Is Quicksilver the Best Part of X-Men? And Details From Arrow's Finale!

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We may know who Adam Driver's playing in Star Wars after all. Check out another Lucy trailer. There's another hint that the Amazing Spider-Man sequelscould involve the Clone Saga. And season two of Sleepy Hollow is going to be much bigger. Spoilers now!


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Star Wars

The latest plot rumor has Adam Driver not playing a straight-up "villain" in Episode VII. Instead, rumor has it that Driver's role is as the son of Han and Leia who joins the Dark Side, with the plot centering on his "rescue." As usual, take all Star Wars rumors with a grain of salt until they are officially confirmed. [Jedi News]

The Amazing Spider-Man

Even though Emma Stone filmed Gwen Stacy's death scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, she's hinted that the films may follow comics, where no one stays dead:

Is it [you're last time working with these people]?

I don't know… is it?

Is it?

There could be a—I don't know, there's a whole plotline that could happen that may bring her back.

This isn't the first hint that the movies may be venturing into Clone Saga territory, which would be one way to bring Gwen Stacy back. [Screen Rant]

X-Men: Days of Future Past

There are already some reviews out, and they're almost universally positive. Right now, the movie's at a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian said that the time travel plot is like trying to "follow two games of chess at once," but that there was always a "neat special effect, a well-timed gag or an action set piece around the corner, whipping up the action towards a symphonic climax."


The Guardian, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporterall singled out the sequence with Quicksilver breaking out Magneto for praise, with Variety writing:

Logan proves sufficiently persuasive, and Charles reluctantly agrees to help him infiltrate the Pentagon and free Erik (Michael Fassbender) from the subterranean prison where he's being held for past crimes.

It's a dangerous but necessary step that's pulled off, with smashing aplomb, by Logan's old pal Peter (Evan Peters), a leather-jacketed, silver-haired mutant known as Quicksilver for his incredible agility, and one of the few Marvel crossover characters who can claim membership with the X-Men and the Avengers. While Aaron Taylor-Johnson is playing the character in Disney's concurrent Marvel franchise (he'll be seen at length in 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron"), the bar has been set remarkably high here: Peters' Quicksilver steals every scene he's in, especially one brilliant, deliriously fun action sequence that reveals how everything seems to advance in slow-motion from his perspective.


[Rotten Tomatoes]


Here's the international trailer. [via Comic Book Resources]

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

No big surprise, since we've been hearing about it for a while, but we've got official details of Imagine Dragons' song for the movie. From the official announcement:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 13, 2014) – Director Michael Bay, film composer Steve Jablonsky and Paramount Pictures are collaborating with the Grammy Award-winning band IMAGINE DRAGONS to feature the band's original music in the upcoming film "TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION," one of the most anticipated movies of the summer.

Following an early footage screening of the film, IMAGINE DRAGONS wrote the original song "BATTLE CRY," which Bay used in critical points in the film. Additionally, the band contributed original music during the scoring process by recording cues with Jablonsky, the film's composer, and Hans Zimmer, who assisted in the process. The collaboration resulted in added depth to the sound of the film.

"We're incredibly lucky that Dan, Wayne, Ben and Daniel were available to work with us," says director Bay. "I remember being drawn to the emotion of 'Demons' and 'Radioactive' the first time I heard those songs, and I knew I wanted that same energy and heart for this movie. They've created a really epic, otherworldly sound for 'Battle Cry.'"

"The TRANSFORMER franchise has set the bar for cinematic innovation over the years," says Alex Da Kid, label head at KIDinaKORNER records. "We are excited to collaborate with Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures and view this as an incredible global platform."

IMAGINE DRAGONS will perform its new single live at the film's worldwide premiere in Hong Kong, one of the locations in the film, on June 19th


Doctor Who

In the Radio Times, Steven Moffat talked about what Peter Capaldi brings to the role of the Doctor:

There is something about Peter's demeanour, his eyes, his attitude. He's tremendously bright and that comes out on screen. When you choose a Doctor, you want somebody who is utterly compelling, attractive in an odd way. None of the Doctors are conventionally attractive but they're all arresting.

. . . Peter is a man in his 50s, but is terribly boyish and young at times.

[Blogtor Who]


Executive producer Marc Guggenheim talked about what we'll see from both Felicity and Sara in the finale:

You've done a nice job of layering in these little Oliver/Felicity moments and hints. Is that something we can expect more of in the finale and going into next season?

Those moments are one of the core elements of the show. We saw that even when Felicity was flirting with Barry, there was still this connection with Oliver. There will be a couple moments between Oliver and Felicity that I think will surprise people, anger others, make people weep. If you're a fan of those moments, you're definitely going to want to see the finale, and you're going to want to stick around all the way to the end.

Speaking of the women in Oliver's life, Sara is back in town. How are they working side-by-side now?

We're going to learn where Sara went after she left Starling City in Episode 20. We're going to learn a little bit more of what was behind her comments to Laurel that she made in that alleyway during Episode 22. And we're going to learn what her future trajectory is. It's quite a bit to take in for Oliver. We're throwing a lot of different things at Oliver. This season finale has Oliver, literally, fighting wars on several fronts.


He also said that there would be "one character you will not be seeing at the start of Season 3" and also sketched the contours of season three:

The way we've been approaching Season 3 is [with the] recognition that the season finale of Season 2 doesn't feel like just a conclusion of Season 2, but rather a conclusion of Seasons 1 and 2 – that we were telling one, big 46-episode story. The season finale really gives you a strong sense of closure and that a chapter really, truly is finished. My hope is that it'll do so in a way that will make people go, "Wow, this story may be over, but I'm really interested in seeing what the next story they tell with these characters is."


[TV Line]

And here's a clip from the finale:

Agents of SHIELD/Agent Carter

When Agents of SHIELD returns for season 2, it will be moved to 9 pm on Tuesdays. And, as expected, Agent Carter will air during Agents of SHIELD's winter hiatus. [TV Guide]


Falling Skies

Here's the season 4 press release:

Noah Wyle Stars in Top 10 Drama from Amblin Television And Executive Producer Steven Spielberg

The nightmare is just beginning for the humans battling an occupying alien force in the fourth season of TNT's hit series Falling Skies. Noah Wyle stars in the epic drama, which is produced by Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Also starring are Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho and Doug Jones. Scarlett Byrne (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is set to join the cast as a regular this season, while Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Mimic) and Treva Etienne (Terminator Salvation, Pirates of the Caribbean) are slated to guest-star along with returning guest-star Robert Sean Leonard (House, Dead Poets Society).

Since premiering as the #1 new series of 2011, Falling Skies has ranked as one of basic cable's Top 10 original dramas among key adult demos for each of the past three years. Executive-produced by Spielberg and Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, along with David Eick and Greg Beeman, season four of Falling Skies is set to premiere Sunday, June 22, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following the launch of TNT's all-new drama The Last Ship.

In Falling Skies, Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a college professor who became an unlikely resistance leader following a massive invasion by an alien race known as the Espheni. Bloodgood is Dr. Ann Glass, a pediatrician who became the survivors' primary physician and recently gave birth to a daughter who, it turns out, is not entirely human. Patton is Colonel Weaver, the gruff and emotionally scarred commander of the 2nd Mass who has been leading the battle against the invaders.

Last season on Falling Skies, the human population in the new capital of Charleston reluctantly welcomed assistance from the Volm, a new race of aliens promising to supply the humans with a secret weapon that would win the war against the Espheni. After working together to destroy a major Espheni base, however, the Volm's real intentions regarding the Earth become murky. Meanwhile, Tom and Ann's rapidly growing daughter has begun to display remarkable abilities, raising fears about who or what she really is.

As season four opens, the Mason family and the remaining 2nd Mass suddenly find themselves under brutal attack by a new Espheni war machine – and a new, deadly creation unlike anything previously encountered. Divided like chattel and spread to the winds, they must each forge new relationships in order to survive.

Scarlett Byrne is set to join the cast as a mysterious woman with a unique connection to the invaders. Academy Award®-winning actress Mira Sorvino is set to guest-star this season as Sara, brash woman with a complicated past who proves to be a worthy foil and potential love interest for loose cannon John Pope (Cunningham). Treva Etienne is slated to guest star as Dingaan Botha, who joins the 2nd Mass to help fight the extra-terrestrial invaders. Robert Sean Leonard is set to return as the brilliant but odd Dr. Roger Kadar.



Sleepy Hollow

Fox's Kevin Reilly confirmed that season 2 would have 18 episodes, saying in a conference call:

Last year, Sleep Hollow, in its first season, was making mini-movies every week. It was a big show. We stopped when we felt we could put out a creatively excellent product. I think the show ended on a high note, as opposed to teasing it out for six or nine episodes, and having it barely hold together, and having a lot of repeats to get there.

The other part of it is Sleepy Hollow has now been back in series production for already a month for [season 2]. Next year, our order on Sleepy Hollow is 18 episodes. We will have almost all 18 in a row. They are now in series production a good two months before just about any returning drama on television. The show is going to be really, really strong.


