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THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE FICTION

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2008

TOP SF&F SYNDICATED SHOWS
Lost 0.9
Star Trek 0.8
Stargate Atlantis 0.6
The Dead Zone 0.5
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/27/08 to 11/2/08.

WB Logo THE DAYS BEFORE
Variety reports that Warner Brothers has snapped up THE DAYS BEFORE, a science fiction action spec script by new writer Chad St. John, about aliens invading Earth by traveling backwards through time and wiping out humanity.

UP UP
Disney/Pixar released new details about and a new trailer for the upcoming 3-D animated film UP--from Monster, Inc. director Pete Docter--which will feature the voices of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo and Jordan Nagai. The studio describes Up thusly: "A comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell."
Take a look at the trailer http://up--trailer.blogspot.com/.

Captain America CAPTAIN AMERICA
According to Variety, Marvel Studios has engaged Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to write CAPTAIN AMERICA, a film that has Joe Johnston attached to direct. The red-white-and-blue hero with the mighty indestructible shield came to prominence right after the invasion of Pearl Harbor as the United States declared war on Japan. The hero is the Marvel character most closely associated with the United States. Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA will be a World War II-set movie, and the character will appear in the modern day-set AVENGERS.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Variety writes that 20th Century Fox has hired GOSSIP GIRL creator Josh Schwartz to write X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. He'd also been offered a chance to direct the film, but declined. Schwartz, the creator and executive producer of The CW's hit as well as Fox's "The O.C." and NBC's "Chuck," is expected to inject a next-gen sensibility into the superhero series. The studio has been leaning toward using the younger characters introduced in the previous films in future installments --teenagers with powers taught at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. Resulting film would likely draw from elements of the Marvel Comic of the same name, launched in 2006, and enlist such characters as Iceman, Rogue, Angel, Colossus, Jubilee and Shadowcat, who have appeared prominently or made cameos in prior pics. Lauren Shuler Donner, who produced all three "X-Men" pics, as well as next summer's X-Men Origins: WOLVERINE, is producing FIRST CLASS alongside Mr. & Mrs. Smith scribe Simon Kinberg.

The Spirit THE SPIRIT TRAILER
On Christmas Day, Lionsgate is release Frank Miller's anticipated THE SPIRIT. Go to http://www.mycityscreams.com/ for a trailer and more information.
Written and directed by Miller and adapted from Will Eisner's comic book series, the action adventure stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Eva Mendes, Dan Lauria, Paz Vega, Jaime King, Scarlett Johansson, Louis Lombardi and Stana Katic.
The Spirit is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as The Spirit (Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, The Octopus (Jackson) has a different mission: he's going to wipe out Spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront... all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next- door; Silken Floss (Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris (Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei (King), a phantom siren; and Morgenstern (Katic), a sexy young cop.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2008

TOP 10 BEST-SELLING SF&F BOOKS
Eclipse (Twilight 3)
Breaking Dawn (Twilight 4)
Twilight
New Moon (Twilight 2)
The Shack
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide
Brisingr (Inheritance 3)
Just After Sunset: Stories
The Pagan Stone: The Sign of Seven Trilogy
Source: Amazon.com, 11/14/08

writers group OSCAR ROUNDTABLE: THE WRITERS
The Hollywood Reporter has a great interview with writers in contention for the Oscar this year. Among them, is our own J. Michael Straczynski. Each writer talks about writing as a profession and the story that has brought them to the forefront of their profession this year. Here are snips of the article with JMS' responses:
J. Michael Straczynski: I found a long time ago that if you have a compulsion, discipline isn't necessary. I have to be at the keyboard. I'm there 10 hours a day, every day, and if I'm not, I get nervous and twitchy. My wife and I took our first vacation in 20 years and she said, "You're gonna go to London. You're gonna have a good time and not do any writing." Within two days I was vibrating so badly that I got a little notebook in the pharmacist's and was in the bathroom working on my next novel.
Straczynski: I had to go against my own instincts because the story was so surreal and so bizarre. I thought if I fictionalized it too much, I (would) call the integrity of the whole thing into question. I felt I should treat it as almost an article, rather than as a movie, so that virtually every line of every scene is based directly on testimony or transcripts or articles or whatever from the time.
Straczynski: The incremental process you describe is emblematic of what people ask: "Where do stories come from?" Stories are created like lint on a sweater. Over time, it gathers. And you do this one day (brushes his hand down his arm) and -- oh! -- there's a story there, suddenly.
Read the entire article at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ica2035fd8499625cd2fa51587121d9c1.

WB Logo CONTROL-ALT-DELETE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Brothers has picked up CONTROL-ALT-DELETE, a high-concept SF spec script from writers Tim Kelleher and Danny Zuker. Bob Shaye and Dylan Sellers are producing through their Unique Features banner. The concept is described as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure meets The Matrix. Unique, formed in June by Shaye and fellow New Line founder Michael Lynne, is developing an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's futuristic SF epic Foundation. Vince Gerardis also is a producer on that project.

War Monkeys WAR MONKEYS
Director Kevin Munroe (TMNT) helm WAR MONKEYS, an SF thriller with comedic elements, based on a script by Cleve Nettles and story by Chris Patton. The movie will be produced by Dark Horse Indie. "I had known the writer, ... Cleve Nettles, and because he had some work at Imagi when I was there," Munroe said in a recent interview. "He worked on Cat Tale for a little bit and a couple of other projects. And so I just called him up to say congratulations and that sounds really cool, and so he offered to send it to me, just to check it out. And so I read it, and I was ... just blown away by it." WAR MONKEYS centers on two slackers--"It's almost like a modern-day Abbott and Costello movie," Munroe said--who work low-level jobs in an Area 51-type place and get locked in over Christmas with an army of military-trained research monkeys. "And it's basically like Aliens," Munroe said. "But whenever I spoke to Cleve, Cleve had a high concept, you know: It's ... sort of like if Tarantino wrote Gremlins. ... I was like, 'It's exactly it.' ... It's one of the things where the comedy is really pure, but the scares and the threats are all very real."
WAR MONKEYS will be a live-action film, Munroe added. "What we're planning on is sort of a mix of live monkeys," he said. "One of the producers, Chris Patton, he calls me up and he says, ... 'I've got a lead on a guy who can train rhesus monkeys.' ... [They] like to hold prop guns and wear helmets and stuff. And so there's going to be a mix of live [and puppets]. I'm a real big fan of prosthetics, sort of puppets and stuff, and we'll probably have a little bit of CGI, you know, like for whenever it makes sense and stuff. But I would love to do things sort of as practical as possible with it." Munroe will start WAR MONKEYS after he finishes DEAD OF NIGHT, his next film, which is based on the best-selling Italian comic-book series Dylan Dog. Superman Returns star Brandon Routh will star in the movie, based on a script by Sahara writers Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly. "DEAD OF NIGHT is actually closing financing, ... I think, within days, it sounds like," Munroe said. "And we are going to be starting prep before the New Year. And if all goes well, we should be shooting in Louisiana by the end of January-ish." DEAD OF NIGHT stars Routh as a detective of the paranormal. "He actually is this guy who's a detective who works in the world of vampires, werewolves, zombies, all of these supernatural creatures," Munroe said. "And he's ... an expert, basically. But we actually meet up with him at the beginning of the story, after he's gone through all that, and the whole course of the story is basically him going back into that world whenever a case comes across his desk, so ... we hit him at his lowest point at the beginning of the movie."
Sammo Hung is negotiations to star in WAR MONKEYS, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

TWILIGHT
Variety reports that Summit Entertainment's TWILIGHT had sold out more than 500 Thursday midnight shows, according to online ticketer Fandango. Summit and exhibitors decided to add hundreds of midnight screenings in advance of Nov. 21's official opening.

Star Trek STAR TREK
The official trailer is now out at http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/startrek/. The clips are absolutely AWESOME. It's going to be a long wait until May 8, 2008 -- premiere date.

Tony Shalhoub MONK - EIGHT IS ENOUGH
USA network announced Friday that MONK, the defective detective, will be picked up for its eighth and final season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series final 16 episodes will debut in the summer. MONK has been a consistent performer in the ratings, which supports the report that all parties decided to end the show while it was still creatively strong, and not because of poor performance. MONK stars Tony Shalhoub as a private detective who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. The show has won numerous awards, including an Emmy and Golden Globe for Shalhoub's performance. A special holiday episode of MONK will air on USA on Friday, Nov. 28, before the holiday episode of "Psych."

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008

TOP 10 SCI FI CHANNEL SHOWS
Ghost Hunters 2.0
Ghost Hunters Live 1.7
Beowulf 1.3
ECW 1.2
Freddy vs. Jason 1.0
Scare Tactics 0.9
The Stand part four 0.8
Grendel 0.8
Dinotopia part three 0.8
Fire and Ice 0.7
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/27/08 to 11/2/08

Quantum of Solace QUANTUM OF SOLACE
According to the Associated Press, QUANTUM OF SOLACE topped the Nov. 14 weekend box office with a record $70.4 million, nearly $30 million more over its opening weekend than its predecessor, 2006's CASINO ROYALE. The debut also topped the previous opening-weekend record for a Bond movie: $47 million for 2002's DIE ANOTHER DAY. Adjusting for inflation, Sony's QUANTUM OF SOLACE easily drew a bigger audience than that installment, the last Bond adventure featuring Pierce Brosnan. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA, which debuted in first place the previous weekend, slipped to second place with $36.1 million, raising its 10-day total to $118 million.

Harry Potter HARRY POTTER TRAILER
The new trailer for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE has hit the Internet and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAtvkDZ8Lng. The movie, based on the sixth of J.K. Rowling's hit Potter books, opens July 17, 2009.

ROBOTECH WRITERS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have been drafted to write Robotech, Warner Brothers' adaptation of the anime classic. Akiva Goldsman and Chuck Roven are producing with Tobey Maguire and Drew Crevello. ROBOTECH was a 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Productions. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series. A sprawling SF epic, ROBOTECH takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off an alien invasion, with the fate of the human race ending up in the hands of two young pilots.

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES
THE DARK KNIGHT's Aaron Eckhart is attached to star in BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, an SF movie that Jonathan Liebesman is directing for Columbia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story, written by Chris Bertolini, revolves around a Marine platoon's encounter in the battle on the streets of Los Angeles against an alien invasion. Eckhart will play the platoon leader in the film, which has yet to set a start date.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2008

Quantum of Solace WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Variety reports that the new James Bond lured moviegoers en masse Friday as Sony-MGM’s “Quantum of Solace� set an opening day record for the 007 franchise with a boffo $27 million. The pic’s first day haul from 3,451 engagements and its hefty $7,824 per theater means "Quantum" will outstrip Bond’s top two weekend bows, 2002’s “Die Another Day� ($47.1 million) and 2006’s “Casino Royale� ($40.8 million).
Directed by Marc Forster, “Quantum� marks the first action tentpole for the Blightly helmer whose resume has consisted of critically acclaimed award-driven fare such as 2004’s period drama “Finding Neverland� and 2001’s “Monster’s Ball.�
While most 007 pics are standalone stories, “Quantum� is a sequel to “Casino Royale� the film is the second installment to headline Daniel Craig as 007 and was also produced by Bond vets Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
In the last two weeks, “Quantum� has cleared $200 million at the overseas box office. In second place yesterday, Par’s DreamWorks Animation release “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa� drew a hearty $8.1 million off 4,065, down 54% from its opening day, for an eight-day cume of $90 million.
Universal’s R-rated comedy “Role Models� took third with $3.8 million off 2,798 in its second Friday, down 44%, for a total cume to date of $30.2 million.
Disney’s “High School Musical 3: Senior Year� continued to party in Friday’s top five with $1.3 million off 3,202, down 49%, with a total domestic B.O. of $79.8 million.
Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling� notched fifth with $1.2 million off 1,896, representing a 42% decline with a total cume in its fourth sesh of $24.6 million.
Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire� from helmer Danny Boyle hit the highest theater average yesterday with $9,179 or $92,000 from 10 theaters. Since its Wednesday bow, “Slumdog� has earned $160,000.
Expanding from 17 to 38 venues, Miramax’s Holocaust drama “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas� shot up 95% in its second Friday grossing $118,000. Through eight days, the pic has earned $471,300.

World War Z WORLD WAR Z - DIRECTOR NAMED
Vareity reports that Paramount has set QUANTUM OF SOLACE director Marc Forster to helm WORLD WAR Z, based on the Max Brooks best-selling novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies. BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski is writing the screenplay, and Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing. Brooks--the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft--wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map. "The genre always fascinated me, and when they pitched it to me, it reminded me of the paranoid conspiracy films of the '70s like All the President's Men" Forster states.
JMS writes: I'm now finishing up the revisions per Marc's director's notes, and with any luck, we can get this thing moving forward after the first of the year. Given the scale of the story, Marc's a perfect choice.

STAR TREK TRAILER COMING MONDAY
The new movie trailer from the J.J. Abrams STAR TREK XI movie is scheduled to premiere in High Def on Monday. Go to www.startrekmovie.com. A YouTube version can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUkjjH7RSQk. This is pretty bad quality but the HQ version will be out tomorrow.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2008

World War Z WORLD WAR Z - DIRECTOR NAMED
Vareity reports that Paramount has set QUANTUM OF SOLACE director Marc Forster to helm WORLD WAR Z, based on the Max Brooks best-selling novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies. BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski is writing the screenplay, and Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing. Brooks--the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft--wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map. "The genre always fascinated me, and when they pitched it to me, it reminded me of the paranoid conspiracy films of the '70s like All the President's Men" Forster states.
JMS writes: I'm now finishing up the revisions per Marc's director's notes, and with any luck, we can get this thing moving forward after the first of the year. Given the scale of the story, Marc's a perfect choice.

STAR TREK TRAILER COMING MONDAY
The new movie trailer from the J.J. Abrams STAR TREK XI movie is scheduled to premiere in High Def on Monday. Go to www.startrekmovie.com.

PINOCCHIO
Variety reports that Guillermo del Toro's developing PINOCCHIO as a stop-motion feature with the Jim Henson Co. as a darker version of the original fairy tale. Project will be produced by JHC co-toppers Brian Henson and Lisa Henson along with senior VP Jason Lust. Del Toro will exec produce.
Del Toro's working on the screenplay with Gris Grimley, who illustrated a 2002 version of PINOCCHIO. Grimley and Adam Parrish King will co-direct the film. Del Toro disclosed the project in an interview with the website bloodydisgusting.com and said that it would take about three years to complete.
Pinocchio first appeared in the 19th Century book "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi. Walt Disney produced the first feature version of the story with his animated "Pinocchio" in 1940.
PINOCCHIO is the latest in a long list of projects to which del Toro's attached. Top priority is New Line and MGM's THE HOBBIT, the two-picture project he's committed the next five years to as director and co-writer with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. He also has a three-year first-look deal with Universal, where he's setting up remakes of FRANKENSTEIN, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE and an adaptation of DROOD and several other projects.

Quantum of Solace EARLY BOX OFFICE RETURNS
No surprises here. James Bond's QUANTUM OF SOLACE has quickly conquered the domestic box office. Pic will gross at least $20 million on its first day. Whether critics like the picture or not, SOLACE is on track to nab the biggest opening weekend ever for a Bond pic. Prevous record-holder is DIE ANOTHER DAY, which scored a first-day take of $14 million on its way to grossing $47 million in its opening weekend. Directed by Marc Forster, SOLACE should hit $60 million for the weekend, if not more. SOLACEcontinues the smashing success of CASINO ROYALE, which rebooted the Bond franchise. The new Bond, played by Daniel Craig, is more moody and mysterious, giving a kinetic feel to the most endearing film franchise in history. CASINO ROYALE scored a first-day take of $14.7 million two years ago, and $40.8 million for the weekend. Pic grossed $167 million domestically, the best ever for a Bond installment. SOLACE is already a blockbuster overseas, having hit the $200 million mark through Thursday.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F NETWORK TV SHOWS
Eleventh Hour 7.8
Ghost Whisperer 6.3
Fringe 5.5
Life on Mars 5.3
Heroes 5.1
Knight Rider 4.4
Chuck 4.1
Pushing Daisies 3.7
The Ex List 3.5
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 3.0
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/20/08 - 10/26/08

World War Z WORLD WAR Z - DIRECTOR NAMED
Vareity reports that Paramount has set QUANTUM OF SOLACE director Marc Forster to helm WORLD WAR Z, based on the Max Brooks best-selling novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies. BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski is writing the screenplay, and Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing. Brooks--the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft--wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map. "The genre always fascinated me, and when they pitched it to me, it reminded me of the paranoid conspiracy films of the '70s like All the President's Men" Forster states.
JMS writes: I'm now finishing up the revisions per Marc's director's notes, and with any luck, we can get this thing moving forward after the first of the year. Given the scale of the story, Marc's a perfect choice.

Thor THOR
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Marvel's THOR is the latest hero from the comics and entertainment company to get the cartoon treatment. Marvel Animation is developing and self-producing a 26 half-hour episode series based on its long-running comic book, with the series targeted to launch in fall 2010, following Marvel's live-action feature THOR, which bows in 2010. The animated series will follow Thor, the Norse god of thunder, as he defends his mythical home of Asgard against fantastical villains, fiendish hordes, winged creatures and angry giants. The show will take place in various worlds -- from mountainous landscapes to places of icy mists and fiery voids -- and will include many of the comic's supporting cast, including Balder the Brave, the Warriors Three and Thor's evil adopted brother, Loki.
Marvel president of animation Eric Rollman said the series is part of the company's plan to follow each live-action movie with an animated series and "offer a continued awareness in the marketplace." It already is in production on cartoon series "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," which will be available for broadcast in 2011, in time for Marvel Studios' releases of the live-action "The First Avenger: Captain America" and "The Avengers."

Sanctuary SANCTUARY GETS SECOND SEASON
Sci Fi Channel announced that it has greenlit production on a second season of its hit series SANCTUARY. The show, shot in the style of "300" in front of green screens instead of on sets, will come back with 13 new hour-long episodes in 2009.
"Sci Fi will continue to trail blaze the television landscape by further exploring the many worlds of SANCTUARY through its unique green screen environments,"says Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Programming for the network. "Technology and great storytelling makes SANCTUARY a fantastic addition to Sci Fi's 2009 lineup."
On SANCTUARY, Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) is a 157-year-old "terrologist," one who studies monsters that she calls "abnormals." Along with her team, she befriends creatures that have evolved from mankind and gives them a safe haven in which to live. The premiere of SANCTUARY on Oct. 3 brought in more than 3 million viewers, making it the highest-rated original series premiere since "Eureka" debuted in July 2006. The new season will begin production in Vancouver early next year.

Watchmen THE WATCHMEN
Yahoo! Movies has debuted the new trailer for Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN movie, based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel. The movie opens March 6, 2009. Go to http://watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com for more information.

DREAMWORKS SF PROJECTS
Variety reports that DreamWorks is putting a handful of projects on its high-priority list, including several SF&F movies. The writers, directors and actors the studio is talking with or already have attached are a diverse and prominent group, ranging from Clint Eastwood to Len Wiseman to Steve Carell to the writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. While there are many deals still to be negotiated and many green lights yet to be handed out, the studio is expected to move quickly as it builds its Reliance-funded and Universal-distributed slate. Some movies could even go into production well ahead of DreamWorks' original fall '09 target.
Among the projects:
--Cowboys and Aliens: The large-scale comic-book adaptation is now being penned by writer-executive producers Kurtzman and Orci (Star Trek, TV's Fringe), who took on the gig from Iron Man co-writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Imagine is producing, and director-producer Ron Howard, who remains a long shot to shoot the film, is developing the project for attached star Robert Downey Jr.
--Real Steel: A futuristic boxing movie being penned by Dante's Peak writer Les Bohem, who created and wrote the Steven Spielberg-executive produced SCI FI Channel miniseries TAKEN.
--The 39 Clues: The project is a potential Spielberg directing vehicle, though it's still in script phase, with Jeff Nathanson only recently hired to adapt the first novel, The Maze of Bones, in the 10-book Clues series.

HEREAFTER
From Variety comes reports that Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct the supernatural thriller HEREAFTER for DreamWorks, based on a script by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon). DreamWorks principals Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider picked up the spec script. The plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is described as in the vein of The Sixth Sense. Kathleen Kennedy is producing.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F DVD SALES
Tinker Bell
The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)
Kung Fu Panda
WALL*E
Sleeping Beauty
The Dark Knight
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
WALL*E (Blu-ray)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Iron Man
Source: Amazon.com top-selling genre DVDs, 11/7/08

AX FALLS ON MY OWN WORST ENEMY
After only a few weeks on the air, NBC has canceled MY OWN WORST ENEMY, the SF-tinged spy drama that starred Christian Slater. Variety reported that the Universal Media Studios show will stop production after it wraps filming on its current episode, the ninth in its original 13-episode order. There's no word yet from NBC on what will fill its Monday 10 p.m. timeslot. In its most recent airing on Oct. 27, ENEMY averaged 5.2 million viewers for a 2.3 rating/6 share in adults 18-49.

Watchmen NEW WATCHMEN TRAILER DUE TODAY
Yahoo! Movies has announced that it will debut the new trailer for director Zack Snyder's Watchmen online on Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. PT.

Coraline CORALINE POSTER
Focus Features has released a new one-sheet poster for its upcoming stop-motion-animated fantasy movie CORALINE, directed by Henry Selick and based on Neil Gaiman's best-selling book. The movie, featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher, opens in February 2009.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA MEETS GREY'S ANATOMY
After four seasons of playing President Laura Roslin on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, Mary McDonnell is moving on to newroles. McDonnell has a three-episode arc on GREY'S ANATOMY that begins Thursday (today). She plays Dr. Virginia Dixon, a cardiac surgeon who begins a stint at Seattle Grace. The character also has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that causes an inability to interact socially with others. "This woman is really an excellent surgeon and a leader in her field, but she has a really interesting twist to her," McDonnell says. "... It's accompanied in her case by an inability, in a sort of normal social sense, to perform everyday functions easily that other people do quite easily."

PRISON PROJECT
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. has picked up the Delta Force prison project, an action thriller written by Ari Rubin with Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) attached to direct. Michael De Luca is producing along with David Keane, "Black Hawk Down" author Mark Bowden and Aaron Bowden via their Wild Eyes. The project tells the true story of the riots and siege of Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in 1987. Cuban and American prisoners seized control of the maximum security facility and took more than 100 federal prison staff members hostage. The situation was so extreme that the FBI's hostage rescue team was ill-equipped to handle the riots, and Delta Force, the Special Forces detachment, was called in to retake the prison.

Nanny McPhee NANNY MC PHEE
Actress Emma Thompson will not be returning as Professor Sybil Trelawney for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, according to MTV News. Thompson has opted instead to make a sequel to NANNY MC PHEE, the 2005 family fantasy movie which she wrote and produced. The McPhee film, entitled NANNY MC PHEE AND THE BIG BANG, the story is set one hundred years later during wartime and follows two families of evacuees - one from the country, the other from the city. "This time, the lone parent is the mother. That's what it's about: The big war, and a war between these two sets of extremely different children...It's not a sequel, actually, it's a new story. The only thing that is the same is Nanny McPhee" says Thompson.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2008

TOP SF&F SYNDICATED SHOWS
Lost 1.0
Stargate Atlantis 0.6
Star Trek 0.6
The Dead Zone 0.5
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/20/08 to 10/26/08

GAME OF THRONES
Variety reports that HBO has given a green light to production on the pilot for a fantasy drama series, GAME OF THRONES, based on a book series by George R.R. Martin. The pilot for the long-gestating project was written by feature scribes David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Former HBO entertainment president Carolyn Strauss will serve as a co-executive producer, along with Guymon Cassidy, Vincent Gerardis and author Martin. HBO acquired the TV adaptation rights to Martin's SONGS OF ICE AND FIRE book series nearly two years ago. The pilot for the HBO series is described as an exploration of an epic struggle for power set in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom.

DEFYING GRAVITY
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Laura Harris has been tapped as the female lead opposite Ron Livingston in the SF drama series DEFYING GRAVITY, about eight astronauts from five countries who take on a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system. Harris will play Chloe, a geologist assigned to the mission alongside former flame Maddux (Livingston).

KYLE XY RETURNS IN JANUARY
ABC Family announced that KYLE XY will premiere on January 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT. In KYLE XY world, Kyle (Matt Dallas) will have to contend with the price he has to pay for his special powers. Greater forces will push him to new levels and to sacrifice relationships with those he holds most dear. Also, viewers will discover the fate of his girlfriend Amanda (Kirsten Prout), who was kidnapped at prom. Season Two of KYLE XY will be released on DVD on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

CAST ADDITIONS FOR 24 AND LOST
The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Reiko Aylesworth is in negotiations for a major recurring role on ABC's "Lost." Amy Price-Francis has landed a recurring role on Aylesworth's former show, Fox's "24."
In at least four episodes of LOST, Aylesworth will play Amy, a smart and successful professional woman with a love for the outdoors who is looking for the right man.
In a six-episode arc on "24," Price-Francis will plays a ruthless attorney working for Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight).

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2008

TOP 10 BEST-SELLING SF&F BOOKS
The Shack
Eclipse (Twilight 3)
Twilight
New Moon (Twilight 2)
Breaking Dawn (Twilight 4)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide
Brisingr (Inheritance 3)
The Pagan Stone: The Sign of Seven Trilogy
Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion
Source: Amazon.com, 11/7/08

Spock Kirk STAR TREK
Paramount released two new character posters for its upcoming STAR TREK movie, featuring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. The official Star Trek Web site has added a clock that is counting down to the online debut of the new trailer on Nov. 17. The trailer will debut the previous weekend in theaters, attached to copies of Quantum of Solace, the next James Bond movie. STAR TREK, directed by J.J. Abrams, opens on May 8, 2009.

Watchmen NEW WATCHMEN POSTER RELEASED
Warner Brothers released a second teaser poster for its upcoming superhero movie WATCHMEN, featuring the image of Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). The movie, directed by Zack Snyder and based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel, opens March 6, 2009.

Jayden Smith NEW KARATE KID
Variety reports that Columbia Pictures is putting together a new version of the 1984 hit THE KARATE KID, which is being tooled as a starring vehicle for Jaden Smith. According to the trade, the film will be produced by Jerry Weintraub (who launched the original franchise) and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter, Will Smith and Ken Stovitz. Will Smith, who is the 10-year-old actor's father, co-starred alongside Jaden in his feature debut, The Pursuit of Happyness, which Overbrook and Escape Artists produced for Columbia. The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the film will shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. While the new film will be set in that exotic locale, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2008

TOP 10 SCI FI CHANNEL SHOWS
Ghost Hunters 2.3
Sanctuary 1.4
Jeepers Creepers 2 1.4
ECW 1.3
Pumpkin Karver 1.2
Stargate Atlantis 1.2
The Ferryman 1.0
Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud 1.0
Saw II 0.9
Cursed 0.9
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/20/08 to 10/26/08

Madagascar 2 WEEKEND AT THE MOVIES
According to the Associated Press, MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA topped the Nov. 7 weekend box office with a massive $63.5 million debut. The haul for the DreamWorks Animation comedy far surpassed the $47.2 million debut for the first MADAGASCAR over Memorial Day weekend in 2005. Its three-day total also beat the $61 million gross the first movie took in over that full four-day holiday weekend.
QUANTUM OF SOLACE continued to pull in big audiences overseas, with $106.5 million in 60 countries, raising its total to $160.3 million since it began opening internationally Oct. 31. The movie opens in the United States on Nov. 14.

Heroes HEROES
Beginning with today's episode, Eric Roberts' returns as previously deceased character, Company bad guy Thompson. Being dead on this series doesn't mean you're out -- as we have seen with Niki/Jessica/Tracy.
"'Villains' is in many ways the origin story for our villains," cratore Tim Kring said. "You get a little bit more of the origin story of Sylar [Zachary Quinto] and then you get the origin story of Arthur Petrelli [Robert Forster]. Then also some of the Primatech story as well." The Primatech story involves Claire's mother, Meredith Gordon, played by Jessalyn Gilsig.
The irony of having an episode named "Villains" in Heroes "Volume Three: Villains" isn't lost on Kring, but he promises a "cool" episode that will extend the show's mythology. "We go back basically a year before the pilot started," Kring said. "We dig into the whole idea of the Petrelli family when they were actually a family and Arthur was part of the picture. We learn all sorts of little family secrets in that episode."
"Volume Three: Villains" is the first of two volumes slated for this season. "Villains"' volume finale will air on Dec. 15, with "Volume Four: Fugitives" premiering the day after the Superbowl, Kring said. HEROES airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Captain America CAPTAIN AMERICA
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) has signed a deal to direct FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA, Marvel Studios' take on its classic comic-book character. Marvel's Kevin Feige is producing. No writers are on board, but the studio, which is hearing pitches, expects to hire shortly.
Johnston first met with Marvel two years ago. When the two parties clicked, general talks turned into Captain America-specific meetings, with much of the project's current direction resulting from those early conversations.
Created in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Timely Comics, Captain America is the heroic alter ego of Steve Rogers, who is rejected by the Army for being too sickly and undergoes an experiment that takes him to the pinnacle of human form. Paired with an indestructible shield, he became a symbol of the war effort, in and out of comics. The character disappeared in the 1950s but was revived during the early era of Marvel Comics. He was reintroduced as part of the Avengers, the absence explained by having him being in a state of suspended animation during a war mission until found by the superteam. Johnston is currently in post-production on THE WOLFMAN.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2008

Madagascar 2 WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
TDreamWorks Animation-Paramount's MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA opened Friday in 4,056 theaters to gross a hefty $17.5 million. However, the biggest surprise of the day was Universal's R-rated comedy ROLE MODELS, which exceeded expectations in debuting to $6.7 million from 2,792 runs to come in second. U had been looking for a total weekend gross of $10 million-$12 million but, based on Friday's haul, the laffer should come in higher.
Dimension-MGM's African-American comedy SOUL MEN, starring Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac, was weaker than expected. Pic opened to $1.8 million from 2,044 locations to place No. 6.
Miramax's Holocaust drama THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, based on John Boyne's book, made its Stateside debut with $61,000 at 17 theaters for a per-engagement average of $3,565. Pic has already grossed $20 million overseas in the U.K. and Spain.
Theater count for MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA is the biggest ever for a post-Labor Day bow. Friday average was $4,303 per engagement. Among all DreamWorks Animation's releases, "Escape 2 Africa's" opening day ranks third behind those of last year's "Shrek the Third" ($38.4 million) and last June's "Kung Fu Panda" ($20.3 million).
Universal's CHANGELING, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie, came in No. 5. Period drama dipped 7% from Oct. 31 to $2.1 million for a cume of $15.4 million.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008

Lost LOST PREMIERE DATE SET
ABC is scheduling a two-hour premiere for the fifth season debut of LOST on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The premiere will be preceded by a one-hour clip show to bring everyone up to date (so three hours of "Lost" total). That means LOST is returning to its Wednesday-at-9 p.m. time period. The new premiere date is also slightly earlier than last season. ABC has lined up 17 episodes for 2009, which is one hour more than the show's now-standard 16-episode tally. The network added an extra hour to compensate for last year, which was cut short due to the strike. Also, yesterday the Hollywood Reporter reported that Reiko Aylesworth is in negotiations for a major recurring role on the show.

Dylan McDermott THE LINE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Dylan McDermott (The Practice) has been tapped as the lead in THE LINE, Jerry Bruckheimer's drama pilot for TNT. The project, from Warner Horizon and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, is a character-based police drama that revolves around a squad of undercover LAPD officers as they walk the line between doing their job and being seduced by easy money. McDermott will play Lt. Andre Carter, a veteran officer who created and is running the secret unit, trying to strike a balance in his personal and professional relationships with his underlings. He joins the recently cast Logan Marshall-Green, Omari Hardwick and Nicki Aycox on "Line," written by Doug Jung and directed by Danny Cannon. The pilot is executive produced by Bruckheimer, Cannon, Jung and Jonathan Littman. McDermott, who won a Golden Globe for his role as Bobby Donnell on ABC's "The Practice," is filming the feature "Burning Palms," writer-director Christopher Landon's satire of Angeleno stereotypes.

Conan CONAN GETS A DIRECTOR
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brett Ratner is in final negotiations to direct CONAN, which is aiming for a release in early 2010. Ratner liked the Conan script by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, who looked to Robert E. Howard's original pulp stories of the 1930s to create their take on the character. The writers are doing a quick polish to incorporate some of Ratner's ideas. Joe Gatta and Avi Lerner of Millennium Films are producing, along with Paradox Entertainment president and CEO Fredrik Malmberg. Millennium and Lionsgate are eyeing a potential franchise and envision a very R-rated approach in the $85 million budget range. Preproduction is under way for a shoot at Nu Image's Nu Boyana Studio in Bulgaria.
"The story opens on the battlefield where Conan is born and tells the origin story that sets the stage for what will be the first of multiple films," Lerner said.

THE KILLER INSIDE ME
Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba are teaming with director Michael Winterbottom for THE KILLER INSIDE ME, an adaptation of a novel from noir author Jim Thompson, says The Hollywood Reporter. The story follows a West Texas sheriff (Affleck) and his downward spiral from a boring small-town cop into a ruthless, sociopathic murderer. Alba plays a prostitute. The novel was made into a 1976 film starring Stacy Keach. MuseFilm's Chris Hanley, Cyclone Prods.' Robert Weinbach, Revolution Films' Andrew Eaton and Bradford Schlei are producing the latest adaptation, which was written by Weinbach and John Curran. A mid-January start date is being eyed.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2008

THE GRAYSONS SCRAPPED
According to Variety, The CW and Warner Brothers TV have scrapped their plans for THE GRAYSONS, a proposed drama about Dick Grayson, the boy wonder who becomes Batman's Robin. The show had been given a put pilot commitment and was intended to replace the Superman-themed SMALLVILLE when it ends its run. The decision to yank the project came from Warner Brothers Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov, who initially gave his blessing but changed his mind in recent days. THE GRAYSONS was envisioned as a superhero origins story and was developed to revolve around the world of Dick "DJ" Grayson before he took on the iconic Robin identity.

Dollhouse DOLLHOUSE DEBUT SET - FEBRUARY 13
Fox announced it will debut Joss Whedon's much-anticipated but troubled SF series DOLLHOUSE in a problematic Friday-night timeslot on Feb. 13, 2009, following TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, which also moves to Fridays from Mondays on that day. DOLLHOUSE, starring Eliza Dushku, will air Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, nicknamed "the Death Slot." THE X-FILES flourished in that timeslot, but no other show has survived it, including Whedon's earlier Fox series, FIREFLY.
SARAH CONNOR, which has struggled in the ratings in its Monday 8 p.m. slot, moves to Fridays at 8. DOLLHOUSE was originally envisioned as a follow-up to Fox's hit 24 on Mondays. The show, which scrapped its original pilot and took several weeks off to retune its concept and scripts, is now in production. Meanwhile, Fox's FRINGE, the top new series of the season among adults aged 18-49, will air in its regular time period, Tuesdays at 9 p.m., and will undoubtedly get a boost from a new lead-in, AMERICAN IDOL, starting Jan. 20, 2009.

Battlestar BATTLESTAR GALACTICA AUCTION
Props and costumes from SCI FI's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will be auctioned off on Jan. 16-18, 2009, in Pasadena, Calif., with proceeds in part going to benefit the United Way. The first Live BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Auction will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center. Friday will be Preview Day, and all the items in the auction will be on display, including full-size spaceships like the Viper, the Blackbird and even a Cylon Raider. Saturday and Sunday, 800 lots will be auctioned off in a live auction that will be Webcast online. On Monday, a 200-item online auction will take place, with less expensive items up for bid.

AFTER.LIFE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Justin Long and Josh Charles are joining Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson in Agnieska Wojtowicz-Vosloo's supernatural thriller AFTER.LIFE. The film tells the tale of a young woman (Ricci) caught between life and death and a seemingly helpful funeral director (Neeson) who may be intent on burying her alive. Long will play her boyfriend, Paul, who becomes increasingly suspicious of foul play. Charles is set for the role as Paul's friend. The movie begins shooting Tuesday in New York.

ABC NEW SERIES CHANGES
The Hollywood Reporter informs us that ABC is looking to reduce the order on two of its midseason drama series, CASTLE and THE UNUSUALS. The network has cut the order for CASTLE, which hails from its sister studio, from 13 to 10. It also has approached Sony TV, producer of THE UNUSUALS, for the same type of episode cutback. CASTLE stars Nathan Fillion as a horror novelist who helps the NYPD solve crimes. THE UNUSUALS is an ensemble dramedy set in a New York police precinct co- starring Amber Tamblyn. The order reductions came the same day ABC pulled the plug on midseason comedy series SINGLE WITH PARENTS.
Sources close to the network stress that the cutbacks are not for creative but for inventory reasons, as ABC has "Lost" as well as six new scripted series launching in midseason, CASTLE, UNUSUALS, hourlong CUPID and comedies IN THE MOTHERHOOD, BETTER OFF TED and THE GOODE FAMILY. They could be joined by the Bill Lawrence/Courteney Cox comedy COUGAR TOWN, which was fast-tracked last week with a pilot order targeted for midseason.

OLDBOY
Variety reports that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are looking to remake Chan Wook-park's OLDBOY. Speilberg's DreamWorks Studios is currently looking into the rights to the picture. If it happens then Universal Studios will be tapped as the distributor.
In the original film from 2003, a man is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years and his wife is brutally murdered. On his release, he is given a wallet full of money and a mobile phone. A stranger calls and asks him to try and figure out why he was imprisoned. A girl appears and promises to help him solve the enigma and seek vengeance for his cruel fate. As the search progresses, the man finally comes face to face with his kidnapper, who proposes a game: if the man discovers the reason for his imprisonment, his kidnapper will kill himself. If not, then the girl will be killed - but he has only five days to unravel the mystery.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F DVD SALES
Tinker Bell
The Addams Family complete series
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)
Sleeping Beauty
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Blu-ray)
Batman Begins (Blu-ray)
Kung Fu Panda
WALL*E
Iron Man
Source: Amazon.com top-selling genre DVDs, 10/31/08

Michael Crichton MICHAEL CRICHTON PASSES
Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of such historic and prehistoric science fantasies as JURASSIC PARK, TIMELINE and THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 66. He had been privately battling cancer, his family said. "Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement.

EVA ADAMS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that James Van Der Beek and David Denman have been tapped to co-star on Fox's supernatural pilot EVA ADAMS about a sexist sports agent who, under a witch's spell, turns into a beautiful woman so he can endure the harassment he's been dishing out.

SIGNS AND WONDERS
Variety reports that A&E is developing SIGNS & WONDERS, a paranormal-themed procedural drama with producer Jed Mercurio (BBC's Bodies), Mandalay Television and Fox TV Studios. SIGNS & WONDERS tracks a psychiatrist who runs the cognitive sciences research department at a prestigious university and leads a team of grad students in solving suspicious medical cases.

DOLLHOUSE PREVIEW
A new trailer for Joss Whedon's DOLLHOUSE, starring Eliza Dushku has been released by fox. The series--which has undergone an overhaul, including the scrapping of its original pilot--comes from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. Dushku (Buffy's Faith) plays Echo, an "Active," or member of a highly illegal and underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected, the Actives don't just perform their hired roles, they wholly become them--with mind, personality and physiology--to do whatever a client wants or needs. Whether imprinted to be a lover, an assassin, a corporate negotiator or a best friend, the Actives know no other life than the specific engagements they are in at that time. Confined between missions to a secret facility known as the "Dollhouse," Echo and the other Actives--including Sierra (Dichen Lachman) and Victor (Enver Gjokaj)--are assigned engagements by Adelle (Olivia Williams), one of the Dollhouse leaders. After each scenario, Echo, always under the watchful eye of her handler Boyd (Harry Lennix), returns to the mysterious Dollhouse where her thoughts, feelings, experiences and knowledge are erased by Topher (Fran Kranz), the Dollhouse's genius programmer. But is Echo acquiring a memory of her own? Dollhouse is slated to air in January. Click here http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1545148137/bctid1902520342 for trailer.

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
Variety reports that Twentieth Century Fox is moving forward with a big-screen adaptation of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, with Jack Black taking on the title role as his next project. Rob Letterman (Shark Tale) has signed on to direct the contemporary reimagining of the classic Jonathan Swift tale. The story centers on Lemuel Gulliver, a free-spirited travel writer who, on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle, suddenly finds himself a giant among men when he washes ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput, home to a population of industrious, yet tiny, people. Forgetting Sarah Marshall helmer Nicholas Stoller and Joe Stillman (Shrek) penned the screenplay. Shooting will start in March; locations are still being set.

JESSE STONE: NO REMORSE
CBS has begun production on JESSE STONE: NO REMORSE, the sixth telefilm in the Tom Selleck franchise. Selleck has played Jesse Stone in a series of TV movies including "Stone Cold," "Jesse Stone: Night Passage," "Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise," and "Jesse Stone: Sea Change." The franchise's fifth installment, "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice," has yet to air. In NO REMORSE, Police Chief Stone finds himself suspended by the town council in Paradise, MA and goes to work for State Homicide Commander Healy (Stephen McHattie) on a series of murders in Boston. Meanwhile, Rose (Kathy Baker) and Suitcase (Kohl Sudduth) have to investigate a crime wave in Paradise on their own. Also returning for NO REMORSE are William Devane, Saul Rubinek and William Sadler. New to the franchise is Krista Allen. Production is now underway in Halifax, Nova Scotia with Robert Harmon directing from a script by Selleck and Michael Brandman.

24 24 PREMIERE SET
Fox has set a premiere day for the return of "24," planning a two-night, four-hour event in January. The seventh season debut will air on Sunday, Jan. 11 and Monday, Jan 12 at 8 p.m. The network used a similar rollout plan for 2007's sixth season premiere. Delayed due to the writers strike, the premiere is the first new regular episode of "24" in nearly two years. "Day Seven" opens with CTU dismantled and Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) on trial. Bauer's day takes an unexpected turn when former colleague Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) returns after being presumed dead. Two-hour prequel movie "24: Redemption" will give viewers a head start on the season when it airs Sunday, Nov. 23.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F SYNDICATED SHOWS
Lost 1.1
Stargate Atlantis 0.6
Star Trek 0.6
The Dead Zone 0.5
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/13/08 to 10/19/08

WAREHOUSE 13
SCI FI Channel's upcoming new series WAREHOUSE 13 has filled out its staff of writers with sci-fi experts, including executive producers Jack Kenny (Book of Daniel) and David Simkins (Blade, The Dresden Files). Other staff members include co-executive producer Dana Baratta (Runaway), supervising producer Drew Greenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), co-producers Matt Federman and Steven Scaia (Jericho) and staff writers Bob Goodman (Batman Beyond, The New Batman/Superman Adventures), Tamara Becher (Crash) and Ben Raab and Deric Hughes (The Operator, Afterworld). The series received a green light to production of the new original drama series and has ordered 11 hours, including a previously produced two-hour pilot. WAREHOUSE 13 stars Eddie McClintock (Bones), Joanne Kelly (Jeremiah) and Saul Rubinek (Frasier). After saving the life of the president, two Secret Service agents find themselves abruptly transferred to WAREHOUSE 13, a massive top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota, which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse's caretaker, Artie (Rubinek), charges Pete (McClintock) and Myka (Kelly) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself. Production is slated to begin in February in Toronto for a July 2009 premiere.

AFTERLIFE
Variety reports that British-Asian helmer Gurinder Chadha is prepping IT'S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE, which she described as MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD. The story follows a British-Asian mother whose obsession to marry off her daughter comically leads to serial murder. Chadha is casting the multicultural project, which has a budget of about $10 million. Shooting begins in the United Kingdom in February. She's co-writing and producing the movie with husband Paul Berges. The two previously collaborated on Chadha's 2002 breakout hit BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM.

GHOST WRITER
X2 star Alan Cumming makes his solo directorial debut with the independent straight- to-DVD supernatural movie GHOST WRITER. Cumming also stars with ANGEL's David Boreanaz, Anne Heche, STAR WARS' Carrie Fisher and E.T.'s Henry Thomas. In the thriller, a failed composer-turned-music teacher (Cumming) mentors a handsome struggling writer, Sebastian St. Germain (Boreanaz), who overstays his welcome. When John discovers that Sebastian has simply been using him, he turns the tables on his young tenant in an effort to make him work off his rent debt. When Sebastian dies accidentally in the process, John tries to make it up to him by helping him get his book published posthumously. When the book is published, John can not help but take credit for the work of genius ... and Sebastian comes back to haunt him. GHOST WRITER is set for release on Jan. 6, 2009.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F BEST SELLING BOOKS
The Shack
Twilight
Eclipse (Twilight 3)
Breaking Dawn (Twilight 4)
New Moon (Twilight 2)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Brisingr (Inheritance 3)
The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide
Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion
The Pagan Stone: The Sign of Seven Trilogy
Source: Amazon.com, 10/31/08

Heroes HEROES UPDATE
Following yesterday's announcement that co-executive producers Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb had been fired, Variety reports that Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of HEROES has been under pressure to simplify the show's storylines and refocus on character development. There's been a feeling that he's delegated too much responsibility for writing and story development to his top writing lieutenants. Kring has reportedly assured NBC and Universal Media Studios, which produces the series, that he intends to focus on simplifying what's been criticized, even by ardent fans, as an overly complex storytelling structure to get back to the show's comic-bookish good vs. evil themes and to emphasize character development more than plot twists. The thinking is that his focus is needed most in breaking stories and refining the tone of the show for the remainder of its third season, the trade paper reported. HEROES is averaging 10.4 million viewers and 5.1 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 so far in its third season, a 21 percent drop in total viewers and an 18 percent decline in adults 18-49 from its second season (which was cut short by the writers strike).

Wall-E WALL-E
WALL*E Director Andrew Stanton said in a recent interview that that the upcoming Blu-ray high-definition disc of the movie comes about as close as is humanly possible to capturing what the creators had in mind when they made the hit animated film. "We always used to say this when we were making any other films: 'It will never look any better than it does here,'" Stanton said. "It's only going to go downhill from here when somebody watches it at home or somebody watches it in their town theater. And now you can go, 'No. They can see it exactly as good as we see it here.'" The prospect that WALL*E would wind up on Blu-ray allowed Stanton to aim for the highest-quality image he could achieve, confident that it would find its way to viewers. "The way that I've always looked at Blu-ray is just it's going to look that much better and be able to hold that much more stuff, so I don't have to think of [the movie and the home-video release] as separate," he said. "At that time, ... I just hoped that one format wins out [HD DVD vs. Blu-ray]. It's just very recently that it became one, but in a weird way, as consumers, we hope that Blu-ray becomes 'it,' because it's the first time that medium, a format, can represent exactly how good it looks for us in the building here."
Because WALL*E, like other Pixar animated movies, was created in a digital medium, the transition to high-definition home video is very smooth, Stanton said. "It's exactly the tones and everything we picked," he said. "That's the nice thing about having a digital medium--and in our case it's 100 percent digital--is that we can control it like God and then put it onto the DVD and make sure that it's exactly the magic [we want]. I couldn't be happier. As a matter of fact, I'll probably be let down from here on in if I ever work in a non-all-CG medium." WALL*E drops on Blu-ray (in two- and three-disc editions) and DVD on Nov. 18.

Madagascar 2 MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA
MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA will open on Nov. 7 in a record 130 IMAX theaters, including 35 new locations equipped with IMAX's digital projection system, in conjunction with the film's nationwide release.
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DEFYING GRAVITY
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox TV Studios has teamed with Canada's CTV, Germany's ProSieben and the BBC for "Defying Gravity," a 13-episode adventure drama series starring Ron Livingston (Office Space).
GRAVITY, which hails from creator/executive producer James Parriott ("Grey's Anatomy") and executive producer Michael Edelstein ("Desperate Housewives"), is set in the near future and revolves around eight astronauts from five countries who take on a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system. German actress Florentine Lahme also has been cast in GRAVITY, a co-venture between FtvS and Vancouver-based Omni Film Productions, whose Brian Hamilton and Michael Chechik also executive produce.
David Straiton has signed on to direct the first episode of the series, which is slated to begin production Jan. 19 in Vancouver.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008

TOP 10 SCI FI CHANNEL SHOWS
Ghost Hunters 1.9
Sanctuary 1.6
Fire and Ice 1.4
Destination Truth 1.3
Stargate Atlantis 1.2
Dragon Wars 1.2
Monster Ark 1.2
ECW 1.1
Unearthed 1.0
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath 0.9
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/13/08 to 10/19/08

HEROES SHAKE-UP
Variety reports that NBC's HEROES fired co-executive producers Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb, who had been with the show since its first season, on Nov. 2 in a surprise shakeup. The two were known to have led the day-to-day production operation under the direction of creator/executive producer Tim Kring, the trade paper reported. HEROES has struggled in the ratings its third season. It's understood that Alexander and Loeb were let go because of the network's frustration with the creative direction of the show. The show is also said to have been grappling with hefty budget overruns this season, which are going well beyond its already sizable $4 million per-episode price tag. Representatives for NBC and Universal Media Studios, which produces the show, declined to comment to Variety.

DANTE'S INFERNO
According to reports in Variety, Universal Pictures won a bidding battle for an unreleased Electronic Arts video game that sources said will be called DANTE'S INFERNO by the time it hits the marketplace next year. The agreement is the second the studio has made in recent weeks for an EA game property. The deal--an option fee against seven-figure purchase price--ended an auction that pitted four studios against one another late last week. Paramount, New Regency and MGM were the other final bidders, after Warner Brothers dropped out Thursday. The property shook up a sluggish material marketplace. It was a surprise entry, because EA made past movie deals (including The Sims with Fox and producer John Davis and Mass Effect with producer Avi Arad) after the properties were already popular with gamers. This time around, EA hadn't even announced the existence of the game at the time the concept was brought to the film marketplace. EA declined to comment or confirm the game's title. Both the DANTE'S INFERNO game and movie involve a journey through the depths of hell.

SEASON OF THE WITCH
Stephen Graham has signed on for Relativity's SEASON OF THE WITCH, joining Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Graham will play a swindler and navigator in the period horror movie. The film follows 14th century knights who transport a girl suspected of being the witch responsible for spreading the Black Plague. Shooting will start in early November in Austria and Hungary.

TinTin TINTIN
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have finally secured financing for their three-part movie TINTIN, with Sony and Paramount partnering to fund the movies. The two previously turned down a deal with just Paramount that would have reduced their combined backend deal to just-- horrors!-- $135 million. Variety says the first TINTIN movie is still expected to be finished in 2010, which is an even tighter schedule than the one Jon Favreau was working with for Iron Man 2. I love both Jackson and Spielberg's moves, and I hate feeling sour on them based on this one incident, but this really is just making them look really greedy. While I'm excited that we'll finally get to see this passion project of Spielberg's, I can't help resent the two of them as they go off to sleep soundly on their beds made of money.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2008

Forbidden Planet J. Michael Straczynski FORBIDDEN PLANET
The Hollywood Reporter indicates that BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who also wrote Clint Eastwood's upcoming CHANGELING, is writing a long-in-the-works update of the SF classic FORBIDDEN PLANET for Warner Brothers. Joel Silver is producing via Silver Pictures.
Warner picked up the project on the down-low earlier this year. As late as last year, it was set up at DreamWorks, with David Twohy attached to direct. Prior to that, New Line had it. James Cameron, Nelson Gidding and Stirling Silliphant have been associated with the remake over the years. Released in 1956, PLANET told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet. The movie is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. The movie, directed by Fred Wilcox, starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, but is perhaps best known for the character Robbie the Robot.
THR also writes that Straczynski also has feature projects "The Flickering Light" and "Lensman" with Ron Howard at Imagine Entertainment, and "They Marched Into Sunlight," with Paul Greengrass directing, at Playtone and Universal.

Quantum Poster QUANTUM OF SOLACE
QUANTUM OF SOLACE, rolled into U.K. theaters Friday and broke the biggest Friday openers of all time by taking $8 million (£4.94 million) on its first day at U.K. theaters. The previous Friday best was HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, which earned $6.5 million (£4 million). CASINO ROYALE did $4.7 million on its opening Friday but, unlike "Solace," it had Thursday previews. QUANTUM OF SOLACE will hit theaters here on November 14, 2008.

Transformers2 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN has wrapped up principal photography and is now entering post-production for the special effects (Industrial Light & Magic), sound and editing. The sequel stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Isabel Lucas, Rainn Wilson and Jennifer Alden. Bay is once again behind the camera, based on a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ehren Kruger. Plot Summary:
Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots return for the live-action follow up to Michael Bay's 2007 blockbuster "Transformers."
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN will hit standard and IMAX theaters June 26, 2009.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2008

Forbidden Planet J. Michael Straczynski FORBIDDEN PLANET
The Hollywood Reporter indicates that BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who also wrote Clint Eastwood's upcoming CHANGELING, is writing a long-in-the-works update of the SF classic FORBIDDEN PLANET for Warner Brothers. Joel Silver is producing via Silver Pictures.
Warner picked up the project on the down-low earlier this year. As late as last year, it was set up at DreamWorks, with David Twohy attached to direct. Prior to that, New Line had it. James Cameron, Nelson Gidding and Stirling Silliphant have been associated with the remake over the years. Released in 1956, PLANET told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet. The movie is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. The movie, directed by Fred Wilcox, starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, but is perhaps best known for the character Robbie the Robot.
THR also writes that Straczynski also has feature projects "The Flickering Light" and "Lensman" with Ron Howard at Imagine Entertainment, and "They Marched Into Sunlight," with Paul Greengrass directing, at Playtone and Universal.

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER PREMIERES TONIGHT
Action-adventure fans can enjoy a first look of the highly-anticipated epic fantasy series LEGEND OF THE SEEKER before its premiere tonight. Disney-ABC Domestic Television is offering an extended preview of the nationally-syndicated series as a free download, exclusively available on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com). The free download, entitled "Legend of the Seeker: A First Look," will give fans the opportunity to view the first 30-minutes of the upcoming two-hour television event executive-produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the team that brought the characters of Hercules and Xena to life almost a decade ago.
"Fans have been clamoring to get a first look at the series and based on the early response from the clips released on the 'Legend of the Seeker' website, we knew this would be a huge success with audiences," noted Janice Marinelli, President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
Shot with the exotic and rugged New Zealand landscape as its backdrop, the one-hour scripted series is an adaptation of internationally best- selling author Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth book series. "Legend of the Seeker" explores the adventures of woodsman Richard Cypher (Craig Horner, "Monarch Cove" and "Blue Water High"), who discovers that he was born to fulfill a prophecy of becoming a guardian hero to oppressed people. With the help of a mysterious woman named Kahlan (Bridget Regan, "Sex and the City" and "Six Degrees") and a wise old wizard named Zedd (Bruce Spence, "Mad Max 2" and "The Matrix Revolutions"), he must stop a ruthless and bloodthirsty tyrant named Darken Rahl (Craig Parker, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers") from unleashing an ancient evil and enslaving the world.

WCG GAME QUEST
SCI FI Channel has given the green light to production of WCG GameQuest (working title), an eight-episode elimination-style reality competition that pits 12 contestants against each other in a series of video-game challenges in order to find the "Best All-Around Gamer"; the show is slated to premiere in the first quarter of 2009.

WAITING FOR GODOT
Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) will team up on the London stage in a new production of Samuel Beckett's classic absurdist play WAITING FOR GODOT, March 5-June 28, which will wind up at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the British capital. McKellen provided this information on his official Web site at http://www.mckellen.com/stage/godot/081031.htm.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F NETWORK TV SHOWS
Life on Mars 7.5
Eleventh Hour 7.2
Ghost Whisperer 6.3
Heroes 5.0
Knight Rider 4.2
The Ex List 3.9
Chuck 3.7
Pushing Daisies 3.6
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 3.6
Smallville 2.6
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/6/08 - 10/12/08

Forbidden Planet J. Michael Straczynski FORBIDDEN PLANET
The Hollywood Reporter indicates that BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who also wrote Clint Eastwood's upcoming CHANGELING, is writing a long-in-the-works update of the SF classic FORBIDDEN PLANET for Warner Brothers. Joel Silver is producing via Silver Pictures.
Warner picked up the project on the down-low earlier this year. As late as last year, it was set up at DreamWorks, with David Twohy attached to direct. Prior to that, New Line had it. James Cameron, Nelson Gidding and Stirling Silliphant have been associated with the remake over the years. Released in 1956, PLANET told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet. The movie is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. The movie, directed by Fred Wilcox, starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, but is perhaps best known for the character Robbie the Robot.
THR also writes that Straczynski also has feature projects "The Flickering Light" and "Lensman" with Ron Howard at Imagine Entertainment, and "They Marched Into Sunlight," with Paul Greengrass directing, at Playtone and Universal.

Angels & Demons ANGELS & DEMONS
Columbia Pictures has revealed the new teaser trailer for ANGELS & DEMONS, the prequel to the hit supernatural thriller THE DA VINCI CODE. Based on Dan Brown's best-selling book, ANGELS & DEMONS reunites director Ron Howard with star Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. The movie opens May 15, 2009.
The official website hosts the trailer and leads to a Path of Illumination contest.

SPIDER-MAN 4
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) is in final negotiations to write SPIDER-MAN 4 for Columbia Pictures. Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are back as director and star, as are series producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. Kirsten Dunst also is expected to return for the latest movie featuring the Marvel Comics character. The plot details are under lock and key. Columbia always has gone off the beaten path during the development process when hiring writers for the Spider-Man movies. Alvin Sargent, a veteran scribe best known for 1973's Paper Moon and 1980's Ordinary People, served as a writer on the second and third films. Michael Chabon, another Pulitzer winner, also worked on Spider-Man 2. James Vanderbilt previously wrote a draft of Spider-Man 4.

Agnes Quill AGNES QUILL
Variety writes that Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to Dave Roman's graphic novel AGNES QUILL: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MYSTERY. The story follows 16-year-old Agnes who inherits from her grandfather an estate and an ability to see and communicate with the dead. Thor Freudenthal ("Hotel for Dogs") is attached to direct from a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos. Steven Gilder and Jason Clark will produce.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F BEST-SELLING DVDS
Tinker Bell
Sleeping Beauty
The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)
Iron Man
Iron Man (Blu-ray)
WALL*E
Kung Fu Panda
Source: Amazon.com top-selling genre DVDs, 10/26/08

Doctor Who DOCTOR WHO CHANGING
The BBC reports that David Tennant will quit the role of DOCTOR WHO, after becoming one of the most popular Time Lords in the history. Tennant stepped into the Tardis in 2005 and will leave the role after four special episodes are broadcast next year. Tennant made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards. "When DOCTOR WHO returns in 2010 it won't be with me," he said.
Rumors have already begun as to who will play the next incarnation of the Doctor, including Paterson Joseph, David Morrisey, James Nesbitt and John Simm. Tennant, the 10th actor to play the Doctor, left fans guessing about his return at the end of the latest season. In the last episode, which aired in the United Kingdom in July, the Doctor had to defeat his enemies, the Daleks, to save the universe. Almost 10 million people watched as the Time Lord apparently started the process of regeneration-- but did not complete it. Tennant will appear in a Christmas special, titled "The Next Doctor," before filming four more specials in January.

Day the Earth Stood Still THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
Yahoo! Movies has posted a new five-minute trailer for the upcoming remake of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, featuring previously unseen footage, including more shots of the updated Gort. The film, an update of the classic 1950s SF cautionary tale, stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, Jon Hamm and Kyle Chandler. It opens Dec. 12. Go to http://au.video.yahoo.com/watch/3810106/10430112 to watch.

Legend of the Seeker LEGEND OF THE SEEKER
Bridget Regan, star of LEGEND OF THE SEEKER, said in a recent interview that episodes will spin one-off stories while following the basic trajectory of the fantasy book WIZARD'S FIRST RULE, on which the show is based. WIZARD'S FIRST RULE is the first in author Terry Goodkind's THE SWORD OF TRUTH series. Regan (New Amsterdam) plays Kahlan, a beautiful, mysterious and powerful Confessor who joins forces with a wizard named Zedd (Bruce Spence) to protect Richard (Craig Horner). Richard is a young man who discovers that he's a prophesied Seeker, tasked with saving his world from the tyrannical Darken Rahl (Craig Parker). Together with Kahlan and Zedd, Richard sets about fulfilling his destiny.
"One of my favorite things about the show is that it changes, and because Richard and Kahlan's relationship is being stretched and pulled and challenged every week, we're put into these situations, whether it be searching down this villain or saving one another from a sticky situation," Regan said. "I have to protect Richard on the way to getting to this guy who's really an evil dictator trying to gain control over the land, and each week we face different challenges."
The villains will vary from week to week, Regan added. "Sometimes it may be a sorceress that's captured one of us or declared a prophecy that's going to come true," she said. "We're always pushing things to the limit and seeing how much we can take, how much we can handle. Every day, it feels like it's the end of the world, and it's so intense, and the stakes are always so high. And I love that, because it means we have to keep fighting, we have to stay strong and keep pushing."
Viewers can expect mini-stories within the bigger one that is WIZARD'S FIRST RULE. "The fans that come along for the whole ride will hopefully see that," Regan said, "but each episode is somewhat contained and has its own little beginning, middle and end." LEGEND OF THE SEEKER, which is executive-produced by Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, will premiere in first-run syndication the weekend of Nov. 1.

Quantum of Solace QUANTUM OF SOLACE
Princes William and Harry were on the London red carpet on Oct. 29 for the world premiere of the new James Bond movie QUANTUM OF SOLACE, in which Daniel Craig reprise the role of superspy 007. Reuters reported that the 40-year-old actor and his co-stars were greeted by hundreds of fans and a sea of camera flashes in central London for the 22nd installment of the Bond franchise. Craig showed up wearing a tuxedo and his right arm in a sling after a shoulder operation. QUANTUM OF SOLACE, which follows on directly from the plot of the last Bond movie "Casino Royale", is released in British cinemas on Oct. 31 and hits theaters in the key U.S. market two weeks later, on Nov. 14. The film's stars were joined by Prince William, second in line to the British throne, and younger brother Harry. The brothers have asked for proceeds from the night to benefit charities Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

BOOK OF ELI
Variety reports that Gary Oldman will co-star with Denzel Washington in BOOK OF ELI, a post-apocalyptic actioner to be directed by Allen and Albert Hughes. Alcon Entertainment is financing the film and co-producing with Silver Pictures. Warner Bros. will distribute domestically through its output deal with Alcon, while Summit will handle international sales.
ELI revolves around a lone warrior (Washington) who must fight to bring society the knowledge that could be the key to its redemption. Oldman has been set to portray the despot of a small makeshift town who's determined to take possession of the book Eli's guarding.
Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce, along with Joel Silver and Washington. Lensing begins in February in New Mexico, with the pic set for a U.S. release on Jan. 15, 2010.

THE LAST DRAGON
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Samuel L. Jackson is set to star as a bad guy in Columbia Pictures' remake of Berry Gordy's 1985 cult classic THE LAST DRAGON. The actor will play Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry, whose spiel included asking ego-driven questions like 'Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?' Each time his gang of thugs answered, 'Sho 'nuff!'
Handling screenwriting as well as producing duties is Dallas Jackson, who heads up the urban family label DJ Classicz with Davis. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is co-producing. This new version of the film will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon. Those who achieve the high ranking possess the Glow, making them the greatest fighter alive.
The plan is for the project, announced by Columbia presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, will take a new look at Last Dragon coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Motown next year.
"We're thrilled to be working with Kerry Gordy as he continues his father's legacy, and we're confident that he along with John and Dallas are the perfect team to develop the project," Belgrad offered. "They will capture everything that people love about the original while also bringing a fresh edge to the remake." Despite poor reviews, LAST DRAGON did well at the boxoffice, grossing nearly $26 million. It soon became a cult classic for scenes like Bruce Lee follower Green remaining so loyal to the martial arts star that he eats his popcorn in a movie theater with chopsticks.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2008

TOP SF&F SYNDICATED SHOWS
Lost 1.2
Star Trek 0.8
The Dead Zone 0.6
Stargate Atlantis 0.5
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/6/08 to 10/12/08.

Empire-Trek I know this is more appropriate for the magazine section, but I didn't want anyone to miss the gorgeous cover of the latest Empire magazine. The new issue and is jam-packed with exclusive images and interviews from JJ Abrams' STAR TREK.

NEW FALL TV SHOWS
Over at SciFi Wire, you will find a good article giving the rundown of all the new shows for the fall TV season. Look at the ratings and see if you agree.

DEVIL
Variety reports that M. Night Shyamalan and Media Rights Capital have formalized the first project in their three-picture deal to hatch horror films. Brian Nelson (30 Days of Night) is set to write the first project, DEVIL, which Quarantine helmer John Erick Dowdle will direct and produce with his brother, Drew Dowdle. The supernatural thriller is based on an original story by Shyamalan, who'll produce with Sam Mercer under the Night Chronicles banner. The Dowdle siblings will be executive producers. The PG-13 film will begin production next year. MRC set up Night Chronicles as a financing and production partnership with Shyamalan in July. The company's goal is to generate one genre film per year over three years, with Shyamalan hatching the ideas and overseeing the selection of talent and the creative direction.

Hellraiser According to the Hollywood Reporter, French director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) is in final negotiations to write and direct Dimension's re-imagining of HELLRAISER, one of horrormeister Clive Barker's best-known creations. Released in 1987, HELLRAISER told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. The movie introduced viewers to a race of demons called Cenobites, most notably one nicknamed Pinhead--who became one of the most enduring horror characters of the decade--who was summoned using an antique puzzle box. Dimension has been hoping to relaunch the franchise for the past couple of years, first hiring Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo to write and direct a remake, then tapping Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to write a new draft.

24 CLIP FOR 24 NEW SEASON
For fans of 24, it has been a very LONG wait. The series will return in January and from the looks of this clip, it has been well worth the wait! Go to http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1513658671/bctid1885474195 for a non-stop seventh season trailer for 24.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA MEETS LAW & ORDER
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Katee Sackhoff is set to appear on an upcoming episode of LAW & ORDER. Sackhoff's LAW & ORDER appearance coincides with a starring role in "Lost and Found," a pilot Dick Wolf is executive producing for NBC. She'll play a Los Angeles detective who's relegated to working cases with anonymous victims after fighting with higher-ups in the department. Brian Cox ("Deadwood," "The Bourne Supremacy") will play her old-school partner.

Robert Downey IRON MAN/AVENGERS
Variety writes that Downey has agreed to return as billionaire Tony Stark and his crime-fighting alter ego in "The Avengers" and a third "Iron Man" installment, guaranteeing the thesp a superhero-sized payday and his own ongoing franchise as part of a four-picture deal with the comicbook company. Jon Favreau, who is set to helm the second "Iron Man" pic, will also exec produce "The Avengers," which is skedded for release on July 15, 2011. Pic will unite the Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk characters. Company confirmed that Don Cheadle will replace Terrence Howard as Col. James Rhodes in the "Iron Man" sequels. Cheadle will also appear in "The Avengers." Marvel has long refused to confirm until now whether Downey or Favreau were back for "Iron Man 2" even though both have been forthcoming about their plans for the sequel, which will bow May 7, 2010. "Iron Man" has earned $578 million worldwide. Given the sizable haul, Marvel needed to lock down Downey for future pics. Thesp’s been filling up his dance card with projects. He’s currently lensing Warner Bros.’ "Sherlock Holmes," which could also turn into a new franchise for Downey. Either way, deals put Downey front and center in a major tentpole each year through 2012. Marvel will self-finance and produce its upcoming slate with Paramount distribbing the pics.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F BEST-SELLING BOOKS
The Shack
Breaking Dawn (Twilight 4)
Eclipse (Twilight 3)
New Moon (Twilight 2)
Twilight
Brisingr (Inheritance 3)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion
The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide
The Pagan Stone: The Sign of Seven Trilogy
Source: Amazon.com, 10/26/08

THE CHANGELING
The JMS' written movie is getting a lot of positive buzz. NPR interviewed JMS yesterday and you and read the entire article, focusing more on JMS' comic books http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2008/10/we_call_him_jms_comics_fans_on_1.html.

Jason Carter JASON CARTER - THE DEAD MATTER
Gothic Horror Soundscape masters, Midnight Syndicate bring their nightmarish visions to the big screen with the supernatural horror thriller THE DEAD MATTER (coming 2009). Co-produced by Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Till Dawn, KNB FX) and starring Andrew Divoff (Lost, Wishmaster), Jason Carter (Babylon 5, Angel), and Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Grindhouse), THE DEAD MATTER tells a story of vampirism, the living dead, and ancient occult relics all drenched in the dark and shadowy world of Midnight Syndicate's music.
View THE DEAD MATTER trailer exclusively at www.t3nth1rtyone.com, hosted by Hot Topic stores.

TWILIGHT TRAILERS
With the movie set to open on November 21, several new trailers have gone live for TWILIGHT, the feature film based on Stephenie Meyer's young-adult vampire novel. The trailers include a new international spot and two TV commercials.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tieJPzpeaA to watch.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2
Ben Stiller reprises his role as security guard Larry Daley in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN. In a recent interview to promote his latest project, MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA, Stiller said that his process is simpler than his co-stars may perceive. Stiller jogs in place to get ready for takes. "It just depends on the scene," Stiller said. "It was probably a scene where I had to come running from somewhere. I'm not good at faking being out of breath for something like that." The sequel takes place in Washington's Smithsonian Institution, where the exhibits come to life while Daley works the graveyard shift. Stiller, who is used to improvising with his fellow comedians, found it a challenge to act amid the movie's many visual effects. "It's weird," Stiller said. "I think it's hard to find the comedy within that one. There are all the technical elements going on. I just find it exhausting. It's harder, because you have to really create much more energy on your own. I think it's much easier when you have real stimuli to react to. It's a strange combination of things, of elements that are there and aren't there." Stiller found it most difficult to work on a green-screen stage. "The green-screen stuff is the hardest, I find, just because there's nothing there. I find that really hard, because you really actually are acting on camera, but there's nothing to react to, even like a set."
Meanwhile, Stiller said that he is still working on a feature-film version of HEAT VISION AND JACK, based on a TV pilot he directed. "We've got a draft, and we've been working on the script and continue to work on it. I think it'd be great to do." The unaired satifical show--a lampoon of buddy-copy shows that starred Jack Black and Owen Wilson--has been seen on Youtube.com enough to warrant consideration as a movie. "It was a pilot that I did with Jack," Stiller said. "That's actually how I met my wife [Christine Taylor] 10 years ago. Jack played an astronaut from NASA who flew too close to the sun, so whenever the sun comes up, he's the smartest guy in the world, and when it goes down, he's back to normal. His best friend gets turned into a motorcycle by an evil Ron Silver, who runs NASA secretly. Owen Wilson was the voice of the motorcycle, who was sort of like his Knight Rider buddy." With typical self- deprecation, Stiller joked: "I can't believe they didn't pick it up."
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN opens May 22, 2009.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
DigitalSpy reports that Christopher Lee and Alan Rickman have joined the cast of Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND remake. Lee has taken on an undisclosed role, while Rickman will play the hookah-smoking Caterpillar. Eleanor Tomlinson is another new addition. She will star as Fiona Chataway, a friend of Alice created specifically for the Burton adaptation. Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Sheen and Matt Lucas are also among the star-studded cast. ALICE IN WONDERLAND is scheduled for release in 2010.

Angels & Demons ANGELS AND DEMONS
USA Today has published a first look at Columbia Pictures' The Da Vinci Code prequel, ANGEL & DEMONS. Again directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman and starring Tom Hanks, the adaptation of Robert Langdon's book hits theaters on May 15, 2009. The new film, co-starring Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Pierfrancesco Favino and August Fredrik, will move quicker than the first pic, says the article:
The adaptation of Dan Brown's novel continues the sleuthing adventures of Robert Langdon (Hanks), a Harvard expert in religious symbols who discovers a conspiracy to destroy the Vatican.
Da Vinci collected $758 million worldwide, but even Grazer says the movie moved a little slowly. Angels, by contrast, sprints from crypts, catacombs and cathedrals. In adapting the hugely successful Da Vinci novel, "I think we may have been too reverential toward it," Grazer says. "We got all the facts of the book right, but the movie was a little long and stagey."
In Angels, "Langdon doesn't stop and give a speech," Grazer says. "When he speaks, he's in motion."

SKYSCRAPER
Variety reports that Universal has bought Mike Sobel's disaster-action pitch SKYSCRAPER. Neal Moritz is producing via his Original Film. The project is described as a modern-day TOWERING INFERNO, in which a Donald Trump-esque developer sets out to build a mile-high structure in Chicago. When the tower starts to falter, a crew must rescue the city from mayhem. Original's Tania Landau is executive producing. Sobel, a former New York criminal lawyer, moved to Los Angeles 18 months ago to pursue a writing career. His first screenplay, also a disaster project, titled ANIMALS, sold to Columbia with Moritz producing as well.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008

TOP 10 SCI FI CHANNEL SHOWS
Ghost Hunters 2.0
Sanctuary 1.6
Stargate Atlantis 1.5
Destination Truth 1.4
Crazy Eights 1.2
Lake Dead 1.2
ECW 1.2
Swamp Devil 1.1
Needful Things 1.0
Never Cry Werewolf 0.9
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/6/08 to 10/12/08

Harry Potter HARRY POTTER
A new international teaser trailer has gone live for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, with footage not seen in the U.S. teaser trailer. The movie, based on the sixth of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, opens July 17, 2009. Go to http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/harry-potter-and-half-blood-prince/feature-trailer to watch.

Ninja Scroll NINJA SCROLL
Variety reports that Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to turn the Japanese action-thriller anime NINJA SCROLL into a live-action feature film. Alex Tse has been set to write the script. The movie will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Mike Ireland producing. Appian is mounting the film as a co-production with Mad House. SCROLL, set in feudal Japan, revolves around a ninja for hire, who is forced to fight an old enemy who will stop at nothing to overthrow the government. DiCaprio is not planning to act in the film.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2008

Gran Torino GRAN TORINO
Warner Bros. Pictures has brought online the new trailer for Clint Eastwood's GRAN TORINO, opening in theaters on December 17.
Clint Eastwood stars in the drama, marking his first film role since his Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood also directs the film in which he plays Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices.
Official website: TheGranTorino.com
Classic Eastwood!!!
In a USA Today interview, Eastwood talked abaout ihs latest film:
"Yeah, it'll probably be my last," he says of Gran Torino. "I'll be drummed out of it after this one... nah, I'm just kidding. Every time you do one you think, 'Aw, that's enough of that.' I always feel it's very comfortable to be behind the camera."

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F NETWORK TV SHOWS
The Mentalist 9.8
Ghost Whisperer 6.1
Fringe 6.1
Heroes 5.7
Knight Rider 4.7
Chuck 4.1
Pushing Daisies 4.0
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 3.4
Smallville 2.5
Supernatural 2.4
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 9/29/08 - 10/5/08

Changeling CHANGELING REVIEW
Renowned columist and reviewer Roger Ebert takes a look at THE CHANGELING which opens this week in theaters. He gives the movie 3 1/2 stars! Read his review at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081023/REVIEWS/810239995.

Gary Cole GARY COLE JOINING ENTOURAGE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Gary Cole is set to join HBO's comedy ENTOURAGE as a regular next season, playing Hollywood agent Andrew Klein, Ari Gold's (Jeremy Piven) oldest Hollywood friend from their early days in the business. Cole is introducing the character this season in a three-episode arc slated to air in November 2. ENTOURAGE is halfway though its fifth season and recently was picked up for a sixth season to begin production in early 2009 for a summer launch.
Babylon 5 fans will remember Gary from his CRUSADE days, as Captain Matthew Gideon.

Clone Wars STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS FOR NOVEMBER
The Cartoon Network has released a rundown of the new episodes of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS airing in November.
All episode will air at 9 p.m., preceded by the previous weeks episode at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7: "Downfall of a Droid" -- R2-D2 is lost during a fierce space battle -- and Anakin must find him before the Separatists discover the Jedi military secrets locked in his memory banks
Friday, Nov. 14: "Duel of the Droids" -- Anakin, Ahsoka and replacement droid R3 embark on a dual rescue/sabotage mission when they discover R2-D2 is being held at General Grievous' secret enemy listening post.
Friday, Nov. 21: "Bombad Jedi" -- Jar Jar Binks is a Jedi Knight? So thinks the Separatists when comically heroic Gungan and C-3PO fight to save Padme Amidala from doom at the hands of evil Viceroy Nute Gunray.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2008

Stargate Bridge STARGATE UNIVERSE
STARGATE fans rejoice! A new STARGATE UNIVERSE will be coming your way soon and SCI FI Wire has obtained the exclusive first concept art for the series at SciFiWire.com. There's a new look and feel of this latest spinoff of the Stargate franchise. The images show a bit of the new ship that will figure prominently in the show. STARGATE UNIVERSE centers on a simple reconnaissance mission that turns into a never-ending quest as a new crew of Stargate explorers gates onto the Destiny, an Ancient ship that is unable to return to Earth. They will travel to the far reaches of the universe, encountering new races, enemies and adventures. UNIVERSE is executive-produced by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, the co-creators of Universe's predecessor series STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS. SCI FI Channel plans to begin production of the show in early 2009 and debut it next summer with a two-hour premiere.

Watchmen Poster WATCHMEN
Warner Brothers has released a new teaser poster for Zack Snyder's upcoming WATCHMEN movie, based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic graphic novel. The new image shows the ill-fated Edward Blake/The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) going out the window, an act that sets the story in motion. WATCHMEN opens March 6, 2009.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Crispin Glover has signed on to play the Knave of Hearts in Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND movie for Disney. Glover joins Mia Wasikowska as Alice and a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. Burton is using a combination of live action and performance-capture technology to tell the Lewis Carroll story. Glover is no stranger to performance- capture technology, having worked on Robert Zemeckis' animated BEOWULF. In ALICE, the Knave of Hearts is put on trial for stealing the Queen of Hearts' tarts and is defended by Alice.

DERYNI RISING
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures is bringing Katherine Kurtz's fantasy book DERYNI RISING to the big screen. The studio has picked up Deryni as a spec script by Alex Sabeti. Jimmy Miller is producing via his Mosaic banner. DERYNI is a historical fantasy novel first published in 1970 that launched Kurtz's Deryni Kingdom series that, almost 40 years later, encompasses five trilogies, short stories and reference books. The story is set in a medieval kingdom of humans alongside the Deryni, a race of people with psychic and magical abilities. The first novel centers on a young prince who, after the death of his father the king, must defend his throne from a Deryni usurper.

PERSONS UNKNOWN
Variety reports that Fox TV Studios has filled out the cast and hired a director for PERSONS UNKNOWN, the company's SF-ish series from writer Christopher McQuarrie. Michael Rymer, who helmed the pilot to SCI FI Channel's critically acclaimed BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, has been tapped to direct the first episode of PERSONS UNKNOWN. The show, a co-production with Mexico's Televisa and Italy's RAI, starts shooting Oct. 27 in Mexico City. The series has an initial 13-episode order and will star Jason Wiles as Joe. Also newly cast: Daisy Betts, who will play Janet; Tina Holmes as Moira; Sean O'Bryan as Blackham; and Lola Glaudini as Kat. They join previously announced cast memberes Alan Ruck, Chadwick Boseman, Gerald Kyd and Kate Lang Johnson. The show's mystery revolves around a group of strangers who wake up in the middle of nowhere and try to figure out how they got there.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F DVD SALES
Sleeping Beauty
The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)
Marvel Heroes Collection
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Blu-ray)
Iron Man (Blu-ray)
The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Blu-ray)
Iron Man
Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)
The Dark Knight
Source: Amazon.com top-selling genre DVDs, 10/17/08

Thor THOR
Daniel Craig told reporters that Marvel Studios did indeed offer him the role of THOR in a movie about the Norse god/superhero, but he definitively turned it down. The actor, who also plays James Bond, thought it would be too egotistical to play another man of action. "I'm not doing it. I said no," Craig said during an interview promoting QUANTUM OF SOLACE. "They spoke about it, but I just thought, 'I can't play Bond and Thor.' What am I, on some stupid f--king power trip? I can't imagine, blond hair and a big hammer." The self-deprecating actor joked about his own image, but he was quite serious about avoiding a role that was too physically similar. "It would've been too much of a statement, and physically, [Bond] is kind of as physical as I want to get in movies at the moment," Craig said. "To go and do another role that's just as physical ... "
Meanwhile, Craig said that he had hoped that the film adaptations of Philip Pullman's HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy would be another franchise for him. The first film, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, was produced by New Line Cinema. Since Warner Brothers took over New Line, finishing the trilogy will be their call. "Warner Brothers have it, so you'll have to lobby them," Craig said. "I'd love them to do it again, because I love the books. I think there's a great story to tell." THE GOLDEN COMPASS performed well below New Line's expectations in the United States. Craig hopes the new owners will take worldwide success into account. "I don't know what to say," Craig said. "It failed here. To their mind I think it failed here, unfortunately. It did fantastically worldwide."
As for his other SF projects, Craig commented on THE INVASION, the re-imagining of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, in which he co-starred and which also disappeared quickly. "I think it could've been creepier," Craig said. "Again, I think that kind of got hijacked a bit to my mind."

THE HOLE
According to Variety, Teri Polo is set to star in Joe Dante's supernatural feature film THE HOLE. Additionally, the actress has been tapped for two episodes of CBS' supernatural drama GHOST WHISPERER.
HOLE, from Bold Films and Benderspink, centers on Susan (Polo), a mother who moves with her teen sons to a rural house where the three are forced to face their fears after discovering a bottomless hole in the basement.
Also cast in the project, penned by Mark L. Smith, is Haley Bennett. She will play Julie, a neighbor who is attracted to one of the sons.
Production on the film, which will be filmed in 3-D, starts Dec. 5 in Vancouver, Canada. On GHOST, Polo will play the fiancee of somebody close to Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt).

Ghost Hunters GHOST HUNTERS GO TO COLLEGE
The SciFi Network has ordered a pilot for another spinoff of the popular reality franchise from exec producer Craig Piligian. Tentatively titled "Ghost Hunters: College Edition," the show features a group of students going around the country to seek out paranormal activity. The students will be guided by an experienced ghost investigator. Producers have not determined if any cast members from the other shows will be involved in the new project. "Hunters" launched in 2004 starring two Rhode Island plumbers who investigate purportedly haunted houses in their spare time. The show has since grown every season and is now Sci Fi's second highest-rated series (after new drama "Sanctuary"). The Oct. 8 "Hunters" episode scored an all-time high of 2.7 million total viewers. " 'Ghost Hunters' appeals to a wide demographic, and we felt the college edition would be a great asset to the franchise," Piligian said. The first spinoff, "Ghost Hunters International," took the format around the world. The show debuted in January to record ratings and enjoyed a successful seven-episode run, averaging 2.4 million viewers. "International" has been renewed for a second season. Sci Fi's "Ghost Hunters" franchise has been an on-brand and relatively affordable success for the network. The new show is sure to prompt comparisons to A&E's "Paranormal State," where Pennsylvania college students investigate supernatural claims. A&E launched "State" last year and, along with Travel Channel's U.K. import "Most Haunted," has given Sci Fi's "Hunters" brand some paranormal-investigation-genre company on basic cable.

ANIMAL KINGDOM
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Guy Pearce is set to go back Down Under for his next film. He has signed on for the lead role in ANIMAL KINGDOM. Fellow countryment Ben Mendelson and Joel Edgerton have signed onto the cast as well. The film centers on a 17-year-old boy struggling to survive in a criminal family when he reaches out to a cop (Pearce). No production schedule for the film was released.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008

TOP SF&F SYNDICATED SHOWS
Lost 1.1
Star Trek 0.9
Stargate Atlantis 0.6
The Dead Zone 0.5
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 9/29/08 to 10/5/08

WATCHMEN/TWILIGHT FOOTAGE
The teaser footage from WATCHMEN, TWILIGHT and FRIDAY THE 13TH, which debuted on Spike TV's Scream 2008 Awards on Oct. 21, has gone live on YouTube.com. See them all at http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=61570.

Clone Wars CLONE WARS
Lucasfilms reports that since the Oct. 3 premiere of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS on Cartoon Network, more than 27 million people have seen the first three episodes on TV, on StarWars.com and on CartoonNetwork.com, as well as on iTunes.

BOLDLY GOING NOWHERE
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has cast newcomer Ben Koldyke in the central role in its SF comedy series BOLDLY GOING NOWHERE, which will also feature ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT alumnus Tony Hale. The high-concept comedy--from the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia trio of Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton-- is about what happens day-to-day on an intergalactic spaceship helmed by a rogue captain (Koldyke). Hale will play the ship's robot, who thinks he's superior to the human race.

DEXTER RENEWED FOR TWO SEASONS
Showtime has ordered up two addition seasons of its acclaimed drama DEXTER. The premium cable network announced Tuesday (Oct. 21) that the fourth and fifth seasons of DEXTER will be 12 episodes apiece. In addition, shooting on that fourth season will begin next spring in Los Angeles, setting the show up for another fall premiere in 2009. "DEXTER's enormous success is a tribute to the great achievements of its cast, the producing team, the author of the original book, and the gifted Michael C. Hall," says Showtime Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt. "I thought at best we would attract a devoted cult audience but soon realized that, ironically, this show is so thematically rich and layered with humanity that audiences of all kinds have flocked to it." Starring Hall as a Miami blood spatter expert (and moonlighting serial killer), DEXTER is Showtime's highest rated drama and its bestselling DVD title. The series DEXTER received its first best drama series Emmy nomination earlier this year, while Hall earned his second nod for the series. DEXTER won a 2008 Peabody Award, has twice been named one of the AFI's Top 10 TV programs and won a Television Critics Association prize for Hall in 2007. The third season of DEXTER premiered last month and drew 3 million viewers spread out over its first week of airings.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008

TOP 10 BEST-SELLING SF&F BOOKS
Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion
The Shack
Twilight
Breaking Dawn (Twilight 4)
Brisingr (Inheritance 3)
Eclipse (Twilight 3)
New Moon (Twilight 2)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide
Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire 2)
Source: Amazon.com, 10/17/08

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
Craig Robinson, who plays a museum exhibit brought to life in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN, said in a recent interview that his character is half of a pair of unnamed Tuskegee Airmen, members of a group of history-making black pilots who flew with distinction during World War II. "I play Tuskegee Airman number two," Robinson said while out promoting ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO. Keith Powell joins Robinson as Tuskegee Airman number one. "Tuskegee Airman number one is always announcing what's going on, and [Tuskegee Airman number two]'s like, 'Really? You gotta do it? Come on.' That was their play," Robinson said. Robinson added that the Tuskegee Airmen are full-sized characters, a la Robin Williams' Teddy Roosevelt in the first Museum movie, and not miniatures like the Romans and the cowboys. "We do come alive, but we're not miniatures," he said. "We're exhibits."
Ben Stiller returns as a security guard who must wrangle all the museum exhibits when they come alive at night. The action moves from New York's American Museum of Natural History to Washington's Smithsonian Institution. An admirer of Stiller's work, Robinson paid close attention to how the star kept his game up between long, complicated setups. "Ben Stiller was amazing," Robinson said. "Just a nice dude. And watching him work, I've been lucky and blessed to see a lot of people at the top of their game and see how they just get prepared for a scene. Ben would always jog in place and get his energy up. Things like that." Robinson also marveled at the physical sets constructed for the film. "Just the sets on that show were amazing," he said. "They rebuilt the Smithsonian. It was to the letter, so it was nice." NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN opens May 22, 2009.

Knight Rider KNIGHT RIDER GETS FULL SEASON
According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has picked up KNIGHT RIDER for a full season. The network has ordered another nine episodes of the Wednesday-night action-drama, which is produced by the network's sister division Universal Media Studios. KNIGHT RIDER has been modestly rated since its premiere, typically matching CBS' comedy block for second place in its 8 p.m. time slot. The most recent episode was seen by 6.9 million viewers and earned a 2.3 adults 19-49 rating. The pickup marks the first freshman fall NBC series to receive a full season order, joining CBS' THE MENTALIST, Fox's FRINGE and The CW's 90210.

SEASON OF THE WITCH
Variety reports that HELLBOY star Ron Perlman has signed on to star opposite Nicolas Cage in the supernatural thriller SEASON OF THE WITCH for Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment. Dominic Sena is helming from a Bragi Schut screenplay. SEASON OF THE WITCH tells the story of 14th-century knights transporting a girl suspected of being a witch responsible for spreading the Black Plague. Stephen Campbell Moore, Claire Foy and Robbie Sheehan round out the cast. Shooting will start in early November in Austria and Hungary.

BOOK OF SHADOWS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Castle Rock has picked up BOOK OF SHADOWS, a supernatural action-adventure pitch from Zoe Green that will act as a directing vehicle for principal Rob Reiner. The story follows a young man who must embark on the perilous journey of first love and face many trials of maturity while on the dangerous quest to close a mythical tome called Book of Shadows in order to restore balance to the world. Reiner was in a general meeting with Green and told her of an idea on which he had been working. Green picked up on that and ran with it, fleshing it out.

ROGUE PICTURES/RELATIVITY MEDIA
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Relativity Media is in negotiations with Universal to acquire the assets of Rogue Pictures, the studio's genre label, for as much as $150 million. The proposed deal would see Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity purchase more than 25 library titles, four upcoming films and more than 30 projects in development at Rogue, which was launched in 2004 as a division of Universal's Focus Features. In 2007, Rogue became an independent specialty unit of the parent studio. Universal would continue to market and distribute the Rogue films that Relativity is acquiring, and Relativity would also be able to turn to Universal to handle other titles. Universal would get a distribution fee. The purchase would cover Rogue films now in postproduction, which include FIGHTING, starring Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard; Platinum Dunes' THE UNBORN, from writer/director David Goyer; Wes Craven's 25/8 and a remake of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. Relativity also would pick up the first-look deals Rogue has with Platinum Dunes and Wes Craven, while Universal would get first right of refusal, for a set period of time, for any sequels based on any of the movies released.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008

TOP 10 SCI FI CHANNEL PROGRAMS
Sanctuary 2.2
Ghost Hunters 2.0
NYC Tornado Terror 1.8
Destination Truth 1.2
Ghost Hunters 1.2
ECW 1.1
Disaster Zone: Volcano NYC 1.1
10.5 Apocalypse part two 1.1
10.5 Apocalypse part one 1.0
Atomic Twister 0.9
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 9/29/08 to 10/05/08

Max Payne WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
MAX PAYNE topped the Oct. 17 weekend box office, taking in an estimated $18 million from 3,376 runs, Variety reported. BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, meanwhile, declined just 37 percent in its third weekend to gross an estimated $11.2 million for a total of $69 million. MAX PAYNE scored the third-best opening of the fall after CHIHUAHUA ($29.3 million) and EAGLE EYE ($29.2 million).

Dark Knight BATMAN 3 RUMORS
THE DARK KNIGHT producer, Charles Roven, downplayed rumors about an expected third Batman movie when he and co-star Gary Oldman showed up in Hollywood on Oct. 18 to collect an armful of prizes at Spike TV's Third Annual Scream Awards. "I can't speak to that right now," Roven said. "We are excited about the possibility of something coming together, but we're definitely in the stage where we're just thinking about it. [Director] Chris [Nolan] is really the one who is thinking on it." Oldman--who won a Scream Award for best supporting actor for his role as James Gordon and accepted posthumous awards for star Heath Ledger for best actor and best villain-- said that he'd heard nothing about the sequel. "There's no rumor," he said. "I haven't heard a thing [about a third movie]. I've heard the stuff being thrown around online, but nothing from official sources."
THE DARK KNIGHT was lauded with the Ultimate Scream Award and 11 others, which were accepted by Roven, fellow producer Emma Thomas and Nolan. "We sure are excited the movie won all those awards tonight," Roven said. "Even though it's a big spectacle [about Batman], the characters feel kind of relatable. Yet they are also ones [you] can aspire to be. Both the good guys and the bad guys have interesting things about them." When asked to what he attributes the movie's success, Roven said he really couldn't pin it down. Although the production was smooth, that doesn't always mean the movie will turn out well. "I wish it was that easy," he said. "Because sometimes you do get creativity out of chaos. But, really, it's Christopher Nolan. Chris is the kind of director who's very thoughtful and spends a lot of time figuring things out [ahead of time], so, usually, when we get to set, everything is well mapped out." Roven added: "Also, I think people have come to the realization that comic books, graphic novels, are a great source of material, just like any other literary genre. That's really gratifying. We set out to make what we thought was a really great film, irrespective of what the genre was."

The Spirit THE SPIRIT
THE SPIRIT director Frank Miller said in a recent interview that the film will mix eras and influences. The much anticipated cinematic adaptation of Will Eisner's seminal comic follows young cop Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) who becomes an urban hero called the Spirit after being declared deceased: a hero who fights the criminal element in Central City. Above all, THE SPIRIT is a romance. "It's romantic, but as in Sin City, you don't know what date it is," Miller said. "It's a very urban/Zorro story. I tried to make it as timeless as possible, so you will see cell phones and vintage cars and not really know where you are." Miller added: "It's my solo directorial debut, so of course that's exciting." Miller shared a director's credit with Robert Rodriguez on SIN CITY in 2005, which was based on Miller's own graphic novel. "I learned everything I know about directing from Robert Rodriguez. Everything," Miller said. "Mainly, I learned never to waste anyone's time. When the cameras are ready to roll, then the actors are ready to go [and so on]. No one gets tired, everyone steps lively, and I think it makes for a better movie." That feel may be not unlike the ambitious SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, which Miller said had its moments, "Especially when Angelina Jolie put on the rocket- pack," Miller tittered. "That's always a plus." Miller added that his own powerful and beautiful female lead, Eva Mendes, will be even more memorable when "she does her march toward the camera. You really see who's boss in that scene. She is amazing." THE SPIRIT opens on Christmas Day.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2008

SEASON OF THE WITCH
THE DARK KNIGHT producer, Charles Roven, revealed yesterday that Ron Perlman will co-star in the thriller SEASON OF THE WITCH. The HELLBOY franchise star joins the Columbia Pictures project, which marks the reteaming of director Dominic Sena and his GONE IN 60 SECONDS actor Nicolas Cage. The film chronicles the journey of 14th century knights transporting a girl suspected of being the witch responsible for spreading the Black Plague. Written by Bragi Schut Jr., SEASON OF THE WITCH is scheduled to start shooting in Austria and Hungary in early November.

SHERLOCK HOLMES RELEASE DATE
Warner Bros. Pictures has set a November 20, 2009 release date for the Guy Ritchie- directed SHERLOCK HOLMES, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong and Kelly Reilly.
In the thriller, Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes' trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective. Mark Strong stars as their mysterious new adversary, Blackwood. Kelly Reilly will play Watson's love interest, Mary.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2008

Sarah Connor TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
Good news for fans of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. Fox has picked up the series for a full season. The network has ordered the back nine episodes of the show's second season from Warner Bros., sources say. The sci-fi series has garnered a relatively modest rating on Monday nights this fall. Its most recent episode was seen by 5.7 million viewers, garnering a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and a 6 share, tying NBC's "Chuck" in the 8 p.m. time period. Fox's overall ratings tend to significantly increase after the first of the year, powered by "American Idol." Network executives may believe the drama's audience will grow once the overall Fox tide rises.

EUREKA
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jaime Ray Newman (Veronica Mars) has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on SCI FI Channel's original series EUREKA.

KEVIN SMITH SPACE COMEDY
According to the Hollywood Reporter, writer-director Kevin Smith is developing a futuristic outer-space comedy that will reference other SF movies and revolve around a father-son relationship. Smith has nodded to the genre in his earlier work but never made an SF film. Smith is aiming for a budget in the $45 million- $50 million range, which would be his biggest, the trade paper reported. He again will produce with partner Scott Mosier via their View Askew company. Harvey and Bob Weinstein, with whom Smith has collaborated on most of his movies, could reteam with Smith on the film. Insiders told the trade paper that Weinstein Co. executives have read part of the script and are interested in making the movie. Smith has finished a first draft of the script, but the project will not move forward until after his next project, RED STATE.

AFTER LIFE
Variety reports that Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson will star in the supernatural thriller AFTER.LIFE, with Bill Perkins and Plum Pictures producing. Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo will make her directorial feature debut, helming from her own screenplay. AFTER.LIFE centers on a young woman caught between life and death and a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead. The film, which has a Screen Actors Guild waiver, will begin shooting in November in the New York region.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008

TOP SF&F NETWORK PROGRAMS
The Mentalist 9.9
Heroes 5.9
Fringe 5.8
Knight Rider 4.5
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 3.8
Smallville 2.6
Supernatural 2.1
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 9/22/08 - 9/28/08

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA RETURNS JANUARY 16
The SciFi Channel announced that BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will return at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Jan. 16, 2009, with the remaining episodes of its fourth and final season. The 10-week run will culminate with the series finale on March 20.
(Spoilers ahead!)
The new episodes pick up from last June's cliffhanger, in which the Colonial fleet, led by Adm. Adama (Edward James Olmos) and the Galactica crew, and their new Cylon allies arrive on Earth only to find it a barren nuclear wasteland.

Brad Pitt ODYSSEY
According to Variety, Brad Pitt will star in and George Miller will direct an SF take on Homer's THE ODYSSEY for Warner Brothers. Their intention is to transfer the tale to a futuristic setting in outer space. Warner has quietly set up THE ODYSSEY, and the early hope is that Pitt will star and Miller will direct, with Pitt's Plan B producing. Pitt played Achilles in the Wolfgang Petersen-directed TROY, a hit film that David Benioff adapted from Homer's The Iliad. THE ODYSSEY focuses on the exploits of Odysseus and his long journey home from the Trojan War.

Star Trek STAR TREK
Entertainment Weekly has released an image of Zachary Quinto as Spock and Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk from J.J. Abram's upcoming STAR TREK movie, the cover of its Trek-themed issue due out on Oct. 17. The magazine also features an interview with director Abrams, who responds to William Shatner's YouTube.com video chastising Abrams for not including him in the film. Abrams has seen the video, of course. "I don't know how my life has become a thing where William Shatner talks to me through YouTube," Abrams told EW. "I was such a huge fan of his, but we wrote a scene for him in the movie, and it didn't feel right. And he said to us--he said publicly--that doing a cameo didn't interest him. Which I totally appreciate. But we did try." EW tried to reach Shatner, but he declined to be interviewed. Through a spokesperson, he said, "I don't think it would be appropriate for me to be involved in the Star Trek universe at this point." STAR TREK beams down May 9, 2009.

Fire & Ice FIRE AND ICE
ALIAS and ANGEL's Amy Acker stars in SCI FI Channel's upcoming original movie FIRE AND ICE. "I have always wanted to do any sort of period piece," the Aker said in a recent interview. "I love horseback riding. I got to be a tomboy princess and fight dragons." Helmed by visual-effects supervisor-turned-director Pitof (Catwoman), FIRE AND ICE stars Acker as Luisa, a daddy's girl princess who must team up with a knight named Gabriel (300's Tom Wisdom) to save their kingdom from a menacing fire-breathing dragon. Joining Acker--who's due next in Joss Whedon's upcoming Fox SF series DOLLHOUSE--are such familiar genre faces as Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) and John Rhys-Davies (the Lord of the Rings trilogy). "I couldn't really think of anything bad about it," Acker said. "It was great, and there were good people involved and a lot of British accents. It was fun to be the only girl with this group of guys and fighting along with them and doing all of that. I hope I get to work with all of them again. Maybe they can make it into a series!" Acker added that she welcomed the change from series television. "It was [also] a chance to do something totally different from your normal television show," she said. "The only thing that wasn't real was the dragon, but luckily they had already drawn up what he was going to look like. I haven't seen it finished, but [from] the pictures and early CG stuff they were doing it was this really cool dragon that looked different from any other dragon I'd ever seen. But it was easy to imagine it huge." FIRE AND ICE premieres Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

KINGS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Brian Cox has been tapped to co-star opposite former BATTLESTAR GALACTICA star Katee Sackhoff on the legal drama LOST AND FOUND and has landed a major four-episode arc on the midseason drama series KINGS. KINGS, from Universal Media Studios, creator Michael Green and director Francis Lawrence, centers on David (Christopher Egan), an idealistic soldier who joins the court of King Silas (Ian McShane), monarch of the modern nation of Gilboa. Cox will play Silas' nemesis, former King Vesper. The show is a contemporary retelling of the biblical story of King David.

LEGEND PREVIEW
Lucy Lawless, wife of producer Rob Tapert and former XENA: THE WARRIOR PRINCESS, will host THE MAKING OF A LEGEND, a half-hour preview of the upcoming syndicated fantasy TV series LEGEND OF THE SEEKER, Oct. 18. The preview takes viewers on to the show's set in New Zealand to meet the stars, both on and off the screen, and will include 10 minutes of the premiere episode. LEGEND OF THE SEEKER follows the adventures of woodsman Richard Cypher (Craig Horner) and a beautiful and mysterious woman named Kahlan Amnell (Bridget Regan). When Richard discovers that he has powers from within, he is transformed into a magical leader to stop a sinister tyrant, Darken Rahl (Craig Parker). Kahlan serves as his protective guide, sworn to keep him safe from all harm. Zedd (Bruce Spence), a wise and powerful old wizard, accompanies Richard and Kahlan on their epic journey. The epic fantasy series, based on Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule, premieres the week of Nov. 1.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008

TOP 10 SF&F DVD SALES
Sleeping Beauty
The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)
Iron Man (Blu-ray)
The Dark Knight
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Sleeping Beauty (Blu-ray)
Iron Man
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Blu-ray)
WALL*E (Blu-ray)
Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)
Source: Amazon.com top-selling genre DVDs, 10/10/08

Star Trek Star Trek Star Trek Star Trek






STAR TREK
Paramount Pictures has released the first batch of photos from J.J. Abrams reinvention of STAR TREK with the shots showing off the new crew in uniform, the new bridge, and Eric Bana as the Romulan villain.

Sleeper SLEEPER
Variety reports that Warner Brothers has tapped Brad Ingelsby to write SLEEPER, an adaptation of the DC Comics/Wildstorm comic being produced by Sam Raimi with Star Road Entertainment partner Josh Donen and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and will be directed by Ridley Scott.
The comic, written by Ed Brubaker, centers on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass the ability on to others through skin contact. He is placed undercover in a villainous organization by an intelligence agency and falls for a member of the group named Miss Misery. DiCaprio has replaced the previously attached Tom Cruise.

Medium MEDIUM
According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered three more scripts for MEDIUM; the midseason drama typically joins NBC's schedule during the winter, but the production has been told to be ready to go on the air earlier than usual, suggesting the series might join NBC's lineup sometime before the end of the year.

XENA REUNION POSSIBLE?
Rob Tapert, former producer of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, said during a recent interview that pretty much everyone involved in the old show would love to see Xena (Lucy Lawless) pick up her chakram once again for a TV movie or some other kind of reunion project. Tapert said he even had an idea in mind, but that matters are entirely out of his hands. "That's a Universal question," Tapert said, adding: "Meaning [NBC] Universal ... Television [Group]. I don't control the strings."
Xena ran from 1995-2001 and starred Lawless--aka Mrs. Rob Tapert--as the title heroine and Renee O'Connor as her plucky sidekick, Gabrielle. The show was both a mainstream and cult success during its time on the air, and to this day its stars and makers attend conventions worldwide. Unfortunately, fans' hopes for a reunion movie have yet to be realized. "We've said long ago that we'd love to do something," Tapert said. "We have a fun, 300-style idea for it. ... I can't answer [why nothing's happening]."

THE ROAD
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Viggo Mortensen's dark thriller THE ROAD, a Dimension title from the Weinstein Co., originally was set for a Nov. 14 limited and Nov. 26 wide release, has been shifted until at least December--and might be moved out of 2008 altogether. Executives are scheduled to meet with THE ROAD's producers this week to discuss whether the movie will debut this year; the discussions come as Harvey Weinstein has pushed ahead with Stephen Daldry's THE READER for a Dec. 10 opening.
2929 Entertainment and Nick Wechsler Productions are producing the film, based on Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic tale about a man and his son wandering a bleak landscape. John Hillcoat's movie, shot this year mainly in Pennsylvania, is in post-production and is not finished, those familiar with the project told the trade paper.

Simon Baker THE MENTALIST
CBS announced yesterday that it would be picking up THE MENTALIST, the most-watched new series of the fall, for a full season order. The order comes closely on the heels of CBS asking for six extra scripts -- which will now become part of the show's back nine episodes.
Starring Simon Baker as a debunked TV psychic-turned-highly observant consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation, THE MENTALIST is averaging about 16.1 million viewers a week this season. That puts it in the top 10 of all shows and several million viewers ahead of any of its fellow freshmen. CBS says the series is also the top newcomer in the adults 25-54 demographic, where it's drawing a 5.3 rating. It's also doing pretty well in the 18-49 demo; its 3.8 rating trails only FOX's "Fringe" (4.6) among new shows. THE MENTALIST is the third new show to be picked up for a full season, following FRINGE and The CW's "90210."
The series also stars Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, Tim Kang and Owain Yeoman. Bruno Heller ("Rome") is the creator and executive producer.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008

TOP SF&F SYNDICATED SHOWS
Lost 1.1
Star Trek 0.7
The Dead Zone 0.5
Stargate Atlantis 0.5
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 9/22/08 to 9/28/08

DRAG ME TO HELL
Producer Rob Tapert said in a recent interview promoting GHOST HOUSE UNDERGROUND, a DVD set of horror movies, that Sam Raimi is returning to his horror roots in the upcoming DRAG ME TO HELL. "It's Sam Raimi doing what Sam Raimi does best, which is going out of his way and using every trick in the book and every talent that he has to entertain the audience," Tapert said. "So it's a throwback to Sam Raimi somewhere between DARKMAN and EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS. So it's a movie that's a roller coaster ride in the dark."
In DRAG ME TO HELL, Alison Lohman plays Christine, a young loan officer who denies a mortgage extension to an elderly lady (Lorna Raver) and pays the ultimate price: She's cursed by the old woman. "Part of the beauty of DRAG ME TO HELL was Sam pretty much had absolute, total creative control and yet really not the enormous pressures you have when you're dealing with a hundreds-of-millions-of-dollar franchise like SPIDER-MAN," Tapert said. "So he was able to do a lot of things that he'd been dying to do."
Universal Pictures will release DRAG ME TO HELL, which also stars Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Justin Long (Idiocracy) and David Paymer, on May 29, 2009.

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
Variety reports that NBC is developing a new take on JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, which would be produced as the first-ever green-screen drama developed for prime time. Media Rights Capital is behind JASON, which comes from executive producers Josh and Jonas Pate (Surface). The network has given a put pilot commitment to the project, which it secured after a fierce bidding war. As for ARGONAUTS, the project is NBC's second stab this decade at the topic. NBC aired the unrelated Robert Halmi miniseries JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, starring Jason London, Frank Langella and Dennis Hopper, in 2000.
The Greek myth also has drawn interest in the feature world: Zak Penn is writing and producing THE ARGONAUTS for 20th Century Fox, while DreamWorks also has a project titled THE ARGONAUTS in the works.

James Cameron AVATAR
James Cameron was interviewed by CBC's "The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos" and talked about his anticipated December 18, 2009 opener, AVATAR. The sci-fi action-adventure tells the story of an ex-Marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang and Matt Gerald star. You can watch the clip at www.cbc.ca/thehour.

HEADSHOT
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has picked up screen rights for HEADSHOT, and has set scriptwriter Alessandro Camon to adapt the three-book graphic novel series by Alexis Nolent. The film will be produced by Alexandra Milchan and Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. In HEADSHOT, an unlikely alliance between a cop and a hitman takes place after each watches his partner die. The new partners seek revenge and discover they have a shared enemy and much in common despite being on opposite sides of the law. No production date has been set.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008

OUT OF TOWN
I took advantage of the Columbus Day holiday and made a quick trip up to Pennsylvania to see family. The foliage was just awesome! For those of you familiar with the area, you know there is no more beautiful site than autumn in the mountains -- although for those of us who travel, it is followed by "nightmare on the Pennsylvania turnpike."

TOP 10 BEST-SELLING SF&F BOOKS
The Shack
Brisingr (Inheritance 3)
Twilight
Breaking Dawn (Twilight 4)
New Moon (Twilight 2)
Eclipse (Twilight 3)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Graveyard Book
Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire 2)
Inkdeath (Inkheart)
Source: Amazon.com, 10/10/08

IRON MAN 2
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Don Cheadle is stepping in to replace Terrence Howard in IRON MAN 2, Marvel Studios' sequel to its summer blockbuster. In the first film, Howard played Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark/Iron Man's best friend and the future armor-clad hero War Machine. One scene featured Howard looking at a silver suit of armor and saying "Next time," a line that caused great delight for fans. But there will be no next time for Howard. Marvel had no comment, but sources close to the deal told the trade paper that negotiations with Howard fell through over financial differences, among other reasons. Marvel, which had wanted to work with Cheadle, then decided to take the role in another direction and approached the actor. Rhodes is expected to play a larger part in the sequel, which is rumored to go beyond high-tech villains. Justin Theroux is writing the screenplay. Jon Favreau is returning as director, and Robert Downey Jr. is expected back as billionaire industrialist Stark/Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow also is expected to be back as Stark's assistant, Pepper Potts.

VALENTINE/EAST MONEY PRODUCTION HALTS
Variety reports that Media Rights Capital has halted production, for now, on The CW's fantasy series VALENTINE and a second show, EASY MONEY. Officially, MRC said the four to six week hiatus was pre-planned and that the time off will allow scribes to catch up on the shows' writing schedules. Shooting won't entirely stop, however, as both VALENTINE and EASY MONEY complete episodes already written (believed to be eight episodes in both series' cases). An MRC spokeswoman said the company still plans to produce all 13 episodes of its initial orders for both shows. But others tell the trade paper that the hiatus will also give MRC a chance to continue examining both shows' ratings in the coming weeks and decide whether it makes financial sense to finish out the orders for one, both or neither. Early ratings for both have been disappointing, with VALENTINE's second episode posting a 0.4 rating and 1 share among adults 18-49 this past Sunday.

KNIGHT RIDER - 4 MORE EPISODES ORDERED
According to Variety, NBC has ordered four more scripts of its new KNIGHT RIDER from Universal Media Studios. The update of the 1980s talking-car show has performed so-so overall in the ratings but has gained traction with young men in its Wednesday 8 p.m. timeslot in three airings. The series stars Justin Bruening and is executive- produced by Gary Scott Thompson, Doug Liman and Dave Bartis.

Jude Law Robert Downey Jr. SHERLOCK HOLMES
Although we will have to wait a long time to see the film in theaters (2010), the internet is sporting a new batch of photos from the set of SHERLOCK HOLMES in London. This new set features Jude Law in period garb as the titular detective's trusted collegue Dr. Watson. Over the weekend Just Jared revealed a set of photos with Robert Downey Jr. in costume. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong and Kelly Reilly. Ritchie is handling the directing duties, based on a screenplay that he co-wrote with Tony Peckham.
Plot Summary: Robert Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes' trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective. Mark Strong stars as their mysterious new adversary, Blackwood. Kelly Reilly will play Watson's love interest, Mary.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011

WW #52 WONDER WOMAN #52
Wonder Woman has been roping villains with her Lasso of Truth since her first appearance in All-Star Comics #8 in 1941, so we've known about her origins for yearsshe's the daughter of Queen Hippolyta, fashioned from clay. But now that DC Comics has rebooted its superhero lineup, what we know about Diana, princess of Themyscira, is about to change.
According to the New York Post, Wonder Woman's origins are even more regal than before. She's not just the daughter of a Queen with a plethora of powers bestowed upon her from a pantheon of goddesses ... she's the daughter of the god Zeus.
The New York Post wrote:
The paternity revelation is one of several DC will be dropping about their retooled characters at the New York Comic Con, which kicks off at the Javits Center on Thursday.
"We're approaching all the classic characters in a way that feels true to their origins but thoroughly modern," [DC co-publisher Jim] Lee said. ...
"In this case, making her a god actually makes her more human, more relatable," [Lee said.]
"Everybody's got a father," [Wonder Woman writer Brian Azzarello said.] "Even if he's not the nicest guy in the world."
We're wondering if Azzarello is foreshadowing something shadowy. Wikipedia relates that Hippolyta has every reason to hate him (a vicious threat from the god). Would Hippolyta willingly consent to a relationship with Zeus? And "historically," he's never required consent (or even his own godly physique, which he discarded when convenient).
On the plus side, Zeus taught Diana how to use lightning from her bracelets. He's also the Z in Shazam.
Wonder Woman will be getting the surprise of her lifeand a new fathernext month when Wonder Woman #3 hits the stands.

HEADHUNTERS
Deadline reports that Summit Entertainment has plans to develop an American film based on the Norwegian novel Headhunters. Released in Norway in 2008 and domestically just last month, the international bestseller launched a novel series by author Jo Nesb, who describes the first book as follows on his official site:
"Headhunters" introduces us to the charming villain Roger Brown, a man who seems to have it all: he is Norways most successful headhunter, married to the beautiful gallery owner Diana, owns a magnificent house and is living larger than he should. Meanwhile, he is playing at the dangerous game of art theft. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to the Dutchman Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for the CEO position of the GPS company Pathfinder that Roger Brown is recruiting for; he is also in possession of The Calydonian Boar Hunt by Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in modern art history. Roger sees his chance to become financially independent, and starts planning his biggest hit ever. But soon, he runs into trouble and its not financial problems that are threatening to knock him over this time The winding, explosive plot takes us from societys financial and industrial elite to an underworld of contract killers and swindlers, offering Nesbos variations on the most spectacular murders, car chases and escapes that the genre has to offer on the way.
Yellow Bird Productions (who produced the original film versions of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy) released a film adaptation of Headhunters earlier this year.

THE AVENGERS
A preview of tomorrow's release of the trailer to Marvel's The Avengers has just aired on Entertainment Tonight and it's already online at YouTube.
Opening in theaters on May 4, the Joss Whedon action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgrd and Samuel L. Jackson.
Marvel's The Avengers is the superhero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

DREDD
On Friday, some potentially troublesome word broke through The LA Times that suggested that Dredd director Pete Travis was no longer involved in the film and that writer/producer Alex Garland had stepped in as his post-production replacement. Today, an official update has been issued from both Travis and Garland that reads as follows:
"During all stages of the filmmaking, 'Dredd' has been a collaboration between a number of dedicated creative parties. From the outset we decided on an unorthodox collaboration to make the film. This situation has been misinterpreted. To set the record straight, Pete was not fired and remains a central part of the collaboration, and Alex is not seeking a co-director credit. We are all extremely proud of the film we have made, and respectfully suggest that it is judged on viewing when its released next year."
Set in a dystopian future, the adaptation of the British comic book anthology "2000 A.D." (within which Judge Dredd is a recurring story) focuses on a police force given the power to act as judge, jury and executioner to whomsoever they perceive to be part of the criminal element.
The source material was previously adapted into a film in 1995 with Sylvester Stallone in the lead. This version features Karl Urban as Dredd with a supporting cast that includes Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey.
Dredd is still planned for release in 2D and 3D on September 21, 2012.

Tom Cruise WE ARE MORTALS
Tom Cruise is in talks to star in Doug Liman's sci-fi war thriller "We Are Mortals" at Warner Bros. Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's 2004 novel "All You Need is Kill", the story follows a new recruit sent out to fight off an alien invasion and finding himself in a Groundhog Day-esque scenario of dying on the battlefield and being reborn each day.
Five months into this cycle though, he notices something different than the previous versions - a female soldier who may be the key to his escape. Dante Harper adapted the script.
Brad Pitt had previously been offered the role in the "Groundhog Day-meets-Halo" film. No production schedule has yet been set.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011

HAPPY HOLIDAY
I hope that you all are enjoying the President's Day holiday.

WORLD WAR Z
The zombie-filled set of World War Z is suddenly defenselessbecause a Hungarian SWAT team recently shut down the production after learning that illegal weapons were being used on set.
Brad Pitt World War Z is currently shooting in Budapest, where authorities were notified that a massive amount of "live weapons" were in possession. The police felt that this was "an accident waiting to happen," so they went in and seized a variety of guns, which included sniper rifles and AK-47s. After it was all said and done, they racked up a total of 85 firearms.
The weapons used weren't supposed to be fully functioning, but in this case, they were. Hajdu Janos and Zsolt Bodnar, the director and deputy director of Hungary's Anti-Terrorism Unit, said, "Guns like these are highly illegal to transport even if they were to used as stage guns, which hopefully they weren't."
A World War Z spokesperson told E! News, "We are working with the authorities to resolve the matter and have no further comment at this time."
With a production of this magnitude, carrying fully functioning automatic weapons is a dangerous error that can have life-altering consequences.
The police are currently interviewing witnesses and trying to get to the bottom of this mixup.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011

TOUCH
For those who've missed Kiefer Sutherland since "24" went off the air, the wait is almost over.
The actor will star in the upcoming FOX series "Touch," a program about a father's relationship with his autistic, mute son who can predict the future.
The series will also feature Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon") and Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Undercovers") and is produced by "Heroes" creator Tim Kring.
The series debuts in Spring 2012.

Snow White SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
The Oscar-winning actress is strapping into some serious finery to play the Evil Queen who gives Snow White and her noble prince a run for their money. Oh, and there an overflowing handful of dwarves.
Immortals' Tarsem is directing this still-untitled Snow White flicknot to be confused with Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworthwith an eye towards being the family-friendly alternative to the darker Huntsman.
The Blind Side's Lily Collins plays this Snow White, and she has nothing but fear for Robert's Evil Queen:
"She gets in character and stays there. ... She's 'Julia' and graceful and an amazing woman, but on-screen, when she turns ... the way she's playing the queen, people feel really bad for Snow White."

SANCTUARY RETURNS
Season-four premiere! With Helen in the past trying to stop Adam and an army of Abnormals from Hollow Earth about to invade the surface, it looks like the Sanctuary team will have their hands full when the series premieres.

Theodore Giesel DR. SEUSS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Illumination Entertainment and Infinitum Nihil are developing a live-action movie about the life of classic children's author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel). Johnny Depp will produce the project with the potential to star as Seuss, and Universal Pictures will distribute. Keith Bunin (In Treatment) has been hired to write the screenplay.
Depp is producing with Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski, Illumination's Christopher Meledandri and David Kennedy.
With Depp already having brought to life the Mad Hatter, Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie and Willy Wonka, the iconic Seuss seems a great fit for his chameleonic personality and recent desire to make family films. While producers say that the film is unlikely to take the fantastical CGI-coated style of Alice in Wonderland, which grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide with Depp in the lead, they are not ruling out animated bells and whistles. As some of the most popular works of all time, Geisel's books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.
Geisel was born in 1904 and spent much of his childhood in Springfield, Massachusetts before going to college at Dartmouth. Throughout his early years, he drew advertising and comic strips, then political cartoons during World War II. By 1950, Geisel was publishing the books that became worldwide classics. He died of throat cancer in 1991.
Universal and Illumination, which paired on last year's $543-million grossing Despicable Me, are in post-production on an animated adaptation of Seuss's The Lorax, which hits theaters in March. The Seuss estate must be happy with their handling of the author's work to open up the man's life to further cinematic interpretation. Universal produced How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and The Cat in the Hat (2003) from classic Seuss works, as well.
The UTA-repped Depp last starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which grossed north of a billion this year, and provided the lead voice in the animated film Rango. He will next star in The Rum Diary and the Martin Scorsese-directed Hugo, which opens at Thanksgiving. Depp has Dark Shadows, with frequent collaborator Tim Burton, hitting theaters in May, and a possible starring role as Tonto in a Disney version of The Lone Ranger.
Illumination produced Hop, which was released in April, and it has Despicable Me 2 in production for a Summer 2013 release. The company has projects in the works on The Addams Family, Uglydolls, Curious George and Emily the Strange.

Johnny Depp THIN MAN
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Billy Ray, the writer-director of Shattered Glass and Breach, has been tapped to write The Thin Man, an adaptation of the classic Dashiell Hammett novel. Johnny Depp is attached to star and Rob Marshall is attached to direct the Warner Bros. project.
William Powell and Myrna Loy starred in the 1934 adaptation of the book, which centered on former private detective-turned-professional drunkard Nick Charles, his lovely socialite wife Nora and their schnauzer Asta as they investigate a murder involving an eccentric inventor and his bizarre family. The film led to five more movies and a TV series.
The project is a priority at the studio, but it has been putting writers through the spin cycle. Jerry Stahl was initially on board to write. Then David Koepp was brought on, but he left when his vision didnt line up with Marshalls, forcing a hunt for a new scribe.
Depp will produce Thin Man with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski. Former Warner Bros. exec Kevin McCormick is producing via his studio-based Langley Park.
Ray has been on a studio hot streak of late. He is writing Peter Pan Begins for producer Joe Roth and Columbia, where he also has A Captains Duty, the story of boat captain Richard Phillips and his days-long ordeal with Somali pirates. (Tom Hanks is attached to the latter.)
Repped by CAA and Management 360, Ray is also working on the 24 movie at Fox, and he is writing an English-language remake of the Oscar-winning 2009 Argentinean thriller The Secret in Their Eyes for himself to direct at Warners.

Real SteelWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Shawn Levy's father-son boxing tale Real Steel has a clear shot at the weekend box office crown on the strength of families and fanboys, while the George Clooney-directed political drama Ides of March will rely on older adults.
Conservative estimates show Real Steel -- starring Hugh Jackman -- opening in the $22 million-$25 million range. Disney is distributing the film. From DreamWorks, the $110 million pic introduces the sport of robot boxing and is set in the near future. Jackman's character, a washed-up fighter, discovers he has an 11-year-old son, and the two bond over a junkyard robot they discover.
The biggest question is whether males under 25 will show up (they've been AWOL from the multiplex in recent months).
Real Steel, rated PG-13, tested best among families in prereleasing screenings. Disney believes Sunday business could be strong, since Monday is the Columbus Day holiday, when 36% of kids are out of school.
Overseas, the DreamWorks pic opens in a handful of major markets, including Mexico, Russia and Australia (Jackman's home country).
In North America, Real Steel opens in 3,440 locations, including Imax theaters. Ides of March goes out in 2,199.
Sony is distributing Ides of March -- starring Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman -- for Cross Creek pictures, which fully financed the $12.5 million political thriller.
The well-reviewed Ides of March, set during a presidential campaign, should benefit from its topical subject matter. The film is tracking best among women and men over the age of 25, but Sony expects some younger moviegoers to turn out as well.
At the specialty box office, Emilio Estevez's The Way, starring the director's father, Martin Sheen, opens in 33 locations. The film is being distributing the Producers Distribution Agency.
The Weinstein Co. opens Dirty Girl, starring Juno Temple, in nine locations, while IFC opens sequel Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence in 18.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011

Steve Jobs STEVE JOBS DEAD AT 56
Steve Jobs, who revolutionized communications, music, movies and computers, has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Apple announced Jobs' passing late this afternoon at its website, just six weeks after Jobs stepped down as CEO of the company due to his health. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2004, took a leave of absence in 2009 and underwent a liver transplant, then took a final leave of absence last January before stepping down for good this summer.
Disney President Robert Iger issued a statement saying that Jobs' legacy will "extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built," while Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Jim Gianopulos said, "Steve's genius transformed the way we work, play, live and think."

GodzillaGODZILLA
Images of an impressive Godzilla sculpture created by Hector A. Arce are swirling around the monster-verse and if this is what they're eventually going with, this remake project is going to crush all pretenders.
Arce made the artwork several years ago and its retro coolness led to his joining Legendary's design team. According to website Infamous Kidd, aside from a few minor tweaks, this will be the final version used in the movie. Last year, we were given a sneak peek at an anime-style Godzilla poster and a menacing dino-head mock-up based on Arce's rendering that energized Tokyo-trouncing fanatics and gave an idea where the design team was leaningmean, macho and more scaly spikes. And apparently the use of CGI will be limited, instead relying on the more old-school rubber-suited rendition.
In this era of motion-capture magic, use of rubber-suits seems a bit odd. But director Gareth Edwards did some amazing things on his laptop with the micro-budgeted indie horror flick, Monsters. Wonder what he'll concoct with a much bigger wallet? Godzilla's 2012 return to respectable, King of the Monsters glory hinges on him alone.
We'll have to wait and see if rumors ring true but it's definitely a thudding step in the right direction.

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The more we see of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, the more we're willing to overlook the whole "dead-eyes" thing and give it a shot.
Maybe it's because this international trailer concentrates a lot more on action than interaction, and as such it summons a pretty heady Indiana Jones vibe, but looking at this, I'm way more inclined to strap in for Tintin than I was before.
It's fast, has a sense of humor and seems to have a flirting relationship with physics as we know it. Looks like fun to me.

Jon Favreau NEW X-FILES?
The director of Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens, the co-creator of Fringe and the co-creator of Robot Chicken assembled together for one project. It sounds like an unlikely superhero team-up, but news broke today that the trio is working on a new sci-fi pilot for ABC, set in the White House. Is this the next big government conspiracy show?
This sci-fi dream team (which also includes X2 co-writer Michael Dougherty and Orci's writing and producing partner Alex Kurtzman) has come together to produce Ex-Comm, a series focusing on a new president and his elite executive committee ("ex-comm") of advisors that focus on strange happenings and "conspiracy theory truths" throughout America. If it sounds like The X-Files meets The West Wing, that's exactly what they want you to think. The idea is to create a sci-fi drama with a sense of humor that blends sci-fi and supernatural suspense with political intrigue.
The idea originated with Green and Dougherty, who then pitched it to Orci and Kurtzman's production company. Orci and Kurtzman got on board, then tapped Favreau while they worked on Cowboys & Aliens together. All four are signed on to be executive producers for the series (along with Orci and Kurtzman's producing partner Heather Kadin and Green's Robot Chicken pal Matthew Senreich), and Favreau himself is set to direct the pilot.
No word yet on when we might see footage from this bad boy, but it's hard not to get excited about a project with this many big names behind it.

BATMAN: YEAR ONE
Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Waynes return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham.
Primetime television stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) provide the core voices for Batman: Year One. Three-time Emmy Award winner Cranston gives voice to young Jim Gordon, while McKenzie makes his animated voiceover debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Fanboy favorites Dushku and Sackhoff fill the roles of Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Detective Sarah Essen, respectively. Alex Rocco (The Godfather) is the voice of crime lord Carmine Falcone.
Animation master Bruce Timm is executive producer of Batman: Year One. Directors are Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) and Sam Liu (All-Star Superman) from a script penned by Academy Award nominee Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse).
Here is a new clip just received from the WB:
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011

Russell Crowe MAN OF STEEL
Photos from the Superman reboot Man of Steel have surfaced online featuring his biodad Jor-El aka Russell Croweand unlike his predecessor Marlon Brando, Crowe's Jor-El is staying far, far away from the shiny shirts.
Director Zack Snyder and his massive crew are currently filming Man of Steel in Vancouver where Crowe was spotted prepping for a scene. In the photos, he's wearing a full-length cloak complete with a cape and exaggerated shoulders. The famous "S" is on his chest but its not that flashy. It's simply embroidered into a chest piece, which is much more subtle than Brando's white turtleneck.
The most interesting thing about the costume is that you can see bits and pieces of Superman's suit underneath. There are slits in Jor-El's armor that expose a blue bodysuit similar to what Superman wears. With the exception of their color, his boots also seem to be the same as his superhero son.
Man of Steel opens June 14, 2013.

WALKING DEAD
As part of the warm-up for the October 16th premiere of The Walking Dead's second season, AMC hatched Torn Apart, a six-episode web series chronicling one mother's indoctrination to the zombie holocaust.
If I have one critique of these gore-ific gems directed by makeup maestro (and Walking Dead co-executive producer) Greg Nicotero, it's that Torn Apart begins much in the same way that the series did: With our main character waking up to find that the apocalypse began without him or, in this case, her.
Still, these are all very much worth a watch.

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Beauty & the Beast MORE DISNEY GREATS COMING
Throwing open its vault with unprecedented gusto, Disney has announced it will rerelease four of its classic animated films in 3D, including two Pixar titles -- Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Little Mermaid.
The sweeping announcement follows the runaway success of the 3D rerelease of The Lion King, which has grossed nearly $100 million worldwide in less than a month. Today, the rerelease jumps the $80 million mark at the domestic box office.
First out of the gate is Beauty and the Beast in 3D, which begins its limited theatrical run on Jan. 13, 2012. The animated film, grossing $377.4 million worldwide, was first released in 1991 and, like Lion King, spawned a long-running Broadway show, as well as regional tours.
Beauty and the Beast is followed on Sept. 14 by Pixar's 3D update of Finding Nemo, first released in 2003 and grossing $868 million to date worldwide.
Pixar's Monsters, Inc in 3D will debut on Jan. 18, 2013, six months before prequel Monsters University on June 21. Monsters, Inc. originally hit theaters in 2001, earning an estimated $524.5 million globally.
The Little Mermaid in 3D goes out on Sept. 13, 2013. It first hit theaters in 1989, and has grossed $211.3 million worldwide. It also was adapted into a musical stage show.
"Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we're fortunate to have a treasure trove of both," Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman said.

Alexander & Santoro THE LAST STAND
Jaimie Alexander and Rodrigo Santoro have joined the cast of The Last Stand, reports Variety and Latino Review, respectively.
Already set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Stormare and Zach Gilford, the project is the first American film from Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and tells the story of an American sheriff battling against a Mexican drug cartel. Jee-woon described the project as follows:
"[I]t's kind of a combination of 'Die Hard' and 'High Noon' where (the latter) was about protecting something very important that needs to be protected, while 'Die Hard' is a very drawn-out, long process that almost kills someone in the process. So my film will be something that has to be very well protected and, in the process, we almost die protecting it in a way."
Alexander, who recently starred as Sif in Marvel Studios' Thor, will play the female lead, a cop named Sarah Torrance. Santoro, best known for 300, will play her romantic interest, another cop named Frank Martinez.

Mr. Ed MISTER ED MOVIE?
Fox 2000 has plans to bring the 1960's sitcom Mister Ed to the big screen, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter.
The original series, which ran for six seasons, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its pilot broadcast last Saturday. The show starred Alan Young as Wilbur Post, an architect who winds up owning a talking horse, Mister Ed (voiced by Allan Lane) that tends to speak only to him, constantly putting Wilbur in embarrassing situations.
Jim Mahoney is set to produce the adaptation, of which few details are currently known outside of the fact that Ed will be a real horse with CGI lip movements.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011

SUPERNATURAL
Jensen Ackles was back behind the camera, "Supernatural" fans, for this week's episode, "The Girl Next Door." Last season, Ackles' directorial debut was praised by critics and fans alike, and we're expecting no different for his second shot at bossing his pals around on set.
As we saw last week, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Ackles) are in the hospital in this episode -- Sam's been knocked unconscious after some head trauma (like he hasn't had enough of that!) and Dean has a broken leg.
Judging from this newly released clip, Sam does some hunting solo once Bobby busts them out.
Either that, or he has a really trippy dream. You never know with this show.
In the clip, we see Sam tracking Amy (Jewel Staite) through the woods. Amy is a high school friend of Sam's who turned out to be a brain-eating monster. The Winchesters had weird childhoods, okay?
It seems that Sam let her get away when they were kids, because when he happens upon her now, she's about to make dinner out of a potential drunk driver. At least she's not chowing down on good Samaritans, right?
We're particularly looking forward to this episode -- which airs Friday at 9 p.m. EST on The CW -- not only because we love Ackles' directing, but because we're looking forward to the return of Colin Ford as young Sam. Don't miss it!

Universal Soldier UNIVERSAL SOLDIER REBOOT
Were you a fan of Roland Emmerich's 1992 sci-fi flick Universal Soldier? While we must admit, the the film spawned a few mediocre sequels, there are fond memories of the original one starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. And now it's going to be rebooted for TV.
Deadline has just revealed that there are currently plans to bring Universal Soldier to the small screen:
Those of you who cheered when Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren went mano-a-mano in Roland Emmerich's 1992 sci-flick Universal Soldier will be pleased to know that it is being rebooted as a TV series.
Damian Kindler (Stargate, Sanctuary) is writing the show, which will be produced by FremantleMedia North America, the U.S. arm of the London-based TV producer. Allen Shapiro and Craig Baumgarten, who produced the original movie, will be executive producers.
Shapiro is currently chairman of TV Guide Network and was a founder of Mosaic Media Group, while Baumgarten's movie credits include Hook and Shattered Glass. Baumgarten has a long track record as a studio executive including stints at Paramount, Columbia, Fox and Lorimar.
The film starred a kickass Jean-Claude Van Dammethen at the height of his popularityas a dead (yes, you read right dead) Viet-Nam war hero who faced off against another dead Viet-Nam vet who was quite insane (that's 'cause he cut Viet-cong's ears and such things) and was played by Dolph Lundgren.
The basic story went like this: Government uses the bodies of dead soldiers in a secret Army experiment including cryogenics, computer implants and physical alterations to turn them into perfect little soldier boys. Everything goes smooth until two of them (Van Damme and Lundgren) regain their memories. The two were former mortal enemies in Nam a few decades back so they start beating the crap out of each other, again. The good one wins. Ta-da!
We don't know about you, but we think that it's rather a cool piece of news. We just hope they can do something along the lines of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and make a show that's rich in terms of mythology and story.

NOAH
Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions jointly announced today that Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) will direct the feature film Noah, with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) coming aboard to re-write the script by Aronofsky and Ari Handel.
"Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family's journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It's my hope that I can present a window into Noah's passion and perseverance for the silver screen," said Aronofsky.
Aronofsky and Scott Franklin will produce the movie.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011

Twilight Zone TWILIGHT ZONE
What do big shot directors Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, David Yates and two others have in common? They're all in talks for a new version of The Twilight Zone.
Yes, that's right. Variety reports that Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Bay (the Transformers films) and Yates (the last four Harry Potter entries), along with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt and Children of Men mastermind Alfonso Cuaron, have all been approached by Warner Bros. Pictures to potentially direct a new big screen edition of Rod Serling's classic TV series.
The last time The Twilight Zone reached movie screens, it was 1983 and the anthology-style film had four different segments helmed by four different directors: Steven Spielberg, George Miller (The Road Warrior), Joe Dante (Gremlins) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London).
This time around, however, the movie will feature one storyline and one director. Nolan is said to be the frontrunnernot surprising since he's made a lot of coin for the studio with his Batman movies and Inceptionwith Bay and Cuaron also high on the studio's shortlist. Although Yates was a hot prospect at one stage, he seems to be fading from contention for now.
Wyatt is described by Variety as the "dark horse" in the race, since he's relatively unknown but just successfully relaunched the Apes franchise for 20th Century Fox.
The movie was first announced back in 2009, with Leonardo DiCaprio's production company behind it and a fellow named Jason Rothenberg hired last year to write the screenplay. There's no word on what the plot would be or if it would be based on an episode from the original series (less likely would be an adaptation of a story from either the 1985 or 2002 iterations of the show).

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.' inspirational Dolphin Tale took the No. 1 spot in its second weekend with $14.2 million, wresting the box office crown from fellow family pic The Lion King.
Dolphin Tale fell only 27 percent--proving again the clout of an A+ CinemaScoreand ended the weekend with a domestic cume of $37.5 million. The movie's staying power is a victory for Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove's Alcon, the same production company behind The Blind Side, another film that played to both general moviegoers and faith-based audiences.
"It's resonating with audiences everywhere in North America, from big cities to small towns," Warner executive vice president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein said.
Moneyball also stayed in the limelight in its second outing, declining 37 percent to an estimated $12.5 million for a cume of $38.5 million and coming in No. 2.
The Lion King re-release came in No. 3, grossing an estimated $11.1 million for a domestic total of $79.7 million.The weekends four new films paled in comparison to Dolphin Tale, Moneyball and Lion King, although faith-based pic Courageous pulled off its own surprise upset in nearly beating Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Seth Rogen cancer dramedy 50/50, and easily besting Anna Faris-Chris Evans R-rated comedy Whats Your Number? and Daniel Craig-Rachel Weisz horror pic Dream House.
50/50 and Courageous ended the weekend in a virtual tie. From Summit Entertaiment and Mandate Pictures, 50/50 grossed an estimated 8.9 million to take No. 4, although Courageous was right behind with $8.58 million. The order wont be resolved until Monday morning.
"What a great weekend for us, between Moneyball and Courageous. Moneyball had a tremendous hold, while Courageous, only costing $2 million to make, was a huge success. It hit home for that core audience," Sony worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer said.
50/50 came in on the lower end of predictions, considering it is a critical darling and received an A- CinemaScore. The film skewed slightly female at 53 percent, while 83 percent of the audience was between the ages of 18 and 49. Between reviews and the A- CinemaScore, Summit believes the film will have strong legs.
"While it's true that we came in a little less than expected, I think we will end up in a good place," Summit president of distribution Richie Fay said.
Sherwood Pictures and Tri-Stars Courageous played in only a fraction of the locations its competitors were and, like Dolphin Tale, received an A+ CinemaScore. The film scored a location average of $7,151, the best of any pic in wide release.
Courageous, about four police officers who grapple with their faith and fatherhood, did big business in the Southeast and Bible Belt. Courageous is the fourth title from the film unit of the Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, and cost $2 million to produce.
Morgan Creeks Dream House opened to No. 6 with $8.2 million, and received a B CinemaScore. Universal is distributing the pic for Morgan Creek. The film was beset with controversy over conflicts between Morgan Creek and director Jim Sheridan, and wasnt screened for critics.
New Regency and Foxs Whats Your Number? opened to No. 8 with an even softer-than-expected $5.6 million. Regency fully financed the R-rated comedy, which had to battle poor reviews, although it drew a B CinemaScore.
What's Your Number was narrowly beat out by holdover Abduction, which fell 48 percent in its second weekend to an estimated $5.7 million for a domestic cume of $19.1 million.
The specialty box office brought mixed results. Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Shannon-Jessica Chastain starrer Take Shelter grossed an estimated $56,171 from three theaters in New York and L.A. for a solid per location average of $18,724.
Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed Margaret grossed $7,496 from two theaters in L.A. and New York for a muted average of $3,748.
Satirical documentary Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, from Freestyle Entertaiment, failed to whip up much interest in its debut, grossing $7,374 for a location average of $1,229. Freestyle saw more interest for horror pic Munger Road, which grossed $38,855 as it opened in one theater in the Chicago area.
Gerard Butler adventure-drama Marchine Gun Preacher expanded into a total of 33 theaters in its second weekend, grossing an estimated $82,000 for a cume of $140,999 and location average of $2,485. IFC's Weekend moved into a total of six theaters in its second outing, grossing $48,000 for a cume of $91,000 and theater average of $8,000.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011

WARNER BROS. AND SOCIAL SERIES
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) announced the first-ever social series from a Hollywood studio will debut on Facebook starting October 18. Consumers can now become part of the show by seamlessly integrating their profile information - including photos, text and friends by simply opting into the application on the show's Facebook page. The action comedy series "Aim High" produced by Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment, staring Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), and Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) will debut as the first "social series" October 18 through Facebook (www.facebook.com/aimhighseries) and Cambio.com.
By choosing to watch Aim High in a personalized viewing mode through the show's Facebook page, viewers will be able to see themselves or their friends integrated into select scenes throughout the series - from their photo appearing on a student body election poster, to having their name seen as graffiti on the bathroom wall. This video application not only allows consumers to have an immersive and engaging viewing experience, but also a social one where they can share comments, scenes and Tweets about their favorite moments from the show.
Facebook is an increasingly influential destination for discovering and acquiring movie and television content, said Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. This effort takes video distribution to a whole new level by making the actual viewing experience personal and social in a truly innovative and entertaining way.
The ability for fans to become part of a production by simply watching a show is truly revolutionary, said McG, Producer of Aim High. I'm delighted that Aim High is the first to embrace this technology and I’m looking forward to including this in future productions.
Aim High is the story of a young man leading a double life - juggling his studies by day and serving as a government operative by night. This series chronicles the life of Nick Green, a junior who's just starting a new school year as one of the country's 64 highly trained teenage operatives.
To learn more about Aim High, visit www.facebook.com/aimhighseries

. SupernaturalFRIDAY RATINGS
In the second week, many of Friday's original fare dipped, with the exception of the only unscripted offering and a CW action thriller.
Even with A Gifted Man, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods all dropping in Week 2 of the television season, CBS still managed to come out of the night on top, averaging 9.8 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime.
A Gifted Man (8.1 million, 1.2) remained the top-rated and most-watched scripted series in its 8 p.m. time slot, sinking two-tenths from its debut. The Patrick Wilson drama improved CBS' average in the time period in total viewership (37 percent increase) and the demos. CSI: NY (9.6 million, 1.6) was No. 1 in all key categories, including adults 25-54 (2.3) and the same could be said for Blue Bloods (11.1 million, 1.8).
Fox's Fringe (3.1 million, 1.2) performed lower in the ratings for its second episode of its fourth season, even though Kitchen Nightmares (4 million, 1.6) remained steady from last week. Fox narrowly edged out NBC to take the No. 2 spot in the demo for Friday, averaging a 1.4.
NBC's Dateline (6.2 million, 1.6) carried the network to third place in the 18-49 demo for the night (1.3). ABC's 20/20 delivered 4 million and a 1.2 rating at 10 p.m.
The CW's action thriller Nikita (1.8 million, 0.6) was steady from its premiere, while Supernatural (1.8 million, 0.7) dropped a tenth.

Justice LeagueMARVEL NEWS
According to the Hollywood Reporter, when DC Comics announced that it would be relaunching its titles, longtime followers of its comics were hesitant.
Now, according to the New York Times, DC Comics' gamble seems to be paying off. In the past five weeks, since the first of the DC Comics series, Justice League, was restarted, in the company's effort to grab new readership, have increased exponentially.
For instance, the Justice League's first issue has sold more than 200,000 copies compared to the 46,000 it averaged for the last issues before the restart.
Nine other series, including Action Comics, Batgirl and the Flash, have doubled average sales, selling more than 100,000 copies, the Times reports. That benchmark had not been reached in several years.
DC Comics has also been offering its titles digitally the same day they are released in stores, but according to Brian Hibbs, who owns Comix Experience in San Francisco, that won't be a detriment. Im pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastic the demand for print copies has been," he told the Times. But, the Times notes that digital sales figures have not been released.

JEFF CONAWAY'S DEATH RULED ACCIDENTAL
Taxi, Grease and Babylon 5 actor Jeff Conaway's death on May 27 was accidental and caused by major internal infection, according to a coroner's report released Friday.
A toxicology test was not conducted on the actor, who had a history of drug problems, because he had been hospitalized for weeks before his death and his blood would have come back clean, Los Angeles County coroner Craig Harvey told the Associated Press.
When Conaway entered the hospital on May 10, he did register opiates and other drugs in his system. He was put into a medically induced coma a week later and taken off life support on May 26.
Conaway discussed his addiction struggles as part of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2008. He was a team captain for Season 3 of the cable outlet's Celebrity Fit Club in 2006 but struggled and left after three episodes to enter rehab.
Conaway's big acting break came when he was cast at the vain actor/cab driver Bobby on Taxi. He was nominated for Golden Globes in 1979 and '80 but left the show after the third season, though he guest-starred in two episodes during Season 4.
He is perhaps best known for co-starring as Kenickie in the 1978 film adaptation of Grease, in which he's featured prominently in two of the film's most popular musical numbers, which also were released as singles: "Summer Nights," which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Greased Lightnin.'
The actor was notably absent from this year's Emmy Awards' "In Memoriam" tribute.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011

ChuckCHUCK PREMIERE DELAYED
NBC has decided to push the debuts of "Chuck" and new series "Grimm" back one week, from Friday, Oct. 21 to Oct. 28. The press release announcing the change says the move was made to "build two nights of Halloween-themed programming."
All four of NBC's Thursday comedies will air Halloween episodes on Thursday, Oct. 27. OK. But as far as we know, the "Chuck" premiere isn't a Halloween episode, and "Grimm's" pilot, while it has some scary elements, isn't Halloween-specific either.
The network may want to promote "Grimm" -- about a cop (David Giuntoli) who starts seeing certain people as monsters and discovers that A) Grimm's Fairy Tales are real and B) he's a descendant of the Grimms -- during the Halloween comedy block. But presumably it could just as easily promote episode 2 of the show that week, because the scary parts aren't going away.
The move does put the "Chuck" and "Grimm" premieres into the first sweeps period of the season, and since premieres tend to draw bigger audiences than subsequent episodes, that could be a factor. But that doesn't make life any easier for "Chuck" fans pining for their show's return.

FIREFLY
Just a progam note. FIREFLY is back on the SCIENCE channel. Be sure to watch episodes all day today.

Puss in Boots PUSS IN BOOTS
DreamWorks Animation and Paramount have moved up the release of animated family film Puss in Boots by one week, from Nov. 4 to Oct. 28.
The relocation to Halloween weekend gives Puss in Boots more breathing room before a crush of family pics debut around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Directed by Chris Miller, the Shrek spin-off is an origins pic about the popular feline voiced by Antonio Banderas. In March, the movie was one of the biggest hits of theater owners trade show CinemaCon, where footage was shown for the first time.
Puss in Boots doesn't have to worry about serious competition in its new date (just as it didn't in its old). The other films opening on Oct. 28 are Sony's Anonymous, Fox's In Time, FilmDistrict's The Rum Diaries and Universal's Johnny English Reborn.
Puss in Boots' voice cast also includes Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. Tom Wheeler penned the screenplay basd on a story by Brian Lynch, Will Davies and Tom Wheeler. Andrew Adamson and Guillermo del Toro executive produced, while Joe M. Aguilar and Latifa Ouaou produced.

Kurt Russell DJANGO UNCHAINED
Kurt Russell is reuniting with Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.
Russell is in talks to join the all-star movie, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. He would replace Kevin Costner, who bowed out last week.
The movie is set in the American South of the 1800s and follows a freed slave (Foxx) who partners with a German bounty hunter (Waltz) in order to find his wife.
The bad guy list they encounter is impressive: DiCaprio as a Francophile plantation owner who forces slaves to compete in death matches and Jackson as a vile head slave who works for DiCaprio.
Coming on to the list of antagonists will be Russell, playing a character called Ace, a man who oversees the plantation in a ruthless manner and who relishes punishing slaves.
The Weinstein Co. will distribute the movie domestically while Sony Pictures handles the rest of the world. The movie is due to go into production in November.
Russell starred as a serial killing stuntman in Tarantino's Death Proof, which acted as the second half of the 2007 B-movie combo Grindhouse. The CAA-repped actor hasn't appeared on the big-screen since but has an indie football drama titled Touchback in the can.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Mortal KombatMORTAL KOMBAT
Warner Bros. is ready to produce the Mortal Kombat we've always wanted. The studio has given Mortal Kombat: Legacy's Kevin Tancharoen the thumbs-up to direct a big-screen reboot.
Who do we have to thank for Warner Bros.' renewed interest in Mortal Kombat? It's a mix of Kevin Tancharoen and the obsessive fans who tuned in each week to his webseries Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Tancharoen's vision of a less campy and more gritty MK world pleased viewers who were yearning for a darker adaptation. In other words, there was blood! Lots and lots of blood.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy raked in 15 million viewers after it debuted in April, which was music to the studio's ears. So they bit the bullet and decided to reinvest in the '90s property. The good news is Tancharoen will return for the reboot; the bad news is none of the actors from the webseries are involved and it will be based on a new story written by Oren Uziel.
The film is currently in development, so it's too early to tell if any of the actors would even be open to reprising their roles. But if they do decide to tap into Legacy's roster, Michael Jai White should be the first to return. He is a perfect Jax!

Chris CarterUNIQUE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that X-Files creator Chris Carter is heading back to the small screen.
After several years away from Hollywood despite heavy demand, Carter has reemerged with a female-lead mystery police thriller titled Unique. The project, which is set up at Media Rights Capital, has a supernatural element to it. He is set to write and executive produce.
Carter spent nearly a decade at the helm of the David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson vehicle, which ran from 1993 to 2002. The series not only helped put host network Fox on the map but also define it as a destination for edgy, quality fare.
In addition to a rich ancillary revenue that came from DVD and merchandise, the franchise spawned two feature films, 1998's The X Files and 2008' The X Files: I Want to Believe. Last month, Anderson told an Australian morning show that there's talk of a third X-Files feature. "I hope it happens," she said. "There's talk of it."
Carter, who also created Millennium, which ran on Fox from 1996 to 1999, is repped by ICM.

DEAD ISLAND
Lionsgate, ever on the lookout for properties with movie franchise potential, has optioned the film rights from video game publisher Deep Silver to develop a zombie picture inspired by the viral media sensation Dead Island.
Sean Daniel (The Mummy) and Stefan Sonnefeld will spearhead production through the Sean Daniel Company.
Jason Brown of The Sean Daniel Company and Missy Papageorge for Sonnenfelds Sunny Field Productions are executive producing, with Sarah Perlman serving as co-producer.
Alli Shearmur, Lionsgates president of motion picture production and development, will oversee the project at the studio with Jim Miller, senior vp of production and development.
The project, announced by Lionsgate motion picture group president Joe Drake, was preceded by a teaser trailer for the Dead Island video game in February 2011 that portrayed a family on a tropical island beset by a mysterious zombie outbreak.
The video game trailer grabbed around 10 million views after two days online, on its way to becoming a viral sensation.
The Dead Island video game from Deep Silver was released stateside on September 6th, and has sold over two million units to date.
Lionsgate is aiming at a Dead Island zombie genre picture that focuses on family ties and non-linear storytelling.
This is exactly the type of property were looking to adapt at Lionsgate its sophisticated, edgy, and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love. It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential, Drake said in a statement.

Red Station RED STATION
Red Station, the 2010 novel by Adrian Magson that launched his "Harry Tate" series, has been optioned by Benderspink, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. The plot of the book is officially described as follows:
Harry is a former soldier, loyal Security Services (MI5) officer and a servant of the State. He does what he's told, fighting the war against terrorism, drugs and high-level criminal gangs.
When things go bad, and two civilians are shot dead during a drugs intercept, he agrees to take an immediate posting to a place called Red Station, to help the agency avoid embarrassing media questions.
All Harry knows is, it's in a remote place where he will be under strict orders to stay off the radar - a No Contact Rule. That includes former colleagues, friends, family - everyone.
What his bosses haven't told him, however, is that Red Station is a punishment posting for washed-out spooks from MI5 and MI6... and that Harry won't be coming home.
Which is where they have seriously underestimated their man. Because the loyal servant has his limits, and when he finds that the set-up behind Red Station is not all that it seems, and his life is in imminent danger, not only from an invading Russian army but a government assassination team known as The Hit, he decides to fight back.
Red Station was followed earlier this year by another Tate adventure, "Tracers", with more books on the way.
No writers are yet attached to the film version of Red Station, but Jake Weiner and Christopher Cosmos are overseeing the project.

Woody Harrelson NOW YOU SEE ME
According to Variety, Woody Harrelson is in negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming Louis Leterrier film, Now You See Me.
Already set to star Jesse Eisenberg, Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher and Morgan Freeman, Now You See Me pits a crack FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against a super team of the world's greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances, showering the profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.
Harrelson would play Merritt Osbourne, a mentalist who joins the team of criminals. He can next be seen in Rampart and, next year, The Hunger Games.
Now You See Me, written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, will be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci via their Kurtzman Orci Paper Products production banner. Yakin will executive produce along with Kurtzman Orci Paper Products' Bobby Cohen.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

Damon Lindelof PROMETHEUS
Yesterday, a new plot synopsis for director Ridley Scott's Prometheus surfaced and more secrets about the upcoming sci-fi epic have been spilledand now we're even MORE intrigued.
Screenwriter Damon Lindelof sat down with MTV News back in July at Comic-Con, with the interview just being posted online on Wednesday (September 28th). In it, the Lost co-creatorwho helped morph Scott's initial idea for an Alien prequel into something more originaldropped some tantalizing info about the movie's characters and the actors playing them.
About getting the call to work with Scott, Lindelof said:
What ensued was a series of conversations where I was kind of interviewing Ridley to get a sense of the movie he wanted to make. Once I got a sense of that, then it was really about channeling that idea so that I was realizing his vision, as opposed to imposing my vision on it. That was my perspective. His perspective was more kind and generous in terms of ideas that I brought to the movie. But really everything I was coming up with was just a different spin on what he was saying to me.
Lindelof confirmed that actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) would be playing a robot and explained his approach to writing the role, which is not quite like Ash or Bishop from the Alien movies:
One of the things that evokes the idea of Blade Runner is, "What does the movie look like from the robot's point of view?" If you were to ask him, "What do you think about all of this? What's going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?," wouldn't it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions.
Lindelof also spoke about Charlize Theron's character, a corporate type who, on the surface, might be comparable to the evil Weyland-Yutani minions of the Alien franchisebut then again, might not:
Her character's name is Meredith Vickers and she's sort of a corporate entity. That's another one of the familiar things from the Alien moviesthat there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation...I don't think she's slimy [like Paul Reiser's character in Aliens]. She's not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, "What company is she a face of?," I think is a big part of the fun."
With a cast that also includes Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Ben Foster in addition to Fassbender and Theron, Lindelof concluded by hinting that characters might end up dying when you least expect them to:
I think one of the really cool things about the first Alien, if you watch it cold, Ripley is kind in the background like one of the crew members, and you're like, "Skerrit's [who played Captain Dallas] the hero of the movie," and he's one of the first to go...I think the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, "Who's going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not," [that's] part of the fun of what we set out to do.
Prometheus arrives on June 8th, 2012.

Next Generation STAR TREK: NEXT GENERATION
Star Trek fans all over the world have been waiting what seems like forever for this news: Star Trek: The Next Generation will beam into our homes on beautiful high-def Blu-ray just in time to celebrate the show's upcoming 25th anniversary in 2012.
The news broke todayon the 24th anniversary of The Next Generation's TV premiere back on Sept. 28, 1987and first popped up on Star Trek.com. Here's what looks to be their official press-releasey announcement:
Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released in high-definition Blu-ray, starting in January with a sampler of several popular episodes, followed by a season-one set to be released later on in 2012, and subsequent seasons beaming down after that. Each of the 178 episodes spanning The Next Generation's seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release in the Blu-ray format and, eventually, for runs on television and digital platforms in the U.S. and across the world. Star Trek: The Next Generation will, as fans know, be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012.
"Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of Star Trek: The Next Generation," Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can't wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases."
CBS is, in fact, returning to the original film negatives, a mother lode of material encompassing 25,000-plus reels of footage, and editing the episodes together precisely as they were when they originally aired between 1987 and 1994. Visual effects will not be upconverted from videotape, but instead will be recompositioned. The freshly cut film will ultimately be transferred to high definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio. And all of the work is being done in conjunction with respected, longtime Star Trek figures Denise and Michael Okuda, who are on board as consultants.
The episodes included in the single-disc sampler called Star Trek: The Next GenerationThe Next Level are the series' two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint," "Sins of the Father" and "The Inner Light." (Not a bad selection, though we'd have liked to see either "Yesterday's Enterprise" or the "Best of Both Worlds" two-parter as well.) The sampler will hit stores on Jan. 31, 2012.

Anthony Zuiker CHAMELEON
The Hollywood Reporter writes that CSI creator Anthony Zuiker has sold his first project under his new three-year overall deal with ABC Studios.
ABC has picked up the drama Chameleon, from World Trade Center writer Andrea Berloff, with Zuiker attached to executive produce.
Chameleon revolves around a female FBI undercover agent is well-versed in changing disguises.
The pickup comes two months after Zuiker jumped from his longtime home at CBS Television Studios, where he developed the flagship series and its corresponding spinoffs.
Zuikers shingle, Dare to Pass, will partner on developing projects with Brillstein Entertainment Partners, which is also based at ABC Studios.
Zuiker remains an executive producer on the CSI franchise but does not serve as showrunner on any of them.

Paradise Lost PARADISE LOST
Callan McAuliffe, best known for his leading role in Flipped, has joined the cast of Alex Proyas' Paradise Lost according to Variety. The same article also reports that Diego Boneta is likely for a part as well.
Already set to star Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Djimon Hounsou and Casey Affleck, the film is an adaptation of John Milton's 17th-century English poem about the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael (Walker) and Lucifer (Cooper), and will be developed as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.
McAuliffe will play the role of the Archangel Uriel while Boneta, if he signs on, will play the first man, Adam. It was also recently reported that Camilla Belle is likely to take on the role of the first woman, Eve.
In addition to Flipped, McAuliffe has appeared in I Am Number Four and will be featured as a supporting character (a younger version of Leonardo Di Caprio's Jay Gatsby) in the upcoming The Great Gatsby. Boneta, meanwhile, is set to appear in the upcoming musical, Rock of Ages.

GODS AND KINGS
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is planning an epic adaptation of the life of Moses. What's more, the site claims that Steven Spielberg is being courted to become the project's director.
An important figure in a number of faiths, Moses is considered in religious texts to be a prophet and a spiritual leader. He is credited with writing the Torah and The Book of Exodus details Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt by parting the Red Sea. After their journey begins, Moses receives the Ten Commandments and delivers them to his people, spending the next four decades wandering the desert in search of the Promised Land.
Though Moses' tale has been adapted for the screen before (most famously in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic, The Ten Commandments), Gods and Kings is said to be a wholly new take from screenwriters Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine. The former contributed to Warner Bros.' Green Lantern while the latter worked on the script for the upcoming Paradise Lost.
Dan Lin and Matti Leshem are set to produce and Spielberg's interest in the project at the moment is said to be tentative at best, though discussions are likely to begin in earnest in the very near future.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
In the latest clip from THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, Damon shows Elena Stefan's old digs in Chicago, but even his apparent penchant for schoolgirl blood doesn't faze her. "I was around," Damon says of his own exploits in the 20s. "Chicago's a big city. Stefan was a cocky ripper douche. I could avoid him and still indulge in a few Daisy Buchanans of my own."
Word is that a few more shocking secrets will be revealed by the end of the hour.

Marvel Point One MARVEL NEWS
While DC's relaunch has suffered from week after week of controversy, there's no arguing with the numbers. With several of the new 52 breaking 200,000 copies sold, it seemed like Marvel would inevitably follow suit with a relaunch of its own. Today, it looks like we're getting the first glimpse of that happening.
Marvel has just announced a one-shot titled Point One that will "set the stage for the biggest stories coming in 2012. Here's the language the press release uses:
"Point One is a massive one-shot of 64 all-new pages of story by the top creators in the business, setting the stage for the biggest stories coming in 2012. It is the starting point to what's in store for the world's most iconic characters and startling events. Point One serves as the launch pad for dynamic new series, the return of fan-demanded characters, and a shocking teaser that will have everyone talking. See how all it comes together in one gigantic epic!"
Point One? Flashpoint? No, those aren't similar at all.
In addition to that, Marvel also has the return of popular time-traveling mutant, Cable, on the loom. It seems as though the solicitations for his appearance are hinting towards something as well. Don't believe us? Well, listen to this:
"How has Cable been reborn? Where has he been since "Second Coming"? And what dark event has driven him to destroy the Avengers? The answers are just the tip of an iceberg that threatens to smash the Marvel Universe to smithereens!"
Add to that the launch of all the new Marvel Ultimate books, X-Men, and Spider-Man, and you've got something that's very much a cousin to the DC relaunch. It's hard to say at this point just how much of an actual reboot Marvel will try to pull, but it's hard to ignore that, at the very least, they're trying to ride DC's coattails.

Potter Pet HARRY POTTER PET
If you like dogs and Harry Potter, here's your chance to have both: The dog who played Sirius Black's animagus, Padfoot, who appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is in need of a good home.
Berry, the black German shepherd who was played in human form by Gary Oldman, is up for adoption. Berry's owner and trainer, stuntman Paul Thompson, told the Sunday Express, "I found myself spending a lot of time away from home. The dogs needed more attention than I could give. It was a difficult decision to make but one I had to accept was best for the dogs."
Note that he said dogs, plural. Berry is not the only doggie in this deal; he can only be adopted along with his pal Porridge, a 13-year-old German shepherd mix who had in a role in the TV drama White Teeth. (Berry is currently 10 in human years.) Currently, they reside in a foster home.
These two former stars need food, water and a good brushing. In exchange, Berry will spill all of his on-set secrets. (Of course, you'll need the canine version of parseltongue to understand him.)
Potential families can inquire at German Shepherd Rescue. Muggles are welcome to apply.

Walking DeadTHE WALKING DEAD
Its been nearly a year since AMCs zombie drama, The Walking Dead, first premiered, and much has changed in the world created by Robert Kirkman.
Frank Darabont has been replaced as showrunner by the No. 2 he brought in, Glen Mazzara, and the series now has a 13-episode season and a legion of new fans.
Walking Dead returns Oct. 16 for its long-awaited second season, which kicks off with a 90-minute installment followed by AMCs new Chris Hardwick-hosted post-show Talking Dead wrap up.
During a screening and Q&A with producers, Mazzara noted that Darabont had already mapped out the course for the season and didnt plan to deviate from that and that his transition to showrunner has been a smooth one.
Part of that plan will see Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors looking for a new home after the CDC's fiery destruction in the Season 1 finale.

NEW YEAR'S EVE
The full trailer for the star-studded romantic comedy ensemble New Year's Eve has arrived at iTunes Movie Trailers.
A thematic follow-up to the studio's Valentine's Day, the movie is set in New York and follows intertwining stories of characters trying to navigate their way through romance on New Year's Eve.
The big cast includes Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efron, Sienna Miller, Josh Duhamel, Ice Cube, Jon Bon Jovi, Seth Meyes, Til Schweiger, Halle Berry and Carla Gugino.

Area 52 AREA 52
It's been some time since we last heard an update on Area 52, the feature film adaptation of the Image comic book series. Now, Deadline reports that Summit Entertainment has stepped in and taken the screen rights.
Published in 2001, the four-issue miniseries told the story of a secret storage facility in Antarctica that houses the alien technology that Area 51 is no longer studying. The lead character is an army nurse who must save the day after a mercenary attack unleashes a fantastic terror.
The RED and Transformers: Dark of the Moon producing team of Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce alongside JC Spink.
Originally, the film was to be directed by Steven C. Miller with a script from Jack Phillips, based on the Brian Haberlin comic. Now it appears that they'll be working from a new draft with a director yet to be announced.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011

Rin, Tin, Tin RIN, TIN, TIN
"Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend" by Susan Orlean details the life of Lee Duncan, the man who would eventually find Rin Tin Tin in a destroyed kennel during World War I, and the dog he made famous.
Duncan lived in an orphanage for several years as a child while his mother got her life straightened out. He went on to eventually own a terrier on his grandfather's ranch, but had to give up the puppy when his family moved.
Then as WWI soldier, Duncan rescued two German shepherd puppies from a destroyed kennel in France, naming them Nanette and Rin Tin Tin. Nanette didn't make it, but Rin Tin Tin went on to become one of Hollywood's most famous actors, animal or otherwise.His first appearance was in the 1922 film "The Man from Hell's River" and his last was in "The Lightning Warrior" in 1931. Rinty, as Duncan called him for short, was in 25 movies in between.
When the original Rin Tin Tin passed away in 1932 at the age of 13, there was a bulletin that interrupted regular radio programming and the next day, there was a national hour-long program dedicated to him.
"Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend" hits shelves Tuesday, Sept. 27.

