The next Doctor Who series sees Amy and Rory complete their journey in the TARDIS, but what sort of shape will they be in when they depart? Plus lots more hints about what to expect from the show's new companion!
All that plus a Hulk-tastic new Avengers TV spot!
The X-Men: First Class sequel moves back its start date to accommodate its rising star.
The Hunger Games sequel likely needs a new director.
Plus awesome posters for Looper and Cabin in the Woods, a Battleship clip, and a look at Men in Black 3's villains!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Doctor Who.
Here's a new TV spot, in which Captain America gives the Hulk the great all-purpose order, "Hulk, smash!" [Coming Soon]
The Dark Knight Rises
In news that should surprise absolutely nobody, the movie has reportedly secured a PG-13 rating. This is one of those rumors that, even if it turns out to come from unreliable sources, you can safely assume that the underlying story is still 100% true. [Collider]
X-Men: First Class
The sequel was originally due to begin filming this fall, but it's reportedly moved to a January 2013 start date. The movie doesn't have a release date yet, but I'd say this rules out any chance of a summer 2013 release, which is already occupied by The Wolverine anyway. The move in filming dates was done to accommodate Mystique actress Jennifer Lawrence's commitment to the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Speaking of which... [Heat Vision]
Original film director Gary Ross has reportedly now exited the franchise, and won't be back for the sequel. It was rumored for a while now that Ross and Lionsgate were far apart on contract terms, but as recently as late last week the scuttlebutt was that all would be sorted and Ross would return. There's no word yet on who might replace Ross as director for Catching Fire. [The Playlist]
Here's an awesome new poster for Brick director Rian Johnson's time travel movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Much bigger version at the link. [/Film]
Cabin in the Woods
Here's a similarly great poster for Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's horror movie. [EW]
Here's a sneak peek clip.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Here's a new TV spot for the upcoming G.I. Joe sequel.
Here's a new promo photo. [Stark Industries]
Parks and Recreation costar Aziz Ansari has revealed he will appear in this comedy by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Previously known as Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, the film features Ansari, Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride as fictionalized versions of themselves as they weather the apocalypse together at James Franco's house, because where else would you want to spend the end of days? [Cinema Blend]
In discussing the possibility of doing another Terminator movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's open to it but suggests it's not something that will happen anytime in the near future. [Collider]
Men in Black 3
Here are some new promo photos of two of the movie's villains, Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement and Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger. [Joblo]
The latest set photos seem to contain a pretty big spoiler for Amy and Rory's future. The photos show the couple having a big fight outside their house, and a set photo spotted their divorce papers as a prop on set. These would appear to be from the filming of episode 1, which is part of the current production block along with episode 5. Of course, there's plenty of different ways to interpret what's going on here — they might really get divorced, they might really mean to get divorced but don't end up going through with it, or this might be some elaborate misdirection on somebody's part, because, as always, this is ultimately Steven Moffat we're talking about, and it pays to expect the unexpected. That said, there's a related rumor that Rory doesn't appear much in the first episode, which could mean the fight is real. Come to think of it, this might explain why Harry Potter actor Mark Williams is on hand as Rory's dad Brian in the second episode, as some sort of would-be peacemaker. You can also check out a couple set videos of the fight below. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here's a bunch more set photos, including some nice shots of the Weeping Angels. Check out the link for a bunch more info on the various photos. There's also some more set videos below. [Doctor Who News Page and Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
There's a bunch of new interview videos available today. First, Steven Moffat discusses the plans to set the fifth episode in New York City, which sees both the final departure of Amy and Rory and the deadly return of the Weeping Angels.
He also offers some general thoughts on the role of the Doctor's companions.
Next, Karen Gillan offers some advice to newly cast companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.
As I pretty much suspected, that recently released audition scene for the new companion won't appear in the actual show...but a couple other similar scenes will, according to Steven Moffat:
"I sat down and wrote a scene, from a pretend story, that I thought covered everything a Doctor Who co-star might have to do. And that one scene ended up being three scenes, and two of them I liked so much, they snuck themselves into real eposodes, and one I liked even better because during it we all realised Jenna was our one and only choice. We all sat and watched this - me, Caro Skinner, Marcus Wilson and Andy Pryor - and I'm sure you could hear our heart rates soaring. Because there it was, right in front of us, the new team and the new show."
As for future filming, the fourth episode will be shot as its own production block, with this third block likely entering production later this month. The episode is written by Chris Chibnall, whose previous efforts include "42" and "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood", and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, who previously directed "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky." After that, it appears Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are officially done, as the fourth block will include the Christmas special and see Jenna-Louise Coleman's debut as the new companion. [Doctor Who News Page]
Here's a pair of promos for this week's episode and eighteenth overall, "The Consultant."
Here's a first teaser trailer for this season's experimental episode nineteen, "Letters of Transit." [TV Line]
Here's an interview with Anna Torv in which she teases some big changes ahead. [Fringe Spoilers]
And here's an interview with Seth Gabel. [Give Me My Remote]
Game of Thrones
Kit Harington discusses what to expect from Jon Snow's journey this season, both in terms of development as a person and his physical trek beyond the Wall:
I think he's just a very instinctive person. He'll react and act on his emotions before he necessarily thinks things through. That's what gets him into trouble. But he's grown up and has had to deal with a lot of stuff that no one would have to deal with, like the loss of his father and the abandonment of his family. He's having to bury a lot of stuff deep down within him. He has to grow up into a man. That's what I've been looking forward to this season. He sort of matures into more of a man, but grown men still make mistakes and hopefully he's learning from them.
Where is Jon in his head now that he's committed himself to the Night's Watch and is on this journey north?
In going beyond The Wall, the one thing Jon is hoping to find is his uncle. That's something that has almost been forgotten within the first season. I think he's still hoping to find that member of his family that he went up to The Wall with. He's also kind of itching to get into a real fight and to see war. It's what him and his brother Robb (Richard Madden) were trained to do growing up, to be good at combat, to actually kill someone, to defend their ground. I think that's within him, he's actually itching to get out there and meet the Wildlings and get to see some blood and guts. It's a horrible thing to say.
He also suggests the show will eventually address the mystery of Jon Snow's mother:
I think it is important. I think you can't ask a question like that of an audience or pose something that's so big if there's no real reason behind it. People want to know now who his mother is. I don't think you can tease an audience by not telling who it is. So whether Jon dies in the series or not, it has to be — and I'm not writing the books, so I'm not an expert on the matter — but I think there has to be a revelation [about his mother] and it has to play some part in the story. Otherwise I think it becomes a thing that I think they feel they want to know and if it's a non-entity thing, it doesn't work. They'll feel cheated.
There's more at the link. [TV Guide]
Here are some short descriptions and airdates for the sixth through ninth episodes of season two:
— Episode #16: "The Old Gods and the New": Arya has a surprise visitor; Dany vows to take what is hers; Joffrey meets his subjects; Qhorin gives Jon a chance to prove himself. (Written by Vanessa Taylor; directed by David Nutter.) (TV-MA) [AC, AL, GV, possible N) ESP Playdates: 6, 8, 9 and 12
— Episode #17: "A Man Without Honor": Jaime meets a relative; Theon hunts; Dany receives an invitation. (Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by David Nutter.) (TV-MA) [AC, AL, GV, possible N) ESP Playdates: 13, 15, 16 and 19
— Episode #18: "The Prince of Winterfell": Theon holds down the fort; Arya calls in her debt with Jaqen; Robb is betrayed; Stannis and Davos approach their destination. (Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; Directed by Alan Taylor.) (TV-MA) [AC, AL, GV, possible N) ESP Playdates: 20, 22, 23 and 26
— Episode #19: "Blackwater": Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis' fleet assaults King's Landing. (Written by George R.R. Martin; Directed by Neil Marshall.) (TV-MA) [AC, AL, GV, possible N) ESP Playdates: 27, 28, 29 and 30
Here's a promo photo for the upcoming fifth season. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Ricky's Tacos."
And here are some promo photos for the episode. [SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
Here's a description for episode twenty, "The Stranger", which airs April 29:
August tells Emma how to beat Regina and how she can get custody of Henry, while Regina hatches a plot to seduce David now that Mary Margaret is back at work. In the fairy-tale world, a plan to save Snow White and Prince Charming's daughter unfolds and is agreed to by Geppetto, who has his own child's safety in mind.
And here's a short description for the twenty-first episode, "An Apple As Red As Blood", which airs May 6. The attached cast list includes Sebastian Stan, which certainly suggests he will be back as the Mad Hatter and/or his Storybrooke alter ego:
As Henry begs Emma to stay in Storybrooke, Regina works on a plot that could rid her of Emma permanently; Snow White asks her cohorts to help save Prince Charming and defeat the Evil Queen.
Here's a promo for this Friday's episode and seventeenth overall, "Love Sick."
Here's the official synopsis for episode nineteen, "Leave It To Beavers", which airs April 27:
A LONG STANDING FEUD COMES TO LIGHT AND NICK TAKES STEPS TO UNLEASH HIS INNER GRIMM - DAVID ZAYAS ("DEXTER") GUEST STARS - As Nick (David Giuntoli) delves into the trailer's weapons cabinet and his inner Grimm, the investigation of a dead construction worker leads him into a long standing conflict in the creature world. Sensing an unfamiliar threat, the suspect takes it upon himself to summon reapers to town to eliminate the Grimm once and for all. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) insists that Nick invite Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) over for dinner, making for quite the interesting evening.
Here are some promo photos for episode six, "Lost and Found", which airs April 20. You can also find the official synopsis below. [KSiteTV]
A SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT OCCURS ON AN ALL-NEW "TOUCH" THURSDAY, APRIL 19, ON FOX - As Martin and Clea work together to uncover a shocking development involving Clea's mentally-challenged mother, Teller (guest star Danny Glover) steps into trouble when he visits Jake at the board-and-care facility. Meanwhile, a plane crash survivor seeks new purpose to his existence and a Chinese couple struggles to find balance between work and life.
NBC has set a premiere date of June 7 for its summer drama series, which has a bit of a fantastical premise and features a bunch of genre vets:
Saving Hope" is a new, hour-long original drama series that stars Erica Durance ("Smallville"), Michael Shanks ("Stargate Atlantis"), Daniel Gillies ("The Vampire Diaries"), Huse Madhavji ("Combat Hospital," "Star!" "Daily"), Julia Taylor-Ross ("Rookie Blue") and Kristopher Turner ("Rookie Blue," "The Listener"). The series is from acclaimed Gemini Award-winning producers Ilana Frank and David Wellington ("The Eleventh Hour," "Would Be Kings," "Rookie Blue").
In "Saving Hope," when charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Shanks) at Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos - and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Durance), in a state of shock. Along with newly arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Gillies), Reid races to save Harris' life. As the action unfolds, the comatose Harris explores the hospital halls in "spirit" form, not sure if he's a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.
Here's a brief description for the next episode and nineteenth overall, "Of Grave Importance", which airs April 20:
Sam and Dean reconnect with an old hunter friend who suddenly disappears in an abandoned house that is haunted by a powerful ghost.
Here's a short description for the fifth season premiere, "Lost":
The Astraeus crew returns to Eureka four years later and must adapt to a myriad of changes, including a more oppressive version of Deputy Andy, in the Season 5 premiere.
And here's one for the second episode, "The Real Thing":
Carter and Andy are jailed for trying to steal a piece of equipment to complete a device that Kevin has assembled to search for the Astraeus crew. Meanwhile, Holly comes up with a dangerous theory.
Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.