We've got three days' worth of spoilers to catch you up on here. That includes new clips from J.J. Abrams' new show Fringe and his old show Lost. Plus new set pics from the filming of G.I. Joe and Transformers 2, and a new synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening. And it's not morning without totally wild and unfounded Doctor Who rumors, mostly relating to the Doctor's love life. And finally, there are advance reviews of Joss Whedon's final Astonishing X-Men comic and details about the novelization (really?) of the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game. Spoilers are life.
Here are a couple of set pics of Sienna Miller as the Baroness from the filming of G.I. Joe. Note the blood, the huge-ass gun, and the weird personal explosive device. [WENN, via IESB]
Apparently for the filming of Transformers 2, they've transformed a Pennsylvania steel mill into a Chinese industrial city, with Blackhawk helicopters and a new concept car and stuff. Here's an early photo. (The top of the building says "Entrance/Exit," which doesn't really make sense as the name of a factory, but okay.) [Transformers Live, via IESB]
Here's a new plot synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan's next movie, The Happening:
It begins with no clear warning. It seems to come out of nowhere. In a matter of minutes, episodes of strange, chilling deaths that defy reason and boggle the mind in their shocking destructiveness, erupt in major American cities. What is causing this sudden, total breakdown of human behavior? Is it some kind of new terrorist attack, an experiment gone wrong, a diabolical toxic weapon, an out-of-control virus? Is it being transmitted by air, by water...how?[IESB ]
[For] Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore what matters most is finding a way to escape the mysterious and deadly phenomenon. Though he and his wife Alma are in the midst of a marital crisis, they hit the road, first by train, then by car, with Elliot's math teacher friend Julian and his 8 year-old daughter Jess, heading for the Pennsylvania farmlands where they hope they'll be out of reach of the grisly, ever-growing attacks. Yet it soon becomes clear that no one - and nowhere - is safe. This terrifying, invisible killer cannot be outrun. It is only when Elliot begins to discover the true nature of what is lurking out there - and just what has unleashed this force that threatens the future of humanity — that he discovers a sliver of hope that his fragile family might be able to escape what is happening.
Here's a second trailer for J.J. Abrams' FBI/mad science show Fringe, which shows more of that horrible airplane disaster (not to be confused with the pilot for Abrams' Lost.) [01-18-08]
And here's another sneak peek, showing a pretty non-descript rooftop chase:
In this week's Lost finale, there will be more casualties. And the island castaways will face one obstacle after another in their quest to get off the island, so it seems like a miracle when the Oceanic Six finally do escape. [Spoilers Lost]
And here's a British trailer for the two-hour finale, which shows some new footage. [Spoiler Geeks]
There's a rumor that archeologist River Song (Alex Kingston) in Doctor Who's upcoming library two-parter is actually a Time Lord with ties to the Doctor. So one fan speculates that she could be Romana, the Doctor's long-lost Time Lord companion? [Romanafen]
Another weird rumor about RIver Song: She's someone who's gotten to know a future version of the Doctor very well — so she's from his future, and he's from her past. And she tells him that in the future, they'll get married. [AutumnRae63]
Giant Size Astonishing X-Men:
The final issue of Joss Whedon's X-Men comic comes out next week, and it includes the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. We wrap up Whedon's "Breakworld" plot, and the metal-skinned Colossus has to make a major decision about the barbarian world's fate. [IGN]
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed:
Here's a summary of the novelization of the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game, which gives a few more hints as to the game's storyline:
Set in the dark times between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, this stand-alone novel delves deeper into Darth Vader's history, revealing the origins of his secret Apprentice and Vader's ultimate plans for him.[TheForce.net ]
Trained from childhood by Vader himself, the Apprentice is ready for the final test: he must hunt down and destroy the last of Vader's old enemies-the Jedi. Aided by Imperial pilot Juno Eclipse and the droid PROXY, the Apprentice has no qualms obeying his master's commands-until he has a fateful epiphany that will change everything he knows about who he is...and what he is meant to accomplish.
Shedding new light on events in the Star Wars universe, this exciting novel will rev you up for the action-packed video game!