DOCTOR WHO
If you've seen ''Closing Time''the penultimate episode of Doctor Who's sixth season this past weekendthen you're already aware of the shocking twist that took place in the last few minutes and can't wait for that finale to air. In the meantime, you can see what happens between the episodes in this particularly chilling new prequel.
''Tick Tock goes the clock.'' Seriously, children's songs and nursery rhymes have a knack for being utterly creepy at times, and this one is no exception. It's sending cold chills down our little geeky spines. Spoo-keh.
Ahhh, Doctor! We can't wait to see how you'll get out of that jam you're in, impending death and all. (We all know he will, but the fun will be to see just HOW he'll do it.)
In the meanwhile, our lucky colleagues over at SFX have already seen ''The Wedding of River Song'' and are teasing us mercilessly gently with non-spoilery teasers.
So we just thought we'd let you know about 5 of them that stood out for us, though in truth all of them were particularly intriguing:
? It does answer a lot of questions, but some old ones (from Matt Smith's first series) are still left open, and some new ones are posed.
?The denouement is bound to cause some debate. If you like the episode, you'll be able to rationalize it, but if you don't you'll be going, "But hang on, in that episode ... ?" But that's Doctor Who fandom.
? You'll discover a whole new meaning to the phrase "Live Chess" that has nothing to do with Harry Potter.
?The episode title may not be as much of a red herring as you might think. But then again ...
? I can guarantee that some people will go, "Oh I guessed that all along" at one point, but considering millions of fans on thousands of websites have been discussing every possible outcome, it's not surprising that some people will have come across it. I'm happy to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I'm thick.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to ''The Wedding of River Song''? What are your predictions about the episode?
''The Wedding of River Song'' airs this upcoming Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, on BBC One, BBC America and Space.

Terra Nova TERRA NOVA
After months of hype and a delayed premiere, viewers finally got their first look at Fox's new drama Terra Nova on Monday night.
The series follows the Shannon family (Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott and Alana Mansour) and other settlers who, threatened with extinction in the year 2149, travel back 85 million years in time to join a prehistoric Earth colony.
After Terra Nova was teased to the media at Januarys Television Critics Association tour and then again in a Super Bowl commercial, Fox abruptly announced that its two-hour premiere after American Idol would be pushed back to the fall. The move was a result of executive departures and a shortage of material.
As a result, the show, which counts Steven Spielberg and former News Corp. president and COO Peter Chernin among its many executive producers, was quite possibly the most anticipated -- and scrutinized -- new show of the fall season.
After watching the pilot, viewers hit Twitter to share their reactions, which were mixed.
What did you think of the pilot episode?

Kevin Williamson NEW THRILLER FROM KEVIN WILLIAMSON
Kevin Williamson, the mastermind behind the CW's sudsy adaptations, The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, has sold an original hour-hour drama with a put pilot commitment to the network. Williamson will serve as writer and executive producer on the project.
The thriller, from Williamson's Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. TV, centers on a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers, and the FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of it.
Williamson, whose other credits include Scream and Dawson's Creek, is repped by WME.

BRILLIANT
Variety confirms earlier rumors that Australian actor Eric Bana will be the male lead in Robert Luketic's diamond heist thriller Brilliant, being produced by Lakeshore Entertainment based on the first screenplay by Gillian Gorfil, producer of Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond.
Luketic previously directed Legally Blonde, 21, The Ugly Truth and Killers, the latter for Lakeshore.
In the movie, Bana will play a small-time criminal who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist.
The other name that's been mentioned but unconfirmed to star opposite Bana is Cameron Diaz.

Jessica ChastainOBLIVION/HORIZONS
Jessica Chastain has secured one of the leading female roles in Joseph Kosinski's next project (which has been referred to as both Oblivion and Horizons, but which is now officially without a final title).
Tom Cruise set to headline, the film is based on Kosinski's own Radical Publishing comic book series and takes place in a future where humanity has fallen to an irradiated Earth. Cruise plays Jak, a maintenance drone working on the planet's surface alongside another worker, Vika. When a woman, Julia, is discovered in a crashed ship, Jak's whole world is thrown into question and he finds himself strangely drawn towards Julia.
It is uncertain whether Chastain will be playing Vika or Julia, though her name did appear recently on a short list of actresses up for potential parts. The other names included Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde. Whether the other role gets filled by one of those talents remains to be seen.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

Terra Nova TERRA NOVA DEBUTS TONIGHT
FOX's new series "Terra Nova" brings together a family story, time travel, a heavy dose of action and adventure and a little mystery. But who are we kidding -- it's all about the dinosaurs.
The series, which counts Steven Spielberg as one of its executive producers, is the latest line in a long Hollywood love affair with dinosaurs -- dating all the way back to the early 1900s.
Here are some of the notable instances of dinosaurs in TV and movies.

JJ Abrams REVOLUTION
NBC is developing Revolution, an epic adventure thriller from the uber-producer and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke with details being kept under wraps. If the project, which scored a pilot production commitment, ultimately gets ordered, it would join other Abrams newcomers Person of Interest and Alcatraz, at CBS and Fox, respectively.
Despite Abrams' enviable resume, which includes ABC's long-running Lost, the prolific producer's 2010 effort Undercovers failed to lure viewers to NBC. The CIA series, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe, was only on for a few short months before getting the axe.
The drama thriller, from Warner Bros. TV and Abram's Bad Robot shingle, counts Abrams, Kripke and Bryan Burk (Fringe, Lost) as executive producers. Kripke (Deadman) will also pen the pilot.

Lion King WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Disneys 3D re-release of The Lion King remained lord of the jungle in its second weekend, pulling off another surprise upset in beating a number of new players to top the domestic box office chart with $22.1 million.
The 3D version of the animated classic has earned $61.7 million in its first 10 days of play at the domestic box office, exceeding all expectations. Overseas, where it rolled out earlier, the re-release has grossed $16 million for an impressive global total of $77.7 million.
Defying the odds, Lion King trumped Sonys new Brad Pitt baseball drama Moneyball, which ended its opening weekend in a close race with 3D family offering Dolphin Tale, from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Moneyball grossed an estimated $20.6 million, while Dolphin Tale took in an estimated $20.3 million. The order of the two films could switch once final figures come in Monday morning.
Even with Lion King, Moneyball and Dolphin Tale scored strong openings in reaching $20 million, reflected in the fact that the domestic box office was up 18 percent over the same weekend a year ago. (Moneyball boasts the top opening of all time for a baseball pic, not accounting for inflation).
Dolphin Tale and Moneyball--an early awards contender, particularly for Pitt's performance--also have the potential to dig in, with moviegoers awarding Moneyball an A CinemaScore, and Dolphin Tale, a glowing A+.
Lionsgate thriller AbductionTaylor Lautners first solo outingopened to a softish $11.2 million. Playing to younger women, the film received a B- CinemaScore overall and an A- from females under 18.
Abduction was able to best Jason Statham-Robert DeNiro action pic Killer Elite, which rounded out the top five with an estimated opening of $9.5 million. Killer Elite, the first title from acquisitions and distribution company Open Road Films, earned a B CinemaScore.
Moneyball wasn't Sony's only headline--its animated pic The Smurfs jumped the $500 million global mark over the weekend, earning $12.9 million at the international box office for a worldwide total of $502.8 million.
But when it comes to family fare, no one in Hollywood can believe the power of Lion King nearly 17 years after its original release in theaters. Disney attributes the spectacular showing to the property's enduring popularity, whether because of DVD or the live stage show.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said there's no doubt that Lion King took business away from Dolphin Tale, but that he expects Dolphin Tale to play well for weeks to come and ultimately take in close to $100 million domestically. The inspirational pic will get a boost when most theaters stop playing Lion King on Oct. 4, the day the Diamond Blue Ray edition of the film is released.
Dolphin Tale drew 50% of its grosses from 3D theaters, a good stat considering this summer's overall decline in 3D attendance.
Dolphin Tale, costing roughly $35 million to make, was financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment, the same company behind box office hit The Blind Side.
"We're thrilled with this opening," said Alcon's Broderick Johnson, "especially considering Lion King, which no one saw coming. It's reminisicent of the The Blind Side, which also received an A+ CinemanScore.
Sony was equally as pleased with Moneyball, a favorite among critics and one of the hottest titles to premiere at the recent Toronto Film Festival. The film cost north of $50 million to produce.
"It feels good that we are getting the sort of love we think this movie deserves," Sony worldwide president of domestic distribution Rory Bruer said.
Moneyball, based on the real-life story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, played decidedly older, with 64 percent of the audience over the age of 35, but played relatively evenly among men and women. Sony believes the pic will ultimately do four times its opening number. The studio launched Moneyball in roughly the same frame it used last year to open The Social Network, which debuted to $22 million on its way to earning $97 million in North America.
Abduction was the clear choice for younger women and teenager girls who are Twilight fans. Nearly 70 percent of the audience was female, while 56 percent were under the age of 25. There's been intense focus on the film because of Lautner, and whether he and other Twilight stars can have a career outside that franchise.
"The film will be profitable for Lionsgate, and that's great for Taylor," said Lionsgate executive vice president of domestic distribution David Spitz, adding that the pic opened in line with pre-release expectations.
Abduction, costing $35 million to produce, is off to a strong start in Australia and Latin America, although Lionsgate didn't yet have numbers.
Killer Elite opened slightly lower than other recent Jason Statham pics, and likely lost male eyeballs to Moneyball.
Open Roads CEO Tom Ortenberg said he was pleased with Killer Elite's performance. In acquiring the film, Open Roads only put up marketing costs.
"We're happy that we're making money with our first release," Ortenberg said.
At the specialty box office, Relativity Media's Gerard Butler drama Machine Gun Preacher opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, grossing an estimated $44,000 for a per location average of $11,000. Relativity said the film scored strong marks especially from women. On Sept. 30, the pic expands into an additional 15 markets.

Ayelet ZurerMAN OF STEEL
Deadline reports Ayelet Zurer will now take on the role of Lara, Kal-El's birth mother, in the upcoming Man of Steel.
Zurer, who will appear opposite Russell Crowe in the role of Superman's Kryptonian father, Jor-El, is best known for appearances in films like Angels and Demons and Munich.
Now filming, Man of Steel's cast also includes Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix and Laurence Fishburne. It is targeting a June 14, 2013 release.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

Kermit-Jim HensonJIM HENSON HONORED
Google celebrated the late Muppet master Jim Henson yesterday, on what would have been his 75th birthday.
Henson passed away at age 53 from a bacterial infection, but not before he left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. His characters, most notably Kermit the Frog, are iconic, and he was behind the scenes of many of our other pop culture staples as well, not the least of which was Yoda in "The Empire Strikes Back."
Jason Segel's ode to Henson's work, "The Muppets" will open November 23, exposing a new generation of kids to the characters (and giving us big kids an excuse for a serious nostalgia-fest at the movie theater).
In the meantime, we'll just be over here, procrastinating for hours with the interactive Google Doodle. You are missed.

Supernatural-vs-FringeFRIDAY NIGHT RATINGS
The first Friday of the new TV season made for moderate debuts, at best, for returning series. CBS's freshman drama "A Gifted Man" was a success with 9.3 million viewers.
While FOX had its best fall premiere Friday in six years, the "Fringe" season premiere was down 21% from last year's season opener -- which, of course, was on a Thursday. It was up from last year's finale, though, which is good news, because the FOX execs have made it clear that they don't expect the "Fringe" audience to grow.
The CW's openers were lackluster. The premiere of "Nikita," moved from Thursday, tied its series low. "Supernatural," while on par with its Season 6 finale, was down 25% from its Season 6 premiere.
In average viewers, CBS won with 10.6 million viewers and a 6.9 rating/12 share in households. With only reruns and "Dateline," NBC took second place at 5.7 million (4.0/7). ABC (3.7 million, 2.6/4) and FOX (3.6 million, 2.3/4) were quite close, with The CW trailing with 1.9 million and a 1.2/2 share.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS won with a 1.7. FOX and NBC tied at 1.6, with ABC pulling a 1.0. The CW averaged 0.7.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011

MoneyballWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Sonys Brad Pitt baseball drama Moneyball topped the Friday box office with an estimated $6.8 million, but family pics Dolphin Tale and The Lion King remain formidable competitors in the race around the bases for the weekend crown.
The big surprise continued to be Disneys 3D re-release of Lion King, which took No. 2 with an estimated gross of $6 million -- meaning it could match Moneyball with a weekend total of $19 million to $20 million and pushing its cume to $60 million.
Dolphin Tale -- from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros., the same team behind The Blind Side -- was on course to gross an estimated $5 million for the day. The best news for the filmmakers: The inspirational film is only the third movie this year after The Help and Soul Surfer to earn a glowing A+ CinemaScore, meaning it could get a big bump from word of mouth on Saturday and gain on the competition. (Blind Side also received the top grade).
Audiences also fell hard for Moneyball, giving it an A CinemaScore. The critically acclaimed film is already earning early awards attention for Pitts performance as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland As.
The fate of the weekends two other films -- Taylor Lautner thriller Abduction and Jason Statham-Robert DeNiro action pic Killer Elite -- wasnt as bright.
From Lionsgate, Abduction grossed an estimated $4 million, followed closely by Jason Statham-Robert DeNiro action pic Killer Elite at $3.7 million.
Abduction -- a test of Lautners star power outside the Twilight franchise -- is now looking at a weekend gross of $11 million to $11.5 million. The pic received a B-CinemaScore, and poor reviews.
Killer Elite, the first title from acquisition and distribution company Open Road Films, should earn $10 million for the weekend and earned a B+ CinemaScore.

Paul ScheuringZERO HOUR
According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has picked up a high-profile project from Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring revolving around the mysteries surrounding the Twelve Apostles.
Titled Zero Hour, the ABC Studios project is described as an epic adventure revolving around a skeptical everyman who is swept up in one of historys greatest conspiracies. His passion leads him on a dangerous journey around the world as he collects clues that will unlock a mystery surrounding the Twelve Apostles but also clues to his own identity.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott are attached to executive produce the project through their Di Bonaventura Pictures Television shingle.
Scheuring, who created the 2005 to 2009 Fox drama Prison Break, will pen the script and executive produce.
The project marks the latest this development season from Di Bonaventuras shingle. The producer, via his deal with ABC Studios, also has a pair of comedy projects as well as dramas Golden Gate and a Walter Mitty-type project with The Blind Side scribe John Lee Hancock set up at the network.

THE SECRET LIVES OF ROAD CREWS
Chris Columbus is negotiating to direct The Secret Lives of Road Crews, Deadline reports.
First announced back in 2007, the film was originally set to be released through DreamWorks, but is now housed at Paramount. Written by Kevin Lund and T.J. Scott with rewrites by Craig Mazin, the sci-fi action comedy involves a road crew going up against a race of underground aliens.
Columbus most recently directed Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Though that film is planning a sequel, Columbus is likely to only be involved as a producer. He was also recently attached to the Korean remake, Hello Ghost. Which project he'll tackle first remains to be seen.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

FRINGE CREDITS
Are you ready for a new Fringe? Everything we thought we knew about the show is heading out the window. What if Fringe's tone changes and it's less dramatic? What if it's less Fringe and more, dare we say, Friends? Can't imagine it? Lucky for you, we have a visual!
While teasing Fringe's reboot/return, producers J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner revealed that one of the changes we'll see this season will affect the opening credits. This might seem like a small detail, but do you remember how everyone geeked out over the '80s style credits used in the "Peter" episode?
According to Wyman, "The opening titles this year are orange and stand for the universe without Peter. It's a different chapter." With that being said, why stop there? What if they switched up the credits every few episodes?
We recently came across a fan-made opening sequencethanks to a tweet from Wymanthat was inspired by the Ross and Rachel lovefest, Friends. Most of the video footage comes from Fringe's blooper reel as you can tell by the excessive bursts of laughter. Fringe is off the rocker, but we doubt they'd ever go this popwould they?
Fringe premieres tonight (Sept. 23) at 9:00pm on Fox.

ThorTHOR 2
The Internet's been buzzing all day with news about Marvel's upcoming Thor sequel. For the most part, the story for Thor 2 has been kept under wrapsbut Marvel's head honcho Kevin Feige has spilled the beans about a few plot points.
This past summer, Thor grossed over $400 million at the worldwide box office, so no one's surprised that Marvel wants to capitalize on its success. The first film established Thor as a character, gave him relationships and left us with an open ending. So what happens next?
Kevin Feige told EW:
"[We're going to] take Thor literally to other worlds. ... [It will] primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster and how the new dynamic with his father is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds."
The idea of exploring The Nine Worlds and the danger amongst them seems like a major CGI fest waiting to happen. Asgard itself was a shiny, yet beautiful undertaking. We can only imagine what the SFX team will do for Vanaheim, Alfheim, Nidavellir and the others.
On a side note, earlier today it was revealed that Patty Jenkins is in talks to direct Thor 2. She's best known for directing Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning performance in Monster and the pilot episode of AMC's The Killing. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but we're keeping a close eye on the story.
Thor 2 is scheduled to hit theaters July 26, 2013.

Doctor WhoDOCTOR WHO -- NOT UNTIL 2012
The trouble with Time Lords is they're always jumping around the calendar, but we probably can't blame the Doctor for this. We've seen it coming for a while, and now it's confirmed: Doctor Who season seven won't premiere until autumn 2012.
Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed what's been suspected for quite some time about the Doctor's next set of timey-wimey adventures. There's no clear-cut schedule from the BBC yet, but it's clear that Doctor Who won't be returning for a good long while. Season seven won't even begin shooting until early next year, so everything is still very murky in terms of details, but fan site Doctor Who TV offered this schedule prediction:
2012
Easter Special
Autumn - Series 7 Part 1
Christmas Special
2013
Spring - Series 7 Part 2
Autumn - Series 8
Christmas Special
So, that's a little glimpse in the spring followed by a handful of episodes, one special, and then another handful of episodes. Those are just predictions, but it seems likely that the BBC's official schedule will look something like that. It's a bummer, but it could be worse.

Star WarsSTAR WARS ON BLU-RAY
The Force has certainly been with Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment during the first week of the Star Wars: The Complete Saga's release on Blu-ray.
The nine-disc set took in $84 million globally since its launch on Sept. 16, selling 515,000 units in North America, and making the set the highest-selling and most pre-ordered title in Blu-ray history.
Fans got a preview of some of the added features at Comic-Con this summer, where some of the deleted scenes were screened.
Despite the warm commercial welcome, the release has caused some grumbling among fans, who are upset over tweaks to the original films, including the adding of a Darth Vader line to the climactic scene of Return of the Jedi.
Along with the six feature films, the set includes making-of documentaries, popular Star Wars spoofs, deleted and alternate scenes, and interviews.

Casey AffleckPARADISE LOST
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Casey Affleck is in negotiations to star as the angel Gabriel in Paradise Lost, Legendary Pictures action-heavy adaptation of the John Miltons epic poem.
Alex Proyas is directing the movie, which focuses on the Lucifer rebelling against God, causing a war to break out between angels and demons. Bradley Cooper is set as Lucifer, while Ben Walker is portraying Seraphic Angel Michael. Also in the cast is Djimon Hounsou.
Gabriel, an angel with six wings, was created by God to serve as His messenger and initially to work alongside Michael for Lucifer. He and Michael team up to fight Lucifer.
Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing along with Vincent Newman.
The movie is eyeing a shoot in Sydney, Australia in January 2012.
Affleck appears in Universals Ben Stiller comedy Tower Heist. He last appeared in The Killer Inside Me.

Caves of SteelTHE CAVES OF STEEL
Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is planning to adapt another Isaac Asmiov novel. Henry Hobson will direct The Caves of Steel with a script from John Scott 3.
Published in 1954, the book tells a sci-fi detective story set roughly 3,000 years in the future. In it, a police detective, Elijah Bailey, joins forces with a robot, R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve a murder case of a "Spacer" Ambassador before it becomes an intergalactic incident. In the world of the book, Spacers are those who have chosen to leave the Earth for colonies on new worlds, creating a rift between those who remain on the overpopulated Earth.
Bailey and Olivaw (or elements thereof) reappear in subsequent Asimov stories, including The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn and Robots and Empire.
The Caves of Steel was previously adapted as a British telefim in 1964 and some have criticized Fox's previous Asmiov-based hit, I, Robot for borrowing the basic setup, as the human detective/robot pairing was not a story told in the original 1950 I, Robot anthology.
Hobson and Scott, as announced earlier this year, are working on their first theatrical project, Maggie, about a teenage girl's gradual transformation into a zombie.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

Riddick 3RIDDICK 3
Vin Diesel has once again updated us on the status of Riddick 3 and released another piece of concept art, whichif you look closelyreveals some of the potential monsters Riddick and the band of mercenaries will be facing in the film.
We know that monsters are going to be prevalent again, as in Pitch Black, due to last month's big, spoilerific storyline update.
Interestingly, Diesel has taken to his Facebook page again to post about casting and a 2012 release date, but if you head over to the FB link now that info no longer appears, which means that Diesel and/or his PR agency must have edited them off the status. Luckily, Latino Review grabbed the comments before they were taken down.
In the spirit of Creative Sundays...I asked the director to send a key frame that I could post it for you.
Concept art and Key frames allow a production to explore possibilities before actually committing to the film. The road to the "R" rating, that so many of you were vocal about, has been a long one. The advantage however, (never empower the negatives) was that we were allowed a really extensive preproduction process. The art work so good, the artists have really outdone themselves in illustrating this world at [its] early stage.
When this film comes to the screen...know that you willed it into being!
Haha...
I got two meetings today that I have been prepping for...one with the Director and another one with the head of the studio to discuss casting and the 2012 release date. Like always, I appreciate having your voice present in these meetings.
P.S. Share your thoughts...casting, release date, mythology or anything else. It's Sunday and we are, at the very least, allowed to be creative in thought.
The concept art seems to indicate that Riddick 3 is headed toward a hard R rating and keeping its bloody storyline.

ThorNEWS ON THE DVD FRONT
The floodgates have opened. Studios are pushing out new DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases as the fourth-quarter selling season nears, with one or two summer tentpoles, and a handful of other high-profile new releases, slated to arrive in stores each week from now through Christmas.
Not surprisingly, then, all but one of the 10 top-selling discs on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ending Sept. 18 are new releases, topped by Paramount Home Entertainments Thor, the big-budget fantasy that grossed $181 million in U.S. theaters over the summer.
Thor pushed the previous weeks best seller, fellow summer tentpole X-Men: First Class, from 20th Century Fox, to No. 2. Fox also snagged the No. 3 spot on the chart with Star Wars: The Complete Saga, featuring all six films in their Blu-ray debut. The package lists for $139.99, which makes its No. 3 debut all the more spectacular.
Rounding out the top 10 on the First Alert chart are seven other new releases, including the latest season sets of popular TV shows The Big Bang Theory (No. 4), Glee (No. 6), Supernatural (No. 7), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (No. 8), Greys Anatomy (No. 9) and Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia (No. 10). Joining them in the top 10 is Universal Studios Barbie: Princess Charm School (No. 5), the latest installment in the popular direct-to-video series about the iconic doll.
Thor also topped Nielsens dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, with Star Wars coming in at No. 2 and X-Men: First Class slipping to No. 3. Blu-ray seems to be enjoying a bit of a surge, with Thor generating 61 percent of its sales from the format and X-Men: First Class, 54 percent.
Home Media Magazines rental chart for the week, Thor easily nailed the top spot as well, while the No. 2 position went to the Warner comedy Something Borrowed, which just came off its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox. Universals Paul, the previous weeks top rental, slipped to No. 4, right behind Lionsgates Everything Must Go, which remained at No. 3 for the second consecutive week.

FringeFRINGE DIGITAL COMICS
To gear up for the launch of the fourth season of Fringe, a digital comic series by DC Entertainment written with series star Josh Jackson has debuted.
Beyond the Fringe, featuring cover art by Drew Johnson, will explore pivotal events that take place between the third and fourth seasons of the Fox sci-fi drama, and will also look at alternative scenarios.
The new digital comic will alternate every two weeks between two shorelines for 14 chapters. "A" storylines look at things that are directly related to the show, while "B" storylines explore the alternative scenarios (ex: how things might be different if some elements are out of balance).
Jackson is penning Peter and the Machine, an arc that will consist of the first three "A" issues.
Beyond the Fringe marks the third comic series based on the show. The first issue is available for download at read.dccomics.com or through the DC Comics app on mobile phones.
Fringe premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Columbia Pictures has just debuted, through iTunes Trailers, a new, extended trailer for director David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgrd, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen and Joely Richardson.
Opening in theaters on December 21, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in the studio's three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster "The Millennium Trilogy." The movie is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon.

Thing ComicTHING IN COMIC FORM
In conjunction with the upcoming Universal Pictures film, The Thing, Dark Horse Comics has announced a special digital comic that will serve as a prequel to the October 14th release (which, in itself, is a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film).
The comic will be released in three parts, beginning today and continuing each Wednesday until the film's release. Full details of the comic are as follows:
"The Thing: The Northman Nightmare" tells the origin story of pioneering Norsemen who discover a shape-shifting creature that is hiding in a desolate village with few human survivors.
In December 1991, Dark Horse Comics first published The Thing From Another World #1. In the style of Aliens, Predator and Terminator, Dark Horse Comics picked up where John Carpenters classic 1982 film left off. Now, 20 years later, Dark Horse shares a much earlier story about this creature from beneath the ice.
Taking us into frigid Greenland, the comic introduces us to a group of Norsemen who find themselves caught in a game of survival when they discover a terrifying creature. The shape-shifting monster has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. And it hides somewhere in a desolate village with few human survivors, among them a strange group of women...
Said editor Scott Allie: This property consistently generates much excitement from fans, which made it easy to round up an incredible team for this prequel comic. This is a sincere horror story by guys who know how to knock it out of the park.
"The Thing: The Northman Nightmare" is written by Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), with art by Patric Reynolds (Serenity), colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy) and a cover by Menton3 (Silent Hill). The Thing: The Northman Nightmare comes to readers as a prequel to Universal Pictures upcoming prelude to John Carpenters classic 1982 film of the same name.
Steve Niles and Dark Horse have done it again, truly an amazing book, said Menton3. I am extremely proud to be a small part of it.
Read the first part online now at Digital.DarkHorse.com or via the free Dark Horse Comics mobile app.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

Mike ZegenWALKING DEAD NEWS
Mike Zegen, who some may remember as firefighter Damian Keefe on FX's "Rescue Me," is joining the cast of AMC's "The Walking Dead." According to TV Guide, he'll be playing a new character -- Randall -- who isn't featured in the original comic book.
This isn't the show's first departure from the source material (but we have a feeling the author -- Robert Kirkman -- won't mind, since he's also a hands-on executive producer).
Norman Reedus' character, Daryl Dixon, is also a TV-only addition to the storyline -- and one that has worked out well for for both Reedus and the show since he's turned out to be one of the more popular characters.

SUPERNATURAL
Out with the old, in with the new is the motto for the seventh season on Supernatural. The CW series returns this week and features a loopy Sam, a frustrated Dean and a badass Castiel. Everyone's favorite angel has gone rogue.
"The Castiel you knew is gone!" That's what Sam and Dean's former ally says after they ask for his help. In Supernatural's premiere episode, "Meet the New Boss," Castiel has gone through some serious changes and his priorities have shifted drastically.
There's a lot of bad blood amongst the demon-hunting group, with Castiel being the man scorned. His portrayer Misha Collins doesn't think Castiel really cares for the Winchesters anymore, especially Sam. He says, "No, he wants Sam to suffer for a while. Sam's basically f***ed." Yeesh! Has Castiel gone completely insane? Will he ever return to his old self? Collins says he hopes so.
"I've grown affectionate for him and developed an affinity for him over the years, and of course, I probably identify with him more than anyone," says Collins. "I definitely want him to be redeemed. I love him; of course I want to see that."
Supernatural premieres Friday, Sept 23.

THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES
The final six episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, completed before star Elisabeth Sladen's death from cancer in April, are set to begin airing Oct. 3. But the new trailer for the show's final season isn't about Sarah Jane's curtain call.
You might expect some kind of goodbye theme for these episodes, even though they were completed quite some time before Sladen's death. It wouldn't be out of the question for the show's creative team to package them as a kind of final farewell to one of the longest-serving characters in the Doctor Whoand by extension BBCuniverse. But the way it's done here, as the continued story of an uncommon woman who never stops having adventures, turns out to be better.
We've known for a while that the final six episodes are three two-part serials, the final pair featuring Sarah Jane's son Luke (Tommy Knight). Long-serving Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures writers Phil Ford and Gareth Roberts get to close out the series with their stories. It's all very fitting for the end.
But the trailer gives no indication that we're about to see the final episodes of the series, or that Sarah Jane herself is in some way gone. The trailer is about the adventures, about all the fun sci-fi madness that will befall Sarah and her little extended family as the show comes to an untimely end. There will no doubt be some sort of tearful farewell all over again when the final episode airs, but with these storiesas far as this trailer is concerned, anywaywe can think of Sarah Jane as living on, still on an adventure somewhere in our heads.

The RaidTHE RAID
Following a successful debut at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, Gareth Evans' The Raid is likely for an American remake. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Screen Gems is interested in developing an English-language version of the Indonesian action film.
Though Evans is expected to make an American film his next project, he reportedly turned down the offer to remake The Raid himself.
Starring Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian and Ray Sahetapy, the original film took place in the slums of Jakarta and featured a police raid of a criminal safe house.

IMMORTALS
A new TV spot for Tarsem Singh's Immortals has debuted at Fandango.
Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on November 11, the fantasy action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
In the film, the brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil kings mission.
As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion's raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man's future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

CatwomanCATWOMAN AT NY COMIC CON
Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation proudly present an action-packed hour of first looks at DC Universe Animated Original Movies properties on Friday, October 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at New York Comic Con.
Central to the panel will be the world premiere of the animated short Catwoman, starring Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse) as the voice of title character. The 15-minute short will be included on the release of Batman: Year One, which streets October 18 on Blu-ray, DVD, for Download and On Demand.
The panel will also include the very first footage to be seen from Justice League: Doom, the highly-anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
The panelists, which include the ultimate voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, DCU executive producer Bruce Timm and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano, will offer a glimpse into the 2012 DC Universe Animated Original Movies slate, give away some exclusive prizes to inquisitive audience members, and quite possibly welcome a few surprise guests to the stage.
An autograph session with the panelists will immediately follow the panel.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

DJ QuallsSUPERNATURAL NEWS
Its seventh season and "Supernatural" is going all-out when it comes to the guest stars who keep the story colorful, and this bit of casting scoop is no exception.
D.J. Qualls -- best known for his memorable role as nerdy virgin Kyle in the comedy classic "Road Trip" -- will intercept the Winchesters in the season's 8th episode, tentatively titled "Time for a Wedding."
Qualls plays Garth, a quirky, laid-back hunter who Dean (Jensen Ackles) clashes with right off the bat.
Let's just say that Dean definitely wouldn't be working with him if Garth wasn't the only hunter available, and if it wasn't a dire emergency. Hijinks ensue, we're sure!
Qualls is no stranger to television audiences -- most recently, he starred on TNT's "Memphis Beat" as Officer Davey Sutton.
Tune in for the Season 7 premiere of "Supernatural" this Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. EST on The CW.

J. EDGAR
Even great men can be corrupted, says Leonardo DiCaprios J. Edgar Hoover in the trailer for Clint Eastwoods highly anticipated biopic.
And there are plenty of great men in the Warner Bros. film: Oscar winner Clint Eastwood directs, Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio stars, and the screenplay was written by Dustin Lance Black, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 2008's Milk. With such a stacked deck, the Warner Bros. film has already been generating plenty of Oscar buzz, due to its very stacked deck.
Although theres been months of hype, the trailer that premiered Monday is the first hint weve gotten as to what the film actually looks like. J. Edgar follows the mysterious life of the man who started and ran the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
The film, which will debut at the AFI fest on November 3, also stars Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas and Ed Westwick. It is set for a November 9 release.

Liam HemsworthEXPENDABLES 2
According to Variety, Liam Hemsworth is the latest name to join the cast of The Expendables 2. There's no word on his role quite yet, but he marks a surprisingly youthful addition to the cast of seasoned action stars, already slated to include Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Co-written and directed by Stallone, the original Expendables also starred Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Giselle Itie, Charisma Carpenter, Gary Daniels, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke. Who among those that may be returning for the second film (this time directed by Simon West) has yet to be confirmed, though newcomers Nicolas Cage and John Travolta are also said to be in talks.
Hemsworth is set to appear early next year in The Hunger Games and will play a leading role in the upcoming AWOL as well.
The Expendables 2 will begin filming next month in Bulgaria and is planning an August 17, 2012 release.

11th Commandment11th COMMANDMENT
New Franchise Media Inc. has announced plans to adapt the Jeffrey Archer bestseller, The Eleventh Commandment, into an ongoing television series. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, "The Walking Dead") is attached to produce through Valhalla Entertainment. The official description for the series is as follows:
In The Eleventh Commandment, Connor Fitzgerald is the CIA's most deadly assassin, hiding the details of his career from his family. Only days from his retirement from the Agency, he comes across an enemy he cannot handle, the Director of the CIA, bent on making Connor the fall guy for a phony assassination on a Russian presidential candidate that could inadvertently trigger World War III.
"Jeffrey Archer's storytelling is compelling, character driven and perfect for television-full of fast-paced, high-stakes danger," Hurd announced in the press release, "I'm thrilled to bring his books and the adventures of Connor Fitzgerald to life for audiences."
Like Jeffrey Archers page-turning novels, which are always a guaranteed good read, this TV series will entertain with its unexpected twists and compelling characters that will keep you hooked, added NFMI CEO Jeffrey Steiner, We plan for event television with that must-see factor.
Archer himself also weighed in with his thoughts on seeing his book brought to the small screen:
Gale Anne Hurd's amazing pedigree in bringing action-oriented entertainment to the screen puts her among the best in the business," he said, "I am delighted to be working with her."
There is currently no announced timeline for production, but a pilot could be prepared to air as early as next year.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011

Lion King 3DBOX OFFICE REPORT
The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend.
It's not often we have big surprises at the box office in September, so to have a movie that's over seventeen years old being released in 3D--a format that's gotten a lot of backlash this year--sitting on top of the box office with nearly $29.3 million is pretty huge. Nostalgia was key in The Lion King 3D opening this weekend to such an impressive amount in just 2,330 theaters, where it averaged over $12.5 thousand per site. That opening puts it into the Top 5 for September releases.
The original movie opened on June 15, 1994 in limited release and then went wide nine days later for an opening weekend take of nearly $41 million before going on to gross $312 million in its domestic release, an amount that's been upped to over $350 million with various rereleases including the current one. The Lion King also won two Oscars for its score and one of the original songs by Elton John.
Last week's #1 movie, Steven Soderbegh's star-studded thriller Contagion (Warner Bros.) dropped to second place with $14.5 million, down just 35% and bringing its total to $44.2 million.
Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn's critically-acclaimed crime thriller Drive (FilmDistrict), starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman and Cristina Hendricks, scored $11 million in its opening weekend for third place.
DreamWorks summer sleeper hit The Help dropped to fourth place with $6.4 million but the $147.4 million it's grossed puts it well into the black for the studio.
Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs (Screen Gems), starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard, didn't fare as well as its thriller competition, opening with just $5 million in fifth place. It did better than Sarah Jessica Parker's latest comedy, I Don't Know How She Does It (Weinstein Co.), based on the popular book, which only brought in $4.5 million in 2,476 theaters for sixth place.
The period thriller The Debt (Focus Features) took in $2.9 million in its third weekend, bringing its total to $26.5 million, followed by Gavin O'Connor's MMA movie Warrior (Lionsgate), starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy with $2.8 million and just under $10 million in 10 days.
The Top 10 was rounded out by the 20th Century Fox hit prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes with $2.6 million and $171.6 million total, followed by the Luc Besson-produced Colombiana (TriStar Pictures) with $2.3 million and $33.3 million total after four weeks.
This week's Top 10 movies grossed an estimated $81.4 million, down 7% from the same weekend last year when Ben Affleck's The Town topped the box office with $23.8 million.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011

Lion King CastBOX OFFICE RESULTS
Defying all projections, Disneys re-release of The Lion King roared its way to a first-day gross of $8.8 million at the domestic box office and is now on course to gross as much as $25 million for the weekend.
Lion King easily claimed the top spot over three new films Ryan Gosling starrer Drive, Sarah Jessica Parker comedy I Dont Know How She Does It and Rod Luries Straw Dogs remake.
Drive, grossing an estimated $4 million for the day, fared the best, but couldnt beat Warner Bros. holdover Contagion for No. 2. From Steven Soderbergh, Contagion grossed $4.6 million on Friday, and should stay in the No. 2 spot throughout the weekend with a gross of roughly $13 million.
Distributed by FilmDistrict, Drives opening weekend gross should come in at roughly $10 million to $11 million, while Straw Dogs and I Dont Know How She Does It are looking at sluggish openings of $5 million to $6 million.
While the R-rated Drive has been warmly embraced by critics, and a favorite at the Toronto and Cannes film festivals this year, it received a dismal C- CinemaScore from moviegoers turning out on Friday. The movie skewed older as expected, with 75 percent of the audience over the age of 25, but played fairly evenly among the genders. Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks and Bryan Cranston also star.
Screen Gems Straw Dogs all but tied with DreamWorks and Participant Media's The Help for the No. 4 spot on Friday ($1.98 million versus $1.93 million, respectively), but The Help is expected to pull ahead on Saturday.
Straw Dogs, starring Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, didn't fare much better than Drive in terms of audience reaction. The R-rated pic received a C CinemaScore, and played best to older males. Screen Gems financial exposure is limited, however, since the R-rated thriller cost $20 million to make.
I Dont Know How She Does It, from the Weinstein Co., came in No. 6 with a Friday gross of $1.6 million. As with Straw Dogs, the comedy had a modest production budget in the mid-$20 million range.
Also starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear, I Don't Know How She Does It received a B- CinemaScore, the best grade among the three new films. As expected, the film played heavily to females, who made up 74 percent of the audience. More than 80 percent of those turning out Friday night were over the age of 25.
Families are turning out in force to see the 3D conversion of The Lion King (theaters also are playing the toon on 2D screens), which was largely intended to promote the Oct. 4 release of the Diamond Blu-Ray edition of the film. But the theatrical run is turning out to be a phenomenon in and of itself.
Heading into the weekend, Lion King was expected to gross $12 million to $13 million; by midday Friday, those figures had been revised upwards to $15 million or better. For Disney, the news kept getting better and better as the evening wore on (some box office pundits, however, thought it would gross $18 million to $20 million all along).
Lion King remains the top grossing hand-drawn animation film of all time, and ushered in what's known as the "Disney Renaissance." All told, it's grossed north of $328.5 million domestically, and $788.2 million worldwide, including more than $10 million already earned in Latin America by the 3D re-release.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011

FRINGE
New episodes of Fringe are in our grasp! The season premiere is only a week away and Fox has released another promo. It's filled with plenty of footage of Olivia, Agent Lee and some eerie Peter Bishop for good measure.
The latest promo is a continuation of the elusive "Where is Peter Bishop" series. Peter is still M.I.A. but in his place we have the return of Agent Lincoln Lee ... though not the one from the alternate universe. This is the stand-offish, glasses wearing version who's completely terrified by Olivia and Walter's work.
The TV spot is filled with flashes of Peter, The Observers and reworked scenes including one that shows Walter emerging from a deprivation tank instead of Olivia. But the biggest sign of change is Friday's episode being promoted as a "series/season premiere." This plays into what producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman said when they described season four as a new pilot.
The new Fringe is turning out to be a real head scratcher and it hasn't even started yet!
Fringe premieres Sept. 23.

PrimevalPRIMEVAL
While we're impatiently waiting for season five of Primeval to air over here in North America, news of a spinoff of the U.K. sci-fi series has just emerged.
Titled Primeval: New World will be a Canadian production from our friends over at SPACE, and it will be set in the same anomalies-filled universe we all know and love.
This is the announcement:
We're excited to announce today that SPACE has ordered a new original drama series known as Primeval: New World!
The series will run 13 one hour long episodes and will build on the UK Primeval mythology, taking place in the same universe that we've come to know and love. The story will centre on a new Canadian team of animal experts taking on whatever past or future creatures come through the anomalies that are now appearing around the world.
The creative team behind New World boasts an all Canadian team of writers, and takes place in Vancouver, continuing the SPACE tradition of creating top quality original Canadian genre programming!
SFX seems to have a bit more news about the Primeval spinoff, saying:
This new series will be "darker and scarier" than the original and it will have a younger, sexier cast and lots of gory special effects to go with it; as a result of this the new show will air at the later time of 9pm [hmmm... do they mean UK time?].
Production is set to start in the winter of 2012 and the show will be filmed mostly in Vancouver. The special effects of the show will be dealt by Impossible's London group. Jonathan Drake, managing director of Impossible says that this is not a continuation of Primeval but rather "a bigger, better, badder re-imagining of the show".
The two stories seem to contradict themselves a little bit here, with SPACE calling it a spinoff and SFX calling it a re-imagining, but as soon as we know more, we'll let you guys know.
There's also no news yet on whether the new Canadian production will involve any of the original ITV series' creators, much as the U.S. version of Being Human involved the original U.K. series' own creator, Toby Whithouse.
Season five of Primeval will air on SPACE on Nov. 10 and should come to BBC America early next year.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011

Lion KingTHE LION KING IN 3D
The King has returned. Today (Sept. 16), Disney will release a 3D version of its beloved animated classic, "The Lion King." It's been 17 years since we've seen the movie in theaters. Can it actually bethat long!

THE THING
The Thing is coming! The prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 horror flick is heading to theaters and it's creepier than ever. Universal has released a new TV spot for the film that's dominated by special effects ... and lots of paranoia.
What's "The Thing" and how the heck does it survive inside an ice block? That's the question the crew of this unfortunate expedition have to ask themselves. The movie takes place in Antarctica at an isolated outpost that's home to scientists and researchers who discover a deadly, shapeshifting creature.
Unlike the first trailer for The Thing, the TV spot only shows a couple of the people that get attacked, instead of the whole roster. We'd love a trailer that doesn't reveal any of the victims ... but we digress. They've got to show off the CGI effects somehow.
Speaking of the team, Mary Elizabeth Winstead leads the group as a paleontologist named Kate Lloyd who visits the region to get the scoop on their new "find." She's joined by Joel Edgerton (Warrior), who plays Carter, a pilot that has an eerie Kurt Russell vibe. If his hair was longer he'd be a spitting image!
Overall, The Thing looks like it can stand on its own in the thriller department. But do you think it can live up to its famous name?
The Thing hits theaters Oct. 14.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
In Drive, a film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver opposite Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendriks.
Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker portrays a woman dealing with motherhood and the pressures of her career in the domestic comedy I Don't Know How She Does It. The movie's cast also includes Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear and Christina Hendricks.
Straw Dogs, directed by Rod Lurie, is a remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 original. The movie stars James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard.
And the Disney classic The Lion King is returning to the big screen this weekend, this time in a 3D version.
See what THR's critics have to say about the movies opening this weekend:
Drive
Bottom Line: Tasty, if sketchy, modern noir with car chases and bloody action that should turn the trick for genre-seeking audiences.
I Don't Know How She Does It
Bottom Line: Sarah Jessica Parker gets the job done in this briskly workable, if thoroughly conventional, domestic comedy.
Straw Dogs
Bottom Line: Remake of Sam Peckinpah's controversial original retains the sensational violence but loses character depth and ambiguity.
Restless
Bottom Line: Goopy doomed teen romance looks to appeal mostly to impressionable adolescent girls.
Granito (opened Wednesday)
Bottom Line: Meaty, self-reflexive doc about the tragic history of Guatemala.
Jane's Journey
Bottom Line: An engaging, often personal look at the great primatologist-turned-conservationist Jane Goodall.
The Mill and the Cross (on Wed.)
Bottom Line: This attempt to explore and dramatize a masterpiece of 16th-century art falls flat.
My Afternoons With Margueritte
Bottom Line: A gentle French comedy that evokes both compassion and humor.
Also opening are The Weird World of Blowfly, Muran and Back Door Channels.

THE PIG WITH THE FROGGY TATTOO
Disney is doing its best to up the Muppets' hip quotient in advance of the The Muppets movie coming this November. But the latest attempt pushes the family-friendly characters into edgier territory than they've ever entered before with a new trailer parodying David Fincher's dark and violent upcoming thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.The trailer features a parody of the Trent Reznor-Karen O cover of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song and even name checks Fincher's film, so the similarity is not coincidental. This version is referred to as The Pig With the Froggy Tattoo.This isn't the first Muppets trailer to parody the marketing of an adult-themed movie. Earlier this summer, a teaser trailer was released referencing the ad campaign for the R-rated comedy The Hangover Part 2.
The question is, if the trailer clicks with young Muppet fans, will any kids be wanting to see the very R-rated thriller?

Source CodeSOURCE CODE COMING TO TV?
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Mark Gordon is bringing his feature film Source Code to the small screen.
His Mark Gordon Company, which is locked into an overall deal at ABC Studios, has sold a TV version of the sci-fi thriller to CBS with a meaningful penalty. The news marks ABC Studios' first off-network sale of the development season.
Like the film on which it is based, the action/procedural follows three former federal agents who are part of a top-secret program. Each week, they'll use "Source Code" technology to jump into the consciousness of people involved in tragic events.
Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds) will produce the project, with Vendome Pictures' Philippe Rousselet serving as a consulting producer. Steve Maeda (Lie to Me, Lost) is on board to write.
This follows a flurry of development season deals for Gordon's company, including a contemporary Miami Vice-style crime drama Untouchable, a Crazy Stupid Love-esque emotional procedural Winging It and an adaptation of Candace Bushnell's One Fifth.

Beauty & the BeastBEAUTY AND THE BEAST
CW has plans to reboot the television series "Beauty and the Beast", says a story at The Hollywood Reporter.
The original, which ran for three seasons beginning in 1987, was created by Ron Koslow as a reimagining of the fairy tale. Ron Perlman starred as Vincent, the leader of a group of deformed beast-men that lived beneath New York City. Through a psychic bond, he developed a relationship with Catherine (Linda Hamilton), a District Attorney in the city.
The series follows the release earlier this year of the theatrical film Beastly, which also retold the fairy tale in a modern day setting. ABC, meanwhile, is planning their own episodic take on the story while Emma Watson is attached to headline a currently untitled film version, to be directed by Guillermo del Toro.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

Johnny DeppDARK SHADOWS
Johnny Depp is donning white face paint and acting strange in another Tim Burton movie.
Set pics have emerged from the U.K. shoot of "Dark Shadows" featuring Johnny Depp in character as the vampire Barnabas Collins. "Dark Shadows" is a re-imagining of the 1966 gothic romance that aired on ABC. According to plot summaries, Burton's version begins in the 18th century when Depp's Barnabas is turned into a vampire by Eva Green and then buried alive for two hundred years.
Sounds like it's right in the Depp/Burton wheelhouse. Though we look forward to the day when Tim Burton finds a use for plain ole Johnny Depp. We're starting to forget what he looks like when he isn't a pirate. Or a vampire. Or a monster. Or a demon barber. Or a weirdo. Or a pale faced director. Or a...you get it.

SHERLOCK HOLMES
Sherlock Holmes is one of pop culture's most enduring characters, so it's no wonder that every generation takes its stab at updating the great detective. But on the heels of the Doctor Who mastermind's superlative BBC revamp, why would CBS even try?
If you haven't seen Moffat's updated take on Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth for the ages, then you're missing out on almost six hours of television glory, with the impeccably cheekboned Benedict Cumberbatch as the sociopathic detective and Martin Freeman as Watson, the distraught, distressed veteran of the Afghan wars. It perfectly captures Holmes' old school mania while dragging it into a world of text messaging, blogging and electronic surveillance. After a three-episode first seasonoh, the BritishSherlock has just wrapped another batch of mysteries.
And that hit airwaves after Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law had their way with Holmes and Watson in 2009's gazillion-dollar-grossing featurethe sequel to which, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, unspools this December.
In other words: The Holmes-space is already rather full. But CBS is plunging forward with a pilot script by Medium and Tru Calling's Rob Doherty anyway.

SpectreTHE SPECTRE TV SERIES
Deadline reports that Fox has bought the rights to The Spectre, a drama series to be based on the DC Comics character co-created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily. The character first appeared in a next issue ad in "More Fun Comics" #51 (January, 1940) and received his first story the following month, #52.
The site says that Brandon Camp ("John Doe") will write the adaptation and executive produce with Bill Gerber (Gran Torino).
According to Deadline, the show will center "on a former cop serving time in afterlife limbo who hunts down earthly criminals on behalf of the dead and mortals soon to be dead, if ultimate justice is not served."

DRIVE
Bryan Cranston Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
We're pleased to share a cast featurette from FilmDistrict's DRIVE! Opening in theaters this Friday, the fast-paced, action-packed thriller stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, with Oscar Isaac, and Albert Brooks!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART 1
The first official full-length theatrical trailer for penultimate "Twilight" film "Breaking Dawn: Part 1" has officially arrived (via Yahoo) -- and as illegal photo leaks and awkward audio recordings have led us to believe, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) have a very proactive honeymoon.
Dispatching with the whole wedding thing early in the 2:30-spot, the trailer quickly showcases the carnage of their first night as man and wife. (Spoiler alert: the bed frame and at least one down pillow don't survive the film.)
All of this leads to Bella's inevitable pregnancy with a super-fast-growing, super-strong fetus that starts killing its mother from the inside. And we all know how werewolves feel about stuff like that...
After tease after tease after tease, we're sort of surprised by how much new footage they manage to cram into the new trailer. We're also curious about what director Bill Condon is saving for "Part 2."

Walking DeadWALKING DEAD - SEASON 2
Another season, another opportunity for AMC to create a totally terrifying poster to promote its zombie hit, "The Walking Dead."
Again, the central figure is Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), the Georgia lawman who finds himself the unlikely leader of a ragtag band of survivors of a zombie-pocalypse. But where season one's poster had him atop a horse headed into a decimated Atlanta, this year's image telegraphs the show's shift in focus to a rural setting.
Grimes runs along a dirt road toward a farmhouse with storm clouds lowering overhead and, we can only assume, zombies not too far behind.
Yes, we got chills.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4 - GHOST PROTOCOL
It's been five years since Tom Cruise played the part of super spy Ethan Hunt in the "Mission: Impossible" series. But with the Dec. 21 launch day fast approaching, those days are almost over.
And now there's some more to get excited about.
Cruise took to Twitter Monday (Sept. 12) to put out the first movie poster for the upcoming film "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."
The poster offers a dark, almost brooding, Cruise. This is designed to reflect the film's story where the IMF is disbanded and must clear its own name after being implicated in a Kremlin bombing. Here's the latest trailer.

MEN IN BLACK 3
IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that the action comedy Men in Black 3 will be released to IMAX theatres simultaneously with the film's worldwide release on May 25, 2012. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Men in Black 3 is the first in the franchise to be released in IMAX.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back in black in Men in Black 3. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld from a screenplay written by Etan Cohen, based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham, the film is produced Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and executive produced by Steven Spielberg and G. Mac Brown. The film also stars Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, and Emma Thompson.
"Releasing a film in IMAX 3D signals an event release, and 'Men in Black 3' on Memorial Day weekend certainly qualifies in a big way. We couldn't be more excited about how MIB 3 will look and sound in IMAX theatres," said Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing.
"Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Sonnenfeld have made the 'Men in Black' franchise a fan favorite and we're excited to feature the return of this iconic title in IMAX," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "'Men in Black 3' is another strong addition to our 2012 film slate and we're looking forward to continuing to work with the talented team at Sony Pictures."
The IMAX release of Men in Black 3 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011

Highlander RebootHIGHLANDER REBOOT
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been set to direct Summit Entertainment's re-imagining of Highlander. The 28 Weeks Later helmer will begin filming in the spring.
Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote the screenplay for the new version, which is based on the original concept of an immortal Scottish swordsman who must do battle with an equally invincible barbarian. Neal H. Moritz and Peter Davis will produce along with Enrique Lpez Lavigne and Belen Atienza.
Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson of RCR Media Group, which is co-financing the picture, are executive producers. Justin Lin, who dropped out as director last month, will also be an executive producer.
The UTA-repped Fresnadillo directed the Spanish-language Intacto. His newest film, Intruders, has its world premiere Monday at the Toronto Film Festival.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau MAMA
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the devious Jaime Lannister in HBOs Game of Thrones, will star opposite Jessica Chastain in Mama, a Guillermo del Toro-executive produced horror movie being distributed by Universal.
The movie tells the story of a couple Chastain and Coster-Waldau who take in their long-lost young nieces and nephews. The kids were found after living in the forest for five years but now murderous events begin to unfold and it becomes clear that a supernatural force is intent on claiming the kids.
Andres Muschietti is directing, expanding the story he first told in his 2008 Spanish-language short. Neil Cross rewrote the script based on an original draft by Muschietti and his sister-partner Barbara Muschietti.
Miles Dale and Barbara Muschietti are producing. The movie will begin shooting October 3 in Toronto.
Coster-Waldau, repped by WME and Impression Entertainment, is also starring in the hot Scandinavian crime thriller Headhunters.

Daniel Stamm 13: GAME OF DEATH
TORONTOFinancing and sales company IM Global has set Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) to direct the English-language remake of Thai horror-thriller 13: Game of Death.
Stuart Ford said Stamm is currently working with writing partner David Birke to adapt the screenplay, and that they hope to go into production early next year.
A cult favorite, the original Game of Death is a macarbre satire of media culture that follows a financially strapped salesman who receives an anonymous phone call informing him he's on a hidden camera game show, and that if he complete 13 tasks, he will receive a multi-million cash prize.
But, entrapped within the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, the protagonist's need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme, to a devastating point of no return.
Ford and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik, IM Global's production joint venture with Alliance Films, will produce alongside Kiki Miyake.
Daniel is one of the most talented young genre directors in the business and we're really excited to see what he and David can do with such darkly riveting source material, Ford said.
Miyake's Little Magic banner initially brought the widely pursued project to IM Global's executive vice president of acquisitions Amal Elwardi. IM Global collaborator Jason Blum Paranormal Activity, Insidious) and Somsak Techaratanaprasert of Sahamongkolfilm (producer of the original Thai movie) will executive produce.
IM Global and Automatik are currently in production or post-production on 10 features they are producing and/or financing with various partners, including action-thrillers Safe (Jason Statham), Bullet to the Head (Sylvestor Stallone) and Welcome to the Punch (James McAvoy), and genre titles The Bay, from Barry Levinson, Scott Derricksons Sinister and Rob Zombies The Lords of Salems.
Stamm is repped by CAA and Undergrounds Films & Management; Birke, by Paradigm and Madhouse Entertainment.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011

ContagionCONTAGION
Hypochondriacs should steer clear of their local multiplex this weekend, because Contagion is about to break out.
Warners Bros. new medical thriller, from director Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast, should easily take the top spot at the North American box office, bringing an end to the three-weekend reign that The Help has enjoyed atop the box office charts.
The Help, from DreamWorks and Disney, has shown remarkable staying power, though, and is expected to hang around. The female-centric movie looks as if it will command the second slot, while Lionsgates more male-oriented Warrior opens in third place with its own hopes of turning into an equally long-running phenomenon.
After a lackluster Labor Day weekend, business should perk up with the beginning of the fall movie season. A couple of other movies -- Sonys comedy Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and The Bubble Factorys swamp-thing horror movie Creature -- will look to carve out a niche or two. And the Weinstein Co. will stage a national sneak of its upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker comedy I Dont Know How She Does It on Saturday night.
With a cast that includes Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cottilard, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet, Contagion packs the most star power of the weekends new arrivals. The PG-13-rated movie about a worldwide epidemic, written by Scott Z. Burns, has been likened to a thinking-man's Irwin Allen-type disaster movie. If nothing else, it will allow headline writers to trot out a whole string of illness metaphors as it infects 3,222 theaters, 257 of them in the Imax format.
Produced for under $60 million by Warners, the socially minded Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi, the movie looks on track to gross north of $20 million for the weekend.
While that means The Help will surrender the top spot, the period movie set in the South during the Civil Rights era has has taken in nearly $128 million at the domestic box office and should pick up another $10 million or so this weekend.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate is hoping to build equally fervent word-of-mouth for Warrior, its PG-13-rated mixed martial arts movie. Convinced that the film -- directed by Gavin OConnor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two brothers who face off in the ring -- transcends its genre, the studio got the ball rolling with a national sneak on Sept. 4 in about 550 theaters nationwide. According to Lionsgate, 80 percent of the audience gave it an upbeat definite recommend.
Opening in 1,869 theaters, Warrior is expected to take in around $8 million. But the focus will be more on its per-theater average than the overall number, since Lionsgate is hoping it can generate the kind of positive reactions that will keep audiences coming back for the next few weekends.
Expectations are much more modest for Sonys R-rated Bucky Larson. Nick Swardson (of Reno 911!) plays an average guy who comes to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a porn star. Tom Brady directed the $10 million production for Adam Sandlers Happy Madison Productions. And its looking at an opening of about $4 million.
Meanwhile, the independently produced Creature from Sid, Bill and Jon Sheinbergs Bubble Factory is taking a totally independent route. The Louisiana-set monster movie, written and directed by Fred Andrews, is being self-distributed under the Bubble Distribution banner, which has booked 1,507 screens in the U.S. and another 150 in Canada.
And looking to prime the pump for its working-wife comedy How She Does It, which opens Sept. 16, the Weinstein Co. will sneak that movie in 800 theaters Saturday night.

Breaking DawnBREAKING DAWN
Summit Entertainment has just unveiled a new poster for its upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1.
The poster features stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in an embrace.
It's much more intimate pose than was featured in the previous poster, released in mid-August, which pictured the entire main cast, including Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Green and Jackson Rathbone.
Breaking Dawn -- Part I, which hits theaters Nov. 18, centers around -- spoiler alert for those who haven't read the books or pretty much any Twilight coverage in recent months -- on the wedding between Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) and ensuing pregnancy.
Part 2 is slated for a Nov. 16, 2012 release. Both films are directed by Bill Condon.

Ron Howard364
Ron Howard has lined up another project in the form of 364, an original superhero drama from David Guggenheim, Deadline reports.
The film centers on a man who has superpowers only one day a year.
Set up at Universal with Imagine Entertainment producing, 364 represents a new addition to the already packed slate of potential Howard directing projects. Following the now-in-production Formula One biopic Rush, Howard has attached himself to the Jon Krakauer adaptation Under the Banner of Heaven and the MAD Magazine comic strip adaptation Spy vs. Spy. He's also still attached to the Stephen King multi-tiered film and television version of The Dark Tower, but that project is currently without a studio, following Universal's decision to pass on the property.
Guggenheim is the writer behind the upcoming action thrillers Medallion and Safe House.

Russell CroweLES MISERABLES
According to reports in Deadline, Russell Crowe has joined the cast of Tom Hooper's Les Misrables. He'll play Inspector Javert to Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean.
Based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel, the hit Broadway musical by Claude-Michel Schnberg opened in 1985, beginning one of the longest runs for a musical ever. Set against the backdrop of the 19th Century French rebellion, Jackman's character is a man who ends up in jail after stealing bread to feed his sister and ends up becoming the guardian of a young woman named Cosette. The musical has been adapted for the screen by William Nicholson.
Hooper is going to be following up his Oscar win for The King's Speech with the adaptation, set up at Working Title and Universal Pictures.
The movie will be the first time that Jackman, who has sung and danced on Broadway in his Tony-winning role in "The Boy From Oz" as well as host of the Oscars and Tonys, would perform in that capacity on screen. The film will likewise mark the first big screen musical for Crowe, who sings for his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.
Lining up a diverse series of projects, Crowe will soon also appear in RZA's directing debut The Man with the Iron Fists, Allen Hughes' Broken City and Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Though currently shooting, that film will actually be released after Les Misrables, which is planned to hit theaters on December 7, 2012.

Charlotte DoyleCHARLOTTE DOYLE
Morgan Freeman and Pierce Brosnan are attached to star in a film adaptation of children's author Avi's bestselling book "The True Confessions Of Charlotte Doyle" reports Screen Daily.
The story follows an adventurous young girl who braves the high seas aboard a ship with a ruthless captain and a mutinous crew, set in 1830. Saoirse Ronan was previously attached to the role of Doyle.
Danny DeVito directs from a script he adapted and shooting is scheduled to begin in Ireland in 2012. DeVito, Lori McCreary, Michael Weisler and Beau St.Clair will produce.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

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MAN OF STEEL
Man of Steel is taking a page out of Green Lantern's book. Michael Shannon, who plays General Zod in the Superman reboot, has just confirmed what we all suspectedZod's suit will be motion capture.
A couple weeks ago, paparazzi photos from the Man of Steel set showed Shannon wearing a body suit with black and white dots on it. Does that description remind you of anything? How about the Green Lantern suit? After fans started speculating about the possibility of motion-capture, Shannon decided to clear the air.
In a recent interview, Shannon opened up about the suit and how nervous he felt wearing it. He said, "It's funny because when I met with Zack we were talking about it before it started and he mentioned that there was going to be a lot of CGI, or whatever. I said, 'Just don't make me wear one of those silly suits.'"
Apparently, director Zack Snyder didn't take his reservations seriously because Shannon's stuck wearing what he calls "one of the most humiliating garments that exists in the known universe. " He also described it as "very tight." And said, "It has a variety of different colors and shapes on it and it makes you feel like you're the court jester."
What will set Zod's suit apart from Superman's? And why does he need an added CGI element? They've already taken away Supes' red briefsshouldn't that be enough to separate the two?
The mo-cap suit could be a blessing or a curse. In Green Lantern, we saw the different striations and layers the CGI added to Hal Jordan's costume, but overall, it looked cartoonish. We can only assume that Warner Bros. will fork over enough money to make sure that Zod doesn't suffer the same fate. This is a top tier character that deserves top-notch special effects.

Alphas CastALPHAS RENEWED FOR SECOND YEAR
Looks like Alphaswhich, along with Eureka and Warehouse 13, recently helped give Syfy its best Monday night in a decadewill be back for more superhuman investigating. Because 13 more episodes of the drama have been ordered and will be coming our way in 2012.
Here's Syfy's official press release:
SYFY RENEWS ALPHAS FOR SECOND SEASON
13 EPISODES OF SUPERHUMAN DRAMA SERIES FROM UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND BERMANBRAUN TELEVISION ORDERED FOR 2012
NEW YORK - September 7, 2011 - Syfy's new super-powered original drama series Alphas, featuring a team of superhuman investigators, will be returning for a second season, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Syfy is ordering 13 episodes of the breakout scripted summer hit from series producers Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television to air in 2012.
"Alphas' smart, innovative approach to a superhero franchise has clearly caught on with our audience," said Stern. "From the first-rate writing to the outstanding cast lead by David Strathairn, we're very proud of what was achieved in its first season and look forward to seeing this series fulfill even more of its creative potential in a second season."
Alphas debuted on July 11th and became Syfy's most-watched original scripted series premiere in two years. To date, premiere episodes which air Monday nights at 10PM ET/PT have averaged 3.3 million total viewers (including all available Live +7 DVR data).
Comparatively, in both key demos, Alphas has outperformed other new and returning scripted series this season including Teen Wolf, Rescue Me, Hawthorne and The Killing. Alphas also tops Memphis Beat in Adults 18-49.
Alphas has scored impressive numbers with on demand viewers since its July launch averaging over 240,000 plays within 7 days per episode. Alphas is also Syfy's most popular series in digital downloads.
Alphas, airing Monday nights at 10PM ET/PT on Syfy, follows a clandestine group of ordinary people whose unique neurological condition equips them with extraordinary physical abilities. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Temple Grandin, Good Night, and Good Luck) and operating within the Defense Department, the team investigates cases involving other Alpha activity. The ensemble cast also stars Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Why Did I Get Married?), Warren Christie (October Road), Azita Ghanizada (Castle), Ryan Cartwright (Bones) and Laura Mennell (Watchmen). Valerie Cruz is a recurring guest star.
Notable guest stars this season include Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Rebecca Mader (Lost) on September 12th and John Pyper Ferguson (Caprica) on September 26th.
Created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, Alphas is a production of Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011

Expendables CastEXPENDABLES 2
Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" is basically how boys played pretend during the summer of 1992. Pick an action mega-star and imagine if they were all in the same movie, exploding the same things at the same time. It seemed impossible until Stallone pulled it off to the tune of $225 million in worldwide box office gross.
Now it appears that the fantasy cast is growing. It was announced today (Sep. 6) that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, both cameos in the first film, have signed on for "substantial" roles in the sequel alongside Stallone.
But perhaps most exciting are the rumors that the cast will expand to include none other than Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. That's right. 71-year-old memebase Huckabee supporting Chuck Norris will potentially make his triumphant return to the silver screen.

Supernatural"Supernatural" fans, the premiere photos are here! Hey, these Winchester boys may be miserable, but they sure make it look good, don't they? When Season 7 begins on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m., we're yet again going to see a very different Sam (Jared Padalecki) -- he's not drinking blood, and he's got his soul back, but his terrifying memories of hell are blurring his reality.
As always, Dean's (Jensen Ackles) biggest concern is his brother -- oh, and saving the world from the new wrathful God, Castiel (Misha Collins). As Castiel seeks vengeance on the angels who betrayed him during the civil war in Heaven, he believes he's on a righteous path -- but the consequences of his mission could be terrible.
Dean calls on Death (Julian Richings) to stop Castiel -- after all, Death had the power to retrieve Sam's soul when no one else could -- but when plans go awry, Death turns his anger on Dean.

WORLD WAR Z
A new set video has appeared for the film adaptation of Max Brooks's acclaimed book, WORLD WAR Z and it shows just how the movie's zombies operate.
Watch as the video someone managed to capture from the filming in Glasglow shows an infected man twitching into a spastic undeath that includes headbanging the side of a mini van.
What is even more apparent is that the high-speed zombie attack seems to be a departure from Brooks' novel due to the creatures' ability to run and the quick change-over rate from bite to zombie mode. This is something sure to annoy Brooks loyalists if they weren't already annoyed to begin with.
A press release for the film already showed a massive deviation from the film's plot. Instead of Brad Pitt's character traveling around the world collecting survivors' accounts of a global zombie plague that brought civilization to a halt a decade earlier in order to gain perspective on the events, the film feels more like typical Hollywood fare about the sprint to stop an outbreak.
The release says, "The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), 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."
There also seems to be a love story involving Lane getting back to his wife Karin (played by Mireille Enos) and their two children.

WeinsteinsNEW WEINSTEIN LABEL LAUNCHED
The Hollywood Reporter writes that the Weinstein Company is launching a new label that will deliver films through digital distribution channels. Magnolia exec Tom Quinn and legal consultant Jason Janego have been named co-presidents of the yet-to-be-named shingle and will run it out of New York. They will report to TWC co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein.
Quinn and Janego will oversee acquisitions, productions and distribution of label content, with the Toronto International Film Festival their first hunting ground. Their goal is to release a film by mid-2012.
Its an exciting time in filmmaking; technology has made film a more democratic medium than ever, for artists and audiences," said the Weinsteins. "There are just so many great movies being made all over the world, and the new digital platforms make it possible for more people than ever to see them."
While at Magnolia, Quinn launched its genre shingle, Magnet Releasing, and acquired films such as Man on Wire, Jesus Camp, Let the Right One In, Page One, Monsters and Trollhunter. Janego has worked as an executive at Big Beach Films, Miramax Films, Cinetic Media and Magnolia Pictures, where he and Quinn were among the first to explore day-and-date strategies with movies such as Bubble, Two Lovers, 13 Assassins and Client 9.
Our experience in digital distribution has been eye-opening and inspiring; we see it as a new frontier for studios and for independent filmmakers of every stripe," said Quinn and Janego.
The Weinstein Company most recently released Our Idiot Brother and Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. Upcoming releases include My Week With Marilyn, The Artist, Butter and The Iron Lady.

Anthony HopkinsSOLACE
According to Variety, Anthony Hopkins is in final negotations to headline New Line Cinema's Solace.
Originally announced for development in 2008 with Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road) directing, the project deals with a clairvoyant doctor who is enlisted by the police to help catch a serial killer. Hopkins would play the doctor, John Clancy.
Pellington is no longer attached, but Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are still producing alongside Matthias Emcke and Thomas Augsberger. When the project was originally announced, the script had been written by Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin with rewrites by James Vanderbilt. It has since been rewritten by Peter Morgan.
Hopkins most recently starred in Thor and is likely to reprise his role in some capacity for the 2013 sequel.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011

The HelpBOX OFFICE REPORT
The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend.
DreamWorks Pictures' The Help remained on top of the domestic box office for a third straight weekend with an estimated $19 million from 2,843 theaters over the four-day holiday weekend. Written and directed by Tate Taylor and based on the Kathryn Stockett best-seller, the drama has earned an impressive $123.4 million after four weeks. Starring Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel, the adaptation cost just $25 million to make.
Newcomer The Debt debuted in second place with $12.6 million over the four days. The John Madden-directed thriller, starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen, Marton Csokas, Ciarn Hinds and Tom Wilkinson, played in 1,826 theaters and averaged $6,873 per location. Released by Focus Features, the movie has earned $14.5 million since hitting theaters on Wednesday.
The Weinstein Company's new "found footage" thriller Apollo 18 opened in the third spot, collecting $10.7 million from 3,328 theaters for the Friday-to-Monday frame, an average of $3,215 per site. The studio says the film cost less than $5 million to make.
Coming in close in fourth place over the holiday weekend was Relativity Media's Shark Night 3D, which took in $10.3 million from 2,806 theaters and averaged $3,671. Directed by David R. Ellis and starring Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls and Chris Zylka, the horror-thriller was made for about $25 million.
20th Century Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes rounded out the top five with $10.3 million for the long weekend. The $93 million film has earned $162.5 million domestically after five weeks.
Also, Sony's The Smurfs added $5.6 million in 10th place domestically and $23.3 million internationally its sixth weekend of release. Domestically, the movie has earned $133.6 million and worldwide the film's total has reached $429.4 million.
According to estimates, Hollywood set a new record for the summer, grossing $4.39 billion at the domestic box office. The previous record was 2009's $4.33 billion while last year's summer tally came to $4.21 billion. Internationally, box office revenues are expected to hit a record-breaking $8.2 billion for the summer season, which is a large increase over the $5.8 billion earned last year.

MELANCHOLIA
Zentropa Entertainment has revealed a new trailer for writer/director Lars von Trier's Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgrd, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgrd, Udo Kier and Kiefer Sutherland.
Melancholia is described as 'a beautiful movie about the end of the world,' and the story hinges on a large object from outer space approaching Earth that affects the planet's inhabitants. It is planned for a limited release on November 11th.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2011

Labor DayHAPPY LABOR DAY
For those of us in the U.S., today is Labor Day -- a time to celebrate the waining days of summer, the return to school and the economic and social contributions of workers. I hope you all have a wonderful day -- hopefully doing something with friends and family.

Apollo 18-Shark WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Horror-thrillers Apollo 18 and Shark Night 3D remain in a dead heat at the Labor Day box office, while The Help and Helen Mirren starrer The Debt continue to trump both in an end-of-summer upset.
The final race between Shark Night and Apollo 18 wont be called until Monday morning, when updated numbers for the four-day holiday weekend come in.
The Help will easily win the Labor Day contest with a projected four-day cume of $18 million; its three-day cume is an estimated $14.2 millionrepresenting only a 3% drop from last weekend. The $25 million film will cross $120 million in domestic grosses sometime on Monday, besting all expectations. From DreamWorks Entertainment and Participant Media, The Help is the first film since last years Inception to top the box office chart for three consecutive weekends. Disney is distributing director Tate Taylors pic, based on Kathryn Stocketts runaway bestseller.
We continue to add theaterswe have each weekits getting us into smaller towns and more rural areas, said Disney executive vice president of worldwide distribution Dave Hollis. Well slow that expansion of theaters as demand slows on the picture, but were hopeful that well continue to play well on into the fall.
The Help began its rollout at the international box office this weekend, opening to a solid $1.7 million in Australia, despite its uniquely American theme.
From Focus Features and Miramax, The Debt is expected to reach $12.2 million for the four-days, putting its six-day launch (the adult drama-thriller opened Wednesday) at a stellar $14.1 million. For the three-day weekend, the John Madden-directed pic is estimated to gross $9.7 million.
The Help, playing in far fewer theaters than its competitors, is overperforming in much the same way The Constant Gardener did, which Focus successfully launched over Labor Day in 2005 (the independent distributor is famous for using the holiday for adult fare).
For genre titlesthe traditional staple of Labor Daythe holiday isnt bringing much good news this year.
Found-footage sci fi thriller Apollo 18, from the Weinstein Co., and Shark Night, from Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sierra/Affinity, grossed an estimated $8.7 million and $8.6 million for the three-day weekend, respectively.
Projections show Apollo 18 squeaking by Shark Night for the four-day weekend with a cume of $10.7 million, versus a projected $10.5 million for Shark Night. Neither film seemed to particularly please audiences: Apollo 18 received a dismal D CinemaScore, while Shark Night drew a C (The Debt drew a B).
Heading into the weekend, tracking showed Apollo 18 grossing $11 million to $14 million for the four-day weekend, while Shark Nightwhich didnt show the same level of heat as Apollo 18was expected to earn $7 million to $8 million.
Apollo 18 only cost $5 million to produce, so the Weinstein Co. isnt financially at risk; however, its the third weekend in a row that the company has seen one of its film underperform.
As expected, Apollo 18produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Ron Schmidtappleaed heavily to males, who made up 59% of the audience, while 64% of those buying tickets were over the age of 25.
Apollo 18 is impressive for coming together in less than a year; Dimension and Bekmambetov introduced the project to foreign buyers at last Novembers American Film Market.
Director David R. Ellis Shark Night, fully financed and produced by Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sierra/Affinity, is relying on younger moviegoers. Exit polling showed that 57% of Friday nights audience was under the age of 25, while 53% of the audience was male.
Relativity put up all marketing costs for Shark Night, while Sierra/Affinity covered much of the pics production budget (just under $30 million after tax rebates) through foreign presales. The movie begins its international rollout this weekend when opening in Russia.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes placed No. 5 for the three-day weekend (Fox didnt provide a four-day estimate) grossing $7.4 million for a domestic cume of $160 million.
Sonys Zoe Saldana action pic Colombiana did the best among the three films playing in their second weekend, grossing an estimated $7.4 million for the three days for a cume of $22 million. Sony projects the movie will earn $9.3 million for the four days. Our Idiot Brother, from the Weinstein Co., grossed an estimated $5.1 million for the three-day weekend, followed by FilmDistricts Dont Be Afraid of the Dark with $5 million (four day numbers wont be available until Monday).
Sonys The Smurfs rounded out the top 10 chart, and jumped the $400 million mark over the weekend at the worldwide box office.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011

STAR WARS CGI CHANGES
George Lucas and Lucasfilm have made more changes to the "Star Wars" films for the September 16 release of "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" on Blu-ray and there's been an uproar on the internet about the additional tinkering as soon as word leaked out. TheForce.net has a list of the changes that were made with the last one, Darth Vader's "No!...Noooo!", probably being the most controversial.
First up, in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, the puppet Yoda has been replaced with CGI.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011

Frankenstein FRANKENSTEIN MOVIE COMING
Variety reports that there has been a mad dash in Hollywood to be the first to release a new Frankenstein movie, with around six different projects based on the ever-popular Mary Shelley character in various stages of development. One project seems to be at the head of the pack now, linked to Night at the Museum and Date Night director Shawn Levy.
And the first Frankenstein reboot stitched together will be...
While the ink on the deal is still wet and some details need to be worked out, Levy is confirmed to be committed to the project. The as-yet-untitled film will be written by Max Landis, the son of famed director John Landis. This version of the classic will apparently be more of a science-fictional take and will focus on themes of friendship and redemption.
Levy's latest, Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, will be out this October and centers on the relationship between a man and a rather monstrous fighting robot. That film may give us a hint at the tone and style of this take on Frankenstein.

RevengeREVENGE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that in an effort to lure potential viewers to the ABC mystery Revenge, ahead of fall's TV crush, the network has opted to dole out the series' pilot script to passengers aboard the Hamptons-bound buses this Labor Day weekend. The script will also be available for free download at the Kindle store until Sept. 21, the date the Hamptons-based series premieres.
The get-out-the-word campaign will continue on Sept. 3 with the dissemination of Revenge towels for beach-goers in the Hamptons, Jersey Shore and Los Angeles. Jitney riders will received towels in addition to scripts.
Revenge, which ABC entertainment Group Paul Lee called one of our internal favorites during August's Television Critics Association tour last month, is billed as a contemporary reimagining of The Count of Monte Cristo.
The drama centers on a mysterious young woman, played by Emily VanCamp, who is welcomed into a rich Hamptons community filled with people who don't know she's there to exact revenge on the people who had destroyed her family.
Were dealing in a particular time right now in American history where I think the average American is going to want to see a takedown of the rich, says star Madeleine Stowe.
Added creator/executive producer Mike Kelley, Revenge is such a great story engine. Its really a jumping off point.
The series, which will use pieces of the book as "sign-posts," began with executive producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, who were interested in telling a Hamptons-set story of haves and have-nots. When ABC brass suggested they layer in a story engine, Bowen decided to pull from Monte Cristo as inspiration. The decision to do so from a female point of view lead to the hiring of Kelley, whose credits include One Tree Hill and The O.C.
It feels great to be so firmly on brand at ABC, said Kelley, acknowledging that that wasnt the case on some of his past projects, likely referencing his time on CBS short-lived Swingtown.
In an era of limited attention spans and infinite options, he was quick to dispell any concerns of lingering story lines. Instead, Kelley said he plans to answer all of the questions that he sets up in the pilot during the show's first 13 episodes.
I want to satisfy viewers, he said, noting that ultimately there will only be one way to wrap up a series about revenge. "It will be Emily and Victoria with a sea of bodies between them and theyll have to forgive. Thats the only way out of this series."

KiteKITE
Variety reports that David R. Ellis, whose Shark Night 3D hits theaters today, has signed on to direct a live-action adaptation of the Japanese OVA Kite.
Released as two halves in Japan, the 1998 anime was directed by Yasuomi Umetsu and told the story of a sexually abused orphaned schoolgirl, Sawa, who becomes an assassin.
The original famous for its high level of sex and violence, Kite has been planned for a live-action version for some time. In 2008, it was announced that Mexican directors Jorge and Javier Aguilera were attached, though nothing significant developed.
Production on Kite is expected to begin in early 2012.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2011

Walking DeadWALKING DEAD - SEASON 2
Fans of "The Walking Dead" will get a satisfying dose of zombie action when the show returns for its second season on Oct. 16. Yesterday (Sept. 1), AMC announced that the show will kick off with a 90-minute premiere episode to get us up to speed on the progress of its zombie-pocalypse smash hit.
The show's first season, too, opened with an expanded episode, but ran for only six episodes. This season, we'll be treated to 13 glorious weeks of zombie-fueled drama.
Despite the exit of show creator Frank Darabont in July, the AMC ratings frontrunner is filming in Georgia and, based on early leakage to the blogosphere, is on track to deliver another season of must-watch episodes.

SECRET STASH
AMC announced the addition of two new shows to its line-up:
The unscripted series "Secret Stash" -- set in Kevin Smith's comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob''s Secret Stash, promises to "capture the world of the neighborhood comic book store and fanboy culture." We love it, but we're going to go ahead and predict this as appealing to a niche market. The show is set to debut in February 2012.
"JJK Security" will be centered on a small, family run security business and is (a la "Walking Dead") set in Georgia. AMC describes it as a "Southern gothic workplace dramedy." So "The Office" meets "True Blood"? Expect to see it air in summer 2012.

WolverineWOLVERINE WOES
First, the director quit. Then the location for filming had to be changed. Now the script for the new Wolverine movie is getting a rewrite.
Variety reports that Mark Bomback, whose credits include the upcoming Total Recall remake and director Bryan Singer's fantasy Jack the Giant Killer, has been hired to rewrite the script for The Wolverine that was originally turned in by Christopher McQuarrie way back when Darren Aronofsky was still directing this thing.
After all, since shooting is delayed until 2012 anyway, why not have some dude who wrote Live Free or Die Hard come in and tinker with what's reportedly a good script already?
The synopsis for the movie says that the story "will find Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and tragedy."
At least we know the picture is still set in Japan, meaning it's still related somehow to the classic comic book arc created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. In fact, Variety adds that the entire cast will consist of Japanese or Japanese-American actors with the exception of Viper, who's the secretary for Japan's Minister of Justice. It's not clear if this is the same Viper who becomes Madame Hydra in the Marvel comic book universe.
Production will take place mainly in Vancouver, with some filming to be done in Tokyo, and will start early next year with James Mangold directing and Hugh Jackman, of course, returning as Wolverine. No release date yet, but if you put your money on summer 2013 you'd probably win.

FringeFRINGE NEWS
Olivia, Walter and (M.I.A.) Peter dominate the latest Fringe posterbut they're not alone. The trio is joined by not one or two, but FOUR of those pasty, beady-eyed Observers!
The poster's tagline is "New Beginning. New Dimensions," which proves producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman's statement about season four being like "a pilot episode." In a way, the characters are starting over, which attests for the new beginning part. But what about the dimensions?
So far, the Fringe team has only worked with one alternate universe, so why is "dimension" plural? Is there another one out there as well? Or are they just referring to the two? And what the heck are the Observers hiding besides Peter's existence? They're up to their fedoras in this mess!
As for the heavy ripple effect used in the poster, it obviously illustrates the aftermath of Peter's disappearance. But judging from the last promo trailer, Olivia has a feeling that something's off. Her Petey sense is tingling and it's only a matter of time before she realizes what happened.
Fringe premieres Friday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m.

James GandolfiniBIG DEAD PLACE
Former Sopranos Actor James Gandolfini is developing drama Big Dead Place, based on Nicholas Johnsons memoir about his work in the U.S. Antarctic Program.
Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould, who recently teamed with the premium network on Andrew Ross Sorkin's telepic Too Big to Fail, is on board to pen and executive produce the project. Gandolfini will executive produce the project, which could also become a starring vehicle for him.
Gandolfinis managers Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong as well as actor Brian Swibel and Mosaics Jimmy Miller are also attached as EPs. Sam Hansen will serve as an co-executive producer.

