Green Lantern synopsis includes a surprising villain. Plus Smurf set pics and Super 8 casting hints!

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Is Green Lantern's main villain someone unexpected? Is a new casting call really from Super 8? Behold Gargamel and Azrael on the Smurfs set! Plus Predators, Transformers, Last Airbender, Doctor Who, Splice, Warehouse 13, Caprica, Stargate and True Blood spoilers!

Green Lantern:

Comic Book Movie apparently got its hands on a leaked press release including a synopsis of this film. And the villain is... Parallax? Really? That would be weird. Especially if Hal really has to master his fear in the first movie, to overcome Parallax. Here's the relevant bit:

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.


Obviously, take with a major grain of salt until it's confirmed. FWIW, the draft screenplay we read had Legion as the main villain, just like the Emerald Dawn trade. (But no drunk driving.) [Comic Book Movie]

Super 8:

A new casting call for an unnamed film is suspected to be for this J.J. Abrams epic. Note teenage leads, and it's Midwestern. Here are the relevant bits:

JOSH: Male 13-14. Josh is cute, but could be on the scrawny side – definitely not the school jock. Loveable, empathetic, smart and interesting. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.

COLLIN: Male 13-14. Slightly, or more than slightly, overweight. Collin is confident, driven, optimistic and a natural leader. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.

NATALIE: Female 13-14. A natural beauty – she is stunning, but not the "cheerleader" type. Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel.


More at the link. [Cinematical]


A new magazine cover gives us a nifty look at the hunters. [ShockTillYouDrop]

Transformers 3:

There's a brief video online of the set-up for a new scene in which a big office building is destroyed (possibly being flipped 30 to 40 feet up in the air) and two soldiers are inside. [JebusHChrist on Flickr, via TLAMB]


The Last Airbender:

Here's the final Japanese trailer. Epic? [via CinemaBlend]

The Hole:

How deep does it go? Maybe this Italian poster will explain. [ShockTillYouDrop]

The Avengers:

Zack Whedon mentions in an interview that his brother has "tentatively agreed" to direct this film, so Dr. Horrible 2 may be delayed a bit. [IGN]



Here's some new behind-the-scenes footage for this genetic hybrid film. [Multiple Verses]

When Guillermo Del Toro isn't busy crushing your Hobbit dreams, he is also very excited about this film, which he produced:

Vincenzo [Natali] is essentially not talking about the future. He's talking about now. It's not a futuristic tale. Everything in the movie is really sort of low- tech and bound-up equipment. Ultimately, the lab in the movie is not a fantastically designed super movie lab. He's talking about the here and the now. He's asking moral questions and ethical questions with the movie that, frankly, should be asked right now. But also the beauty of this that takes it to a terrain different from Frankenstein is that Frankenstein is essentially the embodiment of man's plight. To be left alone in an uncaring world by an uncaring father than abandons you. That's the essence of the myth in Frankenstein. What is great in this one is that it kind of condenses the, almost the faction of a family structure that would normally happen during a generation. It condenses it in a few weeks. Because the creature evolves so fast, the father/daughter mother/daughter dynamics are incredibly sick and they are incredibly accelerated by the growth rate of the creature. So you can see a lyot of the dynamic. It's sort of a fable about responsibility. But it's also a fable about family and the sickness that can bind a family or destroy it. It's really quite different in a way.



The Smurfs:

You know, we may be marveling at what a brilliant film this turned out to be after all — but wow, these set photos don't inspire much confidence. Among other things, Sofia Vergara was on set as the wife of the evil cosmetics company exec (Neil Patrick Harris), and Tim Gunn was there playing an executive assistant. And check out Tim Gunn holding Azrael the cat! Also, more of Hank Azaria as Gargamel. And reportedly, director Raja Gosnell is trying to find a way to have Tailor Smurf say Tim Gunn's Project Runway catchphrase, "Make it work." How can this movie fail? [Accidental Sexiness and SpoilerTV-Movies]


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:

Three! Three TV spots:

Doctor Who:

A few new promo pics for "Vincent And The Doctor." [SpoilerTV]

And a new trailer! [BlogtorWho]

Terra Nova:

Alex Graves, who directed the Journeyman and Fringe pilots among others, will helm the pilot for this Spielberg-produced show. And it starts in 2149, when a large group of settlers prepare to leave their apocalyptic world and travel back to the prehistoric era, but what they find isn't what they were expecting. [EW]



So apparently they had originally ended the season in a way that killed off James Marsters' character, Barnabus, for sure. But at the last minute, they re-wrote it to make it open-ended. So if this show actually does get a second season, Marsters may well be back. And the hilarious Phoenix Comic Con footage is worth watching. [CapricaTV]

Warehouse 13:

A bitchin new sneak peek!
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True Blood:

Here's a new poster! [SpoilerTV]

And a new promo! [SpoilerTV]

A major theme in season three is identity, as each character comes to terms with who he or she is, and what he/she stands for. And Alexander Skarsgard explains how Eric feels about werewolves:

Eric hates them. In his opinion, werewolves are very primitive, stupid, disgusting, not sophisticated. After a while, you'll find out there's a deeper reason he hates them.


[USA Today]

The show's cast is humongous in season three, but in the end it doesn't feel overcrowded, says Carrie Preston. And the season moves at a breakneck pace. [Fancast]


The Gates:

Hey, speaking of vampires, here are a couple new promos:


John "Pa Kent" Schneider admits he doesn't watch the show any more. But if they want him to come back, they just have to call. [OSCK]


Stargate Universe:

Here's a sneak peek from the first half of the season finale, airing on Friday. [SpoilerTV]

Additional reporting by Kelly Faircloth and Mary Ratliff.


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