Looks like the Christmas movies are starting to come out full swing, with Arthur Christmas raking in some great reviews and a fair chunk of money, though it came in behind other family films like The Muppets and Hugo. Of course, nothing is topping Breaking Dawn, which continues to dominate the box office. Still, might be time to break out some holiday spirit! Or just watch all the TV holiday specials.

The Cabin In The Woods

The mysterious slasher flick by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard is finally going to see the light of day! But taking a look at the trailer, it doesn’t look like this is going to be your average teenagers-in-the-woods story.

Did any other Dollhouse fans get really excited when they saw Topher?

Star Trek 2

JJ Abrams told Variety that he’s cast Peter Weller (Of Robocop fame) in the new Star Trek as a villain, though apparently not the lead. Also, Benicio del Toro will apparently not be playing the lead, who may or may not be Khan. No one can seem to agree on who the villain will be. We can, however, confirm that there will probably be a villain. Probably.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

The title pretty much sums up everything you need to know about this flick. Hansel and Gretel grow up, and they hunt witches. It is fair to wonder what would happen after you shoved an old woman in the oven and survived cannibalism. Jeremy Renner’s Hansel and Gemma Arterton’s Gretel will be hitting the scene, and you can see preview pictures over at EW as well as an interview with Gemma Arterton.

Thor 2

So no director for Thor 2 seems to be sticking very well. Patty Jenkins has left the project. It has been implied that Marvel wants her to work on a different project (which one, we have no idea) but it seems like she wasn’t the one to bring us the second showing of Thor. So, what would you rather see her direct? A Hawkeye movie? Black Widow? An unseen hero?

John Carter

So, if you’re curious as to why the John Carter movie will be called just that, instead of Princess of Mars or John Carter of Mars, director Andrew Stanton has revealed the reason for the name change. As it turns out, he was a fan of Princess of Mars, but:

“Here's the real truth of it. I'd already changed it from A Princess Of Mars to John Carter Of Mars. I don't like to get fixated on it, but I changed Princess Of Mars... because not a single boy would go. And then the other truth is, no girl would go to see John Carter Of Mars. So I said, I don't want to do anything out of fear, I hate doing things out of fear, but I can't ignore that truth. All the time we were making this big character story which just so happens to be in this big, spectacular new environment. But it's not about the spectacle, it's about the investment. I thought, I've really worked hard to make all of this an origin story. It's about a guy becoming John Carter. So I'm not misrepresenting what this movie is, it's John Carter. Mars is going to stick on any other film in the series. But by then, it won't have a stigma to it.”

So… there’s that. I don’t know ladies, would you see a movie with “Mars” in the title? Boys, would you watch one that has “Princess”? Because if the answer is ‘No’ then the ambiguous title is your fault.

Though I do have one question: If the movie has Princess AND Mars in the title, will anyone go see it at all? Or do they cancel each other out?