Marvel's Ant-Man is a "heist movie." Kristen Stewart could star in another fantastical romance. The Mortal Instruments sequel may be happening after all. Get your first look at a major Outlander character. Whoopi Goldberg is lending her voice to Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Spoilers ahead!
The Amazing Spider-Man
Once again, the viral marketing campaign that is The Daily Bugle tumblr is teasing potential villains. Previously, it teased details in article about Oscorp. Now, it has one on the"trial" of Dr. Curt Connors. It's titled "Cold-Blooded Killer?" and reads:
A trial date has been set in the New York Appellate Court for alleged bio-terrorist Dr. Curt Connors. The former Oscorp biogenetics scientist has been indicted on twenty city and state counts, including trespassing, malicious destruction of property, theft of private property, aggravated assault, and using a weapon of mass destruction. Connors has pleaded “not guilty” to all counts. It is expected his defense attorney, Anne Weying, will claim Connors was not responsible for the actions of his genetically transformed alter ego, the Lizard.
Connors claimed that pressure placed on him by his employer, Oscorp, led him to rush his bio-restorative formula and test it on himself. He further stipulated to the grand jury that his decision to use the untested compound was made in an effort to protect the company from experimenting on innocent civilians, as directed by his superiors. Connors’ immediate supervisor at Oscorp, Dr. Rajit Ratha, has been missing since the day before the Lizard’s attack.
Oscorp spokesman, Donald Menken, responded, “We can’t corroborate or deny Dr. Connor’s claims. Dr. Ratha’s abrupt departure from Oscorp has left us with far more questions than answers. Needless to say, Oscorp has always complied with the most stringent local, state and federal regulations for all of our research and development.”
The mentions of Ned Leeds and Anne Weying obviously stand out, as they are the names of the Hobgolblin and She-Venom's alter egos. We already know that Paul Giamatti's Rhino is slated for the third movie AND the last tumblr article hinted at Spencer Smythe and the Spider-Slayers. So are these viral campaigns actually hinting at the Sinister Six, or just including Easter eggs for in-the-know fans? [via Comic Book.com]
Kevin Feige's said before that different Marvel movies will explore different story structures. Captain America, for example, did a classic war film and will be doing a political thriller next. In that vein, Feige told IGN UK that Ant-Man will be a "heist" movie. He also said that we'd be getting a cast announcement before the end of the year. [Slashfilm]
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes
After the first film failed at the box office, production on the sequel based on Cassandra Clare's novels halted. But head of Constantin Film's TV and film division's, Martin Moszkowicz, said it may be back on:
The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going. It's been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles.
We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes].
He also hinted that they might rethink the style and approach to the material for the next film, which was slated to add Sigourney Weaver to the cast. But talking to Variety, Moskowicz added that plans to film the sequel aren't set in stone:
It is an ongoing discussion that we are having, and it is not done. We haven’t made a final decision. But we will only move forward — and we plan to move forward — when we feel we are going to get it right... That is the plan, but it is not a given.
Agents of SHIELD
Jeph Loeb once again answered how the show will deal with the events of the Marvel movies and how it will incorporate into that larger world:
Well, I think folks know that Titus [Welliver], who played Agent Blake, is coming up in episode six [on November 5]. The short answer is yes. But we’ve said from the very beginning, we didn’t do the show in order to make an Easter Egg farm. We want to make sure that if there are going to be characters, things, winks, that come from anywhere, whether it’s the regular mythology of the comics or the Marvel cinematic universe, that it works within the story. That we’re not doing it just to do it. When I look at Cobie [Smulders]’s appearance in the pilot as Maria Hill, it was really important that the person who reintroduced Coulson into the world was Maria Hill. We needed someone who had the gravitas of one of the major characters from the [Avengers] movie being able to say, “There’s a secret, and we’re not going to be able to share that secret with you, but we’re going to take you on the journey with us.” … If you were part of the Marvel family to begin with, it landed for you in a very different way.
More at the link. [Wired]
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
John Lithgow's White Rabbit just got a wife: Whoopi Goldberg will voice Mrs. Rabbit in the eighth episode of this season. The episode will show White Rabbit's wife both in the present and in flashbacks. [TV Line]
American Horror Story: Coven
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly about episode three, Ryan Murphy previewed next week's episode as well, saying:
What can you say about next week’s episode?
Episode 4 is called “Fearful Pranks Ensue.” Kathy Bates is very confused about Halloween and when she finds out it’s Halloween she wants to go out and burn a bonfire in the front yard to keep the evil spirits away. We’re doing a real Marie Laveau/white zombie tribute. I recently watched again that movie I Walked with a Zombie. I always loved that movie and the voodoo zombies are very different from The Walking Dead zombies. It’s a very gripping two-parter.
So we’re going to see voodoo zombies on American Horror Story?
You are. Specifically you’re going to see Madame LaLaurie’s three horrible daughters brought back. In part 5, the second part, there’s a brilliant thing that I love of Kathy Bates. You see how Madame LaLaurie used to celebrate Halloween — she had her own chamber of horrors in her dining room that she would make her Halloween ball guests go into.
It also is really about how the character of Zoe really comes into her own and helps save the coven.
So does Zoe defend the coven from the zombies?
Yes, and with Madison out of the way I think all of the remaining girls are like, ‘Well was Madison the Supreme?’ So there’s that battle to stop Jessica. We get into that a bit. Cordelia has a horrible, horrible event that may be one of the hardest things Sarah Paulson has ever shot, which is saying something on this show. It’s plucked from the headlines!
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
The show released an image giving a first look at a very popular character, writing:
FOR THE BEST FANS IN THE WORLD. Here's what your wee hearts have desired. James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
Creator Cole Haddon said that this show may differ from the familiar vampire tropes, but doesn't stray too far from the original Stoker:
It's funny, the most dramatic thing we did was simply follow what Bram Stoker said and that's stakes don't kill vampires. It puts them in suspended animation and the only way to kill them is by decapitation or exposing them to sunlight. Otherwise, they get better. Beyond that, I think what audiences will find is that there are myths about vampires that people fall for that are not true and there are rules about vampirism that will be turned on their head a bit.
More at the link. [Shock Till You Drop]
Claire Coffee said that Adalind, though pregnant, will be trying to get her Hexenbiest powers back this season. She described at least one method Adalind will try:
How much of Adalind's identity is wrapped up in her powers?
Claire Coffee: I think all of it right now. That was the hardest thing for her when losing her powers was that she felt really unhinged. She has no allies, no family, no friends, so until she gets those powers back, she's floating.
Is Shohreh Aghdashloo's character Stefania still around when we return?
Coffee: Yes she is. Shohreh is the direct link to getting those powers back because she's the one who knows the rituals. She has all of the spells and potions to get her there. So Adalind needs Stefania more than ever.
What details about the rituals can you share?
Coffee: You'll see that the first episode of the season is when we have Frau Pech (Mary McDonald-Lewis), whom Stefania, at the end of Season 2, has murdered with a sword through the chest. So Adalind comes at the beginning of Season 3 to meet up with Stefania in order to complete that process. So we know that we need a beating heart of a Hexenbiest in order to get those powers. And that's just the beginning.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
We pretty much knew this already, but the BBC's officially confirmed the casting of Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan. The press release has the two actors singing the projects praises, with Marsan saying:
I can't wait to start playing Norrell in this terrific adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel, and to be working with such a cast of actors, many of whom I've admired for so long.
And Carvel adding:
I read the book some years ago and was totally enchanted. I've been casting spells for the part of Strange ever since. It is a considerable surprise to find that some of them worked!
Episode 5.02 is a Rudy episode, with Rudy One and Jess investigating Rudy's father, who is having a violent affair with someone on the estate and Rudy Two secretly meeting with the Powers Support Group. Meanwhile, Abbey's still investigating her past and the Probation Officer is beginning what might be a plot arc: an obsession with one of the group. Here are a few lines that'll be said, devoid of context:
"You're selling monkey cheese?!"
"My name is Sam, I can fly"
"You come anywhere near my husband or son again and I will kill you"
"He thinks I'm at university with a bloody Master’s Degree in Computer Science"
"This Cinderella, did you shag her?"
More info and teaser lines at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a synopsis for episode six, "Sorry For Your Loss":
FAMILY BONDS —- When Stephen (Robbie Amell) and Russell (Aaron Yoo) head out for a night of fun, they run into a potential new break-out. Stephen and Russell report back to John (Luke Mitchell) and Cara (Peyton List) about the new person, but they want to keep a low profile from Ultra. Sadly, Russell learns that his dad has passed away and he is torn about whether or not he should go home. John volunteers to accompany Russell to help keep him out of trouble. Meanwhile, Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) has a shocking secret that could destroy his career. Madeleine Mantock also stars. Nathan Hope directed the episode written by Jeff Rake and Ray Utarnachitt (#106).
Below's a video interview with Peyton List discussing Cara's relationship with John and Stephen. [Buddy TV]
Here's the synopsis of episode 2.06, "Dead Man Walking":
MILES CONSIDERS THE CONSEQUENCES OF MONROE'S ACTIONS - As Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Gene (Stephen Collins) question Monroe's (David Lyons) true allegiance, Miles (Billy Burke) himself is weary of his former friend's intentions. Meanwhile, Aaron (Zak Orth) continues to have visions that lead to endless questions. Also starring Giancarlo Esposito, JD Pardo and Nicole Ari Parker.
And here's a promo for that same episode:
Here's the synopsis for episode 9.07, "Heaven Can't Wait":
CASTIEL GETS A JOB —- Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a job at a Gas-N-Sip and actually starts to enjoy life as a human. A headline in the local newspaper about some disappearances in the area catches his eye, so he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) to help him investigate the case. Dean knows he needs to keep Sam/Ezekiel (Jared Padaleck) away from Castiel, so he tells Sam that he and Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) need to stay and work with Crowley to decipher the tablet. Crowley agrees to help Sam and Kevin but in return he wants one phone call to hell. Rob Spera directed the episode written by Robert Berens (907).
The Walking Dead
Here are some short descriptions of episodes 4.05, 4.06, and 4.07:
Episode 4.05 - Internment
Assorted enemies pressure Rick and the group; the survivors and the prison may reach a breaking point.
Episode 4.06 - Live Bait
Group members struggle to find their humanity while being constantly threatened.
Episode 4.07 - Dead Weight
Something new unfolds at a camp outside the prison; the addition of new members may threaten peace.
The Vampire Diaries
Below's the description for "Death and the Maiden," airing on November 14th:
THE POWER OF DOPPLEGANGERS —- While Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) try to explain Amara's (Nina Dobrev) situation to Stefan (Paul Wesley), Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) gives Katherine (Nina Dobrev) some deeply disturbing news. Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) shows up at Caroline's (Candice Accola) dorm room, searching for Katherine. After a surprising conversation with Amara, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) share a glimmer of hope. Silas (Paul Wesley) fails to keep a promise, causing Damon to turn to Tessa (guest star Janina Gavankar) for help with his new plan, and Stefan makes a heartbreaking confession to Damon and Elena. Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Rebecca Sonnenshine (#507).
Below's the trailer for episode 2.04, "Crucible":
Here are the titles for the first two episodes of season four and a short synopsis of the second episode:
Episode 4.01 - In Memoriam
Episode 4.02 - Sleeping Beauty School
Dyson searches for an elemental Fae to save someone he loves.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm