Russell Crowe could be in line to star in a science fiction blockbuster... but which one? Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson explains what makes Peeta Mellark tick. Alex Kingston reveals River Song's Doctor Who future. Plus a big Walking Dead rumor debunked!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games
Peeta Mellark actor Josh Hutcherson explains his reactions to seeing the movie, as well as how he relates to his character:
'I just saw it for the first time yesterday and it's great, so much fun. The 3D really draws you into the story and takes you along for a great ride.
What's your connection with Peeta?
It's the belief of not letting something change you, which is very much a driving force in Peeta's motivation throughout the stories. That's completely who I am.
Lionsgate just announced the movie will have a one-week IMAX-only run starting March 23, 2012. [Coming Soon]
Viola Davis, who just scored an Oscar nomination for her work in The Help, has reportedly been cast as a military psychologist in the upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel. [Variety]
Darren Aronofsky has reportedly zeroed in on a replacement for Christian Bale, his original choice to play Noah in his big-budget reimagining of the biblical story. Russell Crowe is reportedly the new main contender, though it's not clear whether any negotiations have actually begun for the part. However... [Deadline]
...Crowe is also rumored to be a contender for the title role in Jose Padilha's reboot. There's not much beyond that to either of these rumors so far, so take it all with a grain of salt until we hear something more substantial. [@TheInSneider]
The Help actress Octavia Spencer has reportedly joined The Host director Bong Joon-ho's adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. Spencer will reportedly play one of the passengers on the snowbound train powered by "a sacred perpetual-motion engine" that is carrying the remnants of humanity through a post-apocalyptic ice age, joining the previously cast Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, and Song Kang-ho. Spencer's character reportedly joins a revolution led by the lower classes on the train in order to save her son. [Heat Vision]
Vin Diesel has released another photo of himself from the set of the third Riddick movie. [Vin Diesel's Facebook]
Evil Dead Reboot
Red Riding Hood actor Shiloh Fernandez has reportedly signed on to play the male lead in Fede Alvarez's reboot. Mirror, Mirror's Lily Collins was originally signed on to play the female lead, but she has since dropped out. [Variety]
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman talks about her work writing the script for Tim Burton's adaptation of the novel about an orphanage full of children with paranormal abilities:
"It's quirky, I would say. It has really dark and scary moments in it, but there will be humor in it, it will be very perky, a little off-beat. It's very funny!"
Goldman also discusses the adaptation of this Image Comics series about a a woman who escapes her disappointing life in the distant future to live in a virtual world:
"It's futuristic, it's incredible. Science fiction is not a genre I'm used to [writing], but it's my favorite."
Dimension Films has reportedly hired Matt Lieberman to write the screenplay for director Tim Hill's remake of the 1980s robot comedy. [Coming Soon]
Alex Kingston isn't revealing anything specific about River Song's future on the show - though really, I don't think there's that much question she'll be back eventually - but she does say that her other commitments won't keep her from reappearing:
"You may see her again. Who knows? Let's just say, Upstairs Downstairs and Doctor Who don't film at the same time."
The show is reportedly going on a three-week hiatus at the beginning of March, but it will then end the season with eight new episodes in a row. [SpoilerTV]
Game of Thrones
John Snow actor Kit Harrington talks about the character's relationship with the newly introduced Ygritte, as well as season two in general:
It's a tempestuous relationship. I'm not allowed to go into details, but I will say that it's nice for John to meet a woman, I think... Episode nine is a big episode... He gets to fight more. In season one it was all training yard stuff, and now the world he's going into it's much more real. The fighting he has to do is for real, it's not play fighting.
He said that he doesn't share any more scenes with Peter Dinklage, but he did praise his new costars Simon Armstrong and Rose Leslie, who play Qhorin Halfhand and Ygritte respectively. For more cast interviews, you can check out a two-part interview with new addition Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth, here and here. [MTV]
The Walking Dead
I was pretty sure this was coming ever since horror mainstay Tom Savini off-handedly revealed Winter's Bone actor John Hawkes was in line to play the Governor next season, and now here it is: John Hawkes's publicist has issued a statement simply saying, "John is NOT appearing on The Walking Dead." So, there you go. [MTV Splash Page]
In other casting rumors, Marvin Duerkholz, who you probably don't remember as Cody on MTV's Teen Wolf, is listed as playing Philip Eagle on IMDB's page for the season three premiere. Since this is just a random IMDB cast listing we're talking about, I'd take this with a gargantuan grain of salt. [IMDB]
AMC has released another promo for the show's upcoming return. You can check it out here.
Executive producer Zack Estrin reveals how their found footage supernatural horror series draws on genuine folklore for its stories:
"We're sort of culling from real legends and lore of that region in the Amazon. So, for as many episodes as we are blessed to have, we've got spooks and scare things for a week-to-week basis, based on real stuff from down there, real scares."
Being Human (UK)
Here's the official description for the third episode of series four, "The Graveyard Shift", which is set to air February 19:
Hal is unaccustomed to modern life, having kept himself sheltered from society to avoid the risk of killing. So when Annie and Tom tell him he needs to get a job, he is filled with dread.
Faced with the horror of working in the café with Tom, Hal is tempted by vampire Fergus to come back to the vampire fold as their new leader. Meanwhile Annie is convinced by Regus that the baby should be taken away to safety, or the vampires will surely kill their ‘destroyer'. But when Fergus and his gang attack the house, Annie needs to prove that with Tom and Hal that they are a strong enough team to protect the baby… but are they?
Being Human (US)
Here's a promo and sneak peek for the next episode, "I Loathe You for Sentimental Reasons", which airs February 6.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's an extended promo for next Thursday's episode, "Dangerous Liaisons."
The Secret Circle
Here are some promo photos for the February 16 episode, "Return", in which Cassie confronts her estranged father, the powerful dark witch John Blackwell. [TV Line]
Here's the description for episode eighteen of the second season, "Fae-nted Love":
Kenzi and Trick must race to save Bo from the fallout of a steamy night gone awry before it binds the Succubus for a millennium. In its wake, Bo poses very uncomfortable questions to Trick about her origins.
Here are the episode titles for the rest of season two:
2.16 "School's Out"
2.17 "The Girl Who Fae'd With Fire"
2.18 "Fae-nted Love"
2.19 "Truth and Consequences"
2.20 "Lachlan's Gambit"
2.21 "Into the Dark"
2.22 "Flesh and Blood"
Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.