There's new reason to be optimistic about X-Men: First Class, while Bill Condon compares Twilight to Gods And Monsters. McDreamy joins Transformers 3, and McKellen talks Hobbit. Plus Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, Lost, Ghostbusters, Iron Man, Airbender and Haven!
Iron Man 2:
The time for spoilers about this film seems to be pretty much over, since it's out in so many countries already. But here are some awesome new pics. [Comic Book Resources]
And one last thing — apparently there's an Easter egg towards the end of the movie that lets you know it takes place before The Incredible Hulk. (Any idea what that is, legion of people who've already seen this film?) [Slashfilm]
X-Men: First Class:
The on-again, off-again rumor that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn will direct this X-Men prequel is on again. Reportedly, he's in final discussions with Fox, and Bryan Singer will produce. Also an encouraging detail: the screenplay has gotten a late polish from the writing duo of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, who wrote for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Fringe, and also rewrote the Thor screenplay. So now it actually may live up to the way-too-fun Jeff Parker comics. [Deadline]
More casting rumors! Speaking to a Brazilian website, Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsey reportedly said he's in this film as a character who is "much darker" than the others. McDreamy and Jamie Kennedy? Hard to imagine! [TFW 2005]
Both Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd seem to be under the impression this film will start filming this fall, for a release in late 2011. Too bad nobody's told Bill Murray that. [Proton Charging]
Sir Ian McKellen says he's read and enjoyed what there is of the script so far — but he's not under contract yet, and he has no clue when filming is happening. [What's Playing]
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn:
Director Bill Condon posted on the film's Facebook page, promising to be true to the source material:
The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.
He hints that it may be broken into two movies, and says there won't be any musical numbers. [Facebook]
The Last Airbender:
Here are a couple of jazzy new posters. [Slashfilm]
And I'm not sure if we've already shown you this pic from "The Hungry Earth" or not. [BlogtorWho]
There are some new teasers for "The Vampires Of Venice." Rory is already halfway through his bachelor party when the Doctor arrives to fetch him — and he makes quite an entrance. The "vampires" really like Amy. The Doctor gets electrocuted. Amy kisses either Rory or the Doctor, right in front of the other of them. More at the link. [Digital Spy]
The Sarah Jane Adventures:
There are tons of new details about this spin-off's fourth season. Apparently, Androvax will be back, and so will the Slithereen/Blathereen. A new race, called the Shansheeth, will be voiced by Harry Potter's David Bradley. Luke will leave after the first story, but there will be a "companion of the week" after that. Executive Producer Nikki Wilson talks about what to expect from the new menaces:
The Nightmare Man is part of a really big emotional journey for Luke which involves him facing his fears and excitement about the future. The Shansheeth are vulture undertakers who get embroiled with the gang on a big adventure for the middle of the series.
Here's video of the Nightmare Man coming to Bannerman Road and showing Luke visions of Evil Rani and Evil Clyde taunting him, while Evil Sarah Jane burns his books in a fire:
The Nightmare Man is the first episode of the season, and the second story involves a yellow and black monster, plus men in black suits and sunglasses emerging from a 1960s Hummer — apparently the same men in black from the Doctor Who animated story "Dreamland." [Planet Gallifrey and Digital Spy]
Syfy released a 10-second teaser, which reveals no footage, for this summer series based on Stephen King's "The Colorado Kid." Star Emily Rose says it's definitely based on King's characters, and her character is an FBI agent who investigates a case in this small town, and then she feels like she's been "called home." She adds that "some paranormal things happen and some exciting things happen for her, and it's ... not only her unraveling this murder case, but ... unraveling the case of herself, honestly, so it's pretty fascinating." [Dread Central and Sci Fi Wire]
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Here are some cute promo pics of Chuck and Sarah. [ChuckTV]
There'll be a surprise comeback on Monday — and it's someone very good looking. [E! Online]
Oh, and this show's chances of a fourth season are looking very good. [Deadline.com]
Speaking of renewals, word is this show may squeak into a second season, purely on the basis of its overseas revenue. (And looking at recent ratings, V has actually managed to dip below this show now, albeit following a Lost rerun instead of a new episode.) [E! Online]
Here's what happens in the penultimate episode of the season, "Countdown":
Mark continues his interrogation of Hellinger in a desperate attempt to find out when the next blackout will occur; Demetri must choose between helping Janis and Simon break into NLAP to stop the blackout from occurring, or turning the fugitive Simon in to the FBI; Lloyd finds the common denominator that can help him solve the complex equation he was working on in his flashforward; while Tracy fights for her life, Aaron discovers why Jericho was after her; and Nicole wrestles over her strong feelings for Bryce and what would happen if she told him she knew the whereabouts of Keiko, on FlashForward.
Here's a new clip from this Friday's "Hostage."
The producers are "very optimistic" that Chloe will be back for season 10, although talks are still going on. [EW]
Here's what happens in the season finale:
"Red Sky" – The episode opens with the V soldier still on the hunt for Val, while for her part, Val's water breaks and her baby with Ryan will soon be born. Meanwhile Erica, tired of being on the defensive, decides to go on the offensive and gets herself and Tyler invited up to the Mothership for a get-to-know-everyone-better dinner. But she has more than food on her mind; she's really there to find Anna's soldiers and destroy them. And Chad, after Father Jack asks him to help get a message on the ship to Joshua, discovers the awful truth that Anna's been using him.
Producer Scott Rosenbaum explains what to expect from the final episodes. Val's baby will be more alien than human, and the birth "won't happen behind [Anna's] back." We'll see more of the V "soldiers," but their roll-out won't go as smoothly as Anna hoped. Chad Decker will end the season with a noose around his neck. Anna's daughter Lisa will be attacked, and it'll be a big mystery who attacked her and why, even though we'll know it's the Fifth Column. We'll see Erica's revenge on Anna, and the gloves will be off. The first shots in the war will be fired, and it'll pick up next season. (If applicable.) [TV Guide]
Will the show's ending leave us baffled? Daniel Dae Kim says the major questions will be answered, but "Life leaves you with questions, and why should television be any different?" [Fancast]
The show's assistant editor tweeted that there won't be a dry eye while watching the finale. [SpoilersLost]
Dominic Monaghan says we'll be seeing Charlie again soon:
It's a well-written character, he's a tragic character and he died in a heroic way and people wanted to see that story get finished. I like how they dealt with Charlie in the show. I like that they really kind of kept him quite precious, and really a special Easter egg type character. I just think they dealt with him really well. There's some stuff with Claire, yeah, coming towards the finale. Obviously, Charlie had a relationship with Claire that's addressed a little bit as we get closer and closer to the finale.
This week, we'll see the Man In Black's true colors, and not coincidentally a lot of people will die. Next week's Jacob/M.I.B. episode has one "Aha!" moment that makes you realize the show's creators really did know where they were going all along. And though there's not a lot of time for romance in these next couple of episodes, Kate does show some emotion in tonight's episode. [E! Online]
Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff.