There's more tantalizing info about which robots will be in Transformers 2, and what they'll look like. And someone who worked on Dragonball released a new image of Lord Piccolo — but only from the back. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has some more clues about what Cobra Commander will look like in G.I. Joe. There are more wild Doctor Who reports and Sarah Jane spoilers, plus another Lost set report. There are sexy Sarah Connor pics, a complete synopsis of the Chuck season premiere, and some new Fringe and Smallville hints. Renew your faith in the future, with spoilers! Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen: A source is reporting the new movie will feature the Devastator, the Transformer made up of seven construction vehicles, which are green (like Long Haul below) but also red and yellow. He has tremendous upper-body strength, like a gorilla. And this concept art of Long Haul is real. (There's a bigger version at the link.) [TFW2005 via Transformers Live]
So those weird looking images that were supposedly the "robot modes" of the Audi R-8 and the Corvette, which we thought might just be fan art? Apparently they were real enough for a fansite to get a takedown notice from Paramount, Hasbro and Dreamworks. Could the images be the toy versions of these new Transformers? They don't quite look like movie concept art. [Transformers Live] Dragonball: So now you've seen Lord Piccolo's face, but have you seen his pants? Bizarrely enough, make-up artist Edward French, who worked on James Marsters, posted an image of the fnished product - but only from the back, to preserve the surprise. And Piccolo's trousers are indeed puffy. [Edward French]
G.I. Joe: So you know that Cobra Commander will be masked but won't wear the "KKK" hood. But it turns out he'll have hours of prosthetic makeup on under his mask, says actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. [MTV Movies] Doctor Who: Did I mention that The Sun is Britain's most trusted news source? Well, it is. And the tabloid paper says TV-movie Doctor Paul McGann will play the Doctor again in one of the Doctor Who specials that air during 2009. We'll see him in a flashback, shorn of his long hair (so no ghastly wig), and battered from the Time War. He starts filming in October or November. The Sun is also reporting that current star David Tennant is supposedly back for sure in the 2010 season — but only on condition that he gets to star in a big-screen Who movie as well. And Torchwood and Doctor Who may reunite for a brief one-off episode in this year's "Children In Need" fundraiser. [The Sun and BlogTor Who] Sarah Jane Adventures: The BBC put out a press packet for season two of the Doctor Who spinoff, which starts Sept. 29. Here are synopses of the first two stories:
The Last Sontaran By Phil Ford, Directed By Joss Agnew Part One - Reports of strange lights around the Tycho Radio Telescope lead Sarah Jane, Luke, Clyde and Maria into a terrifying forest encounter – and Sarah Jane comes face to face with her oldest enemy. Meanwhile Maria wrestles with a huge decision when her dad is offered a new job in America. Part Two - Sarah Jane and the gang have only 40 minutes to save Earth as Sontaran Commander Kaagh plots to bring the world's orbiting satellites crashing down on nuclear installations across the world. And Maria's Mum finally gets to the truth from Alan – but will they be in time to save Maria? The Day Of The Clown By Phil Ford, Directed By Michael Kerrigan Part One - New girl in Bannerman Road, Rani Chandra, is being haunted by a sinister clown – does it have anything to do with the local children that have gone missing? When Clyde's friend disappears the trail leads them to a strange circus museum – and the legend of the Pied Piper! Part Two - Sarah Jane's investigation into Spellman and Odd Bob the Clown takes her to a meteorite at the Pharos Institute. But Spellman's plot to make all of Park Vale's pupils vanish leads Sarah Jane into a confrontation with her own childhood fears in a bid to save Luke.
I sort of feel like the SJA can do no wrong, because it's just so fun and Doctor Who-ish. But do you know what two words could possibly change my mind? "Evil clown." Also, there's new info about Rani and her family. Rani's an aspiring journalist, as you might have heard, and she looks up to Sarah Jane. Rani's dad Haresh is the new head teacher at Park Vale, and a bit of an authoritarian busy-body. (And a great cook.) Haresh is thrilled that Rani is friends with the super-smart Luke, but less thrilled about her friendship with Clyde, the naughty rebel. Rani's mum Gita is a "strong-willed independen businesswoman," who runs her own flower shop called Bloomin' Lovely. She sometimes bursts in on things and won't take a hint that it's time to leave. Sigh, I'm still sad we're losing Maria. [BBC] Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Terminator TV show released some new wallpapers, a few cute snaps of the show's three official Terminators, and four promo picks from the Sept. 22 episode "The Mousetrap." [Fox and SpoilerTV]
Lost: Richard Alpert will appear "early and often" in Lost season five, but won't be a series regular. And he's probably not Locke's biological father. [TV Guide] Also, Lost took over a Chevron gas station to film a scene where Sayid and Hurley roll up in a car. Hurley wore a "non-threatening" pastel yellow outfit, and Sayid looked awesome in black, although he seemed either tired or injured and was in the passenger seat. The duo flees the scene, just as Kate rolls up in a silver Volvo, with a young blond boy in a car seat. And you can tell this scene takes place in the past, around spring 2007, because the price of regular unleaded gas is "a tantalizing $3.22." (Sad to think this is a historical marker now.) [Hawaii Weblog] Meanwhile, remember Caesar and Ilanna, the dangerous new duo visiting the island? They'll be played by Saïd Taghmaoui and Zuleikha Robinson. And Ilanna is sort of a Joker-ish chaotic figure who tells contradictory stories about her own past. The show's producers won't say if Caesar is good or bad, but he plays an important part in the setup for the final act of season 6. We'll get introduced to these new characters gradually, starting with an intriguing setup followed by a gradual increase in screen time, so they don't detract from established characters. Meanwhile, we'll be seeing more of the Freighter people next year, including Jeff Fahey, who got away with the Oceanic Six.) [EW via DocArzt] Fringe: I know what you're thinking — Fringe isn't mysterious enough. Maybe this'll help. Producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman say Massive Dynamic is the villain — or it's trying to save the world. Founder Edward Bell is a Howard Hughes figure, and we may never meet him. The mysterious Pattern may be human-made, or natural. And we've only just scratched the surface of the Pattern's storehouse of crazy. Also, the Pattern may actually be beneficial, changing the world for the better. Maybe the Pattern is bringing us into greater harmony withour fragile planet. Also, Peter and Olivia may never acutally hook up. [E! Online] Heroes: Here's a new Candian promo for season three, including some new footage of Nathan being resurrected and Future Ando using his powers on Future Hiro. [Heroes News And Spoilers]
So what are our heroes/villains/confused in-bred people saving the world from this year? Apparently the planet is literally in danger of cracking in half. Like a cantaloupe. Also, we get an explanation for how Ali Larter came back as Tracy Strauss by episode 5, and Tracy gets some scenes with Claire. And Tracy kicks lots of ass. [Heroes Spoilers] Chuck: Someone saw the whole first episode of Chuck season two at a screening, and posted a synopsis. It starts with that scene from the previews, where Michael Clarke Duncan is holding Chuck out the window by his legs, and Chuck has the Cipher. MCD tells Chuck to tell him everything, and Chuck narrates how he got the government database downloaded into his brain, and MCD says that's the stupidest thing he ever heard, and he's about to drop Chuck when Casey and Sarah turn up and save him. They tell Chuck he was supposed to stay in the car, and Chuck says it's never safe in the car. Later, in Casey's apartment, the generals tell Chuck he should be a free man soon, because the Cipher is the "brain" of the new Intersect, which will replace the database in Chuck's head. Chuck starts thinking about what to do after he's no longer the Intersect. The next morning, he walks in on Ellie and Captain Awesome in the shower, which is awkward, but then he tells Ellie he's thinking of quitting Buy More. Big Mike offers Chuck the assistant manager gig, but he turns it down because he's thinking of moving on. So Big Mike orders Chuck to find him a new assistant manager. Chuck visits Sarah at her new yogurt hut job, and asks her out on a date. After all, Sarah could soon be halfway around the world when her assignment with Chuck is over, and she'll wonder if she should have taken him up on his offer of a night of fun. She finally agrees. They go to a Chinese restaurant, which Morgan recommended. Sarah harshes on Morgan, but then Chuck says Morgan is actually very supportive of their fake relationship. Sarah asks what Chuck likes about her, and he pours the sugar on, and then she says he's not so bad himself. Chuck says, "Please, I'm terrific." And Sarah agrees. Meanwhile, Casey hands over the Cipher to an agent, who turns out to be a double agent. He sprays Casey with poison, and Casey has to inject himself in the chest with an antidote. In the restaurant, Chuck and Sarah are about to kiss, but Chuck "flashes" on several people in the restaurant. He asks Sarah if she brought her gun, and she says you don't bring a gun to a real date. Michael Clarke Duncan comes in and tries to kidnap Chuck, and Sarah gets outnumbered. Casey crashes in and rescues Chuck and Sarah, but MCD still has the Cipher. The next day, Chuck is stuck doing assistant manager interviews, when he has a "flash" and thinks he knows where Michael Clarke Duncan is. Sarah and Casey rush there, but it's the wrong place. And meanwhile, Chuck gets a computer installation call, which turns out to be the crafty Michael Clarke Duncan. Chuck manages to bluff MCD into thinking his place is surrounded by calling Morgan and having him recite his cockamamie strategies for Call Of Duty. Chuck grabs the Cipher and runs off. Then we get back to the scene where MCD dangles Chuck out the window. Sarah and Casey wind up cornered, but then Chuck shows up with a SWAT team. Later, Chuck and Sarah are preparing for their second date, while Casey faces up to his responsibility to terminate Chuck now that they have a new Intersect. But when Graham and the other CIA types install the new Intersect, it flashes a message from Fulcrum and blows up, killing Graham. (That's the big death?) Casey is about to kill Chuck when the phone rings and Sarah tells him the new Intersect is kablooie. The next day, Chuck is back at work in a rut, when he hears Jeff is going to eat 90 twinkies in three minutes. "He might die," Morgan says. Casey is disgusted, but then goes to watch the twinkie-eating anyway. [SpoilerTV] Smallville: Fans visited the set of Smallville and snapped a couple of non-spoilery pics of Chloe and Lois. [CWSource] Additional reporting by Lauren Davis and Meredith Woerner.