WonderconWONDERDON MOVING TO ANAHEIM
The move for next year's show rumored for some time, Comic-Con International has officially confirmed that WonderCon 2012 will be held in Anaheim, California rather than in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it has been held since it began in 1987 (first at the Oakland Convention Center and, since 2003, the Moscone Center). The official announcement about the move appeared on the organization's official site and reads as follows:
WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International's (CCI) family of conventions, today announced that the 2012 show will be held March 16-18, and Anaheim, California, will play host to the long-running comics and popular arts convention. San Francisco's Moscone Center, WonderCon's traditional venue, will undergo renovations in early 2012, leaving the 25-year-old show in the unenviable position of either being canceled or finding a new venue.
In a move to help alleviate an overcrowded calendar, ReedPop's C2E2, which has been waiting to announce dates for its own show in March 2012, will now seek alternative dates while Wizard World has announced that it will postpone its April 2012 Anaheim show.
"It certainly was not our wish to move," commented David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for the nonprofit event. "However, when faced with the prospect of canceling the show for a year or moving locations, after careful consideration we decided to keep WonderCon on the 2012 calendar at a venue that could accommodate our needs."
"We fully understand the challenges of trying to secure dates at any venue, let alone one undergoing renovation," said Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President of ReedPop. "In an effort to minimize the impact on exhibitors and attendees we are currently looking to shift C2E2 from our traditional March dates."
Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard World offered a unique solution to offset any potential conflict for fans and exhibitors: "All of us who produce conventions know securing dates can often be a frustrating experience especially when you find yourself having to move to a new city." Shamus continued, "Because of their long history, Wizard World has decided to accommodate WonderCon and postpone our April 2012 Anaheim show."
"We appreciate the efforts of Lance and Gareb for going above and beyond in making the WonderCon transition more manageable," said Glanzer.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

LokiAvengers PromoTHE AVENGERS
The mighty Avengers are striking all kinds of comic-book-style heroic poses that'll no doubt make daddy Stan Lee proud in this new action-oriented promo art from Marvel Studios. Oh, and a villain strikes a pose, too.
This cool newmake that awesome newpromo art features all key members of the Avengers team minus S.H.I.E.L.D. members Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
So we have our Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) all ready to engage for what will no doubt be a climactic battle in the streets of Cleveland New York City.
And we also have another promo piece from Marvel Studios, this time for The Avengers' main villain: namely our favorite god of lies, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
If you look closely, you'll notice he's sporting a new look for his outing against the superhero team, and he has his mischief-making staff.

John MooreDIE HARD 5
According to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has settled on studio mainstay John Moore to direct Die Hard 5, the latest in the decades long Bruce Willis action franchise.
Moore is now in negotiations to helm the movie, which will see Willis return to star as John McClaine.
The move is not a surprise as Moore's name kept surfacing even as the studio looked at names such as Fast Five helmet Justin Lin, Nicolas Refn of Drive and Attack the Block's Joe Cornish. The derby was set in motion when Noam Murro, who was slated to direct, left to take on Warner Bros.'s 300 sequel 300: Battle of Artemisia.
The new Die Hard movie has a script by Skip Woods and is said to feature McClaine's son, with some saying Fox may be setting up a passing of the baton.
All of Moore's features - which begin with 2001's Behind Enemy Lines starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, include Flight of the Phoenix and a remake of The Omen, and end with Max Payne - have been for Fox.

Superman PicsSUPERMAN
Superman has a brand-new costume and thanks to newly released images from the set of Man of Steel, fans are getting their first chance to study it in detail.
The new costume, worn by actor Henry Cavill, appears to be keeping in line with the revised version of the character soon to be seen in DC Comics' reboots of the Action Comics and Superman series next month. The red briefs and yellow belt are gone; replaced by blue briefs. And from the looks of the photos, the omnipresent red cape is now optional.
A previous photo of the Man of Steel was released earlier in August, but the image was dim and moody and didn't give fans a sense of what the costume would look like in action.
Warner Bros.' Superman reboot began filming outside of Chicago in early August.

Shawn LevyROMANCING THE STONE
Deadline reports that a remake of Robert Zemeckis' 1984 adventure film Romancing the Stone has been relatively quiet since it was first announced nearly three years ago. Now plans have changed and, rather than being set up as a feature film, the property will be developed by NBC as a television series with Shawn Levy producing and potentially attached to direct the pilot.
The original film starred Kathleen Turner as a romance novelist and Michael Douglas as an American soldier of fortune who team together to try and save her missing sister. The new version is said to expand on that premise, swapping the sister character for a brother.
The series plans to head to the network with Mark Friedman (Home of the Brave, "The Forgotten") writing. Levy is said to be interested in directing, though his upcoming slate is looking to be quite full. His next, Real Steel is hoping to launch a franchise and his name has been brought up in connection to Fantastic Voyage and 20th Century Fox's Untitled Frankenstein Film, among others.

THE DOUBLE
The trailer for the thriller The Double has come online. Directed by Michael Brandt and written by Derek Haas and Brandt (the duo behind Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma and 2 Fast 2 Furious), the film stars Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Stana Katic, Stephen Moyer, Martin Sheen and Odette Annable.
In The Double, opening in theaters on September 23, the mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin "Cassius" forces Paul Shepherdson (Gere), a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary (Grace), to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Sheen). Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master's thesis on Shepherdson's pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011

JLAJUSTICE LEAGUE
We're only hours away from the start of DC Comics' company-wide reboot. Will you be there when it all begins at midnight?
As was announced a couple of months back, DC has decided to renumber every comic in its universe, rebooting its superheroes and starting over again with 52 first issues. The first to be published is Justice League #1, which goes on sale at midnight.

Bruce-TronTRON 3
At a recent convention, Bruce Boxleitner confirmed Tron 3 is entering full resolution and well on its way toward a 2013 release.
Brainstorming sessions began last January for a third installment of Disney's Tron franchise when Tron 2 was teetering over $300 million and the merchandising juggernaut was providing a glittering stream of ancillary revenue. Supporting the cyberscape love-fest, Disney XD's awesome-looking upcoming cartoon series Tron: Uprising is gathering gigabytes of followers. One of the ideas being juggled around for the next sequel is reintroducing the character of Yori, played by Caddyshack vamp Cindy Morgan in the 1982 original.
Joseph Kosinski, director of Tron: Legacy, revealed a potential plot for the screenplay earlier this year. Rumored to be called Tron: The Next Day, the film picks up where Legacy ended, with Quorra in the real world, continuing the exploits and adventures of Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund).
A six-pack of alternative storylines have been in consideration since last winter. Several of them feature the character of Laura, who would be married to Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner's Tron character). Cillian Murphy is also said to be onboard the film, should it proceed, playing two pivotal characters.
Jeff Bridges is not confirmed to return as Kevin Flynn. But don't count the fantastic Mr. Flynn out yet.
Originally budgeted at $170 million, Tron: Legacy opened on Dec. 17, 2010, and, after surviving a wave of mediocre reviews, churned on through the holiday season to rack up over $400 million worldwide. That's nothing to rattle a fistful of quarters at.

Spielberg-KingDYNAMIC DUO-SPIELBERG/KING
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are at it again.
The duo who previously teamed on The Talisman are developing a drama series based on Kings 2009 novel Under the Dome.
The project, which will be produced by DreamWorks Television, revolves around locals a Maine locale who battle each other when a force field surrounds their town and cuts them off from the remainder of the world.
King will executive produce along with DreamWorks TVs Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. No writer is currently attached.
DreamWorks TV also produces Spielbergs TNT alien invasion drama Falling Skies, which was recently picked up for a second season, and had the Toni Collette dramedy United States of Tara at Showtime.
King and Peter Straubs fantasy novel The Talisman was published in 1984, which TNT developed into a six-part miniseries in 2006; the project was ultimately scraped due to budget concerns.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2011

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ROBOTROPOLIS
Robopocalypse is coming. Humans have taught machines to walk, to read and even to duel with lightsabers. Now the trouble begins.
Christopher Hatton, who wrote a couple of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, has both written and directed the upcoming movie Robotropolis, which is about (according to imdb):
A group of reporters are covering the unveiling of a new facility that is completely maintained by robot prototypes. When one of the robots goes haywire, the reporters find themselves not just reporting on the malfunction, but fighting for their lives.
We're not sure whether the full-length movie will be able to live up to the promise of the scary trailer, but we can always hope. The film has no release date yet.

Greg PlagemanBISHOP TO PAWN
TNT is getting into the pawn business. The cable network has picked up Bishop to Pawn, a script from Person of Interest writer Greg Plageman.
The drama project revolves around a private investigator who runs his business out of his Los Angeles pawn shop and has Jerry Bruckheimer is attached to executive produce through Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television.
Jonathan Littman (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) will also executive produce, with KristieAnne Reed (The Whole Truth) on board as a co-executive producer.
Bruckheimer and Reed also have an hourlong 1980s wrestling project in development at NBC and a put-pilot commitment from CBS for a character-based procedural from Heroes scribe Aron Eli Coleite.
Plageman's Person of Interest premieres Sept. 22 on CBS.

Argo CastARGO
According to variety, Ben Affleck's next has added three new cast members, namely Tate Donovan, Nelson Franklin and Taylor Schilling in the upcoming Argo.
The trio join Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Affleck himself in the true espionage story about a 1979 CIA team that, working with the Canadian government, moved to rescue six U.S. diplomats who had been taken hostage at an American embassy by a group of Iranians. Working undercover, the team pretended that they were part of a Hollywood film crew scouting a movie called "Argo."
Schilling, who most recently appeared in Atlas Shrugged and who will star in next year's The Lucky One, will play wife to Affleck's CIA Agent with Donovan an embassy consulate and Franklin a journalist.
The screenplay was adapted by Chris Terrio from Joshua Bearman's April 2007 Wired magazine article, "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue American from Tehran" and it's being produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smoke House to be released by Warner Bros.

APOLLO 18
The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for their upcoming Apollo 18, which hits theaters this Friday.
Shot in a "found footage" documentary style, Apollo 18 pretends to unearth lost footage from Apollo 18's undocumented and covert mission to the moon, revealing disturbing new evidence of other life forms.

Josh BrolinOLD BOY
Deadline reports that Josh Brolin has been cast in the upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook's Old Boy.Brolin, who next appears on the big screen in Men in Black III, will play the part of Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who, on the day his daughter is born, is captured and imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades (15 years in the original) with no understanding as to why. When he is suddenly released, he's told that he has just four days to determine the reason for his imprisonment and, if he cannot, his daughter will be killed.
Originally a late '90's manga series by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, the American version will apparently, as in that series, go by that two word title rather that the single world Oldboy that Chan-wook's version used.
Spike Lee is set to direct the film with a script from Mark Protosevich and is eyeing an early 2012 production start.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011

William MonahanSIN CITY 2
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are bringing in some Oscar-winning firepower to help shape the script for Sin City 2, the sequel to their 2005 hit graphic novel adaptation.
William Monahan, who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for 2006s The Departed, has been hired to work on the script, according to sources, supplementing a draft completed recently by Miller.
Momentum has been building lately behind the long-in-development sequel to Sin City, which grossed a healthy $100 million worldwide in 2005. Rodriguez, who co-directed the original with Miller (who scripted and authored the source material), said at Comic-Con in July that financing for the sequel had been arranged and shooting would begin as soon as a script could be locked, possibly by the end of this year.
Its not clear which actors would return from the original, though rumors on fan websites have suggested a storyline featuring the characters played by Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba. Rodriguez indicated to THR during an interview at Comic-Con that actors playing characters that survived the first film are expected to return, and that because much of it is shot in pieces against green screen that scheduling shouldnt be too difficult.
Monahan has been in high demand since taking home the Oscar. His active dossier includes the scripts for the hot Tom Cruise sci-fi project Oblivion, which is currently casting at Universal, as well as a slew of other projects. As THR first reported on Friday, Monahan also is reuniting with his Departed director Martin Scorsese for a remake of the 1974 drama The Gambler.

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THE HUNGER GAMES
Lionsgate debuted the first teaser for The Hunger Games on MTV's 2011 Video Music Awards.
Opening in theaters on March 23, The Hunger Games chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual "Hunger Games," a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.

FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN
The full trailer for Fireflies in the Garden has just been released through Yahoo! Movies.
In the film, opening in limited theaters on October 14, Michael Taylor (Ryan Reynolds) is an author who has channeled his painful childhood memories into his novels. With some reluctance, he is flying home for his mother Lisa's (Julia Roberts) college graduation. After a lifetime of putting everyone else first, stroking her husband's (Willem Dafoe) massively insecure ego and raising her children in spite of that, it's Lisa's turn. What should be a moment of great celebration turns into a tragic reunion when Lisa is killed in a car accident, leaving father, son and family to pick up the pieces.
While preparing for their mother's funeral, memories are relived and secrets are revealed which will test the family bond. After a childhood of hiding in his father's shadows, protected by his mother, Michael must confront his past and find an understanding of his family, his father and himself.

Zoe SaldanaDOMINION
Reports in the Hollywood Reporter indicate that Zoe Saldana has signed a deal to produce and star in Paramount Pictures' supernatural thriller Dominion.
Little is known about the plot specifics, but the pitch arrives from relative newcomers Chester Hastings and Dean McCreary and concerns a half-human, half-angel. The project bears no relation to the unproduced DreamWorks project, Dominion or the recently announced Barry Sonnenfeld/Grant Morrison project, Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens.
Saldana headlines this week's Colombiana and is soon expected to return for two major sci-fi sequels, Star Trek 2 and Avatar 2.

IN TIME
An international trailer for Andrew Niccol's In Time has come online. Opening in theaters on October 28, the thriller stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Muphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki, Olivia Wilde and Matthew Bomer.
In Time presents a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there's a catch: you're genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich "earn" decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo's love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011

HURRICANE IRENE
Today will probably look like something we've soon on the big or little screen. Hurricane Irene is coming! Tuned intothe news and the weather is approaching. It sounds like a disaster alert. Not only is the hurricane coming, there is atornado watch and tropical storm warning. With the earthquake earlier in the week, it sounds like someone checked onefrom column A, one from column B, etc.

Good day to curl up with a good book, your DVDs or VHS copies of BABYLON 5 -- whatever you have to keep you inside andaway from harm -- for at least those of you on the East Coast! Not a bad prescription for anyone really -- as long asthe electriciity holds out.

Take care everyone!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011

THE HUNGER GAMES
The Hunger Games hopes to be the next blockbuster franchise, so much so that it's playing one of those blockbustery gamesreleasing a teaser for a teaser that'll be screened at MTV's Video Music Awards Sunday.
We barely see a second of Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen, but if you're a fan of the book, that'll be more than enough to set you squeeing.

DarkBOX OFFICE WEEKEND
On Friday, Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla and Lennie James stars in the bullet thriller Colombiana, directed by Olivier Megaton.
Meanwhile, Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison star in the horror flick Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. The movie is written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins and directed by Troy Nixey.
Also opening Friday is the family comedy Our Idiot Brother, directed and produced by Jesse Peretz and starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel.
Here is what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about those films.
Colombiana
Bottom Line: Another Besson bash of bullets, bodies and broads.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Bottom Line: A scary film where the scares peter out far too quickly.
Our Idiot Brother
Bottom Line: Dysfunctional family comedy ambles instead of snowballing and treats its good-hearted hero pretty shabbily.
Circumstance
Bottom Line: Stunning debut lifts the veil on life in Iran.
Brighton Rock
Bottom Line: The story is a typical Greene tale of good versus evil.
Chasing Madoff
Bottom Line: A riveting yet maddeningly stylized doc looking into a whistleblower whom no one listened to.
Higher Ground
Bottom Line: A rare American film that explores the born-again experience without mockery or condescension.

Eric KripkeDEADMAN
The CW is getting back into business with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.
The network is developing an adaptation of DC Comics' Deadman, by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino, with Kripke writing and executive producing.
Deadman centers on the spirit of a trapeze artist, Boston Brand, who is murdered, and continues to live on by inhabiting other people's bodies and helping them resolve conflicts and issues in their lives. He first appeared in October 1967. Deadman will be produced by Warner Bros. TV.
Kripke exited his day-to-day duties as showrunner on Supernatural at the end of the fifth season, with executive producer Sera Gamble taking over. Supernatural is entering into Season 7 this fall.
Earlier this year at PaleyFest, Kripke told The Hollywood Reporter that the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic book series The Sandman was "not in the works, at least for this season" but he hoped that "we can do it again in the future." In September 2010, WBTV named him its top choice to develop the series.

James HongR.I.P.D.
James Hong, the veteran Asian-American actor who has appeared in cult classics such as Blade Runner and Big Trouble in Little China and more recently did voicework Kung Fu Panda 2, has joined the cast of Universals R.I.P.D., the supernatural action movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.
The story centers on a murdered cop (Reynolds) who is recruited to work in the Rest in Peace Department, a police force comprised of ghosts who battle spirits unready to depart this world.
Hong will play Grandpa Chen, Reynolds avatar, the form humans see when Reynolds character goes about his business.
Marisa Miller just joined the cast as Bridges avatar.
Also in the cast of the Robert Schwentke-directed pic are Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, and Stephanie Szostak.
Hong, with a career dating back to the mid-1950s, has astoundingly appeared in over 500 movies and television roles and will next be seen in the Jason Statham action movie Safe. He is repped by Stage 9 Talent.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011

WALKING DEAD
In what is clearly a bid to quell any post-Frank Darabont firing jitters or, you know, promote it's show, AMC Wednesday (Aug. 24) released four new teaser clips from the upcoming second season of its runaway hit zombie-pocalypse series, "The Walking Dead."
Each clip runs about 10 seconds and gives us a taste of the tone of season 2 which, duh, picks right up where season 2 left off: dark, desperate, sweaty and filled with gnarly zombies.
The best is clip two in which Andrea (Laurie Holden) appears to be taking a solitary walk through the woods when -- surprise! -- a freaky zombie pops into frame.

Man of SteelMAN OF STEEL
A series of pictures taken on the set and posted at the Man of Steel Facebook page appear to show quite definitively that Cavill is not wearing the red trunks that have been part of Superman's costume since the very beginning.
So now we can guess why that initial photo deliberately kept Kal-El's midsection in the shadowsdirector Zack Snyder and the film's producers (who include Christopher Nolan) wanted to keep the full costume a mystery and not necessarily set off alarm bells with Superman purists.
Of course, it's not just the new movie that's messing with the Man of Steel's iconic outfit: DC Comics has also revealed that Superman's red underwear is going to be a thing of the past when the publisher reboots its entire line of titles next month.
By the way, if you can get over the shock of the new Superman outfit in those set pics, you might also notice that they give us our first (sort of) view of female Kryptonian villain Faora (Antje Traue), who looks for our money a lot like Ursa from the first two Christopher Reeve Superman flicks. And is that Michael Shannon as Zod in the mo-cap suit??
But more importantly, are you okay with Superman losing the red undies for Man of Steel? Or is Zack Snyder committing comic book sacrilege with Supes' new look?

Bridget ReganHIDE
Legend of the Seeker's Bridget Regan has been tapped to play Annabelle Granger in the TNT telepic Hide.
The project, which will debut Dec. 6 on the Turner-owned cable network, is based on Lisa Gardner's book of the same name. Regan joins Carla Gugino, who will play Boston Police Detective D.D. Warren, who is called to investigate the remains inside a buried chamber at an abandoned mental hospital.
The case leads Gugino's character to Annabelle (Regan), a young woman who moved around a lot as a child, changing identities and hiding from things and people she knows nothing about. Warren uses clues from Annabelle's upbringing to unravel the mystery behind her twist family history.
Filling out the cast are fellow stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Kevin Alejandro. Hide is being penned by Janet Brownell (Eloise at the Plaza), with John Gray (Ghost Whisperer, Helter Skelter) and Stephanie Germain (The Day After Tomorrow) attached to direct and executive produce, respectively.
The telepic is part of the nets lineup of original movies under its upcoming TNT Mystery Movie Night franchise, which will feature six procedural dramas. The series kicks off Nov. 29 with Scott Turow's Innocent, starring Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden and Alfred Molina.
Regan, whose past small screen credits include stints on Six Degrees, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Black Donnollys, is repped by Gersh.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011

FRINGE TEASER
Good news, "Fringe" fans. After months of wondering how long we'd have to wait to see Joshua Jackson back on our screens, there has officially been a Pacey Peter sighting on set.
According to an autograph seeker waiting outside the location shoot, fans were initially told that Jackson had just stopped by to celebrate a crew member's birthday. Later, Jackson confirmed that he was shooting scenes today.
That means Peter will be back by Episode 4, for those of you keeping track. There is a possibility that his first episode back will actually be Episode 3.
If the new preview is any indication, the lack of Peter in Walter's and Olivia's lives has been felt, even if they don't quite know what they're missing. "We all get really good at pretending that the loneliness isn't there, and then something comes along to remind us," Olivia says. "I know what it's like to have a hole in my life. It's been there as long as I can remember."

SUPERNATURAL PREVIEW
SPOILER WARNING!
The CW has released a new The CW has released a new "Supernatural" promo spot... and it makes us a little sad.
We love that the show is veering in an unexpected direction -- the game-changer at the end of Season 6 turned the series' formula on its head and kept us on our toes -- but we're going to miss Castiel.
"The Castiel you knew is gone," he warns the Winchesters in the preview. When we last spoke with Misha Collins, he confirmed that the character has been stripped of his humorous angle -- there won't be any more fumbling with technology, learning via porn, or accidental double entendres with Dean.
"I'll spoil this right now for you -- he does start the season as both a wrathful and vengeful god," Collins told us earlier this month. Don't expect a redemption before Castiel exits in episode 2, titled "Hello, Cruel World." Details as to where Castiel is going will be revealed on Sept. 30.
While Collins welcomes the opportunity to return to the series, he hasn't yet booked any future episodes beyond those first two. We're still holding out hope for a comeback later in the season.
As for the Winchesters, Sam (Jared Padalecki) will continue to struggle with his crippling memories of hell. He says that the challenge of portraying a man with the worst PTSD ever has been an interesting one. "I'm still figuring it out. It's difficult to understand," he tells us. He's chosen to focus on the smaller moments of Sam's experience in hell, rather than the greater picture, because 100 years of torture isn't exactly relatable.
"When you tell somebody '6 million people died between the years, blah blah blah,' you're kind of like, 'Whoa,' but you can't grasp it. If you then say, 'One person had every nail pulled out and his nose cut off, and salt poured in' ... thinking about specifics, that's where you can go," he says.
As for Dean -- we hear you, Dean girls! There's been a bit of an uproar in our comments section when it comes to Dean's storyline this season. When the show returns on Sept. 23, Dean will be occupied with keeping Castiel at bay, while grappling with the fact that Castiel was arguably his best friend before he turned against the Winchesters.
However, as it has been since we first met Dean at four years old, his primary concern will be his brother's well-being. "Sam is dealing with more of a personal issue than Dean," Jensen Ackles told our friends at E! when they visited the set. "Essentially the big topic [this season] is there's a new evil in the world and the boys are going to have to combat it by pooling their [meager] resources...It's going to be a difficult situation for both guys."

NeverlandSYFY FOR THE FALL
If you're looking forward to finding out how the current seasons of Eureka, Alphas, Haven and Warehouse 13 will end, or learning how Peter Pan and Captain Hook began their epic rivalry, then check out what Syfy has in store for us this fall.
Check out Syfy's officlal press release:
SYFY'S FALL PROGRAMMING FEATURES PREMIERE OF PARANORMAL WITNESS, GHOST HUNTERS, HALLOWEEN LIVE AND 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN
RETURN OF FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES, SANCTUARY AND SCARE TACTICS
4-HOUR MOVIE EVENT NEVERLAND STARRING RHYS IFANS, ANNA FRIEL AND OSCAR NOMINEE KEIRA KNIGHTLEY AS TINKER BELL

NEW YORK - August 23, 2011 - Syfy will take the chill out of the air with a robust fall programming lineup featuring the series premiere of Paranormal Witness, the annual spook-a-thon 31 Days of Halloween culminating with Ghost Hunters Halloween Live telecast, and the 4-hour movie event Neverland, an original prequel to Peter Pan featuring Oscar nominee Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell.
Syfy's fall primetime schedule will also include the return of hit series Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Sanctuary, Scare Tactics, and the Saturday Original Movie Zombie Apocalypse, as well as the season finales of the hit scripted series Eureka, Alphas, Haven and Warehouse 13.
Highlights of Syfy 2011 Fall Programming (All Times ET/PT)
SEPTEMBER<br> PARANORMAL WITNESS (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)
Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM - Paranormal Witness teams with 9PM lead-in Ghost Hunters to anchor the fall's Wednesday prime paranormal programming block. This tense, filmic and high-octane drama-documentary series brings to life the real stories of people who have lived through paranormal experiences that defy explanation. Using a mixture of intimate first-hand testimony, actual home video and gritty realistic drama, Paranormal Witness transports viewers into a world turned upside-down by extraordinary, terrifying and sometimes life-threatening paranormal events.
The season premiere episode showcases two stories with spine-tingling, first-person narration. The episode begins with "Emily the Imaginary Friend," a story about a young Baltimore family whose life is turned to chaos when they move into a new home and their 5-year-old daughter makes friends with an invisible girl named Emily. At first, Emily appears as a harmless playmate. Then, signs of mischievous behavior and household items moving or breaking start to occur in the house. The parents initially assume this could be uncharacteristically naughty behavior from their daughter, until the mischief turns increasingly more sinister and threatening towards the family members. The second story is "The Lost Girl," where a mother and daughter relive an unexplainable encounter along a rural dirt road in Florida with a mysterious girl who carries a shocking secret.

SCRIPTED SERIES SEASON FINALES
Eureka Season 4.5 finale -- Monday, September 19, 8-9PM
Alphas Season One finale -- Monday, September 26, 10-11PM
Haven Season Two finale -- Friday, September 30, 10-11PM
Warehouse 13 Season Three two-hour finale -- Monday, October 3, 9-11PM

To accompany the season finales, Syfy will air the following marathons:
Alphas Season One -- Monday. September 26, 11:30AM-10PM
Haven Season Two -- Friday, September 30, 8AM-6PM
Warehouse 13 Season Three -- Monday, October 3, 11AM-9PM
OCTOBER
31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN and GHOST HUNTERS HALLOWEEN LIVE
Saturday, October 1, through Monday, October 31 -- 31 Days of Halloween will unleash nearly 600 hours of bloodcurdling programming with original series, Saturday Original Movies and theatricals as well as ghoulish celebrations on Chiller and Syfy.com.
The month-long fright fest culminates with the annual six-hour Ghost Hunters Halloween Live telecast on Monday, October 31 at 7PM (ET/PT).
This year Syfy will partner with NYC & Company, New York City's official tourism, marketing and partnership organization for 31 Days of HalloweeNYC. The joint venture will bring the popular 31 Days of Halloween to the streets of New York City.
SANCTUARY (SEASON 4 PREMIERE)
Friday, October 7 at 10PM (ET/PT) -- The 13 all-new episodes of Season 4 change everything. With the arrival of the Hollow Earth refugees, the balance between Abnormals and humans is severely upset. In order to keep the peace, Magnus and team must throw out the rulebook. But forging their own way means they're not just dodging dangerous Abnormals anymore, now they've got world governments and new villains nipping at their heels. Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping as the brilliant Dr. Helen Magnus, Robin Dunne as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman, Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss and Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt. Created by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), Sanctuary is produced in association with Syfy and is distributed by Tricon Films and Television. Season four of the series is executive produced by Damian Kindler, Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Keith Beedie and Tricon Films.
SCARE TACTICS (SEASON 4.5)
Monday, October 10 at 9 pm (ET/PT) -- Hosted and executive produced by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan, Scare Tactics is a hidden camera show with a sci-fi twist. The show conspires with friends and family members to lure those close to them into outrageous scenarios. Unsuspecting victims find themselves in shocking situations from alien abductions to brushes with the living dead, taking advantage of the age-old practice of friends playing practical jokes on each other. In the premiere episode, "Tracy the Tour Guide," Tracy Morgan is on hand when one of his ancestors comes back to life in the form of a bloodthirsty mummy.
FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES (SEASON 2.5)
Wednesday, October 19 at 10 pm (ET/PT) - Fact or Faked continues its red hot second season with six all-new episodes featuring former FBI agent Ben Hansen, lead scientist Bill Murphy, journalist Jael de Pardo, tech specialist Devin Marble, stunt expert Austin Porter and photographer Lanisha Cole. To date, new episodes this year have averaged more than 1.5 million viewers, up 57% from its first season.
Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files uncovers the truth behind supernatural and unexplained occurrences that have been caught on camera. In each episode, the team searches for the most intriguing images, videos and unnatural phenomenon found online and around the world. After selecting the most compelling cases, they head into the field, attempting to recreate the video, carrying out key experiments and questioning eyewitnesses. The team investigates all the clues and evidence with the most advanced techniques and tools at their disposal, and their objective is to answer the question, "Is this real?"
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIE)
Saturday, October 29 at 9PM (ET/PT) -- Months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population, a small group of survivors fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina. Stars Ving Rhames. A production of The Asylum.
DECEMBER
NEVERLAND (ORIGINAL 4-HOUR MOVIE EVENT)
Sunday, December 4 at 9PM & Monday, December 5 at 9PM (ET/PT) -- Neverland, an original prequel to author J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan, sweeps in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean and the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination. The film stars Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) as James Hook, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg's feature Hook), Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man) and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as one of literature's most cherished characters, Peter Pan. Neverland is produced by Dublin-based Parallel Films on behalf of MNG Films, in association with Syfy and Sky Movies HD, and will be distributed by RHI Entertainment.

Steven MoffatDOCTOR WHO RUMORS
The saga regarding Doctor Who's seventh season has been ongoing and terrifying for fans of the good Doc. Thankfully, both Steven Moffat and Matt Smith have gone on record, once again, to say that we'll have a full season coming in 2012we're just going to have to wait a little longer to get there.
When asked if budget concerns would lead to a shortened season next year, Moffat responded quite adamantly to the contrary, saying, "Absolute nonsense. First of all, we are airing in 2012. The only thing that's happening is that we're moving a bit later. There's lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon. It is certainly not a reduced episode count. Do you think the BBC would really let that happen? With an average audience of 10 million? ... Doctor Who's international profile is huge. It's never been more successful. You're not going to reduce a show like this. The opposite is going to happen, in fact."
Matt Smith, too, has recently confirmed that he will return for 14 additional episodes, saying, "I'll shoot 14. It'll be the whole thinga Christmas special and, yeah, a 13-episode series."
It's sometimes hard to distinguish the fact from the fiction. Depending on the moment and whom you ask, the situation with Doctor Who's future, much like its titular character, seems to change from day to day. After all, many of the actors are going on to other projects, and rumors have abounded as to whether the Ponds would return next year. But the optimist in us is happy to accept the idea that the story is merely being delayed and not reduced.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011

Carpenter-PadaleckiSUPERNATURAL NEWS
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Charisma Carpenter is on the "Supernatural" set in Vancouver, and on Monday, she and series star Jared Padalecki posted a photo of themselves working on Monday morning.
She noted that she and Padalecki were the only actors working that morning, and that her "Buffy" co-star James Masters would be joining the fun on Tuesday. Cordelia and Spike will be playing a married couple on the fifth "Supernatural" episode of Season 7, entitled, "Shut up, Dr. Phil."
"First Day. New girl. Making' friends," Carpenter tweeted.
Today, KSiteTV reports the titles of the first nine "Supernatural" episodes in Season 7. The season premiere on Sept. 23 is called "Meet the New Boss," and the promotional trailer warns fans to "Kiss your Cass goodbye."
Episode 2 is titled "Hello, Cruel World," and the third episode -- directed by Jensen Ackles and featuring guest star Jewel Staite -- is "The Girl Next Door." It's a flashback episode that recalls a high school sweetheart of Sam's.
The remaining episode titles are below.
#7.4 "Defending Your Life"
#7.5 "Shut Up, Dr. Phil"
#7.6 "Slash Fiction"
#7.7 "All in the Family"
#7.8 "The Mentalists"
#7.9 "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!"

Burn NoticeUSA RENEWALS
If you're itching to see what happens with Annie Walker following the summer run of "Covert Affairs," you won't have to wait all that long. The same goes for Michael Westen and "Burn Notice."
USA will bring both series back in early November to complete their current seasons. Their fall runs will join the previously announced sixth season of "Psych," which premieres Oct. 12.
The cable channel will also air two films on Sunday, Sept. 11, to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The drama "The Space Between," starring Melissa Leo, airs at 9 p.m. ET and will be followed by the Oscar-winning documentary short "Twin Towers." Both will air commercial-free.
"Covert Affairs" will begin a six-episode run to end its second season on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Annie (Piper Perabo) will continue to take on far-flung missions for the CIA but also must deal with the fallout of revealing her job to her sister (Anne Dudek).
"Burn Notice" will also get a six-episode fall run beginning Thursday, Nov. 3. Lauren Stamile will continue her guest role as Agent Pearce, and Jere Burns ("Justified," "Breaking Bad") and Ian Anthony Dale ("The Event") are also set to guest-star alongside Jeffrey Donovan and Co.

Game of ThronesGAME OF THRONES
"Game of Thrones" will expand its world in Season 2 by expanding the number of locations where it films.
HBO announced Monday (Aug. 22) that the series, whose primary location is Belfast, Northern Ireland, will also film scenes in Croatia and Iceland this season. (Portions of the first season were also shot in Malta.)
Sites in Croatia will serve as Southern locations in Season 2. Iceland, unsurprisingly, will be the home to scenes set in the uncharted land beyond the Wall in the north of Westeros.
Season 2 of "Game of Thrones," which has also added a host of new cast members, has been filming for about a month. It's scheduled to premiere in early 2012.

PixarPIXAR NEWS
Everyone's favorite animation studio may have a full slate ahead with the fantasy film Brave and Monsters University (sequel to Monsters, Inc.) on the way, but that doesn't mean they're resting on their laurels. Instead, they used the D23 Expo to reveal the existence of two new projects that sound like nothing the studio has attempted before.
Both are as-yet untitled, but the descriptions are enough to get our animation-loving hearts racing. The first is from Bob Peterson, who wrote and co-directed Up, and features a world in which the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs never happened, meaning the creatures coexist with humans. The second, to be directed by Pete Docter, is being called "an inventive new film that explores a world that everyone knows but no one has seen: inside the human mind."
It's probably not Psychonauts: The Movie, but it sounds pretty intriguing. Expect the dino-flick in November 2013, with the brain-bending production to be released in May 2014.

SkarsgardTHE EAST
Alexander Skarsgard appears likely to join the cast of The East, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. He would appear opposite Brit Marling, who co-wrote the project alongside Zat Batmanglij, who will also direct.
The film is said is to focus on a group of eco terrorists led by Skarsgard's character. Marling would play a law enforcement agent who goes undercover to infiltrate the group.
Skarsgard is best known for his role as Eric on HBO's "True Blood". He'll soon appear on the big screen as well in Straw Dogs, Melancholia and next summer's Battleship.
Marling, meanwhile, is now in theaters in the just-released Another Earth and will soon headline Sound of My Voice, both of which she also co-wrote and the latter of which is directed by Batmanglij. She's also slated to appear in Robert Redford's The Company You Keep.

THE LAST EXORCISM
A sequel to the 2010 "found footage" film The Last Exorcism is in the works, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. Damien Chazelle has just boarded the project to provide the screenplay.
Little is known about the direction that the sequel will take, especially given the surprise ending of the first film.
Chazelle, who wrote and directed Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, has also sold a Hitchcockian spec script entitled Grand Piano that will be produced by Adrian Guerra and directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia).

REAL STEEL
DreamWorks Pictures has released a new "Main Event" featurette for director Shawn Levy's action drama Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie and Kevin Durand.
In the film, hitting conventional and IMAX theaters on October 7, Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

BYZANTIUM
According to Variety, Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee in X-Men: First Class) will play the male lead in director Neil Jordan's Byzantium.
He's joining Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton in the film, based on Moira Buffini's play. According to the trade, the actresses play a "mother and daughter who are vampires and arrive in a small British town revealing their secret to the town. Jones plays a teenager dying of leukemia which in turns forces him to struggle with his mortality, causing Saorsie Ronan's character to struggle with her own immortality."
Buffini also wrote the script with Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley producing.

HYDE
ABC has picked up a potential new series called "Hyde."
This spin-off of the classic "Jekyll and Hyde" follows a man named Grant Hyde who, after experimenting with a drug to improve his vision, turns into something else after he falls asleep.
Sheldon Turner is writing with Jennifer Klein. Turner penned Up in the Air, but his horror credits include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and a bit of rewriting on The Amityville Horror.
Classic monsters are seeing a resurgence on the small screen. NBC just ordered up a modern version of Frankenstein.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011Tricia HelferNEW ADDITIONS TO SERIES
NBC's midseason drama "The Firm" has recruited Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") for a recurring part. She'll be playing a character named Alex Clark, a senior partner in the law firm that hires Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas) after he's been in witness protection for the better part of a decade.[TV Line}
"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will lend his voice to an episode of "The Simpsons" in the coming season. He'll play a Hollywood spy named Stradivarius Cain (awesome) who helps Homer -- who's suffered a head injury and is hallucinating the character -- become irresistible to Marge. [EW]
The final season of "Desperate Housewives" has added a pair of recurring guest stars: Andrea Parker ("Less Than Perfect," "The Pretender") will play Tom's (Doug Savant) new girlfriend (Jessica Hecht had initially been in talks for the role), and Miguel Ferrer ("The Protector," "Crossing Jordan") will play an artist teaching a college class that Susan (Teri Hatcher) is taking. [TVLine/Deadline]
Bravo is re-editing the coming season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" in the wake of Russell Armstrong's suicide. Network head Frances Berwick doesn't offer specifics, but presumably the changes will de-emphasize his presence and any conflict he may have had with wife Taylor Armstrong. Berwick also says Bravo hasn't decided whether to delay the Sept. 5 premiere. [Variety]
Ryan Rottman ("Gigantic") is moving from TeenNick to The CW this fall. He'll recur on "90210" as a gay man who's "confident in his identity and committed to fighting for marriage equality." So ... a possible love interest for Trevor Donovan's Teddy, then? [EW]
Frankie (Patricia Heaton) has mentioned her sister on "The Middle" before, but we're about to meet her for the first time. The ABC comedy has cast Molly Shannon as the sibling in question; no word yet on when she'll make her first appearance. [TVLine]

The HelpWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
DreamWorks and Participant Medias The Help continued to overperform in its second weekend, beating a new round of competitors in grossing $20.5 million and coming in No. 1 at the domestic box office.
Distributed by Disney, The Help has racked up $71.3 million in its first 10 days of release. The pic fell less than 22% from its opening weekend, when it came in No. 2. To rise to No. 1 is an unusual feat, and reflects the film's great buzz.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, from 20th Century Fox, also remained a worthy contender in its third weekend, falling only 41% to an estimated $16.3 million for a domestic cume of $133.8 million and coming in No. 2.
Robert Rodriguezs Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, from the Weinstein Co./Dimension, did the best of the bunch, coming in No. 3 and grossing an estimated $12 million.
"We were within range of our expectations. Yes, it was on the low end, but given the market conditions, we're okay with this number. We're going to be in good shape with this movie, and it will play for the rest of the summer, since there's no other family film coming in," Weinstein president of distribution Erik Lomis said.
Yet the family pic, receiving a B+ CinemaScore, fell notably short of the $33 million earned by the last Spy Kids in its July 2003 debut.
Nu Image/Millenniums big-budget Conan the Barbarian, distributed by Lionsgate, and DreamWorks Colin Farrell-Anton Yelchin vampire remake Fright Night both fell well short of expectations, grossing $10 million and $8.3 million, respectively, to come in No. 3 and No. 4.
It was a rough weekend, and disappointing for the new films, Lionsgate executive vice president of distribution David Spitz said.
Historically, August has always been a challenge, but we at Lionsgate have certainly enjoyed plenty of success with titles like The Expendables and The Last Exorcism, Spitz continued.
Marcus Nispels Conan and Craig Gillespies Fright Night, both based on 1980s properties, ended up appealing largely to older moviegoers (also, both are rated R).
Of Fright Nights audience, 60% was over the age of 25; Conan, 67%. The two picseach receiving a B- CinemaScore--also vied for males. Males made up 76% of Conans audience, and 60% of Fright Nights.
Conan was fully financed by Nu Image/Millennium Films and cost upwards of $70 million to produce. Fright Night cost far less, or just under $30 million, but the pics soft performance is still a disappointment for DreamWorks. Disney is distributing Fright Night.
Conan and Fright Night, along with Spy Kids, were released in 3D, meaning a deluge of 3D titles. Spy Kids cost $27.5 million to produce.
Elsewhere at the domestic box office, Focus Features romantic One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, grossed $5.1 million to come in on the low end of expectations. Based on the best-selling book by British author David Nicholls, One Day had a limited footprint, only playing in 1,721 theaters.
Focus, which produced the film per its deal with Random House, said it is pleased with the result. One Day opens next week in the U.K., where it should do strong business.
In the U.S., One Day likely struggled to lure moviegoers otherwise intrigued by The Help, with both films based on books and drawing older females. Of those buying tickets for One Day, 72% were females, while 73% were over the age of 25. The film drew a disappointing B- CinemaScore.
While DreamWorks and Disney are perplexed by Fright Night's tepid debut--the film received great reviews and played well in screenings--the two companies are elated over The Help's great start.
"We hoped that The Help would be a breath of fresh air at the end of a busy summer, and that has turned out to be the case," Disney executive vice president of distribution Dave Hollis said.
In other headlines, Sony's The Smurfs placed No. 6 for the weekend domestically, grossing an estimated $8 million for a cume of $117.7 million. Even better, the hit family film crossed the $300 million mark worldwide over the weekend, ending the session with a cume of $329 million, inlcuding an international total of $211.4 million.
Sore spots incuded Fox's Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, which tumbled to No. 15 in its second weekend, declining 69% to $1.8 million for a domestic cume of $10.5 million.
At the specialty box office, documentary Senna made a strong showing as it expanded to 14 theaters in its second weekend, grossing an estimated 169K for a strong per screen average of $12,071 and cume of $280K. Producers Distribution Agency is distributing the pic.
Kevin Smith's Red State made its debut in Los Angeles, grossing $25,800 for a cume of $1 million.
And the Weinstein Co.'s Sarah's Key continued to score strong returns, grossing $783K as it expanded into a total of 201 theaters for a domestic cume of $3.1 million.
Domestic Box Office Top 10 (Aug. 19-21)
1. The Help (2,690): $20.5 million
2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (3,471): $16.3 million
3. *Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (3,295): $12 million
4. *Conan the Barbarian (3,015): $10 million
5. *Fright Night (3,114): $8.3 million
6. The Smurfs (3,057): $8 million
7. Final Destination 5 (3,115): $7.7 million
8. 30 Minutes or Less (2,888): $6.3 million
9. *One Day (1,721): $5.1 million
10. Crazy, Stupid, Love (1,940): $5 million

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011

THE AVENGERS
Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Hemsworth teamed up for an interview about The Avengers with The Hollywood Reporter. What better team could there be than Iron Man and Thor?
Downey and Hemsworth attended Disneys D23 event over the weekend for a panel that showed off more footage from the highly anticipated film.
Downey and Hemsworth will star in The Avengers alongside Tom Hiddleston, Colbie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans.
The duo was having a good time on the red carpet, and spoke about the difference between being the title character in a film, and working in an ensemble cast.
"Workload is a little better because its spread across the team instead of you holding it all, said Hemsworth.
It was actually a pretty tough shoot. It was a very ambitious story, and a long schedule, but nobody had to work too hard, said Downey.
THR also asked them what would happen if Iron Man and Thor got into a fight. While neither wanted to answer at first, Downey who received a standing ovation when he walked into the Marvel panel finally admitted that Tony Stark might be bested by Thor.
Look at him hes a deity, said Downey of Hemsworth. Im just a fella.
Many stars of The Avengers, including Johansson, Renner, Hiddleston and Smulders attended the event.
The D23 Expo, happening this weekend, brought together some of the biggest films coming out of the studio including Pixars Brave and Disneys John Carter.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2011

Babylon 5 ExplodesNO NEW BABYLON 5!
Earlier in the week, Walter Koenig said that J. MIchael Straczynski was in negotiations to acquire the rights to Babylon 5 which set off a wave of excitement through the fansphere. JMS is setting the record straight, and it's not good news for those wanting to see the beloved sci-fi franchise return.
In response to fan inquiries via Twitter, Straczynski had this to say:
Walter misspoke. I am not in negotiations with WB to develop more Babylon 5.
With any number of old properties coming back to movies and TV these days, we'd never say never. But, for now, it appears Babylon 5 will continue to rest in peace.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Ryan Murphy, the man behind Nip/Tuck and Glee is moving into darker territory with FX's American Horror Story. This teaser promo is circulating on the Internet, and the show looks like a mix of The Addams Family, True Blood and Dark Shadows.
American Horror Story centers on the Harmon family, which consists of parents Ben and Vivien (Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton), teen daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and the many ghosts that live in their house. The family is haunted by its fair share of nasty demons, whose sole purpose is to torture them.
From what we've heard from critics, American Horror Story sounds like the FX version of True Blood, thanks to its campy nature. Linda Holmes from NPR said, "It's very, very over-the-top, but I also found it wildly entertaining." Doesn't that sound True Blood-ish to you?
It's definitely an ambitious show, and we're interested in seeing if it will find a hardcore audience. They've already got the perfect headlining couple. Who can go wrong with Bobby from The Practice and Tami from Friday Night Lights? That's an awesome combination.
American Horror Story will debut Oct. 5 on FX.

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGENCE
Nic Cage may still be in the driver's seat as Johnny Blaze, but this sequel sees a whole new team behind the scenes in the form of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who are best known for the high-octane Crank films. That's the reason those of us disappointed by the first film are holding out hope that the sequel might be better.
Ghost Rider, as a concept, is a little over-the-top on its own. We think the best way to deal with that in movie world is to just embrace it. Parts of this trailer seem to do just that. There's a heavy focus on adrenaline-infused violence and intense action. Plus, Ghost Rider pees fire. No, really. In fact, for better or worse, that might be the best part of the trailer.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is due out Feb. 17, 2012.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011

WolverineWOLVERINE
Cameras will roll at last on the new Wolverine movie this fall, but with a different director and in a different location than originally planned.
The Vancouver Sun reports that the semi-sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine will begin shooting this November in Vancouver at Canadian Motion Picture Park, where projects like Twilight, Supernatural and Fantastic Four have also spent time. The Wolverine shoot is expected to last from Nov. 11 to March 1 of next year, with James Mangold (Knight and Day) slated to direct.
This is quite a different scenario from the way the movie was envisioned last year, when Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was going to shoot a large portion of the film in Japan (the script is said to be based on the classic Frank Miller/Chris Claremont comic book arc in which Logan travels to the Far East).
Aronofsky dropped out, however, citing family concerns, and 20th Century Fox canceled the location filming altogether after Japan's terrible earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. The search for a new director and a new place to film put The Wolverineas it's being calledon ice for a while, but now it looks like star Hugh Jackman and company are ready to go at last.
We know that there wasn't a lot of love out there for 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we're hopeful that this summer's X-Men: First Class was a sign that the franchise and its offshoots are back on track.
Meanwhile, it's getting quite crowded up there in VancouverElysium, from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, is shooting there until late next month, while Man of Steel settles in on Sept. 21 for a four-month stay.

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING
After three movies of vampires versus lycans, the first trailer for Underworld: Awakening reveals that we normals are now the hunters, while our friends both fanged and furry are now the prey.
Kate Beckinsale is back in her tight leather outfit for the movie, reprising her role as the "death dealer" Selene. She awakens 12 years in the future after being held captive in stasis, only to find that the tables have turned on the world stage. Now, as one of the last of her kind, Selene's re-emergence will shake up this new world order of humans vs. vamps vs. Lycans. And of course she needs to solve the mystery of what happened to her Lycan/Vamp hybrid lover, Michael.
The film is being directed by Mns Mrlind and Bjrn Stein, with series creator Len Wiseman producing. Underworld: Awakening, which will be released in 3-D on Jan. 20, 2012.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
On Friday, Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang and Rose McGowan star in the rebooted Conan the Barbarian, directed by Marcus Nispel.
Meanwhile, David Nicholls One Day, a best-selling romantic novel, has been adapted for the big screen. The movie, from director Lone Scherfig, stars Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and Patricia Clarkson.
Also opening this weekend is Fright Night, a remake of the 1985 vampire-themed original. It's directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Below is a snapshot of what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about those films -- and others opening this weekend -- and find out how well they are expected to perform at the box office.
Conan the Barbarian
Bottom Line: Nonstop blood-and-guts action aimed at game boys and emotionally stunted lovers of adolescent fantasy.
One Day
Bottom Line: An unusual but ultimately successful piecemeal approach to romantic drama that follows a couple on the same day for each of 20 years.
Fright Night
Bottom Line: This decent remake of the 80s vampire favorite should satiate horror fans.
Amigo
Bottom Line: Good looking, atmospheric and steeped in the culture of the rural Philippines of the time, Amigo follows what happens when a U.S. platoon occupies the village of San Isidro deep in the rice paddies far from Manila.
Flypaper
Bottom Line: Although tempting enough to initially attract audiences, this caper comedy may have trouble getting them to stick around, despite a starry cast.

Blade RunnerNEW BLADE RUNNER MOVIE
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ridley Scott is returning to the futuristic world of Blade Runner, his iconic 1982 film, for a new feature for Warners-based Alcon Entertainment.
Adapted from Philip K. Dicks story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Scotts original film -- with its mix of rainy, neon-lit exteriors, its human-like androids call replicants, and its shadowy, controlling corporation -- established a template for dystopian views of the future. In 2007, it was named the second most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
While the new movie is being described as a follow-up to the first film, the filmmakers have not yet disclosed whether it will function as a prequel or a sequel to the original. One thing it won't be, though, is a re-make, Alcon co-head Andrew Kosove said. "We very fortunate that Ridley Scott has decided to come back to one of his seminal movies," he added. "And with Ridley, I can tell you it will be fresh and original."
With no screenplay in place at the moment, the producers are currently meeting with writers. Kosove declined to say what direction the project would go it, but did say he didn't expect Harrison Ford, who starred in the original movie as a retired cop who hunts down replicants, to be involved.
Alcon, the financing and production company behind movies like The Blind Side and The Book of Eli, recently partnered with producer Bud Yorkin to produce new Blade Runner films as well as TV and interactive productions based on the property. Alcon hasn't decided yet if it will finance the entire production itself or whether it will bring in partners like Warners, through which it will release the movie.
Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Kosove will produce the new film with Yorkin, Cynthia Sikes Yorkin and Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Scott is currently completing another sci-fi feature Prometheus, which has connections to his 1979 movie Alien, and which will be released by Fox on June 8, 2012.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011

Walter KoenigNEW BABYLON 5 COMING?????
According to TrekMovie.com, while speaking at the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas on Friday, Star Trek and Babylon 5 actor Walter Koenig told the following to the audience regarding B5 producer J. Michael Straczynski :
"He told me that he is in negotiations to re-acquire the rights to Babylon 5 and it looks pretty good. Now what that portends I am not entirely sure. It could be a new series or it could be a feature film, but he was quite animated about it. He seemed very excited and Warner Brothers is dealing with him in good faith. So you might see another Babylon 5 in the not too distant future."

Carpenter-MarstersSUPERNATURAL
"Supernatural" welcomes Joss Whedon alum Jewel Staite as a guest star in its third episode of Season 7, and E.P. Sera Gamble isn't stopping there. "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" star Charisma Carpenter revealed on her Twitter that she'd be guest starring in a "Supernatural" episode this season.
Now, TVLine confirms that it gets better. She'll reunite with her "Buffy" co-star James Marsters in an upcoming episode that films August 22.
The episode, entitled "Shut Up, Dr. Phil," features Carpenter and Marsters as a married couple on the outs. She's a witch, so when they were happily married, their life was terrific -- but when he falls out of favor with her, his luck changes, big time. Gamble describes the episode as "'Bewitched' gone wrong."

DOCTOR WHO
The BBC has just released more clips for the next Doctor Who episode, ''Let's Kill Hitler.'' Hold on to the TARDIS, because we think this one's gonna be one heck of a mad, wild ride!
The new clips feature actress Karen Gillan, who plays companion Amy Pond, the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his faithful companions Amy and Rory (Arthur Darvill) in ''Let's Kill Hitler.''
This is the official episode synopsis:
In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in Thirties Berlin, as the time-travelling drama returns for the second half of the series shown earlier in the year.
The Doctor comes face to face with the greatest war criminal in the Universe. And Hitler.
Old friendships are tested to their limits as the Doctor suffers the ultimate betrayal and learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all. As precious time ebbs away, the Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities. And he must succeed before an almighty price is paid.
The Doctor is played by Matt Smith, Hitler by Albert Welling, Amy by Karen Gillan and Rory by Arthur Darvill.

THE NEW 52
Let it never be said that DC isn't throwing their promotional weight behind their super hero relaunch. In addition to all the print press so far (and there's been quite a bit), they have finally begun releasing trailers to the general public to hype them up for the 52 number one issues due out starting August 31st. Are they effective?
Motion comics are nice to look at, that much is true. They are also a way to try and pull in new readers who aren't used to reading comics, but enjoy traditional animation. The trailers themselves focus on DC's three most famous characters - Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, but also give brief glimpses of the additional catalog. That's the good.
The less-than-good is that there is still very little incentive to pick these issues up. Why not a focus on how this is the perfect entry point for new fans? We get that the artwork looks good and is worth spotlighting, but it still doesn't tell people new to DC what the big picture is.
What we're saying is, there should have been more. If the motion comic route is the path they want to take, why not go whole hog and actually release five-minute-or-so shorts, including voice acting, to introduce some of the heaviest hitting new issues? In fact, why not do the same for the relatively unknown titles, too?
As it stands, we doubt very much this latest round of advertising will change anyone's mind. If you were planning to read it, you still will. If you were angry or didn't care, you probably won't feel any more inclined to give the relaunch a try.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK
One of the upsides to the end of the Harry Potter film franchise is that the main actors can now move on to other things ... and it looks like Daniel Radcliffe is making the most of that opportunity, as the spooky new teaser for his upcoming film The Woman in Black illustrates.
The movie, based on a 1983 novel by Susan Hill, offers up the former boy wizard as a lawyer named Arthur Kipps who travels to a small town to put in order the affairs of a recently deceased widow. Of course, when he arrives, he discovers that the town is haunted, and that he may have crossed paths with a vengeful ghost. Also, there's a monkey.

TRESPASS
The trailer for Joel Schumacher's next film, Trespass, has debuted at Yahoo! Movies.
The film stars Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as a married couple who are taken hostage by four brutal perpetrators seeking easy cash. The film also stars Cam Gigandet, Jordana Spiro, Ben Mendelsohn, Dash Mihok and Liana Liberato and is set for a limited release on October 14th.

PT BarnumTHE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH
Variety reports that Michael Gracey has been named as the director of the long-in-development 20th Century Fox project The Greatest Showman on Earth.
Set to star Hugh Jackman in the lead, the film will offer a musical take on the life of P.T. Barnum, specifically focusing on the creation of his three-ring circus and his infatuation with "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind.
Originally announced two years ago, the plan was to team Jackman with his former Academy Awards singing partner Anne Hathaway and the script (From Sex in the City writer Jenny Bicks) was being prepared for her to play the Lind part. Whether she remains interested is currently unclear.
Gracey only recently signed on for the Walt Disney live-action "Snow White" tale, The Order of the Seven, which he'll film first. Jackman, meanwhile, appears in the upcoming Real Steel and is slated to headline both The Wolverine and Les Miserables.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011

PeterFRINGE NEWS
FRINGE fans everywhere enjoyed the mind-blowing finale on Fox last year. But does that mean weare facing a Fringe without Peter? According to star Joshua Jacksonwhose character, Peter Bishop [spoiler ahead!], vanished from existence after saving two universeshe won't be around as much in the upcoming season four.
"Our show is not a star-driven show, it's a character-driven show," Jackson told IGN.com, confirming that he would be in fewer episodes this year than last season, and that he hadn't started work on the new season yet even though production had started.
"I mean, I'm assuming since they want me here, I'm going to be a part of Fringe. In fact, I know they want me to be a part of Fringe, but I know they also want to tell the story in the best possible way to tell the story. That's why I think it's ballsy, precisely because it's so unusual to take one of the three leads in your show and to break them out of the show. And then show what it's like when he's not there," said Jackson.
In last season's finale, Peter's disappearance left shocked viewers to wonder how a season four would proceed and whether Jackson would be part of it.
"That cliffhanger was so big that if they half-assed it in the beginning of season four, I think our audience, who has been so good with that, would kind of smell the suck on that. They'd be kind of disappointed that we gave them this big thing, and then we didn't actually go after it. And we went after it. I think that's super cool," he said.
Considering we got less of Peter last season, since the series went back and forth between two universes and there's only one Peter, while there's two of most everyone else, how do you feel about getting even LESS Peter this year?
Fringe returns for its fourth season on Fox on Friday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. ET.

IMMORTALS
A new trailer for Tarsem Singh's Immortals has been released.
Immortals is a "clash of the titans" story that once again features a man saving the world from supernatural forces. But instead of it being man against gods, it's titans against gods, with some much-needed help from man. It's slightly confusing, but good stuff.
The latest trailer offers up plenty of new footage, including a couple of golden gods kicking butt and taking names. One of the helmet-wearing immortals appears to be Athena, who's played by Australian actress Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).
Aside from all the kicking and punching, this trailer features a lot of spear throwing. It's very obvious that the spear was the weapon of choice back in those days. Overall, the action looks pretty solid, but the gods vs. titans vs. man triangle is the film's real selling point.

McConaughey/TatumMAGIC MIKE
VARIETY EXCLUSIVE: Matthew McConaughey is set to join Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer in Steven Soderbergh's indie drama "Magic Mike."
Tatum stars as the title character, a stripper and dancer who takes Pettyfer's character under his wing and mentors him on how to hustle both on and off the stage.
McConaughey will play Dallas, a former exotic dancer who now owns and operates Xquisite, the club where "Magic Mike" works.
Pic draws on Tatum's experiences working as a teen stripper in Tampa.
Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs are producing with Tatum and his 33andOut Prods. partner Reid Carolin, who's also writing the script.
"Magic Mike" marks the fifth straight indie McConaughey has done since wrapping Lionsgate's "The Lincoln Lawyer." He's currently filming Lee Daniels' thriller "The Paperboy" and recently signed on to play the title character in Jeff Nichols' drama "Mud." Thesp next stars in Richard Linklater's "Bernie" and William Friedkin's "Killer Joe."

PHANTOM
Following up on a project from earlier in the summer, the haunted submarine project Phantom has now found financing through the RCR Media Group. Variety reports that they'll produce the thriller, which is set to star William Fichtner, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris and Natascha McElhone.
Todd Robinson will direct the film, which takes place during the cold war on a Soviet submarine. The captain soon learns that there's something aboard the vessel that is trying to take control.
Phantom will shoot this fall in Long Beach and is said to be budgeted at $18 million.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011

DOCTOR WHO
With "Doctor Who" returning from its mid-season hiatus in just a few weeks, BBC has released a substantial teaser for the upcoming premiere, "Let's Kill Hitler."
Taking place sometime between the events of "A Good Man Goes to War" and the next episode, the two-minute prequel (written by "Who" showrunner Steven Moffat) consists of a really long voice mail left by Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).
So what do we learn -- aside from the fact that the Brits charmingly refer to it as an "answer phone?" Well, Amy remains remarkably calm about the disappearance of baby Melody (aka River), though she's putting the pressure on the Doctor (Matt Smith) to find her daughter. The Doctor clearly hasn't had much luck, because he doesn't pick up the phone, choosing to look pensive instead.
It's not the happiest clip, especially give the fact that our sneak peek of "Let's Kill Hitler" reveals the episode starts off on a lighthearted note. So if it leaves you wanting some palate-cleansing whimsy, BBC America recently released this new trailer for the fall season...

JRR TolkienMIRKWOOD
Earlier this year, J.R.R. Tolkien was at the center of a hot debateand it had nothing to do with The Hobbit. Have you ever heard of Mirkwood? It's a novel that features the late author as one of its primary characters, and after months of legal wrangling, it's being made into a movie.
Author Steve Hillard has gone back and forth with Tolkien's family regarding the use of his likeness in Mirkwood. The book features six characters. Five are fictional and one is Tolkien himself. Hillard's big defense was that Mirkwood was nothing more than literary criticism, a defense that Tolkien's family originally didn't buy.
After months in court, both sides reached a settlement and agreed that the novel could be released if it was tagged with the disclaimer "This is a work of fiction which is neither endorsed nor connected with The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate or its publisher."
With the lawsuit out of the way, Hillard is looking for new ways to cash in on Mirkwood's story. He just signed a deal with EMO Films to turn the novel into a movie.
He says the film "will delve considerably deeper into Tolkien's little-known back story, such as his original plans to become a codebreaker in World War II up through the writing of his enduring works."

Mercury MenTHE MERCURY MEN
Remember those old TV serials, like Flash Gordon, where each episode ended in a cliffhanger? Well, Syfy's new online web series, The Mercury Men, made that old format new again with a black-and-white tale involving glowing aliens, a moon-crashing plot to destroy the Earth and a raygun-equipped aerospace engineer named Jack Yaeger.
(The Mercury Men premiered July 25 and now all 10 episodes are online at www.syfy.com/rewind/mercurymen.)
Creator Chrisopher Preksta, who made the 10-part serial for a mere $7,000, admits, "I just want to shoot something with rayguns, because I knew there was no way I was going to get rayguns into a feature script." And in fact, "anything with a jetpack instantly wins my heart."
The retro raygun-filed web series takes place in Pittsburgh in 1975 and is about a drone of a government employee named Edward Borman (Mark Tierno), who suddenly finds himself in the middle of a plot involving murderous glowing men from Mercury who are attempting to crash the moon into Earth. Helping Edward survive the invasion of his government buildingand save the Earthis aerospace engineer and all-round hero Jack Yaeger.
"It's a throwback to the old serials of the '40s and '50s," said actor Curt Wootton, who plays Jack. "Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers ... It's really just a great old-fashioned adventure story. A great story about a man (aka Edward) coming to his own and pretty much having to go through the trials, and is he going to save the world or what? There's a lot of Star Wars elements and Indiana Jones elements."

Bradley CooperTHE CROW
As the crow flies may denote the shortest route from one place to another, but the movie version of The Crow is proving to be less than a straight shot.
Relativity is remaking the supernatural action movie based on the 1990s comic and has set Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct.
Bradley Cooper was to have played the title character but sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that he has now exited due to scheduling conflicts. Cooper has David O. Russells Silver Linings Playbook shooting this fall and then dives straight into Legendarys Paradise Lost, which shoots first quarter next yearthe exact time Relativity plans on making the high-priority Crow.
But akin to the projects rock musician who is killed and resurrected, two new names have surfaced as possible replacements: Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg.
Walhberg has a previous association with the Crow; he was offered the part last fall but a deal never materialized. But there is a question as to whether he wants to revisit the role, and last week he signed on to Universal's 2 Guns action pic.
Tatum is best known for his work in G.I. Joe and the weepie Dear John.
Its too early to tell what will happen with either Tatum or Walhberg, or whether other actors join the fray, although Relativity is keen on not wasting time.
The studio also is embroiled in litigation with The Weinstein Co. over distribution rights to the film. Harvey and Co. believe they have a deal to release the film but Relativity argues that the Weinsteins forfeited their right by, among other things, botching the release of the expensive Relativity-backed flop Nine. That case is currently in arbitration.
Crow, created by James OBarr, centered on a musician who is murdered while trying to save his fiance from thugs. He is brought back from the dead by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. The role was originally played by Brandon Lee, who was killed by a freak accident during production of the original movie in 1993.
The new film is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most, Relativity's CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Apaches Entertainment's Enrique LopezLavigne and Belen Atienza.

J. EdgarJ. EDGAR
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first images of J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood-directed movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the legendary FBI director.
The movie also stars Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy, Hoovers longtime secretary, who is pictured alongside DiCaprio in the first photograph.
J. Edgar, written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, aims to explore the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.
The rest of the cast includes Armie Hammer as Hoovers protg Clyde Tolson; Judi Dench as Hoovers overprotective mother, Anne Marie Hoover; Josh Lucas as legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, whose sons kidnapping changes the public profile of the FBI; and Ken Howard as U.S. attorney General Harlan F. Stone.
The movie, produced by Malpaso and Imagine, is set to open in limited release Nov. 9 and expand wide two days later.

Brad PittTHE GRAY MAN
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Brad Pitt is negotiations to star in The Gray Man, a New Regency action project being directed by James Gray.
The script, by Adam Cozad, was on the 2010 Black List, which ranks the best unproduced script in Hollywood.
If a deal is made, Pitt will play a CIA operative-turned-assassin targeted for elimination, forcing him to elude teams of killers while trying to save the lives of the daughters who don't know he exists.
Plan B's Dede Gardner will produce along with Stephen Garrett of Shine.
Pitt will next be seen in Moneyball, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival and is shooting World War Z for Paramount.

5 DAYS OF WAR
ComingSoon.net brings us the first look at a clip from Renny Harlin's 5 Days of War, starring Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Richard Coyle, Andy Garcia and Val Kilmer.
Opening in theaters on August 19, the R-rated action thriller is a vivid account of a renegade American journalist, his cameraman and a local woman caught behind enemy lines, and determined to not only survive, but tell the world what was happening, during the swift but devastating 5-day war between Russian and the Georgian Republic in 2008.

MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011

Breaking BadBREAKING BAD
"Breaking Bad" will be back -- but the end is also in sight.
AMC announced on Sunday (Aug. 14) both that it's renewing and setting an end date for the Emmy-winning drama. It's picked up 16 episodes to close out the series. Production on all 16 episodes will start early next year, but the cable channel hasn't figured out a schedule to air them (a split of 8 episodes next year and 8 in the future, or maybe 10 and 6, seems likely).
The renewal/endgame comes after AMC and Sony Pictures TV, which produces "Breaking Bad," comes after a couple weeks of strained negotiations over a renewal. AMC reportedly wanted to reduce the number of episodes for a fifth (and final) season from 13 to "six to eight," and Sony balked at cutting back that much. The 16-episode final order seems to stake out a middle ground.
"From the day we heard [series creator] Vince Gilligan's completely original vision for 'Breaking Bad,' it has been a complete joy to be involved with this show," AMC President Charlie Collier says in a statement. "Watching this story evolve into the complex, compelling, and intense roller-coaster ride that it has become has been an incredible creative experience for everyone at AMC.
"Beyond that, working with Vince, his brilliant cast and crew, and our wonderful partners at Sony has been remarkable in every way. While it is sad to even contemplate the end of this series, we are so happy to have had the chance to go on this ride, and truly look forward to presenting the rest of this amazing story."
Gilligan says knowing the endpoint for the series is "a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers."
"It's knowledge which will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion. Now, if we don't manage to pull that off, we've got no one to blame but ourselves," Gilligan says. "'Breaking Bad' has been a dream job these past four years. Working with the best cast and crew in television has no doubt spoiled me for future projects. I'm lucky to get to work with them on 16 more episodes, and I will always be grateful to both AMC and Sony Television, who from the beginning, believed in our show and supported me creatively and professionally."
Season 4 of "Breaking Bad," meanwhile, will continue into early October.

Rise of the ApesWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Twentieth Century Foxs Rise of the Planet of the Apes stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend with $27.5 million, while DreamWorks and Participant Medias The Help exceeded predictions in grossing $25.5 million for a second place finish and stellar five-day debut of $35.4 million.
The big casualty of the domestic box office race was Foxs Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, which came in No. 11 in its debut, grossing just $5.7 million. The financial sting is minimized by the pics modest $9 million budget, but perception is a separate issue, considering how popular the TV show is.
Those who turned out did like what they saw, giving Glee the Moviewhich is only playing in 3D theatersan A CinemaScore (moviegoers under the age of 25 gave it an A+). The concert pic played heavily to younger girls, with females making up 82% of the audience, while 66% were under the age of 25.
Fox took solace in the fact that Rise of the Apes jumped the $100 million mark at the domestic box office in its second frame, dropping only 50%. Overseas, it grossed $40.5 million from 40 markets over the weekend for an international total of $75 million and worldwide haul of $180 million.
We have a movie that is a broad, mainstream commercial hit. Its remarkable to only drop 50% and do $27.5 million worth of business, despite $60 million worth of new movies coming into the marketplace, Fox senior vice president of distribution Chris Aronson said.
Disney, which distributed The Help for DreamWorks and Participant, also was ebullient. The female-driven movie, based on Kathryn Stocketts best-selling novel about white women and their maids in the Jim Crow south, drew an A+ CinemaScore, virtually guaranteeing a long and healthy run.
The fact that audiences are responding this way couldnt make us any happier, Disney executive vice president of distribution Dave Hollis said.
The Help, directed by Tate Taylor (Stocketts childhood friend), played especially well in African-American theaters and upscale commercial theaters, such as the Landmark and ArcLight in Los Angeles, and Lincoln Square in New York.
The movie's large ensemble cast is led by Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard.
While 74% of Friday nights audience was female, that stat dropped to 69% on Saturday, indicating that more older men were showing up.
It gives us a great deal of hope that more and more people will be exposed to it, Hollis said.
The Help, costing $25 million to produce, was co-financed by DreamWorks and Participant, while 1492 Pictures produced the movie with Brunson Green and Taylor's film company.
Faced with competition from Rise of the Apes for male attention, Final Destination 5 and Ruben Fleischers R-rated action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less opened to ho-hum results.
Final 5, from New Line and Warner Bros., opened at No. 3, grossing $18.4 million and receiving a B+ CinemaScore. Heading into the weekend, box office observers thought the 3D pic, costing $45 million to produce, would open north of $20 million. The last title in the franchise, The Final Destination, debuted to $27.4 million in August 2009.
The good news: Final Destination drew 75% of its grosses from 3D locations.
"In a summer of light 3D performances, to do 75% is huge," said Warner Bros. executive vice president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein.
30 Minutes or Less, headlining Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride, grossed $13 million for the weekend. The pic received a B CinemaScore, with men making up 58% of the audience. Nearly 70% of those turning out were under the age of 25.
Media Rights Capital fully financed 30 Minutes, which cost $28 million to produce. Like Glee the Movie and Final Destination, 30 Minutes doesn't need to do big box office business, since its production budget was relatively modest.
Elsewhere at the box office, Sony's The Smurfs continued to shine, jumping the $100 million domestically and winning the international race with a weekend gross of $60 million. Through Sunday, the pic's global total was $242 million, including a domestic cume of $101.5 million and international cume of $141 million.
Domestic Box Office, 8/12-8/14
1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (3,691 theaters): $27.5 million
2. *The Help (2,534 theaters): $25.5 million
3. *Final Destination 5 (3,155 theaters): $18.4 million
4. The Smurfs (3,427 theaters): $13.5 million
5. *30 Minutes or Less (2,888 theaters): $13 million
6. Cowboys & Aliens (3,310 theaters): $7.6 million
7. Captain America: The First Avenger (2,835 theaters): $7.1 million
8. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2,635 theaters): $6.9 million
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2,414 theaters): $6.87 million
10. The Change Up (2,913 theaters): $6.2 million

FACES IN THE CROWD
An international trailer for Julien Magnat's psychological thriller Faces in the Crowd has come online.
The film chronicles the account of elementary school teacher Anna Marchant (Milla Jovovich) who is attacked by a serial killer known only as Tearjerk Jack and survives, but is left to struggle with a neurological disorder commonly referred to as face-blindness (prosopagnosia).
Only able to recognize voices she fights to adapt to her diagnosis and the ever-changing faces of those around her. Working with Detective Kerrest (Julian McMahon) Anna race's to identify her attacker. All the while the killer is closing in determined to eliminate this potential witness. Only Anna has seen his face and he could be anyone.
Michael Shanks, David Atrakchi, Sarah Wayne Callies and Marianne Faithful co-star.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2011

Rise of the ApesWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Close competition for the top spot on Friday kept Fox's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" in the lead for its second weekend in a row.
"Rise" made $8.1 million from 3,691 locations at the domestic box office last night. Close on its heels, Disney's "The Help" scored $7.626 million from 2,534 locations and Warner Bros' "Final Destination 5" earned $7.34 million from 3,155.
B.O. observers anticipated holding power for the Fox prequel, as it built strong word-of-mouth last weekend (its freshman Friday-to-Saturday drop was an astounding 1%), but the pair of new openers could give "Rise" a run for its money in its soph sesh. Pic has cumed $85.48 million so far.
The Mouse's "Help," for example, bowed Wednesday and enters the weekend with positive critical reception and strong early buzz from African American and arthouse auds. Pic earned nearly $10 million leading into Friday, adjusting its three-day estimate from the mid-teens to the low-$20 million range.
Warner's latest "Final Destination" installment is looking to do about the same this frame, though it will likely see a larger Friday-to-Saturday drop off than "Help" as most of the franchise's fans probably caught the pic last night. Though roughly 89% of its screens are in 3D, and 217 are in Imax, "Destination" isn't expected to see much of a boost from the format given waning interest in 3D. Optimistic B.O. pundits have the film topping out at $21 million through Sunday.
A pair of Sony releases rounded out Friday's top five. New release "30 Minutes or Less" made $4.85 million from 2,888 locations, while "The Smurfs" scored $3.8 million from 3,427. "30 Minutes," the summer's 7th R-rated laffer after last weekend's underperforming "The Change-Up," is on track to land in the mid-teens through Sunday. "Smurfs" has cumed $91.8 million domestically thus far.
And this week's wild card opener, Fox's "Glee the 3D Concert Movie," came in sixth with $2.725 million from 2,040 screens, all of which are in 3D. Fox and rival studios expect the release to land in the high-single digits for the weekend.

The Finest HoursTHE FINEST HOURS
Deadline reports that Disney has secured the rights to Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman's The Finest Hours,. Based on a true story, the 2009 best-seller is described as follows:
In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived.
In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic's mercy. The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships.
The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.
Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it's a miracleand a testament to their braverythat any came home to tell their tales at all.
Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter) are attached to adapt the book, re-teaming with producer Dorothy Aufiero. Jim Whitaker is also attached as a producer.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2011

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VAMPIRE DIARIES
Just a little over a month until "The Vampire Diaries" Season 3 premieres on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on The CW. The first episode, "The Birthday," takes place on Elena's 18th -- but she's having a tough time celebrating with her friends while her boyfriend is indulging his monster instincts all over the country.
The new trailer released is positively sizzling and gives away some juicy moments from the first episode. In it, we see Damon tell Elena, "Stefan's gone, Elena. You can forget about him. He's not coming back."
Has Damon given up on Stefan? Here's what Ian Somerhalder had to say:
"Damon knows this cycle with his brother," Somerhalder said. "He's seen it before, totally. He says to Elena, 'Stefan's not coming back. Not in your lifetime.' I mean, she's young, but human beings only live maybe eighty years. For Stefan and Damon, that's nothing. Unless Klaus rips their hearts out, they're going to live for another thousand years."
Damon still has some hope that Stefan will eventually be Stefan again, but in the meantime, he's been tracking his brother's progress with newspaper clippings that hint at the havoc that Stefan and Klaus are wreaking. In the beginning of the season premiere, though, Damon isn't actively searching for Stefan.
"I don't think that Damon's focus is really to save Stefan, because he understands that if Stefan doesn't want to be found, he's not going to be, and in some weird way Damon respects that. He's been there, too, not very long ago," he says.
Despite everything, though, Somerhalder says that Damon isn't aggressively pursuing Elena in his brother's absence. "He wants Elena to be happy and he wants her to be safe," he explains, "and she'll try anything crazy to find Stefan, so he's looking out for her."
Judging by the trailer, Damon and Stefan aren't exactly giving each other man-hugs when they do finally reunite. "Oh, make no mistake about it, Damon's pissed off at Stefan," Somerhalder laughs. "For two seasons he tried to get Stefan to do exactly what he's doing now, to drink blood, with Damon. And now he's running off doing exactly that thing, but with some a**hole that Damon can't stand. A guy that tried to kill Damon and everyone they care about."
Is Damon feeling a little jealous of Klaus, perhaps? "Stefan's left Damon here in Mystic Falls. Now he's got to protect this girl that he loves, but that he can't have, because it's his brother's girl -- and even though it's Damon, he can't do that to his brother," Somerhalder says. "And even if he could, she doesn't love him anyway. She wants his brother. So when he finally sees Stefan, it's like, 'I tried for two seasons to get you to do this and now you're off running around with this idiot.' That's all Damon wanted in Season 1, was his brother to run around with him and munch on sorority girls and bring down the house wherever they went, and Stefan said no. Now he's left Damon here all by himself, to fend for himself, and protect this girl who is 150 years his junior. He's not happy about it."
On some level, Stefan is enjoying the ripping -- he had to work so hard to be noble and good for so long that giving in to his weaknesses now takes a bit of a weight off his shoulders. As you'll see in the first few episodes of the season, Stefan doesn't plan on coming back for Elena. He thinks she's better off without him... and when he's in this state, he's probably right.
There's been a definite role reversal -- though we will say that Stefan's "ripper" rampage is much bloodier than the spree of killings we saw from Damon in Season 1. Does Somerhalder miss that part of the role?
"I do, a lot, but I realize that there are ebbs and flows," he says. "This is a hundred-episode arc of a character, and he can't just be one dimensional. I was worried that Damon was becoming this hero, and Kevin [Williamson] said 'No, he's not the hero. He needs to be, but he's the anti-hero, because he's supposed to be not hurting people, but that's not his nature.' So he slips, and his response is 'Screw this.' Now, I think that struggle, that push and pull for Damon is what's going to make this season interesting for me as an actor and interesting for Damon as a character. I don't want to lose that quote-unquote 'bad' side of Damon."
He pauses, then adds, "You're not going to see Damon crying this season. Trust me."

LEVERAGE GRABS A RENEWAL
TNT has picked up a fifth season of "Leverage," which will continue pulling cons through 2012.
The pickup -- like that of Syfy's "Warehouse 13," which was also renewed on Friday (Aug. 12) -- isn't a huge surprise. "Leverage" is on track to record its most-watched season yet this year, as both its total-viewer and demographic numbers are up over last year.
So far this summer, the series is averaging 4.8 million total viewers (including DVR playback), a 10-percent jump over last season. Its adults 18-49 (1.9 million) and adults 25-54 (2.3 million) audiences have grown by 6 percent and 9 percent, respectively.
"'Leverage' has defied the odds and continued to climb," says Michael Wright, TNT's head of programming. "More and more viewers are discovering this weekly joy ride through wonderfully complex schemes and con games, all brought to life through smart writing, sharp directing and a terrific cast."
Season 5 of "Leverage" is set to premiere in summer 2012 and will run 15 episodes.

HOMELANDERS
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Miles Chapman has been hired to pen Summits adaptation of Homelanders, a young-adult book series by Andrew Klavan. Screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, best known as the showrunners of TVs Smallville, are working with Chapman in developing Homelanders and, while no deals are made, are in talks to make their directorial debut on it.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing while Di Bonaventura Pictures David Ready is exec producing.
The books, described as The Bourne Identity crossed with Disturbia, centers on a high school student who wakes up to find himself tied to a chair, not knowing where he is or how a whole year has passed. After he manages to escape, he embarks on an adventure to find out why terrorists and the authorities are after him.
Summit and the filmmakers are inserting a sci-fi element to the story.
Two Homelanders books have been published - The Homelanders: The Last Thing I Remember and The Homelanders: The Long Way Home. The books are the first young adult novels by Klavan, who is known for writing thrillers, two of which have been adapted: True Crime, directed by Clint Eastwood, and Don't Say a Word, a Michael Douglas vehicle co-starring Brittany Murphy.
Summit, home of the Twilight blockbusters, is looking at Homelanders as another possible teen franchise.
For Chapman, the deal reunites him with the studio that picked up his spec The Tomb, which currently has Antoine Fuqua attached to direct and Bruce Willis attached to star. The scribe, who first worked with di Bonaventura on a ABC pilot titles Priceless, just rewrote back to back action projects Four 50s and Slipknot, both for Relativity.
Gough and Millar, who are showrunning ABC's fall Charlies Angels TV series and have worked on movies such as Spider-Man 2 and Shanghai Noon, are also helping to develop an adaptation of comic Existence 2.0, now called Upgrade. They are not attached to direct Upgrade.

Box Office PreviewBOX OFFICE PREVIEW
Theres something for everyone at the multiplex this weekend. Four new movies compete for attention, not to mention that 20th Century Foxs Rise of the Planet of the Apes will remain a formidable opponent in its second outing.
Most box office observers believe Rise of the Apes has every chance of staying at No. 1, and expect the pic to gross $26 million to $28 million, following its $54.8 million debut last weekend. Through Wednesday, Rise of the Apes domestic cume was a healthy $73 million.
New Line and Warner Bros. franchise installment Final Destination 5 could have the best chance of beating Rise of the Apes if it exceeds expectations and grosses north of $25 million. The Final Destination, the last title in the franchise, opened to $27.4 million in August 2009.
Steve Quail, who has worked with James Cameron, directed Final Destination 5.
DreamWorks and Participant Medias female-driven The Help is something of a wild card, since it opened midweek and could be front-loaded. Box office observers believe it will gross in the high teens to $20 million for the weekend itself.
That would put The Helps five-day debut at $27 million or more, considering it grossed a stellar $5.5 million on Wednesday and was on track to gross at least $3 million on Thursday.
Disney, which is distributing The Help, is being conservative in its estimate, considering how volatile the marketplace has been, but theres no doubt the movieearning a rare A+ CinemaScorecould open higher than expected, much as Rise of the Apes did last weekend (that film received an A- CinemaScore). It's even possible that The Help could compete with Final Destination 5 for No. 2.
Sony and Media Rights Capital enter the fray with Ruben Fleishers R-rated action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride. Sony is counting on great word of mouth and a long run, versus a big opening, and predicts a $15 million to $17 million launch. The pics core demo is young men.
Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films produced the $28 million movie, with MRC financing and then selling the project to Sony. Both 30 Minutes Less and Final Destination 5 will vie for younger males.
The fourth new film of the weekend is Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, from Fox's film and television studios. Tracking has been sluggish for the concert pic, and Fox is predicting an opening in the high single digits, far less than earned by Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($29.5 million) and Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour ($31.1 million) in their debuts.
Its hard to gauge how Glee will do, since its based on a weekly television show, and not centered around one personality. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience did far less than Never Say Never and Hannah Montana, opening to $12.1 million.
However, theres no denying the fervor of Glee fans, known as Gleeks.
Glee the Concert Movie is only playing in 3D theaters, and goes out in 2,040 locations.
One thing the four new movies have in commonall were modestly budgeted, relatively speaking. Final Destination 5 cost $45 million to produce, followed by 30 Minutes or Less at $28 million. The Help, co-financed by DreamWorks and Participant Media, cost $25 million, while Glee the Concert Movie cost $9 million.

