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Mary Elizabeth Winstead explains why her The Thing character is a lot like Ripley!

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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.

Has a Dark Knight Rises actress indirectly revealed her role? Nobody wants to be in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. A Watchmen actor joins Ben Stiller's alien invasion comedy Neighborhood Watch. Plus tons of hints for what's ahead on Supernatural!


Spoilers from this point forward!

Top image from The Thing.

The Dark Knight Rises

This is pretty much the epitome of jumping at shadows, clutching at straws, and making mountains out of molehills, but when Juno Temple was asked whether she plays Catwoman protege Holly Robinson in the movie, she gave a standard "No comment" with what could be described as a "mischievous grin." Which, you know, might be taken as an indication that she really is playing Holly Robinson, or perhaps her actual character is so much bigger and more important than that that she couldn't help but smirk. I don't know what the latter could really refer to, unless we're talking about a female Robin, I know what? Forget I said anything. This way madness lies. Oh, and you can judge the mischievousness of her "No comment" in the video at the link, if you feel so inclined. [MTV Splash Page]


The Avengers

Here's a new synopsis from the press release for NYCC's Avengers panel:

"Marvel's The Avengers" is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.


The Thing

Mary Elizabeth Winstead says she hopes her character, paleontologist Kate Lloyd, will recall a particularly well-known sci-fi heroine:

I love Ripley and I love the Alien movies. The comparison was coming up in pre-production. I love the comparison! It was fun to be able to play a character as a woman in a movie who's that smart and that strong and that put together and not neurotic or shrill or sexy or whatever the things women usually are in movies. The character, to be honest, was so refreshing it was just kind of a no-brainer - I had to do it."


She also explains how this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 film tries to evoke its predecessor's feel:

"For me it evokes a time period of my favorite horror films, the ‘70s and ‘80s, and I feel it has a little bit more of that kind of classic slow burn. The first half of the film is slow and suspenseful and then when the terror kicks in, it kicks in and it doesn't let go."


[Spinoff Online]

The Hunger Games

Lionsgate has released posters for five of the twelve districts that are forced to provide teenage tributes to fight each other. []


Neighborhood Watch

Watchmen's very own naked blue super-god Billy Crudup has reportedly joined Ben Stiller's comedy about a bunch of bored suburban dads who form a Neighborhood Watch and stumble onto an alien plot. Crudup will reportedly play "a creepy and weird neighbor", so it looks like there's a decent chance he's involved with the aliens somehow. [Heat Vision]


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Green Lantern's Blake Lively has reportedly passed on playing Elizabeth Bennet in Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen reimagining. It's not at all clear whether there's anyone left in Hollywood to play the role at this point, so this might well be the death knell for this whole misbegotten project. [@KrollJVar]


The Last Stand

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird director Kim Jee-Woon's first American film, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a small town Texas sheriff fighting a Mexican drug cartel that possesses some form of super-car - which is pretty much my favorite description of anything, ever - has added two new cast members. Thor actress Jaime Alexander and 300's Rodrigo Santoro have reportedly been cast as romantically involved cops Sarah Torrance and Frank Martinez. []


The Sarah Jane Adventures

Here's a promo for next week's story, "The Curse of Clyde Langer." [Planet Gallifrey]


Here's another promo for this week's episode, "Alone in the World."

Here's a new Peter-themed promo. [KSiteTV]

In this video, executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman along with stars Anna Torv, John Noble, and Jasika Nicole discuss the bridge that links the two universes. [Fringe Television]

The Walking Dead

Executive producer Robert Kirkman confirms there will be romance between Glenn and new character Maggie this season:

"There will be a little bit of romance...He's a good kisser. You'd think he might be awkward, [but he's] very smooth. Shockingly smooth."


[TV Line]

The upcoming flashback to pre-outbreak times will be to the day Rick got shot. It'll give more insight into Rick and Lori's marital problems, as well as Lori and Shane's burgeoning attraction. [TV Guide]


Terra Nova

Here's a promo for next week's episode, "What Remains." [Terra Nova TV]

Here's an interview with stars Jason O'Mara and Shelley Conn. [Terra Nova TV]

Jason O'Mara, who knows a thing or two about TV shows doing utterly ridiculous things, says there's one line he will not cross with this show:

"I've already said to the show's producers, as soon as we start riding dinosaurs we've jumped the shark. I ain't getting on a dinosaur with reins and going ‘giddy up boy' so that's not going to happen. The dinosaurs] are still very wild and very dangerous. We give them a lot of respect. We try not to hurt them in any major way, we try to control them using these high-tech futuristic sonic blasters that we have and tranquillizer guns. So it's almost like we're game wardens in a park, just trying to corral them the best we can."


[E! Online]

Person of Interest

Here's an extended promo for the next episode, "Mission Creep."

Michael Emerson considers the possibility of romance for Finch:

"I never get to play a guy who has a happy love life. Maybe in this one I will. Obviously Finch lives in a dark dangerous and unhappy presence but in his past-and maybe this will be part of the backstory and mythology of the show-maybe in the past he was a happier person and had people and lost them and it has driven him completely or in part to become this single-minded avenger."


[E! Online]


Big Mike actor Mark Christopher Lawrence says a lot of this season will revolve around the Buy More:

. "We are going back to basics, so we're going to be at the Buy More a lot this season. Chuck owns it so now, so we're there instead of all over the world fighting crime and spies and all that. We're going to bring it right home.


[E! Online]

Once Upon a Time

Here's a behind-the-scenes sneak peek.

Deadwood's Brad Dourif has reportedly joined the cast as a beggar who befriends Robert Carlyle's Rumpelstiltskin in an upcoming episode. [TV Guide]


Executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz discuss the character Maleficient, played by True Blood's Kristin Bauer van Straten:

Kitsis: "In our world, Maleficient is the Evil Queen's oldest friend - and someone she wishes would just drop dead. That's what happens when evil befriends evil." Horowtiz: "To go to toe to toe with our Evil Queen we needed an iconic character - which led us to introduce Maleficient. And as huge fans of Kristin's we couldn't imagine anyone better to come in and bring her to life."


The show will also introduce the Blind Witch from the Hansel and Gretel story, and here's the character description:

"She lives in a gingerbread house and likes to dine on small children. She's incredibly scary and frightening. Although blind, she's also intense, strong, and calculating - no pushover, even for a grown man. Rather than hunting her prey (children), she uses her gingerbread house to lure unsuspecting young wanderers to her, only springing into action once they've stepped squarely into her trap."


[TV Line]


Here's the first promo photo for Buffy alums James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter's appearance on the show, in which they play a couple getting a divorce. Executive producer Sera Gamble adds:

"Charisma plays a very powerful witch. In the episode, she starts throwing her power around because she and her husband are in the middle of a contentious divorce."


[TV Guide]

Executive producer Sera Gamble explains why the death of Castiel improved the show's dramatic possibilities, and what the loss of Cas means for the show's sense of humor:

"This is a good story problem to have. It's good when you don't have a backbone that you can call and it has been important to us this season to start to kind of strip away things that the boys have been leaning on and counting on, things that make their job easier. It's harder in the writers room and it's certainly harder for Sam and Dean, but we're hoping that it make for more interesting, unexpected episodes.

"We have our certain mix of darkness and humor, even when Dean is at his lowest, he will poke fun at himself and Sam and Dean will poke fun at each other. We also have more closed-ended episodes coming up with that thread of mythology kind of running through, our usual mix. We have some pretty funny stuff coming up as well."


[E! Online]

Speaking of humor, Sera Gamble considers whether Sam and Dean's prankish side is completely gone:

"In terms of the pranks they used to do to each other in season one, it's funny. Sometimes we'll go back and watch those and be like, ‘We should have a scene where someone falls asleep and the other shoves a spoon in his mouth. We haven't done that in a long time.' One of their primary joys in life is calling each other out on stupid stuff."


[E! Online]

Gamble confirms Sam's hallucinations and troubled mental state won't be going anywhere:

"We don't really plan for that to ever fully go away. In terms of that being a condition that Sam has, it's just part of him now. By the end of last week's episode, he had started to develop ways of coping with it. And the next step in that story is seeing how his attitude changes and how Dean is dealing with it and his worries about it. But what happened to Sam's head is pretty permanent."


[TV Line]

American Horror Story

Here are two more promos.


Here's a sneak peek at the fourth season premiere, "Tempus."

The Vampire Diaries

Here's a preview for the next episode, "Disturbing Behavior", with executive producer Julie Plec.

Additional reporting by Natalie Baaklini and Charlie Jane Anders.


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When will people understand that when they compare female characters to "smart strong" Ripley in the first Alien, it completely negates what Ripley was about? In Alien, you really had no idea who was going to be the "hero" of that movie, much less think it was going to be Weaver's character who was just another crew member. But in modern movies, you pretty much know from the opening scene which female character is supposed to be the main lead and will ultimately survive until the end.