Matt Smith talks monsters and pirates on the new Doctor Who series. Plus stars respond to Superman casting rumors!

The Eleventh Doctor takes to the airwaves to explain why the latest monsters are the scariest yet...and why the upcoming pirate episode is awesome. Two actresses respond to the Superman casting rumors. Plus inside the insane Battle: LA training regimen!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Superman Reboot

Watchmen's Malin Akerman and 127 Hours co-star Kate Mara responded to the rumors that they're up for a role in Zack Snyder's reboot. Mara said she hasn't even seen a script for it, although she also pointed out that even if she had, she probably couldn't admit to it. Either way, both Mara and Akerman said they would jump at the chance to be in the movie, but that's all they can say about it. [MTV Splash Page]


The Dark Knight Rises

We were sent this photo of what certainly appears to be Christopher Nolan in Pittsburgh. This might tie in with the earlier rumors that The Dark Knight Rises is shooting scenes in Pittsburgh, in which case this is some sort of location scouting...or it might not. Either way, thanks to Mitchell and Justin for the tip!


Battle: Los Angeles

Noel Fisher, who plays one of the marines in the movie, explains how the film's boot camp-like training experience helped him with the role:

There's a couple of things, basically, in terms of knowing how to handle weapons. They taught us a lot of assault tactics, room clearing, close quarter combat - stuff that is just really helpful when we're setting up a scene really quickly. Because Jonathan [Liebesman] shot this in very kind of documentary style, it took a lot of everyone knowing what they're supposed to do. And basically it just helped a lot because if we were getting attacked from the left, we knew exactly what we were supposed to do. Do we assault through? All these different kind of tactics that they taught us."

Also, the other main thing that was really helpful was that we got to spend three weeks becoming kind of a family, and that was really unique to this movie for me. The level of friendship that came out of this boot camp and this very physically demanding shoot was just really, really special. I think that that's a really big bonus and it comes through [on screen], I think, because that's what platoons are. These are your brothers and your sisters, and I think that was really helpful creating that."

There's more at the link. [About.com]


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Here's a gallery from a recent cast appearance at the Daytona 500, in which we got a good look at the NASCAR-themed Autobots, the Wreckers. [ZEibiz]

One more Transformer to potentially add to the mix: a screenshot from the latest trailer seems to reveal the Generation One character Blitzwing. Check the link for the screenshot in question. [TFLAMB]


Doctor Who

Here's a radio interview with Matt Smith in which he discusses series six, and raves about Steven Moffat's three-year plan for River Song and the upcoming pirate episode: [Planet Gallifrey]


Fringe

Here's a promo for this week's episode, "Subject 13." [SpoilerTV]

[gallery 5767662] Here are some promo photos for the March 11 episode, "Os." [Daemon's TV]


Chuck

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Here's a bunch of photos, a promo, and a synopsis for next week's episode, "Chuck vs. the First Bank of Evil." [Daemon's TV and SpoilerTV]


CHUCK AND SARAH PLAN THE ULTIMATE HEIST AT A HIGH-SECURITY BANK-LAUREN COHAN AND RAY WISE GUEST STAR-Chuck (Zachary Levi) pushes Vivian McArthur (guest star Lauren Cohan) to get in touch with her inner villain for a mission. Elsewhere, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) tries to get in touch with her inner bride as wedding plans ramp up. Meanwhile, Morgan's (Joshua Gomez) search for a new roommate takes an unexpected turn.

Yvonne Strahovski explains how Sarah has changed and what she would like to see in the run-up to her wedding:

"I think she's come a long way from the first season until now, but she still has a bit of a journey. I think she still has some work to do to become as comfortable as possible with the life with Chuck and living with him. would like to see some family stuff [be explored]. We don't know what's going to happen with the wedding or who's going to come back…[and we did] meet some girls from Sarah's past, which is fun, but I would love to look into the whole dad thing again and see what happened with the mom. I think a part of her has been wanting [a family] for a long time, and even though she doesn't know what it feels like, it seems that she does want a sense of security, and she's found that in Chuck. She treasures it, even though there are still things surrounding that relationship that can still make her uncomfortable."

[LA TV Insider Examiner]

And here's a short synopsis for the next episode after that, "Chuck vs. the A-Team."

Chuck and Sarah suspect Casey is carrying out private missions; Chuck fears the CIA's new operatives will render him obsolete; Morgan settles in with a new roommate; Awesome becomes uncomfortable with Ellie's research.

[SpoilerTV]


The Event

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NBC has released photos for the first two episodes of the second half of the season, "And Then There Were More" and "Inostranka", which are airing together on March 7. We've also got a synopsis for the de facto two-parter. [Daemon's TV]

THE WHITE HOUSE AND SLEEPERS GRAPPLE WITH THOMAS' PLAN - ROGER BART, HAL HOLBROOK, VIRGINIA MADSEN, CLEA DuVALL, and CHRIS MATTHEWS GUEST STAR IN THE 2-HOUR MIDSEASON RETURN - President Martinez (Blair Underwood) and his longtime Chief of Staff (guest star Roger Bart, "Desperate Housewives") charge the intelligence community with decrypting Thomas's (Clifton Collins, Jr.) satellite message, but more importantly determining to whom it was sent. While they are distracted, Thomas unveils a surprise attack, but he does not anticipate a heroic stand-off with Blake Sterling (Željko Ivanek), who learns an important lesson about Sleepers from Maya (guest star Clea DuVall, "Conviction"). Meanwhile, newly appointed Alaskan Senator Catherine Lewis (guest star Virginia Madsen, "Sideways") threatens to divulge information about the Mt. Inostranka detention facility on an episode of "HARDBALL with Chris Matthews" (playing himself). Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Leila (Sarah Roemer) get a fresh lead on the whereabouts of Samantha, but it leads them to a dramatic turn in their lives. James Dempsey (guest star Hal Holbrook, "Water for Elephants") foresees that he and Sean will once again cross paths.

This new video, "The Sleepers", is another entry in NBC's "Deconstructing The Event" series, which is meant to get people caught up before the show returns. [SpoilerTV]


Supernatural

Here's another promo for this week's ultra-meta episode, "The French Mistake."


Being Human (US)

Here's a sneak peek and promo for episode 7, "I See Your True Colors...And Why I Hate You." [SpoilerTV] Click to view


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Stargate Universe

Syfy will be airing season 2.5 of the canceled show starting on Monday, March 7. [TV Guide]


Outcasts

Here's a promo for episode six. [SpoilerTV]


Touch

We reported the rumor the other day, but it's now official: Kiefer Sutherland is on board for Heroes creator Tim Kring's return to genre TV. [Deadline]


Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.