What Will It Take to Get Robert Downey Jr. on Agents of SHIELD?

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New rumors about William Shatner's Star Trek cameo indicate more time travel. Plot details about Jurassic World include some wild dinosaur descriptions. And Margaret Atwood promises blue genitals on HBO's adaptation of MaddAddam. Plus Walking Dead, Supernatural, Arrow and more. Spoilers now!

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Star Trek

The latest scoop on the William Shatner cameo has it that the scene will have Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Chris Pine, and Zachary Quinto sharing the screen together. And Nimoy won't be playing Spock Prime, as he did in the first of the reboot movies. Instead, he and Shatner will play the future selves of Pine and Quinto's Kirk and Spock. Standard grains-of-salt disclaimers apply. [Badass Digest]



Sigourney Weaver has once again indicated a willingness (although not eagerness) to jump back into the franchise:

I was loath to do a fifth one — we were supposed to do 4 and 5 together, and I felt that I was very ambivalent about that. At the same time, I'm aware that we never finished the story. Part of me would be very intrigued by doing that with the right director. But beyond that, it's just an idle thought.


Jurassic World

Jurassic World.org had a description of a rough cut of a trailer up from a youtube user named Ivan Flores, but both the original and the Jurassic World transcript have since been taken down. Third-hand descriptions state that the rough cut had tourists traveling to the park on Isla Nublar, glimpses of some of dinosaur attractions, a great white shark being fed to an aquatic dinosaur, another (possibly genetically engineered) dinosaur escaping and causing chaos, and Chris Pratt using muzzled and trained velociraptors to track down the escaped creature. [Screen Rant]


Iron Man 4

Speaking with Howard Stern, Robert Downey Jr. gave more context about the "Mel Gibson directing Iron Man 4" quote, which he says was just the result of an interviewer that knows Gibson well bringing it up and Downey "winging it." [Gossip Cop]


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Here's the next character poster, this time featuring Gandalf. [First Showing]

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Dracula Untold

Here are four more clips in advance of the film opening this week. [Shock Till You Drop]

The Book of Life

Here's a clip from the upcoming movie:

Agents of SHIELD

In his Reddit AMA, Robert Downey Jr. said that he was willing to appear in the series, but cautioned that it would be difficult:

Nothing is impossible. But there might be a fair amount of red tape involved in something like that. I love Clark Gregg, and am pleased the show is doing so well.


[via TV Guide]

The Walking Dead

There wasn't really a chance that AMC wasn't going to renew their hit show, but a season six has been greenlit already. [Buddy TV]


According to Lauren Cohan, part of this season's theme is seeing Maggie's life parallel her father's:

The thing I've enjoyed about this year is seeing Maggie deal with situations sort of in the footsteps of her father, and I think that's how we've carried on, and that's sort of how we speak on the loss of Hershel is seeing his character through his daughters. So we'll see Maggie come face to face with some things, and it's interesting to see the kind of woman she's becoming in the face of those conflicts. That's all I can say about that.


We're also going to see Maggie's hope for her sister and the cure in D.C.:

It's multifaceted, her feelings about this. Because one part of Maggie's problem is that she still hasn't found Beth. And the scraps of information she has don't't really give her anywhere to begin looking for her. But it gives Maggie hope, even though she doesn't know still what direction to go in. And so Maggie has this sort of calm resolve about her, having overcome the mission of finding Glenn, and overcoming the impossible by finding him and the rest of the group.

The next challenge does feel achievable, so that's one thing of them being back together, and then this idea that maybe there's a cure, something that's actually worth fighting for, is extremely exciting for her. And they obviously have reservations because Eugene is a really odd character and it's hard for the group to get a read on him, but as time progresses, it's one of the only tangible things they have to fight for. And Maggie's been one for sort of keeping on the mission. And Maggie's found this sort of pragmatic side that I think Hershel left with both of the Greene sisters — this idea that everybody has a job to do. And when you're in this sort of directionless world, what's my job going to be? You just grab it and hold on tight. And I think that's what we really saw come out for her last season, was really Maggie on her own, and how did she focus her energy? And Washington definitely offers up another opportunity for that.


