— Carrie Fisher has confirmed that she, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will return for Star Wars: Episode VII. In an interview with TV Guide, Fisher said that filming would being later this spring and stated she was looking forward to getting back into character. “I’d like to wear my old hairstyle again – but with white hair. I think it would be funny.” … I got a bad feeling about this, folks.
— Sir Ben Kingsley is jumping into another blockbuster franchise. The actor most recently seen in Ender’s Game and Iron Man 3 will play an Egyptian pharaoh on display at a British museum in director Shawn Levy’s upcoming Night at the Museum 3. Both of the previous two Museum movies grossed just under a billion dollars globally and with Levy returning, there’s no reason this third outing can’t be just as successful. Night at the Museum 3 arrives in theaters December 19, 2014.
— Marvel’s first “Phase Three” movie keeps getting bumped up. With Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman movie vacating its 2015 release date, Marvel’s Ant-Man starring Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd has jumped forward two weeks. The new release date for the film will be July 17, 2015.
— A day after the script for Quentin Tarantino‘s next film Hateful Eight was leaked, a website has published the full, unwatermarked version online. Tarantino expressed disgust yesterday in a Deadline interview saying that he was scrapping production of the movie and would be releasing the story as a book. I’m not linking to the site as they’re in clear violation of Tarantino’s rights and given his disgust with how things have transpired thus far, legal action is sure to follow.
— Saturday Night Live has announced that lead writer Colin Jost will join Cecily Strong as co-anchor of the show’s Weekend Update segment. Jost will replace Seth Meyers who will be leaving to host Late Night beginning February 24. Meyers last Update will be February 1.
— If you thought the Transporter TV series was dead, think again. TNT has picked up the rights for a second season of the series which finds Chris Vance stepping into Jason Statham’s shoes as driver/ass-kicker Frank Martin. X- Files producer Frank Spotnitz will act as the new showrunner and executive producer of the 12-episode second season which begins production February 26.
— Finally, we get a new pic from Seth McFarlane’s upcoming western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West starring Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried and a gun-totin’ Charlize Theron. The film will be in theaters May 30.