Michael Shannon explains his all new approach to General Zod in Man of Steel!

Seth Gabel reveals how Lincoln Lee will fit into Fringe. The first official details are revealed for the Doctor Who season finale. Plus set photos and videos galore for The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, Fringe, and Cloud Atlas!

All that, plus Clark Gregg promises he'll see some serious action in The Avengers, Bruce Campbell reveals Ash's role (or lack thereof) in the Evil Dead reboot, Chloe Moretz talks up a return to Kick-Ass, plans are already underway for a Real Steel sequel, an X-Men actress comes to Chuck, and The Walking Dead executive producers reveal nothing is too gory for their show... yet.

It's spoilers all the way down!

Top image from The Avengers.

The Dark Knight Rises

Here's a bunch of awesomely scored and captioned set videos from the Los Angeles filming. [SadPuppyProductions via The Cineaste's Lament]




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Here are some more set photos, also from LA. [Comic Book Movie]

Michael Shannon explains his all new approach to General Zod in Man of Steel!

Here's a collage of set photos featuring Christian Bale and his stunt double, both in full Batman regalia. You can click on the image for a better look. [Shockya]

A shooting schedule posted for the Los Angeles filming mentions, among a huge host of other special effects, two rather interesting details: "Truck Drop from Upper Grand" and "Aftermath of crashed truck scene." So, for anyone hoping for a chase scene to match the epic one in The Dark Knight (which may be completely nonsensical, but frankly I couldn't care less), you may be in luck. [Comic Book Movie]


Man of Steel

Michael Shannon discusses his approach to playing the new General Zod:

"I'm not going to impersonate Terence Stamp. I'm not going to have a British accent or anything. All I can say is it's very well written and there's a lot of great opportunities to reinvent it for myself. The challenge is for me to do that. There's nothing holding me back. I think they're counting on me to give my interpretation. I'll do the best I can."

[MTV]

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Here are some set photos featuring Shannon as General Zod. He's wearing his special suit that's part Kryptonian, part motion capture. [Comic Book Movie]

Here's a Chicago set video. Henry Cavill can be seen way in the background. [The Cineaste's Lament]

Michael Shannon explains his all new approach to General Zod in Man of Steel!

Just for fun, here's a set photo of Henry Cavill on a bicycle. [MTV Splash Page]


The Avengers

Clark Gregg suggests that we'll finally get to see Agent Coulson kick some serious ass:

There's definitely stuff for me to do in The Avengers that's more action-oriented that stuff I've done in the past.

Also, he fairly casually noted that he doesn't think he's going to get killed off, so for those rooting for Coulson to survive and not be Joss Whedon's ceremonial sacrifice... that's potentially good news. [WCSX]


Cloud Atlas

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Here are some set photos of Halle Berry from Tom Twyker and the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's novel. [JustJared]


The Thing

Here's a TV spot for the upcoming prequel.


Real Steel 2

Director Shawn Levy says plans are already underway for a sequel, to be written by original movie writer John Gatins:

Some of the notions we're playing with...for instance we went very anthropomorphic in both the design and the movement of the robots in this movie, I think we can really blow that out. The class warfare between underworld and WRB, that's something that seems rich. The evolution of this father and son's relationship, and Hugh's relationship with Evangeline...

[Bleeding Cool]


Evil Dead Reboot

Bruce Campbell has tweeted that Ash will not be back for the reboot. So if Campbell is involved, it will be as a new character. He also offered this brief status update:

Last statement: ED remake is a re-telling. All bets are off & all involved love the new approach.

[ShockTillYouDrop]


Snow White

Screenwriter Jason Keller discusses the difference between this Snow White movie, directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Lily Collins, and the allegedly more hardcore version with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth:

Ours is not dark. I mean, I know Snow White and the Huntsman is very intense, and lots of chain mail, and armor, and Kristen Stewart has a sword. Ours is an adventure, ours is funny - it's a comedic adventure! And there's some great action in it. It's stunningly gorgeous, and it's fun...Ours will be PG or PG-13, and the other one will probably be a R. We don't know yet. But ours is nothing like theirs.

[Vulture]


Kick-Ass 2

Chloe Moretz weighs in on the possibility of reprising her role as Hit-Girl:

Actually, yeah, but I think I'm going to be a little bit older. I'd like to do it in the next year or two because I think that's a really good time age-wise. You can show Hit Girl in a different light which would be a lot of fun.

Would you like to revisit her at different ages?
I think it would be fun to show her, because you know her as this 11-year-old assassin, so I think it would be fun to show her as this twisted young adult, this 16-17-year-old Catwoman-y almost, twisted and dark person.

