Will Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter class up the Akira remake?

James McAvoy explains the challenge of doing an X-Men: First Class sequel. Brian Grazer says the budget cuts have made The Dark Tower even better. Gale Anne Hurd discusses The Walking Dead's future... and inadvertently suggests an awesome possible guest star!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Walking Dead.

Man of Steel

Here's an interview with the new General Zod, Michael Shannon.


X-Men: First Class Sequel

James McAvoy says he'd be up for making a sequel - though he admits he doesn't have much choice, considering he's contractually obligated to. At any rate, he explains where the project currently stands:

"I've spoken to Matthew [Vaughn] about ideas, but I can't tell you what they are because they may or may not be the story. One thing I liked about our one was that it was different from the other three films where the X-Men are the good guys, Wolverine's figuring out who he is and Magneto is the bad guy. This was a completely different thing. Magneto wasn't a bad guy, we were friends. We're now set up to go back to the way the other movies are, so we've got to try to be cleverer than that."

[TotalFilm]


In Time

Here's an interview with star Justin Timberlake.


Akira

Now that the live-action, Americanized Akira remake is an eighty million dollar oddity instead of a full-fledged 250 million dollar fiasco, director Jaume Collet-Sera is apparently looking to add a little British respectability to the whole thing. To that end, Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter have reportedly been offered the roles of Colonel and Lady Miyako. If nothing else, this adds a bit of much needed prestige to offset the whole Garrett Hedlund as Kaneda thing, which reportedly is still in the early stages of negotiations. [Twitchfilm]


Battlestar Galactica Reboot

Newly announced writer John Orloff refuses to confirm that this new BSG will be just based on Glen Larson's original show:

"I'm not going to confirm nor deny that. That might have been Bryan [Singer] talking a long time ago. I'm hesitating because I don't want to give anything away. I'm very excited about my take. I love the take that I'm writing. I love Ron Moore's series. I really love Glen Larson's. I love Battlestar Galactica. As I've said, I'm not going to frak it up...As the article said yesterday, we're still finalizing the contract. But it's going to be fairly quick. Bryan is hoping that we're going to get this going pretty fast. It's going to be very cool, trust me. There's a reason it took him a long time to find a writer because he wants to make sure that this is right too. It's gonna be good."

[IGN]


Foundation

2012 director Roland Emmerich, who inexplicably has been given Isaac Asimov's intellectual masterwork to adapt, says the project remains in development hell, despite the addition of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters writer Dante Harper to take another crack at the script. According to Emmerich, a big part of the problem is the current plan to split the adaptation into three movies. [ComingSoon.net]


Singularity

Roland Emmerich also discusses another of his sci-fi projects, explaining that his still cryptic Singularity is indeed influenced by Ray Kurzweil's work:

"It's smarter science fiction. It's more in the direction of 'Inception' - it has a little more brain to it...I've read [Kurzweil's] book, the first one, since 1990, which was called 'The Age of Intelligent Machines,' and then I think the 'Age of Spiritual Machines,' which came out 2000, is a book I bought so many copies of and I'm constantly giving them to people. When you come to my house for dinner, most people have walked out with that book."

The movie is reportedly set to start filming next March in Montreal. [ComingSoon.net]


The Dark Tower

Producer Brian Grazer says the necessary budget cuts have been made to save the movie, and he argues they actually improved it:

"We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending. In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn't quite as satisfying. Now, we've got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It's gonna get made."

It's not clear whether Grazer is referring to the end of just the first movie or the end of the entire, media-spanning adaptation plans, but either way... he sounds optimistic. [The Playlist]


Sherlock Holmes 3

The first sequel isn't out yet, but the next Robert Downey Jr. Holmes movie has reportedly found a writer in Drew Pearce, who also wrote another Downey Jr. second sequel with Iron Man 3. [Deadline]


Paranormal Activity 4

Since the Paranormal Activity movies are pretty much a license to print money at this point, it's no surprise a fourth one is in the works. Says Paramount executive Don Harris:

"I can't imagine that we wouldn't make a number four, and I imagine (Paramount Film Group president) Adam Goodman this morning is thinking about the challenge. I'm sure he's thinking, 'Now what do I do?'"

[The Wrap]


Sin City 2

Frank Miller explains that Jessica Alba may be back for the sequel, assuming the damn thing ever happens to begin with:

Sin City number 2 is primarily an adaptation of the book A Dame to Kill For. It also features the short story, ‘Just Another Saturday Night' and two new stories. One involving Jessica Alba's character, Nancy Callahan, that I came up with for the movie in order to tie things together and make it be more united with the first.

