It's very early days, but we've got to admit that the latest Terminator 5 news has us a little excited. Plus Dark Shadows casts two key female roles, at least one Hobbit casting announcement was a little premature, Men in Black 3 hits script troubles, there are new Battle: Los Angeles pictures, and more!
Top image from Battle: Los Angeles.
Universal reportedly wants to continue the Terminator franchise with Justin Lin in the director's chair...and Arnold Schwarzenegger back in front of the camera. This rumor is still very much in its early days — and there might likely be nothing to it, at least the part about Schwarzenegger getting involved — so there's no word on whether this would actually be a starring role as an improbably aged, strangely gubernatorial version of the T-800, or something else entirely. Anyway, Lin is probably best known as the director of the recent entries in The Fast and The Furious franchise, but he those doubting his abilities should also know he directed "Modern Warfare", the Community paintball episode. Anyway, this is all just rumor and speculation for now. [Deadline]
Here are some new photos from the movie. [IGN]
Two more major parts have reportedly been cast. First up, there's Batman Returns star Michelle Pfeiffer, who's reportedly playing Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the owner of the Collinwood mansion where all the action takes place. Then there's director Tim Burton's off-screen partner Helena Bonham Carter, who frequently appears in his films, will reportedly follow up her work in The King's Speech by playing Dr. Julia Hoffman, a blood specialist who becomes an unlikely ally of Johnny Depp's vampire Barnabas Collins. [Deadline]
Atonement and The Lovely Bones actress Saoirse Ronan clarified that she hasn't actually been cast yet, although she would like to be:
"No, nothing has actually been confirmed yet. I'd love to get a role in 'The Hobbit.' I think everybody in the world would like a role in 'The Hobbit.'"
Also, the original Mount Doom location, Mount Ngauruhoe, will probably not be available to Jackson for The Hobbit because it was recently declared sacred ground by local Maori groups, and it appears unlikely they will give Jackson special permission to film on the mountain. Potential stand-in mountains include New Zealand's Mount Taranaki or the Southern Alps. [MTV Movies Blog]
Although the present-day sequences that comprise the first act of the film are nearing completion, production will reportedly taken a longer than expected break so that screenwriter Jeff Nathanson can rework the 1969 sequences. There are still rumors of creative differences between Will Smith and the filmmakers, but that's obviously unconfirmed. [The Los Angeles Times]
Here's a behind the scenes look at the upcoming episode "6B": [SpoilerTV]
Episode 16 will reportedly be called "Os." [SpoilerTV]
And here's some set photos. [Susan Gittins's Flickr]
A tweet claims that the show will soon be in Vancouver's Chinatown filming alternate-Olivia giving birth. We can't assess the validity of that report, though, so consider it very much unconfirmed for now. [@SleepySheepie]
CSI: New York and Criminal Minds actor Daniel Buran has reportedly been cast as Raoul, the werewolf packmaster of Shreveport, which should make him the much-discussed Alcide's new boss. He is reportedly signed on for about seven episodes. [TV Line]
Robin Givens explains how her mysterious new CIA character is able to convince Casey to start working for a new team:
"She presents him with things he knows are true: This has been your longest assignment; your team doesn't need you anymore. You were the best sharpshooter and now you're bartending; you're doing paperwork. So she presents him with an offer that he can't say no to."
The new group includes former Gretas Isaiah Mustafa and Stacy Kiebler, and we will learn their real names. [TV Guide]
Here's the promo for episode 16, "Chuck vs. the Masquerade": [SpoilerTV]
Here are synopses for the first two episodes of the second half of the season, both of which are set to air on March 7.
Episode 1.11 - And Then There Were More
While the intelligence community tries to decrypt Thomas's message, he launches a surprise attack; Blake Sterling learns important information about Sleepers.
Episode 1.12 - Inostranka
A politician threatens to reveal information about the Mt. Inostranka detention center on TV; Sean and Leila get a lead on Samantha.
It's looking worse and worse for this show...which, unimaginable as it seems, might actually turn out to be the best - or least bad, if you prefer - of this network season's new scifi shows (though that's not saying much). Anyway, showrunner Josh Wirth has reportedly moved on to work on a CW drama pilot. And when somebody is jumping ship from a network show to work on a CW pilot...yeah, I wouldn't count on a second season of The Cape. [CapeSite.net]
Anyway, let's put all that unpleasantness aside and enjoy this promo for episode eight, "The Lich Part 2": [SpoilerTV]
Syfy will be airing the rest of the season beginning on March 7, with the eleventh episode "Deliverance." Here are some photos. [Daemon's TV]
Here's a lengthy cast interview: [SpoilerTV]
Here's a super-quick synopsis, some photos, a promo, and a sneak peek for episode 6, "It Takes Two To Make A Thing Go Wrong." Here's the description: "Rebecca shoots a grisly video in a seedy motel room; Danny parts with Sally's ring; Josh schedules a date with a nurse; Sally has a revenge fantasy." [Daemon's TV]
And here's a synopsis and photos for episode 7, "I See Your True Colors...And That Is Why I Hate You." The episode involves: "Emily and Josh return to their parents' house; Aidan confronts Bishop over the attack on Emily; Sally tries to reach out to Bridget." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a short synopsis for episode 4:
When a rogue AC enters Forthaven and attacks a citizen, Cass and Fleur must control the situation. But Fleur soon finds herself calling into question everything Forthaven stands for and Cass must make an agonising decision.
And here's a promo for episode 5: [SpoilerTV]
Here's some photos and a synopsis for the March 4 episode "Scion." [Daemon's TV]
Lionel (John Glover) and Tess (Cassidy Freeman) go head to head in a battle for the Luthor name. Clark (Tom Welling) and Lois (Erica Durance) are stunned by Tess' latest present to them.
Sam Witwer reveals there were some plans to bring back his Doomsday alter ego Davis Bloome for the finale, but these never came to anything:
"At one point, they were thinking maybe [Davis] could come back and do something, but I don't think they cracked how. The way that they left it, it would take a bit of work to get him back into the fold. So no, I don't think we're going to see Davis Bloome again."
There's apparently a not insignificant chance that Terrance Stamp will make a final voice-over appearance as Jor-El, although there's not much chance at all that he'll actually make an onscreen cameo. [TV Line]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.