District 9 director Neil Blomkamp's next film could feature a huge star. The Spider-Man reboot casts a super-villain's child, while we learn who won't be in Captain America and The Avengers. Which actress will be the new Barbarella? Spoilers!
Marvel Studios exec Kevin Feige confirmed that Nick Fury and the Invaders superhero team do not appear during any of the film's 1940s scenes. He also said that of the next three Marvel films – this, Thor, and The Avengers - some of them will have after-credits scenes like those in the Iron Man movies and The Incredible Hulk. Assuming he's telling the truth when he says "some", that really logically has to mean two out of three of these movies will feature post-credits scenes, with the smart money on Captain America and Thor. [Hero Complex]
However Tony Stark plans to cope with all the other superheroes in the big team-up movie, he's going to have to do it without his favorite personal assistant. Gwyneth Paltrow confirmed that Pepper Potts almost certainly won't be in the movie, as they're close to the start of shooting and she hasn't been asked about it. I suppose that still doesn't preclude a quick cameo, but she most likely isn't putting in an appearance at all. [Collider]
A set report reveals why the crew built an entire fake town out in Arizona instead of just using one that already existed: the movie shows its complete destruction during a massive fight involving Thor, the Warriors Three, and the Destroyer. There are more observations on the move from concept art to film at the link. [Hitfix]
Elsewhere, star Garrett Hedlund explained how he took the fantastical journey of Sam Flynn and turned it into something more easily understood:
It starts off in the real world. Sam was so affected by the disappearance of his father, and you got the abandonment issues there. You come from real life on that. It's key for Sam's qualities to be real in a technological world, and the story has to be there as well. This being a movie of a son searching for his father, that's the jugular of this whole thing. Now you're in this world of the unknown, trying to overcome obstacles and get out.
Child actor Miles Elliot, best known from a recent appearance on Grey's Anatomy, has reportedly been cast as Billy Connors, the young son of Lizard alter ego Curt Connors, who is being played by Rhys Ifans. [BSC Review]
Neil Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9, reportedly set in the far future and starring Sharlto Copley, may be bringing on board one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Matt Damon is reportedly in talks to join the project. Hard to tell how reliable these reports are, so keep the grains of salt at the ready, though I'd like to think this is the sort of project Damon would get involved in. [Deadline]
A remake of the cult 1960s scifi movie starring Jane Fonda as a sexy space adventurer has been in the works for a while, and now Anne Hathaway is reportedly "attached" to the role, although her representatives deny any formal connection to the movie at this time. Knowing industry jargon, that phrasing does leave a ton of wiggle room for her to still be involved, but I'd definitely take this with a grain of salt for now. [Pajiba and The Playlist]
Here are some photos from the set of the new Mega City One. According to the person behind the set report, the movie only films at night, so we can only see the sets themselves in these photos. [Mania]
Dreamworks has released four new promo photos for the upcoming robot boxing movie: [Blastr]
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Two new names are being rumored to take on the main role of the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen reimagining. Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy are reportedly contenders to play Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. [Pajiba]
Everybody's favorite shirtless adolescent, Taylor Lautner, has reportedly signed on to play the lead role of Finn in the adaptation of Catherine Fisher's recent young adult bestseller. The story concerns a savage, futuristic prison society where the protagonist Finn grew up. He meets the warden's daughter, who unknowingly lives in a prison all her own modeled on 17th century Europe. The two both discover a pair of strange crystal keys that could make it possible for Finn to escape his hellish existence. [Deadline]
Speaking of young adult adaptations, Legion and Priest director Scott Stewart is reportedly developing a movie based on Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series, which concerns a young woman named Clary Fray who stumbles into a secret world of demon-hunting. The story involves rogue demon-hunters, friendly werewolves and vampires, and, most encouragingly, demon-powered motorcycles. Priest costar Lily Collins is reportedly in line to play Clary. [EW]
Season of the Witch
The Green Hornet
Here are some new photos: [Sci Fi Mania]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Firefly", which kicks off Fringe's move to Friday nights with the most brutally appropriate name imaginable: [Fringe Television]
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at "A Christmas Carol" with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill:
"A Christmas Carol" costar Katharine Jenkins says her character Abigail Pettigrew comes from a very humble background, and that she does indeed sing during the special. She says this is probably the most Christmas-y Doctor Who ever, but it's also very emotional and even heartbreaking. [BBC]
Torchwood: The New World
A couple returning cast members will apparently be joining John Barrowman and Eve Myles in The New World. Kai Owen, who plays Gwen's husband Rhys, tweeted that he will start filming in one month. Tom Price, who plays Gwen's former police colleague Andy Davidson (last seen rather awesomely beating the crap out of some soldiers) heavily hinted that he will also be back and filming in the US in a tweet replying to Owen. [The Doctor Who News Page]
Here's a new promo for episode 12, "Like a Virgin": [On the Flix]
Here's a promo for episode 6: [ComicBookMovie]
The latest J.J. Abrams produced pilot, which is all about a team of cops and FBI agents dealing with the sudden reappearance of Alcatraz prisoners who vanished from the prison decades ago, has picked up a new cast member. Sam Neill, whom I probably should respect enough not to call him Jurassic Park's Sam Neill, is reportedly playing "Emerson Hauser, the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence." It's still a little unclear just how science-fiction-y this show will actually be, although it does already costar Lost's Jorge Garcia and Fringe's Jason Butler Harner, so at least it's got a couple vets of Abrams scifi on board. [Deadline]
The first four episodes are called "Red Rain" (which we already knew), "Serpent's Tooth", "Laid Bear," and "Unholy Alliance." Wait, episode three is called "Laid Bear"? I really don't think I want to know what that could possibly mean. It's infinitely better without any context anyway. [The V-Files]
The season premiere reportedly reveals the presence of a traitor in the Fifth Column, and that person's identity will be "devastating." Here's hoping it turns out the traitor was Erica all along, just so the series can make the most of its continued life by being as batshit insane as possible. [EW]
Here's a promo for the first episode from the 2011 half of this season, "Collateral": [ComicBookMovie]
Here's a synopsis for the six-part animated series starring Djimon Hounsou (who also wants to play the character in live action). The DVD featuring all six episodes is due out January 18, 2011:
"Deep in the heart of Africa lies Wakanda, an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior-kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. The latest in this famed line is young King T'Challa, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther."
"Now, outsiders once again threaten to invade and plunder Wakanda. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, a deadly assassin with the blood of T'Challa's murdered father on his hands, who brings with him a strong army of super-powered mercenaries. Even with Wakanda's might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against this deadly invading force?"
Untitled Kevin Williamson Supernatural Show
Scream writer Kevin Williamson confirmed he is developing a show for the WB, although he balked at the Internet characterization that it's Buffy meets The X-Files:
"That was the wrong characterization. I was like, 'What is Buffy meets The X-Files?' They're completely at odds tonally. It's neither. It's set on a college campus. There's a little bit of some paranormal investigation involved, but it's more about the characters. It's more about what Julie and I like to do, which is create a world of people. A young girl goes to college, and it turns out there's a lot more going on."
Additional reporting by Chelsea Lo Pinto and Charlie Jane Anders.