Paul Blackthorne, who will play detective Harry Dresden in SCI FI Channel's "The Dresden Files," spoke to SCI FI Wire about creating the character. He said: "I didn't really think about it, to be honest. I would go around in circles if I started thinking about that. So I went about creating a character in the same way as I would whether people were aware or not. Obviously, Jim Butcher gave me a considerable push-off in the world and the character that he created. I just took it beyond there with regard to the scripts. When the scripts came in, the character further developed in my mind. I read Storm Front. I had this wonderful research idea of reading every book [in the series]. And then the first script came to me, and I realized I needed to start reading the script, because we were shooting the next week. So I never got around to reading all the books. But I enjoyed Storm Front. I was in England at the time, and I was on a train leaving London. I started reading the script as the train left, and I had barely left the terminal when I thought to myself, 'Wow, this would be a nice one to play. It would be a lot of fun.' So I'm really pleased to be involved with it." "The Dresden Files" debuts on SCI FI Channel Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Variety reports that NBC ordered (contingent on casting) Kevin Falls' Time Travel drama "Journeyman." It is the familiar tale of a man who travels through time attempting fix the lives of people in trouble, and, by doing so, he oftimes affects the future.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Universal Pictures is in talks with Rob Cohen to direct "Mummy 3." Both Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are expected to reprise their rolls though those talks have yet to begin. The director of the first two films, Stephen Sommers, will be producing. The script is by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was the big winner at the 33rd annual People's Choice Awards.The Associated Press via Yahoo! Movies has the complete list of People's Choice winners.
Martin Scorsese, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Stephen Frears, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris and Bill Condon are the moviemakers up for this year's Directors Guild of America top prize. The winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2006 is announced on February 3. 58 times the DGA Award has been handed out, and only six winners did not win the Best Director Oscar. Here is the DGA official listing for the award.
Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions will develop "Mamma Mia!"(the ABBA musical) for Universal Pictures. The story is of a Greek bride-to-be locating three men who might be her father and inviting them to her wedding.
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Comics Continuum has posted preview pages for
Dragonlance Chronicles Vol. II:
Dragons of Winter Night #4,
G.I. Joe: America's Elite #19,
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #16,
Wonder Man #2,
Hyperion vs. Nighthawk #1,
& Mythos: Ghost Rider,