The most intriguing clues yet about how Prometheus really connects to Alien!

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Steven Moffat addresses Doctor Who's biggest casting rumor — plus more of what to expect next season. Glen Mazzara talks more about The Walking Dead's future. American Horror Story makes a predictably crazy casting addition. Plus the first actor joins the Munsters reboot!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Prometheus.


Michael Fassbender explains the role of his robot character David on board the titular ship:

"David [is] a robot on board, kind of like a butler in space. He's making sure that everybody is going through cryostasis correctly, that the ship's in good working order, and that they're on course to go where they need to go. [People come out of cryostasis] vomiting liquid...[when] you come out of cryostasis, a lot of liquid comes out."

In the same interview, Charlize Theron mentions that her character Meredith Vickers is the first to emerge from cryostasis. [MTV Movies Blog]

Damon Lindelof says that, whatever direct connections this movie might make to Alien, the story being told here and in any potential sequels isn't leading back to the events of that movie:

"There's an inevitability to watching a prequel, where you're like, ‘Okay, if the ending of this movie is just going to be the room that John Hurt walks into that's full of eggs - there's nothing interesting in that,' because we know where it's going to end. Real good stories, you don't know where they're going to end, so this movie, hopefully, will contextualize the original Alien so that when you watch it again, maybe you know a little bit more, but you don't fuck around with that movie. It has to stand on its own. If we're fortunate enough to be able to do a sequel to Prometheus, it will actually, I think, tangentialize even further away from the original Alien."

There's more at the link, including why the inclusion of the Space Jockeys is sort of like the Rolling Stones still playing "Satisfaction" at their concerts. [Spinoff Online]
Here's an interview with screenwriter Damon Lindelof. [/Film]

The Hunger Games

The first reviews are out, and while they don't really feature any information we've haven't already seen - particularly for those familiar with the books - they do reach the same broad, rather encouraging consensus: the movie isn't perfect but definitely really good, star Jennifer Lawrence is the best part and taps into the same steely resolve she showed to such great effect in Winter's Bone, and the cast in general is really strong. For more, check out the reviews here, here, and here.


Wrath of the Titans

Here's a behind-the-scenes video examining one of the movie's mythological beasts, the chimera. [ComingSoon]

Beetlejuice 2

Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith discusses the possibility that more than just original director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton would return for the sequel, simply saying, "So far, nobody that we would go public with, but there might be some fun surprises, who knows." He also said, apparently in all seriousness, that Burton might well make him write a Johnny Depp cameo into the movie, because heaven forbid a kooky supernatural movie be made without Depp showering his big bag of quirks all over it. [MTV Movies Blog]



After the oh so predictable fan outrage over the idea that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would now be aliens - which is plenty silly, yes, but hardly any more silly than the whole general idea of TMNT in 2012 - executive producer Michael Bay offered what for him counts as a fairly measured response:

Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.



Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Sea of Monsters

Apparently the filmmakers of the Percy Jackson sequel are taking my advice by loading up on genre favorites to play the Greek gods alongside Nathon Fillion's Hermes. While my call for Bruce Campbell as Zeus has not been answered (yet!), Buffy the Vampire Slayer's own Anthony Stewart Head has reportedly signed on to play Chiron, a part played by Pierce Brosnan in the original. [Heat Vision]


Breaking Dawn: Part II

Here's a very quick teaser trailer.

Doctor Who

Steven Moffat offers some more hints of what to expect in season seven:

"As ever, there's a bit of both [arc and stand-alone episodes]. But this time we're moving closer to stand-alone stories. At this point, we're not planning any two-parters. So, every week is going to be like a different mad movie. We went quite 'arc' last time and we're going stand-alone this time around. But that doesn't mean that there aren't those things creeping in. You've got to find a way to make the last episode special, and by God that worked ratings-wise last year. We don't want to abandon that idea. Watch out for the title of episode two. I think that's a belter. It's one of my favourite titles ever."


He also addresses those persistent rumors that his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch would end up playing the Master:

"People really do sit in rooms and make that stuff up. Look at the filming schedules for Doctor Who and Sherlock — those two shows tend to shoot at the same time. We'd have a problem and there's only so much I can arrange. But who knows what could happen in the future..."


Now, while I do believe Moffat when he says that the Cumberbatch rumors are more just wishful thinking on the parts of fans than anything else, I would point out that his reasoning here really doesn't make sense. After all, Doctor Who is filming for the next few months, and Sherlock doesn't start filming again until early 2013. What's more, Sherlock costar Rupert Graves — whose DCI LeStrade is probably the biggest part on the show outside Sherlock and John Watson — is filming a guest appearance on Doctor Who pretty much right now. So yeah...that part strikes me as a bit hard to swallow, even if the overall sentiment is true. [Radio Times]


Here are four sneak peeks for this Friday's episode, "A Short Story About Love."

Game of Thrones

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Here's the latest teaser poster, this one from the perspective of Daenerys Targaryen. [EW]

The Walking Dead

Showrunner Glen Mazzara talks some more about the prison's role in season three:

"I see the prison as a significant storyline moving forward. I know there were some viewers who thought the show stayed on Hershell's farm, but there were reasons for that. When we do reach the prison, we don't want it to become claustrophobic the way the farm was. The prison represents a very, very small and safe corner, with the danger of zombies at their doorstep. The prison will be a significant part of season three, but we're also going to be opening up the world with things such as the Governor and his settlement of Woodbury. There's other factors out there in the world, and Rick's group will begin stumbling into that larger society moving forward."


He also talks some more about how Michonne will change the show going forward:

"I see Michonne as one of the lead characters in the graphic novel, and I'm excited to finally introduce her. She's a kick-ass character with a loner dynamic that makes her an important addition to the cast. She's a significant character, and will carry a lot of stories moving forward. It's wonderful how theatrical Michonne is in the comics, and we brought that in with her debut. Some of the writers had some heightened pitches about Michonne's part in the show moving forward, but my sensibility is to keep it grounded and gritty."


He also says that he hopes to introduce more comics characters like Tyrese and go back to Morgan and Duane from the show's pilot. There's more at the link, including Mazzara attempting the impossible by trying to defend Lori from the internet. [Newsaram]


Here's a short description for episode seven, "Rick's Tacos", which is set to air April 12:

Britten's interest in a tip linked to a case he was investigating before the accident worries Captain Harper; Hannah prepares for the move.



Once Upon a Time

Here are some more promo and behind-the-scenes photos for episode eighteen, "The Stable Boy", which airs April 1 and features Black Swan's Barbara Hershey as the Black Queen's mother. [KSiteTV]


Executive producer Adam Horowitz says the season finale will be called "A Land Without Magic." [KSiteTV]


Here are some promo photos for episode four, "Kite Strings", which airs April 5. [SpoilerTV]


Mockingbird Lane

Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer's Munsters pilot for NBC is reportedly close to adding its first cast member, with British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard reportedly close to signing on as the vampire Grandpa. Although the 50-year-old Izzard might seem a bit young to be playing a character called "Grandpa", it should be pointed out that he's actually almost ten years older than Al Lewis was when he started playing the part on the original Munsters. [TV Line]


American Horror Story

In the sort of gloriously insane casting news I've come to expect from American Horror Story, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is reportedly going to make his TV acting debut as one half of a couple known only as "The Lovers." The show is reportedly shooting around his touring and The Voice commitments, and he joins the previously announced cast members Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe. [EW]


Being Human (US)

Here's a promo for next Monday's episode, "Don't Fear the Scott."

The Vampire Diaries

Here's an introduction for this Thursday's episode, "Break on Through", from producer Julie Plec.

The Secret Circle

Here's a sneak peek at this week's episode, "Curse."

And here's an introduction from showrunner Andrew Miller.

The Selection

Here are some set photos for the CW's pilot that I'm going to keep describing as more or less The Hunger Games until I can come up with a better way to encapsulate it. [SpoilerTV]


Camelot actress Lara Jean Chorostecki is reportedly playing Lucy, the maid of Aimee Teegarden's main character America. [SpoilerTV]


Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.



Erik Sofge

I realize that the last 10 or so minutes of the Walking Dead finale were engineered to calm down the insufferably testy fanbase, but I think it was a bad omen. I'll say it one last time (I think) and then shut up for good: Michonne is a ridiculous character, and even worse for TV. She's even sillier when you've spent two seasons very carefully, slowly building a sense of realism and interpersonal crises that outweigh the larger genre threat. It feels like, by doing this, they're giving in to the (no offense, none taken) screeching dork horde that constantly wants the show to move faster, to be more like the poorly written comics, to basically go wacky and pulpy, in a way that runs counter to everything the show has been trying to do.

The irony is that those raging fanboys can't possibly explain the show's huge viewership. So by conceding to them, and making this more of an adolescent fantasy, and less like the strangely adult one they'd pulled off, I think they're basically committing suicide. We're going to get Michonne and her hallucinating Ronin act, and the Governor's one-note, moustache-twirling supervillainy. The comic fans will complain slightly less (you guys really need to go back, re-read, and come to grips with how bad the dialogue, pacing and characterization is), and the regular folk will jump ship in droves.

I obviously could be wrong, and maybe the current showrunners are geniuses who can pull off the crazy tonal shift from a sober drama to a bonkers Escape from New York shlockfest. But I really think everyone would have been better off ignoring fan petulance.