How does The Amazing Spider-Man tie into the Sam Raimi movies? Plus Hobbit set photos and a Doctor Who guest star!

A producer on The Amazing Spider-Man suggests the new movie isn't quite "rebooting" the saga. New photos reveal sets being built for The Hobbit. We now know who a Little Britain star is playing on Doctor Who. Plus a poster for Battle: Los Angeles, cosmic ruminations on Tree of Life, True Grit's young star loses her memories of the future, and more!

Spoilers from this point forward!

Top image from Battle: Los Angeles.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Producer Avi Arad offered this slightly strange quote that seems to suggest a vague link between Marc Webb's reboot and the Sam Raimi movies:

"It's not a comeback. You have to look at it this way: Do you want to know more about Spider-Man? This movie is going to tell stories that you didn't see in movies 1, 2, and 3."

Now, before anyone gets excited (or dismayed) about some Star Trek style narrative trickery to make everything hang together, this probably just means the movie (and its potential sequels) won't be retelling stories or revisiting characters that we've already seen, and that it's broadly in keeping with the tone of the earlier movies. So, you know, it could fit into the earlier continuity, if that's something you really cared about.

Or, to look at it even more simply, Arad just means this new movie isn't a radically different take on the webslinger than what we've seen before...even though things like the apparent switch back to mechanical web-shooters or the seemingly different handling of Gwen Stacy compared to her portrayal in Spider-Man 3 really makes it seem as though they're just separate continuities (and those are just two of the more obvious examples).

So yeah...I'm not really sure what he was trying to get at here, but I suspect all he was really trying to say is that there are plenty more stories to tell about Spider-Man. [ThinkMcFlyThink]

Meanwhile, it appears that at least one scene will involve a helicopter cockpit, as a casting notice has gone out for experienced helicopters pilots who can believably work the controls. I believe we've already seen Denis Leary's Captain George Stacy near some NYPD helicopters, so it might connect with that...but really a helicopter could figure into the movie in any number of ways. [MTV Splash Page]


Battle: Los Angeles

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Here's the final poster. [IGN]


The Hobbit

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Here's a bunch of photos showing set construction in Miramar, New Zealand. They seem to resemble the dwarven city of Moria, but that's just speculation and it's not currently known what area these sets might depict. [TheOneRing.net]


Tree of Life

Iconoclastic auteur Terrance Malick's next movie stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, spans many years in the lives of its characters, and somehow reflects on the cosmic nature of existence. If nothing else, 2001: A Space Odyssey special effects master Douglas Trumbull is involved, and he promised the movie has a decidedly cosmic scope:

"[It's] more of a 'man's place in the universe' concept, because it's really talking about the entire universe and where we fit into it. It's a very, very cosmic and very spiritual movie. A movie that, in style and content, is quite different from anything you're seeing."

[The Australian]


Forgotten

True Grit breakout star Hailee Steinfeld has reportedly signed on to play the main role of London Lane in the adaptation of Cat Patrick's as yet unpublished novel. The premise is maybe the most ludicrously complex thing I've ever heard, but apparently young London's memories are erased every morning at 4:33 AM, and she wakes up only with memories of the future. She then meets a new boy at her school who, strangely enough, is not in her future memories. I dunno - still seems like a werewolf should be in there somewhere, but it'll have to do. Whether this means Steinfeld is now out of the running for the lead role in The Hunger Games is currently unknown. [Deadline]


Akira

Long-time Harry Potter screenwriter Steven Kloves has reportedly been brought in to do script work on the live-action American remake of the Japanese animated film (and the original manga source material). [Variety]


Doctor Who

Little Britain co-creator and Doctor Who super-fan David Walliams is confirmed for a part in the upcoming series. He is playing an alien called Gibbis in an episode written by Being Human's Toby Whithouse, which is thought to be episode eleven. [BBC]


Fringe

Episode 17 is reportedly titled "Stowaway." [SpoilerTV]


The Cape

NBC hasn't scheduled the show's tenth episode, which may mean the show will just end after its ninth episode. Anyway, the possibly unaired tenth episode is rumored to be called "Endgame" — and so might have given the series some vague sense of closure, if that's even possible on something as fundamentally nonsensical and free-form as The Cape. [CapeSite.net]


Supernatural

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Here's a bunch of photos from the March 4 episode, "And Then There Were None." [KSiteTV]


Being Human (UK)

Here's a promo for episode 6, "Daddy Ghoul": [SpoilerTV]


V

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Here's a bunch more photos from the season - and possibly series - finale, "Mother's Day." It's a mix of promo photos with a few behind-the-scenes shots.[SpoilerTV]


Touch

Kiefer Sutherland is reportedly in negotiations to star in Heroes creator Tim Kring's return to television, which concerns a father who discovers his mute, autistic son can see the future. [ScreenRant]


Additional reporting by Chelsea Lo Pinto and Charlie Jane Anders.