Theater Standee [ MTV]
Presented at ShoWest 2009: Features a 95-second scene, followed by a montage of clips [ MichaelBay.com]
ShoWest 2009 Michael Bay Tribute from Bay Films/Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.
The Hobbit Will Span Two FilmsWhen the
"The Hobbit" was announced, the plan was for Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson to adapt the novel into one film, and then have a second film that would bridge the gap between it and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring". That’s no longer is the case. Del Toro and Jackson have revealed to Empire that they now intend to do the story of "The Hobbit" over two films:
“We’ve decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur,” says Del Toro.
“We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie,” adds Jackson. “The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [LOTR] trilogy.”
And speaking of
"The Lord of The Rings", the complete trilogy looks set to be released on Blu-ray Hi-Def by the end of the year. Unfortunately, only the theatrical versions will be released (via Digital-Bits):
[Editor’s Note: Sources close to director Peter Jackson have informed me that he’s saving the extended editions of the films for an "ultimate" box set release closer to the debut of the new Hobbit films – that’s why these BDs are set to be theatrical only. That’s obviously not going to satisify every fan, but it gives them something in the meantime. As was the case with the original DVD release, at least you’re now aware in advance that a more elaborate release is coming eventually if you’d prefer to wait for it. For Warner’s part, I’ve officially confirmed with the studio that this initial Blu-ray release is real and it’s coming before the end of this year, but I’m told it won’t be officially announced for another few months yet. So you should probably still consider this release to be semi-official and subject to change. Just FYI.]
Here’s the cover art that
Amazon.com has put up for the pre-order:
Green Lantern To Shoot in Sydney; Budget RevealedWarner Bros. has chosen Fox Studios Australia in Sydney as the location to shoot the upcoming big-budget film
"Green Lantern", based on the DC Comics character. THR also reports that the budget for the film is $150 million. "Green Lantern" is scheduled to hit theaters December 17, 2010 with pre-production set for July of this year, followed by the start of principal photography in November. Martin Campbell is directing.
Michel Gondry On Green Hornet director Michel Gondry told
"Green Hornet" SCI FI Wire that he’s looking forward to working on the upcoming (June 25, 2010) big-budget action film:
"It’s all going to be something different, but that’s successful, so I guess there is no problem now," Gondry said in an exclusive interview Monday. "We have a producer, Neal Moritz, who’s pretty damn successful; he released Fast and Furious, which had [one of] the biggest openings of all time, so he’s going to guide us in our differences, and so far all of my ideas, he loves them and says ‘I like the ideas, and I’m open to them.’"
Head on over to
SCI FI Wire to read the rest of the interview.
Remake of Little Shop of Horrors PlannedDirector Declan O’Brien (
"Wrong Turn 3") tells ShockTillYouDrop that he’s "just optioned the remake rights" to Roger Corman’s "Little Shop of Horrors" and will work under the guidance of Corman and producer Andrew Tennenbaum ( "The Bourne Identity"). In terms of what he has planned for the film, O’Brien will only say that he has "a take on it you’re not going to expect. I’m taking it in a different direction, let’s put it that way.”
Dan Aykroyd on Ghostbusters 3 and Video GameDan Aykroyd spoke with both
CHUD and Go Nintendo about the upcoming "Ghostbusters" video game as well as the planned film. Aykroyd talked a bit about Sigourney Weaver’s non-participation in the video game (she’s replaced by Alyssa Milano in the game) and her possible involvement in the film, telling CHUD the following:
"When we do the Ghostbusters 3 movie, hopefully, Sigourney will be in, I know. We’ll make that happen. There’ll be a whole new generation that has to be trained. And that whole new generation will be led by an individual that you’ll all love when you hear who it is, but I’m not going to tell you now. There will be lots of cadets, boys and girls, who’ll be learning how to use the cyclotron, the accelerators, and the new stuff. The nuon splitter, the inter-planary interceptor, all these great tools they’re going to have to flip from dimension to dimension. Anyway. Game number two, maybe."
