Joss Whedon will return for a movie and a TV series

Joss Whedon announced on his website this week that he will return to direct Avengers 2 (as if it was ever in doubt!), and he has signed to develop a “Marvel-themed TV show for ABC.”

It’s not a return of Firefly/Serenity, but I guess it will do.

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Dakota Fanning to star in New Moon?

dakota_fanningRumours from E-Online suggest Dakota Fanning is in talks to play Jane in the next Twilight-series movie, New Moon.

I’ve not read NEW MOON, but I learned Jane is “a member of Italy’s Volturi, the most deadly group of bloodsucking killers”.

E-Online says “In the casting notice we got our hands on earlier this month, Jane is described as a petite blonde with a “Botticelli angel-like face…[and] crimson irises.” While fellow Volturi guards Demetri & Felix “are three times the size of her, they are terrified of her,” the casting notice reads.”

Which, as characters go, sounded kind of familiar.

Remember Laurell K. Hamilton’s first novel in the Anita Blake series, GUILTY PLEASURES? Before Jean Claude became Master of the City, there was another. Her name was Nikolaos:

She had been about twelve or thirteen when she died. Small, half-formed breasts showed under a long flimsy dress. It was pale blue and looked warm against the total whiteness of her skin. She had been pale when alive; as a vampire she was ghostly. Her hair was that shining white-blonde that some children have before their hair darkens to brown. This hair would never grow dark.

And then I was reminded of Claudia, the six year old turned vampire in Anne Rice’s INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE.

Interesting, yes? Coincidental sucking from the creative collective, or not, I don’t care. I just don’t want to see any more little girl vampires. Please.

In theatres: INKHEART

If UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you’d rather see INKHEART, also released today.

Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages.

Movie News: New Moon, Wolfman, Thundercats, Dragonball and The Last Airbender

* The Twilight series gets a new director for New Moon. Meanwhile, it looks like New Moon will be made without Jacob the werewolf, played by Taylor Lautner.

* Universal Pictures has pushed back Benicio Del Toro’s Wolfman movie from April of 2009 until November 6.

* It’s good news that God Of War concept artist Charlie Wen is working on the Thundercats movie.

* Based on the Japanese manga and anime series Dragon Ball, the movie stars Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum and James Marsters and opens April 8, 2009.

* M. Night Shyamalan has found the cast for The Last Airbender, his upcoming live-action film based on the popular anime-inspired Nickelodeon series.