Just how chatty is the Hulk in The Avengers? Plus Robocop casting hints!

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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.

The Robocop reboot has been gathering momentum since Elite Squad director Jose Padilha joined, but the big question has been who's playing Robocop? We've heard rumors of Michael Fassbender and Russell Crowe, but the truth is someone far more unexpected.

Check out new set photos from the Star Trek sequel!

Avengers tie-in toys give us a preview of the all-new loquacious Hulk.

Star Andrew Lincoln previews the insanity of the next four Walking Dead episodes.


All that plus the latest on Doctor Who, Fringe, Game of Thrones, and more!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Avengers.

Star Trek 2

Here are some more set photos of Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, and Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch as an as yet unidentified, possibly villainous character. The photos also reveal an IMAX camera, which director J.J. Abrams has said is one of his preferred shooting formats and will apparently play a role in this film's production. [Trek Movie and Pop Sugar]

When asked about the set photos, all Zachary Quinto would say - beyond the fact that notoriously secretive director J.J. Abrams is not happy about them surfacing - is that the sequence in question is "awesome" and that they had been working on it for five days. [IFC]

Man of Steel

Michael Shannon suggests that his take on General Zod won't feature quite the same outright villainy we saw from Terrence Stamp in Superman II:

"He's actually a not very scary guy. He's just trying to do his job, just like anybody...I don't know, you know? I don't want to say. Some people might hate him, some people might love him. But I'm fond of him. I respect him."



There are some photos posted by the Illinois-based Below H2O Scuba Diving that feature stars Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe learning how to scuba dive, supposedly in connection with their roles in the new Superman movie. Of course, unless virtual Jor-El plans to train his son underwater or something, that seems unlikely, though I suppose it also isn't terribly likely that Cavill and Crowe are just randomly taking time out from filming to learn how to scuba dive together. So, yeah, make of this one what you will, because I give up. [Comic Book Resources]


The Avengers

Here's a promo for Entertainment Tonight's upcoming set visit report. [Coming Soon]

Here are some promo photos that appear as part of Senitype's line of collectible tickets. The main point of interest here is a clear look at Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, who hasn't really been seen much at all in previous promo images. [Cosmic Book News]


Hasbro is releasing some talking Avengers figures to tie in with the movie, and the characters' reported lines of dialogue have hit the web. Whether any of these lines accurately reflect what the characters say in the movie is very much an open question, but without further ado:

Captain America: "Hulk! Smash!","Avengers, together we defend the world!", "I'm Captain America"
Thor: "Hulk, truly thou art the strongest!", "Captain, I will follow you any day","Hulk, truly your strength is unmatched!", "Iron Man, you are a valued warrior", "My name is Thor!"
Iron Man: "Get around behind him Hulk!", "Repulsors, full power!", "JARVIS, damage report!"
The Hulk: "You want more?", "Avengers Assemble!", "Nothing can stop the Hulk!", "Let's go smash!… Hulk ready for fight!", "Hulk smash… Hulk smash Thor! (Crash!)… Let's go smash!… Hulk ready for fight!"


Yes, apparently that last one is all one long quote. I wouldn't take these as 100% confirmed, but then again these just seem too pointlessly minor to bother making up. [Comic Book Movie]


Joel Kinnaman has reportedly been offered the title role in Jose Padilha's new Robocop movie. Kinnaman currently appears alongside Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House, though his breakout role was probably as homicide detective Stephen Holder on AMC's The Killing. This of course is totally unconfirmed, and it's just an offer anyway, but it would suggest the filmmakers aren't going for a big name actor for the Robocop role, which really would make a lot more sense than that short-lived Russell Crowe rumor. [Deadline]


The Wolverine

Not that there was really too much chance of another superfluous Gambit cameo anyway, but John Carter star Taylor Kitsch says he has no plans to reprise the role, and it sounds like any future Gambit appearances will require the role to be recast. [Comic Book Movie]


The Host

Frances Fisher, whose credits include everything from Titanic to The Lincoln Lawyer, is reportedly joining the previously cast Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, and William Hurt in the adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's non-Twilight book. She will play Maggie, described as "a stern aunt to Melanie (Ronan) and sister to Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) [who all] are among the few human survivors of a parasitic alien species called the Souls which have plagued Earth." [Deadline]


Doctor Who

Here are some set photos of Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, and guest star Mark Williams at Wales's Southerndown Beach, which previously appeared as Bad Wolf Bay in "Doomsday" and "Journey's End" and as Alfava Metraxis in "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone." [Wales Online]


Toby Whithouse, who is one of the announced writers for the upcoming seventh series, says he knows some details about the new companion, but he doesn't reveal anything specific — not even the companion's gender. About the only thing he does say is this: "I know a bit about the new companion, I don't know who they cast and even if I did if I told you Steven Moffat would come out here and punch me in the neck." The verbs there imply the companion has in fact already been cast, but there's nothing else to go on beyond that. [The Live Feed]


Here are two promos for the next episode, and first one back from the upcoming four-week hiatus, "A Short Story About Love." [Fringe Television]

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Here's a promo poster. [SpoilerTV]

Here's a set photo and a notice of filming. [SpoilerTV]

Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau discusses what's ahead for Jaime Lannister this season:

In season 2 Jaime is a prisoner surrounded by people who at best despise him. He has lost all control. As he says himself 'I am not well suited for imprisonment'. But he never loses his charming wit with especially the widow of headless Ned.


