The writer of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot explains why this idea might not be completely terrible. Zombieland 2 is looking for a new cameo that will top Bill Murray's. The Hobbit is going 3D. Huzzah for spoilers!
Here's a new trailer, courtesy of a Nokia-sponsored viral challenge: [ComicBookMovie]
While this scene shows a little more of original Tron costar Bruce Boxleitner: [ComicBookMovie]
Also, it turns out Sam Flynn's beer of choice is Coors. But, fear not, it's not product placement - it just so happens Coors has the right gold color scheme that director Joseph Kosinski was going for. [New York Times]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot
In case you missed it over Thanksgiving, Whit Anderson, the screenwriter for the new Whedon-less Buffy movie, says her take will work with all of the "touchstones" of the original but really bring the story forward to the present day. She compares what they're doing to Christopher Nolan's successful revival of the Batman franchise, which is just the sort of easily misinterpreted analogy that's sure to win over Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan fans alike. Anyway, here's why she feels Buffy is worth reviving:
"The thing that was so wonderful about ‘Buffy' is what made it special was so timeless. The deep struggle she had with duty and destiny, that tug between what you're supposed to be doing and what you want to be doing. The fate of the world is on her shoulders, but some days she wakes up, and she just doesn't want to do it. And are we doomed and destined to love someone? That conflict was very interesting to me. Those are the things I loved about her and her world. She also represents - like all the heroes - something empowering for us. She reminds us of what we could be if we were in our top form, the best of us if we were at our very best, and even then we still see the vulnerability and doubts she has inside. That's where we all connect."
A couple inside sources have provided some minor hints on Marvel's upcoming movies. First up, one person says they'll be working as a guard at a film set early next year for either this or Iron Man 3. Based on filming dates, it's almost certainly The Avengers, which suggests some filming will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the person is located. Meanwhile...
Iron Man 3
...a "Set Decorating" site says this movie is "soon to be filming on their "New York" Metropolitan area sets." Even if it's true, "soon" can have a very broad definition, so there's not much to go on here. More interesting is the rumor that the Experimental Media Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York is being considered as the secret lab of the main villain of Iron Man 3. [ComicBookMovie]
Peter Jackson has announced he will be shooting the entirety of both movies in digital 3D. [ComicBookMovie]
There's an interview out with model/actor Anderson Davis, who is supposedly in contention for the role. Honestly, this all seems very shaky, but the one interesting tidbit suggests this movie might have a long way to go before finding the right Superman, and that any talk of an actor (such as Matthew Goode) having the role sewn up is premature. Here's the key quote:
From my understanding this will be a large casting. I'm sure they will strip LA and NY clean until they have found their guy. I have a team of people keeping their eyes and ears open regarding castings start-up.
Even that should probably be taken with a grain of salt, but it's a little bit of evidence pointing towards another unknown playing the Man of Steel. [ComicBookMovie]
X-Men: First Class
Here are a couple of grainy images that may show Jason Flemyng as Azazel and January Jones as Emma Frost...or they might just be decent fakes. We leave it up to you to decide. [ComicBookMovie]
The sequel is reportedly expected to feature another cameo along the lines of Bill Murray's, with Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford the two names being bandied about, as well as "a lead villain with comedic roots." Screenwriter Rhett Reese called these reports distorted, perhaps suggesting the gist is true but the specific names are later inventions. [Bloody Disgusting]
Here's the first teaser image for the movie, which apparently depicts the torn and feathery aftermath of Edward and Bella's first sex scene. [First Showing]
The James Gunn amateur superhero comedy starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page now has a release date: April 1, 2011. [Beyond Hollywood]
The Green Hornet
Here's a new international poster: [ComicBookMovie]
Ghost Rider 2: The Spirit of Vengeance
Here are some set photos that show Nicolas Cage on his motorcycle. The kid on the bike with him is the child Cage is charged with protecting from Satan, because of course he is. [Beyond Hollywood]
Another promo is out for episode 8, "Entrada": [Fringe Television]
Linda Hamilton discussed her character and whether Chuck's mom might actually be a villain. She's intrigued by the idea, but admits she doesn't actually know either way:
As an actor, it would be so much fun if Mary Elizabeth turned out to be a baddie. [Laughs] But, looking at my longevity, being good would better serve me. I want to stay on this show! And, besides, poor Chuck needs a mom.
So the writers intend to string us along for a while?
Apparently. [Laughs] And I'm getting ulcers over it! Mary is walking a very tight wire here, and nobody has told me where this is headed. It's the first time I've ever played a character where I don't know what's really going on.
Here's a quickie synopsis for the next episode, "Caged Heat":
Meg kidnaps Sam and Dean to force them to reveal Crowley's hideout. They promise to help her if she will torture Crowley to gain information about how Sam can get his soul back.
Although "Caged Heat" will see the brothers working together to get Sam's soul back, the episode after, "Appointment at Samarra", represents the Winchesters at their most divided. Dean reportedly makes a deal to switch place with Death for a day in return for getting back Sam's soul, while Sam asks the angel Balthazar to remove his soul permanently — which requires the blood of his father figure, Bobby, to pull off. [Zap2It]
Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi says the show's story is very consciously planned out to unfold over five seasons:
"There are a number of arcs and elements that will figure into the ultimate finale we have planned. Ideally, we'd get five years to tell the entire story in satisfactory fashion but, if it came down to it, we could pay it off over the course of a single season."
He also says the studio isn't making backup plans to finish the story elsewhere if it gets canceled before the end of the fifth season. Stargate Universe has decent ratings, but not nearly good enough that its five-year survival is a sure thing. For more, check out the link. [Gateworld]
Here's another teaser: [Scifi Mania]
And a long interview with show creator Tom Wheeler: [ComicBookMovie]
Costars David Lyons and Summer Glau talked about the show at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: [ComicBookMovie]
Elsewhere, Vinnie Jones confirmed his character Scales has been promoted to a regular, and then he explained what he's up to:
"Scales is the main boss, trying to take over, and he will be trying all different angles to do that. He's going to be teaming up wherever he can to try to take over Palm City. I think there are lots of things there, with Rollo (Martin Klebba) [and] with Chess (James Frain), that are going to be evolved into the storyline."
A synopsis is out for the British superhero dramedy's Christmas special:
'Tis the week before Christmas and all through the estate, not much of anything is happening, until one of the gang sees some graffiti that offers 'Money for Powers'. At the address advertised they meet Seth (Matthew McNulty), a drug dealer who was also struck in the storm and now has the ability to deal powers.
Nothing good comes of Seth's presence on the estate - certainly nothing which carries a festive message of peace and goodwill to all men. A disgruntled priest, quick-fix money-making schemes, lost powers, and a nativity scene that has to be seen to be believed, all add up to Christmas, Misfits style.
And here are a bunch of cool general photos: [ComicBookMovie]
Here's an interview with star Sam Witwer in which he discusses both this show and his previous work on Smallville: [Multiple Verses]
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Additional reporting by Chelsea Lo Pinto and Charlie Jane Anders.