New plot details for The Amazing Spider-Man reveal what motivates the new Peter Parker!

Zachary Quinto discusses the filming of the Star Trek sequel, while Sigourney Weaver reveals her role in the origins of Prometheus. Evangeline Lilly gives us the lowdown on her Hobbit character. Plus meet the characters of CW's Green Arrow pilot!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Though it's not 100% confirmed as official, a new synopsis reportedly from Sony Pictures has surfaced. It also provides the clearest indication yet how this movie will differentiate itself from the Sam Raimi films, as a lot of the plot — the Lizard included — ties back in with the disappearance of Peter's parents:

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets.

As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

[ScreenRant]


Star Trek 2

Spock actor Zachary Quinto wouldn't say much about the sequel, which recently began production, but he did say that new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, and Alice Eve "have folded in so beautifully and brought a whole new level of intelligence and sensitivity." He also said they finally have a script, but it's still in the process of evolving:

"It's been really great. We've been shooting for a week and a half, and it's been an incredible return to that world...It was the middle of December and finally I had to be like, 'We need to read the script. They waited a pretty long time, but that's because they were working on it. There was a writer's strike the first time so they weren't able to let the script evolve. Now it's really changing... on a regular basis."

[E! Online]


Prometheus

Sigourney Weaver says she's pretty sure the genesis of Ridley Scott's new movie came out of her discussions years ago on how to continue the Alien franchise:

"Fox and I disagreed on how the franchise should continue. But I'm glad it's Ridley doing it, and I'll be as curious as anyone, or maybe more curious, to see it. I think he took my suggestion. Fox wanted to go to earth and I said: ‘That's so boring. Who wants to see aliens on earth?' I said ‘go back to the planet'."

[The Independent]


The Hobbit

Lost and Real Steel's Evangeline Lilly gives an in-depth description of her character, the elf Tauriel:

Yes, she is a warrior. She's actually the head of the Elven guard. She's the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she's lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn't want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.

So then Tauriel must be involved with the dwarves being captured...
I think basically what you're asking is if she's in the film very much. She's not in the first film very much. She comes into the first film near the end, and has a very small part to play. Her role in the second film is much more involved. Although, I have to say, when I first read the scripts and took the job, she had a lot less going on in the second film. I think the role is becoming a bit more demanding than I had expected it to be. There's a lot more for me to do now, which is a lot of fun, but it's a little more pressure.

She also says she's not sure how much her character features in the Battle of the Five Armies, as it hasn't been shot yet, and that she still has another five months of filming left. [EW]


Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson reveals the film will feature him "popping his pecs" and playing the ukulele. [Montreal Gazette]


The Side Effect

Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler confirms she will be playing the lead role in The House of the Devil director Ti West's low-budget science fiction film about a woman who becomes pregnant after being sent into space. [Speakeasy]


Cabin in the Woods

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Here's a pair of promo images from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's long-delayed horror film. [Badass Digest]


The Crow

Now that the Weinstein Company and Relativity Media have settled their legal disputes and allowed work on this reboot to continue, no time has been lost in finding a new creative team. Before the Fall director F. Javier Gutierrez is reportedly talking over as director from previous choice Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, while Jesse Wigutow, whose previous credits mostly involve rewrite works on films like 8 Mile and The Ruins, is reportedly handling the screenplay. [Variety and Deadline]


The Woman in Black

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Here's another poster for the upcoming supernatural Victorian thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe. [ShockTillYouDrop]


Fringe

Here are three sneak peeks for this Friday's episode, "Forced Perspective."



Here's a pair of casting calls for episode seventeen, which starts filming next week:

[MAN #1] Caucasian. 40s. A lonely and disheveled man. Someone may confuse him as a homeless man. Guest Star

[MAN #2] Non Caucasian. 20s. He's a street punk. Guest Star

[TWoP Forums]

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Here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]


The Walking Dead

Here's a promo for the second half of season two, which kicks off on February 12.

Here's an update on the two new characters who debut in the midseason premiere "Nebraska":

[Anthony] Munoz will play Tony and [Michael Raymond-James] is playing Dave, two of a few new survivors that will cross paths with Rick's group. According to the casting call, Dave is a charming and friendly guy from a city in the Northeast and has spent a significant amount of time in low-rent bars. He's able to disarm with a smile, but can quickly turn dangerous. He is the seemingly nice guy who is ruthless and cunning. Tony is quick tempered and does not present himself as intelligent as Dave. He likes women, food, and guns.

[SpoilerTV]

Here are the titles and brief descriptions for the final five episodes of season two:

Episode 2.09 - Triggerfinger
Rick, Hershel and Glen are trapped and fight to survive; Shane finds Lori in danger.

Episode 2.10 - 18 Miles Out
Rick and Shane are in conflict over the fate of an outsider; Andrea helps Hershel's daughter face a crucial decision.

Episode 2.11 - Judge, Jury, Executioner
Rick sides with Shane causing Dale to worry that the group is losing its humanity; Carl's actions have unintended consequences.

Episode 2.12 - Better Angels
Someone dangerous may be loose near the farm; Rick, Shane, Daryl and Glenn keep the group safe.

Episode 2.13 - Beside the Dying Fire
Rick and Carl find the farm in jeopardy; the group is split up in the chaos; Rick's leadership is questioned.

[SpoilerTV]


Chuck

Here's three more promos for the big, two-part finale, "Chuck vs. Sarah" and "Chuck vs. the Goodbye." For one last round of analysis of what it all means, go here. [ChuckTV]




Alcatraz

Here's an extended promo for next week's episode, "Cal Sweeney."


Once Upon a Time

Here's a sneak peek at episode eleven, "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree", which airs this Sunday.


Grimm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Azura Skye will reportedly appear in the upcoming episode "The Thing With Feathers." She will play Robin Steinkeller, who is a Seltenvogel, or "extremely-rare bird creature." The episode reportedly finds Robin protecting something very valuable from her abusive husband, and her only protection is apparently her super-strong turtleneck and scarf. You know, sometimes this show sounds just the tiniest bit silly. [TV Guide]


Terra Nova

It's still not clear whether Fox will be bringing the show back for a second season, but star Jason O'Mara does have a few ideas for the show. He says he would like to see more of 2149, bring in more mythology (yeah...can't see how that could go wrong), and introduce a "really bad, bad, bad guy", a part he envisions for Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones. Finally, he says the show should focus on quality over quantity when it comes to dinosaurs:

"When we use dinosaurs, I really hope they're completely kick-ass dinosaurs — no half-hearted dinosaurs. Maybe it's better to have a totally awesome dinosaur in [just] one episode, rather than seeing a dinosaur every episode that isn't quite there."

[TV Line]


The River

Here's a promo for the series premiere, which will air February 7.


Supernatural

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Here are some promo photos for episode thirteen, "The Slice Girls", which airs February 3. [SpoilerTV]

The next three episodes will air from February 3 and 17, with another short hiatus before the show returns on March 9 for another run of new episodes. [SpoilerTV]


Being Human (UK)

The fourth season will premiere on February 5 at 9:00 pm on BBC Three. [SpoilerTV]


Being Human (US)

Here's a sneak peek for the third episode, "All Out of Blood."


Arrow

Assuming these are accurate - which isn't 100% certain - here are some casting breakdowns for the CW's newly ordered pilot based on DC Comics superhero Green Arrow:

Oliver Queen: A 27-year-old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a different man. Or to be more specific, a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference.

Dinah "Laurel" Lance: 28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver's yacht.

Tommy Merlyn: 28 years old and devil-smooth, Tommy is a trustafarian like Oliver, a spectacularly rich young man whose life revolves around parties, clubs, liquor and lots of anonymous sex. Unlike Oliver, he can't seem to understand his former best friend's sudden change of lifestyle and direction.

You can check out three more at the link. [The TV Addict]


Lost Girl

The twenty-first episode of season two is reportedly called "Into the Dark." [SpoilerTV]

Here's a description of an upcoming scene from a recent set visit:

Today on the Toronto set, Bo is busy getting it on with a dark fae, as opposed to squaring off against one. Well, at least off-screen they are, anyway. Right now, Bo's human best friend and roommate Kenzi (Locke and Key's Ksenia Solo), along with her new musician boyfriend Nate (Smallville's Aaron Ashmore), have entered the apartment and interrupted the late-night shagging. Such steamy antics are par for the course on Lost Girl, and Silk, who laughs at the fact this interview is being conducted while she's simply wearing a robe, was well aware what was in store for her when she signed on.

You know, I've read that a couple times now, and I really think they meant to say "on-screen" instead of "off-screen." Otherwise, that's one weirdly invasive set report. Anyway, there's more at the link. [FearNet]


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.