How Game of Thrones Will Improve on its First Two Seasons. Plus Our First Look at The Hobbit's New Elf!

Check out new trailers for Cloud Atlas, Doctor Who, and Fringe. Robb Stark drops a tantalizing Game of Thrones hint. The Rock could be starring in a brand new monster-fighting epic. Plus Robopocalypse, Once Upon a Time, and more!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Cloud Atlas.

Looper

Noah Segan, who previously worked with director Rian Johnson and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt in their terrific first collaboration Brick, explains how he and Johnson developed his character in the time travel thriller, Kid Blue:

There are a lot of parallels between the role I played in Brick and the role I play in Looper, in that both roles, Dode and Kid Blue, are foils for the main character. They're these sort of mutant versions of the main characters. Dode loves Emily, and he loves Emily arguably more than Brendan [Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character] loves Emily, but he's completely incapable of handling himself; he doesn't have the cool, calm, collected demeanor or the brains that Brendan does, so he fails, even though there's a certain diligence. And that diligence carries over to Kid Blue, where you have this sympathy for this guy, hopefully, even though he's not doing the nicest things in the world. He really believes in what he's doing.

He also discusses the role of time travel in the movie, and how it's only a small part of the much larger story:

think that Rian had a very specific story he wanted to tell, and, of course, a big part of that story was this concept of the old and the young, the before and the after, and this thing that in real life, outside of movies, we can't do, which is reflect on the past, present, and future. These are things that interested Rian, and he said, "OK, how do you do that? You do it with time travel." But you say it and it's done. Looper is about investigating these relationships, as opposed to the science of time travel.

How he measured that out so perfectly is just another example of Rian being a masterful filmmaker. We did pay attention to all of that, though; there was a diagram made by Zack, Rian's cousin who does a lot of artwork for his film, and it's this beautiful timeline that diverges a few times when the timeline in the film diverges. Like, for instance, when Bruce comes back to the apartment diverges the timeline from when he goes to China. So we did have an idea of where we were. But the other thing is, with the exception of Bruce and Joe, for the rest of the movie's characters, we didn't need to know about time travel. It doesn't change anything for my character. Once we started unlocking that, we realized, Wait a minute, none of this stuff is affecting us or why we're doing it, so let's sit on it and let people watch a movie and not a science project.

There's still a bunch more at the link. [Complex Pop Culture]


The Hobbit

How Game of Thrones Will Improve on its First Two Seasons. Plus Our First Look at The Hobbit's New Elf!

Here's a first look at Lost's Evangeline Lilly as the elf Tauriel. as spotted on the packaging for a tie-in toy. [Cinema Blend]


Cloud Atlas

Here are two new TV spots for Tom Twyker and the Wachowskis' upcoming adaptation of the acclaimed David Mitchell novel.


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And here's a bunch of character banners, showing off a variety of the movie's six different time periods. [First Showing]


Robopocalypse

Ben Whishaw, whose upcoming credits include Cloud Atlas and a role as the new Q in Skyfall, is reportedly the top choice for a key supporting role in Steven Spielberg's upcoming sci-fi epic, which is tentatively starring Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway. Whishaw would play a hacker named Lurker, although talks reportedly haven't actually started between the studio and the actor. [Variety]


Lore

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld are reportedly going to team up on adaptation of Ashley Wood's graphic novel, which depicts "a secret order that defends the world against creatures thought to be mythological, but which actually exist." [Deadline]


The Mummy

Because I suppose he has to have something to do, Total Recall director Len Wiseman is going to make another film. Specifically, it's the reboot of The Mummy franchise, featuring a script by Darkest Hour and original Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts and some manner of creative oversight from Star Trek and Transformers/Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. [Film School Rejects]


Doctor Who

Here's a complete batch of trailers — some of which we've seen before —- for this Saturday's "The Angels Take Manhattan", which sees the departure of Amy and Rory and the return of River Song and the Weeping Angels. [Den of Geek]





Fringe

Here's the latest trailer for the fifth and final season, which begins September 28.

Here's the synopsis for the third episode, "The Recordist", which airs October 12:

THE FRINGE TEAM EMBARKS UPON A NEW JOURNEY — As the rogue Fringe team continues to fight off the oppressive Observers' invasion, unforeseen events lead them into a forest where they encounter a strange subculture of people devoted to recording human history.

[SpoilerTV]

How Game of Thrones Will Improve on its First Two Seasons. Plus Our First Look at The Hobbit's New Elf!

And here's a poster.[TV Equals]


Game Of Thrones

Robb Stark actor Richard Madden offers this intriguing tease for the third season: "[Season three] makes season one and two look like a warmup. Every episode is like a finale episode." [E! Online]


The Walking Dead

Here's a quick description for the third season premiere, "Seed", which airs October 14:

With the world growing increasingly more dangerous and Lori's pregnancy advancing, Rick discovers a potentially safe haven. But first he must secure the premises, pushing his group to its limit.


Revolution

Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell discusses the big (if not especially unexpected) revelation that her character, Rachel Matheson, didn't die after all:

Well, Rachel is a hostage, and has been for four years. She has basically been kept to get information. I would imagine that at first it was the information as to where [her since-deceased husband] Ben is, then it slowly shifted to what does Ben know, which I think is really interesting.

Knowing what's to come for the character, how would you describe her?
I would describe her as oddly resilient and strong but stuck. I mean, truly, truly, truly stuck. She is in full survival mode, and she will do anything she can to stay alive at this point in time. As the episodes go on, you kind of wonder to yourself, Why would she do that? Then you realize her main objective is to protect her family.

She also discusses the nature of her imprisonment:

It's really palatial - this gorgeous, blue room with high ceilings and everything she could possibly want - but as we will find out, things are not what they seem. So, Rachel is not having a good time.

"…she said, ominously."
She's having a very, very, very, very bad time. She gets beautiful silk shirts, she has delicious food delivered to her, there's always brandy in her room…. It's very civilized but beneath that it is absolutely decayed and rotten.

There's more at the link. [TV Line]

Here's a promo for next Monday's episode, "No Quarter."

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And here are some promo photos for the episode. [SpoilerTV]

The fourth episode has changed its title from "Lowell, Indiana" to "The Plague Dogs." The episode airs October 8. [SpoilerTV]

Here's a short description for the fifth episode, "Soul Train", which airs October 15:

A shocking discovery threatens the gang's hope of finding Danny; Monroe gives orders that up the value of Danny's life; Nora connects with a rebel.

[SpoilerTV]


Once Upon A Time

The X-Files and Pretty Little Liars actress Annabeth Gish will reportedly guest star in episode seven as "a charismatic, beautiful and mysterious leader of a pack of humans who - like Red - turn out to be wolves." [EW]


Grimm

Here's a short synopsis for episode eight, "The Other Side", which airs October 19:

Hank and Nick investigate when a high school competition turns deadly; Capt. Renard is faced with an unwanted infatuation.

[SpoilerTV]


Alphas

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Here's a batch of promo photos for the penultimate episode of season two and twelfth of the season overall, "Need To Know", which airs October 15. [SpoilerTV]


Haven

[gallery 5946468l] Here are some promo photos for the fifth episode of season three, "Double Jeopardy", which airs October 19. [SpoilerTV]


The Vampire Diaries

Star Nina Dobrev discusses what's ahead for Elena in the fourth season, which premieres October 11:

"This season is really intense, for me especially because I am a vampire. I'm getting to kick some more ass. Elena is becoming a tough cookie. Before she used to talk about being independent, and now she has a chance to be."

[E! Online]


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