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Benedict Cumberbatch reveals why his Star Trek Into Darkness character is a frighteningly modern villain!

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

The Transformers 4 producer discusses Michael Bay's future with the franchise... and, just for fun, Shia LeBeouf's as well. Warwick Davis drops hints about Neil Gaiman's next Doctor Who episode. Real Steel 2 might go international, while Wreck-It Ralph 2 could enlist Disney's most famous video game character. Plus the latest Walking Dead and Supernatural hints!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Star Trek Into Darkness.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch says his character John Harrison is a terrorist, and so he looked to contemporary sources when crafting his character:

"[Look at] real social history and present history, everything that's going on: uprisings, people who are trying to spread democracy or fight their cause, not necessarily through political means... he is a terrorist, and sadly, that's part of the fabric of our modern world. You don't need to look far to research that one... [I looked at] certain terrorist groups in the past... It was important to me to ground him in a reality that's based more on his story than, say, a parallel in the real world. What should certainly be chilling are the parallels to the modern world."



The movie's release date has moved up two days from May 17 to May 15. [Cinema Blend]

Iron Man 3

Here are some new high-res images to accompany Sunday's Super Bowl trailer. [IGN]


Transformers 4

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says he's not sure what role Michael Bay will have in the franchise once he's directed the fourth entry:

"I can't speak for Michael. I hope he would [direct the next two]. It would be great, but it's certainly something in our design of this. It's going to be an ongoing story, so the possibility, again, as long as the audience shows up for us, there's a lot of story still to be told. There's a lot of new elements. I wouldn't say we've completely changed this world, and yet it's completely different. There are new characters, new situations. I don't think we revisit a single location. Michael really has a great way of approaching this thing."


Also, in case anyone is hoping for a return appearance from Shia LeBeouf as Sam Witwicky — and I suppose such things are possible — di Bonaventura doesn't seem to consider it much of a priority:

"I don't believe that would be true. You never know. Things are not set in stone, and if something evolved and that came naturally. That wouldn't be the intention. The intention is this is a new world, with new characters, with Mark Wahlberg leading us. It's a different movie, but a lot of the things that you love about the other ones are joining the ride."



Real Steel 2

Screenwriter John Gatins discusses some of the early discussions for the sequel to the Hugh Jackman robot boxing movie:

Hard because you have to make a decision one or two ways and we've gone back and forth with whether we should make a second movie that's a close cousin to the first movie, or should we change the landscape and take it international to draw a different set of dramatic parameters for the characters? It's been a challenge. It's, again, a wide-open landscape, but Hugh Jackman is so good. What a lovely, awesome, amazing guy and talent.

I assume they probably want you to have him sing in the sequel now, right?
It's funny because, in the first film, we have the boy dance and I kept saying to Shawn [Levy], "Come on. Hugh is world class." We didn't do it, but we were always tempted to.


[MTV Movies Blog]

Wreck-It Ralph 2

Director Rich Moore has already said he wants to include Mario in the sequel, and now he says the title character of the Tron movies will hopefully put in an appearance:

"I can't specifically remember why that didn't happen [in the first movie]... Of course, with a sequel, I'm hoping that we can find a way to see Tron himself in that movie."


[Coming Soon]

Doctor Who

Warwick Davies talks in general terms about his appearance in Neil Gaiman's upcoming Cybermen episode:

Well, my character's short and there's Cybermen in it — that's all I can tell you! Neil [Gaiman]'s given me a great character, and I know that a lot of fans are pleased that he's writing it, since the last episode [The Doctor's Wife], won awards. I've always wanted to be in Doctor Who, it's a career ambition! I always dropped hints, but nothing came to fruition until this.


[What Culture]

The Walking Dead

Here's a sneak peek at this Sunday's midseason premiere, "The Suicide King."

Although Glen Mazzara is no longer the showrunner, he did oversee all of the rest of season three. He discusses what to expect, starting the show's major new character:

Tyrese is not necessarily a good guy who simply joins Rick's team and fights against the Governor. He's a wild card. He's an interesting character and his priority is keeping his own group safe. I think viewers will be surprised by the twists and turns in the Tyrese story.

You brought in all this iconic stuff in the first half of the season: the prison, Woodbury, Michonne, the Governor, Penny, Tyrese. Anything or anyone else from the comic that we can anticipate seeing in the back half of the season?
Our comic book fans will still be excited and delighted to see how the story unfolds and how we tell the story. We do have a lot of new surprising material. There's still a major character to appear in the back half, which is very exciting. As always we take the comic book as inspiration and tell our own story. I'm happy to say the exciting pace and the chances we take with the storytelling and the twists and turns that people enjoyed so much in the first half are all still there in the second half. It's one connected, fluid season - we just took a little break with for the holidays.


He also suggests the show will be easing up and not adding too many more characters:

We have a lot of characters. Now it's time to really push deeper into these characters and their motivations and their circumstances, and not continue to introduce a thousand new characters. Sometimes when TV shows do that it becomes difficult to track everybody and people don't get enough screen time. Here, we've got more than enough story to tell and it's a matter of really pushing in and making sure everybody has their moment, and that everybody we know and love gets to shine.


There's more at the link. [EW]

And here are some Andrea-centric promo photos. [TV Line]


Ben Edlund previews his latest episode, this Wednesday's "Everybody Hates Hitler":

"It's got a lot more funny, I think, than maybe I've had for a few episodes, because even though it revolves around some very dark material, as all of the episodes do, in it is this natural comedy team of a giant Golem with an old-school sense of purpose, and a young Jewish man, who's supposed to be a Rabbi by the rules of the awakened Golem, but he's far from it. It lends itself to some of my favorite kind of writing. The boys, dealing with this new sort of comedy team, get to be comedic themselves, so there's a good bit of that. Even in exploring the new home, there's a couple of moments. I think it's got a higher comedy potential than the last handful of scripts I've done."


He also discusses the Winchesters' newly discovered secret base:

"Sam's really excited that they're in this place, and he's really jazzed about this wealth of information, and the library there, and everything that comes from inheriting the Men of Letters headquarters. Dean is a little less geeked out in that regard, and kind of points out that all of the information kind of terminates in 1958. So how it relates to the present day is a mystery to him, in a sense, but then the case actually stems from what they learn by going over the files, with Sam, connecting the dots and trying to figure out what is relevant today, gets a hit on something that draws them into the case that they wouldn't otherwise have pursued. So ultimately, the story stems from their inheritance of the Men of Letters."


Check out the link for more. [KSiteTV]


Episode sixteen will reportedly be called "Dead to Rights." [SpoilerTV]

The Vampire Diaries

Here are some photos from episode fifteen, "Stand By Me." [KSiteTV]

Being Human (UK)

Phil Davis discusses the fact that his character in series five, the villainous Captain Hatch, is actually Satan:

Well he's a really disgusting old man, that's what he is, a bully, a deeply unpleasant character, but what you will be able to eventually print is that he's the devil. At the climax of the show he reveals himself as the devil and he becomes stronger, and as he gets stronger of course, the physical deformities diminish. He gets out of his wheelchair and he can start manipulating people. It's quite something to be playing the actual devil, I've played a lot of bad guys in my time but playing the man himself, the boss, is something of a privilege really.


[Den of Geek]

Here's a promo for the second episode, "Sticks and Rope."


Here's the latest trailer for Syfy's upcoming alien western. [TV Line]

Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.


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