By Jenny Priestley
★ Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to star in the new zombie action thriller Patient Zero. He'll co-star alongside Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer in the film, which takes place in a post-outbreak zombie apocalypse and follows one man who has the unique ability to speak with the undead and who hopes to use his gift to discover a cure for the plague and his infected wife.
★ Good news for fans of Game of Thrones (or those who haven't seen it yet), all four series of the show will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic over 12 days from December 20. Because nothing says christmas like beheadings, regicide and incest!
★ Possible new Bond villain Christoph Waltz is to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The double Oscar winner will be honoured on December 1. Quentin Tarantino, who directed Waltz to both his Oscar wins, will be among the guest speakers.
★ Boyhood star Ethan Hawke will be discussing his career at BAFTA on December 18. He will be the latest subject of BAFTA's A Life in Pictures series. Tickets are on sale to the public.
★ Paul Dano is to star in the new HBO series from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. Codes of Conduct follows a young black man as he enters New York high society. Dano will play an entrepreneur who becomes friends with the lead character. Filming on the pilot begins this week.
★ David Walliams will attend a special screening of his new BBC adaptation at the BFI Southbank on December 14. The one-off special is based on Walliams' book The Boy in the Dress. It tells the story of 12-year-old Dennis who is ordinary boy, who lives in an ordinary town – but he feels different. A chance view of a fashion magazine introduces him to a whole new world of colour and creativity, but can a boy wear a dress, and what will the Headmaster, his Dad, and his friends think if they find out? The cast includes Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny, Meera Syal, James Buckley, Walliams and Kate Moss.
★ Not long now until the world premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is taking place in London on December 1. Not to worry if you're not based in the UK though as more international premieres have been confirmed: Paris follows London on December 4, then it's on to Toronto for December 6 with a simultaneous event going on in Mexico, it's Brazil's turn on December 7. The cast and crew arrive in North America for the New York premiere on December 8 followed by LA on December 9. And at some point they've got to fit in Wellington – wouldn't surprise me if they make it the very final event.
★ Martin Freeman is in talks to co-star alongside Tina Fey in the comedy Taliban Shuffle. The film stars Fey as real life journalist Kim Barker who is posted to Kabul, and follows her attempts to do her job while also dealing with bouts of violence and what's described "the promiscuous war-correspondent culture". Freeman will play Fey's unexpected love interest, a dedicated Scottish photojournalist. Margot Robbie is expected to play one of Fey's rivals.
★ Bryce Dallas Howard may join Robert Redford in the remake of Pete's Dragon. It's thought she'll play the female lead on the film which is based on the 1977 version that follows Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be dragon.
★ Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee looks set to direct a new film about Janis Joplin. Amy Adams is expected to star in the film which will probably shoot next summer. Could this finally be the film that wins Adams that ever-elusive Oscar?
★ Jon Hamm is returning to Pawnee. His character Ed appeared in the last episode of Parks and Recreation's sixth series, when he was fired by Leslie. He'll be among a host of stars appearing in the final series including Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones and Megan Mullally. Meanwhile, Hugh Laurie is currently filming a special appearance on Veep. We don't know anything about his role yet but pictures of him with Julia Louis Dreyfus and the rest of the cast have started popping up on Twitter.
★ Stephen Colbert will host this year's Kennedy Center Honors. The annual event fetes those who have been deemed to have given a lifetime of contributions to American culture. This year's ceremony will honour Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Sting, Al Green and Patricia McBride. Speaking about his hosting gig, Colbert said: “I am stunned to be receiving a Kennedy Center Honor at such a young age. I thought it would be years before… I’m sorry. I’m being told I am HOSTING the Kennedy Center Honors. Oh… Well, I’m glad. That makes a lot more sense."