All new clips from X-Men: First Class, Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Doctor Who!

After approximately thirty years of rumors and speculations, The Dark Knight Rises is really happening. Another X-Men: First Class villain speaks. The man with a brain the size of Kent has joined The Hobbit. Plus new Amazing Spider-Man set photos!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Hunger Games.

The Dark Knight Rises

Production has officially started on Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie, and here's the press release to prove it:

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises," the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar winner Christian Bale ("The Fighter") again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The locations for "The Dark Knight Rises" span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

You can read the entire thing at the link. [ComingSoon.net]

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And here are the first set photos from the initial London filming, featuring some Gotham City police vehicles. [MovieWeb]


X-Men: First Class

Here's another clip, showcasing Mystique and Hank McCoy.

Alex Gonzalez discusses who he plays in the movie:

My character is Riptide. Riptide is not very popular as a villain, but in the beginning he started working with Mr. Sinister. In the movie he doesn't have any relationship with Mr. Sinister, so it's not like in the comic book. He's working with Sebastian Shaw, played by Kevin Bacon. Basically, he can control the wind – he can throw gusts with his hand. But when he's very angry, he can create a tornado around him. It's fun, but it's a little bit difficult to create in real life. I have to put myself on a spinning trailer, which spins very fast. So the first fifteen minutes it's funny, but after that it's a bit dangerous for other people. They need to carry umbrellas, because I feel like I'm about to throw up at any second! It's very easy to get sick.

Where is the character from?
He's Mexican. His name is Janos Quested. Fortunately, at whatever moment when he was creating the character, that X-MEN writer decided he was Mexican. Fortunate for me, because I'm here!

He also discusses the character's internal turmoil and rage:

Yes, he's very dangerous. But, you know, he comes across very respectably and he's very polite. For me, he's just like a tornado. When you see a tornado from afar, it's calm. The only thing that you can see is a kind of tube. But inside, up close, it's very dangerous. Inside of Riptide everything is very fast and very angry. He looks like he's under control, but in the moment that Mr. Shaw gives me the sign, I just blow it, because I'm looking forward to doing that and to showing everybody. He's a bit egocentric and in the moment when he's a tornado, he's enjoying it all the time.

There's more at the link. [Geek Syndicate]


The Amazing Spider-Man

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Here are some new set photos. [ComingSoon.net]


Super 8

Here's the latest sneak peek.

The Hunger Games

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Here are a couple more photos of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. [SpoilerTV]


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Here's a new clip spotlighting Josh Duhamel and wind-surfing.


The Hobbit

The amazing Stephen Fry has officially joined the movie as the Master of Laketown. The Master's conniving bureaucrat Alfrid will be played by Ryan Gage, who was previously rumored to be playing Drogo Baggins, which now apparently isn't happening. Finally, 7'1" actor Conan Stevens will play the orc Azog.[/Film]


Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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Here are the first set photos of Keira Knightley and Steve Carell filming the comedy about people on the eve of the apocalypse. Images via WENN.com.


Another Earth

William Mapother, best known for playing Ethan Rom on Lost, discusses his role as a composer in the upcoming indie movie that's set in a world where another planet has just been discovered that shares Earth's orbit. Here's his take on his character John Burroughs and how they approach the sci-fi premise:

John is a composer and a professor, a music professor at Yale. At the beginning of the film he has a lovely wife who is pregnant with his second child and he has a young son. Something very traumatic happens early in the film, very early, in the first five minutes. So, that's John at the beginning of the movie and then he spends some time in a coma and then comes out of the coma, but one may say only partly. He is deep into grief and unable to move forward with his life. A woman comes into his life unexpectedly and he develops a relationship with her and through that relationship he finds a reason to live again.

There's also another earth that's making it's appearance through all this. It seems that earth is getting closer to our earth, but this isn't a disaster film is it?
No, not at all. The other earth draws a little bit closer, but it's not posing an immediate danger or else people would be running in the streets. So it's approaching closely, close enough that we can begin to study the topography in a way that we couldn't when we first saw it at the very beginning of the movie.

There's more at the link. [Daemon's Movies]


Supercrooks

Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo has reportedly has signed on to direct the adaptation of Mark Millar's upcoming Marvel Icon series, about veteran supervillains who decide to go to Europe, where there are no superheroes, so they can pull off a huge score without getting disturbed. [BleedingCool]


Doctor Who

Here's one more clip for Matthew Graham's next episode, "The Rebel Flesh."

Here's the synopsis for the seventh episode and mid-season finale, Steven Moffat's "A Good Man Goes to War":

Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap.

In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last – today will mark the Battle of Demons Run and the Doctor's darkest hour. Both sides will make their sacrifices and River Song must finally reveal her most closely guarded secret to the Doctor.

[The Doctor Who News Page]

Finally, a couple random casting notes. Naomi Berners will, according to her CV, play a "handbot" in Tom MacRae's episode 10, about which pretty much nothing is known. Meanwhile, Katharine Burford has been cast as a nurse in what is assumed to be episode 13. [Doctor Who Spoilers]


The Walking Dead

Jon Bernthal explains why he and Frank Darabont want people to have lots of different reactions to his character Shane:

When Frank [Darabont] and I started this whole process off together in our initial meetings, that was really our entire goal. With Frank Darabont I don't think he ever writes characters that are completely good or completely bad. Even if you look at Andrew Lincoln's character, Rick, he's really a flawed guy – he's making mistakes, he's screwing things up, he's not just this shining hero. I guess at the end of the day what's really interesting about this zombie series is that it's very human, and these characters are all flawed. With Shane, in the comic book he's very much this one-dimensional guy, but we really, really wanted to change the audience's mind. We wanted them literally from episode to episode – and sometimes within episodes – to change their mind about this guy, and to realise that nobody does anything with malicious intent but y'know, it's the zombie apocalypse and it's really high stakes! It would be too simple to say that this guy's a bad guy for scheming on another man's wife. I think it's way, way more complicated than that, and I'm really happy that people in the audience have had that experience, that they feel they've changed their opinion on Shane. It means a lot to me, because that's exactly what Frank and I set out to do.

There's more at the link. [SFX.co.uk]


Primeval

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Here are some photos from the upcoming fifth series. Also, co-creator Adrian Hodges offers some hints about what's in store for this new run of episodes:

"I think what's exciting about season five is that we get a lot of big revelations about Matt Anderson and why he joined the team and what his real ambitions are. We also learn more about Philip Burton and what his possible role is in how the team is going to operate in the future. Some of the sets are just plain awesome. One of our episodes is set entirely in a submarine, which we built on dry land over in Ireland, and you'll see some huge sea creatures."

[Suite101]


Haven

Eric Balfour discusses what's ahead in season two:

"One of the most fun things that people are going to get to see in season two with Duke is the emergence of a love interest, in several different amalgamations. I'm excited about that, and getting to see Duke not quite as confident as always. There's a character who comes in this season that really pushes Duke's buttons, and that's not something you got to see a lot of last year.

There's more at the link. [Collider via Fangoria]


Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.