Fringe showrunner Joel Wyman explains what's ahead for our heroes in their final season. Daniel Radcliffe wants a piece of the Frankenstein action. Jurassic Park 4 is still happening. Plus Peter Dinklage returns in new Game of Thrones set photos!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Hobbit.
Here's the latest, Dwarf-centric poster. [First Showing]
Jurassic Park 4
Steven Spielberg's longtime producing partner Kathleen Kennedy offers the latest update on the state of this project, which recently brought in Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to write the script:
"Writing, writing, writing. It's really hard to keep these things going when there's an expectation and a desire by the public and the audience to keep certain franchises going. As filmmakers, we often sit there going, 'Okay. We have to answer the question, 'Why do another one?'' If you can't answer that question, you shouldn't be doing it. It's tough. We're trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn't going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise. We've got to start with a script and the story...[The studio] is just like, 'When?!' They don't care about the agony we're going through!"
Of the approximately twenty Frankenstein adaptations currently in production, this version — which features a science-fiction take on Mary Shelley's story, a script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, and direction from Lucky Number Slevin and Sherlock's Paul McGuigan — is probably the second most promising. (I say second most, because it's kinda hard to top Aaron Eckhart as a centuries-old monster fighting a demonic Bill Nighy in a post-apocalyptic hellscape.) Well, this particularly Frankenstein project might soon be adding Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe to the mix, who reportedly is very interested in continuing his ongoing campaign to never, ever leave the supernatural behind by taking on the starring role in the movie. Specifically, he would play the Hunchback, which presumably is this movie's version of Dr. Frankenstein's assistant. If Radcliffe gets the part, he will called upon to be "pathologically dirty and dressed in old clowns clothing", at least if the character description for the Hunchback is any indication. [The Wrap]
Here's a new TV spot for Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond.
Here's a promo image of the title character in Hero's Duty, a Halo- and Metroid-inspired game that Ralph attempts to join in his quest to be a hero. Here's a few teasers about what to expect, courtesy of MTV Movies Blog:
There's Sergeant Tamor Jean Calhoun, voiced by "Glee"'s Jane Lynch, is a no-nonsense marine, tasked with informing the player how to take down Cy-Bugs, the deadly insect villains of "Hero's Duty." But since every game needs a goal, in "Hero's Duty," there is the Medal of Heroes. Guarded over by the appropriately named General Hologram, the Medal of Heroes rewards any player who has the grit to make it to the top of a 99-story tower.
Also, I really, really hope this is the last time I'll have to type this particular combination of words, but Skrillex will be both appearing in and contributing music to the movie (using the term "music" somewhat loosely). His animated alter ego will be a DJ, and he providing songs (again, loosely defined) for the "Hero's Duty" part of the game. Here's how he describes his contribution, because why not:
"The mood of that game world is high-energy and futuristic. I make music with many different colors of the emotional spectrum-this reflects a more aggressive side of my music."
Here's a sneak peek at tomorrow's episode, "The Angels Take Manhattan", which sees the return of River Song and the Weeping Angels and the departure of Rory and Amy — not to mention it's the last new Doctor Who we get until Christmas. So, savor this one, basically.
Showrunner Joel Wyman discusses the various characters' journeys in the fifth and final season, which kicks off tonight:
No love story worth telling is easy. It's the hills and the valleys that make a relationship, in my opinion, really dynamic and worth watching. The harder the till, the more worthy the payoff. Everything that came [in] the four years before, I'm really trying to give the characters specific odysseys this year that are singular — meaning for each character — but also relationship dynamic odysseys where things are growing and shifting and shaping. Peter and Olivia are going to be a big part of that. Their relationship will shift and grow and evolve. I think it's safe to say that we'll be there every step of the way and everything will be logical. One of the things we get to do this year that I thought was great for telling authentic real emotional stories is that the 13 episodes, I'm treating them as a saga, as a 13-episode feature film. You'll get to track their emotional growth pattern and their relationship very carefully. We're really going to get under the hood and investigate those relationships."