She could have a driver's license then.
Ex-ACTLY! Hit Girl could be riding Ducatis all over New York City. Duh.

[Movies.com]


Underworld Awakening

The fourth Underworld movie will be released in both IMAX and regular theaters on January 20, 2012. [ShockTillYouDrop]


300: Battle of Artemisia

Gerard Butler discusses the possibility of reprising his role as King Leonidas:

"You know more than I do. I'm like, 'Oh there's a director now?' I've heard that I'm in the script. I've heard things, I've seen things, I've flown off the moon...That was my way of avoiding [the question]. I honestly don't know what's going on. I have to see a script and talk with them more. I would love to get involved again, but it has to be something special. Because '300' to me was such a powerful one-off experience, that there's no point in doing it again unless it's really great."

[MTV Splash Page]


Last Exorcism 2

Ashley Bell has revealed she will be back as her possibly possessed character Nell Switzer, although she wouldn't reveal what condition the character would be in or how big a role she would have in the sequel. [Bloody Disgusting]


Doctor Who

Here's one last sneak peek at tomorrow's episode, "The God Complex." [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

The BBC has released the synopsis for the series six finale, "The Wedding of River Song":

As the Doctor makes his final journey to the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah, he knows only one thing can keep the universe safe – his own death – in the concluding episode of this series of the time-travelling drama. But has he reckoned without the love of a good woman?

[Blogtor Who]


The Sarah Jane Adventures

Here's the official synopsis for the opening series five two-parter, "Sky":

Part 1
In today's episode, Sarah Jane finds a baby girl on her doorstep and tries to find out who abandoned her. At a nearby nuclear power station, a beautiful woman appears out of thin air and uses alien powers to take control. She's looking for something – and realises that Sarah Jane may just have it...

Part 2
Today, Sky has undergone an amazing transformation, but in doing so has triggered a countdown that no one can stop. As Sarah Jane and Sky find themselves trapped between the alien war fought by Metalkind and Fleshkind, Clyde and Rani face a race against time to stop the biggest bang in history...

[Blogtor Who]


Fringe

Lincoln Lee actor Seth Gabel talks at length - albeit cryptically, as befits a Fringe cast member - about how both Peter and Lincoln fit into the new season:

"Peter (Joshua Jackson) is somewhere, and we don't really know where, and so Lincoln becomes a character through which the audience can view everything from a new perspective. So, if you haven't watched 'Fringe' before, Lincoln's a great character to latch onto, to kind of understand things and ask the question, 'What the heck is happening here?' You can catch up with the show through his eyes.

"For people who are fans you really get to understand the circumstances of the Butterfly Effect that is Peter's existence and what happens if he's taken out of the equation. His absence is most likely temporary, but what happens to the universe? How does everything change? What is the cascading effect of his no longer being a part of that equation? Lincoln, in some capacities, will fill that role, and then eventually he'll come to supplement it.

"Well, I can say that last season Lincoln was introduced to the Fringe team through the Peter character. Now, with Peter potentially missing, that event needs to happen again. So Lincoln is reintroduced to the Fringe team and, with Peter potentially missing at this point, it's a completely different experience and we get to see how Lincoln is introduced to the Fringe team, what his role is and how it changes based on Peter's supposed lack of existence."

[Reading Eagle]

John Noble says he's already filmed scenes this season with Joshua Jackson. He says that, in Peter's absence, Walter is now "under constant threat of being sent back [to prison] unless he behaves himself - which he doesn't." Olivia remains as closed-off as she was at the beginning of the show, and that she's "very firm" with Walter and his eccentricities. He also implies that he gets to trash a hotel room this season, and offers one last cryptic clue about Peter's new place in the universe:

"I don't want to get all esoteric on you, but I do think we have longing and memories of lost things, and that's what Peter is."

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Here are some promo photos for episode two, "One Night in October." [Fringe Spoilers]

Here's a pair of set videos. [Fringe Spoilers]



The Walking Dead

Executive producers Robert Kirkman and Glen Mazzara discuss the gorier aspects of the show, and whether AMC has ever told them to pull back:

Kirkman: I think the fight for me is always to find something they won't let us do. We haven't found that yet.
Mazzara: With a show like this, it's a balance. It's a horror show, so there is a particular element that is fun to write, fun to film. But there is also a point where it becomes gratuitous. So you have to be careful. The audience does have a line. I don't think we are pulling back; I think the gore makes sense here. We want to keep the show grounded. I don't think it will ever become a splatterfest. That's not what we are about.

