Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
• A shirtless Hugh Jackman has been spotted shooting scenes for The Wolverine sequel at the World War Two POW camp set at Kurnell, Sydney.
• Picton, Australia’s Menangle Street is being transformed to resemble a snow-covered Canada for the filming of The Wolverine movie, starring Hugh Jackman, which will screen in late 2013. A Wollondilly Council spokeswoman said they were filming a fight scene on the street, a scene shot through the Shire Hall doors and another scene in Corbett’s Hardware store. The film’s location manager confirmed in a statement that the Wolverine film was set in the Yukon (north west Canada) and Japan. A mural that says ‘‘Ed’s Bar’’ was painted on a driveway wall and a sign was erected that says ‘‘The Yukon: Sportsman’s Paradise’’ on Corbett’s Hardware.
• ‘Doctor Who’ Season 7 Trailer Revealed – Daleks, Dinosaurs & Times Square!
• Christopher Eccleston is no stranger to genre. He’s done everything from sci-fi/horror like Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later to blockbuster action with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and he even played the ninth Doctor on Doctor Who for one season. And is now getting set to make his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. THR has learned that Eccleston, who hasn’t been in a film since 2009′s Amelia, is now in talks to play the villain of Thor: The Dark World.
• According to Deadline, Christopher Eccleston has been set for the villain role in Marvel Studios’ Thor sequel. The actor, probably best known to sci-fi fans for his turn as the ninth Doctor Who, will play the Dark Elf ruler, Malekith The Accursed. Obviously that also confirms the earlier rumor that Thor will be taking on the Dark Elves in the movie.
• The studio’s big summer bet was Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, June’s sort-of Alien prequel. The $130 million-budgeted film grossed a solid but not spectacular $303 million globally, putting it right on the franchise bubble. Fox confirms to THR that Scott and the studio actively are pushing ahead with a follow-up (stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are signed) and are talking to new writers because Prometheus co-scribe Damon Lindelof might not be available. “Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,” says Fox president of production Emma Watts, who also has overseen the successful reboots of the X-Men and Planet of the Apes franchises. A Prometheus sequel would be released in 2014 or 2015.
• Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman to tackle Martin Luther King slaying. Daniels will direct and Jackman will star in “Orders to Kill,” a story that aims to tell an alternative version of the King shooting, according to a person familiar with the project. The film will tell the story of William Pepper (Jackman), a controversial attorney and activist who for decades has argued that convicted killer James Earl Ray, who recanted his confession and died arguing his innocence, didn’t shoot MLK.
• Author and and President of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America John Scalzi affixed his blogging sheriff’s badge on Tuesday to remind everyone that it is a) decidedly shittastic to harass anyone at a science fiction or fantasy convention, and b) pretty frustrating that women are still being harassed at these conventions:
1. No one should have to fear sexual harassment at any science fiction or fantasy convention. The fact people still do – the fact women still do, let’s not dance around that little fact of life – is deeply embarrassing to all of us in this community.
2. It doesn’t matter whether the person sexually harassing someone else is a big name in the field or is well-liked or is otherwise a decent human being or feels really bad about it in retrospect.
3. Conventions should have policies and procedures in place to deal with sexual harassment. Those policies should be unambiguous and clear. They should apply equally to everyone.
4. If a convention has a policy on sexual harassment which it then does not follow, then it has failed – failed the person who was harassed by not living up to its obligations to them, failed its guests by not following the rules by which it purports to run, failed the community at large by continuing to allow exceptions and exclusions and excuses to those who harass, and failed itself by not being the convention it claims to be.