Jon Favreau confirms that he's not directing Iron Man 3, plus tons of crazy hints for the future of Doctor Who!S

Jon Favreau is definitely moving on from the world of Tony Stark. We've got a round-up of all the spoilers for Doctor Who's Christmas special and series six. New set photos for Now revealing a gun-wielding, immortal Justin Timberlake. Spoilerage!


Iron Man 3

Jon Favreau has now confirmed that he won't be directing Iron Man 3, explaining that he's directing Magic Kingdom instead. (Which, it should be pointed out, is all part of the same corporate family these days, so the split probably isn't too acrimonious.) Then in an interview with Hero Complex, he talked a little about his time with Marvel, which as interview Geoff Boucher points out sounds more like he's describing a graduation than a divorce:

"Marvel and I both came of age together. The years that we shared were a pivotal experience. Kevin has a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave and I am happy that I had the opportunity to establish the world that these characters can now play in…. ‘Iron Man' has given me tremendous opportunities and Kevin and I are enjoying a lot of momentum in our careers thanks to the ‘Iron Man' films. I look forward to seeing what others can do playing in the same world."

[Hero Complex]

Tron Legacy

Screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis explain some of the references and allusions in the movies, and why they're mostly to the original Tron:

Adam Horowitz: We're movie geeks. So we obviously we wear our references on our sleeves. We're big fans of Star Wars and Spielberg but also of Hal Ashby and we love The Graduate and Woody Allen. So you pull from everywhere without even realizing it. It's just kind of in the soup of your inspiration.
Edward Kitsis: It becomes almost a subconscious thing. It's like all the things as like– like real movie geeks that we've absorbed over the years have kinda seeped into our DNA of writing. It becomes an unconscious kind of thing where it's not like we're consciously think of this movie is going to be like this or whatever. It becomes just what's coming out is informed by everything.
Question: Did you sneak any specific things in to reference other movies?
Adam Horowitz: Definitely. We mostly have shout outs to Tron.
Question: That's kind of self-involved isn't it?
Adam Horowitz: Yeah, but listen as we said we're fans of it, man. Listen if you've never seen the original Tron you can come to Legacy. It stands on its own. You're not going to miss anything. If you have seen Tron, there's a few shout outs for you in there and because if I went then I would want that.

There's a ton more at the link, including how the collaborative process worked and why they never could have made the film without Jeff Bridges. [/Film]

The Dark Tower

Ron Howard gave an update on where his mammoth adaptation of Stephen King's series, which will reportedly take the form of a film trilogy and companion TV series, currently stands:

"It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on," Howard said. "It's dense, a great author's life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I've begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that's a good sign."

[Deadline]

Now

Here's some set photos from the immortality thriller, featuring stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried: [Ace Showbiz]

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Mission: Impossible - The Ghost Protocol

Here are some set photos, which among other things give us our first look at Simon Pegg, who's reprising the role he played in the last Mission: Impossible: [/Film]

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Fringe

Here's a promo for the show's upcoming move to Friday, which rather refreshingly tackles the controversy surrounding the move head-on: [Collider]

John Noble analyzes Walter and Peter's discussion about Olivia in "Marionette": [Fringe Television]

Here's some new set photos: [Susan Gittins's Flickr]

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And here's a set video: [@FringeWatch]

Doctor Who

Now that "A Christmas Carol" has had a few select screenings, tons of details and tidbits are starting to trickle out, so let's sort through some of the best ones. In terms of the actual story, Amy and Rory aren't in it all that much, although Arthur Darvill is now in the opening credits, which is nice. Michael Gambon's Scrooge surrogate Kazran Sardick has a device that gives him total control of the skies, and he freezes people that can't pay their debts to him. Katherine Jenkins's character Abigail Pettigrew is one of these unfortunates, but at least she gets to sing a couple time for reasons that apparently are germane to the story.

