The latest Tron Legacy clip focuses on the drinking/partying aspects of life in the Grid. More familiar characters are joining The Hobbit. The man playing a possible villain in the Spider-Man reboot doesn't know much about his character either. Spoilerage!
Here's a new clip showing off Michael Sheen as Castor and Daft Punk's cameos as the Grid's resident DJs: [ComicBookMovie]
Slumdog Millionaire actor You Irrfan Khan didn't have much to say when asked about his role as Nels Van Adder, who's believed to be the super-obscure "Proto-Goblin" from one comics story. He revealed he's not actually sure about his own character's name, muses on how minor he is, and says he's only seen the pages of the script he's in, with the possible implication that his role in the film is also relatively small. [The New York Times]
Hugh Jackman reveals that Darren Aronofsky asked him to gain 25 pounds of muscle for the role, which is even more bulked out than in his previous appearances. He also says that he had to ask Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with help to find a workout regimen insane enough to gain that much muscle mass in the required time. [IGN]
Cowboys & Aliens
Orlando Bloom is reportedly close to signing on to return as Legolas. The character isn't in the book, but the role is reportedly more than a cameo. One might assume he will mainly be seen in the companion film, which explains where Gandalf was while he was absent from The Hobbit. Speaking of Gandalf, Ian McKellan is reportedly still involved in ongoing, "arduous" negotiations, as are Andy Serkis as Gollum and Hugo Weaving as Elrond. [Deadline]
Transformers: The Dark of the Moon
Michael Bay revealed that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's character is Sam's roommate, and they're platonically living together sometime after Megan Fox's character dumped him. She's paying the rent while Sam looks for a job, and she's working as an assistant at the British embassy. (Bay called it the English embassy, but there's no such thing as that, so British it is.) So that means Huntington-Whiteley is able to speak with her real English accent. Bay also revealed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is involved in the movie, and that apparently he does appear in a scene set in the present day.
He also explained that, yes, this really will be the last Transformers film he's involved in, though he expects the franchise to continue:
"I think this has gotta be it. I think someone else will take the torch from here." … "There's a couple of things that are left open. I think you'll see some finality to this, you know we've made it very clear that when things die they die now. They're not magically being brought back." … "The nice thing about Transformers is that you've got so many stories to tell, you've got Cybertron. It's just that I don't think you could do it again with Shia and everybody, I think it's time to move on."
In another interview, Michael Bay revealed the last forty minutes of the film are all set in Chicago, and that it functions a lot like the Egypt setpiece did in Revenge of the Fallen. Further expounding on how this movie will be an improvement on the last one, Bay says that, in this film, death is final and there won't be any of the "dorky humor" that brought down the last one. (I'm not totally sure dorky humor was the main problem with Revenge of the Fallen, but all right.) There's more at the link. [IGN]
I Am Number Four
Glee actress Dianna Argon explains why Sarah, her character in the movie, is drawn to Alex Pettyfer's alien:
Because it's a chance to start over. She's had this life that, maybe part of it she wanted, part of it she hasn't, she had the high school football boyfriend, that wasn't what she wanted. And so for the first time she has somebody that has no judgments, and is listening to her being her, and at the same time she's not judging him. And they are so quickly drawn to each other and let down all the walls and just have these really pure, organic feelings for each other. It's what I loved so much about their characters, and you see that that really helps them both go on this journey together, and to really strongly pursue, you know, the plan.
Sherlock Holmes 2
French actor Gilles Lellouche says he's playing a "nice bad guy" in the sequel. [Hollywood Reporter]
Mark Wahlberg is reportedly producing a feature length version of Ricardo De Montreuil's short film, which is about a man called Chris Black using his special powers to fight robotic policemen in a futuristic Los Angeles. Wahlberg reportedly is developing it as a vehicle for him to star as Black. You can see the original short film here. [Heat Vision]
It turns out the show is moving to Fridays a week earlier than expected. It was originally slated to make the jump on January 28, but now Fox has announced the first Friday episode will be January 21. [KSiteTV]
Speaking of which, here's a short synopsis for the midseason premiere, guest starring Christopher Lloyd. The episode is called "Firefly", which in no way evokes memories of other beloved science fiction shows mistreated by Fox. Nope, not at all:
In the "Firefly" midseason premiere, which kicks off a string of six all-new episodes of FRINGE, an Observer makes contact with the Fringe Team to help rectify a mistake. Meanwhile, WALTER (John Noble) befriends one of his musical heroes (guest star Christopher Lloyd).
And here's an interview with John Noble: [SpoilerTV]
There's a new rumor out about series 6 (not the Christmas Special, as the title of the original post indicates) that the Doctor will be cloned by invading aliens, and Rory and Amy will be forced to decide which of the two Doctors they should believe. One possible fact in favor of this is that Matt Graham's two-parter has been previously suspected to involve cloning (with the episode title "Gangers" short for "Doppelgängers"), but for now I'd play it safe and take this all with a grain of salt. [Unreality TV]
The Walking Dead
Remember that "Charlie Sheen is going to cameo as a Walking Dead zombie" rumor from yesterday? Yeah...it was actually total crap. Probably should have seen that one coming a bit better.
Charles "Chick" Eglee, the one Walking Dead writer that everyone agrees is actually leaving, is reportedly in talks to be executive producer and writer on the TV adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis's comic series. Bendis has since confirmed that Eglee is indeed in talks. [Vulture and #BRIANMBENDIS]
Here's some photos and a plot synopsis for episode 5:
Nathan's been violently killed. again. This time he suspects Jessica, a butter-wouldn't-melt charity worker from the community centre. Plus Jessica seems to have targeted Simon as her next victim. When she invites everyone to a charity fancy dress party, the others are convinced she is going to make her move.
Elsewhere, Kelly's love life seems to be taking a turn for the better. She meets Bruno. He is on the run from the police (naturally), but he thinks Kelly's beautiful. Has Kelly finally found her perfect man?
Here's a plot summary and some photos for the season premiere, "Red Rain": [Multiple Verses]
The Season Two opener, "Red Rain," continues the action from last season's finale when Anna unleashed Red Sky on the planet. With the world on the brink of war and chaos all around, is there anyone who can stand up to Anna? Meanwhile, Ryan has been kept in isolation on the mothership, away from his hybrid baby so that Anna can experiment on her; Chad, seeking redemption for being used by Anna, now wants to fight with the Fifth Column; and Erica goes on a journey to find a scientist who can give her the answers to what Red Sky is, and where she learns the horrifying secret of what the V's are doing on our planet.
And here's another promo: [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.