What kind of trouble has Bruce Wayne gotten himself into, in The Dark Knight Rises?

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The Dark Knight suggested Batman was now the enemy of the Gotham police, but until now we had assumed Bruce Wayne was safe. But do the latest New York City set photos show Joseph Gordon-Levitt's cop arresting Batman's alter ego? Or is something else going on here?


Plus Shane Black explains why Iron Man 3 will fix the mistakes of its predecessor.

James Mangold discusses at length why The Wolverine is like no other superhero movie.

The latest crazy rumor claims to reveal the villains of Star Trek 2.

Will Bryan Singer's Battlestar Galactica movie be more connected to the new TV series than we thought?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies loses yet another director.

All that and three key Doctor Who actors discuss their future on the show!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises

There's a metric ton of set photos and videos from the New York City filming, where the Trump Tower was redressed as the headquarters of Wayne Enterprises. The photos show Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Gotham cop John Blake, with the on-set rumor reportedly being that the scene involves Wayne's Lamborghini getting towed and Blake telling Wayne to get in his cop car. Whether or not Wayne is being arrested or perhaps being taken into protective custody is unclear, but the photos I've seen don't really suggest an arrest... but Wayne does seem to be surrounded by the press. [Celebuzz, ComingSoon.net, Comic Book Movie, Six Foot Brew, The Daily Blam, and Just Jared]


Here are some set videos from New York. [The Cineaste's Lament and Six Foot Brew]

The Avengers

Tom Hiddleston relates an anecdote about director Joss Whedon, indirectly revealing a stunt scene involving Loki and Iron Man:

There was one scene where Robert Downey Jr. has to fall to floor and we were trying to work out how to do the film and trying to work out how extreme it should be and Joss came over and said, ‘I think it should be like this,' and he just hurled himself at the floor headfirst. I was like, ‘Buddy, are you OK? We could pad you up before you do that!' But he went up in my estimation after that."


[Hero Complex]

Iron Man 3

At the Long Beach Comic Con, director Shane Black ruled out the Melter and the Mandarin - calling the character a racist caricature - as potential villains for his movie, observing that Iron Man just generally doesn't have great villains. He also said that Iron Man 2 didn't work because it made "half choices" and that Tony Stark wasn't "proactive", which he encapsulated by the fact that "the middle of the movie is Tony Stark sitting around his house!" He continued by explaining that his movie will make much bolder choices and feature multiple payoffs, reversals, and twists...which sounds promisingly like the superhero version of his previous Robert Downey, Jr. collaboration Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He also confirmed Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle will be back as Pepper Potts and James Rhodes, and that it's looking likely Jon Favreau will be back as Happy Hogan. However, the movie won't feature any other Avengers and will keep its focus squarely on Tony, and Black seemed to suggest Black Widow probably won't be back. There's a bit more at the link. [Comic Book Resources]


The Wolverine

Director James Mangold discussed why the movie's Japanese setting attracted him to the film, in the process implying that the movie will be extensively subtitled:

"It's a kind of adventure following such a unique character also in a really unique environment. I mean, the fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese, this is like a foreign-language superhero movie that's as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir, with high-octane action as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film."


He also explained why this movie is a departure for conventional superheroes movies, comparing it to my personal pick for the greatest film ever made (as well as The Outlaw Josey Wales, which is pretty damn great in its own right):

"I think part of the reason I'm doing this picture has been because it isn't to me a conventional superhero movie. It isn't an origin story, so I'm freed from that burden, and it also isn't a save-the-world movie, which most of them are. It's actually a character piece; I actually think it has more in common with ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales' and ‘Chinatown,' what we're doing, than the conventional, ‘will Wolverine and his compatriots save the world from this thermonuclear device' question.

"I think that this movie is much more an intense psychological and action-packed character piece, that's much more about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture. The fighting is going to be unique because it's all influenced by Japanese martial arts.


Mangold also says that a big theme of the movie is exploring Wolverine's effective immortality, and whether it's possible to keep faith in other people and humanity in general when you're constantly losing those around. There's a lot more awesome details at the link. [The Playlist]

Star Trek 2

Take this with a complete grain of salt, but a Brazilian Star Trek site is claiming that the movie's villains with the Klingons and that there's no time travel this time around. The latter I am inclined and/or would really like to believe, but that's a fairly easy thing to predict - the Klingons, on the other hand, are a relatively bold claim, and I wouldn't put too much stock in that until we hear more. [TrekWeb]


Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance

Co-director Brian Taylor explains Johnny Whitworth's role as the villainous Blackout, and how they chose to depart from the comic book incarnation of the character:

"We didn't really honestly do a lot of research into the comic book version of Blackout. We kind of just took the visual of him and went from there. The Devil kind of created the Ghost Rider, but he also created Blackout, so if the Ghost Rider is the result of a demon possessing someone, then Blackout probably is too. He's just as powerful in his own way. We didn't really explore who that demon was or get into the backstory or the mythology of the villain but in our heads we looked at him as a foil to Ghost Rider."


And fellow director Mark Neveldine weighs in on Ciaran Hinds as Satan:

"A guy like Ciaran Hinds, you think gravity, weight. He is intimidating when he walks on set. He's so powerful, he's incredible classically trained actor. His gravity is sort of what holds this thing in place, and that's sort of what is the balance of 'Ghost Rider.'"


[MTV Splash Page]

The Hunger Games

Young actress Amandla Stenberg describes her character Rue:

"My character is Rue, and she become the main character's best friend in the arena. It's a really big part. She has a special whistle that she uses to communicate with her friend, so you'll have to see what it sounds like. I actually sang instead of whistling."


That last bit sounds like a departure from the book, though it also reads as though Rue still has her whistle. So exactly what's going on here is anyone's guess, though I promise I'll get to the bottom of this mystery...eventually. Sorry, my schedule's a bit full at the moment. [Hollywood Crush]

Battlestar Galactica Reboot

Newly hired writer Jon Orloff explains that Bryan Singer's reboot - which seemed to start out as a remake of Glen Larsen's original show - might actually have a lot more to do with Ron Moore's version, and that the new movie might actually end up existing in the same universe as that new universe:

I'm a huge fan of the original series and of the second show, too. But I always thought the first show was a little too heavily reliant on 'Star Wars,' you know? Whereas I think the second show was really original and really cool. And I think I've come up with a way to write this movie that won't fuck any of that up. I'm not sure how much they want me to talk about it. Let's just say it's not what you expect. It will all work in the universe that exists. It will not conflict with anything Ron Moore has done. I don't think you can compete with what he's done.


Considering Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica didn't leave much territory unexplored, I'm not sure what story they could tell without creating substantial overlap... but I'll admit I'm intrigued with wherever this is going. [Hitfix]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Craig Gillespie has become the third director to leave the project, reportedly because he and the studio couldn't agree on casting. (Or actually find anyone willing to sign on for the damn movie, for that matter.) Anyway, if the movie goes ahead at this point, it will likely involve bringing in a director and cast simultaneously...but yeah, this whole thing is looking pretty dead at this point, unless maybe Seth Grahame-Smith is interested in directing this adaptation of his novel, as has previously been rumored. He seems like the only person likely to have much interest at this point. [Deadline]


Breaking Dawn

Kristin Stewart reveals the big sex scene between Edward and Bella was originally revealing enough to earn an R-rating:

"It was so weird, it didn't even feel like we were doing a Twilight film. I was like, 'Bella! What are you doing? Wow! What is happening here?! It was very surreal. We [originally] got rated R. They re-cut it."



Doctor Who

Matt Smith suggests that reports of his imminent departure have been somewhat exaggerated:

"We work very long hours every day for nine months. The schedule is pretty brutal, but I'd never complain about it. I love playing this role, and I don't want to give it up anytime soon. I feel very lucky. In the current climate for actors, I'd never say, ‘This is too much' – quite the opposite, in fact. I'd say, ‘Bring it on'."


[Doctor Who TV]

In other not particularly revealing statements, here's an interview with Karen Gillan, in which she says she's not sure yet how she fits into series seven:

"I think that's all up in the air at the moment. I know that I'm gonna be coming back but I'm not sure when."


[Blogtor Who]

The great Mark Sheppard suggests Canton could be back, although it sounds like this might well just be speculation on his part:

"To emerge that Canton is in fact one of the friends that the Doctor deemed should be present at his death eludes to perhaps some further involvement…"


The full interview is below. [Doctor Who TV]


Here's another promo for next week's baseball-delayed episode, "Novaton."

Here's a casting call for episode eleven, which is shooting from November 7-19:

[NEIL] 35 to 45. Intelligent. Former MIT professor. Open ethnicity. Guest lead.

[TWoP Forum]

Terra Nova

Here are some promo photos for episode seven, "Nightfall."


Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Chuck vs. the Bearded Bandit."

Once Upon a Time

Here are some images from episode three, "Snow Falls." [multipleverses.com]

Here's some more.

And here are some from the fourth episode, "The Price of Gold." [multipleverses.com]



Here are some promo images and cast photos for the show. [SpoilerTV]

Here are three behind-the-scenes videos.


Here's a promo for episode seven, "The Mentalists."

And here are some promo photos for the episode.

Here are some promo photos for episode eight, "Time for a Wedding." [SpoilerTV]

Episode ten has reportedly changed its title from "Not Fade Away" to "Death's Door." [SpoilerTV]


Episode twelve, "Time After Time", will reportedly feature a guest appearance by legendary 1920s G-Man Eliot Ness. [SpoilerTV]

American Horror Story

Episode nine will reportedly be called "Smoldering Children." [SpoilerTV]


Here are some photos for the third series premiere. [SpoilerTV]

And here are some promo photos for the second episode. [SpoilerTV]


Here's a promo and sneak peek for episode five, "Resistance."

The Vampire Diaries

Here's an extended promo for the next episode, "Ordinary People."

The Secret Circle

Here's an extended promo for episode eight, "Beneath."

Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.




Not to go (slightly) off-topic, but in regards to Khan or the Klingons or whoever being the next villain in the Trek films, I defer to my maxim: Unless you can do it better, leave it alone.

Star Trek II is considered by just about everyone to be the best of the Original Series and I really don't see a need to retell it. The film isn't broken, it's still accessible today (I'm 23, saw it for the first time two years ago, and loved it, even as not much of a Trek fan), and the new film franchise has been given a golden opportunity to come up with new material, come up with whole new races and stories, and possibly even create something that transcends Roddenberry's original show.

Why rehash what already worked? Take the foundation of what was good (which, I feel they did in the first reboot/revamp/whatever film) and make it your own.