[Entertainment Weekly]


Marc Guggenheim explained that Laurel and Oliver are in a "post-relationship" place for the time being and described what it means to have Laurel in the know about Oliver's secret:

I think ever since the beginning of Season 2 when Oliver and Laurel had their conversation about Tommy's death and Oliver being away for those five months after Tommy's death. I think Oliver and Laurel are sort of in a really good post-relationship place. That's not to say they'll never get back together again. We never say never on Arrow. But I think Season 3 shows that their relationship sort of evolves. I think some of the scenes we've had in Season 3 between Stephen and Katie Cassidy are actually among the closest Oliver and Laurel have had since Season 1.

... [That Laurel knows is] really the fun thing for us. We now get to have scenes between Oliver and Laurel that we never got to have on the show now that she's in the circle of trust. And I think what it's done is it's really deepened their relationship because now they can really be truthful with each other about what's going on in their lives. That said, Laurel is going to keep a secret from Oliver because that's our show. Our characters keep secrets from each other.


He also said that Laurel will take more steps towards being Black Canary and that Oliver's flashbacks to Hong Kong will show us "how he learned to interrogate people. And by interrogate people, I mean torture." [TV Guide]


Jensen Ackles says that the Mark of Cain will makes Demon Dean a "superdemon" and described what the season will look like once Dean is no longer demonic:

I would say that [Demon Dean] most certainly is a worry for the beginning of the season. But as I'm sure most people know, it's not going to last forever. We don't want to see a whole season of Supernatural without one of its main characters, so Dean will eventually come back into the fold and will be saved by some miraculous event.

Once that happens, then it's essentially, the boys are back together, they're on the road, and they've kind of got to bridge that gap that's kept them so far apart over the past year—from the possession of Gadreel to Dean going dark side and being with Crowley. And then also, I've got to think of what Sam had to do or what he's trying to do to get his brother back. He might tend to go a little dark. He gets pretty desperate, so there's a lot of bridging gaps to be done once that situation does rectify itself. But once that happens, then of course, there's gotta be something on the horizon for more of the characters involved.


[Entertainment Weekly]

Head to the link for more photos from the set showing Ackles and guest star Travis Aaron Wade. [Candagraphs]

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Margaret Atwood said that she was finally persuaded to do a TV adaptation with HBO once Darren Aronofsky came on board. She also told the Cheltenham Literature Festival that HBO isn't shying away from anything:

"The question that is at the front of everybody's mind – but that they're sometimes afraid to ask – is 'how are you going to do the naked people who turn blue?' 'Do you use a bit of shrubbery?'" said Atwood.

When she put the question to Aronofsky's team, she was assured the cable channel behind Game of Thrones would not be sparing viewers' blushes and would "do it straight" – "So no shrubbery!"


[Radio Times]

Doctor Who

Blogtor Who has a preview of the next episode, "Mummy on the Orient Express," and it gives effusive praise to two of the guest stars:

The titular creature, known as The Foretold, is immense; its design and execution flawless (perhaps maybe too much for some younger viewers). Wilmshurst's camera enhances the true terror and hair-raising horror going on in the adventure.

Each death scene is one to savour; taught, tense and terrifying. In terms of chills, this director is currently Who's best at that multiplying them. And top marks to Jamie Hill for portraying the creature in such a macabre and creeping fashion - this is not some kind of pantomime mummy and most assuredly not Scooby Doo.

Frank Skinner, who, for some, may have been inducing negative prejudicial fears (mainly because he's not really an actor), is wonderful. Playing Perkins, the train's "driver", Skinner will most definitely fall into the category of "Awww, I wish they'd traveled with The Doctor!" by the time you get to the end of the episode.

He's a real treat. Rather than playing, predictably, a comedic role, Perkins is not. Yes, there's the odd, very odd gag but he's a like-mind of the Time Lord and, indeed, comes off almost as menacing at some points. A tremendous job from a life-long fan, heartening to see.


