Is it Halloween already? Today’s TV Bits is dark and spooky, as it deals with vampires, zombies, murderers, and other scary creatures. (Insert your own joke about some of Star Wars‘ CGI characters being their own brand of horrifying here.) After the jump:

  • Rick McCallum talks about the Star Wars TV show (again)
  • ABC releases a trailer for Oren Peli’s The River
  • NBC picks up Dracula from Black List writer Cole Haddon
  • Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange ponders a return to FX’s American Horror Story
  • AMC announces the Season 2 premiere of The Killing and orders an extra dose of The Walking Dead

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Well, it’s about time. Two and a half years after the release of J.J. AbramsStar Trek, cameras are finally rolling on Star Trek 2, which is due out May 17, 2013. Returning cast and crew members reconvened and welcomed new stars last week as principal photography began in Los Angeles, kicking off several months of shooting in various locations around the county. After the jump:

  • Minor details on shooting locations are revealed
  • Roberto Orci hints at an upgrade to the engineering room
  • Damon Lindelof and Bruce Greenwood get really excited about Star Trek 2
  • Is Benedict Cumberbatch really playing a villain?

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With all the Star Trek 2 rumors floating around it’s almost easy to forget we don’t actually know a whole lot about the story at this point. That hasn’t changed, and likely won’t in the near future, but producer Bryan Burk and co-writer/producer Roberto Orci have revealed a couple tidbits of information sure to get fans speculating wildly. (Not that it takes much.)

While doing interviews for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Burk revealed that they’d be doing something “original and unique and different” with the villain. Meanwhile, Orci has confirmed that Bruce Greenwood will be reprising his role as Christopher Pike in the sequel. Read more after the jump.

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After playing a small but significant role in J.J. AbramsStar Trek, Bruce Greenwood again worked with the director on his follow up, Super 8. Instead of showcasing his famous mug, though, Greenwood channeled his inner Andy Serkis and performed partial motion capture for the film’s monster. This, in itself, isn’t news because Greenwood has been fairly open about it in recent months. What is news is that on the Super 8 Blu-ray, which hits stores November 22, there’s an extra that shows Greenwood in action. But you don’t have to wait, you can watch it right now. Read More »

Robert Zemeckis is collecting quite a cast for Flight, his return to live-action filmmaking. Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Rubicon star James Badge Dale are the latest additions to the project, which stars Denzel Washington as an alcoholic, drug-addicted pilot who becomes a public hero when he rescues a troubled flight. However, his own issues may have contributed to the flight’s problems to begin with. Bruce Greenwood and John Goodman are also set to appear, while Don Cheadle, Brian Geraghty and Kelly Reilly are in negotiations to board the project as well.

Leo would play the role of an investigator who believes the pilot is guilty of negligence, and wants to expose the truth about him. Dale is negotiating to play a dying cancer patient. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Kylie Minogue makes a movie with Juliette Binoche and Footloose remake star Kenny Wormald may be up for another ’80s classic.

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Robert Zemeckis is getting ready to make Flight, in which Denzel Washington plays a booze- and drug-addled pilot who heroically saves a troubled flight, only to face an investigation into his role in the flight’s troubles. Kelly Reilly plays another addict who comes into his life, and Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood are in talks for roles. Now Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) is in talks to play the flight’s co-pilot, “who finds religion after the crash.” John Gatins scripted. [THR]

After the break, the Tom Cruise thriller One Shot gets one more and Mira Sorvino is in a sordid tale of true crime. Read More »

This new live-action Robert Zemeckis film, Flight, is really happening. Originally just a rumor, Paramount put a ring on Zemeckis when the studio announced Flight as a go. Denzel Washington stars as a boozing pilot who is called a hero after landing a troubled flight, but has to face tough questions when drinking is revealed as a possible cause of the flight’s problems.

Now Bruce Greenwood and Don Cheadle have been reported as part of the cast, too. Read More »

The long Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us, and between that and the Venice and Telluride film festivals, it seems like a lot of Hollywood has shut down in anticipation of the last relaxing days of summer. But we’ve got a few new casting bits to throw your way regardless. After the break,

  • Ed Helms will remake a French pimp comedy,
  • Paul Dano is among the cast additions to Kelly Reichardt’s new film Night Moves,
  • The unlikely duo of Stephen Dorff and Steve Coogan are in an adaptation of the novel The Catastrophist,
  • and found footage film Evidence gets new players.

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