This week’s edition News Bites is a pretty small one; apparently even Hollywood’s hype machine has the decency to take time off for Christmas and New Year’s. There are few enough items that I’m not even going to bother with a jump cut; let’s just get right on into it.
It’s been pretty much certain for several weeks now, but it’s finally official that Vin Diesel will be providing the voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Also in Vin Diesel news, the actor has revealed the new release date for The Fast and the Furious 7. Due to retooling from the death of star Paul Walker, the film is now due for release on April 10, 2015.
Director Peter Segal (Grudge Match) confirms what comic book fans have long suspected: Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam is officially defunct. While Segal denies that the film based on DC’s character Captain Marvel (called Shazam! in marketing for legal reasons and recently renamed to that in the comics) was kid-oriented, one can’t help but suspect that the even-more-optimistic-than-Superman nature of the character worked against the property in the wake of the darker tone of the current DC Comics movies.
And finally, the Doyle estate has lost their case that all of Sherlock Holmes was protected by copyright. The judge has ruled only those elements from 1923 or newer — such as Dr. Watson’s wife and Sherlock’s retirement from the detective agency — are protected by copyright. Everything prior — which consists of all but the last 10 of the 60 Doyle-written stories — is public domain and fair game for use.
That’s all for this week’s News Bites. Thanks for reading, and leave a comment below with your thoughts!