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Thursday Link-A-Mania

Matt Smith wants to return to Doctor Who, V-Wars will be getting a TV adaptation and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes takes us behind the scenes...

• Matt Smith reveals he's anxiously waiting to return to Doctor Who . “I’m just waiting for the next anniversary," the former Time Lord told Calgary Expo and even admits to being in contact with showrunner Steven Moffat. “I spoke to Steven the other day and said ‘What’s the quickest one we can do?’”

• Zack Snyder's 2016 sequel to Man Of Steel finally has an official title - Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. There's also a new logo to go along with it:

• Shooting for Star Wars: Episode VII has begun in Abu Dhabi . Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy described Abu Dhabi as "an incredible place to commence this journey". According to Paul Baker, executive director of twofour54 Intaj, the company's production services division, more than 600 international and regional crew as well as lead and supporting cast members are in the Emirates for the Star Wars shoot.

However, those looking to spot some on-set activity will be disappointed. The government-owned newspaper The National reveals that the police and army had been deployed around the site to keep onlookers away.

• Neil Jackson (Push, Flash Forward) will be a recurring character as the Headless Horseman in paranormal police drama Sleepy Hollow alongside main cast Tom Mison (One Day, New Tricks) and Nicole Beharie (42, American Violet) .

• For fans anxiously awaiting the arrival of Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes , Twentieth Century Fox has released a behind-the-scenes video of the actors in split-screen with the animated versions of their characters.

• Iron Sky Universe has exceeded its crowd funding target by 575%. The company was set up to develop the alternative history franchise about Nazis who fled to the Dark Side of the Moon at the end of the Second World War. The crowd funding added over 500 shareholders from 30 different countries to company owners."To see support flowing in from so many different countries in such great volume is really inspiring”, says director Timo Vuorensola ( Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning, Iron Sky ). “The campaign proved once again the prowess of a strong community and the long hours we’ve spent building it, and shows that Internet and crowd sourcing can no longer be ignored by filmmakers anywhere.”

• Stephen King’s IT has shifted from Warner Bros to their New Line division , which from now on will be in charge of all things “horror” for the studio. True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, originally hired to helm the adaptation in 2012, still appears to be in charge of the project. The movie is set to be filmed in two parts.

• The upcoming Warcraft movie is not only for fans of the game, according to Legendary Pictures producer Thomas Tull (300: Rise of An Empire, Man Of Steel). “I think people might initially say, ‘It's a video game movie, or it's sort of fantasy whatever.’ But just wait," he says. “What intrigued us about Warcraft was that there are 100 novels. We have come up with a mythology and a lore that's so deep that it got us excited. Because just saying we're going to make the game you play into a movie, I'm not interested in that at all. We finally got to a story that felt like it had big, universal themes that people will be able to get their heads around.”

Leia Evans