Lone RangerTHE LONE RANGER PRODUCTION HALTED
Walt Disney Pictures has halted production on The Lone Ranger, Deadline reports. This comes as surprising news as the project has been fully cast and was planned to begin shooting this fall.
Described by Verbinksi as "'Don Quixote' told from Sancho Panza's point of view," the film was to star Armie Hammer as the titular western hero with Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick, Tonto. The supporting cast was to include Ruth Wilson, Dwight Yoakam, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale and Barry Pepper.
The reason for the move is said to be due to ballooning production costs and an increasingly expensive upcoming slate for the studio. Still, the most recent collaboration between Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has grossed more than a billion dollars internationally. That film also belonged to a franchise launched by Verbinski.
Though planned for a December 21, 2012 release, the future of The Lone Ranger is now uncertain.
UPDATE: Variety is now reporting that Disney still plans to move forward on the project but is in the process of bringing down costs in order to do so. Whether this will result in a delay of production remains to be seen.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2011

True BloodTRUE BLOOD RENEWED BY HBO
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2011 - HBO has renewed the hit show True Blood for a 12-episode fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes later this year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2012.
"I am thrilled that True Blood continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics," noted Lombardo. "Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV."
"I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers," says Ball. "I can't imagine having more fun than this."
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the Emmy(R)-nominated show takes place at a time when vampires have come out of the coffin, and follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Series creator Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy(R)-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) is also an executive producer of the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
The 12-episode fourth season of True Blood, which launched June 26, has inspired critical raves, with USA Today calling it "exuberantly entertaining," as well as hailing the "superb crew of writers and actors," while the Washington Post called the show "a rollicking good scream" and "addictive."
True Blood recently received four Emmy(R) nominations, including Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Alfre Woodard).
Season four credits: True Blood was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball, Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers, Brian Buckner, Mark Hudis, Nancy Oliver, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo; co-producer, Christina Jokanovich.

Star Wars CoinStar Wars CoinStar Wars CoinSTAR WARS LEGAL COINS
It's no secret that Star Wars is George Lucas' biggest cash cow. The property is so successful, it's literally given him a license to print (or should that be mint?) money. Specificallycoins.This IS the $$ you're looking for: NZ mints legal Star Wars coins.
The folks of New Zealand are taking their love of all things Star Wars to the mint. The South Pacific island of Niue is grabbing characters from the sci-fi series and turning them into legal tender.
The New Zealand mint is producing a set of 40 coins that will have a face value of NZ$2 (1). They'll feature color depictions of Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, Yoda and the rest of the gang on one side, while a sketch of Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the other.
Now you might be asking yourself, "Who would actually spend a Star Wars coin?" The people of Niue are aware that no one in their right mind would exchange Star Wars money for actually goods. That's why they're targeting collectors and investors in hopes that they'll pay money to get money. It's all part of an effort to help boost their struggling economy.
If you're interested in adding the coins to your collection, sets of four (each containing 1oz. of silver) will sell for NZ$469 (235).

The StandTHE STAND
Harry Potter is one of Hollywood's most successful movie series, earning Warner Bros. critical acclaim and seven and a half billion dollars. Now the studio wants to do it all over againthis time with Stephen King's The Stand. And Harry Potter will be a big part of it.
Specifically, Warner Bros. wants to put Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves and director of the last four movies David Yates on the job.
According to HitFlix, "Warner Bros. is in the process of finalizing the deals for David Yates and Steve Kloves to re-team for a multi-movie version of Stephen King's epic The Stand."
Obviously, Warner Bros. is confident in Kloves' ability to adapt pop culture for the screen and Yates' prowess with maintaining a film's tone over years of work. In other words ... they want these geese to keep laying golden eggs.
The Stand is about the survivors of a military-created biological weapon, as well as a struggle between good and evil. It was written in 1978, revised in 1990 and turned into a made-for-TV miniseries in 1994.
We don't know how many movies The Stand will become, but a trilogy makes sense considering the book is split into three major sections.
The news of a movie series of The Stand almost (but not quite) makes up for the loss of The Dark Tower, which would not only have become multiple movies but also been continued as a television series. (Universal Studios heartbreakingly canceled the project over budget issues.)

Fantastic FourTHE FANTASTIC FOUR
The Fantastic Four has been around for 50 years. In that time, other than a few temporary lineup changes, the core four have always remained intactuntil the recent death of Johnny Storm (the Human Torch, that is). Is it possible that, in less than a year, he's back?
Marvel has been teasing a major issue of FF recently, which has been confirmed as Fantastic Four #600. Today we got to see one of the coverswhich includes the Human Torch and Spider-Man. It's been pointed out that this particular image first appeared at last May's Dallas Comic Con as an exclusive. Does that mean that the image doesn't relate to the story within? Or has Johnny's return been planned out all along?
We're a little confused, considering that this particular death, much like Peter Parker's in Ultimate Spider-Man, was billed as being something that wouldn't be taken back. It's not that resurrecting comic book characters is surprising, or that it's even the first time it's technically happened with members of the Fantastic Four ... we just thought it would take a little longer.
Still, we might be looking at a retrospective and not a present-day return of the character. Or could there be a new Human Torch?

Warehouse 13WAREHOUSE 13 RENEWED
Syfy has renewed Warehouse 13.
The Syfy series, starring Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly, will return for a fourth season with 13 episodes set to air next year, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
Created by Jack Kenny, Warehouse 13 has been a solid performer in the ratings so far this season, averaging 2.3 million total viewers. This season of Warehouse 13 saw an addition to the cast with Aaron Ashmore as Steve Jinks.
In May, THR broke the news that Syfy, which recently axed plans for a sixth season of Eureka, was developing a potential spinoff starring Warehouse 13 character H.G. Wells. At Comic-Con last month, Kenny talked about the status of the project, saying that it is in "very early planning stages" but has "gotten Syfy interested in the notion."

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011

Eureka-Collin FergusonEUREKA - ONE MORE EPISODE
With the news of the recently renewed... and then promptly canceled EUREKA, Syfy confirms that the show is getting one extra episode after all.
Writer and executive producer Amy Berg confirms the news on Twitter.
"Rumors are true," she writes. "Syfy and Universal are giving us one additional episode so we can end the series on our terms. Working on it now!"
Syfy's decision to cut the Season 6 order came just days before filming was scheduled to begin on what would have been the final episode, preventing any sort of closure for the show.
So for those of you keeping track, the number of Season 6 episodes remains a depressing "0," but Season 5 total is now a respectable 14. And there are still 5 to go in the current fourth season, so the goodbye for "Eureka" will be a long one.

HavenHAVEN'S TWITTER EPISODE
NEW YORK - August 10, 2011 - Syfy's popular series Haven will become the first television series to create a storyline that flows between the show itself and the micro-blogging service Twitter when it launches a special seven-episode arc beginning Friday, August 12, at 10PM (ET/PT).
"The Haven writers and producers have done an amazing job of crafting a story line that seamlessly moves between the TV show and Twitter," said Craig Engler, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Syfy Digital. "Although there have been simple integrations before, no one has fully and organically integrated Twitter into the fabric of the show in the way Haven is doing. If you watch Haven and use Twitter, you're in for a real treat."
In the story, Vince (Richard Donat) and Dave (John Dunsworth), who run the newspaper in Haven, join Twitter as newcomers to the medium. Viewers who follow their characters (@VinceHaven, @DaveHaven) will see them interact with a mysterious Twitter user (@ColdInHaven) who knows more about Haven - and Vince and Dave - than anyone should.
Said Executive Producer Lloyd Segan: "Although Twitter has been featured in TV shows before, this is the first time a storyline from a television series has been fully integrated with the popular online service. The story has been created in such a way that viewers who don't follow the Twitter plot can still enjoy the show. For those that do, there will be a special meaning to events in Haven during these seven episodes."
As the special plot unfolds on Twitter, viewers will catch glimpses of it in the show itself, where they'll be directed to follow the Twitter conversation through special promos. The outcome to the Twitter story will be revealed in the second-season finale on Friday, September 30.
"Twitter has become the default platform for TV fans to talk, in real-time, about the shows they love," said Robin Sloan, manager of media partnerships at Twitter. "Syfy has embraced that conversation, and now it's breaking new ground with this Haven storyline. It incorporates Twitter more deeply into the show's plot than anything we've ever seen before."
Viewers can follow the story on Twitter with the hashtag #HavenNews as well as on www.syfy.com/haven.
Syfy and Twitter will be working together during the seven-week event to measure viewer engagement around the Haven Twitter storyline. The findings will be shared in an online case study, with best practices for any network to use when integrating Twitter directly into a storyline.
Now in its second season, Haven, starring Emily Rose, is based on The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. The series follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose), who takes up residence in the small town of Haven, Maine, and soon discovers the town's many secrets.
A longtime refuge for people with an eclectic range of supernatural abilities, Haven also holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of Audrey's lost past. Among the townspeople are Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), a handsome local cop with his own supernatural affliction, and Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour), a smuggler and reluctant aide in solving Haven's troubles.

Captain America ComicCAPTAIN AMERICA COMIC BOOK - RECORD SALE
Do you have old comic books in the attic or basement? Ever wonder if they are actually worth money? The answer isprobably not. But if you happen to have a copy of Captain America #1, however, well ... that's a little different.
First appearances of heroes like Batman and Superman do sometimes turn up at auction, but, much like the comics themselves, these events are very rare. Timing is everything, though, and it's not surprising that a copy of Captain America #1 (which famously shows the good Cap punching Adolf Hitler in the face a year before the U.S. even entered World War II) would show up during the same summer of his latest and greatest theatrical feature.
The copy in question, which was graded at 9.2, may not be the highest-quality copy ever sold (the best physical copy was graded at 9.6 a decade ago), but it still broke the record books by selling at a whopping $343K.

The StandTHE STAND
Reports indicate that Warner Bros. is planning a massive adaptation of the 1974 Stephen King novel The Stand. Now, HitFix says that the studio has a creative team in mind and that negotiations are underway to bring aboard David Yates as director and Steve Kloves as screenwriter.
Previously adapted as a television miniseries in 1994, "The Stand" tells the story of a full-scale apocalypse, driven by the accidental release of a biological weapon and the ensuing struggle of good versus evil carried out by the world's final survivors.
Yates and Kloves, who previously collaborated on the final three Harry Potter films for the studio, would plan to bring The Stand to life as multiple films. The original version of the book is, after all, famously massive, checking in at 823 (for the 1978 edition) pages and 1,141 in a "complete and uncut" edition released in 1990.

Morgan FreemanNOW YOU SEE ME
According to Variety, Morgan Freeman (upcoming The Dark Knight Rises) is in talks to join Jesse Eisenberg, Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried in Summit Entertainment's Now You See Me.
To be directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk, the thriller pits a crack FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances, showering the profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.
The trade says that Freeman will play Thaddeus, an ex-magician who has made a career out of exposing other magicians' illusions, making him a despised figure within the magic community.
Ruffalo will play the main FBI agent, while Eisenberg is set to play an arrogant but brilliant magician who's the leader of the Four Horsemen. Seyfried and Laurent co-star on opposing sides of the law.
Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt wrote the film, to be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Yakin will executive produce along with Bobby Cohen.

THE GREY
Open Road Films announced today that Joe Carnahan's The Grey will hit theaters on January 27. Also scheduled for that date are The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes and One for the Money. Here is the press release:
Open Road Films will release the highly anticipated, action-packed survival thriller, The Grey, in theaters nationwide on January 27, 2012. The Grey stars Liam Neeson and is directed by Joe Carnahan (A-Team, Smokin Aces, Narc); it was produced by Liddell Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.
In The Grey, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt before their time runs out.
The Grey also features Frank Grillo (upcoming Warrior and Lay The Favorite), Dermot Mulroney (Burn After Reading, About Schmidt), Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife," 3:10 To Yuma), Joe Anderson (Across The Universe, upcoming ABC series "The River"), James Badge Dale (upcoming World War Z, The Conspirator, HBOs The Pacific"), Nonso Anozie (upcoming Conan The Barbarian, Atonement, RocknRolla).
The Grey is produced by Jules Daly, Joe Carnahan, Ridley Scott and Mickey Liddell. Executive producers are Tony Scott and Jennifer Hilton as well as Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson and Marc Butan of Inferno Entertainment.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011

Milla JovovichRESIDENT EVIL 5
Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Retribution will have zombies, more Milla Jovovich and a side of Paul WS Anderson. The actress and director have officially been confirmed for the fifth entry in the horror series.
Paul WS Anderson will both direct and write the screenplay for the new Resident Evil. Is that a good or a bad idea? You tell us! While he's pulling double duty behind the scenes, Jovovich will once again reprise her role as the franchise heroine Alice.
On another note, one of the main characters from the RE video games (from which the films are based), might get a recast. [Spoilers for Resident Evil: Afterlife] At the end of the last film, Jill Valentine made a cameo appearance that set her up for big return. Sienna Guillory originally played Valentine in Afterlife and Resident Evil: Apocalypse, but sources are claiming that she's out.
The role is supposedly being recast, which is unfortunate because she was a great Jill. A new actress has yet to be confirmed and it leaves us wondering ... who could fill Guillory's shoes?
Resident Evil: Retribution is scheduled to hit theaters on Sept 14, 2012.

Tarzan StampSTAMPS
Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, has been honored with a U.S. postage stamp. Homer Simpson as well. So we're happy to hear that Tarzan and his creator are getting some U.S. Postal Service love, too.
Edgar Rice Burroughs and the King of the Jungle will be featured next year on a forever stamp drawn by Sterling Hundley and based on a 1934 photo taken by Burroughs' son, Hulbert Burroughs.
Stephen Kearney, executive director of Stamp Services, said:
"The Postal Service is proud to honor Edgar Rice Burroughs, one of the most popular and prolific authors of the early 20th century. ... Best known for inventing the iconic character Tarzan, he wrote more than 70 books, including historical fiction and several popular series of science fiction tales."
The stamp is being issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the publication of the John Carter story "Under the Moons of Mars" and the first Tarzan story, "Tarzan of the Apes," both of which appeared in All-Story Magazine in 1912.
The Post Office is making collecting stamps fun again.

Terra NovaTERRA NOVA - ONLY 13 EPISODES?
Late last week at the Fox TCA, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly stated that Terra Nova's first season was being planned for 13 episodes only, and not the 22 it might otherwise get if it got good ratings, due to the complex production.
However, executive producer Brannon Braga said in a recent interview that, "If they tell us they want nine more, it'll be incredible. But we're up to the challenge. I might have a nervous breakdown, but ..."
Braga admitted, though, that when it comes to the number of episodes in any given season, "those decisions are made by people far above ... the emperors. I'm just in the trenches over here. I have no idea ... We're designing it like the first season will be 13, but one never knows."
The show's rigorous productioninvolving the creation of realistic dinosaurs and shooting in Queensland, Australiahas cause delays which pushed the planned airing of the two-hour pilot from May to Monday, Sept. 26.
"It's a massive production," said Braga. "We're very far away from it physically, and we have a lot of special needs that no other show in history has really had in terms of scope and visuals and the kind of visual effects we're doing. And we've managed to pull it off. We're nearly done, certainly, writing the first season. And we're about over halfway done filming. "
According to Braga, their special-effects team has had to create new technologies to "do dinosaurs on a television schedule."
As for what Terra Nova is going to look like, I got a chance to see the first hour, and that initial hour is rich and awesome and takes the viewer from a dystopian far future to a lush and dinosaur-enriched past.
"Wait till you see hour two. Things get real scary. But [we didn't] want to lose the sense of spirited fun. And I think that's what we've been doing, and that's certainly what Steven Spielberg has brought to it. It's very Spielberg-esque," he said about the show's most high-profile producer.
With Spielberg (Jurassic Park), Braga (Star Trek) and several other talented producers behind the scenes, along with actors Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) leading the cast, talk about the show's difficult production will likely vanish if Terra Nova performs well for Fox.
And if Terra Nova does hit big, when it comes to that 13-episode order, as Braga says, "One never knows."

Fisher-WickNEW BEWITCHED
The Hollywood Reporter writes that CBS could be in the market for a Darrin.
The network has ordered a script from Sony Pictures Television for a potential remake of Bewitched.
Miss Congeniality scribe Marc Lawrence has been tapped to pen the script and executive produce. Husband-and-wife team of Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher who produced the 2005 feature film starring Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman will produce through their Red Wagon shingle.
The script order for Bewitched joins a growing number of classic TV series returning back to the small screen. ABCs Charlies Angels also from Sony Pictures Television -- will premiere in September, and CBS Hawaii Five-O returns for its second season in the fall.
Bewitched ran for eight seasons on ABC, from 1964 to 1972 and starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, a witch who marries Darrin, a mortal (Dick York and later Dick Sargent), and attempts to become a typical suburban housewife.

Brad Pitt-Johnny DeppBIG SCREEN CHALLENGES
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the zombie war will begin on Dec. 21, 2012 and it could be a blood-letting at the box office.
Paramount has dated World War Z, which it describes as a geo-political thriller, to open four days before Christmas Day. The move puts the Bratt Pitt movie on a collision course with Disneys The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, as well as Foxs Tobey Maguire drama Life of Pi. And its only a week after the release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens Dec. 14.
But the Christmas holiday has proven to be the most lucrative time of the year, with the market able to support multiple films.
World War Z, currently in production, is being directed by Marc Forster and adapts Max Brooks novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. The movie stars Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox.
The studio says the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), 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.

Fahey-HartleyNEW CHUCK GUESTS
As Chuck is apparently pulling out all the stops for its upcoming final season, its already rampant fan base will be joined by the very devoted fans of series past, The CWs Smallville and ABCs Lost.
An NBC spokesperson confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Justin Hartley and Jeff Fahey are appearing on Episode 2 of Season 5 as brothers.
Fahey (pilot Frank Lapidus on Lost), plays the allusive Karl Sneijder, who runs a diamond company with mines in South Africa. The CIA has kept a watch on him for alleged criminal activity, but it hasnt been able to collect enough evidence to charge him.
As Karl's younger brother, Wesley Sneijder, Hartley (Smallville's Oliver/ Green Arrow) plays an anthropologist who has successfully kept himself away from his brothers shady dealings. That will change when Karls enemies kidnap him and the older brother hires the newly formed spy business, Carmichael Industries, to help free Wesley.
Apparently, Hartley had a good time on set. Couple of days on the show Chuck this week, he tweeted on Tuesday. Great people over there. Fun times.
Chucks final season moves to NBC Fridays starting on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

AlembicLUCASFILM AND SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS RELEASE ALEMBIC 1.0
Alembic 1.0, the open source project jointly developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks and Lucasfilm Ltd. was released to the public today, it was announced at ACM SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Alembic is the computer graphics interchange format developed by the two entertainment giants last year and focused on efficiently storing and sharing animation and visual effects scenes across multiple software applications. It was designed to handle massive animation data sets often required in high-end visual effects and animation, which are routinely developed and produced by companies such as Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic and Lucasfilm Animation Ltd and Sony Pictures Imageworks. The studios each saw the need for a tool like Alembic, something that would fit within existing pipelines and allow for customization at the facility level without impeding the ability to share work.
The code base for Alembic is available for download on the project's Google Code site and more information can be found online at: http://www.alembic.io

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011

EurekaEUREKA
Syfy said late Monday (Aug. 8) that EUREKA's 13-episode fifth season that's currently in production and due to air next year will be its last.
In a statement, Syfy calls the cancellation a "difficult business decision." It's a pretty surprising reversal of the channel's position of just a few days ago, when it confirmed a six-episode final run would come after Season 5.
Here's the full statement from Syfy:
"After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of 'Eureka.' But 'Eureka' is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we've seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to [executive producers] Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012."
On the upside, the show's team still has time to craft an ending for the series. On the downside, they have to craft an ending for the series sooner than anticipated.

GODZILLA
Remember Roland Emmerich's regrettable Godzilla reboot? Here's something to whett your appetite -- a couple of minutes of Godzilla the way it's supposed to be. But unfortunately, it looks like a couple of minutes is all we're gonna get.
If you are like us, you'll wish that this taste was an appetizer for a full-length movie to come. Sadly, it's only a dream sequence being experienced by a Godzilla-loving character in the Japanese comedy Always Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi (which translates as Always: Sunset on Third Street 2).

Marvel ComicsUPCOMING MARVEL MOVIES
Sony announced last week that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would be released on May 2, 2014, before they even have any idea whether we like the first film in the rebooted franchise. But that's not all Marvel has in store for us in 2014.
Disney announced today it would be releasing TWO more Marvel movies in 2014one on May 16, 2014, two weeks after the coming Spidey sequel, and another on June 27, 2014but they're not saying a word about just which superheroes will be invading theaters two summers from now.
By then, we'll have seen Avengers (May 4, 2012), Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013) and Thor 2 (July 26, 2013)so where does that leave us?
Will it be time for a return of one of the superheroes we've already seen on screen, maybe a Captain America 2? Or will we get to see someone new, like Dr. Strange or the Guardians of the Galaxy?

Gerard ButlerTHE BRICKLAYER
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gerard Butler is set to headline a feature adaptation of Noah Boyd's novel The Bricklayer. Released early last year, the novel is officially described by the publisher as follows:
"The Bricklayer" is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction in many years. He's an exFBI agent who's been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvableand more deadlyby the hour.
A woman steps out of the shower in her Los Angeles home and is startled by an intruder sitting calmly in her bedroom holding a gun. But she is frozen with fear by what he has to say about the FBIand what he says he must do. . . .
A young agent slips into the night water off a rocky beach. He's been instructed to swim to a nearby island to deposit a million dollars demanded by a blackmailer. But his mission is riddled with hazardous tests, as if someone wanted to destroy him rather than collect the money. . . .
Vail has resigned himself to his dismissal and is content with his life as a bricklayer. But the FBI, especially Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon, needs help with a shadowy group that has initiated a brilliant extortion plot. The group will keep killing their targets until the agency pays them off, the amount and number of bodies escalating each time the FBI fails. One thing is clear: someone who knows a little too much about the inner workings of the Bureau is very clever and very angryand will kill and kill again if it means he can disgrace the FBI.
Steve Vail's options and his time to find answersare swiftly running out.
Hanna Weg, who wrote the planned Zelda Fitzgerald biopic, The Beautiful and the Damned, will adapt the novel for the screen.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011

Sorry for the sporadic updates of late; I had a death in the family. Should be getting things more or lessback to normal on Tuesday.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Moviegoers went bananas for 20th Century Foxs critically acclaimed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which grossed a robust $19.8 million at the Friday box office.
The origins pic now has a shot at a $50 million opening, exceeded all expectations. Heading into the weekend, tracking showed it grossing $30 million to $35 million tops, but word of mouth is changing the forecast.
Moviegoers sided with critics in giving Rise of the Apes an A-. The film appealed to all age groups, and more women than expected turned out, making up 44 percent of the audience.
The film headlining Andy Serkis as the ape Casesar looks like it is successfully relaunching the classic sci-fi franchise, and is a big win for Peter Chernin and Dylan Clarks Chernin Entertainment, since its the companys first film.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt and also starring James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow, Apes is especially whipping up buzz for the photo-realistiElsewhere at the domestic box office, Universal's R-rated body switching comedy The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, underperformed, grossing $4.7 million on Friday.
c apes, which were created by Peter Jacksons Weta Digital using advanced performance capture technology.
The film, made for $93 million, was co-financed by Fox, Dune Entertainment and Ingenious.
Rise of the Apes earned $1.3 million in midnight runs, nearly double the $700,000 earned in midnight grosses last week by Cowboys & Aliens.
Directed by David Dobkins, the comedy is now forecasted to open to a tepid $13.4 million, a rare miss for an R-rated comedy, a genre which as been booming at the box office.
Change-Up all but tied with Universal and DreamWorks Cowboy & Aliens
, which fell 64% on its second Friday.
Both Change-Up and Cowboy were trounced by Sonys surprise hit The Smurfs, which grossed $6 million Friday for a domestic cume of $61.2 million. SmurfsNo. 2.
Sonys holdover The Smurfs remained a strong contender, coming in NNo. 2 for the day and grossing an estimated $5.7 million.
Sonys holdover The Smurfs remained a strong contender, coming in No. 2 for the day and grossing an estimated $5.7 million.
Universal and DreamWorks Cowboys & Aliens
tumbled more than 60 percent, grossing roughly $4.7 million, although its possible Change-Up could pull ahead of Cowboys once final Friday numbers are calculated.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2011

Lawrence FishburneMAN OF STEEL
Laurence Fishburne has a new job ... and it's at the Daily Planet. Move over Morpheus, see you later CSI, this Oscar nominated actor has bigger fish to fry in Metropolis!
Fishburne has officially joined the cast of Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel as the hard-hitting, no nonsense Perry White. He's the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet and the workhorse boss of Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.
In the past, White has been played by a plethora of talented actors including Jackie Cooper, Frank Langella and Michael McKean, so Fishburne's in good company. This news comes shortly after he left his role on CSI, which left us wondering what was next.
There must be something in the water over at Warner Bros., because not only did they scoop Fishburne, but they also cast Christopher Meloni five seconds after he left his 12 year gig on Law & Order: SVU. It sounds like Superman is the new hot ticket in town ... again.
Man of Steel's growing cast now includes Fishburne, Meloni, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Julia Ormond and Russell Crowe.

MARVEL ONE-SHOT: THE CONSULTANT
After playing second fiddle to Nick Fury, Tony Stark and Thor, Phil Coulson is finally getting his just desserts. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent stars in a new short film aptly titled, Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant.
The first clip from The Consultant features footage that fills in the gap of time between Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk. [Spoilers ahead] Do you remember when Tony Stark made a surprise visit to General Ross? Were you wondering why they sent Stark instead of somebodyanybody else? Here's your answer.
The Consultant fun doesn't stop herethere's more to come. Marvel also has a soon-to-be-released short called A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer. In it, Coulson and a few supporting characters will bridge the gap between the action in Iron Man 2 and Thor.
Agent Coulson might not have the prestige and honor of Nick Fury, but at least he gets a mini-movie highlighting his cool, behind-the-scenes antics.
Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant will appear on the DVD, Blu-Ray and 3D Blu-Ray of Thor, which hits shelves on Sept. 13.

TWIXT
Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola is backand he's taking a creepy turn with his latest film, Twixt. The first trailer for the movie has been released and it features witchcraft, vampires, satanic worship, murder, Gothic makeup and narration by Tom Waits.
Twixt centers on a third-string writer (Val Kilmer)the bargain basement Stephen Kingand a creepy sheriff (Bruce Dern) who's more interested in gaining fame than solving crimes. The duo are joined by several "imagined characters," namely V (Elle Fanning) and a very convincing Edgar Allen Poe (Ben Chaplin).
Kilmer's character Hal Baltimore is in need of some serious cash, so he's forced to write a new horror story to make ends meet. It's within his writing process we're introduced to all the crazy, seedy, underhanded things that his small hosting town has to offer.
You might be asking yourself, what's Francis Ford Coppola doing making such a convincing yet confusing horror-thriller? Granted, Twixt is very different from most of his works, but he did direct Dracula and he produced 1994's Frankenstein, Sleepy Hollow and Jeepers Creepers. Plus, one of his mentors is Roger Corman, so are we really surprised by this shift?
Twixt will debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from Sept 8-18.

GREEN LANTERN 2
Fans and critics agree: Green Lantern wasn't the bestest-ever movie based on a comic book. But that's not stopping the president of Warner Bros. from considering a potential sequel.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros.' head honcho Jeff Robinov has said:
"We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience. To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action. ... And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth."
Green Lantern received a mere 26 percent approval rating on the aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes. But more importantly, the movie has so far earned only $154 million out of the $200 million it cost to make.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011

GrimmGRIMM
The cast and producers on NBCs Grimm faced reporters at the Television Critics Association (TCA) on Monday and tried to explain what exactly the show was about.
The series re-imagines the classic Grimms fairy tales as if its fantastical creatures actually existed and the stories were meant to be like that of a police profilers files.
It takes the police procedural and kind of turns it on its head, executive producer David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) explains. And it takes the storybook fairy tales and fractures that.
The problem is that there seems to be some mixed messages coming from Greenwalt and his fellow EPs as to which element is more important, especially as reporters continued to search for some kind of solid explanation as to how audiences should view the show and how it fits into NBCs stable of programming.
When faced with the question of the numerous other upcoming shows and movies also based off fairy tales, like ABCs Once Upon a Time, and the two upcoming Snow White movies, executive producer Todd Milliner backtracks a bit on the fairy tale aspects.
It is odd, Milliner says of his shows emergence as part of the trend. Theres a lot of movies and shows about fairy tales, but ours is so not about the fairy tale. Its a police procedural with a hint of fairy tale.
So, what is Grimm about again? Maybe, it will help to go back to how the idea was born in the first place with fairy tales.
Milliner and fellow exec producer, Sean Hayes (Yes, of Will & Grace fame he also EPs Hot in Cleveland), was looking for something to base a new series on, but the source material would have to be in the public domain (meaning it wouldnt have to be licensed). Grimms Fairy Tales fit the bill and additionally offered something like 200 possible stories the series could fracture.
This season, the series will repurpose The Three Little Pigs, but with wolves instead. And it plans to do something with the "Cinderella" story, renaming her Finderella. In addition, there will be a take on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
So, what parts of the show make it more crime procedural than a parody of fairy tales? The producers will try to make sure that the episodes are digestible with cases closed each episode.
It follows Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who finds out hes a descendent of the Brothers Grimm and inherits their unique talents for seeing mystical creatures, and his very classically trained police partner, Lt. Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) as they solve tough cases and figure out each others quirks.
Again, there was a lot of talking in circles as if the shows producers werent quite sure themselves how the series will shake out and which side, the fantasy or the procedural, will ultimately end up defining the series.

Cary FukunagaSPACELESS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Cary Fukunaga, who last directed Jane Eyre, is heading into sci-fi territory for his follow-up.
The director has closed a deal to helm Universal's Spaceless, and will also rewrite the screenplay based off the original spec by Jeff Vintar. Gore Verbinski is producing the project through his BlindWink Productions. Vintar is executive producing.
The story centres on an assassin who wakes up inside a spacesuit tumbling helplessly through space, with a computer designed to keep him company until his air runs out. He must try to solve the mystery of his death, which began when he broke into an orbiting space station to carry out a hit. The man, however, begins to question his reality, unsure if he is succumbing to madness or in an artificially created environment
Fukunaga has been eager to mix up genres with every directorial outing hes taken.
His debut was the award-winning immigration drama Sin Nombre, which he followed up with the adaptation of Emily Brontes Eyre, a period social drama.
Peter Cramer and Sara Scott are overseeing the project for the studio.

Jeff WadlowNON-STOP
The skys the limit for Dark Castle, which has picked up Non-Stop, an airplane thriller spec from writers John Richardson and Chris Roach. Jeff Wadlow is set to direct.
Joel Silver, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing.
Plot details are being kept under wraps but the project is described by those in the know as a contained, gritty action thriller centering on an air marshall flying on a domestic flight.
Wadlow discovered the first-time writers, who are unrepped, and worked with them to develop the script.
Dark Castle, which made its early name on supernatural and horror thrillers, is moving to develop more stright thrillers in the realistic action sphere after the success of Unknown, its thriller starring Liam Neeson, which grossed $130 million worldwide on a reported budget of $30 million.
The deal puts WME-repped Wadlow, best known for helming Never Back Down, back in business with Silver, this time on a feature level. Silver was a producer on Hail Mary, a CBS pilot Wadlow created and wrote, and the two also worked on the CBS pilot The Odds.

WRATH OF THE TITANS!
For the past few months, director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) has been working hard in England and other locations to create the sequel to Warner Bros' 2010 hit remake Clash of the Titans, working on the movie under the rather clever working title of "Clash of the Titans 2." Surely, no one thought that title would stick and with a lot of different choices to go for, the filmmakers have finally picked a title, and according to ERC Box Office, that new title is...
Wrath of the Titans!
So far, it's been confirmed that Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson and Danny Huston are all back, joined by Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike, and now they have a title, all they have to do is finish the movie in time for its release date of March 30, 2012.

MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2011

Deathly HallowsHARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - Part 2
Warner Bros. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has become part of the elite billion dollar club, while Paramounts Transformers: Dark of the Moon should become a member within days.
Before this summer, only seven movies in history had grossed $1 billion or more at the domestic box office.
Theres now nine, between Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Deathly Hallows 2, the first film in the franchise to reach the milestone. Dark of the Moon will make it ten.
Through Sunday, Deathly Hallows has earned $1.01 billion, including a domestic total of $318.5 million and international cume of $690 million. The pic tied the record for the fastest climb to $1 billion, accomplishing the task in only 17 days.
Deathly Hallows 2 also is the top grossing film in Warner history worldwide.
Whats truly astounding is that these kind of numbers are being achieved so early in the films release, said Warners president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman, who announced the milestone with president of international distribution Veronikia Kwan-Rubinek.
Dark of the Moons worldwide cume rose to $983 million over the weekend, including a domestic total of $337.9 million and international haul of $645 million. As with Deathly Hallows 2, Dark of the Moon will become the first title in its respective franchise to hit $1 billion in global grosses.
Here's how the billion dollar winners rank: Avatar ($2.8 billion), Titanic (1.8 billion), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.11 billion), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion), Toy Story 3 ($1.06 billion), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (1.03 billion), Alice in Wonderland ($1.02 billion), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.01 billion) and The Dark Knight ($1.00 billion).

Cowboys/Aliens/SmurfsWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures are both claiming their new films, Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs, earned $36.2 million at the weekend box office, making it impossible to determine which of the two films won the weekend until the final figures come in on Monday. Cowboys & Aliens opened in 3,750 theaters and averaged $9,653 per theater while The Smurfs debuted in 3,395 theaters and averaged $10,663. The former also cost $163 million to make, not counting marketing costs, and the latter was budgeted at $110 million.
Director Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens features a cast that includes Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Ana de la Reguera and Abigail Spencer. The Smurfs stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Anton Yelchin, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Paul Reubens, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, B.J. Novak, Jeff Foxworthy, Wolfgang Puck, Gary Basaraba and Tim Gunn.
Last week's champ, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger dropped to third place and 61.7% in ticket sales to take in $24.9 million its second weekend. The $140 million comic book adaptation has earned $116.8 million domestically so far.
Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows - Part 2 added $21.9 million domestically to push its total to $318.5 million after three weeks. The epic finale passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office on Saturday.
WB's new Crazy, Stupid, Love rounded out the top five with $19.3 million from 3,020 theaters. Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon, the film averaged $6,391 per theater.
In its second weekend, Screen Gems' Friends With Benefits dipped 50.1% in sales, collecting $9.3 million for a total of $38.2 million. The romantic comedy cost $35 million to make. Also costing that amount was New Line's Horrible Bosses, which added $7.1 million its fourth weekend for a total of $96.2 million.
Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon earned $5.97 million its fifth weekend to bring its total to $337.9 million domestically. The Paramount release cost $195 million to make.

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011

William BaldwinHAWAII FIVE-O ADDITION
William Baldwin is the latest addition to the ever-growing cast of recurring characters on CBS drama "Hawaii Five-O."
Baldwin will join the cast for a multi-episode arc, reports TV Guide, as a former homicide detective who was kicked off the force for corruption. He enters the story as a sort of ringleader for a band of dirty cops.
Previously announced guest star Tom Sizemore will play the head of Internal Affairs who wants to put Baldwin, his former partner, behind bars.
Also joining the cast this fall: "Lost's" Terry O'Quinn, Richard T. Jones and Lauren German.

Leaf MenLEAF MEN
20th Century Fox has scheduled Leaf Men for release on May 17, 2013.
Based on the children's book "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs" by William Joyce, the animated film will arrive in 3D under director Chris Wedge (Robots, Ice Age).
The story in the book involves a troop of noble bugs that, in an effort to protect a garden from the evil spider queen, summon the mythical Leaf Men to their aide.

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2011

Carrie-Anne MossCHUCK NEWS
"Chuck" has cast a love interest for Adam Baldwin's character, and she should be more than up to the task of keeping pace with John Casey.
"The Matrix" star Carrie-Anne Moss has signed on for a multi-episode run on the NBC series' final season, EW reports. She's the second big guest star to join Season 5 of the show; it was announced at Comic-Con that Mark Hamill will appear in the season premiere.
Moss will play a character named Gertrude Verbanski, who despite her ungainly name is a ruthlessly efficient spy. She runs a private firm that competes with Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah's (Yvonne Strahovski) newly launched enterprise.
Gertrude also has a history with Casey, and though they've been professional rivals they have clicked personally. That sound you may have just heard is a bunch of "Chuck" fans squee-ing.
In addition to the "Matrix" trilogy, Moss' credits include "Memento," "Disturbia" and the upcoming "Silent Hill: Revelation." Earlier this year she starred in a Lifetime pilot called "Normal," but it didn't go forward.
"Chuck" begins its final season on NBC Friday, Oct. 21.

TorchwoodTORCHWOOD FUTURE IN QUESTION
"Torchwood: Miracle Day" has performed fairly well for Starz in its first few weeks, and it's earned mostly positive reviews. But its future is anything but assured.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says the show's future will depend largely on creator Russell T. Davies and whether -- and how soon -- he wants to return to the material.
"'Torchwood' is not one of the shows we went into thinking about a yearly return," Albrecht told reporters Friday (July 29) at the Television Critics Association press tour. Davies, he notes, "has a lot of things on his plate. If 'Torchwood' is at the top of his list, that will affect the future of 'Torchwood.'"
A longer-than-typical wait between seasons of "Torchwood" wouldn't be unprecedented: Two years passed between the airing of "Children of Earth" and the premiere of "Miracle Day." In his former gig as head of HBO, Albrecht also dealt with protracted delays between seasons of shows like "The Sopranos" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Jon Favreaus big-budget Cowboys & Aliens ended up in a relatively close race with Sonys 3D kids pic The Smurfs for the Friday crown, and possibly the weekend.
Observers say Cowboys and Smurfs both looked to gross $13 million to $13.5 million for the day, with Cowboys -- from DreamWorks and Universal -- falling short of reaching its projected $15 million opening day take.
Cowboys may now gross roughly $38 million for the weekend, less than expected. If Smurfs continues to do overperform, it could come close to the $38 million mark as well.
Coming in No. 3 at the domestic box office on Friday was Paramount and Marvels holdover Captain America: The First Avenger, which was on track to gross $7.5 million for the day and roughly $25 million for the weekend.
The third new film of the weekend, Warner Bros. Steve Carell-Ryan Gosling comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love got off to a solid start, likely grossing $6.5 million on Friday and $18 million or $19 million for the weekend.
Cowboys, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, couldnt have better pedigree. Stacey Snider and Steven Spielbergs DreamWorks oversaw production and co-financed the $163 million pic with Universal and Ryan Kavanaughs Relativity Media. Brian Grazer and Ron Howards Imagine Entertainment also produced the film.
But original stories are always a risk, not to mention mixing the Western and sci-fi genres. Westerns generally draw older moviegoers, and Cowboys has indeed been tracking best among males over 25, followed by males under 25, who are Favreau and sci-fi fans.
Cowboys grossed a soft $700,000 in midnight runs Thursday night, suggesting that younger fanboys werent rushing to see the film.
Earlier this summer, Super 8 grossed $13.1 million on its first Friday, along with $1 million in special sneaks the previous Thursday night. Super 8 went on to post an opening weekend gross of $36.5 million.
The big difference between the two movies is their price tags. J.J. Abrams Super 8 reportedly cost $55 million to make. DreamWorks financed half of Cowboys pricey $163 million budget, while Universal and Relativity Media each put up 25%.
Smurfs cost $110 million to produce.

FRINGE NEWS
Earlier this week, Fox released a new Fringe teaser asking Season 4's biggest question: Where exactly is Peter?
Showrunners Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter after the show's Comic-Con panel last weekend and what they said was mind-blowing and head-scratching.
Joshua Jackson joked to THR that he would like his alter ego to return to the cult sci-fi drama in a "flash of light," when the time came. Wyman, however, wasn't as giving. "You know, that is an assumption," he replied when asked about how Peter would return to the series. "He will not be another identity."
"For us, we are really using Peter's story this season to explore a lot of the basic rules of the show, which are choices and connection," Pinkner added.
But Wyman and Pinkner were adamant in dispelling any theories that questioned whether the events in the season finale actually happened.
"It really happened," Wyman reassured. "What we are trying to do from a conceptual standpoint is have the audience understand that it happened and you know it did happen. We watched it and there has been a catastrophe and it needs to be righted. It will either right itself properly or it will go in a very negative way. Now you have to understand what those repercussions are going to mean."
He added, "Peter sacrificed himself. He was a selfless hero. There are sacrifices; a sacrifice wouldn't be hard if it was easy."
Before they decided to go ahead with the finale, there were discussions about the events that unfolded that would affect the trajectory of the series.
"Before we decided to actually pull the trigger and do that season finale, we convinced ourselves that it happened and we were willing to play with consequences," Pinkner said. "I think it ends up in a place that is really kind of beautiful."
"When we were toying with it, it is analogous to this," Wyman explained. "In Fringe, we get to tell the quintessential kidnapping story, not about a kidnapping but about crossing universes. We get to tell the love triangle with two people who are the same person. We get to reinvent these trite situations."
Pinker agreed: "And we have characters that really hold up a mirror to themselves, having a second Walter and having a second Olivia really exposes sides of their characters that you wouldn't otherwise get."

The Mighty THE MIGHTY
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Drew Pearce, who created the British superhero TV satire No Heroics, has been tapped to write Paramounts adaptation of DC Comics title The Mighty.
Created by former DC editor Peter Tomasi and artist Keith Champagne, Mighty centers on a godlike and Superman-like hero and his relationship with a police officer who lands the plum job of being the mans human handler. The relationship begins to fray when the officer begins to suspect that the hero adored the world-over is behind a series of ghastly murders.
Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and JC Spink are producing.
Paramount was able to get the book from DC and its parent company Warner Bros. since the book was creator-owned and not set in the DC Universe.
Pearce, repped by WME and Londons PBJ Management, created, wrote and produced No Heroics, which featured superheroes milling around a local pub; ABC commissioned a pilot for an American version but it didnt get picked up.
The show led Pearce to Hollywood gigs, with the scribe landing gigs to pen Marvel Studios adaptation of their teen comic Runaways and to work with Shane Black on Iron Man 3.

RED TAILS
After many delays, George Lucas' long-discussed Red Tails has finally received a release date.
The film, which details the plight of the first team of African American fighter pilots (the Tuskegee Airmen) to fly in combat during World War II, has been something the Lucas, who is billed as both story writer and executive producer, has talked about making for years. John Ridley was tapped to write the screenplay in 2007 and the film was cast in 2009.
On Friday, Lucasfilm released a trailer for the war epic (directed by Anthony Hemingway), now set to hit theaters January 20, 2012.
Judging from the trailer, movie-goers can expect to watch star Terrence Howard tussle with Bryan Cranston's prejudiced Major William Mortamus and deliver a number of motivational speeches set to soaring music which will inspire his courageous team of fighter pilots (which include musicians Ne-Yo and Method Man and up-and-comer Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees)).
If successful, the film could serve as a comeback of sorts for Cuba Gooding Jr. who plays a military Major (if nothing else, his prior experience playing characters in dramatic-yet-uplifting war films Men of Honor and Pearl Harbor will have come in handy, not to mention a TV movie he made in 1995 called...The Tuskegee Airmen).
The cast also includes Daniela Ruah (NCIS: Los Angeles), Michael B. Jordan (Parenthood), Tristan Wilds (90210) and Josh Dallas (Thor).

Trek NationTREK NATION COMING TO SCIENCE CHANNEL
With the 2011 Comic-Con International in San Diego as the backdrop, SCIENCE announced its partnership with science fiction royalty, Eugene Rod Roddenberry, and Roddenberry Entertainment on the upcoming feature-length special, TREK NATION, scheduled to air in fourth quarter 2011. TREK NATION explores the popularity and appeal of Star Trek through the man who created it all the late Gene Roddenberry.

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011

Game of ThronesGAME OF THRONES
If you've been holding back from getting too invested in Game of Thrones because you've worried that HBO would kill the series before it could play out its storylinewhich is what the network did with Carnivle and Deadwoodyou can stop now.
After the show's first successful season on HBO, the network has announced that they plan on riding the Stark-Lannister train until the wheels fall off!
Amidst the annual TCA press tour, HBO executives were grilled about Game of Thrones and its foreseeable future. While some shows have a predetermined amount of seasons set at the beginning, Games of Thrones has the potential to stay on a LOT longer. We're talking Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order long.
"I hope it lasts for 20 years," says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo of the show. "I promise you we won't stop it before it's ready to stop ... There's a great relationship fans have with the show and we appreciate that."
And if you're worried about certain storylines getting the short end of the stick, you shouldn't. Even though George R.R. Martin continues to actively write entries in the book series, HBO plans to go tit for tat with the author. "We told [author George R.R. Martin] we'd go as long as he keeps writing," said HBO co-president Richard Plepler.
It sounds like the network is in love with Game of Thrones just as much as we are.

COWBOYS & ALIENS
Cowboys & Aliens hasn't opened yet, but if the movie's stars are to be believed, they've already got their eyes set on a possible sequel.
We took a trip to the Paws Up Ranch in Missoula, Mont., where Olivia Wilde told us why Jon Favreau "can't be out-geeked," Favreau explained how a film can be both a cliche and a commentary on what came before, and Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford hinted that they've already been thinking about revisiting their Cowboys & Aliens characters.

Walking DeadWALKING DEAD
Ever since we learned Tuesday that Frank Darabont, the creator and executive producer of AMC's The Walking Dead, might not be back as the series' showrunner, we started to worry. Could the show continue to be a success without Darabont's zombie brains?
Well, now that Glen Mazzara has taken over for Darabont, AMC wants us to know it has everything under control.
Here's the official statement the network just released on the matter:
The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.
Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels, executive producer and writer on the series, will remain in this role and will continue to steward the brand. Gale Anne Hurd will remain in her role as Executive Producer. The production continues on schedule for an October 16th premiere.

THE KARMA COALITION
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Trevor Cawood is in negotiations to direct The Karma Coalition, a thriller being produced by Lin Pictures at Warner Bros.
The move sets into motion a project that Warners picked up in 2008, plunking down $750,000 against $1. 5 million for the spec by rocker-by-day/scribe-by-night Shawn Christensen.
The story centers on a professor who engages in a game of cat and mouse with a corrupt detective after he's told his dead wife of five years might still be alive. He uncovers the existence of a secret organization responsible for faking her death but suffers the consequences of that knowledge.
Lin Pictures' Jon Silk and Mark Bauch are co-producing.
Cawood, repped by WME and Anonymous Content, is a Canadian helmer who is a co-owner the visual effects house the Embassy, which has worked on movies such as Cowboys & Aliens and District 9.
Cawood made a name for himself with his shorts and commercials. One that caught Hollywoods eye was an arty and unique film titled Terminus and featured a man haunted and followed by an inner representation, a stone figure. Among his commercials are a spot for Clone Wars, featuring two droids at a skate park, and a spot for Citroen, featuring a car transforming into a running robot.
His work is marked for the way it uses real settings and brings inanimate objects to life.
Karma will be Cawoods directorial debut.
Jesse Ehrman and Andy Fischel is overseeing for the studio.

Robert PatrickGANGSTER SQUAD
Robert Patrick has signed to join the cast of Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad, Variety reports. He will take over the part of Officer Max Kennard, which had been rumored to go to Bryan Cranston.
Adapted from a series of L.A. Times articles, Gangster Squad explores the true story of a band of secret "off the record" police task force who went after Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen, a high-profile gangster who was a member of the "Jewish Mafia" in the 1940's.
Patrick will be joining Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Holt McCallany and, still in negotiations, Emma Stone, in the crime drama.
Though no reason has been given for Cranston not signing on, it likely has to do with a busy schedule. In addition to his leading role on "Breaking Bad," Cranston will appear in some major upcoming projects, including John Carter and Total Recall.

Kevin BaconR.I.P.D.
According to Variety, Kevin Bacon looks to be joining the cast of Universal Pictures' supernatural action film R.I.P.D. (short for "Rest In Peace Department"). The trade reports that the actor is in final negotiations for the part.
The project, based on Peter Lenkov's Dark Horse comic about a police department of the dead, will be directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) and will feature the team-up of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are writing the screenplay with Mike Richardson, founder and President of Dark Horse, producing alongside Lawrence Gordon and Neal Moritz.
Bacon's most recent appearance was also as a comic book villain, playing the part of Sebastian Shaw earlier this year in X-Men: First Class.
R.I.P.D. is scheduled to begin production soon, planning a June 28, 2012 release.

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

Walking DeadWALKING DEAD - NEW SHOWRUNNER
Just a day after Frank Darabont stepped down from his perch as showrunner at "The Walking Dead," writer Glen Mazzara will reportedly take over the top behind-the-scenes spot at AMC's zombie-pocalypse hit.
Mazzara ("Hawthorne," "The Shield") joined the show as a writer/producer in its second season, currently filming in Georgia.
"We hired Glen Mazzara as our Number 2 in the room," Darabont said in a June Deadline.com interview. "We consider him our head writer and he's just a fantastic asset."
According to Deadline, production of the show has not been interrupted and, as per Darabont -- who participated in the show's Comic-Con panel and pressroom -- the writers already had eight of 13 shows written with the rest of the season in outline.
The premiere date, announced at Comic-Con, remains Oct. 16.

HulkTHE HULK
Kevin Feige and Marvel really want us to like the Hulk's new look. In a recent interview, he spoke about a few changes they've made to the character and how Mark Ruffalo's casting has influenced his facial design. It sounds like the Hulk's getting a makeover!
For the most part, the Hulk has been nothing more than a CGI fest that's required little to no input from his Bruce Banner alter ego. But that type of laziness won't slide in The Avengers.
"The most important thing is that face," said Feige. "As you can already see in that concept painting, it ismore than any Hulk that's ever been done in live actiona Hulk that lets you see the actor in there. You will be able to see Ruffalo in there. That was a big revelation for us. It's just a concept painting, but in that you can see the [influence of Marvel Comics pioneer and original Hulk artist Jack] Kirby, as people have already pointed out, but also, and equally important in this case, Ruffalo's eyes and his cheek structure. It is him."
The rest of the Hulk's body has also gone through some changes. He might not be as big and brawny as we've seen in the past.
According to Feige, "He'll be about the same size he was in The Incredible Hulk [which was about 9 feet tall], or maybe a little bit smaller. His muscles won't be quite as cut. We figure he's been the Hulk now for a few years and [his physique is changing]. He's not as cut or as ripped as he was in The Incredible Hulk."
This tidbit of info gives us high hopes for what to expect next summer. Even though we haven't seen any finished footage of the Hulk in action, it sounds like they know what they want and how to get it. They're definitely going in a new direction, and we like it!

THE IDES OF MARCH
The trailer for George Clooney's upcoming movie The Ides of March hit the Internet on Wednesday.In the movie, Ryan Gosling plays a young press secretary who falls prey to dirty backroom politics in the film. Clooney portrays the candidate for whom Gosling's character works.
Clooney directed the Columbia Pictures drama and co-wrote the script with his Smoke House Pictures partner Grant Heslov.
Clooney, an outspoken liberal, says he made his character a Democrat to bypass any claims that the film had a personal agenda.
Ides, which also stars Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood, is set for wide release Oct. 7 via Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The film also screens at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Tales from the CryptNEW TALES FROM THE CRYPT
A new "Tales From the Crypt" is planned for television, Deadline reports, though it will offer a very different take on the property than the one featured in the well-known HBO series that aired 1989 through 1996 (later spawning two feature films, Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood)
Gil Adler, who produced the HBO version will team with "Eureka" co-creator Andrew Cosby to develop the project which, rather than offer an anthology slant, will feature ongoing characters inspired by the original EC Comics from the 1950's.
Planned as an hourlong show, "Tales From the Crypt" is being set up to pitch to broadcast and cable networks, though an alternate plan is also being devised that could see the series funded independently before finding a network home.

FROZEN GROUND
According to Variety, Nicolas Cage and John Cusack are in talks to headline the $27 million thriller "The Frozen Ground" for Emmett Furla Films and Amber Entertainment.
The story centers on the investigation of Robert Hansen (Cusack), a respected family man who systematically abducted some two dozen women and flew them into the Alaskan wilderness where he released and then hunted them.
Cage would play the Alaska State Trooper who cracked the case after finding one of Hansen's victims alive on the street. Hansen was arrested in 1983 and is currently serving a 461 year sentence in prison.
Randall Emmett, George Furla, Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming are producing. Scott Walker will make his feature directorial debut from his own script with filming to begin October 10th in Anchorage, Alaska.

Will GallowsWILL GALLOWS
Deadline reports that the team behind "Gnomeo & Juliet" are coming back together for the live-action and CG-animated combo feature "Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll."
Based on the first in Derek Keilty's series of books, the story follows a young cowboy who seeks justice in a world that mashes together fantasy and the Wild West.
Elton John's Rocket Pictures will produce and the film will feature strong musical elements. 'Gnomeo' writer/director Kelly Asbury will return in the same capacities here.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

VAMPIRE DIARIES
Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV this fall, but it looks like there's a new vampire slayer in town. TVLine reports that "The Vampire Diaries" producers are introducing Eric, a hunter who is like "Indiana Jones with a stake instead of a whip." He'll be middle-aged and good-looking.
Our question is this: What about Alaric (Matt Davis)? He was introduced as a history teacher by day, vampire hunter by night. Still, we haven't seen him do too much slaying aside from that time he killed Elijah, which didn't exactly stick. We're guessing that Eric won't be easily swayed to Team Salvatore, especially with Stefan (Paul Wesley) back on the sauce.
Speaking of the ripper, our favorite Mystic Falls residents will have a singular focus when Season 3 begins on Sept. 15. "We've got a lot of stuff to kick us off, the first of which obviously being, where Stefan is," executive producer Julie Plec tells us. "Is he alive? Is he dead? How can we find him? How can we help him? How can we save him? And ultimately, can he be, or does he want to be saved?"

Ringer PosterRINGER
The first time you see Sarah Michelle Gellar's "Ringer," when it premieres Sept. 13 on the CW, you'll probably be struck by the dramatic New York backdrop.
There are bird's-eye views from the tops of palatial Upper East Side estates, a black tie party in the Museum of Natural History and jaunts out to Long Island. But after getting picked up to series, "Ringer" settled into its new home in Los Angeles, where shooting recently began.
While at Comic-Con, co-creators Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo and producer Pam Veasey eased fears that the series might loose some of its style in the transition from one coast to the other.
"I promise you you'll see it," assures Veasy, who also produces another New-York-in-Los-Angeles series. "Because I've worked on 'CSI: New York' -- and still executive produce that -- we have mastered the talent of finding New York in Los Angeles. Our inside joke used to be 'add a water tower.'"
But there will be more than just water towers. "Ringer" has brought on production designer Steven Wolff, who's previously created elaborate New York sets for shows like "Dirty Sexy Money."
"You'll feel like you're in New York," says Veasy. "He has created shows that so reflect the Upper East Side. We've all wanted to move into our sets."
Still, they don't want to dwell to much on what's happening behind the scenes. "The characters tell the story," Veasy adds. "It's where they're from, it's not where you are. You can definitely tell a New York story in LA."

Frank DarabontTHE WALKING DEAD
Just days after taking the stage and speaking with reporters at Comic-Con, Frank Darabonts days as showrunner on AMCs The Walking Dead have come to an end.
Sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Darabont, the creator, executive producer and director of the zombie hit based on the comics by Robert Kirkman, is stepping down as showrunner. Whether the former feature film director will stay on with the series remains unclear.
After the dramas six-episode first season wrapped, Darabont toyed with the idea of using freelancers to script the series, but nixed that plan and opted to hire a full writing staff, with Glen Mazzara brought in to serve as Darabonts No. 2.
This year we have a room full of writers who know the show now as fans of it, having seen the first little half season, they came into the room going wow, we get to do The Walking Dead, Darabont said during the Friday session in San Diego. The first six episodes, nobody knew what the hell we were doing. It was an unknown quantity as a TV show.
Darabont gave no indication that he was considering stepping down during his panel at Comic-Con, noting that conversations were currently under way to cast three major roles for the upcoming second season.
In late May, however, Darabont told THR that he feared budget cuts would hurt the series but he had no other creative complaints at the time.
Creatively I have no complaints thus far, Darabont said at the time. But I believe if they do move ahead with what theyre talking about [with budget cuts], it will affect the show creatively ... in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?
Season 2 of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m.

Allen-FinneyBOURNE LEGACY
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Joan Allen and Albert Finney are in negotiations to join Universal's The Bourne Legacy, the latest installment in the successful Bourne spy series.
While Matt Damon is not headlining this installment of the franchise -- instead, Jeremy Renner will star as a new operative -- Allen and Finney will step back into the roles they created in the previous chapters. Allen will again be seen as the CIA agent she played in 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. Finney, who was seen as the head of a behavior modification program in Ultimatum, will pick up where he left off as well.
Tony Gilroy, who was a writer on the first three Bourne movies, is both writing and directing this time around.
Legacy will also star Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac and Edward Norton.
Frank Marshall, Captivate Entertainment's Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner, and Pat Crowley are producing. Jennifer Fox is exec producer.

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

Zoey DeutchRINGER
Production recently started on Sarah Michelle Gellar's new CW thriller, "Ringer," and one character from the pilot looks a little different.
TVGuide reports that the role of rebellious teen Juliet Martin (originally Caitlin Custer) will now be played by Zoey Deutch.
Deutch is the youngest daughter of "Back to the Future" star and TV vet Lea Thompson -- Mrs. McFly, get it? -- and has a resume that includes a part on Disney's "The Suite Life on Deck" and guest roles on "NCIS" and "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior."
There's still no telling how big of a role Juliet, the daughter of Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) and stepdaughter of Siobhan (Gellar), will play on the series -- but in the pilot, her character clearly doesn't get along that well with her stepmother.
... or, as it were, her stepmother's twin sister posing as her stepmother.
"Ringer" premieres on the CW, Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 9:00 p.m. ET.

EurekaEUREKA
Syfy's series "Eureka" is planning another holiday-themed episode for December, but this one will look a little different than last year's special.
OK, a lot different: The holiday episode will be animated.
The story for the show has a machine designed to turn Eureka's Main Street into a postcard-perfect winter setting going haywire, turning everyone into cartoon versions of themselves. Other rules of cartoon worlds will also apply, so get ready for talking animals and inanimate objects.
The episode, titled "Do You See What I See," will also feature several guest voices. "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons will provide the voice of Sheriff Carter's (Colin Ferguson) Jeep; Edward James Olmos ("Battlestar Galactica") will play the leader of a pack of sled dogs; and Chris Parnell ("30 Rock") will reprise his role from last year's holiday special as Dr. Noah Drummer.
Curious Pictures ("Codename: Kids Next Door") will produce the animation segments, in styles ranging from anime to stop-motion to CGI. An airdate hasn't been scheduled yet.

Christopher JudgeTHE DARK KNIGHT RISES
If you are like me, you wonder what projects actors get into after starting for years in projects like STARGATE SG-1. Christopher Judge has landed a gig in one of the biggest movies of 2012The Dark Knight Rises!
The Dark Knight Rises is currently in production, but when has a silly thing like shooting ever stopped casting? After rumors started circulating that Judge might pop up in the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, he took to Twitter to clear the air.
He wrote, "I can finally confirm: I have been cast in The Dark Knight Rises." Now, who will he play? We have NO idea, but isn't that how Nolan rolls? The director is known for casting familiar faces in bit parts, so Judge could be another Michael J. White or Anthony Michael Hall for the new film.
The cast of The Dark Knight Rises is already pretty big. Aside from major players Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine, they've got Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis and Josh Stewart.
The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters everywhere July 20, 2012.

DOCTOR WHO
Doctor Who fans who were in attendance at the Comic-Con panel Sunday got a first exciting look at the trailer showing what's coming up for the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his TARDIS companions in the second half of season six. And we're now bringing it to you. Hitler and all.
Doctor Who is set to return on Aug. 27 on BBC America, so we can assume it'll also return on the same date on BBC One in the U.K. Only four (very painful) weeks to go.
Cybermen! Weeping Angels! The return of Winston Churchill! The Silence! River Song (Alex Kingston) looking like eye-patch lady! We're thinking: What the heck is that about? And about the eye-patch thingy? Take a very close look at the trailer, because there's a lot going on there.
But the prize goes to the look on the Doctor's, Rory's (Arthur Darvill) and Amy's (Karen Gillan) stunned faces when a grateful Hitler says he thinks they just saved his life. Major oops.

ARTHUR & LANCELOT
Warner Bros. has wasted no time in dating David Dobkins Arthur & Lancelot, which hits theaters on March 15, 2013.
Last month, Warners emerged the victor in a heated biding war for an untitled King Arthur spec script written by Dobkin, who is set to direct and produce the project. Univeral and Fox were among the other interested suitors.
Arthur & Lancelot, a modern-day retelling of the classic King Arthur tale, marks a departure for Dobkin, who has primarily worked on comedies, including The Change Up, which opens Aug. 5 and stars Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
So far, Arthur & Lancelot has the date to itself. A week earlier, Disney opens Oz: The Great and Powerful.

MARGIN CALL
The trailer for the Sundance hit Margin Call has arrived online, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.
Starring Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell and Aasif Mandvi, the J.C. Chandor film offers a fictionalized take on modern economics.

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011

COMIC-CON NEWS
MARK HAMILL ON CHUCK
The final panel ever for "Chuck" at Comic-Con certainly didn't skimp on the goodies for fans.
The show is entering its last season on NBC, so Saturday (July 23) was likely the last chance for the cast to take in the admiration of its most devoted fans. They didn't disappoint, giving the cast and co-creator Chris Fedak a standing ovation at the end.
"Chuck's" fans were in turn rewarded with a big piece of news -- Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, is guest-starring in the season premiere -- and the video below, featuring Josh Gomez (and Jeffster!) attempting to get himself in shape for Morgan having the Intersect at the start of Season 5.
As for Hamill, Fedak says he'll play a villain in the season premiere, which starts filming next week. The new season will feature Chuck and Sarah (Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski) running their own, Volkoff-funded private spy outfit, which will bring them into conflict with both the CIA, some past foes and, apparently, Hamill's character.
And, of course, they'll have to deal with Morgan having the Intersect. We hope it's going better than the video below -- which also features fine comic work from Ryan McPartlin -- would indicate. "Chuck" premieres Oct. 21 on NBC.

Nicholas CageGHOST RIDER
Columbia Pictures kicked off its multi-hour Comic-Con panel with a first-look at Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, a sequel to the fiery, motorcycle-driving demon anti-hero pic. Not surprisingly, the movie promises much flame-filled action.
In fact, the directors, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, were shown in a production video on bungee cords, rollerblades and motorcycles operating cameras as they shot in-your-face action.
Neveldine said the duo make a promise to their stuntmen -- "if you get hurt doing a shot, that shot is going to be in the movie.Added Taylor: "You will see real bones breaking in Ghost Rider.
Star Nicolas Cage, meanwhile, made the case for a movie that, while a hit, wasnt exactly embraced by fans.
"In a day and age where we are making comic book movies all the time, you need to have a couple of bad boys in there, he said. And Ghost Rider provides that.
"I wanted to go in scarier direction. The first one was like a Grimms fairy tale. This one I wanted to embrace the nightmare aspect of the character. I wanted a shot at that and Im glad I got to do it with these guys.

Snow White & the HuntsmanSNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
The game of one-upmanship between Universal and Relativity over their competing Snow White movies ramped up at Comic-Conand Universal now has the edge.
A day after Relativity released a first-look photo of Lilly Collins as Snow White in its untitled movie, Universal arrived in San Diego with a swath of character photos from Snow White and the Huntsman, including Kirsten Stewart holding a sword and shield as Snow White, Charlize Theron looking menacing as the dagger-wielding Evil Queen, Chris Hemsworth as the hunky Huntsman and Sam Claflin as a prince.
And while its movie doesnt start production until August, Universal still made a big impression with a well-received presentation of test footage and director Rupert Sanders commercials to get audience excited.
All this compared to Relativitys Comic-Con no-show for its Snow White, which has been in production in Montreal since June.
The panel began with Sanders, a noted commercials director making his feature debut on Snow White, as well as producers Joe Roth and Palek Patel, talking about the origins of their project. Roth said that after the $1 billion success of Alice in Wonderland, to be in the big picture business, you have to come up with a big idea that is known across several generations and several languages.
The fact that there are two Snow White features racing to theaters (Relativitys is scheduled for release in March, Universals in June) quickly came up, and though Roth was respectful toward the other project, he (and Universal) quickly made moves to set their project apart.
Our movie is on the scale of The Lord of the Rings, in terms of size, scope and appetite, he said, promising a tough, rough, active male-female picture.
From the pictures, he continued, referring to Relativitys Snow White, the other looks like a softer version.
Roth tried to soften the gap between release datesHuntsman comes out June 1, 2012 while Relativitys movie opens March 16. We are 10 weeks apart. In the movie business, that is a lifetime, he said.
The presentation then featured three Sanders-directed commercials for video games Call of Duty and Halo 3 as well as Monster.comwhich conveyed to the crowd that 1) the man can direct action and war scenes, 2) he can create fantastical worlds with strange characters and mean, dark settings.
After the cast, consisting Stewart, Theron, Hemswoth and Claflin, came on stage, Roth, Sanders and company unveiled a proof-of-concept reel that was initially presented to the studio when the moviemakers were selling the project.
Sanders said it was shot in three days, describing it as down and dirty and more of stylistic piece.
The footage revealed a beautiful princess in a forest surrounded by fauna, but it quickly became dark and fantastical as a monologue asked what kind of a person you would be when tested by evil.
Sanders footage surprised and impressed with its shots of a fairy emerging out of the blackbirds breast and Snow White surrounded by trees that are part men (in a way that was much more human than the trees seen in Lord of the Rings). Two knights were shown clashing swords, one getting cut in half and disintegrating into a million pieces.
Sources have told THR the reel cost around $100,000 to produce, but it seems worth it because the footage clearly shows what kind of movie this Snow White project aims to be. The crowd left the panel believing this is something unique that might show audiences things they havent seen before.

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

LOGAN'S RUN
What do you get when you mix a present-day chase flick with a little Logan's Run-type twist? In Time, starring Justin Timberlake.
In Time is set in a not-too-distant future where time has replaced money as the currency of society. The more time you earn, the longer you live. But once you hit 25, if you don't have any more accrued time, you die a year later.
Timberlake plays a man from the wrong side of the tracks who inadvertently comes into a large amount of time from a deceased friend. But certain elements of society (i.e. the wealthy) don't want a guy like him having so much time on his hands, so to speak, and he becomes a fugitive. Amanda Seyfried plays the daughter of a high society figure who gets caught up in Timberlake's plight.
Instead of glowing lifeclocks in their palms like the characters in the film version of Logan's Run (where death was enforced at the age of 30), everyone in In Time has a countdown clock imprinted on their arm ... once that clock hits zero, you drop dead.
Timberlake, Seyfried and writer/director Andrew Niccol joined moderator Damon Lindelof onstage at San Diego Comic-Con for a few brief words about the film, with Timberlake saying, "Getting into this world with Andrew was a trip because he had such a complete, detailed vision. A couple of weeks after we finished filming, I kept looking at my forearm where we had these dots where the clocks would be. I held onto a lot of idiosyncratic behavior for a while after making this movie."
The trailer really said it all though.

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
Guillermo Del Toro made the first of three panel appearances at Comic-Con on Thursday afternoon ... and surprisingly, had no surprise announcements to make.
Del Toro has a habit of announcing new projects at Comic-Con, as he did last year when he revealed that he was working on a film based around Disney's Haunted Mansion. But this first panel, for the indie company FilmDistrict, featured Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which GDT produced and co-wroteand which received its own panel at last year's con.
As a matter of fact, the panel spotlighted both Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and an upcoming crime thriller called Drive (which looks awesome, by the way), with cast and filmmakers for both movies onstage at the same time. A good deal of the panel was devoted to Del Toro and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn praising each other's work, with a lot of attention focused on Drive and Refn.
The panel did have a number of peripheral sci-fi references, however: one of the stars of Drive in attendance was Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, while one of Refn's upcoming projects is the long-in-the-works remake of Logan's Run, with Drive star Ryan Gosling as Logan (that movie was mentioned only in passing).
But other than that, a few words from star Guy Pearce about playing the dad in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and a showing of the movie's new trailer, Del Toro had nothing new to reveal ... yet. He's got two more panels at Comic-Con this weekend, including an early look at his upcoming sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, so we might still here something from the man between now and Sunday!

Ridley ScottPROMETHEUS
20th Century Fox delivered the goods Thursday, giving a packed Hall H a first glimpse at Prometheus, director Ridley Scotts return to the science-fiction genre. The Prometheus look began with a production video the combined Scott talking about the project and, more tantalizingly, quick shots from the movie, still nearly a year away from release.
The footage teased a star-spanning epic with massive sets, mystery, distrust and maybe (hopefully) horror. There was a shot of Charlize Theron telling someone to stay back, then obliterating the person with a flamethrower. Next came a spaceship, looking puny as it streaked past a massive planet, and an astronaut walking past a wall of alien hieroglyphics. A room full of alien pods reminiscent of Scott's landmark Alien film appeared, then several shots of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender (with bleached blond hair) and Idris Elba.
Scott spoke to the audience via a live feed from the movie's Iceland set, perhaps a Comic-Con first, and was able to explain that the reason he took so long to return to sci-fi was that he was simply busy exploring other genres.
What bought him back was a desire to answer a mysterious question that he was surprised no one had ever asked about the Alien movies.
That [question] could be the centerpiece of what we just completed. That said, that is the only DNA from the first Alien, Scott said. Huh? So is Prometheus a prequel to Alien or not?
Youll hopefully understand what I mean in the last few minutes of the movie, Scott said.
So do I, quipped Fox panel moderator (and the movies writer) Damon Lindelof.
So does Fox, snorted Scott.
Scott also discussed the massive sets, why he limited his use of CG and his first foray into 3D.
Ill never work without it again, he said, referring to the 3D format. It opens up the universe even for the small scenes."
When Lindelof asked if the movie was going to have an android (the Alien series featured synthetic humans), Scott revealed there may be two and hinted at something more.
Robots and androids and replicants have become so much of the landscape, so you have to come up with something that hasnt been seen before," he said. "You have to find a notion that makes something fresh.
Rapace (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) also joined Scott from the Iceland set, while Theron appeared on stage. Theron described her character as a suit."
In the third act, you see her strip her from her skin and you see what her bones are like and what shes doing there, she said.
Fox has said the movie would be rated PG-13, typical for most summer action blockbusters. But Scott said that could change to an R rating.
Ive got a responsibility to my studio and [studio co-chief] Tom Rothman, but I always make sure I have both options, he said. We will both look at it and decide which is the best way to go.

MAN OF STEEL DELAYED
Superman fans waiting for Zack Snyders Man of Steel to fly into theaters will have to wait six months longer than they originally expected.
Warner Bros., which initially penciled in the movie for a tentative December 2012 release, announced Thursday that the movie now has an official opening date of June 14, 2013.
The move appears to come as the studio reviews its overall release slate. It had never committed the Superman tale to a specific date in 2012 and now that it also has Peter Jacksons The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set to open on Dec. 14, 2012, it decided to space out its tentpoles and move Man of Steel into 2013.
The Warners/Legendary Pictures production starts filming this summer with British actor Henry Cavill playing Clark Kent/Superman. The cast also includes Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe.
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film, which will be distributed worldwide by Warners. The screenplay is by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Legendarys Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

RINGER
The CW presented Comic-Con attendees today with this first look at "Ringer," the new series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Bridget and Siobhan, Kristoffer Polaha as Henry, Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Martin, Nestor Carbonell as Agent Victor Machado and Tara Summers as Gemma. "Ringer" premieres on September 13 and is described as follows:
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister only to learn that her sister's seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she's trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister's identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan's best friend, Gemma, and Gemma's husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister's penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011

THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

SPIDER-MAN
It's official: The new Spider-Man trailer is out for all of us to enjoy without fear of takedowns. That leaked trailer we posted yesterday? Yeah, we know it's not playing. But this one is, and it's a whole two and a half minutes of intense Spidey action.
As we mentioned yesterday, this is a darker take on Peter Parker's origin story. Also, it gives us something that we rarely get to see in a Spider-Man retelling: his parents. We know that Peter was raised by his kindly Aunt May and Uncle Ben, but here we get a tiny slice of life before they died. (Was it a plane crash? Marvel has never been clear on the subject.)
For those of us who feel that this reboot is too soon after the last movie in the Raimi trilogy, Spider-Man 3 in 2007, yeah, you're right, it's too soon. But it's still another year in the making. This version of Spider-Man won't be released until July 2012.

Iron ThronesGAME OF THRONES-SEASON TWO
Things are gearing up for the second season of Game of Thrones as the Emmy-nominated HBO fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire novels, casts three more actors in important lead roles.
British actor Stephen Dillane (John Adams, King Arthur) has been cast in the role of Stannis Baratheon, King Robert Baratheon's eldest brother (and brother of Renly, the youngest Baratheon brother, who also wants to be King), Lord of Dragonstone and one of the pretenders to the Iron Throne.
Stannis is a humorless, authoritative man with a strong moral code. And he strongly believes he is the true heir to the throne. He really does.
Dutch actress Clarice van Houten (Black Book, Valkyrie, Black Death) has been cast in the role of Melisandre, a powerful sorceress and priestess of R'hllor who counsels Stannis in his quest for the Iron Throne. She's a seductive woman possessing prophetic powers, and she's more than willing to impose her monotheistic religion on the people. She'll slowly have Stannis under her spell, so to speak.
Melisandre is also called the Red Priestess, as she always dresses in red and has red eyes. Should be a stunning sight to behold on TV.
And last but not least, awesome actor Liam Cunningham (Camelot, Outcasts, Centurion) has been cast as Davos Seaworth, a family man and former smuggler who's also known as "the Onion Knight" because he managed to get food into Stannis Baratheon's besieged castle during the war that got Robert the Iron Throne.
Davos received a knighthood from Stannis for his efforts, but this one also had some of his fingers shortened as punishment for his criminal past (with friends like these). Davos will help Stannis wrest the Iron Throne from that very bad King Joffrey.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Andy Serkis, who brings Caesar to life through motion capture the same way he did for Gollum from Lord of the Rings, sets up the clip, this one spotlighting his character's "ingenious escape," eventually leading to a revolution.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters Aug. 5.

Joss WhedonA CABIN IN THE WOODS
Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the horror movie The Cabin in the Woods from MGM, which had originally scheduled it for release way back in 2009. The movie is now set to open April 13.
Co-written by Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, and Drew Goddard, who wrote 2008s Cloverfield, the movie marks Goddards directorial debut.
Chris Hemsworth, whos a bigger star now than when he shot to the film thanks to his starring role in Thor, plays a young professional who visits a quaint cabin in the woods with a group of friends where he discovers something horrifying. Whedon, who also produced the movie, has described it as the horror movie to end all horror movies. And the fact that the movie, which had been sidelined in the midst of the MGM bankruptcy, is now scheduled to hit theaters in the spring will be good news to the legion of Whedon fans.
Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Brian J. White, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams also star in the film.
The acquisition was announced Wednesday by Joe Drake, president of Lionsgates Motion Picture Group, and Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions. Lionsgate will distribute in North America and the U.K., with Lionsgates international sales team handling international sales.
Negotiations on behalf of Lionsgate were overseen by Constantine along with Lionsgate senior vp acquisitions Eda Kowan and executive vp business and legal affairs Wendy Jaffe.

THE HOBBIT
Peter Jackson has posted the third production video for The Hobbit which you can now watch below! Jackson also posted the following note about the fact that the films won't be presented at this year's Comic-Con:
Good news and bad news today. Bad news is that we won't be doing any Hobbit presentation at Comic Con in San Diego this year. New Line and Warner Bros were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early. There's so much more of the films still to shoot. I just wanted to get that out there, because I've seen various references to the possibility of something Hobbity at Comic Con. Hate to disappoint anyone. But something tells me we will be there in force next year.
Now for the good news...
We've just finished a new video blog, covering a little more of the first block of shooting. So please enjoy thisat least you don't have to travel to San Deigo to see it!
I've been on the go since wrapping the first shooting block, but I'm about to settle down and get into the much delayed 20 Questions. I've a few half-written and will get those done very, very soon! I promise!
Cheers,
Peter J

ShrapnelSHRAPNEL
According to Variety, Hilary Swank will star in and produce a big screen adaptation of "Shrapnel" at Radical Pictures. Nick Sagan and M. Zachary Sherman wrote the comic book, which is based on an original creation by Sagan and Mark Long.
The comic is set in the year 2250 and follows a former Solar Alliance Marine (Swank), who spearheads an uprising on Venus, the last free colony, against an oppressive solar government in order to fight for the freedom of her people.
Toby Wagstaff will write the script for the sci-fi film.
Radical president Barry Levine will produce with Swank and Sean Daniel (The Mummy) of the Sean Daniel Co., while Radical executive VP Jesse Berger will executive produce with Untitled Entertainment partner Jason Weinberg and Long.
"Hilary came to Radical excited to find a project with a strong female protagonist that could show off her abilities to do action films," said Levine. "With Hilary being an actor's actor, 'Shrapnel' will give a whole new definition to that type of role."
Swank added: "I am a fan of the work that Barry Levine and Radical Pictures are doing in the comic and action arena. 'Shrapnel' and specifically the character of Sam offer me the opportunity to dive into an exciting character with many layers and depth that are rarely found in this genre."
"'Shrapnel' takes core elements of classic Westerns and brings them into a futuristic epic. We are excited to be working with Hilary to create a cutting edge heroine for a new generation," said Daniel.

DOCTOR WHO
After much waiting, we've finally seen our first little snippets from the upcoming second part of Doctor Who's season six, and what we saw looked pretty darn cool, a bit spooky, and funny as heck.
The trailer's a bit strange (as you'll see): But that's only because the great people over at Doctor Who TV took that itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny short bit of Doctor Who that was part of a new, longer "Original British Drama" trailer from the BBC, and then proceeded to slow it down so we could see those awesome Doctor Who scenes better.
While we're completely wowed by Amy Pond's (Karen Gillan) newfound ninja/samurai-like fighting skills (she did get to do some sword fighting in "The Curse of the Black Spot," even if she was a clone), it's that little exchange between returning fan favorite Craig Owens (James Corden, "The Lodger") and the Doctor (Matt Smith)while the two of them are getting a bit too close for comfort, if you ask usthat had us almost choke on our coffee with laughter:
Craig: "Doctor, are you going to kiss me?"
The Doctor: "Yes, Craig. Yes I am."
(Notice the exchange takes place while the Doctor's playing with his sonic screwdriver's settings. Absolutely. Brilliantly. Priceless.)

Alona TalPOWERS
"Supernatural" and "Veronica Mars" star Alona Tal has been cast in FX's superhero pilot "Powers." Writer Brian Michael Bendis confirmed the news on his official Twitter account and revealed she will be playing Zora.
"Powers" is based on the comic book series by Bendis and Michael Avon Oemig and follows detective Christian Walker (Jason Patric) and his partner Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch), who investigate crimes against superheroes.
In the comics, Zora appears to have immortality and possesses a great capacity for memory. She also has an interesting history with Walker.
Tal isn't the only "Supernatural" alum to join the project -- AOL TV recently reported that Titus Welliver -- a.k.a. War -- will play Triphammer.
Tal most recently appeared on AMC's "The Killing" and ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars."

SECOND SON
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. has picked up Second Son, a sci-fi spec script from newcomer Justin Rhodes that has Scott Aversano attached to produce.
Rhodes worked in the low-budget film world editing shorts, and in 2009 he wrote and directed a low-budget action movie called Contract Killers. Focusing on writing, he penned a well-regarded script that got him representation with ICM and manager Kevin Donahue.
In between supporting himself and his family by working at his dads accounting firm, he then set about writing his next project, Second Son. ICM hooked him up with Aversano, the former Nickelodeon president-turned-producer (The Last Airbender, the upcoming Safe House), who was looking for something in the genre, and the producer helped Rhodes further develop Son.
Last week, Warners preemptively bought it. The studio is keeping the logline under wraps but sources say the story is an adventure set on another planet with twists.
Warners creative exec Chris Gary brought the project in. Sarah Schechter will oversee.

Neil MoritzTHE RED STAR
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is in negotiations to pick up the Soviet-themed sci-fi fantasy comic book series The Red Star, which had been put into turnaround by Universal.
Neal Moritz and his Original Films banner are attached to produce as is Jason Netter of comic-centric shingle Kickstart Productions.
The lavish comic, created by Christian Gossett, first appeared in 1999 and is set in an alternate USSR where futuristic technology and magical elements co-exist. The main character is a soldier in the Red Fleet and his wife, who become keys to defeating a former brutal ruler and his minions.
While at Universal, the project was being developed as a vehicle for Timur Bekmambetov, with Matthew Sand penning a script and Mark Platt producing.
The Warners deal is just getting underway and at this stage has no creative attachments.
Moritz, who is coming off the success of Fast Five, is in production on the Columbias remake of Total Recall and New Lines Jack the Giant Killer. His Ryan Reynolds-Jason Bateman comedy The Change-Up opens Aug. 5.
Netter was a producer on the 2007 Angelina Jolie comic book movie Wanted. He is developing adaptations of Preacher, set up at Columbia with D.J. Caruso attached to direct, and The Boys, based on the Garth Ennis comic.

Robert RedfordTHE COMPANY YOU KEEP
Shia LaBeouf and Robert Redford will headline the political action thriller The Company You Keep, Voltage Pictures and Wildwood Enterprises announced Tuesday.
Redford will also direct from a script by Lem Dobbs (The Limey), based on the novel by Neil Gordon. Redford will play a former Weather Underground militant, wanted by the FBI, whose identity is exposed by a young reporter, played by LaBeouf.
Redford, Bill Holderman and Nicolas Chartier are producing, with Craig J. Flores as exec producer. Redford's Wildwood Enterprises originally acquired the novel and developed the screenplay with Voltage, which is selling the picture internationally. Filming is set to begin in Vancouver in September.
Both LaBeouf and Redford are repped by CAA.

CAPTAIN CANUCK
TORONTO Not wanting to be left out of the superhero movie game, Canadian indie producer Minds Eye Entertainment has acquired the movie adaptation rights to the classic Captain Canuck comic book series.
Captain Canuck is the Canadian masked crusader launched in 1975 as a comic book by writer/creator Richard Comely and, after the second issue, by fellow artist George Freeman.
The Captain Canuck franchise has been optioned many times over the years as a possible TV series or movie, most recently by Sinking Ship Entertainment.
Now Minds Eye will look to develop a live action movie for international movie screens.
I have always been a big fan of Captain Canuck, and we are honored to be working with Richard on bringing Canadas greatest Superhero to the big screen, Minds Eye topper Kevin DeWalt said Tuesday.
No word on which Canadian actor will don head-to-toe in figure-hugging rubber to play the Captain Canuck character, but Canadian-born stars Hayden Christensen, Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling have been rumored as possible leads.
Recent credits from Minds Eye include the action drama The Tall Man, starring Jessica Biel, the thriller Faces in the Crowd, with Milla Jovovich and Julian McMahon, and Stephen Kings Dolans Cadillac, starring Christian Slater.

Ron HowardUNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN
One day after their high-profile adaptation of The Dark Tower was tumbled by Universal, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are leading the charge of another adaptation, Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.
The rights to the book is in the process of being acquired by Warner Bros. and the plan includes having Dustin Lance Black, who wrote Milk and Warners J. Edgar, pen the screenplay.
Imagine would produce and Howard would direct.
Heaven was published in 2003 and centered on the terrible murders committed by two brothers who were members of an extreme group of Mormonism. Claiming to act under order from God, the two brothers killed the wife and infant daughter of their youngest brother.
At the same time as telling that story, the book also traced the origins and rise of Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Sarah Schechter will oversee for Warners.

GARGOYLES
Variety reports that Disney has been trying to get a Gargoyles project to fly for some time now.
The proposed film isn't tied to the animated series or the made-for-television flick of the same name. Instead, this is a new property the Mouse House hopes to exploit across various platforms - film, television, video games, theme parks, etc.
That said, Variety reports Disney has hired writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett to pen a script. They're the duo that gave us G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Lauren Shuler Donner will produce. The film is being considered for live-action.

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

Javier BardemTHE DARK TOWER
The hugely ambitious adaptation of "The Dark Tower" that director Ron Howard is shepherding is no more at Universal Studios. But it's not entirely dead, at least not yet.
That's because Howard's company, Imagine, still retains the rights to Stephen King's series of novels and is now free to try to set up the project elsewhere. It's probably a long shot -- potentially risky (and expensive) projects rejected by one studio aren't exactly easy sells at others -- but Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman do have a fair amount of pull in Hollywood.
According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Universal balked at the idea of committing to making three films and two seasons of TV to tell the sprawling story in King's seven-book series (an eighth is due next year), which centers on a gunslinger named Roland Deschain (Javier Bardem was reportedly attached to star). The studio only wanted to do the first film (the site says some at Universal dispute that notion), but the filmmakers wanted to do at least that plus the first batch of TV episodes in one big shoot.
Regardless of what exactly happened at Universal, "The Dark Tower" is now in limbo. Goldsman's production company, Weed Road, is based at Warner Bros., and Deadline and others mention it as a possible destination for the project. Warner Bros. has certainly had success with big stories -- it's behind the "Harry Potter" movies and is currently financing a two-movie adaptation of "The Hobbit."

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Finally, the first official look at "The Dark Knight Rises" has arrived.
The clip debuted over the weekend ahead of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2." Not a bad move, considering the film's box office-shattering record.
It's awesome in that it's, umm, the first look at "The Dark Knight Rises" and we get a peek at Christian Bale back in the bat suit and tantalizing voice-over from Liam Neeson as Ra's Al Ghul. Not to mention the scary shots of Tom Hardy as Bane.
But, alas, we get no preview of Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Marion Cotillard.
What we do get is a clip of Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) asking "The Batman" to come back to fight "this evil" (aka Bane).
Meanwhile, Neeson intones "If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely. A legend, Mr. Wayne, a legend."

Ryan MurphyAMERICAN HORROR STORY
"Glee" creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are taking their creative mojo back to FX with "Amercian Horror Story." FX on Monday (July 18) announced that it placed a 13-episode order for the show about a family of three who "move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish." The horror!
Murphy and Falchuk previously scored a big win for F/X with "Nip/Tuck."
"American Horror Story" has signed on an ensemble cast of big-time talent: Dylan McDermott, "Friday Night Lights'" Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, "Six Feet Under's" Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga (yep, Vera's younger sister).
"Our cast is extraordinary and we can't wait to get started on production," said Murphy, who wrote the pilot along with Falchuck, in a press release.
"American Horror Story" is set to debut in October.

IRON MAN NEWS
Here's a rumor for you. We may get to see our favourite non-superhero redhead, Iron Man's Pepper Potts, in The Avengers after all.
Right in the wake of that leaked Avengers teaser clip found at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, we've also learned that actress Gwyneth Paltrow may have already reprised her role as Tony Stark's love interest, Pepper Potts, in the Joss Whedon-directed film.
This was suggested by the people over at Dis Fan Review, who claim that "sources" have confirmed to them that Paltrow had already filmed her scenes for one of the most highly anticipated films of 2012:
According to our sources the famous Hollywood leading lady made an extremely quiet entrance into New Mexico on Monday or Tuesday and was said to have definitely departed by Thursday, making an equally quiet exit. A source close to the production say's that somewhere in that time frame Mrs. [Paltrow] spent two entire days shooting her appearance in the film. Our sources also indicate that her part in the film is more than just a glorified cameo. However, our sources were unwilling to reveal much more than that.
As with every rumor, it should be taken with a grain of salt (as we're sure you already are)though Pepper Potts' actual appearance in the film would both make sense and be truly awesome.
In the meanwhile, we'll just be crossing our fingers and toes that we'll get some sort of official confirmation (or denial) before or during Comic Con. Or at least soon. Before they turn blue.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Prepare for an epic bloodbath of Cimmerian slaying in the latest UK trailer for Conan The Barbarian. Thereis plenty of blood and gore to go around.
The British get to hoist a pint and cheer the bloody wrath while the damn yankee Puritans in the United States get the tamer, more civilized versions on the trailer-go-round. Lucky Redcoats! This adults-only, red band wonder amps up the action in anticipation of next month's worldwide release and showcases enough broken bones and severed limbs to fill two sequels.
The 3-D Conan The Barbarian pic stars Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang and Rose McGowan and mercilessly attacks on August 19.

John CarterJOHN CARTER: WORLD OF MARS
Walt Disney Pictures has revealed, through Comic Book Resources, their plans for a prequel to their upcoming John Carter, to be published by Marvel Comics.
The film version, hitting theaters on March 9, 2012, marks the live-action debut of director Andrew Stanton who brings to the screen the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, which celebrate their centennial next year. The film stars Taylor Kitsch as the title hero and Lynn Collins as the Martian Princess Deja Thoris with roles for Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe as well.
The prequel, entitled "John Carter: Worlds of Mars" will run as a four-issue miniseries by Peter David and Luke Ross. Launching this October, it will feature the diverse characters of Burroughs' worlds in adventures that set the stage for the film version, going back as far as fifty years before the events of John Carter.

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Harry PotterHARRY POTTER OPENING WEEKEND
Warner Bros.s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 grossed a massive $476 million in its worldwide debut, by far the best showing of all time.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was the previous crown holder at $394 million.
Deathly Hallows 2s opening overseas clocked in at $307 million, while it earned $168.8 million in North America.
Earlier this summer, Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides scored the biggest debut of all time at the international box office when opening to $262 million. Deathly Hallows safely beat that number as it rolled out in 59 countries.
Domestically, Deathly Hallows raced past the $158.4 million opening of The Dark Knight to score the top three-day weekend debut of all time.
The phenomenal result is a true testament to the universal and timeless appeal of J.K. Rowling's beloved books. Whether in German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese or any other language, fans everywhere have embraded the finale," Warner Bros. president of international distribution Veronika Kwan-Rubinek said.
"We thank the filmmakers, cast and crew for this amazing film, as well as our teams and partners in exhibition for bringing this epic story to its conclusion on big screens all over the world," she continued.

MerlinMERLIN GOES TO SEASON FOUR
Fans of the Arthurian legend should feel better about this news after Starz canceled its series, Camelot. Merlin, a more lighthearted, family-oriented version of the tale, will be back on our sets in 2012.
A Syfy spokesperson confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the network has picked up the series for a fourth season, as first reported by TV Guide Magazine.
The series follows the iconic legend through the point of view of the magician Merlin (Colin Morgan) in his younger years. Bradley James also returns as young Arthur along with costars Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head and Richard Wilson. John Hurt also reprises his role as the voice of the Great Dragon.
Originally aired on BBC, Merlin has been picking up steam with American audiences. Season 3 averaged 1.9 million viewers an episode for Syfy, an increase of 12 percent over the previous season. Season 4 begins airing in the UK in the fall.
FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) distributes and licenses The Adventures of Merlin, as its known outside the U.S. FME has invested in the Merlin series alongside BBC One. The show is produced and created by Shine TV whose producers were inspired to create the series after seeing what Smallville did with Superman.

WALKING DEAD
AMC has delivered as promised, dishing the gory goods with a sneak peek of The Walking Dead season 2. This clip aired during the season premiere of "Breaking Bad".
You're going to hear a lot about "TWD" this week. Comic-Con coverage strikes this Wednesday, with a "TWD" panel planned for Friday!



SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011

Harry PotterHARRY POTTER
Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is making box office magic, earning a massive $92.1 million on Friday to easily score the biggest single day gross of all time domestically.
Overseas, the pic earned another $75 million on Friday for a three-day international total of $157.5 million, bringing its worldwide cume to a record-breaking $249.6 million.
By all accounts, Deathly Hallows 2 is on track to score the biggest worldwide opening of all time, beating the $394 million earned by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in its debut. Domestically, it's expected to eclipse the record-breaking $158.4 million grossed by Warners' The Dark Knight in its opening weekend.
Domestically, the previous single-day best belonged to The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which earned $72.7 million on its first day.
The final Harry Potter pic also fueled the biggest Friday ever at the domestic box office, with all films grossing a combined $117 million, smashing the $107 million record set on Nov. 20, 2009.
Fridays $92.1 million domestic tally for Deathly Hallows 2 -- which received an A CinemaScore--included a record-breaking $43.5 million in midnight grosses.
Deathly Hallows 2 s stunning performance continues the enormous popularity of the Potter franchise, with the first seven films grossing $6.4 billion worldwide, the most successful series of all time.
Sentiment is running at red-hot levels as the last title hits the big screen. The final installment also has the advantage of playing in 3D for the first time in the series, upping earning potential.
Deathly Hallows 2 marks another enormous success for Warners, home studio for the boy wizard.
Elsewhere at the Friday box office, Disney Animation Studios' Winnie the Pooh was off to a solid start, grossing $2.9 million on Friday and on track to gross $7 million or $8 million for the weekend. The film looks like it's succeeding in luring tots too young for the PG-13 Potter. It received an A- CinemaScore, with those under 18 giving it an A+.

DreddJUDGE DREDDBleeding Cool has posted this new image of Karl Urban in Dredd, the Pete Travis-directed adaptation also starring Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey.
Dredd takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot - if necessary.

SNOW WHITE
"Game of Thrones" star Sean Bean is in final negotiations to play Snow White's father in director Tarsem Singh's Untitled Snow White Project, which is currently shooting in Montreal.
In the Relativity Media film, an evil Queen (Julia Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Lily Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal. The film also stars Armie Hammer as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.
The movie is scheduled for a March 16, 2012 release.

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011

AkiraAKIRA=NEW LEASE ON LIFE
The live-action adaptation of the classic manga Akira has a new director, a new budget, and a new release plan for bringing this cyberpunk saga to the big screen. Originally optioned for production in 2008, Akira has suffered its share of pre-production pitfalls, losing two directors (Ruairi Robinson and Albert Hughes), being turned down by potential lead Keanu Reeves, and going through several writing teams and script drafts. At one point, Warner Bros. was planning to tell the tale of a far-future biker and his hunted psychic friend in two films with a total budget of $250 million. Now, we're looking at a completely different animal: One film. A $90 million budget. And a director known for delivering bang for the buck. The man in question is Spaniard Jaume Collett-Serra, best-known for the 2009 horror flick Orphan and the 2011 Liam Neeson-starring thriller Unknown. Collet-Serra has apparently built a rep in Hollywood for delivering his movies on time and under budget, which must be music to the ears of the folks at the WB and producer Leonardo DiCaprio. So, will Akira finally see the light of day? And when it does, will its modest budget relegate it to the middling territory occupied by the likes of, say, Aeon Flux? Or is the source material strong enough to carry the day?

Balin-DwalinMORE HOBBIT NEWS
Thirteen dwarves make up the company that Bilbo and Gandalf join on the quest to take back the Lonely Mountain, and, you know, get the gold in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Now here are two more!
The newest pic shows Balin, played by Ken Stott, and Dwalin, played by Graham McTavish. Below is Warner Bros' description of the characters:
"Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends. An old warrior, Balin has lived through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the quest to retake the Lonely Mountain. Dwalin has no such forebodings - his belief in Thorin's leadership is unshakeable. A powerful and bruising fighter, with a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf, particularly anyone who might be an Elf, Dwalin is not someone to cross lightly."
Balin and Dwalin the first two to arrive at Bilbo's house at the start of The Hobbit are now joining Oin and Gloin, Dori, Nori and Ori, Fili and Kili and Bofur, Bombur and Bifur in the mighty dwarves' lineup.
Twelve dwarves down, one more to go Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Saving the best (he's the leader, after all) for last.
Interesting spoilery fact: Of all the dwarves, Balin's fate is the one The Lord of the Rings trilogy viewers will be most familiar with. In The Fellowship of the Ring, our main characters discover Balin's tomb in the Chamber of Mazarbul in Moria.

Artemisia 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. has zeroed in on Noam Murro to direct its 300 spin-off, 300: Battle of Artemisia (formerly known as Xerses).
The Israel-born director, who helmed the 2008 film Smart People, was vying for the gig with Jaum Collet-Serra, the director of this years Liam Neeson thriller Unknown. But Warners, which liked both directors, in Solomon-like wisdom divided up gigs for the filmmakers, yesterday handing Collet-Serra the adaptation of Akira. An official offer to Murro is expected to be made early next week.
Artemisia is based on Frank Millers upcoming graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in 300, and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He's a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC.
Zack Snyder, who directed 300, wrote the script with his 300 partner Kurt Johnstad.
The aim is to shoot Artemisia in the same stylized vein as Snyder did with 300.
Artemisia would be a change of pace for CAA and Management 360-repped Murro, whose Smart People was an indie drama that starred Dennis Quaid as a widower dealing with his adopted brother (Thomas Hayden Church), his overachieving daughter (Ellen Page) and possible new love in the form of Sarah Jessica Parker.
The movie caught Hollywood's eye and got Murro lined up to direct the in-development Die Hard 5 movie.

MONSTER MAN
Syfy has given a six-episode order to Monster Man, a docu-series revolving around a Hollywood creature-making family, the network announced Friday.
Monster Man goes behind-the-scenes of Cleve Hall and his unique family business: a monster prop-building workshop.
Production begins in Los Angeles this month and is expected to premiere in January 2012.
We are entering the creative world of a very eccentric, artistic family, said Mark Stern, president of original content at Syfy and co-head of content for UCP. Cleve and his team will give our viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring monster props, puppets and costume pieces to life. But theyre also a family business, so the unusual dynamic between them is half the fun.
Hall is a veteran in the business, entering prop design since he was a teenager. He has created props for films for Paramount, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. and Disney, including Ed Wood, and Yo Gabba Gabba.

FRINGE SEASON OPENING TEASER
The first official teaser for the upcoming fourth season of Foxs cult sci-fi drama has hit the web and it doesnt answer any looming questions. In fact, it raises the biggest one: Where is Peter Bishop? Is he in an alternate dimension? Does he even exist? Is this all a dream?
No new scenes from the upcoming season of Fringe were featured, so where did the scene in the 10-second teaser from from? A Season 1 episode titled The Arrival.
Like many out-of-this-world conundrums and situations the Fringe gang find themselves in, the scene still has its intended effect after the shocking third season closer, which left many viewers questioning Peters true existence.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fringe showrunner Jeff Pinkner admitted that the inevitable questions about Peter would be difficult to answer, especially during its Comic-Con panel next Saturday. Well probably be faced with hose questions. Our answer will probably be, 'Whos Peter?,' " Pinkner joked.
Fringe returns for its fourth season on Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

JOHN CARTER
John Carter isn't the first adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel A Princess of Marsthat was a 2009 direct-to-DVD Asylum studio film starring Traci Lords. But even from a one-and-a-half-minute trailer, we see the newest adaptation from Disney looks far more faithful to the 1917 book.
If you've read A Princess of Mars, you know that Edgar himself explains how he came into possession of his (fictional) uncle John Carter's manuscript. Carter, a Civil War veteran-turned-prospector, tells the tale in first person: While fleeing an Indian attack, he hid in some caves and mysteriously found himself transported to Mars. There, with a newfound super strength, he tries to restore a conflicted, dying planet.
The trailer, featuring Friday Night Lights alum Taylor Kitsch in all his sweaty glory, has it all. Burroughs learning about his uncle's demise, and Carter waking up on Mars and battling various foes on Barsoom (the native word for "Mars") as well as meeting his love interest, Princess Dejah Thoris. John Carter looks like something we want to see.

EMMY NOMINATIONS
The 2011 Primetime Emmy Award nominations have been announced, and fantasy fans can raise a tankard to HBO's Game of Thrones, which snagged 13 nods!
Of the nominations bestowed on the denizens of Westeros, several were expectedthat Main Title sequence is pretty sweetbut several were of the hoped-for-but-not-guaranteed variety, including the citing of producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss for writing the episode "Baelor," the coveted Best Drama Series category, and our personal favorite, Peter Dinklage for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Unfortunately, the competition in some of these categories is stiff, with shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire providing perhaps the greatest threat to Thrones' chances. The Best Drama category is a murderer's row featuring the above-mentioned behemoths as well as critical faves Friday Night Lights, Dexter, and The Good Wife.
Can a swords-and-sorcery epic compete with the likes of Don Draper? We're not sure...but if Peter Dinklage doesn't bring home the prize for his perfect portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, then something in the system is just broken. The full list of Game of Thrones nominations is here:
Best Drama Series: Game of Thrones
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Writing in a Drama Series: David Benioff and Dan Weiss for "Baelor"
Direction in a Single-Camera Series: Timothy van Patten for "Winter is Coming"
Casting in a Drama Series: Nina Gold and Robert Sterne
Costumes for a Drama Series: Michelle Clapton and Rachael Webb-Crozier for "The Pointy End"
Hairstyling in a Single-Camera Series: Kevin Alexander and Candice Banks for "A Golden Crown"
Main Title Design: Angus Wall, Robert Feng, Kirk H. Shintani, and Hameed Shaukat
Non-prosthetic Makeup in a Single-Camera Series: Paul Engelen and Melissa Lackersteen for "Winter is Coming"
Prosethtic Makeup in a Series: Paul Engelen and Conor O'Sullivan for "A Golden Crown"
Sound Editing for a Series: Stefan Hendrix, Tim Hands, Michelle McCormack, Steve Fanagan, Andy Kennedy, Jon Stevenson, Robin Whittaker, Caoimhe Doyle, and Eoghan McDonnell
Special Visual effects for a Series: Adam McInnes, Angela Barson, Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Raf Morant, Henry Badgett, Damien Mace, Stuart Brisdon, and Graham Hills
Stunt Coordination: Paul Jennings
You can get the full list of nominations at the official Emmys site. We'll find out if winter can come to the Emmys stage when the little statues are handed out Sept. 18.

Fall TV PremieresFALL TV PREMIERE DATES
In two months you'll get a chance to finally feed your Vampire Diaries addiction. However, you're going to have to wait 'til late October to check out the final season of Chuck.
The five networks have announced their fall TV schedules and so we've put together a list of the sci-fi, fantasy, weird mystery shows that might be sci-fi and spy-fi shows. We also threw in a couple of cable shows, just because we had premiere info.
Here's our list of fall TV shows by premiere date.
Death Valley (MTV) Series premieres Monday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 p.m.
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) Season three premieres Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.
The Secret Circle (The CW) Series premieres Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory (NBC) Season five premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.
Person of Interest (CBS) Series premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.
A Gifted Man (CBS) Series premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.
Nikita (The CW) Season two premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.
Fringe (Fox) Season four premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.
Supernatural (The CW) Season seven premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.
Terra Nova (Fox) Series premiere Monday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.
The Walking Dead (AMC) Season two premieres in October
Bedlam (BBC America) Series premieres Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m.
Chuck (NBC) Season five premieres Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
Grimm (NBC) Series premieres Friday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m.
Once Upon a Time (ABC) Series premieres Sunday, Oct 23 at 8 p.m.
Alcatraz (Fox) Series premieres in midseason on Mondays at 9 p.m.Touch (Fox) Series premieres in midseason
Awake (NBC) Series premieres in midseason

THE THING
Something's hiding in the Arctic, and it wants Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton's bodies. The first trailer for The Thing has finally debuted, and it's filled with freaky, shapeshifting craziness. The Thing centers on a paleontologist named Kate Lloyd (Winstead) who travels to Antarctica to investigate an eerie find: Some explorers have stumbled across a strange ship encased in ice, and they have no idea what it really is or where it came from. (Hint: it's not from Earth). Little do they know the ship holds a dangerous shapeshifting creature that starts picking them off one by one. There's nothing like being trapped, isolated and scared for your life with an alien creature on the loose. That's what we call suspense! For those of you worried about this being a remake, The Thing is actually a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 film. Therefore, you shouldn't be too worried about it stomping on anyone's creative toes. Aside from Winstead and Edgerton, the cast of The Thing includes Jonathan Lloyd Walker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Eric Christian Olsen. Matthijs van Heijningen directed The Thing, which opens everywhere on Oct. 14. COMIC-CON UPDATE
According to Hero Complex, Steven Spielberg will show up at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, July 22 (in the cavernous Hall H, of course), marking the first time he's ever set foot at the massive fan culture event.
Spielberg will be there to receive the Inkpot Award, which Comic-Con has been giving since 1974 to giants in the fields of comics and genre entertainment (previous recipients include folks like Jack Kirby and Ray Bradbury), and also to present footage from his upcoming motion-capture fantasy adventure The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
Tintin opens in December and is in some ways one of the riskiest projects Spielberg has ever taken on. It's his first voyage into the tricky waters of feature-length motion capture, which has met with mixed reactions at the box office in films like Beowulf and The Polar Express, and it's based on a series of European comics that are largely unknown to American audiences.
Still, if anyone can pull it off, Spielberg can (plus he's got Peter Jackson along as a producer). We're sure he'll have plenty to say about Tintin in Hall H, not to mention the rest of his illustrious career and perhaps even his upcoming adaptation of the best-selling novel Robopocalypse.
Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind ... the man who brought us some of the greatest genre films of all time will finally be at Comic-Con, so if you're down there, get in line early for this!

BATMAN: YEAR ONE TO PREMIERE AT COMIC-CON
BATMAN: YEAR ONE will premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Ballroom 20. The premiere screening will be followed by a panel discussion amongst voice cast membersBryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ben McKenzie (Southland), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as well as executive producer Bruce Timm, casting/dialogue directorAndrea Romano and directors Lauren Montgomery & Sam Liu.
Here's a video clip from the DVD:
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Ethan HawkeNEW THRILLER HAS ETHAN HAWKES
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ethan Hawke has signed on to star in Scott Derricksons untitled horror-thriller pic, from Insidious and Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum.
Blums Blumhouse/Possessed Pictures is producing the genre film with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones Automatik Entertainment, a joint venture of Alliance Films and IM Global. Charles Layton is executive producing.
Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) begins shooting the micro-budgeted horror-thriller on Sept. 19 from a script he co-wrote with C. Robert Cargill. The logline is being kept under tight wraps.
Most recently, Hawke wrapped production on a television adaptation of Moby Dick, starring opposite William Hurt in the role of first officer Starbuck. The two-part Encore telepic premieres on Aug. 1.
The actors other upcoming projects include Pawel Pawlikowskis The Woman in the Fifth. Hawke stars opposite Kristin Scott Thomas as a college lecturer who flees to Paris after a scandal costs him his job.
Hawke also makes a cameo appearance in Len Wisemans remake of Totall Recall, starring opposite Colin Farrell and Bryan Cranston.
Derrickson co-wrote and directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a sleeper hit that grossed more than $140 million worldwide. His other credits include the recent remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Hes also set to direct Goliath for Relativity Media.
Blums Blumhouse Prods. recently signed a three-year first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Blum is among only a few Hollywood producers who have succeeded in making low-budget films that have also worked at the box office.

HUGO
Paramount Pictures has revealed the first trailer for director Martin Scorsese's Hugo, opening in 3D and 2D theaters on November 23. The film stars Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick's award winning and imaginative New York Times bestseller, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," this magical tale is Scorsese's first film shot in 3D.

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

Teen WolfTEEN WOLF RENEWED
MTV announced on Wednesday, July 13, that it will be picking up its hit series "Teen Wolf" for a second season. The show will return with 12 all new episodes in 2012.
"I'm incredibly happy that MTV and our ever-growing fanbase have given us the chance to do another season of 'Teen Wolf' and the opportunity to tell more stories," executive producer Jeff Davis exclusively tells Zap2it. "Most of all it means I get the privilege of working again with a cast and crew I love.""We're incredibly proud of this show. Jeff Davis has brought an exciting, cinematic story to life with a breakout young cast who our audience has wildly embraced," David Janollari, Head of MTV Programming, says. "Picking up 'Teen Wolf' for a second season marks another step towards the further diversification of our schedule, with this big, bold entertaining scripted series."
"Teen Wolf" is MTV's highest-rated new series of 2010 and 2011 and averages 1.7 million viewers. The show has doubled its time period average from a year ago and ranks No. 4 across all TV in its time slot (Mondays at 10 p.m.).

GodzillaGODZILLA
The screenwriter who helped relaunch iconic superheroes like Batman and Superman for the screen is next tackling perhaps his biggest character ever: Godzilla.
Deadline reports that David Goyer will write the screenplay for Legendary Pictures' upcoming reboot of the giant nuclear lizard. Goyer has a long list of genre writing credits under his belt, some good (the first two Blade films), some not so good (The Unborn, which he also directed). But he's probably best known nowadays for co-writing the screenplay of Batman Begins with Christopher Nolanwhich restored the Caped Crusader to cinematic gloryas well as contributing to the storylines for both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
In fact, Nolan and Legendary have been so pleased with Goyer's output that they handed him the scriptwriting duties for Man of Steel, next year's Superman epic being directed by Zack Snyder (which Nolan is producing).
According to Deadline, Legendary intends to approach the Godzilla mythology in "the most authentic manner possible," which probably means we can rest assured that we won't see Matthew Broderick smirking his way through this one like he did in Roland Emmerich's disastrous 1998 Godzilla flick. The company has hired Gareth Edwards to direct, and if you don't know who he is, check out a little indie film from last year called Monsters. You'll be glad you did.
No word yet on a release date, but this is looking like a 2013 summer tentpole if everything falls into place. Wouldn't it great if Hollywood finally made a Godzilla film to rival the best of the Japanese series?

COWBOYS & ALIENS
Are you ready to watch Harrison Ford channel his inner John Wayne? Healong with Daniel Craig, Adam Beach and a doe-eyed Olivia Wildeall appear in this first clip from Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens.
The clip doesn't show very much, but it alludes to a lot. Some type of creature makes its way through a building, ruffles a few feathers and is shot before making an escape. Adam Beach is there to pick up its trail, which is like nothing he's ever seen before.
Being the take-charge man's man that Harrison Ford is, his character wants to rally the troops and go after it. Unfortunately for him, Daniel Craig's not interested in joining the team.
The interaction between the two is borderline campy. Ford hits Craig; Craig pulls back and punches him in the face. This is where Ford stereotypically wipes off his chin in slow motion, while giving Craig the evil eye.
How many times have we seen that done in movies? It's so old-school we love it!
Cowboys & Aliens opens in theaters on July 29.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
The second trailer for the Tintin movie is here. Use this link to see it:http://bcove.me/o51e1jlt.
It shows us more than the first, with Tintin in adventure mode, flying a plane, discovering secrets, getting punched in the gut. The music is still great, some the sequences look down-right thriller but...am I buying the way he looks?
The Adventures of Tinin: The Secret of the Unicorn is being directed by Steven Spielberg and is out Dec. 23.
The motion capture effects for the Paramount Pictures release are being spearheaded by Peter Jackson's WETA digital effects house, which introduced the clip on its website by warning viewers to prepare to be blown away.

CONTAGION
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the trailer and poster for the Steven Soderbergh thriller Contagion, starring Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet.
Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
The film opens in conventional and IMAX theaters on September 9.

MerlinMERLIN RETURNS TO COMIC-CON
The hit Syfy/BBC series MERLIN returns to Comic-Con with a special panel on Sunday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the 2,000-seat Room 6BCF. Featured panelists are Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Free Agents) and Colin Morgan, who play King Uther and Merlin, respectively, and Merlin executive producers and co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, as well as first-time Comic-Con attendees Bradley James and Katie McGrath, who play Prince Arthur and the villainous Morgana. The hour-long panel will include Comic-Con exclusive first look footage of the upcoming fourth season of MERLIN, as well as inside information from the cast and co-creators. There will be Comic-Con exclusive goodies for all fans in attendance, as well as extremely limited edition prizes awarded to some lucky audience members. Jenna Busch, host/writer for Moviefone, Screen Junkies, She Knows and more, will moderate the panel. The series is currently filming its fourth season in Wales and France.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

Lauren GermanADDITIONAL HAWAII-FIVE-O CASTING
Lauren German ("Happy Town," "Hostel: Part II") will have a recurring part on the show's upcoming season as a former Homeland Security officer who joins McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Co. on the Five-0 squad.
It's not exactly McGarrett's call, though: German's character is there at the behest of the new governor (Richard T. Jones), and her duties include keeping tabs on the team in addition to helping solve crimes. According to TVLine, she's also a potential love interest for McGarrett.
German is one of several new faces on "Hawaii Five-0" this season, joining Jones, "Lost" alumnus Terry O'Quinn and Tom Sizemore, who will all have recurring parts. The series began filming on Season 2 this week and is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 19.

Bruce CampbellEVIL DEAD 4
A fourth "Evil Dead" movie is in the offing, and if Bruce Campbell isn't starring once again, he's at least in the loop on the production.
Campbell, who joined Twitter over the weekend (he's @GroovyBruce), confirmed a report from horror site Dread Central that "Evil Dead 4," which was announced way back in 2004, is finally getting off the ground. The movie will be more of a remake/restart than a sequel to the previous "Evil Dead" movies and "Army of Darkness."
"Believe in the remake, dawg!" Campbell tweeted in response to a follower's question. "The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell."
Dread Central says Bob Murawski, who edited "Army of Darkness" and the three "Spider-Man" movies for director Sam Raimi, has set up shop in Michigan to begin work on "Evil Dead 4." Bloody Disgusting further reports that Federico Alvarez will direct.
What we don't know yet is if, or how, Campbell will be involved. Even if the new movie is basically a remake, we'd think Ash would have to be part of it somehow.

Sherlock HolmesNEW SHERLOCK HOLMES
Fans of the Guy Richie-fied "Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will be excited to see two new official posters released by Warner Bros. just a week ahead of Comic-Con.
In the first, RDJ poses in the foreground while the shadowy Moriarty (Holmes' nemesis, played by "Mad Men's" Jared Harris) lurks in the background. In the second, Jude Law takes center stage as Noomi Rapace (star of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo who takes on the role of "Sim") walks toward him.
Rachel McAdams, who makes a return appearance as Irene Adler, isn't featured in the promo shots.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS
Sherlock Holmes is back to his old tricks again. Watch Robert Downey Jr. (sporting Tony Stark's goatee) personally introduce the new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Sherlock and his dear Watson (Jude Law) are back in a new adventure that has them chasing Professor Moriarty. If you remember the first film, he was the elusive figure that was knee deep in Holmes' troubles. In the sequel he's finally given a face and he's none other than Jared Harris aka the guy who plays a villain in everything!
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) also co-stars in the film as a fortuneteller whose fortune is about to run out. The trailer is filled with the usual Holmes antics, which plays off the amazing chemistry between Downey and Law.
Even if you weren't a fan of the first movie, you have to admit that the casting of these two actors is gold. We can't wait to see how Rapace and Harris mesh with the duo.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will hit theaters just in time for the holidays on Dec. 16.

AlphasSYFY MONDAY
NEW YORK - July 12, 2011 - Sparked by Alphas - the most watched Syfy series debut since 2009 - the channel's powerful new Monday night scripted programming block of Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas each delivered more than two million total viewers from 8-11:30PM (ET/PT) on July 11.
This marked Syfy's highest Monday time period audience for scripted series in over 10 years.
At 10PM Alphas found 2.5 million total viewers, 1.2 million Adults 18-49 and 1.3 million Adults 25-54 along with a 1.84 HH rating, the top-rated series premiere since Warehouse 13 debuted in July 2009, the same night Syfy launched its new brand evolution.
From 9-10PM, the season three premiere of Warehouse 13 snagged, bagged and tagged 2.3 million total viewers, 1.0 million Adults 18-49 and 1.2 million Adults 25-54 with a 1.74 HH rating.
Eureka's season 4.5 return kicked off the night at 8PM by grabbing 2.0 million total viewers, 893,000 Adults 18-49 and 987,000 Adults 25-54, while averaging a 1.5 HH rating.
Boosted by the premieres of Alphas, Warehouse 13 and Eureka, Syfy.com delivered its best day in video streams (378K) since 11/1/2009; uniques (376K) since 10/31/10; page views (1.4 million) since 3/18/11, and visits (373K) since 1/17/11.
Syfy's Summer Premiere Week continues on Wednesday, July 13, with the third season of Ghost Hunters International at 9PM, followed by the premiere of Legend Quest at 10PM. On Friday, July 15, Haven returns for its second season at 10PM.

David GallagherVAMPIRE DIARIES NEWS
7th Heaven star David Gallagher has joined The Vampire Diaries for the first two episodes of the season as werewolf Ray Sutton, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
Though best known for playing preachers son Simon Camden on 7th Heaven, which aired on the WB and the CW, Gallagher recently tapped into the supernatural/sci-fi world with J.J. Abrams 1970s-set feature Super 8 as Donny.
Gallaghers Vampire Diaries gig marks the actors return to the CW. He previously guest starred on The Deep End, Smallville, Numb3rs, Bones and Without a Trace.
The Vampire Diaries premieres its third season on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

Ted DansonCSI NEWS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Ted Danson is joining CBS flagship CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The former Cheers star replaces Laurence Fishburne as the new team leader. The news of Fishburne's departure came as a surprise to viewers and industry folk alike last month. The Oscar-nominated actor had spent two-and-a-half seasons on the procedural.
Danson, an Emmy and Golden Globe winner, will play the new CSI supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland. He comes to the team as it is still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last seasons take-down of serial killer Nate Haskell (Bill Irwin).
You can create a new character on the page, but until the perfect actor comes along and breathes life into it, its just words, executive producer Carol Mendelsohn said in a statement announcing the casting Tuesday. Were very excited Ted Danson came along.
The once top-rated CSI has seen its ratings drop since original star William Petersen departed the show in December 2008. The series posted its lowest-rated finale ever in May, drawing 11.4 million viewers and a 2.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. Still, CSI stands as the most-watched series in the world, spawning two spinoffs which are licensed in more than 200 markets globally.
Danson will make his debut in CSIs Season 12 premiere -- in the series new time slot -- on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m.
The actor also remains a series regular on HBO's Bored to Death. Danson, whose recent credits also include Damages, is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment.

Mark Valley-Jean SmartHARRY'S LAW
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Harry's Law is ramping up its cast for the upcoming second season.
The NBC hourlong drama that stars Kathy Bates has snagged Human Target and Boston Legal alum Mark Valley as a series regular.
Valley, who also appeared in several episodes of Fringe and Keen Eddie, will play Oliver Richard, one of two new attorneys joining Harriett "Harry" Korn's (Bates) law firm. The other new addition to Harry's team is Karen Olivo as Cassie Reynolds.
In addition to Valley, 24 and Hawaii Five-0 vet Jean Smart will appear in the first three episodes of the new season as Roseanna Remmick, a defense attorney prosecuting the high-profile Eric Sanders (guest star Alfred Molina) murder case. Eric's case is being handled by Harry and her team.
Harry's Law returns for its second season on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

Pat Tallman ScrapbookPAT TALLMAN BABYLON 5 SCRAPBOOK
Here's a note from Pat on her new book:
My new book "Pleasure Thresholds; Patricia Tallman's Babylon 5 Scrapbook" will be premireing at SDCC ( San Diego Comic Con ). It's my personal pictures and stories from behind the scenes while we made Babylon 5. The preview is a limited release. I'll have 50 copies for sale at $$40! (cash only) and include a special Comicon signature page. Come to see me Friday AA10 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or Sat AA1 3pm-4pm . Please send me a message on the FB page so I can hold a book for you! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricia-Tallman/128609907215548.

Dark Knight RisesDARK KNIGHT RISES
Bruce Wayne, Catwoman and all the other characters in "The Dark Knight Rises" are nowhere to be found in the movie's first teaser poster. Neither is any of the iconic Batman imagery. (As several commenters pointed out, the space between the crumbling buildings forms the Bat-logo.)
We were pretty well sold on "The Dark Knight Rises" from day one, but the vertigo-inducing image on the poster has us incredibly intrigued. Gotham City is literally falling apart, which makes us wonder if the film will be even bleaker (if that's possible) than "The Dark Knight."
There's a chance that fans may soon get to see a little more of "The Dark Knight Rises," which is scheduled for release in July 2012. Hollywood Chicago notes online buzz that a teaser trailer for the movie may be attached to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," which hits theaters on Friday (July 15). There's no official word, but the pieces seem to fit: Both movies come from Warner Bros., and using the studio's biggest release of this summer to promote its biggest movie of next summer makes a lot of sense.

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011

Jewel StaiteSUPERNATURAL NEWS
"Supernatural" has a long history of inviting some of our favorite genre actresses to guest star -- including "Buffy's" Amber Benson, "Battlestar Galactica's" Tricia Helfer, and even Linda Blair, from "The Exorcist."
FIREFLY alum Jewel Staite has now joined the esteemed list. Staite is certainly a mainstay in the sci-fi/fantasy arena, having starred on Whedon's "Firefly" and "Serenity" as Kaylee and on "Stargate: Atlantis" as Dr. Jennifer Keller. (Some of us non sci-fi folks also remember her from the short-lived but totally awesome '90s series "Flash Forward" with Ben Foster.)
Staite will appear in the third episode this season, set to air Oct. 7, as a childhood friend of Sam's (Jared Padalecki) who he encounters on a hunt. The story will involve flashbacks -- there's no word yet on who will play the younger version of Staite's character, Amy, but we have confirmed that Colin Ford will return as 15-year-old Sam.
The episode is currently shooting in Vancouver, directed by series star Jensen Ackles. Staite has been dropping vague hints about her appearance on the show via her official Twitter. "Off to Vancouver soon to shoot a juicy role in a show u guys know! Can only drop hints at this point. #1? No spaceships. To ride in or fix," she tweeted. "It's killing me not being allowed to tell u what it is! I keep secrets like I keep diets: Not well."

Alphas castALPHAS
We have had The 4400 and Heroes -- shows about humans with extraordinary abilities. Well, Syfy's newest series, Alphas, isn't anything like them, promises executive producer Ira Steven Behr and castmates Ryan Cartwright and Azita Ghanizada.
Instead the seriesabout a disparate group of people with special abilities who work for the governmenttakes on subjects like autism and extreme science, but mixes in humor and some very real characters.
"We don't consider ourselves a superhero show by any means," said Behr, who also executive-produced The 4400. "We're trying to take what's already going on or what can already go on within the human brain and just up it a little bit more to extreme science. So I think that is interesting, the fact that the characters themselves are not exactly suited to the position that they're in."
These are not your typical heroes, according to Behr. "This is a group of people who are not really your first choice to be an investigative unit or to be going out into the field and getting shot [at]," he added. "They are working for the government, but the government doesn't totally know whether to trust them. They don't know whether to trust the government. They're working against this organization of Alphas called Red Flag, and Red Flag keeps telling them that they're on the wrong side. And it's a very precarious position to be in."
Perhaps the most non-typical person in the group is Gary Bell, an autistic man who is a "transducer," meaning he's a human antennae with the ability to read a wide range of frequencies. Gary is played by English actor Ryan Cartwright, who played the recently deceased Vincent Nigel-Murray on Bones.
"It was really good piecing together Gary to the point where I could actually give him a good sense of humor and lift him like all actors say, you want to lift the guy off the page," said Cartwright. "You don't want to play the syndrome. You want to play the character and the person. And the way it was written, as well, was really good. He had a voice already there. So yes, it was a really good challenge but a fun challenge, and now he's up and running. It's really good to be Gary every day."
Of course, playing an autistic man who often finds himself in tense situations, even Gary begins to wonder if he should be apart of the Alphas team. "There's just a ton of action and it's gotten seriously dangerous and it's at a certain point now for Gary where he is having to decide himself, and also those around him are having to decide, whether it's even right to put a person like Gary in these dangerous, life threatening situations," said Cartwright.
"And it's very interesting because it seems like it actually is the best thing for him, in a way, because he is his own person. And even though he is making decisions within a limited capacity, it's still his decision. So it's a very trying time, I guess, for little old Gary. But he seems to be having fun. So let him get shot at," he added.
As for the other character in the group, Rachel Pirzad, who also may not be quite equipped to handle the action-packed adventure she's found herself in, she'll end up gaining more confidence thanks to her situation, said Ghanizada (Castle), who's from Afghanistan. Her character, a timid, sheltered girl, is a "synesthete," who can enhance one sense while losing the ability to use her other senses. In essence it makes her a human forensics lab.
"I think Rachel is all heart. I think she's extremely emotional and very sensitive," said Ghanizada. "In the pilot you see her, she's not very confident in that fact because she has been told her whole life that this is a condition. If anything it's a disease, it's a curse. And it's created a lot of fear for her to be able to communicate that she has these abilities and she's seen them as nothing but a curse for her entire life.
"You definitely feel her struggle the most with her family as the series progresses and [she tries] to make these choices to become confident and to become the authority. She's extremely bright and with Dr. Rosen and the rest of the Alphas she really learns that she's an integral part in solving these cases," said Ghanizada.
Through her work with the Alphas, "you see her finding her balance and finding her way through that stuff and blossoming and becoming more confident and becoming more eager to be utilized and becoming proud of herself. It's a really awesome journey. And they have done a really good job in giving her this arc to break free. She's just so special, you know? She's really pure. There's a purity to her heart and I'm really privileged to be playing her."
The other members of the Alphas include: Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), who leads the group and works to help them deal with their special abilities; former FBI agent Bill Harken (Malik Yoba), who has super strength; the beautiful and manipulative Nina Theroux (Laura Mennell), who can influence most people to do whatever she wants; and we'll also meet Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie), who has a condition called "hyperkinesis," which allows his mind and body to be in perfect sync and do things like take an impossible shot.
"The show evolves every week and the show is different every week. I mean we could have a really [tense] dark episode," said Behr. "And then we do an episode which has the title 'Bill & Gary's Excellent Adventure,' which gives you an idea that it might not be the darkest show in the history of television, where Bill and Gary go off on an assignment or not even an assignment and get to work together."
According to Behr, "there is a real honest and true humor to the show and humor to the situations these people find themselves in. I mean the stories can get extremely dark. Don't get me wrong. They can be dark," said Behr. "They can be violent at times. But we try to remain true to what would ordinary people ... how would they react to being in those situations? And there is a lot of humor in extreme situations as protection just to get through them because people yearn for the normal. And to get them there they will depend at times on their relationships and the humor within those relationships."
Alphas is not a "cookie cutter series where every episode is exactly the same and plays out basically as the episode the week before and the episode the week after." Things will change for the dysfunctional created family and the characters over time, said Behr.
"As we like to say in the writers office, the center cannot hold," said Behr. "Eventually you know, things are going to start cracking. Cracks are going to appear on the surface and, I think, by the end of season one there will be cracks appearing all over the surface."

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

Falling SkiesFALLING SKIES RENEWED
It's going to take longer than 10 episodes to deal with the alien invasion on "Falling Skies."
TNT has ordered a second season of the series, which stars Noah Wyle as a leader of resistance fighters in the wake of an alien invasion. Season 2 is scheduled to air in summer 2012.
"'Falling Skies' is a true standout series, from its ambitious storytelling, high-profile cast and production team to its phenomenal success when it comes to international and time-shifted viewing," TNT head of programming Michael Wright says. "We're reaching new audiences with 'Falling Skies' and look forward to seeing where this fascinating and exciting series takes us next."
In addition to Wyle, the series stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Colin Cunningham and Peter Shinkoda. Steven Spielberg is among the executive producers; Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan") created the show.
The June 19 premiere drew 5.9 million viewers in its initial airing; the audience grew to 8 million people in the live +7 ratings. The two subsequent episodes have averaged 4.1 million viewers, with DVR numbers still to be calculated.
Season 2 of "Falling Skies" is scheduled for summer 2012.

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FINAL DESTINATION 5
Death is back in the new trailer for Final Destination 5! After four movies, people still don't understand that it can't be cheated. In the latest sequel, there's a new group of victims, which means more blood, guts and gore.
The Final Destination films are known for starting with huge would-be death scenes that only a few escape. In Final Destination 5, that incident takes place on a bridge that collapses and is supposed to kill a busload of people. But unfortunately, a young visionary makes sure that doesn't happen.
The new trailer shows a little more of the story and features a few members of the group trying kill other people in their place. There's a shot of a guy attempting to push a woman into oncoming traffic. Really? Haven't we seen that death already?
The film features horror veteran Tony Todd doing what he does bestscaring the crap out of us! Apparently he's the expert on death, and he tries to drop some knowledge on the doomed group. Will his wise words help? Judging from the amount of spoiled death scenes they flash in the trailer, we think not.
Final Destination 5 opens in theaters everywhere on Aug. 12.

TubeMAN OF STEEL
Back in 2006, Superman Returns paid serious homage to the Christopher Reeve incarnation of the man in blue. Five years later, Zack Snyder and David Goyer are working hard to bring us a very different kind of Superman with Man of Steel and we may have the first details on what that movie will be like.
Production Weekly gave this little hint of what's to come:
"Clark Kent is a freelance reporter in his early 20's, traveling all around the world covering various news stories. However, Kent is forced to fly back into action to attain a fleeing assassin instead of covering an ethnic conflict between the Ghuri and Turaaba clans in West Africa. Upon his return to form, Kent returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and become the hero he was born to be."
If this story sounds familiar to you, it's because it's very similar to a comic series by Mark Waid called Superman: Birthright. In that story, we meet Clark in West Africa while he's covering a conflict between, you guessed it, the Ghuri and Turaaba clans. In the story, Clark grows close with activist and leader of the Ghuri, Kobe Asuru. As Kobe seeks to gain equal rights for the Ghuri, he comes into conflict with the representative of the Turaaba who wish to keep the Ghuri subservient to them.
Clark feels a kinship with Kobe, a man who isn't trying to be a hero, simply someone who changes things for the better. When Kobe is assassinated, Clark becomes enraged and decides it's time he learn more about his own origin and make a difference himself. He returns to Smallville where he learns about his past and, with the help of his mother, formulates his future as the Man of Steel.
That is where the similarities in story will likely end, since Birthright involves Lex Luthor as a primary villain and Man of Steel will have General Zod in the part instead. We hope one additional element will remain, however. In Birthright, humans are wary of Superman, seeing him as an outsider, someone with too much power who shouldn't immediately be trusted. That feels like much more likely a scenario to us than people immediately embracing a man with near god-like power.
If the synopsis can be trusted, Man of Steel seems like it will be a very different animal from its predecessors. It feels much more grounded in reality, but is it the Superman story people want to see?

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

Russell DaviesNEW SERIES FOR RUSSELL DAVIES
Russell T Davies has a television track record that is the envy of any writer. In addition to revamping the current iteration of the classic "Doctor Who" (now helmed by Steven Moffat), Davies created spin-off "Torchwood" and the original "Queer as Folk" and has written for umpteen other British series during his career. Now he may be bringing a new series to the states.
Deadline reports Davies is currently developing a drama for Showtime called "Cucumber."
At the moment there are few (read: no) details on the series, but the pilot script was written by Davies.
The American remake "Queer as Folk," initially developed by Davies, ran for five seasons on Showtime -- and is one of the network's biggest hits.
It isn't an all-American project, though. BBC Worldwide is producing.
Davies latest project --"Torchwood: Miracle Day," itself a co-production between the BBC and US cable network Starz -- begins its 10-episode run on July 8.

Jason PriestleyFAMILIAR FACES BACK ON TV
When USA's Psych returns for its fifth season this fall, a few familiar faces will be making their way to Santa Barbara.
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley and Arrested Development alum Tony Hale have signed on for guest spots on an upcoming episode of the veteran hourlong comedy, toplined by James Roday and Dule Hill, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
Priestley will play a motorcyle-riding con man who attempts to pull off a job at a resort that Shawn (Roday) and Juliet (Maggie Lawson) happen to be staying in that weekend.
Meanwhile, Hale will play an owner of an imports and exports business who crosses paths with the pair while they're staying at the resort.
They join former Boston Legal and $#*! My Dad Says star William Shatner, who will appear as Juliet's father in the new season. A premiere date for Psych has not been officially announced.

Undying LoveUNDYING LOVE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. is diving into the deep pool of the vampire genre, picking up Undying Love, a comic book mini-series published by Image Comics.
Stephen LHeureux and Benderspink, run by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink, are producing.
Created by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman, Love mixes up the traditional vampire lore with Chinese monster myths as well as the Hong Kong action genre.
The story centers on an ex-soldier who falls for a girl that happens to be a vampire. The only way the two can be together is if the man takes on the vampire who created her, which also means fighting an army of monsters in the Hong Kong underworld.
Coker and Freedman will write the script.
Jake Weiner is exec producing while Ford Gilmore will co-produce.
Benderspink, which recently renewed its deal at Warners sibling label New Line, is eyeing a fall start on the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone, which it is producing with Steve Carrells Carousel Prods.
It recently set up the comic book adaptation The Mighty at Paramount and are producing with Mary Parents Disruption Entertainment. The company is also working with Disruption on sci-fi thriller Abducted, also recently set up at Paramount.

Care BearsCARE BEARS COMING TO THE MOVIES
According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, the Care Bears are getting the CGI-animated treatment in a new TV show aiming to launch next year, which has been designated the 30th anniversary of the launch of the childrens franchise.
The Care Bears were created in 1981 by American Greetings for use in greeting cards and plush toys were released in 1983 when the creatures first appeared on TV. They were a successful toy, TV and pop-culture franchise throughout the decade.
The Care Bears are a community of colorful bears each with a unique belly badge to stress its personality -- a four leaf clover for Good Luck Bear, a storm cloud for Grumpy Bear, a shooting star for Wish Bear, etc. The Care Bears live in Care-a-lot, adjacent to the Forest of Feelings, and are looked after by their Star and Heart Buddies who act as guardian angels.
The franchise is managed by American Greetings Properties, which also handles such characters as Strawberry Shortcake, Holly Hobbie and Twisted Whiskers.
American Greetings didnt say Wednesday where the new TV show might air, but The Hub Network might be a good bet, since its the home of several shows based on characters that are controlled by American Greetings. Plus, The Hub is co-owned by Hasbro, which is launching a new line of toys based on the Care Bears in 2013.
A spokesperson said a broadcast partner will be announced in the next two weeks.
American Greetings initiated a relaunch of the Care Bears a decade ago, and it said Wednesday that $2.6 billion in licensed products have been sold since 2002.
The most recent TV iteration of the franchise was Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot, which aired on CBS from 2007-2008.

Mikael HafstromWAKE
1408 director Mikael Hafstrom has become attached to helm the thriller Wake for Exclusive Media Group's Hammer Films banner. Christopher Borelli and Matt Sand wrote the screenplay, about a sociopath who is incapable of feeling fear.
Hammer will produce and finance the project. David Alpert of Circle of Confusion and Chris Cowles of H2F are also producing the project; Stephen Emery of Circle of Confusion, H2F's Chris Fenton and Slingshot's Arvind Ethan David will serve as executive producers. Shira Rockowitz is overseeing the production on behalf of Hammer and Exclusive.
Hammer recently produced Let Me In and The Resident and will next have The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, in theaters.

Taylor LautnerCOMIC-CON NEWS
The news youve all been waiting for: Taylor Lautner is going to Comic-Con.
Sure, we all suspected he was going to be part of the Twilight: Breaking Dawn panel but Lautner will also be on hand to promote his action thriller Abduction. He will be at the Lionsgate booth (#3729 for those of you trying to map out the San Diego Convention Center floor) for a signing Thursday, July 21.
On the Conan the Barbarian front, Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols and Stephen Lang will be at the Lionsgate booth Friday, July 22 from 5 to 6 p.m.
If you have questions regarding the new Batman movie, feel free to ask them to Tom Hardy, the actor who is playing Bane in the new Christopher Nolan film. Hardy wont be there for any official Dark Knight business but will be at Comic-Con with Joel Edgerton at the Lionsgate booth from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, July 22. The duo will be there to support the fighting drama Warrior.
But none of these, at this point, have a big Hall H presentation. So what will have a Hall H panel?
The horror comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (6 p.m. on Friday, July 22).

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

FRIGHT NIGHT
In the upcoming remake of vampire classic "Fright Night" (Out Aug. 19) one of its greatest assets is David Tennant. The former "Doctor Who" star plays vampire expert Peter Vincent, and even though he's one of the highest billed members of the cast and an update of Roddy McDowall's prominently-featured characters from the original, he's not even in the theatrical trailer.
Dreamworks may be rethinking the approach. They recently released a crop of individual character posters for the international release, and one features Tennant looking less like a Dave Navarro impersonator and more like the rugged vampire slayer we were banking on.
Here's the latest trailer.

Charisma CarpenterBUFFY MEETS BURN NOTICE
TVLine reports that Charisma Carpenter will appear in episode 11 of the current season of USA's "Burn Notice."
She's been cast as Nicki, a "high-maintenance trophy wife" -- not unlike her turn as Kendall Casablancas on "Veronica Mars" -- who gets exploited by Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) when they go after her bioweapons engineer husband.
Carpenter, best known for playing Cordelia Chase on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" for eight years, most recently appeared in "The Expendables."
There's currently no scheduled air date for Carpenter's episode.

James Spader-StargateSTARGATE CONTINUED?
It's been nearly two decades since the original Stargate film came to theaters, and since then, we've watched the concept grow into a series and several spin-offs. But we've wondered what would happen if more FILMS had been made. After all this time, are we finally going to get our answer?
In a recent interview, writer-producer Dean Devlin was asked what could have been with the Stargate film franchise.
According to Devlin, "The irony is that we wrote it as a trilogy of movies, but we were never able to do parts two and three. Our hope is that, now that the series is starting to wind down that maybe it'll be time to do parts two and three. So we're hopeful we'll get to come back and tell the rest of that story."
Will the same actors from the movie be used? "Yes, absolutely." Devlin went on to admit that the story would have to be changed to incorporate all the time that's passed since the original film. As for what the two sequels might entail, Devlin said, "We wanted to explore how the Stargates were built originally and where else in the universe they exist, why they exist, and where else they exist on Earth."

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
20th Century Fox has started airing new TV spots for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters on August 5. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, the film stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2
With just ten days left until the final chapter hits theaters, Warner Bros. is releasing additional Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 videos.
Hitting 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 15, the David Yates-directed epic finale stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright and Kelly Macdonald.

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY
STARZ has posted an eleven-minute behind-the-scenes video with a heap of new footage from the upcoming "Torchwood: Miracle Day".
A few have been asking if they should watch any of the original "Torchwood" first before starting 'Miracle Day'. Though it's not absolutely necessary, my advice would be to definitely see the 'Children of Earth' mini-series which is the five-episode immediate predecessor to this season.
The fallout from the events in 'Children' will inform on actions here, plus it works as a good introduction to the series even if you haven't seen any of the show beforehand.

TransformersHOLIDAY BOX OFFICE
Paramounts Transformers: Dark of the Moon set off fireworks in its worldwide assault, lighting up the box office with the best July 4th weekend performance of all time and earning $398.1 million in its global six-day debut.
In North America, Dark of the Moonreceiving an A CinemaScore--is set to gross $181.1 million through Monday. At first, Michael Bays threequel was trailing the last film in the franchise, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but picked up the pace over the long holiday weekend to end up only 6% behind.
And Dark of the Moons Friday-Monday gross of $116.4 million makes it the best July 4th opening on record, eclipsing the $115.8 million earned by Spider-Man 2.
Overseas, Dark of the Moon grossed $217 million through Sunday, Paramounts best international launch ever, and 55% ahead of Revenge of the Fallen.
International Monday numbers werent immediately available, but once they come in, Dark of the Moon's total haul will come in around and $410 million (without them, the pics global cume is $398.1 million). Already, Dark of the Moon boasts the third best global launch of all time.
Dark of the Moon scored the biggest opening of all time in seven countries, led by Korea at $28 million, and followed by Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Peru.
Paramount heavily marketed the 3D element of Bays tentpole, and the efforts paid off. In North America, Dark of the Moon earned 60% of its grosses from 3D theaters, bucking the recent downturn in 3D attendance. Overseas, where 3D continues to thrive in certain markets, 70% of the grosses came from 3D.
It shows that youve got to motivate and inspire the audience, said Paramount vice chair Rob Moore, who praised Bay.
Imax theaters playing Dark of the Moon ponied up well north of $22 million through Sunday, a record for the large format exhibitor.
One secret weapon: For the first time in months, younger fanboys turned out in force, with 55% of those buying tickets for Dark of the Moon under the age of 25. Males made up 62% of the audience overall.
The same glow didnt extend to the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts starrer Larry Crowne, which opened to a soft $15.7 million over the four-day holiday weekend. The comedy-drama, directed by Hanks, placed No. 4, behind Dark of the Moon and holdovers Cars 2 and Bad Teacher.
A full 71% of the audience for Larry Crowne was over the age of 50, and 93% over the age of 25. The film, directed by Hanks and receiving a B CinemaScore, is one of the oldest skewing films box office observers can remember.
Universal is distributing Larry Crowne on behalf of Hanks Playtone and Vendome Pictures, which fully financed the $30 million drama-comedy.
Universal said the films performance was in line with the studios modest expectations, and that adults will continue to turn out to see the movie in the weeks to come.
The third new film debuting nationwide over the four-day holiday weekend was 20th Century Fox and New Regencys tween girl pic Monte Carlo, which grossed an $8.8 million through Sunday.
The niche pic, toplining Selena Gomez, received an A- CinemaScore, with 61% of those buying tickets under the age of 25. Of the audience, 82% were females.
Placing No. 2 over the holiday weekend, Disney/Pixars Cars 2 grossed a pleasing $32.1 million through Monday for a domestic cume of $123 million.
Sonys raunchy Cameron Diaz comedy held nicely, grossing $15.7 million through Sunday for a cume of $63.1 million in its second weekend.
Warner Bros. Green Lantern fell to No. 7 in its third weekend, grossing $8 million over the long holiday weekend for a cume of $103.7 million.
Woody Allens Midnight in Paris continued to deliver nicely for Sony Pictures Classics, coming in No. 10 and grossing $4.3 million for a cume of $34.5 million.
At the specialty box office, Terrence Malicks The Tree of Life grossed $1.4 million from 858 locations for a cume of $7.9 million. Fox Searchlight is distributing the film.
Focus Features Ewan McGregor-Christopher Plummer starrer Beginners, directed by Mike Mills, grossed $709,063 from 108 theaters for a cume of $2.5 million.

Snow White/HuntsmanSNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Entertainment Weekly talked to Snow White and the Huntsman producer Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland), who says that they are planning to turn the action adventure into a trilogy.
"It's meant to be the first in a series of films," he said. "This story will end, but there will be questions remaining for these three characters."
Universal Pictures has scheduled a June 1, 2012 release date for the movie, directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole and Sam Spruell. Shooting will start in August.
"We retain the basic story in the same way we retain the basic story of Alice, a young girl meant to be the queen who is cast out," Roth added. "The Huntsman is a mercenary, in the sense that he's a guy who is very able in the woods, more able than most anyone. His job is to capture runaway girls, who are all fleeing the kingdom because of the queen. He's a nondescript bounty hunter, as we first meet him... He's not a nice guy, but not only that hes someone who has lost hope and lost faith. He has lost his wife, given up on everything."
The project is a new take on the classic fairy tale. "She starts out not a damsel in distress, but innocent, and after 11 years of imprisonment by the Evil Queen, she escapes and learns the ways of a warrior in the woods," he said.
The magazine says that the movie will be presenting at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month.

Monte CristoCOUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
Variety reports that Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up Ian Shorr's script which is described as a futuristic retelling of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo."
The original 1844 tale follows a young man wrongly imprisoned. After many years he escapes, transforming himself into the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, and systematically destroys those who manipulated and enslaved him.
Kevin McCormick ("Arthur," "Gangster Squad") will produce the film which is being fast tracked and is already out to directors. The last major direct film adaptation was the 2002 Spyglass film starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris and a teenage Henry Cavill.
The news follows a similar story yesterday of a sci-fi take of Joseph Conrad's classic 1902 novel "Heart of Darkness" being put into development.

American Eagle

MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011

This has been a weekend of marathons. I hope that you have been able to catch your favorite episodes of theTWILIGHT ZONE on Syfy this weekend. There are a number of others running today.
Chiller: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" marathon, midnight to 6 a.m., "Harper's Island" marathon, 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. the next day
Sleuth: James Bond movie marathon, midnight to 6 a.m. the next day ("License to Kill," "A View to a Kill," "For Your Eyes Only," "License to Kill," "Thunderball," "Dr. No," "Casino Royale," "Goldfinger," "Golden Eye," "Dr. No," "The Living Daylights")
SCI: "Firefly" marathon, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. the next day
Syfy: "The Twilight Zone" marathon, 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. the next day
TNT: "Law & Order" marathon, noon to 10 p.m.
TVLand: "Bewitched" marathon, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
USA: "Royal Pains" marathon, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SHORELEAVE CONVENTION COMING SOON!
We're less than a week away from Shore Leave 33, and the committee is hopping!
Memberships will be available at the door. Registration begins Friday morning at 9AM.
Photo ops and T-shirts will also be available for purchase.
In addition to the awesome list of guests (including Christopher Judge, Tricia Helfer, Eddie McClintock,John DeLancie and more) there are many additional activities:
Presenting The First Annual Shore Leave Scavenger Hunt for Teens & Young Adults
Children's Programming
FRIDAY NIGHT MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY!!
Extreme Writing Workshop Limited to 9 participants (Sign up at Registration.)
For a full schedule, go to www.shore-leave.com.

TransformersWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Paramounts Transformers: Dark of the Moon has transformed into the third best worldwide debut of all time, smashing records and grossing a whopping $372 million through Sunday.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince scored the best worldwide debut of all time in grossing $394 million, followed by Spider-Man 3 at $382 million.
With the actual July 4th holiday still to go, Michael Bays Dark of the Moon should finish Monday with a total opening gross of $405.8 million. That would not change its status compared to Half-Blood Prince and Spider-Man, since Monday's grosses don't count in terms of the record.
Domestically, Dark of the Moons gross through Sunday was $162 million. Its expected to earn another $18.8 million Monday for a total domestic launch of $180.8 million.
Thats behind the $200 million earned by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in its six-day domestic debut but well ahead of the $155.4 earned by the first film in the Shia LaBeouf action franchise.
Dark of the Moon is an undisputed monster overseas, where its already grossed $210 million, the best debut of all time for Paramount International and beating the $147 million earned by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Through Monday, Paramount puts the movies foreign cume at $225 million.
Dark of the Moon is pacing 50% ahead of the foreign launch of Revenge of the Fallen ($139.6 million) and has scored the biggest opening of all time in seven countries, led by Korea at $28 million and followed by Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Peru.
Paramount heavily marketed the 3D element of Bays tentpole, and the efforts paid off. In North America, Dark of the Moon earned 60% of its grosses from 3D theaters, bucking the recent downturn in 3D attendance. Overseas, where 3D continues to thrive in certain markets, 70% of the grosses came from 3D.
It shows that youve got to motivate and inspire the audience, said Paramount vice chair Rob Moore, who praised Bay.
Imax theaters playing Dark of the Moon ponied up $22.5 million worldwide, a record for the large format exhibitor. Domestically, Dark of the Moon hit another milestone -- its Friday through Sunday gross of $97.4 million is the best three-day number ever for the July 4th weekend.
The same glow didnt extend to the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts starrer Larry Crowne, which grossed an estimated $13 million through Sunday to come in No. 4 at the domestic box office, behind Dark of the Moon and holdovers Cars 2 and Bad Teacher.
Universals four-day estimate for Larry Crowne is $15.6 million, a meek number considering the films star power.
A full 71% of the audience for Larry Crowne was over the age of 50 and 93% over the age of 25. The film, directed by Hanks and receiving a B CinemaScore, is one of the oldest-skewing films box office observers can remember.
Universal is distributing Larry Crowne on behalf of Hanks Playtone and Vendome Pictures, which fully financed the $30 million drama-comedy.
The third new film debuting nationwide over the four-day holiday weekend was 20th Century Foxs tween girl pic Monte Carlo, which grossed an estimated $7.6 million through Sunday (Fox isnt providing a four-day estimate until Monday morning).
The niche pic, toplining Selena Gomez, received an A- CinemaScore, with 61% of those buying tickets under the age of 25. Of the audience, 82% were females.
Placing No. 2 over the holiday weekend, Disney/Pixars Cars 2 grossed $25.1 million through Sunday for a domestic cume of $116 million.
The 3D toon is expected to earn another $5.5 million Monday, upping its total to $121.5 million. It fell more than most Pixar titles, but was likely impacted to some extent by Dark of the Moon.
Sonys raunchy Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher held nicely, grossing $14.1 million through Sunday for a cume of $59.5 million in its second weekend. The R-rated pic should finish Monday with a total $62.4 million.

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011

True BloodSAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PREVIEW
With Comic-Con quickly approaching The Hollywood Reporters Live Feed has compiled an early look at what, in some cases, is confirmed and other cases rumored to be heading to Comic-Con International. Set for July 21-24 with preview night July 20 at the Convention Center in San Diego, some studios, like Warner Bros. Television and 20th Television, as well as networks including Starz and HBO, have already released their early panel lineups. With the help of THR sources as well as assists from EW, IGN, seat42f.com and TVLine, heres an early look at the TV side of Comic-Con 2011.
Additional announcements and panelists are sure to come in the weeks ahead as the convention date gets closer.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
Archer (FX): Stars H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash; Creator/Executive Producer Adam Reed. Screening & Panel, Room: Indigo.
Awake (Fox): The first episode will be screened, with Howard Gordon, Kyle Killen and Jason Isaacs attending.
Beavis and Butt-Head (MTV)
Covert Affairs (USA)
Dexter (Showtime): (Ballroom 20) Michael C. Hall, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, guest star Colin Hanks, executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Manny Coto and Scott Buck are all scheduled to attend.
Game of Thrones (HBO): Author George R.R. Martin will moderate the panel with attendees including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The panel marks the freshman series first time at Comic-Con.
Napoleon Dynamite (Fox): Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Sandy Martin, Diedrich Bader and EP Mike Scully. A sneak preview of the animated series to be screened.
Penn & Teller Tell a Lie
Psych (USA)
Ringer (CW): 1:45-2:45 p.m. (Ballroom 20) Panelists confirmed to participate in the Q&A following a preview of the series include executive producer Pam Veasey, co-executive producers Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo. Cast members attending include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nestor Carbonell, Ioan Gruffudd and Kristofer Polaha.
Shameless (Showtime): (Ballroom 20) Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy and executive producer John Wells are scheduled to attend.
Wilfred (FX): Stars Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelman, Dorian Brown; Executive Producer David Zuckerman, Co-Executive Producer/Director Randall Einhorn. Panel, Room: 6A

FRIDAY, JULY 22
Bedlam (BBC America): Creator David Allison and star Theo James will participate in a Q&A following the screening at 5:15 p.m. in Room 7AB
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Attending are Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar,Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. Creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady will be on the panel along with Steven Molaro.
Bobs Burgers (Fox): Season 2 clip to be presented, along with Q&A with Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive, H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.
Bones/The Finder (Fox): Panel discussion with Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel as well as the stars of its spinoff, The Finder.
Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim): Attending are Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel and Megan Mullally.
Death Valley (MTV)
Falling Skies (TNT) (3:15-4:15, Room 6BCF)
Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Cartoon Network)
Locke & Key Pilot screening and panel with creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, writer Josh Friedman, and producers Alex Kurtzman Robert Orci.
MAD (Cartoon Network)
Phineas and Ferb (Disney Channel)
Reign of the Dinosaurs (Discovery): Erik Nelson, David Krentz, Ricardo Delgado
The River (ABC)
Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz): New Spartacus Liam McIntyre will be introduced alongside fellow panelists Lucy Lawless, Dustin Clare, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law and Steven S. DeKnight.
ThunderCats (Cartoon Network)
Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz): John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Lauren Ambrose and Jane Espenson will attend.
True Blood (HBO): Attendees include Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Kevin Alejandro, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello and Deborah Ann Woll. The panel will be the shows fourth Comic-Con appearance.
Warehouse 13 (Syfy)

SATURDAY, JULY 23
Alcatraz (Fox): Panelists include Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia and executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff. The pilot episode will be screened.
American Dad (Fox): A preview of the Season 7 premiere will be screened, featuring guest star Cee Lo Green, followed by a panel discussion with Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman and Kara Vallow.
Chuck (NBC): Panelists include Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster, Adam Baldwin and Chris Fedak.
Community (NBC)
Family Guy (Fox): Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Adam West, Mark Hentemann, Steve Callaghan and Kara Vallow will screen a sneak preview of Stewie Goes for a Drive, featuring voice guest star Ryan Reynolds.
Fringe (Fox): Panelists include Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Jeff Pinker and J.H. Wyman.
Futurama (Fox): Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche to attend with a sneak preview of the show reincarnated as Japanese anime and a preview of the new season to be screened. Bill Morrison will moderate.
Grimm (NBC): The pilot episode will be screened, followed by a panel with Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt, David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Sasha Roiz.
Good Vibes (MTV)
Kick Buttowski -- Suburban Daredevil (Disney XD)
Mythbusters (Discovery)
Nikita (CW): Panelists include Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca and executive producer Craig Silverstein.
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Person of Interest (CBS): Set to attend are Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman.
Power Rangers Samurai (Nickelodeon)
The Secret Circle (CW): Panelists for the rookie series will include Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin, Natasha Henstridge, Kevin Williamson, Andrew Miller and Richard Hatem.
The Simpsons (Fox): Matt Groening, Al Jean, Rob Lazebnik, Matt Warburton, Mike Anderson and Tom Gammill will be in attendance.
Teen Wolf (MTV)
Terra Nova (Fox): The first episode will be screened with Stephen Lang, Rene Echevarria and Brannon Braga set to attend.
The Vampire Diaries (CW) Panel will include Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola, Joseph Morgan, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.

SUNDAY, JULY 24
Allen Gregory (Fox): Jonah Hill, David Goodman, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul will be joined by the voice-cast for a sneak preview of the animated series.
Castle (ABC)
The Cleveland Show (Fox): A look at its Die Hard parody will be screened, followed by a Q&A with Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson, Reagan Gomez, Rich Appel and Kara Vallow.
Doctor Who (BBC America) 12:30 p.m. in Hall H. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will make their first Comic-Con appearances with writer Toby Whithouse and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.
Fish Hooks (Disney Channel)
Glee (Fox): Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and stars of the musical hit will air a musical sneak preview at never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes secrets about the series.
Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX): Stars Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito. Panel & Screening, Room: Hall H.
The Looney Tunes Show (Cartoon Network)
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (Cartoon Network)
Sons of Anarchy (FX): Stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal; Creator/Executive Kurt Sutter. Panel, Room: Hall H.
Supernatural (CW) Set to attend are Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. The guys make their first appearance in Hall H this year.
Young Justice (Cartoon Network)

ALSO GOING -- DETAILS TBD
Alphas (Syfy)
Being Human (Syfy)
Eureka (Syfy)
The Guild (Web series)
The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family)
Sanctuary (Syfy)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011

Ridley ScottPROMETHEUS
There's been a lot of buzz on the Intertubes lately about Ridley Scott's Prometheus as we all try to figure out if it's an Alien prequel or not, and whether the recently spotted synopsis is real. The studio's response? Release a synopsis of its own.
Here are the story details Fox put out to clear things up, while at the same time stating that recent reports have been "way off":
Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
Not much to go on ... and it doesn't really answer all our questions ... but at least it's official!

TransformersWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Paramounts Transformers: Dark of the Moon may be trailing the last film in the franchise, but it continued to rock the domestic box office on Friday, grossing north of $30 million to put its domestic cume at nearly $96 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The same glow didnt extend to the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts starrer Larry Crowne, which struggled to reach $4 million on Friday, its first day of play at the domestic box office. Hanks directed the $30 million pic.
A full 71% of the audience for Larry Crowne was over the age of 50. The film, distributed by Universal, received a B CinemaScore. Larry Crowne was fully financed and produced by Vendome Pictures and Hanks production company Playtone.
The third new film debuting nationwide over the July 4th weekend is 20th Century Foxs tween girl pic Monte Carlo, which looked to gross $3 million on Friday. The pic, toplining Selena Gomez, received an A- CinemaScore, with 61% of those buying tickets under the age of 25. Of the audience, 82% were females.
Dark of the Moon, which got a jump on the long holiday weekend by opening Tuesday night in special 3D sneaks, is doing big business overseas, grossing $66 million through Thursday. Combined with Fridays domestic tally, the pic has now earned at least $161.7 million worldwide.
Paramount estimates that Michael Bays threequel will gross $170 million domestically through Monday, the July 4th holiday. The international opening could reach as high as $150 million or $200 million.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - Part 2
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a third clip from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 that is set inside Bellatrix Lestrange's vault at Gringotts.
Hitting 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 15, the David Yates-directed epic finale stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright and Kelly Macdonald.

THOR SEQUEL
Yesterday, it was reported that Marvel Studios will be rolling ahead with a sequel to their recent hit Thor for a release on July 26, 2013.
Although Kenneth Branagh is no longer directing and they need to find someone new, they'll first have to get a screenplay together and today, Deadline has the name of the screenwriter who'll be doing that: Don Payne, who was a credited writer on Thor and whose previous superhero experience includes Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and the Ivan Reitman comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

COMIC-CON NEWS
Sony's Screen Gems will be presenting Underworld 4 at the San Diego Comic-Con in Hall H on Friday, July 22 from 1:30pm to 2:00pm. Stars Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy and Theo James will attend, as will directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein and producer Len Wiseman.
Underworld 4 is scheduled to hit 3D and 2D theaters on January 20, 2012.

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011

Dichen LachmanBEING HUMAN ADDITION
Variety reports that Dichen Lachman has landed a new gig. The "Dollhouse" alum will be playing a vampire on Syfy's "Being Human" when it returns in 2012 for its second season.
Lachman joins the show in the series regular role of Izumi, a centuries-old reclusive vampire "who causes upheaval" when she returns to Boston.
After leaving behind her many "Dollhouse" personalities (Sierra FTW!), Lachman has guest-starred on "NCIS:LA" and "Hawaii Five-0" and can next be seen in Starz' "Torchwood: Miracle Day," which premieres July 8.
In January, "Being Human" became the network's most-watched wintertime scripted premiere in six years. Season 2 will go into production shortly in Montreal.

ThorTHOR 2
Thor 2 is officially a go and has been set for release on July 26th, 2013. Now all the movie needs is a director.
According to Deadline, Thor director Kenneth Branagh will not return behind the camera for the sequel. No reason was given for him not coming back to direct, although the parting with Marvel Studios was said to be "mutual and amicable." He'll probably still get a producing credit on the new movie, which is the usual consolation prize when a director is not asked to shoot the next film in a successful franchise.
Chris Hemsworthwho's currently working on the set of The Avengersis locked to come back for a third time as the God of Thunder, although it is not known whether any of the other cast members from the first film will be back. The biggest question is whether Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Jane Foster, now that she's won an Oscar and is enjoying motherhood and all that.
The other question is which villain Thor will face. With Loki the main antagonist in The Avengers, it seems unlikely that Marvel would bring the God of Mischief back for a third straight face-off with his adopted brother.
Meanwhile, the jockeying for the director's chair starts now. With $437 million worldwide already in the bank for Thor, a lot of filmmakers will want to bring Thor 2 to the screen and get a piece of that action.
The movie will come out just two and a half months after Iron Man 3 hits screens on May 3rd, 2010, so it looks like Marvel will keep doubling down two summers from now, just like it's doing this year with Thor and Captain America.

World War ZWORLD WAR Z
World War Z has finally been gearing up, announcing its cast and actually starting production. But now two of its better-known cast members have both dropped out of the film.
Although filming has already begun in Malta on the zombie epic based on Max Brooks' novel and starring Brad Pitt, Vulture reports that two actors reportedly signed to appear in the picture, Ed Harris (The Abyss) and Matthew Fox (Lost), have now both bailed. Fox apparently has a scheduling conflict with I, Alex Cross, a crime thriller starring Tyler Perry, while the reason for Harris' departure is not known.
The producers are auditioning actors now in London and New York to recast the roles, while Pitt and director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) will keep plugging along. Pitt is playing Brooksa fictional version of him, anywayas he travels around the world collecting survivors' accounts of a global zombie plague that brought civilization to a halt a decade earlier (the book is awesome, if you haven't read it).
World War Z is due out in 2012.

Miracle DayTORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY SCREENINGS
Torchwood fans, cant wait for Starzs July 8 premiere of Torchwood: Miracle Day? The network has partnered with Landmark Theatres for free advance screening events of the first episode in about a dozen U.S. cities on July 5 and July 6.
Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Screenings will take place in Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, and Washington D.C.
Torchwood: Miracle Day finds earth hit with a strange occurrence: No one is dying. While that may sound like a good thing, people begin suffering from what would be mortal wounds or diseases with no end. In addition, Earths resources can only sustain life for a limited time with the population swelling.
Original cast members John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen are joined by series newcomers Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman, Alexa Havins, Arlene Turs, and recurring guest star Lauren Ambrose.

Francis Ford CoppolaCOMIC-CON NEWS
Francis Ford Coppola is returning to Comic-Con for the first time since 1991, presenting portions of his latest film, Twixt.
The panel will be held on Saturday, July 23 in Hall H and in a Twixt twist, will have a live music component. Indie performance artist Dan Deacon will be on hand to demonstrate the interactive experience of the film, according to the Twixt filmmakers. The film incorporates both 2-D and 3-D elements.
Not much is known about Twixt, other than it takes Coppola to his early filmmaking roots when he was making flicks for Roger Corman. Coppola wrote the screenplay and self-financed the pic, which stars stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, and Ben Chaplin.
Coppola calls it "one-part Gothic romance, one-part personal film, and one-part the kind of horror film that began my career." The project was also inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Coppola first attended Comic-Con in 1991 as part of a presentation for his Dracula movie.

PrometheusPROMETHEUS
20th Century Fox has released the official synopsis for director Ridley Scott's sci-fi film Prometheus, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Logan Marshall-Green.
Written by Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaihts and Scott, the film is described as follows:
Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
Prometheus is scheduled for a June 8, 2012 release.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

Masters of the UniverseMASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
More than two years ago we were excited/terrified at the possibility of Warner Bros. trotting out the Masters of the Universe series for another movie. We'd forgotten all about ituntil right now, that is. Get ready to be excited/terrified all over again, because He-Man is on target for a film release.
Vice president of Sony, DeVon Franklin, said that the movie is back on track and that a script will be submitted soon. According to Franklin, "One of other things I'm really excited about is we're doing a reboot of the 1980s franchise Masters of the Universe. The He-Man franchise. Very excited about that. Should have that script very soon. I'm praying that we can start figuring out how we're going to make it."

