Benedict Cumberbatch reveals James T. Kirk's evolution in Star Trek Into Darkness!

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Check out the first clip from the second half of the animated Dark Knight Returns adaptation. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman discuss what's ahead on Person of Interest. No, Twin Peaks isn't really coming back. Plus American Horror Story spoilers!


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Top image from Star Trek Into Darkness.

Star Trek Into Darkness

New cast members Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve, who play the villainous John Harrison and potential love interest Carol Marcus respectively, discuss the journey that Chris Pine's Kirk travels in the sequel:

Cumberbatch: Seriously though, Kirk really goes through it by the end of the film... The boy – sorry, the man – was so tired carrying that film, I've got to say. He's brilliant in it, I'm really excited to see his performance.

Eve: A lot of us in the film, especially Spock and Bones, serve as Kirk's alter egos of logic and morality, but I do think in this film, after winning the captaincy in the previous movie, we see him earn it… spiritually, really, and sort of philosophically. Other ways than the practical earning of it.

Cumberbatch: It's like he's the son in the first and the father in the second, almost, don't you think? Not as an actual father, though, that's not a storyline at all, but I mean that he's become a father to his crew.


There's a bunch more at the link on their experiences making the film, which involves plenty of praise for their fellow actors. [Empire Online]

Here are some high-quality version of some previously released photos. [Coming Soon]


Composer Pedro Brofman, who previously worked with reboot director Jose Padilha's Elite Squad movies, has reportedly been hired to score the new Robocop. [Film Music Reporter]



Here's the complete collection of concept art for the post-apocalyptic train movie — we already featured some of these yesterday. [The Playlist]


The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2

Here's the first clip from the second of DC's two-part animated DVD adaptation, starring Robocop's Peter Weller as the voice of Batman, Person of Interest's Michael Emerson as the Joker, Human Target's Mark Valley as Superman, and Modern Family's Ariel Winter as Robin.


Well, here it is — the official description for the series finale, the two-part "Liberty"/"An Enemy of Fate":


Series Celebrates 100 Episodes

The acclaimed series that has explored the human condition through the prism of parallel universes, unexplainable phenomena and unimaginable threats, reaches a milestone 100th episode and comes to an epic and climatic conclusion. First, the Fringe team engages a desperate plan as Olivia embarks on a dangerous and otherworldly journey into the unknown. Then, Peter, Olivia, Walter, Astrid and Broyles face off against the Observers in one final and extraordinary battle for the fate of mankind. The five-season saga comes to an epic and emotional end in the special two-hour "Liberty/An Enemy of Fate" series finale episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).



Twin Peaks

A rumor briefly flared up over the last couple of days that David Lynch was in talks with NBC to revive his seminal slice of weirdness. But while this always seemed little more than idle gossip, Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost has now taken to Twitter to officially debunk the rumors:


So, that's the end of that then. Or, at least until NBC gets desperate enough to actually go ahead and revive Twin Peaks. I'm guessing early 2015. [/Film]


Person of Interest

Showrunner Jonathan Nolan previews the first few episodes of the second half of season two, which returned last night:

I think it's very unlikely that Finch will not try and leave his heart to try and rescue his friend and erstwhile partner. But you have a full team here, you have Fusco and Carter and other people who might be interested in the fact that Reese, or a gentleman with his skills, could be locked up. That is our first episode of the new year. While plans are sort of being put together, and while our heroes are trying to figure out what the hell to do with Reese locked up, Finch is going to have to get into very unusual circumstances to protect a very special person of interest. We come back on the air January 3, so we're right back into it and the story will pick up hopefully with the same velocity. There is a fun wrinkle to that. Just because Reese is locked up; as we said in the pilot, the numbers never stop coming. So watching Finch try to spin plates in terms of "I've got to save my friend, but I've also got a backlog of people in serious jeopardy," it becomes the focus, as it did for Reese in the beginning of the season. It's a team effort to cover numbers with Reese out of commission. Finch is up first and Fusco is up second.


And fellow showrunner Greg Plageman discusses what to expect from these first few episodes back:

Not only are they bananas, but they take place in almost real time. We feel like we have to play these stakes for real. The FBI is breathing down their necks. We want to show the audience that Donnelly is a formidable character and we have a lot of fun with that, and some serialized content coming into play here, in the next couple episodes.


There's some more at the link. [BuddyTV]

Once Upon a Time

Here's another sneak peek for this Sunday's midseason premiere, "The Cricket Game." [TV Line]

And here's a more general promo for the show's return.


Here's the official description for the eleventh episode, "LARP and the Real Girl", which airs January 23:

FELICIA DAY RETURNS! - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the mysterious deaths of two LARPers (Live Action Role Playing) who were playing a game entitled Moondoor. The guys are thrilled to discover the Queen of Moondoor is none other than Charlie (guest star Felicia Day). The three learn that a fairy (guest star Tiffany Dupont) has been commandeered to harm people and the only way to stop her is to find her master.




Here are some promo photos from the midseason premiere, "Burned", which airs January 16. These offer some of our first looks at the episode's guest villain, DC Comics veteran Firefly. The character is played by Stargate Universe's Andrew Dunbar. [SpoilerTV]


Here's the synopsis for the following week's eleventh episode, "Trust But Verify":

TOMMY AND MALCOLM HAVE A HEART-TO-HEART TALK AND OLIVER AND DIGGLE ARE AT ODDS WITH EACH OTHER - The next person on Arrow's (Stephen Amell) list is Diggle's (David Ramsey) commanding officer and mentor from Afghanistan, Ted Gaynor (guest star Ben Browder). Oliver suspects Ted is responsible for recent armoured truck robberies, but Diggle defends Ted and takes a job at Ted's security company to keep an eye on him. Oliver decides to make a move on Ted, which puts him at odds with Diggle. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) suspects that Moira (Susanna Thompson) is having an affair with Malcolm (guest star John Barrowman). Tommy (Colin Donnell) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) have an awkward dinner with Malcolm.



The Vampire Diaries

Here's the description for the eleventh episode, "Catch Me If You Can", which airs on January 24, a week after the midseason premiere:

A NEW DANGER - Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is furious when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tries to control him by putting Matt's (Zach Roerig) life in danger. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) coaches Jeremy as he prepares to take on Klaus' new vampires, but they find that Kol (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic) has beaten them to it. Kol makes it clear that he will stop at nothing to convince everyone to give up the search for the cure. Looking for a new ally, Rebekah (Claire Holt) reminds Stefan (Paul Wesley) that they were once close friends. When Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) and Mayor Hopkins (guest star Rick Worthy) question Shane (guest star David Alpay) about his involvement in the Founders' Council deaths, Bonnie (Kat Graham) steps in with questions of her own, and Shane's responses push Bonnie to the edge of her powers. Elena (Nina Dobrev) negotiates with Klaus to keep Jeremy safe, but when danger suddenly appears from a totally unexpected enemy, Elena comes up with her own daring plan for Jeremy.



American Horror Story: Asylum

Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Spilt Milk."

Creator Ryan Murphy discusses what to expect from the final few episodes of the season, starting with the meaning of the title "Spilt Milk":

Many things. I will say it has the most disturbing opening scene we've done ever. It involves Dylan McDermott and a hooker.

You've wrapped for the season. Two major characters died tonight. Is that the fate of most of the characters?
We knew from the beginning who would live and who would die. We do an interesting thing with the last two characters and take huge time leaps and go from 1965 to 1969 to 1973 to 1981. It's a very interesting structure. We take you from 1965 all the way to the present day. It was a really ambitious thing to do in terms of a production point of view. It's very satisfying, the ending. I know last year it ended and people were like, Well, then what happened? What happened to the ghosts in the house? What happened to Constance and that baby? No one will end this season having any questions at all about what happened to any character.

So, what will happen with Jude? She's kind of a vegetable now.
I really wanted to explore the idea of the gravity and the social implications of the mental health system in this country. As you'll see in episode 10 and episode 11, what happened to many of these institutions is they ran out of money and they sold them to the state and the state began to use them as warehouses for not just people with mental illness but people with really bad health care problems. Jessica was very attracted to this idea. So we really explore the decline of that system through her. But also the triumphs of people. What was important to me is that the show as we built to the conclusion wasn't just so dark and unrelenting. I really wanted to have a couple happy endings and some of the characters do have that.


He also speaks how next season will be lighter, at least by American Horror Story standards:

I mean, I don't think anything could ever be as dark as the mental health care system in our country. I sorta feel like for the third version I want to do something that's a little bit more "evil glamour." Just something that's a little bit more…one of the things that I missed this season was I really loved having that Romeo & Juliet youth story with Violet and Tate. I want something like that again and we're doing something like that in the third season. And we're contemplating shooting the show in a different place. We're contemplating shooting it in a place in the country where true horror has been. We've got lots of delicious plans.


There's more at the link. [EW]

Star Jessica Lange discusses what's left for Sister Jude:

She certainly goes further down the rabbit hole, almost to the point of being irredeemable. But something happens. Ryan felt very strongly that he wanted this character to somehow, not have a happy ending, but … I don't know, I think he really liked this character. He had sympathy for her, and he wanted … to give her a moment of some kind of peace at the end.


Again, there's plenty more at the link. [Vulture]

Young Justice

Here's a pair of clips from what I guess we can call the show's midseason premiere, as the show returns from its latest baffling, multi-month hiatus this Saturday morning with episode ten, "Before the Dawn." [Comic Book Resources]

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

And here's a look at "Steam Lantern", which brings the animated Green Lantern back from its own lengthy hiatus tomorrow morning. [Comic Book Resources]

Beauty and the Beast

Here's the description for the tenth episode, "Seeing Red", which opens the second half of the season on January 24:

VINCENT'S FORMER FIANCÉE DISCOVERS HE IS ALIVE - Vincent (Jay Ryan) barely escapes being caught by his former fiancée, Alex (guest star Bridget Regan) and must deal with the repercussions of his past. While Cat (Kristin Kreuk) is in the hospital, she is forced to confront her feelings for Vincent. Meanwhile, J.T. (Austin Basis) gets a surprising visitor asking about old research he did on mutant DNA.



Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.


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Mister Jolly

I think I finally figured out who the villain is in Star Trek Into Darkness. It's Wesley Crusher. After traipsing through time and space with The Traveller, he becomes disillusioned about the cold, violent nature of the universe. He then clandestinely follows alt-Spock through the Next-Gen era time-hole, starts working out, gets a new face, learns to speak with a British accent, kills Kirk's brother, impregnates Yeoman Rand, gets drunk with Worf's grandfather, beats up Starfleet Commander Madea, builds Pike a new wheelchair, and then tries to take over the world with RoboCop.