Do We Finally Know the Name of a New Star Wars Character?

Joss Whedon says Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are "Team Ultron." Get the first look at Jack Black playing R.L. Stine in Goosebumps. And what under-the-radar projects do Guillermo del Toro and Duncan Jones have in the pipeline? Plus, all the details of Once Upon a Time's take on Frozen and new Doctor Who set photos.

Top image: Doctor Who

Star Wars

Darth Simon at the Jedi Council forums got a look at the trailers set up at Puzzlewood, and they reveal what could be Daisy Ridley's character name — or just a code name being used on signage. There was also a sign for what could be some kind of creature:

Do We Finally Know the Name of a New Star Wars Character?

Or, you know, a band. Darth Simon says that he's been told "Kira" is most likely Ridley, but that he's not "as certain" as he has been about other tidbits. [ Making Star Wars]


Avengers: Age of Ultron

In this week's Entertainment Weekly cover story , Joss Whedon says that, yes, the casting of Paul Bettany, who has voiced the computer JARVIS, as the android Vision isn't a coincidence, but that he's "not going to tell you any more about The Vision." He did, however, go into more depth about the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver:

They're on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they're dealing with powers that they're not used to. With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody, and now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot [Ultron] who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it's a darker, weirder, tougher world that they're living in.

Even more about Quicksilver came courtesy of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who said:

There's a lot of clashing. He's quick tempered. He gets agitated. He's impatient. But he's super protective. They're very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, he's physical and she's psychological. My character is very much on the frontline, but he can be quite emotional. You see this beautiful tenderness between them.

[ Entertainment Weekly via Coming Soon]


Goosebumps

Jack Black talked to Entertainment Weekly about his fictional version of R.L. Stine:

[E]ven though I'm playing a real person, this is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. So I felt like, I was just going to approach it as a character, doing what I thought was most dramatically interesting and right for what was needed. I also got to meet R.L. and he's a really great guy. Really smart and funny and sweet. But I made [the character] more of a sort of curmudgeonly dark, brooding beast master. So from the very beginning, I was taking liberties. I think he's cool with it though. [Laughs] He's been on set and he actually did a little cameo. He saw what I was doing and he was digging it. Or at least he pretended like he was digging it.

He also talked about a few of the other characters in the film:

I don't want to give too much away but [Jillian Bell] plays Dylan Minnette's aunt. He's our romantic lead, our hero boy who's from New York and moves to this small town where his aunt lives.She's a funny colorful personality and we meet at one point during the film. Let's just say there's a little chemistry there.

[ Entertainment Weekly]

Here are the first stills of Jack Black as Stine. [Entertainment Weekly via Bloody Disgusting]

Do We Finally Know the Name of a New Star Wars Character?

Do We Finally Know the Name of a New Star Wars Character?


Frankenstein/Creature From the Black Lagoon

Guillermo del Toro says making Frankenstein at Universal is his "dream" project:

If I do Frankenstein, I literally would stop everything, and I'm going to a sabbatical of three years, just to write that. It's not something that's gonna just flow, like second nature. It's my favorite book in history.

I would love to do [Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein]. Hopefully one day it coincides that Donna [Langley] wants to do it and I am not a chicken shit.

The other classic he'd like to tackle is The Creature From the Black Lagoon:

I think that it's a great universe to develop. I personally think that they should all be period movies. I would love to see Creature from the Black Lagoon in Victorian England with the Victorian exploration, with a balloon and steam riverboats.

[ Badass Digest]


Star Trek 3

If you're wondering about the status of Roberto Orci as the director, here's what the man himself had to say:

I am about halfway through the script with a pair of talented, young writers named J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. I am running with them. It looks like I may direct it; I am in the middle of proving to Paramount that I am the guy for the job.

He also reiterates that the first two movies were getting the characters to where they were in the Original Series, and now they're on their Five Year Mission, in deep space:

... Now when you watch this movie, hopefully, you will see that Kirk, Spock and Bones and Scotty, Uhura, and Chekov are very close to the original characters that you saw in the original series and from [there] they're going to hopefully discover some stuff that you haven't seen before.

[Latin Post]


Guardians of the Galaxy

Here's a Groot featurette. [via Coming Soon]

We've also got posters of the villains and the Nova Corps here. [Coming Soon]

Do We Finally Know the Name of a New Star Wars Character?


Mute

Duncan Jones is currently working on Warcraft, but he's still hoping to make Mute, a future-set murder mystery, after that. More about Mute here and here. [via First Showing]


Tusk

Kevin Smith's offbeat horror film about a man who slowly turns another man into a walrus has a release date: September 19th. [Coming Soon]


Lucy

Here's a red band clip showing Lucy's surgery. [via Coming Soon]


Gotham

Here's a bit about the pilot from the New York Daily News, which specifically singles out Donal Logue for praise:

Donal Logue's Bullock repeatedly steals the show, as easily as street orphan Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) steals wallets and milk for her pet stray cat.

Yes, meet the future Catwoman. For now, maybe call her Kittenwoman.

She mostly watches — in contrast to our future friend the Penguin, who waddles into the heart of the story with no good outcome for anyone.

[New York Daily News]

And here's a featurette about the Batman mythology being incorporated into the series. [via Comic Book Resources]


The Walking Dead

When season 5 starts, it'll pick right back up where the last season ended. And, says Robert Kirkman, the premiere will be all about Terminus:

In our first episode, it's very much going to focus on the story of Terminus. There's a lot of big revelations that haven't really come out that I think people are gonna be pretty startled by. There's a couple other revelations that I think people might've gotten a little bit of a lead on. We'll definitely be defining those in some cool ways and confirming some theories and shooting down others, which is very exciting. But I think the coolest thing about coming back to season 5 is that we really hit the ground running. What I mean by that is that we very quickly deal with the situation that we left them in — this trapped, victim situation where they're kind of at the mercy of the people of Terminus. We really kind of expand the story from there very rapidly, so I think this is going to be a pretty fast-paced season with quite a bit going on. News is already out that Seth Gilliam has been added, and we're bringing in new characters like we always do, and I think season 5 is going to be our best season yet. I think when people finally see the premiere, they'll see what I'm talking about.

He also discussed the new characters, and whether they'd be brand new or from the comics:

There's a lot of new stuff coming. .... We're gonna do some new stuff, and a lot of that involves bringing in a lot of new characters. There's going to be some big changes ahead, and it's gonna all be cool stuff.

[Entertainment Weekly]

Steven Yuen also commented on the premiere, saying that that some of the scenes filmed in the train car were so intense, he thinks they'll be heavily edited by the time we get to see them:

I don't know if we will be able to show everything.

I remember a couple of scenes I would look over at what was going on in the scene and I would be like, 'What the eff? What are we doing? How is this legal? It's grounded and real, too; it's not like torture or gore for no reason," he said. "It's literally, that is what would happen and we are trying to show it. It would not work on network television, let me tell you that.

[E! Online]


Daredevil

Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) will recur as Hachiro. [Deadline]


The Strain

From a preview review of episode two:

[Y]ou get a better understanding how the story will be told throughout the season. We get a lot more Eph and Nora, but only a little of the tenacious pawn shop owner, Abraham Setrakian. I am really looking forward to him using that cool sword. We learn a little more about the mysterious robed figure that crushed the head of that airport employee and it's possible relationship some of the other characters.

I enjoyed The Box, especially the last fifteen minutes, which were action-packed. It appears that answers will be doled out in very small increments, but as long as each episode is as action heavy as the first two have been then it won't matter. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered regarding the virus and the robed figure. This is quickly becoming my favorite series on television right now and I'm sure it will be the same for everyone when they see the next few episodes.

[SpoilerTV]


Once Upon a Time

Series executive producers Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz said that the Frozen storyline will be contained to the first part of the season, without the characters sticking around. They also confirmed that Olaf will be missing entirely from the show and that the theme of the story is "how you never give up on the people you love." As for Elizabeth Mitchell's unnamed character, they said she's either Elsa and Anna's mother or the original snow queen. Here's how they describe Arendelle:

Horowitz: We're in the process right now. We plan to show you Arendelle and plan to show hopefully, a redefinition of it that feels faithful to the movie but also feels not animated but real. That's going to be a challenge, but one we're really excited to try and meet.