Dark of the MoonTRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramounts Transformers: Dark of the Moon is expected to gross at least $38 million Wednesday in its first full day of play at the domestic box office, giving it the best opening-day gross of 2011.
So far, Dark of the Moon is pacing ahead of the first Transformers, but behind Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which grossed $62 million in its first day. Revenge of the Fallen opened June 24, 2009, a Wednesday.
Comparisons are difficult, however, both because of the calendar and the marketplace.
The movie got an A CinemaScore, while 55 percent of Wednesday's audience was under the age of 25, a good sign for the movie's prospects. The last film received a B+.
Wednesdays tally includes $8 million in midnight shows, but doesnt factor in the $5.5 million earned earlier Tuesday night from special 3D sneaks.
Previously, the best opening day of the year belongs to Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which debuted to $34.8 million, including $4.7 million in midnights, on a Friday.
Dark of the Moon should pick up noticeably as the July 4th holiday weekend gets underway.
Still, Paramount is prepared for the three-quel to come in behind Revenge of the Fallen, which grossed roughly $200 million in its first five days; Paramount expects Dark of the Moon to gross $155 million to $170 million through July 4th, closer to the opening gross of the first Transformers.
Dark of the Moon is doing very well in 3D locations, compared to other recent 3D event pics.

MatterhornMATTERHORN - THE HILL
Disney is developing an adventure movie project inspired by the Matterhorn ride and has set Jason Dean Hall to pen the script. Justin Springer (Tron Legacy, Prom) is producing the project, which has a working title of The Hill.
The Matterhorn, also known as the Matterhorn Bobsleds, is part of Disneylands Fantasyland section. Opened June 1959, the elaborate ride was inspired by Walt Disney's desire for a toboggan-themed roller coaster as well as thoughts he had after an extended trip to Switzerland, the site of the famed mountain. The ride, a centerpiece of the park, was refurbished in 1978, with one of the upgrades being the addition of three automatronic Abominable Snowmen (aka Yetis) who growl at riders.
The idea behind The Hill is to do a thrilling, fast-paced movie centering on five young adventure seekers who, for mysterious reasons, are called to the top of the mountain and encounter a Yetis on the journey down.
Adapting Disney rides into film franchises is a priority for the company. Pirates of the Caribbean is the most successful of the rides-turned-movies, generating $3.7 billion worldwide over four films. A movie was made out of the Haunted Mansion, and another is being developed with Guillermo del Toro producing. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a Disney film, then a theme park ride, and is now being rebooted as a David Fincher directing vehicle. The ultimate theme park movie might be Disney's Magic Kingdom, which is set entirely in the park. That project is being developed by writer Michael Chabon and director Jon Favreau.
Hall is best known for writing the 2009 indie drama Spread, starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche. But he has worked on action-oriented projects that are in various development stages, notably Robin Hood 2058, set up at Warners, Grand Theft Auto, and sci-fi actioner Blacklight.

Chris HemsworthSHADOW RUNNER
Sony is the latest studio to jump into the black ops game, picking up Shadow Runner, an original thriller with Chris Hemsworth attached to star.
Plot details are being kept secret although it is known it involves elite commandos. The project is based on an original idea from Hossein Amini, who is one of the writers of Snow White and the Huntsman, which also stars Hemsworth.
Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn are producing, as is Will Ward, Hemsworths manager at ROAR.
Hannah Minghella, Rachel OConnor and Adam Milano will oversee the project for Columbia Pictures.
Hemsworth is best known for his star-turning performance as Thor, a character he will reprise in next summers The Avengers. He worked with Vinson and Flynn on the duos remake of Red Dawn.
Amini, who will also executive produce Shadow Runner, is the writer of Drive, the buzzed-about movie starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Nixon-RichardsonWORLD WITHOUT END
AMSTERDAM -- Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and Oscar nominees Miranda Richardson and Peter Firth have joined the cast of the epic limited series World Without End, the sequel to Pillars of the Earth.
Also signing up for the eight-hour medieval period drama are Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley, Rupert Evans, Megan Follows, Nora von Waldstaetten, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Tom Weston-Jones and Sarah Gadon.
Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy) is directing the entire $44 million event series, which is based on Ken Follett's bestseller of the same name.
Tandem Communications and Take 5 Productions are producing, in co-production with Galafilm and in association with Ridley and Tony Scott's shingle Scott Free Films.
World Without End will shoot on location in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria with Howard Ellis' Mid Atlantic Films.
Tandem has pre-sold the series to several networks worldwide including Channel Four in the U.K., Germany's Sat.1, Shaw Media in Canada, Cuatro in Spain, and Sky Italia for Italy. Sony Pictures Worldwide picked up home entertainment rights to World for English-speaking territories and France.

Heart of DarknessINTO DARKNESS
Variety reports that Radar Pictures has hired Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) to direct an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel, "Heart of Darkness."
The adaptation, to be titled Into Darkness, will take place in space. Conrad's 1902 book is the story of ferryboat captain Charles Marlow's quest to return shadowy ivory trader Kurtz to civilization.
Tony Giglio and Branden Morgan wrote the script. Radar's Ted Field and Mike Weber are producing.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

Tom SizemoreHAWAII FIVE-O CAST ADDITION
The CBS series has added Tom Sizemore ("Saving Private Ryan," "Black Hawk Down") in a recurring part for Season 2. He'll play a former Detroit homicide detective who now heads up the internal affairs division in Honolulu, EW reports -- which almost certainly means he'll be looking into some of McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) and the Five-0 team's extracurricular activities.
Sizemore is the second well-known actor to join the "Five-0" cast in the past week. "Lost" alum Terry O'Quinn will also have a recurring role in the coming season as McGarrett's former Navy SEAL trainer and a friend of his dad.
Sizemore has made a bunch of independently produced/straight-to-video movies in the past couple years, but his TV work has been limited. He guested on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" last year and had a recurring part on Starz's "Crash" in 2008-09 (in addition to appearing on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab"). He co-starred with Ethan Hawke in the FOX pilot "Exit Strategy" earlier this year, but the network passed on it.

John NobleFRINGE NEWS
Creators of FRINGE have been saying that the start of season four would be like a "new pilot" for the show. Star John Noble has a few words to say about that.
Following the startling events at the end of season three, producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman said that the new season would give viewers who had never seen the show a chance to climb on board without having to make time to watch 65 previous episodes.
But Noble, who plays Dr. Walter Bishop, thinks that talk of a "new pilot" is a bit over-the-top. We caught up with him at a launch event in Los Angeles for the extended edition Blu-ray box set of The Lord of the Rings, where he told us (possible spoilers ahead):
"I don't know why they're saying that. We have a mythology now that needs to be unraveled a little bit for new viewers. I defy people to come in at the end of season three and understandthey might find it really interesting, but to understand it might be hard. So we need to unravel some of that mythology a bit, and I think that might be what they meangive it a restart, from the same place, but for example without Peter or that intangible Peter [who seemingly ceased to exist at the end of the season finale], and we have to retell some of the story."
Noble added:
"They're really clever guys and they're aware of that problem, so if that's what they said, I'm sure that they mean retelling the story again, but from a slightly different angle. I'll wait and see when I get the first script."

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY
Torchwood: Miracle Day is almost upon us, and while we're doing our best to while away the time until the premiere (seriously, we really need our own TARDIS), an action-packed 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette is here to help a bit with all that waiting.
Released by Starz, the explosive new sneak-preview video (which comes complete with that professional movie-ad-style voiceover we seem to hear everywhere) features some pretty cool scenes that we haven't seen before in previous promo trailers.
It also reintroduces us to what's left of the Torchwood teamwhich is basically Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles)while also focusing on the fresh new faces of the upcoming 10-part series, starting with CIA agent Rex Matheson (played by ER's Mekhi Phifer), his partner Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins), Dr. Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur), convicted killer Osward Danes (Bill Pullman) and Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose).
We even get to see a wonderful kick-ass moment from Dichen Lachman, who, if you recall, played the wonderful bad-ass Sierra from Joss Whedon's sadly defunct sci-fi series Dollhouse.
Torchwood: Miracle Day will air on Starz Friday, July 8, at 10 p.m. in the U.S. and on Thursday, July 14, at 9 p.m. on the BBC in the U.K.

WAR HORSE
The trailer for Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of War Horse has hit the web.
The World War II-set movie centers on a horse named Joey and his friendship with a farmer's son named Albert (Jeremy Irvine). When the two are forcefully parted, the movie follows the horse's journey through war as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets.
Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Kennedy, Emily Watson, Toby Kebbell, David Thewlis, Eddie Marsa and Peter Mullan also star.
The movie is based on a children's fiction novel by Michael Morpurgo, first published in 1982, and the 2007 stage adaptation of the same name.
DreamWorks releases War Horse on Dec. 28.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL
This winter, fans will likely be flocking to IMAX theaters and regular movie screens at the multiplex alike to see the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, Ghost Protocol.
Directed by Brad Bird, best-known for his work on films such as The Incredibles, the movie stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway and a large cast of other well-known actors. Here is the just-released trailer for the film, which is due in December.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition is out on Blu-ray!! Warner Bros hosted a Blu-ray launch event in Los Angeles last night.
Fans came out for the Middle-earth Midnight Madness, count down celebration - in anticipation of the magic moment when they could finally own Warner Home Videos release of Peter Jacksons visual masterpieces on Blu-ray in a 15-disc stunning collection entitled The Lord of the Rings The Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition.
Here is some fabulous footage from the night including interviews with John Noble and Sala Baker, the fireworks/laser show, costume contest and more.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

BRAVE
Pixar's newest movie, "Cars 2," has been in theaters for all of four days, but we're kind of looking forward to the company's next film a year from now.
It's called "Brave," and in a first for the company, it will feature a female lead character. The teaser trailer for the film is up above.
The movie is set in the Scottish Highlands, where Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), an archer and the daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), stirs up trouble when she defies an old tradition and then has to put things right. The movie also features the voices of Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane.
"Brave" is scheduled to open June 22, 2012.

RingerRINGER
The CW announced Sarah Michelle Gellar will be on-hand at the San Diego summit of all things fandom to unveil her new series, RINGER. And, as surprising as this may be, it only marks the actress' second appearance at Comic-Con. (She stopped by in 2004 to promote "The Grudge.")
Gellar will be joined by co-stars Nestor Carbonell, Ioan Gruffudd and Kristoffer Polaha -- as well as the creative team -- for a sneak preview of the series and a panel discussion.
The "Ringer" event is currently scheduled to take place Thursday, July 21, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. PT, in Ballroom 30 of the San Diego Convention Center.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
The video production company The Monocular Group has cut together a clip proclaiming Bay the maetro of mayhem, and the tongue is so firmlly in cheek here that we can't tell exactly which cheek, so it manages to have it both ways, mocking Bay AND those who think he's nothing more than a guy who knows how to blow stuff up real good.
Whichever side of the fence you're on, we think you'll find it a blast.

IMMORTALS
We know the new Immortals trailer is supposed to make us all excited about seeing Immortals, but honestly, what it does is make us want to see Man of Steel even MORE.
In addition to starring in Immortals, Henry Cavill will also appear as Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. And as much as we want to see the guy hacking and slashing in a 300 kind of way, we're more curious to know how he'll rock that Kryptonian cape.
In addition to Cavill, Immortals stars Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. The film, directed by Tarsem Singh, hits theaters Nov. 11.

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY
In the much-anticipated Starz continuation of the British series, Torchwood vets John Barrowman (Jack Harkness) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) are joined by Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman, and recurring guest star Lauren Ambrose.
The network has released an inside look at the new series in a new behind-the-scenes featurette from Torchwood: Miracle Day premiering Friday, July 8 at 10 p.m.
Weve got helicopters. Weve got explosions. Weve got car crashes. Weve got poisonings, Barrowman says in the video below. You name it, we got it on Torchwood.
Miracle Day begins with a day when nobody dies. That may seem like a good thing, but as the days go by people begin aging, getting sick and hurt, but they dont die. All that suffering combined with the limited resources of sustaining a world in which the population continues to swell as no one passes away makes it a job for Torchwood.

Haley Joel OsmentWAKE THE DEAD
Variety reports that Haley Joel Osment will headline Wake the Dead, playing Victor Franklin in the modern-day retelling of "Frankenstein."
Based on Steve Niles' (30 Days of Night) graphic novel, the film is set to be directed by Jay Russell (Ladder 49, The Water Horse) and takes place in a present day college.
Wake the Dead will lead the charge of the upcoming "Frankenstein"-inspired films. Mary Shelley's tale has, lately, been a major source of inspiration for Hollywood. In addition to Guillermo del Toro's long-expressed interest in reimagining the novel and a recent stage version directed by Danny Boyle, Timur Bekmambetov is set to helm a prequel, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, based on the Peter Ackroyd novel of the same name. Summit Entertainment has another prequel, This Dark Endeavor, based on the novel by Kenneth Oppel. Dean Koontz's own, modern day take on the story is slated for adaptation with Frankenstein: Prodigal Son. Lakeshore is aiming for an original, film noir slant on the monster with their screen version of the comic book I, Frankenstein. 20th Century has announced a currently untitled take and, last but not least, Tim Burton plans to return to his filmmaking roots with his Shelley-inspired stop motion release, Frankenweenie.

The GiverTHE GIVER
According to Variety, Jeff Bridges appears to have machinations on adapting the 1993 young adult science fiction novel The Giver. Reports indicate Bridges and producer Nikki Silver have purchased the rights to the Lois Lowry story and that Bridges may step in to play the title character.
Set in a distant future, the book tells of a society in which the entire range of human emotion has been eradicated by removing any trace of history. Only one individual in the society -- called "the Giver" -- is tasked with remembering the past in case it becomes necessary to make use of it. A twelve-year-old boy, Jonas, is tasked to become the next Giver in line and has his whole world thrown into question when he begins tutelage with the previous, elderly Giver.
"I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges," says the True Grit actor, who has been eyeing the project for some time, "however, at 61 years old I feel the time is right for me to do it."
Vadim Perelman, the writer/director behind House of Sand and Fog, will provide the screenplay and, at one point, was looking at the project to direct. There is currently no word on whether his involvement in that capacity still remains a possibility.
The original book was followed by two sequels, Gathering Blue and Messenger, the latter of which was published in 2004.

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

Scott WilsonWALKING DEAD CASTING
Production of the second season of AMC's zombie-pocalypse drama, "The Walking Dead," is well underway and new characters are being added to the mix. According to TV Guide, "Supernatural" alum Lauren Cohan and veteran actor Scott Wilson are joining the cast.
Wilson and Cohen will play the father/daughter team of Hershel and Maggie Greene, whose farm sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors find in their journey along the road.
"He is the patriarch of the family," executive producer Gale Anne Hurd tells TV Guide. "He's a veterinarian with a great sense of humanity and a very unique take on the Walkers."
His daughter, Maggie, is in her twenties and becomes a love interest for one of the main characters.
The actors join Pruitt Taylor Vince as additions to the season 2 cast.

Green LanternGREEN LANTERN SEQUEL
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is already planning a sequel to Ryan Reynolds' superhero pic Green Lantern, despite the films soft performance at the box office.
Sources say Warners still believes in the franchise, even if the studio is somewhat disappointed with Green Lanterns result.
Over the weekend, Green Lantern fell a steep 66% at the domestic box office, grossing $18.4 million for a cume of $89.3 million. Thats a big decline.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said the movie is settling in, pointing out that fanboy pics often see a significant drop-off in their second weekends.
Still, Green Lantern fell off more than recent superhero pics Thor and X-Men: First Class. Thor dropped 47% in its second weekend, while First Class dropped 56%.
Similar films that have seen the same sort of dip that Green Lantern did include Hulk, which dropped nearly 70% in its second outing.
Green Lantern cost $200 million to produce before a sizeable marketing spend (rival studios say it was one of the most expensive on record). Warners, preparing for the end of Harry Potter, needs new franchises, so was willing to invest big in Green Lantern.
A formidable obstacle standing in Green Lanterns way now is Paramounts Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which opens in theaters around the globe on Tuesday night.

CAPTAIN AMERICA
The new trailer for the Marvel movie hit the 'net Thursday with story and action and the year's best tagline so far: "On July 22, Heroes are Made in America."
Not sure what kind of lines they are using in territories outside of North America, where the stars and stripes doesn't always fly, but this line played like gangbusters when director Joe Johnston snuck it in at a special screening of The Rocketeer Wednesday night.

Chris MeloniMAN OF STEEL
News spread quickly yesterday that Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU") had joined the cast of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel in an undisclosed role. Many fans thought he may be playing Lex Luthor, but the actor has now revealed a bit more to Vulture:
"When Vulture caught up with the now exLaw & Order: SVU star at the Public Theater Gala earlier this week, he told us he'd be instead playing a general in the movie. But when we pressed for more information about the role, he said, "I can't tell you, or I'd have to kill you." We did manage to learn that he starts filming at the end of August and he'll shoot his part over the course of five months in locations including Chicago, Vancouver, and Edwards Air Force Base."
He'll be joining Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue and possibly Russell Crowe and Julia Ormond in the anticipated movie, scheduled for a December 2012 release.

Ben BarnesSEVENTH SON
He's played Prince Caspian in the "Narnia" series and Oscar Wilde's immortal "Dorian Gray", now British star Ben Barnes is in negotiations to join the fantasy tentpole "The Seventh Son" for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures says Deadline.
Based on Joseph Delaney's children's book series "The Wardstone Chronicles" (aka. "The Last Apprentice"), the story follows a young man named Tom in training to be the apprentice of a 'Spook' (Jeff Bridges), a fighter against evil magic, in the 1700's.
Trouble begins when his friend Alice (Vikander) tricked into releasing the most sinister witch in the world (Julianne Moore). Barnes will replace "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" star Sam Clafin who had been in negotiations for the role until talks fell through.
Sergei Bodrov ("Nomad," "Mongol") directs 'Son' from a script by Max Borenstein and shooting kicks off in September in Vancouver.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011

Cars-2WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Disney/Pixar sequel easily won domestic box office; Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz lands No. 2 spot with better than expected $31 Million.
Moviegoers fell hard for fast cars and fast women at the weekend box office, delivering big victories for Disney/Pixars Cars 2 and Sonys risqu Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher.
Cars 2 easily won the domestic box office race, grossing $68 million and far outpacing expectations, not to mention beating the $60.1 million debut of the original Cars. The $200 million 3D toon scored the fourth best opening of 2011, and delivers Pixar its 12th No. 1 opening. Overseas, the Pixar sequelset on foreign shores this timedisplayed plenty of horsepower, grossing $42.9 million from 1mberlake, bested the $26.1 million debut of Universals Bridesmaids.8 markets for a worldwide debut of $110.9 million.
Bad Teacher also overperformed in its domestic debut, grossing $31 million and continuing the R-rated comedy craze. The film, touting substantial star power in Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake, bested the $26.1 million debut of Universals Bridesmaids.
Produced for only $20 million, Bad Teacher earned another $12.9 million internationally for a pleasing global opening of $49.3 million.
In North America, Bad Teacher beat superhero pic Green Lantern for the No. 2 spot. From Warner Bros., Green Lantern fell a steep 66% in its second weekend, grossing $18.4 million for a cume of $89.3 million.Regardless of any weak spots, domestic box office revenues were up an estimated 10% over last year. And with Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 getting ready to launch, the lingering year-over-year decline in revenues should continue to narrow.
Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested an opening of $50 million to $55 million for Cars 2. Instead, the sequeldirected by Pixar CEO John Lassetersecured the second-best June opening ever for animated film after Disney/Pixars Toy Story 3.
I think there is this wonderful aura that comes with Disney/Pixar movies. They play almost like fanboy pics. Everyone rushes out Friday to see them, Disney worldwide president of distribution Chuck Viane said.
If there was a sour note, the downturn in the 3D market continued. Grosses from 3D theaters accounted for 40% of the toons total bow, the lowest margin to date for a big studio film. About 36% came from digital 3D screens; the other 4%, from Imax locations (Imax ponied up roughly $2.3 million).
Disney said a contributing factor is the popularity of Pixar titlesand Cars in particularat drive-in theaters, which havent been converted to 3D. There are about 500 drive-ins nationwide.
Rival studios pointed out that Cars 2 dropped 10% from Friday to Saturday, suggesting that bad reviews, unusual for a Pixar title, may have had an impact. Disney said the drop had to do with the fact that most kids are out of school now, with Friday playing more like a Saturday. Opening on the same weekend last year, Toy Story 3 also dropped 10% on Saturday.
Those going to see Cars 2 seemed to have little complaint; the toon received an A- CinemaScore.
At the international box office, Cars 2 grossed $9.3 million in Russiaa boom market for 3Dto grab the best debut ever for a Pixar title. In Australia, the toon grossed $5.2 million to best Kung Fu Panda 2 in a head-to-head battle.
Considering its production budget of $200, Cars 2 will need to amass a significant worldwide gross in the weeks to come.
Sony is already on golden ground financially with Bad Teacher.
Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested the subversive comedy would opening to around $20 million. The studio credited a great marketing and publicity campaign for the films unexpected strength, as well as the casts promotional efforts.
Moviegoers gave Bad Teacher only a C+, however. The comedy skewed older, with 57% of those buying tickets over the age of 25. Females made up the majority of the audience at 63%.
Bad Teacher is the third R-rated comedy to impress after The Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids.
"Cameron really brought this home in a big way. She totally went for this role," Sony president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer said. "To do more than $30 million is hitting it out of the park."
Coming in No. 4 at the domestic box office was Paramount's Super 8, which continued to hold in nicely, falling 43% to an estimated $12.1 million for a domestic cume of $95.2 million. Overseas, the J.J. Abrams pic has grossed $36 million, for a global total of $131.2 million.
Jim Carrey family film Mr. Popper's Penguins rounded out the top five, falling a slim 42% in its second weekend to an estimated $10.3 million for a cume of $39.4 million.
Other box office headlines included Woody Allen's crossover hit Midnight in Paris, which earned $4.5 million for the weekend, bringing its domestic cume to $28.6 million for Sony Pictures Classics.
And DreamWorks Animation and Paramount's Kung Fu Panda neared the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, ending the weekend with a cume of $493 million. The 3D toon is particularly strong overseas, where it has earned $340 million.

Retro Girl POWERS
Following the news this past week that Jason Patric and Lucy Punch will play the two leads in the upcoming television adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' and Michael Avon Oeming's "Powers", comes confirmation that the project has also found its Retro Girl.
"A couple of weeks ago, we cast a woman named Carly Foulkes to be Retro Girl," Bendis told the Sirius Radio Show Geektime (via reader Mac_hine), "You're sitting there going, 'Who's that?' That is the super, super cute T-Mobile girl."
The series, headed to FX, deals with a pair of detectives that investigate superhero-related homicides. In the comic book series, Retro Girl is a celebrity heroine whose murder marks the first major case for Christian Walker (Patric) and Deena Pilgrim (Punch). If the comics are any indication, the death of Retro Girl is only the beginning of the exploration into the character's history and her close ties to several of the series' regulars.
The TV series is gearing up to shoot in Chicago this summer. "Powers" launched as a comic book in 2004 from Image Comics and is currently published by Marvel's Icon imprint.

COWBOYS & ALIENS
The third trailer for director Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens has hit! Opening in theaters on July 29, the film stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Ana de la Reguera and Abigail Spencer.
Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakersSteven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto OrciFavreau brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011

Peter FalkTV'S COLOMBO DIES
Peter Falk, who created one of the all-time great TV detectives on "Columbo" and was twice nominated for an Oscar, has died.
A family spokesperson says Falk, 83, died Thursday night (June 23) at his home in Beverly Hills. He had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease in recent years.
Falk is best known for his iconic role as Lt. Columbo, the disheveled, trench coat-wearing, constantly underestimated LAPD detective in the classic 1970s series. He won four Emmys for the role (and a fifth for an earlier role in an episode of "The Dick Powell Theatre"), most recently in 1990 after ABC revived the character.
His career stretched back to the late 1950s, and he was nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar in two consecutive years, first for 1960's "Murder Inc." and then for 1961's "Pocketful of Miracles." He also worked with director John Cassavetes on several films, including "Husbands" and "A Woman Under the Influence."
Falk also became known to a generation of younger viewers as the grandfather and narrator of "The Princess Bride." His other credits include "The In-Laws," the Neil Simon detective spoofs "Murder by Death" and "The Cheap Detective," "Wings of Desire" and more recently, "Made" and "Next."

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011

Jensen AcklesSUPERNATURAL NEWS
"Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles got his first taste of life behind the camera in Season 6, when he directed the fan favorite episode "Weekend at Bobby's." Ackles will return to the director's chair in early July when the cast and crew returns to Vancouver to begin work on Season 7.
Though Ackles' episode is the first one that the "Supernatural" gang will shoot this summer, it will actually air as the third episode of the season. The shooting order of the episodes was shifted in order to allow Ackles reasonable time to prepare.
Speaking of prep time -- judging by a tweet from Ackles' co-star, Jared Padalecki, they're cutting it closer than expected this year. "T-minus two weeks to shoot and I JUST got the first two scripts?" he wrote. "Who wants a copy? Please send fax numbers ;)"
(He wasn't kidding -- one lucky fan checked her fax machine to find the cover page of the script, with a personal note in the margins.)
Last season, Ackles directed an episode that focused heavily on Jim Beaver's character, Bobby -- meaning Ackles didn't have to spend too much time directing scenes that he also acted in. This season, he may not have that luxury! We're sure to hear much more about his second crack at directing at Comic-Con, where Ackles and Padalecki will headline the largest "Supernatural" panel that the convention has ever seen on Sunday, July 24.
The episode is written by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin, who also wrote "Weekend at Bobby's."

PottermorePOTTERMORE
Nothing like the possibility of more "Harry Potter" to get the internet worked into a collective frenzy. J.K. Rowling is set to announce the launch of "Pottermore," her latest wizard-related venture, at 7 a.m. EST on Thursday morning.
UK Tabloid The Guardian reports that a leak from the Rowling camp has revealed the big secret. According to them, Pottermore is a scavenger hunt that begins online and ends up in the real world, leading players to actual wands hidden in various places in the US and the UK.
One resourceful fan checked in with the U.S. Trademark office, which is public record. According to her, there are six pending trademarks suggesting that Pottermore will be a website with social networking function, as well as downloadable audio/video and book merchandise.
"One is for On-line retail store services featuring audio books, electronic books, books, magazines, etc," she tweets. "Another is for toys/sporting goods (Ser. No. 77788368), also books & mags feat. action, adventure, comedy (Ser No. 77788107). Phone cards, cash cards, prerecorded tapes and discs (Ser. No. 77788098) and lots of digital/ebook things (Ser.No.77788427)."
It's possibly that Rowling and co. are just covering all possible bases.
Still, fans are holding out hope that Pottermore will be another book in the "Harry Potter" series. Though Rowling has expressed that she doesn't intend to do another Potter novel (though she's considered writing a wizard encyclopedia for charitable purposes), a YouTube tip has fans anticipating the best. The elaborate YouTube page where Rowling plans to make her announcement shows the video set at the time 0:09/1:13.
Anyone familiar with Rowling's work knows that nothing is a coincidence, and it just so happens that 9/1/13 - September 1, 2013 - would be the date that Harry Potter's son, James, would first arrive at Hogwarts.

FringeFRINGE NEWS
The season finale of Fringe flipped the script on everything we thought we knew about the show. Certain people came together, others disappeared, and we were left with huge a cliffhanger. And according to the show's producers, next season will bring even more changes.
Fringe producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman recently spilled the beans about what we can expect from season four. "Without revealing anything, we have some reallywe have some things we're very excited about. We're bringing back some characters who were among our favorites," Pinkner shared.
From that statement alone we already know who one of the favorites isAgent Lincoln Lee! It was confirmed shortly after the finale that he was coming back as a series regular. Aside from him, we think Charlie definitely has a shot at returning. There's a lot of potential characters that can be used from both sides.
And if you've always wanted to watch the show but felt like you were too late, you're in luck! Pinkner and Wyman have devised a plan to rope you in without making you feel dumb or confused.
"We've had a lot of people say 'We love the promos; we want to figure out time to watch', but not everyone has time to sit down and watch [three full] seasons, so we tried to make this [fourth] season like a new pilot. We did that a little bit last season, too, but it will just be an entry point for people to come in who haven't seen everything."
How do you feel about that? With a certain someone being wiped from the face of the earth, we definitely understand the concept of a new beginning. Plus, with the joining of the two universes, they have to find some way to start over and make everything mesh.
Even though the producers and writers have a huge job on their hands, they don't feel intimidated or pressured by fans. Pinkner said, "I truly believe they're going to love [the resolution from the season finale], and they'll understand it. We have smart fans. They won't be disappointed."

Eliza DushkuTORCHWOOD
We've known for a while that Torchwood: Miracle Day would be supplemented with an animated motion comic series for the Web, featuring the voices of Eliza Dushku, John Barrowman and Eve Myles. It turns out that Torchwood: Web of Lies is more than thatit's also a game, available on iTunes.
MTV writes that this game "will consist of 10 three-minute chapters ... in bundles of three for ninety-nine cents." Players can also purchase the whole series for $2.99.
The press release, also from MTV, reads:
Torchwood: Web of Lies is an episodic interactive experience for iOS that fuses together motion comic and gameplay elements to tell an original and digitally exclusive Torchwood story. Players will participate in a parallel storyline to Torchwood: Miracle Day that includes lead characters Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Coopervoiced by John Barrowman and Eve Myles.
Torchwood: Web of Lies runs alongside weekly premieres of Torchwood: Miracle Day, providing fans with a way to engage in the world of Torchwood between episodes. It reveals a past day in the lives of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Coopera day they've both forgotten. The events of that day fuel a modern day conspiracy-laced treasure hunt, as Holly Mokri, voiced by Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), labors to uncover the secrets of Miracle Day. Each week a new episode unlocks, allowing players to access another piece of original motion comic narrative and game which ties into and extends plot developments of the show, as well as providing new twists in its own narrative.

GREEN LANTERN - ANIMATED SERIES
The Green Lantern movie has opened to negative reviews and a mediocre box-office take. But fans of the comic book can take heart: That big-screen adaptation isn't the last we'll see of Hal Jordan.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series should be appearing on the Cartoon Network on Sept. 5, 2011, at 8 p.m.
When you look at the 30-second clip, your first thought is probably "Hey, this looks like it's just for kids." True, it's aimed at children. But if it has any of the epic struggles that include descending into insanity, the destruction of planets and betrayal from your mentorsin other words, the elements that make Green Lantern greatthen it should find a loyal following of all ages.

Max LandisFRANKENSTEIN
20th Century Fox and producer John Davis have hired up and coming scribe Max Landis to pen a script based on the iconic Frankenstein tale.
Landis has close ties to the studio and Davis, having solid two spec scripts to Fox, including Chronicle, about three friends who gain superpowers from a mysterious substance, and then find themselves in conduct.
Details of the Frankenstein project are being kept under wraps, but Landis is no stranger to ghouls. He worked with his father, John Landis, on the Masters of Horror television series.
Kenneth Branaghs 1994 Frankenstein was the last time the famous monster graced the big screen. The film was a disappointment in the U.S., but did far better overseas.
Davis Entertainment is attached to produce the untitled pic, which Fox will distribute.

Spy-vs-SpySPY-VS-SPY
According to Deadline, Ron Howard has become attached to an adaptation of the "MAD Magazine" comic strip Spy vs. Spy. David Koepp and John Kamps are set to tackle the screenplay (Kamps writing with Koepp overseeing) which will bring to the big screen the endless struggle between rival black and white spies.
Howard, still attached to direct The Dark Tower, was also, just yesterday, named as a potential candidate for the Formula 1 biopic Rush. He most recently directed The Dilemma for Universal.
Koepp and Kamps have already teamed for Premium Rush (no relation to the potential Howard project) which Koepp will direct. That film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Jamie Chung, is set for released January 13, 2012.
First appearing in "MAD Magazine" #60, the popular Spy characters celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Light on continuity, Spy vs. Spy has previously been adapted in an animated form, appearing on both "MADtv" and the more recent sketch comedy show "MAD."

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

Jason PatricPOWERS
The Hollywood Reporter writest that Jason Patric is making his first dip into the world of TV and is in negotiations to star in Powers, FXs adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis-Michael Avon Oeming comic book.
Sony Pictures Television is behind the pilot, which is being produced by Circle of Confusion and directed by Michael Dinner.
Patric will play Christian Walker, a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities.
The first story in the Powers comic, which is serving as the basis for the pilot, involves the murder of Retro Girl, a superpowered celebrity. Walker, who gets paired up with a rookie on the case, is determined to track down the killer even if it costs him his badge.
Patric will join a cast that so far includes Charles S. Dutton and Bailee Madison.
Patric has always skewed toward the offbeat in his movie career, starring in films ranging from The Lost Boys and Rush to In the Valley of Elah and comic book movie The Losers.

Bob HoskinsSNOW WHITE NEWS
There are no small parts in Hollywood. But these days there are plenty of dwarf roles to go around.
Universal is ramping up its casting of the warrior dwarfs in its high-profile Snow White and the Huntsman action adventure movie, with Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones in negotiations to board the movie.
Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Steven Graham are in negotiations to play dwarves in the film as well.
The project, being directed by Rupert Sanders, is a revisionist take on the fairy tale and features Snow White (Kristen Stewart) as a princess who escapes her evil stepmother (Charlize Theron) with the help of a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was to have killed her but now trains the princess to survive and fight back.
Evan Daugherty wrote the initial script and Evan Spiliotopoulos is currently working on it.
As Heat Vision first reported Monday, Ian McShane was cast first as the dwarf leader. The dwarf names are veering mightily away from the well-known Disney version, with McShane as Caesar, Jones as a timid dwarf named Claudius and Izzard will be Tiberius, described as the biggest and burliest of the crew. Hoskins will play Constantine, a blind dwarf.
Izzard, who will be heard as part of the Cars 2 voice cast, is repped by UTA, the Collective and UK-based Conway Van Gelder.
Hoskins, who last appearerd in Made in Dagenham, is repped by CAA and the UK's United Artists.
Jones, repped by UTA and ARG Talent, will next be seen in Captain America: The First Avenger and does voicework in The Adventures of Tintin. He next shoots a part in Hunger Games.

Planet of the ApesRISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
20th Century Fox has released new images from director Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The action adventure stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and features the captured performance of Andy Serkis as Caesar.

RUSH
Variety reports that Ron Howard is in early talks to direct Rush, the Formula 1 biopic written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).
The film will deal with Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda's rivalry with English racer James Hunt and the August 1, 1976 accident that left Lauda near death when his Ferrari swerved off the track, which allowed Hunt to win the race.
Paul Greengrass was previously rumored to direct. Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan) will finance the movie.
Howard is still attached to direct The Dark Tower, which he said they are hoping to start shooting in spring 2012.

HAWAII FIVE-O CASTING NEWS
TV Line reports that Terry O'Quinn is set to reunite with his former "LOST" star Daniel Dae Kim in CBS' "Hawaii Five-O." The site says that he'll play a Navy Seal Lt. Commander who trained Alex O'Loughlin's McGarrett in Coronada, and served with his father in Vietnam. The role will be a recurring one for O'Quinn.

GREY'S ANATOMY CASTING
Scott Foley, who has been seen on "Grey's Anatomy" last season (and will continue to appear), has landed a role in HBO's "True Blood." His character is not expected to appear until the Season 4 finale and then will continue in Season 5.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Thomas GibsonCRIMINAL MINDS - SEASON 7
A few weeks back, a story broke that Thomas Gibson, Aaron Hotchner on CRIMINAL MINDS, had not yetsigned for the new season. The question went out -- what would CRIMINAL MINDS be like withoutAgent Hotchner to run the team?
Well, fans of the show need not worry. Thomas Gibson has signed a new deal to return to the CBS show for its seventh season, which is set to begin production is just two weeks, TVLine reports.
Even better news. A source says Gibson signed on for two more years in a deal worth mid-to-high seven figures. His new salary is reportedly more than double his previous salary.

Lucy PunchPOWERS
FX's comic book-inspired pilot "Powers" has cast its female lead.
Lucy Punch ("Hot Fuzz," "The Class") will play Deena Pilgrim, a homicide detective who works on cases involving people with superpowers, Deadline reports. In the opening of the comic series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Deena is a new transfer to the Powers division, where she's partnered with Christian Walker, a former hero who lost his powers.
Katee Sackhoff had campaigned for the part of Deena, but to no avail. British actress Punch is mostly known for comedy -- her credits also include "Bad Teacher" and "Dinner for Schmucks" -- but that background could serve her pretty well as Deena, who in the comics doesn't have much of a filter.
The Walker role hasn't been cast yet. Reports earlier this year said FX was courting "Friday Night Lights" star Kyle Chandler for the part, but we haven't heard much since then.
Charles H. Eglee ("The Shield," "The Walking Dead") is writing the pilot script and executive producing with Bendis, director Michael Dinner and David Engel. The pilot is scheduled to film later this summer in Chicago.

CAPTAIN AMERICA
Captain America's shield is so famous that not only does it do cameos in movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 2), it also has its own featurette. The video is called "Behind the Shield" and it features Chris Evans, Joe Johnston, Kevin Feige, and the rest of the film's crew talking about how the famous weapon came to be.
The shield has a life of its own. It started off with a triangle shape then got upgraded to the sleek circle we all know and love. According to Evans, he went through several versions of it while shooting Captain America: The First Avenger. If a scene called for Cap to hit someone with the shield, they used a rubber one. If he had to carry the shield on his back, they had a magnetic one. There's a shield for every occasion.
Dominic Cooper, who plays Howard Stark (Tony's dad) talks about how his character created the shield from a special metal called Vibranium. Vibranium is stronger than steel but weighs less, which makes it the ultimate Nazi-fighting accessory.

Ian McShaneSNOW WHITE
The Hollywood Reporter writes -- Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, its off to Snow White and Huntsman that Ian McShane will go.
The actor, currently seen on screen as Blackbeard in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has signed to play one of the dwarfs in Universals Snow White adventure movie.
The project, being directed by Rupert Sanders, is a revisionist take on the fairy tale and features Snow White (Kristen Stewart) as a princess who escapes her evil stepmother (Charlize Theron) with the help of a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was to have killed her but now trains the princess to survive and fight back.
The movie is on track for an August production start. Universal will release the film in theaters June 1, 2012.
McShane will play Caesar, the leader of the dwarfs. Universal is in the process of casting the rest of his crew. With Universal and Relativity Media racing separate Snow White projects into theaters next year (Relativity's untitled project also is ramping up production and is currently set to hit theaters in March), there could be serious competition to find strong character actors to fill the roles.
McShane, repped by ICM, Gallant Management, Independent Talent, and attorney Mark Wetzstein, is currently shooting Bryan Singer and New Lines Jack the Giant Killer, in which he plays a benevolent king.

Falling SkiesGOOD START FOR FALLING SKIES
TNT's alien invasion series Falling Skies, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, hit big in the ratings.
For the two-hour series premiere last night, 5.91 million viewers tuned in to the Noah Wyle-led drama, according to Nielsen. The launch marks cable's top new series for the year to date. The TNT drama also ranks as cable's biggest scripted debut since last year's TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, which drew 7.6 million to its premiere in mid-July 2010.
Comparably, Falling Skies outdrew the series debuts of USA's Covert Affairs (4.9 million) and AMC's The Walking Dead (5.3 million).
In the adult demos, the ambitious sci-fi drama did well: in the 18-49 demographic, 2.64 million tuned in and 3.24 million in the adults 25-54.
The enormous success of Falling Skies demonstrates what can happen when you partner with the best people in the business and give them what they need to do their very best work, said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. TNTs Falling Skies is an exciting, fascinating and often moving story made possible through the magic of DreamWorks Television, an incredibly talented cast led by Noah Wyle and the vision of one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Steven Spielberg.
Falling Skies premieres in its regular time slot this Sunday at 10 p.m. following Leverage.

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

Green LanternWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Warner Bros.' "Green Lantern" underperformed at the box office this weekend, bringing in $53 million, which didn't meet the studio's lowered expectation after experiencing a 21 percent drop-off from Friday to Saturday. The studio is hoping the superhero flick starring Ryan Reynolds experiences a Father's Day boost.
The weekend's other new release "Mr. Popper's Penguins" starring Jim Carrey came in third with $18 million, meeting the studio's expectation, but still underwhelming.
J.J. Abrams' supernatural thriller "Super 8" still had a super-strong hold on moviegoers this weekend. The film, which stars relative unknowns, had a budget of $50 million and has already grossed $72 million. Another win for J.J. Abrams!
"X-Men: First Class" starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender ($11.5M) and "The Hangover Part ll" with $9.6 million rounded out the top five.
Here's the weekend Top 10:
No. 1: "Green Lantern" -- $53M
No. 2: "Super 8" -- $21.3 M
No. 3: "Mr. Popper's Penguins" -- $18.2M
No. 4: "X-Men: First Class" -- $11.5M
No. 5: "The Hangover Part ll" -- $9.6M
No. 6: "Kung Fu Panda" -- $8.7M
No. 7: "Bridesmaids" -- $7.5M
No. 8: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" -- $6.2M
No. 9: "Midnight in Paris" -- $5.2M
No. 10: "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer" -- $2.2M

True BloodSAN DIEGO COMIC CON SCHEDULE
With Comic-Con quickly approaching The Hollywood Reporters Live Feed has compiled an early look at what, in some cases, is confirmed and other cases rumored to be heading to Comic-Con International. Set for July 21-24 with preview night July 20 at the Convention Center in San Diego, some studios, like 20th Television, and networks including Starz and HBO, have already released their early panel lineups. With the help of THR sources as well as assists from EW, IGN, seat42f.com and TVLine, heres an early look at the TV side of Comic-Con 2011.
Additional announcements and panelists are sure to come in the weeks ahead.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
Awake (Fox): The first episode will be screened, with Howard Gordon, Kyle Killen and Jason Isaacs attending.
Beavis and Butt-Head (MTV)
Covert Affairs (USA)
Game of Thrones (HBO): Author George R.R. Martin will moderate the panel with attendees including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The panel marks the freshman series first time at Comic-Con.
Napoleon Dynamite (Fox): Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Sandy Martin, Diedrich Bader and EP Mike Scully. A sneak preview of the animated series to be screened.
Penn & Teller Tell a Lie
Psych (USA)

FRIDAY, JULY 22
Bobs Burgers (Fox): Season 2 clip to be presented, along with Q&A with Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive, H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.
Bones/The Finder (Fox): Panel discussion with Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel as well as the stars of its spinoff, The Finder.
Falling Skies (TNT)
Reign of the Dinosaurs (Discovery): Erik Nelson, David Krentz, Ricardo Delgado
Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz): New Spartacus Liam McIntyre will be introduced alongside fellow panelists Lucy Lawless, Dustin Clare, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law and Steven S. DeKnight.
Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz): John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Lauren Ambrose and Jane Espenson will attend.
True Blood (Fox): Attendees include Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Kevin Alejandro, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello and Deborah Ann Woll. The panel will be the shows fourth Comic-Con appearance.

SATURDAY, JULY 23
American Dad (Fox): A preview of the Season 7 premiere will be screened, featuring guest star Cee Lo Green, followed by a panel discussion with Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman and Kara Vallow.
Family Guy (Fox): Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Adam West, Mark Hentemann, Steve Callaghan and Kara Vallow will screen a sneak preview of Stewie Goes for a Drive, featuring voice guest star Ryan Reynolds.
Futurama (Fox): Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche to attend with a sneak preview of the show reincarnated as Japanese anime and a preview of the new season to be screened. Bill Morrison will moderate.
Good Vibes (MTV)
Mythbusters (Discovery)
Power Rangers Samurai (Nickelodeon)
The Simpsons (Fox): Matt Groening, Al Jean, Rob Lazebnik, Matt Warburton, Mike Anderson and Tom Gammill will be in attendance.
Teen Wolf (MTV)
Terra Nova (Fox): The first episode will be screened with Stephen Lang, Rene Echevarria and Brannon Braga set to attend.

SUNDAY, JULY 24
Castle (ABC)
The Cleveland Show (Fox): A look at its Die Hard parody will be screened, followed by a Q&A with Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson, Reagan Gomez, Rich Appel and Kara Vallow.
Allen Gregory (Fox): Jonah Hill, David Goodman, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul will be joined by the voice-cast for a sneak preview of the animated series.
Glee (Fox): Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and stars of the musical hit will air a musical sneak preview at never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes secrets about the series.

ALSO GOING -- DETAILS TBD
Alphas (Syfy)
Being Human (Syfy)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)
Chuck (NBC)
Community (NBC)
Eureka (Syfy)
Fringe (Fox)
Grimm (NBC)
The Guild (Web series)
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family)
Person of Interest (CBS)
Ringer (CW)
The River (ABC)
Sanctuary (Syfy)
The Secret Circle (CW)
Sons of Anarchy (FX)
The Vampire Diaries (CW)
The Walking Dead (AMC)
Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
Wilfred (FX)

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Several more TV spots for Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon have come online and feature new footage from the film, opening at 9pm on June 28 in 3D and IMAX theaters, before hitting 2D theaters three hours later.
Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro and Leonard Nimoy star in the anticipated film.

NoirNOIR
Following on from their successful teaming on "Spartacus", premium cable network Starz is reuniting with Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert for the new action drama project "Noir".
The network has given a series order to the show, though the number of episodes haven't been determined says Deadline.
A live-action adaptation of a 2001 Japanese anime series, the story follows two female assassins who vow to fight a secret society and also try to work together to determine why and how they're mysteriously linked.
Steve Lightfoot wrote the pilot and will executive produce along with Raimi, Tapert, Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.

How WheelsHOT WHEELS
According to Variety, Legendary Entertainment is in early negotiations with Mattel to acquire film rights to the popular toy car line "Hot Wheels".
The reported aim isn't to appeal to kids who buy the cars, but rather to produce an edgy action racing film akin to "Fast Five".
No director or writers have yet been hired. Warner Bros. Pictures, where Legendary is based, would distribute.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011

Noah WyleFALLING SKIES PREMIERES TODAY ON TNT
"Falling Skies" finished filming its 10-episode season last November, and since then Noah Wyle has developed a selective memory about the physical rigors of the alien-invasion story.
"I think I knew it was going to be a physically demanding show, but I don't think I had any idea how physically demanding it would be. It wasn't too bad, but there was a lot of running and jumping and diving and rolling," Wyle said in a recent interview. "And for the first time in my life, I found myself being the oldest cast member [in a lot of scenes] and having to keep up with these young springboks.
"I enjoy the physicality. I certainly like the freedom to move ... and it's sort of the Spielberg aesthetic to shoot big, wide scenes where the actors do more moving than the camera does. So I thought that was great, but I'm also now experiencing amnesia of all the bumps and bruises and scrapes I endured."
In "Falling Skies," which debuts Sunday (June 19) on TNT, Wyle plays a Boston University history professor who joins a human resistance after aliens wipe out most of the population and abduct one of his sons. The Steven Spielberg-produced show is his first series since "ER," and he is something of an elder statesman in the cast (along with Will Patton, who plays the military commander under whom Wyle serves).
For a review of the series, go to http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/falling-skies-tv-review-196959.

Michael ChabonMAGIC KINGDOM
Michael Chabon has been tapped to write MGIC KINGDOM, Disneys family adventure project that is being directed by Jon Favreau.
Heat Vision first reported the author's possible involvement in March, when the Pulitzer Prize-winning author initially talked with Favreau about it but before any meetings with Disney had taken place.
Since then, deal-making quietly got under way and an agreement closed this week.
Chabon will now begin tackling a story whose details are being kept under wraps but is set in Disneys flagship theme park and may even be connected to other parks worldwide.
Ron Moore, who revived the recent Battlestar Galactica TV series, wrote the initial draft but Kingdom re-routed into a different direction when Favreau came on board.
Strike Entertainment is producing MAGIC KINGDOM.
Chabon is a big Disney aficionado and spent time at the Anaheim park with Favreau. He worked on the studios high-priority Snow White project titled The Order of the Seven as well as its upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs book series John Carter of Mars. He is also penning the book for the Broadway-bound Dumbo musical.
In non-Disney matters, Chabon and his wife, author Ayelet Waldman, are developing an HBO pilot titled Hobgoblin, which Darren Aronofsky will direct.

David DobkinARTHUR & LANCELOT
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. has emerged victorious in a heated bidding war for an untitled King Arthur spec script written by David Dobkin, who is also attached to direct and the produce.
Warners beat out Fox and Universal for the Arthur project, which is a major departure for Dobkin and could be a defining moment for the man as a filmmaker.
Dobkin is best known for his successful buddy comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Shanghai Knights, and is behind The Change-Up, the upcoming comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
Dobkin is producing via his Big Kid Pictures along with the shingles Jeff Kleeman. Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes) is also producing.
The deal was in the seven figures and the project is intended to be a big-budget action adventure.
The more interesting question is what this project may do to the other King Arthur projects Warners has in development. The studio is working on a remake of the 1981 movie Excalibur that Bryan Singer is a producer on while Guy Ritchie is developing King Arthur, based on Thomas Mallorys novel.
The fact the studio picked Dobkins project speaks volumes about its strengths but also casts doubt on the life of the others.
CAA-repped Dobkin and his Big Kid banner are also producing Jack the Giant Killer (with Neal Moritzs Original Films) and RIPD, Universals supernatural action movie which will star Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. Original and Dark Horse Entertainment are also producing.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2
Warner Bros. Pictures has started airing this 7th TV spot for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, coming to 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 15. The epic final was directed by David Yates from a script by Steve Kloves and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright and Kelly Macdonald.
In the film, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

THE MUPPET MOVIE
Walt Disney Pictures has released the full trailer for their upcoming The Muppets.
Directed by James Bobin with a script by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the November 23rd release stars Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and many, many more.
The focus of the story is Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Segel) and Mary (Adams). Together, they discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011

Jurassic ParkJURASSIC PARK 4
We have heard rumors before about another JURASSIC PARK project, but apparently Steven Spielberg is brainstorming ways to finally add a fourth installment to the dinosaur drama.
THR reports that Spielberg, once again in bed with CGI dinos this fall on FOX's "Terra Nova," has approached screenwriter Mark Protosevich to discuss possible storylines for "JP4."
A previous attempt at the film was made in 2007, with the rumored plot focusing on government owned dinosaurs that carry weapons into battle.
Universal and team Spielberg maintain that all talk of more "Jurassic Park" is just for fun, at the moment, but if there's an interest to bring back the dinosaurs, we can't imagine it will be that difficult to find an excuse.

Luke EvansBenedict CumberbatchTHE HOBBIT NEWS
Although filming is firmly underway in New Zealand for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit parts 1 and 2, there were still some secondary characters that needed to be cast, including the voice of Smaug the Dragon and Bard the Bowman. Well, it's done. Cast. Revealed.
Actor Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, Immortals) has snatched the role of Bard the Grim (probably Bard the Bowman), a secondary but important character in The Hobbit. Why is he important? Well, in case you haven't read the book, we won't reveal the reason here, but let's just say it'll have something to do with the second casting news below.
Deadline's reported:
Luke Evans has bagged the role of Bard in The Hobbit, a last major part that Peter Jackson hadn't cast in a production that's underway in New Zealand. Bard the Grim is a skilled archer, and the heir of King Girion of Dale. The king was killed by the talking dragon Smaug. The character plays a greater role in the second film, and is somewhat reminiscent of the action-hero exploits of Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn, I'm told.
While some people have been speculating for months that Leonard Nimoy or even Bill Nighy would get to voice Smaug the Dragon, the role has officially gone to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.
Again from Deadline's report:
After reporting today that Luke Evans will play Bard in the Peter Jackson-directed The Hobbit and wondering who'll voice the dragon Smaug, Deadline can now tell you that it will be Benedict Cumberbatch. He'll portray Smaug via motion capture. He is already on the picture, providing the voice of the character Necromancer.
While this will come as no great surprise, since Cumberbatch's involvement in the film had already been revealed a few weeks back at the BAFTA awards, when his Sherlock co-star and The Hobbit's own Bilbo Baggins, actor Martin Freeman, let slip that Cumberbatch was going to film a part in the movie, it wasn't revealed which part it would be.
What's surprising, however, is that Cumberbatch (whom we'll soon see in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, as well as in the spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and HBO's five-part mini-series Parade's End is also voicing another character: the Necromancer.
In The Hobbit, the Necromancer is another name given to a certain Lord of the Rings villain ... namely [spoiler alert] Sauron.

Jackman-WolverineWOLVERINE NEWS
Deadline reports that James Mangold has been chosen by both 20th Century Fox and star Hugh Jackman to direct WOLVERINE, the X-Men spinoff film, with negotiations soon to get underway for Mangold to take the job left vacant by Aronofsky back in March.
Mangold's the guy who directed the merely OK Knight and Day, which starred Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, but he also directed the great 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, as well as the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.
The director apparently beat out Warrior director Gavin O'Connor and Brooklyn's Finest and King Arthur helmer Antoine Fuqua for the job.
There's no word as to when exactly production will resume on The Wolverine, but with a new director now found, we hope it'll be shortly.
The Wolverine will see Logan finally embarking on his Japan adventure. This is THE Wolverine story we're looking forward to seeing, and we hope Fox will be able to re-create the same magic it brought back to the X-Men franchise with the just-released X-Men: First Class.

Transformer PosterTRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Paramount Pictures has just announced that their upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon will offer early 3D and IMAX showings at 9pm on June 28th, allowing moviegoers nationwide to be among the first to see the latest installment in the hit franchise, and the first to be shot in 3D. The movie will then open wide beginning at 12AM on June 29th.
Michael Bay has created an incredibly engaging and immersive 3D experience with this latest movie, one that will undoubtedly be among the most entertaining movie going experiences of the summer, said Paramounts Vice Chairman Rob Moore in an official announcement, Providing fans an opportunity to see it early in 3D is a great way to kick off the movies opening.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. When a mysterious event from Earths past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.

Star Trek comicSTAR TREK COMIC COMING
IDW Publishing and CBS Consumer Products have announced a brand-new ongoing comic book series to be based on J.J. Abram's rebooted Star Trek universe. Teaming with the film's writer/producer Roberto Orci, the new monthly series will tie into both the 2009 film and the upcoming untitled sequel.
Movies cost money. Lots and lots of money, says Orci of the new series, But comics give us unlimited budgets to take the crew of the Enterprise farther than they've ever been. Join us!
The comic book series will re-adapt episodes of the original television series in the "rebooted" canon, beginning with the series' second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before". That episode saw the U.S.S. Enterprise traveling to the edge of the galaxy, exposing two crewmembers to an energy field that causes them evolve into godlike beings. Fearing their increasing lack of humanity, Captain James T. Kirk decides that he must maroon them on a nearby planet before they become too powerful to stop. One of the afflicted crewmen is Helsman Gary Mitchell, a close personal friend to Kirk.
Specifically interesting to fans of the film is the fact that Mitchell has been one of the many characters speculated to appear in the upcoming sequel. While there's no assurance that this comic book version will mirror the episode to the point of his inclusion, it does make an upcoming film appearance less likely.
Incidentally, the planet on which Mitchell was marooned in the original episode was Delta Vega, the same world on which Spock leaves Kirk in the 2009 film. The original episode was also given a direct sequel in comic book form in the bizarre 1996 "Star Trek / X-Men" crossover, published by Marvel Comics.
The first issue slated for September, the upcoming comic book series arrives under the creative direction of Orci, writer Mike Johnson and artist Stephen Molnar. The first will feature covers from Tim Bradstreet (pictured below) and David Messina, plus four rare photo covers.

GREEN LANTERN OPENS
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Pictures' latest dip into the superhero movie pool with Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, has made an estimated $3.35 million from its midnight showings, which is a comparable number to what Fox's X-Men: First Class did in midnight screenings two weeks ago. By comparison, Marvel's Thor did $3.25 million in midnights, while Fast Five did $3.8 million.

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More information tomorrow!

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

Green LanternMOVIE WEEKEND
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. superhero pic Green Lantern is poised to win the weekend box office race, while 20th Century Foxs Jim Carrey starrer Mr. Poppers Penguins is bracing for a slippery ride.
Officially, Warner Bros. is saying Green Lantern should open between $50 million and $60 million domestically. Box office observers believe it will come in on the high end of that range, if not higher, and launch a new franchise, despite poor reviews.
Fathers Day has become a strong movie-going holiday for Hollywood as kids and dads look for something to do together. Green Lantern, based on the D.C. Comics character, could be a preferred choice, since its tracking best among males over the age of 25. Younger males are a strong second, followed by younger females who want to see Ryan Reynolds in the title role.
Mr. Poppers Penguins likewise hopes to be a favorite option on Fathers Day because of its family friendly storyline, but soft tracking has required Fox to readjust its expectations. The studio is now projecting that Penguins will open in the $10 million to $15 million range, a disappointing launch.
Fox says its financial exposure is limited since Poppers Penguins cost $55 million to produce. In much of the movie, real penguins were used, versus having to rely solely on special effects.
Warners has much more at stake financially, with Green Lantern costing $200 million to produce. The original budget was $150 million, but special effects and the 3D conversion drove up the price tag.
Green Lantern will need to do well overseas, where it rolls out in 15 markets this weekend, in addition to a strong domestic run. The good news: 3D is booming internationally.
Directed by Martin Campbell, Green Lantern features Blake Lively as the love interest and also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett.
Green Lantern opens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and will play in a total of 3,816 theaters over the weekend, including 2,711 3D runs. The film business will be watching closely to see how the movie does in 3D, after lower-than-usual turnouts for other 3D summer tentpoles.
Directed by Mark Waters, Penguins is about a divorced dad who redeems himself after a flock of penguins overtake his Manhattan apartment and life. The movie also stars Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll, Angela Lansbury and Philip Baker Hall. Penguins, based on the beloved 1938 childrens book, could prove a test for Carreys ongoing appeal.
One studio exec said he expects Penguins to do well internationally, where it begins a slow rollout this week, and on DVD.
Penguins was originally set to open in August, but Fox moved the release date up to Fathers Day weekend, incorporating the holiday into its marketing campaign (take "your pops" to see Popper's Penguins).
Among more specialized fare, Woody Allens Midnight in Paris continues to do so well that its expanding into a total of 1,038 theaters this weekend, the widest count of Allens long career. The film has earned more than $16 million to date.
Three documentaries open in limited runs, including Andrew Rossis Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times, featuring Times writer David Carr. Magnolia opens the film in two theaters in New York.
IFC Films opens Cindy Meels Buck, about legendary horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, in four theaters in Los Angeles and New York.
The third documentary opening is Screen Medias Jig, which follows the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

Darren AronofskyHOBGOBLIN
Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky is making his first foray into television, boarding HBOs high-profile Hobgoblin, a period drama written by Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and his wife, Ayelet Waldman.
The project, which is in development, revolves around a group of con men and magicians who, using their deception skills, help defeat Hitler and the Germans during World War II.
Le Grisbi Productions John Lesher and Adam Kassan will serve as executive producers, with authors Chabon (Wonder Boys, The Yiddish Policemens Union) and Waldman (Bad Mother, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits) set to co-write and executive produce.
Hobgoblin will be Aronofskys first filmed project since he left Foxs Wolverine sequel. That project was to be his follow-up to Black Swan, which grossed $332 million worldwide, but he abruptly exited Wolverine in March.

PACIFIC RIM
Variety reports that Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses) has joined Charlie Hunnam in director Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.The Legendary Pictures project sees a future Earth defending itself from attacking creatures. Day will play a professor in the film.
Travis Beacham wrote the script for the movie, produced by Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni. Filming will start this fall.
Pacific Rim is aiming for a summer 2013 release.

Green Lantern BandGREEN LANTERN PROMO
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (June 17, 2011) - EFX Performance, producers of performance bands worn by superstar athletes, announced the signing of a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. today with the unveiling of a custom Green Lantern EFX bracelet as a nod to the recently released blockbuster.
The first series of these specially designed performance bands were given to attendees at the Green Lantern premiere party on June 15, with the official, public rollout to begin Friday, June 17.
Future projects, as part of the licensing agreement, will also include custom-designed bands for DC Comics. The Green Lantern wristband is the first of many prospective DC designs; a retro Batman and Superman band are also on the horizon. EFX has also hinted at a special band for the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie.
The partnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment is yet another reflection of the surging popularity of EFX Performance's holographic technology, with this agreement coming on the heels of a recently signed licensing agreement with NASCAR. "EFX is very excited to partner with Warner Brothers and help not only generate awareness for some amazing projects on the horizon, but positively effect those wearing our technology," said Jim Ruschman, president of EFX Performance. "We're eager to unveil the stylish new concepts that are currently being designed."
For more information on all the bands available, go to http://www.efxusa.com/category/WBDC.html.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

Doctor WhoDOCTOR WHO SHELVED UNTIL 2013
The first concern on "Doctor Who" fans' minds when the BBC announced an additional 14 episodes of the series was when they might get to see them.
Showrunner Steven Moffat initially assuaged fears of a broken Season 7, but now it looks like the current run will be the last regular season until 2013.
A BBC reporter took to Twitter after BBC One Controller Danny Cohen spoke on the matter at an event, saying there won't be a full season in 2012, but a special anniversary run in 2013. (The seventh season of the current "Doctor Who" marks the 50th in the franchise's history.)
There's still no official word on how many episodes -- or specials -- will air in 2012, but Cohen reportedly assured that there would be some "Who" next year.

Jaime MurrayWAREHOUSE 13 SPIN-OFF
After a second-season finale that left the future of government agent Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) in doubt, Syfy's "Warehouse 13" is currently in production for its Season 3 launch on Monday, July 11.
Before that, though, the future of another character in the show, Helena G. (H.G.) Wells (Jaime Murray), became an object of speculation with reports of the possibility of a spinoff.
In the universe of "Warehouse 13" -- a government facility in South Dakota stuffed with objects from history that have often-dangerous supernatural powers -- Wells is the sister and inspiration for her brother, Charles Wells, who wrote the famed H.G. Wells stories.
Recruited as an agent by an earlier incarnation of the Warehouse in the late 19th century, Wells let her grief over her daughter's murder get the best of her and was "bronzed" and imprisoned. Released in the 21st century, her destructive acts put her back into captivity.
But it's tough to leave a good character in cold storage.
Says Jack Kenny, the executive producer and showrunner of "Warehouse 13," "Myself and one of the other writers, Bob Goodman, went in to talk to Syfy about spinning off H.G. and basically doing a series with her as an action hero/Sherlock Holmes in 1893 England.
"They really loved it. They loved the character. They love that whole world of steampunk. We're developing it now. We had one meeting. We pitched it to them; they loved the idea. They told us to come back and pitch some more specifics and stuff.
"Then, all of a sudden, it's in the press, and we're doing it. I'm like, 'Whoa, guys, wait!' I was getting calls from the ministry in Toronto, saying, 'Will you shoot it up here?' 'Shoot it? We haven't even finished pitching it!'"
Among the issues to be worked out is how to film a period series on a cable budget.
"I don't know how we do all that," Kenny says. "My guess is it would be harder to do that as a location shoot. We'd have to have some big stages and build some sets that could be modular and put together for various parts of London and England and things like that."
But it's early days, and Kenny might change his mind.
"I don't know necessarily that it would happen in London," he says. "We could have her come to New York and work there, because I've been reading books about that period, and it's fascinating and wonderful. We can play with history, anyway, so why not?"
Kenny says a final decision could come fairly soon.
"No decision can be ever be made until the script's in, and they see it," he says. "We're probably meeting with Syfy at the end of this month to have what they call a 'creative commencement' meeting, where we seriously talk about episode ideas, pilot ideas, the arc of the series, the characters.
"We've pitched sketches of all those things to get them interested, but now we're in the deal-making process and then in the commencement process. By the end of the summer, we should know pretty much what's what. We wrap [on 'Warehouse 13'] July 25, and then Bob and I are both free to write our little hearts out."
As for how he would work on two series at once, Kenny says, "Oh, I don't know. My heart is in 'Warehouse 13,' so I'd find a way to do both."

Nolan-BatmanTHE DARK KNIGHT RISES
SPOILER WARNING!!!
According to Hitfix, Liam Neeson shot a scene on Monday in London as Ra's al Ghul for the third film in director Christopher Nolan's epic Bat-trilogy. Neeson played the role in Nolan's first Caped Crusader adventure, 2005's Batman Begins, where he first tried to recruit Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) into the mysterious League of Shadows and then became his enemy in the battle for Gotham City's survival.
Ra's was presumably killed in a fiery train crash at the end of that film, but as fans of Batman comics know, the character in the books is essentially immortal and can resurrect himself by submersion in the dangerous chemical pool known as a Lazarus Pit.
Does this mean that Nolan is finally delving into the weirder, more supernatural aspects of the Batman universe after keeping his first two films grounded in reality? Not necessarily. It's not clear whether Neeson was filming some sort of flashback or a scene as a resurrected Ra's.
But we do know that the production went to a remote part of India during the early days of shooting, where a leaked photo appeared to show what could be a Lazarus pit on the set. We also know that actor Josh Pence (The Social Network) was cast as a young Ra's in the film, and the betting money also still says that Marion Cotillard is playing his daughter Talia (disguised as a Wayne Enterprises board member named Miranda Tate).
Of course, Warner Bros. Pictures is silent on all of this, as they are with anything regarding Nolan's Batman films. We have just over a year to find out what it all means, since The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20, 2012.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
In the latest TV spot for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, they try to take advantage of our emotions. John Turturro gives a somber intro, saying, "Years from now they're going to ask, 'Where were you when they took over the planet?'" Wait, what? Who's taking over the planet? A new alien force, that's who!
Sam Witwicky's got a gun, and he's not afraid to use it! The world's going to hell in a handbasket in the latest Transformers TV spot, and it's got Shia LaBeouf on edge. Unknown forces are trying to take over the world, and his girlfriend is missing. The kid is under some serious stress.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens in theaters on June 29 and co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich and Ken Jeong. Yes, Ken Jeong has somehow found his way into another summer blockbuster.

Russell CroweMAN OF STEEL
Russell Crowe is in talks to play the role of Jor-El, Superman's Kryptonian father, in director Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel.
Variety reported that the Australian actor has been approached for the role, adding that producer Christopher Nolan wanted a heavyweight star to take on the part. Other actors who had been considered included Sean Penn and Clive Owen.
The role was originally played in 1978's Superman by Marlon Brando, who made headlines by earning $3.7 million for approximately 13 minutes of screen timethe biggest payday ever for an actor up to that point.
Brando was also supposed to appear in 1981's Superman II, but a dispute between him and the producers led to his scenes (as a recording of Jor-El that Superman accesses in the Fortress of Solitude) being rewritten for his mother, Lara (Susannah York). The scenes were reinstated for the 2006 release of director Richard Donner's cut of Superman II.
Speaking of Lara, Latino Review reports that an offer has been made to Connie Nielsen (who co-starred with Crowe in Gladiator) to play that part in Man of Steel. If she and Crowe sign on, they'll join Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Michael Shannon (General Zod) in the production, which starts shooting this summer for a December 2012 release.

World War ZWORLD WAR Z
Brad Pitt has started filming director Marc Forster's thriller World War Z in Valletta, Malta.
Pitt stars in the Paramount release opposite Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, Ed Harris and Julia Levy-Boeken. The film is based on Max Brooks' best-selling novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies. Brooks -- the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft -- wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map.
Our own J. Michael Straczynski has written the screenplay for this one.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011

Myth TrioMYTH
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Avatar director and star (James Cameron and Sam Worthington) are in talks to come aboard a project called MYTH that 20th Century Fox is looking to pick up. Almost nothing else is known about it, except that it's been pitched by a writer named Will Staples, and it's a big action/sci-fi adventure. Although Staples has penned or co-authored several yet-to-be-produced scripts already, his day job is writing video gamesin particular, a little series you might have heard of named Call of Duty, which happens to be one of the best-selling games of all time.
Now here's the catch: Cameron is interested in being an executive producer on the project, and not directing, while Worthington is also attached as a producer, not a star, although it's probably reasonable to assume that he would end up appearing in the movie. Also getting in on the action is Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who has his name on this thing as a producer as well.
The project is in the very early stages of development, so all the players involved could change over time. But Staples must have made one heck of a pitch to get Hollywood heavyweights like Cameron, di Bonaventura and Worthington involved even as just producers.

Avenger PosterTHE AVENGERS
We already know how Captain America's costume has been altered for the big screenbut what will happen to Hawkeye, the archer played by Jeremy Renner, who we've only seen so far in a brief cameo in Thor?
A promo poster for The Avengers has been unveiled in connection with the Licensing International Expo, which begins today, and it shows off the entire team, including the previously uncostumed Hawkeye.
Yeah, we know it's a drawing rather than a photo, but still, it gives an idea of the hero's on-screen look.
The Avengers will hit theaters May 4, 2012.

Super 8SUPER 8
FX has acquired the commercial television rights to Paramount's Super 8, the J.J. Abrams-Steven Spielberg team-up.
The male-skewing network will air the film in late 2013 or early 2014.
Super 8, starring Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning, centers on a sleepy town in Ohio and a group of friends who make a super-8 film by the train tracks -- capturing a mysterious creature that escapes and wreaks havoc.
Super 8, which has received positive reviews, debuted atop the domestic box office, taking in $37 million in its first weekend.
This comes after the cable network snagged Fox's X-Men: First Class, starring Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
FX has been on a roll, acquiring rights to Disney's Tron: Legacy, Sony's The Green Hornet, Paramount's Rango and Warner Bros.' The Hangover Part II.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

INDIANA JONES TURNS 30
Thirty years ago on Sunday (June 12), Harrison Ford's most most iconic character, Indiana Jones, made his debut in 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
The role put him on the map. Or more on the map since he was an integral part of the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Ford ended up reprising the Jones role three times -- in 1984, 1989 and 2008.
And, stay tuned Indy fans, because Ford (now 68) may be making a fifth appearance as Jones. According to Shia LaBeouf, who co-starred with Jones in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," Ford recently hinted that he's staying in shape because he fully expects a call from George Lucas.
"I talked to [Harrison Ford]," LaBeouf tells MTV News. "He said he's staying in the gym, he said he's heard no word, but he does know that [George Lucas] is out there looking for a MacGuffin. He said he's staying in the gym, so it means [the movie is] not so far off."
In "Raiders of the Lost Ark," Ford played Indiana Jones, a mild-mannered archaeology professor who -- for kicks -- took a sabbatical to save the Ark of the Covenant from falling into Nazi hands. The character had swagger to spare and more than a little skill with a whip. He was smart, funny, vulnerable and -- at times -- a total idiot. We loved him.
The movie was a watershed moment for director Steven Spielberg, whose previous movie -- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" -- was respected, but hardly a cultural phenomenon. Spielberg teamed with "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to rekindle the genre of adventure serials, a staple of their cinema-going youth. Hence the big-time music score, the map with dotted lines tracking the action as Jones ping-ponged around the globe and, of course, the larger-than-life premise.
It worked. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was a smash hit at the box office and snagged a Best Director Oscar for Spielberg.

GREEN LANTERN
Warner Bros. Pictures has released another TV spot and a fourth featurette for Green Lantern.
Opening June 17th, the Martin Campbell-directed action adventure stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan.

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Cowboys & AliensCOWBOYS & ALIENS AT COMIC-CON
Comic-con has officially arrived. The once indie fan boy/girl fest held in San Diego annually that has become increasingly mainstream in recent years will host the world premiere of the highly-anticipated summer blockbuster "Cowboys & Aliens."
The movie is set for a July 29 nationwide release and stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in a sci-fi/western crossover about gunslingers who make a stand against aliens who attempt a takeover of the Old West.
"The worldwide premiere of 'Cowboys & Aliens' will be at Comic-Con," director Jon Favreau tells the Los Angeles Times. "And not only are we going to premiere it there, we're going to find a way to include as many of the fans as possible. I feel like they've come out for me, they've supported me."
Favreau's directing credits include both "Iron Man" movies -- big-time fan favorites at Comic-Con, fans capable of generating the buzz needed to push anticipation for a movie from ho-hum to hyperdrive.
"[Comic-Con's] where it all started, and I want to give back," Favreau said. "They should have the opportunity to see it first."
On Sunday, Favreau debuted nine minutes of footage from the movie at the Hero Complex Film Festival.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) 9 p.m.
Series premiere! In this new ABC Family series, Chloe King dies on her 16th birthday and then comes back to life. It's only the beginning for the pretty teen, who discovers she's suddenly got special powers and that she's a descendant of an ancient race of protectors. But someone's after her, and they plan to kill her as many times as it takes. If you've been missing the Kyle XY of it all, this may be for you.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011
ALPHAS
You've seen shows about teams of superheroes before, and you've seen shows about seemingly ordinary people who can do amazing things.
But you may not have seen a show about a team of people who can do amazing things, but also has to share a drab office suite and take a minivan to the scene of their latest case. That's what you'll get with "Alphas," Syfy's new series about five regular/extraordinary people recruited for their brain-stretching capabilities.
The extensive preview -- from Zap2it -- "Alphas" tweaks the superhero genre a little by giving its characters at least semi-plausible abilities and forcing them to deal with the more mundane aspects of working for a super-secret part of the Defense Department. It's a novel approach, aided in no small part by the presence of David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen, an expert in "alpha" phenomena who both gives the team its assignments and tries to protect them and help them harness their abilities.
The series also stars Malik Yoba, Laura Mennell, Ryan Cartwright, Azita Ghanizada and Warren Christie. Zak Penn and Michael Karnow created it.
"Alphas" premieres at 10 p.m. ET July 11. This looks pretty cool!
http://www.zap2it.com/videobeta/713d7c39-37a3-4cea-9fd1-c89d105b1b16/Entertainment/-Alphas-The-lowdown-on-Syfy-s-newest-heroes

DOCTOR WHO
The first half of Doctor Who season six is almost over in the U.S. and Canada (one more episode to go this Saturday!), but it's already over in the U.K. And the BBC has released a bone-chilling teaser promoting the return of the series in the fall.
Since we *ahem* presume that most of you haven't seen "A Good Man Goes To War" yet, we won't spoil anything by talking about this pivotal episode here. But this short teaser doesn't spoil the big game-changing elements that take place in the mid-season finale, so fear not.
Though this first teaser is quite short (as are all teasers, by definition), it's effective and carries a good measure of doom with it, as it appears that ''Time Runs Out" for the Doctor and his companions come next September ...

Damon LindelofDISNEY MEETS LOST
Disney is going into business with Damon Lindelof, one of the showrunners of Lost.
The studio is making a seven-figure deal for Lindelof to write and produce 1952, an original sci-fi family adventure film.
Lindelof is taking a page out of the mystery-building he learned while making Lost and from the handbook written by Super 8 pal J.J. Abrams and is not revealing any details about the project.
The writer has parlayed his work on Lost into a thriving feature screenwriting career. He worked on Comboys & Aliens with Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci and is working with the duo on a new Star Trek script. Lindelof also rewrote Ridley Scotts Prometheus.

Danny GloverTOUCH
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Danny Glover has been cast in Touch, Foxs likely midseason drama starring Kiefer Sutherland.
From Heroes creator Tim Kring, the drama pilot revolves around a father (Sutherland) and his autistic and mute son (David Mazouz) who can predict events before they happen.
As first reported by TV Line, Glover will play Arthur DeWitt, a professor who works with gifted children.
Kring penned the script and is executive producing with Sutherland, Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin for 20th Television and Chernin Entertainment.
The drama marks Krings first series since Heroes and Sutherlands first since 24. Production on Touch will begin soon now that Sutherland has completed his run on Broadway in the revival of Jason Millers That Championship Season.
Glovers most recent TV credits include episodes of Human Target, My Name Is Earl and an arc on Brothers & Sisters.

GREEN LANTERN
With just over a week until Green Lantern hits theaters, another TV spot has come online that showcases a number of new scenes.
Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on June 17, the Martin Campbell-directed action adventure stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan.

ELYSIUM
According to Variety, the cast for Elysium, Neil Blomkamp's follow-up to his hit District 9, continues to grow with Mexican actor Diego Luna (Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien) now in talks to join Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Jodie Foster in the sci-fi thriller.
The movie which is set to start filming this summer for release on March 1, 2013 involves a battle between aliens and humans, and if he signs on, Luna would play the best friend of Damon's character, Julio.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

Walking DeadWALKING DEAD
Frank Darabont might be worried that budget cuts could hurt the second season of The Walking Dead, but the zombies we just saw shambling toward us don't seem to be worried at all.
This new pic doesn't reveal any of the regular cast, not unless someone's died in the space between seasons and has so putrefied that we no longer recognize them. But the zombies are the true stars anyway, right?
The 13-episode second season of AMC's surprise hit will premiere in October. We can't wait!

Super 8SUPER 8
The Spielbergian vibe given off by Super 8 gets stronger with each new poster and every additional piece of footageand the latest poster is no exception. Not that that's a bad thing.
Yes, we know, J.J. Abrams is the director here, and Steven Spielberg is acting as producer, but if we'd seen this poster with no name attached, we'd have called it as a Spielberg film all the way.
Super 8 hits theaters June 10.

STOKER
According to Variety, there's been a lot of competition to play the male lead in Old Boy director Park Chan-wook's English language debut Stoker, which already has Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Nicole Kidman on board, but it looks like British actor Matthew (Watchmen) Goode has beat out would-be frontrunners Colin Firth and James Franco for the role.
The film is a thriller about a teen girl (Wasikowska) mourning the death of her father who then encounters a mysterious uncle she had never met, played by Goode.
Working from a screenplay by Wentworth Miller and with Tony and Ridley Scott producing, the South Korean filmmaker will be working in English for the first time with Fox Searchlight already on board to release the movie.

Punk FarmPUNK FARM
MGM looks to be getting back into the animation game for the first time since 1989's All Dogs Go to Heaven as they've picked up the rights to adapt Jarrett J. Krosoczka's children's book Punk Farm into an animated film with The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman at the helm.
Scripted by Jim Hecht (Ice Age: the Meltdown) and David Stern, it will be only MGM's second in-house project since reemerging from their bankruptcy with Prada Studios handling the animation.
The story revolves around five barnyard animals who form an underground rock band.
Besides directing and producing episodes of "The Simpsons" television series, Silverman was also a co-director on DisneyPixar's Monsters, Inc. and director of The Road to El Dorado.

Vampire AcademyVAMPIRE ACADEMY
Preger Entertainment has acquired the film rights to Richelle Mead's New York Times best-selling book series "Vampire Academy" (Penguin/Razorbill Books). In its first week of publication, "Spirit Bound," the fifth book in this series, achieved a New York Times and USA Today #1 best-selling series ranking, while simultaneously debuting as the #1 best-seller in Australia and New Zealand.
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.
"This spontaneous viral event has exploded all across the internet," comments Preger. "Finding an epic story like this for adaptation is one thing, but to then discover this mass market audience, that's growing exponentially, who are eagerly awaiting --- even demanding --- a film be produced, is something very compelling."
The "Vampire Academy" series has sold well over 3.5 million copies domestically and 1 million copies internationally. It has now been published in 34 countries including the United Kingdom and Australia. The sixth and final book of the series is scheduled for release in December 2010. Based upon the series worldwide acclaim and success, Penguin/Razorbill has ordered a spin-off series scheduled to begin in 2011, continuing the series into the coming decade.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

Lawrence FischburneCSI CHANGES
Laurence Fishburne is leaving CBS' procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation after two and a half seasons, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Emmy-winning actor opted not to renew his deal to continue on the series.
In one of the richer casting deals on TV, Fishburne replaced William Petersen when the latter left the show in December 2008.
But the once-top-rated show has seen its ratings drop since Petersen left, posting its lowest-rated season finale ever last month (11.4 million viewers, 2.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo).
At its upfront presentation last month, CBS announced that it would be moving the show from its longtime Thursday 9 p.m. slot in the fall. In its place will air J.J. Abrams' new drama Person of Interest.
CSI will instead air at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
As THR first reported, when Fishburne most recently renewed his deal to stay on the show, the contract covered only the 2010-11 season.

TOUCH
According to the Hollywood Reporter, David Mazouz has been cast opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Foxs likely midseason entry Touch.
Reports confirmed that Mazouz will play Jake, Sutherlands autistic and mute son who can predict events before they happen. He also serves as the narrator for the series.
Tim Kring (Heroes) penned the script and is executive producing with Sutherland, Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin for 20th Television and Chernin Entertainment.
The drama marks Krings first series since Heroes and Sutherlands first since 24. Production on Touch will begin soon now that Sutherland has completed his run on Broadway in the revival of Jason Millers That Championship Season.
Mazouzs credits include the Lifetime telefilm Amish Grace and episodes of CBS Mike & Molly as well as ABCs Private Practice.

DaredevilDAREDEVIL REBOOT
With X-Men: First Class having successfully relaunched its X-Men franchise, Fox is turning its attention to the reboot of Daredevil, the blind but sonar-powered Marvel superhero last played on screen by Ben Affleck in 2003.
Brad Caleb Kane, a writer-producer on cult Fox TV show Fringe, has been hired to pen the franchises relaunch, which has high ambitions: Kane is being asked to adapt one of the most influential and acclaimed comic stories of all time, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchellis "Born Again" run from Daredevil.
Fox is tackling the project with Regency.
David Slade is developing and attached to direct the new Daredevil movie. Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark of Chernin Entertainment are producing.
While Kane only has one produced feature to his credit -- he worked on the crime drama Brooklyns Finest -- the scribe has gained a following around town for that strong script. He worked on DreamWorks View-Master movie, a Richard Pryor biopic that has Bill Condon attached to direct, and a draft of The Historian, Columbias planned adaptation of the Elizabeth Kostova vampire novel.
Kane is a Daredevil fan, and his energy and passion for the material helped him nab the job, according to insiders.

CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel has released new TV spots for Captain America and they're FILLED with new footage. One of them even includes a face off between Cap and the Red Skull! The promos really play up Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) All-American persona, plus his can't stop, won't stop attitude. Seriously, the guy doesn't know when to quit.
The tagline for the movie is "Discover the man behind the legend" and they really hammer it home. In all three videos they show Steve Rogers literally go from a puny wannabe to The First Avenger.
This will be our first glimpse at what's to come when he appears in The Avengers. Can you imagine the conversations that him, Tony Stark and Thor will have?
Captain America: The First Avenger opens in theaters everywhere July 22.

