Andrew Garfield becomes a real spider in The Amazing Spider-Man!

Peter Parker doesn't just become a superhero in The Amazing Spider-Man - he also takes on the properties of the arachnid that bit him. Star Andrew Garfield explains how he became part-spider to play the latest incarnation of Spider-Man.

The motherlode of Fringe spoilers provide tons of insight into Peter's future on the show.

Get the first good look at a zombie in World War Z.

A Captain America cowriter has an off-the-wall idea for the sequel's villain.

A Star Trek actor is joining American Horror Story.

And tons of new set photos from The Avengers, Man of Steel, and The Dark Knight Rises!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield explains how he incorporated aspects of actual spiders into his performance:

What would having spider DNA constituting a percentage of your blood - what would that do? So I studied spiders, I studied their movements and how they operate in the world and I tried to incorporate as much of that as I could. He's a boy/spider in terms of how he moves, and not just in the suit. It also shapes the way he interacts with people. A spider is so sensitive; their skin is sensitive to everything. That's the thing with the spider sense and the way he takes in everything. Imagine all of your skin was as sensitive as a spider, the slightest gust of wind would feel like a tornado going by. You'd always be rushing, that rush. What does that do to you? The idea of how he adjusts to that. And I looked at the idea of having more legs, more arms, and the spacial awareness. A spider moves up, down, side-to-side, all around. He's not linear and with the knowledge of that spatial awareness and the fact that he can be here and then over there incredibly fast. The stillness of a spider and the lightness I found all of that very interesting to explore as well.

[Hero Complex]


The Avengers

Here's a set video showing a fight scene between Captain America and Loki.

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And here are some explosion-filled photos from the set. [Shockya]

Andrew Garfield becomes a real spider in The Amazing Spider-Man!

And here's some new promo art showing the Avengers actually, you know, assembling. [ComingSoon.net]


Captain America 2

Co-writer Christopher Markus has an unlikely idea for the villain, as well as a potentially awesome choice to play him:

"I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the [moment]. I will win you over to Peter Dinklage as MODOK. If he came around the corner and you saw him floating there you would be terrified. It would be amazing."

Just in case you were wondering, MODOK stands for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, and he looks like this. [Hero Complex]


The Dark Knight Rises

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The final leg of filming has begun in Los Angeles, and here are the set photos to prove it. [The Daily Blam]


Man of Steel

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Here are a ton of set photos from Plano, Illinois, showing Henry Cavill both as Clark Kent and Superman, Christopher Meloni as a military character (who may or may not be called Colonel Hardy), and Antje Traue as the black-suited villainess Faora. There's also tons of general military presence, not to mention a guy in a motion-capture suit, which is pretty much required for all movies these days. [MovieWeb, On Location Vacations, Cosmic Book News]


World War Z

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Here are some of the first good looks at the movie's zombies, as well as original author Max Brooks's take on the monsters:

"I also had lunch with the zombies and they're great. They look very much like what my impression would be of new zombies who had not really begun to rot, kind of like phase one zombies. They have a zombie school, where they are teaching extras how to act like zombies, and from talking to people on set they have really put a lot of research into everything."

[ShockTillYouDrop]


Cloud Atlas

The adaptation of David Mitchell's sprawling novel, which is composed of six interrelated stories - three period pieces, one contemporary, and two set in the future - is going ahead with Run Lola Run's Tom Twyker and The Matrix's Wachowskis in charge. The budget is reportedly under $100 million, with Twyker directing the period segments and the Wachowskis taking the rest. [The Playlist]


Doctor Who

Here's the next time trailer for next week's episode nine, "Night Terrors" by Mark Gatiss.

And here are some dialogue teasers from the same episode:

» "Please save me from the monsters."
» "Planets, history and stuff - that's what we do!"
» "Maybe we should let the monsters gobble him up?"
» "The TARDIS has gone funny again, some time-slippy thing."
» "When I was your age - ooh, about 1,000 years ago - I loved a bedtime story."

[Cultbox]

Andrew Garfield becomes a real spider in The Amazing Spider-Man!

Finally, here's a promo image. [Cultbox]

Here's a synopsis for episode 10, "The Girl Who Waited" by Tom MacRae:

Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day – as the time-travelling drama continues.

The Doctor can use the TARDIS to smash through time and break in, but then Rory is on his own. He must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the alien doctors can administer their medicine.

Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife. Can he rescue Amy before she is killed by kindness?

[The Doctor Who News Page]


Torchwood: Miracle Day

Here are some dialogue teasers for episode nine, "The Gathering":

» "We're in Scotland, we can't go much further north."
» "Now you're a vampire."
» "First sign of the meltdown, China closed its borders…"
» "The families want to meet you in person."
» "They're taking you to the blessing."

[Cultbox]

Here's a brief synopsis for the finale, "The Blood Line":

The Torchwood team travels across the world on a final, desperate mission – but the Three Families are unstoppable, unless a terrible sacrifice is made...

[SpoilerTV]


Fringe

NewsRadio and King of the Hill actor Stephen Root and his real-life wife, Glee actor Romy Rosemont, will reportedly play a married couple in the sixth episode of the fourth season. [TV Line]

Arye Gross, who has appeared on Castle and Medium, will guest star in episode five as Malcolm Truss, a middle-aged scientist who becomes involved with the Fringe team. [TV Guide]

Joshua Jackson discusses Peter's sudden non-existence:

"We are not a star driven show, we are a character one. I know for a fact that they want [me] to be apart of Fringe, but I also know that they want to tell the story in the best possible way. And that's why I think it's so ballsy to take one of the three leads of a series and show what it's like when he's not there. May's cliffhanger was so big that if they half-assed it in the beginning of the season, I think our audience - who has been so good - would kind of smell the suck and be disappointed that we gave them this big thing and we didn't actually go for it. We're going for it, and I think that's super cool."

[The TV Addict]

Lance Reddick explains what Peter's non-existence means for Broyles:

"Broyles and Peter weren't that connected, but there is an affection that Broyles started to have with Walter that is gone now. Now it's about keeping the guy functioning so that he can work for us. And even though Olivia is still his top agent, there isn't necessarily the same kind of paternal relationship that Broyles and Olivia had before.There was a closeness they had that I don't think necessarily exists. So it'll be interesting once Peter reappears and as the season goes on, we try to figure out who the heck he is and what's this crazy stuff he's talking about. How in another reality we all knew each other. And how do we reintegrate that into the story."

He also discussed the possibility of more interaction between universes:

"There may be more interaction in terms of casework between the two universes, which would be very interesting. I don't know that we can do too much of that because it takes so much time to shoot because we've gotten multiple versions of people. Particularly if they're in the same scene because everybody has to play themselves, have a double, do it on green screen, and all that stuff. But it's very intriguing."

[EW]

Jasika Nicole discusses where she would like Astrid to go in the future:

Astrid's lack of backstory has been a sensitive spot for me, and a lot of her fans, for a while now. I am ecstatic to have been a part of the Fringe team from the very beginning, but I have fallen in love with Astrid and I want to see so much more of her. At the same time, it is important for me as an actor to recognize that Fringe is not about Astrid's character, and that she is on the show to support the bigger story of the three main characters. I have talked with the writers about what I could expect from Astrid in this fourth season, and while they admitted that they will not be exploring her backstory, they did say that there would be an Astrid-centric episode, and more importantly, that her relationships with the other characters was going to be different in this new Peter-less reality. I can only hope that if Astrid doesn't get much more to do this season, her own spinoff, Farnsworth P. I. will debut on Fox in the next few years to extremely high praise. And John Noble will guest star.

[Persephone Magazine]

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Here are some set photos. [Aaron Bonogofsky's Facebook]

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And here are some more. [multipleverses.com]


Game of Thrones

Billy Elliot and The World Is Not Enough actor Patrick Malahide has reportedly been cast as Balon Greyjoy, the ruler of the Iron Islands and father of Theon. [EW]

Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss offer this brief synopsis of how season two will be different from the first:

More characters. More locations. More dragons. Less sleep. Less Ned. Less frequent bowel movements.

[Deadline]


True Blood

Here's a trio of interviews with Alcide actor Joe Manganiello.




Powers

Young actress Bailey Madison explains her character Calista:

"I love Calista! When you first see her in the beginning of the show, there's already kind of a thought, like there's something different about her. She has a secret," Madison explained. "The truth is that she does, and we don't reveal it in the pilot. If the show does get picked up, there are some really fun things that my character is able to do. She's such a sweet girl, but in the same way she'll kick some butt if she needs to. She's kind of raising herself in a way and … she's got such spunk, some kind of sarcastic energy, but in a cute way, in a fun way that's appropriate."

[Spinoff Online]


American Horror Story

Star Trek's Zachary Quinto is reportedly in negotiations to join the show for a major arc beginning with the Halloween episode and continuing for at least four episodes. Quinto will reportedly play Chad, "the gay former owner of the house who becomes friends with Vivien." [TV Line]


Supernatural

Mark Sheppard discusses the possibility of a Crowley return:

"Sera [Gamble] said that what Cas has said about this demon was going to be explored at some point, and that she has plans for this demon. But who knows? Maybe they just blew me up...It's a lot of fun when Crowley is connected to the boys in a lot of ways. The fans have enjoyed that connection. They do well in that situation. It always pays off very well. I'm looking forward to seeing whether that happens or not."

[EW]


Haven

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Here are some photos and a brief synopsis for episode seven, "The Ties That Bind": "A Bizarre drowning and disappearing children leads Audrey and Nathan to a mysterious clan struggling to keep dark secrets." [Daemon's TV]

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And here are some photos from episode eight, "Friend or Faux." [SpoilerTV]


Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.