What does a Dark Knight Rises filming announcement reveal about Bane's plans for Gotham City?

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Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University has revealed Christopher Nolan's upcoming filming plans for the campus, and it sounds like this could be the scene of an epic event that was originally seen in the comics, and a serious confrontation between villains.


The writer of The Amazing Spider-Man reveals why this is a more realistic take on the life of Peter Parker, plus why they switched to mechanical web-shooters.

Man of Steel adds a Joss Whedon veteran in a military role.

The latest James Bond movie casts some heavyweight adversaries for Daniel Craig and brings back a beloved character from the original movie series!


Is Ridley Scott headed to Iceland for Prometheus?

Plus tons of interviews and spoilers for True Blood, Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Alphas. Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Hobbit.

The Dark Knight Rises

Carnegie Mellon has posted some intriguing details for Batman filming that will take place near the college's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at the end of July and beginning of August:

Scenes outside the SEI, which will be portrayed as a prison, will include an explosion, a prison break, precision stunt driving, gunfire, atmospheric smoke, and controlled pyrotechnic explosions.

Scenes outside the Fifth Ave. entrance of Mellon Institute include a standoff between two rivals that escalates into a riot. One character drives a motorcycle through the fourth floor lobby, out the front doors and down the steps onto Fifth Ave. Special effects include precision stunt driving, gunfire and atmospheric smoke.


The prison break mention suggests that the film will indeed be following one of Bane's famous schemes in the comics, in which he releases all the criminals of Gotham and arms them so that he can test Batman. The "two rivals" bit is also interesting - assume that's accurate, that doesn't sound like it would fit a confrontation involving Batman, as the Dark Knight doesn't really have rivals so much as deadly enemies. A confrontation between two villains seems likeliest. So the combinations are Bane and Catwoman, only one of those two and some unknown third villain - perhaps someone from the League of Shadows, which is all but confirmed to be making a return - or some other pairing. [ComingSoon.net]

Man of Steel

Harry Lennix, best known for playing Boyd on Dollhouse, has reportedly signed on to play General Swannick, a high-ranking military official. In case you're wondering, the character doesn't appear to have any basis in the DC universe. [Variety]


Captain America

Here are some more images. [IGN]

The Avengers

The movie is looking for as much as 2,000 people to be extras during the Cleveland filming. The call sheet requests people dress in their "best business executive outfit", which either means this film is going to feature a ton of extras who look like businesspersons, or Marvel Studios just believes in a little thing called decorum. [Cleveland.com]


The Amazing Spider-Man

Screenwriter Steve Kloves revealed that Sony plans to make a new trilogy of movies starring Andrew Garfield, although he has already passed on the opportunity to write the sequel. Kloves also explained that this movie is meant to be more realistic than the Sam Raimi movies - in part, he said, because he can't really write cartoony dialogue - and that while there's lots of humor, it's naturalistic as opposed to jokey. He also says they switched from biological to mechanic web-shooters for a reason, and there are a lot of cool bits in the movie that involve those shooters. [Collider]



We'd advise taking this with a grain of salt, but Ridley Scott is reportedly taking production to Iceland's Stony Desert Highlands near Landmannalaugar, which is also known as Landman Pools. The area will presumably used as some sort of exotic, alien location in the film, assuming the report itself is accurate.


The Hobbit

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Here's the first photo of John Callen and Peter Hambleton as the dwarf brothers Oin and Gloin. [Yahoo!]

Bond 23

Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes have now reportedly signed on for their long-rumored roles as a villain and a "darkly complex role with no precedent in the Bond series" respectively. Meanwhile, Naomie Harris is reportedly in talks to play the new Miss Moneypenny. [AV Club]


Men in Black 3

Here are some set photos of some futuristic vehicles as well as some period 1960s automobiles, including a newspaper van featuring papers about the Moon landing. [ComingSoon.net]



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Here's an EXTREME!!! new poster. [ComingSoon.net]

Doctor Who

According to his CV, Richard Dillane will be playing Captain Carter in "Let's Kill Hitler." [Doctor Who Spoilers]


Torchwood: Miracle Day

Here's the preview for episode two. [Blogtor Who]

True Blood

Here are some promo photos for episode four, "I'm Alive and on Fire." [SpoilerTV]


Kristin Bauer previews what's ahead for Pam this season:

This season really is about identity and showing your true colors. We have every possible situation that we could possibly put Pam in to create chaos and she has to react to it. And she's not a strategist. That was the biggest thing I learned this year: She doesn't play chess, she doesn't think two moves ahead. And theses witches this season are throwing the kitchen sink at a lot of people. It's remarkable the things Pam tries to put order back in her world."

I also hear Pam's headed for trouble…
"Pam gets to kick some ass. She's got to cover for Eric (Alexander Skarsgard). He's not himself, and Eric is much more involved with Sookie (Anna Paquin) this year and she's taking care of him. So that's interesting, it's a massive change for Pam because their dynamic has changed. Pam has only one Achilles heel, only one strain of vulnerability and that's Eric. So to have him not be her rock, her leader, anymore, to not have him needing her in the same way affects her. And then to also have the witches waving their wands, metaphorically – we're not Harry Potter here – but it's really challenging. We do get to see's Pam animalistic side."


There's more at the link. [xfinityTV]

Here are some descriptions for the four episodes airing in August:

Episode #43: "Cold Grey Light of Dawn": With Marnie empowered by spirits of the dead, Bill issues an unpopular order to save vampires from the light. Eric embraces his amnesia; Luna discovers Sam's not the man she thought he was; Lafayette expands his consciousness; Pam gets a body peel; Andy's date with Holly doesn't go as planned; Jessica has doubts about her future with Hoyt; Alcide and Debbie join a new pack. Premieres August 7.

Episode #44: "Spellbound": As Bill and Marnie brace for a dangerous midnight face-off, Sookie and Eric pledge their allegiance to the King. Jason is torn between friendship and passion, and Jessica is spurned from two homes. Lafayette becomes the pawn of a tormented spirit; Tommy takes a walk in someone else's shoes; Sam contends with yet another adversary in Marcus, Luna's ex and the leader of Alcide's new pack. Premieres August 14.

Episode #45: "Run": Convalescing after her latest near-death trauma, Sookie envisions a world where there's room for both Bill and Eric. Jesus tries to purge the restless spirit out of Lafayette; Marcus enlists Alcide to help him deal with the Sam situation; Bill and Nan Flanagan clash over their respective agendas; Hoyt asks Jason to make a delivery to Jessica. Despite Tara and Holly's misgivings, Marnie plots her next move against the vampires, during a "Festival of Tolerance" event at Shreveport. Premieres August 21.

Episode #46: "Burning Down the House": As all hell breaks loose in Shreveport, Sookie summons her most potent powers yet to save Bill, in the process breaking a spell and leading Marnie to re-evaluate her mission. Jason urges Jessica to glamour him for Hoyt's sake; Terry drags Andy to "Fort Bellefleur" for an intervention; Alcide reconsiders his allegiances after Marcus' fight with Tommy. Jesus, accompanied by Sookie, Lafayette and Jason, tries to breach the Moongoddess Emporium's defenses to liberate Tara and Holly, while Bill leads a brigade of vampires committed to blowing the place to kingdom come. Premieres August 28.



Terra Nova

While Jason O'Mara's Jim Shannon will have a lot of work to do to patch things up with his family, the Shannons won't be the only dysfunctional family. [The TV Addict]


Warehouse 13

New cast member Aaron Ashmore explains that his character Steve Jinks's ability to detect whenever people is lying may be straightforward - he's just really good at reading people - but it affects his life in unexpected ways:

I mean I think that the ability is quite simple in the way it works, but the way that it affects the character, I think, makes him very tentative when it comes to people and trusting people. He knows that everybody lies. And I think as human beings we know that anyways but being able to tell exactly when those things are happening, I think makes him put a little bit of a wall up around him.

And I think that that's the real thing that when you're playing – when I'm playing Steve that I had to think about him and be aware of. So I think that that's really the big part of the character that there's these walls up because of his ability to tell when people are lying.


Ashmore also says that he believes episodes two and six will feature some revelations about who Steve is and how his history still affects him. In the same interview, executive producer Jack Kenny says Eureka's Fargo will make his return crossover appearance in episode five. Kenny also talks a little bit about Steve's place as the Warehouse's first gay team member, and the difficulty of incorporating romances into the show in general:

How does Steve Jinks relate to Artie, Pete, Myka and Claudia? My – and I think that the approach to Aaron, as I say, the approach to Steve is he's a relatively emotionally conservative guy. He's not out there. And so we're taking baby steps with the character. We don't want to bring in somebody and throw him into a relationship right away.

One of the things we learned last year when we brought Pete a relationship, we brought Claudia a relationship, was that they were really hard to service. Those relationships are hard to service because our people are out in the field all the time. We had to basically stop the show to get a relationship theme with Pete and Kelly or with Claudia and Todd.




Zane will pursue the mystery of why Jo had his grandmother's ring (because he proposed to her in the original, overwritten timeline), and he will take "drastic measures" to figure out what's going on. [The TV Addict]


Speaking of which, Zane actor Niall Matter says he's actually pretty happy that the character got effectively rebooted for the fourth season:

Actually, that was one of the most exciting things that I found out, being on the show. Quite frankly, the direction that Zane went in Season 3, I was a little bit let down about. He just became a lap dog for Lupo (Erica Cerra). He would dote on her and follow her around, and he didn't have those characteristics that made him such a strong character when he was first introduced. And then, in Season 4, there was a chance to reboot all of that and get that guy back into the show, so I was really excited about that. Not only could I reinvent him, but I could reinvent him in a different way.




Here are some photos from tonight's premiere. [KSiteTV]

Co-creator Zak Penn explains how the team keeps their powers and identities secret:

We explain that in the pilot. First of all, people don't know that there's a connection between all the people who have these types of abilities. Rosen (David Strathairn) keeps the team a secret. The deal is that they're not supposed to tell people what they can do. But, that said, there are plenty of individual people out there, doing extraordinary things that might defy explanation. As a team and as a unit, they have to keep their cards down, in terms of who they are and what they can do. They are admonished, almost constantly, about using their powers in public. That becomes a big issue for them, over and over again, in each episode.




Here are some photos from the first three episodes of season two. [multipleverses.com]


The Nine Lives of Chloe King

This week's episode will feature Paul going to extraordinary lengths to win back Amy, which will backfire spectacularly and lead Amy to another potential suitor. [The TV Addict]


Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.


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""darkly complex role with no precedent in the Bond series" respectively"

Is Bond going to swing both ways in this one? That would be awesome! (Not neccessarily "dark," but definitely complex.)

Or perhaps Bond has a long-lost brother.

What would *really* be a mindf*ck would be if Fiennes played the former OO7, making the whole "Bond is a code name" idea explicit"