Steven Moffat looks ahead to Doctor Who's big farewell. Plus a gigantic Thor: The Dark World rumor!

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Get inside the head of Dredd's two main Judges. Amy Adams is playing a whole new Lois Lane in Man of Steel... with just a little Margot Kidder thrown in. Plus lots of Woodbury hints from the Walking Dead cast!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Dredd.

Man of Steel

Amy Adams suggests her version of Lois Lane will be unlike any we've seen before (at least on the big screen), and that very much includes her un-Lois-like hair color:

"This was a new idea, down to the hair color. I knew people would want to talk about my hair color. It was going to be a thing. (Director) Zack (Snyder) told me he didn't hire me to play someone else. He hired me to play Lois Lane. It's a whole reimagining...I haven't seen it. I haven't seen any footage. It's intense. Henry worked his tail off as Superman. It's different for me. A lot of running. I hold a laser taser of some sort."

While I'm not sure about exactly what to make of "laser taser of some sort" — although it damn well better be the exact name they put on the box of the tie-in toy — here's how Adams sees Margot Kidder's take on Lois Lane, and it sounds like it was at least some influence on how she approached the role herself:

"I grew up really loving (her). I wasn't trying to be her, but I hope I do enough of a good job to have the same effect on young girls as Lois Lane had on me. I really loved seeing a woman represented as a modern woman in a superhero movie, and not even glamourized, really — she was kind of a troublemaker. She wasn't a typical heroine. I identified with her from a very young age."

[USA Today]

Thor: The Dark World

There's a rumor going around that a major character will die in the Thor sequel, and the current consensus seems to be that Anthony Hopkins's Odin is the most likely suspect. Considering he effectively died for awhile in the first movie before getting better, it doesn't seem all that unlikely that he would bite the Asgardian bullet for real in this one, although even the inside sources behind the rumor aren't saying it's definitely Odin. Here's a rundown of possible suspects... assuming anyone is actually going to die at all, which is of course still far from confirmed. [Bleeding Cool]


The Avengers 2

Joss Whedon talks a little more about his decision to write and direct the sequel:

Avengers 2, it wasn't a tough decision. For a long time I thought, "Well, it's just not going to happen." Then when I actually started to consider it, it became so clear that I desperately wanted to say more about these characters, it would've been an easy no and it was a spectacularly easy yes. There was no wrestling. Either scenario was delightful. It was a win win but I'm very excited about it.


[Crave Online]


Here's a behind-the-scenes featurette. [Coming Soon]


Director Alex Garland discusses the movie's two central characters, first Karl Urban's Judge Dredd and then Olivia Thirlby's Judge Anderson:

He's a hard bastard. If you take the classic story structure – you have a protagonist who goes on a journey and he's not in the same place at the end of the journey as he was at the beginning – but Dredd doesn't function like that. Dredd moves, his character changes, but he's like a glacier, you don't see it change, maybe retrospectively you think ‘hang on, that's a foot further down the valley than it used to be,' but it's kind of it. So that traditional story arc doesn't apply in Dredd. That's something that's true sometimes in TV and comic books, but it's not typical of film.

So would you say, using that traditional hero's journey arc, this is more the story of the rookie Judge?
Exactly. Dredd does have a small change because he's a fascist, he has a rigid view and expresses an opinion very clearly in the opening minutes of the film and later he goes back on that opinion. That's his whole character arc; he's changed his mind about one thing. Anderson goes from being a rookie cop to hard cop through her trial of fire, I suspect for some people, Anderson is who they'll emotionally attach themselves to because she's more vulnerable and changes more. But I still think Dredd is always at the heart of this story. It was interesting to have a more or less unchanging character at the heart of a story. So much of story is trying to pull you against that, that it's quite a thing to pull off and you hopefully have quite a sense of satisfaction at the end of the film.


There's plenty more at the link. [Wired]


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Here's a poster. [MTV Movies Blog]

Wreck-It Ralph

Sarah Silverman explains how her character, Vanellope von Schweetz, fits into Disney's upcoming movie set in the world of video games:

"She's a little 9-year-old girl in this game called Sugar Rush and she wants to race but they won't let her because she's a glitch. [It's] almost like The Wizard of Oz – here's Wreck-It Ralph who wants so much to not be a bad guy anymore and this girl who doesn't want to be a glitch, and you kind of realize that your lot in life isn't always your destiny and sometimes your shortcomings can be your greatest assets."



Doctor Who

Here are some promo photos for next week's episode, "The Power of Three." [Blogtor Who]


And here's a trailer. [KSiteTV]

Steven Moffat previews Rory and Amy's big finale, "The Angels Take Manhattan":

"All stories have to end, and painful though that is, the most important thing about a story is how it finished.. I had over a year's warning to get this sorted out, and I'm very proud of what we've done. A fitting end to the mighty era of the Ponds! There was something about [returning monsters] the Weeping Angels and New York that just seemed to make sense to me. And I thought of the story for this episode while in New York. It's always good to find a new form for [the Angels] and we've got little cherubs this time. I had loads of ideas for the Weeping Angels on both the previous stories that I never got anywhere close to using, so it was good to find the opportunity. I completely changed the ending as I was writing it, thinking 'No, I've got it wrong... I'm on the wrong emphasis' - but it's a good one and it's properly emotional."


[Digital Spy]


Joss Whedon discusses whether the show will use arc-based storytelling, as well as a couple potential cast members:

It's going to be a very standalone show. We'll do what we always do which is every episode will conclude and you'll have taken away your story, but there will be a through line running throughout. It will not be in the foreground but as in all of these shows, it will probably take foreground at some point, many seasons down the road God willing.

We're excited you're doing another television series, let alone "S.H.I.E.L.D." Will there be room for Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford on "S.H.I.E.L.D." after they were in Item 47?
I honestly don't think they're available because I think she's on another show. We're building it with a new group of people. They were great and that had a lot to do with why we're making the show, but we're starting fresh.


[Crave Online]

The Walking Dead

Here's a promo for season three. [TV Guide]

Andrea actress Laurie Holden discusses her character's reaction to Woodbury, the community created and ruled by the Governor:

"She asked a lot of questions at first and she was a bit wary. But the Governor is very seductive - in a calm, loving sense. If you look around, everybody seems happy; there are children playing ball with dogs, and pregnant women walking around happier than clams, and there are cellos in the street being set up for the blues band. It's pretty idyllic."


And David Morrissey, who plays the Governor, explains why what he offers people is so tempting:

"People in the world that we inhabit need structure, they need to feel safe, and he provides that. And I think any leader of any community has to earn trust. And the idea of power is a really interesting idea of how people keep their power in a community. They keep it in all different ways. They can keep it by being generous, by facilitating your good life by giving you gifts. But they can also take those gifts away, they can be intimidating. They can be powerful, they can protect you from the enemy, whether that protection is just a fight or not, or whether they create the feeling of paranoia in order to suppress it. That is a great game that politicians and power-hungry people do. I think he does all those things. The world that has been created plays into his hands."


There's more at the link, including some thoughts on Michonne from new costar Danai Gurira. [EW]

Once Upon a Time

Jennifer Morrison discusses what's ahead for Emma this season:

"The world is upside-down for Emma. Not that she is Alice in Wonderland, but in a sense she [has] gone down the rabbit hole. Up is down, down is up, left is right…. Her whole world is shaken up, and she's sort of a new being. [Emma] has to find a way protect her son and her relationships with her family, and figure out how to move forward without being so [emotionally] guarded..."t's going to be a long process of discovery. In trying to keep everyone safe and trying to figure out what [magic returning] means for the world, you're going to start to discover the sorts of things that she's capable of - and she's going to discover that, too."


[TV Line]

Here are synopses for the second and third episodes of season two:

Episode 2.02 - We Are Both
Regina continues to find a way to regain her powers; David continues his quest to find Mary Margaret and Emma; the seven dwarves discover what happens when one of the townspeople tries to leave Storybrooke's city limits.

Episode 2.03 - Lady of the Lake
Emma and Mary Margaret try to find a portal that would bring them back to Storybrooke; Henry tries to talk Jefferson into reuniting with his daughter; on the eve of meeting Prince Charming's mother, King George poisons Snow White.




Here are some promo photos for episode five, "The Good Shepherd", which kicks off the show's return to Fridays on September 28. [SpoilerTV]


Here's the description for episode six, "Over My Dead Body", which airs Friday, October 5:

MONROE'S DAYS MAY BE NUMBERED WHEN ANGELINA COMES BACK TO TOWN – JAIME RAY NEWMAN AND ALICE EVANS GUEST STAR – Angelina (guest star Jaime Ray Newman) comes back in to town with bad tidings as Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) learns his continued cooperation with the Grimm may come at a high cost. Nick (David Giuntoli) comes to Hank (Russell Hornsby) for help to keep Monroe safe and Hank uses this time to get caught up with his knowledge of the "Wesen world." Meanwhile, an old European acquaintance (guest star Alice Evans) pays Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) a visit, but it's hard to tell if this visit is for business or pleasure. Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star.



The eleventh episode reportedly has the title "To Protect and Serve Man", which is pretty nifty as Twilight Zone homages go. The episode reportedly features a "'wendigo'with fangs and claws who eats humans." [SpoilerTV]



Here's a promo.

Here's a short description for the third episode, which is now called "No Quarter." It's due to air October 1:

NORA LEADS MILES AND CHARLIE TO THE REBEL CAMP – On the run from Militia, Nora (Daniella Alonso) leads Miles (Billy Burke) and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) back to the Rebel camp. Meanwhile, Aaron (Zak Orth) and Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips) search for Grace (Maria Howell) and Danny (Graham Rogers) stands up to one of Captain Neville's (Giancarlo Esposito) men.




Here's the latest list of known and heavily rumored titles for season eight episodes:

#8.1 "We Need To Talk About Kevin"
#8.2 "What' Up, Tiger Mommy?"
#8.3 "Heartache"
#8.4 "Bitten"
#8.5 "Blood Brother"
#8.6 "Southern Comfort"
#8.7 "A Little Slice Of Kevin"
#8.8 "Hunteri Heroici" aka "Dean Amuck" (Apparent Title Change)
#8.9 "Citizen Fang"



American Horror Story: Asylum

Because it would be the height of craziness to ask this show to confine itself to just one time and place — you know, like a mental institution in the 1960s, which is supposed to be this season's particular time and place — the latest casting notices reveal the show is looking for characters from both 1954 and 2012 to go along with the 1960s. Here's a rundown:

The roles include a female high school cheerleader and a male medical student as seen in 1954, a psychotic 7-year-old girl, the girl's worried mother, a hospital administrator, a crime reporter, a middle-aged vacationing couple, and 2 police officers in 1964, and finally 2 detectives and a few more police officers in 2012.




Here are some promo photos from the series premiere, which airs October 10. [TV Line]


DC Comics creative head honcho Geoff Johns reveals he's writing episode seven, "Muse on Fire":

"I'm thrilled to be writing this episode of Arrow, and while I can't give too much away, I think comic fans are going to like what we have in store for them – keep an eye out for the Huntress."


[The Source]

Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.




Yeah, no, once again I cannot work up the slightest *bit* of enthusiasm for any of these movies or TV shows.


The movies: There will be shakeycam. And CGI robots or monsters that will look like all other robots and monsters we've seen before. And 'splosions. And somebody yelling "Go! Go! Go!" And a superhero or ninja or cyborg will land in a three-point stance.

The TV shows: There will be conventionally attractive, girl-next-door types wearing slim black pants, leather jackets and unbound hair. We will be presented with mysterious things the early episodes that will only be explained many, many hours of watching later.

Wake me up when televisual media is over.