[Give Me My Remote]

Episode 2.02 will be called "The Kindred." [SpoilerTV]

The Last Ship

Here are the descriptions of the first ten episodes

"Phase Six" – Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Captain Tom Chandler and the crew of the USS Nathan James set out for the Arctic with two civilian virologists, Dr. Rachel Scott and Dr. Quincy Tophet, who claim to be studying birds. When they come under attack by a renegade team of Russian forces, Chandler learns these virologists are actually collecting samples of the source of a deadly virus that has wiped out over half the human population while they've been at sea. As they head home on the orders of the remaining U.S. government, Chandler and his crew realize that home is a shadow of what they left, and the safest place to develop a vaccine for this deadly disease is out at sea on their ship.

Directed by Jonathan Mostow

Teleplay and Television Story by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley

"Welcome to Gitmo" – Sunday, June 29, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Chandler and his crew head to the U.S. Military base at Guantanamo Bay in hopes of collecting food, medical supplies and fuel replenishments. Three teams are dispatched to carry out these varied tasks. While there, they come under attack by escaped Gitmo prisoners and enlist the help of a grizzled private contractor who's been surviving for weeks and living off the land.

Directed by Jack Bender

Written by Hank Steinberg & Josh Schaer

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley

"Dead Reckoning" – Sunday, July 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

The James faces off against a new foe who demands Chandler hand over Rachel and her research. When Chandler refuses, he and his crew are put to the test as Chandler engages in a series of risky strategic moves. But it turns out their new enemy has his own horse in the race to find a cure for the virus.

Directed by Jack Bender

Written by Steven Kane

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley

"We'll Get There" – Sunday, July 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Days after a trying series of events at Gitmo, Chandler and his crew are put under extreme duress when the ship's propulsion system suffers a catastrophic event. With Dr. Scott in danger of losing all her research on the virus and a crew overworked, overtired and desperately low on drinking water, Chandler's leadership and ingenuity are put to the test.

Directed by Jack Bender

Written by Quinton Peeples

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley

"El Toro" – Sunday, July 20, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

With Rachel close to a breakthrough on her vaccine, she, Chandler and XO Slattery lead a small team into the jungles of Nicaragua on a mission to find monkeys for her vaccine trials. While there, they find much more than they bargained for when they run across a former drug kingpin who will stop at nothing to maintain his stranglehold on his oppressed society. Chandler and his men find themselves in a huge moral dilemma over whether to eliminate this menace or take what they need and continue on with their mission.

Directed by Paul Holahan

Written by Hank Steinberg and Cameron Welsh

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley

"Lockdown" – Sunday, July 27, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

After returning from the horrors of Nicaragua, panic begins to spread throughout the ship when Lt. Danny Green comes down with a mysterious illness that could be the virus. Losing faith in Rachel and her failing vaccine trials, Chandler now has to deal with a restive crew. If he fails to keep the crew together, the whole mission is in jeopardy.

Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

Written by Hank Steinberg

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley


After picking up a distress call near Jamaica, Chandler and a small team stage a rescue attempt. But a surprise attack leave Chandler and Tex stranded at sea. Slattery and the crew search desperately to find their lost at sea Captain and his comrade, hoping to do so before their enemies beat them to it.

Directed by Michael Katleman

Written by Jessica Butler & Jill Blankenship

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley

"Two Sailors Walk into a Bar"

With Chandler and Tex caught in a dangerous situation, Slattery has to step into the role as commanding officer. Torn between a mission with the fate of the world at stake and a Captain (and friend) in danger, Slattery has to find a way to get his people back without losing the most important asset: the vaccine prototype.

Directed by Michael Katleman

Written by Josh Schaer & Cameron Welsh

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley


Rachel and Chandler ask for six volunteers to participate in human trials of her vaccine, but the tests could be a living hell as the virus and the vaccine do battle inside their bodies. Meanwhile back in the States, Chandler's wife and father are doing everything they can to keep their family alive.

Directed by Jack Bender

Written by Onalee Hunter Hughes

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley

"No Place Like Home"

Season one comes to an end as Chandler and his crew finally return home, where a former D.C. power player is fending off a dangerous warlord who threatens her hopes of restoring law and order in society. Now with a location and a means to finalize their mission, Chandler sets out to save his dying family, only to discover something absolutely terrifying about this brave new world.

Directed by Brad Turner

Written by Steven Kane

Created by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane

Based on the novel by William Brinkley



Here's the promo for episode 1.05, "Lies." [via SpoilerTV]

The Strain

Here's a new promo:

Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen




Sleepy Hollow makes me too happy. I think I'm more excited for its return than any of the proposed new shows coming in the fall.