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Was the Katee Sackhoff and Ms. Marvel connection greatly exaggerated? Does Chris Cooper think Norman Osborn will appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3? How does Jamie Foxx talk about Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? What does Chris Hemsworth do different with a Thor movie versus an Avengers movie? Want to see a makeup test for X-Men: First Class? Could the lack of female superhero movies be out of Hollywood’s hands? Where can you see a beautiful animated Batman fairytale? Which Firefly star is coming to Arrow? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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One of the most anticipated panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was one celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Joss Whedon‘s cult TV show Firefly. The panel featured the show’s writer/creator along with Nathan FillionAdam BaldwinAlan TudykSean Maher, Summer Glau, and the rest of the Serenity crew talking about what the show has meant to them, and to a legion of Browncoat fans, over the past decade.

The panel was one of the most difficult to get into at the entire Con and was so emotional, it made Whedon cry. Now you can watch the entire thing online. Check it out below. Read More »

Though the small screen retains an unfair reputation as a lesser medium — think of all the snobby types who’ll brag about not owning a television, but would never be so dismissive about books or movies — the truth is that the medium varies as much as any other. Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from highbrow (a literary adaptation on HBO) to lowbrow (a modeling industry reality show on The CW), with plenty of stuff in between. After the jump:

  • Noah Baumbach’s Jonathan Franzen adaptation The Corrections is a go at HBO
  • HBO will offer an early look at its highly anticipated Luck next month
  • Fox puts new eps of Alcatraz on hold while it goes back for reshoots
  • Burt Reynolds signs on to guest star on FX’s Archer
  • Summer Glau joins Tricia Helfer on TNT’s Scent of the Missing
  • The CW announces start dates for its midseason shows

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Director Joe Lynch and his star-studded cast took over Comic-Con’s Hall H Saturday afternoon for a panel on their upcoming horror-comedy film, Knights of Badassdom. The Con-friendly story revolves around a group of LARPers who accidentally summon a real succubus from Hell. The cast list, too, sounds practically tailor-made for Comic-Con: True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten, Community‘s Danny Pudi, Game of ThronesPeter Dinklage, Firefly‘s Summer Glau, Mad Men‘s Michael Gladis, and 24‘s Jimmi Simpson, plus Margarita Levieva (Adventureland) and Steve Zahn (who was not present at the panel).

The event included the brand new trailer for the film (embedded below) and a clip from the movie, as well as a discussion and Q&A with Lynch and the cast. Read details on the panel and watch the trailer after the jump.

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First Look: ‘The Knights of Badassdom’

The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t the only big Hall H movie that the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly blows the door off. They’ve also got your first look at The Knights of Badassdom, which will also be wooing audiences in the biggest room at San Diego Comic-Con next week. From the looks of these first images, it shouldn’t have much of a problem. The film features the stars of Comic-Con favorites like Firefly (Summer Glau), True Blood (Ryan Kwanten), Community (Danny Pudi) and Game of Thrones (Peter Dinklage) and tells the story of a group of live-action role players whose fantasy becomes reality. Sounds like the right blend of ingredients for a Comic-Con hit.

You’ll be hearing (much) more about the film in the coming week, both with the Hall H panel and from director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2), but for now, check out these first images. Read More »

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Add Cleopatra to the list of subjects that are being developed by multiple producers at once. A new biography of Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff, is about to be published, and Michael Pietsch of Little, Brown says that Scott Rudin has picked up the rights to the book (he actually bought the rights years ago, before the book was even written) and is working with Angelina Jolie to develop a movie from the material. Right now, the idea is that Jolie would play Cleopatra, as if that needs to be explained.

Note that this isn’t Cleo, Steven Soderbergh‘s proposed 3D musical about Cleopatra with music by Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices. Totally different projects. Soderbergh’s is basically backburnered, as he put it off when Moneyball fell into his lap and hasn’t come back into the frame in the wake of his ouster from the baseball picture. Doubt anyone will be surprised when I say I still really hope Soderbergh somehow makes his first, as unlikely as that is. [USA Today]

After the break, more casting for Dexter, Knights of Badassdom and The Walking Dead. Read More »

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Forest Whitaker recently dropped out of the Abel Ferrara retelling of Jekyll and Hyde, in which he would have starred opposite Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson. But he’s looking at a role in Little Treasure, an indie that would shoot in Shanghai, with Michael D. Olmos directing.

Josh Goldstein wrote the script, which has an American couple returning to the wife’s Chinese homeland, where they deal with “prejudices, humor, cultural differences and self-discovery while meeting a Shanghai street kid who changes their lives.” That life-changing street kid aspect is pretty off-putting, but I love Whitaker and we don’t really know much about the story, so trying not to pre-judge based on limited info. [Variety]

After the break, Summer Glau is the latest onscreen blogger and 127 Hours has another addition. Read More »

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There is a bunch of television news going on today, so I thought I’d put together a little round up. After the jump, I have information on ABC’s V being shut down, Brandon Routh joining Chuck, and confirmation and information of Summer Glau in Dollhouse.

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