NOAH
Darren Aronofsky looks to be finally moving towards production on Noah, his epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story of Noah and his ark. Deadline has the story, explaining that the Black Swan director is looking for backers for the film's proposed $130 million budget.
With Aronofsky's script undergoing rewrites by John Logan, it's likely a matter of studio backing as to whether or not Noah becomes his next project. His name has also been associated with Human Nature, Machine Man and several other projects.
Meanwhile, the film that he recently departed, The Wolverine, is still looking for a replacement director.

Matt SmithDOCTOR WHO NEWS
When the head of the BBC and the guy running Doctor Who say that Matt Smith will be back next season, you can pretty much take that to the bank!
And that's exactly what happened today. First BBC programming chief Sam Hodges tweeted that Doctor Who would be back next year with 14 new episodes.
Showrunner Steven Moffat followed immediately with a tweet of his own, confirming that Smith would be back for another 14 episodes and adding: "I've got a plan and I'M NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS."
When those two guys say that Smith and the show will both be back for the seventh season (or series, as the Brits call it) of the modern-day Who, we'd say that's pretty much confirmed, wouldn't you?
Meanwhile, the first half of this year's series ends this weekend on a major cliffhanger, with the next six episodes to air this fall. But once that's over, fans will be able to relax and enjoy the break, because the Doctor is definitely coming back in 2012!

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

FRIGHT NIGHT
There wasn't much of David Tennant in the first Fright Night trailer. We're finally getting to see a bit more of the former Doctor Who in this second new trailerwhich he rocks bigtime.
It's really great to see David Tennant in action, and from what we've seen in this second trailer, we can pretty much assume that the former 10th Doctor may very well pull a scene-stealing act in director Craig Gillespie's filmwhich wouldn't surprise us in the least: Tennant's charisma here shines even brighter than the former Doctor's last regeneration sequence did (Doctor Who's "The End of Time: Part Two").
Plus, there's that whole "let's kill something" line, which reminded us of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Spike. Priceless.
Which kinda makes the rumors we reported last week about Tennant becoming the main star of a possible sequel even more likely to be true. But we still have to wait and see how the movie performs at the box office before we get any kind of confirmation about any eventual sequel.
Fright Night opens up in theatres Aug. 19, 2011.

SUPER 8
Super 8 will be hitting theaters in the U.S. and Canada Friday, so Paramount has hit us with a creepy new trailer. This trailer is slightly more disturbing than the previous ones ... (no) thanks to the military.
In the background of one shot, an officer leans over a traumatized civilian and asks, "I don't want any more trouble, do you?" In the foreground, we see a doctor drawing a needle. This implies that the military is doping the poor guy to keep him from talking.
It won't surprise us if the monster is only ONE of the antagonists that our heroes have to worry about.
And spoilers are something that Paramount has worried about for months now. We have no idea what this monster looks like and what it's capable of; from this trailer, we only know it's huge, terrifying and has a Godzilla-like howl.
Considering the security on Super 8, we're also curious about Paramount's decision to stagger its release dates.
Audiences in the U.K. will have to wait until Aug. 5 to see the movie, by which time every spoiler about the movie will have circumnavigated the Internet. For a movie as spoiler-free as Super 8 has been, a staggered release date kind of lessens that impact.
But if the movie is as terrific as its trailers have suggested, people will flock to the cinema, even if they've ... oops ... accidentally downloaded it in June.

E3: STAR TREK VIDEO GAME
Paramount Digital Entertainment has released, at E3, the trailer to the upcoming Star Trek game. The release, set to hit in the summer of 2012, is one of the first licensed properties to spin-off from J.J. Abram's rebooted Trek canon, as featured in the 2009 film.
The game, coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, will feature an original story and "unprecedented" co-op experience, casting players as Kirk and Spock for the first time ever.
Star Trek features an original story by BAFTA award winner and God of War writer Marianne Krawczyk, in collaboration with the writers/producers of the new Star Trek films, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
The game is under development by Digital Extremes (BioShock 2, Unreal Tournament, Dark Sector, The Darkness II), working closely with Bad Robot, K/O Paper Products and Damon Lindelof and published by Paramount Digital Entertainment through a license with CBS Consumer Products. Star Trek will be available in stores in 2012.

GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS, the 11th film in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, is AVAILABLE TODAY -- JUNE 7, 2011 -- from Warner Home Video on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download.
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, and distributed by Warner Home Video, GreenLantern: Emerald Knights weaves six legendary stories of the Green Lantern Corps rich mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy. As the battle approaches, Hal Jordan (voiced by Castles Nathan Fillion) mentors Arisia (Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss) in the history of the Green Lantern Corps, telling tales of Avra (the first Green Lantern) and several of Hals comrades including Kilowog, Abin Sur, Laira and Mogo. In the end, Arisia must rise to theoccasion to help Hal, Sinestro and the entire Green Lantern Corps save the universe from the destructive forces of Krona.
Below are links to an action-packed clip featuring Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps battling Krona and his evil forces.
Here is the link for the animated film clip:http://dam.dvs.tv/view/GreenLantern/GLEK_HalAttacks_hd
http://dam.dvs.tv/view/GreenLantern/GLEK_HalAttacks_sd

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: Part 2
Though they may have been overshadowed by the "Twilight" madness at the MTV Movie Awards, there were some "Harry Potter" stars in attendance! Tom Felton took home the Best Villain award, and Emma Watson was on hand to introduce the very first clip of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
"On behalf of the enormous cast of 'Harry Potter,' thank you to all of our amazing fans for all of the support over the years," Watson said. "You guys ahve made this the most crazy incredible ride, so tonight, I'm very proud to bring you an exclusive sneak peek of the final movie. Ladies and gentlemen, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
The clip introduced showed Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) finally stepping up before Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) to accept defeat... or so it seems, as Voldemort casts the Avada Kedavra killing curse on our bespectacled hero.

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TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN
After months of anticipation, the official Breaking Dawn trailer hit the Internet on Sunday afternoon.
In the clip for the fourth installment in Summit's Twilight Saga franchise, Breaking Dawn -- Part 1, fans are treated to a glimpse at the wedding invitations for Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) as well as a tiny peek at Bella's wedding dress and veil and Jacob's (Taylor Lautner) reaction to the news.
It also alludes to the events that set up the final showdown between the Cullen clan and the Volturi in the final installment in the film franchise, Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.
While "stolen" trailers have leaked online in the past few months, this is the first official trailer for the movie, which opens Nov. 18. The clip will have its on-air during Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.

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SUPER 8
J.J. Abrams' Super 8 has been shrouded in mystery, but on Sunday night, the director gave MTV Movie Awards viewers a new sneak peek at the film.
Abrams -- along with executive producer Steven Spielberg and stars Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney -- introduced the clip during the MTV Movie Awards.
The video starts out with six kids shooting their own movie at a train station, where a train suddenly crashes and sets into motion a series of mysterious events.
Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills also star in the film, which opens Friday.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011

X-Men: First ClassWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
"X-Men: First Class" got off to a solid start at the box office Friday (June 3), earning an estimated $21 million on its opening day.
Friday's figures (which include $3.4 million in midnight screenings) put the movie, which has earned mostly positive reviews, on pace for a weekend take in the $50 million-$55 million range. That's in line with most forecasts and the expectations of studio 20th Century Fox, which was hoping for something similar to the $54 million the first "X-Men" movie made back in 2000.
"X-Men: First Class" is the only big new release this weekend, and so far it's leading the pack by a pretty wide margin. Last weekend's leader "The Hangover Part II" took a pretty steep (and not unexpected) drop, earning $9.3 million on Friday.
"Kung Fu Panda 2" ($6.2 million), "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" ($4.9 million) and "Bridesmaids" ($3.5 million) rounded out the top five on Friday.

Transformers TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is all grown up in the latest clip from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The last time we saw him, he was entering college. Now fast-forward two years and he's attacking the workforce. Or should we say, it's attacking him. Literally.
Michael Bay just released a new clip/mini-trailer from Dark of the Moon that shows us Witwicky's new life. He's got a new girlfriend and a low-level job at a fancy corporate office. But you know the old sayingthe more things change, the more they stay the same. Robots are still out to kill him!
Do you remember that scene in Revenge of the Fallen when every appliance in Sam's kitchen turned against him? Well, that happens again, but this time it's in his office. If you thought copy machines sucked before, wait until you get a glimpse of this!
On another note, Bumblebee is still a huge part of Sam's life. There's a little quip at the end of the video where a smart-mouth soldier asks Sam, "How's your car now?" And it shows Bumblebee run up behind him, transform in midair and cue up his blasters while Sam smugly replies, "That's my car."
Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens everywhere June 29.

Walking DeadTHE WALKING DEAD
During a roundtable interview with TV showrunners sponsored by the Hollywood Reporter, The Walking Dead head honcho Frank Darabont expressed his concern that AMC might slash the show's budget for its second seasondespite the show being the biggest original series success ever for the network.
Darabont said, "Creatively I have no complaints thus far. But I believe if they do move ahead with what they're talking about, it will affect the show creatively ... in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?"
Darabont wasn't alone in his fears, with Boardwalk Empire producer Terence Winter saying that his hit HBO series was also looking at budget cuts.

GREEN LANTERN
A full, minute-long clip from GREEN LANTERN has arrived, thanks to Yahoo! Movies, offering a look at the world of Oa and Hal Jordan's first flight as a member of the Corps.
Hitting 3D and 2D theaters on June 17, the Martin Campbell-directed action adventure stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011

James ArnessJAMES ARNESS PASSES AWAY
Actor James Arness, who played the gunslinging marshal Matt Dillon on TV's "Gunsmoke" is dead at 88. According to the Los Angeles Times, the actor died of natural causes.
The death comes just a year after Arness' equally famous brother, "Mission: Impossible's" Peter Graves, died of a heart attack.
The 6'-7" inch Arness played the straight-shooting law man on TV for 20 years until the show was canceled in 1975. He reprised the role in four made-for-television movies and then went on to star in the mini-series "How the West Was Won."Arness played in over 60 movies during his career, including a number of science fiction features. One of my favorites was THEM.
Arness was born in Minnesota in 1923 and served in the Army and worked as a radio announcer before pal John Wayne helped him land the "Gunsmoke" role. He is survived by his wife, three sons and three grandchildren.
A message on Arness' official website asks that donations be made in his name to United Cerebral Palsy, a cause he vigorously supported.

DefianceDEFIANCE
We've played plenty of sci-fi games, and we've watched plenty of sci-fi TV shows, but we've never played/watched any sci-fi games/TV shows so deeply enmeshed that what happened in one affected the other. But that's about to change, and even better, Farscape's Rockne O'Bannon is going to be a part of it.
Syfy has teamed up with gaming publisher Trion Worlds to create DEFIANCE, the world's first massively multiplayer online game that's also a scripted live action television series. (Or should that be vice versa?) The open world shooter game will debut at E3 2011 in Los Angeles next week.
According to the HollywoodReporter:
Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and Syfy viewers to a world ravaged by decades of conflict, where humans and aliens live together in a world the likes of which no one has seen. The game combines the frenetic action of a top-tier console shooter with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. The game's story will take place in the San Francisco bay area, while the TV series will be set just outside of St. Louis, MO. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence and evolve each other over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.
But it's the participation of O'Bannon that has us most excited, because he's been working with both the game developer AND the creative team behind the TV series for the past two-three years to help develop the storyline and mythology of both.
Though the game will be demonstrated live for the first time ever next week on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 at Trion's E3 2011 booth, the release date for the TV series and MMO game has yet to be announced. But we're REALLY looking forward to playing an MMO that lets us affect the plot of a TV show.

Justin LinNEW UNIVERSAL SCI-FI PROJECT
Universal has acquired an untitled sci-fi crime thriller project from Bobby Glickert, a former assistant turned burgeoning filmmaker. Scott Stuber and Fast Five helmer Justin Lin are producing.
Glickert wrote the outline for the pitch and will direct. He'll also be a producer. The studio will search for a writer to pen the screenplay.
The pick-up brings additional heat to Glickert, who was a P.A. on Transformers and Iron Man, then acted as an assistant to Lin on Fast & Furious. In between, he directed a couple of short films: the action-tinged The Descendent and the horror tale Road to Moloch.
Glickert jumped up several rungs last July when he, with Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners attached as producers, set up a spec sci-fi project at Paramount. That untitled project is still in development.
The new projects details are being kept secret but speaking to Heat Vision, Lin said: Taking a step back, as a viewer, the tone and the gritty approach to the sci-fi genre taken here is something that hasnt been seen in a while.
Insiders say the project is in the vein of the Michael Mann crime thriller Heat and the Jason Bourne spy-action movies.
Lin said even when Glickert was an assistant, they always talked about projects. Weve always shared information and wanted to be part of something we could start from the ground up.
Part of the appeal for Lin and Glickert is to work with people of like minds in a fun and creative environment, something that doesnt always happen in the corporate culture.
When this project gets going, this core group is going to be poeple whove I worked with and whos hes worked with, said Lin. And this will be good to do on a studio film.
The project was brought into Stuber Pictures by Nick Nesbitt and Michael Clear, with Jon Mone overseeing for the company. Jeff Kirschenbaum and Jay Polidoro will shepherd for the studio.

Masi OkaTHE CORRECTORS
Masi Oka is teaming up with writer Alex Sabeti (Art of Cool) on an Inception-esque pilot script for Syfy.
The Correctors follows two agents of the Exceptions Bureau who are dispatched to a parallel universe where they inhabit the bodies of their identical selves in order to stop events from occurring.
The time-travel elements and changing the course of history were key in the plot of NBCs now-defunct Heroes, where Oka played a Hiro Nakamura, who could bend the space-time continuum.
Sabeti and Oka developed the story and Sabeti will write the script with Masi executive producing and possibly starring. Sabeti and Oka are repped by UTA and The Collective, which will executive produce the project along with its clients.
Project is being developed at Universal Cable Productions.
Osa has had a recurring role on CBS Hawaii Five-0 this season.
Syfy has become a player in ad-supported cables scripted arena. Last Januarys bow of Being Human was the nets most successful winter scripted series since Battlestar Galactica in 2005. The show, an adaptation of the popular BBC series, averaged 1.9 million viewers per episode.
In July, Syfy will launch a new Monday-night scripted block with new seasons of Eureka, Warehouse 13 (Syfys most-watched series averaging 3.4 million viewers last season) and new drama Alphas, while Haven returns Friday, July 15.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

Daniel CraigBOND 23
We at least know one thing about the next James Bond movie: It will arrive in American theaters on Nov. 9, 2012.
MGM and Sony have announced the release dates for the film, which is currently known only as "Bond 23." It will debut in the U.K. and Ireland on Oct. 26, 2012, and open to the rest of the world two weeks later.
We also know that Daniel Craig will once again be playing James Bond, that Sam Mendes is directing and that "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace" writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, as well as John Logan ("Gladiator," "Rango") worked on the screenplay. Javier Bardem was approached for a starring role (as the bad guy, perhaps), and figure Judi Dench to reprise her role as M.
As for anything resembling a detail about the movie's story (or even its title), the Bond camp continues to do an excellent job of keeping things secret.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
What starts off as a cure always turns into a crime against humanity. That's a basic plot point that pops up in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. A new trailer has been released, and it explains how James Franco's obsession with science and a monkey screws up life for the rest of us.
The trailer shows Franco giving a presentation on something he calls "The Cure." He then decides to bend the rules and experiment on a chimp named Caesar. The animal grows up in his home and begins to learn at an alarming rate. He likes to read, write and color, and eventually he's just as smart as some humanseven smarter.
The organization that Franco works for eventually takes Caesar and places him with other apes, which doesn't go over well. He was raised by humans, so in comparison his new neighbors seem a littleuncivilized. So what's a super-smart monkey to do? He breaks out! And he takes some drugs and a few buddies with him.
Compared to the first Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer, this one makes the movie look a lot more interesting. We know it's wrong that Caesar's leading an ape revolt, but you can't give someone the good life and then take it away. He was living in the lap of luxury then forced into a cage.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters everywhere on Aug. 5.

Teen WolfTEEN WOLF
TEEN WOLF premieres Sunday on MTV. The series creator, Jeff Davis, mentions Spider-Man, Buffy and The Lost Boys as his inspiration for MTV's new werewolf series. He even embraces the show's namesake, Michael J. Fox's 1985 comedy Teen Wolfalthough he's quick to point out the differences.
"I take my cue from the Spider-Man comics I loved as a kid," said Davis in an exclusive interview. "He was a teenager, first and foremost, falling asleep in class because he was out busy getting pictures of his alter ego, Spider-Man, to sell to the newspaper in order to live and afford his life. I mean, it's great when normal life always kind of interferes with the supernatural one, with the life of the hero. It's a challenge to constantly ground things in reality, but I think it makes the show better. I always loved Buffy for that reason as well. They did such a good job with the fact that she was a high school student. And every now and then they were able to remind us when Willow said, 'Hey, I have a final. I can't go out and kill vampires."
Davis pitched rebooting Teen Wolf to MTV because he felt vampires had been done to death. No one was interested in doing a straight comedy about werewolves, so Davis recommended mixing in a bit of The Lost Boys, the Kiefer Sutherland 1987 vampire flick, which had a darker tone laced with comedy.
If all this talk of vampires is concerning, not to worry. Davis promises vampires are one thing the young werewolf bitten hero, Scott McCall, won't have to deal with. "First off, there are no vampires and there will be no vampires. That is a rule I have made. And ask me that again after five seasons. Second is that for me it's a real Romeo and Juliet story," he said.
The Romeo and Juliet of it all involves Scott's instant attraction to the new girl in town Allison Argent, played by Crystal Reed. Once Scott gets bitten and his wolfy powers begin to take hold of him, he starts to get faster, stronger and have enhanced senses. That makes him a sudden star on the his high school lacrosse team, much to the dismay of the previous star, Jackson (Colton Haynes), and much to the interest of Allison. The problem is that Allison's dad, Mr. Argent (Stargate SG-1's JR Bourne), is a werewolf hunter, and that's a huge problem for a teen who suddenly realizes that he's become a werewolf. The other major players in the series are the werewolf who bites Scott, Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), Scott's best friend Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) and popular girl with a secret Lydia (Holland Roden).
According to Davis, Scott has to ask himself, "'How am I ever going to be with the girl I'm completely in love with while her father is trying to hunt me down and kill me?'" he said. "It gives us a lot of room to play with teenage themes within genre and that is the greatest thing about genre. Sci-fi itself always does best when it is a future story commenting on present problems. Those are the things we're going to do."
It adds up to a brand new world for Davis, who also created the CBS hit, Criminal Minds. When it comes to that episodic series, "it was fun to do a show where I could use all my fascination for psychology in it. I could talk about Criminal Minds, but this is the more interesting one. It's werewolves and it's teenagers and it's a thriller. It was also a chance to do a serialized show. People ... tell me it feels like chapters in a book, and I get to do cliffhangers at the end of every episode that make you breathless for the next episode," he said.
"Telling a full story in 12 episodes and keeping all these plotlines in the air and then tying them together by the end so you felt like it was a complete story, that has been a challenge. I have a great writing staff to help out with that, which is very nice. But it also has been a challenge to marry teenage stories with a genre story, because partly as a writer you need to remember that these are still teenagers, they still go to school and as a teenager every day is the end of the world. Emotions are heightened and as a genre writer I just want to get to those fast-paced action scenes. But nobody's going to care about the fast-paced action scenes until they care about the characters. So we have spent time on that. It's a balance of telling real teenage stories with the great genre elements that I love, [as well as the] action scenes with werewolf fighting and having blood and guts and gore," he said.
Davis also promises that there's a "really good mystery" at the center of it all. "There's twists and turns and allegiances won and people betraying other people. So it's a real character drama, but a mystery as well. And it's a big thriller too," said Davis.
The other thing you can expect are some surprises when it comes to the werewolves themselves. There will be more than one type of werewolf, especially noticeable when it comes to Scott's new werewolf and Derek's older werewolf. "And then we have some other surprises in store too for other kinds of werewolves."
So far MTV has been happy enough with what they've seen that they've actually pumped more money into the production, which seldom happens in TV land. "They're giving us a lot of confidence, which is great."
Davis has big plans for the series which, if he has his way, will last several seasons. "I have an idea for three seasons and I think as a writer you don't want to overwhelm yourself by looking too far, but three seasons, definitely. I already know what the theme of the second season is going to be."
What it adds up to is a project that Davis is thrilled about and one he hopes you'll check out. "People should tune in because they'll be surprised by what they find. They may have one notion of what Teen Wolf, the movie, is, but I think Teen Wolf, the TV series, will surprise them. So they should tune in to see what we've done," he said.
Teen Wolf's two-part premiere begins on MTV on Sunday after the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at 11 p.m., and then finishes up in its regular timeslot on Monday at 10 p.m.

GREEN LANTERN AND CASTLE
Don't miss a great interview with Nathan Fillion from GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS and CASTLE here atNathan Fillion.

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

The EventTHE EVENT NEWS
Nearly three weeks after NBC formally canceled its freshman science fiction thriller, "The Event," it now appears that the show might not be completely dead after all.
Deadline reports NBC sister network Syfy is currently in talks to resuscitate it as a miniseries -- and possibly add on another season if the mini performs well.
There's still a lot to consider for the network and producers at Universal Media Studios. A move to Syfy would greatly decrease the budget, and every day the show stays dead, the more cast members enter commitments to other opportunities.
Plot-wise, the series does have a lot of loose ends to tie. The Season 1 finale explained what "the event" was, carefully mentioning that it hasn't actually happened yet. But there's a more important thing to consider here: Is this really the felled show from the last season we want to see get a pardon from the proverbial governor?
"The Event" never really rocked in the ratings, and though it went out on a comparatively high note, it still only averaged 4.57 million viewers and a 1.5 in the adults 18-49 demo.
And was "The Event" ever actually that... good? Even by sci-fi standards, the story seemed frazzled and contrived. We can think of a handful of stronger, better performing canceled series -- just not ones that would fit on Syfy.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is almost here! If you're one of those people who are obsessed with everything Edward and Bella, you're going to love this. The first glimpse of their highly anticipated wedding has been released and it's even more overdramatic than we imagined.
The 2011 MTV Movie Awards will debut the first scenes from Breaking Dawn: Part 1, which will include the vampire and his human girlfriend's walk down the isle. The whole Cullen clan will be there showing their support and looking as ghostly as ever.
A preview clip of the clip (if that makes sense) has popped up online and it only shows bits and pieces of the bride, but we get a full shot of Edward grinning from ear to ear. Judging from his smile you can tell that he's been waiting for this moment forever. Or in his case, almost 200 years ... give or take a few.
You can watch the full scene when it airs during The MTV Movie Awards on Sunday June 5. Jason Sudeikis will host the event and something tells us that vampires and werewolves are going to rule the ceremony.

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY
A new action-packed Torchwood: Miracle Day feature clip has been released by Starz, and it's really, REALLY explosive.
Despite the focus on how action-packed the upcoming 10-part sci-fi series will be (if you're doubting this, listen to the stars telling us so over and over again), the clip is also a nice little behind-the-scenes featurette giving us a look at new bits and scenes.
While we're being promised thrills, helicopters, explosions, car chases, poisoning, assassins and even the occasional bit of drama and fun here and there (as you'll see in this video), we hope this new opus from executive producer and creator Russell T Davies will turn out to be as mind-blowingly awesome as Children of Earth was.
Lightning could strike twice ... right?
Torchwood: Miracle Day will explode on our TV screens July 8, 2011, at 10 p.m. on Starz.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

SupermanCOMPETING SUPERMAN PROJECTS
It has been six years since our last SUPERMAN movie. MAN OF STEEL is scheduled for releasein 2012, but thanks to a bizarre legal battle, there could be TWO Superman projects up and running by 2013.
Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, is scheduled to come out in December 2012. But less than a year after that, according to Variety, certain rights pertaining to the character will revert back to the families of Superman's original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Notice we said "certain rights." Not everything will belong to Siegel and Shuster's heirs. That's because, the way this has played out legally, everything that the pair invented for Superman before they began working for DC Comics will be owned by their families. Everything they came up with for the Superman mythology after DC starting paying them will still belong to the comics giant (which is owned by Warner Bros. Pictures).
As a result, the Siegel and Shuster estates will own the rights to Superman's costume, as well as his ability to "leap tall buildings in a single bound." Other iconic aspects, like his ability to fly and most of his rogues' gallery, including arch-nemesis Lex Luthor, came into being under the DC Comics umbrella and therefore belong to the company.
Starting in 2013, the families and Warner Bros./DC could both proceed with their own Superman movies. However, a Siegel/Shuster movie would essentially be based around elements created in 1938, before they began working for DC, while a Warner Bros. movie would be based on what the article calls the "modern Superman." A 1938 movie could not show Superman flying, while a "modern Superman" film would not have access to the classic costume.
The lawyer for the Siegels and Shusters, Marc Toberoff, is aggressively pursuing an appeal to establish who owns what, while WB/DC is suing him, claiming that he has destroyed the relationship between the company and the families.
So unless this gets sorted out somehow, Man of Steel could be the last "true" Superman movie we ever see. Sequels may or may not be able to feature Kal-El in his trademark costume, while a separate set of movies could introduce a costumed Superman in 1938, unable to fly, battling whatever criminals Siegel and Shuster created before DC starting cutting their paychecks.

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FRIGHT NIGHT
An old AC/DC song warns you to "lock up your daughter, lock up your wife, lock up your back door and run for your life, the man is back in town." That's actually not a bad plan after viewing this smokin' scene with a leering, bloodthirsty Colin Farrell showing his true fangs.
Vampires truly live charmed lives. Check out this clip from DreamWorks for the upcoming '80s horror remake Fright Night. Farrell's seductive vampire, Jerry Dandridge, has a little heart-to-heart chat with his teenage neighbor, Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin), sharing his private dirty thoughts about his "ripe" girlfriend and hot single mother. This guy's not at all shy about his feelings.
And here's the official plot synopsis:
"Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he's running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he's so cool he's even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there's something not quite right--but everyone, including Charlie's mom (Toni Collette), doesn't notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic."
Seems like that delicate balance of humor and fear that made the first film a guilty pleasure has a strong pulse. But could this be a case of the old "NGR" (Not as Good as you Remember) rating that coagulates on many remakes of the '70s and '80s?
The original 1985 film, starring Chris Sarandon, toyed with the innocent sexuality in a tamer way, but here the hormones drip with 21st-century antici ... pation. Farrell seems to be channeling his real-life Irish bad-boy image, and he tears into the role with obvious gusto.
Fright Night screams into theaters Aug. 19.

Justice LeagueJUSTICE LEAGUE
According to Heat Vision, DC finally made it official that it is relaunching their entire comics line with 52 first issues.
And leading the charge will be the launch of even longer-rumored Geoff Johns-Jim Lee collaboration on Justice League. The team-up is noteworthy as Johns is the CCO of DC Entertainment and one of the top writers in the comics business, writing such books as Green Latern and The Flash; Lee was one the industrys top artists before most of his time was taken by his current duties as DC Comics co-publisher.
Bleeding Cool has been looking under every rock for clues and tips on possible titles and creative teams while Comic Book Resources, which dangles the possibility of a new Superman comic written by Grant Morrison in its rundown, also talks to retailers to dissect the ramifications of this historic renumbering.
Relaunching a title with a new No. 1 sees a jump in sales but in most cases its a short-term effect. And Marvel is guilty of renumbering titles all the time only to fall back, a year or two later, to the previous numbers. Is DC really going to ignore Detective Comics issues which are running in the 880s and restart the comic?
And will this help stem the erosion of readers from the ailing comics industry?
Tune in this September.
This image is from John and Lees Justice League that is tantalizing comicdom today.

Sam WaterstonMORE AS THIS STORY DEVELOPS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Law & Order vet Sam Waterstonhas has joined the cast of Aaron Sorkins cable news pilot at HBO.
The project, tentatively titled More as This Story Develops, revolves around Will (Jeff Daniels), the co-anchor of a cable news show who must contend with a new team after his fellow host lands a new gig and takes most of his staff with him. Waterston will play Wills boss.
Waterston joins Olivia Munn, who will play Sloan, one of the new breed of sexy financial analysts with a show on Wills network; and Alison Pill, who is set as Maggie, one of Wills loyal associate producers who is in a shaky relationship with another staffer on the show.
Daniels role was originally written as a fortysomething and marks his first regular series TV gig.
Alan Poul (Six Feet Under) recently joined the project as an executive producer alongside Sorkin and Scott Rudin (The Social Network), and will direct episodes should the pilot go to series.
Waterston, who played Jack McCoy onLaw & Order from 1994-2010, is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.

CARS 2
The third clip from DisneyPixar's CARS 2 has been released. Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 24, the sequel features the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Joe Mantegna, Peter Jacobson, Thomas Kretschmann, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Lloyd Sherr, Paul Dooley, John Ratzenberger, Jenifer Lewis, Michael Wallis, Katherine Helmond, John Turturro, Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard, Bruce Campbell, Michel Michelis, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Lewis Hamilton and David Hobbs.

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Peter JacksonTHE HOBBIT NEWS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Peter Jackson's two upcoming movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit have now been given official names and release dates.
The first of the two films, which are currenly being filmed back to back in New Zealand, will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when it arrives in theaters via Warners on Dec. 14, 2012.
The sequel, which will follow on Dec. 13, 2013, will be known as The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
The two prequels to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy follow the adventures of Bilbo Baggins -- to be played by Martin Freeman, with Ian Holm reprising his role as the elder Bilbo -- in his quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug.
The sprawling cast includes a number of other Rings veterans: Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey; Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast also includes Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O'Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.
Jackson has written the screenplays along with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro, and he is also producing with Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham. The exec producers are Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner, with Boyensserving as co-producer.
The movies are productions of New Line and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warners is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM.

SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
The trailer for Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids: All the Time in the World has been revealed. Dimension Films will release the family action adventure, starring Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, in 3D and 2D theaters on August 19. The fourth installment is described as follows:
On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don't want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn't know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case - Marissas a retired secret agent.
Marissa's world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she's called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world's most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blow gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it.

MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011

Hangover 2X-MEN: FIRST CLASS REVIEW
Below is a review of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS:
Much as Casino Royale rebooted the James Bond franchise in a fresh and dynamic way, X-Men: First Class injects new blood into a franchise that, for all its profitability, had become blandly anemic. In fact, roughly the first half of this massive and very well cast origins extravaganza is arguably the best hour of Marvel Comics-derived filmmaking among the torrent of it that's cascaded across screens in recent years. Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy, this is a surefire summer winner for a wide global audience.
The spectre of Bond actually hovers over this British-flavored production in a number of ways, all of them beneficial: The 1962 setting shot through with Cold War tensions conjures up the political moment at which 007 was born cinematically, the hardware and style harken back to an earlier high-tech era that looks quaintly beguiling today and Michael Fassbender as Erik, the future Magneto, cuts a dashingly ruthless figure that can only have been patterned on Sean Connery in the early Bonds. First Class is comprised of an enormous stew of elements and influences but head chef Matthew Vaughn has stirred things so as to make them not only digestible but quite tasty.
Departing from the backstory of the comics, the new yarn, devised by Sheldon Turner and original X-Men director Bryan Singer and written by Thor co-scenarists Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz along with Jane Goldman and Vaughn, pivots on an alluringly fanciful proposition, that the real events of the Cuban missile crisis had a shadow history involving manipulations by figures whose super powers put those of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. to shame; it's as if JFK, Khrushchev, Castro, the CIA and the combined armed forces of the East and West were mere puppets doing the bidding of unsuspected Olympian gods, the most spiteful of whom desire nothing less than human extermination.
Not inaptly, then, it all begins (as did Singer's original 2000 X-Men) at Auschwitz, where young Erik, challenged to display his magnetic powers, sees his mother gunned down by the heinous camp doctor (Kevin Bacon), an event that dictates all his actions from then on. In the more benign setting of Westchester, New York, two kids, Charles and Raven, exhibit odd characteristics of their own that, nearly two decades later, will put them in the forefront of the mutant movement.
Like the most peripatetic of 1960s globe-hopping thrillers, the early stretch of First Class hardly stays put for more than a moment, jumping all over the worldGeneva, Oxford, Las Vegas, Argentina, Miami, Washington, D.C.--in the service of introducing an enormous number of characters and delineating their unique powers. Under the circumstances, director Vaughn impressively maintains a strong focus dedicated to clarity and dramatic power; while Erik scours the world for stray Nazis (his confrontation with two of them in a tavern on the pampas is an early highlight), Charles (James McAvoy) achieves academic prominence and, with Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), is recruited by the CIA with the eventual aim of assembling a Division of Mutant Powers.
Even though a lot of the early material is set-up, it nevertheless develops surprising momentum and tension. The malevolent doctor Erik remembers from the concentration camp now resurfaces as Sebastian Shaw, who has developed an extraordinary capacity to absorb, harness and deploy energy, while his fabulously sexy partner in crime, Emma Frost (January Jones), not only has extreme telepathic ability but possesses an optional indestructible diamond veneer. When Erik tracks them down on board their yacht and seems on the verge of fulfilling his vengeful 18-year quest, his quarry escape in a manner befitting the best of the Bonds.
Once the loner Erik decides to join forces with Charles under the auspices of an offbeat CIA honcho (Oliver Platt) and an adventurous agent (Rose Byrne), the film takes on more the air of a standard-issue Marvel effort as mutant youngsters are trained in hiding to master their unusual powers; they are Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Alex/Havoc (Lucas Till), Sean/Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Armondo/Darwin (Edi Gathegi) and, for a while, Angel (Zoe Kravitz). The problem here is not only familiarity but that, unlike the other characters, these kids seem resolutely 21st century, not early 1960s; one of them even says whatever. Another drawback, a likely victim of an overcrowded roster of characters, is that two swarthy henchmen of Shaw's are not even given the benefit of an introduction, much less anything to play.
Still, once Emma Frost penetrates the inner sanctum of the Soviet military and the enormity of Shaw's scheme becomes clear, the film takes off again with a fantastical rendition of an American/Soviet naval confrontation off Cuba trumped by the manipulative antics of battling telepathic mutants on board an ultra-futuristic plane and a stealth submarine.
Vaughn orchestrates the mayhem with a laudable coherence, a task made easier by a charging, churning score by Henry Jackman that, much as that of his mentor Hans Zimmer did in Inception, helps smooth the connections among rapidly changing locations and events. A few of the effects in the climactic section don't quite measure up, but the visual effects by veteran wizard John Dykstra are mostly terrific. Top-drawer contributions are also delivered by production designer Chris Seagers, costume designer Sammy Sheldon and cinematographer John Mathieson.
The cast is almost absurdly easy on the eyes and is most powerful at the top, thanks to the intense Fassbender, who will now need no audition if Daniel Craig decides to give up Bond after another picture or two. McAvoy is forced to spend a bit too much time with his hand to head summoning telepathic signals but nonetheless conveys the intelligence and sobriety required for the future Professor X. Bacon is formidable as the former Nazi who aspires to far greater power than Hitler could ever dream of, while Jones dazzlingly projects the arrogance of maximum beauty and invulnerability. As the naturally blue-skinned, red-haired and yellow-eyed Raven/Mystique, Lawrence is at her most appealing when conveying an ashamed insecurity about her natural looks, which she can conceal with a human facade. A vulgar cameo by a certain hirsute character provides a hearty laugh.

Hangover 2WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Not only did Warner Bros. The Hangover Part II score the best opening of all time for a comedy at the domestic box office, it grossed the most of any R-rated film in its first five days.
Hangover, debuting last Thursday on the eve of the long Memorial Day weekend, earned $137.4 million through Monday. That beats the $134.3 million earned by WarnersThe Matrix Reloaded in its first five days.
The movies performance marks a milestone for Hollywood, proving that comedies can become summer event pics, and do as well as superhero franchises. In addition to breaking several key records, Hangover also nabbed the fourth-best opening ever for Memorial Day.
Overseas, Hangover also soared, opening to $59 million from 40 countries--thee times higher than the first Hangover and bringing the sequel's global bow to almost $200 million. Hangover grossed $16.4 million in the U.K., the best ever launch for a U.S. comedy, as well as the top opening of 2011.
Back in the U.S., Matrix Reloaded still retains the crown for top opening for an R-rated film when comparing weekend earnings for the two titles. Matrix Reloaded grossed $91.8 million over the Friday-Sunday stretch, while Hangover grossed $86 million.
Its difficult to make exact comparisons since Matrix Reloaded didnt open over Memorial Day. The movie debuted May 15, 2003, a Wednesday.
Whatever the case, Hangover is squarely No. 2 in terms of all-time best opening for an R-rated film.
All told, Hangover opened to nearly $200 million at the worldwide box officenot bad for a sequel that cost $80 million to produce. Warners financed the pic with Legendary Pictures.
So, could a third Hangover be on the way?
"We'll see," director Todd Phillips recently told the Associated Press. "It's about audience's desire to see it, and how well this one does, and if these guys are up for taking another trip and doing something (expletive) crazy."
Said star Bradley Cooper, "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. There's no rush."
For now, he is impressed with the film's success thus far. Asked by the AP if he feels pressure to top the success of the first film, Cooper said: "The pressure I felt was to make a great movie, and I believe we made a great movie. That's the pressure. Whether the audience is going to like it or not, it's out of our control. We've done everything we can to make a movie we're proud of. I think it's certainly better than the first movie."

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO
The Red Band trailer for director David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has started playing in theaters internationally and has been leaked on YouTube. The domestic trailer for the film will officially be released on Thursday, June 2nd.
Hitting theaters on December 21, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, David Dencik, Alexandra Daddario and Goran Visnjic.
The movie is based on Stieg Larsson's posthumously published crime thriller trilogy, "The Millennium Series."

SUPER 8
Another clip for J.J. Abrams' SUPER 8 has come online that shows more footage leading up to the train wreck.
Hitting theaters on June 10, the film stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills. In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

HOLIDAY MARATHONS
Memorial Day 2011 weekend is here and while we should all take time to thank a veteran and active servicemen and women, it also means for us TVphiles - lots of good programming. So either settle in with some popcorn or make sure your DVR is ready to go.
There are movie marathons. Syfy has "Star Trek" movies all weekend. TCM and AMC are showing nothing but military movies, including classics like "All Quiet on the Western Front," "From Here to Eternity" and "Patton."
If marathons are your thing, you've got everything from "Firefly" and "Doctor Who" to "House Hunters" and "How It's Made." And if you're a sports fan, while the NBA playoffs are on hiatus, you can still watch a ton of baseball, the 2011 French Open or the annual Memorial Day race the Indianapolis 500.
Here are just a few selections you may be interested in:
SUNDAY
BBC America: "Top Gear," 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the next day
Sci: "Firefly," 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Slueth: "In Plain Sight," 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Syfy: "Star Trek" movies, 11 a.m. to midnight
TCM: Military movies, midnight to midnight ("Flight Command," "Fighter Squadron," "Hell to Eternity," "From Here to Eternity," "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Sergeant York," "The Deep Six," "They Were Expendable," "The Story of G.I. Joe," "Battleground," "Tell It to the Marines")
USA: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: SVU," 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MONDAY
A&E: "Criminal Minds," "Breakout Kings," 7 a.m. to midnight
AMC: Military movies 2 am to 5:40 a.m. the next day ("Twelve O'Clock High," "Patton," "The Longest Day," "Midway," "The Dirty Dozen")
BBC America: "Top Gear," 8 a.m. to midnight
Chiller: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Twilight Zone," Stephen King movies, midnight to midnight
SCI: "Oddities," "How It's Made," 3 a.m. to midnight
Sleuth: "Law & Order: SVU," "Royal Pains," 1 a.m. to midnight
Spike: "Star Wars," movies 9 a.m. to midnight
Syfy: "Star Trek" movies, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. TCM: Military movies, 2 am to 6:30 a.m. the next day ("Ashes to Diamonds," "The Paratrooper," "Screaming Eagles," "Objective, Burma!," "The Green Berets," "Kelly's Heroes," "The Devil's Brigade," "A Bridge Too Far," "The Best Years of Our Lives," "Since You Went Away," "The White Cliffs of Dover," "Homecoming")
TNT: "Law & Order," 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
USA: "NCIS," 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011

THE HOBBIT NEWS
Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom has joined the cast of Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit movies -- even though his character, the elf Legolas, doesnt appear in J. R. R. Tolkiens original novel.
Jackson announced the casting in a Facebook post Friday.
Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas," he wrote. "Im excited to announce today that well be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. Im thrilled to be working with Orlando again.
Jackson is currently directing the two-movie adaptation in New Zealand.
He helped catapult Bloom to stardom by giving him his first major film roles as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Looking back, Jackson wrote on his Facebook page, "I look older and he doesnt! I guess thats why he makes such a wonderful elf."
The Hobbit movies, which have been in the works for 14 years, has faced a series of setbacks.
In 2005, Jackson filed suit against New Line Cinema, claiming he had lost revenue from merchandising, video, and computer games releases associated with The Fellowship of the Ring and was no longer attached to The Hobbit.
Three years later, director Guillermo del Toro signed on but dropped out in May 2010 due to scheduling conflicts.
Jackson was confirmed again as director in October 2010, but union disputes in New Zealand threatened to relocate filming to Europe. In January, Jackson underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer, delaying shooting further.
On March 21, it was announced that shooting had begun in Wellington, New Zealand. Jackson also posted two images of himself on his Facebook page hanging out on set.
Actors Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis are reprising their roles from Rings in the prequel, which centers on Bilbo (Freeman) finding the supernatural ring and passing it on to his nephew, Frodo (Wood).
The first of the two movies is planned for a December 2012 release and the second is expected a year later.

JACK THE GIANT KILLER
New Line Cinema and Legendary Pictures announced today that principal photography is underway in London for Bryan Singer's 3D epic action adventure Jack the Giant Killer, starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor.
Jack the Giant Killer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Hoult), into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend�and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
Hoult and Singer recently collaborated on the Singer-produced X-Men: First Class, opening next week. Jack the Giant Killer also stars Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle; Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger, Julie & Julia) as the deceitful Lord Roderick; Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, HBO's "Deadwood") as the besieged King Brahmwell; Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as the giants' leader General Fallon; and Ewan McGregor ("Star Wars") as palace guard Elmont.
Singer will direct from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney, story by Darren Lemke & David Dobkin. The film will be produced by Neal Moritz, David Dobkin, Bryan Singer and Patrick McCormick.
The creative filmmaking team includes Singer's longtime collaborators, director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel (X-Men, Superman Returns) and editor John Ottman (X2, Superman Returns). The production designer is Gavin Bocquet (Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith).
Jack the Giant Killer is filming on location in and around London, and is scheduled for a June 15, 2012 release by Warner Bros. Pictures.

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Jeff ConawayJEFF CONAWAY PASSES AWAY
Below is information from the Hollywood Reporter:
Jeff Conaway, the troubled actor of Taxi and Grease fame whose addiction problems were well chronicled for years by reality TV and the media, has died, his manager, Phil Brock, confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 60.
He was taken off life support Thursday (May 26) and died Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Encino, nine days after being put into a medically induced coma. He was surrounded by his sisters, nieces, nephews and ministers.
"We loved Jeff as a person, respected him as a consummate performer and entertainer. Somewhere in heaven, somebody is getting a hickey from Kenickie," Brock said. "On a darker side, we're happy his personal struggles are now over. We do not have memorial plans yet. The family has asked for forbearance and privacy today. It's a very difficult time.
"Our staff has been with him through his struggle over the last few years," Brock adds. "He is one of the nicest, kindest people. The most gentle person, and that may have been his downfall in the long run. He was a really nice guy in general, a person who would give the shirt off his back for anyone. He loved and lived to be on stage and entertaining others."

Many readers have written in about the sadness they feel about Jeff Conaway's passing. He was a good actor and leftan impression on B5 fans as Zack Allen. However, he was also a kind and gracious convention guest. Those who werefortunate enough to meet him said he was thoughtful and appreciated attention from fans.

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Alicia VikanderWORLD WAR Z NEWS
THE long talked-about film adaptation of World War Z, a 2006 novel by Max Brooks, appears to be gathering momentum.
Swedish rising star Alicia Vikander (pictured) may be set to play Segen in the Plan B Entertainment Production, reports horror site Bloody Disgusting.
Pitt, who heads up Plan B, will be headlining a roster with the likes of Mireille Enos (The Killing, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - Broadway) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Eagle Eye) in this post-apocalyptic zombie tale.
World War Z follows Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a United Nations employee who travels the world in an effort to stop the spreading epidemic and save the human race.
Calling the shots will be Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster with veteran writers J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Superman Earth One) and Matt Carnahan (The Kingdom, State of Play) penning the script.
Early reports have cited budgeting and other issues as cause for early delays, but with actors in place and a June shoot date it looks like this may just be the next big zombie flick.

Conan-MomoaCONAN THE BARBARIAN
Conan The Barbarian hasn't ransacked a single theater yet, but Jason Momoa is already hinting at magical plot elements for future sequels.
In an interview with Empire Online, Momoa offered his predictions for Conan 2 and 3 and promises a sleeker, more panther-like hero than Arnold's immortalized armored tank physique. In preparation for the iconic character, he studied the actions of big cats and incorporated their natural aggressive tendencies into his performance:
"We wanted to make him nimble. He's a product of his environment. He's not out there squatting tree trunks and dead lifting boulders."
Momoa says to anticipate Japanese-style stance work and bloody samurai combat action reminiscent of old Kurosawa films. And regarding the wealth of shadowed wizardry and black arts woven into the original Robert E. Howard source material, the lion-locked star says to not dismay:
"There's a lot of magic and sorcery in the Conan stories but they wanted to steer clear [of including] too much of that because of Clash Of The Titans. They have a little bit of the sorcery in there with Marique (Rose McGowan) but I'm sure in Conan 2 and 3 there's going to be a lot more of that."
Momoa's confidence is obviously high. Conan The Barbarian swings into cinemas in 3D on August 19th.

Dark TowerTHE DARK TOWER
Here's the scoop on THE DARK TOWER. The script and the budget are out of whack, and the production has been delayed. Director Ron Howard has finally opened up about the film's recent troublesincluding Javier Bardem's (sort-of) casting.
In a recent interview, Howard revealed that yes, production on The Dark Tower has been pushed back, but they've got a new start date! Instead of fall 2011, they're looking to get things going early next spring.
Howard said, "We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward." That's great from a production standpoint, but what about the cast?
For months, Javier Bardem has been rumored, then confirmed, then rumored again to play The Dark Tower's Roland. So, is he or isn't he? According to Howard, he iskind of. "I can't really say who'll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest." Javier, sign on the dotted line already so we can get this party started!
If you're wondering about the television aspect of this saga, Howard revealed that the actors in the film and TV show will definitely be the same. He also said there's a method behind his madness. There's a reason he's jumping from the movie theater to television screens.
"There are elements of The Dark Tower saga that are more personal and can be best dealt with on television," Howard continued. "TV allows you to roll out details of the characters in a more methodical way."

GREEN LANTERN
Pull up a chair, everybodyTomar-Re (Geoffrey Rush) is about to tell us a story. In the latest Green Lantern trailer, the alien gives a history lesson on the Lantern Corps, the Guardians of the Universe and their super-exclusive power rings.
We think this trailer was created specifically for people who know nothing about the Green Lantern comic. The first half of it is pretty much a bio of how the Lantern Corps came to be and why Hal Jordan's (Ryan Reynolds) a significant character. They also touch on Parallax and the most dangerous color of the rainbowyellow!
It also looks like Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) is being possessed or having his life force drawn out. In this movie, that guy really goes through it, doesn't he? He has a face only a mother could love.
It's no secret that the power rings can create whatever the Lantern thinks of (usually weapons). But in the trailer we actually see a few vehicles thrown into the mix. An old school car gets driven through a building and a tank is shown shooting off major rounds. We wonder what else those rings will do in this movie?
The Green Lantern opens in theaters everywhere on June 17.

Bill NighyTOTAL RECALL REMAKE
Bill Nighy is in negotiations to join the cast of Total Recall, Columbias Colin Farrell-led remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie.
The film, which starts shooting in June in Toronto and will be directed by Len Wiseman, also stars Bryan Cranston as the villain, and Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel as the female leads. Ethan Hawke is on board for a cameo.
The movie ditches the Martian storyline from the original pic and instead involves nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai. Farrell plays Douglas Quaid, a factory worker in the latter who begins to believe he is a spy although he doesn't know for which side.
Nighy will play Quatto, the leader of the resistance. (In the 1990 movie, the character, called Kuato, was played by Marshall Bell with the conceit that the leader was actually a small mutant living off the human.)
Nighy has made a name in the geek community playing a vampire ruler in the Underworld movies and Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He can next be seen on the big screen as Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Nighy is repped by WME, Markham, Froggatt & Irwin and Jackoway Tierman.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

COWBOYS AND ALIENS
Daniel Craig's got a lot of problems in the new Cowboys & Aliens TV spot. He's lost his memory, a strange bracelet's attached to his wrist, and did we mention he lost his memory? Luckily for him, Olivia Wilde and her doe eyes are there to help him through it.
From the looks of it, Jake Lonergan (Craig) was dropped out of the sky with a new piece of snazzy jewelry. It has a mind of its own, and it's caught the attention of a young woman named Ella (Wilde). He wants to know what happened to him, and she wants to know where he got his arm candy.
This whole TV spot is filled with Wilde giving Craig some positive reinforcement. If aliens abducted you, wiped your memory and kidnapped your girlfriend, you would need some words of encouragement, too.
According to Ella, they have one major advantage against their enemiesthey underestimate him! We're not sure what that means, but we assume Jake's a lot more badass than he's letting on.
Once Jake gets his head on straight he'll be unstoppable. At one point in the TV spot, he's shown taking charge and rallying the troops. He even asks Col. Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), "You ready to get your people back?" You bet he's ready! No one goes after Han Solo ... we mean Indiana Jones ... we mean Col. Dolarhyde's family and gets away with it!
Cowboys & Aliens hits theaters on July 29.

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY
Yesterday, we had a new TORCHWOOD trailer for you. Now we have the real trailer for you ... with more (and better) footage.
This trailer is longer than the previous one by 18 seconds. The best part of the new footage, seen in the last few seconds, is short yet punchy. Let's just say that Gwen Cooper, played by Eva Myles, confronts an unnamed CIA agent, played by Dichen Lachman (formerly Sierra of Dollhouse) about her heritage.

PRIMEVAL
The fifth season of the cool little sci-fi series that could, Primeval, may not be coming to North America just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't feast our eyes on the latest official, action-packed (and dinosaur-filled) trailer to make the wait a tiny bit more bearable.
The new trailer features a lot of action sequences, some wild dinosaur action, an awesome underwater scene pitting a dino against a submarine, some ewww-inducing cockroaches, as well as a dash of romance.
It also features the return of a season-four character we didn't think we'd see again, but we won't spoil the surprise for you by telling you who it is. Just take a look at the trailer and see for yourselves.
Seems like there's gonna be a lot of action during season five, and we really can't wait to see it!
The fifth season of Primeval starts tonight in the U.K. at 8 p.m. on Watch. Since the series will be re-shown later in the year on ITV (remember there was a partnership between ITV and Watch to save the series when it was originally canceled), we guess it should soon air on BBC America around the same time, so stay tuned.

X-Men: First ClassX-MEN: FIRST CLASS
The first reviews of X-Men: First Class are starting to emerge and the word is bordering on astonishing.
After X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, who could blame anyone for thinking this was another cheap cash-grab that was going to not be very good, to put it mildly. Apparently we should all act like Daredevil and have no fear, is the message that is telegraphing out.
Its a huge home run, says Collider.
HeyUGuys actually compares the movie to J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot and says, The talented screenwriting duo of Jane Goldman and director Matthew Vaughn have made a fantastic effort here to bring the '60s age of civil unrest and cold world paranoia successfully into a comic book milieu, and weave what is essentially a period, character-based (a term which dont normally spring to mind in such a genre) espionage thriller with big action spectacle thrills.
And you cant leave out Hitfixs very thoughtful first, um, thought: It uses your expectations about the genre to set you up one way, then time and again, reaches for something a little bit more perverse or a little bit more eccentric or a little bit more heartfelt X-Men: First Class is a genuinely good movie, not just a good superhero movie.
Many sites are singling out James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven and Nicholas Hoult as well; it seems like almost everyone is getting some love from some quarter, showing audiences could end up having their favorite moments and character.
The movie comes out June 3.

HoudiniNEW HOUDINI PROJECT
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Frank is in talks to come on board to write HOUDINI, Columbias project centering on famous escape artist and magician Harry Houdini.
Francis Lawrence is attached to direct while Jimmy Miller is producing via his Mosaic Media shingle.
While there several Houdini projects being developed in film and TV -- some supernatural, some in the vein of the recent Sherlock Holmes movie -- this one seems to be one of the more grounded. It sees Houdini striving to expose a troubled, beautiful spiritualist as a fraud. As he becomes obsessed with her, he starts to believe she's authentic, only to uncover what appears to be a tragic scam.
The studio has long been developing a Houdini project, attracting filmmakers such as Ang Lee, Paul Verhoeven and Robert Zemeckis over the years, but Houdini got a new act in March when Lawrence and Miller conjured up a fresh take.
One of the towns more respected scribes, Franks credits range from Steven Soderberghs Out of Sight to Steven Spielbergs Minority Report to the canine weepie Marley & Me. He is repped by CAA.

Edward James OlmosDEXTER NEWS
Edward James Olmos, best known for playing William Adama in Syfys Battlestar Galactica, has joined the cast of Showtimes Dexter, writes the Hollywood Reporter.
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor will play a brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies.
Olmos joins recently announced guest stars Colin Hanks and Mos, formerly Mos Def, in the new season.
Production on the sixth season of Dexter begins Wednesday in Los Angeles and will launch on Showtime this fall.
In addition to Battlestar Galactica, Olmos has starred in Miami Vice, Stand and Deliver, Selena, Blade Runner and the theater and film versions of Zoot Suit.
Guest actors on Dexter have most recently included Jimmy Smits, John Lithgow and Julia Stiles.

This Dark EndeavorTHIS DARK ENDEAVOR
Summit Entertainment has brought on Matt Reeves to direct and Jacob Estes to write This Dark Endeavor, based on the first book of a series, "This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein." The novel, written by Kenneth Oppel, will be published by Simon & Schuster later this summer. Karen Rosenfelt will produce the film.
In This Dark Endeavor, Victor Frankenstein's twin brother, Konrad, falls gravely ill, leading Victor to seek out a mysterious old alchemist to help him produce the Elixir of Life, a fabled serum that will bestow the drinker with perpetual health. Faced with the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother, and aided by his best friend Elizabeth (whose relationship with both brothers grows increasingly complicated), Victor sets out on a quest for the three ingredients needed to save Konrad's life.
Reeves' recent credits include Let Me In, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chlo Grace Moretz and Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, which he wrote and directed, as well as the sci-fi thriller Cloverfield.
Estes wrote and directed Mean Creek as well as The Details, starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production, Gillian Bohrer, Summit's Vice President of Production, and Ashley Schlaifer, Summit's Creative Executive, are overseeing the project for the studio.

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

THE MUPPET MOVIE
Here is our first peek at "The Muppets" movie.
Amy Adams and Jason Segel star as a couple who visits Hollywood only to have something go quaintly awry.
At some point, Muppets get involved -- as they are wont to do. All our old faves are here: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Beaker -- we think we even spotted Dr. Teeth (of Electric Mayhem fame) in the mix. And -- amazingly -- none of them appear to have aged a day since their late 1970s heydey.
The movie's due in theaters Thanksgiving weekend. I had forgotten how much I missed these guys!

Star Wars LegosSTAR WARS LEGO CREATION
We've all seen a ton of awesome LEGO creations over the years, but this 30,000-brick diorama that recreates the Emperor's arrival from Return of the Jedi is the awesomest yet.
Jay Hoff built this work of art for Science Discovery Day at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa.
And before you start complainingyes, we know there are some Clone Troopers mixed in with the Storm Troopers. But that doesn't make Hoff's feat any less impressive.

GREEN LANTERN
Here comes a new Green Lantern TV trailer, clocking in at 30 seconds. There's not much plot given away here, but with only minimal dialogue it manages to convey a dark danger that's threatening the world. And it looks ... exciting.
The first trailer for Green Lantern had me worried about the movie. Even Warner Bros. apologized for making us watch it.
But with trailers like this latest one, we've officially warmed up to the idea that Ryan Reynolds can do Hal Jordan justice and that Green Lantern can deliver the excitement that we're looking for in a movie based on DC's beloved comic-book series.
Green Lantern is hitting theaters on June 17.

Jurassic ParkJURASSIC PARK 4
Have you been hoping that Michael Crichton's dinosaurs would live on? Well, Sam Neill has some great news for you! He's willing to come back and reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant ...
... just as soon as both Crichton and dinosaur effects artist Stan Winston (both deceased) come through a time tunnel and announce that they're on board with another sequel.
Here's how Neill recently put it:
"I think we've told the story. I think it's done. ... Stan Winston who made those beautiful dinosaurs died. So, no Stan, no Jurassic Park really ... Crichton died too. ... I'll tell you what. If Michael Crichton time travels, writes the book [and] Stan time travels [and] reanimates dinosaurs, then absolutely."
Neill's genuine take seems to be that it would be borderline tasteless to continue the franchise without two of its most important creative forces. It's kind of hard to argue with his logic, but will that stop another film from getting made?

MarsLITTLE MERMAID
Hans Christian Andersens The Little Mermaid is the latest fairy tale to follow into the studios thirst for reimaginings writes the Hollywood Reporter.
Sony has picked up Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale, a book by Carolyn Turgeon, for Country Strong filmmaker Shana Feste to write and direct. Tobey Maguire and Jenno Topping, who worked with Feste on Country Strong,are producing.
The story gets its point of view shifted and the tone is definitely not Disney. It centers on a princess who, in order to save her ravaged kingdom, sets out on a dangerous journey to marry the prince of her rival kingdom, not knowing that a beautiful mermaid has fallen for the same man and has sacrificed everything to be with him.
Maguire is producing via his Material Pictures and the companys Nick Reimond will oversee. Andrea Gianetti oversees for the studio.
Feste, repped by CAA, Madhouse Entertainment, and attorney Sean Marks, also wrote and directed The Greatest, the drama which starred Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan.
Turgeon is repped by ICM.

Dark KnightTHE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Two more have been added to the cast of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Variety reports that Brett Cullen and Chris Ellis have signed on for the film as a judge and a priest, respectively.
Cullen is best known for appearances in films like Apollo 13 and, in a very different comic book universe, Ghost Rider, where he played Barton Blaze, father to Nicolas Cage's Johnny Blaze.
Ellis, meanwhile, is also known for a part in Apollo 13 and other character roles in films like Transformers, Armageddon and Catch Me If You Can.
The Dark Knight Rises is now in production internationally and features the return of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Nestor Carbonell, along with roles for Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Alon Aboutboul, Burn Gorman and Diego Klattenhoff. It is set for release on July 20, 2012.

MarsJOHN CARTER
Formerly titled John Carter of Mars, Andrew Stanton's live action debut will now be released under the shorter title, John Carter, Walt Disney Pictures has confirmed.
Starring Taylor Kitsch as the titular lead, the film is based on Edgar Rice Burrough's science fiction series which sees Civil War veteran John Carter transported to the world of Barsoom (the Martian word for their own planet) where he becomes caught up between the different races of warriors who inhabit the red desert.
The title John Carter of Mars is actually that of the final book in the series. The first, which is said to the primary basis for the film, was published under the name A Princess of Mars (and originally serialized as Under the Moons of Mars).
Also starring Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe, John Carter is planned for release on March 9, 2012.

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY
Starz has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming "Torchwood: Miracle Day," set to begin airing on July 8th.
The series, a spinoff of "Doctor Who," began airing in Britain in 2006. It ran for two 13-episode seasons before opting for a unique approach for a third, airing a single five-episode story, "Children of Earth" over a single week. The new, fourth production is shot primarily in the US and looks to blend both approaches, running 10 episodes that involve a single, ongoing storyline called "Miracle Day" in which an unknown force prevents anyone on Earth from dying.
The series is set to feature the return of John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen with new roles for Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Arlene Tur, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Tom Price, William Thomas, Sharon Morgan, Dillon Casey, Dicehn Lachman, Lena Kaur, Wayne Knight, Ernie Hudson, C. Thomas Howell and John de Lancie.
I don't know about you, but I may have to look into subscribing to STARZ for this one!

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Joss WhedonJOSS WHEDON NEWS
According to the Hollywood Reporter, THOR, toplined by Chris Hemsworth, wasnt just directed by Kenneth Branagh. Thor actor Stellan Skarsgard revealed at Cannes, while promoting MELANCHOLIA, that Joss Whedon, who is currently helming THE AVENGERS, actually filmed part of THOR.
Whedon, Skarsgard tells Empire, directed the post-credits scene, in which his Erik Selvig, Tom Hiddlestons Loki and Samuel L. Jacksons Nick Fury all appear.
That was just a couple of months ago, Skarsgard said of filming the extra scene. I flew over there and went down into a basement, talked to Sam a couple of minutes and then went back home.
Was that with Ken Branagh?, the interviewer asks.
No that was with a director called Joss Whedon, whos doing THE AVENGERS, Skarsgard answers.THE AVENGERS is slated for a May 4, 2012 release. Thor is currently in theaters.

Pirates of the CaribbeanWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Fueled by foreign moviegoers, Disneys 3D PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES opened to $346.4 million at the worldwide box office to grab the fourth-best global bow of all time, as well as the biggest international opening ever.
ON STRANGER TIDES grossed a massive $256.3 million overseas, nearly three times the $90.1 million earned in North America.
Disney had hoped for a $100 million opening at the domestic box office but took solace in the fact that ONSTRANGER TIDES still scored the top debut of the year (Universals Fast Five was the previous crown-holder with $86.2 million). Tracking had always suggested that the movie would open in the $80 million to $100 million range domestically.
Thanks to the 3D tentpole, domestic box-office revenue was up 12 percent from a year ago.
ON STRANGER TIDES was an expensive proposition for Disney, costing $250 million to produce before a hefty marketing spend.
The movies stellar opening overseas reinforces the glowing clout of the international box office, where ONSTRANGER TIDES came in ahead of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($236 million), Spider-Man 3 ($230.5 million) and the previous Pirates film, At Worlds End ($216 million).
Those three movies all opened north of $100 million domestically, so in terms of global grosses, they still pace ahead of ON STRANGER TIDES in terms of best overall opening. Half-Blood Prince opened to $393 million, Spider-Man 3 with $381 million and At Worlds End to $357 million.
In North America, At World's End debuted to $114.7 million in May 2007, well more than the $90.1 million grossed by ON STRANGER TIDES.
Domestically, ON STRANGER TIDES drew a B+ CinemaScore rating, indicating that moviegoers liked the film despite generally poor reviews. The majority of Fridays audience was older than 25 (54 percent), and 54 percent were male. Couples made up 53 percent.
I think Rob Marshall obviously made one hell of a movie, and when you team Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp, its dynamite, Disney president of worldwide distribution Chuck Viane says. And for me, I will never look $90 million in the face and say its not a successful opening. Tracking had always aimed at this number, but everybody tried to make it more than the realty of tracking was. And theres no doubt but that the international box office is becoming more and more important.
Key drivers overseas included markets where theres a booming appetite for 3D pics. ON STRANGER TIDES grossed more than $25 million in Russia an industry record and outpacing the entire run of At Worlds End. ON STRANGERTIDES grossed $20 million in China to outpace the entire run of the previous Pirates installment.
ON STRANGER TIDES did especially well in Imax theaters, becoming the top global opening of all time for the large-format exhibitor in grossing $16.7 million. In the U.S., the movie played in a record 256 Imax theaters.
For Disney and the Pirates franchise, this is a huge global phenomenon, and we're thrilled that Imax produced a worldwide record, as well, says Greg Foster, chairman and president of filmed entertainment at Imax. This shows that moviegoers around the world continue to embrace Imax as the place to see their blockbusters. We're particularly excited about the powerful $61k per screen average internationally.
ON STRANGER TIDES was the only wide opening of the weekend domestically.
Also making headlines was Woody Allens Midnight in Paris, which scored the writer-director a career best. The film grossed $578,805 from six theaters in Los Angeles and New York for a per location average of $96,468 the best theater average in months and beating recent specialty hits including The Kings Speech, which grossed $355,450 from four theaters in its debut for a location average of $88,863.
Back on the domestic top 10 chart, Universals Bridesmaids held strong in its second weekend to come in No. 2. The R-rated comedy fell a scant 21 percent to an estimated $21.1 million for a cume of $58.9 million in its first 10 days.
Paramount and Marvel Studios Thor placed No. 3, declining 55 percent to $15.5 million for a cume of $145.4 million.
Coming in No. 4 was Fast Five, which grossed fell 50 percent to $10.2 million for a cume of $185.8 million.
Rounding out the top five was Foxs 3D toon Rio, which grossed an estimated $4.7 million in its sixth weekend for a cume of $131.6 million.

Chris VanceNEW TRANSPORTER
British actor Chris Vance ("Prison Break," "Burn Notice," "Dexter") is set to play the lead role of Frank Martin in the upcoming Cinemax TV series based on "The Transporter" film franchise reports EW.
The show follows a professional transporter who is hired to carry out various jobs, usually taking top secret packages from one place to another. The twelve episode first season is said to come in at a considerable $48 million budget.
Luc Besson, who wrote the three films, will executive produce the new series which begins a five-month shoot this Summer in Europe and Canada. The show will air in 2012.

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

Tom CruiseOBLIVION
TRON LEGACY director Joseph Kosinski is getting $100 million for a project that was in danger of not happening just two months ago, but he also landed Tom Cruise to star in it.
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is ponying up the budget for OBLIVION, a SF epic based on a graphic novel created by Kosinski (which will be out later this year), while Cruise has committed to starring in the picture. Production will begin in October on the film, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where most of humanity now lives in the clouds and the surface of the Earth has been ravaged by hostile aliens. Cruise will presumably play the main character, who fixes the drones that hunt down the aliens and finds a beautiful woman in a crashed spaceship who alters his view of the world.
Disney had originally won the film rights while the studio was high on Kosinski and the job he was doing directing Tron: Legacy. But when Tron did not do Avatar-like business at the box officeit made $400 million worldwide, nothing to sneeze at but not quite the behemoth Disney had planned onthe studio began to have second thoughts about Oblivion. It also tried to get Kosinski to water it down from a PG-13 rating to a PG to attract a bigger family audience, which ended up not working to anyone's satisfaction.
Disney did allow Kosinski to shop it around and Universal, which had been bidding for it last year at the same time as Disney, snapped it up. Strangely enough, Universal only recently put the brakes on another mammoth SF/horror film starring CruiseGuillermo del Toro's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madnessbecause Del Toro refused to pare it down from an R rating to PG-13.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Disneys PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES opened to a softer than expected $35 million at the Friday box office, but continued to soar overseas, ringing in $92.1 million in its first three days.
The big question now is whether the Johnny Depp tentpole can eclipse Universals Fast Five to score the best domestic opening of the year. Disney is still hoping to reach $90 million, but has lowered its weekend estimate to $87 million to $89 million.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, the last film in the franchise, opened to $114.7 million over Memorial Day in 2007.
ON STRANGER TIDES will need to do brisk business on Saturday and Sunday and lure families, if its to beat Fast Five, which opened to $86.2 million in late April.
ON STRANGER TIEDS drew a B+ CinemaScore, indicating moviegoers liked the film, despite poor reviews. The majority of Fridays audience was over the age of 35 (56%), while there was an even number of males and females buying tickets.
Playing in a total of 4,155 theaters, ON STRANGER TIDES did particularly well in 256 Imax locations.
Overseas, ON STRANGER TIDES is an unqualified hit, grosssing another $46.2 million on Friday to bring its three-day total to $92.1 million. Tally doesnt include China grosses. The movie is pacing 8% ahead of AT WORLD'S END.
ON STRANGER TIDES is looking at an international opening of $150 million or more, and is already the top debut of the year, reflecting the ravenous appetite for 3D titles and the franchise.
Russia has already ponied up a whopping $15.6 million. Other key drivers are the U.K. and Ireland ($8.5 million), Scandinavia ($8 million), France ($6.8 million) and Italy ($4.3 million).
ON STRANGER TIDES is an expensive proposition for Disney, having cost $250 million to produce, according to insiders. The studio was hoping for a $100 million domestic debut, but considering the soft marketplace, was prepared for a lower number.
Elsewhere at the domestic box office on Friday, Universals BRIDESMAIDS was holding strong. The R-rated female comedy came in No. 2, falling a scant 18% on its second Friday to $6.3 million for a cume of $44.8 million.
Paramount and Marvel Studios THOR placed No. 3, declining 52% to $4.4 million for a cume of $134.3 million.
Coming in No. 4 was FAST FIVE, which grossed $3.1 million on Friday for a cume of $178.7 million.
Rounding out the top five was Sonys PRIEST 3D, which fell a steep 74% in its second weekend to $1.5 million and bringing its cume to $20.5 million.
Making headlines on the specialty side was Woody Allens MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, from Sony Pictures Classics. The filmwhich opened the Cannes Film Festivalgrossed an estimated $170,928 from six theaters for a per location average of $28,488.

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011

PAT TALLMAN AND PENNY LANE
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Impossible AstronautDOCTOR WHO PREMIERE SETS RECORD
DOCTOR WHO's still got it! Whoever doubted him and his appeal can eat crow. When the series returned to television last month, several papers and tabloids made noise about its comparatively low ratings in the U.K. Well, guess what? People didn't tune out, they just tuned in ... differently.
The DVR strikes again. Instead of watching this season's first episode of DOCTOR WHO, titled "The Impossible Astronaut," live, people recorded it and played it back later. The folks over at Kantar Media Audiences (they do ratings analysis) have announced that the episode was the most recorded show in U.K. TV history!
In a way, viewers decided to do a little time traveling of their own with Doctor Who by watching it in the future. After it was all said and done, 4.1 million viewers decided to watch recorded Who, which beat the previous record, held by the Come Fly With Me Christmas special (3.29 million).
Technology is evolving, and home entertainment isn't what it used to be. Not only can we watch shows on DVRs, but we can stream them online with the BBC iPlayer and ITVplayer. They've got to take those into account, too!

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
What happens when you have The Hunger Game's sexy killing machine Jennifer Lawrence and About a Boy's geeky Nicholas Hoult together in a romantic scene from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS? What could be have been awkward turns out to be an awwww-inducing moment.
Right, a discussion about wanting to be normal, serum and blood samples shouldn't be all cute and sweet and romantic and sort of sexy, but that's the end result of this 50-second clip that expands on a very short snippet we've now seen countless times in countless different X-MEN: FIRST CLASS trailers.
Taking over for the sexy Rebecca Romijn (who played the blue-skinned shape-shifter mutant in the first three X-Men films) as Raven Darkholme/Mystique, Lawrence adds a bit of an Emma Peel vibe to the role, while Hoult, who's taking over the role of Hank McCoy/Beast from a blue-fur-covered Kelsey Grammer in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, looks much more like a shy, geeky, Peter Parker-ish high-school student.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Paramount unleashed a new trailer for TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON upon us.
And this one can be seen in 3D. How, you ask? One way to see it is to get the new handy-dandy My 3D device that Hasbro just put into stores. You slide your iPhone or iTouch into what is essentially a ViewMaster and voila, stuff made for 3d viewing will be in 3D. (You gotta download an app first though, but it's free.)
Transformers 3 is looking like it's going to blow people away. Paramount showed about 15 to 20 minutes of the movie as a special presentation Thursday night and what people saw left folks buzzing.
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON opens in theaters on June 29.

BaneTHE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Warner Bros. released the first photos of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES villain, Bane (played by Tom Hardy), on Twitter Friday.The studio's viral video campaign has the Twitter handle @TheFireRises publishing links to a Web site in which you can upload your photo. The photo composite is of Bane.
Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is due in theaters on July 20, 2012.
Modine-Conti-King NEW CAST MEMBERS
With production already underway on the Christopher Nolan bat-finale, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES has added three more to its cast. Variety reports that Matthew Modine, Tom Conti and Joey King have signed on in undisclosed roles.
Best known for his breakout role in 1987's Full Metal Jacket, Modine will soon appear in Curtis Hanson's HBO movie Too Big To Fail, premiering next Monday. Conti, meanwhile, played the title character in Nagisa shima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and appeared last year in Julie Taymor's rendition of The Tempest. King, now eleven years old, played Ramona Quimby in Fox's Ramona and Beezus.
The Dark Knight Rises is now in-production internationally and features the the return of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Nestor Carbonell, along with roles for Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence and Daniel Sunjata. It is set for release on July 20, 2012.

GREEN LANTERN
Here is an absolutely awesome new trailer for GREEN LANTERN.
Hitting 3D and 2D theaters on June 17, the Martin Campbell-directed action adventure stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan.
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax...he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS EXTRAS
Singer/actor/spoken-word artist Henry Rollins, the voice of Kilowog in "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights" talked abouthis experience in creating the character Kilowog. The interview can be found at Henry Rollins. The DC Universe Animated Original Movie will be released by Warner Home Video on June 7, 2011.

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

THE HOBBIT NEWS
THE HOBBIT is absolutely our most anticipated movie of 2012. It's based on one of the best fantasy books ever written, directed by Peter Jackson and has Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles from Lord of the Rings. We've been imagining a near-perfect movie ... but now it just got better than that.
Stephen Fry has been cast as the Master of Lake-town, the elected leader of the town of Esgaroth. The character is intelligent, yet greedy and cowardly, and he [*spoiler alert*] comes to a very bad end.
To know Stephen Fry is to love how awesome he is. An actor who's appeared in V for Vendetta, as well as the classic TV show Blackadder, he also hosts the wonderfully geeky British comedy quiz show QI. In addition, he voices videogame characters, has written a science fiction novel and blogs about technology.

PRIMEVAL PREVIEW
The fourth season of PRIMEVAL has been behind us for quite a few weeks already, and we're already missing the team, the ARC, the anomalies and the dinosaurs. But something fantastic cheered us up this morning: the first trailers, and a promo clip, from the eagerly anticipated season five!
If you, like us, were left hanging on the edge of your seat at the end of season four with [*spoilers ahead*] the revelation that Phillip Burton (Star Trek DS9's Alexander Siddig) was clearly involved with that crazy evil villain Helen Cutter (Juliet Aubrey) and the reveal of new team leader Matt's (Ciaran McMenamin) agenda, and if you screamed "Noooooooo" in front of your TV screen when Connor (Andrew Lee Potts) got into Burton's car, then you'll be happy to know that season five is coming soon with a new run of six episodes.
However, the downer is that for now, it's only coming to the U.K. on a digital channel called Watch (it was part of a deal with ITV to save the show).
Sadly, no news yet on when BBC America will air this baby, but let's hope it's going to be soon.

Johnny DeppDARK SHADOWS
Cameras for Dark Shadows were finally rolling inside London's historic Pinewood Studios this week, and not a scream too soon.
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer star in the eerie, big-screen production inspired by the cult daytime soap created by Dan Curtis. Dark Shadows originally ran on ABC from 1966-'71. The rumor cauldron on this ghostly spectacle peaked last year when Burton and company signed on and casting whispers filtered through the midnight air, but never anything about the screenplay ...
Until this synopsis from Warner Brothers materialized:
"In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet--or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.
Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David's new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote."
Tim Burton's obvious love for classic Hammer horror tales was displayed in Sleepy Hollow, and we see them layering this project with that same polish and respect, He'll direct Dark Shadows from a clever script by Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith wrote the Jane Austen-meets-the-undead bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the screenplay for Timur Bekmambetov's (Night Watch, Wanted) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter from his own novel.
An all-star crew of Burton regulars includes Oscar-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (Sleepy Hollow), Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland) and editor Chris Lebenzon (Unstoppable, Corpse Bride). The score will be composed by maestro Danny Elfman.
Check your pulse if the delirious notion of Burton and Depp haunting the 18th-century realm of cobwebs, crypts and coffins doesn't cause any heavy breathing.

PERSON OF INTEREST
CBS has released the trailers for its new season of shows, which give even more reason to get excited about next fall. J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan's PERSON OF INTEREST may or may not be sci-fi, but it certainly has a Lost-sized mystery at its core. Beyond that it seems to channel its inner Dark Knight, likely thanks to Nolan, who co-wrote that movie.
The PERSON OF INTEREST trailer gives us a clue why CBS is moving longtime resident CSI from its timeslot to make room for the new series. It stars Emmy winner Michael Emerson as a billionaire who presses a presumed dead former-CIA operative (Jim Caviezel) into helping him stop violent crime before it happens. The mystery part has to do with Emerson's character having access to some mysterious numbers (hummm, where have we heard that before?) which help them track down evildoers. Well, those numbers and the state-of-the-art surveillance techology the two use to fight crime.
PERSON OF INTEREST - Premieres this fall on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET

TubeTRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Paramount Pictures has moved up Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON two days from Friday, July 1st to Wednesday, June 29th. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN also opened on a Wednesday while Transformers was released on a Monday.
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters, the action adventure stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro and Leonard Nimoy.
The film just received a PG-13 rating for "intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo."
In TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day and threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

Vin DieselTHE MACHINE
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Vin Diesel has lined up a project at MGM called THE MACHINE.
The film, from NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, is officially described by MGM as follows:
[Diesel will play] a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world's first true ultimate weapon. Twenty years after the project was buried and decommissioned for reasons unknown, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government learns it has been reactivated, the Machine must protect the family harboring him.
In addition to starring, Diesel is set to the produce the project, as he has with several prior films, including FAST AND FURIOUS and FAST FIVE. He previously teamed with Garant and Lennon (as an actor only) for the 2005 comedy THE PACIFIER.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=us&from=sp&fg=shareEmbed&vid=de3bdbac-bc42-498f-80e6-e2d3f8bf3503&src=FLCP:sharebar:embed:null" target="_new" title="'Mr. Popper's Penguins' trailer"></a>MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
20th Century Fox has released the new trailer for MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS, the family comedy directed by Mark Waters and opening June 17.
Jim Carrey is Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life until he inherits six penguins. Popper's penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland and the rest of his life upside-down. Filmed on a refrigerated soundstage with real Gentoo Penguins, MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS is a contemporary adaptation of the classic book.

The Dark Knight RisesTHE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Filming has already been underway in both India and London for almost a fortnight, it's only today however that the official start of production press release has been issued for the highly anticipated THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
No new information is contained sadly, though it does confirm that shooting will also take place in Pittsburgh, New York, Los Angeles and sites in England and Scotland. It also says the film will feature more IMAX sequences than THE DARK KNIGHT did, but doesn't elaborate how much more. Here's a copy for those who're interested:
"Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolans Batman trilogy.
Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
In helming THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX cameras even more extensively than he did on THE DARK KNIGHT, which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras. The results were so spectacular that the director wanted to expand the use of the large-format cameras for this film.
The screenplay for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is being produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on BATMAN BEGINS and the record-breaking blockbuster THE DARK KNIGHT. The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. THE DARK KNIGHT is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
Behind the scenes, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the THE DARK KNIGHT. The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar for his work on Nolans Inception; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (Topsy-Turvy). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars for the effects in Inception, will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will be composed by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King).
The locations for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release on July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company."

Jeff ConawayJEFF CONOWAY IN COMA
The Hollywood Reporter writes today that Jeff Conaway, former star of Taxi and Grease and Babylon 5, is in a coma following a drug overdose, possibly from pain pills, his manager told the Associated press.
Phil Brock said the 60-year-old actor was found unconscious May 11. He is hospitalized in critical condition.
Brock added that Conaway is in a coma in a California hospital and his recovery is uncertain. The name of the hospital was not disclosed.
As part of VH1's reality show Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2008, Conaway discussed his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
His manager described Conaway as a "gentle soul" but one who has been unable to "exorcise his demons."

RingerRINGER
Soon The CW will be showering fans with footage and photos of Sarah Michelle Gellar's upcoming return to television in RINGER.
USA Today provides us with the first released image from the new drama, originally developed for CBS and snatched up by The CW when CBS passed.
RINGER stars Gellar as, Bridget, a woman who hides from the mob by pretending to be her estranged twin sister, Siobhan -- who also has a price on her head.
The photo includes co-star Ioan Gruffudd ("Fantastic Four"), who plays the Siobhan's suspicious husband, so it's anybody's guess as to which sister we're looking at. (Gellar plays both characters in the pilot.)


TRUE BLOOD
HBO's TRUE BLOOD vampires and werewolves are getting some unwanted company, because ... The witches are coming! The witches are coming! In the latest promo for season four, it's all about the new neighborswitches and warlocks.
If you've been following the show [*spoilers ahead*], you know that Lafayette and his new friend Jesus have been dabbling in magic. More specifically, Jesus is a witch, and this season his Wiccan buddies are coming out of the woodwork. They're like roaches!
In the new promo, we're introduced to a circle of witches, one of which is Fiona Shaw, aka Aunt Petunia from the Harry Potter movies. Lafayette has joined forces with the group and is participating in some type of spell, but they're missing one important thinga dead body! It must be their lucky day, because Bon Temps is filled with them.
Besides the fight between witches and bloodsuckers, there's footage of an angry Bill, who's sporting a new haircut and guyliner. Plus, Jessica has gone crazy (again), and Pam's being, well, Pam. At the end of it all, we think Sookie sums up what most of us are already thinking: "Oh great, now I have to deal with witches?"
TRUE BLOOD premieres on HBO June 26 at 9 p.m.

Hunger GamesTHE HUNGER GAMES
When it was announced that the role of THE HUNGER GAMES heroine Katniss Everdeen was going to 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence a few months ago, fans of the book immediately went into a blind panic. Posts stated that the recent Academy Award-nominated actress was too old, blonde, pale and, frankly, traditionally pretty to play the book's 16-year-old, olive-skinned, plain warrior-teen.
Things may change with the release of Entertainment Weekly's exclusive cover i