Monday Link-A-Mania

• The BBC has released the Being Human series five trailer.

•  Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was number at the North American box office. Though there wasn’t an awful lot of competition and its tally was a less than stellar $19 million, it’s s result that must have relieved Paramount considering the critical drubbing the film has endured. It’s also ahead of the themically and stylistically similar Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which opened with $16.3 million last summer. Hansel & Gretel has also taken $35.8 million internationally (from territories outside of North America) so far. [via Box Office Guru]

The Impossible and The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona has signed up for an as-yet-untitled science fiction project at Warner Bros, with a script by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). [via Variety]

• Cobie Smulders – Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers (as well as a regular on How I Met You Mother) – has told I Am Rogue that there’s a possibility she may turn up in Marvel’s SHIELD: “The commitments to How I Met Your Mother don’t affect it, and I can’t really say, but there are definite talks about it… I will do Maria Hill until they fire me and hire someone else to do it.”

• Universal Pictures has released an image (not a particularly exciting one, to be honest) from Richard (Love Actually, The Vicar Of Dibley, “Vincent And The Doctor”) Curtis’ time travel romance About Time. It stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander and Margot Robbie, and is due to be released in the UK on 6 September.

• While not exactly going into details (or even vague possibilities) JJ Abrams has spoken briefly to The Huffington Post about landing the Star Wars Episode VII directing gig: “I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we’re just getting started. I’m very excited.”

• Vin Diesel’s at it again, releasing another image from Riddick on his Facebook page. Our guess is the film is never going to be released and he’s secretly releasing it frame by frame.

• James Franco, Harry Osborn in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, doesn’t seem particularly impressed with The Amazing Spider-Man. In an interview with MTV about his upcoming Oz The Great And Powerful, he says, “I mean … they could have strayed a little bit more from the original. It was like, ‘Why?’ I guess they made a lot of money. Congrats… Good for them. Sam and I moved on. We made Oz.”