There's a lot more at the link, including some insight on just when the creative team decided the Observers were actually world conquerors. [Comic Book Resources]
Game of Thrones
Here are some season three set photos from the recent filming in Croatia. This particular location was used last season for Joffrey's name-day celebrations and that rather nasty riot business. On hand for filming were stars Lena Headey (Cersei), Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion, but then you knew that). Notably, Tyrion's face doesn't look terribly messed up — which either means he's on set without having his makeup on yet, or his facial damage won't be nearly as bad as you'd expect after the Battle of the Blackwater. (Or as bad as it was in the books.) [Winter Is Coming]
The Walking Dead
Here's the latest promo for the third season, which begins October 14.
Once Upon A Time
Here are photos of the season two cast. The show returns this Sunday. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a short description for the third episode of season eight, "Heartache", which airs October 17:
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a string of unusual murders where the victims were all recipients of organs from the same donor. The killer is captured, but things become even more complicated when the brothers find their killer in a trance mumbling an ancient prayer.
American Horror Story: Asylum
Here's a video for the new season that promises to take you "Inside the Asylum." So if you're suddenly attacked by mental patients or randy ghosts or Adam Levine, at least you'll know why.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's the description for the second episode of season four, "Memorial", which airs October 18:
A NEW DANGER COMES TO TOWN - Elena (Nina Dobrev) tries to cope with the extreme highs and lows that are part of becoming a vampire, and Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) almost come to blows while arguing about what is best for her. Damon decides to help Elena in his own way and asks her not to tell Stefan. A stranger, Connor Jordan (guest star Todd Williams, "Chicago Code"), arrives in town and begins questioning Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Lockwood. Connor's actions quickly convince Stefan that they are dealing with a dangerous vampire hunter. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Matt (Zach Roerig) are surprised to see a girl they used to know, April, (guest star Grace Phipps, "The Nine Lives of Chloe King"), has returned to town and is enrolling at Mystic Falls High. At a town gathering, Elena comes close to losing control until Caroline steps in to help her. Finally, Damon confides his feelings to an unexpected friend.
Here's the description for the second episode, "Honor Thy Father", which airs October 17:
KELLY HU GUEST STARS AS DC COMICS VILLAIN CHINA WHITE - Oliver (Stephen Amell) heads to the courthouse to get his death certificate repealed and is pleasantly surprised to run into Laurel (Katie Cassidy), who is there prosecuting Martin Somers (guest star Ty Olsson), a criminal with ties to the Chinese Triad. Oliver recognizes Martin's name from his father's book and sets his sights on taking him down. Martin orders the Triad to "take care of" Laurel so they send their top mercenary – China White (Hu) – after her, an act that culminates in a battle between Arrow and China White. Meanwhile, Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Walter (guest star Colin Salmon) ask Oliver to take over the company.
[gallery 5947141] And here's a first look at the episode's main guest star, Kelly Hu as China White. [Zap2It]
Beauty And The Beast
Here's the official description for episode two, "Proceed With Caution", which airs October 18:
CAT INVESTIGATES THE MURDER OF A BALLERINA - When a rising young ballerina mysteriously falls to her death, Vincent (Jay Ryan) senses that the understudy, Victoria (Elizabeth Blackmore), is hiding information about the dancer's murder. Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Tess (Nina Lisandrello) discover that the victim tried to file a police report for an assault. Meanwhile, Cat seeks out Vincent's help to decipher a medical paper found in her mother's belongings, and J.T. (Austin Basis) worries that Cat's visits to the warehouse loft leave Vincent vulnerable to discovery by Muirfield's agents. Catherine encourages Vincent to help her investigate deeper into the Muirfield project, but when Vincent refuses, Cat investigates on her own, until her computer is wiped clean by a malicious virus. Tess tries her hand at dating again, but soon discovers that she's unknowingly involved with a married man. Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson) moves out of Cat's apartment after growing uncomfortable with her sister's quest for more answers about their mother's death.
Primeval: New World
Here's a first look trailer for the British show's Canadian remake, which will become a "North American" remake the second they get an American network to pick it up. The show stars Niall Matter, best known as Zane on Eureka, so that's something, at the very least.
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.