News Briefs : January 18, 2014


Pixar holidays are becoming a tradition, with ABC announcing a Christmas special “Toy Story That Time Forgot”. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are on board as Woody and Buzz. (Variety)

Despite Robert Redford not being nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, he said he’s “not disturbed by it or upset by it”. Even so, he pointed the finger at the distributors of “All is Lost”, Roadside and Lionsgate, for failing to properly support the film. (Variety)

“Girls” creator Lena Dunham has landed the cover of Vogue.

Mary Steenburgen will join season 5 of “Justified”.  The show will end after season 6.

A sad week for classic TV fans. Dave Madden, best known as Reuben Kincaid of “The Partridge Family”, has died aged 82. Russell Johnson, the Professor on “Gilligan’s Island”, has died at 89.

In better news, “Orange is the New Black” actress Michelle Hurst, who plays Miss Claudette, has woken from a coma following a serious car accident. A fundraising page has been set up.

Following her Best Actress Oscar nomination for “Gravity”, self-deprecating Sandra Bullock tells THR “I’ve just gotten better at not picking crap.” Tell that to the women who almost starred in the film, including Angelina Jolie, Marion Cotillard and Natalie Portman. (NY Post)

A new TV spot for “RoboCop”, anyone?

A new poster for “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is online, featuring America Ferrara’s character Astrid.

Jaimie Alexander will reprise Lady Sif from “Thor” for TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”.  (Marvel)

Donal Logue (“Blade”) has reportedly been offered the role of Detective Harvey Bullock -and not Jim Gordon as previously rumoured – in “Gotham” (Latino Review)

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy says the “Star Wars” spin-off films won’t be directly linked or tied to the upcoming trilogy or the past films. “There is no attempt being made to carry characters [from the standalone films] in and out of the saga episodes,” she says. “Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear… The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode Seven falls within that canon. The spinoff movies — or we may come up with some other way to call those films — they exist within that vast universe that he created.” (Straits Times)

Disney Channel aired a preview of “Maleficent” today; it’s now available to view online.