created the visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner returns to directing after 30 years with an experimental sci-fi short called UFOTOG.
The innovative filmmaker, inventor (Showscan) and Oscar recipient's new 10-minute project was made in 4K 3D and at a high frame rate of 120 frames per second. (By comparison, The Hobbit was made in 2K 3D at 48 fps. And James Cameron’s high frame rate test from 2011 went as high as 2K 3D at 60 fps.) The short is a test run before the filmmaker embarks on two planned features that take advantage of these technical capabilities.
Trumbull says he has “loved” getting back into directing -- a love that he abandoned after making Brainstorm. “I had to personally make a life decision many years ago when Natalie Wood died under very suspicious circumstances during the making of Brainstorm,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I just had to stop. I had been a writer-director all my life, and I decided it wasn't for me because I was put through a really challenging personal experience. I do not think the story has ever been told. I don’t know the story myself, but I know what my experience was. I decided to leave the movie business.”
The soft-spoken director then changed the subject back to his work. UFOTOG, an acronym for UFO photography, is “based on a longer screenplay that I have” that tells the story of a man’s attempt to photograph an alien spacecraft. “He’s very smart, a serial entrepreneur, like Elon Musk. So he has the wherewithal to get a really good camera and build a system on a mountaintop.” The photographer is played by actor Ryan Winkles.
UFOTOG is one of two features that Trumbull has in the pipeline. “It is not the primary one that I want to make next. I’m also developing a sci-fi epic that takes place about 200 years in the future,” he said.
The projects underscore the director's belief that films shot at ultra-high resolution and frame rates -- and supported by immersive sound, such as Dolby Atmos, which will be used on UFOTOG -- will deliver a kind of experience that will draw more people to movie theaters. “What you see on the screen is less like a movie and more like a live event. The screen becomes a giant window onto reality,” he said, noting that this informs the creative choices, as it creates a more first-person experience.
UFOTOG was shot with Canon C500 4K cameras and a 3ality 3D camera rig, recording raw data at 120 fps. Actors and other live elements were primarily shot on a greenscreen stage at Trumbull’s studio in Southfield, Mass., and composited into 3D virtual sets. “I think we can save a tremendous amount of money by not going on location and not building many sets at all," the Trumbull said.
But unlike many productions that rely on virtual sets (where CG backgrounds are frequently used), Trumbull said there is actually very little CG in his short, since the environments are largely composites of live-action elements such as trees and skies. “The result is photorealistic,” he said.
To manage the data to accommodate 4K 3D at 120 fps, the production worked with manufacturer JMR Electronics, which designed and built a server and storage system that was used on the set to collect and manage the data while providing real-time playback. Later, it was moved to compositing (also at Trumbull’s location) while linked to the set via an InfiniBand 56GB connection.
“The amount of data that we would be collecting on set was the key issue,” said Timothy Huber of Theory Consulting, the project’s technology consultant. “Doug needed a playback server that would work at 120 fps for both eyes.”
JMR technical products specialist Miguel A. Saldate and COO Mitch Guzik said that they are seeing increasing interest in 4K, and that the company plans to offer the 4K and high frame rate-supported configuration of its system to customers.
For Trumbull’s project, exhibition also needed attention, as theaters are currently not set up to play movies at 120 fps. Trumbull has been working with projector maker Christie Digital, which supplied its 4K projector during production of UFOTOG.
“Almost all of the [DLP Cinema] series 2 projectors are capable of running my material; it just needs a modification to the media block [a piece of hardware required for digital projection]," he said. At this time, Trumbull is bypassing the media block and playing footage off a server. “[For exhibition] we will be using a Christie Integrated Media Block. [For production of the short] we play our material directly out of Eyeon Generation visual effects software, which is frame rate and resolution agnostic. It is the only thing we have found that allows us to work in this high frame rate all day, every day.”
To create his envisioned entertainment experience, Trumbull also believes that theaters need to increase the size and gain of the screen. He is currently testing a prototype from Stewart Filmscreen, which he described as “an extremely high gain hemispherical screen that reflects all the light from the projector back to the audience. So it triples the amount of light with no increase to the [lamps] in the projector.”
Trumbull is looking to demonstrate the configuration and the potential of 120fps to Hollywood. “We’re trying to find a venue in Los Angeles where we can set it up and show UFOTOG properly,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “We are shooting for some dates in August.”

EPSILON
Greg Berlanti has closed a deal to direct Epsilon, a sci-fi action feature project by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Michael DeLuca is producing with Reese and Wernick.
Epsilon is set after a failed robot rebellion on an Earth almost entirely devoid of electronic devices. The remaining robots seek refuge on a space station and begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. The main character is a man who discovers he is more human than he thought.
Sony picked up the project as a spec in September, paying in the $1 million range.
Jonathan Kadin is overseeing production for Columbia Pictures.
The deal is a significant one for Berlanti, who is best known as a force in television. He is a showrunner and exec producer behind such shows as Arrow, Brothers & Sisters, No Ordinary Family and Political Animals and has Tomorrow People debuting on The CW this fall.
And while he worked on movies such as Green Lantern and Wrath of the Titans as a writer, his major directorial outing up to this point has been the 2010 dramedy Life As We Know It, which starred Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl.
Epsilon, with its large scale and what is sure to be significant visual effects work, will serve as a major step up for Berlanti, who is repped by WME and Felker Toczek.

LEGENDARY UPDATE
Legendary Pictures is having a great summer, it goes without saying. The Hangover Part III turned a decent profit and Man of Steel killed at the box office this weekend.
President Thomas Tull conducted a press conference in Hollywood to look ahead at the company's slate in the coming years which includes a new film from the Dowdle brothers, an epic-looking war film infused with a supernatural edge and more.
...Seventh Son, the monster-filled film directed by Sergei Bodrov and starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and and Ben Barnes. Being a fan of The Big Lebowski, Tull expressed his excitement about getting Bridges and Moore back together, however, in this film, the two are at odds. Bridges plays a knight whereas Moore is a powerful witch (with a tail, I might add) who can tranform into a demonic, winged beast. The trailer packed a nice punch and it was brimming with various creatures and the promise of a cool adventure - akin to something like the old Ray Harryhausen films. Bridges is back doing some sort of Rooster Cogburn drawl, still, the movie looked like fun.
Next up was 300: Rise of an Empire.
Godzilla is obviously a big player at Legendary. The reboot is currently lensing in Vancouver under the direction of Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and Tull said his love for Godzilla ran deep, sharing his post-Thanksgiving tradition, as a kid, watching the Godzilla marathon that would play on TV. Rather than show footage, Gareth Edwards recorded a special message for the presentation. "There's no bigger or better monster than Godzilla," Edwards said. He added the film deals with themes of man meddling with Mother Nature and Mother Nature putting makind "in its place." Edwards expressed that that the story of Godzilla is highly relevant today and it ties in to the nuclear themes of the original. Of course, he didn't want to give "too much away" regarding the latter.
Warcraft was teased, albeit briefly, with a simple title treatment. To be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon), the film is based on the game series. Tull said they are taking their time with this one and placing a "very high bar" on it, "because, frankly, video game movies have not fared very well." They want a great script and are taking the property very seriously. Expect more updates over the next few months.
Michael Mann and Chris Hemsworth taped a greeting to promote Legendary's Untitled Michael Man Movie. Mann began by enthusing about working with Legendary and then discussed the research he did for this cyber crime/cyber terrorism thriller. Hemsworth said the combo between the script (moreover, its subject matter) and working with Mann was something he "couldn't say no to." All really vague stuff that didn't fill us in on the plot. Look for the film in 2014.
As Above, So Below was next on Tull's agenda and he showed off a title treatment as well as a video "mood piece" that offered a history of the film's backdrop: The catacombs beneath Paris that shelter the remains of millions of bodies - a place where tours and parties take place and where hundreds have gone missing. This is the latest film from the Dowdle brothers who gave us The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devil and Tull said they're currently shooting the film. On the location, "I always thought it was cool and creepy," said Tull. The film reportedly concerns two archeologists searching for treasure within the catacombs. Of course, something goes wrong.
Director Nic Mathieu joined Tull to talk briefly about Spectral which pits a special ops unit against an army of ghosts ("spectrals") that are causing destruction in Manhattan (Legendary picked the film up on a pitch). The two showed off some concept art: Slide one featured the weaponry used to take down the ghost. They look like modified, futuristic machine guns. Another slide showed a destroyed city street and a ghost rising up in a blast of light, a few soldiers appear to be caught in some sort of shockwave. The film is described as a "modern war movie with an element of the supernatural" and the scope looks nuts. "We harness cutting edge, sci-fi weaponry to wage war on the supernatural," said Mathieu. "We have to do this on a big canvas and bring out the big guns." He added that he liked stories that "force us to look beyond ourselves" and feels Spectral is a movie that does that. The film is currently at the script stage and the hope is to maybe begin shooting in 2014.
Later, I had an opportunity to ask Tull about the prospect of Trick 'r Treat 2 since the first film is an early Legendary project. "People love it, it's something we talked about internally," Tull said, however, don't expect anything soon. Tull explained that they would need to have a great story (or stories, in this case) to move a sequel forward.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

THE STRAIN
FX has nabbed itself an Oscar-nominated acting legend for its high-profile Guillermo del Toro pilot, "The Strain."
Joining a previously announced cast that includes Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand and Mia Maestro, John Hurt will portray Professor Abraham Setrakian in the pilot, based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The professor is described as a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism spreads, he may be the only one with answers -- if anyone will listen.
Stoll stars as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in NYC. As the plague takes over the city, Eph, Abraham and a motley crew of everyday New Yorkers (including Maestro as Dr. Nora Martinez and Durand as Vasily Fet, an exterminator turned eager vampire slayer) form a "ragtag resistance.
"I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever," del Toro said in a statement. "Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain novels and he is absolutely perfect for the part!"
The pilot, which will go into production in Sept. 2013 in Toronto, is expected to receive an order of 13 episodes from FX. Del Toro will direct and co-write the script with Hogan, while Carlton Cuse ("Lost") is on board to executive produce.
Hurt's illustrious career includes turns in "Love and Death on Long Island," "Hellboy," "V for Vendetta," "Alien," "The Elephant Man" and Midnight Express," with the latter two earning him Oscar nominations.

THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG
This is a new The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug video featurette that shows why New Zealand was just perfect to become J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
So grab a ticket and take the grand tour with Peter Jackson as well as some of the actors, writers and producers from The Hobbit—including the great Sir Ian McKellen—as they show us around the truly breathtaking locales used to bring the world of Middle-earth to life.
The video's stunning, and, let's face it, it's a bit cheaper than actually getting there. Also, the whole thing just makes us even more excited for Desolation of Smaug to finally hit our screens on Dec. 13.

RIDDICK
A new trailer for Vin Diesel’s Riddick has arrived, showing off even more merc-fighting and monster attacks.
This one serves up more footage of the action we’ve been waiting for, and is a good setup for the plot: Mercenaries are hunting Riddick, big monsters start hunting all of them, they team up (somewhat) to kill them all. Simple, elegant and hopefully awesome.
The film seems to be a passion project for Diesel, picking up the story that started all the way back in 2000’s cult hit Pitch Black, and could be one of the coolest films of the year if it can channel the subtle charm of the original. That's a tall order, especially considering the muddled mess of a sequel Chronicles of Riddick that hit in 2004.
Oh yeah, if you needed more incentive? It also stars Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and Karl Urban (Star Trek, Dredd).
Though it’s been delayed along the way, Riddick finally opens Sept. 6.

CAPTAIN HARLOCK
A brand-new and very cool full Japanese trailer for the upcoming CGI flick Space Pirate Captain Harlock has hit the web.
The film is a remake of the classic anime called Space Pirate Captain Harlock, which is based on Leiji Matsumoto's original 1977-79 manga. It has a production of about $30 million U.S.
To date, Captain Harlock is Toei Animation’s biggest production budget, and it shows. The trailer is a splendid piece of CG animation.
The trailer even opens with a quote from James Cameron, no less, which states, "This unprecedented event is already legendary."
Okay, James, we’ll just have to take your word for it.
The only downside to this awesomely superb trailer is the rather cheesy theme song from rock band ONE OK ROCK, titled “Be the Light.”
Space Pirate Captain Harlcok is set to open in Japan on Sept. 7. London-based film sales company GFM Films has revealed that it is currently working on an international dub, so fingers crossed that we’ll get to see it here sooner rather than later.

X-MEN: WOLVERINE
There seems to be no shame when it comes to cross-promotion these days, and a new Wolverine crossover might be one of the weirdest (but strangely awesome) commercials yet.
Showing off some snippets of new footage from the X-Men spinoff, the footage finds Logan (Hugh Jackman) under assault from a gang of guys while riding on a train. It’s pretty awesome, not surprisingly, with Logan tossed off the side of the train and forced to use his claws to hang on for dear life.
But that’s when it gets weird. It turns out the baddies weren’t after Wolverine (apparently), but instead after a piece of Adamantium gum. Well, of course that’s what they wanted.

HIGHLANDER NEWS
The Wrap is reporting exclusively that Ryan Reynolds has dropped out of Summit Entertainment's long-in-development reboot of Highlander with producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis, following the departure of 28 Week Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo last November.
Although Summit was reportedly going to move forward to find a replacement for Fresnadillo, who developed the reboot for well over a year before departing, the lack of a director may have forced Reynolds' hand in departing the project himself. Reynolds was meant to play Connor MacLeod, "an immortal Scottish swordsman forced to confront the Kurgan, a brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled 'Prize.'"
Many writers have worked on the reboot including Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Noah Oppenheim and even "The Twilight Saga" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, while four-time "Fast and Furious" helmer Justin Lin was originally attached to direct the project before Fresnadillo came on board.
The original Highlander movie, released way back in 1986 and starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, became a cult hit that led to a successful home video release, although the attempted 1991 sequel Highlander II: The Quickening was a box office bomb. Highlander was then turned into a television series in the years that followed and the original movie continued to find an audience during multiple DVD releases in the early 21st century, seemingly making it a viable property for a reboot.
Even without the movie, Reynolds has a full plate this year as he provides his voice in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo and is paired with Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., both releasing in mid-July. He stars in Tarsem Singh's Selfless, which has just been dated by FilmDistrict for Sept. 26, 2014. He also finished working on two thrillers, Atom Egoyan's Queen of the Night and Marjane (Persepolis) Satrapi's The Voices.

THE LONE RANGER
A new featurette from Walt Disney Pictures' The Lone Ranger is now online.
Directed by Gore Verbinski, the action adventure stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
The July 3 release is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

ALIEN UPRISING
A group of friends awake one morning to find all electricity and power shut off, and an immense alien aircraft hovering in the air above their heads. Suddenly this regular group of friends is battling to survive, as the entire human race is threatened by the alien army hovering ominously above.

BACKYARD BLOCKBUSTERS
Here is the first 12 minutes of BACKYARD BLOCKBUSTERS from John Hudgens (the guy who did all of the Babylon 5 videos). You are going to love it if you are a fan of any science fiction genre!

DREAMWORKS AND NETFLIX
Netflix has inked a multiyear deal with DreamWorks Animation to premiere its slate of new original TV series, the company announced Monday. The first series are expected to begin airing in 2014.
The deal, which Netflix says is the largest for original content in its history (over 300 new hours), will give members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe access to series based on the studio’s franchises like Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. It marks the first time DreamWorks’ characters will be available as a branded collection of shows on TV.
“DreamWorks Animation is a valued partner in our global efforts to provide families the most engaging stories delivered however, whenever and wherever they want,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “This deal represents a major expansion of what’s already a phenomenal relationship, allowing us to bring beloved DreamWorks characters to the 40 countries where Netflix operates and setting the stage for us to innovate together as we expand into new markets.”
Monday’s deal follows an agreement between Netflix and DreamWorks last February for its first original series for kids based on the upcoming film Turbo, to premiere in December. The studio’s animated feature films will be available on the service beginning next year.

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE RESULTS
After three decades, Warner Bros. has successfully resurrected its Superman franchise with Zack Snyder's darker, more violent take on the marquee superhero.
Man of Steel, directed by Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, debuted to $113.1 million over Father's Day weekend in North America and to $71.6 million from 24 markets overseas for a total opening of $196.7 million. That includes the $12 million grossed Thursday night from special Walmart screenings in the U.S., which puts the domestic take at $125.1 million.
Man of Steel eclipsed previous June record-holder Toy Story 3, which debuted to $110.3 million in June 2010. All told, grosses for Father's Day weekend were up a staggering 51 percent over last year, with Man of Steel capturing 60 percent of the market.
"The movie is a perfect blend of a superhero who reaches not only the fanboy audience but the family audience as well, with great results from both," said WB president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman.
Man of Steel is a notable win for WB and Legendary Pictures, which co-financed the $225 million tentpole. In 2006, WB and Legendary's Superman Returns did okay business at the box office, but not enough to mark a new chapter for the franchise.
Man of Steel opens exactly 30 years after Superman III, the third entry in the wildly popular Christopher Reeve franchise. There was one more title in that series, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, although it fell flat at the box office in summer 1987.
This time out, British star Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent, aka Superman, which sees his character trying to hide his superpowers and live a normal life on Earth. Amy Adams stars as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon takes on the role of the menacing General Zod. Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane also star.
David S. Goyer penned the script based on a story he crafted with Nolan. Warners and Legendary turned to Nolan as a producer on the project after he successfully revived the Batman franchise with his Dark Knight trilogy. In the summer of 2005, Nolan's Batman Begins opened to $48.7 million and had incredible staying power.
Man of Steel, while drawing mixed reviews, earned an A- CinemaScore, portending strong word of mouth. The pic skewed male (56 percent) and was fueled by older moviegoers, with 62 percent of the audience over the age of 25.
IMAX theaters did big business, taking in $13.3 million (12 percent of the total gross) to likewise score the biggest June opening of all time.
Overall, 41 percent of the revenues came from 3D screens.
Overseas, Man of Steel soared to the top of the chart in the U.K. -- Cavill's home country -- and in Mexico, taking in $17.1 million and $9.8 million, respectively. It dazzled in Southeast Asia, including in South Korea ($9.9 million).
In the 24 markets where it opened, Man of Steel is pacing 39 percent ahead of Nolan's The Dark Knight, which earned $470 million offshore.
Coming in No. 2 Friday at the North American box office was Sony's innovative end-of-the-world comedy This Is the End with a stellar five-day debut $32.8 million. The R-rated pic, opening Wednesday and marking the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, has already made its $32 million budget back.
This Is the End stars Rogen opposite Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson.
In the comedy, the actors -- all playing fictional versions of themselves -- meet at a star-studded party at Franco's house when the apocalypse begins and they're forced to work together to survive. The film is based on a short film created by Rogen and Baruchel in 2007 titled Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse. Rogen and Goldberg also co-wrote the scripts for Superbad, The Green Hornet and The Watch.
"It's just so original, and so out there," said Sony's distribution chief Rory Bruer. "This film will be playing for weeks to come."
Several other studios also had reason to celebrate.
Summit's magician heist pic Now You See Me placed No. 3 in its third weekend with $10.3 million for a domestic total of $80 million.
Universal's Fast & Furious 6 hit $636.9 million in global grosses to become the No. 1 title in the action franchise, besting the $628 million earned by Fast Five. Domestically, the action tentpole placed No. 4 in its fourth weekend with an estimated $9.4 million, pushing its North American total to $219.6 million.
Paramount and Skydance Productions' Star Trek Into Darkness continued to enjoy strong legs, jumping the $200 million mark at the international box office to put its worldwide at $412.2 million. The pic earned $17 million over the weekend at the foreign box office from 57 markets for a total $201.7 million -- 60 percent ahead of the 2009 Star Trek and a result of Paramount's massive international marketing campaign.
Universal took the No. 5 slot domestically with the Jason Blum-produced thriller The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The pic grossed $8.2 million in its second outing for a cume of $51.4 million -- 17 times the film's $3 million production budget.
The news wasn't so good for Hawke's second film in the marketplace, Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, which expanded nationwide, grossing a tepid $1.5 million from 897 theaters to place No. 13.
Nor did the scenery didn't get much better for Shawn Levy's Google comedy The Internship, which tumbled 60 percent in its second weekend to $7 million for a domestic total of $31 million. The 20th Century Fox film, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, placed No. 6.
Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring rung up strong business at the specialty box office as it debuted to sold out crowds in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The movie, from A24 Films, took in $210,000 for a location average of $42,000. It marks the director's best opening since Lost in Translation, as well as the top location average of the weekend.
Documentary 20 Feet From Stardom got off to a strong start, grossing $52,000 from three theaters for a location average of $17,404. Radius is distributing the film.

WORLD WAR Z
Paramount Pictures has released this new clip from World War Z, opening in theaters on June 21 and starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.
Directed by Marc Forster, the thriller revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

THE AVENGERS 2
Details for The Avengers 2 are few and far between, but this latest piece of information will likely upset many fans. Writer-director Joss Whedon has confirmed with the Empire Movie Podcast that Tom Hiddleston will not reprise his role as Loki in the upcoming sequel.
When initially asked about his progress on the movie, Whedon gave a similar answer to what we've heard for some time: "I've turned in a first draft, but the story is very set. Everybody's very much on board with the exact movie I'm trying to make which is what worked the first time."
But when asked about a specific moment from the first film featuring Loki, Whedon became the bearer of bad news: "Immitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, and Loki is not there to say those terrible things."
How this plays into the events of the upcoming Thor: The Dark World remains to be seen, but if you recall from the trailer, Thor does promise to kill Loki when he betrays him. Any theories on why Loki will be absent from the upcoming sequel?
Whedon also spoke about production on the upcoming "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.EL.D."
"We're building the next episodes, we start shooting again in July."
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is set to air this fall on ABC and Marvel's The Avengers 2 is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

SIDEKICK!
Surprise! A video trailer for issue one of Sidekick, the second title coming this summer from Joe's Comics, a division of Studio JMS!
The first promo image/ad/poster for SIDEKICK, the next title due out from Joe's Comics! The book is due out in early August but we're publishing a special convention variant just for San Diego Comic Con a couple of weeks earlier.

CHUCKY The sixth installment of the Child's Play franchise, Curse of Chucky is on the way, targeting an unspecified direct-home-video release (likely this fall)!
The franchise comes full circle as Toyland's most gruesome serial killer returns in a horrifying all-new movie from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Curse of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, "True Blood," "Deadwood"), A Martinez ("Longmire," "General Hospital"), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, "CSI: Miami") and Brennan Elliott (Flight 93, Double Jeopardy). Brad Dourif ("The Lord of the Rings," Dune) once again returns to provide the voice of Chucky, the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray, who returns to settle some unfinished business.
The film is directed by Don Mancini, the Child's Play franchise creator who has written or co-written each of the previous movies and was the director of Seed of Chucky. Also an integral part of the "Child's Play" franchise from inception, David Kirschner (An American Tail, Hocus Pocus, Bride of Chucky) produces from a screenplay by Mancini. The film's top-flight production team includes special-effects wizard Tony Gardner (Zombieland, Seed of Chucky), production designer Craig Sandells (Mother's Day) and costume designer Patricia J. Henderson (ATM).
In the film,Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother's affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica's plans for the future, Barb's young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn't know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He's determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he's going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES
There's only three issues left before the end of "League of Super-Heroes" in the DC Comics universe. Issue #21 hits newsstands Wednesday, June 19, but here is your first look. Want to see more? Go to http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2013/06/dcs-legion-of-super-heroes-21-cover-and-6-pages-revealed.html to see the first six pages.
In the comic's story, the League of Super-Heroes team is at a very low point, nearly defeated by the evil Fatal Five. The Fatal Five entered the series in issue 18, led by the Emerald Empress.
Members of the Legion are on the losing end of a battle against the Fatal Five's Persuader. The issue is written by Paul Levitz, with art by Jeff Johnson. The cover is drawn by Francis Portela.

EARLY BOX OFFICE RETURNS
It should come as no surprise that "Man of Steel" is number one at the weekend box office, by far. The newest Superman adventure, which is a reboot of the franchise, pulled in $44 million Friday, and is working toward a $120 million weekend. Adding in an extra $12 million from Thursday showings, and "Man of Steel" seems to be doing alright.
It's Friday total more than doubled that of 2006's "Superman Returns," giving it the 20th highest opening day of all time.
"This Is the End" ranks at a distant number 2 with a $7 million Friday, working toward $21 million for the 3-day weekend. Factoring in grosses from Wednesday and Thursday will bring the R-rated comedy to a total of $32.3 million.
"After Earth" continues to fall down the Top 10, landing at number nine in its third week, bringing in $1 million Friday. The entire Top 10 can be found below with Friday estimates.
1. Man of Steel $44 million
2. This is the End $7 million
3. Now You See Me $3.1 million
4. The Purge $2.8 million
5. Fast & Furious 6 $2.5 million
6. The Internship $2.2 million
7. Epic $1.6 million
8. Star Trek Into Darkness $1.3 million
9. After Earth $1 million
10. Iron Man 3 $650,000

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
We can finally put the rumors to rest. Guardians of the Galaxy has cast its Rhomann Dey. As suspected, Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly landed the part. He'll play the leader of the Nova Corps in the superhero film. Rhomann has a tragic history ultimately caused by the warlord Zorr. Zorr massacred many of the citizens of Rhomann's home planet Xandar, including his family.
Rhomann was driven by vengeance and made it his mission to chase Zorr to the ends of space. Some of Rhomann's powers include superhuman strength, flight, endurance and resistance. Reilly's a talented actor, and we're interested to see if he can pull this off.
Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Chris Pratt, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace and Michael Rooker. The film is directed by James Gunn and opens in theaters Aug. 1, 2014.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013

PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD
Primeval: New World will build on the bones of the original series, while heading into brand-new territory, said Canadian actor Niall Matter, who plays Evan Cross on Syfy's Primeval spinoff. And Matter, who also starred in Syfy's Eureka, promises that there will be some crossover between the Primevals beyond the arrival of Andrew-Lee Potts' Connor in last week's premiere.
“People can watch New World and then understand the world of the original Primeval,” said Matter during an exclusive interview with Blastr. “It might cause some people to go back and watch the original after watching New World. And that is definitely a possibility, because when you're dealing with time paradoxes and everything else that comes with these anomalies, who knows what series actually occurs first? You know what I mean?”
Primeval: New World takes place in Vancouver and follows Evan and the team he builds, who begin to investigate temporal anomalies that set prehistoric and future creatures loose on our world. This team, however, is unaware of the adventures that happened during the original British series, Primeval.
“We have crossover, obviously, so it's operating in the same realm of reality as the original Primeval, which is really cool. But you also get introduced to a completely new team. Obviously, when you're working with dinosaurs or creature-of-the-week type episodes, you're going to have similarities between some of the episodes. But I do really think that we did our best to make it our own show. You don't necessarily need to be a fan of the original to be a fan of New World, because we lay all the track work,” said Matter.
While there will be plenty of dinosaurs and future-saurs popping up, the series will also explore what happens when people try to control the anomalies and the creatures within.
“There's a lot of dark layers in our show. A lot of dark layers. There's motives that become questioned halfway through the season. I mean, I can't really give anything away, because those are huge plot points, but yeah, we definitely have similar elements to the original Primeval. We definitely play that role as well,” he said.
As for his character, Evan Cross, he's a world apart from Matter's computer genius misfit, Zane Donovan, from Eureka, who battled computers more than anything that might eat him. Evan Cross is “a visionary-type leader.” He heads up a team of anomaly and dinosaur trackers, “so he's very similar [to Primeval's] character, Cutter. So he's the New World's Cutter. Early on, in the very first episode, you'll learn that Evan actually lost his wife to his first discovery of an anomaly, and the dinosaur that came out of it ends up brutally killing [her]. That's what sets Evan on his path to discover more about these anomalies and to prevent other people from losing their loved ones. But Evan becomes a little bit of a recluse, and he hides out in a secret facility within his factory, which they nicknamed the Tank, basically inventing technology and weaponry to prevent anybody else from getting hurt,” he said.
While there's a lot of CGI used to bring the dinosaurs and future creatures to life, Matter feels the cast brought a distinctive emotional effect onto the screen with each dinosaur and future creature.
“Each creature affected us differently, which was quite interesting. And we always played the fear of the situation,” said Matter. “[Executive producer] Martin Wood was the guy behind that. He would always come to set and be like, 'Guys, guys! You gotta be running! You gotta be moving! There's more fear! Keep it moving! There's fear here!'”
Scary dinosaurs and creatures included, while there's much to look forward to with a full 13-episode season of Primeval: New World, the series has unfortunately been canceled in Canada. That means there will only be the one season. Unless ...
“It's doing great internationally, so who knows?” said Matter. “All we need is another network to step in, play archaeologists, dust off some prehistoric bones, and bring life back into our show, so to speak.”
Primeval: New World airs on Saturday nights on Syfy at 10 p.m. ET.

TRUE BLOOD
True Blood’s season-six premiere is only two days away—and we’re pretty stoked about that—but in order to while away the time, we’ve got some new bloody cool sneak peeks to share.
(These are actually three clips all rolled into to one, courtesy of ETOnline.)
The first part has Erik (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer Van Starten) arguing, and things don’t look so hot between them.
The second one has Lillith Billith Bill issuing a warning to Sookie (Anna Paquin), Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Erik. Is our beloved Bill really gone? Just who is he now?
The third and final part of the clip has Sookie meeting her new beau, played by Rob Kazinsky. In good ol' True Blood fashion, this one's in trouble, and our favorite faery-telepathic waitress can't resist the need to lend a helping hand.

MAN OF STEEL BOX OFFICE THURSDAY
Zack Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel" took in $12 million from special Walmart screenings, and $9 million in midnight runs on Thursday night.
That tops the $15.6 million scored earlier this summer by "Iron Man 3" which also began rolling out on a Thursday night. However, it's behind the $30.6 million that "The Dark Knight Rises" grossed in midnight previews last year.
The studio is currently projecting an $80 million opening weekend, whereas box-office analysts are more bullish with $85-100 million estimates.
This follows on from the film already opening yesterday in the Philippines and Taiwan where it scored the largest opening day ever, and the largest Warners opening ever respectively.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

ELYSIUM
"Elysium" already has sci-fi fans buzzing simply because it's the second film from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp, but this new extended trailer should kick the excitement up even higher.
The epic-looking futuristic drama stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Diego Luna and "District 9's" breakout actor Sharlto Copley in the story of a society divided into haves (who live on a Utopian space station) and have-nots (who remain down on Earth).
While "District 9" impressed audiences on a relatively limited $30 million budget, it'll be interesting to see what Blomkamp does with a budget reportedly three times that size. From the looks of this trailer, he may have outdone expectations.
He also has a high standard of quality to live up to. "District 9" is one of the rare sci-fi films to earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

NEW MARVEL PROJECTS
In the process of firming up its 2014 release schedule, Disney has revealed plans for two untitled and top secret Marvel projects.
At this point, Marvel's parent company Disney is really just claiming the release dates -- May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017, the traditional first weekend of summer movie season -- to let rivals know they've got something coming. Could it be more "Iron Man"? A "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel? An Incredible Hulk solo movie? A brand new property?
We don't know. But Disney wants the dates.
It's also unclear if staking claim to just one release date per year means Marvel plans to slow its pace a bit and drop back to a single release annually. Marvel Studios is currently on a two-movie-per-year schedule with "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World" this year, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" next year and "The Avengers" sequel and "Ant-Man" set for 2015.
The vague announcement was accompanied by release date news for several other Disney projects:
- "Saving Mr. Banks" starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson will open in limited release on Dec. 13 of this year, followed by its previously scheduled wide release on Dec. 20. The potential Oscar contender is based on the true story of how "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen.
- The sequel to 2011's "The Muppets" is now titled "Muppets Most Wanted" and retains its March 21, 2014 release date.
- "Planes" sequel "Planes: Fire & Rescue" will open July 18, 2014 in 3D. (The first "Planes," a sorta spinoff of "Cars," opens in August.)
- "The Hundred-Foot Journey" produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, based on the book by Richard C. Morais, opens August 8, 2014.
- Children's book adaptation "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner opens Oct. 10, 2014.
- Live action adventure "Tomorrowland" starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie and directed by Brad Bird ("Ratatouille," "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol") opens Dec. 12, 2014.
- Broadway musical adaptation "Into the Woods" -- likely starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep (though they're not 100% official yet) -- opens Dec. 25, 2014.

TOMB RAIDER
Marti Noxon is not a name necessarily known outside of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandom, but having written many of the show's best episodes, Joss Whedon trusted her enough to hand her the keys for the last two seasons the show. Noxon also penned the surprisingly high-quality remake of Fright Night.
Meanwhile, Tomb Raider is enjoying a resurgence, thanks to its last game, which traded out the dripping-from-the-ceilings sex appeal for survival horror. Unfortunately, the previous two Tomb Raider movies were ... not great. They consisted mostly of Angelina Jolie smirking while wearing tight outfits. There are no real emotions (other than daddy issues), the plots are D-grade Indiana Jones, and there are giant robots, for some reason.
Thankfully, since the games are taking themselves more seriously, the new movie will be, too. And, yes, they hired Marti Noxon to write it. Thank goodness.
Noxon has a real gift for writing strong but vulnerable characters (both male and female), which is, frankly, what Lara Croft needs to be. So color us cautiously optimistic that we'll finally get a Tomb Raider movie worth seeing.

DERMAPHORIA
The Vampire Diaries star Joseph Morgan, along with Walton Goggins, Ron Perlman and newcomer Nicole Badaan will topline Dermaphoria, an adaptation of Craig Clevenger's cult novel.
Ross Clarke wrote the script and is directing. He is also producing with his Keep the Car Running partner Teryn Fogel and Upload Films' Nick Thurlow.
Described as Memento meets Breaking Bad, the story centers on a brilliant chemist (Morgan) who wakes up in jail after a drug-lab explosion and is suffering from amnesia. Trapped between cops who want to arrest him and heavies who will stop at nothing to get the formula buried deep inside his head, the man needs to piece together memories fragmented by a powerful new drug and find his missing girlfriend.
The movie is heading toward a June 23 start in New Orleans.
Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm will executive produce with Jonah Loop.
Morgan is coming off several seasons of Vampire Diaries and will now star in its spinoff, The Originals. The actor -- who is repped by WME, Richard Konigsberg and Curtis Brown Group -- has the thriller Open Grave with Sharlto Copley in the can.
Goggins stars in FX’s Justified and recently appeared in Django Unchained and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He is repped by ICM and Darris Hatch Management.
Perlman, who stars in FX’s Sons of Anarchy and will appear in Pacific Rim, is repped by Kritzer Levine and Bloom Hergott.
Dermaphoria is the feature debut for Badaan, who is repped by Aperture Entertainment.

PACIFIC RIM
A new featurette is now online for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. This one explores the development of the massive robotic Jaegars featured in the film.
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on July 12, the film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013

VERONICA MARS
Creator and executive producer Rob Thomas announced on Wednesday (June 12) that Tina Majorino was on board to reprise her character Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie for the upcoming Veronica Marsfilm.
As he's done with previous announcements surrounding the returns of cast members Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell and Francis Capra, Thomas revealed Majorino's return through an e-mail to the Kickstarter contributors who've made the film a possibility.
"I wrote Mac for Tina, and Tina only," Thomas writes. "Veronica needed a female friend, and a Q to her Bond. Tina felt like just the sort of girl that Veronica would like and respect. I couldn't be more pleased that she'll be with us for the movie."
The Neptune High class reunion is shaping up to be a a complete cast homecoming.

WOLVERINE
An awesome new The Wolverine international trailer has surfaced, and it's got tons of brand-new scenes as well as some bits (aka plot elements) that could be considered a tad spoilery.
So -- SPOILERS!
The James Mangold-directed flick sees Logan, played by an incredibly buff Hugh Jackman, going to modern-day Japan, where he faces his greatest nemesis in a battle to the death.
This time there’s no Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) in sight, but there’s a lot of Rila Fukishima, who plays red-haired Yukio; Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida (Wolvie’s new lady love); and Svetlana Khodchenkova as the villainous Viper. Plus there are some pretty cool fight scenes featuring samurais, ninjas on motorcycles and the Silver Samurai.
Check out the film’s synopsis below:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
All in all, this new trailer looks good, and we're really excited to see James Mangold’s take on everyone's favorite X-Man with The Wolverine.
The Wolverine will claw its way into theaters on July 26 in North America, and on July 25 in the U.K.

SNOWPIERCER
Revolution is coming, and we finally have our first look at one of the most intriguing sci-fi flicks of the year. Get ready to board the last train on earth: Snowpiercer.
Directed by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the future-set flick stars Chris Evans (Captain America), John Hurt (Hellboy) and Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia) among the last survivors on earth following a planet-wide Ice Age.
The last survivors inhabit a massive train that runs on a perpetual-motion engine all the way across the globe. But over the years, a steep class divide develops between the inhabitants of the front and the back — and a full-scale class war is about to begin.
The film opens in South Korea on Aug. 1. No U.S. release date has been announced yet, but considering the star-studded cast list, it’s likely just a matter of time.

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF STARS: A JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF SCIENCE FICTION BBC America, home to Orphan Black, Doctor Who and more, will continue on its sci-fi bender with a docuseries exploring the genre.
The cable network and BBC Two on Wednesday announced My God, It's Full of Stars: A Journey to the Edge of Science Fiction (working title), a four-part entry that explores popular themes in the genre. Each hour of the co-production will feature specific themes: time travel, the exploration of space, aliens as well as robots and artificial intelligence,
To tell the story, BBC will look to the men and women who created some of the most beloved properties in sci-fi including filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists who will report on their experiences exploring the future, the past, parallel universes and more. "This is the story of science fiction told by the men and women who fell to Earth," BBC America noted in a press release announcing the news. "From H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds to The Terminator, from Doctor Who to Star Wars this series will guide viewers through a rich, thought-provoking and endlessly exciting genre."
Michael Poole will exec produce for the BBC, with Richard De Croce and Rachel Smith overseeing for BBC America.
The series comes as BBC America has found success with its Supernatural Saturday programming block that includes Doctor Who, Orphan Black -- starring Critics' Choice winner for best actress Tatiana Maslany -- and Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist.

SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK
A rare copy of the first appearance of Superman, in Action Comics No. 1 --only about 100 are known to still exist -- sold for $175,000 on Monday, auctioneers ComicConnect.com announced.
The price is far cry from the world-record $2.1 million paid for Nicolas Cage's pristine copy in 2011.
But consider the condition of this comic: It was used for decades as insulation in a rural Minnesota house and then, when it was discovered by contractor David Gonzales, who had bought the house to renovate and sell, the cover was torn in in argument with his wife's aunt about the comic.
Cage's comic had a grade of 9.0 on the 10-point ratings scale used by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC).
This comic? Just a 1.5 grade.
Still, the rarity and allure of the Man of Steel is such that a buyer described as a "hard-core, golden-age comic book collector," to the AP by ComicConnect CEO Stephen Fishler, paid over six figures for it.
ComicConnect received 51 bids in total.

THE LONE RANGER
A new TV spot for Walt Disney Pictures' The Lone Ranger is now online!
Directed by Gore Verbinski, the action adventure stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
The July 3 release is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

PACIFIC RIM
A fifth TV spot is now online for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim!
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on July 12, the film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

CORWIN'S DRIVE-IN
HOLLYWOOD, June 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rebel filmmaker Roger Corman and producer Julie Corman had a tough time handpicking 30 titles from their vault of 400 films to launch their new "Corman's Drive-In" channel on YouTube. The indie icon popularized genres like dystopian biker flicks, cross-species mutants, space operas and women-in-cages. The final selection appeals to the largest possible segment of YouTube's estimated one billion plus unique users.
"I cast Jack [Nicholson] in his first few pictures," explained Roger Corman, who discovered Nicholson in an acting class. "They're some of his best performances. We'll release those along with other cult classics and some modern titles. We'll screen the best pictures from all six decades."
Julie Corman added: "This is a brave new world. Roger has always been on the cutting-edge and now he's paving the way for independent filmmakers by testing a new distribution platform. Streaming our films opens them up to future generations of fans."
In addition to the 30 movies available on "Corman's Drive-In," there are also sneak peeks of upcoming features, like Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda; and exclusive anecdotes from Roger and Julie themselves, presented as "Corman's Take," which reveal behind-the-scenes insights and trivia. Subscribers will also be able to view an interview with the special effects team from Dinocroc and special edition extended trailers for many of the films.
Offered as a subscription programming service for $3.99 per month, "Corman's Drive-In" will refresh its rotating selection of 30 movie titles regularly, along with "Corman's Take" and other exclusive content every month.
"Corman's Drive-In" will also offer consumers a 14-day free trial subscription.
"Corman's Drive-In" kicks off with Jack Nicholson's debut double-feature. First up is The Crybaby Killer, in which Jack makes his film debut as a juvenile delinquent, who panics when he thinks he's committed murder. It will be followed by Little Shop of Horrors, a crazy beat-era classic film which Corman famously shot in just 2 days with a young Jack playing a masochistic dental patient. Of course, no Corman premiere would be complete without encore showings of Attack of the Crab Monster, Piranha and Sorority House Massacre.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

THE LONE RANGER
When director Gore Verbinski makes a movie, he's not playing around. A look at his three entries into the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise are perfect examples of how big he likes to go.
Maybe no one told "The Lone Ranger" star Armie Hammer that when he signed on for the movie, but he sure learned it while on the set. In a behind-the-scenes featurette from the movie, Hammer is shown standing atop something called the "spirit platform."
This piece of the movie has been seen in trailer, featuring the Lone Ranger standing atop a rickety wooden structure, next to the edge of a canyon. It turns out there wasn't quite as much CGI involved in that as one would expect, and Hammer actually had to climb the wooden monstrosity, perched next to a 2,000 foot drop.
In the video, he talks about the helicopter swooping down around him, trying to get the perfect angles for the movie and it really seems pretty dangerous. Luckily, Hammer came out of the shoot just fine, even though Johnny Depp almost died.
"The Lone Ranger" is in theaters July 3.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
The first trailer for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit sequel The Desolation of Smaug has arrived, and it definitely looks to ratchet up the Middle-earth action. If you found the first installment a little slow, this one should remedy the problem.
The sequel definitely has a major Lord of the Rings vibe, most notably because it features the return of everyone’s favorite arrow-slinging elf, Legolas (Orlando Bloom). We also get to see a bit of Evangeline Lilly's elf warrior Tauriel, and the epic reveal of Benedict Cumberbatch’s dragon Smaug. No surprise: He looks amazing.
Jackson definitely looks to be following his Lord of the Rings formula this time around. If An Unexpected Journey was the slow, Fellowship-esque opening, Smaug looks to be the ass-kicking, Two Towers-esque followup. We can't wait.
The film is set to open Dec. 13.

SUPERMAN SEQUEL
It seems that Warner Bros.' next big superhero blockbuster will be another Superman flick.
Just days away from the release of the hotly anticipated Man of Steel, Deadline is reporting that the studio is "fast-tracking" a Superman sequel, reuniting Zack Snyder as director and David Goyer as screenwriter. As for producer/mentor Christopher Nolan, it seems his role in the next flick won't be so "full-blown," but as the latest Superman flick is set to open in more than 4,000 theaters this weekend, a sequel looks like a strong prospect regardless of whether he's directly involved.
Deadline's Nikki Finke also reports that this sequel is the second part of a three-picture deal Goyer has with Warner Bros., the third tier of which is a Justice League film. Though that flick seems to have been in development for a while, it now looks like we're more likely to see a second Superman flick before we see Warners' big DC Comics teamup movie, a view furthered by Snyder's recent interview with Hero Complex.
“Do the DC characters exist in the universe I created? The answer is yes,” Snyder said. “In my mind, we have this fantastic character of Superman. It’s not madness that there would be others.
"Now, that being said, does a ‘Justice League’ movie exist now? No. Whether or not I ever get to make that movie, I don’t know,” he continued. “What is real is that there’s a crack — a foot — in the door. That’s promising. The door is definitely open.”
From what's been said so far, it looks like we could be well on our way to a Snyder/Goyer Justice League blockbuster sometime in the next few years. For now, though, everything seems to be focused on the future of Superman.

ASSASSIN'S CREED
Frank Marshall has signed on to produce the upcoming big screen take on Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, according to a story today at The Hollywood Reporter. Set to star Michael Fassbender, the film version is slated to hit the big screen May 22, 2015.
The original game involves a bartender named Desmond Miles, captured by a secret organization with ties to the Knight Templar who repeatedly send Miles back in time into the body of his assassin ancestors to retrieve valuable historical artifacts, the first time going back to the Crusades.
Marshall's wide range of producerial credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, The Sixth Sense and the upcoming (but currently on hold) Jurassic Park IV.

THE TERMINATOR
Paramount Pictures looks like it's going to be the new home of The Terminator as The Wrap reports that Annapurna and Skydance are negotiating with the studio to team on the next entry in the blockbuster franchise.
As reported earlier this year, Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis are teaming up to script the next installment. Lussier directed Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine 3D while Kalogridis penned Shutter Island and did some script work on James Cameron's Avatar.
Arnold Schwarzenegger himself recently confirmed that he intends to be involved in the new film, which marks the franchise's fifth big screen entry.

GAME OF THRONES
"Game of Thrones" closed out its third season on Sunday night with 5.4 million viewers for the episode's first airing.
That figure is up 28% from the season two finale (4.2 million), but just behind the season high of the sixth episode "The Climb" at 5.5 million viewers.
When factoring in repeating airings, DVR, and HBO Go, the show has averaged 13.6 million viewers this season - up from the 11.6 million viewer average for the second season.
Shooting on the fourth season, based on the second half of George R.R. Martin’s third book in the series "A Storm of Swords," is scheduled to begin shortly.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

TRUE BLOOD
The war between vampires and humans is ramping up in a new trailer for HBO’s True Blood, and it looks like this could be the bloodiest season yet.
The fangs come out, along with the rifles and SWAT teams, as we see more of the government’s crackdown on vamps in the series' latest season. The evolution of this storyline looks like it could be just the thing to revitalize the series — and should make for some great drama in a few weeks.
As everyone seems to be saying, "the world is changing," and we're curious to see how everyone adapts to it.
This being True Blood, the latest trailer also features a fair amount of sexiness, with star Anna Paquin stepping to the forefront. Between the new season of True Blood and Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, there should be more than enough Paquin to go around.
The new season debuts Sunday, June 16, at 9 p.m.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
The latest S.H.I.E.L.D. video shows off some advanced tech.
There's been a brief lull in news on Joss Whedon's new Marvel TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but another clip has surfaced, and it shows off at least one fancy aspect of Level 7 we weren't yet aware of.

RIDDICK: I BOW TO NO MAN
A banner for David Twohy's Riddick is now online, showing off Vin Diesel's defiance as a leading man.
Opening in theaters and IMAX on September 6, the film also Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk and Keri Hilson.
In the film, the infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.

THE LITTLE MERMAID
Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel has signed on to adapt the Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale The Little Mermaid, Deadline reports. The Working Title Films production will be directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Hanna, Jane Eyre).
Abi Morgan (Brick Lane, Shame) previously drafted the project, following the story of a young mermaid who gives up her life in the sea for a human prince.
Andersen's story was first published in 1837 and has been adapted numerous times for stage and screen. Wright's version is inspired by a children's puppet theatre production of the classic at London's Little Angel Theatre Company.

MAN OF STEEL SEQUEL
Although Man of Steel doesn't even officially open until later this week, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has already set a sequel on the fast track to the big screen. Zack Snyder will return as director and David Goyer will be back as screenwriter but producer Christopher Nolan has not yet agreed to continue as a producer and may ultimately step aside to focus on alternative projects.
Hitting theaters June 14 release, the new film follows a young boy who learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff star.

MAN OF STEEL INFOGRAPHIC
In celebration of Superman’s 75th Anniversary and just in time for the next Silver Screen blockbuster, Man of Steel, Alex Hillsberg and his team at FinanceOnLine.com have created an infographic that pays homage to the original Big Blue Boy Scout. You can find the exclusive preview here: http://financesonline.com/the-man-of-steel-financial-success-of-superman/.

The infographic contains a lot of entertaining facts about Superman that many of his fans are probably not aware of:
- Did you know that there used to be two Superman characters in the comic books (one blue and one red)?
- Were you aware that Superman creators Siegel and Shuster sold their creation to Future DC comics for only $130?
- Or that Superman is the original green machine as his body can transform solar energy into power?

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013

NEW DOCTOR WHO
With a new Doctor announcement imminent, these are, allegedly, the remaining contenders.
Word from on high says that the BBC is due to announce the 12th Doctor within the nexr 48 hours. And as the question of just which actor will take on the part reaches fever pitch, we've heard of three particular fellas who are the most likely.
The candidates are:
Name: Domhnall Gleeson
What you know him from: Ron's big brother, Bill Weasley from the Harry Potter movies.
What do we think his chances are: Well, the Doctor's always wanted to be ginger, hasn't he? Perhaps Amelia Pond rubbed off on him and his day has finally come.

Name: Daniel Kaluuya
What you know him from: You might recognize Daniel from the Doctor Who episode, Planet of the Dead, where he played one of the trapped bus passengers. Or, you might know him from his brilliantly fun turn on the underrated supernatural series, The Fades, where he played a very Xander-Harris-esque character named Mac.
What do we think his chances are: Pretty good. There's been a huge push to get a black actor in the TARDIS after 50 years of white dudes. Plus. the show's pulled from its past episodes before (Freema Agyeman, Karen Gillen, Colin Baker).

Name: Dominic Cooper
What you know him from: He played Tony Stark's dad, Howard Stark, in Captain America.
What we think his chances are: Despite his big-screen credit, we'd call Cooper the least known of the bunch. So he's a bit of an underdog in that regard. Then again, most people think an unknown actor is the best option for a Doctor, so you never know...

AUTHOR IAIN M. BANKS
Iain M. Banks, the celebrated creator of The Culture series who built a devoted following across genres, died Sunday at the age of 59.
Banks' death was confirmed Sunday morning by fellow sci-fi author and friend Charles Stross, and by an announcement on the Friends of Iain Banks website, in which Banks' wife Adele said:
“Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain.”
Banks' passing comes a little more than two months after his announcement that he had been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer and likely had less than a year to live. In response to this, he withdrew from any scheduled public appearances, married his longtime partner Adele Hartley, and asked his publishers to move up the release date of his final novel, The Quarry. Sadly, he did not live to see its publication. The Quarry will be released June 25 in the U.S. and June 20 in the U.K.
Though we know him primarily here for his great contributions to the science fiction genre, Banks' career was also largely defined by his literary fiction. His career began with a literary novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984, which he published under "Iain Banks" (the moniker he would continue to use for all such fiction). Two more mainstream/literary novels followed (Walking on Glass in 1985 and The Bridge in 1986) before Banks published his first science fiction novel. Consider Phlebas, published in 1987, was not only his entry into a genre where he would become a beloved figure, but also the first book in his award-winning (and in some ways career-defining) Culture cycle, a series of novels and short stories set in a utopian, semi-anarchist society largely controlled by extremely advanced AIs known as "Minds." Banks went on to publish eight more Culture books, most recently The Hydrogen Sonata in 2012. Among his numerous other works are the Hugo-nominated 2004 sci-fi novel The Algebraist, the 1992 literary novel The Crow Road (adapated for television by the BBC in 1996) and the 1993 novel Complicity (adapted into a film of the same name, known as Retribution in the U.S., in 2000).
Banks was a frequently honored author in the sci-fi and fantasy community. Throughout his career he was nominated for five British Science Fiction Association Awards, winning twice for Feersum Endjinn (1994) and Excession (1996). His novels were also nominated six times for the Locus Poll Award (Matter earned second place honors in 2009). His work also earned nominations from the Hugo Awards, Prometheus Awards and British Fantasy Awards, and his novel Transition was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2010.
Just a few weeks ago, on May 20, Banks wrote his final entry on the blog at the Friends of Iain Banks page. Though it was written only as an update, not a deliberate goodbye, he ended it with these words, thanking not only his fans and friends, but the writers who inspired him.
I want to say thank you to all of you for your messages, your memories, your wit, your sympathy and your kind, supportive thoughts. It means a lot, almost more than I can say, and – whatever type or size of screen I read the comments on – I come away from the computer, laptop, iPad or phone with a happy smile on my face.
Oh, and that bit in the last update, about telling the writers and artists you most admire now, before they’re dead? Done it; or at least started the process. I sent what was basically a fan letter to Alasdair Gray a couple of weeks ago, telling him how much his work has meant to me, then last night I got to tell Mike (as in M John) Harrison something very similar. Doing that made me feel good too.
All the best
Iain

MAN OF STEEL
After a few clips showing off some nice character moments, we finally have some true Man of Steel action. Behold: Superman vs. Zod!
This piece of footage is, by far, the most revealing bit we’ve seen to date. It shows off the strength and scope of the action director Zack Snyder has created, as Superman (Henry Cavill) drags Zod (Michael Shannon) all over Smallville in an insane bit of action.
The clip debuted on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and kicks in at about the 3:15 mark in the interview above.
It’s a pure FX extravaganza, and it seems Snyder is aiming to change the way we think about Superman’s power. We’ve seen a lot of versions over the years, but Supes has never looked so strong and so fast.
Man of Steel opens June 14.

MAN OF STEEL INFOGRAPHIC
In celebration of Superman’s 75th Anniversary and just in time for the next Silver Screen blockbuster, Man of Steel, Alex Hillsberg and his team at FinanceOnLine.com have created an infographic that pays homage to the original Big Blue Boy Scout. You can find the exclusive preview here: http://financesonline.com/the-man-of-steel-financial-success-of-superman/.

The infographic contains a lot of entertaining facts about Superman that many of his fans are probably not aware of:
- Did you know that there used to be two Superman characters in the comic books (one blue and one red)?
- Were you aware that Superman creators Siegel and Shuster sold their creation to Future DC comics for only $130?
- Or that Superman is the original green machine as his body can transform solar energy into power?

PHINEAS AND FERB
We knew Disney’s purchase of Marvel would result in some, shall we say, “intriguing” synergy — and now we have a look at Earth’s Mightiest Heroes showing up on one of the Mouse House’s most popular series.
The long-running animated hit Phineas and Ferb will get a visit from Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Spider-Man as part of the summer special Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel. For a kids’ show, Phineas and Ferb isn’t half bad, and the effort should at least be comparable to all the other animated Marvel series they keep rolling out on Disney XD.
Digging deeper, this likely shows another piece of Disney’s master plan to lure the younger generation into the superheroic fold. By crossing over into a broad kiddie comedy like Phineas and Ferb, it’ll open up a whole new demographic to The Avengers. Sneaky, sneaky.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN
Columbia Pictures has released a four-minute extended trailer for Roland Emmerich's White House Down, starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins and James Woods.
In the film, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.
White House Down hits theaters on June 28.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013

TWILIGHT ZONE
Before his death in 1975, Rod Serling had written a script called The Stop Along the Way. The story is a virtual unknown. In fact, the only mention of it comes from Serling's final interview. When asked if he had a script he had a special feeling for, Serling mentioned this story saying, "And then one that I just wrote called The Stop Along the Way, which is, I think, a lovely script."
That's it. But considering how many strong stories Serling wrote during his career, it's not hard to be intrigued all the same.
And now the script is going to be developed into a limited series by none other than Bad Robot. Considering the kind of TV content they've produced (Alias, Lost, Fringe, Revolution) it's not surprising to see them pick Serling's work up. They love mysteries and Rod Serling was, in a way, Mr. Mystery.
While Serling's most famous work, The Twilight Zone, is being brought back by X-Men director, Bryan Singer, we can't help but be a little more interested in The Stop Along the Way.

CONTINUIUM CONTINUED - RENEWED FOR THIRD SEASON
The second season hasn’t even debuted in the U.S. yet, but Canadian network Showcase has already picked up Continuum for a third year.
The time-traveling shenanigans of future-cop Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) will continue for another season, which is great news for U.S. fans prepping for Syfy’s season two premiere on June 7. The second season is airing now in Canada, and the first season of the import aired a few months ago on Syfy in the U.S.
Based around the story of a cop who travels back in time to stop a group of terrorists, the series has managed to build a pretty great mythology around the concept. It has grown into a bona fide hit in Canada, and is gaining steam in the ‘States as well.
Star Rachel Nichols teased Digital Spy with this tidbit about upcoming episodes:
"Kiera goes through a very interesting moral crisis... because in 2077 she knows who she is and she knows what she's fighting, she knows what's bad and good. She comes back to 2012 and her world is completely turned upside down and everything she believes she stood for is in question."
No announcements have been made about when/if the third season might debut in the U.S. at this point. But considering the U.S. air dates have almost caught up with the Canadian schedule, it could be a slightly longer wait between seasons from now on.

INSIDIOUS
One of the scariest ghost stories in recent memory is finally getting its sequel.
Insidious, especially in its first two acts, was damned good storytelling. There are scares aplenty, a nice twist on the classic haunted house story and, the greatest shock of all, characters we actually kind of liked!
The only trouble with a sequel is, we weren't sure how they'd do it. If you've seen the end of the first, you know it wouldn't be easy. But with this first trailer for Insidious Chapter 2, it actually makes sense.
We're excited for the sequel, but a little nervous to see that there will be more of that limbo space from the original. Hopefully they'll find a way to keep those bits scary this time. Really, though, we're just glad we're continuing the story of the same family rather than starting from scratch.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013

MTV's decision to extend "Teen Wolf" Season 3 to a longer 24-episode season seems to have been justified. The horror-comedy-romance scored its highest ratings ever for the Season 3 premiere on Monday (June 3).
The first episode of Season 3 was up by 15 percent over the Season 2 premiere a year earlier, earning a 2.3 rating in the 12-34 demo (MTV's target audience). Among teens, the numbers were even better, with MTV scoring a 4.1 rating among younger audiences. Overall, 2.4 million tuned in to watch "Tattoo," up from 2.1 million a year earlier.
"Teen Wolf" can be even prouder of its ratings increase when the episode's lead-in is taken into account. Seasons 1 and 2 of the series premiered right after the MTV Movie Awards and enjoyed increased ratings as a result. For Season 3, on the other hand, only a repeat of the show's Season 2 finale aired before the premiere.
What can account for the numbers rising on "Teen Wolf"? This is one of those rare shows that has truly benefited from audience word-of-mouth. Pretty much unanimously loved by those critics who pay attention to MTV programming, "Teen Wolf" has also gained notice from excellent reviews, presentations at the San Diego Comic-Con and increased exposure for stars like Dylan O'Brien.

MAN OF STEEL
Warner Bros. recently premiered the first clip from this month's Man of Steel. It debuted on Ellen and features Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. Historicallly, Lane has been portrayed as a plucky reporter who's always out for a good story, while White is her stern editor-in-chief. The clip reveals that the dynamic between the two still fits that mold.
Lois is getting reprimanded by White for disobeying orders. Yeah, that sounds like the Lois we know.
Official synopsis:
Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.”

TEN BEST SCI-FI TV SERIES EVER WRITTEN
The Writers Guild of America has come up with a list of the 101 best TV series ever. But which sci-fi series made the list?
All right! It's the 101 best, most trailblazing, most influential, most stayed-up-all-night-obsessing-about TV shows of all time, as voted by members of the WGA.
How did science fiction and fantasy TV fare? And the answer is ... not all that well, sadly. You'd think, given the volume of genre television, that there'd be tons of sci-fi on this list. You would be wrong.
But here's what the WGA deigned worthy, from bottom to top:
90. The Prisoner
79. Star Trek: The Next Generation
49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
40. Game of Thrones
38. Battlestar Galactica (2005)
35. Twin Peaks
33. Star Trek
27. Lost
26. The X-Files
3. The Twilight Zone
While we're happy with many of the shows that did make the list, there are an awful lot that didn't and, frankly, should have. Where was Farscape? Babylon 5? Firefly? Futurama? Doctor Who?!

WORLD WAR Z
Paramount Pictures has released another TV spot for the upcoming World War Z.
Hitting theaters on June 21, the Marc Forster-directed action thriller stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.


FABLES
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that fan favorite Vertigo series Fables is on its way to the big screen. A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel is now attached to helm the project based on the Bill Willingham series. Screenwriter Jeremy Slater (writer behind the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot) has been brought on to write the film. David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films will produce.
Two other attempts have been made to adapt Fables into another medium, but both were halted in development before production could begin.
Fables imagines that all the characters from the world’s most beloved storybooks are real - real, and living among us, with all of their powers intact. From Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf, to Goldilocks and Little Boy Blue, these beloved characters are alive and well - but they’ve been exiled from the land of fairy tales. Escaping the mysterious Adversary, they have relocated to a magically camouflaged New York City neighborhood known as Fabletown. To survive in the mundane world, the Fables will have to fight for their happily ever after.
A Fables video game will also debut this summer from Telltale games titled The Wolf Among Us.

SALEM
With Matt Cherniss newly installed as president, WGN America has ordered its first original scripted series.
The first project is a drama titled Salem, from Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: TNG, Terra Nova) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), which will go straight to series with 13 episodes. The hourlong entry hails from Fox 21, the cable studio responsible for such cable dramas as Homeland and Sons of Anarchy, and was initially developed at FX. Production is set to begin in the fall, with a plan to premiere on WGN in 2014. The news comes as Cherniss looks to bolster both his executive team as well as his programming slate at the Tribune-owned network.
Salem is set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, and explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials. The series will look to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this ignominious period in American history. The witches featured are real, but they are not who or what they seem. What’s more, the drama, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem -- and an even bolder new vision of witches.
“Brannon and Adam have an amazing vision for the world and characters that comprise Salem, Massachusetts, during the witch trials, and we believe that a great adventure full of supernatural romance and action awaits the viewer," said Cherniss, who joined the company after a stint on the feature side at Warner Bros. Before that, he spent several years in top programming posts at both Fox and cable sibling FX. The new position reunites him with his former boss, Tribune CEO Peter Liguori.
“As we expand our cable television business through Fox 21, we are always on the lookout for new opportunities, and we couldn't be prouder to be the first studio to produce an original scripted series for WGA America,” noted Twentieth Century Fox Television chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. Fox 21 president Bert Salke added: “Salem is a passion project of ours at Fox 21, and Matt and Peter’s enthusiasm for it was instantaneous and incredibly gratifying. We are excited to be delivering WGN America its inaugural scripted series and look forward to continuing to develop with the network in the years ahead.”
Salem, which was formerly titled Malice, was created and written by WME-repped Braga and Simon, who will serve as executive producers alongside Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013

DOCTOR WHO REPLACEMENTS
With Matt Smith officially on his way out after three seasons as "Doctor Who," speculation is running rampant as to who will land the coveted role of the Twelfth Doctor.
Theories range from the wacky (former companion Billie Piper!?) to the preposterous (Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a little busy making a ton of movies, not to mention "Sherlock"), but the frontrunners have narrowed down to a credible bunch.
Topping the list is "Law & Order UK" star Ben Daniels (pictured above, left), who at 48 years old would be a notable departure from recent younger Doctors including the youngest ever, Smith. Best known for his work in British TV (including "Cutting It," "The State Within" and "Merlin") and theater, Daniels also recently co-starred as Adam Galloway on Netflix's "House of Cards."
Daniels currently leads the odds by a large margin on UK betting site SkyBet.com and his name has quickly circulated through the British press as a likely successor. But given the scramble to find out any information at all in the wake of Smith's announcement, any rumors should be taken with a grain of salt.
Other frequently mentioned candidates include Rory Kinnear (who played M's chief of staff in "Skyfall" and pictured in the center above) and David Harewood (recently CIA director David Estes on "Homeland" and pictured above, right).
Harewood previously appeared in the two-part "who" episode "The End of Time," which marked the transition from the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) to the Eleventh (Smith). While it would be highly unusual for an actor who previously appeared on "Who" to suddenly become the Doctor, it's not unprecedented. Colin Baker played the Sixth Doctor from 1984-86 after previously playing the character Commander Maxil in 1983's "Who" story "Arc of Infinity."
Two former "Being Human" stars have also been mentioned as contenders: Russell Tovey, who is also a former "Who" guest star, and Damien Molony, who at the age of 29 would be a more age-appropriate love interest for the Doctor's current companion Clara. That's assuming the show continues to keep playing up their romantic sparks and Jenna-Louise Coleman continues with the show after Smith leaves.
More recognizable names like Chiwetel Ejiofor ("American Gangster"), Ben Wishaw (Q in "Skyfall") and Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter") seem like serious long-shots, given the franchise's preference for casting lesser known actors in the role. Plus, there's the production and promotion commitments the show requires, which surely played a part in Smith's decision to leave in light of his blossoming film career, and may not be particularly appealing to a more established actor.
Then there's always the controversial possibility that the Doctor could regenerate into a... woman. In which case, Olivia Colman -- who played Margaret Thatcher's daughter in "The Iron Lady" and currently stars in the acclaimed series "Broadchurch" opposite Tennant -- has emerged as the "favorite."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
He may have beamed off the villain role of “John Harrison” in Star Trek Into Darkness, but Benicio Del Toro (The Wolfman) has just nabbed a mysterious lead role in director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy! Question is: who is he playing?
Deadline reports that Del Toro has signed on to play "a character that is built to be part of future Marvel films, which means he has signed a deal with options that put him into multiple movies."
Although the character he’ll play is shrouded in mystery, rumors are swirling that he could be playing Thanos—the big bad mysterious villain who appeared during the end credits in last year’s hit The Avengers.
Del Toro’s casting follows the announcement that former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan has also been cast as the main female baddie of the inter-galactic flick, along with Pushing Daisies’ Lee Pace, who will play the main villain.
With a huge cast that also boasts Glenn Close, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, and John C. Reilley, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is shaping up to be THE movie to see in 2014.

OUTLANDER
Time-travel and toaster fans rejoice! Ronald D. Moore’s (Battlestar Galactica) newest series Outlander has finally been greenlighted. Guys, get your kilts on.
Starz has given a series order for the romantic time-traveling drama series, based on a very successful series of seven books by author Diana Gabaldon. An eighth one is due out later this year.
The project, spearheaded by Moore and Sony Pictures TV, will now go ahead and develop a 16-episodes series, with production starting this October in Scotland.
The storyline follows Claire, a married World War II nurse who steps back in time to 1743, where she is thrown into sweeping adventures as well as into the arms of Jamie, a romantic and chivalrous young Scottish warrior, marrying him as well.
What’s a gal to do, you ask me?
Moore will be surrounded by Toni Graphia, Matt Roberts, Ira Behr and Anne Kenney, who have joined him in the writers' room.
Next up on Ron Moore's fantasy/sci-fi plate is the upcoming series Helix for Syfy.

BIRDMAN
Fox Searchlight Pictures has been filming the dark comedy Birdman in New York City and here is a photo from the shoot.
The film tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the film co-stars Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

THE EQUALIZER
David Meunier is the latest name said to be joining the cast of director Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer. Deadline reports that the "Justified" actor will join Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo and Marton Csokas in the big screen take on the 1980's television show.
The original series was created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. It starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve.
In the movie, McCall (Washington) is living a quiet life while working at a Home Depot when one of his acts of kindness towards a prostitute (Moretz) gets him embroiled with the Russian mob. Leo will play McCall's former supervisor who now provides him with information.
Meunier will play Slavi, a Russian pimp for whom Moretz's character works.
The movie was written by Richard Wenk with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch producing through Escape Artists, alongside Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan, and Washington.
The Equalizer will begin production this month in Boston.

STAR-CROSSED
There are a number of new series coming to The CW. They include "Star-Crossed," "The 100," "The Originals," "Reign" and "Tomorrow People." Here is a clip from Star-Crossed.

MONSTER UNIVERSITY
Walt Disney Pictures has released, via The Wall Street Journal, a new clip from Monsters University which features a scare class session from Monstropolis' prestigious institution.
Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike's plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, "Sulley" (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair's out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University's elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.
Featuring a score by Randy Newman, the Dan Scanlon-directed prequel opens in theaters on June 21.

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Aside from some scattered concept art, we haven’t actually seen much of Captain America: The Winter Solider’s new namesake baddie -- until now.
The Phase 2 film is drawing inspiration from one of the greatest Captain America stories in comic lore, and some new leaked set pics look like they’ve managed to nail down a pretty great look for Cap’s pal-turned-nemesis.
Sebastian Stan (aka Bucky Barnes) looks right at home in the masked leather outfit of the brainwashed soldier. With a gun in hand, and another strapped to his side, he looks ready and able to give S.H.I.E.L.D. a very bad day.
Following Cap’s exploits while serving alongside S.H.I.E.L.D., the sequel promises to be the most direct sequel to The Avengers, with a pretty solid political-thriller edge. We’ve been waiting for the First Avenger to deal with something other than being a fish out of water — and it looks like we’ll have some more drama soon.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.

LATE PHASES
Reports indicate that Erin Cummings ("Spartacus") and Ethan Embry have joined the cast of the werewolf thriller Late Phases, currently lensing in New York for MPI/Dark Sky Films.
The film is the first English-language project for director Adrian Garcia Bogliano, who made a splash on the genre scene with Cold Sweat, Penumbra and the upcoming Here Comes the Devil.
Cummings and Embry join previously-announced cast member Nick Damici (Stakeland). It has also been disclosed that Tina Louise ("Gilligan's Island's" "Ginger") will appear in the film.
Late Phases will tell the story of Ambrose McKinley, who moves into a community where the residents have been dying in increasing numbers - oddly, all have supposedly been the victims of dog attacks. But after barely surviving his own attack on his first night there, Ambrose discovers that the assailants are much more than canines.
Damici is playing the part of Ambrose. Cummings and Embry will plays a couple in the film.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
X-Men: Days of Future Past is still filming in Montreal and details are few about the upcoming ensemble film. Star Patrick Stewart offered a few teases for the film at Comicpalooza, however.
"I think it is going to certainly be the X-Men of all X-Men pictures, and one doesn't want to tempt fate, but perhaps also the blockbuster of 2014. It was a wonderful experience to reunited with those people."
Stewart began to elaborate on a few details for the film, including Charles Xavier's return.
"It's been 6 or 7 years since X-Men 3, where you will recall that Charles Xavier was vaporized by whats-her-name, Jean Grey. And you're asking yourselves, 'If you were vaporized, how can you be in the next X-Men movie?' Anybody got any ideas how that came about?" One audience member yelled out "Time travel," to which Stewart responded: "Yeah, that's exactly it. I guess. There will be an explanation, but it was a little puzzling for me because I thought my X-Men days were over. So, it's something to look forward to."
Stewart also revealed that he has completed filming his parts of the movie and that Hugh Jackman will remain on set for the duration of the production which should wrap up in August.
Coming to theaters on July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto and Evan Peters.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Just one month in, this has already been a summer full of surprises at the box office and after a record Memorial Day weekend, things slowed down slightly with two lower-key new releases, one starring one of the biggest box office stars working today, the other with an ensemble cast and an original premise that set it apart from the other summer releases.
Neither of those new movies won the weekend though, as last weekend's champ Fast & Furious 6 (Universal), starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson, achieved something that's only been done by few other movies and that's to retain the top spot after being #1 over Memorial Day. (Other previous movies to do so include one-time opening weekend record holder The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, the current Memorial Day weekend record holder.)
It remained on top despite dropping nearly 65% from its chart-topping opening weekend, bringing in $34.5 million over the weekend to take its domestic total to $170.4 million. By comparison, Fast Five had grossed $140 million by the end of its second weekend, although it didn't have the added bump of a Memorial Day opening.
Internationally, the street racing sequel brought in $75 million in 62 territories to bring its overseas total to $310.2 million which combined with the U.S. brings its worldwide total to $480.6 million after just three weeks.
Going into the weekend, it seemed like the reunion of Will Smith with his son Jaden in the sci-fi action-adventure After Earth (Sony) would take a strong second place, but instead, the lower-key magic-based heist movie Now You See Me (Summit) managed to surpass it both on Friday and for the weekend.
Directed by Louis Letterier (Clash of the Titans) and featuring the ensemble cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, the original concept of a group of magicians who steal from the rich and give to the poor really struck a chord with moviegoers, allowing it to bring in $28 million, beating After Earth's $27 million for second place despite opening in 500 fewer theaters. That would also give Now You See Me the biggest opening for a Summit Entertainment release that didn't have "Twilight" in the title.
It was quite a shocker for those expecting the Will Smith presence to bring in audiences, especially after the huge success of Jaden's solo outing in The Karate Kid. By comparison (and coincidence), the last time father and son appeared in a movie together was for 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness, which opened in the same range with $26.5 million, but that went on to gross $162 million domestic and $306 million worldwide.
There was a rare tie for fourth place based on estimates with the animated action-adventure Epic (20th Century Fox) and J.J. Abrams' sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness both bringing in an estimated $16.4 million and having to wait until Monday actuals to determine which one will take that slot.
Although there was very little other family-friendly fare in theaters, Epic still dropped 51%, the second smallest drop in the Top 10 after Fox's other animated movie The Croods. It has grossed $65.1 million since opening before Memorial Day, while Star Trek into Darkness has grossed $181.2 million, pushing it ahead of The Croods as the third-highest grossing movie of 2013.
Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part III (Warner Bros.), reuniting Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong, took a nosedive after its disappointing opening weekend, dropping all the way from 2nd to 6th place with $15.9 million, which is down 62%. It has grossed $88.1 million since opening eleven days ago. Like most movies, it's faring better overseas where it took in $82 million in 54 markets this weekend to bring its worldwide total to $198 million.
Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr., dropped 59% from its Memorial Day weekend take to seventh place with $8 million for the weekend and $384.8 million since opening roughly one month ago. On top of that, it added another $9.9 million internationally in 55 territories to bring its overseas total to $795.2 million and its global cume to $1.18 billion after roughly a month in theaters.
Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, dropped to eighth place with $6.3 million and $128.3 million total.
For a second weekend in a row, the Top 10 was up from the same weekend last year, in this case up 16% from last year when Snow White and the Huntsman led the box office with $56.2 million.
After a strong platform release a few weeks back, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha expanded into 133 theaters where its $552 thousand weekend take may be enough to help sneak it into the Top 12 just ahead of the baseball biopic 42.
As far as limited releases of note, Sundance regulars Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice) returned with the thriller The East (Fox Searchlight), co-starring Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page, which opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles to $75 thousand or $19 thousand per theater. Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer (CBS Films), a favorite at this year's Sundance Film Festival, also opened in four locations to $58 thousand or $14.5 thousand per theater.

MAN OF STEEL
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a 13-minute featurette on Man of Steel!
Directed by Zack Snyder, the action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.
In the film, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

DOCTOR WHO NEWS
Weeks after the return of Doctor Who was made official, season eight will be without star Matt Smith.
Smith, who first made his debut as the Doctor in 2010, will depart following the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special that will air Nov. 23 and the annual Christmas special, the BBC announced Saturday on its official blog. There had been speculation that Smith would return for another go-around.
"Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show," said Smith. I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years."
Smith also thanked the fans for their never-ending support during his four-year stint as the title character on the beloved British staple: "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys." Steven Moffat, who returns as showrunner/executive producer for season eight, praised Smith's performance on the series, and acknowledged that oftentimes there is an end to all good things. "But great actors always know when it's time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven," he said.
Though his focus is on the upcoming specials, Moffat teased the search for the 12th Doctor: "Somewhere out there right now -- all unknowing, just going about their business -- is someone who's about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again!"
The 50th anniversary Doctor Who special will feature Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, David Tennant, Billie Piper and John Hurt, who was seen in the season seven finale.
Stateside, Doctor Who airs on BBC America, and is the cable network's highest-rated series. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales.
Over the past few seasons, Doctor Who parted ways with Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), who has joined the cast of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams). Smith, the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA award as the Doctor, will star in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, expected to hit theaters in 2014.

INTERSTELLAR
Collider is reporting that long time Chris Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer will score his upcoming film Interstellar and has already started working on the film's music. Zimmer has served as the composer for four of Nolan's films including Inception and the entire "Dark Knight" trilogy. His work can be heard next in the upcoming Man of Steel.
Directed and written by Nolan, Interstellar is based on a script by Jonathan Nolan. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan of Syncopy Films and Obst of Lynda Obst Productions. Kip Thorne will executive produce. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine will star.
Interstellar will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding. The movie hits theaters on November 7, 2014.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013

GUARDINS OF THE GALAXY
Marvel has answered our sci-fi prayers -- they've put someone from the Doctor Who universe in Guardians of the Galaxy. Friday evening it was announced that Karen Gillan -- who you may know her from her run on Doctor Who as Amy Pond -- is joining the cast.
It's being reported that Gillan will play the lead female villain in the film. That means she'll probably share scenes with Lee Pace (The Hobbit), who was previously announced as the main baddie. Further details regarding Gillan's role are being kept under wraps.
The actress joins the growing cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker and the recently added Glenn Close. The film's scheduled to start shooting in late June in the UK.
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and hits theaters Aug. 1, 2014.

REVOLUTION
NBC has released a preview clip from next week's highly anticipated Revolution season finale, which should answer the question "Will the lights come back on?" Not only that, but will more Rebels meet their maker? The previous episode featured several standoffs, including one between Miles (Billy Burke) and Monroe (David Lyons).
In the following clip, we'll see what happened to Captain Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and his son Jason (JD Pardo) after they talked their way out of militia hands. Last week, Neville was able to convince one of his captors to start a coup. Monroe's still stuck in the Tower, so while the boss is away, his enemies will play.
What will Neville do with Monroe's army? In the official episode description it says, "Neville and Flynn give new meaning to evil.” That can't be good.

HAMMER OF THE GODS
Here is the first look at an almost three-minute clip from Hammer of the Gods in theaters on July 5th.
Set in Viking Britain in 871 AD, Hammer of the Gods is a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence. A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar’s epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be – the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne.
Elliot Cowan, Clive Standen, Guy Flanagan and Michael Jibson co-star.

BLADE RUNNER 2
Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner, The Minus Man, The Mighty Quinn) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher's original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Green recently completed rewrites on Robopocalypse and Warners Bros.' Gods and Kings.
Alcon and Yorkin previously announced that they are partnering to produce Blade Runner theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.
The original film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, Blade Runner was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and directed by Scott following his landmark Alien. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

MAN OF STEEL
Sorry, small-town residents: Zod is coming to cause some major trouble. New footage from Man of Steel has surfaced, showing off the apparently epic “Battle of Smallville.”
It’s no surprise that Clark Kent’s earthly home will play a big part in the film, and we’ve already glimpsed some action in the many trailers already floating around. But a new featurette includes some of the best footage yet of the battle for small-town America.
The footage also shows off some cast and crew interviews, where they discuss the more grounded approach and how they’re trying to introduce Superman in a new way. That’s a tall order, to be sure, but early feedback has been quite positive.
So here’s hoping.
Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel opens June 14.

REVOLUTION
We still have to wait until Monday to learn who lives and who dies in Revolution’s season-one finale, but the network is already prepping for year two — and here are some of the new characters we’ll be meeting along the way.
The writers are looking to add no fewer than five new regular and recurring characters next fall, which makes us wonder how much damage next week’s finale will do to thin the ranks.
Of the new additions, we’ll have a small-town doctor, a religious single mom, a femme fatale, a crazy professor and a sheriff. How they’ll play into the growing war between the nations, and the story of our beloved band of survivors? No idea, but we can’t wait to find out.
Here’s an excerpt from TV Line’s report breaking down the casting sides:
“The Season 1 finale has yet to air, and already NBC’s freshman hit is busy recruiting reinforcements for the battles yet to come. Season 2 casting calls have gone out for the possibly series regular role of Gene, a folsky, 60something doctor from a small Texas town, as well as the recurring characters of Cynthia (a religious single mom), Annabeth (a femme fatale who runs an entertainment “mecca” of sorts), Titus (a slightly psychotic professor) and a handsome sheriff in his 30s. As for Monday’s season-ender itself, Elizabeth Mitchell assures us, ‘Forces collide…. Forces most definitely collide!’”
It’s hard to get a read on how all these folks will fit into season two, but one might guess some or all of them are part of a new locale that will pop up next season (that “small Texas town,” perhaps?).

TOMORROW PEOPLE
One of the most intriguing sci-fi series of the fall looks to bring super-powered teens back to prime time, and now we have a ton of new footage from The CW’s Tomorrow People to show just how fun it could be.
A reboot of a long-running 1970s British series, the shiny new version looks like a cross between X-Men and Heroes — with this latest trailer definitely channeling the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters vibe.
With executive producers Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) and Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries) behind the scenes, this one looks like it could strike the perfect balance between superheroics and teen angst. If they can avoid the convoluted pitfalls of Heroes, this could be one of the breakout hits of the fall.

PRISONERS
The first trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners is here!
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano, the thriller asks, "How far would you go to protect your child?" Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect's release.
Knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, he may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?
Prisoners hits theaters September 20, 2013.

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013 PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS
A brand-new trailer for the mythological romp Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has finally been released, and it looks like it could be one of the most fun movies of the summer. You know, if you’re into mythology-lite young adult fare.
But the best part? The addition of geek god Nathan Fillion, who plays the actual Greek god Hermes. Not surprisingly, it looks like the former Firefly star could steal the show and make this kiddie-tinged flick at least tolerable for adults. Plus, it looks to show off some pretty whiz-bang FX work.
A sequel to the surprise 2010 hit Percy Jackson & the Olympians, the followup will track young Percy and his pals as they embark on a treacherous journey into the Sea of Monsters (aka the Bermuda Triangle).
The film opens wide Aug. 7.

FALLING SKIES
What is ClearGaze, and how is it connected to Falling Skies? Intially, the latest viral video promoting season three isn't about the show at all. But we soon learn that looks can be deceiving. What starts off as a typical contact lens commercial turns into a terrifying sight.
If you already have anxiety about wearing contacts, this footage won't help. A young woman gets the shock of her life when her lenses reveal an overactive eye worm. We've seen these creatures slither from eye to ear in both Tom (Noah Wyle) and Hal (Drew Roy). They can affect your behavior and who knows what else.
Falling Skies returns June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Glenn Close is in final negotiations to join Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
The movie, which is heading for a late June start in London, is part of Marvel’s Phase Two and the only movie that is not a sequel to already established characters such as Thor and Captain America.
Close will play the head of a space police force known as the Nova Corps.
Her casting continues the eclectic nature of the space adventure’s roll call.
Chris Pratt, best known for his comedy work in Parks and Recreation, is headlining the ensemble as half-alien, half-human Star-Lord.
Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista are playing a green-skinned alien assassin and a cosmic energy-blasting superhuman named Drax the Destroyer.
Michael Rooker is playing an alien named Yondu while Lee Pace is the movie’s villain.
Also sitting on an offer to play an newbie agent that acts as a liaison between all the characters is John C. Reilly.
Still yet to be cast are voice talent for Rocket Raccoon, a gun-totting animal, and Groot, a living tree-like being.
Close’s boarding just broadens the character spectrum.

WORLD WAR Z
This clip from Marc Foster's World War Z is now online and it features Brad Pitt's Gerry Lane faced with a hard decision.
Based on Max Brooks' best-selling novel "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War," the story revolves around United Nations employee Lane, who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. World War Z opens June 21.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013

TRANSFORMERS 4
With new Autobots being revealed, Transformers 4 director Michael Bay has now also provided a first look at the "completely upgraded, custom-built Optimus Prime from Western Star (a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America)."
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing and T.J. Miller, the fourth installment hits theaters on June 27, 2014.

MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Last week saw the announcement that actor Tom Cruise was bowing out of the upcoming reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in favor of focusing on Mission: Impossible 5, which he will produce and star in. Now Variety is reporting that Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is in talks to take on the role of Napoleon Solo.
Should he sign on, Cavill will join Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander in the project. Guy Richie will direct the film from a script by Scott Z. Burns and Max Borenstein.
In a previous interview with ComingSoon.net, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns talked about setting the film in the 1960's.
"I thought it would be really fun to go back and look at spycraft in the Cold War and what you could and couldn't do," he said. "When you think about the world in the 1960's just in terms of cars and fashion and the aesthetic, to be able to go and shoot that world with today's cameras and today's technology, I think we could do some really cool stuff. Then also, the thing that was so cool about 'U.N.C.L.E.' that people don't realize--and this is why I like it more than 'Mission: Impossible'--the initial conceit of 'U.N.C.L.E.' was amazing. It was really about an organization that didn't have an affiliation with a country and Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were guys who should've been sworn enemies. One was Russian and one was American and they worked together. In that way, it was a really incredibly progressive, hopeful kind of show."

BEWARE THE NIGHT
"Community" star Joel McHale has joined the cast of the Scott Derrickson paranormal thriller Beware the Night, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. He'll play a veteran police officer opposite Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn.
Derrickson will direct the picture from a screenplay he and Paul Harris Boardman adapted. Production is now underway in the Bronx with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
Beware the Night again teams Derrickson and Boardman with Screen Gems where their first film, 2005’s hit The Exorcism of Emily Rose, was made and distributed. The film reunites Bruckheimer with Bana, who starred in the producer’s Academy Award-winning Black Hawk Dawn, directed by Ridley Scott.
The film follows a New York cop who meets a renegade priest when he is pulled into a case which the priest convinces him, against the officer’s religious beliefs, is demonic related. Together they work to solve the case and combat the paranormal forces working against them.

THREE DAYS TO KILL
Relativity announced today that it will distribute Three Days to Kill in the U.S. on February 14, 2014. The film is directed by McG (This Means War, Terminator Salvation), written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak and stars Kevin Costner (Man of Steel, Jack Ryan), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Amber Heard (Paranoia) and Connie Nielsen ("Boss").
In the action thriller, Costner plays an elite government hit man who after receiving news that he has a terminal disease, decides to give up his high stakes life to finally build a relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But when his agency offers him an experimental, potentially life-saving drug in exchange for one last mission, it's an offer he can't refuse - even if it means juggling his two toughest assignments yet: going after the world's most ruthless terrorist and caring for his daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town.
EuropaCorp’s Luc Besson and Virginie Besson-Silla and Adi Hasak and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh are producing. Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley, will executive produce.
Tooley said: "EuropaCorp is a tremendous partner for Relativity and we are excited to continue building our relationship. McG, Kevin Costner and the entire team have done an incredible job of bringing Luc and Adi's script to the big screen."
This films furthers the co-financing and co-production relationship between EuropaCorp and Relativity, which the two companies recently announced will be extended for an additional slate of films. The original deal also includes Besson's comedic action film Malavita in theatres September 20, 2013.

