I’ve decided to consolidate a bunch of tv updates down to one posting, because, after-all this is still a movie blog.

LOST

The writers strike caused LOST to lose two hours of it’s planned fourth season. The show’s producers have announced that they will reclaim those hours in the show’s fifth and six season. That means that the finial two seasons of the hit show will now be 17 episodes in length instead of the planned 16 episode arcs. [THR]

Spaced

Nikki Finke is reporting that the American remake of Edgar Wright’s Spaced is a no-go. This should satisfy fans of the original British fanboy series starring Simon Pegg. For those of you who have never had a chance to watch the original Spaced, it finally comes to DVD in the states on July 22nd featuring new Exclusive Commentary By Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Bill Hader, Matt Stone, Patton Oswalt and Diablo Cody.

JJ Abrams

Fox has picked up JJ Abrams‘s Fringe, which follows a young female FBI agent who tackle cases involving unexplained medical and scientific phenomena. Abrams’ Bad Robot produced a two-hour pilot which was written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek) and directed by Alex Graves (Journeyman). The series’ cast includes Anna Torv, Mark Valley and Joshua Jackson. [Variety]

Heroes

And finally, NBC has started running a promo to promote Heroes Season 3. Watch it below.

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Creepy Stuff: Heroes Action Figures

Heroes Action Figures

Is it just me, or are the new Heroes action figures from Mezco Toyz really creepy looking?

via: CoolToy

Cloverfield: Slusho on Heroes AGAIN

Kristin Bell with Slusho! on Heroes

The fictional Slusho! brand frozen drink made another appearance on Heroes last night. Kristin Bell’s character Elle was again drinking the frozen treat in a car. And this time around the logo is more prominent.  Cloverfield Clues has a batch of screengrabs from the episode. Slusho! is a main focus of the viral marketing behind the JJ Abrams-produced monster film Cloverfield. We’re still unsure of the connection between Cloverfield and the popular television show.

Last week Heroes director/producer Greg Beeman uploaded a set of photos of the Heroes cast enjoying the frozen beverage, noting that “Their cultural significance will become clear in the coming months, so… pay attention!”

Cloverfield: Slusho Appears on Heroes

Slusho on Heroes

The stars of Heroes have a new favorite frozen drink, and it may look somewhat familiar. The following photos showed up on the blog of Heroes director/producer Greg Beeman of the cast of the hit show drinking “Slusho!” a drink which first appeared in the JJ Abrams’ series Alias, and has now become a focal point of the viral marking behind the hot JJ Abrams produced monster flick Cloverfield. So what will Heroes have to do with the upcoming movie? Will their be a connection? Greg Grunberg, a childhood friend of Abrams who has appeared in nearly every thing he’s produced thus far, appears on Heroes as Matt Parkman. Could he just be helping his best bud promote the upcoming film? Beeman won’t say:

“Now, the next group of photos falls into the “don’t ask/don’t tell” category. I credit Greg Yaitanes for staging all these pix, under the supervision of Joe Pokaski. Their cultural significance will become clear in the coming months, so… pay attention!”

There is obviously more to this story. Dennis at CloverfieldClues discovered that Slusho actually made its first appearance on Heroes during last night’s episode, check out that photo below:

Slusho on Heroes

We’ll keep you updated. Check out more Heroes behind the scenes Slusho photos after the jump.
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Eli Roth

It looks like Heroes is trying to collect some interesting writer/directors for the new spin-off series Heroes: Origins. Kevin Smith has already signed on to write/direct an episode. News circulated through the tabloid papers this past week that Quentin Tarantino was asked to pen and direct an episode (but he turned it down because he had never watched the series).

Now news comes out that Superman Returns co-writer Michael Dougherty and Hostel writer/director Eli Roth have both been tapped to write an episode of Heroes: Origins. Roth will also direct. It will be interesting to see what other writers/directors with geek-cred they can nail down for an episode.

Kristen Bell Cast in Heroes

Kristen Bell

Slightly good news for those of you suffering from Veronica Mars withdrawals: No, the show has not been renewed. No, there is no movie adaptation in development. But star Kristen Bell will be making her return to the small screen as a superhero (or super-villain).

Bell has been cast for a multi-episode arc in the second season of the hit NBC television series Heroes. She will play a Elle, a character which Variety describes as “a sexy, mysterious young lady who has ties to the supposed death of Peter, H.R.G.’s past and the future of Claire.” The character will first appear in the series committing a serious crime, which makes us wonder if she’ll be a good guy or nasty villain. But does it really matter? One thing is for sure, we’ll be watching (because, well, it’s Heroes!).

Robert Downey Jr. and Jay Baruchel have signed on to star in the Ben Stiller-helmed comedy Tropic Thunder for DreamWorks. The Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen penned screenplay is about a big-budget war movie gone wrong. I wonder if this means Tom Cruise is out?
A new Spider-Man 3 clip will be shown on the March 5th episode of Heroes.

National Treasure 2 starts filming next week.
A new online poll shows that over 85% of people have cried at the movies. Wow, and I thought I was the only one. Did I just write that for the while world to read? Uh-oh.

Oliver Stone says “Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut” DVD is the “richest and fullest version” of his 2004 film and promises this third cut is the last. Someone should tell Stone that’s three cuts too many. Edward Platt played the character in the original 1965 TV series.

Apparently only 300 people voted on the Academy Award for documentary. This means that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth could have won the Oscar with as little as 61 votes. And what’s even sadder, the Academy typically has only 200 documentary ballots. Change needs to happen. More people need to see these films and vote. The Academy should require certain groups to watch and vote on the docs as a membership requirement. This makes me angry. I wonder how many people voted on the Foreign Best Picture award. Anyone know?

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