What's really going on with World War Z? And what's the explanation of the latest Fringe set report?

Go deep inside this Saturday's spaghetti Western Doctor Who episode. Get the lowdown on some rumored Man of Steel concept art. The 300 prequel gets a title, while Godzilla gets a release date. Plus Arrow adds DC Comics' most famous playing-card-themed gang!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Doctor Who.

Man of Steel

Some random dude on the internet — so you know this story is legit — says he attended a Warner Bros. trade show and saw some concept art for Zack Snyder's Superman movie. Here are some highlights, including the apparent revelation that General Zod's prison has been renamed the Black Zone:

- Jor-El suit minus his armor full body, and Jor-El with his intricate Kryptonian battle suit with some rifle.
- Zod with complete suit with cape and rifle, Zod with his black undersuit full body and then Zod being shackled in neck and hand, connected.
- Zod's prison structure, called Black Zone, floating, also function as a transport kind of vehicle. Guards are patroling the rooms inside the prison.
- an artwork of a specific scene showing the arrival of the Black Zone in the sky of Metropolis.
- Zod's using helmet and different armor when his first arrived on earth, possibly adjusting the air and all.
- Jor-El scout ship, who floated and landed in Artic i guess, consist of Supes Kryptonian suit inside. there's an artwork of the cockpit also.

There are some more tidbits at the link, although of course it's best to take something like this with the most dubious grains of salt. [Cosmic Book News]


Cloud Atlas

Star Tom Hanks explains how Tom Tywker and the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's novel brings together the six interconnected narratives:

Yeah. I think much like the film itself, the initial seven pages or so of the screenplay raised questions (laughs). As in, "Who are these people and what's going on?" But it's kind of like a hug that gets tighter and tighter. A light-bulb goes off in your individual head and you go, "Ok, I understand that these relate to each other but I'm not sure what the connection is." And then the connection becomes evident and the artistic struggle becomes evident. The fight for survival and the choices that they make become such that by the time I was reading the last 40 or 50 pages of the screenplay, I was completely involved in each of the individual struggles and understood that these were characters that were having to make the choice between cruelty and kindness, and that decision was going to change the world from thereon in. It was there in the architecture of the screenplay.

I think it is a perfect blending of the literature of David Mitchell and the cinematic power of Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. I think, if you could use a term of what this type of movie is, it's not six different movies, it's not even two different movies, it is one example of cinematic literature that examines the connectedness of the human race through all of time. And I think by the time you got to the end of the screenplay, you knew what it was about. And it was all totally worth it….only to see, Hugh Grant as a Cannibal walking around the film studio during the makeup session (laughs).

There's more from Hanks and costar Halle Berry at the link. [Flicks and Bits ]


World War Z

Cabin In The Woods director and co-writer Drew Goddard clarifies his role in the recent rewrites of Brad Pitt and Marc Forster's increasingly ill-fated adaptation of Max Brooks's novel:

"A lot got blown out of proportion about that. This happens a lot where studios ask you to come and look at movies, and then you give your opinion on them. That's really what happens, and then you throw out some ideas for ways to make the movie better, but that happens on tons of movies. I'm just friends with people at Paramount, and they had me do it. Somehow that leaked out. It became a much bigger deal. I just watched the movie and gave them ideas for how to make it better. I wrote down some ideas, but it wasn't like 'Drew's rewriting the movie.' I will not have a writing credit on that movie."

Of course, Goddard completely elides over what state he found the movie in, or whether the ideas he pitched have any shot of improving what is reportedly a complete mess of a film. [MTV Splash Page]


Godzilla

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have announced a release date for the new Godzilla movie, which is being directed by Monsters' Gareth Edwards. The film will be released on May 16, 2014. [Coming Soon]


300: Rise of an Empire

The 300 prequel is no longer subtitled Battle for Artemesia, Battle for Artemesium, or whatever vaguely historical thing it was originally called. Instead, it will feature the Rise of an Empire subtitle seen above. Directed by Noam Murro and starring Strike Back's Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, the 300 sequel is currently filming in Bulgaria and is slated for release on August 2, 2013. [Heat Vision]


Wreck-It Ralph

What's really going on with World War Z? And what's the explanation of the latest Fringe set report?

Here's a poster. [Coming Soon]


Doctor Who

Toby Whithouse, the writer of tomorrow's "A Town Called Mercy", discusses which iconic elements from the Western genre he included and offers some praise for the big guest star, Farscape's Ben Browder:

Without a doubt, there are certain tropes and traditions that I think the audience would feel very cheated by if you didn't include those. You know, you need the scene of the Doctor riding a horse across the dusty landscape, you need the Doctor wearing a hat, you need the showdown, you need the face-off between the hero and the villain… You need all of those things. [Browder] was fantastic. I was really, really pleased that we got him because it's an odd part, that character Isaac, and you need somebody who has… Ben has this rather beautiful innate nobility that he manages to just convey, very simply and very economically. It was absolutely how I saw the character, so I was really thrilled with him, and delighted with his performance.

There's tons more at the link, including an indication from Whithouse that Steven Moffat's talk of each episode being a big blockbuster stand-alone movie may only apply to the first half of the season, and not next spring's episodes. [SFX]

Here's Steven Moffat's introduction to next week's episode, "The Power of Three":

"The day the Earth got cubed. The year of the slow invasion. The time the Doctor came to stay."

There have been many ways to invade the Earth, and the Doctor has seen them all. Or so he always thought - and then the human race wakes up one morning and discovers the world has been overrun by... small black cubes. Which then proceed to... do nothing much at all. A plan is afoot, humanity is endangered - but by what and how and, above all, when? For the first time in his world-saving career the Doctor has to call upon the least of his virtues: patience. And the Ponds face something possibly more terrifying than any world-ending apocalypse - the Doctor is moving in!

Not just a tale of alien intervention, this is also the story of a nice young couple who happen to have a bow-tied lunatic from space staying in their spare room. It's halfway between an alien invasion movie and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

[Radio Times]

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And here are some promo photos. [Den of Geek]


Fringe

[gallery 5943181.3] Here are some promo photos for the fifth season premiere, the catchily titled "Transilence Thought Unifier Model-11." [SpoilerTV]

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Here are some set photos, along with this awesome set report:

I noticed the poster of Etta Bishop on a wall on Abbott St. as Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv were filming a scene. Earlier in the day, Observers and Loyalist troops were on Cambie St. filming scenes involving a truck with a forklift truck on it and some other Loyalist vehicles. Peter and Olivia, in the meantime were inside a building across from Victory Square. They would occasionally pop their heads out of the window to have a look at what was going on. Peter is seen holding a gun as an Observer watches him from the grass. Interesting to note that Etta and Walter are both missing from this location shoot. Has something happened to them? Are they still part of the team? Are they even still alive?

Check out the link for more recent updates from the set. [Van City Filming]


Once Upon a Time

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Here are some high quality promo photos for the second season premiere, "Broken." [SpoilerTV]

What's really going on with World War Z? And what's the explanation of the latest Fringe set report?

And here's a poster. [SpoilerTV]


Supernatural

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Here are some promo photos from the eighth season premiere, which rather boldly decides to name itself after the ultra-bleak family drama We Need To Talk About Kevin with its title, "We Need To Talk About Kevin." [SpoilerTV]

And here's a description for the episode:

SAM AND DEAN ARE REUNITED AFTER A YEAR APART - Dean (Jensen Ackles) re-emerges from Purgatory, but he isn't alone. He heads straight for Sam (Jared Padalecki), but the reunion isn't exactly what he thought it would be. Sam drops everything to join his brother, but leaving the life he had grown to enjoy turns out to be harder than he imagined. Dean and Sam look for Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) who has managed to escape Crowley's (guest star Mark Sheppard) grasp, but things come to a head quickly when Kevin tells them what it is that Crowley wants.

[SpoilerTV]


Haven

Here's a description for the upcoming third season, including a list of one of the more eclectic assortments of guest stars I've yet come across:

In the premiere, Haven picks up immediately following the events of the gripping season two finale with Audrey (Emily Rose) having been kidnapped; Nathan (Lucas Bryant) warned against pursuing a romantic relationship with Audrey; and Duke (Eric Balfour) seemingly engaged in a fight to the death with Nathan after he discovers his family lineage is to kill Haven citizens with Troubles

This season's guest stars include Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Bree Williamson (Gossip Girl, One Life to Live), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, White Collar), Edge (WWE Superstar), Dorian Missick (Southland, The Cape), Kate Kelton (Harold and Kumar, American Psycho 2), Nolan North (Uncharted video game series, Pretty Little Liars), and Claudia Black (Uncharted video game series, Farscape).

[SpoilerTV]


The Vampire Diaries

Here's an interview with costar Zachary Roerig.


Arrow

Here's a preview.

As I guessed when it was first announced a character named King would be showing up on the show, Arrow will indeed feature the Royal Flush Gang. Being Human and Copper actor Kyle Schmid has reportedly been cast as Ace, alias Kyle Reston. They will appear in episode six, "Legacies", which is rumored to feature " a major bank robbery, with a crowd of hostages eventually leaving the building... wearing playing card masks." [Zap2It]


Beauty and the Beast

Here's an interview with star Kristen Kreuk, formerly of Smallville fame and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li infamy.

And here's a preview.


Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.