Kirkman also says they're having a lot of fun with Daryl, and that they plan to resolve the Merle cliffhanger eventually. [FearNet]


Person of Interest

Here are some on-set interviews with the cast and crew. You're going to need to get out a mirror if you want to read the captions, unfortunately.


Once Upon a Time

Episodes 3 through 7 are reportedly called, in order, "Snow Falls", "The Price of Gold", "The Still Small Voice", "The Shepherd", and "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter." [SpoilerTV]


Chuck

Original Mystique portrayer Rebecca Romijn will reportedly appear in the sixth episode as Robyn Cummings, "an elite Special Agent with the CIA who's as cold and calculating as she is sexy, and is known for her barbaric (yet highly effective) interrogation techniques." She's reportedly gone rogue and is trying to frame Chuck for the crime of the century, because really, who else would you frame for the crime of the century? [EW]

Here's an interview with Lester actor Vik Sahay from the Toronto International Film Festival. [ChuckTV]

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Here's a new round of cast promo photos. [Daemon's TV]


Supernatural

Here's a synopsis for episode three, "The Girl Next Door":

Dean (Jensen Ackles) is furious after Sam (Jared Padalecki) disappears to follow a lead on a case with clues that are identical to a case Sam solved as a kid. The demon turns out to be Amy (guest star Jewel Staite), who has been killing low-life thugs and taking their brains for dinner - the same demon Sam found as a kid.

[SpoilerTV]

[gallery 5840880] Here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]


The Nine Lives of Chloe King

ABC Family has reportedly canceled the series. So, I dunno, maybe a quick round of pointless nerd outrage, just as a common courtesy? [EW]


Lost Girl

Here's a promo for episode three, "Scream a Little Dream."

Episodes 10 and 12 are reportedly called "Raging Far" and "Masks", respectively. [SpoilerTV]

Lina Roessler has reportedly landed a major role in the new season as a new love interest for Dyson, and she will reportedly appear in many of the season's episodes. [SpoilerTV]

Here's an interview with cast members Richard Howland, K.C. Collins, and the newly added Lina Roessler.


The Vampire Diaries

Here's a pair of promos for episode two, "Hybrid."


The CW has released this synopsis for episode four, "Disturbing Behavior":

FAMILY TIES - Still in Chicago, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) uses Gloria (guest star Charmin Lee), a witch he knew long ago, to help him track down missing information that will explain why his plan isn't working. Gloria's spells reveal intriguing glimpses of the truth, but she soon realizes she needs Stefan's (Paul Wesley) knowledge to complete the puzzle. When Stefan suddenly finds himself in danger, help comes from a surprising ally. Back in Mystic Falls, a frustrating new enemy pushes Damon (Ian Somerhalder) over the brink and he lashes out in a way that will have lasting consequences. Caroline (Candice Accola) struggles with her own emotional issues, even as she tries to help Elena (Nina Dobrev) face her feelings. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) makes a brief but disturbing breakthrough with one of his ghostly visitors, leaving him more confused than ever. Finally, Bonnie (Kat Graham) has a strange encounter that will affect everyone.

[SpoilerTV]

Here's an on-set interview with actors Candice Accola and Michael Trevino.


The Secret Circle

Here are two promos for the second episode, "Bound." [KSiteTV]


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And here are some promo photos for the episode. [Daemon's TV]

Finally, a synopsis:

Cassie befriends Sally Matthews, a non-witch, in attempt to distance herself from the Circle and build a normal life in Chance Harbor. Diana, worried that their powers are getting out of control, encourages everyone to bind the circle. However, Faye is enjoying the increased powers and refuses to participate, and Melissa flirts with Nick despite Faye's warnings. Adam struggles with his feeling for Cassie, but situations continue to throw them together, which forces Cassie to make a decision.

And here's a synopsis for episode four, "Heather":

CASSIE RIGHTS A WRONG FROM HER MOTHER'S PAST —- Cassie (Britt Robertson) looks up an old friend of her mother's named Heather Barnes (guest star Camille Sullivan) and discovers she has been in a catatonic state since the night of the fire 16 years ago. Feeling guilty that her mother and her Circle may have had something to do with Heather's current state, Cassie tells Diana (Shelley Hennig) that she wants to use magic to help Heather. Diana refuses to help, but Faye (Phoebe Jane Tonkin) is more than happy to conjure up a spell - for a price.

[SpoilerTV]


Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis, Charlie Jane Anders, and Gordon Jackson.