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Why is Matt Smith doffing his costume in his final Doctor Who story? Hugh Jackman's in talks to play a surprising villain for Peter Pan's origin story. Bryan Singer reveals which X-Men MVPs will script X-Men: Apocalypse. The Strain casts a key character. Stargate Atlantis' Jewel Staite and David Hewlett reunite. Spoilers now!

X-Men: Apocalypse

We know a little bit more about the next X-Men movie based on this tweet from Bryan Singer:

Late night #XMen#Apocalypse story session. #SimonKinberg@DanimalHarris@Mike_Dougherty It's snowing in Egypt!


Simon Kinberg's a screenwriter for Days of Future Past, and Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris were writers on X2: X-Men United. While this isn't official or anything, it sounds as though Dougherty and Harris are coming back to scripting the X-Men universe after a long absence. The other little hint is the phrase "It's snowing in Egypt," which is likely a reference to the origin story of Apocalypse. [Coming Soon]


Joe Wright's origin story for Peter Pan is apparently in talks with Hugh Jackman for him to play the movie's villainous pirate, Blackbeard. [Coming Soon]



Daniel Wu (Night Corridor) and Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow) have been added to the cast, although information about their characters isn't available yet. [Coming Soon]


Amazing Spider-Man 2

Here's another new trailer, which is almost the same as the international trailer we showed you the other day, only with a teeny bit of new footage. [SFX]

And here's a new still from the movie, featuring Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn. [Coming Soon]


I, Frankenstein

A new poster's been released, which focuses on Aaron Eckhart's monster face.


State of Syn

Hulu will premiere its 3D-enabled motion comic on January 18th. There will be ten five minute episodes, starring Jewel Staite as Annika Drake, who is drawn in a mystery involving her recently-deceased father's tech company, Psylosense. State of Sin takes place in a future where technology is the only stable currency, and will also star David Hewlett as Aslin Kane, the new head of Pyslosense. [TV Line]


Doctor Who

Here are two photos from "Time of the Doctor," including what appears to be a naked Matt Smith. [Life, Doctor Who & Combom]


The Strain

Jim Watson has been cast as the younger version of David Bradley's character Abraham. The young Abraham will be sent to a Nazi concentration camp, only to find an even greater evil. [Deadline via SpoilerTV]



Executive producer Jeremy Carver seems to be hinting that the show's not actually willing to say goodbye entirely to Kevin Tran:

I know it's going to hurt. And it's with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Kevin. With any luck, being Supernatural, there will be a way to perhaps see him sometime down the line, but it's with a very heavy heart that we see Kevin be murdered.


He also explained what's next for the newly re-empowered Castiel:

You're going to see that Castiel, now an angel, is going to find himself in this angelic frame more than ever and this might be a little bit of a case of be careful what you wish for. Now that he's an angel again, he's going to have to find his place in this angelic battle, and it may not be the place he imagined for himself, which is going to confront him with some choices he perhaps never thought he'd have to make. So he's right back in the fire, as it were.

Finally, the big story of the rest of this season will be based in the Biblical story of Cain and Abel:

It's going to be really interesting. It's going to be a combination of introducing some really really wonderful new characters into the mythology while also seeing a lot more of some of our favorite friends returning in the back half. For example, Dean's journeys will lead him to an encounter with none other than Cain [guest star Tim Omundson] of Cain and Abel and that will open up a whole new branch of mythology for the show that is going to have significant impact on the rest of the season and throughout the series. That's a very exciting new story vein we're opening up. And we're going to get an answer to where the heck Garth (DJ Qualls) has been this whole time and viewers will remember he sort of went AWOL when put in charge of guarding Kevin back in season 8 and we'll answer this question, and I think it will be surprising. And there will be hugs. I think we can rest assured we'll be seeing the return of The Ghostfacers. They will be making a return in what actually is a really fun and pretty emotional episode. And we're going to do a heck of a lot of digging into the men of letter's lore. We're going to be going even deeper into that and introducing new characters and taking a deeper look at some men of letters characters we've even met before. That's a storyline that continues to pay off for us in a fun and exciting new way. Then I can tell you we're going to see some people we absolutely did not expect to see. And it's all a result of the events that have happened here in the last season and a half. I can't go much more into detail than that.


More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]

The Walking Dead

Rick and Carl will be on their own for a while, and Carl will really have to take a leadership role as Rick grieves for the "potential loss" of Judith and the prison. Says executive producer Scott Gimple:

It's going to hit [Rick] in a way that we haven't seen before. If it's just the two of them, [Carl is] going to have to step up quite a bit because circumstances are wildly different and a lot will depend on him in terms of them just surviving. They don't have an awesome, dual-layer fence and brick buildings to hide behind. They're out in the world.


[TV Guide]

Here's AMC's tribute to the Governor. [Coming Soon]


This show's version of Nyssa al Ghul, who's sent to hunt down Sarah Lance, will be similar to her sister Talia al Ghul, says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. "She's the next wave of the League of Assassins that comes to Starling City. She's certainly exotic, beautiful and smart. She has some interesting secrets as well." [TV Guide]


Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Asked why this show has been so hesitant to introduce characters from the Marvel Universe, while Arrow has mined so many DC Comics characters, Marvel's Jeph Loeb would only say, "Stay tuned, there's a plan." [Huffington Post]


Vampire Diaries

Damon and Elena have had a setback — but the love triangle isn't back to square one, says producer Caroline Dries. They have a deep-rooted love for each other, and they won't just give up on that, even if they fight or even break up. But there will be a strain on their relationship in the next batch of episodes, that may turn out to be bigger than they are. [TV Guide]


Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm