Tuesday Link-a-Mania

The Next Chapter in Star Wars
A new CG animated Star Wars movie and TV series are on their way this year, according to The official Star Wars site . The Clone Wars will debut in US cinemas on 15 August followed by a series of 30-minute episodes to air on US TV this Autumn. As well as featuring known characters including Anakin, Padme, Obi-Wan, General Grievous, Darth Sidious and Count Dooku (no mention of Jar Jar – hoorah!) there will be new characters such as Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. No news yet on a British big screen release (if there will be one) though details of international airings for the TV show are to follow shortly.

Tolkien Trust Claims New Line is Uncharitable
The LA Times is reporting that the charitable trust of JRR Tolkien is suing New Line for allegedly cheating it out of $150 million from the blockbuster movie trilogy. The trust’s lawyers claim that Newline position is that it doesn’t feel it owes them any money. "To take the position that a gross participant in a film of that magnitude gets not one penny strikes me as bizarre,” said Bonnie Eskenazi, representing the trust.

Post-Strike, Which Shows Will Return?
TV Guide has posted a list of predictions of which shows will return to US screens this season now the writer’s strike is over. Most hopeful are new episodes of Ghost Whisperer, Medium (hoorah!), Reaper, Smallville and Supernatural, with Lost and Battlestar Galactica slightly more vague possibility. The site predicts no new episodes until next season for Heroes, Chuck and Pushing Daisies (which ABC has confirmed will return). Meanwhile, there are no more episodes ever predictions for Bionic Woman and Journeyman. Of course, this could all be bobbins...

V - The Return?
Okay, V creator Kenneth Johnson has been claiming the show will return for ages, but Dark Horizons has picked up on a posting on the producer’s site claiming, "there will be a major announcement soon to be announced 'after the writers strike'." Johnson‘s novel, V - The Second Generation, has just been published in the US by Tor.