Meanwhile Aykroyd told
Go Nintendo that he looks at the video game as the third movie:
“I’d want to see the third movie made. I think (the video game) is the third movie and if everything is creative and right, and this game helps get the third movie made… We have a good concept there; (we have) the young writers from The Office. I’ve worked with Harold (Ramis)on Year One, which is coming out. The Book of Genesis adapted into a comedy? Who but Harold Ramis could pull that off! So these two writers – (Lee) Eisenberg and (Gene) Stupnitsky – they sound like a vaudeville team or a law firm – are brilliant young guys. And they come up with a good story.”
Head on over to
Go Nintendo and CHUD to read more of Aykroyd’s thoughts on the video game and film. [via ScreenRant] And lastly, here’s how Aykroyd explained "Ghostbusters 3" to MTV:
“There will be a whole new generation that has to be trained, and that whole new generation will be led by an individual who you’ll all love when you meet him but I’m not going to tell you anything yet,” teased Aykroyd. “They’ll be lots of cadets, boys and girls, who’ll be learning how to use the psychotron, the accelerators and all the new stuff, the neuron splitter, which is going to be the interplaner, interceptor and all these great tools that they’re going to have, to flip from dimension to dimension.”
Joss Whedon Talks Cabin in the WoodsJoss Whedon, producer and co-writer of the upcoming horror film
"The Cabin in the Woods", told a group of reporters at the Paley Fest that the film is "going to be gorgeous," adding "I think it’s going to be quite a movie, but it’s also a little out of control. We’re not quite halfway through filming, and it’s utter chaos, but mostly the good kind. Apparently, as producer, I’m the guy who’s supposed to be controlling it, so I have to figure out how to do that." The project is still cloaked under secrecy, but Whedon promises it won’t be your run of the mill horror picture: "It is not just a slasher in the woods," he said. "It’s a little more complicated than that." In related news, Fran Kranz, who plays the character Marty in the film offered some hints about what to expect in a Q&A during the Paley Festival.
H2 [ Rob Zombie]
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
High-Res screens from the new trailer [more at SCI FI Wire]
Character banners [more at Yahoo]
First set image [ Empire]
Two-minute clip [ HD Version]
Angels & Demons
New clip: "Hunt Them Down"
Entertainment Tonight’s First look
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
480p || 720p || 1080p
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
Second video blog with director Edgar Wright: First day of principal photography
New viral video
Universal Pictures has hired Evan Spiliotopoulos (co writer of
"Pooh’s Heffalump Movie" and its DVD Halloween spinoff) to write "Wanted 2", based on a story by Chris Morgan. [ THR] Michael Chabon has been hired by Disney to do some revisions to Andrew Stanton and Mark Andrews’ script for
"John Carter of Mars". [ The Amazing Website Of Kavalier & Clay via io9] Warner Bros. has announced that it’s moving up the release of
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by two days: from Friday, July 17, 2009 to Wednesday, July 15th. [ erc Box Office] Check out parts 1 and 2 of SCI FI Wire’s three-part set report on Sam Raimi’s
"Drag Me to Hell" here and here. …Also, the film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language." [
Rope of Silicon] Principal photography has begun on Summit Entertainment’s
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon". The film, which hits theaters on November 20, 2009, is shooting on locations in Vancouver, BC and Tuscany, Italy. [ Summit Entertainment]
"Watchmen" co-writer Alex Tse has been hired by Paramount Pictures to adapt the supernatural graphic novel "Battling Boy". [ THR] Kevin Grevioux, the creator and co-star of the
"Underworld" films says that he’ll continue to develop the series regardless of the medium: "I want to continue to be involved," Grevioux said. "I’ve been writing the comic books, I did the miniseries for IDW. But, you know, there are a lot of ideas that I still have that I would like to explore." [ SCI FI Wire] Eli Roth (
"Hostel") says that he’s developing a new epic sci-fi film: "I don’t want to give away the title yet, because I have to make sure I own it 100 percent, but it’s going to be something that is really fun, with lots of mass destruction," he said. "I wanted to do something along the lines of Transformers or Cloverfield that was a little more science fiction-based, and with lots of chaos and mass destruction." [ MTV Movies Blog]
Michael Sheen (who played the vampire Lucian in the three
