Russell Crowe addresses his big casting rumors. Plus lots of hints for the future of Fringe!

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Director Andrew Stanton and the whole cast takes you inside the world of John Carter. Morgan Freeman joins Tom Cruise's post-apocalyptic epic. Genre star Amy Acker discusses her Grimm guest spot. Plus new clips from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance!


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John Carter

A ton of set reports and interviews have hit the web. We have a roundup of some of the most pertinent details, but please do check out this set report and an interview with star Taylor Kitsch, as well as the individual links for a bunch more details.

First up, Willem Dafoe explains what attracted him to the project:

When Andrew [Stanton] put out a feeler, I said basically, "Yeah, I'd love to play one of the Martians," and then he'd say, "What?" [laughs] I did tip off that I would really love to play Tars Tarkas, which is the role I'm playing, because he's an interesting character. He's not what he appears to be, number one, without giving too much of the story away. He's also got a really good relationship with the John Carter [Taylor Kitsch] character who he kind of takes under his wing and he has a relationship with the Samantha Morton character [Sola]. Plus an adversarial one with Thomas [Haden Church]'s character, [Tals Hajus].

He also describes a scene he was shooting at the time of the interview:

There's just been a battle and the John Carter character has helped us in the battle, kind of by accident, unknowingly. So, I'm embracing him as one of our warriors and he's very reluctant. Basically, that's what's happening. And also, it's the introduction… we've taken Dejah [Lynn Collins] prisoner and she comes and asks us to help her rather than take her as prisoner, but we kinda blow that off. [laughs]



Also, director Andrew Stanton revealed what the current plans are for sequels:

We outlined three altogether. But the nice thing about not doing anything in tandem is that we can learn from the first and go, "oooH! I like that guy. I like that situation. Let's see if we can tweak that into the second and third." We're constantly growing and constantly adapting. We're trying to stay ahead of it. We're writing the second right now while we're working on the first.


There's a ton more from Stanton, mostly focusing on his love of the original Edgar Rice Burroughs stories and the particular challenges in translating them to the screen. [/Film]

Next up, Lynn Collins discusses her character, the Martian princess Dejah Thoris:

Yeah, Dejah Thoris is the regent of science and letters on Helium, which is sort of the peaceful city of Mars. But she's also the Princess of Helium. That's sort of revealed in the movie. There's an incredible masculine/feminine combination that I'm working with. It's just dealing with that personally, myself. Every role that you accept makes you grow in some way. It's part of the creative process. She's just a benevolent, powerful feminine force. I feel like I'll be able to take so much of that away with me and filter that into the next roles I play.

She's not just a princess that the prince fights for her?
No, she gets right into the fights. And may fight even better.



Finally, Thomas Haden Church discusses how his character, the Thark warrior Tal Hajus, fits into the larger story:

Well, I don't know how much you know, but we're part of a warring tribe on Mars. There are different factions…I have to keep it on the down low as far as information. Willem and Samantha [Morton] and myself and Polly Walker, we're all members of the same tribe. Then Taylor, as you can tell, is a dude. [laughs] An Earth dude. And then Lynn [Collins], if you've seen her, her appearance is a lot different than ours.

Can you talk a little more about your character?
Willem is the leader of the tribe. My guy is sort of his pit bull guard dog. He's very aggressive when it comes to violence and fighting. He's probably a little bit too aggressive because Willem is trying to lead by example, his character. There's, at times, a little friction.



Collins also explained how her makeup and that of her fellow Martians is meant to differentiate them from the Earthman Taylor Kitsch:

Yeah, the makeup people decided that the red men would, instead, be these beautiful tattoos. And then you can see my blood. We've got blue blood as red men. Instead of painting people crimson. Nobody looks good that way. Everyone, instead, has what I call a "hyper-tan" with different shades and hues that separate them from Taylor's character, who is all white.



Here's a promo focusing on the movie's battle scenes.


Russell Crowe took to Twitter to address the recent rumors that both he and Liam Neeson were being considered for the title role in Darren Aronofsky's big budget reimagining of the Noah's Ark story. Well, it would appear those rumors are more or less true, if Crowe is any authority on the matter:

"And I'm eyeing him (Darren Aronofsky) right back... Liam's eyeing both of us... and Paramount are eyeing us all, including you. Whole lot of eyeing."


It's possible Crowe's tongue was at least slightly in his cheek there, but it would appear these casting rumors are relatively legit, as these things go. [Comic Book Movie]

Robocop Reboot

As for the other big recent Russell Crowe casting rumor, Crowe twice flatly denied the reports that he was being considered for the main role in Jose Padilha's Robocop reboot. [Comic Book Movie]



Morgan Freeman has reportedly joined the cast of Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinksi's new film, in which Tom Cruise plays the last man living on the surface of the post-apocalyptic Earth while the rest of humanity lives above the clouds. It's not known what role Freeman is playing, though early rumors have suggested Freeman will be the leader of a resistance force. [Deadline and /Film]


Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Here's a pair of clips.


Here's a sneak peek at tonight's episode, "Welcome to Westfield."

Executive producer Joel Wyman discusses this particular episode, making it clear that the synopsis that says the Fringe team gets trapped doesn't actually mean we're headed for a bottle episode:

No, no bottle episodes, but I think that one is going to go over really well. I really believe people are going to love that one.

Is there anything you can tease about it, specifically?
It's a fantastic episode, really mind-bending in the best FRINGE-ian kind of way. It's going to answer a lot of mythological questions. It's going to answer one very large mythological question, which we believe is of paramount importance, the answer to that question. It's a big one as far as stakes are concerned.


Wyman also addresses the growing love triangle between Peter, Olivia, and Lincoln:

The struggle is being around someone that [looks like the person you love]…Peter knows what he's destined for, and it's not [this Olivia], and that's difficult for him. She's there and she's serving as a painful reminder every time he sees her of what he's missing and what's waiting for him. Biologically and chemistry-wise, she's the same girl, really, so it's very difficult.

Him watching another person dealing with her on another level that might be construed as romantic is also hard. So, it's there for a reason. You're going to see - that's what it's designed for - to show us that, "Wow, I really want to be with her." And ultimately, you just want him to get his Olivia back. And that's the whole key. You will watch some painful moments and some beautiful moments and hopefully you'll be down there with him with his struggle.


Finally, he addresses the Observer's warning that Olivia will die:

Wyman: The Observers, don't forget, they've already experienced the future. It's not an issue of him wanting her to live forever; he knows…there's something tragic in the mail for her...She said as much [in last season's "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide"]: " I saw the man who is going to kill me." So these things might be connected...That's what's really interesting - fate and destiny and things like that, they cross timelines, they cross who knows, right?


There's still more at the link. [Give Me My Remote]

Here's a bunch of set photos of Anna Torv as alternate Olivia. [SpoilerTV]

Once Upon a Time

Here are five sneak peeks for this Sunday's episode, "Skin Deep."


This week's big guest star Amy Acker discusses her role as Lena, who is a type of Grimm known as a Spinnetod that Acker describes as "a spider-creature who, in order to survive, has to sacrifice or eat three men every five years." Acker discusses how she grappled with her character's apparent indiscriminate killing:

That was what was interesting about playing this part is that you really, you kind of struggle with her as to what the right thing for her to do is. She's doing the wrong thing, but at the same time, it's kind of like, there's not another choice.

Were there discussions about how she chose her victims, so that at least she chose bad people, as the serial killer does in Dexter?
There weren't, but it seemed to me like she chose people that, she felt like maybe there was something about them that made it easier to do what she had to do.


There's some more at the link. [TV Guide]

This week's episode will reportedly see Nick seek romantic advice from, of all people, Monroe, who is described as "possibly the worst source ever" for such things. [E! Online]


True Blood actress Jessica Tuck has reportedly been cast as Adalind's mother Catherine, a fellow Hexenbiest who will reportedly appear in an upcoming episode titled "Love Sick." [EW]


Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau will reportedly direct this NBC pilot from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural's Eric Kripke, which is described as "a high-octane action drama following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist." This is Favreau's first time directing a pilot. [Deadline]



Here are some promo photos for episode fifteen, "Repo Man", which airs February 17 and features the return of Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer. [KSiteTV]


Here are the reported titles for the next several episodes:

7.15 "Repo Man"
7.16 "Out With The Old"
7.17 "The Born-Again Identity"
7.18 "Party On, Garth"
7.19 "Of Grave Importance"
7.20 "The Girl With The Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo"
7.21 "In Case Of Emergency"



Being Human (UK)

Here's the synopsis for episode four, "A Spectre Calls", which airs February 26:

Annie, Hal and Tom are like a ring of steel protecting baby Eve - so when Kirby, a ghost from the 1970s calls at the house, they're immediately suspicious. Kirby wins them over with his feckless personality and proof that he's been sent by Nina to help look after the baby. Annie soon falls for the handsome, charismatic ghost – perhaps Nina also sent him for reasons other than the baby? Tom is utterly charmed by him, too, pleased to have an alpha male about the house to teach him the way of the world. Hal has his doubts about Kirby, but then Kirby has his doubts about Hal. Who will be proved right?



Being Human (US)

Here's a promo and sneak peek for the next episode, "Addicted to Love."


Blue Bloods and Dexter actor John Diggle has reportedly been cast in The CW's Green Arrow pilot as John Diggle, described as "a former military man now working as a bodyguard for hire who soon finds he is trapped in a battle of wits, loyalty and trust." [Variety]


Lost Girl

Here's the official description for episode twenty of season two, "Lachlan's Gambit":

The Ash takes drastic action against the threat bearing down on him, which in turn convinces Bo to make a potentially life-threatening decision. When those close to her suffer devastating injuries, Bo can no longer ignore her destiny.



Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.



Every time I see something new from the Ghost Rider movie, I become a little more convinced that it will actually be a fun movie to watch. So far the action is head and shoulders above the other one.