Kitsis: This is really expensive fan fiction at the end of the day. We both have children, we love Frozen, we were so inspired by the film and we were lucky enough that Disney let us bring to life the fanfic we would normally write on the web secretly.

[Entertainment Weekly]

Speaking of Once's take on Frozen, the first set photos of Haig in costume have come out. One's below, but there's more at the link. [US Magazine]

Do We Finally Know the Name of a New Star Wars Character?


Doctor Who

Head to the link for more set photos. [SpoilerTV]

Do We Finally Know the Name of a New Star Wars Character?


The Vampire Diaries

Looks like a game's coming up, if this casting call's to be believed:

VAMPIRE DIARIES (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY) is looking for extras to work Friday, July 18th in Decatur, GA. No call time yet, but expect early morning to late afternoon. Please be prepared to work a minimum of 10-12hrs. MUST HAVE FULL AVAILABILITY FOR FRIDAY.

[FOOTBALL PLAYERS] males with REAL PLAY EXPERIENCE (please note your position), all ethnicities, 18-32

[STUDENTS] male and female, all ethnicities, 18-32

[ALUMNI/FACULTY] male and female, all ethnicities, 30-55

[COACHES] male and female, all ethnicities, 30-55

[Project Casting via SpoilerTV]


The Flash

Here's the CW's synopsis:

Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry's best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother's strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along.

Barry's latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his STAR Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel.

Barry has always had the heart of a hero and now he has the legs to match, but he quickly learns that being a superhero is not as easy as it seems — and he can't do it alone. While Barry struggles to understand his new abilities, the people around him also have to adjust to a new reality. Joe West, Barry's surrogate father, is coming to grips with the fact that the world of the extraordinary actually does exist. Joe thought he understood what it meant to chase criminals, but now he's facing opponents who can do more than just rob a bank, they can control the weather. Though he knows this remarkable turn of events is Barry's destiny, every time Barry faces danger, Joe is terrified for his surrogate son. While Joe worries about Barry, Barry worries about Joe's daughter Iris, and how his new life as The Flash will change their relationship. Iris and Barry grew up together, and she has always believed in Barry's conviction that unknown forces were at work the night his mother was killed. Barry has kept his romantic feelings for Iris hidden, and now feels he must protect her by keeping his new identity a secret as well. And Iris has a secret of her own — she has been dating her father's partner, Detective Eddie Thawne, who is such a good guy, even Barry finds it hard to hate him. Still, there is tension between Barry and Thawne, who is jealous of Iris' newfound fascination with The Flash and is determined to unmask him. Barry realizes that keeping the secret of his new identity separates him from Iris, even as her growing obsession with uncovering the truth brings her ever closer to The Flash.

Barry has found another kind of surrogate family in the team at Harrison Wells' S.T.A.R. Labs. Wells himself is quickly becoming a second father figure to Barry, who learned about morality and justice from Joe, and is now learning about science and technology from Wells. Wells' ultimate agenda remains somewhat mysterious, but Barry is excited by the grander worldview that has been opened for him, and the friendship he's building with S.T.A.R. lab team members Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon. For Caitlin, who lost her fiancé in the catastrophic explosion, working with Barry is providing a much- needed sense of purpose and a way to deal with her grief. Caitlin's excitement at seeing Barry learn to use his new power is balanced by her growing concern for his safety – she and Cisco have both learned that accidents have devastating consequences. Cisco was a close friend of Caitlin's fiancé and secretly blames himself for the tragedy. A mechanical genius who comes up with amazing gadgets that help Barry control his speed, Cisco is happy to suddenly have a new project –- and a new friend –- in Barry.

While he struggles to combine these two very different groups of people into a crime-fighting unit, Barry is still excited every day by his newfound powers. He is also shocked to discover he is not the only "meta-human" created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using the new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother's murder and clear his father's name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won't be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.

[SpoilerTV]


Supernatural

Here's the one for Supernatural:

The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester Brothers continues with the tenth season of "Supernatural" on The CW.

Twenty-eight years ago, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America…and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent the last nine years battling the things that go bump in the night. Over the years, with the help of the fallen angel Castiel (Misha Collins), and the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), the Winchesters have straddled the line between good and evil.

Last season, power struggles in Heaven and Hell would push the boys beyond their limits. Crowley was pitted against the Knight of Hell, Abaddon (Alaina Huffman), in a civil war for the throne of Hell, while the recently fallen angels formed battling factions, with the boys and Castiel caught in the crossfire of both conflicts. Meanwhile, the egomaniacal former scribe of God, Metatron [Curtis Armstrong], vied to replace the Almighty in the hearts and minds of angels and humans alike. However, absolute power corrupted the scribe, and the brothers were forced to confront the would-be deity, a conflict ending with the death of Dean Winchester. In the shocking final moments of the season, he would be resurrected by the power of the First Blade, opening his eyes to reveal he has been transformed into a demon! Season 10 begins with Sam's frantic search for his missing brother, who is gone without a trace. The road to recovering the wayward Dean takes Sam down dark paths, with consequences that will shake the boys to their core. Meanwhile, Castiel has to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Metatrons campaign. With his grace failing and rogue angels still on the loose, Cass will face the ticking clock of his own mortality as all-new threats emerge to once again push all of our heroes to their limits.

SUPERNATURAL is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Jeremy Carver ("Being Human"), Robert Singer ("Midnight Caller"), Phil Sgriccia and Adam Glass. Eric Kripke created the series and serves as executive consultant, along with McG, on Season 10. July

[SpoilerTV]


Beauty and the Beast

And, finally, one for Beauty and the Beast's season 3:

Catherine "Cat" Chandler (Kristin Kreuk, "Smallville," "Chuck") is a smart, no-nonsense detective, spurred to action after hired killers murdered her mother – and would have murdered Cat, too – if something, some beast, hadn't stopped them. Ten years later, a case brought Cat to Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan, "Top of the Lake," "Terra Nova"), a supposedly deceased soldier living off the grid with the help of his loyal childhood friend and scientist, J.T. Forbes (Austin Basis, "Life Unexpected"). Cat was shocked to discover that her mother was involved in an experiment to make super-soldiers, and when the experiment went wrong, the soldiers, including Vincent, were turned into uncontrollable beasts. Vincent managed to escape the experiment alive, but then was hunted by Muirfield, the organization that sent the gunmen after Cat's mother. Vincent had been tracking them, which led him to be in the right place to save Cat on that terrible night ten years ago. Cat and Vincent were drawn to one another and an epic love began.

Muirfield reappeared and infiltrated Cat's life, costing her some of her closest relationships. She lied to her own sister, Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson, "Ravenswood"), and to her best friend and partner, Detective Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello, "Nurse Jackie"), in order to protect them. When police cases involving "beast" elements went unsolved, Assistant District Attorney Gabriel Lowan (Sendhil Ramamurthy, "Covert Affairs," "Heroes") was assigned to track down this mysterious "vigilante."

Season two saw Cat reunite with Vincent but he had changed: his scar disappeared, his memory was wiped clean, and he returned as a supercharged beast on a mysterious mission. Cat started to unravel the reasons behind Vincent's change in order to attempt to recover their epic love, while also trying to solve the secrets that swirled around her own life. With the help of friends J.T., Tess and Gabe, Cat was determined to get answers and save her soul-mate, even as one of her friends turned on her.

As season three begins, Cat and Vincent are able to focus on their love, finally free from Muirfield, manhunts and beasts, However, that love will be tested as new and more dangerous threats await. When they learn that innocent victims are being used to test the boundaries of the impossible, Cat and Vincent will uncover a deeper conspiracy, one which Vincent can fight only by turning to the beast he carries within. But unleashing the beast will risk Vincent's life – along with his and Cat's love – as they struggle to build a normal life together.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Take 5 Productions/Whizbang Films with executive producers Brad Kern ("Charmed"), Bill Haber ("Rizzoli & Isles," "Thurgood"), Paul J. Witt ("A Better Life") & Tony Thomas ("A Better Life"), Ron Koslow ("Moonlight"), Frank Siracusa ("The Yard") and John Weber ("The Borgias"), with Sherri Cooper ("Brothers and Sisters") & Jennifer Levin ("Without A Trace," "Felicity") as consultants.

[K Site TV]


Under the Dome

Go here for more photos from episode 2.05, "Reconciliation." [SpoilerTV]'

Do We Finally Know the Name of a New Star Wars Character?


Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen