Gollum, Gandalf, and Frodo officially join The Hobbit, plus Superman's production schedule (possibly) revealed!

The Hobbit adds three more Lord of the Rings characters, with a couple more familiar names heavily rumored for a return as well. A production timeline gives some hints for the Superman reboot...unless of course it's fake. Spoilers right now!


Superman Reboot

An inside source has unveiled what's supposed to be a production timeline for the film. It's plausible enough, but we have no way of knowing whether or not it's real, so take it with heaps and heaps of salt. In any event, here's what the timeline says:

  • Filming will run for a whopping 10 months from 22 August, 2011 to April 2012
  • Post-production will run from May to November 2012 in time for a December 2012 release
  • Filming will start at a Smallville location, with forty days of filming for sequences dubbed "Homecoming", "Future Discussion", "Ship Discovery", and "Funeral"
  • Filming then moves to the main location, which is presumably the Metropolis stand-in
  • Main location filming will run from mid-September to January 2012
  • There's then a month and a half of filming in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East (which, yes, we're aware is part of Asia, but that's what the timeline says)
  • Interior and set shoots will finish off filming at a UK studio
  • Further updates include clarification that, though Smallville is the first location, that doesn't necessarily reflect where the Smallville scenes fit into the movie
  • The Metropolis stand-in might be Chicago and not the rumored choice of Vancouver, explaining why The Dark Knight Rises is supposedly moving to Detroit
  • The foreign filming locations are for a Clark Kent montage that include scenes set (but obviously not shot) in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Studio filming will probably take place in Shepperton Studios at Pinewood, and this is where the Daily Planet scenes will be shot

Again, take this all with massive grains of salt until we know anything more. More details at the link. [Collider]

X-Men: First Class

Another inside source claims to have seen the first trailer and provides a fairly lengthy breakdown of what to expect. As with the Superman spoilers, treat this with a ton of skepticism, but here we go...

The trailer features some opening voiceover and clips from Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, and then we see the first childhood meeting between Professor X and Magneto. Captions inform us that Xavier "wanted peace" but Magneto "was too far gone." We then get glimpses of Dr. McCoy - Beast, presumably, although apparently in human form - and then Nightcrawler. We see Oliver Platt's Man in Black, Kevin Bacon's Sebastian Shaw, and January Jones's Emma Frost together in the Hellfire Club, as well as a glimpse at Emma Frost's diamond form. Indeed, there's apparently a ton of transforming in this trailer - Mystique's skin turns black, Dr. McCoy starts turn into Beast, and even Xavier losing his hair.

There are more details at the link, but frankly, I'd be pretty surprised if any of this turns out to be true. [ComicBookMovie]

The Hobbit

New Line Cinemas have confirmed that Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis will reprise their respective roles as Frodo and Gollum, while Ian McKellan has now announced that he's officially on board as well. There are also expected casting announcements for Christopher Lee's return as Saruman and Ian Holm's reappearance as the older Bilbo Baggins. [ComingSoon.net and McKellan.com]

28 Months Later

Danny Boyle gave a quick status update for this project. He says there's a good idea for the movie, and after he finishes work on a London stage adaptation of Frankenstein he's going to think more about it. [Empire]

Limitless

Here are some set photos featuring Bradley Cooper and Abbie Cornish shooting scenes in Philadelphia, reportedly as part of a new ending for the thriller about a wonder drug that gives Cooper access to 100% of his mind. [Philadelphia Daily News and Just Jared]

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The Green Hornet

Here's a banner image for The Green Hornet, focusing on the heroes' car Black Beauty: [FirstShowing.net]

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Director Michel Gondry explains how he worked with his stars Seth Rogen and Jay Chou and how their real life dynamic informed the movie:

Well, for one thing to start with is the script, the screenplay that was written by Seth and [Evan] Goldberg has this relationship as a backbone. So it was there. And then how to make it really alive? Seth likes to improvise a lot and he's very confident with the verb, the language. Jay, he barely speaks English, so he would be completely lost in the filming but he would compensate with his little bit of coolness all the time. On the other hand, when they tried the costumes on, everything fit Jay perfectly because he's this handsome boy. And Seth was very embarrassed, very underconfident next to Jay, and I thought this dynamic is exactly what was at the core of their relationship.

There's more at the link, including how he approached some of the fight scenes. [Vulture]

Jurassic Park 4

A photo made the rounds yesterday purporting to show the Daily Shooting Schedule board at Universal Studios, which said Jurassic Park 4 was currently shooting. Though the photo is real, the movie isn't - it was probably just some practical joke. [ComingSoon.net]

Fringe

Here's a bunch of photos for the mid-season premiere "The Firefly", including a look at Christopher Lloyd and his surprisingly youthful-looking arms: [SpoilerTV and TV Guide]

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The Walking Dead

Comics creator Robert Kirkman revealed that Frank Darabont may bring in Michonne in next season, although the villainous Governor probably won't appear until season three at the earliest...which is the first anyone has seriously mentioned a third season, so take that as good news for the show's long-term future. [Digital Spy]

Game of Thrones

Sean Bean discussed his character Ned Stark, who he considers the hero of the show:

He's a guy who's from the north of the land. He has a family. He's a quite happily married man. He's a hard, strong man who's very loyal and vulnerable, which is part of his downfall.

He also explained how this fantasy production actually surpasses Lord of the Rings:

I didn't find that it affected me at all. I think the amount of production value that was put into Game of Thrones was incredible, and it's unlike anything I've seen on any other production, including The Lord of the Rings. It was a wonderful production, of course. I was very proud to be part of that. But, I was absolutely impressed by the detail, the sheer size of it, the craftsmanship in the studio and the sets for Game of Thrones. Everything was so detailed and so vast, and it was a lot of work. It was like working on a big feature film, every week. Each of the 10 episodes felt like a pretty hefty feature film. I think we really established a grand size. And, the fact it's been done by HBO means you're in good standing. You've got good people behind you. As I said, it's an edgy, sexy, violent, dark, brutal piece where nobody's safe, and there are so many twists and turns, and the characters are so well drawn. I think everybody who sees this is hopefully fascinated by what we've achieved.

There's more at the link. [Collider]

True Blood

Queen Sophie-Anne portrayer Evan Rachel Wood wouldn't reveal much about her work this season, although she does say she's shot one episode, she'd had a scene with Stephen Moyer because they have to conclude their big fight, and she hasn't had any scenes with any of the new female cast members. When asked about her character possibly pursuing Sookie, she said she would love to see it and proclaimed "Come on, it's gotta happen!" [Collider]

Chuck

Episode 16 is reportedly titled "Chuck vs. the First Mate", and here's a report on what the episode supposedly entails (plus a bit of speculation):

The episode revolves around a new recurring guest star, Vivian, a young woman studying history at Oxford. She thinks her father is an oil magnate, but in reality he's a criminal mastermind. Could she be connected to Volkoff? Meanwhile, the National Clandestine Service has their eye on Casey and they aren't taking no for an answer.

[ChuckTV.net]

No Ordinary Family

Here's a promo, some photos, and a synopsis for tonight's episode, "No Ordinary Brother": [Daemon's TV]

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Jim's wayward brother, Mike, makes a surprise visit to the Powell household and discovers the family has powers. But in an attempt to make some quick cash, he tries to convince JJ to using his abilities to win big by betting on the horses. Meanwhile, in a surprise twist, Katie is given a promotion at Global Tech by Human Resources VP Victoria Morrow (Rebecca Mader, "Lost"), who may be hiding a secret agenda, and Daphne is placed on the school's peer disciplinary committee and believes a student may have been wrongly accused of possessing drugs.

The Cape

Here's a behind the scenes video: [SpoilerTV]

V

A promo, photos, and a short summary of tonight's "Serpent's Tooth": [Daemon's TV]

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Anna and Diana square off in the dark bowels of the Mothership – Diana has been down there for 15 years and not had a single glimpse of Anna. Meanwhile, Erica has Tyler's blood analyzed, and learns the V's did something sinister to her when she was pregnant with him.

Being Human

Mark Pellegrino, TV's go-to guy for creepy bastards, explains his character Bishop, who is both a lieutenant in the Boston Police Force and a 400 year old vampire (which isn't as unusual a combination as you might think):

Bishop is a very old vampire. He was turned in the 1600s in England and came over to the New World before the Revolutionary War to make his bones and his mark in the world. He has become the vampire boss of Boston. The vampire world is kind of organized the way that the mafia is, in families that govern each other. He's become the overlord of Boston, so to speak. He turned Aidan, one of the main characters of the story, and [main vampire] Aidan has since had second thoughts about his lifestyle and is trying desperately to change it and I'm trying desperately to bring him back in the fold.

There's more at the link, including lots of discussion of his characters on Dexter, Lost, and Supernatural. [Daemon's TV]

Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs, Charlie Jane Anders, and Cyriaque Lamar.