James McAvoy gets into character for X-Men First Class, Zack Snyder talks Superman, and the BSG prequel starts filming!

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James McAvoy explains how his portrayal of lead mutant Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class is different from Patrick Stewart's. Zack Snyder explains what Christopher Nolan has brought to the latest Superman movie that was missing from the previous ones. Plus the worlds of Harry Potter and Twilight collide in futuristic prison movie Incarceron, the new Red Sonja has found its director and maybe its star, the latest Battlestar Galactica prequel starts filming, and the minds behind Fringe reveal what's next for the craziest love triangle in history.


Spoilers from this point forward!

X-Men: First Class

James McAvoy offers some additional insight on how he differentiated his performance as Charles Xavier from what Patrick Stewart did in the original trilogy:

You look at the kind of main, defining characteristics of Professor X, of Charlie Boy, and you go, "Alright, he's selfless. He's a saint. He's sexless, it seems. He's egoless. He's all about other people. He's all about bettering the world and mutantkind and humankind." And so you kind of try and flip that on its head. You don't make him an evil person, or anything like that, but you make him ego-driven, women-chasing, he likes a good drink. He's not the reluctant leader that you kind of want all heroes to be. He actually kind of wants to be in charge, you know what I mean? And all of those things, just to kind of show a journey. So by the end of the movie he's some way towards becoming Patrick Stewart[‘s version of the character], rather than just having the same guy at the beginning. So we really didn't feel tied down, we felt liberated by the fact that we were doing a prequel.


He also offered another rundown of what the recent reshoots have entailed:

We doing a tiny little tweak on the very end, finale thing between me and Michael [Fassbender], who plays Magneto. And we're doing, what else are we doing? It's all little bits and bobs and things that we dropped or didn't know we needed or trying to fix a little scene here or there or tighten up a scene here or there. We're doing a little bit on a boat at one point, which is going to be fun; then a lot of underwater stuff last week, which I can't really tell you what it's about, but it's quite exciting. Just bits and bobs really.


Superman Reboot

In an interview with SFX magazine, Zack Snyder offered this explanation as to why he agreed to direct the film:

"My feeling about Superman is that I've been a fan of the character for a long time. But the question for me was always, ‘What can you do with Superman in a modern world?' And I think the amazing thing that Chris [Nolan] and David [Goyer] have created, that I'm working on now, and the reason why I was like, ‘Yeah, I'll do that,' was that they found that in him. They found the why in him. That's the exciting part for me."


He also gave this response to whether his Superman movie would share his previous films' often visceral action:

"I can't really talk about that without being kind of specific. But I can say I think Superman needs to be physical."




Harry Potter star Emma Watson is reportedly going to be the female lead in this futuristic prison movie, which already stars Twilight's Taylor Lautner as a young prisoner who's trapped in an artificially intelligent prison. He teams up with the warden's daughter (that would be Watson's role) to plot his escape. In any event, we can only hope this is the first act of a larger smashing together of the Harry Potter and Twilight universes, which ends with Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Pattinson locked in a wizard/vampire fight to the death while Kristen Stewart and Rupert Grint stand on the sidelines, just sort of shrugging and looking pale. [JustJared]


Red Sonja

Con Air auteur Simon West - because if ever the word "auteur" is warranted, it's for the director of Con Air - has signed on to direct the new film about the warrior queen Red Sonja. According to producer Avi Lerner, Drive Angry co-star Amber Heard is the runaway favorite for the role..."but she doesn't know it yet!" To be fair, Lerner did produce Drive Angry, so it's not like he's just pulling the name out of thin air, but obviously this is just the very beginning of the casting process. [The Playlist]



Here's some photos, a sneak peek, and a short synopsis for tonight's episode, "Immortality." [Daemon's TV]

Over There, a terrorist arms himself with a flesh eating insect, while alternate Olivia reunites with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, while determined to protect his universe, Walternate discovers there are some lines he won't cross.


Executive producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman reveal three more episodes this season after tonight's "Immortality" will take place entirely "over there." Pinkner explains how he thinks the fallout of the Peter/Olivia/Alternate Olivia love triangle will affect the three characters:

I think it's going to affect them for the rest of their lives. One of the things that we made as a goal from the beginning is to use mystery as a source for driving forward. Some shows we've worked on, or that we adored, used mystery as the endgame and the goal. The mystery sort of dragged you along. Our goal was the opposite. Our goal was to set up the mysteries, set up questions, answer the questions, and then let those answers lead to consequences. Obviously, Peter and Olivia learning this other woman was living with him has had devastating consequences for the two of these people. It will certainly influence their relationship on the show forever. We know we've hardly seen the last of Faux Olivia.


There's a ton more at the link. [Fringe Spoilers]

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome

The two-hour pilot for the new prequel series has begun filming, and Syfy has released a fresh synopsis of the show's premise and characters:

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

Joining Pasqualino and Cotton in the cast is Lili Bordan, who will play Dr. Beka Kelly, a Ph.D. who worked for Graystone Industries that created the Cylon robots. Currently assigned to a secret military mission, Beka and Adama quickly establish a rapport.



The Event

Original Beverly Hills 90210 actress Gabrielle Carteris will appear in the March 14 and 21 episodes as Diane Geller. Here's a character description:

Diane Geller...is an old friend of Michael Buchanan who has been living amongst the human population since the crash at Inostranka. When Michael and Sophia undertake a mission to hunt down Thomas, Michael leaves his daughters Leila and little Samantha in the care of Diane and her husband, Carlos.


[TV Guide]


Here's a preview and synopsis for tonight's episode, "Unforgiven": [Daemon's TV]

Sam (Jared Padalecki) starts to have flashbacks to a case he worked on with Samuel (guest star Mitch Pileggi) before he reconnected with Dean (Jensen Ackles). Sam receives a mysterious text with coordinates to a small town, so the brothers decide to investigate. Dean is surprised when the townspeople start telling him some of the things Sam did while he lived there.


Here's the plot synopsis for episode 16, "And Then There Were None":

SAMUEL JOINS UP WITH SAM AND DEAN - Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) set out in search of The Mother of All's latest monster. While investigating, they run into Samuel (guest star Mitch Pileggi) and Gwen (guest star Jessica Heafey), who are also hunting the creature. Samuel and Bobby get into a heated fight about how to handle the case.



Being Human (UK)

Here's a synopsis for episode 6, "Daddy Ghoul":

George finds out that his dad, George Sr, who he hasn't seen for three years, has died, as the hit drama about supernatural friends continues. Bringing back memories of his old life – before the werewolf curse – George decides to pay his respects at his dad's service.

After Nina has tipped off the police about Mitchell's involvement in the Box Tunnel 20 massacre, a young policewoman, Nancy, arrives to question him. Annie is angered that anyone would want to try and implicate Mitchell and is determined to get to the bottom of the crime herself. Herrick, meanwhile, is lurking in the attic – his thirst for blood getting more and more unbearable.



Being Human (US)

Here's a promo for episode 5, "It's the End of the World As We Knew It": [multipleverses.com]


Here's another promo for episode 6, "Siege": [SpoilerTV]


Here's a quickie synopsis for episode 16, "Scion":

Tess and Lionel (John Glover) battle for the Luthor name; Lois and Clark are surprised by a gift from Tess.



Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.


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So Xavier was a swinger eh? First Class being the first superhero movie where heroes aren't angling for attention or pining for a betrothed or an upside down kiss... but to just get laid... interesting.