Mark Hamill sets the record straight about Star Wars: Episode VII!

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Marc Webb and Bryan Singer tweet the latest images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The writers of Skyfall discuss the future of James Bond. Plus Once Upon a Time, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, and much more!


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Star Wars: Episode VII

Definitive Joker voice actor Mark Hamill — who also apparently has some connection to Star Wars — says that nobody, including Harrison Ford, has actually signed on to appear in J.J. Abrams's Star Wars movie:

"They're talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts. We're in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am."

He also says he thinks it's likely the new Star Wars movie will focus on the next generation of the Skywalker clan — something that's been rumored a few times, but still shouldn't be considered official:

"I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there's a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she's your sister – I thought, 'Well, I'm going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I'm going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'"

Finally, he discusses his hopes for the new movie's tone and feel, which includes a return to the original trilogy's use of practical effects:

"I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous – in my opinion, anyway. And another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one...

I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings — I'm sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that's unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it'll be, 'Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.'"


[ET Online]

Star Trek Into Darkness

Here's a behind-the-scenes video.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Director Marc Webb keeps sending out daily tweets from the set of his Spider-Man sequel, but most are so cryptic that they're not really worth passing along. This one seems to have a bit more substance, that substance being that there are probably going to be some FBI agents in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


X-Men: Days of Future Past

Not to be outdone, here's the latest pre-production tweet from director Bryan Singer.


Jack the Giant Slayer

Here are some new posters from Bryan Singer's fairy tale reimagining. [Coming Soon]


Bond 24

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have had a hand in writing the last five James Bond films going back to The World Is Not Enough — which is roughly the equivalent of writing 3.5 really good Bond films — discuss whether they will be back for more after Skyfall:

Wade: We don't know. It's our most recent one.
Purvis: We're not currently writing the next one, and it's good for us to take a break, because we've been doing it for longer than Ian Fleming was writing Bond.
Wade: We've done five of them, and they really do take up a lot of your energy. And in a way, that film is Bond finished, played out. Can he pull it out of the fire again? That was for us, a movie about us. In the end the film was good, so we felt we did well. And now we're doing stuff that we couldn't do because we were always doing Bond.

So do you think you have more Bond movies in you?
Purvis: Well it's nice not thinking about it, because we've thought about it nearly every day for 15 years. But it would be nice to look at it all again after a break. But it's not our decision – you can't just say ‘Oh, I think I'll write another Bond movie.' It is a question of if you have something fresh to say about it. And I think we did say quite a lot with the ones that we've done.
Wade: There's still some Fleming – all that works is quite interesting, and a lot of it hasn't been tapped. But it's very difficult to do it because it's period and you can't do a period Bond.



The Walking Dead

Here are some photos and a promo for the next episode, "I Ain't a Judas." [BuddyTV]

Person of Interest

Erstwhile Fairly Legal star Sarah Shahi discusses her guest spot as lethal government operative Samantha Shaw in tonight's episode, "Relevance":

"The first couple of times they try to save me, I don't know who the fuck they are, so I try to kill them. All she knows is that she's has nowhere to go. Her own country has turned against her and she has no idea who these guys are. She feels like she can't trust anybody but herself."


The report also confirms Shahi will appear in subsequent episodes. [EW]

And here are some promo photos for the episode. [SpoilerTV]

Once Upon a Time

Here are some promo photos for the next episode, "The Queen Is Dead", which airs March 3. The episode finds Mary Margaret and David racing to find the Dark One's dagger before Regina and Cora can. The story may feature Mary Margaret sporting a harder edge in her dealings with Regina, as star Ginnifer Goodwin hints:

"Consistently Snow White - and even Mary Margaret, for some reason – has always chosen to be the bigger person [when it comes to Regina] and even at her own peril, and I don't really understand the ‘even at her own peril' part. It's the part of the princess code I don't understand, because at some point you've got to, like, have some balls and put an end to conflict."


[TV Line]

Here's a behind-the-scenes video with costar Meghan Ory.

And here are some behind-the-scenes photos for "The Queen Is Dead." [SpoilerTV]

Co-creator Adam Horowitz teases one mystery the rest of the season will resolve:

"We are going to explore the origins of what made Regina go get Henry, what made Regina want a child."


[TV Line]

Finally, here's a new round of cast photos. [SpoilerTV]

Under the Dome

Twilight actress Rachelle Lefevre has reportedly joined the cast of CBS's Brian K. Vaughn-developed adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Here's the description of her character:

Julia [is] an investigative reporter who has just moved to Chester Mills from Chicago with her husband, a doctor at the medical center. Now the editor of the local paper, Julia is more than curious when the mysterious dome descends upon the town.


[TV Guide]


Here's an interview with stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.


Felicity Smoak actress Emily Bett Rickards discusses how her character will get more and more caught up in Oliver's vigilantism, whatever she originally intended:

Her lines won't necessarily blur, but they start to shift. They start to change over the course of getting deeper and deeper into it. As soon as you witness some of the seedy things happening, you can't un-witness them. There's an innocence that's lost. She's doing this to find Walter. She has strict morals. She doesn't want to see good people get hurt and die. She starts to have more respect for what they're doing because they're trying to protect the city. [But] there's the question always in her mind: Who am I becoming? Should we be giving these people a chance to redeem themselves?

What can you tease about the obstacles they'll face when it comes to hunting Walter down?
There are no clues; there are no hints. I think she hopes that going through the list and helping Oliver and Diggle that something will pop up. She feels like it's all connected and as the episodes go on, you start to see how much things are connected. Even though her role expands and she stays in it to help Starling City as well, she's just hoping that a clue will pop up and it'll show where he is. But there's nothing yet.


She also specifically comments on Felicity and Oliver's relationship:

It's hard to say if there's going to be a love interest/crush/relationship, but the relationship definitely starts to change. Oliver has a lot of walls, but with the biggest wall down and that secret out there - even though he still has secrets from everyone - it allows Felicity to see Oliver more clearly. Now they can be a little bit more open with each other and that's bound to change something in their relationship.


[TV Guide]

The Vampire Diaries

Star Nina Dobrev discusses how the death of Jeremy affects Elena:

Losing Jeremy really, really, really changes Elena. Sometimes people recover from tragedy and sometimes they don't — but it's a long journey for her. Elena's mourning period is much different than any I've ever seen depicted on TV before. She goes off the deep end and spirals downwards into a black hole of death and sadness and misery. I mean, your instinct is right when you asked if we'll see an Elena who embraces her vampire side to a different degree. It's an Elena we haven't seen before, and you'll be shocked, quite frankly. I was very surprised where the episodes take her because it's almost like she's a completely different person that you won't recognize to some degree.


[ET Online]

Spartacus actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson will reportedly appear in the March 21 episode as Aja, described as "a powerful witch, with a connection to Bonnie's mother, who comes to Mystic Falls to help Bonnie control her magic. " [TV Guide]


Being Human (UK)

Here's the description for the fifth episode:

Tom falls for a damsel in distress called Natasha (Kathryn Prescott), when she runs into the hotel looking for a safe heaven. But Natasha comes to the attention of Hal for a darker reason, when she offers him a way to control his bloodlust and prevent him from killing innocents. Meanwhile, Alex is positive there's something suspect about hotel resident Captain Hatch. But the more she investigates, the deeper into danger she gets.



Being Human (US)

Here are some promo photos for next Monday's episode, "One Is Silver And The Other Pagan." [SpoilerTV]


Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas.




Why does Mark keep saying " George [Lucas] wanted to know" and "George that I wanted ". George Lucas isn't going to have anything to do with the new movies, right?