There’s hobbitses just around the corner, people. Peter Jackson’s Hobbit opus opens next Friday to so far mildly positive reviews (it’s currently clocking in at 71% Fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes). In celebration, EW has released four variant covers for this week’s issue, featuring different Hobbit principals. Peter Jackson is preparing for the release by defending his choice to show the film at 48 Frames per second while Warner Brothers is already teasing audiences with pics of the second Hobbit movie, in which Orlando Bloom, “returns” (or is it seen for the first time?) as Legolas (via Rotten Tomatoes, EW, and Comingsoon.net)
Get ready! There is a big plot twist coming up on the next episode of Arrow. It’s the mid-season finale though, so shouldn’t that be expected? In other Arrow related news, casting is underway for an actress to play the DCU character, Shado, an archer and assassin who becomes Oliver Queen’s lover. (via InsideTV and CBR)
Joss Whedon was named Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly. In this naming ceremony, newsy tidbit, EW reveals that Joss’ brother, Jed Whedon, and sister-in-law, Maurissa Tancharoen (who were the showrunners of Dollhouse and have co-production credits on Dr. Horrible) will be the showrunners for S.H.I.E.L.D., along with Jeffrey Bell (who has co-production credits on another Whedon show, Angel). The piece also says that Whedon already turned in an outline for Avengers 2 (EW)
Anne Hathaway would love to play Catwoman again. I could get into that. (via Access Hollywood)
And while we’re on the subject of Anne Hathaway’s turn as Catwoman, it is worth mentioning that Indiewire talked to Christopher Nolan who answered questions about Man of Steel (he’s producing) but skirted around any Justice League related inquiries (via Indiewire’s The Playlist)
Entertainment Weekly got a first look at the live action adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Enders Game.
Here is a picture of Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff and Asa Butterfield as Ender. The film will be released November 1st, 2013. Enders Game Director, Gavin Hood told EW that they have upped the ages of the children from 6 to 12 because it’s just, well, easier all around for everyone. Plus, middle grades are where it’s at, just ask any YA author you might know about their latest editorial revisions (via EW)
THR has an interesting read about X-Men: Days of Future Past which speculates as to how Fox might bring back all the now very busy and totally famous X-Men from the original films. It is unconfirmed but rumored, for example, that Halle Barry and James Marsden will be reprising their roles as Storm and Cyclops (via THR)
The USA Network has picked up a World War 2 alien space drama called Horizon, which will be produced by The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd (via Deadline)
And, even though this came out a few weeks ago, just in case you missed it – here is a trailer for Season 2 of Derek Kirk Kim’s web series, Mythomania (via Mythomaniashow YouTube Channel)
Have a nice weekend!