As for the Doctor, he continues to make fun of people even as they die and the preview comments that the fallout from Clara's angry declaration last week may even "get in the way" of the story. [Blogtor Who]

Head here for more photos from "Mummy on the Orient Express." [Blogtor Who]

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Person of Interest

Kevin Chapman talked about his reaction when he learned that Fusco's new partner would be Reese:

It was something that, when they talked about it, I was like, "What?!" But I think that Reese is something that Fusco needs in his life at this point. Of course he's putting a real cramp in Fusco's style — here's a guy that for three seasons has kind of tortured Fusco from the shadows and now all of a sudden he's sitting across the desk from him. It's really funny to see how the relationship is going to evolve because, as you know, Reese is not a guy always plays by the rules, so how is he going to handle working a very real job with a very real detective while needing to play by these rules? It's not always going to be easy, and probably the most challenging piece of it all will be Fusco trying to…

TVLINE | "Smooth the rough edges."

Exactly. It will be Fusco constantly covering for him but knowing that while he's doing that, Reese is actually making a difference in the world.


[TV Line]

Here's the synopsis for episode 4.06, "Pretenders":


"Pretenders" – Reese, Shaw and Fusco must protect a unassuming office worker who stumbles into a dangerous conspiracy while moonlighting as fake detective. Meanwhile, Finch travels to Hong Kong as part of his academic cover identity, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, Oct. 8 (10:01-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET: The latest POI is in so far over his head, even Reese may not be able to keep him safe! #PersonOfInterest 10/28 10pm http://bit.ly/ZsgMf3


Jim Caviezel (John Reese)

Michael Emerson (Harold Finch)

Kevin Chapman (Lionel Fusco)

Sarah Shahi (Sameen Shaw)

Amy Acker (Root)


Enrico Colantoni (Elias)

John Nolan (Greer)

David Valcin (Scarface)

Winston Duke (Mini)


Ohene Cornelius (The Armorer)

Jeff Solomon (Mr. Needlehoe)

Michaela Waters (Elena)

Jessica Hecht (Beth Bridges)

Mark St. Cyr (Airport Cop)

Oliver Henzler (Banks Van Hess)

Eddie Clark (Fake Evidence Sergeant)

Lorraine Farris (Vault Receptionist)

Louis Lourens (Samaritan Representative)

Robert Chang (HK Mugger)

Yinka Adeboyeku (Airport Masked Man #1)

Kevin McGrue (Masked Man #1)

WRITTEN BY: Lucas O'Connor

DIRECTED BY: Kenneth Fink


The Originals

There's a giant premiere post mortem at Entertainment Weekly, with executive producer Michael Narducci talking about a lot of future plot points. Kol is described as the "Loki" of the story, with his loyalties and alliances being a major part of the season and we'll get flashbacks with the younger Kol and Finn. Episode two will shed light on Kol's intentions for Davina. Narducci also claimed that there would be no Hayley/Elijah/Klaus love triangle and that Mikael would escape relatively quickly. As for Rebekah:

"We're going to see Rebekah; we're going to see baby Hope and that's going to be an important thing as to what Esther's plan for that baby is," Narducci said. "Esther thinks that the baby died. Esther doesn't know where Rebekah is. She's coming back with a definite agenda that we will start to see unpacked in episodes 2 and 3, and obviously, because Klaus and Elijah remained in New Orleans to be the target of whatever would come after the family, they will be the first ones that meet up with their mother and find out what her intention is and have to deal with what Mikael's intention is and then down the line, that's going to spread out to wherever Rebekah has herself hidden with the baby."


[Entertainment Weekly]

There are also more details about the upcoming episode with Nina Dobrev's appearance as Tatia:

"It's shocking, I think," Joseph Morgan tells TVLine of the episode, which will find Nina Dobrev slipping into the role of original doppelgänger Tatia — whom Klaus and Elijah both fell in love with — for the first time. "It's pretty grim. I don't want to spoil too much, but it's definitely revealing of the brothers and what happened back then."

Per executive producer Michael Narducci, the episode flashes back to "the time of the Vikings," a period which Morgan believes is "vital" to revisit if you want to fully understand where Klaus and Elijah came from: "It was when they'd just become vampires and Klaus' curse was placed upon him by his mother."

In addition to revealing more about the Mikaelson brothers, the Nov. 4 episode will also fill in the blanks about Tatia, a character only mentioned once thus far on The Vampire Diaries.

"We tell a story that will make you understand [Tatia's] fate and what happened to her," adds Narducci.


[TV Line]

Here's a promo for episode 2.02, "Alive and Kicking." [via SpoilerTV]


Will Rothhaar, will play Officer Acker, a cop with a dark side. He'll first show up in episode 8 of season 4 and will stick around for at least three episodes. [SpoilerTV]


Here are descriptions of episodes 4.o2 and 4.03:

Episode 4.02 - Octopus Head

AN UNFORGETTABLE WESEN CONTINUES HIS PATH OF DESTRUCTION AS HE SETS HIS SIGHTS ON TRUBEL — ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, LOUISE LOMBARD, ALEXIS DENISOF AND JACQUELINE TOBONI GUEST STAR — As Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) turn their attention to a string of attacks where victims are left without their memories, Nick weighs whether or not he should regain his Grimm abilities. Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) joins the investigation and puts herself in harms way. ‎In Vienna, Adalind (Claire Coffee) is being held captive and learns that she is more connected than ever to Nick. Meanwhile, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) continues to fight for his life as a mysterious visitor (guest star Louise Lombard) arrives to help him. ‎Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star. Phillip Anthony Rodriguez and Brian Letscher also guest star.

Episode 4.03 - The Last Fight

A LOCAL BOXING GYM COMES UNDER FIRE AFTER A BRUTAL HOMICIDE — LISA GAY HAMILTON, ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ AND JACQUELINE TOBONI GUEST STAR‎ — ‎ After Nick (David Giuntoli) has a bizarre, unsettling vision, he and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find themselves on a case that takes them into the world of boxing. Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) finds herself under the watchful eye of Agent Chavez (guest star Elizabeth Rodriguez) before jumping into the ring to help with Nick's investigation. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) get some unexpected help in figuring out a way to restore Nick's Grimm abilities. Elsewhere, Adalind (Claire Coffee) encounters a mysterious visitor in her dungeon cell. Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee‎ also star.



The Flash

Here are the first shots of Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold. [TV Overmind]

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American Horror Story

Here's a featurette on Jyoti Amge, who plays Ma Petite.


Here's a promo for episode 1.04, "Arkham." [via Coming Soon]

Sleepy Hollow

Here's an extended description of episode 2.06, "And the Abyss Gazes Back":

Episode 2.06 - And the Abyss Gazes Back (27-Oct-2014)

Ichabod and Abbie seek distraction by going to a local pub where they find Joe Corbin, son of the late Sheriff. A recently discharged veteran, Joe seems a far cry from the boy Abbie used to babysit for. Later that night, when Mills and Crane respond to a call about a disturbance in the woods, they discover Joe and his friends have been attacked by what appears to be a gruesome wolf-like creature, and Joe, the sole survivor, seems relatively uninjured despite the brutal killing of his friends. As the Two Witnesses search for answers, they uncover Joe's military record which reveals similarities between the previous night's attack and the events surrounding the deaths of those in his platoon. Following additional research, the pair learns of the existence of a cursed, werewolf-like creature of Indian legend known as the "Wendigo." They also surmise that Joe – albeit unbeknown to him – is in fact this same fierce creature. Trying to figure out how Joe became cursed, who was responsible for it, and how the curse can be undone, requires the help once again of Nick Hawley, and leads Abbie and Ichabod back to an all-too-familiar foe. Time also becomes a factor when the pair learns that – according to the curse – the fourth time Joe transforms into the Wendigo, the transformation becomes permanent... and he has already undergone the change three times before.

Meanwhile at Tarrytown Psychiatric Hospital, Henry Parrish continues his attempt to make an ally of Frank Irving. Despite the former police captain's fervent refusal to willingly abide, the fact remains... Irving signed Parrish's contract in blood and seemingly has no choice in the matter. Irving learns the stark truth: to break the contract he will need to trade another soul for his own... a repugnant option for Irving despite the presentation of a potential victim whom he believes deserves nothing less than death.




Go here for photos from episode 2.04, "Go Where I Send Me." [SpoilerTV]

And here's a promo for the episode. [via SpoilerTV]

The Vampire Diarie

Here's the producers' preview of episode 6.02, "Yellow Ledbetter." [via SpoilerTV]

Z Nation

Go here for more photos from episode 1.06, "Resurrection." [SpoilerTV]

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Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller


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Angrier Geek

"Nothing is impossible. But there might be a fair amount of red tape involved in something like that. I love Clark Gregg, and am pleased the show is doing so well."

Translation: "Disney isn't going to give you anything it can make you pay for so I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you."