An action figure gives us a close-up look at Age of Ultron's Iron Man suit, plus a better look at Ultron. Learn more about Agent Carter's mythology. And take a good look at Powers' cast. Plus, has Doctor Who started hiring directors for season nine? Spoilers now!
Top image: Sleepy Hollow
Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) has finished his re-write of the script, according to this tweet from Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures DeVon Franklin. [Coming Soon]
Kevin Smith's next movie, now filming, will bring back most of the cast of Tusk, which makes sense since it's a quasi-sequel to that film. Here's a brief synopsis from The Hollywood Reporter:
Hosers, written by Smith, centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada's crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) to fight for their lives with, according to the producers, "all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time."
(The characters of the convenience store clerks appear briefly in Tusk.)
There are also a few shots of Johnny Depp on set, as his Tusk character. More photos at the link. [Just Jared]
And here's a shot from the film from Jennifer Schwalbach, mother of star Harley Quinn Smith, of the two main characters in their prison get-ups. [Comic Book.com]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
We'll be getting another trailer for the film on January 12, during the College Football National Championship game on ESPN, which starts at 8:30 p.m. EST. [/Film]
From Hot Toys, we have a close look at the Iron Man Mark XLIII, which will presumably be the main look for the character in Age of Ultron. The one-sixth-scale figure also includes a close look at what's called the "Damaged Ultron Mark I." Note the Avengers "A" on it. More photos here. [Sideshow Collectibles]
Here's a new TV spot for the time travel film. [via Screen Rant]
Tom Mison talked about what's in store for Ichabod on Sleepy Hollow:
This has been the fun part of the second half of the season, working out where do the two witnesses go from here. Moloch's been killed. What now? Of course, it's not going to be as simple as the job's done, let's just go get some nice new clothes and a haircut. Instead, there will always be a new dilemma. But particularly when we return from the midseason break, you do see a big dilemma, where Ichabod is desperately trying to find more to do as a witness because that's the only reason he's here in this weird new world, this new time, is because he's got a job to do. But if the job's finished, what is the point of Ichabod Crane in the 21st century?
See a video with Mison, Nicole Beharie, and Lyndie Greenwood at the link. [TV Guide]
Executive Mark Goffman says that the show will immediately go into the story of the avenging angel played by Max Brown. Goffman adds that this will definitely involve Abbie:
There's something inspirational that Abbie sees in his conviction and his abilities. As the story unfolds, it becomes extreme. There's a really interesting connection between Abbie and the angel.
Star Hayley Atwell and executive producers Chris Dingess, Tara Butters, and Michele Fazekas talked about how the show will follow from Captain America: The First Avenger:
Because Captain America is presumed dead after the events of First Avenger—in which he crashed a plane full of nukes into the Arctic—a sense of grief will play a large role in keeping Peggy grounded as she attempts to live a double life in the wake of such a big loss. "What do you do when you're no longer punching Nazis in the face and making out with Captain America?" Dingess asks. "What's the chapter after that?"
That chapter involves Peggy losing her mojo and going into a self-imposed exile out of fear of growing too close to anyone—the 1940s aren't an easy time to be a single lady—even as she throws herself into her secret missions. "We show the cost of her strength," Atwell says. "She's got her work, and she's got her private grief, but when they are combined, that's when it gets dirty for her."
Viewers will come to learn that Peggy doesn't need saving, which makes Agent Carter a series not just for women but for everyone. "I don't think you have to have any comic-book background to enjoy the show," Butters says. "It's Alias in 1946." Dingess concurs: "This is really a story about a badass secret agent—male or female—digging into a mystery, overcoming tremendous odds, getting heat from all sides, and digging themselves out of a hole. It could be Jack Bauer."
Atwell adds that the show isn't going to be a case-of-the-week style show:
Although Agent Carter's two-hour bow largely revolves around the search for a highly volatile implosive concocted by Stark, Atwell makes clear that this is not a Case of the Week show. "It's not like, 'Let's find this 'bad baby,' now let's find that 'bad baby,'" she says. "It goes to a much deeper, darker place.
"I was absolutely shocked and delighted when I started to read the later episodes and see the direction we're going in," she continues. "That's one of the advantages of having only eight episodes, is that it's not diluted over 22. This has a very strong story and is essentially four films."
That said, is the actress at liberty to spill any intel on any of the other stolen Stark creations, to figure into later episodes? "Oh, my goodness…," she answers, pausing to think. Quickly latching onto one, she then teases, "It's not so much a 'bad baby' as a bad monster." With a laugh, she notes, "Yeah, 'babies' is a soft, misguided term!"
Morena Baccarin says that her character, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, will spend most of her time with Jim Gordon:
She gets out [of Arkham] which is really fun and her and Jim kind of pair up and have this really great relationship. I think it's important. Arkham is a really kind of iconic and dark and crazy world but I don't think you want to spend too much time in there. Jim finds an ally in her, which I think is important for him at this point. He's beaten down by the system and he's been fighting this one-man operation to make Gotham not as corrupt. I think it's really important that he finds that relationship in Leslie.
See Dr. Thompkins meet Gordon at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
SpoilerTV has a preview of tonight's episode, saying that we may meet the first multi-episode villain introduced (other than ones who are regular characters), that Arkham has "secrets" that could never be revealed, and more about Fish Mooney's plower play. [SpoilerTV]
Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) will star in the BBC Worldwide and AtresMedia co-production of the new show The Refugees. The show will premiere on laSexta in Spain in the fall. The show is said to be "explores the impact on a small rural community after millions of refugees from the future travel back in time to seek shelter in the present." [BBC]
Here's the synopsis for the pilot:
27 years after a virus wipes out most of humanity, scientists send a man (James Cole) back to 2015 to stop the plague from ever happening. Cole's only lead is a virologist (Dr. Cassandra Railly), who knows the dangerous source of the outbreak.
And there's a preview review of it at the link. [SpoilerTV]
According to his online CV, Daniel O'Hara will direct two episodes of season nine. Both are currently listed as being 60 minutes long. [Doctor Who TV]
The Walking Dead
Here's a character promo for the season five. [via SpoilerTV]
Below is the synopsis for the season 2 premiere:
January 16, 2015 10:00 PM
15 months after the events at Arctic Biosystems, new CDC team with the addition of biotoxicologist Kyle Sommer respond to a potential outbreak on a Windjammer in the Northern Pacific. Their search leads them to an island occupied by a mysterious cult led by the charismatic Michael. Meanwhile, 40 years in the future, Walker arrives at the same island searching for Alan Farragut.
Here are two trailers. [via /Film]
American Horror Story
Here are some photos of Neil Patrick Harris in character from episode 4.11, "Magical Thinking." [SpoilerTV]
Here's the synopsis for "The Wolves of Deep Brooklyn":
Greed is definitely not good when Henry and Jo investigate the murder of a young financial investment phenom from humble beginnings who turns up dead near the East River. Coincidently, he also happens to be the son of one of Abe's wartime Army buddies. Henry's first case back on the job after a leave to recover from killing a man has Jo and Lt. Reese keeping him under observation out of an abundance of concern. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Henry, Abe decides to play detective with his Army buddies to solve the murder with surprising results. In a touching flashback, Henry recalls his anxiety over letting a 17-year-old Abe go to Vietnam after he is recruited by the Army, on "Forever," TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Beauty and the Beast
Episode 3.12 will be called "Sins of the Fathers." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das