Doctor Who is headed deeper inside the TARDIS than we've ever gone before. Transformers 4 might feature a major action star... well, Mark Wahlberg, at any rate. BBC America's clone drama Orphan Black is officially happening. Plus videos for The Hobbit and Cloud Atlas!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Cloud Atlas.
Iron Man 3
Andrew Lawden, who has performed as the official Iron Man cosplayer at various Marvel events, apparently decided to blow past every non-disclosure and confidentiality clause imaginable and just up and reveal everything he knows about Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. His comments are apparently based on what he has seen at various company events. Anyway, keeping in mind we can't be absolutely sure this is all legitimate, here's some of what he has to say about Iron Man 3:
"Well, there's going to be a big fight sequence with The Mandarin, who's the main villain, which will involve none other than forty different iron man suits. There's an amazing rescue where The Mandarin basically wants to bring down the American government and kill the President, and he launches an attack on Air Force One. All of them – the President and his men and staff – get sucked out of the plane, and Iron Man rescues them by forming this amazing human chain in the sky.
"There's some pretty spectacular stuff that goes on. There's an amazing sequence where he has this rooftop house that he builds to store all his Iron Man suits, and it gets attacked by The Mandarin and these gunships [...] I was shocked to discover there are like forty Iron Man suits written into this feature in various ways…so that's going to be pretty impressive. But apparently he needs this Iron Man army to go up against The Mandarin's forces."
There are some more details at the link. [Screen Rant]
Thor: The Dark World
And here's what he has to report about the Thor sequel:
"Thor becomes reunited with Jane who becomes possessed by a Dark Spirit, which is connected with the Dark Elves; a race the Asgardians have fallen out with many years beforehand [...] The Dark Elves attack Asgard, and they take a huge hit. So Thor has to rebuild Asgard by putting together an army to go and take the battle to the Dark Elves and defeat them. But the only way he can do this is – he needs to cross over to the Dark World, and the only person who has access to the dark side of Asgard is his old brother Loki, who at the beginning of the film is locked up in prison.
"So what happens is Thor basically has to negotiate this truce with Loki, and he goes on this great trek with Jane, all three of them. They go to this far side of Asgard, which is being shot in Iceland, where they train and assemble an army to go and attack the Dark Elves' world."
Again, check out the link for more. [Screen Rant]
While the Jason Statham rumors are apparently now a thing of the past, the latest casting rumors suggest Michael Bay is looking at what is arguably Statham's nearest American equivalent (give or take Bruce Willis fifteen years ago), as Mark Wahlberg is reportedly in early talks to take on the lead role in the film. Wahlberg is currently working on Bay's relatively low-budget bodybuilder heist movie Pain & Gain, so this isn't a totally random casting suggestion, although it's still best to take it with a grain of salt. It's also suggested that Walhberg's character would be the father of a teenage daughter, which is likely the high school senior role seen in recent casting calls, and this daughter would become the focus of the subsequent entries in the franchise. [Twitch Film]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Here's a TV spot.
Here's a behind-the-scenes video about the cast.
Hustle actor and So Solid Crew member Ashley Walters will reportedly play one of a trio of brothers known as the Van Baalens that form an intergalactic salvage crew in an upcoming episode. He says, "In our episode it'll be the first time people get to see so much of the TARDIS", and indeed the episode is referred to as "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS." It seems that this is the tenth episode of the series, and it's by "Curse of the Black Spot" writer Stephen Thompson. [Radio Times and Dr. Who Online]
Here are some promo photos for this Friday's episode and fourth overall, "The Bullet That Saved The World." [SpoilerTV]
And here's a sneak peek for the episode.
Here's a short description for the sixth episode, "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There":
A KEY PIECE NEEDED TO DEFEAT THE OBSERVERS IS UNCOVERED — A Fringe team member takes on a new role, and Walter follows leads to a key piece needed in the battle against the Observers.
Person of Interest
Here are some promo photos for the fifth episode, "Bury the Lede", which airs next Thursday. [SpoilerTV]
The twelfth episode is reportedly called "Season of the Hexenbiest", and here's a short description:
Adalind returns to wreak havoc as she avenges her mother's death; Captain Renard's obsession escalates; Monroe receives a surprise visit.
Here's a sneak peek at the almost certainly one-off pilot episode for Bryan Fuller's Munsters reboot, which will air this Friday.
Once Upon a Time
Here's a bunch of promo photos for the sixth episode, "Tallahassee", which airs November 4 and guest stars Lost alum Jorge Garcia. [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story: Asylum
The fourth and fifth episodes of the season will be a two-parter, and in true, batshit insane American Horror Story fashion, the episodes are called "I Am Anne Frank" parts one and two, because any other title might run the risk of not being utterly psychotic. Anyway, here are short descriptions for both episodes:
Chapter 4 – "I Am Anne Frank, Pt. 1" (Airs November 7, 10:00 pm e/p) – A new patient claiming to be Anne Frank exposes Arden's past. Kit learns why Grace was admitted to Briarcliff.
Chapter 5 – "I Am Anne Frank, Pt. 2" (Airs November 14, 10:00 pm e/p) – Sister Jude employs a renowned Nazi Hunter to gather evidence against Arden. Kit makes a surprising confession. Bloody Face is unmasked.
The CW has released short synopses for the episodes of all its shows through the end of November sweeps. Let's start with Supernatural:
Wednesday, October 31 – "Blood Brother" (9:00-10:00pm)
Dean gets a call from Benny (guest star Ty Olsen), the vampire he befriended in Purgatory, asking for help after getting into a brutal fight. Dean takes off on a "personal day" to help his friend. However, when things go bad, Dean calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) for help.
Wednesday, November 7 – "Southern Comfort" (9:00-10:00pm)
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) go to Missouri to investigate a murder and find that Garth (guest star DJ Qualls) is already on the case, and the murderer is an avenging ghost.
Wednesday, November 14 – "A Little Slice of Kevin" (9:00-10:00pm)
Mrs. Tran (Lauren Tom) and Kevin (Osric Chau) work to concoct a demon bomb to use against Crowley (Mark Sheppard), and Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are stunned when Castiel (Misha Collins) appears and tells them he escaped from Purgatory.
And now onto Arrow:
Wednesday, October 31 – "An Innocent Man" (8:00-9:00pm)
Oliver (Stephen Amell) still hasn't figured out how to get back in Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) good graces, but a late night bonding session with Thea (Willa Holland) gives him the inspiration he needs. Looking into a suspicious murder case, Oliver realizes an innocent man, Peter Declan (guest star Lane Edwards), was framed by one of the targets on his list.
Wednesday, November 7 – "Damaged" (8:00-9:00pm)
Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) arrests Oliver (Stephen Amell) for murder, and DC Comics' villain Deathstroke (guest star Jeffrey Robinson) appears in a flashback to Oliver's days on the island.
Wednesday, November 14 – "Legacies" (8:00-9:00pm)
When a gang of brazen bank robbers dubbed The Royal Flush Gang threaten Starling City, Oliver (Stephen Amell) is forced to confront the scope of his mission and decide whether to stray from his father's list. Diggle (John Ramsay) pushes Oliver to look past the list and start helping those who really need him.
The Vampire Diaries
Next up is The Vampire Diaries:
Thursday, October 25 – "The Rager" (8:00-9:00pm)
While Connor (guest star Todd Williams) continues his search to uncover the secrets of Mystic Falls, Stefan (Paul Wesley) takes Elena on a thrilling motorcycle ride in an effort to show her that life can still be fun.
Thursday, November 1 – "The Five" (8:00-9:00pm)
At a fraternity costume party, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) takes advantage of the wild scene to give Elena (Nina Dobrev) a lesson in choosing a victim. Meanwhile, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tells Stefan (Paul Wesley) about an encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters in the 12th century.
Thursday, November 8 – "The Killer" (8:00-9:00pm)
When Connor (guest star Todd Williams) takes Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Matt (Zach Roerig) and April (guest star Grace Phipps) hostage at the Grill, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) have a serious disagreement about the best course of action, and Elena (Nina Dobrev) is again caught between the two brothers.
Thursday, November 15 – "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes" (8:00-9:00pm)
Terrifying hallucinations leave Elena (Nina Dobrev) shaken and confused, causing her to make a dangerous mistake.
Here's a sneak peek at tomorrow night's episode, "The Rager."
Being Human (US)
Here's the first promo photo for the third season premiere, "It's a Shame About Ray", which will kick off the season on January 14, 2013. [SpoilerTV]
Following the decent success of BBC America's first original series Copper, the network is officially beginning work on its second series, the previously announced clone mystery drama Orphan Black. Here's the latest info:
The enthralling new (10 x 60) drama from Temple Street Productions stars previously announced Tatiana Maslany (Cas & Dylan, Picture Day) in the lead role of Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Joining the principal cast is Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Tudors, Downton Abbey), Dylan Bruce (As The World Turns, The Bay), and Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi, Unnatural History). The series is shooting on location and in studio in Toronto, Ontario through February 2013.
After witnessing a woman's suicide, Sarah assumes her identity hoping that cleaning out the dead woman's bank account will solve all of her problems. Instead, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones... but are they the only ones? With an assassin hot on her trail, Sarah is racing for answers. Rounding out the principal cast is: Kevin Hanchard (The Listener, Republic of Doyle), Michael Mando (Territories, Les Bleus De Ramville), Elizabeth Saunders (Saving Hope), and Ron Lea (Saving Hope, Saw IV).
There's even more at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Beauty and the Beast
Oh, and if anyone cares, here are those descriptions for Beauty and the Beast:
Thursday, October 25 – "All In" (9:00-10:00pm)
Vincent (Jay Ryan) puts his own safety at risk when he brings his healing skills to the aid of an innocent young girl, and Cat (Kristin Kreuk) works out a way to communicate with Vincent without revealing his location to Muirfield.
Thursday, November 1 – "Basic Instinct" (9:00-10:00pm)
When Vincent (Jay Ryan) revives a 19-year old boy who was left for dead in a dumpster, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) questions the boy's employer (guest star Madchen Amick). Later, Cat is offered a deal by Muirfield agents, and Vincent offers to sacrifice himself to protect Cat.
Thursday, November 8 – "Saturn Returns" (9:00-10:00pm)
Cat (Kristin Kreuk) learns that her sister, Heather (guest star Nicole Gale Anderson), is planning a surprise birthday party for her, so she puts her birthday plans with Vincent on hold, leading to unexpected romantic complications.
Thursday, November 15 – "Worth" (9:00-10:00pm)
After she's seemingly stood up by Vincent, Catherine wonders if it's because he saw her kissing Evan at her birthday, but Vincent mysteriously blacked out on his way to meet Catherine and is now searching for answers. Catherine's case pulls her into the sophisticated world of the SoHo art scene. When Vincent finds Catherine all dressed up to go to a gallery opening — with Evan — he has to admit that his feelings for her are growing deeper.
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.