Disney's Black Hole remake will be based on hard science, explains director Joseph Kosinski. A Battlestar Galactica star will reprise the role on Caprica, sparking major confusion. Plus spoilers for Zombieland 2, Harry Potter, Hobbit, Lost, Chuck and Doctor Who.
The Black Hole:
Joseph Kosinski, who's directing this Disney film along with Tron Legacy, says this one isn't a sequel, it's a reimagining. And he explains what'll be the same, and what'll be different:
I saw 'Black Hole' as a little kid. What sticks out most is the robot Maximilian. The blades and the vicious killing of Anthony Perkins. That freaked me out and that's definitely going to be an element that will be preserved. The design of the Cygnus ship is one of the most iconic spaceships ever put to film. From a conceptual point of view, we know so much more about black holes now, the crazy things that go on as you approach them due to the intense gravitational pull and the effects on time and space. All that could provide us with some really cool film if we embrace it in a hard science way.
Writer David Self says he and mooted director Darren Aronofsky are both still involved with it, but they're waiting for MGM to get its act together. And he clarifies that it's definitely not a sequel:
It's definitely not a sequel. It's an origin story, it's an origin to the original Robocop. So, it's basically a 'reboot'.
The sequel will be in 3-D, say writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. "It would be nice to have a love interest for Tallahassee... He's dangerous. Women like a bad boy." The second film will be about growing up in a world that forces you to be an adult much quicker than you would be otherwise. And the second film will "stay with our dysfunctional family" while possibly adding new characters. [MTV]
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows:
Sounds like Fenrir Greyback has a pretty big part in the two-part movie adaptation of the final book. At least, Kevin McKidd tells an interviewer that he was asked to play the werewolf who's the "big villain" of Deathly Hallows, but he couldn't because of Grey's Anatomy. [MTV]
Hugo Weaving (Elrond) says he hopes to be in this two-part adaptation, and he'd like to have a bigger role than the single "reading the star map" sequence that Elrond has in the book. [MTV]
Producers Cuse and Lindelof offer a few hints — like the Smoke Monster wants to go home, and if Smokey leaves the Island, it may not turn out to be a good thing. And yes, the waters where Sayid was healed were messed up because something had gone wrong, possibly after Jacob had died. And the relationship between the two timelines is a huge question for us to ponder — and it'll be a slow burn, getting answered fairly late in the game. [Entertainment Weekly]
Emilie de Ravin says that as the characters finally learn about their purpose and their "possible destinies," they'll be "excited, nervous and scared." And this season "brings out a lot of good and evil in people." [TV Guide Magazine]
And not only is Ajira Airways flight 316 back in the show, but so is the Dharma sub. [SpoilersLost]
Alt-Hurley may be lucky, but he's not getting a lot of screen time — his storyline doesn't really pick up until later in the season, and the big Hurley episode is number 12, says Jorge Garcia. And Jacob's going to keep appearing to Hurley, like Obi-Wan. Island Hurley definitely steps up and becomes the voice of reason this year, more than ever. [NY Mag]
There are rumors we'll get a brief Shannon cameo sometime this season, but it's not official yet. Also, the producers let slip that the Man In Black's origin goes back thousands of years. [Fancast]
As you've probably gleaned, the island inhabitants are going to split into Team Jacob and Team Flocke. "The List" is coming back in a big way. Aaron is indeed crucial to the mythology of the show. [E! Online]
Henry Ian Cusick says that alt-Desmond is not a happy guy:
The motivation has always been to get to Penny, and now he's got something slightly different. It's not about him, he's being more selfless. He's trying to help everyone.
Ashes To Ashes creator Matthew Graham wrote one episode of this show in 2006 (the widely disliked "Fear Her") and says he's talked to the producers about writing for the show again. It sounds like he'll be back for the show's sixth season, airing in 2011, and he's got an idea for a monster-heavy storyline. "I want to do one with monsters. They owe me monsters!" he says. (Insert your own snarky comment about what he's owed after "Fear Her.") [Den Of Geek]
Even though this show has said over and over that it's separate from Battlestar Galactica, the producers are now hinting that we'll eventually dovetail with the history of the Final Five, who started their new "lives" on Caprica. Says producer Jane Espenson, "If you actually do the math, the [human-Cylon] war starts about five years from where our characters are in Caprica." (But didn't the Final Five only arrive at the end of the war, not the beginning?)
In related news, the producers have already contacted Lucy Lawless about reprising her role as D'Anna - which is also very confusing. (Will we meet the human that the Cylon D'Anna was based on? Or are we actually going to see the creation of the eight "skinjobs" from BSG? The timeline seems all wrong, based on what Ellen and Sam told us.) [TV Guide]
At the link, there's a cute clip from Friday's episode featuring Lois in a Stormtrooper uniform. [EW]
There's a purpose behind Ma Kent coming back in episode 21, and with Perry White appearing in the same episode, there'll be some fun twists and turns. And in Friday's episode, the Warrior Angel fulfills one of Chloe's fantasies.[Fancast]
When it comes to fight scenes, "the best is yet to come," says Yvonne Strahovski. Some of the upcoming sequences, involving the newly supercharged Chuck, are more complex than anything you've seen so far. [TV.com]
Zachary Levi streamed some video from the set of episode 15, "Chuck Vs. The Role Models," and revealed a big, hairy co-star: a tiger named Shika. [ChuckTV]
If you have some questions about why Sarah was suddenly into Shaw after being annoyed with him, you'll see those issues being addressed in future episodes, say producers Fedak and Schwartz. This is just a middle chapter of a book that continues for a whole bunch more chapters. [Sepinwall]
We'll delve into the mystery of how Tracy Stark returned, safe and sound. Her father, Aaron, will travel to Afghanistan (as seen in his flashforward) and discover something that explains why his daughter has been hitting the sauce. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Josh C. Snyder.