Will we get to see part of The Dark Knight Rises months ahead of time? Plus Russell Crowe reveals his big Man of Steel fight!

Tom Hiddleston explains why Loki needs an army in The Avengers. Michael Bay address the latest Transformers sequel rumors. The cast list of the Doctor Who Christmas special is revealed. Plus set photos reveal a returning Fringe guest star!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Man of Steel.

Man of Steel

Jor-El actor Russell Crowe put out a couple tweets revealing that his character physically fights Michael Shannon's General Zod at some point in the movie:

"15km bike ride,umpteen hours fighting Michael Shannon. He's very hard to put down... Hard to tell who wins, we are still fighting tomorrow."

The obvious assumption is that this fight happens on Krypton before Zod is banished to the Phantom Zone - indeed, the fight itself might well end with Zod banished there - but that's just speculation. [ComingSoon.net]


The Dark Knight Rises

This isn't officially confirmed, but there will reportedly be a six minute prologue for the movie that will play before IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Again, this should be treated with skepticism until we hear something official, but Warner Bros. did do something similar for The Dark Knight, attaching the opening sequence to showings of I Am Legend. [/Film]


The Avengers

Tom Hiddleston confirms that Loki will indeed be teaming up with some still unidentified allies, and for a very good resaon:

"Loki has help, obviously. If Thor could beat Loki on his own at the end of 'Thor,' then why, logically, would it take eight [superheroes] this time? There's an evolution to Loki as well. He's more self-possessed, he's more menacing, and I think he knows [himself]. If the Loki in 'Thor' was about a spiritual confusion - 'Who am I? How do I belong in this world?' - the Loki in 'Avengers' is, 'I know exactly who I am, and I'm going to make this world belong to me.'"

[MTV Splash Page]

Clark Gregg promises Agent Coulson will step up his game to match his superhero associates:

"I will say - as anyone who's seen the trailer knows - there's a reason we're trying to get all of these different, crazy superheroes in one room. It's because there's a threat that's formidable enough to require that they be in one room, and if that's going on, you better believe Agent Coulson's going to have to step up."

[MTV Splash Page]


Star Trek 2

Zachary Quinto says the movie is on the "imminent horizon" and that he's about to head to Los Angeles to start prep work on it. [Cinema Blend]


Transformers 4 and 5

A day after Jason Statham denying the latest set of sequel rumors, Michael Bay posted this denial on his official forum:

I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports. I'm looking at a lot of possibilities coming my way right now weighing options.

[Shoot for the Edit]


Dark Shadows

Costar Chloe Moretz discusses the experience of making the film:

"It was pretty amazing. I mean working with Tim Burton has always been a dream for me, so to actually get on set and work with Tim, and be in it with Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer, it was a dream come true because they are all my idols. To work people like that that know how to do it, and how to get it. It was really special I learned a lot. I think it's special because it goes back to Tim's roots. It goes back to 'Beetlejuice,' and 'Edward Scissorhands' and it goes back to the true Tim. I love it because he gets in it, and he's in that little circle with Michelle, and Helena and Johnny, and it just, it happens. Everything goes down in the movie."

[MTV Movies Blog]


Ouija

McG discusses the future of the apparently cancelled supernatural board game movie:

Maybe. That movie ran out of gas at Universal. We may end up making it somewhere else. It's one thing in development, and we'll see. I just like that story because I like big ghost stories. That movie is about, "What if you could access the other side? Wouldn't that be interesting?" It's this moment of science and the mystic coming together. And, it's fun to work with Michael Bay and tell big stories with a lot of visual style. We'll see if that one happens, or if we end up doing something else.

[Collider]


Doctor Who

Here's the cast list for the Christmas special from Doctor Who Magazine. The regulars aren't listed, which means it's still unclear whether Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will be involved:

Claire Skinner - Madge Arwell
Alexander Armstrong - Reg Arwell
Maurice Cole - Cyril Arwell
Holly Earl - Lily Arwell
Arabella Weir - Billis
Bill Bailey - Dorxil
Paul Bazely - Ven-Garr

Longtime monster performers Paul Kasey and Spencer Wilding will also appear as unnamed characters. And here's a plot description from the article:

The special, set during the Second World War, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.

[Blogtor Who]


Fringe

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Here's a couple set photos showing the return of Jared Harris as David Robert Jones. [SpoilerTV]


Game of Thrones

Lena Headey discusses what Cersei gets up to in season two in her new role as regent:

"It's intriguing because she's crazy. Under the whole stoic thing, she's a little nuts. There's a big arc with Cersei and Tyrion, which is a crazy relationship. They bring out each other's crazy. I can tell you that season two is even more crazy, more exciting. We've all been liberated because people really love the show, so we've really gone for it."

[MTV Movies Blog]


The Walking Dead

Daryl actor Norman Reedus promises he'll soon have an episode in the spotlight:

"It's pretty much all Daryl on his own, in a hard-core man-versus-world psychological [quest] with inner turmoil and hints of ‘Deliverance.'"

The episode will also reportedly fill in a lot of details about Daryl and his brother Merle's backstory, as well as reveal Daryl's true loyalties. [Boomtron]

Reedus expands on that elsewhere:

Some things will be revealed about Daryl's childhood, about his family situation, that are really depressing. It will make you understand why when he has a big brother who is such an ass like Merle, why he sticks by him and why he needs him. You will see some reasons why he is so connected to Merle and why he had emotional bonds with certain people, and it's not what you think.

There's more at the link. [Snakkle]


Terra Nova

Executive producer Rene Echevarria says the show will return to 2149 by the end of the season:

"Most of our storytelling takes place in Terra Nova. Toward the end of the season, however, the Sixer conspiracy comes to a head and this takes us to some scenes that play out in 2149.

[TV Line]


Chuck

Here's an update on the season premiere from TV Line's Matt Mitovich:

"Although the Oct. 28 season opener invites us to geek out as Mark Hamill (Star Wars) plays a villain who is equal parts Jack Benny and Truman Capote, his screen time is surprisingly sparse. Instead, Craig Kilborn figures into the main storyline. Professionally, Carmichael Industries' spies-for-hire are doing their best to drum up business, though Casey wishes they had a better clientele. Personally, Chuck is laboring to surprise Sarah with a super-romantic something, in a B-story that serves mainly to give us a "top-secret" project name that makes an acronym of "Toes In The Sand." (Do the math.) Also, Richard Burgi is back as Chuck's CIA nemesis - for better or, more likely, for worse."

[TV Line]


Once Upon a Time

Here's a lengthy sneak peek.


Grimm

Here's a promo for the first episode.

Executive producer David Greenwalt explains how their world imagines the Brothers Grimm as basically paranormal criminal profilers, and that's why the modern characters are themselves called Grimms:

"And the stories they were telling were in fact true on some basic, deep level. We came up with the notion that in our world of Grimm, there would only be one world. There wouldn't be a fairy-tale world and a real world - there would just be our world. And in our world lived these creatures who can be seen by our hero. And for example, he can see the Big Bad Wolf in the child molester. There's certainly other Grimms out there - [Detective Nick Burkhardt] is just not in contact with any of them."

Greenwalt also says that a big part of Nick's story is balancing the two worlds he's now caught between:

"This is the crux of the series. He is in a world almost no one else knows about. But there are characters and there's a character in the pilot who's from that other world," he said. "And that character is trying to, you know, control his own impulses and to become a better human. He has a confidant that he can talk to. But that is [Nick's] problem, because he would appear to be crazy and would be locked up. And may indeed be locked up at some point, you know, as we continue on in this series."

He also confirms that episode two is based around Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and gives this tease for episode three:

"Like thousands of bees. Lots of bees. There's one called the ‘Queen Bee,' and it's not one that everybody can recall immediately."

There's some more at the link. [Spinoff Online]


American Horror Story

Episode eight is reportedly called "Spooky Little Girl." [SpoilerTV]


The Vampire Diaries

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Here are some promo photos for episode seven, "Ghost World." [Daemon's TV]


The Secret Circle

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Here are some promo photos for episode eight, "Beneath." [SpoilerTV]

Executive producer Andrew Miller discusses the relationship between Charles and Dawn:

"It wouldn't surprise me if Charles has ideas about their relationship that perhaps Dawn isn't entirely aware of. And that may have to do with things in their past and perhaps his hopes for the future. Their relationship will become increasingly complicated as we move forward."

[TV Line]

Adam Harrington discusses what's ahead for his character Ethan, Adam's father:

"Obviously last week's episode was shocking, and Nick's death/murder, depending on how you look at it, really hits Ethan hard. What we start to see is that a lot of his drinking has been him just not wanting to deal with the past. It takes him right back to those events 16 years ago, which of course makes Ethan hit the bottle even harder, and he ends up saying something to Diana that he shouldn't have said. It seriously has an effect on her relationship with Adam from now on.

"We see someone, a mysterious character, coming back from Ethan's past and threaten to say stuff to Cassie that he shouldn't. So all this stuff kind of builds, and we see Ethan at the end of that episode make a choice as to whether he's gonna continue ignoring everything or get involved. And what's really cool is how he actually gets involved," Harrington says. "When I read it, I was so excited … If he does start making decisions, what does his future look like? I always think that if somebody drinks that much, they're holding A LOT back. Lord help the people who are on the bad side of that."

There's a bit more at the link. [EW]


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.