TROLLS
DreamWorks Animation has announced today that Mike Mitchell is set to direct their upcoming Trolls. Emmy Award-winning writer Erica Rivinoja will provide the screenplay.
Mitchell, currently directing the live action sequences in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2, has garnered a fan base among family audiences for hits such as Shrek Forever After, Sky High and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and has a proven track record taking legendary characters on new adventures. Rivinoja has been lauded for her work on comedies including "South Park" and "Up All Night." Under the direction of this new creative team Trolls will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox on November 4, 2016.
"Mike and Erica are the perfect team to reimagine this film," said Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke. "Mike's pedigree in shaping stories with already beloved characters is second to none, and Erica's amazing sense of comedy will introduce the Trolls to a new generation of fans while keeping the spirit and appeal audiences have loved for years."
The film, which will be a grand scale musical comedy centering around how the Trolls came into their vibrant and colorful hair, will be produced by Gina Shay (Shrek Forever After).
The Troll doll phenomenon was born in 1959 when Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam, too poor to afford a Christmas present for his young daughter Lajla, carved a doll for her based on the legendary Scandinavian troll. This modern-day Geppetto couldn't have imagined that the Troll dolls would soon become one of the biggest toy crazes of the 1960s. The Trolls experienced a resurgence in the 1990s and their uniquely endearing faces and shocks of colorful hair continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of fans around the world.

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

TRUE BLOOD
It ain’t easy being a vampire. The sixth season of HBO’s True Blood looks to make life even tougher on the fang gang, with a new politician declaring war on vamps in a tense new trailer.
The new footage finds Governor Burrell, newcomer Arliss Howard, addressing the state and letting them know that vampires are not so welcome anymore. They’re shutting down vampire-run businesses and encouraging every human out there to stock up on guns and wooden ammo.
The show has come a long way over the years, and season six sounds like it could be the wildest yet. Luckily, we only have a few more weeks to wait for the June 16 premiere.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
We still don’t know what DC will do with their long-rumored live action Justice League film, but their animated projects keep on rolling out — and here’s the first trailer for a Flashpoint-inspired flick.
Dubbed Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the new animated feature is based on Geoff Johns' 2011 crossover comic. The series served as a setup for the New 52 relaunch, and found the Flash and a few other heroes noticing major differences between the established and altered timelines.
The trailer looks like the film should be pretty close to the comic canon, and should be a worthy addition to their excellent slate of animated flicks. It makes you wonder why DC doesn’t just put their animated development team in charge of the live-action Justice League and let it roll.
The film will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray July 30.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE RESULTS
It's June 5, 2009 and Todd Phillips' new R-rated comedy The Hangover, featuring a cast of unknowns including Bradley Cooper in his first full-on leading role, opens against Will Ferrell's Land of the Lost, considered at one point to be the favorite, and it absolutely destroys it, making $45 million to "Lost's" $18.8 million. Cut forward to Memorial Day 2011 and The Hangover Part II is opening against DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 2, the sequel to a huge animated hit for star Jack Black. Once again, Phillips' raunchy comedy wins the day with an $85 million weekend after a $31 million opening day. Kung Fu Panda 2 barely makes in four days what the original movie made its opening weekend.
And that brings us to Memorial Day 2013, the weekend where Todd Phillips' "Hangover" franchise finally met its match...
In Fast & Furious 6 (Universal), the long-running street racing franchise that's evolved with the times and delivered a quick follow-up to the popular Fast Five that brought the fans into theaters in droves. With the returning cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson--his fourth movie in four months--Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, joined by Luke Evans and Gina Carano, "Furious 6" opened on Friday in 3,658 theaters, taking in $38.2 million, surpassing the opening day of Fast Five by $3.8 million. It then took full advantage of the long holiday weekend, bringing in $96.8 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $120 million including Memorial Day Monday.
That opening makes it the fourth-biggest Memorial Day opening ever as well as Universal Pictures' biggest opening movie to date, surpassing the $86.2 million opening of Fast Five two years ago. Work is already underway for a seventh installment to the franchise that could be released as early as next summer. That $120 million opening combined with the other blockbusters helped set a new Memorial Day record with the Top 10 grossing more than $300 million, an unprecedented achievement that didn't even happen the weekend where Marvel's The Avengers set a new opening record with $207 million.
Internationally, the movie also continued to do well as it opened in 59 additional territories following its slow roll-out in the UK and Ireland last weekend, with huge results in many countries that brought the international total to $197 million. So as of Monday, the sixth movie in the franchise has made $317 million worldwide. It's yet to open in big markets like Australia, China and Japan.
Meanwhile, Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part III (Warner Bros.) opened early on Thursday, reuniting the Wolf Pack of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong, but it hit the weekend with horrid reviews and its $11.8 million opening Thursday (compared to the $31 million made by its predecessor its opening day) led to a disappointing four-day weekend take of $51.2 million, which is nearly half of what its predecessor made over Memorial Day weekend two years ago, at the time becoming the fourth-biggest opener over the holiday weekend. That position has been bumped down to fifth thanks to the latest "Fast and Furious," too.
J.J. Abrams' sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Simon Pegg and Benedict Cumberbatch, held decently in its second weekend even as it dropped to third place to make way for the two new movies. It brought in $38 million for the three-day weekend and $47 million including Monday. The film has earned $155.8 million domestically and $102.1 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $257.9 million. That was followed by the latest animated film from Blue Sky Studios, makers of the "Ice Age" movies, with the action-adventure Epic (20th Century Fox), featuring the voices of Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce Knowles, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis and Steven Tyler. That brought in $42.6 million over the four-day holiday weekend, which may be low for a Memorial Day where it's the first new family film in months but it's not awful and it can build on it in the three weeks before Disney•Pixar's Monsters University opens.
Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr., took fifth place with $19.4 million over the three-day weekend and $24.3 million including Monday, bringing its total to $371.6 million domestically, putting it head and shoulders above all other movies as the biggest grossing movie of the year. The threequel has grossed $1.142 billion worldwide, which you can read more about here.
Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, dropped to sixth place with $13.7 million over the three-day weekend and $17 million including Monday. Luhrman's biggest domestic hit to date has grossed $118.2 million so far.
Nothing else in the Top 10 made a significant amount of money although Jeff Nichols' Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, had the best hold, making more over the four-day holiday weekend then it did last weekend despite losing theaters.
As mentioned before, this was one of the biggest weekends at the box office in a long time and the over $300 million made by the Top 10 was a huge 59% boost over last Memorial Day when Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reunited for Men in Black 3, which brought in $69.2 million over the four-day weekend. The only other new movie was the found footage horror movie Chernobyl Diaries, which opened in fifth place with $8 million.
Opening in limited release, Richard Linklater's long-awaited third chapter in the "Before" series Before Midnight (Sony Pictures Classics), once again starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, opened in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles where it grossed $322,000 over the four-day weekend or $54,300 per theater. Plans are to expand it nationwide on June 14.

PACIFIC RIM
A new TV spot for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is on-line.
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on July 12, the film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

MAN OF STEEL
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the eighth TV spot for Man of Steel.
In the Zack Snyder-directed June 14 release, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff star.

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013

Just got back from the Phoenix Comic Con. What a totally awesome event. Found the video for the reunion event so I am posting it here. More to follow.

PART 1 of the Reunion Event.


PART 2 of the Reunion Event.











Babylon 5 Memorial Video from John Hudgens.





















WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013

THE LONE RANGER
The latest trailer for The Lone Ranger is loaded with new footage, and we finally get to see a little more of that utterly insane train job we’ve glimpsed in previous teasers.
Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski are teaming up once again to try and recapture that early Pirates of the Caribbean magic, and it looks like they might do just that. But, you know, with cowboys instead of pirates.
We get to see some more of the banter and dynamics between Depp’s Tonto and Armie Hammer’s Lone Ranger, which could be fun, plus the action looks positively mind-boggling.
Here’s the full synopsis, which sets up the reimagining of the classic radio-show hero:
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

SLEEPY HOLLOW
We’re pretty excited about FOX’s upcoming Sleepy Hollow TV series, which is set to air in the fall, and to whet our appetites until then, more chilling video previews have been released.
This brand-new version of the classic tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, gets a modern twist à la Sherlock, pulling the Headless Horseman and the series’ hero, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), into the modern-day town of Sleepy Hollow.
The upcoming series boasts Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe) as showrunners. Not too shabby if you ask us.
Sleepy Hollow debuts on FOX this fall, Mondays at 9 p.m.

WORLD WAR Z
Paramount Pictures has released more spots for World War Z.
Hitting theaters on June 21, the Marc Forster-directed action thriller stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.



MAN OF STEEL
We have a new trailer for Man of Steel! Focusing a little more on General Zod's plans in the film, it shows the roots of the viral marketing campaign that we saw earlier this year.
Hitting 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters, the action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.
In Man of Steel, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

PHOENIX BABYLON 5 EXTRAVAGANZA
The Phoenix Comicon is almost here. It will feature over 19 hours of B5 focused programming over all 4 days. We are beginning with Babylon 5 101 & 102 and going all the way up to panels with J. Michael Straczynski and culminating with the 20 Anniversary Reunion panel featuring 14 of the Starring Cast and the Creator himself all on one-stage. Come join us for the once in a life-time experience, after Phoenix Comicon an experience like this will disappear fast that the 4th Bablyon.
Go to https://www.phoenixcomicon.com/page/70 for a look at the full program.

I will be reporting from the convention, so be sure to visit The Zocalo Today on Facebook.

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

TEEN WOLF
If you’re looking for something that falls between True Blood and Vampire Diaries, MTV’s dark, sexy Teen Wolf hits the sweet spot. So what’s the network cooking up for season three?
For a network best known for reality TV and, well, not music — MTV is home to one of the most entertaining fantasy series of the modern age. In addition to that new Scream series, the channel also has this fantastic ’80s movie reboot, which has evolved into a dense, fun drama that holds its own with the better-known horror fantasy shows out there.
Season three looks to be the wildest yet, with a new Alpha pack coming to town and no shortage of werewolf ass-kicking. Oh, and of course, lovely young men and ladies canoodling one another.
The new season begins June 3.

STAR WARS REBELS
We’ve been wondering what Disney would do after pulling the plug on the beloved animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, and now we know. Prepare to meet the Rebels!
The company has announced plans to launch a new series dubbed Star Wars: Rebels, which will debut in the fall of 2014 as a new series for Disney XD. As was rumored, the series will bridge the gap between Episodes III-IV, and judging by the synopsis it sounds like some ripe territory to mine.
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV -- an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.
Behind the scenes, the series will be producer by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: Clone Wars) and Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Gargoyles). The company plans to debut the first teaser trailer in July, at the Star Wars Celebration in Europe.
Though it's nice to know Disney isn’t leaving too much of a gap between Clone Wars and this new project, the addition of Filoni should at least help ease the pain of losing the Emmy-nominated series.

THE LONE RANGER
A new TV spot for Walt Disney Pictures' The Lone Ranger is now online!
Directed by Gore Verbinski, the action adventure stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
The July 3 release is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

THE HOBBIT RESUMES PRODUCTION
The final weeks of production on the last two parts of Peter Jackson's new Middle-earth trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, has officially begun in New Zealand. Jackson himself posted the following message on his Facebook page along with a behind-the-scenes photo that shows him with Ian McKellen's Gandalf the Grey.
Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It's going to be an intense few weeks, but we're looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast. Our next blog is coming soon!
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on December 13 of this year while The Hobbit: There and Back Again concludes Jackson's second J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy on December 17, 2014.

TURBO
20th Century Fox has released the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Turbo, opening in theaters on July 17. The animation film features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Ken Jeong, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Lion and Samuel L. Jackson.
Turbo is the story of a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagné. Turbo’s obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an outsider in the slow snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his cautious older brother, Chet.
Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living. He gets that chance after a freak accident when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed. Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations limit his dreams.

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013

AVENGERS 3/IRON MAN 3
Joss Whedon is looking to dig a lot deeper into the Marvel universe with Avengers 2, and has opened up about how two new additions (and a founding member) will fit into the super-team’s next adventure.
Some spoilers for Iron Man 3 ahead!
As we’ve heard before, Whedon is looking to add Marvel alums Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to the universe, and said they’d represent an interesting counterpoint to the status quo from the first film. Plus, the brother-sister duo is guaranteed to complicate things:
“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”
Whedon has also touched on how the ending of Iron Man 3 might affect Avengers 2, with Tony Stark having blown up his suits and found his inner identity apart from his Iron Man persona by the end of the threequel. Those events will hold some consequences, but Whedon said Stark still believes in the greater good — and would still come when called upon to save the world:
“Well, I feel like in Iron Man 3, even though he said, ‘I’ve changed' -- he blew up his remote suits, but I don’t think anybody thinks he doesn’t have one anymore. The question is, if The Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is, ‘Yes!’”
It’s nice to see that Whedon is already putting the pieces together, and that he’s giving proper respect to the canon established in the early Phase 2 films (i.e. Stark’s new philosophy on life). Plus, we can’t wait to see what he has in store for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE NUMBERS
Paramount and Skydance Productions' Star Trek Into Darkness topped the box office chart with a solid four-day opening of $84.1 million -- even if it didn't engage warp speed and hit $100 million.
Overseas, the J.J. Abrams-directed tentpole took in another $40 million over the weekend for an early global total of $164.6 million, including $80.5 million internationally. The 3D pic, playing in 40 markets, tied with Iron Man 3, which took in $40.2 million in its fourth weekend.
But it was Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby -- benefiting from being the only female-skewing event pic -- that topped the foreign chart, grossing a solid $42.1 million as it opened in 49 markets following its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival May 15.
There was plenty of action overseas all the way around. Universal's Fast & Furious 6 tore out of the gate as it debuted in the U.K. and Ireland, grossing $13.8 million to score the biggest opening ever for a Universal title in those countries and boding well for the film's domestic bow over Memorial Day weekend and its continued expansion offshore.
Heading into the weekend, many box office observers believed Into Darkness had a shot at hitting $100 million in North America, easily outpacing the $79.2 million opening of Abrams' 2009 Star Trek, which reinvigorated the sci-fi film franchise. Paramount had hoped for $100 million, but hedged its bets by estimating an $80 million to $100 million debut.
Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said he was "extremely pleased" with the sequel's performance, both domestically and internationally, where the studio waged a massive marketing campaign to improve the franchise's standing (Star Trek has never been as popular overseas).
"Into Darkness did 6 percent better than the 2009 Star Trek and received an A CinemaScore, so we know people love the movie," Moore said. "And overseas, it is pacing 82 percent ahead of Abrams' first film."
In Russia -- where sci-fi often suffers, but 3D is enormously popular -- Into Darkness debuted to $8 million, four times the opening of the 2009 reboot, which topped out at only $4 million.
Moore says Into Darkness could ultimately double the $127 million earned by Star Trek in its entire run internationally.
Into Darkness returns Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the roles of Captain James T. Kirk and Spock. Other returning castmembers include Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Karl Urban. This time out, a scheming villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch resorts to terrorism to threaten Earth.
Paramount and Skydance co-financed the $190 million tentpole, and produced alongside Abrams' Bad Robot. The script was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.
In the U.S., Into Darkness skewed male (64 percent) while 73 percent of the audience was over the age of 25.
IMAX theaters turned in big numbers thanks to Trekkies who wanted to see the film in a large-format, with 336 theaters taking in $13.5 million.
There is no doubt but that Into Darkness faced tough competition from The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3. In its third weekend, Disney and Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 came in No. 2 domestically with $35.2 million. The billion-dollar baby has now taken in $337.1 million in North America and $736.2 million internationally for a total $1.07 billion, the No. 9 film of all time.
The Great Gatsby, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, placed No. 3 domestically, falling 53 percent in its second weekend for a handy cume of $90.2 million.
Warners' belief that Gatsby would serve as counterprogramming to action fare is paying off and already marks Luhrmann's biggest success to date in North America, not accounting for inflation (his previous best was the $57.4 million grossed by Moulin Rouge!)
Gatsby also marks Luhrmann's best opening overseas, coming in 38 percent ahead of Australia ($30.4 million) and Moulin Rouge! ($13.8 million). The 3D film did nice business in numerous markets, including earning $6.2 million in Russia and $6.1 million in the U.K., despite Fast and Furious. It placed No. 1 in France with $4.7 million, buoyed by its premiere in Cannes.
At the U.S. specialty box office, Noah Baumbach scored with the debut of his black-and-white independent film Frances Ha, which grossed $134,000 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $33,500.
Below are the top 10 estimates for the May 17-19 weekend at the North American box office.
Title, weeks in release/theater count, studio, three-day weekend total, cume
1. Star Trek Into Darkness, 1/3,868, Paramount/Skydance, $70.6 million, $84.1 million
2. Iron Man 3, 3/4,237, Disney/Marvel Studios, $35.2 million, $337.1 million
3. The Great Gatsby, 2/3,550, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow, $23.4 million, $90.2 million
4. Pain & Gain, 4/2,429, Paramount, $3.1 million, $46.6 million
5. 42, 6/2,380, Warners/Legendary, $2.7 million, $88.7 million
6. The Croods, 9/2,373, Fox/DreamWorks Animation, $2.8, $176.8 million
7. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, 2/2,041, Lionsgate, $2.2 million, $7.9 million
8. Oblivion, 5/2,077, Universal, $2.16 million, $85.5 million
9. Mud, 4/960, Roadside Attractions, $2.15 million, $11.6 million
10. The Big Wedding, 4/1,442, Lionsgate, $1.1 million, $20.2 million.

TRANSFORMERS 4
Chinese superstar Li Bingbing has joined the cast of Michael Bay's Transformers 4, says a story today at The Hollywood Repoter. Her role has not yet been officially confirmed, but she joins Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and Sophia Myles in the franchise sequel.
Although the plot of sequel is still top secret, Bay teased that it will involve a "Chase from Hell."
Bingbing is well known to American audiences for playing Ada Wong in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Retribution.
Transformers 4 hits theaters June 27, 2014.

R.I.P.D.
Universal Pictures has released the first TV spot for R.I.P.D.!
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.
The July 19 release also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley and Devin Ratray.

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013

BUCK ROGERS
Sci-fi's 1st hero Buck Rogers gets whole new look for his comic return. The 25th century gets an upgrade.
We told you Howard Chaykin would be bringing Buck back, but it turns out our first peek at Chaykin's take on the character was just him aping the classic style. Today we've got the brand-new art that shows us just how Buck's gonna look this coming August, when he returns through Hermes Press.
Buck Rogers, the first, best, and original Sci-Fi hero returns with Howard Chaykin drawing and writing this action packed incarnation of this iconic title. Over eighty years after the creation of the newspaper strip that become a household word, Howard Chaykin has returned the character and his universe back to basics: Buck Rogers, former World War I ace is accidentally suspended in time only to awaken to new and different earth, 500 years in the future, fragmented by war and ruled by an omnipotent force – the Chinese. Now, Buck along with Colonel Wilma Deering, begins a new fight, to free the United States!

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness took in roughly $22 million on Friday for a projected four-day debut of $83 million, in line with the opening of the director's 2009 reboot. The 3D sequel opened late Wednesday night in North America and has earned $25.3 million to date.
Into Darkness should benefit from a coveted A CinemaScore and generally upbeat reviews, although some had expected the movie to open close to $100 million (Paramount had always estimated $80 million to $100 million).
Abrams' 2009 Star Trek, which successfully relaunched the iconic sci-fi franchise, opened to $79.2 million in May 2009 (that film wasn't in 3D).
The sequel returns Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the roles of Captain James T. Kirk and Spock. Other returning castmembers include Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Karl Urban. This time out, a scheming villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch resorts to terrorism to threaten Earth.
Paramount and Skydance co-financed the $190 million tentpole, and produced alongside Abrams' Bad Robot. The script was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Into Darkness faces a crowded marketplace in North America, competing with Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby.
Disney and Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 placed second on Friday, grossing $9.5 million for a domestic total of $311.4 million. The Great Gatsby, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, came in No. 3 on its second Friday, grossing $7.7 million for a cume of $74.4 million.
Q&A: 'Star Trek's' Damon Lindelof on 'Star Wars' Influences and His 'Fatal Flaw' Overseas, Into Darkness opened in seven markets last weekend. The 3D pic has grossed a stellar $37 million through Wednesday, 70 percent ahead of the 2009 film.
Its projected to hit $35 million overseas for the weekend, lead by Russia at $9 million. (That's $2 million more than the opening on last film.)
By this weekend, the international cume is predicted to hit $75 million with just over half of all markets opened.
As Abrams' rolled out in North America, Universal's Fast & Furious 6 and The Great Gatsby commenced their international runs.
Zooming out of the gate, Fast & Furious 6 debuted in the U.K. and Ireland on Friday, grossing $4.6 million and marking the best opening performance ever for a Universal title in those territories.
Gatsby, which opened the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, began rolling out internationally Wednesday and is now playing in 49 countries. From Wednesday through Friday, it has grossed $17 million, more than the entire opening weekend of Moulin Rouge, which took in $13.8 million during its opening weekend in 2001.
In France, the third top-grossing market for the film, behind only Russia and the U.K., Gatsby has taken in $2.2 million on 660 screens to rank first.

I AM ZOZO
Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Scott Di Lalla’s Ouija board thriller I Am ZoZo from Outsider Pictures and One World Studios Ltd. The film was written and directed by documentarian Scott Di Lalla (Choppertown: The Sinners) and stars Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb DeBattista, and Caleb Courtney.
The film was produced by Zack Coffman and executive produced by Martin Perlberger. I Am ZoZo was filmed entirely on Super 8mm and recently received Best Feature and Audience Choice Awards at the 2012 US Super 8 Film Festival. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment made today’s announcement.
I Am ZoZo centers on five young friends who play with a Ouija board that inadvertently summons the malevolent Ouija demon “ZoZo.” The film’s horrific account of possession is based on widely reported real experiences with this ancient and evil spirit that attaches itself to people exclusively through Ouija boards.

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013

EUROPA REPORT
While seeking out alien life on Jupiter's moon Europa, a group of astronauts will prove the old adage "In space, no one can hear you scream."
Documentary-style horror has been a pretty common in the last decade, but usually because it's cheaper to produce. But with Europa Report, we're instead experencing a very real foray into a place where most humans will never go -- outer space.
If there's one thing of which we are unabashed fans, it's practical effects, and, as is often the case with found-footage movies, Europa Report seems to be favoring that over CGI.
And here's the official synopsis:
EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crewmember, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.
One of the coolest things about the film is that it'll hit iTunes before it even lands in theaters. So if your appetite is as whetted as ours, this flick will be ready to scare the space pants off of you on June 27.

DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8
It seems like we’re always wondering when the next Doctor, or next showrunner, will be falling in line for Doctor Who. But it sounds like Matt Smith isn’t going anywhere — at least not until after season eight.
Smith is locked in for 2014 — though the same can’t be said about showrunner Steven Moffat, apparently. He’s off shooting a feature film for a few months, but after the Christmas special is wrapped up, he says he’s returning in 2014 for the next series.
Here’s his statement, via The Sun:
“I’m on a break for a couple of months while I’m in Detroit making How To Catch A Monster. We come back and shoot the Christmas special over the summer, then we go on to the next series, which will either start filming at the end of this year or at the start of 2014.”

WAREHOUSE 13 TO END
There will be one more season of artifact hunting, and then Syfy’s Warehouse 13 will officially come to a close.
The network has announced that the hit series has received an order for a fifth and final season, which will consist of six episodes. The show is currently airing the back half of its fourth season.
Syfy President of Original Content Mark Stern had this to say about the decision:
Warehouse 13 has been an incredible signature series for us. We are grateful to the loyal and passionate fan base and know that Jack Kenny, his gifted creative team, and outstanding ensemble cast will give them an amazing finale season.”
The series has been a consistent performer, and has a pretty solid fan base following the gang of artifact hunters. It’s nice to know the writers will get a chance to close out the story on their own terms with a final season.
The series stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti and Aaron Ashmore.

THE EQUALIZER
Marton Csokas (upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will play the villain in Columbia Pictures' The Equalizer. He will be joining Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz in director Antoine Fuqua's big screen adaptation of the 1980s TV show.
The original show was created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. It starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve.
In the movie, McCall is living a quiet life while working at a Home Depot when one of his acts of kindness towards a prostitute (Moretz) gets him embroiled with the Russian mob. Csokas plays a vicious fixer for the Russia mob.
The movie was written by Richard Wenk with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch producing through Escape Artists, alongside Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan, and Washington.
The Equalizer will shoot this summer in Boston.

THE AVENGERS 2
A rumor started a few weeks ago that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be joining the team in the upcoming Avengers sequel. Further signs continued to point towards the characters' inclusion in the film and now writer/director Joss Whedon has confirmed the characters will appear in an interview with IGN. In the interview, he spoke about their involvement in the film.
"You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”
We've learned exclusively at SuperheroHype that Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is the "prototype" for their version of the Scarlet Witch, but no casting has taken place.
Whedon also spoke about how the ending to Iron Man 3 (spoiler ahead!) showed a potentially changed Tony, but he's still tied to The Avengers.
“Well, I feel like in Iron Man 3, even though he said, ‘I’ve changed' -- he blew up his remote suits, but I don’t think anybody thinks he doesn’t have one anymore. The question is, if The Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is, ‘Yes!’”
Casting for The Avengers 2 is still coming together with many rumors flying around about potential actors being replaced. Regardless of who ultimately assembles for the sequel, Marvel's The Avengers 2 hits the big screen on May 1, 2015.

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE This series is easily the most promising of the bunch new at The CW, and seems to boast the best production values to boot (for what it’s worth). The series looks like a good spin on Heroes, with young people figuring out they have awesome superpowers. As suspected, it definitely has a Push vibe, which should be a good fit for the small screen. Oh, plus Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural, Lost)!

THE ORIGINALS
We got a peek at the backdoor pilot earlier this season with The Vampire Diaries, and the network liked the New Orleans-set pitch so much they decided to bring the more mature spinoff back for a full season. It’s a no-brainer for Vampire Diaries fans, and could also appeal to fang fans who found the high-school series a bit too young-skewing.

THE 100
This one could go either way. It’s a future-set series following 100 teens sent back to Earth to investigate whether the planet is hospitable to re-establish a colony. It has a lower-budget Terra Nova vibe (minus the dinosaurs, of course), and definitely feels like a Hunger Games ripoff. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop the premise for the pilot.

STAR-CROSSED
Do you miss Roswell? Well, you’re in luck! This series looks like a pretty straight play on the fish-out-of-water storyline of aliens in a high school, only this time the whole world knows they’re aliens (and apparently hates them for it). It looks like 90210 with aliens, which could definitely appeal to a niche of CW fans.

PACIFIC RIM
Last month, Guillermo del Toro rolled out a package of footage from his epic monsters-vs.-mechs flick Pacific Rim that had previously been available only to attendees at this year's WonderCon. That trailer featured, among other things, a Jaeger (the film's name for the giant human-piloted robots that fight the beasts known as Kaiju) clubbing a monster in the face with a ship and smashing another's head with a pair of crushing punches. Now a new, two-and-a-half-minute trailer for the film has hit the 'net, and it's packed with even more Jaeger-vs.-Kaiju badassery.
We've still got nearly two months to go before Pacific Rim finally barrels into theaters, but if you weren't pumped up for this flick already, you're about to be. Monsters! Explosions! Kaiju dropping Jaegers into the ocean! Jaegers superpunching Kaiju at a full run! Ron Perlman's sunglasses! Check it out!
Pacific Rim is in theaters July 12.

DISPICABLE ME 2
Universal Pictures has released the first clip from Despicable Me 2 in which Gru and Agnes show you how to avoid unwanted guests. Hitting theaters on July 3, the sequel is voiced by Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong and Benjamin Bratt.

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

NEW CBS DRAMAS
INTELLIGENCE
"Intelligence," meanwhile, is straight out of the CBS playbook. A sarcastic, hunky leading man (Josh Holloway) bantering with a bright-eyed young woman (Meghan Ory) and backed by a network veteran (Marg Helgenberger). Action, mystery and crime-solving elements collide to give the network's regular viewers exactly what they expect. Which, let's face it, is part of what gives CBS the right to be so cocky. There was also a little more of the show on display during the upfront than there is in the behind-the-scenes promo above, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't find the whole thing instantly forgettable.

HOSTAGES
It's an interesting play: a heavily serialized thriller set for a limited cable-style run of 15 episodes that still looks and feels like a CBS procedural. Put another way, "Hostages" feels closer in spirit to an extended arc from "NCIS" or "Person of Interest" than something cut from the same sharp cloth as "The Good Wife." Or maybe it just finds the middle ground. Starring Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott and Tate Donovan, "Hostages" at least shows CBS' willingness to play with their form ... to a point.
The pilot cut-down shown to advertisers ran longer than the behind-the-scenes video above and gave a more concrete overview of the plot with more details about Donovan's character and the kidnappers. It also featured a brief look at future episodes, including what seemed to be a shocking twist (that drew gasps from the audience), but could have just as easily been a dream sequence.

ONCE UPON A TIME: WONDERLAND
ABC's unveiled the first trailer for Once Upon a Time: Wonderland. It's a spinoff of the popular drama that brings fairy tales into the modern day. Wonderland sets itself apart by taking place in Victorian England. It centers on Alice as she tells her story of love and loss in a magical land.
As you might expect, not everyone believes her account. When Alice tells her family about a place with an invisible cat, a hookah-smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk, they find it hard to believe. Can you blame them? Because of that, she's placed into a mental facility.
Alice yearns for freedom but can't forget about Cyrus ((Peter Gadiot), a genie she fell in love with. She assumes he's dead but learns he's actually alive and kicking. With the help of the Knave of Hearts (BBC's Being Human's Michael Socha) and the White Rabbit (John Lithgow), she returns to Wonderland on a mission.
Once Upon a Time: Wonderland will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

DEPARTURE
Billy Ray has come aboard to direct Departure, a sci-fi romance from Good Universe.
Jim Whitaker is producing while Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.
The script is inspired by Ghosts of the Air by Martin Caidin. The book told of the real accounts from pilots who have experienced flight anomalies.
According to Good Universe, Departure "follows a brilliant Miami-based FAA investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot 10 minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to occur with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami, the investigation becomes personal when the employee’s beloved wife is on one of the planes affected."
The company is fast-tracking the project and wants to begin casting immediately.
Spencer Wong will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe. Elizabeth Ingold will oversee for Whitaker Entertainment.
Ray is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand scribes with recent credits including The Hunger Games and the upcoming Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips. As a director, he helmed the acclaimed Shattered Glass as well as Breach.

ORPHAN BLACK
TORONTO – Canadian indie producer Temple Street Productions has seen its sci-fi drama Orphan Black go to BBC 3.
From co-creators Graeme Manson (Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus), Orphan Black follows a young woman played by Tatiana Maslany who discovers she is, in fact, one of several clones after she witnesses the suicide of someone who looks exactly like her.
The conspiracy clone thriller was also recently renewed for a second season by BBC America and Space in Canada with a 10-episode order.
Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier.
The cast includes Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Kevin Hanchard and Michael Mando.

Z FOR ZACHARIAH
Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are starring in Z For Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic feature that will be directed by Craig Zobel.
Tobey Maguire is producing via his Material Pictures banner along with the company’s senior vp Matthew Plouffe. Zik Zak Filmworks’ Skuli Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson and Palomar Pictures’ Joni Sighvatsson are also producing.
Zachariah is a psychological thriller, set after an apocalyptic event. It centers on a teenaged girl (Seyfried) who is seemingly the sole survivor until a scientist (Ejiofor) finds her farm, and the two fall in love. Another survivor, a young man (Pine), surfaces, complicating matters.
An August shoot is being planned.
Nissar Modi wrote the script, an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's classic science fiction novel.
Gary Ross and Lucky Hat Entertainment’s Stephen Bannatyne are executive producing, along with Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber and Lotus Entertainment’s Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson.
Lotus is selling international territories at Cannes. CAA arranged financing for the project, and CAA and WME will co-represent domestic rights.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013

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The teaser ABC unveiled Tuesday (May 14) for its midseason series "Killer Women" does not waste much time living up to its title.
In the opening scene, a woman in a red dress stalks up the aisle at a wedding and shoots the bride. Lead character Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer), the only woman in the Texas Rangers, is loaded for bear for pretty much the entire trailer (except for a love scene with a DEA agent played by Marc Blucas). In three minutes, the trailer expends more bullets than seemingly an entire season of "Justified."
Helfer plays tough incredibly well, and the chemistry she and Blucas have is palpable. There are a more than a couple cop-show cliches present as well, but the hope is that Helfer's magnetism and the action, which is plentiful and well-shot, can overcome them.

ABOUT TIME
We lurrrve romcoms. But a romcom with sci-fi elements like time travel sprinkled in it? Sounds like a winner to us. Especially if one of its stars is the great Bill Nighy. Oh, and it has Rachel McAdams in it, too.
About Time is the new brainchild from Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and Funeral, Notting Hill and the wonderful, infinitely sad Doctor Who episode “Vincent and the Doctor,” in which Nighy had a cameo).
It stars Domhnall Gleeson (Black Mirror) as Tim, an unlucky-in-love guy who is revealed to have the ability to travel through time (but not space) by his dad, the always-awesome Bill Nighy, when he turns 21 (a secret family trait).
So what’s a guy to do?
Well, first dad makes a point that he can’t change history: "You can't kill Hitler or shag Helen of Troy, unfortunately." Hi-la-ri-ous.
So instead Tim uses said special ability to get himself a hot girlfriend in the shape of McAdams’ Mary—in her second outing in a romantic time-travel movie (the first was The Time Traveler’s Wife, based on Audrey Niffenegger's book)— and to get everything in their relationship absolutely right. (We could always use that kind of power, right?)
Written and directed by Curtis, About Time also stars Lindsay Duncan, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie and Vanessa Kirby. It’ll be released in the U.K. on Sept. 6.

ROBO COP
Some new footage have leaked out from the RoobCop reboot, showing off some action scenes and a major set piece in the works.
Judging by the bit we’ve seen here, it looks like director Jose Padilha will be bringing the action once this reimagining finally arrives. We also get a better look at that sleek new RoboCop outfit — which looks like a combo of a G.I. Joe exo-suit and the original RoboCop design, in a good way.
A reboot of the 1987 cult hit about a cop turned into a half-machine lawkeeper, the film stars Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as a scientist and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as a media mogul.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
A new set video also captured what looks to be the staging of a major police standoff, with RoboCop using his fancy robo-cycle to roll up on the incident.
The film opens February 7, 2014.

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY
Fox has confirmed that it's restarting its hit "24" with the limited event series "24: Live Another Day" to debut in Summer 2014.
Showrunner Howard Gordon and star Kiefer Sutherland will return for the series which will retain all the regular hallmarks (split screens, interweaving story lines, etc.) of the eight earlier seasons.
Set several years after the events of the final season, one difference is that this will be a shorter run with twelve episodes now set to represent 24 hours. This will make the 'real time' gimmick a bit tricky.

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

SLEEPY HOLLOW
A slick and tantalizing re-imagining of the classic Washington Irving tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, from "Fringe" producers and "Star Trek Into Darkness" co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Tom Mison (HBO's "Parade's End") stars as 18th Century soldier Crane who somehow winds up in the 21st Century under the watch of a small town police officer (Nicole Beharie of "Shame"). Given that FOX's track record on high concept fantasy/sci-fi/action dramas contains far more flops than hits, we probably should be worried about this one. But the trailer is too much fun (beheadings! Revolutionary War flashbacks! banter! the Headless Horseman with a machine gun!), so we're hoping the powers that be pull this off.

ALMOST HUMAN
FOX went all-in with the "Fringe" folks this season, also ordering a series from the team of J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman. This one is a buddy cop drama with a sci-fi twist, set in the not too distant future of 2048 when every LAPD officer is required to have a "synthetic" (a.k.a. robot) ridealong partner. A troubled cop (Karl Urban) is partnered with a troubled 'bot (Michael Ealy) and the drama goes from there. Another shiny and intriguing hour that could also suffer the curse of the FOX high concept drama (recent casualties include "Terra Nova," "Alcatraz" and "Touch"), but also looks promising enough to set itself apart.

AFTER EARTH
Well, this isn't exactly a warm father-son moment.
After Earth, the new sci-fi epic co-written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Will Smith and his son Jaden, hits theaters in just a few weeks, and the filmmakers have finally released a clip. In it, Cypher Raige (Will Smith) tasks his son Kitai (Jaden Smith) with retrieving a beacon from their crashed ship, which is somewhere in the threat-filled wilderness of a future Earth that's long been abandoned by humans. It's an important task, and a dangerous one, but as you'll see below, Kitai is getting no coddling from Cypher.
After Earth hits theaters May 31.

DOCTOR WHO NEWS
If any of you had any itsy-bitsy, tiny doubts at the back of your mind that an eighth season of Doctor Who was upcoming after the show’s 50th anniversary in November, then you can now brush them all aside and throw them away in the Time Vortex.
Showrunner Steven Moffat has “definitely confirmed” season eight is indeed coming up.
During last night’s BAFTA Television Awards, Moffat addressed the issue, since he was bewildered (as are we, frankly) that some Doctor Who fans were unclear about the beloved show’s fate.
"This is a thing that just seems to have slipped by... so can I say it very firmly - series eight is absolutely, definitely confirmed," Moffat said.
"It is real and it's happening - it's [taking up] most of my time at the moment."
"I get people telling me [that series eight is] not really happening," he explained. "It really, definitely, honestly is!"
Season eight will feature current companion Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. No confirmation has been made about Matt Smith's return as the Doctor.
So now that season eight has been officially confirmed by the Moff himself, are you relieved by the news? Did you guys have any doubts whatsoever that the show would return for season eight?

DRACULA
NBC's lavish new Dracula drama doesn't debut until this fall, but three set shots of the famed bloodsucker seducing Olde London have recently been released by the network. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) stars in the 10-episode series as the undead Wallachian prince.
The production has been filming in Budapest and also stars Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Wanted) as the vampire hunter Van Helsing, Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven, Going the Distance) as Jonathan Harker and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) playing Renfield. Dracula is slated to be unleashed in the coveted Friday night programming slot from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. beginning in September. It's being produced by former 24 producer Tony Krantz, Collin Callender (ex-president of HBO Films), Anne Mensah, Reece Pearson and Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame. Creator Cole Haddon will serve as writer and co-executive producer.
Here's the official synopsis:
It's the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He's especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night - useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan... until he becomes infatuated with a woman named Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw) who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION VIDEO
As Cmdr. Chris Hadfield prepares to take his final bow and exit the outer-space stage that is the International Space Station, he gives us one last encore.
There's already no shortage of reasons to love Cmdr. Hadfield. His raw charisma has reignited the world's interest in space exploration. He even managed to grab the attention of both Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock. But his time is running out, and, before he returns to the womb of Mother Earth, he has one last video message to impart, which also doubles as the first music video to be recorded in space.
Somehow, deep down, we always knew the first-ever intergalactic music video would involve David Bowie. We're glad we were right, and we're thankful it was Hadfield who made it happen.

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

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Here is our first look at the new ABC series "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
The network teased the teaser (why that's become a thing, we'll never understand) early Sunday (May 12), hoping to drive fans to the "Once Upon a Time" finale where the longer trailer would debut.
The clip is narrated by Clark Gregg's magically resurrected Agent Coulson, though there's still no hint as to how he's back among the living after "The Avengers."
"We work the cases that S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't classified; the strange, the unknown," he explains. "It's not just spy versus spy anymore -- the whole world's in on the action."
It's still a frustratingly brief clip, teasing so many images without any real explanation. No doubt an even longer trailer is to come this week when ABC unveils their 2013-14 lineup at their Upfront on Tuesday.
For now, this will have to do.

THE WALKING DEAD
Production is ramping up on the fourth season of AMC’s hit zombie series The Walking Dead, and now we have our first look at Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) back in action. Not surprisingly, there’s a walker close behind.
Though it’s hard to glean much from this pic, we can tell that Rick at least looks a little bit more put together than the near-crazy version from last season. Plus, after a year spent fighting with humans, it’s nice to see a good old-fashioned zombie hanging ominously in the background here. The fourth season officially started shooting on May 6, and the pic originated on set in Atlanta, Ga.
Hopefully this is new showrunner Scott Gimple’s way of telling us they’ll be getting back to the dead-on-undead action once October rolls back around.
So while we get ready for a long, Dead-less summer, enjoy this peek at the new season to come.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness beamed up $31.7 million from only seven international markets as it began its worldwide rollout -- 70 percent ahead of the director's 2009 film.
Paramount is determined to improve the franchise's standing overseas, where Trekkie mania has never fully taken hold. To that end, the studio decided to whip up interest by opening the 3D tentpole first internationally, including in several countries where Abrams' Star Trek did the best the last time out.
Into Darkness, opening in the U.S. on May 10, returns Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the roles of James T. Kirk and Spock, respectively.
In those markets where Star Trek films have seen their strongest business -- U.K., Australia and Germany -- aggregate grosses for Into Darkness were 56 percent ahead of Abrams' 2009 reboot.
The real test for Paramount came in Mexico, New Zealand and German-speaking Switzerland, where the space-set franchise has never been especially popular. The results: Into Darkness paced 250 percent ahead of the 2009 film.
Mexico was of particular importance, since sci-fi isn't a favored genre there (it's also one of the biggest markets for 3D fare). Into Darkness took in a stellar $3 million from 573 locations, triple the opening of the 2009 film.
"That's what we were really for. Mexico is a great Barometer," says Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore. "The first movie certainly laid the groundwork for anyone who is a Star Trek fan. We want this film to cross over and create new fans."
The U.K. led with $13.3 million from 556 locations, 50 percent better than the 2009 reboot. Into Darkness also dominated the market in Germany, grossing $7.6 million from 627 locations, 80 percent better. Australia took in $5.5 million from 263 locations, 50 percent ahead of the 2009 movie.
Paramount has taken elaborate measures in marketing Into Darkness overseas, including dispatching producer Byran Burk to share 20 minutes of footage with media and distributors in numerous countries earlier this year.
Into Darkness continues its international rollout next week, including in Russia. On May 16, it opens in China. It's already delivering strong results for Imax theaters, which took in $2.7 million over the weekend from $2.3 million.
In 2009, Star Trek grossed $257.7 million in North America and $128 million overseas, where most Hollywood tentpoles do far better.

THE BLACKLIST
NBC is betting big on The Blacklist.
The freshman drama starring James Spader has just landed the best time slot on the network's 2013-14 fall schedule -- on Mondays at 10 p.m. following The Voice. It's the same slot where the network launched Revolution this season, with the J.J. Abrams drama moving to lead off Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Ahead of its Monday upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers -- and the release of the full trailers for all its 12 freshman shows, NBC has released the first trailer for The Blacklist.
Spader stars as the world's most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he's ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection.
Perfect Stranger's Jon Bokenkamp and showrunner John Eisendrath (Alias) and producers John Fox and John Davis.

MAN OF STEEL
A fourth TV spot with more footage from Warner Bros. Pictures' Superman movie Man of Steel.
Hitting 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on June 14, the action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.
In Man of Steel, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

PHOENIX BABYLON 5 EXTRAVAGANZA
The Phoenix Comicon has the Babylon 5 Programming that you are looking for! 2013 will feature over 19 hours of B5 focused programming over all 4 days. We are beginning with Babylon 5 101 & 102 and going all the way up to panels with J. MIchael Straczynski and culminating with the 20 Anniversary Reunion panel featuring 14 of the Starring Cast and the Creator himself all on one-stage. Come join us for the once in a life-time experience, after Phoenix Comicon an experience like this will disappear fast that the 4th Bablyon.
Go to https://www.phoenixcomicon.com/page/70 for a look at the full program.
For more information about the convention, go to https://www.phoenixcomicon.com/page/1.

NBC FALL SCHEDULE NEWS
We will launch two classy, attention-getting dramas in February: 'Believe' from J.J. Abrams, and 'Crisis' starring Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson.
"On Fridays, anchored by 'Grimm' at 9 p.m., we will have a more fun genre night with the limited-series 'Dracula,' starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers at 10 p.m. In the spring, 'Crossbones' - with John Malkovich as the infamous pirate Blackbeard - replaces 'Dracula,'" said Greenblatt.

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
In the battle of the billionaire playboys, Jay Gatsby couldn't topple Tony Stark, though he gave the Marvel superhero quite a run for his money.
"The Great Gatsby" had spectacular opening day, grossing $19.4 million, which has put the Warner Bros. adaptation on track for a $50-55 million weekend (which exceeds all expectations). Baz Luhrmann's film, which cost roughly $100 million to make, will undoubtedly become the director's best debut ever. As for Gatsby himself, the film will rank as Leonardo DiCaprio's second biggest opening in his career, behind "Inception," which bowed with $62.8 million in 2010.
The huge opening couldn't beat back "Iron Man 3," however. The latest installment in the Marvel franchise followed up its phenomenal opening weekend with $19.8 million on Friday (May 10).
It wasn't all rosy results on Friday, though. The weekend's other big opener, the Tyler Perry-produced "Peeples," truly flopped, placing fourth with a paltry $1.2 million. The film, starring Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier and Kerry Washington, is the first film marketed on Perry's name to open in the single digits.
Friday's Top 5:
1. "Iron Man 3" - $19.8 million
2. "The Great Gatsby" - $19.4 million
3. "Pain & Gain" - 1.3 million
4. "Peeples" - $1.2 million
5. "42" - $1.1 million

MAN OF STEEL
The official Man of Steel Twitter account debuted the latest poster for the upcoming reboot with a little reminder - "In five weeks..."
The film, arriving in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on June 14, stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.
In Man of Steel, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

MANIAC
A new poster for director Franck Khalfoun's remake of Maniac is now online!
Starring Elijah Wood and Nora Arnezeder, the thriller is set for a limited theatrical bow and VOD debut on June 21st. Written and produced by Alex Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the film finds Wood playing Frank, a man - haunted by seedy memories of his promiscuous mother - who works in a mannequin shop by day and stalks 'n kills women by night. Things take a turn in his life when he meets a beautiful photographer (Arnezeder).

STAR WARS NEWS
Lucasfilm has announced that the next "Star Wars" movie, like the previous six, will be filmed in the U.K. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added a brief story hint in the following official statement:
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the U.K. for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that.
Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the U.K. with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back."

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND
ABC has picked up "Once Upon A Time In Wonderland," the spin-off of the network's popular fairy tale drama, currently wrapping up its second season.
The network describes the series, designed to air as a limited-run standalone series to bridge the gap between the original show's fall and spring runs, as such: In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe, "Beautiful Kate") tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she's seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever -- the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot, "The Forbidden Girl"). But deep down Alice knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha, "This Is England") and the irrepressible White Rabbit (voiced by John Lithgow, "Third Rock From The Sun") arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together, the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible. Emma Rigby ("Hollyoaks") also stars as antagonistic Queen of Hearts.
"OUAT" co-creators Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Steve Perlman and Zack Estrin.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
ABC has ordered its pilot "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to series, confirming maybe the most no-brainer decision of this upfront season.
The show stars Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, reprising his role from "The Avengers" and several Marvel movies that preceded it. The cast also includes Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennet and Iain de Caestecker.
"Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon also directed the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot and co-wrote it with his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen. All three will be executive producers, along with long-time Whedon writer-producer Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb ("Smallville," "Heroes").
Per ABC, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will follow Coulson and his team as "they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary." The first teaser for the series will air Sunday (May 12) during the "Once Upon a Time" season finale.

DEFIANCE RENEWED
Get ready to return to TV's hottest new sci-fi world.
After the second-biggest series premiere in network history and three straight weeks of leading its Monday-night timeslot in key demographic ratings and total viewers for a cable drama, Syfy announced today it has renewed its acclaimed, groundbreaking original series Defiance for a second season of 13 episodes.
The show's second season will begin production this summer in Toronto for a 2014 release, and will reunite the season-one production team of showrunner Kevin Murphy (Caprica) and executive producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin (Smallville). As for the tie-in Defiance game developed by Trion Worlds, that's still a part of things, too, so if you're one of the more than 1 million players who've set up a game account, keep playing. Your gameplay will continue to affect the world of Defiance in the second season.
"Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort. We couldn't ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds," said Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP. "We can't wait to see where they take us in the second season."
Nearly 4 million viewers watched the premiere of Defiance in its first week, and the show has continued to deliver strong demo numbers and more than 2 million viewers every week. It's already become an anchor for Syfy's Monday night programming block (which also includes the likes of Warehouse 13, Lost Girl and Being Human), and it seems the best could be yet to come.
Defiance airs Mondays at 9/8C on Syfy.

GRAVITY
The first full trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s long-delayed sci-fi flick Gravity has finally arrived, and space has never looked so absolutely terrifying.
No, these astronauts aren’t facing xenomorphs or Reavers, but the inky, black nothingness all around them is more than scary enough. Set 372 miles above the Earth, the story follow two astronauts drifting away from the planet after a horrible accident aboard a space station.
If you thought that teaser footage was good, you ain't seen nothing yet.
The effects are breathtaking, and the footage here looks like nothing we’ve ever seen. If Cuaron can carry this tension for the length of the film, this could be one of the most unique films of the year.
Here’s the full synopsis:
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
After a year-long delay to add some 3D effects, Gravity finally opens Oct. 4.

AFTER EARTH
Columbia Pictures has released a new TV spot for After Earth, the sci-fi thriller starring Will and Jaden Smith.
The film begins when a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
After Earth hits theaters May 31.

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

BELIEVE
Not surprisingly, J.J. Abrams will have a few more new shows on TV this fall, and now we have the first look at his NBC series Believe.
This one isn’t quite as straightforward as his new robo-cop drama Almost Human at Fox, though NBC is betting on the golden goose anyway and officially picked the pilot up for a series order. It has the potential to be one of the most ambitious (or terrible) shows of the fall. So, we'll see.
The fantasy-ish pitch follows the “unlikely relationship that develops between a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.”
The first pic from the pilot shows off the young girl and her protector, though it’s hard to glean much more from the pic. It’ll be interesting to see the mythology that Abrams and company have in mind for this one, since it’s a pretty strange premise to build a series around.
In addition to Abrams, the series is also being developed by Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Mark Friedman (The Forgotten) and Bryan Burk (Fringe, Lost). It stars Jake McLaughlin, Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo, Sienna Guillory, Jamie Chung, Johnny Sequoyah and Arian Moayed.

AMOST HUMAN/SLEEP HOLLOW
Well, Fringe might be gone, but Fox seems to be doubling down on new sci-fi shows next season.
The latest? J.J. Abrams’ Almost Human and Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci's Sleepy Hollow, both of which received a full season pickup from the network.
For Fringe fans, Almost Human should definitely be one to watch, as Abrams has teamed up with former Fringe producer J.H. Wyman to make it happen. That series will be a twist on the buddy-cop genre, following a cop (Karl Urban) who is teamed up with a humanlike android. Abrams’ name alone was likely enough to get this one on the schedule, and it’s the latest of many series (Fringe, Alcatraz) he's had on the network.
As for Sleepy Hollow, reboot gurus Orci and Kurtzman (Hawaii Five-0, Amazing Spider-Man 2) will be mixing time travel with the classic headless-horseman tale for a sci-fi-tinged crime procedural. The series will follow Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who gets yanked 250 years through time to find the world on the brink of destruction. Once here, he’s somehow partnered with a modern-day cop (Nicole Beharie) to try and figure it all out. The biggest question? How they plan to string this premise out for the long term. Best guess: a big mystery and a new mythology.

S.H.I.E.L.D.
Consider Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the air at ABC.
The Joss Whedon drama based on the Marvel Comics property is near a series order at the Disney-owned network, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, with an official green light expected to come Friday morning, May 10.
The ABC Studios project is based on Marvel Comics' secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles, including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates, since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency's moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.
Whedon is on board to co-pen the pilot alongside his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife, Maurissa Tancharoen; the trio previously teamed on the three-part web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Whedon directed the pilot, which has had ABC social media accounts for months. S.H.I.E.L.D. is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb.
ER's Ming-Na stars as Agent Melinda May, The Avengers' Clark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson, Killing Lincoln's Brett Dalton is set as gruff rising star Agent Grant Ward, Elizabeth Henstridge as science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons and Iain De Caestecker as tech guru Agent Leo Fitz, with Nashville's Chloe Bennet set as Skye, a superhero-obsessed woman.
Since the project was first announced in August, it has been a clear front-runner to land on ABC's 2013-14 schedule. ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee told reporters in January that the project was being fast-tracked and he was "very hopeful" that the entry with a "great script" would go to series.
"Marvel has the ability to bring the whole family around it," Lee said at the time. "Joss has great relationships around it. There's a lot of real funny male-female relationships and flirtations, but it's also Joss and Marvel, so there's a lot of action to it."
"My boss Bob Iger buys Marvel, and how wonderful is it for ABC to be able to use the core talent from that and not use the Marvel brand but the Avengers franchise for a show that is not exactly about the Avengers but is attached to it?" Lee said, noting that Whedon was already working on scripts at the time.
ABC is expected to begin a major marketing push for the high-profile project with a sizable built-in fan base as soon as Sunday, May 12, during the season finale of Once Upon a Time. While ABC would yet not confirm S.H.I.E.L.D. had been ordered to series, a cryptic promo featuring Marvel's Hulk popped up on a network YouTube account Thursday, May 9, perhaps a telling sign of its imminent pickup. (The video has since been removed.)

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

UNDER THE DOME
We’re still a month away from CBS’s Under the Dome, based on King’s hit novel of the same name, but the network has finally released the first full trailer for the high-concept series. Thankfully, there's a lot more footage here than in those tantalizing teasers we've been getting.
The show will follow a plot similar to the novel, which explores the goings-on in a town cut off from the world by a huge, mysterious dome. The gimmick is used to perfect effect with the new footage here, as we see everything from cars to airplanes crashing into that seemingly impenetrable barrier.
We also get to see a little more of the national response, and how the townsfolk start to unravel. Think Jericho, with a dash of Lost, but more claustrophobic and with a focused sci-fi hook. If it’s done right, this could be one of the best shows of the new season. Or it could crash and burn under the weight of the premise. Regardless, fingers crossed.
The series will star Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Jeff Fahey, Rachelle Lefevre, Britt Robertson and Keith Harris. The premiere is set for Monday, June 24.

HAVEN NEWS
Sheriff Carter is back (well, kind of)! A familiar face will be showing up in Haven next season as a former Eureka star has signed on for a season-long arc on the Syfy series.
Colin Ferguson, who played Sheriff Jack Carter for five seasons on the beloved series Eureka, will be headed to Haven once the new season premieres. Ferguson will play William, a “handsome, mysterious stranger, whose secret agenda” leads him to Audrey Parker (Emily Rose).
[Possible spoilers ahead.]
The third season ended on a pretty massive cliffhanger, and Deadline reports the season premiere will pick up six months after the finale, which saw the town nearly destroyed by meteors and Audrey finally face her mysterious origins.
Ferguson could always play the slapstick off with a bit of believable drama, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with a more series tone.
Production is actually ramping up today in Halifax, Nova Scotia, so hopefully we’ll have a peek or two at the new season soon.

BLACK SAIL
If you haven’t been getting enough Michael Bay in your diet, you’re in luck: The explosion maestro behind the Transformers series has two new TV series in the works set to debut next year. His latest targets? An apocalyptic military tale and a hard-nosed pirate series.
First up, TNT has ordered Bay’s The Last Ship to series with 10 episodes, which will follow the crew of a U.S. Navy destroyer after a global catastrophe decimates most of the world’s population. The crew are among a small group of survivors and could hold the fate of humanity in their hands. Of course, that dense conspiracy plot will play out with a fair share of explosions (shocked, no?) as the crew tries to make sense of the world around them.
If it could take some of the best elements of Shawn Ryan’s criminally short-lived Last Resort and throw in some nice sci-fi twists, it could be fun. Here’s hoping.
As if that wasn’t enough, Starz has also announced the tentative premiere date for Bay’s pirate drama Black Sails, which will follow Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island. The show is set to debut in January 2014.
The network has released a tantalizing new poster for the series, which plays up the Game of Thrones-meets-Sons of Anarchy comparisons that have been thrown around. Depending on the execution, that could be a really good thing.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
MTV has released a new clip from Star Trek Into Darkness.
Opening in IMAX theaters on May 15 before expanding to conventional theaters on May 16, the film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.
In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013

RAY HARRYHAUSEN HAS DIED
The ultimate creator of movie monsters is gone. The prolific visual effects artist, and creator of our epic fantasy dreams, Ray Harryhausen, has died.
The family of Harryhausen announced his passing in London. He was 92 years old. The stop-motion maestro and model animation trailblazer was (and will continue to be) a key inspiration for future filmmakers. His work on movies such as Clash of the Titans, Jason And The Argonauts, The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad will be remembered in the world of cinema forever (and even nodded to in current films like Monsters Inc.).

ENDER'S GAME
It’s finally here. The first trailer for Ender’s Game has arrived, and Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel has never looked so good.
The film will follow humanity in the wake of a huge alien war, specifically focused on a group of highly-trained students at a high-tech military school in space.
So, can they pull off some of the epic scenes that Card described in the book and actually make this thing work? Yes and yes, at least according to the first real look we’ve gotten at some footage.
The effects are absolutely insane, and if nothing else, director Gavin Hood has created a true FX extravaganza. The films stars Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff, plus Ben Kingsley, Nonso Anozie, Moises Arias, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis in supporting roles.
Here’s the full synopsis:
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
The film is set to open in November 2013.

DOC SAVAGE
Doc Savage is back on the docket for Shane Black.
Sony Pictures says it's closed its deal with Black to co-write and direct the film based on the classic pulp hero.
Black began work on a screenplay in 2009, and decided to make it his directing vehicle in 2010 when the opportunity to direct Iron Man 3 came along.
Now with that movie out of the way, and on its way to earning $1 billion in global box office, Black is renewing his commitment to one of his favorite heroes.
Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Neal H. Moritz is producing the project with Ori Marmur through his Original Film banner. Michael Usland will also serve as a producer on the film.
Sony is prepping to go all out with Savage and make it its next big franchise.
"We couldn't be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team,” said Sony’s president of production Hannah Minghella in a statement. “Shane and Neal have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can't wait to get this production up and running.”
Known as the Man in Bronze, Savage was a popular fixture on radio and magazines in the 1930s and 1940s. Savage had almost limitless skills – he was a surgeon, scientist, inventor – and possessed super-strength, was a master of disguise and more. He surrounded himself with a group of helpers and, from his office in the Empire State Building, fought villains bent on world domination.
Black is a huge fan of the pulp stories and has the original Savage books lining his book cases.
The character was translated into a Warner Bros. movie in 1975 produced by George Pal and starred Ron Ely.

DUALING SPOCKS
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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013

WAREHOUSE 13 NEWS
Syfy's Warehouse 13 and the world barely escaped another Earth-shattering tragedy a la artifact, this time a pandemic, when the series premiered its season 4.5 last week. But don't think things are going to get easy for the Warehouse agents anytime soon, as consequences of the deeds of evil Artie reverberate and an array of notable sci-fi guest stars pop in for recurring roles, including Buffy alums James Marsters and Anthony Head and X-Men's Kelly Hu.
[Spoiler alert!] “We've got to, of course, deal with the repercussions of what Artie has done,” said creator and executive producer Jack Kenny. “He killed Leena. That's going to be some pretty major stuff. But we still continue to do what we do with a sense of … I hesitate to say a sense of humor, but we do try to keep humor alive. It's not all dark and weepy and crying.”
Now that Claudia has saved Artie and he's returned to his right mind, “our next order of business is to figure out how do we move forward now having been through what we've been through. Leena's dead. She's not coming back. It's not a sci-fi death. It's a real death. She's gone. And that was important for us to do it that way because you don't want everybody always thinking, 'Oh, well, in sci-fi there's no jeopardy, no stakes because you can always come back to life.' So it was important to us to have somebody die who's really dead and have her really go away,” said Kenny.
“The first journey is one of healing. Our theme for both last season and this season was dealing with various forms of mortality. Our family is pretty firm and pretty strong now. We know who we are and how we feel about each other and there's a great deal of love and concern. So the next hurdle to throw at the family was loss and mortality. How do we deal with the loss of someone else? Our own mortality?”
That kind of loss “has a tremendously powerful effect on a family. I think it speaks to the strength of the relationships if we're able to get through it. And we will continue that. We will continue to test the bonds of our family. At the end of episode 17, we have a pretty big bomb to drop on Myka. That Myka and Pete are going to have to deal with in a major way, in a pretty powerful way. We'll get to meet an ex-flame of Steve's on a mission and see how he deals with that. Kind of an unexpected turn of events. Of course our people give him endless shit about it,” he said.
This season there are “some really cool guest stars lined up.” Buffy's James Marsters and Caprica's Polly Walker guest stared as Professor Sutton and Charlotte Depres last week, and they'll be recurring this season. Sutton turned out to be the 500+ year old Count of St. Germain, whose in a constant battle with his ex, aka Charlotte. Unlike Leena, the Count's death at the end of the episode, doesn't look like it's going to stick considering he's immortal and all.
Marsters and Walker will “thread in and out of the season. Then the big bad comes in and there's even another pickle. As you know, we like to leave you in pickles.”
Later in the season, Marsters is “going to be teaming up with another Buffy alumnus.” That turns out to be Anthony Head, who'll play the villainous Paracelsus, an alchemist. Head will guest star in the final three episodes of the season.
And X2's Kelly Hu guest stars as someone who comes in due to Leena's death. She joins the cast as Abigail Cho, a protégé of Mrs. Frederic. Returning guest stars include Jaime Murray as H.G. Wells and Kate Mulgrew as Jane Lattimer, who appeared in the premiere.
In season 4.5, “we go to Vegas for an episode. There's an artifact that a magician is using to levitate people. There's an artifact, an old mining lantern, that can cause the earth to swallow somebody up,” said Kenny. “There's an episode that we shot a lot of at the Niagara Falls power plant that's about an old pirate from the 1920s. He actually intercepted a warehouse ship full of artifacts and stole a bunch of them, and Artie and Pete and Myka are on a hunt to find his lair beneath the Niagara Falls power plant. Yep, searching for pirate's treasure,” said Kenny.
“It gets pretty major by the end of this next season. There's some pretty huge upheavals in the warehouse due to what this big bad does. It has a lot to do with Warehouse 9,” said Kenny.
Warehouse 13 airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Following a worldwide gross of $694.7 million for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are ready to move forward with a fifth installment and have signed a deal with Tom Cruise to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt and produce.
Deadline says that both Paramount and Skydance have confirmed the signing but they are not saying who is writing and directing or when the release date may be. "Ghost Protocol" was directed by Brad Bird, who has moved on to directing Tomorrowland for Disney.
Deadline adds that they are hearing Christopher McQuarrie will direct, but that is not confirmed yet. The two just teamed up for Jack Reacher last year. That film is in early talks for a sequel as well.

ICE STATION ZEBRA
All of a sudden, EVERYONE wants to know if Christopher McQuarrie will indeed direct Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5, a question that's been around for a good five months now.
While digging around, The Hollywood Reporter discovered that the talented Oscar-winning writer/director and frequent Tom Cruise collaborator already has another assignment on his plate, to write and direct a remake of the Cold War thriller Ice Station Zebra for Warner Bros.
The 1968 MGM movie based on the Alistair McLean novel was about an American Naval submarine team racing the Russians to retrieve sensitive photographic material in the Arctic and it was one of the very first submarine action movies with all the torpedoes and intrigue and double agents that you would expect from one. It's illustrious cast included Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan and Jim Brown and it was a major hit at the time.
McQuarrie first got attention for his screenplay for The Usual Suspects, directed by his other frequent collaborator Bryan Singer, for which he won an Oscar, before turning to directing with 2000's The Way of the Gun. He reunited with Singer and first worked with Cruise writing the 2008 WWII thriller Valkyrie and then wrote and directed Cruise in last year's Jack Reacher. He's also been involved with the writing on Singer's recent Jack the Giant Slayer, Cruise's upcoming All You Need is Kill and did a pass on The Wolverine.
Ironically, Cruise recently signed to another Cold War-inspired movie for Warner Bros., the re-imagining of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., directed by Guy Ritchie and co-starring Armie Hammer.
THR's seems to think that this new project may impact whether McQuarrie directs Mission: Impossible 5, although nothing has been confirmed for either project besides the fact that they exist.

MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
The studio is wrapping up a nifty viral marketing stunt, which has unveiled a new 3D trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness. Want to see Benedict Cumberbatch wreak havoc on Starfleet ... in 3D?
It all started by asking fans to tweet #The1701, and ended with 1,701 of them (get it?) being selected to receive that cool wreckage poster, a pair of old-school 3D glasses and a secret URL to check out a new 3D trailer.
Well, the rest of us might not have gotten the cool poster and 3D glasses, but we do have the new 3D trailer above. It seems to be your basic anaglyph-style (blue and red lens) video, so if you have an old pair of 3D glasses lying around, dig ‘em out and give this thing a look.
The folks at Trek Movie have been kind enough to post what the prize pack looks at, so go ahead, marvel and be jealous:
The movie opens May 17.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The summer spectacle has begun.
Kicking off the season with the pedal to the metal, Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man 3 made the record books as it opened to $175.3 million from 4,253 theaters in North America, the No. 2 debut of all time behind fellow Marvel pic The Avengers ($207.4 million), also starring Downey as Iron Man. Iron Man 3 received a glowing A CinemaScore from audiences, fueling word of mouth.
Overseas, the Disney and Marvel threequel grossed $175.9 million in its second weekend, putting the 3D movie's international total at $504.8 million and early worldwide haul at $680.1 million. Internationally, Iron Man 3 - the first title in the franchise to be released in 3D -- is all but matching Avengers overseas, where 3D remains a big draw. China leads with a whopping $63.5 million, the top opening of all time for a Marvel film.
Iron Man 3 -- directed by franchise newcomer Shane Black -- has a strong shot of joining an elite club of films ultimately grossing $1 billion or more and is another sizeable victory for Marvel and parent company Disney, giving them the top two slots on the list of all-time North American openings as Iron Man 3 beat out the final Harry Potter pic ($169.2 million).
Box office observers are convinced that the threequel is playing more like a sequel to Avengers than to Iron Man 2, a testament to Marvel's superhero strategy. They say it bodes well for sequels Thor: The Dark World, which opens Nov. 8, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, opening April 14, 2014 (both characters shared the screen with Downey's Tony Stark in Avengers).
"A year ago, we speculated as to the impact of Avengers, and now we're witnessing it first-hand with the success of Iron Man 3," said Disney executive vice president of distribution Dave Hollis, crediting Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Case in point: Iron Man 3 has already surpassed the total global box office of Iron Man ($585 million), Iron Man 2 ($624 million), Thor ($449 million) and Captain America ($369 million). And it zoomed past the $128.1 million domestic opening of Iron Man 2.
In North America, Iron Man 3 played across all age groups, although the film skewed male overall (61 percent). There was a good turnout among moviegoers under the age of 25 (45 percent)), while 45 percent of the overall opening gross came from 3D tickets.
Overseas, Iron Man 3's performance propelled Disney to cross the $1 billion mark at the international box office. The movie also shattered records for IMAX, which took in $30 million globally over the weekend for a cume of $40.2 million.
Helmed by franchise newcomer Shane Black, Iron Man 3 shattered a number of other records in its worldwide assault, including scoring the top-grossing Saturday of all time in North America ($62.2 million) save only for Avengers ($69.6 million).
Overseas, the movie scored the biggest weekend of all time in Southeast Asia and many regions of Latin America, as well as in Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UAE.
The threequel sees the return of Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark's girlfriend Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as James Rhodes. Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall join the superhero series as characters threatening the stressed-out Stark.
Other male-fueled pics saw big declines as Iron Man 3 entered the market. Michael Bay's Pain and Gain fell 63 percent in its second weekend to place No. 2 with $7.6 million for a 10-day domestic total of $33.9 million. Tom Cruise starrer Oblivion, from Universal, fell 67 percent in its third weekend to $5.8 million for a domestic cume of $76 million. The sci-fi epic took in $6.5 million overseas from 61 markets for a worldwide haul of $222.8 million.
Several specialty films served as effective counter programming, including Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon drama Mud, from director Jeff Nichols. From Roadside Attractions, the specialty pic climbed to No. 7 in its second weekend, although it is only playing in 576 theaters. The movie grossed $2.2 million for a cume of $5.2 million.
Millennium Entertainment's mob pic The Iceman, starring Michael Shannon and debuting in four theaters in New York and L.A., turned in a strong performance, grossing $93,149 for a location average of $23,289, the best of the weekend after Iron Man 3 ($41,218). Millennium's second new entry, Julianne Moore-Steve Coogan drama What Maisie Knew, grossed $23,248 as it debuted at the Angelika in New York.
Sony Pictures Classics saw solid business for Danish diretctor Susanne Bier's romantic dramedy Love is All You Need, starring Pierce Brosnan as a widow who takes up with a younger woman, played by Trine Dyrholm. The film grossed $38,954 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $9,729.
Below are the top 10 estimates for the May 3-5 weekend at the North American box office.
Title, weeks in release/theater count, studio, three-day weekend total, cume
1. Iron Man 3, 1/4,235, Disney/Marvel, $175.3 million
2. Pain & Gain, 2/3,227, Paramount, $7.6 million, $33.9 million
3. 42, 4/3,345, Warners/Legendary, $6.2 million, $78.3 million
4. Oblivion, 3/3,430, Universal, $5.8 million, $76 million
5. The Croods, 7/2,915, Fox/DreamWorks Animation, $945K, $165.5 million
6. The Big Wedding, 3/2,633, Lionsgate/Millennium, $3.9 million, $14.2 million
7. Mud, 2/576, Roadside Attractions, $2.2 million, $5.2 million
8. Oz the Great and Powerful, 9/1,160, Disney, $1.8 million, $228.6 million
9. Scary Movie 5, 4/1,857, The Weinstein Co., $1.4 million, $29.6 million
10. The Place Beyond the Pines, 6/1,162, Focus/Sidney Kimmel, $1.3 million, $18.7 million

WORLD'S END
Director Edgar Wright has revealed this new quad poster for The World's End, arriving in UK theaters on July 19 before opening in North America on August 23.
Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for a third film following the successes Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). In The World's End, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013

THE CROW REBOOT
Luke Evans is apparently destined to star in comic book reboot "The Crow." Relativity Media has delayed the start of production to early next year to accommodate Evans' schedule.
The Welsh native plays Bard the Bowman in "The Hobbit" trilogy, the villain in the upcoming "Fast & Furious 6" and will soon play Dracula in origin story "Dracula: Year Zero." While all of those commitments have raised Evans' star status, they also seemed to place him out of the running for "Crow." But the studio is apparently so smitten with the star that they're willing to give the film a later start.
As Deadline reports, several other actors -- including "Avengers" villain Tom Hiddleston and "True Blood" heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard -- were rumored to be close to landing the role. But Evans was ultimately the guy.
James O'Barr's comic book series "The Crow" launched in the late '80s and was adapted into a 1994 film starring Brandon Lee -- which is sadly most famous as the film where Lee lost his life during an accident on set.
A poorly received sequel (1996's "The Crow: City of Angels"), short-lived TV series ("The Crow: Stairway to Heaven") and several direct-to-DVD continuations followed.

TRUE BLOOD
HBO revealed the trailer for True Blood season 6 this weekend. You can now watch it below and begin to speculate as to what is going to go down this season. It definitely looks like the stakes are high this time.
The new season begins June 16th.
Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, the show follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard).

IRON MAN 3
After making an estimated $15.6 million in Thursday previews and midnights, Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 brought in an estimated $68.5 million its opening Friday.
That's a strong opening day, definitely in the Top 10 but below last year's Marvel's The Avengers ($80.8 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($75.7 million), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($91 million) and three of "The Twilight Saga" movies - it's tied with "Eclipse."
Right now it's on its way to anywhere from $165 million and up depending on how well it holds business on Saturday, but its A CinemaScore is a good sign of positive word-of-mouth to carry it through the weekend.
Essentially it could take second place behind the opening of last year's Marvel's The Avengers which holds the record with $207.4 million but more likely it will take third place behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which held the opening record for ten months with $169.2 million.

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013

MAN OF STEEL
Another new Man of Steel trailer has been released, showing the new Superman doing his very best Hulk impersonation. I’m thinking we will not like him when he’s angry.
Narrated by Russell Crowe’s Jor-El, the voiceover here sets the scene for Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) to be the ideal for humanity to strive toward. We also get some snippets of explosive new footage, including some peeks at Krypton and alien ships blasting through the clouds.
Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Crowe as Jor-El, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.
Superman’s triumphant return opens June 14.

WARNER BROS. ANIMATED SERIES
It wasn’t that long ago that Warner Bros. and the Cartoon Network pulled the plug on two beloved DC animated series. There was a bit of hope for a while, but now it looks like they’re definitely staying dead. Boo.
The folks at SMGO.tv were organizing a Kickstarter crowdfunding movement to revive Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, which were cancelled recently. DC pulled the plug to clear the way for a new line-up of animated series, but that didn’t make the decision any easier for fans to stomach.
Well, after months of trying, the folks at SMGO just announced that Warner Bros. has axed their plans to raise funds to save one or both of the shows. Here’s their statement:
“Hey all, I’ve been trying (all day) to come up with a slightly better way to say this, but I’m just going to give it to you straight. Warner said no – they don’t think we can reach our goals – do you believe that?”
The two shows have been replaced by Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! on the Cartoon Network schedule, and it seems DC doesn’t want to deal with the potential distraction of a fan campaign. Heck, why not give them a seemingly unattainable goal of what it would take to realistically happen? Then, if they don't make it, so be it, but they at least have a chance.
Oh, well. For every Veronica Mars, it looks like there will be a whole lot of good-intentioned ideas like this one that fall by the wayside.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Paramount Pictures has started airing this new TV spot for Star Trek Into Darkness, opening in IMAX 3D theaters on May 15 and conventional theaters on May 16. The J.J. Abrams sequel stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.
In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

INTERSTELLAR
Jessica Chastain is the latest major name to emerge in the casting for Christopher Nolan's top secret sci-fi project "Interstellar," which already has Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway set for lead roles.
Based on an original screenplay by Nolan's brother Jonathan Nolan (who worked on the Batman films and executive produces CBS' "Person of Interest"), "Interstellar" is said to involve time travel, an interstellar voyage and the scientific theories of Caltech physicist Kip Thorne. It's scheduled to open Nov. 7, 2014.
Deadline reports Chastain is in talks for the third lead role in the film, which would represent one of her first projects since landing her second consecutive Oscar nomination (last year for "The Help" and this year for "Zero Dark Thirty").
Chastain also recently joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro's upcoming horror film "Crimson Peak" along with Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam.

DARK TOWER
Looks like one of Stephen King's strongest and most prolific works still has hopes of getting adapted.
Gunslinger Roland Deschain has faced a long, uphill battle to find his way to any kind of screen, big or small. Universal, Warner, Media Rights -- all these companies have held the rights to adapt The Dark Tower into a TV Show or movie and all of them have let that opportunity lapse for one reason or other. It's had fans of the books series (and its stellar comic adaptation) feeling a little down.
But hope springs eternal, and this project isn't totally down and out just yet. In fact, none other than famed director Ron Howard has his eyes on the project and, with his show Arrested Development returning to our screens, so does Netflix. Vice President of Content at Netflix, Ted Sarandos, was asked recently about the possibility, and he sounded hopeful.
I spoke to Ron about it, actually. The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.
Netflix could be a great fit for the project. Rather than having to either force the series into a few movies or risk dealing with fickle TV networks, The Dark Tower could get a great shot at having a full season released all at once giving ample time for it to find an audience. It worked for House of Cards. We think it could work for Stephen King's opus, too.

THE WIDOW
David Slade -- whose credits include "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" -- had drawn rave reviews for his "Hannibal" episodes.
Slade has come aboard to direct The Widow for Vendome Pictures.
Penned by Ray Wright, the psychological thriller centers on a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.
Vendome CEO Philippe Rousselet will produce the film alongside Steve Golin and Alix Madigan of Anonymous Content. Vendome is financing the film, with plans to commence production later this year. The project is out to actresses.
Slade, whose feature credits include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is the executive producer on NBC's midseason hit Hannibal. He's directed multiple episodes, as well as the pilot, with his work drawing rave reviews. Spade's breakthrough movie was Hard Candy in 2006, followed by the vampire genre pic 30 Days of Night.
"We are thrilled to be working on this piece with David. He is such a dynamic filmmaker, and we are excited about his vision to make this movie a throwback to some of the most iconic thrillers in cinematic history -- not to mention the two females leads being the strongest and most interesting we have seen in some time," Rousselet said.
Vendome’s Guy Stodel and Sarah Schweitzman will oversee the project for the company.
Vendome, which financed and produced Source Code, also is developing El Bulli, based in part on the world-famous Spanish chef Ferran Adria and the restaurant he built.
Anonymous’ recent credits include such awards-season contenders as Winter’s Bone, Babel and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

ORPHAN BLACK
Orphan Black, currently airing its freshman run as part of BBC America's "Supernatural Saturday" lineup, will return for a 10-episode second season in 2014.
The conspiracy clone thriller, produced by Temple Street Productions, stars Tatiana Maslany and was co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.
“Tatiana Maslany has delivered one of the year’s standout performances," said Perry Simon, general manager, channels at BBC Worldwide America. "We’re excited to commission a second season from the talented team of Graeme, John and Temple Street Productions, and we can’t wait to see who Tatiana shows up as in season two.”
“We’re delighted with the second season order for Orphan Black and want to thank everyone at BBC America, BBC Worldwide and Space for their support and commitment to our show,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of Orphan Black and co-presidents of Temple Street Productions. “We’re thrilled to continue this journey with such a strong team and fantastic cast, led by the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany. A huge thanks to the fans for their steadfast support of the show. We’re looking forward to giving every one of them more Orphan Black.”
Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Kevin Hanchard and Michael Mando co-star in Orphan Black.
The cable network, home to Doctor Who and The Nerdist, announced the renewal early Thursday afternoon on Twitter: "JUST ANNOUNCED: @BBCAMERICA Original Series, @OrphanBlack, Renewed for Second Season! #OrphanBlack."
The season one finale airs June 1. The DVD and Blu-ray sets of Orphan Black's first season will hit stores July 16. BBC America will roll out Copper's sophomore season June 23.

ENDER'S GAME
Summit Entertainment has brought online a teaser for next week's Ender's Game trailer featuring an intro by Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford.
The world premiere of the first teaser trailer for Ender's Game will debut during a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET. The event will also feature a live conversation with director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), producer Bob Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and star Asa Butterfield (Hugo).
You can tune in to the live Google+ Hangout at YouTube.com/EndersGameMovie and Google.com/+EndersGame. Fans are invited to submit their questions for a chance to have them answered in the Hangout. Join in the conversation online using #EndersGame. You can join the event here.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, the November 1 release is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.

TEN GRAND #1 - JMS COMIC BOOK
For a review of J. Michael Straczynski's new comic book, TEN GRAND, go to http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2013/05/02/comic-review-ten-grand-1.

For more information about the book, see below in the KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW section.

MERLIN RETURNS TODAY TO SYFY
Time is running short and only Arthur’s impassioned love and Merlin’s timely magic can stop Morgana’s spell from dooming Gwen to an eternity of evil in “With All My Heart,” the first of the final five episodes of MERLIN, which airs Friday, May 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.
The series lauded by Entertainment Weekly as “an utterly charming mini-epic” barrels toward its stunning conclusion in five episodes fraught with tension, revelation – and, of course, filled with magic.
The first of the five episodes is this week’s “With All My Heart.” In it, Merlin must act fast before Morgana’s twisted power over Gwen takes control of the queen forever. But Gaius warns him that only the most powerful magic can save Gwen – a task that will not be easy, even for Merlin.

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
The shooting schedule for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is finally hitting some good action scenes, and now we have our first look at Anthony Mackie as Cap’s new sidekick The Falcon.
Judging by the set pics here, it looks like his introduction should be an awesome one. Some fans snooping around the set popped off several picks of Mackie in costume, guns blazing, as he flew around on wires in front of a green screen.
The costume has some vague homages to the newer versions of the comic, but it looks like a pretty standard evolution of the S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform style, and should be a good fit with the film universe aesthetic.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Ever wonder what happens when a starship starts flipping while zipping through deep space? Well, wonder no more.
The latest clip from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness finds the Enterprise and company in deep trouble as Kirk (Chris Pine) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) scramble through the halls of the ship while taking heavy fire.
But when the Enterprise starts spinning, the shiny halls turn into a funhouse-style death trap as corridors become pits and crew members go flying.
It’s a neat scene and shows a new angle and consequence of being in deep space without solid artificial gravity. It shows some great effects work as Kirk and Scotty try to stay on track while everything (literally) turns upside down around them.

FALLING SKIES RETURNS
Next month, Falling Skies returns to TNT. The third season ups the ante with new characters and more drama for the 2nd Mass. The network's released six photos from the premiere, plus a detailed description of what's to come. It looks like Tom (Noah Wyle) and Anne's (Moon Bloodgood) bundle of joy will appear, while Weaver (Will Patton) and his daughter join forces. Plus, Hal's (Drew Roy) still exhibiting questionable behavior.
As the new season of Falling Skies opens, seven months have passed since the survivors of the 2nd Mass reached Charleston, which has been named capital of the New United States. Now elected to public office, Tom (Wyle) has taken a more aggressive approach to the alien occupation than former leader Dr. Manchester. The government has formed a tenuous alliance with a band of rebel skitters who now paint their faces with a red and yellow stripe before battle in honor of Red Eye, their fallen leader. Tom’s son Ben (Jessup) serves as the mediator between Mason and the rebel skitters. But the alliance may not be enough to overpower the enemy Espheni, whose forces are now being led by an even more sinister overlord. To complicate matters further, another race of aliens has just entered the battlefield.
Charleston also faces dangers from within its own walls. Recent battle losses have convinced Tom and the military that there may be a mole feeding strategic plans to the Espheni. Despite the threats they face, the survivors living in Charleston are doing their best to rebuild their lives. Dr. Glass (Bloodgood) and Tom are focusing on their growing family. Newly promoted to Colonel of the 2nd Mass, Weaver (Patton) is enjoying a renewed relationship with his daughter. Hal (Roy) is recovering from mysterious injuries he suffered while trying to destroy an alien super weapon. Meanwhile, his romantic pursuit of Maggie (Carter) is finally starting to see positive results, though she has a growing concern that something is wrong with him beyond mere battle injuries. And Pope (Cunningham), the non-conformist leader of the Berserkers, has set up his own little Popetown on the outskirts of Charleston.
Falling Skies returns June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.

STAR WOLF - KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
Tired of network TV? Two former Star Trek writers are, too, so they're turning to you to help make their next series.
David Gerrold and D.C. Fontana got a big career boost thanks to their work on Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek. Fontana, one of Trek's very first writers, penned 10 episodes of the original series (some under pseudonyms), including "Tomorrow Is Yesterday," "This Side of Paradise" and "The Enterprise Incident," and later went on to a healthy screenwriting career that includes contributions to The Six Million Dollar Man, Kung Fu, Babylon 5 and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Gerrold first came on board after being impressed by the pilot, and began pitching scripts. He eventually contributed two episodes to the series, including the legendary "The Trouble With Tribbles," and later went on to write for the Star Trek animated series, Land of the Lost and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also became an acclaimed novelist, with works like the Hugo- and Nebula Award-nominated The Man Who Folded Himself, the War Against the Chtorr series and the Hugo- and Nebula-winning novelette The Martian Child (made into a feature film in 2007).
Now Gerrold and Fontana are teaming up again, alongside Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director's Edition producer David C. Fein, to adapt Gerrold's Star Wolf series of novels into a TV series, and they're using Kickstarter to make it happen because they simply don't believe networks know what to do with sci-fi.
"Star Trek, The Original Series got cancelled because NBC executives didn't understand what they had. Firefly got cancelled because Fox executives didn't understand what they had. Babylon 5 was cancelled because the network executives didn't understand what they had," the team said on their Kickstarter page. "Even a profitable series can be cancelled if the numbers don't work for the accountants. And anything less than three million viewers isn't considered enough.
"But even a million committed viewers are more than enough to make any show profitable -- if we leave out the obsolete distribution system and go directly from the producers to the audience."
The Star Wolf is the story of a lone starship faced with trying to get back home after a devastating attack by a humanity-hating alien race called the Morthans. With limited resources and a small crew, the show's heroes must simultaneously rebuild the damaged ship and get back home as quickly as possible, all while being hunted.
"This is a story of the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It's about the strength of human beings in an impossible situation. It's about war and revenge, hope and triumph. It's about us. The Star Wolf is an epic adventure of ordinary men and women caught in an extraordinary war against a race of superhuman creatures... the Morthans who have augmented their evolution, genetically transformed themselves into a breed of gigantic warriors, trained for aggression, ferocity, and hatred... and they have sworn to destroy humanity!"
To make the production possible, Gerrold, Fontana and Fein have assembled a crew that includes Oscar-winning visual effects artist Dennis Skotak (The Abyss, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Batman Returns), sound designer Steve Lee (The Lion King, Apollo 13) and composer/arranger Edwin Wendler (The Losers, Sleeper Cell).
According to Gerrold, four scripts for the show have already been written. If the team hits its $650,000 fundraising goal, they'll produce the first episode. For every $500,000 they can raise after that, they'll produce another one, until hopefully they've made their first four-episode arc.
As for what you get if you back the project, rewards start at $10 (a PDF of the script and advance online viewing of the first episode) and run all the way up to $10,000 (you get to be a character who suffers an extremely gory death). In between there are cameo appearances, less gory deaths, Star Wolf "Launch Crew" jackets, posters and bumper stickers, and a chance to name a character. So if you're interested in helping a couple of sci-fi TV legends with their next project, check out the video below, then head over to Kickstarter to lend a few bucks to The Star Wolf.

EPIC
A new battle scene from director Chris Wedge's animated-adventure Epic is now online.
Opening in theaters on May 24, the film is voiced by Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson and Judah Friedlander.
Epic is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of Ice Age and Rio, Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours.

MAN OF STEEL
Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the second TV spot for director Zack Snyder's new Superman movie, Man of Steel, opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on June 14.
In the action adventure, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff star.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013

WORLD WAR Z
Everyone involved with World War Z has been trying to downplay those recent rewrites and reshoots, but apparently new writer Damon Lindelof didn’t get the memo.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Lindelof opens up about how he was brought in after the fact to help rework the final act, which resulted in a massive reshoot and a full rewrite of the ending and several other late scenes. Lindelof described the original cut as “abrupt and incoherent” and said it was “missing a large chunk of footage.” Well, that’s not good.
That’s why star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster brought Lindelof in to have a fresh set of eyes. Here’s Lindelof’s recollection of what Pitt told him when he was hired:
“‘But when we started working on the script, a lot of that stuff had to fall away for the story to come together. We started shooting the thing before we locked down how it was going to end up, and it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to. The thing we really need right now is someone who is not burdened by all the history that this thing is inheriting, who can see what we’ve got and tell us how to get to where we need to get.”
After watching a rough cut of the film, Lindelof said he had two ideas to make it better: try to write around what’s already there, to give it context, or scrap a whole chunk of the movie and try something else. Turns out the film was in such a mess that they went with the second route, cutting 12+ minutes and reshooting approximately 40 minutes of footage while dropping a huge Russian battle scene:
“I said to them, There are two roads to go down here. Is there material that can be written to make that stuff work better? To have it make sense? To have it have emotional stakes? And plot logic and all that? And Road Two, which I think is the long-shot road, is that everything changes after Brad leaves Israel. I didn’t think anyone was going to say, ‘Let’s throw it out and try something else.’ So when I gave them those two roads and they sounded more interested in Road B, I was like, ‘To be honest with you, good luck selling that to Paramount.’”
It took a few months, and a budget that climbed to approximately $200 million, but they apparently think they have the kinks worked out. The film is finally hitting the big screen June 21, so we’ll know soon enough. Here’s hoping.

ARROW
The first season of The CW’s Arrow has been building to a certain faceoff all year, and this first look at the season finale confirms we’ll have it soon enough.
Spoilers ahead!
Yes, TV Guide has published the first pics from the May 15 season finale, showing Arrow (Stephen Amell) chained up as Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), aka the Dark Archer, looks on. That’s right — they’re both unmasked, meaning Malcolm will learn Oliver’s secret identity and apparently get the upper hand on him.
Amell didn’t want to give too much away, but did say that all the subterfuge comes to an end as the two ass-kicking archers finally have a chat face-to-face:
"I start the season finale chained up and left for dead. I'm chained up by Mr. Barrowman. In the photos, he's not wearing a mask and neither am I. So everything is out in the open between us."
We’re definitely curious to find out what Arrow has to say once he finds out his archnemesis has been right under his nose all season. The writers have made it a point not to hold any storylines back this season, and it's made for one of the most engaging and action-packed shows of the year. Since we've been building to this faceoff for months, it should be a doozy.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Paramount Pictures has released more TV spots for Star Trek Into Darkness. Opening in IMAX 3D theaters on May 15 and conventional theaters on May 17, the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.
In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

PACIFIC RIM
Last month at WonderCon, Guillermo del Toro unveiled a new two-and-a-half-minute trailer for his epic sci-fi flick Pacific Rim. Unfortunately, you had to actually be at WonderCon to see the footage ... until now. Citing popular demand for more footage from the flick online, del Toro released the full trailer today via the Legendary Pictures Facebook page. There's quite a bit of new footage to enjoy, including lots of giant-scale action and a closer look at the birth of the Jaeger program, which crafted the giant two-pilot mechs designed by humanity to take down the Kaiju.
Pacific Rim hits theaters July 12.

REVOLUTION
With Revolution officially coming back for season two, NBC is adding yet another sci-fi vet behind the scenes to make sure it can match that early momentum. The latest? Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon.
Since his latest CW series Cult crashed and burned, O’Bannon’s schedule is clear, so Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and J.J. Abrams (Lost) brought him on board to have a “heavy role” behind the scenes of the hit sci-fi series as work on season two cranks up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, O’Bannon will serve as an executive producer behind Kripke, meaning he’ll definitely be involved in the day-to-day operations. In addition to Farscape and Cult, O’Bannon also had a hand in Syfy’s new hit series Defiance, Alien Nation and SeaQuest 2032.
Needless to say, the guy is a sci-fi legacy, and should be a welcome addition in the writers’ room for season two. After its initial 10-episode run, the writers opted for a soft reset with the back half of season one, which has made for an action-packed (though a bit awkward) transition into a bigger scope.
Considering O’Bannon’s experience with epic sci-fi worlds in Farscape and Defiance, he could have the right touch to help Revolution hit its stride next year.

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN
Young newcomer Travis Tope has booked the male lead opposite Addison Timlin in MGM’s The Town That Dreaded Sundownz. Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum are producing the remake of a 1976 horror thriller that is being directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
The story centers on a rural Texarkana town that was stalked by a serial killer in 1946. The maniac was never caught and in 2013, he comes back.
Timlin plays a young high schooler being raised by her grandmother who’s targeted by the mysterious killer. Tope will play a classmate who befriends Timlin’s character and decides to make a documentary about the search for the killer. The pic begins shooting in May in Louisiana.
The part is a coup for Tope, who auditioned via tape for a couple of Hollywood productions while based in Plano, Texas. Nothing took, but he was encouraged enough to move to Los Angeles. He was in town for a whole 10 days before he nabbed the Sundown part, beating out at least two other more established young actors, according to sources.

CAPSULE
20th Century Fox has picked up Capsule, a sci-fi spec by Ian Shorr that has Matthias Hoene attached to direct.
Hutch Parker and John Zaozirny are attached to produce with Parker producing through his Hutch Parker Entertainment banner.
Based on an original story by Hoene, Capsule centers on a young man whose life is turned upside down when he mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self.??
Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio. Aaron Ensweiler will shepherd the project for Hutch Parker Entertainment.
Shorr (UTA, Mosaic, Morris Yorn) wrote the 2008 indie horror movie Splinter and has Cristo, a futuristic re-telling of The Count of Monte Cristo set up at Warners. His horror thriller script The Operator is in pre-production with Zaozirny and Jimmy Miller producing.
Hoene (Gersh, Partizan, Lichter Grossman) directed the comedic horror flick Cockneys vs Zombies for Studio Canal. ?
Parker is a producer on Fox’s The Wolverine, which opens July 26.

LINE OF SIGHT
AMC is moving forward with a drama project from Brotherhood's Blake Masters.
The cable network has green-lighted a pilot order for Line of Sight, centered on a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash. Masters will write and serve as executive producer.
Production on the Fox TV Studios/AMC Studios-produced pilot will begin later this year.
Described as a "genre-bending odyssey," Line of Sight is the story of Lewis Bernt's search to find out what happened to him. He becomes a man whose world, as he knows it, unravels in a whirlwind of obsession and paranoia.
"Blake Masters has created a world and set of characters that defy the traditional boundaries of drama and sci-fi. It's got great elements of both genres while also having that unique blend of a conspiracy thriller. It is genuinely unexpected and unconventional,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content. “It is also great to be working with our incredible partners at FTVS again."
Stillerman, senior vice president of scripted programming Susie Fitzgerald and senior vice president of production Jason Fisher are overseeing development and production.
This comes more than a week after AMC unveiled its slate, which included a Breaking Bad talk-show companion Talking Bad and seven scripted efforts in development. Other pilots at AMC include Ballistic City and Halt & Catch Fire.

I-ORIGINS
Mike Cahill, the co-writer (with Brit Marling) and director of 2011's Another Earth, has revealed, via Deadline, the full cast of his followup feature, I Origins. Also a science fiction tale, the film will again star Marling alongside Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Archie Panjabi, Michael Pitt and Steven Yeun. The official description reads as follows:
[I Origins] connects the lives of the most unlikely people from around the globe. One doctor on the brink of a scientific discovery which will have historical ramifications, travels to India to search for the one person, a young Indian girl, who can prove or disprove his theory. The story follows the incredible journeys which bring these strangers together, and proves there is no separating matters of science and matters of the heart.
Cahill, Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky will produce with Pitt, Adam S. Bersin, Tyler Brodie, Jayne Hong, Rebekah Paltrow Neumann, Adam Neumann and Bonnie Timmermannexecutive producing.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY
First announced for a big screen adaptation back in 2010, Richelle Mead's hit book series Vampire Academy is headed to the big screen with Mean Girls director Mark Waters helming the first film, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. Today, Deadline reveals that Oblivion star Olga Kurylenko has joined the cast as Kirova, the Academy's headmistress.
The Vampire Academy book series is a coming-of-age, action driven, "paranormal romance" fantasy. It is set in the present day against a hidden universe of vampires, half-humans, alchemy, and magic. The series centers on a strong, yet flawed, 17-year-old female who confronts her world with grit, determination, and lots of moxie. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half human/half vampire and guardian of the Moroi, a race of peaceful and magical mortal vampires who can walk in the daylight, survive by feeding off willing blood donors, grow old and die. Hidden deep in the forests of Montana is St. Vladimir's Academy, where Moroi and dhampirs learn to take their place in Moroi society. Rose must master her inherited abilities as a dhampir and earn the approval of the Royal Council, as guardian to Princess Lissa, her best friend and sole heir of one of the twelve Royal families of Moroi. Rose and Lissa share a mysterious psychic bond and sense of destiny, but first they must survive an intense social scene, politics and the physical challenges of Moroi life at the Academy. Outside the sanctuary of St. Vladimir's waits their greatest threat of all, the Strigoi, a race of bloodthirsty immortal vampires and predators of the Moroi.
Zoey Deutch, who recently starred in Beautiful Creatures, will play Rose with newcomers Lucy Fry as Lissa and Danila Kozlovski as Dmitri.
Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Deepak Nayer and Michael Preger will produce with Stuart Ford executive producing.

BLACK AND WHITE
Kevin Costner is set to both headline and produce the upcoming indie drama Black and White. Deadline reports that Costner will re-team with director Mike Binder, who previously helmed 2005's Upside of Anger.
The film will star Costner as a man who, along with his wife, has been raisng his bi-racial granddaughter in the wake of his daughter's death. When the wife is killed in a car accident, Costner's character finds himself at odds with the child's other grandfather, who seeks to legally take the girl away.
Costner can be seen later this year in both Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan.
Production on Black and White is slated to begin this summer in New Orleans.

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

IRON MAN 3
Marvel Studios and Disney's Iron Man 3 has blasted into the stratosphere overseas, opening to $195.3 million from 42 markets to beat last year's global blockbuster The Avengers, which debuted to $185.1 million internationally.
Box office observers agree that Iron Man 3 is playing more like a sequel to last summer's The Avengers -- which featured a myriad of Marvel superheroes, including Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man -- than a follow-up to Iron Man 2, which posted a foreign opening of roughly $100 million in 2010.
The mammoth foreign opening bodes well for the tentpole's domestic prospects, and is already whipping up speculation as to whether the threequel can match or better Avengers in North America. Avengers debuted to $207.4 million domestically, the top number of all time.
Disney president of worldwide distribution Dave Hollis didn't want to speculate as to whether Iron Man 3 could reach that number but said the film is clearly off to a stellar start. "To say we are beyond encouraged is an understatement," he said.
Iron Man 3, another victory for Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feig, is breaking a slew of records overseas, scoring the biggest opening weekend ever Asia Pacific and Latin America, and in individual countries including Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. It also scored the top Marvel opening in another raft of markets.
Teaming Downey with franchise newcomer, director Shane Black, Iron Man 3 opened at the international box office ahead of its May 3 North American launch, as Iron Man 2 did in 2010. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle also are returning cast members.
Iron Man 3, which has been well received by critics so far, is playing in roughly 80 percent of the foreign marketplace, excluding major markets Russia and China, where DMG Entertainment put up some of the financing.
It saw its biggest gross in the U.K. ($21.5 million), followed by Korea ($19.2 million), Australia ($18.4 million), Mexico ($16.1 million), France ($14.7 million), Brazil ($12.3 million), Italy ($11.2 million), Taiwan ($8.4 million), Philippines ($7.4 million), Japan ($5.4 million), India ($5.2 million), Spain ($5 million), Hong Kong ($4.9 million), Malaysia ($4.6 million) and Indonesia ($4.5 million), among other markets.
The tentpole broke numerous records for 113 IMAX theaters, which took in $7.2 million for a per screen average of $64,000, coming in ahead of any Marvel title, including Avengers.

UNMASKED
Christina Ricci in talks to start in Indie Thriller Unmasked.
Geoffrey Sax (White Noise, Frankie & Alice) is onboard to helm the film, which was written by first-time scribe Peter Scott Vicaire.
The script was discovered on Inkip.com and optioned by Sean Thomas, producer of the upcoming A Single Shot starring William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell and Melissa Leo.
The story follows a man who joins a dangerous and mysterious club in order to relive the worst day of his life.
The filmmakers are now looking to cast a male lead.
Founded in 2001, InkTip.com has become a well-used repository for scripts, with 11 feature films having gone into production from InkTip.com-sourced scripts and writers.
Ricci recently wrapped the relationship drama Mother's Day and a voice role in The Smurfs 2. She is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and attorney Melanie Cook.

DRIFT
Drift, an Australian drama starring Sam Worthington, Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Robyn Malcolm, Steve Bastoni and Aaron Glenane will be available On Demand July 2nd and in theaters on August 2nd.
In the film, after their mother escapes from Sydney to Margaret River in the 1970’s, the two Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launches a backyard surf business - re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van.
Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, the brothers give rise to a global brand. A story of passion, corruption, friendship and loyalty, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, Drift tells a tale of courage and the will to survive at all odds.
Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Robyn Malcolm, Steve Bastoni and Aaron Glenane co-star.

FAST AND FURIOUS 6
Universal Pictures has released the final trailer for Fast & Furious 6, which hits theaters on May 24 and for which you can now buy tickets in advance. Directed by Justin Lin, the anticipated action thriller stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans and Gina Carano.
Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.
Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013

SERIES RENEWAL NEWS
NBC has picked up five of its most valuable performers for the 2013-14 season.
On Friday, the network handed out early renewals for Revolution, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire and Parenthood.
From J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, Revolution ranks as NBC's top scripted drama across all of primetime -- averaging more than 6 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
Revolution, which has had the benefit of The Voice as a lead-in on Monday nights this season, returned from its four-month midseason hiatus down two-tenths of a point from its winter premiere with a 2.7 among the under 50 demo. It has seen further dips since but remains one of the biggest success stories of the 2012-13 season.
Another freshman success, Chicago Fire has proved a solid performer for NBC on Wednesdays, where it recently topped CBS' veteran procedural CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and remains neck-and-neck with ABC competition Nashville. From SVU producer Dick Wolf, NBC is also mulling a potential spin-off centering on the Chicago police department. For his part, Wolf also has a half-hour comedy in contention -- Girlfriend in a Coma, which was pushed off-cycle after difficulties finding a replacement for star Christina Ricci.
With NBC's additional season orders for Revolution and Chicago Fire, the network joins Fox as having picked up two first-year series. CBS and the CW, meanwhile, have thus far only added one each (Elementary and Arrow, respectively). The fate of CBS rookies Golden Boy and Vegas, along with CW's Beauty and the Beast and The Carrie Diaries has not yet been determined. Fox's The Goodwin Games and NBC's Save Me are not expected to return.
The lone survivor of Wolf's once sprawling Law & Order franchise, SVU has averaged a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 in its Wednesday time slot. Heading into its 15th season, the show is not the juggernaut it once was but remains a consistent performer on a night that has been problematic for NBC.
Critical darling Parenthood will return for a fifth season. The perennial bubble show proved its worth this past season on Tuesday nights, where the network struggled to find a replacement after the Jason Katims ensemble wrapped its abbreviated 15-episode run. Ending early to allow room for the second and expanded season of Smash, the Broadway drama tanked in its return and was banished to Saturdays. Reality dating series Ready for Love followed in the slot and was canceled after two episodes. Like Grimm, Revolution, Chicago Fire and SVU, Parenthood -- which comes with a pricey and sizable cast -- will be back for a full season of 22 episodes. Supernatural procedural Grimm has proven a sturdy performer for NBC on Fridays at 9 p.m., averaging nearly 3.2 million in the demo -- the network's fourth-best drama and behind only Revolution, rookie Chicago Fire and Parenthood in the metric. The series hails from Universal Television and Sean Hayes' Hazy Mills Productions, the latter of which also has a scripted drama pilot in contention for fall as well as the upcoming Jane Lynch-hosted unscripted offering Hollywood Game Night, both via his overall deal with the studio. Dramas that did not receive a green light Friday include long shots Deception and Smash -- as well as April entry Hannibal. Deception finished its soft run last month, while dramatic declines have seen the pricey Smash banished to Saturday nights.
There is a bit more optimism around Hannibal, which saw a soft debut but strong DVR growth. Still, Byran Fuller's update on Silence of the Lambs dropped to a troubling low on Thursday night, averaging just a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49. The 10 p.m. Thursday hour has been a revolving door of failed dramas for the past two years. Mid-season entry Do No Harm was pulled after just two episodes.
Comedy renewals are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

NEW SCI-FI THRILLER
Jason Blum and "Fast & Furious" franchise writer Chris Morgan are teaming to produce a low-budget sci-fi movie, says The Hollywood Reporter. Chris Denham will write the script.
According to the trade, "the story centers on a group of students who invent a new technology with ramifications that go far beyond their control."
Universal Pictures may distribute the project, as both Blum's Blumhouse and Morgan's Chris Morgan Productions have first-look deals with the studio.

IRON MAN 3
Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios have released a new TV spot for the upcoming Iron Man 3 and it features new footage.
Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

THE WALKING DEAD
Rumors began circulating last week that "The Wire" alum Larry Gilliard Jr. was in talks to join the hit AMC series The Walking Dead. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Gilliard has signed on for the series and will play the role of former Army medic turned alcoholic Bob Stookey.
In the source material, Stookey was a resident of Woodbury and saved The Governor's life after being tortured by Michonne. With David Morrissey set to return as The Governor in the upcoming season, it remains to be seen if these two characters will interact, but it does seem likely.
The Walking Dead will begin production on its fourth season this May and will return to air in October.

JMS AND TEN GRAND AND SUPERMAN
Follow the link below to hear about how J. Michael Straczynski is paying off on plot items that were set up in Superman Volume 1, plus he teases the reveal of the big bad responsible for the destruction of Krypton, and shares insight on his Shakespearian roots. Also, find out if JMS has any more adventures with Superman up his sleeve.
JMS also talks about TEN GRAND, his latest comic book venture.

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JULIE CAITLIN BROWN
Julie Caitlin Brown had a passionate energy that lit up the media room from the moment she walked in. Sporting a big pink feather in her hair that one of her loyal StarFest fans had asked her to wear, this successful actress, writer, and producer took time out of her busy schedule at the StarFest Convention in Denver April 19-21, 2013 to share her current projects with her fans. Best known for her role as "Na’Toth" from 'Babylon 5' Ms. Brown talked about her incredible career and her thoughts on going back to singing Cabaret.
To read more of this interview, go to:
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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

11/22/63
Deadline is reporting that J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot is in negotiations to turn Stephen King's 2011 novel "11/22/63" into a TV series. The book is described as follows:
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time."
Bad Robot would be teaming up with Warner Bros. TV for the project. The project was originally set up to become a movie that was to be directed by Jonathan Demme.

VAMPIRE DAIRIES SPIN-OFF The CW Network has given early pickups to three additional dramas for next season, including the first new series order of the season with "The Originals," the spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries," which was introduced during last night's episode. The network also gave advance orders for the second season of "Beauty and the Beast" and the third season of "Hart of Dixie." The pickups were announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.
"As soon as we saw last night's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries,' we knew we wanted more of 'The Originals' - Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have done a fantastic job with 'The Vampire Diaries,' which is as fast-paced and well-written as ever, and Julie has created an equally compelling world for 'The Originals,'" said Pedowitz. "We're also very excited to bring back 'Beauty And The Beast' and 'Hart of Dixie' for next season - both series continue to be creatively strong and compelling, and their fans are incredibly passionate. I'm very happy to have all three series on the schedule for next season."
"Beauty and the Beast" stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan and "Hart of Dixie" stars Rachel Bilson.
The CW has already given advance orders to "Arrow," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural" for next season.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

THE STRAIN
Guillermo del Toro's pilot at FX has found its lead in "House of Cards" star Corey Stoll.
"The Strain" is described by the network as a "high concept thriller" that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in NYC. He and his team are tasked to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain begins to spread, the team, along with a group of everyday New Yorkers, must fight in a war for the fate of humanity itself.
"To me, having the right lead for 'The Strain' series was perhaps the most important creative task," del Toro said in a statement. "To be able to secure the perfect actor in Corey Stoll sets the project on the right track. To embody a character like Ephraim Goodweather - who transitions through every emotion and situation imaginable, and which anchors the narrative of the series - requires amazing talent and craft. Corey has both in spades as he has demonstrated it over and over again."
"The Strain" is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy from del Toro and author Chuck Hogan. They will co-write the pilot script, with del Toro attached to direct. Famed writer and producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost") will oversee the series with del Toro as an executive producer, acting as showrunner, should the pilot go to series. Production on the pilot is set to begin in September 2013.

JOHNNY MNEMONIC/SCREAM
With series development ramping up, networks are looking to the 1990s for inspiration this year — and two classic film franchises will be coming back to life on the small screen.
Do you remember Scream and Johnny Mnemonic?
The 1995 sci-fi flick Johnny Mnemonic, starring Keanu Reeves, is being reimagined as a weekly TV series. No network is attached yet, but the studio behind Syfy’s Lost Girl, Prodigy, is involved in early development.
Based on a short story by sci-fi author William Gibson, the dystopian flick focused on a guy (Reeves) with a cybernetic brain implant, tasked with moving some highly sensitive data. It was admittedly a mixed bag, but it was set in a pretty rich sci-fi universe, and with the right hands at the wheel it could be a compelling jumping off point.
The production company apparently has some talent lined up behind the scenes, including some folks who were apparently involved in the long-running Stargate franchise (SG-1, Atlantis and Universe). But, no word on which specific writers are signed on.
Over at MTV, where they’ve already turned the 1985 classic Teen Wolf into a hit series, the network has green lit a show based on the 1990s horror slasher Scream. The film, which was followed up with three dreadful sequels, is best known for the “ghost face” mask worn by the knife-wielding killers.
With horror shows like The Walking Dead and The Following becoming bona fide hits in recent years, it makes sense MTV would want to get in on the action. It’ll be interesting to see if they can retain the cheap thrill charm of the original, or if they go for a full-fledged reboot and drop the meta-tinged tone.
Still no word on who will head up the Scream series, though the network is apparently talking to original Scream director Wes Craven to see if he’d be interested in directing the pilot.

DOCTOR WHO NEWS
The BBC has released the official synopsis for Neil Gaiman’s highly anticipated second Doctor Who episode, titled “Nightmare in Silver.”
From the look of it, it sounds like it could be a doozie:
Hedgewick’s World of Wonders was once the greatest theme park in the galaxy, but it’s now the dilapidated home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf and a dysfunctional army platoon.
When the Doctor, Clara, Artie and Angie arrive, the last thing they expect is the re-emergence of one of the Doctor’s oldest foes. The Cybermen are back!
Guest-starring Warwick Davis (Willow, Life’s Too Short), the episode sees the return of the original Cybermen and will serve as the finale for season seven, perhaps even seguing into the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special in November.
Hopefully it’ll be as awesome as Gaiman’s first Doctor Who effort, the wonderful “The Doctor’s Wife.”
Doctor Who season-seven finale "Nightmare in Silver" is set to air on May 11.

DOC SAVAGE
Now that Iron Man 3 is done, director Shane Black is setting his sights again on the long-awaited Doc Savage movie.
Speaking to Collider, Black said:
“Well Doc Savage is proceeding on pace. I mean we’ve got to try to set a deal now to go back into that, so as Iron Man wound down I sort of reconnected with Sony who have been gracious to say, ‘We’ll wait a year and sit on these rights until you’re finished with this other picture that we don’t control.’ So they were really cool about it, they were really nice. So yeah I’m back on it.”
Doc Savage was described by the series’ main writer, Lester Dent, as “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.”
He was a fictional character with stories originally published in U.S. pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s (he first appeared in March 1933 in the first issue of Doc Savage Magazine). "The Man of Bronze" also appeared on the radio and in comic books. If you recall, there was also a little 1975 movie, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, which starred former Tarzan actor Ron Ely.
Producer Neal Moritz also added that Black is “100%” still writing and directing Doc Savage and that it’ll be Shane Black’s next big film, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

IRON MAN 3
A new clip from next week's Iron Man 3 is now online and it deals with Tony Stark's reaction to a post-Marvel's The Avengers world.
The Shane Black-directed action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley and Wang Xuequi.
Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

MR. PIP
An international trailer for writer/director Andrew Adamson's Mr Pip has been released. Based on the Lloyd Jones novel, the drama stars Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah, Healesville Joel and Eka Darville.
In 1991, a war over a copper mining in the South Pacific tore the island of Bougainville apart. In 14 year-old Matilda's tiny village, the reclusive "Popeye” (Hugh Laurie) offers the children escape into Dickens' "Great Expectations." But on an island at war, fiction can have dangerous consequences.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

DOCTOR WHO
Clara Oswin Oswald may be a computer genius, but her common sense leaves something to be desired.
In the next episode of Doctor Who, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, Clara will get lost within the labyrinthine corriders of the Doctor's big, blue, sexy, um ... box. Now maybe she assumes the TARDIS is a safe place. She's wrong. That's not what had us pulling our hair out, though. No, it's something else entirely. Take a look at the clip:
Clara is smart enough to reason out that a red flashing light means "bad." She even checks her logic aloud to make sure. Then she opens the door anyway!

THE WALKING DEAD
It seems like the Walking Dead producers are really big fans of HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire.
A report indicates that Lawrence Gilliard Jr. has been cast as new character Roy Stark, described as a "former Army medic who is deeply haunted by his past." Stark seems to be a TV creation who does not appear in the comics, though he bears some background similarities to comic character Sgt. Abraham Ford.
Gilliard has previous held roles on The Wire, Friday Night Lights and Southland. If this report does pan out, Gilliard will be the second Wire alum to take a regular spot on the zombie drama, following Chad Coleman’s turn as Tyreese.
It’s not much of a surprise to hear that new showrunner Will Gimple is beefing up the cast for season four, after the bloodbath of Glen Mazzara’s third season. Considering the fact that Hershel is about the only person with any medical training, this new character should be a welcome addition to the fold.
It’ll be interesting to see if he’s a Woodbury refugee or just some other survivor who stumbles upon the prison.

MAN FROM UNCLE
Armie Hammer is building an impressive list of co-stars.
Hammer, who stars opposite Johnny Depp in this summer’s The Lone Ranger, now joins Tom Cruise in Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Guy Ritchie is on board to direct the Warner Bros. movie, which had a heck of a time finding its leads.
Cruise’s boarding in March gave life to the project at the last second, as Ritchie was close to picking another movie to direct.
U.N.C.L.E., created in the 1960s during the Cold War, featured the spy adventures of American agent Napoleon Solo and Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin.
Robert Vaughn and David McCallum played the roles of the American and Soviet agents, respectively. Hammer will play McCallum to Cruise’s Vaughn.
Hammer caught Hollywood’s eye when he played the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher’s The Social Network.

CHASING LIFE
ABC Family has greenlighted Chasing Life, formerly known as Terminales, to series.
With the pickup, the cable network has gone 3-for-3 with its drama pilots, with the murder mystery Twisted (formerly Socio) and The Fosters launching in the summer.
The 10-episode series will debut in early 2014. Production will begin in July in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Based on the Mexican format by Miguel Angel Fox, the series centers on a young woman's life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Italia Ricci, soap veteran Mary Page Keller, Aisha Dee, Richard Brancatisano, Haley Ramm and Abhi Sinha are among the cast.
Aaron Kaplan (GCB, Terra Nova) will executive produce the Lionsgate/Televisa project. Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, who wrote the pilot, also serve as executive producers.
ABC Family, which is gearing up for a busy summer with eight scripted and unscripted series on the schedule, still has yet to make an official decision on Bunheads and The Lying Game, opting to wait until after it's summer offerings premiere. In an effort to sample one of its new scripted offerings, the network aired a sneak preview of the Twisted pilot following the season finale of Pretty Little Liars.
Last month, the network took to social media to announce a Pretty Little Liars spinoff, Ravenswood, which will debut in October.

MONSTER
Guillermo del Toro is teaming with "Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" screenwriter Steven Thompson to bring Naoki Urasawa's manga series "Monster" to the small screen. Deadline reports that the pair will co-write the series with Thompson tackling the pilot's screenplay and Del Toro directing.
The 18-volume series has previously been adapted in anime form. Published domestically by VIZ Media, the first volume is officially described as follows:
An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing indictment of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller. Tenma risks his promising medical career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, the child is destined for a terrible fate. Who could have known that Tenma would create a monster!
Del Toro and Thompson will also executive produce alongside Susan Montford and Gary Ungar. The Japanese publishing company, Shogakukan Inc. will serve as consulting producer.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

WOLVERINE
Between three X-Men films and a prequel spinoff, we’ve seen several sides of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). But, the upcoming spinoff sequel is definitely trying some different things. Most notably? It looks like Logan is about to get his ass kicked.
As most comic fans know, Wolverine's true mutant power lies not in those trademark adamantium claws but in his incredible healing abilities, which keep him mostly ageless and near-invincible. The claws were added later on, along with an indestructible skeleton.
There have been some allusions to the fact that director James Mangold’s The Wolverine would tackle the mostly immortal mutant’s mortality, and now we get a look at him taking a hit and not just popping back up in a new trailer. The footage also hints at some of those story elements, and we're curious to see what type of "cure" the film will showcase.
So what happens when you take away those awesome healing powers? This, apparently:
It’s definitely a risky move to hint that Wolverine could (at least temporarily) lose his powers in this film, but it’s also a brave direction to take a character best known for chomping cigars and kicking butt.
Here’s hoping Mangold’s Japan-set epic can pull it off.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
A Japanese trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness is now online, courtesy of TrekMovie.
Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX theaters on May 15 before expanding to conventional theaters on May 17. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.
In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

MAN OF STEEL JUNE 13 SCREENINGS
Walmart announced today that it has partnered with Warner Bros. to give its customers exclusive access to see Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Man of Steel in theaters nationwide before the film’s official release.
Tickets for the exclusive screening will go on sale in more than 3,700 Walmart stores starting at 8 a.m. on May 18. Customers will be able to purchase up to four tickets per visit and will have the option to choose between 2D or 3D showings, where applicable. The advance screenings will take place in selected local theaters nationwide at 7 p.m. on June 13.
Specific details of the promotion read as follows:
• Each ticket bought at Walmart will feature a code on the back that allows customers to pre-order their own Blu-ray Combo Pack or HD Digital Download of Man of Steel, which will contain exclusive film content.
• Fans can bring Superman to life with the official "Man of Steel Experience” augmented reality app. The app allows customers to take photos with the superhero, as well as unlock special photo frames by pointing their phone at Man of Steel signage in their local Walmart.
• Customers will receive a free original Digital Comic Book written by Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer with every ticket.
• Beginning April 28, a variety of Man of Steel merchandise such as t-shirts, electronics, posters and more from top brands will be available at Walmart stores and at Walmart.com.
Walmart invites customers to join the conversation and show their excitement for the first screening of “Man of Steel” on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag #SeeSteelFirst.
The highly-anticipated action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.
In the film, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Man of Steel will 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters nationwide on June 14.

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
"Oblivion" shows that Tom Cruise still has some solid pull at the box office. It earned just over $38 million in its first weekend, which is the fourth-best opening weekend for a movie in 2013, behind "Oz the Great and Powerful," "The Croods" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."
Coming in second was "42," the Jackie Robinson flick, at just over $18 million in its second weekend of release. "The Croods" was third at $9.5 million, "Scary Movie 5" was fourth at $6.3 million and "G.I. Joe" was fifth at $5.78 million.
The rest of the Top 10 is as follows:
6. "The Place Beyond the Pines," $4.7 M
7. "Olympus Has Fallen," $4.5 M
8. "Evil Dead," $4.1 M
9. "Jurassic Park 3D," $4 M
10. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $3.05 M

SPIDER-MAN 2
Last week we caught a glimpse of Jamie Foxx as Electro on the set of the upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Today, director Marc Webb tweeted a photo of Foxx without his blue makeup on and presumably before his electrical transformation. Webb captioned the photo with this: "Day 52. My name is Max."
Shortly after Marc Webb tweeted the picture, Dane DeHaan tweeted the first photo of his character, Harry Osborn, as well.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opening in theaters on May 2, 2014, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can't come quickly enough. Peter hasn't forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen's father to protect her by staying away – but that's a promise he just can't keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

MAN OF TAI CHI
Keanu Reeves revealed the first trailer for his directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, at the Beijing International Film Festival.
The film reunited Reeves with star Tiger Hu Chen, who was martial arts trainer for "The Matrix" trilogy, as well as Yuen Woo-ping, who was action choreographer of the Wachowskis' trilogy. The film co-stars Karen Mok and Iko Uwais.
A North American release date has not been set yet.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE
The official website for Noam Murro's upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire is now online, taking over the original film's official site at 300themovie.com. In addition to a character guide, there are two new stills for the sequel.
The movie, a follow-up to Zack Snyder's 300 (in turn based on Frank Miller's 1998 comic book miniseries), is expected to tell, in part, the story of Greek General Themistocles, who lead Athens against Persian invaders in a battle that played out simultaneously with the Battle of Thermopylae (depicted in the first film).
Rodrigo Santoro returns as Xerxes in the film with Sullivan Stapleton as General Themistocles and Eva Green as Artemisia (the film's original namesake). The Noam Murro films also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O'Connell and Andrew Tiernan and is set to be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
There’s a new image out, as well as a menacing viral video, of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous “John Harrison” from this summer's Star Trek Into Darkness.
The new short viral promo below features the menacing voice of John Harrison in a video that’s similar to General Zod’s threat to Earth from Man of Steel.
It’s also dripping with quiet menace (helped along by Cumberbatch's sexy, velvety voice, but we digress) and taunts Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) as well as the rest of the crew of the USS Enterprise.

IRON MAN 3
A short new TV spot for Iron Man 3 has come online! The third installment hits international theaters this week and will be available in North America the evening of May 2nd.
Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013

WAREHOUSE 13 NEWS
"Warehouse 13" has cast "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Anthony Head as a villain called Paracelsus. Head's role on the Syfy series will begin with the final three episodes of Season 4.5 this spring and summer.
The casting news was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter, but no details about the character -- other than the fact that he will be a bad guy -- made available. Head is but one of several guest stars already announced for the upcoming episodes, including Joel Grey, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle, Polly Walker, Nora Zehetner, Kelly Hu and Steve Valentine.
While we don't know anything for sure about Head's future character, the name -- Paracelsus -- might give some clues. If you're an avid "Harry Potter" fan, you may recognize the name from a Chocolate Frog card in the series' first book. For you medieval history buffs out there, the actual Paracelsus was a 16th-century Swiss scientist known for work in alchemy, physics, medicine and astrology.
As was becoming increasingly common at the time, Paracelsus insisted on the primacy of natural observation over authoritative texts, although his medical practice was based on ancient Greek theories as much as anything. The scholar was also influential in what became the field of toxicology, noting that toxicity depends as much on dosage and concentration as anything else.
That said, history has mostly remembered Paracelsus as an alchemist and astrologer. "Warehouse 13" will probably go with that.
Best known for playing the role of Rupert Giles on "Buffy," Anthony Head more recently co-starred on "Merlin" as King Uther and has been cast in the CW pilot, "The Selection."
New episodes of "Warehouse 13" begin on Monday, April 29 at 10pm on Syfy.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Chris Hemsworth looks as sharp as ever in his slightly tweaked battle armor, and the lightning effects are top-notch. It also has that otherworldly vibe, as it should, since it's supposedly set out in the cosmos, as opposed to the Earth-centric first film.
If nothing else, it’s great to finally get an official look.
The flick stars Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

TOMORROWLAND
A little over a month ago, we heard a pretty weird rumor claiming to be the convoluted plot for Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird’s upcoming sci-fi project Tomorrowland. Now a new casting note could’ve confirmed it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, young actress Raffey Cassidy (Dark Shadows, Snow White and the Huntsman) has been cast in the mysterious flick as a “young girl robot who has been around for decades.” Cassidy joins George Clooney and Hugh Laurie in the project, which was previously known by the code name 1952.
Now, if that little point sounds familiar, it should — because it’s the crux of that rumored plot breakdown that made the rounds earlier this year. If you need a reminder, here’s the alleged plot pitch:
"A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth."
It looks like it’s all starting to come together. Clooney is the man booted out of Tomorrowland, Laurie is the guy who kicked him out, and Cassidy is the girl robot. For fans hoping those initial rumors that the film would follow a 1950s UFO crash would turn out to be true, it sounds like we can officially put those to rest.
Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that the plot synopsis is pretty, well, weird. But, like most complicated sci-fi flicks, it can sometimes be hard to boil down a high-concept plot in the span of one sentence.
If nothing else, this sounds like it could be a pretty cool combination of A.I. Artificial Intelligence with the heart of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And with Bird in the director’s chair, it should at least look great.

DOCTOR WHO NEWS
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the BBC's "Doctor Who" has today revealed the title of its season finale. "The Name of the Doctor" will feature the return of Alex Kingston as River Song.
The seventh modern season of the show follows the adventures of The Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) on their incredible adventures through space and time. Known only as "The Doctor" for half a century, the reveal of the character's real name has been teased ever since Kingston's first appearance in 2008's "Silence in the Library."
Written by showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein, "The Name of the Doctor" will air on May 18. Fans won't have to wait too long after that for another new episode, however, as a 50th anniversary special will follow later this year, featuring the return of both David Tennant and Billie Piper.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

DOCTOR WHO 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Christopher Eccleston, who played the Ninth Doctor on Who, will make a return to the series ... but not exactly as you'd think. Instead, he’ll be a voice from the past.
The actor had been rumored to make a return for Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special that will air in November, but apparently he pulled out of it at the last minute.
The 49-year-old actor will be featured in next week’s episode, titled "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS," that sees the Big Blue Police Box being taken by a spaceship salvage team.
So what will Eccleston’s voice from the past consist of? Apparently we will hear him say: “The assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn't get through these doors, and believe me, they've tried.”
The line is taken from the very first episode of new Doctor Who (back in 2005), titled “Rose,” which also starred Billie Piper as the Doctor’s then-companion Rose Tyler. Both Piper and David Tennant are part of the 50th-anniversary feature-length special, alongside current Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and his newest companion, Clara Oswin, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
A BBC spokesperson recently said: “Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven's plans for the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary episode. After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best.”

CINEMACON - LIONSGATE
The final studio to present at 2013's CinemaCon, Lionsgate celebrated a record-breaking 2012 by debuting the first-ever trailer for the forthcoming Ender's Game, set for release on November 1 in 2D theaters and in IMAX. Fans will be able to catch the trailer on the big screen before May's Star Trek Into Darkness.
Hosted by Kevin Hart, the presentation also touted his upcoming comedy tour documentary Let Me Explain, revealing a new Red Band trailer and announcing that another film is in the works, to be titled Quick and Easy, presumably based on his comedy tour of the same name.
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas revealed an anti-cell phone message with Perry dressed as his popular character scolding audience members for using phones during movies.
Stars Morgan Freeman and Isla Fisher came on stage to intro Now You See Me's latest trailer. The Louis Leterrier film also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Common and hits theaters on May 31.
RED 2 also showcased a new trailer. Largely similar to the first trailer, this new one played up Anthony Hopkins' character, an eccentric scientist that Bruce Willis' Frank Moses has to break out of a Russian mental institution. It looks like Hopkins is having a lot of fun with the role (his character literally doesn't seem to know that he's not a young man) and he offers a very, very animated performance.
The Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer Escape Plan showed off its first trailer, largely focusing on the storyline that has Stallone's Ray Breslin, an expert at breaking out prisons, being kidnapped and sent to a new, experimental jail. The prison itself has all the cells as as The Silence of the Lambs-style glass cubes, all set up on different levels of metal scaffolding with guards wearing creepy all-black masks.
Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer, an inmate already in the prison who reluctantly teams with Breslin to win their freedom. They've definitely worked in a few one-liners, too. At one point, Stallone punches Schwarzenegger and he shoots back, "You hit like a vegetarian!"
Escape Plan hits theaters September 13.
Joss Whedon came onstage to show off two scenes from his June 7 release, Much Ado About Nothing. The same two scenes were showcased at WonderCon.
The big reveal of the presentation was Ender's Game, welcoming stars Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld and, Ender himself, Asa Butterfield to the stage to premiere the film's first trailer, which features lots of shots of Ender's zero-G training, battles with the Formic race both in space and within a planet's upper atmosphere and lots of dialogue from Ford's Hyrum Graff and Ben Kingsley's Mazer Rackham (the latter of whom has his character's very intricate face tattoo).
Closing out the film slate, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire offered up the teaser trailer on the big screen for the first time. It will arrive in theaters with Iron Man 3 on May 3.

THE LONE RANGER
The final trailer for Disney's mega-budget western epic "The Lone Ranger" starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp is out. This one showcases a bit more of the plot, not to mention some effects heavy shots.

The Lone Ranger rides into UK cinemas on 9 August 2013. In The Lone Ranger, native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) and man of the law John Reid (Armie Hammer) are opposites brought together by fate and must join forces to battle greed and corruption.

BREAKING BAD
AMC has finally confirmed a premiere date for the final eight episodes of what many call the greatest show on television right now - "Breaking Bad".
The final batch kicks off Sunday August 11th at 9pm. Assuming there are no gaps, people (including myself) who plan a marathon viewing of the final season should keep in mind September 29th as that would be the day the final episode goes to air.
AMC is also set to debut "Talking Bad," a post-episode discussion show, on the same night in the 11pm timeslot. The 10pm timeslot will be filled by the network's new crime drama series "Low Winter Sun".

SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to release the first official clip from SUPERMAN: UNBOUND, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
The clip features Superman's first encounter with Brainiac, a destructive force who has been devastating planets across the galaxy – with Earth next in his sights. Matt Bomer ("White Collar") provides the voice of Superman opposite John Noble ("Fringe," "The Lord of the Rings" films) as the voice of Brainiac. The film also features the voices of "Castle" stars Stana Katic as Lois Lane and Molly Quinn as Supergirl.
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, SUPERMAN: UNBOUND film arrives May 7, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Digital Download.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013

STAR WARS MOVIES AT DISNEY
We knew that Disney was taking the Star Wars business seriously, but fans might get even more than they’d bargained for over the next few years.
Beginning in 2015 with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, the Mouse House is planning to release a new Star Wars film every summer for the foreseeable future.
Disney made the announcement at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, saying they’ll offer up a new Star Wars every summer, with the schedule alternating between the new trilogy and proposed standalone films. Basically, we’ll get a proper “episode” every other year, with standalone universe stories sprinkled in to double the fun.
Considering the success Disney has had with a big-picture approach to Marvel’s release schedule, it makes sense they’d want to do the same thing with Star Wars. It’s arguably one of the biggest sci-fi franchises in existence, and there is a lot of potential there to tap.
With at least six movies apparently coming down the pike, Disney seems more than ready to make use of their latest investment. As long as they keep the quality up (a la Marvel) fans will come, meaning it’s easy money to keep cranking out movies.

BLACK SAILS
So long, Spartacus and its hot gladiators in skimpy loincloths. Hello, Black Sails with its (no less hot, well, some of them, at least) pirates!
STARZ has released the first exciting sneak peek at its highly anticipated pirate drama Black Sails, an original series from executive producer Michael Bay.
The new show looks a bit like Game of Thrones (action + sexy times) but with pirates (which is also really cool) and is slated to air sometimes in 2014.
Here’s what STARZ has to say about the series:
The eight-episode first season of the pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) stars as Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.
Looks like a rollicking good ride to us! Arr, matey!
Black Sails stars Luke Arnold as John Silver, Zack McGowan as Captain Charles Vane, Toby Stephens as Captain Flint, Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max and Clara Paget as one of the most famous female pirates of all time, Anne Bonny.

ZOMBIELAND
The rules of survival, and zombie kills of the week, are all back in the pilot episode for Amazon’s Zombieland series.
Amazon has posted the pilot for its proposed series, based on the hit 2009 film, and the first trailer has also gone live. So, is it any good?
Well, that depends. The effects are a little spotty, and the new cast isn’t bad. But after getting used to the original portrayals in the film, the recasting feels a little awkward. Since most have gone on to be huge stars, that’s a necessary evil, but it will still take some getting used to. The comedy is a bit more slapstick than the movie, and it feels like the writers are trying to make the transition from big-screen dark comedy to a dark sitcom format. It’s a weird mix, but it could work if given the time to develop.
Picking up two weeks after the film, the pilot does a solid job of reintroducing the characters, with Tyler Ross as Columbus, Izabela Vodovic as Little Rock, Maiara Walsh as Wichita and Kirk Ward as Tallahassee. Despite the format change, the pilot definitely maintains the weird Zombieland vibe. All the little fun stuff is still here, and original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote and produced the pilot, along with the film’s producer Gavin Polone.
Zombieland is one of several pilots Amazon is prepping, and the company will seek feedback from viewers to determine which ones actually get a series order.

R.I.P.D.
Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for R.I.P.D., directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley and Devin Ratray. Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on July 19, R.I.P.D. is based on the Dark Horse mini-series.
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.
Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth.
Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.'s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.

RACHEL RISING
The Hollywood Reporter says that Terry Moore's comic book "Rachel Rising" is being groomed for the small screen. Alcon Television Group snatched up the rights to the property for development. Moore is best known for his on-going series "Strangers in Paradise."
According to the outlet, it "centers on a woman named Rachel who wakes up dead in a shallow grave. She begins to unravel the mystery of her death while crossing paths with not only friends but also a mysterious blonde woman who is tracking her and a horrific little girl named Zoe, out on a killing spree. Also figuring into the mix is the history of the local town, magic and witchcraft."
Alcon is currently looking for a showrunner to take point on the project. Also, some networks have been sniffing around the property to perhaps give it a home.

HEROES COMING BACK?
TV Line is reporting that MSN is looking into reviving the NBC series Heroes exclusively for the Xbox platform. Though they're said to be in early talks with NBC about this possibility, they do want it to be a new creation that will feature "new stories and heroes, while mixing in cameos from the original series’ cast."
Created by Tim Kring, Heroes lasted for four seasons on NBC and starred Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Pasdar, Leonard Roberts, Ali Larter, Cristine Rose and Zachary Quinto. The series came to an end in 2010 after 77 episodes.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN SEQUEL
Kristen Stewart has officially signed on to star in a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel, but Robsten fans don't need to freak out, because Rupert Sanders will not be directing this one. Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson announced the studio's official plans for the second film on April 16 at Cinemacon.
Stewart's highly-publicized affair with Sanders stirred up rumors that Stewart would not be returning to the franchise. Because of the cheating scandal, many assumed that the second film would be a prequel, instead focusing on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character in the years before he met Snow.
Fortunately, that's not the case. Hemsworth has not yet been confirmed to star in the sequel -- and neither has Charlize Theron, though that's to be expected, as her character died in the first film.
In December, Stewart said the sequel would be "f***ing amazing." "I'm so excited about it, it's crazy," she told Indiewire. "The other day I said that there was a strong possibility that we're going to make a sequel, and that's very true, but everyone was like, 'Whoa, stop talking about it.' So, no, I'm totally not allowed to talk about it."

MAN OF STEEL
Warner Bros. has released the newest full trailer for "Man of Steel." The three-minute trailer contains the first footage of Russell Crowe as Jor-El, father of Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). It also shows the war on Krypton as Superman's parents send him to Earth.
Lots of new content in contained in the clip, including a look at General Zod (Michael Shannon) in his Kryptonian armor, as he does battle with Superman. You also get the first verbal interaction between Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Superman, as she asks him about the "S" on his chest, which he assures her isn't an "S" at all. It's then revealed how he is given the "Superman" name.
The trailer is also jam-packed with Superman saving the day, both in and out of costume, along with a look at the Fortress of Solitude. "Man of Steel" also stars Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Laurence Fishburne. It arrives in theaters June 14.

SENSE 8
There's a reason why J. Michael Straczysnki chose Netflix for his next foray into serialized sci-fi.
The Babylon 5 creator recently announced the Netflix Original Series Sense8, a parternship between him and Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas). But why not try to launch another sci-fi show the traditional way? Straczynski recently sat down to answer some fan questions, and took the time to bash network TV for its attitude about sci-fi shows.
"The problem is that the networks still don’t take SF seriously, or even feel threatened by it. I’ve had executives say that a space-show doesn’t work because people don’t care about what happens to characters in space, it has to be on earth or nobody’ll be interested," Straczynski wrote. "I’ve had them say 'you can do whatever you want, it’s scifi, it doesn’t have to make sense.' Because it’s SF they always think that somehow or other The Fate Of The World has to be at stake. If you’re doing a drama, no one suggests that solving the relationship problems of the murder has to save the world, but they feel that it has to be that way if you’re writing SF, which is why it’s also so often the rule in SF movies. It’s absolutely crazy-making. 2001, one of the most classic SF motion pictures of all time, could never get made today. Not a chance. Too cerebral, they’d say. Not enough action. All the crowdsourcing in the world won’t rewire the neurons engaged in that kind of thinking.
"I keep waiting for a paradigm shift to happen that will let network and studio execs see that SF is the same as any other genre in terms of how you approach it – logically, character based, with challenging ideas and forward thinking – but I worry that it might never happen in my lifetime."
To be fair, network TV has allowed stuff like Fringe and Supernatural to stick around for a while in recent years, but that doesn't necessarily speak to network behavior as a whole. It looks like after years of playing the ratings game, Straczynski is happy to try a different format.
"We’re still very new to our dance, but so far all they want is for us to do what we think is best for the story," he said about his partnership with Netflix. "I think they enjoy a serialized structure because it feeds into binge viewing, but honestly, they haven’t said anything to us one way or another other than 'here’s a buttload of money, go have fun.' And I like that a lot."

BYZANTIUM
Despite what often feels like vampire overload, Byzantium's latest trailer actually has us genuinely intrigued.
When it comes to vampire fare, a movie tends to come in one of the following forms -- vampire romance, vampire horror, or vampire action flick. But we found ourselves hard-pressed to force Byzantium into any of those boxes because it feels like a mixture of all of those styles.
The story trails a permanently sixteen-year-old girl vampire and her mother to a run-down coastal resort. In no short order, they start a pop-up brothel business (really.) Unfortunately the fun is quickly marred by death, far more than simply from these two women who occasionaly must drink of the living. Also there's a waterfall of blood.
The trailer projects the feeling of Interview with a Vampire on speed. In a good way, we mean.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
The final full-length trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has been released, featuring a ton of new footage—including the confrontation that leads to the Enterprise crashing back down to Earth.
Abrams has been peeling back more and more with each passing trailer, and this one shows off a whole lot. It’s mostly focused on Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious baddie John Harrison, and Kirk’s (Chris Pine) quest for vengeance after he takes out a Starfleet office in London.
We get to see a face-off between the Enterprise and Harrison’s ship, and the good guys are obviously outmanned. Anyone worried about those first few trailers being too Earth-bound, worry no longer. This film looks to be packed with deep-space action.
The new footage also includes some new hints at Cumberbatch’s true identity.
Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17.

HELIX - FIRST TRAILER
Something really, really creepy is going on in the first teaser trailer for Ronald D. Moore’s (Battlestar Galactica) new Syfy series Helix.
The network has revealed the first peek at Moore’s The Thing-esque series, which follows a team of several dozen scientists working at a large Arctic research facility. The scientists apparently stumble upon something that could potentially destroy the world, leading to "a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation."
The teaser sets the scene, with a slow pan through the snowy landscape offering a peek at the research base. We then cut to a pristine, white-washed research lab, where a scientist takes off his mask to reveal ... something creepy leaking off his face.
What is that black ooze? We don’t know, but we really want to find out.
The series is set to debut later this year.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013

IRON MAN 3
Some new footage from Iron Man 3 shows off more of that epic attack on Stark’s mansion, plus some new clips of Rhodey’s Iron Patriot armor in action.
The studio has released a great clip that goes much further into that attack on Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) home, as he basically summons the Iron Man armor to his body so he can survive a hail of gunfire. Of course, that’s just the first problem, because then the house comes down on top of him. The scene is a massive set piece, and the effects work is fantastic.
A new trailer focusing on Rhodey (Don Cheadle) is also in the wild, including some new footage of that shiny new Iron Patriot gear. It sounds like Rhodey will be a much bigger part of this film, which looks to be a very good thing. Cheadle was one of the best parts of Iron Man 2, and it's nice to see new director Shane Black will be taking advantage of the longtime friendship between Stark and Rhodey this time around.

TRANSFORMERS 4
Taking to the stage at Las Vegas' CinemaCon for this evening's Paramount Pictures presentation, director Michael Bay announced that Stanley Tucci has joined the cast of the upcoming Transformers 4. He'll appear opposite Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, as well as another mysterious young actor that Bay teased will be announced very shortly.
Although the plot of the June 27, 2014 release is still top secret, Bay teased to ComingSoon.net that it will involve a "Chase from Hell."
Tucci, who recently starred in Jack the Giant Slayer, will be seen later this year reprising his role as Caesar Flickerman in
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Bay's latest, Pain & Gain, will meanwhile hit theaters April 26.

BRILLIANCE
Legendary Pictures has brought David Koepp on board to write an adaptation of the Marcus Sakey sci-fi/superhero novel Brilliance, says The Hollywood Reporter. The book, to be released on July 16, is described as follows:
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.
Joe Roth and Palek Patel are producing along with Legendary.

DIVERGENT
Liongate's Summit Entertainment announced today that Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of the studio's feature film adaptation of Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet. The film will also feature Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold.
Currently filming in Chicago, the futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth's New York Times bestseller is being directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon's Rachel Shane is executive producing, alongside John J. Kelly. Summit will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Goldwyn will portray Andrew, Tris' father, in Divergent. He currently stars as President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's "Scandal." His feature acting credits include The Pelican Brief, Kiss the Girls, Nixon, The Substance of Fire, The Last Samurai and Ghost.
Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group's President of Production, and Gillian Bohrer, Lionsgate's SVP of Production, are overseeing the project for the studio.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Deadline reports that former "Seinfeld" star Danny Woodburn will play Master Splinter in the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Woodburn recently starred in Mirror Mirror and has recurring roles on Fox's "Bones" and Disney XD's "Crash & Bernstein."
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the film stars Megan Fox in the role of April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, and Will Arnett in an unspecified role.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is scheduled to hit theaters on June 6, 2014.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
The moment we're waiting for has finally arrived! After a whole week of hyping the footage, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" trailer premiered at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, and it was definitely worth being voted the can't-miss moment of the awards show.
This trailer was way more than we were expecting. It's clear that Katniss had problems much larger than just surviving the Hunger Games in "Catching Fire". President Snow is out for her blood, and he has a new ally in the form of Philip Seymour Hoffman's new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. It looks like there's plenty of darkness going on here, and even though the trailer doesn't tease the upcoming Quarter Quell, there is a whole lot of action involved in Katniss' journey on the Victory Tour. She doesn't seem like she's happy with her new job as a beacon of hope for Panem either, as she clearly welcomes death at the end of the trailer.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone. It's due in theaters on Nov. 22.

IRON MAN 3
The big "Iron Man 3" reveal at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards has arrived. The exclusive clip features Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark as he struggles to survive an attack by the Mandarin. He uses one of his newly designed superhero suits to protect him as his Malibu home crashes around him.
Directed by Shane Black, "Iron Man 3" stars Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Wang Xueqi and Ben Kingsley. It's due in theaters on May 3.
Here's the official synopsis for the movie: "Marvel Studios' 'Iron Man 3' pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?"

AFTER EARTH
Columbia Pictures has released the first TV spot for After Earth, the sci-fi thriller starring Will and Jaden Smith.
In the June 7 release, a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

MAN OF STEEL
The static has ended at the official site for Man of Steel and has been replaced with a message from General Zod (Michael Shannon), who requests that we return Kal-El to his custody and he tells Kal-El to surrender within 24 hours or our world will suffer the consequences.
A new site for the viral has also been discovered at IWillFindHim.com which is counting down 48 hours. We'll have to wait and see if that means we'll get the trailer then.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
The latest poster for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness is now online and it features Zachary Quinto's Spock surrounded by molten lava inside an active volcano.
In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller also star in the sci fi adventure film, opening on May 15 in IMAX and May 17 in conventional theaters.

TEN GRAND - ISSUE #2 AND #3
J. Michael Straczynski's comic book #2 hits the street on June 5. Issue #3 is shipping July 3. Here's a peek at the cover art from JMS.
Those wishing to order our premiere comic Ten Grand can do so through Midtown comics http://www.midtowncomics.com/ Gahl Buslov is the point of contact. gahl@midtowncomics.com.
JMS SIGNING MAY 1 IN SAN DIEGO
Justin posted this information about JMS signing at Yesteryear Comics on May 1 at 3:00pm.
Read his post at http://thirteenminutes.blogspot.com/2013/04/j-michael-straczynski-yesteryear-comics.html.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE NUMBERS
Moviegoers took themselves out to the ballgame at Friday’s box office, giving a rousing cheer to 42, the biopic about the legendary Jackie Robinson. The Legendary production released by Warners took in an estimated $9.1 million at 3003 locations in North America as it heads for a weekend in the mid $20 million range, buoyed by an enthusiastic A-plus CinemaScore.
Thing weren’t quite so rousing for Dimension’s Scary Movie 5, the weekend’s other new wide release. While it arrived in second place, the horror movie parody collected $5.5 million in 3,402 locations and is looking at a weekend total of $13.5 million, with moviegoers giving it a C-minus CinemaScore.
Financed by Legendary Pictures, whose CEO Thomas Tull personally produced the $40 million project, the PG-13-rated 42 was written and directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale), and stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as the Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.
Scary Movie is the latest installment in the long-running franchise from The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension label that dates back to 2000. Malcolm D. Lee, who last directed 2008’s Soul Men, handled the directing reins of the PG-13 comedy, which cost just $19.5 million, and the cast is something of a rogue’s gallery of boldface names including Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Simon Rex and Ashley Tisdale.
Among the holdovers, Sony/Screen Gems Evil Dead, which was number one at the box office last weekend, checked in in third place with $3.2 million.
Fox’s release of DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, entering its fourth weekend, claimed the fourth spot with $3.1 million.
Paramount’s GI Joe: Retaliation was fifth with $2.9 million as it climbs above the $100 million domestic mark this weekend.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
A new international spot for Star Trek Into Darkness has hit the web and it highlights the film's villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Star Trek Into Darkness hits IMAX 3D theaters on May 15 and conventional theaters on May 17. The anticipated sequel stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

PARANOIA/OUT OF THE FURNACE
Relativity Media has shifted a few of their 2013 releases around, moving Robert Luketic's thriller Paranoia, the adaptation of Joseph Finder's novel starring Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth and Gary Oldman, to August 16, and placing Scott Cooper's crime drama Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana, into its original date of October 4.
Paranoia now faces Universal's action sequel Kick-Ass 2 and CBS Films' comedy The To Do List while Out of the Furnace, the second feature from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper, takes on another comic book sequel, Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Henry Selick's animated The Shadow King and Vince Vaughn's comedy Delivery Man.
So far, neither film has rolled out any sort of marketing although Relativity has a good four months to plan their strategy on Paranoia.

NEW WORLD
Sony Pictures has picked up the remake rights to Park Hoon-Jung's recent South Korean crime thriller "New World".
After spending eight intense years deep undercover, a cop has become the right-hand man to the leader of South Korea's largest crime syndicate, Goldmoon.
Things get complicated when that leader is killed in a car accident, and various criminal factions vie to be named his replacement. Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-shik and Hwang Jung-min starred.
Will Fetters ("The Lucky One") will pen the screenplay for the remake. Roy Lee and Dan Lin will produce.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

VERONICA MARS KICKSTARTER EFFORT ENDS
The "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter has finally ended. The groundbreaking crowd-funding effort ended up making $5,701,694 from 91,564 total backers. The Kickstarter's goal had only been $2 million.
These final totals are record-setters for Kickstarter. With less than a day left, the "Veronica Mars" movie passed 87,143 backers to become the most backed Kickstarter ever. It also was the fastest project to reach $1 million, the fastest project to reach $2 million and the all-time highest-funded project in Kickstarter's film category. The film ended up being the third-highest funded project in Kickstarter history, falling behind "Pebble: E-Paper Watch's" $10.3 million and "Ouya's" $8.6 million.
The fact that the Kickstarter is now over means that creator Rob Thomas and stars like Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring need to get cracking making the actual movie. The script is complete, and now it remains to be seen how long it takes the movie to follow suit. Based on the fact the film will have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con and will debut footage there, fans shouldn't have to wait too long.
It will be interesting to see what other cancelled shows start getting Kickstarters now that "Veronica Mars" has shown that fans will lend their support. Bryan Fuller has already teased a "Pushing Daisies" movie, though it remains to be seen if he can follow through.

BRADBURY BOOKS GOING E-BOOK
Almost a year after the prolific writer's death, the bulk of his library is heading toward the digital clouds.
Ray Bradbury is famous for saying, "I don't try to describe the future, I try to prevent it." It's an edict he lived by, even to his last breath. This was a feeling he ascribed to many modern comforts, e-books included. In fact, when Yahoo approached him about putting one of his works on their site, he claims to have said, "To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet."
Bradbury was a fierce advocate for libraries, and he only agreed to publish his most famous work, Fahrenheit 451, in digital form in order to renew the hardcover rights as well.
But the past is the past, and now the majority of his library is headed to Kindles, iPads and all the rest.
So, why now? The approval came not from Bradbury, but from his descendants. In a press release, one of Bradbury's four daughters, Alexandra, said "The entire Bradbury family is excited to know that Dad’s work will finally be available to all readers: traditional print readers and the new generation of digital readers."
And with that, Bradbury's publisher, William Morrow, has begun adapting his works, and, over the remainder of April, we will see these titles made available on the following dates:
April 16: Bradbury Speaks, Death Is a Lonely Business, A Graveyard for Lunatics, Now and Forever, One More for the Road, Green Shadows, White Whale.
April 23: Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, We'll Always Have Paris.
April 30: The Illustrated Man, Quicker Than the Eye, Driving Blind, The October Country, The Cat's Pajamas, Let's All Kill Constance, A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories.
We won't judge whether this is the right move. Certainly it's easy to see the benefit in having the best of Bradbury in the palm of your hand, especially if you live in a tiny apartment on a crowded island. Still, we can't help but think of Bradbury and about that future he was trying to prevent. Hopefully, history (as accessible through the digital cloud, no doubt) will prove him wrong.

CONTINUIUM SEASON TWO
The first season of Syfy’s Continuum asked some pretty big questions in its final episode, and our first look at season two promises more twisty time travel and terrorist-fighting action.
The show, which was developed by the Canadian network Showcase, has released a season two promo showing off some of the massive action set pieces the producers have whipped up for next season.
It sounds like they’ll be digging deeper into the question of destiny, and how the actions in our present might affect Kiera’s (Rachel Nichols) future. That’s always been one of the most promising aspects of the show, and it looks like the writers won’t be backing away from some of the big reveals (and mysteries) presented in the finale.
Also, we're not entirely sure what's happening with that epic helicopter chase, but we can't wait to find out.
Season two is set to debut in the U.S. on June 7 at 10 p.m., but until then check out the trailer and let us know what you think the series has in store for the next 13 episodes.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Paramount Pictures has revealed the new poster for Star Trek Into Darkness. The new trailer arrives on Tuesday!
In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller star in the J.J. Abrams-directed film, opening on May 15 in IMAX and May 17 in conventional theaters.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

TRANSCENDENCE
Morgan Freeman is heading to Transcendence.
The Oscar winner is in final negotiations to star opposite Johnny Depp in cinematographer Wally Pfister's sci-fi directorial debut, it was announced Thursday.
Plot details have been closely guarded, but the film is described as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. Depp stars as a man who creates a computer program that develops an awareness.
Kate Mara, Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall co-star.
Transcendence was penned by Jack Paglen and developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce, with David Valdes (The Book of Eli), Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove co-producing.
Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder are executive producers.
Principal photography will begin in May in Los Angeles. Alcon Entertainment is financing and producing and will release it through its Warner Bros. deal on April 25, 2014.
Freeman most recently starred in Olympus Has Fallen and last year's The Dark Knight Rises and next appears opposite Tom Cruise in Oblivion and Now You See Me.

OVERLOOK HOTEL
Glen Mazzara, the ousted showrunner of The Walking Dead, is in negotiations to pen the screenplay to what is being called Overlook Hotel, the prequel to Stephen King’s horror classic The Shining.
For Mazzara, the project marks his first gig since he exited as showrunner on AMC's Walking Dead. The prolific producer, whose small-screen credits also include Crash and The Shield, recently signed a TV development deal with Fox Television Studios to develop cable projects under his new banner, 44 Strong Productions.
Under his oversight, The Walking Dead became TV's No. 1 scripted series in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
The Shining was set in a haunted hotel named the Overlook, and the prequel will look at what transpired there long before struggling author Jack Torrance brought his family there and went crazy.

INTO THE WHITE
Here is a first look at a clip from Magnolia Pictures' Into the White, the war drama starring Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter" films), David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff, Florian Lukas and Lachlan Nieboer.
At the beginning of World War II, a hostile chance encounter in the skies above the harsh Norwegian wilderness leaves two aircraft—one British, one German—shot down in a remote and isolated region. By strange coincidence, the crews seek shelter in the same cabin. They must battle to survive the brutal winter in order to get back to the war—and to fighting one another. Although war has made them enemies, as the days go by, animosity proves hard to maintain. Mutual need leads to unlikely friendships, and the rules of war must be put aside.
Into the White is now available On Demand and in theaters.

CATCHING FIRE
Lionsgate has released another image from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opening in theaters and IMAX on November 22.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour' of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

ELIZA GRAVES
Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley have both signed on to join the cast of the upcoming horror-thriller Eliza Graves, Deadline reports. They'll star opposite the previously announced Kate Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess in the Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Call) film.
Loosely based on "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether," a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, the film will center on a Harvard Medical School graduate (Sturgess) who takes a job at an insane asylum, unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants.
Joseph Gangemi (Fear Itself, Wind Chill) provided the screenplay.
Caine can next be seen in Now You See Me while Kingsley stars in the upcoming Iron Man 3.
Shooting is expected to begin this June with Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) among the project's producers.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013

SYFY RENEWS TWO SERIES
Syfy is bringing two series back next season, and prepping a freaky new anthology with Jamie Foxx that should give us chills this Halloween.
The third season of Being Human ended this week, and Syfy has now confirmed the hit series will be back for 13 more episodes next season. In overall ratings, season three averaged 1.8 million total viewers, including 1.1 million Adults 18-49 and 1.1 million Adults 25-54. The show is also a Top 10 cable program in its time period among both key demographics.
The unscripted series Ghost Mine will also be back next season, after raking in solid ratings the past year. The 13-episode season season will follow the ragtag team of miners and paranormal investigators as they keep on digging for gold and ghosts in Oregon’s creepy Crescent Mine.
Looking ahead to Halloween, the network is teaming up with Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx to executive producer a new five-episode horror anthology in the vein of Tales of the Crypt and The Twilight Zone. The series will debut in October, during Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween. The half-hour episodes will tell “creepy morality tales with themes such as envy, jealousy and superficiality.” Sounds like fun.
Here’s how Foxx described the project:
“This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life. Get ready to lose it when some special friends and I bring the scares this October, and who knows… maybe I’ll make a guest appearance or two along the way!”
These renewals and new projects join the several other Syfy announcements today, as part of the network’s up-front presentations. Here is a rundown of new pilots in development, along with some high-profile projects from Bryan Fuller, Ronald D. Moore and Robert Zemeckis.

Clandestine
This series follows a group of left-for-dead outlaws who hide out in an abandoned Coalition ship. Before long they use the ship to pose as Coalition officers, until they discover a huge conspiracy surrounding the real agenda of the Coalition. This one is definitely intriguing, and sounds like it has a solid Farscape and Firefly vibe. Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) will executive-produce this one, making it one to watch.

Dominion (working title, formerly known as Legion)
This one picks up 20 years after rogue, evil angels take their vengeance on humans, following a freedom fighter who rises up to protect humanity. It promises a solid amount of religious-tinged intrigue, perhaps wrapped up in a Supernatural vibe. Writer Vaun Wilmott (Sons of Anarchy) and director Scott Stewart (Defiance) are putting this one together.

Orion
This “space opera” is a combination of elements ranging from Tomb Raider to Farscape, and follows a female relic hunter tracking down artifacts from her past in deep space. To keep it interesting, the story is set in the middle of a huge intergalactic war, and those artifacts could potentially turn the tide of the campaign. Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes Burton (Alphas) will write and executive-produce this series, and their experience with a grounded series like Alphas should help Orion strike the right balance.

Sojourn
Just because we can travel into space doesn’t mean humanity’s bad habits won’t come with us. This series would follow the first detective in space and the ensuing investigation to solve a murder on a starship. The investigation takes the detective deeper down the rabbit hole, digging up a conspiracy to cover up a crime that occurred half a century earlier. Sci-fi vet Phil Levens (Smallville) will write, with Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) producing.

Shelter
This one takes the classic meteorite headed for Earth trope and tosses in a big mystery, as hand-picked survivors are sent underground into a utopian-esque bunker to keep society moving. But all is not as it seems, and everyone from the bunker survivors to those left on the surface have to figure out why and how this is happening. Plus, toss in a healthy dose of political intrigue, and this one sounds like it could be fun. In case you’re worried it won’t have enough asteroid street cred, Bruce Joel Rubin (Deep Impact) is writing and producing, so this will be one to keep an eye on.

Infinity
It’s been a long time since we had a good old-fashioned Lost In Space story, and Infinity looks to fill that void with a twist. This series would follow the crew of the only interstellar ship in existence, which is sent to meet an alien armada as they enter our solar system. But during the ensuing firefight, the ship is sent through a wormhole and winds up lost on the other side of the universe. The crew would then encounter different alien worlds as they search for a way home. This one is being written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost).

Silver Shields
This series would follow country boy Caymer as he journeys to the big city after his father is killed. Caymer then decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and join up with the local police force to solve the mystery surrounding his dad’s death. But once he digs a little deeper into the mystery, he comes face to face with all kinds of magical creatures. Alphas alum Robert Hewitt Wolfe is attached to write and produce this series if it makes it to air.

MOORE NEW SERIES
The schedule at Syfy couldn't be more star-studded this fall, with Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Robert Zemeckis (Back the Future) all prepping series for the network.
We heard about Ronald D. Moore’s Helix series a while back, and now the Thing-esque project about a team of scientists at an Arctic base trying to save the world from annihilation has officially been picked up to series. Look for it later this year.
Bryan Fuller is developing the quirky, high-concept series High Moon, which will follow several lunar colonies planted by Earth governments. But things go haywire when scientists discover a new form of life on the Moon, and all sides will be scrambling to capitalize on the resources of the new discovery. Fuller has cut his teeth on comedy-dramas that don’t make a lot of sense in a capsule (i.e. Pushing Daisies: Pie-maker brings things back to life), so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with an otherworldly premise like this.
The other new series is No Place, which is being spearheaded by Hollywood legend Robert Zemeckis. The series would follow the residents of a high-tech gated community, who wake up to find the world outside their neighborhood has disappeared. With food and resources scarce, tensions run high as the residents try to figure out what is happening and how to escape. It sounds like an interesting premise, and could be a more sci-fi counterpoint to CBS’s upcoming Stephen King series Under the Dome. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

CULT CANCELLED
Despite their best efforts, The CW couldn't make Cult a hit. The new series has been pulled from the schedule indefinitely. It initially aired as part of the network's Tuesday-night lineup, but its low ratings got it bumped to Fridays. Unfortunately, the new slot was no help and Cult continued to struggle.
The CW has aired seven of the 13 episodes in the season. We're unsure whether the remaining five will ever see the light of day. The most recent episode, titled "Suffer the Children," pulled a mere 620,000 total viewers. With numbers like that, perhaps it's a good thing The CW cut their losses.
Series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon reacted to the news as follows:
#Cult Sadly true. CW Execs once called the last 5 episodes "outstanding". I guess too outstanding. You are great, SMART fans. Thx to u all!
Cult centered on a journalist and research assistant who investigated the cult following of a TV show. Its fans take their obsession to a deadly level when they begin re-creating fictional murders from the series.
Cult starred The Vampire Diaries' Matt Davis, Cloverfield's Jessica Lucas and Heroes' Robert Knepper. At the moment, Cult's Friday-night slot will be filled with reruns of The Carrie Diaries and Oh, Sit.

HOUDINI
History is lining up its next miniseries.
The A&E Networks-owned cabler is developing a potential miniseries based on the life of master illusionist Harry Houdini, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
As first reported by EW, Adrien Brody is attached to star in the period project centering on Houdini's life and his rise to fame.
Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremberg, Modern Marvels) will executive produce the project for History. The project is a co-production from Abrams' Cypress Point Productions and History.
Brody, who won the best actor Oscar for his role in 2002's The Pianist, would play the magician and mark his first scripted TV appearance since the 1990s, when he appeared in the TV movie Bullet Hearts.
Houdini (working title) comes as History has found both critical and ratings success with its longform entries. The Bible recently concluded its 10-episode run with a two-hour finale that averaged 11.7 million viewers, boosting History's first scripted series, Vikings. Last summer's Hatfields & McCoys shattered network records over the course of its three-day run and concluded with 14.3 million total viewers. It was nominated for 16 Emmys, taking home wins for lead actor Kevin Costner and supporting actor Tom Berenger, among others.

WAYWARD SONS: LEGENDS
Lin Pictures, the production banner behind Warner Bros.’ upcoming animated feature The LEGO Movie, is teaming up with digital comics publisher Red Giant Entertainment to bring Red Giant’s Wayward Sons: Legends to the big screen.
The two companies will develop and co-produce the feature, which is out to writers.
Wayward Sons centers on two groups of diverse warring aliens who crash-landed on earth thousands of years ago. With their unending fight, the groups end up inspiring humanity’s every myth, legend and fairy tale, from Greeks gods to dragons to vampires to superheroes.
"The Wayward Sons comics present a great framework for an event science-fiction movie that explores ancient mythologies from various cultures around the world," said Lin Pictures head Dan Lin in a statement.
Producer Jon Silk brought the project to Lin Pictures and will oversee it for the company.
Producing for Red Giant Entertainment are Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof (Blue Caprice).
The partnership also includes a television component. The two companies will simultaneously develop a series based on the Wayward Sons universe, including an upcoming book series titled Wayward Souls.
Wayward Sons is one of the top indie digital comics. Since its launch, it has produced 26 full-color issues and four graphic novel collections and generated more than 420 million advertising views worldwide. The comic is also the No. 1 seller on the charts of digital distributor Keenspot, a Comixology partner.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013

VERONICA MARS
"Veronica Mars" is going to San Diego! According to the most recent Kickstarter movie update from the show's creator, Rob Thomas, members of the cast and production will attend the San Diego Comic-Con this summer.
This isn't a huge surprise for anyone who knows how much of Comic-Con focuses on the attendees obsessions. Since the Kickstarter meant to fund a "Veronica Mars" movie has managed to break fan-support records left and right, this project definitely counts. As of this writing, over 75,000 backers had pledged between $1 and $10,000 in an effort to bring the 2004-2007 series to the big screen.
The original goal of the Kickstarter campaign had been $2 million, enough to make a basic film. That amount was reached in less than a day, and the total pledge has since inched its way toward $5 million. That money will go to the production and to providing rewards to backers. Warner Bros. will cover the costs of promotion and distribution when the film hits theaters.
As of right now, there aren't many details about what sort of presence "Veronica Mars" will have at SDCC. It's early though, and more information has been promised.

ELYSIUM
The first trailer for "Elysium" has arrived and promises futuristic war. The movie is set in the year 2159, with the world separated into two classes. The very wealthy live on a space station called Elysium, while everyone else lived on a ruined and rotting planet Earth.
Matt Damon's character, who lives on Earth, needs to get on board Elysium to access their medical care, and in trying to do so may tear down the barrier between the two classes. First, though, he has to get suited up in all kinds of mechanical parts and fight robots. Once the mayor of Elysium (Jodie Foster) realizes what he's trying to do, she'll stop at nothing to make sure he fails.
"Elysium," directed by Neill Blomkamp ("District 9"), lands in theaters August 9.

IRON MAN 3
A new featurette for "Iron Man 3" shows off quite a bit of new footage, mixed in with cast interviews featuring all of the major players. One of the biggest reveals in the clip is Gwyneth Paltrow's character Pepper Potts suited up in Iron Man's armor, saving Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) life.
"Robert was really interested in having Pepper do more in this movie," Paltrow says. The clips and trailers released so far focus on Stark not being able to live without Pepper. The Mandarin has quite a bit to do as well, being the film's villain. Oscar-winner Ben Kingley says he was happy to sign onto the role, "There's something original, dare I used the word intelligent, approached in this film."
The featurette also has the first footage of Happy Hogan, played by Jon Favreau. Favreau returns as an actor only for the third movie, after directing the first two. "It's fun to come back as Happy," he says. As for Colonel Rhodes, Don Cheadle says, "The relationship between Tony and Rhodey is deepening," with Downey Jr. adding, "We really wanted Rhodey to be able to match Tony in his bravado and his wit."
The clip also contains portions of interviews with Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, both of whom play scientists who work on the Extremis virus. "Iron Man 3" is in theaters May 3.

POMPEII
Peter Schlessel's FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Paul W.S. Anderson's historical action epic Pompeii, setting a Feb. 28, 2014, release date in partnership with Sony/TriStar.
Germany's Constantin Film and Impact produced and financed the big-budget action pic, which stars Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris and Carrie-Anne Moss. Production is currently underway.
The film follows an enslaved Celtic gladiator who falls in love with a noblewoman on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.
Jeremy Bolt, Anderson, Robert Kulzer and Don Carmody are producing the film; executive producers are Martin Moszkowicz, Jon Brown and Schlessel serving as executive producers. Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson and Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay for the film which is currently in production.
Lionsgate International is representing foreign rights.
"Pompeii is the kind of big and bold film we all love to go to the movies to experience. We believe the film’s scope and story line will resonate well with U.S. moviegoers and we are pleased to once again team with Sony on bringing a film to theaters and beyond," Schlessel said.
FilmDistrict and Sony/TriStar have an ongoing partnership, and are currently in theaters with the remake of Sam Raimi's cult horror pic Evil Dead, which opened to a better-than-expected $25.8 million over the weekend.

KUNG FU PANDA 3
"Pandamonium" is back for a triple kick with a trio of new cast members in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3, which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad," Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted), Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal," Casino Royale) and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids) join Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and other original cast members in the third installment of the beloved action-packed franchise. The film, slated for December 23, 2015, marks the first planned co-production with China based Oriental DreamWorks and follows Po, the chosen one, as he continues on his journey mastering the art of Kung Fu… and noodle slurping.
Continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, Po must face two hugely epic, but very different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home. This chapter in the continuing adventures of Kung Fu Panda is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who also helmed the worldwide hit Kung Fu Panda 2 and remains the highest-grossing female director for a film at the worldwide box office. The film is produced by Melissa Cobb, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and co-produced by Jeffrey Hermann along with Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote and co-produced the original films and continue in these roles.
"Having the wonderful Jennifer Yuh Nelson return as director is incredibly exciting for the studio. Under her guidance I have no doubt that our returning cast and our outstanding new voice talent will take the franchise's story to the next level," said DreamWorks Animation Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke.
The first two chapters of DreamWorks Animation's critically acclaimed Kung Fu Panda franchise opened in 2008 and 2011. Both films were honored with Academy Award® nominations for Best Animated Feature Film. Together, they have generated approximately $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013

S.H.I.E.L.D.
Details surrounding Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot have been heavily guarded. Now, two months after production has wrapped, an official plot synopsis has surfaced. With the description, we learn of the show's new and improved title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Here's the synopsis:
Joss Whedon shows us not all heroes are super with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel’s The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of superheroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.
Last week, it was announced that J. August Richards would also appear in the pilot. The actor's best known for his work on Angel, the popular spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though his role in S.H.I.E.L.D. is a mystery, we're happy with his addition to the cast. There's always room for more Whedon alumni.

DRACULA
Luke Evans has played a couple of Greek gods and even a musketeer, but now he is about to play the most god-like of literary characters.
In his first starring role for a studio, Evans has signed to topline in Dracula Year Zero, Universal’s dramatic horror movie telling an origin story of the most famous of vampires. (UPDATE: A Universal rep says the film will now be called simply Dracula.)
Michael De Luca is producing the project, which quietly has been greenlighted and hopes to start shooting later this year. Commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the script. Alissa Phillips is executive producing.
Universal, once the home for literature’s most horrifying characters, set the tone for Dracula’s screen image for decades with its 1931 classic. Now, this project hopes to set the tone for the modern age with a historical-oriented origin story.
The script tells of a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them, and in the process becomes the first vampire.
Evans already is well known to the studio: the actor is playing the villain in its Fast & Furious 6, which opens May 24. He played Zeus in Immortals and Apollo in Clash of the Titans, and starred with John Cusack in the Edgar Allan Poe thriller The Raven.
Evans, repped by WME and United Agents, will be seen portraying Bard the Bowman in the upcoming installments of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies.
Vp of production Anikah McLaren and creative executive Jay Polidoro are overseeing the project for Universal.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
The first image for Captain America: The Winter Soldier has made its way to the web.
Just as Marvel announced production on the Captain America sequel commenced Monday in Los Angeles, the studio released an image of Captain America (Chris Evans) in shadow with his iconic shield behind him. Other filming locations include Cleveland and Washington, D.C.
The Winter Soldier picks up where The Avengers left off, with Steve Rogers struggling to embrace his role in the modern world, with the help of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to fight a "powerful yet shadow enemy" in D.C.
The cast for The Winter Soldier includes Robert Redford (Agent Alexander Pierce), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow), Georges St-Pierre (Georges Batroc), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola), Emily VanCamp (Agent 13) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell).
Anthony and Joe Russo are directing from a screenplay by Christopher Markus.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing, with Alan Fine, Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee executive producing.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, following Marvel's Iron Man 3 (May 3) and Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8).

NEW CYBER THRILLER FOR MICHAEL MANN
HONG KONG -- Michael Mann will set parts of his upcoming hacker thriller in Hong Kong and cast a pair of Chinese actors to play two prominent roles.
Produced by Legendary Pictures – which has already had experience of a Hong Kong location shoot with The Dark Knight – Mann’s as-yet-untitled project will feature scenes in the city revolving around a pair of Chinese hackers, according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily.
The report said Mann and his entourage arrived in Hong Kong on Friday and spent Sunday night walking around Jordan, a bustling area in the center of the city, to scout for locations.
The visit reportedly took place after a series of meetings the director had with local stars during the afternoon, as A-listers such as Tang Wei (a Bafta nominee for Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution and star of current Chinese chart-topper Finding Mr. Right), Nick Cheung Ka-fai (The Stool Pigeon, The Viral Factor) and Shawn Yue Man-lok (who starred opposite Josh Hartnett in Tran Anh Hung’s Hong Kong-set I Come With the Rain) were spotted visiting the hotel Mann was staying in.
Chris Hemsworth signed up for Mann’s film in February, and it is understood that producers have been searching for appropriate locations for the Hong Kong-set scenes since then.
Legendary’s Hong Kong shoot for The Dark Knight – which involved scenes of a carrier plane flying low over the city, and also a sequence set in and around the central business district – was facilitated by local shingle October Pictures, which also contributed to the Hong Kong shoots of Contagion, Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, the company declined to offer details or comment on its role in Mann’s project.
It remains to be seen how Mann’s cyber-warfare feature will play out at a time when Beijing and Washington are regularly attacking each other for masterminding organized hacking into computer systems.
While some Hollywood productions have offered narratives with positive depictions of China and Chinese culture – the savior for Iron Man 3’s Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), for example, is the Chinese scientist-doctor Dr. Wu, played by veteran actor Wang Xueqi – there are others that paid no heed toward the country’s notoriously sensitive censors.
Contagion, for example, is based on the premise of an epidemic with roots in Macao and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, The Dark Knight was also met with mild criticism here for depicting the city where outlaws – in the shape of a mob accountant, played by Singaporean actor Chin Han – could flee to and live freely.
It was reported last week that World War Z will be released in China in a version devoid of dialogue referring to the country as the source of a virus that eventually led to a zombie outbreak. The film stars Brad Pitt, who has remained persona non grata for his role in Seven Years in Tibet, which the authorities deemed as offering an unflattering depiction of Chinese military officials taking over the southwestern region in 1950.

OMEGA POINT
CBS Films has optioned Omega Point, a sci-fi spec script from newcomer Cameron Alexander.
Sidney Sherman, a co-producer on the 2006 John Travolta thriller Lonely Hearts, is on board to produce via his Rosa Entertainment banner.
The story centers on a young man who comes across a mysterious crash site in the woods where he discovers and befriends a god-like artificial intelligence agent desperate to escape earth.
Execs Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.
Omega is the first sale for the 25-year-old Alexander, a budding music video director (one of the videos under his belt is Cry Wolf from Kristinia DeBarge, the daughter of '80s pop singer James DeBarge). Alexander eventually wants to direct what he writes, but for now, he knows that writing is the way to make the inroads.
He is repped by Resolution, Rosa Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.