"Underworld" films) has been cast as the vampire Aro in the "Twilight" follow-up "The Twilight Saga: New Moon". Director Chris Weitz confirmed the news. [ The Daily Mail] Rumored for months, Zac Efron has now been confirmed as being signed on to play the lead role in a big-screen live-action adaptation of
"Jonny Quest", but Warner Bros. is reportedly considering dropping the title from the film in favor of something else. [ Hero Complex] Thomas Dekker (
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") has been cast as Jesse in the new "Nightmare on Elm Street" reboot. [ Shock Till You Drop]
Dollhouse Second Season Still PossibleSpeaking at the Paley Festival Wednesday night,
"Dollhouse" creator Joss Whedon revealed that hopes for a second-season are still alive, despite the announcement last week that Fox would not be airing the show’s 13th episode. Joss told the crowd that he’s optimistic because the network bosses love the show and will be looking at the full picture — including iTunes purchases, DVR playback, etc. where the show does better — before coming to a conclusion. Whedon also reassured fans that the people who were responsible for the demise of "Firefly" are not part of the team that will decide the fate of "Dollhouse". Joss also told Zap2It that Fox may end up airing the 13th episode after all:
“I’ve been in contact with the network and the studio making a great big push for them to [air that last hour],” Joss said. “The problem isn’t just with the network though, the studio also looks at it and goes, DVD goodness! So, [my goal] is getting them both excited about putting it on the air. They’re looking in to it, I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but I know that they are honestly discussing it, the same way they are obviously discussing a second season…”
The night before at the panel for
"Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog", Whedon elaborated on the story behind the 13th episode, "Epitaph One":
"The decision had to do with the studio saying, ‘We need another episode for our package, and we can’t afford one,’" Whedon said. "’Can you do a clip show? Can we show the unaired pilot?’ I’m like, ‘No, you can’t. It wouldn’t make any sense. Besides, we cannibalized it for parts. Most of it’s in other episodes.’ And they were like, ‘Well, we really have to have 13 for foreign.’ And I said, ‘I’ll tell you what. I’ll shoot a post-apocalyptic thriller that’s all on our sets in six days with a cast of four other people, then we’ll pepper it with different bits from our regular cast, and we can do it all during the schedule. It’ll cost you half. I can do this.’ And I was so in love with the idea that I just came up with off the top of my head, and that’s what it turned into. It’s one of the best episodes we’ve ever made."
In a separate interview with
Wizard Magazine, Whedon revealed that he pitched a six-year plan for the show to Fox, but what he "really mapped out was the first 13, and even though we start in a different place than I had originally intended, we end up exactly where I’d intended in the 12th episode. Then, in the 13th episode, things just get stranger. There’s some twisted sh– coming." In related news, Eliza Dushku thinks that it may actually be a good thing that the 13th episode doesn’t air, telling SCI FI Wire that it’s "complicated because episode 13 sort of, in a way, could be seen as the ending of something, and episode 12 could be seen as taking the show into another year." Dushku also sounded optimistic about the possibility of the show returning next season:
"It’s not just a Nielsen world anymore. They factor in DVR. They factor in iTunes and Hulu, and we seem to have a pretty rich, pretty strong fan base. People are really getting into the show and [creating good] word of mouth, and the shows are getting more and more complicated and twisted. I feel like people are talking about it even more, and hopefully that gets back to the folks at Fox."
Dr. Horrible The Movie?Joss Whedon, co-creator/writer and director of the Web musical
"Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" told reporters gathered at the Paley Fest panel on the show that sequel could be another Web series, or it could even be a feature film. It’ll all be dependent on how the script turns out:
"We want to do the product the same way we did the first one, which is out of our hearts, and then go to people [and say], ‘OK, if you’re interested in this, this is what it is.’ Besides, it could be something theatrical. It could be something on the Internet again, where it’s done on the fly and it all comes from us…The best thing to do is to write it. Then we can start deciding a business model based on the script."
