We got our first look at Avengers: Age Of Ultron thanks to Entertainment Weekly and it looks good. These aren’t our bright and shiny, newly minted Avengers. This team looks beat up but determined, which works perfectly within the larger timeline.
This is a teaser for the magazine itself in which EW’s Anthony Breznican sat down with Joss Whedon and Robert Downey for an in depth look at the movie, so you’ll have to buy it to read that, but they did give us a synopsis – which is after the break to protect you from spoilers. But, I say spoil yourself.
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Back in 2102 it was first announced that a Shannara TV series based on the Terry Brooks novels was a possibility. Fast forward to 2014 and it appears that the show will definitely be a reality as MTV pulled the trigger and greenlit a 10-episode first season.
Jon Favreau was originally going to direct as well as executive produce, but had to step down from the former role due to a scheduling conflict, so Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will take over to direct the first 2 episodes. EW reports that Terry Brooks and Dan Farah are still in place to executive produce and the show will be written by writer-producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville).
There are no casting announcements yet, but we’ll keep you apprised once we have more news.
While this is probably not a show MTV would have done before Game Of Thrones, it’ll be interesting to see how it will do in the shadow of its popularity. On that note, prepare for the uninitiated to call the show a “ripoff” despite the fact that the first Shannara book (The Sword Of Shannara) came out in 1977. However, the series will be based on the second book (The Elfstones Of Shannara) as it is the book that really cemented the series.
I was already excited about the news that Ian McKellen is going to play Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming A Slight Trick of the Mind, but he went and tweeted out this picture and now I seriously can’t wait.
Sure, I also have a crush on him, but who doesn’t?
You can see his tweet after the break.
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J.K. Rowling has left another little present for Harry Potter fans over on Pottermore in the form of a short story written from the perspective of Rita Skeeter for the Daily Prophet.
Skeeter is reporting from the 2014 Quiddich World Cup and, while the story is only 1500 words, there’s an update on Harry, Ron and Hermoine (who are in attendance). She notes:
“About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old.”
He also has a mysterious cut on his cheek that Skeeter believes might be the result of his work as an Auror.
You need to be a member of Pottermore to read the story in its entirety, but it’s a quick sign up so fly on over there and take a look.
(The Guardian via CNN)
Dark Horse has released part of their list of 2014 Exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con and there’s some good stuff in here.
Here’s what we know about so far. The following SDCC exclusives will be available in the expanded Dark Horse Exclusives Store at booth #2615!
- Itty Bitty Hellboy Plush: 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive
- Mass Effect Alliance Cruiser: Convention Exclusive Bronze Edition
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #5 San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 Variant Cover
- Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir #1 San Diego Comic-Con International Variant Cover
- Captain Midnight: Stolen Future Convention Exclusive Slipcase Edition
- Hellboy in Hell, Volume 1: The Descent—San Diego Comic-Con International Hardcover Edition
- EVE: Source Limited Edition
- Usagi Yojimbo San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive Lithograph
- Itty Bitty Hellboy Convention Exclusive Hardcover
- The Witcher #1 Convention Variant Cover
Head after the break for more pictures. Editions are limited, so good luck!
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Yesterday we got news that Once Upon a Time cast their Anna and Kristoff and now we have news on Elsa.
Actress Georgina Haig will join the cast as Queen Elsa of Arendelle. Haig will likely be best known from her role as Etta Bishop on Fringe.
But if you’re worried that Elsa may not be in good hands, Once co-creator Adam Horowitz told TVLine:
“We are very well aware of how beloved [Frozen] is, so we’re very careful that we want to tell a story that is uniquely ours but also honors those characters that everyone fell in love with this past year.” Added Eddy Kitsis: “The thing we love about Elsa is she is perceived to be a villain but is clearly misunderstood, and that goes to the heart of our show.”
What do you think about the choice?
Hey Frozen fans, here’s some Once Upon a Time casting news just for you. Remember the news about Anna, Else and Kristoff coming to Storybrooke? According to TVLine, Anna and Kristoff have been cast with Elizabeth Lail as Anna and Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff in recurring roles.
TVLine also notes that we’ll meet Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff in their post-Frozen lives. No word on Elsa casting yet, but we’ll be keeping an eye out.
Personally, I hope we see them end up like this.
Head after the break to see a couple comparison photos as we start imagining what’s to come.
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That sound you just heard was Neil Gaiman and Bryan Fuller fans losing their minds in joy.
While HBO may have passed, Starz has decided it’s going to give Neil Gaiman’s American Gods a chance with a script to series commitment. Meaning that they’ll commission a script and a make a decision once they see it.
Writer/producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green will be showrunners and are set to exec produce along with Gaiman. So, while this isn’t a 100% “yes” to a series, it’s definitely in good hands.
Neil Gaiman had this to say:
“When you create something like American Gods, which attracts fans and obsessives and people who tattoo quotes from it on themselves or each other, and who all, tattooed or not, just care about it deeply, it’s really important to pick your team carefully: you don’t want to let the fans down, or the people who care and have been casting it online since the dawn of recorded history,” Gaiman said. “What I love most about the team who I trust to take it out to the world, is that they are the same kind of fanatics that American Gods has attracted since the start. I haven’t actually checked Bryan Fuller or Michael Green for quote tattoos, but I would not be surprised if they have them. The people at Fremantle are the kinds of people who have copies of American Gods in the bottom of their backpacks after going around the world, and who press them on their friends. And the team at Starz have been quite certain that they wanted to give Shadow, Wednesday and Laura a home since they first heard that the book was out there. I can’t wait to see what they do to bring the story to the widest possible audience able to cope with it.”
Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman? This has YES written alllll over it.
That sound you just heard was me and a legion of other fangirls (and guys) screaming. In joy.
Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendolyn Christie have been CONFIRMED for Star Wars Episode VII.
Here’s the news from Lucasfilm via Star Wars.com:
Lupita Nyong’o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”
Lupita Nyong’o is a stellar actress. She’d be amazing no matter what, but I hope she’s a villain. As for Brienne, I’m really, really, really, really hoping we get to see Gwendolyn Christie swinging a saber. The gifs have already begun. I want to see it in real life.
Plus, there’s a video after the break that gives you a hint of how it would look.
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