Lots of news this week in the world of sci-fi. We got the first look at the cast of "Watchmen." Details on "Dark Knight," "G.I. Joe," and "Hulk." Spy shots from "Wolverine" and "X-Files 2." Plus TV series renewals and casting news, and even some answers (gasp) from "Lost." And green eggs and ham…for reals.
First Look at Cast of "Watchmen" + Gerard Butler Voicing Freighter
"Watchmen" is still nearly a year away, but director Zack Snyder ("300") has posted a first look at the five main cast members in costume on his production blog. The images include Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). In other "Watchmen" news, Gerard Butler ("300) told Empire Magazine that he’ll be lending his voice to "Tales of the Black Freighter", the comic-within-a-movie that is part of "Watchmen." "Watchmen" hits theaters on March 6, 2009.
Dark Kight: Eckhart Q&A, Trailer Description and Viral Campaign High Gear
[SPOILERS] Aaron Eckhart, who plays Harvey Dent in "The Dark Knight" told Wizard Universe "Harvey Dent turns into Harvey Two-Face in this movie…I have done scenes as Harvey Two-Face. It’s interesting. I won’t tell you exactly what we’re going for, but I think that I can say that it will use all of today’s technology to create this character." (CHUD has a description of the process for Eckhart’s parts). In other ‘Dark Knight’ news, /Film is reporting what may be a description of the next ‘Dent focused’ trailer. And lastly, Warner Bros. has kicked the viral campaign into high gear, with the IBelieveInHarveyDent.com website going through a major update. Harvey Dent himself is even making phone calls.
New "G.I. Joe" Details
Hasbro exec (and producer for "G.I. Joe") Brian Goldner tells MTV the the film "is all about the rise of Cobra Commander." He also described it as "the first chapter and then build from there.” Regarding the toys, Goldner said the familiar (and lower cost) 3 3/4" size are making a comeback to ensure people have the chance to get all the figures and all of the vehicles, saying it was "very true to where we were in the 1980s."
IHOP Partners With "Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!"
IHOP is partnering with 20th Century Fox to serve up "Dr. Seuss" inspired dishes to coincide with the release of "Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!. New items from IHOP include Beezlenut Splash, Who-Cakes and (of course) Green Eggs & Ham. The partnership will run from March 3rd through April 20th. ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ hits theaters on March 14th.
Hulk: William Hurt (General Ross) Interview
William Hurt (General Ross in "The Incredible Hulk) tells The Calgary Herald he does not like his character being labeled a villain: "He wants Hulk’s power but is humiliated by Hulk’s conscience: he actually sees and recognizes that it’s more developed than his own, even though he’s a patriot and a warrior for his country. He’s sacrificed enormously for that purpose, but at the expense at times of his humanity — which he occasionally recovers." A teaser for "The Incredible Hulk" will be available exclusively on the MTV networks and site on March 12th. The film hits theaters June 13th.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (spy photos)
Iron Man (Final Posters: Domestic & Int’l)
Starship Troopers 3 (Poster…featuring Jolene Blalock)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Yoda Concept Art)
X-Files 2 Spy Shot (spoiler)
I Am Legend (Alternate Ending)
QUICK MOVIE BITES
- Just in time for ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’, Paramount has announced a new DVD set of the "Indiana Jones" trilogy. It’ll be released on May 13th, just a little more than a week before the fourth film’s release on May 22nd. /Film
- 20th Century Fox has pushed back the "Dragonball Z" movie into 2009. Originally scheduled to release on August 15, 2008, the film will now hit theaters on April 3, 2009. ComingSoon.net
- Relativity Media’s sequel to "The Last Starfighter" has begun location scouting. Additionally, CC2K reports that work is being done on a second draft of the script and Lance Guest (maverick Gunstar pilot Alex Rogan in the original film) has verbally agreed to reprise his role in the sequel.
- Because of scheduling conflicts, Kodi Smit-McPhee who was set to play young Logan in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", has been replaced by Troye Mellet of YouTube fame. Cinematical
- Warner Bros. has announced that "Speed Racer" will get a simultaneous launch on IMAX. The film will be released on both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 9, 2008.
- Mike Newell ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") has been tapped to direct the video-game adaptation "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time". Filming will take place in Morocco. Variety
Jonathan Frakes Returns to Direct TNT’s ‘Librarian 3’
After directing the second installment of the popular TNT film franchise "The Librarian", Frakes is returning to helm the upcoming third film titled "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice". Noah Wyle, who starred in the first two films, is set to return as Flynn Carsen. Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin will also reprise their roles, with Bruce Davison ("X-Men") and Stana Katic joining the cast. SCI FI Wire
Cast and Premier Date Announced for "Fear Itself"
NBC has announced a list of directors, actors and writers for its upcoming horror anthology series "Fear Itself". Cast members for the 13-episode series, which premieres this summer (May 29), include Sci-Fi alumni Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns"), Shiri Appleby ("Roswell"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost"), Eric Roberts ("Heroes") and John Billingsley ("Star Trek: Enterprise"). SCI FI Wire
‘Terminator’ Will Likely Return for a Second Season
We were all left with a cliffhanger ending with the season finale last week, and though an official word hasn’t come down about its renewal, E! Online quotes insiders saying that the show is likely safe for another year,
Kristen Bell Returning for "Heroes" Season Three, Tamura Offers Spoiler
According to TV Guide, despite previous rumors, Kristen Bell and and the producers of "Heroes" are intent on having her return. [HEROES SPOLER] Japanese actress Eriko Tamura, who played the 16th-century love interest of Hiro told SCI FI Wire that she was supposed. to be transported to the present during the second season until the WGA strike cut the season in half. Tamura said she still expects to be in the show’s third season, which premieres on NBC this fall.
The CW Renews "Smallville" and "Supernatural"
The core of The CW’s sci-fi lineup, "Smallville", is returning for an eighth season, the network announced. Also included in the networks early pickups was "Supernatural", which will return for a fourth season. There’s still no word on the low-rated freshman series "Reaper". [SPOILER] While "Smallville" is returning TV Guide is reporting that both Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luther) and Kristen Kreuk (Lana Lang) won’t be back as regulars, but are open to limited stints on the show.
"Lost": The Cast’s Burning Questions Answered
It’s not just the fans of the show that are "Lost". TV Guide put up an article with producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof fielding questions from the cast of the hit ABC series. Here are some of the highlights:
- Cuse: "Before the end of the year, you will know who’s in the coffin."
- Cuse: "There are some growth issues when you go on or off the island. But I can’t say more about that."
- Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond): "Did Jack’s flash-forward in the third-season finale take place after the events of Sayid’s most-recent episode?" Cuse: "Yes."
preview of next week’s "Lost"
QUICK TV BITES
- The news for "New Amsterdam" is a bit up and down. The new Fox supernatural series got off to a strong start in its debut this past Tuesday night, drawing 13.7 million viewers and a 4.6 Adults 18-49 rating, but its second episode two days later fell 26% among viewers and 24% among the demo.
- "Ghost Hunters" and "Destination Truth" returned on March 5th with series-high ratings records. "Ghost Hunters’" fourth season premiered with a 1.9 household rating and 2.7 million viewers, while "Destination Truth" kicked off its second season with a record 1.4 rating and 1.7 million viewers. SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|3) Eli Stone||4.8/8|
|4) Jericho (season premiere)||4.2/7 (7.08M)|
|5) Ghost Whisperer (R)||4.2/7 (6.48M)|
|6) Lost ("Enhanced" Repeat)||3.9/6|
|9) Reaper (R)||1.3/2|
2/11/2008 to 2/17/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
|1) Stargate SG-1||1.0|
|2) Star Trek||1.0|
|3) Dead Zone||0.8|
|4) Stargate Atlantis||0.8|
2/11/2008 to 2/17/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|1) Ghost Hunters International||1.5|
|3) Stargate Atlantis||1.3|
|4) The Hive||1.2|
|5) Snake King||1.1|
|6) King Cobra||1.1|
|7) Ghost Hunters||1.1|
|8) Boa vs. Python||1.0|
|10) Silent Predators||1.0|
2/11/2008 to 2/17/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire