By Charles Webb

"We approached the first episode as if it was a movie sequel" explains "Arrow" showrunner Andrew Kreisberg during a recent visit to the Vancouver set of the CW drama. The series enters its second season tomorrow night, bringing back Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), AKA "the vigilante," with a new mission to clean up crime in his hometown.

But first, someone's got to get him back off that island.

****Mild spoilers for the season premiere of "Arrow" will follow.**** Read More...

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Christian Bale

The growly voice we need, if not the one we deserve, isn't coming back.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Christian Bale has confirmed that his days suiting up in Batman's cape and cowl are behind him. In other words: there will be no "Justice League" for the Oscar winner.

"I have no information, no knowledge about anything. I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul," the actor said. "I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it."


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by Brett White

With the sequel to "Man of Steel" already greenlit and entering the planning stages, websites are already publishing their "who should play Lex Luthor" lists (ours is probably coming any day now). One such site is Buzz Focus, whose list got a little bit of a celebrity spotlight.


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Much Ado

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

During the past week several big movies premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, but one of the most anticipated premieres was a much smaller project with nary an A-list Hollywood star to be found among its cast.

The film was “Much Ado About Nothing,” and the A-lister here was the director, Joss Whedon. He brought all of the actors, most of whom he’d worked with before, to Toronto. And on Saturday, in front of 1,500 eager fans at the Elgin Theatre, he presented his latest masterpiece.

It seems impossible, but “Much Ado” is even better than we at The Weekly Whedon imagined it could be. Sean Maher is the perfect villain, Nathan Fillion and Tom Lenk are the best of buffoons, and Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof are the consummate Shakespearean couple.


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The Spike Lee remake of "Oldboy" is still happening, though production is coming mighty slow. Josh Brolin was attached to play the Oh Dae-Su role quite some time ago (he’ll be rechristened as Dave Ott or something appropriately Anglicized, we imagine), but the film is still lacking a villain or a female lead to join him.

Now, Twitch reports that the latter role has been offered to Elizabeth Olsen, who seems to be everywhere these days. Olsen’s gathering buzz for her parts in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Silent House" (more on that in a minute), which would make her a strong choice to play against Brolin.


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Have you been thirsting for "The Amazing Spider-Man" plot details? You're in luck: Columbia Pictures has released the official synopsis, in anticipation of the film's July 3 release. As befitting of an origin story, the movie seems like it'll be pretty straightforward.

Check out the synopsis past the jump.


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Full disclosure: Although I love Spider-Man, I am not as psyched about "The Amazing Spider-Man" as everyone else. I loved Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi! Still do, actually. However, I will admit I've warmed up to Andrew Garfield-as-Spidey now that we've seen him in action and in costume and heard all about the work he put into the character. Not to mention his adorable Hall H panel appearance at Comic-Con.

Furthermore, when MTV News caught up with director Marc Webb and producer Matthew Tolmach at San Diego Comic-Con, they explained a few new explorations and additions to the webslinger's universe that have me intrigued.

"We're creating a world of our own devising, but we take cues from the comics," Webb said of using the Marvel comics for inspiration, adding that although the film will touch on Parker's missing parents, which is new to the movie adaptations, they won't be fleshing out the comic-book storyline that revealed Mr. and Mrs. Parker to be secret government agents.

"In terms of the CIA-secret-agent thing, we're not really going down that road in particular," Webb said. "Not in this movie."


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FROM MTV NEWS: Although most of our Marvel Comics-related movie excitement these days is pegged to the impending release of "Captain America: The First Avenger," we can't help but already get excited for next year's highly anticipated, superhero-filled "The Avengers."

When MTV News caught up with Cap himself, Chris Evans, during our "MTV First: Captain America" interview Thursday, we asked for his thoughts on working with fan-favorite "Avengers" director Joss Whedon.

"He's unbelievable," Evans said. "He's so clever. He lives in the world of comic books, so he has in his head an amazing story already mapped out."

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Well isn't this a fun week for fans of "The Walking Dead"?

First, earlier this week AMC announced that they will air a special sneak peek of season two during this Sunday's season premiere of their acclaimed and award-winning show "Breaking Bad." Now comes a second behind-the-scenes video featuring special effects make-up designer, Greg Nicotero, wherein he talks about creating that big-eyed zombie we've seen in teasers for the new season.

Nicotero explains in the video that the striking, long haired she-zombie basically came to be by accident.


Christopher MeloniThe cast of "Man Of Steel," Zack Snyder's upcoming reboot of the Superman film franchise, has been filling out quite nicely in recent weeks, with another well-known actor joining the production this weekend.

As first reported by Deadline, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actor Christopher Meloni will join the "Man Of Steel" cast in an unspecified role. While the initial report simply indicated that he would play a "major role" in the film, Meloni later told Vulture that he will play a general in the military and dismissed rumors that he would become the new face of Superman's arch enemy, Lex Luthor. Read More...

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