Wake up with spoilers! The Avengers' villain isn't the actor you might be expecting, and a surprising candidate is in talks to direct The Wolverine. A Thor clip and featurette reveal more about the Thunder God's Earthly soujourn.
There's also a startling backwards message from the Fringe universe, some Tron 3 hints from the director, and a possible co-star for the Total Recall remake. Watch some crucial X-Men: First Class footage, for the first time in English. And discover why two TV series may not be bringing you the weddings you're expecting.
In a recent Q & A about Source Code in London, Duncan Jones reportedly said he has an upcoming meeting with Fox to discuss the possibility of directing The Wolverine. But he also reiterated that he'd rather direct one of his own original scripts, and he's attending the meeting out of sheer politeness. So the chances he'll actually take on this superhero prequel/sequel are fairly slim. [AICN]
According to an alert reader, location scouts recently visited Medical Mutual of Ohio's headquarters in Cleveland to scope it out as a possible setting for the film. So it's time to start speculating that Joss Whedon's storyline will involve Captain America and Thor going into the insurance business together. [Thanks, Philip!]
At the KAPOW comic convention this weekend, Tom Hiddleston said he won't be playing Loki in the film, scuttling fan speculation about the movie's main villain. Although some people speculate that Loki could easily be recast — in the comics, Loki is a shapeshifter and has taken on several genders — most recently being reincarnated in the body of a little boy. [The Daily Blam via Cosmic Book News]
Chris Hemsworth says this movie puts a spotlight equally on every one of its characters. "Everyone really does get a go and I think Joss has done an incredible job of throwing it together and making sure that happens." [MTV]
Here's a new clip, in which Thor battles a room full of hospital orderlies, and loses. Apparently, Asgardians aren't immune to our terrestrial sedatives.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Hasbro has accidentally revealed the identity of the film's red Ferrari 458 Italia as the pacifistic first generation Transformer, Mirage. [TLAMB]
Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley, who will be replacing Megan Fox as Sam Witwicky's love interest, believes her character, Carly, is destined to become Mrs. Witwicky, just like in the cartoons: "I found out through research that Carly was the character that Sam ends up marrying, and I was really, really thrilled to see that." [MTV]
Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski says a storyline is currently in the works, with a script coming once that's agreed upon. He adds:
I think we will pick with where TRON: LEGACY left off with Quorra in the real world and what does that mean and the possibilities it opens up for the next chapter. It's that relationship between the two of them that's the next step.
He also says Cillian Murphy's character, Dillinger, will play a larger role in the sequel.
Dillinger was a really important part of the first film and felt like an easy way to continue that storyline and thread to have his son in the new movie. That way you have people ask those questions of what the Dillinger legacy is in the world of TRON. We didn't want to ignore it completely and it leaves a really nice springboard for some intertwining development for the next film.
Jessica Biel is almost certainly locked to play either Lori or Melina, characters portrayed in the original by Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin, respectively. [Variety]
Zach Galifianakis had to drop out of this "zombie cop" movie, because the scheduling became too tricky. At the root of the problem: Warner Bros. has an option for Ryan Reynolds to film a sequel to the as-yet-unreleased Green Lantern movie in a hurry if the first Lantern movie does well. So R.I.P.D. might have to be delayed while Reynolds dons his mo-cap suit a second time. Galifianakis, meanwhile, has commitments to a Jay Roach movie plus the TV series Bored to Death. So consider Galifianakis' participation in R.I.P.D. dead — for now, at least. [Deadline]
Speaking of sequels to films that aren't out yet, British writer Anthony Horowitz has confirmed he's already slated to write a sequel to the upcoming Tintin film, based on another Tintin adventure, Prisoners of the Sun. That's the fourteenth book in the Tintin saga, and a direct continuation of its thirteenth, The Seven Crystal Balls. The story, about an ancient Incan temple, has been adapted into two episodes of the animated series, a video game and a musical stage play. [Bleeding Cool]
X-Men: First Class
An English version of the international trailer released last month is out now, and it includes a few sparkling bits of dialogue.
In an interview with MTV News, Ryan Reynolds shed some light on how the film will foreshadow Sinestro's eventual fall into villainy:
"You definitely feel it. But he's an ally in this film," Reynolds said. He added about Jordan's relationship with Sinestro, "I would say it's contentious. Humans are looked down upon by a lot of the Green Lanterns - they're kind of a sub-species."
We also have a couple new posters for the film, from Persia. [ShockYa]
Actor Michael Fassbender gives high praise to the set design of Ridley Scott's latest ambiguously Alien-inspired movie:
I walk on the set and I feel like I'm walking on a spaceship... It's breathtaking. All the various panels and screens and it's just dealing with a top-notch art department and carpenters and the riggers and everything that goes into putting that together.
Fassbender, who'll be playing an android in the film named David, said this regarding his character:
I'm excited. I've got a few ideas that I'm running with and I think I've got a grasp on it but it's always something that, organically, moving on its own course. I'm having a lot of fun with it. There's a lot of interesting quirks and niches to him and I'm having a lot of fun exploring it.
Even though the film wrapped several months ago, Chris Denham has been hired to partially rewrite several scenes for the film about a group of teenagers who break into the notorious Air Force Base. Reshoots will soon follow for the movie's "found footage" portions. [Bloody Disgusting]
Willem Defoe is in negotiations to play Sheriff Wyatt Porter, in the adaptation of the novel by Dean Koontz directed by Stephen Sommers. [Fangoria]
Luke Evans discusses Zeus, and his place in the film:
In the film he's a law-giver, he's in a very straight-laced authoritive role in heaven. But also he's observing what's going on on Earth and observing this young man Theseus who he guides uknowingly... Henry's character Theseus, he guides him as a young boy and rears him almost as a part to play, and then watches as this dark evil character, a manacing king, played by Mickey Rourke starts to basically, rampage across the land.
Producer Brian Evans warned Entertainment Weekly not to expect a wedding in the series finale:
We're not really promising a wedding at this point, but definitely they are preparing for a wedding, right up until the finale. What we really tried to do is create a finale that pretty much stands on its own for anybody who has ever watched any episode of Smallville, to tune in and watch the finale. And for the hardcore fans that have seen every episode, there are a lot of little nuggets and little payoffs all along the way.
He does, however, a promise a sendoff for the Kents' iconic barn:
I won't say who's in the scene, but there is one final scene that we shot in the barn, and we literally wrapped that set afterward. It's still standing, but it was the last time anyone ever shot anything in the barn for Smallville, which - just that moment, given everything we've all put into this show, was a really emotional moment for me and for I think everybody in the scene.
In another interview about the finale, executive producer Kelly Soulders offers cryptically, "there are definitely some casualties, but not necessarily people." [TV Guide]
And here's a surprisingly effective four-second promo for the series finale.
We also a promotional photo for 10x20, "Prophecy", in which Clark takes Lois to the Fortress of Solitude to break the news to Jor-El of their impending wedding. [OSCK]
An upcoming episode will reveal just who pulled Sam out of Lucifer's cage and why, according to Jared Padalecki and Jenson Ackles at the Jus in Bello 2 convention in Rome, Italy. [SpoilerTV]
If that makes no sense to you, here's a new catch up featurette for season six with series stars Padalecki and Ackles.
Steven Moffat promises the season opener, "The Impossible Astronaut," will be the darkest ever:
We've been dark before in Doctor Who. But we're coming in from the dark side just because we haven't done it that way before.
And Matt Smith confirms the character who dies in the premiere probably isn't him.
I'll finish this season and sit down and see where I go from there. It's certainly not a part I want to give up soon. This job affords you so many mad and strange experiences, and it's thrilling.
Here's a single promotional photo from Friday's new episode, which shows Peter and Olivia wrapped in blankets. [SpoilerTV]
Fox has released the third in the series of Where Will You Be promos, sub-titled, "There was no warning..." It features some reversed audio, that when played backward, clearly says, " A Demon's Twist Rusts", which itself is an anagram for "Don't Trust Sam Weiss". [Fringe Television]
On a shooting location in Pasadena, fans took a shot of this foreboding church marquee — advertising a brutal simultaneous wedding/funeral. [ChuckTV]
Game of Thrones
Here's the new "Poison" trailer.
Sean Bean, who plays Ned Stark in the series, has been cast in a new pilot for ABC alongside Ashley Judd, scheduled to air in the fall. So if you were wondering if Ned is likely to survive past the end of this first season — something that seems unlikely, given how faithful the producers want to stay to the books — then rest assured, Ned's fate is likely sealed. [UGO]
Yet another "Waiting Sucks" promo.
Here's the official press release for 1x18, "Strain":
The White House is rocked by the sudden illness of one of their own, leaving Chief of Staff Peel (guest star Roger Bart, "Desperate Housewives") and Sterling (Željko Ivanek) to investigate possible conspirators. Michael Buchanan (Scott Patterson) comes to the aid of Leila (Sarah Roemer), but it leaves them both at risk of Sophia's wrath. Across the globe in Russia, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) race to stop Sophia's weapon from being loaded onto a plane heading to the United States.
Robert Sheehan is leaving the series, and producers are currently searching for a replacement, a new character named "Rudy". [SpoilerTV]
Being Human (UK)
Series creator and executive producer Toby Whithouse divulged some information on the upcoming fourth season:
Lee Ingleby [as 1,000-year-old vampire Wyndam] is coming back for some of [season]4. We're also bringing back Tom [Michael Socha], the young werewolf. The cast of the show is constantly changing and evolving and growing and shrinking. We've been very lucky that pretty much every single guest actor we've had, as they've been leaving, has said "You know, I could come back if you wanted me to." Being Human is a bit like a Mexican daytime soap - even if someone dies, it doesn't preclude them from coming back at some point.
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs.