Matthew Vaughn responds to the X-Men cast photo, plus Neill Blomkamp's District 9 follow-up finds a home!

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Director Matthew Vaughn explains the much-derided X-Men: First Class cast photo and offers new images to make up for it. Robert Downey Jr. is leaving the Wizard of Oz prequel, but an equally big name could take his place. Spoilerbunga!

X-Men: First Class

Director Matthew Vaughn has responded to the rather dubious-looking cast photo that was released earlier this week. Turns out he doesn't like it anymore than we did:

"I freaked out on them yesterday. I don't know where the hell that came from. I don't think it's a Fox image. It's not a pre-approved image. When I found out, I said, what the fuck is this shit, and Fox is running around trying to figure out what happened as well. I agree. It's like a bad photoshop, which maybe it was by someone. It didn't reflect the movie. I was shocked when I saw it. I was like ‘Jesus Christ'…


It's still unclear whether the image actually was a fan photoshop, as Vaughn speculates, or whether it was a real - but rough - Fox image that was released without approval. Either way, Vaughn has released two more definitely real photos from the movie to make up for it, along with some thoughts on what the movie's costumes will actually be:

"I'm a fan of X-Men. We're not bastardizing X-Men, I'm trying to get them back to being whole again. The costumes are blue and yellow as well, because fuck it, lets take it back it the original. Also, by the way, those costumes are hardly in the movie. The main costumes are like these cool 60's James Bond…"

And now, the photos: [/Film]

And here's the first official teaser poster for the movie: [AICN]

Spider-Man Reboot

Here's another set video showing an action sequence being filmed:

TMZ has a follow-up video to their earlier set video in which the staff discuss what they've seen. You can click the link, but we warned: there's insufferable, and then there's this video. [TMZ]



Neill Blomkamp's next movie has found a distributor: it's Sony, the same people who handled his previous work, the surprise hit District 9. Blomkamp has also signed on to make his third movie for Sony, which will be called Chappie. Nothing yet is known about that film, although it does mean any District 9 sequel plans will have to wait a little longer. [Deadline]


Black Panther

Marvel Studios is taking another tentative step forward in giving the character his own movie, as Mark Bailey has reportedly been brought on to write a screenplay for a Black Panther movie. Bailey has primarily worked as a writer and editor on documentaries, including HBO's Pandemic: Facing AIDS and Ghost of Abu Ghraib. He also wrote the upcoming adaptation of the non-fiction book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon. [Heat Vision]


Westworld Remake

Warner Bros. is reportedly considering a bunch of remakes of their properties, and one of the leading candidates is the 1973 sci-fi western Westworld. [Heat Vision]


Oz the Great and Powerful

Robert Downey, Jr. has reportedly left this Sam Raimi directed Wizard of Oz prequel that focuses on the roguish conman who ultimately becomes the wizard. In what would be a fairly lateral swap of offbeat A-list stars, Johnny Depp is being rumored to replace him. [Heat Vision]



David Cronenberg's upcoming adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel, which recently replaced Colin Farrell with Twilight's Robert Pattinson, may also have replaced another key cast member. Keira Knightley has reportedly replaced Marion Cotillard as the main female lead. A casting change isn't entirely unexpected, considering Cotillard is pregnant, which would make filming her scenes tricky. The status of the third supposed original cast member, Paul Giamatti, remains unknown. [The Playlist]



Here's four sneak peeks at tonight's episode, "The Firefly": [SpoilerTV]

Here's an interview with executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman: [SpoilerTV]

Finally, an interview with Jasika Nicole and Lance Reddick: [TV Squad] Click to view


Doctor Who

Filming for episode 7, the final part of next series's first half, is underway, and River Song actress Alex Kingston has been spotted on set. Specifically, filming is happening at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, which was used as River's prison, the Stormcage, in "The Pandorica Opens" and series six's opening two-parter. Even more intriguingly, Simon Fisher-Becker is on-set again as the blue-skinned Vortex Manipulator salesman Dorium, who had a most unpleasant encounter with River in "The Pandorica Opens." [Doctor Who Spoilers]


While enthusing about Steven Moffat's tenure on the program, Russell T. Davies teases a huge moment in the upcoming series that he was recently told about:

"I really don't want to know what's happening," he explains. "I have to know some things, because I am still running The Sarah Jane Adventures, and there's no specific crossover, but we have to make sure we're in the same universe. For example I got a call from my agent yesterday about something in Doctor Who, that I'm not going to tell you, but it thrilled me, and I thought God that's exciting! I have tiny moments of contact, but I don't want too many of them because I want to sit and watch it like a kid."


[Assignment X]


Episode 16 reportedly involves a masquerade party at a British manor, which serves as an introduction for Robin Givens's CIA power broker. [@MattMitovich]



We saw one of these yesterday, but here's a whole lot more of the funeral set photos: [PUNKD Images]


And here's some nifty speculation that, based on some key details in the set photos, the funeral might be for fellow hunter Rufus Turner. [SpoilerTV]

Here's a short synopsis for episode 14, "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning": [SpoilerTV]

Dean rushes home after hearing that Lisa is in trouble; Sam investigates murders that were part of a cruel joke.


Being Human (UK)

Here's a lengthy description of episode 3, "Type 4":

Annie (Lenora Crichlow) encounters a zombie.

While on her regular midnight stroll Annie draws the attentions of a mouthy drunk girl, Sasha, who starts ranting at her and follows her home, as the hit drama about supernatural friends continues. With Sasha's putrid smell and rotting face, the housemates realise she's no ordinary human being, nor is she a ghost. She's a zombie: not living, not dead, instead stuck in a decomposing corpse. Sasha is in denial about her condition and sets about flirting with Mitchell, but he's preoccupied with another person without a pulse ... Annie. Mitchell suspects Annie fancies him and is afraid of what it might mean for their friendship.

He has also attracted the attentions of a super-fan, Graham, who holds him up as a hero for the Box Tunnel 20 massacre. While seeming harmless initially, Graham's behaviour soon becomes stalker-like – and with him having so much knowledge about his idol, he could become a potential danger to the friends. Meanwhile, George and Nina discover something potentially life-changing...




Here's an interview with Morena Baccarin on Attack of the Show: [MultipleVerses] Click to view


ABC has released a bunch of promo photos and synopsis for episode 5, "Concordia": [SpoilerTV]

Anna uses her newest gift to mankind, "Concordia," as a cover to hide an invading fleet of breeding vessels that will be used to ensure the perpetuation of Visitors for future generations. Meanwhile, Eli Cohn (guest star Oded Fehr) tries to convince Erica and the Fifth Column that the "Concordia" gala is the perfect time to assassinate Anna.


And here's the same for episode 6, "Siege": [SpoilerTV]

Anna, enraged at the increasing audacity of the Fifth Column attacks, enlists Ryan in an attempt to wipe out the Fifth Column in one fell swoop. Meanwhile, Father Travis, following Vatican orders, asks Jack to leave the church, and Lisa meets Diana, her grandmother — who Anna said was dead — for the first time.



Here's a sneak peek and synopsis for episode 12, "Collateral", both of which suggest Chloe's return won't be an entirely happy affair: [SpoilerTV and TVsomniac]

CHLOE SULLIVAN RETURNS TO SMALLVILLE - Clark (Tom Welling), Oliver (Justin Hartley), Lois (Erica Durance) and Dinah (guest star Alaina Huffman)are released by the VRA after being captured at Hawkman's funeral but each of them have flashbacks of Chloe (Allison Mack) holding them against their will. When Chloe returns, Dinah warns the others that Chloe may now be a traitor. Oliver dismisses her concerns but Clark is unsure if he can trust Chloe after she disappeared without an explanation.


And here's a lengthy interview with Lois Lane actress Erica Durance: [SpoilerTV]

Here's some more thoughts from Durance:

What is Lois' arc for these next few months, as it relates to Clark and his destiny?
Now that she knows, and they've professed their love, and they're engaged, it's about, "How do I fit in a relationship with him? " She still has her commitment issues and they're huge. Usually the more terrified she is about someone, the more she tries to find some reason to say, "I'll leave you first!" But her main focus is absolute and unadulterated support and belief in who he is and what he does, how very important it is, and how it's so much greater than her. It's about, "How can we support [Clark's destiny]? How can we make him feel good about what he's doing?" You're going to see fun little snippets about how Lois helps hide his identity and work on a "new look." It's funny, because it's just an overblown idea of what women do in marriages anyway. She thinks, "OK, if you're going to do this, if you want to make this work, this is what we need to do…." But she still stops at nothing, goes off on her own, investigates things, and gets in trouble - as usual! It's all good.

Will Clark and Lois have any standalone adventures à la "Harvest"?
I believe the script that just came out, with Booster Gold, has a bit of that going on. There's great interplay between the two of us.


There's more at the link, including her thoughts on Teri Hatcher's upcoming appearance as Lois Lane's mother. [TV Line]

Finally, the synopsis for episode 14, "Masquerade":

CHLOE AND OLIVER ARE KIDNAPPED —- Chloe (Allison Mack) and Oliver (Justin Hartley) are mistaken for FBI agents investigating Desaad's (guest star Steve Byers) recent string of murders and the pair are kidnapped by Desaad's minions. Desaad tries to infect Chloe with the darkness. Meanwhile, Lois (Erica Durance) tells Clark (Tom Welling) he needs to be more careful with his identity and suggests a disguise.



Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.


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Dr Emilio Lizardo

How come it's not possible that the "X-Men: First Class" cast pic wasn't exactly what Fox and Vaughn both signed off on and intended to release and all the protestations now are just spin to counteract the negative reception?