Locke & KeyIt could be the understatement of the year to say we were disappointed by the news that "Locke & Key" television series pilot might not make it to the small screen. The IDW Publishing comic is one of our favorites around Splash Page HQ, and everything seemed primed for it to make a successful jump from page to screen.

Alas, it wasn't meant to be (on the FOX network, at least), but now it looks like fans will indeed be able to check out the pilot episode — if they can make it to San Diego for this year's Comic-Con International.

Calling it "the most talked-about pilot not on the Fall schedule," IDW will screen "Locke & Key" on Friday, July 22. The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with comic creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, as well as pilot writer Josh Friedman, and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. Read More...

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Yes, you read that headline correctly, and yes, it is possibly the most ridiculous headline I have written in my entire career. The best part? It happened.

Apparently, "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith was one of several actors who participated in a recent event called "24 Hour Plays" in Los Angeles. For his part in the event, which tasks writers with scripting a play in one night and having actors perform it the next, Smith played a "very confused Batman" who wakes up on an autopsy table.

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There's a full report on the event and Smith's performance over at The Telegraph, while The Daily Mail has a bunch of great photos of Smith and some of the other actors. Oh, and Smith's take on Batman wasn't the only comics-friendly performance during the show. Read More...

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TransformersIt's always fun when a package from Hasbro arrives at MTV Splash Page HQ, and today's delivery of "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" toys was no exception.

As you've probably learned by now, I don't mind setting aside my pride for the opportunity to show off all of the cool stuff that these packages contain (and if you haven't learned that, I encourage you to check out the "Thor" and "Iron Man 2" toy write-ups). However, since the bulk of our "Dark Of The Moon" coverage will be happening on MTV Movies Blog, I asked Movies Blog editor Josh Wigler to star in the necessary — and unabashedly nerdy — swag photo. Read More...

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Star TrekI know I'm not alone in being impressed by the recent "Star Trek" movie that effectively rebooted the science-fiction franchise for a younger generation. Sadly, we might have to wait a while for the "Star Trek" sequel, but it looks like there will be ample opportunity for fans of both the original series and the new, alternate timeline to get their fix of adventures with the crew of The Enterprise.

IDW Publishing announced plans today for a new series of "Star Trek" comics shepherded by the writer and producer of the 2009 film, Roberto Orci. According to the press release, "Star Trek" #1 will hit shelves in September, and feature stories from the original series re-imagined with the new crew.

Orci will oversee the ongoing series, with writer Mike Johnson and artist Stephen Molnar handling the individual issues. Read More...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesWith the new CG “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” set to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2012, some well-known actors have been pulled on board to voice the anthropomorphized fighting turtles. The latest is Sean Astin, perhaps best known as Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of the Rings” films, who will be voicing Raphael.

The other three main characters have also been cast, with Jason Biggs of “American Pie” fame as Leonardo, Greg Cipes (Beast Boy in “Teen Titans) as Michelangelo, and longtime voice actor Rob Paulsen (“Pinky and the Brain” and “Animaniacs”) as Donatello. Ironically, Paulsen voiced Raphael in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series that ran from 1987 to 1996. Read More...


Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesIt's been almost a year since our last update on the planned reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie franchise, but there's apparently been some recent movement on the project, with Paramount hiring a new writing duo to bring the heroes in a half-shell back to the big screen.

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have been hired to rewrite the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" script initially penned by "Iron Man" writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, according to Deadline. The pair previously collaborated on Louis Letterier's upcoming film "Now You See Me."

The most recent reports had the film pegged to be a hybrid of live-action and CGI effects, with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form producing the film. Read More...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesWay back in October 2009, we brought you the news that Leonardo, Donatello, and the rest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were getting a new animated series to go along with the planned feature film blending live action and CGI effects. Now it looks like the Heroes In A Half Shell will also return to their true roots with a brand new comic book series, too.

IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon recently announced plans for a new series that will kick off this August and feature a creative team led by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. While the first story arc will introduce a brand new villain to the TMNT universe — a mutant alley cat named "Old Hob" — all the regulars will also play a role in the rebooted TMNT adventures.

In the official announcement of the comic book series, there's also mention of a new premiere date for the upcoming CGI "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated series, now scheduled to air in late 2012. Read More...


True BloodThe new season of "True Blood" premieres next month, but Sookie Stackhouse and the rest of the cast of the hit HBO series will be having some wild off-screen adventures, too. IDW Publishing and HBO revealed exclusively to MTV Splash Page their plans for a sequel to the best-selling "All Together Now" miniseries that first brought the series from the screen to the comics world.

Titled "True Blood: The French Quarter," the new, six-issue series hits shelves in August and will follow Sookie and vampire Eric Northman as they travel to New Orleans in order to track down a killer whom Eric and his maker, Godric, thought they killed centuries ago. With Eric and Sookie paired up, you can bet Bill Compton's not far behind, but he'll have his hands full investigating a local Hep-D outbreak. Pam and Lafayette will also play big roles in the series, according to the publisher.

You can get your first look at artist Joe Corroney's cover for "True Blood: The French Quarter" below, as well as more details about the upcoming series. Read More...

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Locke & KeyA trio of comics-inspired television projects were the subject of headlines today, and little of the news was good.

According to Deadline, Fox has decided not to pick up the pilot for "Locke & Key," a planned miniseries based on IDW Publishing's popular comic. While there's still a chance that another network could step in to take ownership of the project, fans should probably temper their expectations at this point. (We're keeping our fingers crossed here at Splash Page HQ.)

Fox wasn't done with the bad news, though, as the network also announced the cancellation of "Human Target." Read More...

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The new season of "Doctor Who" begins this weekend, offering up a whole new set of adventures with The Doctor and his companions. And while the new season will see a host of familiar faces returning to the long-running series, there's one big element that sets Season Six (or Season 32, if you want to get technical) apart from past seasons.

For the first time ever, the "Doctor Who" cast and crew made a trek across the ocean to film in the U.S. — specifically, the picturesque Monument Valley, Utah. In the following exclusive video, "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith explains why it made sense to film in America, and which city he'd like to see The Doctor end up in next time he ends up on this side of the pond.

"Having those locations adds to the epic and grand scale of 'Doctor Who' and is something we're very proud to have achieved," Smith told MTV News. "And it fits in because we're in America in the 1960s [in the episode]." Read More...

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