Cobie Smulders talks playing Maria Hill in The Avengers. Plus could Viggo Mortensen be joining the Superman reboot after all?

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Cobie Smulders confirms her role in The Avengers, as well as the catsuit she'll be wearing.The Dark Knight Rises has found its street smart Gotham girl. Plus a rundown of the young actors in the mix for The Hunger Games!


Spoilers from this point forward!

Top image from Doctor Who.

The Dark Knight Rises

Juno Temple has reportedly now been cast in the small part of a streetwise young Gotham City girl. The current scuttlebutt seems to favor the part being that of Holly Robinson, but I suspect that may just be fan speculation crossing over into the "official" rumor mill. That said, Robinson does seem like the logical choice, assuming her character has any basis in the comics. [Variety]


Superman Reboot

Rumors are swirling in the Chicago area that a Warner Bros. production codenamed "Autumn Frost" is actually the Superman reboot, and that this movie is setting up shop in the Chicago area for two or three months of filming starting in August. Production will reportedly be centered in the western suburb of Plano. The current plan is rumored to be that the exteriors will all be shot in Chicago, with the interiors shot in Vancouver. [Crain's Chicago Business]

Despite Zack Snyder himself saying that Viggo Mortensen had moved on from any potential involvement in this film to work on Snow White and the Huntsman, it's now being reported that Mortensen has dropped out of the Snow White movie and might actually be back in contention for a part in the Superman reboot. That's all extremely unconfirmed, of course. [EW]

Snyder explains why this movie is different from his previous comic book adaptations:

in a lot of ways it's a different thing for me. It's a chance to do it for real. I think 300 and Watchmen are both particular in their graphic novels. I almost don't even see them as superhero movies. I see them as they're both novels. It's all about the story and the way the story exists as a work of literature. For me, Superman is a whole other thing. He's a character that we get to explore. I can make a movie that's not an indictment but really a celebration of the character.


[Screen Junkies]

The Avengers

How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders has now officially confirmed she's playing Maria Hill in the movie, and she offered this update on filming and her costume:

"We start in April, which is like... tomorrow. I literally leave here and I go to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to shoot some scenes in a catsuit. I've tried on portions of the catsuit, [and] I've seen conceptual drawings of what they want it to be. It's fascinating to me. I feel like wardrobe becomes very creative on these types of movies because they literally spend weeks designing just the pants or the emblem. It's such an all-consuming process, so I'm excited to see how it all turns out."




Here's a fresh set of character posters. [ScreenRant]

The track listing for the upcoming soundtrack CD has been released, and the titles sound like a rather vague outline for the movie, featuring such key moments as "Odin Confesses", "Loki's Lie", and "Thor Kills The Destroyer." We won't list all 26 tracks here, but you can see a full list at the link. [Bleeding Cool]


The Hunger Games

Here are the rumored short lists for the two main male roles of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne. First up, Peeta:

Hunter Parrish – 23 years old (Weeds)
Josh Hutcherson – 18 years old (The Kids Are All Right)
Evan Peters – 24 years old (Kick-Ass)
Alexander Ludwig – 19 years old (Escape to Witch Mountain)
Lucas Till – 20 years old (Battle: LA, X-Men: First Class)


And now Gale:

Liam Hemsworth – 21 years old (The Last Song)
David Henrie – 21 years old (The Wizards of Waverly Place)
Robbie Amell – 22 years old (Nickelodeon's True Jackson, VP)
Drew Roy – 24 years old (Secretariat, Greek)


Readings have reportedly begun for Peeta, but not for Gale, and there may be other names in the mix for that role. So far, however, I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer is nowhere to be seen. [Collider]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Community's resident psychopath Ken Jeong offered a few cryptic hints about his role in the movie:

Yeah, it's a small role in Transformers but yeah. I had an out of body experience working on that one because I just couldn't believe I was [there]. Still, that was not a thing where oh, I'm going to be a part of a blockbuster franchise like Transformers 3 or even now Hangover 2 for that matter. So I can't believe I'm a part of these franchises in any way. It was amazing. Michael Bay is brilliant and it'll blow your mind.



Men in Black 3

Here's a new casting call for the 1960s segment of the sequel/ongoing trainwreck:

1.) MALES & FEMALES (18+; any ethnicity) – 1969 NEW YORKERS (hippies, beatnik poets, 60s celebrity look-a-likes, bikers, models, etc.);
2.) MALES & FEMALES (18+; any ethnicity) – DWARVES & GIANTS. People who are less than 4'10" or more than 6'5";
3.) MALES & FEMALES (18+; any ethnicity) – PLUS-SIZED PEOPLE;

NOTE: Most scenes take place in 1969 and men and women must be willing to get a haircut and to work around smoke.


The call says filming will take place in New York City between March and June 2011, but whether those dates have any connection to reality is an open question. [New Faces]

Breaking Dawn

Despite recent comments by Robert Pattinson that the final two films in the series would feature such strong content that a PG-13 rating might be impossible, Summit Entertainment has now confirmed that, whatever happens, the movies will definitely be PG-13. Because really, if you make a Twilight movie that screaming teenage girls can't go see, how is that even a Twilight movie? [The Moviefone Blog]


Oz the Great and Powerful

James Franco and Mila Kunis are now confirmed for the main roles in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz that focuses on the fast-talking conman who gets stranded in Oz and ultimately becomes the titular wizard. Franco will of course play the wizard, while Kunis will play the witch Theodora. []


Dark Shadows

Frost/Nixon's Michael Sheen is reportedly up for a part in the movie, but he also reportedly hasn't even started negotiations yet, so we wouldn't put too much credence in this just yet. [Playlist]


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Here's a photo. [SpoilerTV]

American Gods

Speaking of Neil Gaiman adaptations that aren't Sandman, the man himself offers this update on the adaptation of his 2001 fantasy epic:

"There is one cinematographer and director on board who has many, many Oscars and is I think is a genius. I love the fact that he fell in love with this about six or seven years ago and has not given up and just kept coming back and coming back."


[Digital Spy]


Zack Snyder confirmed that he's finished co-writing his sequel to 300. He mildly denied the rumors that he would have to turn over directing duties to someone else, saying he would still like to direct it if he has time. [MTV Splash Page]


Apollo 18

The Moon-based found footage horror movie has moved its release date back from this coming April 22 to January 6, 2012. [Deadline]


Doctor Who

The BBC has released this new image that ties into the opening two-parter. [BBC]


Actor Jeff Mash's CV lists his role in the opening two-parter, and it says the second episode will be broadcast on April 25, the day after the show's Saturday night premiere. So that consider some more evidence of the rumor that the two episodes will air on consecutive nights, although that remains unconfirmed by the BBC. [The Doctor Who News Page]

Who's up for some totally unconfirmed rumors? First up, a poster at the Gallifrey Base forum says the working title for Tom MacRae's episode 10 is "The Green Anchor"...and that's it. We know nothing more than that. So yeah...I wouldn't consider this one confirmed just yet. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]


Now for something even more speculative...another poster says Suranne Jones's character Idris in Neil Gaiman's episode is actually the Doctor's wife. This particular poster apparently hinted at a couple other unexpected plot developments in the past, so that's why other sites (and now us) are reporting on this at all. Oh, and here's a couple tweets between Steven Moffat and Neil Gaiman, just to throughly wind us up:

@steven_moffat: Ohh, just watched your one again! It's really good, isn't it? And look who it is! LOOK WHO IT IS!!!
@neilhimself: each time I watch it I'm more impressed with Matt and Suranne, & less able to believe that you let me get away with it.


Make of all this what you will. [Doctor Who Spoilers]

Finally, we're on rather more firm ground in saying that, according to her CV, Nina Toussaint-White, who has appeared in everything from Eastenders to Primeval, will be playing a character called "Mels" in an episode being directed by Richard Senior, which means either episode 8 or episode 13. [Doctor Who Spoilers]



Here's a promo for episode 19, "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide." [Fringe Television]

And here's another rather mysterious promo that appears to be for episode 20. [Fringe Television]

In case anyone was wondering, Fox has now confirmed that not only has Fringe been renewed, it's getting a full 22-episode fourth season. [KSiteTV]


Game of Thrones

Here are some new photos of the various main cast members. []


Here's a synopsis for episode 20, "Chuck vs. the Family Volkoff":

IN ORDER TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A FORMER ALLY, CHUCK MUST JOIN FORCES WITH HIS GREATEST FOE-LINDA HAMILTON, LAUREN COHAN, MEKENNA MELVIN, AND TIMOTHY DALTON GUEST STAR-A bad day gets worse when Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) throws Chuck (Zachary Levi) a surprising relationship curveball as the CIA orders Vivian Volkoff (guest star Lauren Cohan) assassinated. In order to prove Vivian's innocence, Chuck must put his trust in a dangerous ally – her father Alexei Volkoff (guest star Timothy Dalton). Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) suspects that her mother (guest star Linda Hamilton) is interfering with the search into her father's past. Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Adam Baldwin and Bonita Friedericy also star.



The Event

NBC has released these promo photos for episode 15, "Face Off." [SpoilerTV]


Misha Collins offers some hints on the big war in heaven, and whether Castiel will be donning any special angel battle armor for the occasion:

"We're not going to see a whole lot of the actual war that's taking place in heaven. We're going to see how that plays out with respect to Sam and Dean and their world. But the two definitely collide in the season finale...I would love to have some sexy, feathery armor, but I'm not getting any. It's the same frumpy trench coat and suit."


And Ben Edlund offers some hints on episode 20, "The Man Who Would Be King", which he wrote and directed:

"It's the story of Castiel looking over his life, and then it turns into Castiel looking into his relationships. If it does its job, it'll break your heart."



17th Precinct

Tricia Helfer has tweeted that filming has wrapped for the pilot of Ronald D. Moore's latest show, which features fellow BSG/Caprica alums Jamie Bamber, James Callis, and Esai Morales. [Battlestar Blog]



Here are photos and description for episode 17, "Kent." [BuddyTV]

"Clark is shocked to find a mirror box in the barn. Clark Luthor surprises him and sends Clark Kent back to the alternate reality where Clark runs into a very angry Jonathan Kent. Meanwhile, back in our reality, Clark Luthor visits Tess and tells if she doesn‘t side with him he‘ll kill her. Lois asks Emil to help her bring Clark back."


Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.


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Dr Emilio Lizardo

The studio is obviously very confident in "Apollo 18" to move it to early January. They obviously feel it is so good it can win several Oscars even being released more than a year before the 2013 ceremony and it is so compelling kids will skip school right after going back in order to go see it.

If you listen very carefully, you can hear the movie dying.