Ben Affleck definitely isn't directing Justice League, but could the Wachowskis take his place?

Hugh Laurie won't be a villain in Robocop, but another awesome Brit is lined up to take on the role. Steven Moffat explains why the new Doctor Who is all blockbusters, all the time. Plus the first Fringe season five photos!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Dredd.

Justice League

Ben Affleck confirms that he is definitely not directing Warner Bros.'s Justice League movie:

"I'm not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that's how rumours get started. Justice League sounds really exciting, but it's not something I'm working on."

[Vancouver 24H]

Meanwhile, the top contenders to take on the project are reportedly the Wachowskis, whose work on Cloud Atlas was reportedly good enough to convince Warner Bros. that they can handle a crazy, multi-character, big-budget blockbuster, even if their post-Matrix track record hasn't been all that great (give or take our well-documented love of Speed Racer). The Wachowskis have at various points been connected to a Plastic Man and one of the many failed attempts to reboot the Superman franchise, although it's an open question how much they would want to go back to the studio system after the probably much freer rein they had on Cloud Atlas. [Moviehole]


Robocop

House star Hugh Laurie is reportedly no longer in talks to play the villainous CEO of OmniCorp, which significantly reduces the cumulative awesomeness of the movie's supporting cast. In his place, MGM is reportedly considering a short list of actors to step into the part, with the only name rumored so far that of Inside Man and Children of Men star Clive Owen, who is pretty damn awesome in his own right. [Deadline]


Dredd

Here's a behind-the-scenes video detailing the concept behind and realization of Slo-Mo, the mind-altering drug at the center of the new Judge Dredd movie.


Looper

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Here are all the latest posters for the Brick director's epic time travel movie in one handy gallery. [IGN]


The X-Files 3

Gillian Anderson is the latest key X-Files person to say a third movie will happen. She reportedly told fans, "I met with [creator] Chris [Carter] before coming here and it's looking pretty good... We have to convince FOX." [SpoilerTV]


Resident Evil: Retribution

Here's a pair of sneak peek clips. [Shock Till You Drop]



Frankenweenie

Here's a pair of TV spots for Tim Burton's latest venture, in which he remakes in stop-motion his 30-year-old short film. [Geek Tyrant]



Paranormal Activity 4

Ben Affleck definitely isn't directing Justice League, but could the Wachowskis take his place?S

Here's the first promo photo for the latest Paranormal Activity movie. [Shock Till You Drop]


Breaking Dawn: Part 2

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Here's a complete set of character posters. [SpoilerTV]


Doctor Who

Here's the latest trailer for "Asylum of the Daleks", which kicks off season seven this Saturday. [Blogtor Who]


Ben Affleck definitely isn't directing Justice League, but could the Wachowskis take his place?S

Here's another promo photo. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

Steven Moffat explains why this new series downplays the big arcs of previous seasons (though I'm guessing there will still be some kind of loose overarching story) in favor of standalone blockbuster episodes:

"No, this time I abandoned fairground rides for movie posters. When we had pitch meetings for the various stories, whether I was pitching to a writer or a writer was pitching to me, I would say, 'Tell me the movie poster. Tell me the title. Tell me that. Let's have a blockbuster every single week. No two-parters, every single week is going to be a blockbuster and let's not have the cheap episode, let's not make one. Let's just make them all huge.'

Last season we did an arc and next year we'll do something else. I think that every year you have to push it in a particular direction to see what happens with it. It just keeps it fresh and exciting and new. I'm always terribly aware that even the new version of the show is getting old, so you want to do something each year to make you feel, 'Oh god, we're doing something new and something different.' For that reason, each year should feel different. You shouldn't arrive and think it's good old cosy traditional Doctor Who, you should think, 'Ooh, it's doing something slightly different this time.' Always, I think. Keep it fresh, keep it tight."

He also confirms that Doctor Who is still very much seen as the "crown jewel" of the BBC and that they are completely behind the show. He mentions actively avoiding stories that would only make sense to the fans, though he does like to include in-jokes and references as signs of "solidarity" with the fans, which is why both Exxilon and Spiridon get shout-outs in "Asylum of the Daleks." Finally, Moffat says the Doctor regenerating into a woman is still very much a possibility, and in his opinion the continued interest in it probably means it will happen one of these days. Check out the link for more. [Cultbox]

Elsewhere, Moffat explains why characters like the Rani are never going to come back:

"They all know who the Master is, they know Daleks, they probably know who Davros is, but they don't know who the Rani is, so there's no point in bringing her back. If there's a line it's probably somewhere there. Even people who don't know the past very well get thrilled by the idea that you've brought something back. Everyone got very excited - and by everyone I mean real people - when the Master came back, even though most people could barely remember him. It has to be self-explanatory, it has to be free-standing, it has to be clear for everybody. If I did the Meddling Monk teaming up with Mavic Chen's daughter and the Krotons then yeah, that's too much, because no one gives a toss."

While that's generally quite reasonable and probably correct, I might quibble a bit over the Meddling Monk — the idea of a Time Lord who messes with time just sort of because he can (with some vague justification about improving things) is a great concept that deserves revisiting one of these days, the extinction of the Time Lords notwithstanding. But yeah, no one would get excited over the Monk's return, and that goes triple for the Rani. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

Here's an interview with Moffat and fellow executive producer Caroline Skinner for this week's online prequel miniseries, "Pond Life."

And here's the complete schedule — along with some very short synopses for the first couple of installments — for "Pond Life":

Part 1
Whilst the Ponds enjoy life at home, the Doctor has been having some unplanned adventures... Available from Monday, 27 August at noon.
Part 2: The Doctor picks the wrong time to turn up unannounced… Available from Tuesday, 28 August at noon.
Part 3: Pond Life continues… Available from Wednesday, 29 August at noon.
Part 4: Pond Life continues… Available from Thursday, 30 August at noon.
Part 5: Pond Life continues… Available from Friday, 31 August at noon.


Fringe

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Showrunner Joel Wyman has released these, the two very first promo photos for season five. [SpoilerTV]


The Walking Dead

The first three episodes of the upcoming third season are reportedly called "Seed", "Sick", and "Walk With Me." [SpoilerTV]

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Here's a high-res collection of all the various images released by Entertainment Weekly. [Den of Geek]


Person of Interest

Star Michael Emerson says that season two won't resolve Finch's season-ending capture by Amy Acker's Root right away:

"For a while in the early going of the new season, [the person of the week stories] will be mixed in with the ongoing backstory of The Machine and of Mr. Finch being unavailable and of Mr. Reese figuring out how to do their usual work single-handedly. I don't know if we see the full-on super emergency system he was alluding to. The machine in season 2 gets more important and it becomes more of another character in the storytelling, I would say."

[EW]


Grimm

Actor Russell Hornsby talks about what lies ahead for Nick, who encounters an old friend in tonight's episode, one that just happens to be a coyotl creature:

Hank has lost his mind. He's questioning his sanity after having seen creatures morph. It's taken him off of his axis. He's seeking professional help and going to therapy, seeing if he can get back his center. He's questioning everything now: What's happening? Who's who? Should he remain a police officer on the force or not? That's his new hero's journey."

[TV Guide]

Here's the official description of episode five, "The Good Shepherd", which is set to air September 10. Sadly, it appears to not be based in any way on that Matt Damon CIA movie of the same name:

MONROE GOES UNDERCOVER TO HELP NICK EXPOSE THE TRUTH ABOUT A LOCAL CHURCH AND ITS UNUSUAL FLOCK — When a local Reverend reports that his church has been robbed, Nick (David Giuntoli) quickly learns that it's a Wesen church, and enlists Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) to check for any suspicious activity regarding the shepherd's flock. Meanwhile, Nick and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) continue to figure out the rules of their relationship as a dangerous opponent lurks in the shadows with his sites on Nick. Russell Hornsby, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star.

[SpoilerTV]


Supernatural

Here's a teaser for the upcoming eighth season, courtesy of EW.com:

Episode 5, titled "Blood Brothers," will find the brothers on somewhat separate journeys. Dean is called to aid the being that helped him out of Purgatory (but can't tell Sam!) and Sam, meanwhile, spends some time with the lady friend he fell for while apart from Dean.

[EW]


American Horror Story

Here are some more cryptic teaser videos.



Arrow

Here's an extended trailer for The CW's Green Arrow show. [Comic Book Movie]

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim explains the show's approach to incorporating other characters from the DC universe:

"I think as far as those big names like Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne and Hal Jordan and Diana Prince, we're going to shy away from that, especially because we really want to establish Oliver Queen as our hero and our lead. We're not looking to do Justice League as our TV show. We're doing a show called 'Arrow,' which is about Oliver Queen. Anyone who comes into his world will be a supporting character. Those characters aren't supporting characters. Those are leads. So we'll be focusing more on supporting cast in the DC universe. People who come in and complement Oliver, not overtake him."

[Zap2It]


The Vampire Diaries

Showrunner Julie Plec says Damon is hopeful that Elena will start killing, vampire-style:

"In his mind, there's an inevitability to being a vampire that we should just get to and get past. [It's] the equivalent of kicking Elena out of the bird's nest and letting her fall and see if she can fly."

[EW]


Continuum

As we mentioned yesterday, the Canadian sci-fi show has been picked up for a second season, and there are plans reportedly afoot to air both seasons back-to-back in the United States on some unknown network... which, you know, is almost certainly Syfy. [SpoilerTV]


Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.