Recent episodes of The Walking Dead have had plenty of shocking moments, but that's nothing compared to what's coming next week, if a lengthy, ultra-spoilery description can be believed. Plus Robert Kirkman explains why the show's third season will be even darker than the comics!
All that plus director Jose Padilha has officially found his star for the Robocop reboot!
Check out an awesome set photo of one of the crazy cars featured in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Director Barry Sonnenfeld defends Men in Black 3's troubled production history.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Walking Dead.
Star Trek 2
Here are some set images of Chris Pine - making this our first look at the new Captain Kirk back on set - along with Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana. I'm going to go ahead and assume they are not actually in costume in these photos, although Quinto does appear to be in makeup as Spock. [Just Jared and Celebrity Gossip]
Lynn Collins discusses her role as Martian princess Dejah Thoris:
"It's such a multi faceted movie and multi-faceted script that what clung to me was that Andrew Stanton had taken [something] from WALL-E into this movie that is about awakening and awareness. The social undertones between the planet Earth and the planet Mars," she explained. "This process became very spiritual for me. There's so much spirit [in the film]. Some movies show a whole bunch of heart. I think this movie is a lot of spirit and a lot of soul...When you're playing strong, you can't play strong, you have to be strong. You can't play brave, you have to be brave."
The rumor first broke last week, but now it looks like it's really happening - The Killing costar Joel Kinnaman has reportedly signed on to play the title role in Elite Squad director Jose Padilha's reboot. This is Kinnaman's first starring role in a film, though he did recently have a key supporting role in the Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds movie Safe House. [Deadline]
Mad Max: Fury Road
Here's a set photo of a gigantic vehicle spotted on set for George Miller's fourth Mad Max movie, which is currently in pre-production in Namibia. The car is reportedly known on set as "Gigahorse" and is described as "two '59 caddy bodies and two blown V8s, with the engines coupled by a tractor pull-style planetary coupling and dumptruck-type 4WD diffs." [IGN]
Here's an interview with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays both Smaug and (reportedly) the Necromancer in the movie.
Here are some on-set cast photos, including another look at Johnny Depp in makeup as Barnabas Collins and rock legend Alice Cooper in makeup as himself. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Men in Black 3
Here are a couple more promo posters spotlighting the movie's two versions of Agent K. [First Showing]
Director Barry Sonnenfeld offers this only slightly demented explanation for why they began shooting a big budget movie with only about a third of the script actually ready to shoot:
We did not have a script that we were ready to shoot. And [Sony chairman] Amy Pascal very wisely, felt, ‘You've got the biggest movie star in the world, you've got a first act that's working, and you've got the ability to start a movie and make it Will's next movie. I'm going to take a chance, get through the first act [and] go on hiatus so we can continue to write, but I can guarantee, even though it's going to cost us some additional money, that Will Smith's next movie will be our movie.'"
There's some more from Sonnenfeld on the link, mainly of the "pointing out Jaws had a troubled production schedule and it turned out awesome, so shut up" variety. [EW]
The Seventh Son
The "witch-hunting Jeff Bridges vs. witch Julianne Moore" movie just got a major injection of icy British awesomeness with the casting of Dollhouse costar Olivia Williams. There are no specifics yet on which character she will play, but I'm going to guess and/or hope that it involves withering looks and caustic one-liners. [Deadline]
Shameless star Emmy Rossum is reportedly joining acting heavyweights Emma Thompson and Viola Davis in this Southern-set supernatural movie that reportedly "follows two star-crossed teenage lovers — a local boy and a mysterious new girl — who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town." Rossum will reportedly play Ridley, the young female lead's "cousin who became a dark witch on her 16th birthday, which turned the two girls into enemies." [Variety]
Act of Valor co-director Mike "Mouse" McCoy is reportedly signed on to director this post-apocalyptic film in which a group struggles to survive after the world's computer networks shut down, and society collapses. [Empire Online]
Here's a brief synopsis for "A Short Story About Love", which kicks off the season's final eight episodes on March 23:
BREATHTAKING EVENTS UNFOLD ON AN ALL-NEW "FRINGE" FRIDAY, MARCH 23, ON FOX — Following the recent shocking revelations and emotional events, Peter weighs his options as the Fringe team investigates a killer targeting love.
