Is River Song returning to Doctor Who? Plus BSG alums talk about Riddick and Man of Steel!

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Robocop set photos feature stars Gary Oldman and Michael K. Williams. Jennifer Morrison discusses what's next for Once Upon a Time, while her bosses drop hints about the show's future. Plus American Horror Story, Pacific Rim, and more!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Doctor Who.

Man of Steel

This has been rumored for awhile, but Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse alum Tahmoh Penikett has now taken to Twitter to confirm that he's in the movie:


His Twitter isn't yet officially verified, so I suppose this should be taken with at least a slight grain of salt, although it appears legitimate enough. For what it's worth, IMDB says his character name is Henry Ackerdson, which is a pretty good match for the Metallo alter ego Henry Ackerson in Justice League Doom. That's probably nothing on about five different levels, so definitely take that with a gargantuan grain of salt, but it might be worth keeping in the way back of one's mind. [Comic Book Movie]


Here's a pair of photos from the set of the Robocop reboot, in which Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's Gary Oldman and The Wire's Michael K. Williams are just sort of goofing around while wearing Detroit Police vests. The kid sitting next to Williams in the second photo is thought to be the actor who plays Alex Murphy's son. [@BKBMG via Comic Book Movie]


Pacific Rim

This video for Mirada, a production house co-founded by Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro, has been making the rounds recently because a giant robot shows up at the 1:15 mark, and there was some thought that said robot might be one of the Jaegers, the gigantic robots used to fight monsters in the movie. This seemed unlikely, considering this video would be a damn weird place to make the public debut of what's presumably going to be the movie's most iconic imagery, especially since there's no reason to think Mirada is involved in the production of the movie. Besides, the Pacific Rim posters suggest the Jaegers are way bigger than this robot. Anyway, del Toro has now reportedly stepped into officially deny the speculation, saying the robot has absolutely nothing to do with the Jaegers. [Collider]



Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff confirms the latest Riddick film will be rated R, and offers a brief explanation as to why:

There's a shitload of blood and there's little pieces of nudity, here and there. There's my nudity too, but it's side boob, for three to five seconds. It's not that big of a deal. It's mostly for the language. My character and Matt Nable's character say fuck, like every other word. It's kind of fantastic, actually. He must have said fuck 15 times, in every single scene. It's pretty awesome. So, it's mostly for language.


She also discusses her character Dahl and offers some general praise for the film:

Her name is Dahl and she's a Nordic bounty hunter. She's German. It's just fantastic! There's a scene where one of the characters screws with my character and I punch him in the face. She's really very short-tempered and she's got a short fuse. She's funny. She's very, very, very good at her job. She's a sniper, and she's the number two commanding officer, behind Matt Nable's character, in our group of mercenaries. She's great! Matt and I decided, from day one, after we met, that we were kindred spirits. We got along really well. We knew that we wanted to be standing next to each other, in every scene. We went and told the D.P. about it and he was like, "I like it. It works." That was cool! I'm really excited about it. It's one of the coolest things I've ever had the privilege to be a part of. It really is a dream come true. It's amazing!


Check out the link for more, including her story about getting her father's permission to do the brief nude scene for the film. [Collider]

Doctor Who

We're only working from secondhand rumors here, so take this with a grain of salt, but River Song actress Alex Kingston was reportedly spotted in the Cardiff area last Saturday. That doesn't mean she's there to film anything for the show, although Steven Moffat has confirmed that she would eventually return. The episode currently being shot is Neil Gaiman's Cybermen epic, so it's theoretically possible that she might appear in that — although apart from that brief scene at the end of "Closing Time", River Song has exclusively appeared in Steven Moffat stories. That might mean she will appear in the thirteenth and final episode of the series, which presumably will start filming in the very near future, but really this is all just wild speculation based on unconfirmed reports, so it's best to treat this with a fair amount of skepticism. [Doctor Who Spoilers]


Once Upon a Time

Star Jennifer Morrison discusses what's coming up on the show:

I don't know for the whole rest of the season…I know for the next little bit. We're definitely struggling to get back from Fairytale Land obviously. I don't want to be separated from Henry obviously and so we are up against all sorts of new villains and new adventures in a strange land and dealing with Captain Hook and dealing with Cora and also sort of seeing the mother/daughter relationship develop a little bit more between Mary Margaret and Emma and you know really just seeing Emma's desperation to get back to her son.

There's a boy that Aurora met in a dream recently. Anything that you can tell us about that?
All I can say is that we're going to start seeing how to communicate between lands.



Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis provided some lightning round answers for TV Guide. Here's a few highlights:

Will we learn how Emma (Jennifer Morrison) got the last name Swan?
Kitsis: Some day.

Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) mentioned a pair of slippers to Jefferson (Sebastian Stan). Could those be the ruby slippers from Wizard of Oz?
Horowitz: They could indeed.

We saw the Queen of Hearts last season, but we didn't actually see her face. Could she be someone we've met previously?
Kitsis: Yes. You'll find that out in the episode called "Queen of Hearts," which is Episode 9.

Will Rumple's son Bae return this season?
Horowitz: Yes.

There's more at the link. [TV Guide]

The Neighbors

This show apparently isn't going away, so here's the official synopsis for episode ten, "Juan of the Dead", which airs December 12:

LARRY BIRD DECIDES TO FIND A WAY TO CHEAT DEATH, ON "THE NEIGHBORS" — When Hidden Hills' beloved gardener, Juan, unexpectedly dies, the aliens are forced to deal with something totally foreign to them. Debbie and Marty struggle to explain that death is something that comes to all humans, eventually, but Larry Bird is determined to find a way to solve that little problem, starting with the recently departed Juan



American Horror Story: Asylum

Costar Lizzie Brocheré explains how she gets into character as Grace:

There are so many different ways that I get into character, but I think what I worked on the most was the backstory. When we started shooting, we already had the first four scripts, so I had the backstory of Grace in the fourth episode. Since she was based on this American character, Lizzie Borden, I read a lot about Lizzie Borden. I discovered a source book with her inquest testimony, and I loved reading that out loud. I thought she was so smart and strangely fascinating. I don't know if it helped my acting, but it was necessary for me to know a bit more of that character, who was a very important American figure. I had no clue who she was. This is going to sound weird, but I also did a lot of stretching, yoga and dancing. I wanted her to always be moving in a very smooth, very sexy way. Apart from that big backstory, Grace is somewhere in me, with her sarcasm, her way of seeing life and that liveliness she has. She has all of these lines that are so true. I don't know. She was just someone that I felt like I knew. It wasn't that hard to tap into her, apart from the killing of her dad and all of that.


She also discusses a possible return as a new character in the recently announced season three:

I would love to come back with a different character. And I've been working on other accents. I'm sure I can never play American, but I'm giving it all I can to work on different accents and hoping that I'll get a part in the next season. I feel like they know the cast more, after one season, so when they write you in the next season, even though it's a very different character, it's something that's for you. So, if I get written in again, of course I'll go.




Here's a promo for next Wednesday's episode, "Muse of Fire."

Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.


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