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News Shotgun 3/1


  • Movie release date shufflingThe third Hobbit film has been pushed back from Summer to Winter 2014 while Michael Bay’s reboot of TMNT was pushed back to late Summer 2014.
  • David Duchovny encouraging fans to write in for third X-FilesWhile on Jay Leno recently, Duchovny mentioned that he, Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson will always be ready for another X-Files movie and he encouraged fans to write in to Fox if they want a third movie.
  • Dreamworks buys pitch for Merry Men: The movie is yet another take on Robin Hood, this time giving equal focus to characters like Little John and Friar Tuck as to Robin himself and it will be a revenge thriller with a Dirty Dozen or Ocean’s Eleven feel.
  • Pride & Predjudice & Zombies still onAfter going through a number of stars and a number of directors, the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s zombified take on the Jane Austen classic is getting ready for a sales pitch at Cannes by Panorama Media.  David O. Russell wrote a script and was set to direct as well but had to back out, but, his script will still be the basis for the movie.
  • Sinster 2 coming: Writer C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson will return for the sequel to the modest hit, Sinister.  The original was made for $3 million and grossed over $80 million worldwide.
  • Gary Oldman joins Dawn of the Planet of the ApesI’m sure this raises interest in the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes considerably.  Oldman will be playing the leader of the human survivors in San Fransisco.
  • Planet Hulk seemingly debunkedAin’t It Cool threw a wrench into the rumor put out by El Mayimbe at Latino Review about a Planet Hulk/World War Hulk pair of movies, saying that one of the reasons Marvel and Joss Whedon believe the Hulk was everyone’s favorite character in Avengers is due to Mark Ruffalo playing Bruce Banner.  If you have a Planet Hulk/World War Hulk storyline, Ruffalo would be factored out as Hulk would be Hulk the whole time.
  • Archer gets a fifth season: Another season of 13 episodes will continue the adventures of everyone’s favorite asshole secret agent next year.
  • AMC casts the leads in two of their new dramas: Lee Pace, probably best known from Pushing Daisies, will play a “visionary” computer engineer in “Halt & Catch Fire”, which is set in the Dallas area during the computing boom of the late 70’s/early 80’s.  Jamie Bell, meanwhile, will star in “Turn”, a drama set during the Revolutionary War that follows the Culper Ring, a group of spies who delivered vital intelligence on the British.
  • Seth MacFarlane says “no way” he’ll ever host the Oscars againWhatever your opinion on the most recent Oscars host, you probably won’t have to worry/look forward to him hosting again as Seth MacFarlane says there is “no way” he’ll ever host the award show again.

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