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of the episode. [SpoilerTV]
And here's a set photo. [SpoilerTV]
Executive producer Joel Wyman tweeted that the season four finale will be a two-parter, with him directing one half and Joe Chappelle handling the other. [SpoilerTV]
The Walking Dead
The latest major spoiler has hit, this time for next week's episode "Better Angels." If these reports are to be believed, this is the episode where Shane finally dies — which feels like it should hardly even qualify as a spoiler anymore, but moving on — and it's at Rick's hands. Specifically, Shane spends a while explaining how there's no way the two of them can both be around anymore, and he dares Rick to kill him in cold blood, which he feels sure Rick won't have the guts to do. Rick then puts down his gun and approaches him — only to stab Shane with a hidden knife. However, Shane comes back as a zombie, at which point Carl shows up and kills him. All this is meant to cement Rick's downward path to being more like Shane than his previous self. As always, take this with a grain of salt, although you can of course read the much lengthier description at the link and judge its veracity for yourself. [SpoilerTV]
Comics creator Robert Kirkman discusses how Dale's death will affect the group at large:
Losing that role is very important. This is the time more than ever when they really need someone to stand there and say, "Hey, this is not the popular decision, but I'm still voicing this because it needs to be said." They don't have that. Now, we don't know how they're going to deal with Randall and we don't know what they're going to do as Rick and Shane continue to butt heads. They've lost a very important piece of their ensemble, and so they're not going to be able to make the same decisions they would have made and that's really going to affect the group as a whole. They are kind of in a bad place and we're going to have to deal with that.
He also addresses how Carl's indirect culpability in Dale's death will affect him going forward:
The fun of this world is dealing with Carl. It's one thing to have grown to adulthood in the world before and not have to deal with the indirect civilization and all the different things that are going on now, but to have never grown to adulthood and to not really have any kind of basis for realizing how screwed up things are — this is Carl's normal. So while he did — to a certain extent — cause Dale's death, how he deals with that is going to be very different than how someone would deal with that if they had not grown up in this world. We're going to see him grow and change over time and twist and turn into something that may not be recognizable as what we perceive a child to be, which is really kind of cool.
He also suggests there will be some major revelations about the nature of the zombies by the end of the season. There's more at the link. [The Live Feed]
Elsewhere, Kirkman talks some more about the casting of State of Play actor and Doctor Who guest star David Morrissey as the Governor:
We were looking for David Morrissey is the answer to that. We were looking for that perfect guy and he turned out to be it. It was a long, grueling casting process but I think that after the success of cast members like Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan (who is Philadelphia-born, but in large part U.K.-raised) we have learned the value of a British actor. David Morrissey, more than any other actor we were looking at, came in and definitely understood the role, was excited about doing it justice, and was willing to take the heat of coming in and being such a well known, beloved character that people have expectations for. He's looking forward to playing a villain, which is pretty exciting.
There's more at the link, including Kirkman's take on Tom Savini's lobbying for the part. [EW]
In another interview, Kirkman talks in general terms about just how dark and extreme the third season is going to get:
There are some things coming up in the 3rd season that I can happily and proudly say exceed some of the darkest things that we've done in the comic. I think people are really going to be pretty shocked with a lot of stuff that's coming. The show is gonna have teeth, the show is not going to be a watered down version of the Walking Dead [comic]. Seeing it thus far, you've got zombie autopsies, Sophia, and there is definitely a lot of dark stuff going on in the show, and it'll continue.
Here's an interview with Daryl Dixon actor Norman Reedus.
Here's the official description for the eleventh episode, "Webb Porter", which airs March 19:
MUSIC CANNOT SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BEAST ON AN ALL-NEW "ALCATRAZ" MONDAY, MARCH 19, ON FOX - Rami Malek ("Night at the Museum") Guest-Stars - Rebecca, Doc, and Hauser set out to capture musically-inclined serial killer Webb Porter (guest star Malek), an unknown '63 that returns more violent than ever.
Dexter costar David Zayas will reportedly guest star in episode nineteen, "Leave it to the Beavers", as Sal Burrel, described as a "monstrous troll-like creature known as a Hasslich...who is a city building inspector heading up a racketeering scheme [and] runs into a problem when the beaver-eqsue Eisbiber community defies his demands for a cut of their earnings." [TV Line]
Here's a list of upcoming episode titles:
Episode 15: Island of Dreams (16 March 2012)
Episode 16: The Thing with Feathers
Episode 17: Love Sick
Episode 18: Cat and Mouse
Beauty and the Beast (ABC)
In Her Skin actress Ruth Bradley has reportedly been cast as Beauty in ABC's fantastical version of the fairy tale (as opposed to the CW's more gritty version, which is covered below). Her character is "an embattled princess, Grace, [who] discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast, Shiro, a mercenary bodyguard." [Deadline]
Untitled Roland Emmerich Pilot
Lie to Me actress Monique Gabriela Curnen has reportedly been cast in this ABC pilot, which centers on "Carter (Max Thieriot), an astrophysics grad student in NYC who learns that he is the chosen one to destroy the forces of evil." [Deadline]
Episode twenty is reportedly called "The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo." [The TV Addict]
Being Human (UK)
Here are some dialogue teasers for next Sunday's episode, "Puppy Love":
"What do you think? I've organised the eggs in order of size. From smallest to largest. And I've disinfected the cutlery. I've sealed the pans with olive oil, and I've made sure all the chairs are stable with same length legs."
"There are dogs here? We could stage a little dog fight to welcome them."
"It's war, we're all soldiers and we have to pick a side."
"What does that even mean? Seriously, everyone loves Bruce Willis, but he has a script. You're just making it up."
"Aww, what's the matter? Can't fetch, bitch."
"When your time comes, remember it might not be a good thing you have to do."
There's more at the link. [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's the synopsis for episode seventeen, "Break On Through", which airs March 22 and guest stars Smallville's Cassidy Freeman as the vampire Sage:
A century after their first encounter, Damon and Sage meet again at the ceremony to kick-off the restoration of Wickery Bridge. Damon is surprised to learn the reason Sage has returned, and pleased when she devises an unusual method to help him figure out what Rebekah is up to. Abby is having a hard time adjusting to her new reality, despite Bonnie and Caroline's efforts to help.
When Damon informs Elena of Stefan's latest struggles, she reaches out to Stefan to help her save a friend in danger, in hopes that it will help bring Stefan even closer to his humanity. Finally, when Damon discovers a new secret weapon, he lets Stefan in on the news.
And here are some promo photos for the episode, including one pretty major spoiler. [TV Line]
The River's Paul Blackthorne has reportedly been cast as Detective Quentin Lance, the father of Green Arrow's love interest Laurel and who is described as "a gruff, determined city detective who believes true justice can only come from law and order." As you might guess, it's his job to bring Green Arrow to justice. This casting is officially considered in second position to his work on The River, meaning he would have to leave the show if The River gets a second season, and he's involved. Meanwhile, Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor Jamey Sheridan has reportedly been cast as Green Arrow's father Robert Queen alongside the previously cast Susanna Thompson as Arrow's mother Moira. [Deadline]
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Banished Terra Nova security guard Jay Ryan has reportedly been cast as the Beast alongside Smallville's Kristen Kreuk in this contemporary, New York set version of the story that is basically a reboot of the 1980s Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman show. [TV Line]
Season three will reportedly introduce a new character called Tamsin, described as "an up for anything, kick ass cop with a dark past," whose role also involves "simulated sex scenes with both men and woman." [The TV Addict]
The show's Canadian makers will reportedly decide sometime this month whether the third season will be thirteen or twenty-two episodes long. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.