Casting reports for the Total Recall and Akira movies may freak you out

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Zack Snyder rules out one possible actor for the Superman reboot, while lots of possible actors are in the mix for the new Total Recall and Akira movies. There's a new picture of Green Lantern's Abin Sur!

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Plus Fringe gets more trippy, and both Falling Skies and Terra Nova get new promos. Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Captain America.

Superman Reboot

Zack Snyder confirms that Viggo Mortensen will not be in the movie - although, before we read too much into that, he doesn't actually confirm that Mortensen was actually in the running for the part, and he doesn't address whether that part was ever General Zod. So I wouldn't take this as indirect confirmation that Zod is involved or anything like that. Snyder also won't confirm either way whether Lois Lane or Lex Luthor will be in the movie. [Latino Review]

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Captain America

Here's a new promo photo. [Spinoff Online]


Green Lantern

Here's a look at Temuera Morrison as Abin Sur. [Cosmic Book News]


Total Recall Reboot

Len Wiseman and Colin Farrell's remake of the Paul Verhoeven/Arnold Schwarzenegger cult classic is now reportedly considering actresses for the two main female roles. For the part of Douglas Quaid's wife Lori, played by Sharon Stone in the original, Superman Returns's Kate Bosworth is reportedly reading for the part, and The Other Guys's Eva Mendes is also reportedly under consideration for the role. Inglourious Basterds's Diane Kruger was also rumored to be reading for it, but as with her recent Superman rumors, her people have flatly denied these reports. As for Quaid's (literal) dream girl Melina, names either reading or under consideration reportedly include Eva Mendes again, Casino Royale's Eva Green, Precious's Paula Patton, or The A-Team's Jessica Biel. As always, take these casting rumors with a grain of salt until we have more to go on. [Deadline]


Akira

Speaking of likely unreliable casting rumors, the live-action Akira remake has reportedly narrowed down its choice of actors for the two lead roles of Tetsuo and Kaneda, and yeah...I'd go ahead and set your teeth to gnash, as the rumored names include Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, and James McAvoy for Tetsuo, with Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, and Joaquin Phoenix the supposed contenders for Kaneda. But hey...Steve Kloves's recent rewrite of the script supposedly has the studio and directors Albert and Allen Hughes excited. So that's something, right? Right? [Deadline]

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Jack the Giant Killer

Bryan Singer's adult take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale has added another awesome actor to a cast that already includes Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, John Kassir, and Eleanor Tomlinson. Eternal badass Ian McShane has reportedly signed on to play King Brahmwell. [Heat Vision]

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Conan

Here's a look at Avatar's Stephen Lang as the villainous Khalar Zym in Marcus Nispel's new Conan movie, which is really shaping up to be the movie dignity forgot. [/Film]

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Fringe

Here's some promo photos for episode 18, "Bloodline." [SpoilerTV]

Episode 19 will reportedly be called "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide", while episodes 21 and 22 will reportedly be called "The Last Sam Weiss" and "The Day We Died." [SpoilerTV]

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The show is reportedly looking to cast a mysterious new character called Moreau in the season finale. Specifically, they're looking for a "well-known male Japanese actor in his late 40s to late 50s who speaks English." [TV Fanatic]


Terra Nova

Here's a new promo.


No Ordinary Family

Here are some promo photos for episode 19, "No Ordinary Future." [SpoilerTV]

And here are a couple promo photo for the season - and most likely series - fiinale, "No Ordinary Beginning." [SpoilerTV]

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The Event

Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Face Off." [SpoilerTV]


Supernatural

Katie Walder has confirmed she's playing Fate in the upcoming episode 17, "My Heart Will Go On." [SpoilerTV]

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Stargate Universe

Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Hope", courtesy of Syfy:


Being Human

And here's a sneak peek for the next episode, "Going Dutch":


Eureka

An upcoming premiere episode will reportedly be called "LOST." The source says this is for the first episode of season five, but I assume they actually mean the midseason premiere episode that kicks off season 4.5. You know, I'm starting to think Syfy's season numbers are just a little bit confusing. [SpoilerTV]

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Falling Skies

Here's a new promo for TNT's upcoming alien invasion drama. [SFX]


Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.

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Chip Overclock®

The more I read about economics, the more I understand why so many remakes and reboots are made, and the more I despair about it ever being any different.

But I read a lot, and there must be at least a couple of books a year I read that could be terrific movies. Just this morning I finished Walter Jon Williams' DEEP STATE, which was a really fun near-future action-thriller involving cyber-special-ops overthrowing governments (and talk about timely, it's kind of spooky). (Note to Williams: you lower the _hammer_ from its half cocked position, not the _trigger_. I was compelled to correct my copy, which will amuse Mrs. Overclock when she reads it.)

Having said that, somewhat ironically I'm just starting LET ME IN, which has been made into _two_ pretty good movies (from what I understand). And of course TRUE GRIT was one of the best movies I've seen recently, again from a book that spawned two movies. So probably I'm just a cranky old man.