News - May
20/05/13 - Matt Smith will return as the Doctor
Doctor Who's current Doctor, Matt Smith, has confirmed that he will be back for at least another year as he has signed another contract that will stay on the show throughout 2014.
Producer Steven Moffat will also return. In a recent interview, Moffat said: “I’m on a break for a couple of months while I’m in Detroit making How To Catch A Monster. We come back and shoot the Christmas special over the summer, then we go on to the next series, which will either start filming at the end of this year or at the start of 2014.”
17/05/13 - Dredd sequel is still a possibility
Despite not doing very well at the box office, the last Judge Dredd movie may still get a sequel.
In an interview with Collider, actor Karl Urban revealed he's had a recent meeting with writer Alex Garland about a second movie in the series.
While the film didn't do so well at the box office, DVD sales have been much stronger. Considering the newfound fans, Urban said he believes a sequel could definitely still be on the cards: “Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning. It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek. They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series.”
16/05/13 - Schwarzenegger up for Toxic Avenger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is currently in negotiations to sign up for a lead role in The Toxic Avenger reboot.
If everything goes as planned, Schwarzenegger will be taking on the role of a character that is being kept under wraps for the time being.
The movie being described as an action adventure that will appeal to mainstream audiences.
The Toxic Avenger sprang to life in 1984 as an over the top horror comedy from Troma films, directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman. The storyline revolves around a meek janitor who is doused with toxic waste and mutates into a head-smashing superhero. The franchise has spawned five feature films, including the soon to be released Toxic Twins: The Toxic Avenger V, and an animated TV series.
15/05/13 - Is a Walking Dead film being planned?
The Walking Dead co-star Chad Coleman (who plays Tyrese) has hinted that a movie could be in the works.
In an interview with MTV Geek, the actor said: “I really think a Walking Dead movie is going to be in the works not too far down the road.”
14/05/13 - Gremlins remake moves forward
Warner Bros. is slowly moving ahead with its planned remake the 1984 classic Gremlins, and is currently seeking a director.
Joe Dante directed the original Gremlins, which starred Zach Galligan as a young man who receives a mogwai as a gift from his father, with three explicit rules: do not get them wet, do not feed them after midnight, and do not expose them to bright light. When these rules are broken, the gremlins begin to reproduce and create havoc upon this sleepy town.
13/05/13 - Create your own Star Wars figure
For the Star Wars fan that has everything Disney World is about to offer the technology to allow everyone to have their own likeness cast as a Star Wars action figure.
From the 17 May Disney World will host a "D-Tech" event. The company will use technology to complete a 3D scan of your head and then cast your head on the body of either a stormtrooper figurine or one that's frozen in carbonite.
According to the official release: "The 10-minute experience uses the world’s highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by our Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. That captured image is later sent to a high resolution 3D printer to create the figurine. The completed figurine will arrive within 7-8 weeks after the experience if shipping domestically (it takes a little longer if shipping internationally). Guests will also receive either a Carbon-Freeze Me light-up band or a collector button depending upon which option they choose. The Star Wars – D-Tech Me experience is $99.95, plus shipping and applicable sales tax."
10/05/13 - Who will direct next Pirates film?
The quest for a director for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is almost complete, with Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman), and Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) all in the running.
Bond is thought to be the favourite choice of Walt Disney Pictures producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The studio is expected to make a final decision within the next few weeks, so production can get under way in either late 2013 or early 2014.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 comes to cinemas on 10 July 2015.
09/05/13 - Will Who star voice Rocket Raccoon?
Rumours are spreading that former Doctor Who star David Tennant will provide the voice for Rocket Raccoon in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
James Gunn, the movie's director, said: “I think there’s – here’s the thing: there are a lot of people who have a lot of ideas of who is right for Rocket Raccoon Rocket Raccoon has been slightly different over the years, in the comic books, and within my scripts he is a very, very specific guy, and I think people are going to have to wait for a few weeks before they see.”
08/05/13 - Downey Jr. won't return for Iron Man 4
Industry insiders are claiming that actor Robert Downey Jr. is open to reprise his Tony Stark / Iron Man persona for The Avengers 2 and 3, but doesn't want to make a fourth standalone Iron Man movie.
Under his current contract with Marvel, Iron Man 3 was the last movie that Robert Downey Jr. was obligated to do.
The Avengers 2 is due for release on 01 May 2015, with The Avengers 3 expected in 2017.
07/05/13 - Why Netflix won't be reviving Firefly
Netflix executives have been talking about why they are resurrecting some cult shows but not others.
The company is currently gearing up to broadcast the first new episodes in seven years of Arrested Development, the beloved comedy series that received critical acclaim and a huge cult following before low ratings saw the series cancelled..
Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, revealed why some show's won't be seeing the light of day: "Let me give you one broad statement about these recovery shows. In almost every case the cult around the show gets more intense and smaller as time goes by. Arrested Development was the rarest of birds in that the audience of the show grew larger than the original broadcast audience because people came to discover it years after it was cancelled.
"The Firefly fan is still the Firefly fan from when it was on TV and there’s fewer of them and they’re more passionate every year. Whereas with Arrested Development we’re going to be serving a multiple of the original audience. Any of the other shows we could bring back would be a fraction of the original audience."
03/05/13 - Craven approached for Scream TV
There have been recent rumours that a Scream TV series has already entered the pilot stage and that Wes Craven has been approached to direct.
Addressing fans questions, Craven posted on his Twitter page: "A lot of you have asked about the Scream TV series. It's true I've been approached. My response was, it would depend on the script. If they have a great script/concept, it could be fun. If not, not."
No writers have been attached to the series.
02/05/13 - Outlander TV show moves forward
Ronald D. Moore's fantasy series Outlander, which is based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series, looks like it's finally due to go into production.
The cable network Starz has finally hired writing staff, which means a straight-to-series order could be announced shortly.
The book series follows a World War II combat nurse who is accidentally sent back in time to the year 1743.
01/05/13 - Will Williams compose new Star Wars?
It wouldn't be a Star Wars film with out John Williams's score, and director of the new Star Wars film, J.J. Abrams, understands that and is eager to employ the 81 year old's services.
In a recent interview, Abrams said: "For Star Wars, it's very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was."
Williams himself has already expressed an interest in working on the music for Star Wars: Episode VII.
J.J. Abrams has a long working relationship with composer Michael Giacchino (whose work on the Medal of Honor games bears an uncanny similarity to the music of Williams). Giacchino is said to be in full approval of John Williams working on the score for Star Wars: Episode VII.