Co-writer and composer Jed Whedon (Joss’ brother) stroke a similar tone, saying that the sequel’s length would be determined by the medium: "It depends on what form it takes," Jed said in an exclusive interview on the red carpet. "The story that we’re talking about is pretty big, so it might end up being longer." And in related news, Mauirssa Tancharoen, co-writer and Jed’s fiancé, added that the writers may look into [SPOILERS] bringing back Felicia Day’s character Penny for a sequel:
"Penny is definitely dead, but there are ways," Tancharoen said. "We love Felicia so much. Maybe she’ll do catering while we shoot the movie." With Jed adding: "It’s movie magic, so there are a lot of different things we can do. We just want to hang out with her."
Terminator: TSCC Also Not Dead Yet + Plans for Season 3 RevealedFans of
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", don’t give up hope just yet. Despite poor ratings, that fantastic season finale may not be the last we see of the show. Both writer Ashley Edward Miller and creator/executive producer Friedman twittered that we shouldn’t take Michael Ausiello’s EW article that the show has already been canceled too seriously:
Miller: "Time for Ausiello’s semi-annual SCC termination report. False again. (Remember "sets were destroyed" report? Now you know context, people).
Friedman: Waiting for Michael Åusiello to tell me what I’m supposed to do now with my career.
Meanwhile, Brian Austin Green provided some details to
Comic Book Resources about what they have planned for the show’s third season if it gets renewed. Here’s a bit of what he said [SPOILERS]:
The third season is going to be incredible, if it happens. There were no intentions of this being a series finale. It was absolutely a season finale. There’s a plan where this can go and it’s so good…. You have this episode where John Connor travels to a future where John Connor never existed. I don’t know if people completely get it because we work on a string theory, which we’ve dealt with during the season. We dealt with that with Jessie, in the future that she came from there was Charles Fisher, who tortured everyone. In the future I came from, he never existed. I don’t remember him. We were still together within these parallel futures but they were still different and they still had their own paths. This is the same concept. For John Connor to travel to a future where he never existed, where Kyle Reese never left, where Derek and Kyle are still fighting side by side, where Allison (the human Cameron was based on) is still very much present, what becomes of John? What better situation for somebody to grow up in and become the future leader than that? Than to be fighting in what he’s been trying to prevent? Not just being the top dog, being listened to for everything, but having to actually listen and follow.
Green has much more to say about the series, including a clarification on whether or not Sarah made it to the future, and his thoughts on Catherine Weaver, so be sure to head on over to
Comic Book Resources to read the rest of the interview.
Fuller: Writer’s Strike and Time Slot to Blame for ‘Daisies’ Cancellation + Story May Continue via Comic SeriesBryan Fuller, the creator of the canceled ABC series
"Pushing Daisies" previewed the final three episodes of the series to SCI FI Wire and also revealed that the story may continue in a comic book series from Marvel. Fuller also talked a bit about the demise of the show, placing most of the blame on the writer’s strike and the show’s poor time slot and promotion:
"[O]ur timeslot wasn’t good, since we didn’t have a lead-in. When we aired at 9 p.m., we went up by 3 million viewers, which was really dramatic. ABC refused to move us from the 8:00 timeslot, which had worked previously the season before, but after the writers’ strike and the erosion of the audience, it wasn’t sustainable, so we asked them to move us repeatedly. We would have even taken Friday night at 9 p.m., because people don’t watch TV earlier. All the Nielsen ratings indicate people start watching TV at 8:30. That was a big indication, but I certainly don’t think the quality of the show went down. If anything, it got stronger and clearer."
