Forget Megan Fox - who'll the new Transformers leading lady be? It's in with the new and out with the old for Scream 4 - and we mean that as violently as possible. Plus Inception, Splice, Fringe, Chuck, and more!
As we enter the first full week of a Transformers franchise without Megan Fox, there are still plenty of theories as to why she is gone, but the real question as far as we're concerned is who takes her place in the next movie.
It looks like the rumors about Quantum of Solace Bond Girl #2 Gemma Arterton aren't true, but a trio of names have now emerged as serious contenders for the love interest/eye candy role. There's Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Brooklyn Decker, who has a few acting credits on stuff like Royal Pains and Ugly Betty. There's Katie Cassidy - the only contender who is primarily an actress - who is probably best known for playing Ruby on Supernatural. Finally, there's the person who an inside source at Geekweek says has already won the part: Rosie Huntington-Whitely, who is not an actress but is a Victoria's Secret model. If that really happens, Michael Bay has officially abandoned his last shred of subtlety. (Ah, who am I kidding? Like he ever had subtlety.) [Transformers Live Action Movie Blog]
There are a bunch of names being thrown around as potential cast members in the latest entry in the Scream franchise, including Lake Bell, Ashley Greene, Hayden Panettiere, and the cutest of the Culkins, Rory. (What, you thought I was talking about Kieran? Please.) Greene will supposedly play Neve Campbell's cousin, and take on the starring role in the new film, with Panettiere as her film geek best friend and Culkin as her love interest. Bell is the closest to signing on, and she'll play a police officer who knew the original characters back in high school.
Speaking of the original cast, the word is that the three returning cast members - Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox Arquette - won't survive past the opening sequence. [MTV Movies Blog]
Christopher Nolan's latest - which I am firmly convinced will kick unseemly amounts of ass (not that I'm getting my hopes up or anything) - has a new TV spot, which aired during Lost. [/Film]
John Carter of Mars:
Here are a few set pics for the upcoming adaptation of the pulp classic. Photos courtesy of John Carter Movie. [John Carter Movie]
A new review from a test screening provides an outline of the first portion of the movie, but refuses to divulge spoilers for the rest. Still, we know Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley have created a life-form (which is reminiscent of the maggot from David Cronenberg's The Fly, apparently, only much "ickier") with the intention of using it to cure diseases. When their funding is in danger of getting cut after a disastrous, bloody demonstration, they splice human DNA into their synthetic egg - and, yep, all hell breaks loose. Apparently Dren, the product of this experiment, never learns to speak, although she is quite intelligent and even "alluring in a very uncomfortable way." Also, the report promises at least two "holy cow!" moments later on in the film. [Fangoria]
Toy Story 3:
Star Steve Carell has plenty to say about his animated film about a supervillain trying to steal the Moon.
The cast says season three is only going to make the show more complicated, although this time we mean in the moral/ethical sense - the more we see of the alternate universe versions of the characters (and we will see a lot more of them, apparently), the more we'll sympathize with them and be unsure who to root for. It's not necessarily clear that the characters we first met are actually the heroes any more. [Spoiler TV]
A bunch of new promos are out for the upcoming season finale, plus a behind-the-scenes video.
We're closing in on the (de facto) series finale, and here's the promo to prove it. [Spoiler TV]
Apparently Smallville, not unlike Superman himself, cannot die, as Tom Welling is talking up his big plans for an eleventh season, complete with lots of returning characters. He is practically pleading with Michael Rosenbaum to return as Lex Luthor, he wants Kristin Kreuk to return so that Lois and Lana can have scenes together, and he promises Allison Mack will be back for multiple episodes despite Chloe's departure. [E! Online]
Here's the trailer for the nineteenth episode, "The Incursion". [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Kelly Faircloth.