Friday Link-A-Mania

CGI Astroboy cast announced

With the Imagini Studios' CGI take on classic anime Astroboy in post-production, Dark Horizons has revealed an all-star voice cast. Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland and Bill Nighy will be playing three of the leads, with Nathan Lane and Eugene Levy also listed in the cast. Astro himself will be played by Freddie Highmore, who's previously been in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and The Golden Compass (in which he provided the voice of Pantalaimon). The film is slated for release in 2009.

No sci-fi with Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Company has issued a ban on having sci-fi memorabilia autographed at their upcoming production of Hamlet, reports BBC News . In a statement, the RSC has said that fans will only be permitted to ask for stars David Tennant and Patrick Stewart to sign programmes and other Hamlet-related merchandise, saying that "the sheer volume of requests means that we need to set some limits which will be as fair as possible for everyone." Hamlet opens on 5 August at the courtyard Theatre in Stratford.

No Martha for Torchwood season three?

The Sun is reporting that Freema Agyeman will not appear in Torchwood's third season, having agreed to instead appear in a new crime drama on ITV. They quote "an insider" as saying "This has really mucked things about. We’ve had to go back and re-edit loads of scripts because she’s not going to be in it." Could be true, but The Sun aren't exactly the most reliable source in the world. We think we'll wait for something from the BBC on this...