Thursday Link-A-Mania

• George Lucas is to be honoured with a National Medal of Arts and Humanities at the White House on 10 July. Lucas is cited “for his contributions to American cinema… by combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time.” Not for Howard The Duck, then? Other recipients this year include musician Herb Alpert, author Joan Didion, African American writer Ernest Gaines, playwright Tony Kushner, philanthropist Lin Arison, dancer/choreographer Joan Myers Brown, opera diva Renée Fleming, painter Ellsworth Kelly, landscape architect Laurie Olin, composer Allen Toussaint and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Presumably they’ll all be talking about the best order inn which to watch the Star Wars films at the post ceremony bash. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

Jurassic Park 4 director Colin Trevorrow has spoken to Schmoes Know about the progress of the film: “It’s incredible to have Steven [Spielberg], who’s done this for decades and has such an incredible filmic knowledge and just understands the language of the story in a way that for us is very refreshing. It’s not like getting notes from a studio executive, it’s really just trying to crack this and make it the best it can be… We don’t want to create a new scoop here, but we definitely want to honour what came before us.”

• Dark Horse Entertainment publisher and founder Mike Richardson has told The Hollywood Reporter that, “We’re brewing something up that I think the fans of Ridley Scott’s amazing film will really like,” promising an official announcement soon. According to Bleeding Cool, that announcement will concern Prometheus.

The Tomorrow People: Robbie Amell as Stephen, Aaron Woo as Russell, Luke Mitchell as John and Peyton List as Cara

TVLine has a first look at the new US version of The Tomorrow People (left), claiming that one of things in its favour is that, “it doesn’t take itself too seriously” while, “the pilot ends in a way I did not see coming.” Sounding good, if you like that sort of thing.

• Sticking with Teen Syfy… sorry, The CW, Phoebe Tonkin, who plays Hayley in The Vampire Diaries, has been talking to IGN about how her character will be growing up in the spin-off The Originals: “I think we’re really going to see Hayley actually deal with the information that she is pregnant and that she is a young woman with a child, or a child about to come… It’s nice to play a young adult finally. I’ve been playing 16 for a long time. And having an issue like pregnancy – an unplanned pregnancy – is a very real topical issue, and it’s nice to explore an issue like that within a supernatural world.”

• Early figures for midweek screenings in the US of this week’s two big film openings seem to indicate that animated sequel Despicable Me 2 is on course for a massive five-day total in excess of $100 minions… sorry million, while Jerry Bruckheimer’s rather more expensive The Lone Ranger may struggle to get past $55 million.  [via Deadline]

Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim has told Comic Book Resources that fans can expect a “dark” second season as Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) evolves from “vigilante” into “a hero”: “This was always sort of the trajectory we planned…This [show] has always been the first two years of Batman Begins. Right before the show premiered, we had a meeting with the head of the studio and we basically said, ‘It’s about going from being the Hood to the Arrow to Green Arrow’. We knew all along that it would take us two years to do that.” But, he adds, “The show works well because it has darkness to it. It’s not gonna be all sunshine and rainbows in season two. I don’t want people to get the wrong impression that the show is going to abruptly change, tonally. It’s actually consistent in its tone, even though Oliver has a more aspirational mission.”