By Jenny Priestley
★ Star Trek 3 should begin filming in the next six months according to Zachary Quinto. The actor, who plays Mr Spock, said: “Things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months." The new film will be the first without director JJ Abrams, who's busy in a galaxy far, far, away. Robert Orci takes over directing duties. The film is expected in cinemas in 2016.
★ Nick Frost is to appear in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special. The episode will also feature Michael Troughton – son of the second doctor, Patrick Troughton. No word yet on plot details.
★ Meanwhile, former Doctor Matt Smith has signed on to appear in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. The film's been in development for ages but it looks like it's finally going ahead with a cast including Douglas Booth, Lily James and Smith, who'll be playing the bumbling Mr Collins.
★ Gillian Anderson will be launching her debut novel next month. The book is called Vision of Fire and is a scifi story following a child psychologist who tries to investigate why people around the world start having violent visions. The book is released on October 9 and Anderson will be doing a signing at Waterstones Piccadilly on October 3.
★ Chris O'Dowd will also be at Waterstones on October 27 to promote the release of his new novel, Moone Boy: the Blunder Years. The book, which O'Dowd has co-written with Nick V Murphy, follows the (mis)adventures of young Martin Moone, as he deals with his awful sisters, school bullies and, not one, but two imaginary friends. The book's out on October 23.
★ Parks And Rec star Aziz Ansari is heading to London. He's performing at the Hammersmith Apollo on November 30.
★ Stephen Fry is to appear on American Dad. This week he tweeted he'd just recorded a voiceover for the show and that his "life is complete". Meanwhile, this Friday has been announced as #FryDay. It's to promote the release of his new memoir, More Fool Me. The day will also include The comedian/actor answering fan questions in a global Apple iBooks Twitter Q&A which begins at 2pm and is the first of its kind to mark the release of a book in the UK. To get involved follow @iBooks .
★ Composer Hans Zimmer is to perform two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall on October 10 and 11. Hans Zimmer Revealed will be in two parts: the first featuring some of his classic movie film scores including Gladiator, The Lion King and Pirates of the Caribbean, and the second featuring re-imagined versions of some classic scores such as The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception with special guests from the rock and pop world.
★ If you missed it this week, it's been announced Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to return to the Bourne franchise. That left me wondering what's going on with the planned second film in the Jeremy Renner-fronted Bourne films. Well, according to producer Frank Marshall the Renner version is still happening: "That movie is moving forward," Marshall Told the Hollywood Reporter. "It's still in development. We're working to get a script as soon as possible." Apparently because there are no deals with Damon or Greengrass, the strategy is to proceed with both projects simultaneously. Will audiences go for two Bourne franchises?
★ Picturehouse Cinemas has announced that it is launching a new central London location in 2015. The chain is taking over the old Cineworld in the Trocadero and relaunching it as a 1,000 seat, seven-screen cinema. Here's hoping they get rid of the mice...
★ Big news for the Ben Hur remake. Despite reports producers wanted Tom Hiddleston to star in the title role, it's actually gone to Jack Huston. Meanwhile, Brit actor Toby Kebbel has been cast as the film's villain, Messela. They both join Morgan Freeman, who had already been cast.
★ Hiddleston instead has signed on to appear in Skull Island, a prequel to King Kong. The film's due out in November 2016.
★ Robert Downey Jr, Dame Judi Dench, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Mike Leigh will be feted at the annual BAFTA LA Britannia Awards. The annual event, which helps kick off awards season, takes place on October 30 and is hosted by Rob Brydon.
★ Meanwhile, George Clooney has been announced as the recipient of the Cecil B DeMille Award at this year's Golden Globes. The award celebrates “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”. Last year’s recipient was Woody Allen. Well, I guess giving it to George guarantees the Globes will get him on the red carpet on January 11.
★ US TV network TNT is developing a new ministries about the life of Neil Armstrong. The four-hour series is based on the book One Great Leap about Armstrong's life and his trip to the moon. No word yet on when we'll get to see it.
★ James Cromwell is to play Rupert Murdoch on stage. He's already played the Duke of Edinburgh and George Bush Sr, and now Cromwell will take on the media magnate for a play being staged in Sydney. Rupert opens in Sydney in November and is due to transfer to London in 2015 and Broadway in 2016. Asked if he was worried about portraying Murdoch, Cromwell said: "I'm not at the beginning of my career. I don't give a fuck what he does to me. If this is going to be my last shot, I think it's a good one." Good on you, James!