[/Film]


Fringe

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Here are some promo photos for this week's episode, "Novation." [Daemon's TV]

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And here are some for episode six, "And Those We Left Behind." [SpoilerTV]

It's not confirmed yet, but it's looking increasingly likely that Mad Men's Jared Harris - who is also the new Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes sequel - is back as previously destroyed master criminal David Robert Jones. [TV Line]

Here are three set videos. [Fringe Spoilers]



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And here are some set photos. [Fringefilia]


The Walking Dead

Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Save the Last One."

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

Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd says episode seven is the one to watch out for:

Every one of them has something that I think will haunt people, give them nightmares maybe even in a few of their waking hours. Our seventh episode, which is the one that ends our mid-season before we pick up again in February, I think will knock people's socks off. It's directed by Michelle MacLaren. She's the directing executive producer on Breaking Bad, she directed "Guts," our second episode last season, and people will remember this episode for a long time

She also addresses the rumors about Stephen King and his son Locke & Key writer Joe Hill teaming up to write an episode:

You know, he's a very busy guy, as of course is Joe Hill. I for one was disappointed that Locke and Key didn't get picked up, that would've been a great show. They've got a pretty full dance card, and in order to write an episode of The Walking Dead you need to be heavily involved in the writers' room, and that's a commitment beyond just penning one episode. So it's difficult, for people who don't have a lot of free time.

Also, she again says there won't be celebrity zombie cameos...but when asked specifically about rumors regarding the sensational Stan Lee, she gave this rather intriguing response:

If Stan's gonna be on the show, because obviously he's a friend of mine, I did The Hulk and Punisher movies, it would be… he doesn't need to be a zombie.

[TV Overmind]


True Blood

The Moongoddesses set has reportedly been torn down, meaning there probably won't be any witches in the upcoming season. [E! Online]


Terra Nova

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Here are some promo photos for episode six, "Bylaw." [Daemon's TV]


Chuck

The season premiere, "Chuck vs. the Zoom", finds Chuck looking for the perfect house for Sarah, while the titular "zoom" refers to Morgan's term for interacting with the Intersect, replacing Chuck's "flash." [E! Online]

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Here are some promo photos for episode two, "Chuck vs. the Bearded Bandit." [KSiteTV]


Once Upon a Time

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Here's some promo photos for the next episode, "The Thing You Love the Most." [BuddyTV]

Here's the description for episode four, "The Price of Gold":

EMMA TRIES TO HELP A YOUNG PREGNANT WOMAN ESCAPE FROM MR. GOLD, AND CINDERELLA MAKES A REGRETTABLE DEAL WITH RUMPLESTILTSKIN - Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from the clutches of Mr. Gold. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Cinderella (Jessy Schram, "Falling Skies") makes a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin.

[SpoilerTV]

Star Jennifer Morrison gives her take on the appeal of the show:

"It's relationship driven. There is this sort of underlying universal thing. We're in a time in our lives where the economy's kind of tough and jobs are tough, a lot of struggles people are facing. In a sense, our show really represents that in the curse that is on the characters and the hope that there is a way out, that you can band together and find a way out."

[MTV Movies Blog]


Grimm

Star David Giuntoli explains his character's journey from the pilot onward:

Well, the pilot I lived in an almost perpetual state of shock, you know. And since then, it kind of, I have like normal life things happening to me. Basically, an episode goes like this: There's a crime, a terrible crime, a hideously-disfigured victim, and my senses start to suss out whether this crime has anything to do with these new beasts that I've learned live. And I usually do find out that something like that is going on. And I have to find a way to solve the crime without showing that I've seen this thing. And I learn mythology along the way, and I have people helping me, I have Monroe helping me. But I'm keeping the secret from Juliette and Hank.

He also describes his favorite episode so far:

My favorite fairy tale... There was one called "Three Bad Wolves," I think. And there was a lot of stuff going on. We had like a pig-man and a wolf-person — they all have German names — and they were enemies, and I had to keep them from killing each other. That would be my favorite.

You know...I know I have no right to hope for anything as glorious as this, but I think we just might have a shot at The Cape levels of lunacy here. Fingers crossed. [BuddyTV]

Meanwhile, Bitsie Tulloch explains how her character Juliette will interpret Nick's attempt to hide his life as a Grimm:

"I think Nick is lying to me and maybe he's having an affair. He's secretive and moody sometimes and he's gone a lot. That's all I can say but it is very interesting how they reveal it to me."

[E! Online]


American Horror Story

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Here are some promo photos for the first half of the Halloween two-parter. [SpoilerTV]


Falling Skies

Will Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter class up the Akira remake?

TNT has released a new image from the first day of production on the second season, as well as this description of what to expect:

In the second season of Falling Skies, viewers will learn what happens to Tom after his decision to go with the aliens at the end of the first season. Tom hopes that by agreeing to a dialogue with the invaders, he will not only free his son Ben from the invaders' influence, but also get a better picture of the aliens' overall plan.


The Vampire Diaries

Here's a clip from episode seven, "Ghost World."


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.