Dan Aykroyd finally admits what everyone else already knew about Bill Murray and Ghostbusters 3. The Dark Tower is still happening, but with a new star. Guardians of the Galaxy gets a new writer, plus there's a Catching Fire casting update!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Dredd.
Iron Man 3
Here are some intriguing set photos from the recent location filming in Rose Hill, North Carolina. They seem to reveal that the film is actually set in Tennessee, and that some devastating disaster befell the town on December 12, leading to Christmas-themed memorials, a cordoned-off wreckage site, and photos of an apparently dead serviceman named Mike. This might tie in to the recent filming in which Iron Man appeared to be saving people from a crashing plane, assuming it was the remains of the plane that ended up doing this damage. Anyway, that's only one possible bit of speculation. You can go here and here for some more theorizing. [Comic Book]
Here are some set photos from the start of filming, in which Hugh Jackman's Wolverine finds himself in a World War II prisoner of war camp. [The Daily Telegraph]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris McCoy, who doesn't yet have any writing credits but has thrice made the Black List of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays, will reportedly rewrite Nicole Sullivan's first draft. The same report also gives a listing of the team lineup in the movie version, which will include, "Drax the Destroyer, a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos (the villain in the Avengers final-scene tease); Groot, a giant tree-man; Star-Lord, a gun-toting half-human/half-alien intergalactic vigilante; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, the last survivor of her species who was saved by Thanos to be his assassin but now battles him." McCoy's scripts have reportedly earned him accolades for their "quirky comedic bent", which seems like a useful quality to have when a talking raccoon and a sentient tree are two of the main players in your would-be blockbuster. [Heat Vision]
Lynn Cohen, who played Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in Munich and Philip Seymour Hoffman's mother in Synecdoche, New York, has been cast as Finnick Odair's mentor Mags in the Hunger Games sequel. The part of Finnick has still not yet been cast. [Catching Fire Casting]
Here's the final poster. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's a new promo image, in which Daniel Craig's James Bond and whoever he is staring at off-camera have seemingly imprisoned Javier Bardem's villainous Raoul Silva in a big glass cage. Something tells me Silva isn't nearly as imprisoned as he looks — mainly the fact that every blockbuster movie ever has taught me that a big glass prison means escape is imminent. [Coming Soon]
The Dark Tower
Ron Howard is reportedly still trying to get his massively ambitious adaptation of Stephen King's novel series off the ground, even though original backers Universal dropped the project and it was only with a slashed budget that Warner Bros. ended up taking it on, with HBO mooted as a possible home for the tie-in miniseries. Frequent Howard collaborator Akiva Goldsman is reportedly close to delivering a new script for the first movie, and the latest casting news is that Javier Bardem is no long attached to play the gunslinger Roland Deschain. Now, the project is being reconceived as a starring vehicle for Russell Crowe, who has kind of quietly become a big deal again what with his upcoming appearances as Jor-El in Man of Steel and the title character in Darren Aronofsky's epic Noah. Crowe isn't yet close to signing on, however, and this project still seems way too doomed to get all that worried about casting news until we see something a bit more concrete. [Deadline]
Dan Aykroyd — who I'm pretty sure is still the only person in the world who particularly wants this movie to happen — is now ready to admit that Bill Murray definitely won't be in it, which I'm pretty sure makes Aykroyd now officially the only person in the world who wants this movie to happen. Here's the latest interview in which Aykroyd finally admits what Murray has been telling everyone since day one:
Yes, we've got a brilliant new writer on it and we'll be passing the torch on to a new generation. We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year... We've tried a few concepts which weren't right but now we've got a good structure and will make it happen... I can tell you [Murray] won't be involved... It's sad, but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and we have to move on. It's time to make the third one.
And so Ghostbusters 3 officially entered Blues Brothers 2000 territory. [Metro]
Breaking Dawn: Part 2
Here are some new high-res promo photos from the final Twilight movie, all of which are apparently meant to remind you that yes, these are all people who will be in this movie, and they may even be wearing slightly different shirts from the ones they wore in the last four movies. [Coming Soon]
Here are two set videos from the tenth episode, which is reportedly called "The Crimson Horror" and guest stars the legendary Diana Rigg. The recent filming also reportedly included a characted played by Brendan Patricks — who played Evelyn Napier on a couple episodes of Downton Abbey — discovering a red-faced body in a canal and shouting, "Doctor, please, look, there is another body! Why won't anyone listen to me?" You can check out a slideshow of set photos at the link. [Doctor Who Spoilers]
Once Upon a Time
Star Ginnifer Goodwin explains how the merging of fairy tale and real-life identities will affect the characters igoing forward in season two:
"Everything's going to change. They really will remember everything, I mean, to the best of our knowledge, from this point forward. They will now have to reconcile these two different characters, these two different lives that they've lived… and now we will be playing the amalgamation of those characters that we played before. We'll also be portraying the separate characters in flashbacks. But I think what is going to happen this season will be just truly as titillating to the audience as it was last year; it's just for completely different reasons. No matter what, Mary-Margaret will always be a part of Snow White, but she is ultimately Snow White. Snow White is her true identity. As Mary-Margaret is now integrated into that Snow White-ness, it will affect our Snow White, but she definitely will be far more empowered than Mary-Margaret was, and therefore, yes, she will have a far stronger stance against Regina."
Check out the link for more. [KSiteTV]
Here are some promo photos from the upcoming second season premiere, "Bad Teeth", which kicks off NBC's fall schedule shortly after the completion of the Olympics. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some set photos. In case you're wondering, the baby is Jared Padalecki's son, not a new costar. [Just Jared]
American Horror Story: Asylum
Blake Sheldon, who had a bit part in In Time but is otherwise a newcomer, has reportedly been cast in the dual role of Devon and Cooper, a pair of psychotic twins at the second season's 1964 mental institution. Sheldon will guest star in the third episode of the season. [SpoilerTV]
ER's Laura Innes, who most recently played Captain Harper on the much-missed Awake, will reportedly guest star as Steve Jinks' estranged mother Emma Jinks. She will appear in an episode set to air September 17. [Live Feed]
Relative newcomer Emily Bett Rickards has reportedly been cast in the recurring role of Felicity Smoak, which I'm assuming is at least loosely based on the Firestorm supporting character of the same name — which probably makes this the closest poor Firestorm will ever get to actually appearing on live-action TV. Rickards will debut as Smoak in the third episode, which is reportedly titled "Lone Gunmen." [Kabookit]
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.