Here's where things get a bit wild. Supposedly the Doctor also makes a side-trip to the 1950s, which involves Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Albert Einstein, Santa, and Marilyn Monroe...whom the Doctor marries. I'm a bit unclear on whether any of that is actually shown or if it's just a bizarre anecdote the Doctor breathlessly relates (I imagine it really has to be the latter, but the write-ups seem to imply the former). Finally, Steven Moffat revealed at one of the screenings that he already has a "big idea" for next year's special. [Doctor Who TV]

Another report lends credence to the idea that this 1950s side-trip is actually shown, as apparently the line "Marilyn, get your coat!" is heard during the special. The episode also features a lie too big for the psychic paper and an explanation as to why bow-ties are cool. (Cool might be meant literally, considering there's a lot of cryogenic freezing going on this story.) And this is interesting: "Kazran gets a glimpse at his past, present and future - but not in the way you might expect." I'm not even sure what I expect, so color me intrigued as to how all of this is actually going to work. [Digital Spy]

Den of Geek's Simon Brew was present at the screening of "A Christmas Carol", and he reports some of what he saw in the trailer for series 6. He admits he may be misremembering some of the details, so in the interest of not garbling things further here's his report on what he saw:

* The Doctor in the Oval Office. Jammie Dodgers, too.
* New fashion tips: "I wear a Stetson now," proclaims the Doctor. That's cool, too, he asserts. He might just be right, too.
* Men in military uniforms looking in bad moods
* A bearded Doctor
* A few clips of River Song, one of which seems to find her at least partially bereft of clothes
* Someone in a spacesuit
* Even though our memory is trying to convince us otherwise, we're pretty sure there was an Ood in there, too
* Plus, there's a monster in there we've not seen before

So, a couple details might be a bit off, but this could well be more or less right. In any event, we'll all be able to find out for ourselves on Christmas day. [Den of Geek]

Torchwood

The official description has been released, although there's still no confirmation of Mekhi Pfifer's reported casting as Rex Matheson:

When C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy, he finds himself unearthing a threat which challenges the entire Human race. The answers seem to lie within an old, secret British institute, known only as Torchwood. But Torchwood was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two survivors - former Police Officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back centuries.

With Rex under attack from all sides, in both the US and the UK, he soon discovers there are forces at work within every level of society, determined to stop Torchwood's return. As a chain of events across the world links together the most disparate and unlikely individuals - including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs - a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realise that their greatest enemy is mankind itself...

[Doctor Who Online]

No Ordinary Family

Here's photos and a synopsis for the January 4 episode, "No Ordinary Friends": [KSiteTV]

After Jim saves Dave Cotten's (Ricky Schroder) life, he and Stephanie become fast friends with Dave, his wife, Michelle (Annie Wersching, "24″) and their kids. But Jim begins to suspect that the Cottens may be leading their own secret lives. Meanwhile, Daphne throws her hat into the high school ring for student council president, and Katie reveals a secret to Stephanie about her relationship with Joshua – aka The Watcher.

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And now here's some for the episode after that, "No Ordinary Brother": [KSiteTV]

Jim's wayward brother, Mike, makes a surprise visit to the Powell household and discovers the family has powers. But in an attempt to make some quick cash, he tries to convince JJ to using his abilities to win big by betting on the horses. Meanwhile, in a surprise twist, Katie is given a promotion at Global Tech by Human Resources VP Victoria Morrow (Rebecca Mader, "Lost"), who may be hiding a secret agenda, and Daphne is placed on the school's peer disciplinary committee and believes a student may have been wrongly accused of possessing drugs.

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The Event

Virginia Madsen has reportedly joined the cast as Senator Catherine Lewis, who was appointed to the post after her husband's death and is determined to carry out his legacy. [TV Guide]

The Cape

Here's a new promo photo showing off Raza Jeffrey's Cain, alias Chef, who is one of the Cape's supervillain nemeses. [IGN]

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Misfits

The second series Christmas special will air on December 19 at 10pm in the UK. [@E4Misfits]

V

Here's a synopsis and some photos for episode 2, "Serpent's Tooth": [SpoilerTV]

Anna and Diana square off in the dark bowels of the Mothership - Diana has been down there for 15 years and not had a single glimpse of Anna. Meanwhile, Erica has Tyler's blood analyzed, and learns the V's did something sinister to her when she was pregnant with him.

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And here's an interview with Scott Wolf, in which he explains how Chad is looking for redemption for all his mistakes in season one. [VisitorSite]

Smallville

The twelfth through sixteenth episodes will reportedly be called, in order, "Collateral", "Beacon", "Masquerade", "Fortune", and "Scion." [SpoilerTV]

Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.