by Josie Kafka
New Terminator Title
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former bodybuilder and governor of California, made the internet giggle ruefully this week by Tweeting a glimpse of the title of the upcoming fifth installment in the Terminator franchise: Terminator: Genisys.
Entertainment Weekly was not amused. Well, it was sort of amused, and it created a list of 101 other possible titles for the film. My favorite is Terminator: The Timeline Definitely Won’t Make Sense Ever Again, although I would encourage them to change the spelling a bit more to make it clear that SkyNet’s real power is their ability to overcome autocorrect.
Not Dead Yet
Sean Bean, best known for dying often, did a Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) this week, and it’s worth reading just for the rollicking responses to a bunch of questions about food and, of course, who would win in a fight between Boromir and Ned Stark. One of the funniest lines is Bean’s attempt to promo his upcoming show Legends, which premieres on Wednesday, August 20th: “It's a fun show that will get you through the rest of the summer until Game of Thrones comes back. Also I don't die.”
Into the Woods Teaser
This Week in Casts
• Blair Brown (Fringe) will appear in the third season of Orange is the New Black.
• Claire Holt (The Originals) will join David Duchovny’s Charles-Manson miniseries Aquarius.
• Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) will guest-star on The Blacklist.
• David Zayas (Dexter, my Starbucks) will have a recurring role on Gotham.
• Natalie Zea (Justified) will star in the upcoming ABC drama Members Only, which premieres midseason.
• Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) will guest-star on Galavant, an upcoming “fairytale-themed musical comedy” from ABC.
• Michael St. Patrick (Six Feet Under) will have a recurring role on Sons of Anarchy’s last season.
• Kyle Maclachlan (Special Agent Dale Cooper) will appear in the second season of Agents of SHIELD. Click the link for the spoilery info about the character he will play.
• Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) will have a recurring role on the upcoming CBS remake of The Odd Couple.
• Clancy Brown (!) will join The Flash in a recurring role this fall.
Joss Whedon Bio
Is Joss Whedon your master? Then you might enjoy the new biography of his Jossiness, written by Amy Pascale with a foreword by Nathan Fillion. Excerpts have been sneaking onto the interwebs all week (you can’t stop the signal!), and so far include a beautiful letter from Tom Hiddleston thanking Joss for writing such wonderful Loki, and in-depth information about how Joss cast Firefly.
The Imitation Game
Books on Screen
M. Night Shyamalan, master of twists, is helming the TV version of Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines, which is the first in a trilogy. Shyamalan promises that the 10-episode “event” will answer all of your questions, but we can hope Wayward Pines will be one of those deserving shows that manages to earn a second season, just like Under the Dome.
In better SF news, SyFy is developing Ghost Brigades, based on John Scalzi’s Hugo-winning novel The Old Man’s War, which is quite fun and very Heinleinesque. Scalzi has hit it big recently: his novel Redshirts is also in development for FX.
Jennifer Lee, who wrote a little movie called Frozen, has begun to work on the script for a live-action film adaptation of Madelaine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.
This Week in X-Cats
Josie Kafka reviews The Vampire Diaries, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and various other things that take her fancy. She is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)