The Dark Knight returns with a brawl In Gotham. Plus Crazy Akira Casting News!

We're hip-deep in pictures, videos, and reports from the set of The Dark Knight Returns. Plus the Akira casting rumors continue. And on Fringe, things might get a little rocky for Olivia.

After the break, the deluge... of spoilers.

Akira

Brace yourselves, because new casting rumors seem to confirm everyone's expectation that the anime classic will be well and truly westernized. Now that they're narrowing in on Garrett Hedlund for Kaneda, it's time to cast Tetsuo. Currently leading the pack, according to the Hollywood scuttlebutt: Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Alden Eherenreich (Tetro). [THR]

In other news, Gary Oldman is Warner Brothers' preference for The Colonel. [Deadline]

Finally, Keira Knightley may also join the cast, though no definite word on which character. [IGN]


The Dark Knight Rises

Today we've got an absolute flood of set images from the filming in New York.

First off, here are several galleries worth of set photos. [SpoilerTV, Coming Soon, Getty Images, Comic Book Movie, Slashfilms, Movies.com]

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The scenes weren't too dissimilar from what we've already seen — Batman fighting Bane in the midst of mayhem, with hundreds of extras around. [What Culture]

Anne Hathaway was spotted on-set in downtown Newark, doing a bit of filming in costume as Catwoman. Morgan Freeman and Marion Cotillard were also seen filming inside City Hall. [Patch, Patch]

In addition to the set reports and photos, there's also quite a few videos of straight-up anarchy in the streets of Gotham:







Composer Hans Zimmer is crowdsourcing part of the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack. He's asking folks to record themselves singing the provided song, which he'll then mix together to create a "worldwide chant." Allegedly the words mean "He rises" in either Moroccan or Swahili. [SFX]


Singularity

Sony has acquired the Roland Emmerich project and will release it May 2013 — provided the Mayans were wrong, of course. [ Deadline ]

Casting is therefore proceeding apace for the role of Adam, "a young man whose body is made up a swarm of nanobots, giving him all sorts of power." Up for the part: Luke Grimes (Brothers and Sisters), Logan Marshall Green (Dark Blue, Prometheus), Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars) and Thomas McDonell (Prom, Dark Shadows), plus Ben Barnes and Luke Bracey. [THR]


Skyfall

French actress Bérénice Marlohe is the newest Bond girl. She says of her character:

I play a glamorous, enigmatic character called Severine... I've been training a bit to fire guns for the first time in my life, so it was very fun, and I enjoyed it very much.

[TV Guide]

There's a full transcript of the recent press conference, in which director Sam Mendes provided some casting tidbits, saying Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney, and Ralph Fiennes will all be appearing (though he refused to elaborate). He added:

I'm incredibly excited to be doing it, and I think it has all the elements of a classic Bond movie including, to quell any rumours, a lot of action... For me, Bond is for the audience and only for the audience, like any good movie should be. And the rest is just what happens afterwards and that's out of my hands.

[Orange]

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And finally we've got a gallery of set photos. [Coming Soon]


Spectral

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have acquired the script for this project, about "a group of special ops soldiers are specially trained to battle and capture evil ghosts in Manhattan." It's being described as a grittier Ghostbusters. The writer is Ian Fried, who hasn't had a script reach the screen yet but made last year's Black List. [ Slashfilm]


Mirror, Mirror

Tarsem Singh's Snow White adaptation is for children and will therefore be "sickeningly kiddie." [First Showing]


Snow White and the Huntsman

Meanwhile, at the other Snow White production, Kristen Stewart is so excited about the project, she hopes it morphs into an entire franchise. [MTV Movies]


Assassin's Creed

Sony has cut a deal to adapt the popular game franchise, but as this Vulture post outlines, they've got quite a complicated situation on their hands. Ubisoft has secured complete and total creative control, and some people think it'll make a movie difficult, if not impossible to pull off. [Vulture]


Europa

The Sharlto Copley film — "about a group of astronauts who make the difficult journey to the moon Europa in search of extraterrestrial life and find something intimidating and unpredictable" — has found buyers, and will proceed. [Reuters]


Hotel Transylvania

Miley Cyrus is joining the cast of Sony Pictures' upcoming animated film as Mavis, Dracula's adventurous daughter. (No word whether this will involve a singing alter ego.) The plot, via Coming Soon:

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here's a little known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world's most famous monsters Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

[Coming Soon]


The Avengers

Alan Silvestri will score the film. His last project was Captain America, which definitely hints at what to expect, sonically speaking. [Screen Rant]


X-Men: First Class Sequel

There's no title, but Simon Kinberg (whose credits include X-Men: The Last Stand and Sherlock Holmes) will be writing the script. Kinberg was also a producer on X-Men: First Class. [Superhero Hype]


Storage 24

Noel Clarke — AKA Doctor Who's Mickey Smith — has a new project in post-production. He co-wrote and is starring in the science fiction horror film. The synopsis:

London is in chaos. A military cargo plane has crashed leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware London is in lockdown, Charlie and Shelley accompanied by best friends Mark and Nikki are at Storage 24 dividing up their possessions after a recent break up. Suddenly, the power goes off. Trapped in a dark maze of endless corridors, a mystery predator is hunting them one by one. In a place designed to keep things in, how do you get out?

