Did George Lucas choose the new Star Wars director before selling Lucasfilm?

Another acclaimed director is rumored to be in the running to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. And meanwhile, the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, is coming to the Star Wars universe. Brand new set photos reveal a sticky situation for Daniel Radcliffe in Horns, as well as the return of a long-absent character on Fringe. And what exactly does it mean that Neil Gaiman's second Doctor Who episode is "brilliantly reinventive"?

Spoilers ahead...

Star Trek Into Darkness

In case any doubt remained that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the villain of this movie, as opposed to just some random bystander, J.J. Abrams just confirmed it. [TrekWeb]


Amazing Spider-Man 2

Stan Lee really hopes for a bigger cameo in the second movie, in which we can explore his character in more depth and "probe the real me, what I have to offer." [Collider via Screen Rant]


Star Wars: Episode VII:

Speaking of cameos... Jeremy Bulloch, the original Boba Fett, says he'd love to have a cameo as an aging bounty hunter in the new trilogy. He's also perfectly willing to return as Boba Fett, but suspects that they'll probably get someone younger for that. [Unleash the Fanboy]

Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has been mentioned in passing as one of many potential directors for the new film — but now it's a full-blown rumor. Unnamed sources tell Celebuzz that Trevorrow had meetings with George Lucas "several months ago" to talk about directing Episode VII. The sources add that many people at Lucasfilm, including Lucas himself, were fans of Safety Not Guaranteed, hence the "early discussions" about this project. Now that Lucasfilm has been bought by Disney, Trevorrow is still "on the list of potential names." As usual, take this with all the grains of salt you can find. [Celebuzz]


Horns

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Here are some set photos of Daniel Radcliffe getting roughed up by the cops, in the adaptation of Joe Hill's novel. [Omelete]


Doctor Who

Matt Smith had this to say about the upcoming Christmas special:

We've got the wonderful Richard E. Grant, who's brilliant as a sort of villainous role. We meet the new companion…. And it does the sort of wonderful Doctor Who-ey Christmas things – you know snow, aliens, good will, good cheer, someone trying to take over the world.

When pressed on whether Jenna-Louise Coleman will be appearing as a Dalek or a human, Matt Smith refused to divulge anything. But he did weigh in on Neil Gaiman's upcoming episode, calling it "something brilliantly reinventive." [Screen Rant]


Fringe

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The Fringe team recently took over the streets of Vancouver to film episode 509. There were Loyalist soldiers, Observer Science vans, and a New York City taxicab, not to mention all the regular actors. And the long-awaited return of Nina Sharp! [YVR Shoots]

Here are a couple of new teaser videos, "Truth Church Protocol" and "Reward Wire Protocol":

[asssociate]


Walking Dead

For a dead lady, Sarah Wayne Callies sure does talk a lot. Here, she explains what her character's departure will mean for the show's dynamic, especially for Rick:

"In the book, Rick goes nuts because she dies. I think the way he goes nuts is pretty cool, and I think we want to see that at some point. Will Rick accept the child? Will this child have a chance? I think this is something that [Lori] settled into her own mind. I think she believes that Rick is a man who will not turn his back on a baby."

[E Online]


Star Wars: the Clone Wars

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is coming to this animated Star Wars spinoff as a droid named Huyang, in the episode airing this Saturday, "A Test of Strength." You can watch a clip at the link. [IGN via BoingBoing]


Arrow

Ollie's rogues gallery is still growing. The newest villain to pop up on the streets of Starling City is Vertigo, who's the big bad of season one. But for all you Eastern European Aristocracy fetishists out there, be warned that this Vertigo won't be like the Vertigo from the comics. In fact he's different enough that he might not even be named Vertigo. Which would be weird, since he'll be appearing in an episode called Vertigo which will also be the name of a new drug that causes trouble in Starling City.

So what can we expect from Vertigo, who may not be anything like Vertigo and/or share his name? Sources say "He will be truly scary and nightmarish – Oliver's deadliest adversary to date." [TV Line]

But we'll only learn more about Vertigo if Oliver can survive episode 109, Year's End, in which he faces down – Christmas! Not a bad guy named Christmas, the actual holiday. Here's the synopsis:

Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers that after he and his father went missing, Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Thea (Willa Holland) stopped celebrating Christmas. Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) asks Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to spend Christmas with him but she points out that Christmas was also her sister's Sara's birthday and she needs to be with her father. Tommy suggests changing things up might be the best way for everyone to heal but Laurel isn't sure her father is ready for that.

You can catch Year's End on Wednesday, December 12. [Spoiler TV]


The Vampire Diaries

Season 4 has a new promo:

And here's the synopsis for Episode 409, O Come All Ye Faithful:

A WINTER WONDERLAND IN MYSTIC FALLS - As a Winter Wonderland-themed party fills the streets of Mystic Falls, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) find themselves at odds with Tyler (Michael Trevino) over his plans for Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his hybrids. When Caroline proposes a solution to their problem, Hayley (guest star Phoebe Tonkin) finds a dramatic way to make it clear that she is not on board. Later, Klaus makes a discovery that leads to chaos and violence. Meanwhile, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon retreat to the Gilbert Lake House to help Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) conquer some dangerous inner demons with the help of Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Professor Shane (guest star David Alpay), who reveals a piece of ancient history that leaves them all speechless.

[Spoiler TV]


Revolution

There's a new promo for episode eight, "Ties That Bind":

And here's a super short plot synopsis for episode ten, "Nobody's Fault But Mine":

As the gang tries to rescue Danny, Monroe and Miles face each other; a shocking discovery leaves Charlie feeling conflicted.

[Spoiler TV]


Once Upon a Time

We don't know the title or plot of episode 2x12, but we do know they're casting an actor for the role of Gerhardt. "He's a handsome, idealistic military man in his late 20s, with a family he loves." [Spoiler TV]


Haven

Here's the plot synopsis for what sounds like a pretty intense episode 3x10, "Burned":

Facing the looming prophecy of her disappearance in just a few days, Audrey tries to do anything that will alter her fate, but a series of events bring her face-to-face with the Bolt Gun Killer.

[Spoiler TV]


Person of Interest

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Here are some promotional photographs from episode 2x06, "The High Road." [Spoiler TV]


Merlin

Episode 5x07 finally has a title. It shall henceforth be known as "A Lesson In Vengeance." [Spoiler TV]

And while episode 508 does not have a title, it does have a plot. And here is the synopsis:

When Merlin agrees to help a young Druid boy, he has no choice but to leave Camelot on a dangerous mission. And with the citadel distracted by the visit of the fearsome Sarrum of Amata, it seems that no one will notice his absence.

But as the sky darkens, so do Merlin's suspicions - is there more to Daegal than meets the eye? And can a man as ruthless as the Sarrum ever really be trusted? Too late, the young warlock realises he's made a terrible mistake.

[Spoiler TV]


Beauty and the Beast

Did George Lucas choose the new Star Wars director before selling Lucasfilm?S

This totally spoilery photo shows Cat and Vincent maybe kissing! Or just breathing on each other weird. Find out in episode five, "Saturn Returns." [Spoiler TV]

But will their love survive the casting of a new recurring character? In episode ten, we'll meet David, "a police psychologist who is assigned to see if Cat is capable of staying out in the field. He however has some ulterior motives...." [Spoiler TV]


The Neighbors

Apparently even Zabvronians have awkward puberty film strips, as we learn from tonight's episode, "50 Shades of Green." Which deals with alien sex. I'm guessing awkward alien sex. Entertainment Weekly has a clip at the link. [Spoiler TV]

Additional reporting by Rob Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.