While only a few of us (or is it just me?) dread The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set for release on May 2, 2014, Sony is moving forward on a third and fourth film, scheduling June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018 for those films. Sony Pictures’ Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Jeff Blake, said in a press release, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.” Yeah, sure. Whatever.
The Canadian based Sci-fi series Continuum, which is near completion of its second season up north, and just starting here on the SyFy Channel, has been picked up for a third season there. It’s a fairly good bet that Syfy will probably air season three sometime in 2014.
Not surprisingly, the recent story about the finding of lost Doctor Who episodes has turned out to be a hoax. The latest whispers are that this hoax played on more than just the fans though– it was played on the BBC itself. And at great cost. Allegedly there was one man in particular making all these rather bold claims regarding lost BBC episodes. For whatever reason, many higher-ups at the BBC and within the crew of Doctor Who felt this individual was on the level. This seems to be at least partly true, as former Who script consultant Ian Levine made the truth very clear on Twitter. “There will always be 106 Doctor Who episodes missing. And yes you can quote me on that .” An hour later, Levine added on Twitter: “My previous tweet was not ironic. I too wanted to believe ninety episodes had been found. I now believe none have been found. A massive hoax.” Sadly, this means we’ll probably never see those 106 missing episodes, which is a shame. I’ve had great dreams for seeing those William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton serials one day. And I think a lot of fans as well, considering anyone born after 1967 have never seen any of those Hartnell stories since they first aired.
We all know that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was an odd fit in the studios grand plan of adapting their most popular properties, as films like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers and Iron Man 3 were really designed to set the comic book superheroes in the real world. What made them work even more was the fact that it was a shared universe, much like the comic book themselves. And up until The Avengers, it kept it that way – we have aliens attacking. And while Iron Man 3 returned to a more solid “reality,” it can no never be fully set in the real world. So the expansion continues this fall with Thor: The Dark World, to be followed by next May’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and next August’s Guardians of the Galaxy. So, perhaps knowing it was an odd choice to follow all those other films, Marvel and Disney chose eccentric James Gunn to write and direct the film. It has also gotten an eclectic cast to add to the oddness of the comic book, as production begins this month in England, we know that Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt stars in the film, along with former wrestler Dave Bautista, Star Trek‘s Zoe Saldana, The Walking Dead‘s Michael Rooker, The Hobbit‘s Lee Pace and Ophelia Lovibond. Now Oscar winner Glenn Close along with former Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan have joined the cast. After them, another Oscar winner and an Oscar Nominee, Benicio de Toro and John C. Reilly, receptively were added. It’s an all-star cast for one odd movie. I really hope it works.