Just how ridiculously cosmic will Thor: The Dark World get?

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The Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is close to finding a director to replace Rupert Wyatt, and there are some seriously intriguing candidates. Another great director says he wants to work on Doctor Who. Plus tons of videos for Doctor Who, Fringe, Frankenweeie, and much more!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Doctor Who.

Thor: The Dark World

The hot new rumor is that the movie won't just visit the Earth and Asgard but all nine of the franchise's Norse-inspired realms. Since it's more or less confirmed the sequel focuses on the Dark Elves, their realm Svartalheim was pretty much guaranteed to make an appearance. That still leaves "the Light Elves' realm, Alfeim, the Realm of the dead who are neither honored or dishonered, Hel, the Demon world of Muspelheim, the Dwarven realm, Nidavellir and Asgard's sister-realm, Vanaheim", plus the land of the Frost Giants, Jotunheim, which featured in the first movie. It's a fun thought, and certainly in keeping with the kind of relentless universe expansion that also led Marvel to go ahead with a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but it's probably best to be somewhat skeptical. After all, the rumor is based on a translation a report from a Russian Cinema Expo, which says Marvel is hopeful new director Alan Taylor will be able to use his Game of Thrones experience to bring to life not just Earth and Asgard, but all nine realms. Assuming the translation is accurate, that still sounds like it might be more marketing hyperbole than a literally true plot detail. Either way, it's still probably best to expect a more in-depth view of Thor's part of the Marvel universe — just maybe not every single last one of his realms. [Coming Soon]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Now that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has left the project, reportedly due to concerns about the sequel's quick turnaround time, there's a rumored shortlist of possible successors. 20th Century Fox is reportedly considering The Disappearance of Alice Creed director J Blakeson, 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Take Shelter's Jeff Nichols, and Juan Antonio Bayona, who will make his English language debut with the upcoming film The Impossible. There's also a pair of bigger name directors in the hunt: Guillermo del Toro and Looper's Rian Johnson, although representatives of the latter have reportedly already ruled him out of consideration. The favorite in all this, however, is Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, who seems like a decent choice to take over from Wyatt and arguably deserves another shot at big-budget moviemaking after the undeserved failure of Let Me In. The decision will likely be made relatively soon, considering it was reportedly concerns about the movie's abbreviated schedule that led Wyatt to jump ship in the first place. [Deadline]


Here's a pair of sneak peeks at Tim Burton's stop-motion remake of his 1982 horror short.

Doctor Who

Here's a video looking at the return of River Song in this Saturday's episode, "The Angels Take Manhattan."

And here's an interview with the cast. [Blogtor Who]

Here are some more promo photos for the Doctor, Amy, and Rory's final adventure together. [Blogtor Who]


This probably remains very solidly in the wishful thinking category for now, but Looper director Rian Johnson says one of his dreams would be to direct an episode of Doctor Who. Funnily enough, one of my dreams is now to see Rian Johnson direct a Doctor Who episode. Johnson, whose TV directing experience includes a pair of terrific Breaking Bad episodes (although, is there any other kind of Breaking Bad episode?), also says he would be interested in directing an episode of Game of Thrones. [Screen Rant]


Here's a promo for the fifth and final season, which begins tomorrow.

Here are all the sneak peeks for the fifth season premiere, "Transilence Thought Unifier Model-11", in one handy video.

Here's a bunch of behind-the-scenes videos to get you ready for the premiere.

Here's a set video.

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And here's a cast photo. [SpoilerTV]

The Walking Dead

Here's a bunch of promo photos from the third season premiere, "Seed", which airs October 14. [SpoilerTV]


True Blood

Janina Gavankar weighs in on the fate of her character Luna:

"I may or may not be going back to work in January. I'll say this: We will answer any question marks that were caused in the finale."


[TV Line]

Person Of Interest

Creator and co-showrunner Jonah Nolan discusses how the second season follows up directly from where the first ends:

Milliseconds. Reese is talking to the Machine [via payphone], so we want to know how that conversation goes. We have this fifth character in the show beyond Reese, Finch, Carter and Fusco, kind of a "silent partner" with our heroes, which is the Machine. We see through its perspective and in a lot of ways the show is curated by the Machine. But through the first season the Machine is not interacting directly with Reese. So one of the big questions for the second season - and we hope the audience is as excited to go there as we are - is: What is the Machine really? What did Finch actually build? And what are the rules? How do you interact with it? It's not a quantum shift, but the Machine is now reaching out to Reese. The question is, how is that relationship going to work, and what are the expectations? How does it communicate, and what does it want?


And Nolan also discusses the season's overall structure, pretty much confirming that the show isn't going to take a Fringe-style second season turn towards intense serialization:

We strive for the balance that was perfected with The X-Files, where you can tune in and get a satisfying story with a beginning, middle and an end, but also another larger piece of the puzzle for fans watching every week. So, we're setting up kind of a rogues gallery of villains and setting them loose. You have your municipal villains, like Elias (played by Enrico Colantino), who are local bad guys, and then you have your more federal people who are coming back from Reese's past or Finch's past – some who know about the Machine and some who don't, some who have some questions they want answered and some who want payback.


There's tons more at the link. [TV Line]


Here are some promo photos for episode four, "Plague Dogs", which airs October 8. [SpoilerTV]


Once Upon A Time

Here's a sneak peek for the second season premiere, "Broken", focusing on new guest stars Jamie Chung as Mulan and Sarah Bolger as Aurora. The season begins September 30.

Star Lana Parilla discusses what's ahead for her character the Evil Queen in the second season:

She's called a few different things, which are inappropriate to say. But she's called Regina still. Your Highness. Your Majesty. She's not in a great place, let's say. The curse is broken and the cat's out of the bag. Everyone knows who she is, and they want justice and rightfully so. She is going to have to fight long and hard for a couple of things. One, most importantly, her son, Henry. I think that is pretty much the main focus of this character in the second season at this time. She's lost her son, and that comes with [some] challenges. She's less concerned with the curse being broken right now, as she is with getting her son back, and she realizes that it's something that not many people see. I see it because I play the character, but she's a very hard, a very loyal, committed person and I mean this in the sense that when you think about her love for Daniel, in the first season, she does everything after the point when he dies to get back at Snow White for him. She's really kind of hung up over [it] and [it's] very similar with Henry. Losing Henry, I think if she doesn't get Henry for the next twenty years, she will not stop clawing and fighting for that person. [That's what] I saw in the character in the second season, and [she is] also extremely resilient.


There's a bunch more at the link. [TV Equals]


Here are some promo photos for episode six, "Over My Dead Body", which airs October 5. [SpoilerTV]


Claire Coffee, who plays Nick's Hexenbiest nemesis on the show, has been reportedly upgraded to a series regular. [TV Line]

Lisa Vadal, who previously paid her NBC genre show dues as the First Lady on The Event, will reportedly guest star in the eleventh episode as Lauren Castro, described as "Portland's ambitious DA who intends to run for mayor and won't let anything - or anyone - get in her way." [TV Line]


[gallery 5946803] And here are some set photos from the filming of the tenth episode. [On Location Vacations]

American Horror Story: Asylum

Here's the official description for the second season premiere, which rather encouragingly is written by Firefly and Angel veteran Tim Minear, who has previously written the American Horror Story episodes that most closely resemble actually good television, as opposed to just gloriously deranged lunacy. Anyway, here's the description for the episode, which airs October 17:

Welcome to Briarcliff Manor, a notorious insane asylum home to the deranged serial killer, Bloody Face. Lurking in the shadows of this "sanctuary of healing" are terrifying evils that blur the boundaries between reality and insanity.



Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.




OK, I've been a Burton fan for years. Like, the first movie I ever remember seeing in the cinema was Nightmare Before Christmas and I've been hooked ever since. I even loved Alice in Wonderland, and I'd been looking forward to Dark Shadows before it came out and everyone proclaimed it to be a giant sack of shit. I avoided that one, after that.

Frankenweenie... I'd been kind of 'bleh' towards it, going back and forth on whether I had any interest in it whatsoever. Then I realised, today, that the "villains" in it are an "overachieving Asian Kid" stereotype, with minions in the form of a generic spindly boy and another stereotype, the "dumb, cowardly fat kid." OK, I get that they had to stretch the story out, and that Tim Burton isn't exactly known for his subtlety, but come on. A fat kid and a racial stereotype? I'm done.