Find out which S.H.I.E.L.D. agents might be in The Avengers. Plus J.J. Abrams talks Super 8!

There's a new photo of Ian McKellen as Gandalf... and it's rather unusual. There are tons of clues for J.J. Abrams' Super 8. And photos and details for Torchwood: Miracle Day. Plus find out what shows NBC won't be airing.

Plus new photos from Torchwood, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Supernatural season finale. Spoilers ahead!

The Avengers

Some new rumors about this film — grain of salt warning is in full effect. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the film include Alexander Goodwin Pierce, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Wendell Vaughn, Jasper Sitwell, Clay Quartermain, Jack Truman, Abigail Brand, Larry Young and Jimmy Woo. And Agent Coulson leads a group of agents in an important battle scene. They'll have super high tech weaponry, including "a modified plasma sidrearm and shoulder rifle," which are primarily designed to deal with cosmic artifacts. And besides the Helicarrier, S.H.I.E.L.D. will have either a quinjet or the red-and-yellow flying car. [Comic Book Movie]


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Find out which S.H.I.E.L.D. agents might be in The Avengers. Plus J.J. Abrams talks Super 8!

A new photo of Caesar, looking much the same as he does in the trailer. Is it just me, or does his face look sort of like Mr. Spock? [MovieWeb]


The Hobbit

Find out which S.H.I.E.L.D. agents might be in The Avengers. Plus J.J. Abrams talks Super 8!

Ian McKellen posted this demented picture of Gandalf wearing 3D glasses on his Flickr stream, with the headline "ZZ Gandalf" and the message: "THE HOBBIT is being filmed in 3D. Even wizards have to wear the glasses. Snapped by Peter Jackson in Wellington, 2011." [Flickr]


Cloud Atlas

More details about this movie adaptation, from Cannes. The Wachowskis have cowritten the movie and will co-direct, along with German director Tom Tykwer. (Six segments, three directors. It sorta makes sense.) Besides the previously announced cast of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving and Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent have joined the project. And as we mentioned, each actor will play multiple roles. The film starts shooting in September. [The Hollywood Reporter]


The Host

It's officially official: Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca) will direct the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's "alien brain parasite" novel, meaning that Bill Condon now has a rival for "most ridiculously overqualified Meyer adaptation director." [Variety]


Super 8

Remember that blurry bit of viral video that we received a while back, which provided tantalizing clues to J..J. Abrams' latest mysterious project? Wired received their own video, which is similarly baffling on its own, but mentions a project and two objectives. Watch it at the link. [Wired]

Also, J.J. Abrams previewed some footage from the film at Cannes, and here's how he set it up:

This is about Joe, a 14-year old kid from an industrial town in Ohio, the year is 1979. Joe's mother died when he was young, and his father is classic '70s dad," JJ continued, with a smile. His best friend Charles makes movies on a Super 8 camera. He is obsessed with making movies and production values. The scene you're about to see is 10 minutes into the film, Charles has asked a girl named Alice to star in his latest film. You can tell that Joe approves.

In the clips shown, the two boys use walkie-talkies to coordinate their movie-making excursion, then sit around singing "My Sharona." Alice arrives, driving a Dodge Charger that she's not old enough to drive, then gets upset when she realizes Joe is the son of the deputy. On set at the train tracks, Charles is being a hyperactive perfectionist director, who keeps rewriting the script on the fly, and then everybody realizes Alice is actually really good. And then the train crash happens, as you've seen. More details at the link. [Total Film]

And here's a new TV spot for the film.


Legend

Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) will direct the adaptation of Marie Lu's young-adult novel, which takes place 100 years from now when the U.S.A. is split into two warring nations. Day is a sort of Robin Hood figure and June is the teenage prodigy who's sent to hunt him down. Until, not surprisingly, they discover the truth about their evil totalitarian leaders and are forced to work together. [First Showing]


Torchwood

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Here are some new cast photos from Torchwood: Miracle Day. [SpoilerTV]

Also, Starz has released the episode titles for the entire series:

1. The New World
2. Rendition
3. Dead of Night
4. Escape to L.A.
5. The Categories Of Life
6. The Middle Men
7. Immortal Sins
8. End Of The Road
9. The Gathering
10. The Blood Line


Doctor Who

Find out which S.H.I.E.L.D. agents might be in The Avengers. Plus J.J. Abrams talks Super 8!

Here's a new promo photo for episode 6x05, "The Rebel Flesh" by Matthew Graham. [Life Doctor Who and Combom]

Here's the official synopsis for episode 6x06, "The Almost People," which is the second half of Matthew Graham's two-parter:

As the solar storm rages, Jennifer, a Ganger driven mad by the memories of being "decommissioned", is seeking revenge, as the time-travelling drama continues.

She can remember every excruciating second of every "execution" and is determined that the humans will pay. And she isn't just talking war; she's talking revolution. As the crumbling factory fills with toxic fumes and drips lethal acid, the "Originals" wait desperately for the shuttle from the Mainland to rescue them. But Jennifer has other ideas. Can the Doctor convince the terrified factory workers to embrace their own humanity and work together with their Gangers to overcome a monster of their own making?

[Doctor Who TV]


Supernatural

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Here are some promo photos for the season finale, "The Man Who Knew Too Much." [SpoilerTV]


Wonder Woman

So now it's totally official. NBC has passed on David E. Kelley's Amazon adventure show, once and for all. Suffering Sappho! [EW]


17th Precinct

And NBC has also put the kibosh on Ron Moore's show about police detectives who deal with crime in a world where magic works, which starred every Battlestar Galactica castmember ever. Instead, NBC will air Grimm, a series that takes place in a world of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Also on NBC's fall schedule: Awake, a drama about a man caught between two alternate realities. [TV Guide]


Fringe

In case you were still wondering what Peter's disappearance from the timestream means for his progeny, producer Joel Wyman tweeted that "if there is no Peter... there is no Baby Henry." [SpoilerTV]

And the studio put out two new featurettes explaining the season finale and the episode "The Last Sam Weiss".



Falling Skies

The cast and crew of this alien-occupation show are doing tons of press right now. And both producer Mark Verheiden and star Noah Wyle insist that the show is about the relationships between the characters and the emotional stuff, not the aliens and the plot stuff. Also, Wyle explains more about how/why the aliens are kidnapping children and putting spinal implants called harnesses into them:

The harness is kind of a biological attachment that fuses to the kid's spine and basically turns them into a walking zombie that feeds them sympathetic thoughts to the alien that's in control," Wyle explained. "Retrieving these kids is something we've been trying to do; de-harnessing them is something we have been unsuccessful at...It's also a question of what are the long-lasting effects of wearing the harness for as long as he has? What we will learn about aliens through that process really becomes a turning point in the season.

[Examiner]


Smallville

Find out which S.H.I.E.L.D. agents might be in The Avengers. Plus J.J. Abrams talks Super 8!

Here's a new poster for the series finale, airing tonight. [SpoilerTV]

And the show put out a few new featurettes, including one about the return of Lex, plus one preview.




Chuck

Here are three sneak peeks from the season finale. [SpoilerTV]




Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta.