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Director explains why The Wolverine won't set up the next X-Men movie

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James Mangold insists The Wolverine is a standalone film. Asteroids is a better movie than the video-game source material would make you believe. See some amazing images from Pacific Rim. Damon Lindelof's new TV show takes place after the Rapture. Teen Wolf's creator hints that one character may be bisexual. Spoilers ahead...

The Wolverine

There has been some speculation about how The Wolverine and X-men:Days of Future Past movie will tie in together. There has even been a rumor that a post-credit scene could potentially link the two upcoming films, but director James Mangold clarifies that The Wolverine is a standalone film.

“Bryan and I have talked and he’s seen what we’ve done. Clearly the reality is that we are all trying to work together and make things groove together. But the trick is we were making our movie before Bryan came on and before I knew what they were up to in that film. Our agenda was always our agenda and our movie stands alone, so the journey we take Logan on in The Wolverine, we bring to a close.”



Click here for a new picture of Rila Fukushima as Yukio. [Super Hero Hype]


Pacific Rim

Another set of amazing images from the movie has hit the internet. Click here to view them all. []


Director Lorenzo di Bonaventura wants to reassure that the Asteroids movie is not just a straight-up adaptation of the classic video game about shooting rocks. (Nor is it just a pointless cash-grab based on lingering name recognition.) Rather, it's something way more interesting:

The truth is, I love the title... When I look at that project, that's what I think about it, is I think about the scale of it and I think about the possibility of it.

It's not a disaster movie. If we're successful at getting it made. It's much more of a space opera. It's like a great sci-fi movie if we get it done right. It is not at all what people think it is. People think, 'Oh, the asteroid's gonna hit the Earth,' and I have no interest in doing that. That's been done exceedingly well before. No, this takes place in an asteroid belt, the whole movie.



Transformers 4

Rumors have been circulating that the fourth movie will be called Transformers: Rise of Galvatron, but Michael Bay has taken to his website to put that rumor to rest. []


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

If the new Empire Magazine cover is anything to go on, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is all about elves. Click here to see the elf heavy cover. []



Disney and Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella has been given a release date of March 13, 2015. [Exhibitor Relations]


Into The Woods

And in that other movie about Cinderella, Anna Kendrick is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in the upcoming adaptation of the musical Into The Woods. She is joining an illustrious group already in negotiation, including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski. The casting would make sense, since she already oozes a Cinderella vibe in the music video Cups from Pitch Perfect. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Ghostbusters III

Rick Moranis was approached by one of Dan Aykroyd’s prodcers a few years ago, about working on this sequel. He didn’t get very many details — and perhaps more significantly, it sounds as though he hasn’t had another update or offer since then.

I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer... So he says, “I gotta ask, would you do it?” I said, “I don’t say no to anything until everything is presented to me.” What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What’s the part? Who else is in it? Where is it? How long is it gonna take? You know, I need a little bit more information. “But it’s something you would do?” he asks. Do I have to answer that?


In the same interview he hints at the fate of the Spaceballs sequel that never was:

Mel [Brooks] wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal.

BA: In terms of just getting enough money?

RM: I wasn’t privy to what the budget was or anything, but the deal he presented me, what he wanted me to do, was not workable. It was two or three years later. He wanted me to … it’s better if I don’t get into the particulars of it. Because it is so specific, it’s counter-productive to talk about it. But I was unable to make a deal, and it would have been something I would have wanted to do. But that ship has sailed. Then, there’s the perennial talk of another Ghostbusters, but that’s all talk and speculation.


Moranis talks more about his career in the interview. [HEEB Magazine]


The show is casting some new characters for season two:

For Revolution episode 2.01, the possibly-recurring role of Garrett is being cast. It looks like Titus (the ex-professor in an earlier casting notice) will be the leader of the Anderson tribe, because the casting notice for Garrett says that he's a henchman for that tribe and that Titus is their leader.


[Spoiler TV]

CW Shows

CW has released its Fall lineup and premier dates. The new season shuffles around some shows and adds the Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals and The Tomorrow People to their strong genre pleasing lineup. Press release below:

On Wednesday, October 9, Stephen Amell dons the green hood for the second season of The CW’s most-watched series ARROW (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by the action-packed adventure of THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), starring Robbie Amell.

On Thursdays, The CW’s number one series in its key demos, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, returns for another season of highly addictive drama on October 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by the highly anticipated new series REIGN (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), starring Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots.

On October 15, The CW kicks off its new Tuesday night with THE ORIGINALS (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) as the original family from “The Vampire Diaries,” Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt), find a new home in New Orleans, a city now run by Klaus’s former protégée Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). The Winchester brothers of SUPERNATURAL – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) – move to their new home on Tuesday (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).


Teen Wolf

Creator Jeff Davis addresses the fans' obsession with Stiles and Derek’s chemistry, and the potential of something happening between them:

"We've certainly made some hints to the possibility of Stiles being bisexual. As to the psychology of why 'girls like boys who like boys,' I haven't asked enough questions or heard enough to really understand the psychology behind it."


Danny, one of the openly gay characters on the show, will be seeing his own relationship unfolding this season. Actor Keahu Kahuanui comments on the great feedback they are getting:

“It is very motivating to see the feedback we’ve gotten on the same-sex couples. It’s been so positive, and when you have support behind you … if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”


[The Hollywood Reporter]


The NBC show starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers will premier Oct. 25th at 10 PM. [Shock Til You Drop]


Game of Thrones

The John Casablancas talent agency in Tampa, FL put out a casting call for the show. Sadly the link on twitter goes to a password-protected login screen, so details of what role or roles being cast are unknown. This has not stopped the internet from speculating that the casting call is targeting Tampa because of its Hispanic population — possibly for some scenes taking place in the kingdom of Dorne. [Via The Rabbit on Twitter]


The Leftovers

Charlie Carver and Max Carver (Desperate Housewives) have been cast as regulars in David Lindelof’s HBO pilot about the world after the Rapture. The real-life identical twins will play twins Scott (Charlie) and Adam (Max) Frost. Here's what Deadline says about the show's premise:

Based on Tom Perrotta’s book, the project takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to and centers on chief of police Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux). The Carver brothers will play happy-go-lucky identical twins Scott (Charlie) and Adam (Max) Frost, friends of Garvey’s daughter, whose laid-back demeanor brings levity to a dark world.




A small casting tidbit:

For Haven episode 4.08, the role of Jack Driscoll is being cast; he's about 35, very handsome and a deep sea diving treasure hunter.


[Spoiler TV]

Under the Dome

Meet the cast of the Stephen King adaptation that premiered last night.

Falling Skies

Here's the promo for next week’s episode “Search and Recover”

True Blood

Check out the promo for the next episode, “You’re No Good”

Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders.