Thursday Link-A-Mania

Entertainment Weekly has revealed its four covers for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

• Dennis Haysbert (President David Palmer in 24) will take over from the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan in the role of Manute in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

• Dan Aykroyd has given Esquire a lengthy interview about the chances of Ghostbusters 3 (and, indeed, Ghostbusters 4 and 5) happening. Claiming that, “I’m as deeply inside Ghostbusters 3 as anyone involved in the project – that includes the executives at Sony, who have to go to sleep at night and have to decide to do it; Ivan Reitman, the director, who travels from Santa Barbara to LA, and has for the last three years, working with writers to put it together,” he goes on to boldly state, “This would add quite a bump to Sony’s bottom line, quite a bump. If they make this movie, in its current shape, they would be looking at a pretty hefty, nine-figure return… We can’t wait forever. And now’s the time to tell the picture company, and I’d say this quite publicly, it’s time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won’t be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie.” Read the full interview here.

• Andy Serkis talks to Coming Soon about Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, giving a clue as to the angle the script will be taking: “The interesting thing now will be how Caesar operates in this world, because of the virus that hits at the end of the first movie – and how Caesar brings an accord between the apes and the surviving humans and that’s going to be interesting where we take that.” Serkis also mentions the new film version of Animal Farm that he’ll be directing and which will be produced out of his own Imaginarium performance capture studio in Ealing: “[We’ll be] taking it from the point of view if Orwell were writing Animal Farm for today, where would the targets be? It’s a fairy tale and we’re keeping it as a fairy tale and a fable, which will allow us to satirically pick our target.”

Time has announced it’s 10 Worst Films Of 2012, and the top six isn’t great reading for our beloved genre:

1 Cloud Atlas
2 John Carter
3 Hyde Park On Hudson
4 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
5 This Means War
6 The Lorax

• Another one of those “not really SFX, but we know you like it in the same kinda way and it’s a slow news day” shows, Jonathan Creek is set to return to BBC One after a three year break for a 90-minute special for Easter. In “The Clue Of The Savant’s Thumb”, Creek and fellow investigator Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) are drawn into a complex case involving a secret society, seemingly supernatural events at a girls’ boarding school, and the miraculous disappearance of a body in front of three witnesses. Star Alan Davies says: “The new story has more than the usual amount of twists and surprises, and I’m very much looking forward to sleuthing again. I can’t wait to join Sheridan Smith on set again; we’re very lucky to have her. It’s nearly 17 years since I first auditioned for the part; the duffle coat is always on standby, even if the periods of duffle-hibernation are quite long these days”. [via BBC Media Centre]