Tuesday Link-a-Mania

Lost Season Five Gets A Thumbs Up
Sci Fi Wire has seen the opening two hours of Lost season five and gives them an enthusiastic review: "Ready to get Lost again? I've been back to the island, and I have to say it looks like things may be picking up as the ABC show careers towards its certain end in 2010… The two parts, episodes 501 and 502, are entitled 'Because You Left' and 'The Lie'... "Because You Left’ has a strong narrative with a definite point. It deftly touches base with each of the main characters, brings us up to date and begins to offer some of the answers we've been clamouring for, while raising new questions and posing new dilemmas for the main characters. Without giving anything away, the show once and for all steps into the realm of science fiction with firm footing. ‘The Lie' is partly a Hurley-centric story that features the momentary return of an unexpected character from the past.

Ghibli Latest To Get US Superboost
The latest anime film from Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle director Hayao Miyazaki is set to get a major boost when it opens in the US. Producers Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Pixar’s John Lassiter (who produced the US versions of Spirited and Howl) are overseeing the US version of Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea, which will feature voice artists such as Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman, reports Variety . The trio of superproducers aim to get the film onto more US cinema screens than it two predecessors and make it the biggest Ghibli hit ever in the States. The film has already been a smash hit in Japan.

From Scotty to Tin Tin
Bizarre casting alert. According to Ain’t It Cool Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been cast as the Thompson Twins in Spielberg’s Tin Tin movie.

Thor Changes
IESB.net reckons that the end of the Thor movie has been altered in include the character of Donald Blake, the thunder God’s Earthly alter ego in the comics. Apparently the original script was set entirely in Asgard, but the change has been made so that Thor can be included in the Avengers movie.

Horton Hears A Hex
Horton Hears A Who director Jimmy Hayward will make his live action directorial debut with a big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex, according to The Hollywood Reporter . Josh Brolin is rumoured to star as the disfigured, Confederate army uniform-wearing bounty hunter.

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