BATES MOTEL
A&E has extended its stay at Bates Motel, renewing the series for a second season.
From Universal Television, the Psycho prequel ranks as A&E's most-watched scripted drama in network history among adults 18-to-49 and 25-to-54. The series premiere drew 4.5 million total viewers and 2.5 million in both 18-to-49 and 25-to-54 when factoring in Live+7 figures. The series held up well in its second airing, jumping 6 percent among the 25-to-54 set against increased competition in its 10 p.m. Monday slot.
The second season again will feature 10 episodes and come from showrunners Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, who use Psycho as a inspiration to help tell the story of Norman Bates' (Freddie Highmore) formative years growing up with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga).
Bates Motel has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal audience in its first few weeks,” A&E president and GM Bob DeBitetto said in announcing the pickup Monday. "With superb writing and exceptional acting, led by the critically acclaimed performances of Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, we’re incredibly excited to see where Carlton and Kerry take Norma and Norman Bates next.”
The series marks A&E's latest push into original scripted programming and joins a roster that also includes Longmire, which last year was renewed for a second season. A&E also has the pilots Occult, with Josh Lucas, and Those Who Kill, starring Chloe Sevigny, in the works.

MAN OF STEEL
The very first TV spot for Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel is now online.
Flying into 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on June 14, the comic book action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.
In the film, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

I, FRANKENSTEIN
Lionsgate has just announced that Hopscotch Features/Lakeshore Entertainment's comic book adaptation I, Frankenstein has moved from September 13 of this year to January 24, 2014.
"The film's franchise potential, given its large scale premise, setting and creative elements are perfectly aligned with the 3D experience and the studio wants to put forth the best version of the film possible to audiences," says an official press release.
Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, Underworld, comes an action thriller written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel "I, Frankenstein" by Kevin Grievous.
I, Frankenstein also stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The modestly budgeted remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult horror pic Evil Dead earned a better-than-expected $26 million in its domestic bow for a No. 1 finish. Overseas, the pic took in $4.5 million from its first 21 markets for a worldwide debut of $30.5 million.
Evil Dead, from Sony/TriStar, FilmDistrict and Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, earned a C+ CinemaScore in North America. Usually that would be problematic but horror films often receive a middling grade. The remake, appealing heavily to males (56 percent), cost $17 million to produce.
It is the fourth Evil Dead title and the first not to be directed by Raimi, who personally tapped Fede Alvarez to direct the reboot, which follows five friends who awaken a demonic presence while visiting a cabin in rural Massachusetts. The film's strong performance marks another victory for Sony/TriStar after The Call.
"Fede did an amazing job remaking this film," Sony president of domestic marekting Rory Bruer said. "When you think you've seen it all, they bring in something new. The movie really is scary."
Nostalgia invaded the box office all the way around.
Universal's 3D rerelease of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park also turned in a pleasing performance, coming in No. 4 domestically with $18.2 million, one of the top openings for a 3D redo (as a way of comparison, Titanic 3D opened to $17.3 million domestically). Overseas, Jurassic Park grossed $3 million from seven territories for a total opening of $21.2 million.
The 3D rerelease generated record-breaking returns for IMAX, which delivered $6 million in ticket sales -- or 32 percent of the total gross, the biggest share ever for the large-format circuit.
Universal opens the 3D rerelease of Jurassic Park 20 years after the original dinosaur movie debuted and is using the pic to prime audiences for Jurassic Park IV, which rolls out in June 2014 (Spielberg is producing but not directing). Hollywood has had a mixed track record with 3D rereleases and will be watching closely to see how Jurassic Park performs over the course of its short run (the Blu-Ray/DVD comes out in two weeks).
The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation claimed the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on the North American box office chart, although the precise order won't be determined until Monday morning, since both films are estimating a $21.1 million weekend.
Croods, from DreamWorks Animation and Fox, jumped the $300 million mark globally over the weekend, becoming only the second title of 2013 to do so after Oz the Great and Powerful. Croods grossed $34.1 million internationally from 62 markets for a foreign total of $206.8 million. The 3D toon has now earned $125.8 domestically for a global cume of $332.6 million.
G.I. Joe raced past the $200 million mark in its second weekend of play at the global box office. The action pic, from Paramount, MGM and Skydance, boasts a domestic total of $86.7 million, while it earned $40.2 million internationally from 60 countries for a foreign total of $145.2 million and global haul of $231.9 million.
The action pic easily topped the foreign box office, followed by Croods.
Internationally, G.I. Joe is already on the verge of eclipsing the $150 million earned by G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in its entire run.
At the specialty box office, Robert Redford's political drama The Company You Keep debuted to a solid $146,058 from five theaters for a location average of $29,212. Redford both directed and stars in the film, opposite Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci and Anna Kendrick.
Financed and produced by Voltage Pictures, Company You Keep is being released in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics. In the film, Redford plays a former member of the Weather Underground who has been hiding for three decades, but whose identity is now in danger of being revealed.
Focus Features' A Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, rose up the domestic chart to No. 14 as it expanded into a total of 30 theaters in its second weekend, grossing $695,041 for a total $886,459 and location average of $23,168.
Among other openers, Danny Boyle's British thriller Trance grossed a solid $136,103 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $34,206.
Shane Carruth's Upstream Color nabbed the top location average of the weekend as it opened on one screen at the IFC Center, grossing $31,500.
Below are the top 10 estimates for the April 5-7 weekend at the domestic box office.
Title, weeks in release/theater count, studio, three-day weekend total, cume
1. Evil Dead, 1/3,025, Sony/TriStar/FilmDistrict, $26 million
2. The Croods, 2/4,046, Fox/DreamWorks Animation, $21.1 million, $125.8 million
3. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 1/3,719, Paramount/MGM/Skydance, $21.1 million, $86.7 million
4. Jurassic Park, 1/2,771, Universal, $18.2 million
5. Olympus Has Fallen, 3/3,059, Lionsgate/Millennium, $10.04 million, $71.1 million
6. Tyler Perry's Temptation, 2/2,047, Lionsgate, $10 million, $38.4 million
7. Oz the Great and Powerful, 5/2,905, Disney, $8.2 million, $212.8 million
8. The Host, 2/3,202, Open Road Films, $5.2 million, $19.7 million
9. The Call, 4/2,002, Sony/TriStar, $3.5 million, $45.5 million
10. Admission, 3/1,407, Focus Features, $2.1 million, $15.4 million

OBLIVION
Universal Pictures has released this new featurette on director Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion which talks about the filming at Earl Peak. Opening in theaters and IMAX on April 19, the film stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo.
On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete.
Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

STAR TREK RE-ENACTMENT
I posted this video over on my Facebook page at The Zocalo Today but for those who don't do Facebook, you have just got to watch this video. It is awesome! The upcoming video game looks pretty good as well. Enjoy!

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult horror pic Evil Dead easily won the Friday box office race with $11.9 million for an expected weekend gross of $27 million.
Nostalgia invaded the box office all the way around. The 3D rerelease of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park also did better than expected, landing at No. 2 with $7 million. That puts the redo on course for weekend earnings of $18.5 million.
The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are both expected to overtake Jurassic Park as the weekend gets fully underway. Croods should place No. 2 with a weekend gross in the $21 million to $22 million range, while G.I. Joe is projected to take in $20 million.
Evil Dead, from Sony/TriStar, FilmDistrict and Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, earned a C+ CinemaScore. Usually that would be problematic but horror films often receive a middling grade. It is the fourth Evil Dead title and the first not to be directed by Raimi, who personally tapped Fede Alvarez to direct the reboot, which follows five friends who awaken a demonic presence while visiting a cabin in rural Massachusetts. The pic also opens this weekend in 19 foreign markets.
Universal opens the 3D rerelease of Jurassic Park 20 years after the original dinosaur movie debuted and is using the pic to prime audiences for Jurassic Park IV, which rolls out in June 2014 (Spielberg is producing but not directing). Hollywood has had a mixed track record with 3D rereleases and will be watching closely to see how Jurassic Park performs.
G.I. Joe, from Paramount, MGM and Skydance, placed No. 3 on Friday for a domestic total of $72 million.
DreamWorks Animation and Fox's Croods came in No. 4 with $6 million, pushing its domestic cume to $110.7 million. The family film is anticipating a sizeable bump on Saturday.
Lionsgate and Tyler Perry's sultry thriller Temptation came in No. 5 on its second Friday with $3.4 million for an eight-day total of $31.7 million.

GODZILLA
Warner Bros. Pictures has been filming Godzilla at Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada and a new video of the production is online.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, the May 16, 2014 release stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston and Sally Hawkins.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013

S.H.I.E.L.D.
A familiar face from the Whedonverse is joining the cast of ABC's pilot "S.H.I.E.L.D."
J. August Richards, who starred on "Angel," is reteaming with Joss Whedon on the show, about the organization that provides support for the Avengers and occasionally has to save the world on its own. His casting was first reported by SHIELDtv.net and later confirmed by other outlets.
No details about Richards' role are available.
Whedon is directing the pilot and co-writing it with his brother Jed and Jed's wife, Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse"). Or rather, Whedon directed the pilot -- it was on an earlier production schedule than most pilots and wrapped filming in mid-February.
That would mean either that Whedon will shoot some extra scenes for the pilot featuring Richards ... or that ABC has signaled that it's OK to begin planning for a series pickup. To be clear, the network has not made any kind of announcement about a pickup yet -- ABC reveals its lineup for 2013-14 at its upfront presentation in May.
In January, ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee said he's "very hopeful" the pilot will go to series, but at the time he hadn't seen anything beyond a script.
Richards' post-"Angel" credits include "Conviction," "Raising the Bar" and recent guest roles on "Warehouse 13" and "Emily Owens, M.D.".

IRON MAN 3
Marvel Studios has dropped an exclusive new trailer for Iron Man 3. The sequel pits the hero against his biggest enemy yet -- the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Without the assistance of the Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has to depend on his brain as well as his brawn.
The Mandarin is a terrorist whose sole purpose is to destroy Iron Man. He hits Tony where it hurts and breaks him down mentally and physically. Following the events of The Avengers, Tony's not in the best state. He's a changed man. Will that help or hinder his chances of survival?
Here's the official synopsis:
Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
hits theaters May 3.

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
Twentieth Century Fox has moved up the release date for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters a week-and-a-half from Friday, August 16 to Wednesday, August 7. This change puts the release date just five days after 2 Guns and 300: Rise of an Empire and only two days before Disney's Planes, Elysium and We're the Millers.
Directed by Thor Freudenthal, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters stars Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Robert Maillet and Zoe Aggeliki.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters continues the young demigod's epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

IRON MAN 3
Some new footage from Iron Man 3 has been released, showing off the Mandarin’s army as he preps for war with Tony Stark.
Marvel is getting pretty good at slipping out bits of new footage with each trailer, and the latest shows off more of the Mandarin’s (Ben Kingsley) efforts to rally his forces and prepare an attack on Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.). These enemy soldiers definitely look like they mean business.
We also get to see some excellent new fight scenes, with Stark only sporting portions of his armor but still kicking an extreme amount of ass. Director Shane Black has hinted we’ll get to see a lot of Stark (as opposed to his suited alter ego) in this film, and he seems to be striking a great balance to that effect.
The sequel stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley.
Iron Man 3 opens May 3.

OBLIVION
Go inside a spaceship crash and a creepy, abandoned building in new clips from Tom Cruise’s sci-fi epic Oblivion.
The studio has released four new clips from the unique post-apocalypse flick, showing Jack Harper’s (Tom Cruise) investigation into the mysteries that remain after humanity has abandoned the planet. The unique visual style that director Joseph Kosinski has put together is definitely on display here, and the big FX set pieces look stellar.
Here’s the synopsis:
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
Oblivion opens April 19.

THE BLACK HOLE
Disney’s reinvention of its 1979 sci-fi movie The Black Hole is getting a new engine.
Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts has been hired to kickstart the project, which has Joe Kosinski -- the filmmaker behind the upcoming Tom Cruise sci-fi pic Oblivion -- attached to direct.
Justin Springer, who produced Kosinski’s feature debut Tron: Legacy, is producing Black Hole.
Black Hole was the most expensive movie Disney ever made when it was released in 1979 with a cast that included Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine.
The original followed a group of space explorers aboard the USS Palomino who come across a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering outside a black hole. Inside the Cygnus, the explorers meet a scientist commanding an army of faceless robots, who explains that his crew deserted him as he planned to go through the black hole. The explorers soon discover that the robots are the remnants of the former crew and that the scientist has no intention of letting them leave.
Disney put the remake into development in 2009. Travis Beacham was writing the script at the time, and Kosinski was working on the project while prepping the Tron reboot.
Among the signature pieces of the original movie were a threatening red robot named Maximillian as well as two kindlier robots named V.I.N.CENT and B.O.B.
It is unknown if those characters will return, but the new take, which restarts the project, has been described as being big idea -- philosophical and somewhat dark in tone.
Spaihts also wrote the screenplay for The Darkest Hour, an alien-invasion thriller produced by Timur Bekmambetov and is writing a script for Universal’s reboot of The Mummy.
He is repped by Paradigm, Circle of Confusion and Stone Meyer.

CRIMSON PEAK
Benedict Cumberbatch is joining Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam in Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house thriller Crimson Peak.
Legendary Pictures is behind the movie, which has a February 2014 start.
The gothic horror story centers on a woman who discovers that her husband may not be whom he appears to be.
Details on who is playing whom were not revealed.
Del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins; Lucinda Coxon recently did a rewrite.
Cumberbatch is proving to be in great demand thanks largely to his stellar and acclaimed work in Sherlock, which has caught the eyes of filmmakers Stateside, leading to several high-profile gigs. He stars as the villain in next month’s Star Trek Into Darkness and is currently filming The Fifth Estate, DreamWorks’ Wikileaks movie in which he is portraying Julian Assange.

ARROW
The CW's Arrow will be taking a brief hiatus for three weeks and its next episode will premiere on April 24. Titled "Home Invasion," the episode appears to contain the confrontation between Deadshot and Diggle that we learned about back in January. A plot description hasn't been revealed for the episode yet, but check back here for that and photos in the coming days.
Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

JURASSIC PARK
We don't know very much about what to expect in the upcoming Jurassic Park 4, but one thing we can guarantee is Velociraptors and a T-Rex or two. A new feature in USA Today, however, teased that a brand new set of teeth will be appearing in the film as well.
"I can't actually tell you who that will be," said paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as technical advisor for the previous Jurassic Park films and will consult on the new film. "But you'll want to keep the lights on after you see this movie."
The Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment production will be produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. The script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Safety Not Guaranteed's Colin Trevorrow will direct the movie, which is planning a June 13, 2014 release date.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

JMS SIGNING ON SATURDAY - TEN GRAND #1 COPIES
At C2E2 Saturday 4/27 at 4:30 Ben and I will be at Joe's Comics table signing and giving away 500 convention variant copies of Ten Grand #1. That's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). For more information, go to http://www.c2e2.com.

LEVEL 1313
Been looking forward to that really cool, Blade Runner-ish Star Wars game that’s been in development for a while now? Well, we have some bad news.
As was rumored for a while now, Disney has officially pulled the plug on LucasArts. The long-running game developer has been responsible for many recent Star Wars games, as well as some fun '80s and '90s classics (The Secret of Monkey Island!).
The company will now transition from an active developer to a “licensing model,” which will essentially farm out development of Star Wars games to other companies. Though it’s sad to see the studio close, the real impact for gamers today is that it further jeopardizes the fate of Star Wars 1313, an epic new adventure game that looked to be one of the coolest Star Wars games we’ve seen in ages.
Disney is cagey on exactly what the closure will mean for the project, but a Mouse House representative told Game Informer that 1313 could live on if they’re able to find a new publisher willing to take a chance on it:
“It is worth noting that we are looking for proven external partners who can help us provide video games to our fans. We still believe in the video game industry, we still will provide Star Wars games, we’re just looking at different models rather than internal production… They’re evaluating everything. There’s always a possibility that it [Star Wars 1313] can still come out via licensing.”
The game has been in development for a while now (heck, it’s been eight months since we saw the first trailer), so the longer it languishes the longer the odds it will ever see the light of day.
Prognosis: Not good, but not dead yet.

HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
After months of leaked set pics and weird character posters, we finally have our first real look at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The first official trailer is set to debut Sunday, April 14, during the MTV Movie Awards, but the network has been kind enough to drop a teaser that shows off the first actual footage from the eagerly anticipated sequel.
We get a peek at Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) intro as the reigning champ, and our first glimpse at the visual style we can expect from new director Francis Lawrence. How does it look? Classy, which is a good thing.
After The Hunger Games blew up the box office, Catching Fire should be one of the most anticipated flicks of 2013. It captures the perfect zeitgeist of sci-fi, dystopia and pretty young people. If the sequel is half as fun as the first film, it should do fine.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Zoe Saldana is kinda dominating the sci-fi and comic book genres. Over the past four years, she's appeared in Avatar, Star Trek and The Losers. Now she's adding another title to that list: Guardians of the Galaxy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Saldana is in negotiations to play the film's female lead opposite Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista.
If everything goes smoothly, Saldana will star as "Gamora, the green-skinned humanoid who is the last of a species that was exterminated by a race known as the Badoon. She also happens to be a skilled assassin." Saldana will be the third major addition to the cast following Pratt's Star-Lord and Bautista's Drax the Destroyer.
The Guardians are almost complete. The team also includes a character called Groot, who's been described as a giant tree-like creature. There's also Rocket Racoon, a genetically modified animal that's highly intelligent and knows its way around weapons.
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and hits theaters Aug. 1, 2014.

THE WALKING DEAD
In a case of "this is kind of obvious," reports are coming in that Chad L. Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green have been elevated to series regulars as Tyreese and Sasha in the fourth season of "The Walking Dead."
The two entered season three rather late in the game, but now that they're on Rick's side, yes, we're going to be seeing a lot more of them. Oh, and one other character, too.
TVLine reports that Emily Kinney, who plays Beth, has been promoted to "series regular" status as well. That's Hershel's daughter, if you lost track.
The cast and crew of "The Walking Dead" are set to return to Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, May 6th to begin production on season four, which will premiere in October with 16 episodes.

CARRIE
Screen Gems and MGM will be debuting the full trailer for the upcoming Carrie tomorrow, but Entertainment Tonight has a 15-second preview available now.
Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry, Stop-Loss), the film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort and Julianne Moore.
The movie is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Carrie is based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King.
Carrie hits theaters on October 18.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013

THE CONJURING
James Wan delights in scaring the bejesus out of us, and he's perfecting his craft with each new supernatural project. He's been on a roll since directing the first jagged installment of Saw and the deliciously creepy Insidious. The Conjuring is his latest grim ghost affair, branded with an MPAA "R" rating due to its stratospheric fright factor.
In this terrifying trailer, Wan produces an interesting array of disturbing tricks from his maniacal magic hat. It's based on an actual case from The Amityvile Horror's real-life husband-and-wife ghostbusting team, the Warrens, and appears to raise the boogeyman bar for this season's horror offerings.
Here's the official synopsis:
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
The Conjuring appears in theaters on July 19, 2013, and stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy and Kyla Deaver.

DEFIANCE TRAILER
The action-packed tie-in game for Syfy's new series Defiance is finally here!
After months of anticipation, the online 3rd person shooter from Trion Worlds (makers of Rift) is available today for PC, PS3 and XBox 360. Set in a future Earth that's been radically altered by alien conflicts and terraforming, you play as an "Ark Hunter," tasked with tracking down alien technology from "Arkfalls," pieces of a destroyed alien fleet that periodically fall to the surface. You can choose to play as either a human or an alien, fight alone or with a group of other players, choose from a wide variety of weapons and modify them with alien tech, and travel the game's open world with a range of vehicles. As you play, events in the game will impact the Defiance TV series, and events in the TV series will impact the game, for a tie-in experience unlike any other.
Defiance the series premieres April 15th at 9/8C on Syfy.

VERONICA MARS
Rob Thomas' massively successful, Kickstarter-financed Veronica Mars feature film has officially added Jason Dohring to the cast. He'll reprise his role as Logan Echolls.
"Jason Dohring is officially on board for the Veronica Mars movie," Rob Thomas updates. "We now have three actors officially cast. Veronica. Logan and the waiter who says, 'Your check, sir.'"
The series starred Kristen Bell as the titular Mars, a young student who, growing up with a detective for a father, moonlit as a private investigator. The series ran for three seasons, transitioning Mars from high school to college.
Having already broken several records, the Veronica Mars funding campaign is now attempting to become the single largest Kickstarter in history. Want to contribute? Go to .

BIG EYES
Tim Burton has set "Big Eyes" as his next directorial effort.
Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams will star in the project about Margaret and Walter Keane, the artists whose paintings of large eyed children became one of the first mass marketed art sensations in the 50s and 60s.
Walter was the marketing genius and a full fledged celebrity. His shy wife, however, was the actual artist and when they split she tried to get what was due to her.
They ended up in court where a judge provided them with two easels and ordered them to prove it. His reputation crashed overnight as he begged off the order saying his arm hurt, whereas she created one of the trademark big-eyed works.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski ("Ed Wood," "The People Vs. Larry Flynt") penned the script and will produce with Burton and Lynette Howell. The Weinstein Company is closing a deal to fund and distribute the film which will shoot this summer.

THE SAINT
The first promo trailer is out for "The Saint," the new TV series reboot of the classic property which stars Adam Rayner plays gentleman thief Simon Templar, along with Eliza Dushku, James Remar, Enrique Murciano and Thomas Kretschmann.
MPCA produced the series which will be shopped to networks following a screening at this year's MIPTV Media Market in Cannes.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

DOCTOR WHO
The first read-through for the hourlong Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special just finished, and we've got the photographic evidence to prove it.
If you've been as excited as we have since the Beeb finally confirmed that, yes, David Tennant (and Billie Piper!) would be returning for Who's 50th extravanganza, then this picture might just crest you beyond elated to full-on manic, insane and jumping up and down with joy. S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Marvel universe is headed to the small screen this fall, and one of the most intriguing aspects of Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series is that it will bring beloved agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) back to life.
As most fans know, the longtime agent (apparently) met his untimely demise at the hand of Loki in The Avengers, which inspired the team to come together and face off with the invading alien army. But then once the proposed ABC series came together, we learned that Gregg would be front and center, which set fans frothing at the mouth to find out how Coulson lives.
Gregg didn’t spill the exact details, but did tease how long fans will have to wait to learn how Coulson survived the seemingly fatal stabbing by Loki. Plus, he reveals the conversation he had with Whedon when he first learned they were bringing Coulson back to life.
Here’s an excerpt from his interview with Collider:
“I’ve been so happy and living this geek fantasy as they kept adding Agent Coulson to everything including The Avengers and then gave him this magnificent, almost Shakespearean death scene, and I found out on that day how much I loved this guy and had come to identify with him partly because of the way fans responded to him, and also because he had such a great niche in those movies. He got to be funny, he got to be, in this case, heroic. And then I got to say good-bye to him, and it was a very emotional day. And yet I feel what Joss did with that was a fantastic conclusion of the character.
And even though my friends at Marvel said, ‘You know, we spent a lot of time talking about how Coulson lives, and we know that there’s a movement out there, and there are t-shirts and people paint on bridges ‘Coulson Lives’, we’re going to bring you back’, and it’s one of the many things people tell you that never ever happens. And then I get this call from Joss saying, ‘Well…there’s a script. And here’s what we’re thinking, and it’s after The Avengers, and here’s the concept.’ By the time Joss finished telling me, I was in ... After people see the show, they’ll have some clue as to why I’m still there, still breathing. But I don’t think they’ll know everything.”
Though ABC is keeping mum on the S.H.I.E.L.D. series, it’s expected to debut at some point this fall.

UNDER THE DOME
CBS has released a sneak peek at its upcoming series Under the Dome. Based on the novel by Stephen King, who also serves as executive producer, the show explores what happens when a group of people are cut off from society. Under the Dome takes place in a town called Chester’s Mill, which is trapped underneath a massive barrier. No one can come in, and no one can go out.
According to actress Britt Robertson, who plays Angie McAlister, "Two thousand people secluded. It just gets pretty scary very quickly." In the promo we see blood-soaked hands and a body being dumped into a grave. The isolation must be making everyone a little stir-crazy.
Under the Dome also stars Mike Vogel (Bates Motel) as Dale "Barbie" Barbara, former Twilight star Rachelle Lefevre as Julia Shumway and Supernatural's Colin Ford as Joe. The series will run for 13 episodes and is slated to premiere in June.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
The new teaser for the red hot JJ Abrams sequel – starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine – will air during Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway this evening.
ACTION-PACKED trailer starring Chris Pine as James Kirk to be revealed during Ant and Dec show.
The explosive new movie – which also star Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Zachery Quinto and Alice Eve – sees the crew of the Enterprise called home to find an insider from within their own organization has destroyed the fleet.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
Star Trek Into Darkness is released on May 17, 2013.

IRON MAN 3
Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios have debuted a new TV spot for Iron Man 3 in which Tony Stark has a little greeting for the Mandarin.
Hitting 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on May 3, the Shane Black-directed action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley and Wang Xuequi.
The film pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES
Sony Pictures' Screen Gems has released a new trailer for their upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the popular fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare.
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is set to hit theaters August 23.

APRIL 1, 2013

THE WALKING DEAD
"The Walking Dead" will still have the Governor to contend with next season, and David Morrissey is set to return as a full-time regular. [SPOILERS AHEAD.]
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that although Morrissey initially signed a single season contract for the "Dead" role, he has been set to return for Season 4. Not knowing in advance whether or not Morrissey would return made the bloody Season 3 finale all the more suspenseful for fans.
The decision to keep the Governor alive after he led Woodbury into battle with Rick Grimes' gang at the prison represents another significant storyline departure from the Robert Kirkman comic books. But just because the Governor survived this fight, doesn't mean his days aren't numbered.
Shocking deaths have become a regular occurrence for the series (so regular it's debatable whether or not they even qualify as "shocking"). During Season 3, "The Walking Dead" killed off characters played by full-time cast members Sarah Wayne Callies, Michael Rooker and Laurie Holden, plus recurring players IronE Singleton and Dallas Roberts.

DOCTOR WHO NEWS
From out of the time vortex come MAJOR SPOILERS!
The official Doctor Who Magazine just made a huge error. Due to the holiday weekend, they sent out their magazine early. What was inside? THIS!
Yes, we can now confirm that two of the biggest names in Doctor Who history, David Tennant and Billie Piper, will be back for the show's 50th anniversary. And the choice of actors is extremely telling. Clearly this means we'll be seeing what happened with Rose and the Doctor Donna, Ten Two, or however you want to refer to the Doctor's half-human clone.
This is HUGE! But does it mean that this is the only reunion we're getting? Or is there more news to come? Stay tuned!

TRUE BLOOD
Yes, Game of Thrones started this Sunday, but what we really want to know now is just when the sixth season of True Blood will make its bloody return to our TV screens, right?
Well, HBO has revealed just when we’ll return to Bon Temps and get to see what’s happening next with our fave faerie-telepathic waitress, Sookie (Anna Paquin), hunky Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and newly minted Vampire-God Bill (Stephen Moyer), as well as a score more beloved characters.
And the date is ... June 16!
We’re thrilled to know when we’ll finally get to sink our teeth into season six.
The great news follows in the wake of the real-life drama that arose from the abrupt departure of Alan Ball's showrunner replacement Mark Hudis (in the midst of shooting season six, no less), who was promptly replaced by writer-producer Brian Buckner; plus the release of some pretty cool pics of new guest stars, sci-fi god Rutger Hauer as Macklyn and new resident hunk Rob Kazinsky as Sookie's new faerie boytoy beau Ben.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation opened to a pleasing $132 million at the worldwide box office, one of the best showings ever for the Easter holiday and marking the top international debut of the year so far.
G.I. Joe took in $80.3 million overseas and $51.7 million domestically, including $41.2 million for the weekend proper, the second-best domestic Easter gross behind the 2010 Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million).
Internationally, G.I. Joe opened 10 percent ahead of Oz the Great and Powerful, which debuted earlier this month to $69.9 million.
In North America, Paramount opened the action bonanza -- headlining franchise newcomers Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis -- on Thursday to get a jump on the holiday weekend. The sequel, earning an A- CinemaScore, came much closer than expected to matching the $54.7 million bow of G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, which opened in early August 2009. Males turned out in force, making up 68 percent of the audience.
Overseas, the sequel is doing double the business that Cobra did (that film opened to $92 million globally). It's doing especially well in Russia ($11 million), Latin America and Asia, where 3D remains a popular format. IMAX theaters generated $7 million of the total global gross.
The successful opening of G.I. Joe vindicates Paramount for deciding to push back the film's release from summer 2012 in order to convert it to 3D and refashion Channing Tatum's role so that the actor has more scenes.
"Clearly this was a movie that felt like it should be in 3D, so Jon Chu went back and did an excellent job in making that happen," said Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore. "Certain parts of the story also needed to be massaged, and Adam Goodman and his team worked with Jon to get it to a great place."
Paramount financed and produced the film with MGM and Skydance Productions in association with Hasbro. Producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner.
The studio says it minimized its risk overall by keeping G.I. Joe's budget to roughly $130 million; Cobra cost at least $175 million. Paramount put up half the money for the sequel, while MGM and David Ellison's Skydance each put up a 25 percent share. Stereo D covered the cost of the 3D conversion and will get a percentage of the 3D grosses.
Animated event pic The Croods, from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, jumped the $200 million mark in its second weekend. The family pic came in No. 2 domestically, grossing $26.5 million for a 10-day cume of $88.6 million. Overseas, Croods took in $52.5 million for a worldwide total of $229.1 million.
Opening on Good Friday in North America were writer-director Tyler Perry's sultry thriller Temptation -- a marked departure from the filmmaker's comedic fare -- and director Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller The Host, adapted from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's novel.
From Lionsgate, Temptation opened to a pleasing $22.3 million to place No. 3. Women fueled the film's performance, with females making up 70 percent of the audience and moviegoers over the age of 25 making up 79 percent of those buying tickets.
Receiving an A- CinemaScore, Temptation stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights) as a restless marriage counselor who begins a dangerous affair with a social media mogul (Robbie Jones). Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams also star.
"There's no fatigue at all for Tyler Perry," Lionsgate executive vice president of distribution David Spitz said.
Lionsgate targeted women and African-Americans in marketing the film. The studio also took advantage of Kardashian's celebrity profile.
It is the fourth Perry film that Lionsgate has released over Easter weekend.
The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, opened to a so-so $11 million. Coming in No. 6, the film received an B- CinemaScore.
Open Road Films is distributing the film on behalf of producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz and Inferno Entertainment. Meyer also is a producer and has tirelessly promoted the project, which marks her first post-Twilight outing.
Set in a society where parasitic aliens known as "Souls" inhabit humans, The Host is appealing primarily to females (Meyer's fan base). The story follows a "Soul" who finds it impossible to entirely banish the human girl she inhabits.
Among holdovers, White House pic Olympus Has Fallen came in No. 4 in its second frame, grossing $14 million for a domestic total of $54.7 million for FilmDistrict and Millennium.
Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful jumped the $400 million in its fourth weekend of play at the global box office. The tentpole, placing No. 5 in North America, has now earned $198.3 million domestically and $214 million internationally for a total $412.3 million, by far the best showing of 2013 to date.
Harmony Korine's dark indie comedy Spring Breakers placed No. 9, grossing $2.8 million for a domestic total of $10.1 million for A24 Films.
Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, made headlines at the specialty box office. Opening in four theaters, the Focus Features film grossed $270,184 for a location average of $67,546, easily the best average of Easter weekend and the second best of the year so far after Spring Breakers.
"We're thrilled," said Focus distribution chief Jack Foley, who reported sold out shows in theaters such as the Landmark in West Los Angeles.
The film's strong domestic launch should help its overseas run. Sidney Kimmel financed and produced the film, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales.
Filmmaker Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237, examining the various theories about the hidden messages in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining opened on two screens in New York, grossing $36,000 for a location average of $36,000. From IFC Films, the doc opens in Los Angeles and other major markets next weekend.
Below are the top 10 estimates for the March 29-31 weekend at the domestic box office.
Title, weeks in release/theater count, studio, three-day weekend total, cume
1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 1/3,719, Paramount/MGM/Skydance, $41.2 million, $51.7 million
2. The Croods, 2/4,046, Fox/DreamWorks Animation, $26.5 million, $88.6 million
3. Tyler Perry's Temptation, 1/2,047, Lionsgate, $22.3 million
4. Olympus Has Fallen, 2/3,106, Lionsgate/Millennium, $14 million, $54.7 million
5. Oz the Great and Powerful, 4/3,324, Disney, $11.6 million, $198.3 million
6. The Host, 1/3,202, Open Road Films, $11 million
7. The Call, 3/2,439, Sony/TriStar, $4.8 million, $39.5 million
8. Admission, 2/2,161, Focus Features, $3.3 million, $11.8 million
9. Spring Breakers, 3/1,379, A24 Films, $2.8 million, $10.1 million
10. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 3/1,575, Warner Bros./New Line, $1.3 million, $20.6 million

ARROW
Although executive producer Marc Guggenheim and his "Arrow" took to the WonderCon stage this afternoon in Anaheim, California, they were relatively tight-lipped as far spoilers go for the future of the series. Guggenheim did, however, let slip one big surprise for the 21st episode.
"Episode 21 is the first time we flashback to a point that wasn't on the island," he says. "We'll be flashing back to before the ill-fated boat trip."
He goes on to say that the flashbacks will allow for actor Colin Salmon to reprise his role as Oliver Queen's stepfather Walter Steele.
The panel also revealed a new sizzle reel, featuring footage from upcoming episodes.
Starring Stephen Amell, Willa Holland Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson and Paul Blackthorne, "Arrow" airs on the CW Wednesday nights.

UNDER THE DOME
You'll find the text-heavy second teaser for Under the Dome, the upcoming CBS mini-series based on the novel by Stephen King.
This 13-part adaptatioon stars Chad Vogel, Dean Norris, Jolene Purdy, Nicholas Strong, Britt Robertson, Aisha Hinds, Alex Koch, Natalie Martinez and Colin Ford and concerns an invisible force field that descends upon the small town of Chester's Mill.
The first episode airs on June 24th.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013

DOCTOR WHO RECAP
"Doctor Who" is back and Clara Oswald is finally here to stay (at least as long as any companion is ever here to stay on "Doctor Who").
The midseason premiere episode "The Bells of Saint John" faced the tricky task of introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara a third time -- following her debut as Oswin in "Asylum of the Daleks" and return as Clara in "The Snowmen." And Coleman still seems like a perfect fit for the role, but the hour couldn't help but suffer in comparison to those two more engaging, bigger canvas stories.
The central plot of "The Bells of Saint John" was a bit of a misfire despite an intriguing premise ("Suppose there was something living in the wi-fi harvesting human minds") and a couple of reliably delightful action set pieces (the Doctor landing the TARDIS aboard a crashing plane and waking up the pilots; and riding the motorcycle up the side of London skyscraper The Shard -- the kind of stunt Tom Cruise would kill for).
It was never quite clear how this wi-fi body snatching worked or what the purpose was, and the "Spoonhead" monsters were rather forgettable. Fortunately, the hour worked a lot better as an excuse to send the Doctor and Clara on an adventure, convince Clara that hanging out with this guy might be fun, and drop a few clues (or maybe red herrings) about what exactly is going on with "the woman twice dead."
Matt Smith has terrific chemistry with Coleman, and it's a fun change of pace to see a character who is a bit skeptical of the Doctor. I think it's easy for many Whovians to imagine jumping at the chance to take a trip in the TARDIS, but those without any previous knowledge of the Doctor might not be so easily seduced. And that's the fun of the Doctor/Clara relationship -- at least for now. He's desperate to uncover the mystery of who she is, and why he keeps running into her. He's the one who needs to convince her to come along, instead of the typical companion eager to convince the Doctor she's up to the task.
And then there were the tantalizing clues (Clara telling the Doctor she got his number from a woman in a shop and not recognizing the name "Oswin"; the numbers 16 and 23 missing from the ages the Doctor sees in Clara's book of 101 Places to See) and wink-wink references (the author of the book Clara's charge was reading? Amelia Williams -- that's Amy Pond, if you forgot her formal married name) that provided enough subtle pleasures to make up for the faulty main story.
Also, the final reveal of guest star Richard E. Grant as The Great Intelligence (the faceless terror behind the events of "The Snowmen," in which Grant played Dr. Simeon) suggested we may have found our Big Bad for the Doctor and Clara to defeat.

REVOLUTION
Following the show’s spring return last Monday, "Revolution" fans plugged into today’s WonderCon panel session featuring stars Billy Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Daniella Alonso and Tim Guinee, as well as co-executive producer David Rambo. Fans in attendance also got an advance look at footage from upcoming episodes, via an exclusive highlight reel prepared specifically for WonderCon. Check out the preview below!
http://www.comingsoon.net/news/wonderconnews.php?id=102175.

CITY OF BONES
Sony Pictures launched its WonderCon film presentation panels today with a look at the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the popular fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare.
Clare joined stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers on stage to discuss the adaptation and revealed that she herself gets to cameo in one scene. Fans should be on the lookout for her wearing cat ears during Magnus Bane's (Godfrey Gao) party.
The panel saw the debut of the film's new trailer which plays heavily on the theme of worlds colliding, showing Clary's life before becoming aware of the Shadowhunters at a nightclub. There's also quite a bit of narration by Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris), explaining some of the rules of the fantasy world.
The trailer includes a few scenes played for jokes, including one where an old friend of Clary's sees her in the street clad in her Shadowhunter gear. Even though she's surrounded by the rest of her team, the guy can't see them and remarks about how different she looks.
"The werewolves are here to save us," says one of the characters, pausing to consider his words, "I never thought I would say that."
As for the future of the franchise, Collins is eager to return for sequels.
"If you'll have me as Clary," she laughs, "I'm willing to be a redhead for awhile."
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will hit theaters August 23. Check back soon for our exclusive WonderCon interview with Collins.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013

HEMLOCK GROVE
"Hemlock Grove" is making a gruesome splash on WonderCon weekend. In a video clip that premiered on IGN, Famke Janssen's character, Olivia Godfrey, looks on with frightening satisfaction as a handsome young man makes his slow and terrifying transformation into a werewolf. (Sorry the clip was age-restricted so I have not posted it.)
The show, which released its official poster earlier this month, uses the tagline, "The monster is within." And based on this preview, it's not just a saying. After the dude's eyeballs pop out on to the ground to be replaced by beady wolf eyes, and after claws protrude from what used to be his human hands, the face of the beast emerges straight from his face as bloody human teeth hit the ground in piles. It almost makes you forget about what just happened to the guy's back ... Almost.
The premise of "Hemlock Grove" -- brought to you by Eli Roth ("Grindhouse," "Hostel") and based on the novel by Brian McGreevy -- is a murder mystery surrounding the brutal death of 17-year-old Brooke Bluebell. The investigation into Brooke's murder uncovers a seamy side of the former Pennsylvania steel town, wherein every person -- and creature -- is a suspect. The show promises to be graphic, and if this teaser is any indication, Roth will deliver on the promise.
"Hemlock Grove" will air exclusively on Netflix. All 13 episodes of Season 1 become available April 19.

TRUE BLOOD
HBO has just announced when fans of "True Blood" can expect to get their fill of Southern-fried supernatural goodness this summer.
Season 6 of the cable hit will premiere on Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. This season, 10 episodes of will air, opposed to the usual 12-episode cycle, due to star Anna Paquin's pregnancy.
The upcoming season will see a slew of new faces in Bon Temps, including British actor Rob Kazinsky as a new love interest for Sookie and Rutger Hauer as Macklyn, "a mysterious and sinister figure with deep ties to Sookie and Jason." Additional actors joining the show include Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("Friday Night Lights"), Karolina Wydra and Luke Grimes ("Brothers & Sisters").

THE KILLING
AMC announced today that the critically acclaimed drama "The Killing" will return for its third season with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m ET/PT. The new season, which stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) along with new cast members Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, is executive produced by series creator Veena Sud, and will focus on a new case, which will be resolved over the course of ten episodes, ending with a gripping two-hour finale.
Season three begins one year after the close of the "Rosie Larsen" case (the focus of the series' first two seasons) with Sarah Linden (Enos) no longer working as a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder's (Kinnaman) search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she'd left behind.
"We learned so much from the first two seasons of 'The Killing' and are thrilled to be bringing it back with the elements that the fans loved," said Charlie Collier, president & general manager, AMC. "Veena's captivating storytelling along with the performances of Joel and Mireille, and the rest of the exemplary cast, will remind audiences of what they loved about the series and provide a season of suspenseful television."
Added David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios, "From the beginning, Veena Sud has invested 'The Killing' with some of the richest characters on television, testing and sometimes trampling the traditions of the television procedural - and we're indebted to AMC for the opportunity to present a third season. We're particularly excited by the new moves of our returning leads, 'Sarah' and 'Holder,' brought to life so beautifully by Mireille and Joel, as well as the addition to our stellar cast of Peter Sarsgaard in his television series debut, the brilliant Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, and a cluster of newcomers whom we hope will dazzle the audience as this new season unfolds."
Said executive producer and series creator Veena Sud, "I am grateful to AMC, Fox TV Studios and Netflix for their commitment to the show and their efforts in bringing 'The Killing' back to air. I'm also thrilled to be working with our incredible writing team as we continue to explore the lives of 'Sarah' and 'Holder,' who, like so many real-life detectives, grapple with the consequences to their own lives of a no-holds-barred immersion in the world of a homicide investigation."
"The Killing" is produced by Fox Television Studios and executive produced by Veena Sud, Mikkel Bondesen, for Fabrik Entertainment, Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin. Kristen Campo and Ron French serve as co-executive producers.
As previously announced by Fox Television Studios, which produces the series for AMC, and Netflix, "The Killing" season three will be available to Netflix members three months after the season finale airs on AMC.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

WORLD WAR Z
If you’ve seen any of the trailers for Brad Pitt’s oft-delayed zombie epic World War Z, one thing probably stood out pretty quickly. The zombies function more like swarming ants, as opposed to the shambling undead. So why did they make the change?
Pitt chatted with Entertainment Weekly about why they switched to what many fans have called a pretty weird style of zombie, and said the change was made to differentiate World War Z from all the other zombie movies and TV shows out there.
Here’s his explanation, via Indiewire:
“The book focused on slow zombies. We chose to be more dynamic in that we wanted to base all of this on science. So it’s ‘What if we had them move like ants? Or a swarm of bees? Or birds or a school of fish that’s being chased?’ One of the first [questions] we asked was how to portray the zombies and how to do it differently because it’s been done so many times and been done pretty damn well.”
Well, they’ve definitely pinned down a very different look when compared to other zombie movies, though the jury is still out over whether that’s actually a good thing. The trailers are intriguing, but we’ll have to wait and see if those FX can stand up for a full two-hour movie.

DOCTOR WHO 50th ANNIVERSARY
The first casting news for Doctor Who’s upcoming 50th-anniversary special has been revealed!
The only downside is, it’s not any former Doctors, nor even former companions, but brand-new characters.
According to actor Ken Bones' CV—he was most recently seen in the BBC's revival of Upstairs Downstairs and will appear in Starz’s upcoming DaVinci’s Demons as well as the BBC's upcoming new fantasy series Atlantis—he is playing a character that is simply called the General.
A newcomer actor by the name of Orlando James (not to be confused with Orlando Jones) will play a character called Lord Bentham.
Also, and according to his agents, an actor by the name of Marshall Griffin has been cast on Doctor Who's upcoming big 5.0, but there’s no name for his character just yet.

ONCE: WONDERLAND
ABC's Once Upon a Time pilot presentation -- now called Once: Wonderland -- has cast its Alice.
English-born Australian actress Sophie Lowe has landed the Alice in Wonderland role in the network's Alice in Wonderland-themed spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, relative newcomer Peter Gadiot has been cast as Alice's mysterious love interest, Cyrus, in the project from Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
The duo joins Michael Socha, who was cast earlier Thursday as the Knave of Hearts.
The Once team -- including EPs Jane Espenson, Zero Hour's Zack Estrin and Steve Pearlman -- will shoot a short "teaser" presentation in April and, should it move to pilot, shoot that in late July or August.
Lowe's Alice is described as young but having lived a hard and long life and carrying those scars on her psyche.
Underneath it all, she has a generous heart that she tries to keep hidden. Gadiot's Cyrus, meanwhile, will play Alice's love interest with a background shrouded in mystery. Still to be cast are the mysterious Amahl and the White Rabbit, which will likely be animated with voiceover.
Lowe's credits include the Australian drama The Slap and episodes of Satisfaction, as well as features Two Mothers, The Philosophers and Blame. She's repped by CAA and Shanahan Management.
Gadiot's credits include an episode of My Spy Family and features Night Wolf and The Forbidden Girl. He's repped by Jonathan Arun and Industry Entertainment.

ZOMBIELAND
Amazon Studios has debuted, via The Huffington Post, a teaser poster for the upcoming "Zombieland" pilot.
"Zombieland" is based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The "Zombieland" pilot comes from the feature film's original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, "The Joe Schmo Show"), and producer Gavin Polone ("Gilmore Girls," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"). Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is directing the pilot.
The part of Tallahassee will be played by Kirk Ward (The Island), Maiara Walsh ("Desperate Housewives," "Switched at Birth") is cast as Wichita, Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus, and Izabela Vidovic has the role of Little Rock.
"Zombieland" is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon's pilot line-up, will be made available (along with the other six comedy pilots and six children's pilots) for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK. Customers are invited to view the pilots and then review them on the site; customer feedback will help determine which of the 13 pilots Amazon Studios will make into full-season productions, to air on Prime Instant Video.

STAR TREK VIDEO GAME
Since the reptilian Gorn are set to serve as the primary antagonists in the upcoming Star Trek: The Video Game, NAMCO Bandai Games has just debuted a new ad that reunites William Shatner with his "Arena" co-star.
In the game, you play as Kirk and Spock whose battles will take you into familiar locations, like the bridge, transporter room and the engine room – but also deep into many areas of the ship that have never been seen on film before, including the Enterprise’s turbolift shafts, observation lounge, engineering decks and officer’s quarters. This epic action adventure features an original storyline and provides immersive co-op gameplay.
The producers and development team of Star Trek: The Video Game worked closely with the entire creative team responsible for the re-imagined 2009 blockbuster Star Trek film to ensure what players see will look and feel remarkably authentic.
Star Trek: The Video Game will be released on April 23, 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

INTERSTELLAR
Matthew McConaughey has allegedly been offered the leading role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Deadline reports that the actor would play a character named Cooper.
Directed and written by Nolan, Interstellar is based on a script by Jonathan Nolan. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan of Syncopy Films and Obst of Lynda Obst Productions. Kip Thorne will executive produce. The film will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.
McCanaughey, who recently starred in Killer Joe, The Paperboy, and Magic Mike, can soon be seen in Mud, The Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Interstellar is set for a November 7, 2014 release.

THIS WEEKEND -- WONDER CON NEWS
UPDATE:
"White Collar" star Matt Bomer, the voice of Superman, at the World Premiere of "Superman: Unbound" on Friday at WonderCon in Anaheim.
Mr. Bomer will participate in the post-premiere panel discussion alongside Molly Quinn ("Castle"), director/producer James Tucker, screenwriter Bob Goodman and dialogue director Andrea Romano.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bookend the WonderCon weekend of March 29-31 in Anaheim with animated film adventures featuring DC Comics' greatest heroes, first presenting the World Premiere of Superman: Unbound as Friday night's marquee event, then capping Sunday's programming with a screening of LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite.
Both presentations will be supported with expansive post-screening panel discussions by cast and filmmakers, autograph opportunities for fans, and interview opportunities for media in attendance.
On Friday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m., fans lucky enough to gain admission to the Anaheim Convention Center's Arena will witness the World Premiere of Superman: Unbound, the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie. A destructive force is devastating planets across the galaxy - with Earth next in its sights - and even Superman may not be capable of halting the destruction alone. Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 DC Comics release "Superman: Brainiac," the film's stellar voicecast is led by Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings films) as Brainiac, Molly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl and Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane. Quinn will be on hand to lead the post-premiere panel discussion alongside producer/director James Tucker (Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), screenwriter Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and eight-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). As always, the panel discussion will include exclusive prizes and some potential glimpses into future DCU animated films by moderator Gary Miereanu. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Superman: Unbound will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and For Download on May 7, 2013.
Prior to the premiere, the Superman: Unbound panelists will sign WonderCon-exclusive mini-posters from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the DC Entertainment booth.
On Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 300AB, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will present the first West Coast screening of LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite. The ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages, LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne's accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President - and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman's technology - forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help.
A lively panel discussion will follow the screening featuring TT Animation's award-winning director/producer Jon Burton and renowned videogame/animation actors Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City), Travis Willingham (Avengers Assemble, The Super Hero Squad Show), Christopher Smith (Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe), Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder) and Laura Bailey (The Super Hero Squad Show). Once again, special prizes will be awarded to a lucky few audience members by moderator Gary Miereanu.
Prior to the screening/panel, LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite panelists will sign WonderCon-exclusive mini-posters from Noon-12:45 p.m. at the DC Entertainment booth.
From TT Animation, creators of the best-selling video game upon which the film is based, LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite will be released May 21, 2013 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013

WONDER CON NEWS
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment will start of production on the all-new documentary, "Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics". The Joker, Bane, Deathstroke, Darkseid and Lex Luthor -- the scariest and most menacing villains in DC Comics' universe -- take center stage in a brand new full-length documentary from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and DC Entertainment (DCE). The joint announcement was made yesterday by WBHE and DCE.
Fans attending WonderCon this Saturday, March 30 have the opportunity to become part of the documentary. From 10:30am-Noon, the documentary crew will be filming in and around the DC Booth at the Anaheim Convention Center -- seeking video and interviews with fans attired as their favorite DC Comics' villain. So dress your best.

DOCTOR WHO
The Doctor tells us bow ties are still cool ... but being a monk is definitely not.
That’s what we learned in three brand-new Doctor Who clips from the upcoming season seven returning episode “The Bells of Saint John.”
The first two clips are snippets from the episode itself—with the first one featuring Matt Smith dressed as a monk. (Which reminded us of the Doctor’s fellow Time Lord the Meddling Monk for some reason. Must be the monk robes.) Let’s just say our beloved Mad Man in the Big Blue Box is not overly fond of the garment.
The second clip lets you meet a certain evil character named Miss Kizlet.
The third clip has Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith introducing the episode.
Annnd we just can’t wait.
Doctor Who finally returns this Saturday. Geronimo!

TRANSFORMERS 4
Michael Bay is trying to shake up the tone of his Transformers franchise by adding Mark Wahlberg as the new headliner, but don’t worry, he’ll still have a young leading lady in the line up.
Forget Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the former on-screen girlfriends of Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky in the first three Transformers movies. For Transformers 4, Bay has tapped 18-year-old actress Nicola Peltz for a key role, likely the daughter of Wahlberg’s character.
Peltz already has two genre roles under her belt, via The Last Airbender and creepy new A&E series Bates Motel, but can she muster proper reactiony faces to all the explosions and ridiculous FX to come? Who knows, and only time will tell if she has the leading lady chops to lead a Michael Bay tentpole.
Peltz’s character will likely be the girlfriend of a young race car driving character played by Jack Reynor, at least according to some early storyline reports.

PACIFIC RIM
Following this week's debut of the Coyote Tango and Cherno Alpha posters comes a third Jaegar design from Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Pacific Rim. This one, hailing from China, is the Crimson Typhoon.
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on July 12, Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

THE SECRET SERVICE
It's no secret that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has been keen to bring Mark Millar's Marvel Icon series to the big screen. Originally set up at Universal Pictures, Deadline is today reporting that Twentieth Century Fox has secured the rights to a big screen adaptation.
The series, illustrated by Dave Gibbons, tells the story of a British secret agent who recruits and begins to train his rebellious nephew.
“Secret Service is [about] the ramifications of [how] America is struggling on the world stage," Millar wrote of the series in its original solicitation. "Funding is being seriously undercut to balance the books and some people are trying their best to take advantage of the fragile global situation. The hero and sidekick guys who lead the book are, I think, the best characters I’ve written.”
Although casting is likely still a ways off, Millar previously confirmed that he and Vaughn want Mark Hamill to appear as himself, as he does in the comic.
The Secret Service is set to begin production in August for a November 14, 2014 release. At this time, it is the only major release scheduled for that day.

YESTERDAY'S BREAKING NEWS - SENSE8

Netflix signs up The Matrix, Babylon 5 creators to develop a new sci-fi series: Sense8
Continuing its quest to sate subscribers' appetites with a flow of original content, Netflix has announced a new original series, Sense8. Due in late 2014, it's being developed by the Wachowskis of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer fame, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. Details are thin, but the press release promises a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted with a ten episode run for its first season.
As it did with House of Cards, Arrested Development and other productions, Netflix is relying heavily on data from viewers to decide which programs to support. According to chief content officer Ted Sarandos, "Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joe Straczynski are among the most imaginative writers and gifted visual storytellers of our time," whose creations are very frequently viewed on the service. According to the creators themselves, they've sought to work together for a decade, and this idea started from a late night conversation about "the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us." If that's not enough for now, then there are a few more details and quotes in the press release, which is included after the break.
Go to http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/27/netflix-wachowskis-sense8/ to read the Press Release.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

BREAKING NEWS

Netflix signs up The Matrix, Babylon 5 creators to develop a new sci-fi series: Sense8
Continuing its quest to sate subscribers' appetites with a flow of original content, Netflix has announced a new original series, Sense8. Due in late 2014, it's being developed by the Wachowskis of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer fame, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. Details are thin, but the press release promises a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted with a ten episode run for its first season.
As it did with House of Cards, Arrested Development and other productions, Netflix is relying heavily on data from viewers to decide which programs to support. According to chief content officer Ted Sarandos, "Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joe Straczynski are among the most imaginative writers and gifted visual storytellers of our time," whose creations are very frequently viewed on the service. According to the creators themselves, they've sought to work together for a decade, and this idea started from a late night conversation about "the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us." If that's not enough for now, then there are a few more details and quotes in the press release, which is included after the break.
Go to http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/27/netflix-wachowskis-sense8/ to read the Press Release.

ZOMBIELAND
The awesome horror comedy Zombieland is coming back to life, and now we have out first look at the new cast as they continue to search for Twinkies and kill the undead.
The hit 2009 movie was originally conceived as a TV show, but after the networks passed, the writers reworked it for a feature film. After the movie rocked the box office, studios were once again interested in making a small-screen version, and now we finally have our first look at Amazon's online Zombieland series.
It’s amazing when things come full circle.
Since most of the original cast have gone off to become bona fide movie stars (Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, etc.), the Amazon pilot has recast all the main roles for the small screen. The pic above shows the new cast in action, including: Wichita (Maiara Walsh), Columbus (Tyler Ross), Little Rock (Izabela Vidovic) and Tallahassee (Kirk Ward).
Creator Paul Wernick seems pretty excited to bring the franchise to its original medium, and said he believes the sitcom-style format should be a good fit:
Zombieland will strive to break the rules—action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half hour format. This is not your average show but Amazon is not your average network.”
In a pretty cool twist, Amazon has opted to post the pilot (and 12 others) online to allow viewers to vote on which projects they want to see receive a series order. The company says “customer feedback” will determine which shows move forward.
So, once the pilot goes live, be sure and let Amazon know what you think.

CONTINUIUM RENEWED
It’s official: Syfy is bringing Continuum back for a second season, and now we know when the time-traveling sci-fi drama will be back in action.
After spending the last few months on the Monday drama block with Being Human and Lost Girl, the Canadian import will slide over to Friday beginning June 7 at 10 p.m. with its second-season premiere.
The second season will consist of 13 episodes, up from 10 in the first season, and will continue the adventures of future cop Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) as she tracks a terrorist organization in modern-day Vancouver. It’s a smart show, and is just starting to scratch the surface of its intriguing time-travel premise.
During its first season, the series delivered 1.35 million total viewers (644,000 adults 25-54 and 537,000 adults 18-49), ranking No. 6 in adults 25-54 and No. 10 in adults 18-49 among all cable entertainment programs with at least three telecasts in its time period.
Since it’s shot in Vancouver, the series is a who’s who of small screen sci-fi stars. The show features and has featured Victor Webster (Castle), Erik Knudsen (Jericho), Tony Amendola (Stargate SG-1), Lexa Doig (Andromeda), William B. Davis (The X-Files) and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), among others.

BEING HUMAN
Being Human's taking a break from all the blood and gore to focus on romance. What do you get when you mix two werewolves, a vampire and a rotting corpse? Josh and Nora's wedding!
The couple's decided to bump up their ceremony so Sally can be part of the festivities. Over at EW, they've published two photos from the upcoming episode that features their exchanging of vows.
The episode's entitled "Always a Bridesmaid, Never Alive." It's fitting, considering the drama surrounding their maid of honor. Will the wedding go as planned, or will an unexpected force step in and ruin everything? Your guess is as good as ours. There's only one episode left until the season finale.
Being Human airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

DOCTOR WHO
One of Doctor Who's unexpected mysteries finally gets explained.
When details began to emerge for last year's Christmas special, The Snowmen, we were really surprised to see Sontaran nurse Strax among the characters appearing. Didn't he die during the battle at Demon's Run? If he didn't die, then how did he survive? And what's he doing in Victorian England with Madame Vastra and Jenny?
Behold -- the answer, at long last, awaits you!
While it may not be the most necessary story, we really enjoy the goofy comedy that Strax brings to the Who formula.

GAME OF THRONES
HBO has released an exciting new Game of Thrones season three promo that has lots of ice and fire and Dany’s mighty fiery cool dragons.
The 30-second spot has some new snippets of footage, including those magnificent, magnificent dragons, and a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it terrifying wight (aka Westeros’ equivalent of a Walking Dead icicled zombie).
But nothing really compares to that last shot that’s filled with Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) mighty dragons flying into the air. Priceless.
Have an epic look at the Mother Of Dragons’ growing beauties making some kababs.

INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL
Nearly 17 years after the original hit theaters, a two-film sequel to Roland Emmerich's Independence Day is in the planning stages. Tentatively titled ID Forever, Part I and ID Forever, Part II, the film will, according to a new report from EW, pick up 20 years after the original.
”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” says Emmerich. ”And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”
Emmerich goes to say that, while Bill Pullman is set to reprise his role as President Whitmore, leading man Will Smith has not signed on to return as Captain Steven Hiller. The film will, instead, follow the character's stepson, Dylan, in addition to a number of new, younger leads.
“It’s a changed world," Emmerich says of the world's post-invasion reality. "It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.”
Scripts for both sequels are now being rewritten by James Vanderbilt, who worked with Emmerich on his latest, White House Down, slated to hit theaters June 28.

EDEN
The Fourth Kind writer/director Olatunde Osunsanmi is set to tackle Eden, a sci-fi tale at Gold Circle Productions, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. Osunsanmi will direct from his own original screenplay.
The storyline takes place in a world where aliens have enslaved humanity. Survivors follow an Underground Railroad-like path called "The Rail" in the hopes of winning their freedom.
Paul Brooks is attached to produce with Guy Danella and Scott Niemeyer serving as executive producers.
Although they share the same title, Eden is unrelated to the just-released Megan Griffiths drama.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013

WOLVERINE
This Wednesday, Fox will release the first trailer for The Wolverine. But before its debut, director James Mangold has given fans something to tide them over. He released a six-second teaser which features a lot of action in a short amount of time. The biggest reveal is the appearance of Famke Janssen's Jean Grey.
Last fall, the actress coyly teased her return as the mutant telepath. The Wolverine takes place after the events of the original X-Men trilogy.
[Spoilers]
In X-Men: The Last Stand, Jean Grey was killed at the hands (or claws) of Logan. Her power was all-consuming and made her reckless. Because of Logan's healing ability, he was the only one who could get close enough to put her out of her misery.
Jean was the love of his life, and her death still haunts him. In the following clip, it seems as if she appears in a vision or flashback. If you look closely, there's also a shot of the Silver Samurai's helmet. There's word that Fox has another 20-second teaser in the pipeline before the full-length one hits.
The Wolverine opens in theaters July 26.

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS
It’s never a good thing when a beloved show is canceled, and shutting things down without a proper ending can just seem like adding insult to injury. Hmm, well, we have some bad news, Star Wars: Clone Wars fans.
It’s being reported that the team behind the beloved Cartoon Network CGI series is being disbanded, which isn’t much of a shock since Disney pulled the plug after buying out Lucasfilm.
But here’s the troubling part: It sounds like Disney has no plans to actually wrap up all the dangling storylines in the material that has already been produced for season six before shutting it all down.
At the moment, it seems there is reportedly no “clean resolution” to the arcs surrounding characters Ahsoka Tano and Asajj Ventress. With the development team reportedly being reassigned or laid off, it’s unlikely that’ll change.
According to TheForce.net, the folks at Disney are disbanding the Clone Wars team, with plans to route any future TV shows (animated or live action) through their existing studios. Considering Disney’s sizable infrastructure, this makes sense, but for Clone Wars fans it spells doom.
Of course, this is all just conjecture at the moment, as Disney is being cagey about what exactly will happen with the final season of Clone Wars. Here’s hoping they at least give fans some type of proper finale to the fading, pre-Disney era.

DEFIANCE
Why wait until April 15 when you can watch the first 14 minutes of Syfy's groundbreaking new series Defiance right now?
Set on a post-alien-invasion Earth, the series follows characters both human and alien trying to survive and protect their freedom. In addition to the TV series, the storyline will also continue in a shared-universe videogame of the same name.
The cast includes Grant Bowler (True Blood), Julie Benz (Dexter), Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13), Tony Curran (Blade II) and many others.
The series premieres April 15 at 9/8C, and the game hits shelves April 2.

IRON MAN 3
The action comes fast and furious in a new Iron Man 3 trailer, which shows off the latest edition of Tony Stark’s armor and all those other suits that’ll be flying around in part three.
Debuting at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, the latest teaser shows off some more of the banter between Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) and Rhodey (Don Cheadle) to go along with all those massive FX set pieces.
We get to see more of how Stark takes advantage of that nifty Extremis tech, but the most interesting thing is the glimpse we get at what is likely the epic finale. Those are a lot of Iron Man suits, including something that looks a lot like the Hulkbuster Armor. Awesome.
The sequel stars Downey, Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow, along with newcomers Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall.

ZOMBIELAND
Amazon Studios is moving forward with its cult-comedy pilot Zombieland.
The move comes as the online player continues to bulk up its original efforts, with its differentiator being a crowd-sourcing pickup strategy. Customers will be able to watch this Sony Pictures TV-produced effort along with 12 other pilots (six comedies, six kids entries) for free and then help determine which of them will be made into full-season productions to air on Prime Instant Video.
Zombieland is a fan favorite, and we can’t wait to see where this story line goes in a serialized format,” said Amazon Studios director Roy Price in a statement announcing the news Monday. “We’ve been announcing a lot of exciting exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome and Justified, and we think adding original shows to that lineup is going to make Prime even more enticing for customers.”
The pilot, based on the 2009 Columbia Pictures film that starred Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Woody Harrelson, follows four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The pilot, the company's first from a major studio, hails from the movie’s original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Joe Schmo Show) and producer Gavin Polone (Gilmore Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm). Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) has been tapped to direct the pilot.
Zombieland will strive to break the rules: action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half-hour format,” said Wernick. "This is not your average show, but Amazon is not your average network."
Kirk Ward (The Island) has been cast as Tallahassee, while Maiara Walsh (Desperate Housewives), Tyler Ross (Milkshake) and Izabela Vidovic will play Wichita, Columbus and Little Rock, respectively.
Amazon Studios, which is said to be making pilots that fall into the $1 million budget range (compared with the far-pricier $4 million-plus Netflix efforts), has begun production on its six other comedy pilots: Alpha House, Browsers, Dark Minions, Onion News Empire, Supanatural and Those Who Can’t. On the kids side, the company is working on Creative Galaxy, Oz Adventures, Teeny Tiny Dogs, Tumbleaf, Sara Solves It and The Untitled J.J. Johnson Project.

SCARY MOVIE V
Dimension Films has brought online a new TV spot for their upcoming Scary Movie V.
Hitting theaters on April 12, the spoof comedy stars Ashley Tisdale, Erica Ash, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Simon Rex, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Marisa Saks, Heather Locklear, Jasmine Guy, Angie Stone, Kate Walsh, Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, Sherée Whitfield, Mike Tyson, Audrina Patridge, Kendra Wilkinson and Katt Williams.
In the film, snooty, aloof, imperious, and oversexed French dance company director Pierre is putting on a new production. Jody (Tisdale), a Caucasian late-20s mother of two and her late-20s African American friend Kendra (Ash) are both vying for the lead in the production. Jody’s extremely controlling former dancer mother is determined that Jody will have the brilliant career that eluded her. The highly skilled mid-30s Diva veteran dancer with the company, Heather Daltry (Shannon), gets cut from the production and goes berserk.

DIVERGENT
Summit Entertainment announced today that Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb and Christian Madsen have joined the cast of the upcoming Divergent. They join the previously-announced Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney and Theo James.
Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
Lloyd-Hughes (Great Expectations, The Scapegoat) will play Will, Lamb ("The White Queen") will play Edward and Madsen (Palo Alton) will play Al.
The futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times bestseller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The production will commence principal photography this April in Chicago with a script by Evan Daugherty.
Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing.
Divergent hits theaters on March 21, 2014.

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

DOCTOR WHO RUMORS
And the rumor mill is back at it again. Matt Smith, who plays the beloved Eleventh Doctor on the BBC's hit sci-fi series Doctor Who, is apparently set to bow out of the TARDIS sooner rather than later. So when will that happen?
According to an Insider of the Sun (so you guys take this with a bucket of salt for now), it seems that Smith will regenerate into the Twelfth Doctor during the upcoming Christmas episode, following the big 50th-anniversary special.
Their source says that the BBC already know who they want next for the role.
Filming of the Who Xmas special will get underway later while filming for the 50th-anniversary 3D special episode will start next month.
Smith’s contract expires in November, and the actor apparently doesn’t want to renew it. He has recently said on the Jonathan Ross Show last week that: “I am very happy doing it. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it’s 2013, and we will see what 2014 holds.”
The Sun insider said: “Matt has told bosses he wants to bow out at Christmas.”
The British actor has filmed his first Hollywood project by playing the lead in Ryan Gosling’s first directing effort, How To Catch A Monster, which will be released next year.
Four years ago, in 2009, when Smith nabbed the role of the famous Time Lord, Smith had gotten a £200,000-a-year deal. Now it’s believed he’s now earning £1million a year, the same salary David Tennant was making when he left the show.
The BBC has issued a statement saying: “Sorry folks but even we don’t know what’s going to happen at Christmas. It’s not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday.”
Whether there is any truth in this, we do have to tread carefully. Rumors of Smith's departure have been swirling around ever since he got cast. The same happened when Tennant was on board the TARDIS before Smith.

WORLD WAR Z
Paramount Pictures has released a new black-and-white poster for its upcoming zombie thriller World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, that features a horde of zombies piled high as they attack a helicopter in flight.
The movie centers on a U.N. employee (Pitt) who travels the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity.
Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox andDavid Morse also star in World War Z, which hits theaters June 21. Marc Forster directed the film from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan, who adapted the book by Max Brooks.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
After a slower weekend, the box office rebounded with a strong comeback as three movies grossed more than $20 million for the first time in a month with two of the three new movies bringing in over $30 million each.
DreamWorks Animation's The Croods, their first movie marketed and distributed by 20th Century Fox and featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener, opened decently with an estimated $44.7 million, getting a nice weekend bump after an $11.6 million opening day on Friday. This is slightly better than the $43.7 million opening for Croods co-director Chris Sanders' 2010 movie How to Train Your Dragon, which also opened in late March to take advantage of school spring break. With a strong A CinemaScore, the movie should be able to carry its legs through Easter and April via strong word-of-mouth. The Croods also brought in an additional $63.3 million internationally--including $16 million from previews last weekend--to bring its total worldwide gross to $108 million.
Antoine (Training Day) Fuqua's White House invasion movie Olympus Has Fallen (FilmDistrict), starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Rick Yune, also fared very well, opening with roughly $30.5 million in 3,098 theaters, averaging just under $10 thousand per location. This was good news for Butler, who was coming off three huge bombs in Chasing Mavericks, Playing for Keeps and the comedy anthology Movie 43. It's also the biggest opening for fledgling distributor FilmDistrict.
After two weeks at #1, Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel Oz The Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, dropped down to third place with $22 million in its third weekend, bringing its total to $177.6 million. Internationally, the movie has grossed slightly more with $178.8 million bringing its worldwide cume to $356.4 million.
After a solid opening, Halle Berry's thriller The Call (TriStar Pictures) dropped to fourth place with $8.7 million, down 49% from its opening weekend with a $30.9 million gross in ten days.
Despite a ton of television ads, the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd romantic comedy Admission (Focus Features), directed by Paul (In Good Company) Weitz, disappointed with a fifth place opening, earning roughly $6.4 million in over 2,100 theaters. That's the lowest opening for a Tina Fey live action movie despite the success she's had with movies such as Date Night, Baby Mama and Mean Girls, but it's on par with some of Paul Rudd's recent comedies.
After an impressive platform release, Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers (A24), starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco, expanded nationwide into 1,104 theaters where it took sixth place with $5 million or $4,620 per location.
The less-than-magical comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (New Line/WB) , starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, tanked in its second weekend, dropping 58% to seventh place with $4.2 million and $17.3 million total.
Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer (Warner Bros.) took eighth place with just under $3 million, bringing its total to $59.1 million after four weeks in theaters.
Seth Gordon's hit comedy Identity Thief (Universal) took ninth place with $2.5 million and a total gross of $127.7 million.
Rounding out the Top 10 was Dwayne Johnson's action thriller Snitch (Summit) with $1.9 million as it crossed the $40 million mark.
This week's box office didn't stand much of a chance against the same weekend last year when Lionsgate's The Hunger Games opened with $152.5 million, which was 15% more than this weekend's Top 10 movies combined.
The Aussie musical comedy The Sapphires (The Weinstein Company) finally opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles following its year-long festival run, where it grossed $40.9 thousand or $10.2 thousand per site.

TEN GRAND
Writer J. Michael Straczynski wanted to do something special to commemorate the launch of his Joe's Comics at Image Comics. The creator has teamed up with Dynamic Forces to release two variant covers by artist Jae Lee. The covers will be for the first series, TEN GRAND #1 which is set to hit comic store shelves this May.
In addition to the new series TEN GRAND, Straczynski has an entire new line of series and titles prepared to be released under the Joes Comics banner.
Read more over at http://www.comicvine.com/news/exclusive-first-look-j-michael-straczynskis-joe-comics-variant-covers/146226/.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013

DOCTOR WHO
With one week to go, it's about time we started getting to the real, Gallifreyan meat and potatoes.
So what's the good Doctor been up to since last we saw him? Turns out he's been looking for his old companion. No, not Amy! Clara "Dies almost as much as Rory" Oswald. And where is he looking? Why, on a playground of course! And that's precisely where we pick up with him in this prequel to the latest episode, The Bells of Saint John.
Did you see that twist coming? And what does this tell us about Clara?

GAME OF THRONES
It’s another day and another glorious promo for the upcoming third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Titled “All of Us,” the new trailer is making the rounds on the net and has snippets of brand new/extended scenes that A Song of Ice and Fire book readers will definitely be looking forward to see.
*Hint* There’s THAT bathtub scene and Jaime’s (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in it. Naked. Preferably. And so will apparently be Brienne! (Gwendoline Christie). Plus that awesome bear makes another appearance. So it's all good.
That looks pretty good to us. Game of Thrones returns on March 31.

OBLIVION
New TV spots for Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion have come online. Oblivion hits theaters and IMAX on April 19.
Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo, the film envisions a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition. There, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete.
Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

G.I. JOE RETALIATION
Paramount Pictures has brought online a new compilation of clips from their upcoming G.I. Joe Retaliation.
In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson.
The film was directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick.
G.I. Joe Retaliation hits theaters March 28.

WONDER CON NEWS
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bookend the WonderCon weekend of March 29-31 in Anaheim with animated film adventures featuring DC Comics' greatest heroes, first presenting the World Premiere of Superman: Unbound as Friday night's marquee event, then capping Sunday's programming with a screening of LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite.
Both presentations will be supported with expansive post-screening panel discussions by cast and filmmakers, autograph opportunities for fans, and interview opportunities for media in attendance.
On Friday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m., fans lucky enough to gain admission to the Anaheim Convention Center's Arena will witness the World Premiere of Superman: Unbound, the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie. A destructive force is devastating planets across the galaxy - with Earth next in its sights - and even Superman may not be capable of halting the destruction alone. Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 DC Comics release "Superman: Brainiac," the film's stellar voicecast is led by Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings films) as Brainiac, Molly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl and Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane. Quinn will be on hand to lead the post-premiere panel discussion alongside producer/director James Tucker (Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), screenwriter Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and eight-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). As always, the panel discussion will include exclusive prizes and some potential glimpses into future DCU animated films by moderator Gary Miereanu. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Superman: Unbound will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and For Download on May 7, 2013.
Prior to the premiere, the Superman: Unbound panelists will sign WonderCon-exclusive mini-posters from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the DC Entertainment booth.
On Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 300AB, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will present the first West Coast screening of LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite. The ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages, LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne's accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President - and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman's technology - forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help.
A lively panel discussion will follow the screening featuring TT Animation's award-winning director/producer Jon Burton and renowned videogame/animation actors Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City), Travis Willingham (Avengers Assemble, The Super Hero Squad Show), Christopher Smith (Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe), Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder) and Laura Bailey (The Super Hero Squad Show). Once again, special prizes will be awarded to a lucky few audience members by moderator Gary Miereanu.
Prior to the screening/panel, LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite panelists will sign WonderCon-exclusive mini-posters from Noon-12:45 p.m. at the DC Entertainment booth.
From TT Animation, creators of the best-selling video game upon which the film is based, LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite will be released May 21, 2013 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013

RIDDICK
The power of Vin Diesel's throaty voice compels you!
We've been waiting and waiting for the next entry in the Riddick saga. And while we've still got almost half a year yet to go before we finally get to see the entire thing, that doesn't mean we can't get a taste. And that's exactly what this is -- the tiniest of morsels. Let's savor it, shall we?

Alan Ritchson TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
The Heroes in a Half Shell are beginning to come together.
One month after announcing that Megan Fox would join his Ninja Turtles flick, Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have cast the first of the four turtles. The character is Raphael, and the actor is up-and-comer Alan Ritchson. The 28-year-old's past credits include three seasons on the Spike comedy series Blue Mountain State and a role as one of the ruthless tributes in the forthcoming Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. But if you're a Smallville fan, you might be more familiar with him as Aquaman.
So after making a name for himself on TV and scoring a supporting role in what's certain to be a major blockbuster, Ritchson's now landed himself one of the leads in a Michael Bay production.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to hit theaters in May 2014.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER
Robert Redford is in negotiations to do his first comic book movie.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the acting icon appears likely to close his deal with Marvel Studios and join the cast of Captain America: Winter Soldier, which will begin shooting May in locations around the U.S.
Sundance 2013: Festival Founder Robert Redford Addresses Sex, Guns and Family Values Joe and Anthony Russo are directing the movie, which continues the adventures of Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and will focus on his relationship with sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan), who in the comics returns as the brainwashed assassin Winter Soldier.
Sources say that Redford will be playing an older member of secret government agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and one source describes the role as similar to the one played by Ralph Fiennes as M’s replacement in last year’s James Bond movie Skyfall.


EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Animated tentpole The Croods is off to a solid start at the domestic box office, where it's expected to gross $11 million to $12 million on Friday for a projected weekend opening in the $40 million to $42 million range.
That's welcome news for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, whose previous film Rise of the Guardians was a box-office dud. Wall Street is paying close attention to Croods, with most analysts agreeing that a North American opening of $40 million or more would suffice in combination with a strong international run.
Croods, costing at least $135 million to produce, opens around the world this weekend. Insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that the 3D family film is doing well offshore, though no numbers are yet available.
Following the travails of a prehistoric family, Croods is the first DWA title to be distributed by 20th Century Fox via their new distribution and marketing deal. The voice cast is led by Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage.
Croods hopes to benefit from a dearth of family product in the marketplace. It is also aiming to do brisk weekday business because of spring break.
Elsewhere at the domestic box office, Antoine Fuqua's White House action pic Olympus Has Fallen is likewise off to a solid start. The pic, marking something of a comeback for Gerard Butler, is expected to gross north of $9 million on Friday for a weekend debut in the $25 million range, if not more.
FilmDistrict is distributing the Millennium Films title, which cost at least $70 million to produce.
In the film, Butler plays a disgraced presidential guard who is called back into action when North Korean terrorists take over the White House. Roland Emmerich's White House Down, opening in June, is similarly themed. Olympus Has Fallen also stars Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo and Ashley Judd.
The new Paul Weitz comedy Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, is expected to earn roughly $2.5 million on Friday for a softish opening in the $6 million to $7.5 million range. Focus Features had hoped for slightly more but believes that the film will benefit from good word of mouth and have solid legs.
Focus' financial exposure is limited considering Admission, playing in more than 2,000 theaters, cost a modest $13 million to produce. The comedy tells the story of a straitlaced Princeton University admissions officer (Fey) whose life takes an unexpected turn when she makes a recruiting trip to an alternative high school run by a former classmate (Rudd).
Harmony Korine's outrageous indie comedy Spring Breakers, which expanded nationwide Friday, isn't that far behind Admission despite only playing in only about 1,100 theaters. The R-rated pic could gross north of $2.1 million on Friday for a weekend gross of $6 million, a victory for upstart distributor A24 Films.
Spring Breakers, starring James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson, scored the best limited release of the year last weekend when opening in three theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

STARGATE SG-1 GAME Evil aliens of the universe, watch out: New mobile game Stargate SG-1: Unleashed is officially available for iOS, and all the original cast is back to give it the classic SG-1 feel. Want to see Richard Dean Anderson (Jack O’Neill) and Christopher Judge (Teal’c) back in action?
Well, not exactly in action, but developer Arkalis Interactive has released some new behind-the-scenes clips showing the two beloved actors doing voice work in character. The videos also show off a ton of new game footage, which features the gang we've all come to know and love.
It’s been way, way too long since these guys kicked some Goa’uld ass.
Here’s the synopsis for the game:
Get involved in the action – defeat Jaffa warriors, infiltrate a Goa’uld labor camp, solve cryptic ancient puzzles - and stop a new evil menace before it’s too late!

NEIL GAIMAN AND MARVEL
For the first time in six years, Neil Gaiman's headed back to Marvel Comics, and he's bringing a friend.
The Hugo, Nebula and Eisner Award-winning author who became a comics superstar with his legendary Vertigo series Sandman, has collaborated with writer Brian Michael Bendis on the 10th and final issue of Marvel's Age of Ultron miniseries. The issue, which will drop in June, will conclude the next big Marvel event, and will introduce the Gaiman-co-created character Angela to the Marvel Universe.
This is big news for a number of reasons. For one thing, Angela isn't a Marvel character (or rather, she wasn't a Marvel character). She first appeared in issue #9 of the Todd McFarlane-created Image comic Spawn, one of the company's longest-running and best-selling titles. Sometimes she's Spawn's ally and sometimes she's his nemesis, but her biggest claim to fame is the 10-year legal battle between McFarlane and Gaiman over ownership of the character, which Gaiman first wrote and McFarlane first drew. That dispute ended with a 50-50 split between the two men, and while we don't know how McFarlane feels about it, it seems Gaiman decided to cross the character over into another comic-book universe.
As for her appearance in Age of Ultron, Marvel bigwigs insist that it's not a spoiler to let you know Angela will be popping up at the end of the book. Rather, they'd like you to think of it as a kind of post-credits teaser to let you know that something big is coming.
"We were looking for a good entry point to tease our fans and to let them know [Angela] was going to be a major player [in the Marvel Universe]," Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada said.
After Age of Ultron, Angela will pop up in July's issue #5 of Marvel's new Guardians of the Galaxy series. That issue will also be co-written by Gaiman and Bendis. From there, we don't know, but it's clear Marvel wants as many readers as possible to know that Angela has arrived, so more adventures for her can't be far behind.
As for how much Gaiman will be involved beyond these two comics, we don't know that either. He hasn't commented on the news yet, and we know he's already got a new Sandman prequel coming over at Vertigo this fall. Could he be adding more Marvel work in the coming months? Gaiman fans have their fingers crossed.

DEFIANCE
Fans are going to dive into a deep alien world when Syfy’s Defiance debuts next month, but lucky for us a new clip breaks down all the alien races occupying post-invasion Earth.
The series, which takes place after an alien colonization, finds humans living alongside seven alien races that sought refuge in our solar system. In a new behind-the-scenes featurette, the cast and crew break down the differences between the races and show off a ton of intriguing new footage.
It looks like a dense sci-fi world, not unlike the universe producer Rockne S. O’Bannon put together on his previous series Farscape. It seems to be loaded with action, intrigue and a fair dose of sexiness, as well. The expansive cast includes sci-fi alums such as Julie Benz (Angel), Grant Bowler (True Blood) and Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13), along with several others.
In addition to the new series, the universe will also play out in multi-platform videogame, which is available for pre-order now. Events on the show, and in the game, will have lasting effects to both media.
The series premieres April 15, and the game hits shelves April 2.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Maximiliano Hernández, who played Agent Jasper Sitwell in Marvel's The Avengers and in the Marvel One-Shot: Item 47, took to Twitter today to confirm that he will play the character again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
"So it's a much bigger role in a much darker Cap Story. Lots of twists and turns. And lots secrets about the MCU revealed!" he said, adding, "I can't say much more or the Marvel cops will revoke my SHIELD clearance! Trust me u will all freak out in the theatre when all is revealed!
A follower also asked if he meant "comic canon twists or new twists??" to which Hernández replied, "new twist."
He's joining a cast that includes Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell. Anthony and Joe Russo will direct the April 4, 2014 release.

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
The very first images for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters are now online! What's more, the first trailer is expected to hit theaters next week before showings of The Host.
Directed by Thor Freudenthal with a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the much-anticipated sequel stars Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Robert Maillet and Zoe Aggeliki.
The sequel finds Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, continuing his epic journey to fulfill his destiny, as he teams with his demigod friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which has the power to save their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits theaters August 16, 2013.

DIVERGENT
Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment confirmed today that Kate Winslet will star as Jeanine Matthews in the studio's futuristic action adventure Divergent. She joins previously-announced cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q.
The film, based on author Veronica Roth's New York Times bestseller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor and commences principal photography this April in Chicago. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon's Rachel Shane is executive producing. Summit will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013

THE HOST
The super-sexy alien invasion begins in a little over a week with The Host, but don’t think Stephenie Meyer’s latest creation is just an alien-tinged rehash of her vampy love story Twilight. If anything, The Host looks more like a Bourne action movie with aliens.
Though other clips have played up the love story at the heart of the film, the latest trailer strikes a great balance between heartstring-tugging, gunplay and action set pieces.
Based on Meyer’s novel of the same name, The Host follows a young woman’s (Saoirse Ronan) journey through a world invaded by evil aliens. Along the way, she’ll apparently be kicking lots of ass and jumping out of windows. Oh, plus falling in love.
Sci-fi fans, if you need anymore prodding, the film was written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), so hopefully this one will have a little something for everyone.
The Host opens on March 29.

GAME OF THRONES
HBO is pumping out the new previews and trailers and clips and whatnots for the upcoming third season of Game of Thrones at an almost alarming speed—except we’re not alarmed, but delighted, obviously.
This newest 30-seconds promo, titled “Enemies,” has mostly footage we've already seen, but it also has some new footage as well, and a bit more dialogue than the previous ones.
One thing's for sure after seeing this, you won’t want to turn your back on anyone, especially your enemies.
With a sister like Cersei (Lena Headey) and a nephew like Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), we, too, would be doing like Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and be hiding behind our closed door with an ax in hand.
Game of Thrones season three starts on March 31, 2013 on HBO.

TURBO
DreamWorks Animation continues to churn out star-powered animations, with the first full-length trailer for Turbo arriving online Wednesday.
Turbo features Ryan Reynolds as an ambitious snail who, after a freak accident, gains super speed and the opportunity to pursue his dream of racing in the Indy 500. The underdog tale also stars Paul Giamatti, Ken Jeong, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Samuel L. Jackson and the unmistakable voice of Snoop Lion.
Following a soft opening for its holiday film Rise of the Guardians in November, DreamWorks is hoping for better results with its next two projects. First up is The Croods on March 22. The story of a prehistoric family also stars Reynolds, along with Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Turbo then arrives July 17, right in the heart of tentpole season, via 20th Century Fox.

POMPEII
Kiefer Sutherland is in final negotiations to star as the villain in Pompeii, the 3D Roman disaster movie being directed by Resident Evil maestro Paul W.S. Anderson.
Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington is starring in the movie, which began shooting in Toronto last week. Constantin Film is financing and producing the big-budget title.
The movie is set in 79 A.D. in the days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one of history’s great disasters.
Harington is playing a slave stuck on a ship who must race against time to save his true love, his master’s daughter, as well as his best friend, a gladiator trapped in the coliseum when the destruction begins.
Jared Harris is playing Harington’s master, a wealthy merchant, while Emily Browning is his daughter.
Sutherland will play a Roman senator who enslaved Harington’s village. The scheming senator forces the merchant to give his daughter’s hand in marriage to him.
Sutherland, the star of 24 and now of Fox’s Touch, appeared in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and recently starred in indie thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

ARROW NEWS
The CW's Arrow continues to bulk up for season two.
The series has promoted Manu Bennett to series regular for its recently announced second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
On the network's adaptation of DC Comics' long-running title, Bennett plays Slade Wilson -- who in the comics ultimately becomes Arrow's villain Deathstroke. Producers have been cagey about whether Bennett would follow his comic book counterpart and transform into the famed villain; the show has featured multiple Deathstrokes during its freshman run.
Exec producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim thus far have written Slade as an ally to Stephen Amell's Oliver, appearing in Arrow's flashbacks to their time on the island.
Bennett joins Colton Haynes (Roy Harper) and Emily Bett Rickards (Ollie's IT whiz Felicity Smoak) as series regulars for Arrow's second season. He's currently wrapping the third and final season of Starz's Spartacus, where he plays Crixus. Repped by Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, Bennett also stars as Azog in all three Hobbit films.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Paramount Pictures has revealed this new international trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, hitting IMAX 3D theaters on May 15 and conventional theaters on May 17. The anticipated sequel stars Ch