The UK release is planned for next June. [Indiewire]


7500

Christian Serratos (Twilight), Scout Taylor-Compton (2007's Halloween), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch, The Hangover: Part II) have joined the film, which "follows a group of passengers who encounter what appears to be a supernatural force while on a transpacific flight." [Coming Soon]


Nothing to Fear

The full cast of this horror project, produced by Slash — yes, that Slash — has been announced. Anne Heche, James Tupper, Willa Holland, Rafi Gavron and Jennifer Stone will star. The synopsis:

"When opportunity knocks, a young down-on-their-luck family packs up their home and moves halfway across the country to re-root themselves into an idyllic little town filled with hopes of a better life. What awaits them however is a tale of betrayal and evil beyond any of their worst nightmares."

[Shock Til You Drop]


Resident Evil: Retribution

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The sets for this installment in the series are looking aggressively Soviet. [Blog To]


Lake Placid: The Final Chapter

Robert Englund (AKA Freddy Krueger) will star in this SyFy original. It's about "a poacher looking to make lots of money from the hide of the lake's rare, giant crocs." [Multipleverses]


The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Warner Bros. is offering Joel Edgerton not just 300: Battle of Artemisia, but also the role of Ilya in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. [Vulture]


The Walking Dead

In a series of cast interviews, a couple of the actors talk about their characters' motivations and where they're going over the season. Steven Yeun talks a bit about Glenn's journey, while Jon Bernthal explains how the apocalypse has reconfigured morality. [SpoilerTV]


Fringe

In an exhaustive interview, Joshua Jackson talks about the implications of the new timeline and what impact his return will have. He says of Olivia:

"I would say at the moment we meet her, Olivia is better off. But I think in the long run... she might be worse off, just for whatever it is Nina Sharp and Massive Dynamic have decided will be this poor girl's fate."

[EW]

The cast talks about what it means now that Peter's back in the picture. No one remembers him, so he's going to have some adjusting. Lincoln, for example, isn't going anywhere. In fact, Seth Grabel thinks his character is "the perfect placeholder and possibly bridge for Walter ultimately being able to accept this Peter that's come back into his life." John Noble, on the other hand, expects Lincoln to be more of a sidekick, like Astrid. And speaking of Astrid, Jasika Nicole says, "She has to be a piece of this puzzle." [TV Line]


Person of Interest

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Here are quite a few set photos. [Multipleverses]


Once Upon A Time

Based on the clue provided by the TV Addict, sounds like Belle or some other Beauty and the Beast character will be the next Disney icon to guest. [TV Addict]

The show is also doing quite well, looks like. ABC has officially picked up the rest of the season, and it's getting the best ratings of any new network drama. [Buddy TV, Gateworld]


Chuck

A promo video for episode 3, "Chuck vs. the Frosted Tips."

As for what to expect from the series finale, co-executive producer Chris Fedak says this: "We are trying to blow it out each episode this season. ... We want to tell the most exciting stories possible. And nobody's safe. There's no point on the show that isn't [fair] game right now." He also provided details on what to expect for individual characters — Sarah, for example, will reunite with her mother and her former handler in episode eight. [TV Guide]

Carrie-Anne Moss says of Gertrude Verbanski, the character she'll be playing for several episodes, ""She's so superior.... In her mind, in her techniques, in her whole outfit." Expect a complicated relationship with John Casey. [Buddy TV]

Episode 11 will be called "Chuck vs. the Bullet Train." [ChuckTV]


American Horror Story

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Photos from episode 6, "Piggy, Piggy." [Spoiler TV]

Eric Stonestreet, of Modern Family, will also guest as Ben's latest victim/patient — a man who's paralyzed by his fear of urban legends. There's even a sneak peek. [E! Online]

In another clip from "Piggy, Piggy," we see Vivian eat a brain, provided by Constance. The episode summary: "Constance enlists Violet's help in dealing with Tate while Ben helps a new patient confront his fears." [TV Guide]

Also, check out this behind-the-scenes video with some of the production's most valuable players — the props department. [Spoiler TV]


Supernatural

Sam will be the Winchester to wed in episode 8, and bride will be a character we've already met. [Zap2it]

And here's a video preview.

We've also got a synopsis for episode 7, "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters":

Sam and Dean hunt a mysterious creature that is attacking people in a New Jersey state park. Local townsfolk believe the creature is the legendary Jersey Devil. While in town, Dean discovers that a restaurant's special sandwich is making people crazy.

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And here are the promo images for the episode.

Episode 15 will be titled "Repo Man." [SpoilerTV]

The show will return from hiatus January 6. [Daemon's TV]


Nikita

A promo for episode 8, "London Calling."

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A raft of promo pictures for episode 9, "Fair Trade." [Daemon's TV]

Nikita will return from hiatus January 6. [Daemon's TV]


Grimm

A promo for episode 3, "BeeWare."

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And images for episode 4, "Lonelyhearts." [SpoilerTV]


Vampire Diaries

My Morning Jacket will be performing on episode 9, "Homecoming," and you can check out a preview at the link. [CW]

Also, the show will return from hiatus January 5. [Daemon's TV]


Bag of Bones

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A gallery full of images from the Stephen King miniseries.


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The Secret Circle

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Photos from episode 9, "Balcoin." [Daemon's TV]

So, what's up with the Cassie-Adam-Diana triangle? Britt Robertson (who plays Cassie) says:

"Now that Adam and Diana are broken up, he seems to be on the market, but at the same time, Cassie doesn't want to jeopardize her relationship with Diana.... That'll be a tough call, and I think it's something she'll constantly be battling with because she does have such strong feelings for Adam. At the same time, she values that relationship with Diana so much."

[EW]

Also, expect the Cassie-and-Adam business to play out over a very long arc: "I think they'll try to stretch it out as long as possible without pissing people off, but you will definitely see more of Adam and Cassie," Robertson says. Plus there's way more relationship analysis at the link. [E! Online]

The show will return January 5. [Daemon's TV]

Additional Reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders