Joss Whedon can't see making The Avengers 2 without Robert Downey Jr.

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Check out a bunch of new interviews with the director and stars of Man of Steel. Russell Crowe explains why his Noah is no hero, while Evangeline Lilly describes her new Elf in the Hobbit trilogy. Stars Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg drop Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hints while Jaime Murray talks Defiance and Warehouse 13. Spoilers now!

Top image from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Man of Steel

Here's a clip from Amy Adams's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live that features Henry Cavill as Superman and Adams as Lois Lane. [Collider]

Here are interviews with director Zack Snyder and Jor-El actor Russell Crowe.

And here's an interview with Amy Adams on Good Morning America.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Here's a new video from the Cleveland set. You can also check out some new images and videos here, here, and here.

The Avengers 2

Writer-director Joss Whedon says he's confident the currently unsigned Robert Downey, Jr. will be back as Tony Stark:

"He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can. The day he was cast, I went up to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige and said, “You brilliant son of a bitch.”


Comparing Downey's Tony Stark to Sean Connery's James Bond is some rather brilliant trolling on Whedon's part, since that's maybe the most famous example of a recast role in movie history, but still — Downey will probably be back for The Avengers 2. [The Daily Beast]


Russell Crowe discusses his title character in Darren Aronofsky's possibly post-apocalyptic biblical reimagining, and it instantly becomes a lot more clear why Crowe is the right choice for the role:

"The funny thing with people, they consider Noah to be a benevolent figure because he looked after the animals: 'Awww, Noah. Noah and the animals.' It's like, are you kidding me? This is the dude that stood by and watched the entire population of the planet perish. He's not benevolent. He's not even nice. At one point in the story his son says, 'I thought you were chosen because you were good?' And he goes, 'I was chosen because I can get the job done, mate.' I think people are going to be judging where their questions are coming from. I think they're going to be quite surprised what Noah actually means; what it means to be in that position."

Basically, Noah is the Wolverine of possibly post-apocalyptic, reimagined biblical figures. [ET Online]

The Hobbit

Here's how Lost alum Evangeline Lilly describes her newly created elf Tauriel:

“She’s a Sylvan Elf, which means she’s of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. She doesn’t hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she’s much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit. She will definitely have a love story. I can’t give away too much about it. It’s not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions. Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, [Elven king] Thranduil, has a soft spot for Tauriel and sees something very special in her. So if you grow up side by side, and your dad has a very special spot in his heart for this young woman who’s a fantastic warrior, I think it’s hard not to notice her. That’s probably as much as I can say.”



Despicable Me 2

Here's a sextet of TV spots for the Despicable Me sequel. [Coming Soon]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

ER and Stargate Universe actress Ming-Na Wen discusses her starring role as Agent Melinda May:

What can I say? I think what’s going to be interesting with her character is you discover her slowly. She’s a bit of a mystery, she’s a bit damaged, she doesn’t say very much. She’s slowly revealed — which means I don’t know who she is yet! [Laughs]

What do you think she makes of all these superheroes popping up?
I think if you’re part of that level, if you’re in that level being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, you’ve seen it all, you know it all. There are things that still might surprise you, but at the same time, they have gone through that route before. It’s more about the task of, how do we fix a bad situation? How do we take care of this and make it a benefit for our country? I think those are our real mindsets — not so much “Holy... whoa! Look at what this person can do...!”, you know? Because they’ve seen aliens fly from a hole up in the sky. We’ve seen a semi-god, so it’s really about, how can we take care of this particular situation.



Clark Gregg confirms that Agent Coulson is the show's protagonist instead of just one member of an ensemble, or at least that's the plan:

"That's the theory of those involved, that Agent Coulson is driving the ship. But I'm surrounded by a particular ensemble of young S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, [as well as] the magnificent Ming-Na Wen who plays Agent Melinda May, who's a very notorious badass within S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm excited to shoot the show, we've only shot one. I'm excited to see where it goes. We shot the pilot, [ABC] picked that up, in about six or seven weeks we start shooting more of them and we will have just enough of them in the can that we'll be theoretically ahead of when they show them on TV."


You can watch the interview with Gregg below. [Comic Book Movie] http://https//…

Under the Dome

Here's the official description for the new CBS summer series:


Series is Based on the Bestselling Novel by Stephen King

"Pilot" - When the residents of Chester's Mill find themselves trapped under a massive transparent dome with no way out, they struggle to survive as resources rapidly dwindle and panic quickly escalates, on the series premiere of UNDER THE DOME, Monday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


There's also a complete list of the regular and recurring cast at the link. [SpoilerTV]

In The Flesh

Here's a trailer for BBC America's upcoming zombie miniseries.


Here's a promo and a sneak peek of the first four minutes of the next episode, "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."

Star Jaime Murray discusses her character Stahma:

“You never know if what Stahma is saying is true... I don’t think it’s [necessarily true that] she and Kenya are buddies. I don’t think Stahma is close to anybody... I don’t think you ever really know what Stahma’s Need/Want is — and that’s one of the interesting things about playing her... [She's an] interesting mix of archetypes and complexity. She’s otherworldly yet also kind of strangely familiar, because there are cultural and time clashes going on in her make-up. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a Shakespearean play or something. She’s a steely woman, and though she behaves in a subservient way because it’s her culture, I don’t think that’s her nature at all — and that’s confusing for the audience.”


[TV Line]

Warehouse 13

Here's a promo and a sneak peek for the next episode, "Runaway."

Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.


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"She doesn’t hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she’s much more lowly."

Umm, correct me if I'm wrong here, but Legolas is also "just" a Sylvan Elf as well, right? He can't be included in the list of "High Elves", (other than being given some extra credit due to his valiant deeds during the final battles of LOTR)

I don't like that they're adding these characters to the story. Its one thing to elevate an existing character to a more significant role (such as Arwen in LOTR), but to introduce new characters which significantly alter the storyline, (such as the "white orc" does in Unexpected Journey) I feel is unnecessary.