Speaking about the comic, Fuller says that it’ll be more like a season three and not a season 2.5:
"We’re going to see a lot of exploration with Ned and his father, which we teased but were never able to make good on…Dwight will be making a return, and we’ll be seeing the adult Eugene Mulchandani and Danny that involves helium smuggling…The fans of the show will see a lot of stuff come to fruition, but new fans will have a greater appreciation, too. Since it’s Marvel, I would also love for the Pie Maker to touch Captain America."
For more, including Fuller’s rundown of the final three episodes, head on over to
SCI FI Wire.
More on Leonard Nimoy’s Fringe AppearanceThose hoping for a Walter and William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) encounter will have to wait. According to
Kirk Acevedo, who plays FBI agent Charlie Francis on the Fox series "Fringe", the only person who will meet the character in the finale is Olivia. Acevedo also revealed that although no official renewal announcement has been made by Fox, the cast and crew are already working on season two and that Leonard Nimoy will be a heavy focus in it:
Well, I’m sure you heard about who might be playing William Bell. Leonard Nimoy, so we pretty much meet William Bell in the finale, which is really cool. Just, you learn a lot more about Massive Dynamic and what’s going on with the whole mythology of the show, so it’s pretty much more cemented in the final two episodes. Then the stand-alone episode is pretty much a stand-alone episode. It doesn’t delve into the mythology of the show or anything.
Acevedo also did an interview with the LA Times that you can read
Smallville: Why Clark Can’t Fly Yet executive producer Kelly Souders answered some questions from fans at
"Smallville" TV Guide about the show’s remaining four episodes of the season, including why Clark can’t fly:
"Clark Kent won’t really become Superman until he takes to the skies. We all have our stumbling blocks; his are just airborne. Until he can fully embrace his double-life, he’ll have a hard time getting off the ground. But, we will say, his "leaps" are getting closer and closer to the real thing.
Here’s are some more highlights from the Q&A session:
We’ll be seeing more of Lois, and perhaps more of Chole at Watchtower in the future
Green Arrow and RBB will be teaming up, but "the outcome may surprise"
They’re content with the way they provided closure to the Clark/Lana relationship: "they weren’t destined for each other"
They’re still in contact with co-creators Al Gough and Miles Millar
Stills from episode 20, "The Beast" [more at OSCK]
Promotional episodes from the season finale, "Chuck Vs. The Ring" [more at Spoiler-TV]
Set images [more at Planet Gallifrey]
Promotional images from episode 14, "The Variable" [more at SpoilersLost]
Teaser poster for season two [ THR]
New clip featuring Esai Morales and Eric Stolz [ UGO]
New Video Blog
Watch another video blog at this link
Promo from episode 21, "Chuck Versus the Colonel"
Set video [more at Planet Gallifrey]
G.I. Joe: Resolute
Watch the first two parts of the new series
Note: Parts 3 and 4 will be released on Monday
Promo for episode 17, "Bad Dreams"
Promo for episode 24, "I Am Sylar"
Promo for the final three episodes
Legend of the Seeker
Promo for episode 18, "Mirror"
Promo for the new special, airing this Wednesday + promo for episode 14, "The Variable"
Interview with Michael Emerson (Ben) discussing the season finale
Promo for episode eight, "The Home Stretch
Ed Quinn (
"Eureka") has been added to the cast of HBO’s "True Blood" as a recurring character. Quinn will play Stan, a powerful vampire from Texas. [ THR] According to unofficial figures, last week’s
"Doctor Who" special "Planet of the Dead" was watched by 8.41 million viewers (a 39.6% share). An additional 184,000 watched the episode on BBC HD, the channel’s highest rating so far. [ Gallifrey One] Sticking with
"Doctor Who", June Whitfield and Bernard Cribbins have been cast in the 2009 Christmas special. [ WalesOnline.co.uk] Heroes star Greg Grunberg says that his "baby and his family is the reason Parkman is going to do something in the last episode that he may regret for the rest of his life," adding, "It’s a huge story that we play out — something that only a guy who’s been pushed and is desperate to save his family would ever do." [
TV Guide] According to data released by Nielsen Video Census,
"Lost" accounted for 35.8 million video streams of full-length episodes, clips and other content watched by 1.4 million unique viewers last month (the most for the month). [ Variety] More on
"Lost": In the next episode, called "The Variable" (airing April 29th), we’ll get an explanation by Mrs. Hawking about her relationship with Charles Widmore and some characters will make some bad decisions that will lead to the major death. [ E! Online] ….Also, Eric Lange, who plays Radzinsky, says that he’ll be in every episode from now until the finale. [
Doc Arzt] SCI FI has put up the video from last month’s
"Battlestar Galactica" United Nations panel. In case you missed it, check out the first part below.
Click here to see the other four videos
Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five (Comic Book)
"Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five #1" Preview [more images at i09]
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Video Game)
Concept art [more at Transformers Movie Chronicles]
New screenshots [more at ] Kotaku
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Video Game)
Bane Reveal Trailer
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Clip from last Thursday’s episode, which featured Trek and BSG connections (including cameos from Ron Moore and Grace Park)
The widow of sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick is suing, among others, the author’s daughters, alleging her rights to proceeds from
"Ubik" and "A Scanner Darkly" were violated. Details of the lawsuit can be read at Variety. And in other lawsuit news, a settlement has been reached in Moritz Borman’s suit against two of his fellow
"Terminator Salvation" producers and Halcyon Co. The parties released a joint statement saying they reached an "amicable" resolution to the dismissed suit. [ Variety] Sales to retailers for
"Buck Rogers" #0, the original 12-page comic book adventure "The Death of Buck Rogers", have reached nearly 75,000, resulting in Dynamite planning a 20% overprint to meet retailer demand for re-orders. As a result of the better than expected sales, the issue will ship to retailers from Dynamite early and be in stores by April 22nd, in time for free Comic Book Day on May 2nd. Issue #1 will be released in June. [ Newsarama] The Art of Avatar: James Cameron’s Epic Adventure, a new novel about the making of Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi epic
"Avatar", has been dated for a November 1, 2009 release. "Avatar" hits theaters on December 18, 2009. [ Amazon.com] The Profiles in History auction (taking place
April 30th and May 1st) will feature the blaster used by Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard in "Blade Runner", as well as an original "Frankeinstein" one-sheet, Ray Park’s Darth Maul light saber from "Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace" and more. [via SCI FI Wire] Here’s your first look at
"Wednesday Comics", DC Comics’ upcoming 16-page broadsheet-size newsprint weekly series. The two images below are from writer John Arcuidi and artist Lee Bermejo’s "Superman" strip and the "Batman" strip from Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. [ DC Universe]
After a long battle with prostate cancer, author J.G. Ballard has passed away. He was 78. [The Guardian via
SCI FI RATINGS couldn’t help
Mcauley Culkin "Kings" in its new day (and time) last night. According to preliminary data, the episode drew just 2.41M viewers and a 0.6 A18-49 rating. That was down a 33% among viewers and 45% among adults 18-49 from the show’s most recent episode (Sunday, April 5th — 3.62M viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating). In other genre ratings news from the past week (all based on final national data):
"Chuck" held steady, improving slightly among both viewers (6.21M/+2%) and adults 18-49 (2.3 rating/+10%).
"Heroes" bounced up 12% among viewers (6.83M) and 27% among adults 18-49 (3.3 rating) from its prior episode’s series lows.
"Medium" had a strong week-to-week jump, especially among adults 18-49 where it was up by 23% to a 2.7 rating. It was up 7% among viewers (7.65M). On Tuesday, Fox’s
"Fringe" held steady among adults 18-49 with a 4.0 rating and drew 10.15M viewers (up a slight 3%), while The CW’s, "Reaper" was down slightly among viewers with 2.05M viewers (-3%), but flat among adults 18-49 with a 0.9 A18-49 rating. Rounding out the week’s SF programming,
"Lost" on Wednesday grew to 9.23M viewers (+8%) and a 4.0 A18-49 rating (+5%).
CHART (3/23/2009 to 3/29/2009)
CHART (3/30/2009 to 4/5/2009)