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Check out a new teaser and official description for Man of Steel. Another returning character is confirmed for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special. Plus tons of spoilers for what's ahead on Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and more! Spoilers from here on out!

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Man of Steel

Here's a TV spot.

And here's a new official synopsis from the official site, which is in all-caps for some unfathomable reason:

A YOUNG BOY LEARNS THAT HE HAS EXTRAORDINARY POWERS AND IS NOT OF THIS EARTH. AS A YOUNG MAN, HE JOURNEYS TO DISCOVER WHERE HE CAME FROM AND WHAT HE WAS SENT HERE TO DO. BUT THE HERO IN HIM MUST EMERGE IF HE IS TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM ANNIHILATION AND BECOME THE SYMBOL OF HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND.

THE FILM ALSO STARS FOUR-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE AMY ADAMS (“THE MASTER”) AS DAILY PLANET JOURNALIST LOIS LANE, AND OSCAR NOMINEE LAURENCE FISHBURNE (“WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT”) AS HER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, PERRY WHITE. STARRING AS CLARK KENT’S ADOPTIVE PARENTS, MARTHA AND JONATHAN KENT, ARE OSCAR NOMINEE DIANE LANE (“UNFAITHFUL”) AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNER KEVIN COSTNER (“DANCES WITH WOLVES”).

SQUARING OFF AGAINST THE SUPERHERO ARE TWO OTHER SURVIVING KRYPTONIANS, THE VILLAINOUS GENERAL ZOD, PLAYED BY OSCAR NOMINEE MICHAEL SHANNON (“REVOLUTIONARY ROAD”), AND FAORA, ZOD’S EVIL PARTNER, PLAYED BY ANTJE TRAUE (UPCOMING “THE SEVENTH SON”). ALSO FROM SUPERMAN’S NATIVE KRYPTON ARE LARA LOR-VAN, SUPERMAN’S MOTHER, PLAYED BY AYELET ZURER (“ANGELS AND DEMONS”), AND SUPERMAN’S FATHER, JOR-EL, PORTRAYED BY ACADEMY AWARD WINNER RUSSELL CROWE (“GLADIATOR”).

ROUNDING OUT THE CAST ARE CHRISTOPHER MELONI (UPCOMING “42”) AS U.S. MILITARY MAN COLONEL HARDY, HARRY LENNIX (“STATE OF PLAY”) AS GENERAL SWANWICK, MICHAEL KELLY (“THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU”) AS STEVE LOMBARD, AND RICHARD SCHIFF (TV’S “THE WEST WING”) AS DR. EMIL HAMILTON.

[Man of Steel]


Oblivion

Here's another behind-the-scenes video.


Divergent

Summit Entertainment announced the start of filming for their new dystopian YA novel adaptation. Here are some excerpts from the announcement, which offer a full cast listing and some plot details:

Summit Entertainment... announced today that principal photography has commenced in Chicago on the highly anticipated feature filmadaptation of DIVERGENT, starring Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet. The studio also announced that Ray Stevenson and Mekhi Phifer will join a stellar young cast including Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. The futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth's New York Times best seller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty... Summit will release the film theatrically in North America in THE HUNGER GAMES slot on Friday, March 21, 2014. DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.

Byzantium

Director Neil Jordan explains the premise of his vampire movie, which stars Quantum of Solace's Gemma Arterton and Hanna's Saoirse Ronan:

It’s set mainly in the world of contemporary Britain. But the seedy seaside resort our horror heroines end up in (Hastings on the south coast of Britain was the location for these faded glamour scenes) is haunted by the past in very radical, graphic and dramatic ways. That was the reinvention challenge for me beyond Interview With the Vampire and The Company of Wolves dynamics. Plus there were many facets to Byzantium that connected to my previous work; the religious overtones, the strong female leads stretching back to Mona Lisa, even The Crying Game if you think about it. The relationship between Clara and Eleanor being mother/daughter, sisters, rivals is full of complexities, very exciting ones to play with. One is a lascivious whore, the other her refined student, and that was wonderfully rich and moving material to get my teeth into. They might be anti-heroines with separate destines ultimately, but for me this duo buck the current vampire trend in far more thrilling ways than the Twilight saga or the ‘True Blood’ TV series. Their hunger for blood, life and every experience is beyond good and evil and that’s such a brilliant starting premise.

[Shock Till You Drop]


Doctor Who

The BBC has announced the latest cast member for the special, as Jemma Redgrave is set to reprise her "Power of Three" role as Kate Stewart, the daughter of the late, great Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Here's the BBC's official statement on the matter:

We’re delighted to reveal that Jemma Redgrave will be returning to Doctor Who for the show’s fiftieth anniversary special. She previously appeared in 2012’s The Power of Three playing Kate Stewart, daughter of the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Jemma is part of a brilliant cast that is already known to include Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman who are joined by the returning David Tennant and Billie Piper plus screen legend John Hurt and Joanna Page. Filming is underway on the special which will be a 3D spectacular shown later this year.

[Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]


Game of Thrones

Here's a video introducing some of the season's new characters.

George R.R. Martin has confirmed on his website that, because of the simplification of Ser Barristan Selmy's return to the show and the removal of his Arstan alter ego, the character Strong Belwas will not appear on the show. [Not A Blog]

Costar Alfie Allen discusses the state of his character, Theon Greyjoy:

“I think my character is severely misguided. I don’t think he’s super evil. He’s just a boy, really, trying to prove himself to his father. I think that’s a universal theme. Even if you’re not looking for your parents’ approval, you really kind of are. I think there’s a nice guy down there... There’s 15 to 20 percent of Game of Thrones fans who will be feeling sorry for him this season and the rest will just be laughing and enjoying it immensely,”

[EW]

Here's a promo for the next episode, "Walk of Punishment."

And here are some spoiler-y hints for episode three, "Walk of Punishment," and episode four, "And Now His Watch Is Ended":

Episode 3 - Walk of Punishment
- The episode ends with a very familiar character, since season 1, getting changed forever.
- Brienne could have been raped, but ended up not.
- We get to see Riverrun for the first time, and with that Edmure and Blackfish.
- Edmure should practice his archer-skills.

Episode 4 - And Now His Watch is Ended
- Jeor Mormont falls in battle, but not against wildlings or the others.
- Revenge you want, it will be yours in time. Varys proves that.
- We finally meet the The Lightning Lord.
- Dany shows Astapor who`s the better one.
- Roose Boltons bastard plays mind tricks with young Greyjoy.
- Varys and Lady Olenna meet.

[SpoilerTV]


The Walking Dead

Comics creator Robert Kirkman discusses whether Daryl could get a love interest in season four:

Never say never! I think that it could happen eventually. I wouldn't want to spoil anything, but Daryl is a complex character and he's really got a lot of emotional hurdles to get over in his life. It is kind of odd that we haven't seen him in that kind of romantic light, but I think that adds a layer to the character that makes him a little more mysterious and a little cooler. But I wouldn't rule out some kind of love interest for him in the future.

Person of Interest

Here's the description for episode twenty, "In Extemis," which airs April 25:

When a luminary in the world of medicine is poisoned, Reese and Finch have just 24 hours to determine the deadly toxin he was given and find the person behind the attack. Meanwhile, Detective Fusco’s past corruption catches up with him when an informant gives the Internal Affairs Bureau the crucial information they need to send him to prison.

[SpoilerTV]


Grimm

Here's the description for episode eighteen, "Ring of Fire," which airs April 19:

THINGS HEAT UP IN PORTLAND WHEN NICK FACES A VILLAIN UNLIKE ANY OTHER – Nick (David Giuntoli) finds himself fighting a wildly different sort of nature freak in a desperate attempt to keep a volcano from burying Portland in lava. Meanwhile a pregnant Adalind (Claire Coffee) meets a powerful new ally (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) in Europe. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) seeks out help after becoming overwhelmed by the latest side effect of her recovery - multiple memories of Nick showing up everywhere.

[SpoilerTV]


Arrow

Here's an interview with Detective Lance actor Paul Blackthorne.

The season finale will reportedly be called "Sacrifice." [SpoilerTV]


The Vampire Diaries

Showrunner Julie Plec discusses what's ahead for Matt, one of the show's few remaining humans:

"We are going to let ourselves really enjoy Matt in the last couple episodes. He looks around at all the people in his life that are about to graduate, maybe move on to college, or go off and live some supernatural destiny elsewhere, and then here he is figuring out his next step. He's thinking, 'Do I have any options? What are they? And what do I want to do now that I'm free to get away from all of this if I want to?'"

[Zap2It]


Orphan Black

Here's the description for the next episode, "Variation Under Nature":

Rocked by the revelation that she and her fellow “Orphans” are clones, Sarah just wants to get her hands on the money and skip town. But Sarah’s fake detective ruse stretches thin when the cops find the body she buried and assign “Beth” to the case. As Sarah closes in on the killer, the hunter becomes the hunted.

[SpoilerTV]


Continuum

Here's the description for the upcoming season premiere:

In the season 2 premiere, Kiera resurfaces after the mayor is killed in a brazen assassination. She reunites with Carlos to solve the murder and also tries to reconnect with Alec, who has changed since reading the message from his future self.

[SpoilerTV]


Beauty and the Beast

Star Kristin Kreuk suggests the show will drop its procedural element in season two, assuming it gets a season two:

You know, I’ve been pretty honest: I think it’s a season one thing where you try something out, and it’s like, ‘Wait. This works, this works, this isn’t working as well.’ I think the best procedurals are procedurals. They’re just pure procedurals. The stories have to be so complex and you’ve got to make sure that every little piece…. and when you’re dealing with the mythology and the romance, it’s hard to keep all that in, so if we can just do mythology and romance… there’s still what you would call a procedural element [with a] certain episodic thing that happens. I think we can do a better story this way.

[KSiteTV]


Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.