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Arrested Development lives!!  This photo of Buster from the upcoming new episodes (I’m hearing Spring 2013?) really made me laugh.

Rumblings of a Dr. Horrible sequel continue to, well, rumble.  Could this actually become a reality next year?  Hoping hoping hoping.

Yeahbutwha?  The star of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series will be the killed-off-in-The Avengers Agent Phil Coulson??  I love Clark Gregg and love the idea of him headlining a new Marvel Universe TV show, but how is this possible?  Does this mean the S.H.I.E.L.D. show is set in the past?  Very curious…

This is a fascinating article by screenwriter Jon Spaihts on his original ideas for Prometheus, back when the film was without-question an Alien prequel.  (Mr. Spaihts apparently wrote five drafts of the film, before handing it over to Damon Lindelof for further revisions into the film that was actually shot.)  Hindsight is of course twenty-twenty, but boy Mr. Spaiht’s ideas as he describes them sound far superior to the film we actually got.

I love the idea that Emily Blunt (originally in the running to play the Black Widow in Iron Man 2, and I must say I think she would have been FAR better casting that Scarlett Johansson) is rumored to now be up for a role in Avengers 2. I hope this happens.

I am fascinated by the massive HD remastering project necessary for the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on blu-ray.  (I loved the sample disc, though I haven’t yet shelled out for the complete season one, released a few months ago.)  Because Next Gen was edited on videotape, each individual has had to be re-edited from the original film negatives — the scale of the endeavor just boggles my mind.  Trekcore has posted a fantastic interview with the re-mastering team.  Here also is an interview with the CBS producers overseeing the project.

Speaking of Star Trek: The Next Generation, last month marked the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Next Gen. Here is a fantastic interview with Ronald D. Moore (one of the key writers for Next Gen and then Deep Space Nine, and of course also the creator and show-runner of the re-launched Battlestar Galactica) on the occasion of Next Gen’s 25th anniversary.

Back in 1990, fans went crazy when they noticed an Alien skull hanging as a trophy in the Predator’s ship in Predator 2. Here is a much less-cool sort of inter-sci-fi-movie crossover.  (Well, the idea does have a crazy sort of inspiration, I guess, but the problem is it just doesn’t really make any sense…)

Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg’s third film together (after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) is really happening!  Here’s a poster for The World’s End!

OK, trailer-time!

Here’s a look at Hitchcock, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hitch.  This looks like a real hoot.

Of course, there’s not one, but TWO Hitchcock films coming up.  The second is an HBO film called The Girl, starring Toby Jones as Hitch.  I’m also very excited in this (more serious-looking, at least from the trailer) project.  Here’s the trailer.

Here’s a second trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained. It’s Tarantino, so of course I’m excited, but the trailer is pretty great.  Nice final line.

I had never heard of Movie 43 until today, but this seriously wrong and NSFW (I mean it!!) trailer had me in stitches.  Warning: not for the easily offended.  I mean it.

I’m very impressed by the new trailer for Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.  (What is the one thing that the very juvenile Movie 43 and the very serious Zero Dark Thirty have in common?  Parks and Recreation’s great Chris Pratt!!)

Barbara Streisand plays Seth Rogen’s mother?  This can’t possibly be a good movie, but I must admit I am intrigued…

Well, they’ve gone and done it.  They’ve made a fifth Die Hard movie.  Sigh.

See you all back here tomorrow!

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