Welcome to Captain's Log -- your (semi) daily round-up of sci-fi randomness from around the web. Here's what's happening:
Ian McKellan talked with Empire about The Hobbit recently, and he says not many of the LotR characters will be coming back, save for Andy Serkis. He notes, "The scripts for the two films will be delivered very soon. Then they'll be budgeted, and then they'll be cast. And they'll be going when they've always said they would be, which is next spring – March or April. Guillermo even told me at one point, 'We're going to film for 383 days.' He's got that artistic autism! Jackson's the same; they're very, very, very alike. They also very different, but they've so much in common. They both can't stand Hollywood and have wonderful imaginations, and they're both obsessed with gore and fantasy." McKellan also knows nothing of a Magneto movie, hasn't seen a script and figures he won't be involved at all.
Don't worry -- Dollhouse's ratings might be super-low as they air, but The Live Feed reports that DVR is really helping the series and Fox will air all of this season's 13 Dollhouse episodes.
Are you a fan of Dirk Gently? According to Total Sci-Fi Online, news has emerged from Hitchcon that Douglas Adams' holistic detective will be heading to the BBC.
Lars von Trier, now that he's spooked hordes of people with Antichrist, is getting busy with planetary doom by getting busy with Planet Melancholia, so says Variety.
Airlock Alpha is fighting rumors that Caprica will be axed before it airs, and according to Jane Espenson, things are going well.
Neil Gaiman, BBC Audiobooks, and Twitter are circling together for an exquisite corpse experiment, according to EW.