• The writer of excellent French supernatural chiller The Returned, Fabrice Gobert, has revealed that he already has plans for a third series. “I hope there will be three series. We have a lot of stories to tell! But it depends on the audience of course…” A second season of the show, which airs here on Channel 4, has already been confirmed. [via Cultbox]
• Dwayne Johnson is doing a Vin Diesel and using his Twitter feed to do some unofficial PR for his latest film Hercules. “Our ‘Hercules’ set created by award winning designer Jean-Vincent Puzos w/ great detail. I sit in awe,” says the accompanying message. Hercules, directed by Brett (X-Men: The Last Stand) Ratner is released in the UK on 1 August 2014.
• Despicable Me 2 has earned an estimated $142 million in its first five days at the North American box office. It soundly beat The Lone Ranger which managed only $48.9 million in the same period. Universal has estimated its three-day weekend at $82.5 million, making it the third-biggest Independence Day opening after Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($97.8 million) and Spider-Man 2 ($88.1 million). In direct comparison, Monsters University also made $82.5 million over its first three-day weekend, but Despicable Me 2 made more in its first five days then both Toy Story 3 and Shrek the Third, setting it up as one of the most successful animated movies released to date. Despicable Me 2 has also made another $151 million overseas so far, bringing its worldwide total to $293.2 million. Meanwhile, Monsters University has passed the $400 million mark internationally. [via Box Office Mojo]
• TVLine has a great little video of the voice cast for the animated Marvel’s Avengers Assemble series (including Heroes’ Adrian Pasdar as Tony Stark) talking about their favourite dialogue from the show.
• Russell Crowe has admitted on Twitter that he wouldn’t do a Marlon Brandon if asked to appear in Man Of Steel 2: “A lot of you are asking about a KRYPTON prequel, if that’s something you feel strongly about let @Legendary pictures know your thoughts… Just getting sick of reading the same question… however, if it came up, I’d give the tights another go.” [via Coming Soon]
• James Cameron has been going on about adapting the manga Battle Angel Alita for years, and seems that he’s still keen on tackling the project when the multifarious Avatar sequels have been done and dusted. According to Coming Soon, he plans to start development Battle Angel in 2017. So we might see it this century then…
• Although Winter Is Coming warns that an Empire report that Dog Soldiers and The Descent director Neil Marshall may be returning to direct the season for Game Of Thrones finale may not be entirely accurate, it does seem that Marshall (who previously directed the season two episode “Blackwater”) may be returning to the series in some capacity.