[My Fanbase]

The Walking Dead

Star Andrew Lincoln pretty much promises some more major deaths as he discusses the rest of season two:

"The thing I loved about the second half of the season is that you're moving in a direction that I think the comic book reached a bit sooner than we did in the TV show. With the death of Sophia, something dies in Rick. He has to reevaluate how he's been viewing the world and how to live in this world. I think he's moving much more toward Shane's sensibility... Not everybody gets out alive. We're not shy of blood, sweat and tears in the last four episodes. The whole season begins with Rick talking about this group of people in monologue. 'Am I doing the right thing? Can I be this man for these people?' And he ends up with an answer. But the answer is not necessarily what you may think it is. He loses a lot physically and psychologically and mentally during the next four episodes. He turns into somebody that possibly he never thought he would become. He goes to a place - he's pushed to a place - that he hasn't been pushed for a long time. And he's asked to do things he probably doesn't wish to do."


There's more at the link, including why Lincoln sees Rick and Shane as the show's answer to Cain and Abel. [TV Guide]

Once Upon a Time

Here are some promo photos for episode fifteen, "Red Handed", which airs March 11. [SpoilerTV]


"Red Handed" will reportedly feature an appearance by the Big Bad Wolf. [The TV Addict]

Here's a short description for episode sixteen, "Heart of Darkness", which airs March 18:

After Emma is forced to arrest Mary Margaret for the murder of David's wife, Mary Margaret hires Mr. Gold as her attorney; Snow White continues to be affected by Rumplestiltskin's potion.



And here's an even shorter description of episode seventeen, "Hat Trick", which airs March 25:

During her search for Mary Margaret, Emma is kidnapped by a mad man with an affinity for hats; the evil queen hires a man of magic.



Executive producer Edward Kitsis says they are currently working to bring back Jamie Dornan as the Huntsman and/or Sheriff Graham:

"To be quite honest, I hope so. We would like to have him back. Sometimes it is a scheduling thing that is beyond our control, but right now we are trying to move heaven and earth to hopefully make it happen."


[E! Online]


Here's a promo for next Friday's episode, "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau."


Here's an interview with creator Tim Kring, in which he discusses the role of fate on the show.

Beauty and the Beast

Scottish actor Darius Campbell, whose background is mostly in West End musicals, has been cast as the beast in ABC's Beauty and the Beast pilot. His character is described as "Shiro, a beastly bodyguard who forms an unlikely bond with a yet-to-be-cast embattled princess named Grace." [TV Line]


666 Park Avenue

Brothers & Sisters actor Dave Annable has reportedly joined Lost's Terry O'Quinn in this upcoming supernatural drama from ABC. Annable plays the husband half of a Midwestern couple that is invited to manage a historic and apparently possessed apartment building in New York City. The show is an adaptation of the book series by Gabriella Pierce. [TV Line]


Being Human (UK)

Creator Toby Whithouse discusses the fourth series, which just had its US premiere this past weekend:

The first scene of the first episode we take the audience to a place that we've never ever been to before. By doing that, we are setting out the direction for the new series. In the first episode we introduce our new villains. We said at the end of series three that the old ones, the kind of vampire royalty, they were on their way and their arrival is discussed at the beginning of the episode, all the way through the series, like a storm cloud. We're staying true to our roots and the big successes of the show is always our guest characters.

Is there an overarching theme of journey for the new season?
George and Nina's baby has an incredibly important role within vampire mythology and that provides the motive for the entire series. Similarly there's another plan afoot by one of the vampires who has a very interesting idea about how to ease the transition from a human world into a vampire world. That's an encroaching threat for our heroes. The arrival of the new vampire Hal, he's one of the old ones, that has been living a human life and living sober, clean life for the last 55 years. The way he's held himself together is a strict regime of control and discipline and routine.We visit his home in episode 1, but gradually through the course of events in the first episode that stability starts to crumble. That brings direct conflict and contact with our guys.


There's more at the link, including Whithouse's take on how he essentially had to reboot the show in the wake of multiple cast departures. [The Live Feed]

Being Human (US)

Here are some promo photos for tonight's episode seven, "The Ties that Bind." [SpoilerTV]


Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Here's a trailer for Darth Maul's upcoming return.

The Vampire Diaries

Here's a complete set of promo photos for the next episode, "1912", which airs March 15. [TV Guide]


Here are the titles of some upcoming episodes:

3.16 "1912"
3.17 "Break On Through"
3.18 "The Murder of One"
3.19 "Heart of Darkness"
3.20 "Do Not Go Gentle"



For no particular reason, here are two newly released cast photos of costar Candice Accola. [SpoilerTV]


The Secret Circle

Here are some promo photos from the March 15 episode, "Lucky", which features a guest appearance from Once Upon a Time's Tim Phillipps. [TV Line]



The CW's new Green Arrow pilot will apparently feature a few supporting characters who previously showed up on Smallville, albeit almost certainly played by new actors. One such character is Cat Grant, who is described as "a sexy TMZ-style reporter who appears in the Arrow pilot to cover the unexpected reappearance of Oliver Queen." [The TV Addict]


Beauty and the Beast (The CW)

The other Beauty and the Beast pilot, which stars Smallville's Kristin Kreuk as a New York homicide detective who encounters the titular Beast, has added two more actresses. Nicole Gale Anderson with play Heather, the sister of Kreuk's character Catherine, while Nina Lisandrello will play her homicide partner Tess. [Deadline]


Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.


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The novelization of John Carter is on Amazon [www.amazon.com] You can use the "look inside" feature to read the prologue which seems to detail the plot. It is pretty different from A Princess of Mars (and seems pretty dumb too).