The Wolverine has been delayed. Amy Pond gets tested all over again, on Doctor Who. A supermodel will impersonate Jeff Bridges. There are tons of set photos for Man of Steel, The Avengers, Supernatural and the Eureka finale. Will Ghostbusters 3 finally happen?
Top image: Set photo from The Avengers.
Man of Steel
Comic Book Movie has an extensive set report from the production in Plano, Texas. If their source is to be believed, we can expect to see a battle smack in the middle of downtown Smallville; a backyard birthday party with the Kents; a church scene; and lots of other exciting stuff. This report does warrant some healthy skepticism, as the writer insists we'll see Superman with his red shorts, and recent photo evidence suggests otherwise. But the pics are extensive and do a great job of showing what the look of the film might be. More pics at the link. [Comic Book Movie]
Marisa Miller — a model for Sports Illustrated and Victoria's Secret — is joining the cast. She'll be playing Jeff Bridges' earthly form. Mike O'Malley (currently on Glee) is also signing on to play a ghost. [Slash Film]
Difficulty finding shooting locations in Japan has delayed production until Spring 2012.
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Supposedly, Ghostbusters 3 is finally happening, with or without Bill Murray. If it ever does, Dan Aykroyd shared a bit of what to expect on The Dennis Miller Show:
"'My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can't drive the Cadillac,' he says, ‘He's got a bad knee and can't carry the packs ... Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that's the promise. We're gonna hand it to a new generation.'"
Captain America 2
While they don't want to lose the sense that the Cap is a "man out of time," screenwriters Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely would like to include more of his 1940s adventures in the sequel:
"The span of [Captain America: The First Avenger] is about two or three years, and there's a few times in the film where you jump four months ahead, you jump six months ahead," McFeely explained. "So we did that with the intention of saying, ‘Okay, there are certainly unseen adventures that Captain America went on in that period that if we want to, we can go back and explore later.'"
They also want to include the Falcon, but he and Captain American probably won't be cleaning up the mean streets of the 1970s. [Splash Page]
The Invisible Man
This classic is getting another adaptation, though the goal is something like Robert Downey Jr.'s take on Sherlock Holmes.
"It's a period film but it's period like Downey's 'Sherlock Holmes,'" said Goyer, whose writing credits include "The Dark Knight" and the upcoming "Man of Steel" project that will put Superman back on the big screen. "It's period but it's a reinvention of the character in the sort of way that Stephen Sommers exploded ‘The Mummy' into a much bigger kind of mythology. That's kind of what we've done with ‘The Invisible Man.'"
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, we've got a few promo photos for the sequel, A Game of Shadows. [Coming Soon]
Rob Corddry's in final talks to join this adaptation of a "zombie romance novel," where he'll play a zombie named R. The synopsis:
The story centers on an existentially tormented zombie who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims and starts a chain reaction that will transform him and his fellow zombies.
Courtesy of Pixar comes a new, more detailed synopsis:
Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late.
The deluge of set pics continues! Today we've got closer images of a great, golden vehicle. [Superhero Hype]
Exxodus Pictures has released a character image for their upcoming supernatural thriller, Jinn. The photo is of the main character, Father Westhoff. Says writer-director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad:
Almost half the world already believes in the existence of the jinn, however the other half has never heard of them before. From China to Africa, hundreds of millions believe the jinn are the solitary answer for everything that goes bump in the night."
We may have a hint as to which side Crowley might come down on this season. Says Mark Sheppard:
'Isn't that the best part of Crowley, when he's dealing with the boys? Isn't it so much fun when he does?' Sheppard effused, fanboy-like, when I asked which side of this supernatural standoff the King of Hell might land on.
And here are quite a few set pictures. [SpoilerTV]
Karen Gillam explains a bit about the Tessalecta, the big bad of "Let's Kill Hitler." It's a machine that travels through history, righting wrongs — but maybe they shouldn't be righted. She also talks about "The Girl Who Waited," and says it'll be a tough experience for Amy and will test her relationship with Rory. [ComBom]
And here's the synopsis for episode 10, "The Girl Who Waited":
Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day – as the time-travelling drama continues.
The Doctor can use the TARDIS to smash through time and break in, but then Rory is on his own. He must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the alien doctors can administer their medicine.
Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife. Can he rescue Amy before she is killed by kindness?
And yet, with all that's been revealed, Karen Gillan is still keeping a great, big secret from the rest of the cast:
I think it's really clever what Steven did. He kind of told everyone a little bit of information that we weren't allowed to tell anybody else. And it just adds, because that's where the characters are, in terms of keeping things from each other, and it makes for a really interesting dynamic in the TARDIS. It's always interesting when somebody's talking and there's double meanings and things, but the other character doesn't know. And also, I've still got my secret.
Steven Moffat says yes, we will see more aliens from the original series, but he declines to elaborate. [ComBom]
Arthur Davill describes Rory as "a bumbling action hero." [ComBom]
The Secret Circle
Chris Zylka (soon appearing in Shark Night 3D) has joined the cast as Billy, "a chiseled and charming neighbor of Cassie, who also has a romantic history with Faye and is quite the foil to Adam." He'll appear starting in episode 6. [TV Guide]
Here's the official synopsis of the pilot:
Cassie Blake's (Britt Robertson, "Life Unexpected") world is turned upside down after her mother dies in a mysterious accident, forcing Cassie to move in with her loving grandmother Jane (Ashley Crow, "Heroes") in the small town of Chance Harbor, Washington. While trying to adjust to her new life, Cassie is quickly befriended by Diana Meade (Shelley Hennig, "Days of Our Lives"), a sweet-natured classmate who offers to show her around and introduces her to mean-girl Faye (Phoebe Tonkin, "H2O: Just Add Water"), her sidekick Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy, "50/50," "Smallville") and Cassie's next door neighbor Nick (Louis Hunter, "Out of the Blue"). Things get complicated when she meets Adam (Thomas Dekker, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"), Diana's boyfriend, with whom she feels an instant and powerful connection. Upon meeting one of her mother's childhood friends, Dawn Chamberlain (Natasha Henstridge, "Species"), the school principal and Faye's mother, Cassie begins to wonder why her mother never spoke of her hometown. When strange and dangerous things begin to happen, Cassie's new friends are forced to tell her their secret - they are all witches and her arrival will complete the Circle. However, the Circle has not been drawn together again by chance - Diana's father, Charles Meade (Gale Harold, "Queer as Folk," "Desperate Housewives") has plans of his own for the group.
Natasha Henstridge talks about her role as school principal Dawn Chamberlain. [KSiteTV]
Game of Thrones
In today's casting news, Lucian Msamati will play pirate and mercenary Salladhor Saan. [EW]
Season 5, episode 5, will be titled "Chuck vs. the Hack Off." There will be a commune involved, somehow. [ChuckTV]
Den of Geek has a round-up of what we know about season 3: All the characters will have new powers; Seth will return as a villain; a new character named Rudy will join the ASBO Five; and as we already knew, Robert Sheehan is leaving. [Den of Geek]
Jasika Nicole explains what we can and can't expect to see from her character, Astrid, this season:
I have talked with the writers about what I could expect from Astrid in this fourth season, and while they admitted that they will not be exploring her backstory, they did say that there would be an Astrid-centric episode, and more importantly, that her relationships with the other characters were going to be different in this new Peter-less reality.
Arye Gross will guest-star in an upcoming episode as Malcolm Truss, "a middle-aged scientist who enters the Fringe fold in Episode 5." [TV Guide]
Once Upon a Time
Even though they're Lost alums, writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz don't want this to be "a mythology show": "It's about characters and characters first," says Kitnis. He also described their thinking behind their portrayal of female characters:
"For us it was important that she's not a damsel in distress, that none of the women are, that they're strong women, that they're inspirational, which is why in the pilot you see Snow White with a sword when the Evil Queen comes in instead of hiding behind her husband."
Alan Dale (AKA Charles Widmore) will play Prince Charming's father. Anyone who's seen either Lost or the OC knows there is probably, therefore, villainy afoot. [Daemon's TV]
The Vampire Diaries
The CW has released this official synopsis for the season premiere, "The Birthday":
IT'S MY PARTY - On the morning of Elena's (Nina Dobrev) 18th birthday, Caroline (Candice Accola) is busy planning a party, but Elena is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where Stefan (Paul Wesley) is. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) attention. Meanwhile, Klaus and Stefan are busy trailing a werewolf named Ray Sutton (guest star David Gallagher, "Super 8"). Now working at the Mystic Grill along with Matt (Zach Roerig), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is struggling to understand why he keeps seeing the ghosts of Vicki (guest star Kayla Ewell) and Anna (guest star Malese Jow) since he was brought back to life by Bonnie's (Kat Graham) magic. Meanwhile, Alaric (Matt Davis) does his best to watch over Elena and Jeremy, while dealing with his grief over Jenna's death. Finally, Caroline and Tyler (Michael Trevino) face a new and unexpected challenge.
And we've also got quite a few set photos from the filming of episode 4. [SpoilerTV]
SyFy's The Philadelphia Experiment
Malcolm McDowell has joined SyFy's take on the mysterious story of the Navy's attempt to produce an invisible warship. Nicholas Lea has also signed on. [EW]
Not one but two sneak peeks for episode 10, "Burning Down the House." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a synopsis for episode 2, "I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won)":
"The hunt for the new Ash is on. Literally. A traditional Stag Hunt is held, whereby the candidate who successfully tracks and kills the Stag becomes the next Ash. Bo barely takes a passing interest in this ceremony until a surprise visitor with a vested interest in the hunt appears in her front room.
Character bios for season 2 include some background information on Lachlan, the new Ash:
As The new Ash, Lachlan is the leader of the local Light Fae community… smug, sexy, dangerous, charismatic and a formidable force in his own right. He is a stickler for rules – not because he respects principles of behaviour, but because he's power-hungry and likes to remind the Light Fae under his control that he's in charge. He will change the way things are done, and will go out of his way to challenge Bo's independence from Fae society. In fact, the way he seems intent on thwarting Bo will make her wonder just what side he is really on.
Person of Interest
This video offers a bit of insight into the characters of Reese and Finch, the whispery, dangerous odd couple.[SpoilerTV]
These two set pics offer a glimpse at the Eureka finale. [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story
Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.