-- Actor Peter Weller earned his sci-fi flick street cred when he appeared in Robocop, and now the actor’s prepared to add to his legacy with a major role in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek 2.
No word yet on who Weller might play, but sources tell Deadline that this will be a big part in the film and not some minor supporting role or cameo. This means Weller will be joining the returning original cast (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto) and newcomer Benicio Del Toro on the film, which is slated for release in May of 2013. Meanwhile, Abrams and Paramount spent the rest of their weekend denying reports that Del Toro would be playing Khan – the character made famous by Ricardo Montalban in an episode of the original series and the second feature film. Feel free to start speculating who Del Toro and Weller might play – your guess is as good as ours at this point. UPDATE: Vulture is reporting that talks broke down last week with Del Toro over monetary issues, and he's no longer appearing in the film.
-- Saturday Night Live skits seem more “miss” than “hit” lately when it comes to being funny, but this weekend’s bit entitled “Holy Creep, Batman!” reminds us that the show can still be funny. Guest host Steve Buscemi plays Commissioner Gordon in the brief sketch, which pokes fun at Batman’s ability to seemingly appear and disappear at random. Watch as the Caped Crusader pops up in Buscemi’s kitchen late at night, in his shower, and even as he’s about to get intimate with his wife. Best of all? There’s even an Aquaman cameo…
-- Steven Spielberg has two huge movies coming out this month (War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin) but when EW recently sat down with the director, they got him to expound on Michael Bay returning for a fourth Transformers film and the next installment in the Indiana Jones series. What follows are some of the director’s more interesting observations.
Regarding whether or not Bay would return to Transformers 4, the director had this to say:
“I hope so, because I think he made the best of the three with this last one. I certainly can’t imagine anybody other than Michael being equipped to make another Transformers. He’s invented a genre and he’s got the secret formula.”
Spielberg then shifts gears to the planned fifth installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, telling EW that George Lucas has picked a genre for the movie (what?) and has a concept in mind. That genre comment is a little puzzling – are they planning on making a romantic comedy this time out? One would think it would be another action-adventure film…
Spielberg is deferential to Lucas in the piece, saying that “I am best friends with George and I’m very obedient to the stories that he writes. I’ll fight things I don’t believe in but ultimately if George wants to bring interdimensional beings into Crystal Skull, I will do the best job I possible can to acquit George’s idea and make him proud.” So, we can officially blame Lucas for the aliens in Crystal Skull. Good to know. Who do we blame for Shia LaBeouf’s casting?
Ultimately, Spielberg hints that Indy is Lucas’ baby – saying “there is no Indy 5 until George says there is.” Now let’s all hope that if Lucas does indeed give us an Indy 5, that it’s better than Crystal Skull... [via /Film]
-- If you own a bicycle and love Tron, you’re going to want own a set of these new Revolights for your ride. The LED lights attach to the wheels of your standard bicycle and illuminate the area around and in front of you while riding – making it far easier for other vehicles to see you in the dark. That’s totally practical, but we really want a set because they look totally awesome when they’re lit up. Don’t take our word for it, though, check out the video below. Revolights won’t be available for sale until next March, but at $220 it’s way cheaper than the custom made Tron motorcycles we’ve seen. Swing by the official site and get your order in now. [via GeekTyrant]