Russell Crowe reveals why Man of Steel is an all-new Superman. Plus Tons of Oz: The Great and Powerful 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.

Check out the first official image from the "ice age train" movie Snowpiercer. Disney releases a complete character guide for Oz the Great and Powerful. There are two sneak peeks from the series finale of Fringe. Plus tons of hints for what lies ahead on True Blood, Doctor Who, Arrow, and Syfy's Being Human!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Game of Thrones.

Man of Steel

Russell Crowe, who plays Jor-El in Zack Snyder's Superman movie, offers some major praise for the film's portrayal of the iconic superhero:

"It's really complicated, it's really complex. I don't think anyone's really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman. And [how] people would really respond in a modern society if someone like that popped up. Zack Snyder who directed The Watchmen, who directed 300 and a few other things, he was given a great deal of responsibility. Because when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films, at the top of the food chain is Superman. I think the biggest indicator for me as to how it's looking is that the financier of the film, a lovely fellow by the name of Thomas Tull- quite a reticent man, doesn't mince his word, he's sent me dashing e-mails, he just loves it and thinks its going to go down really well. I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

"It's a massive undertaking, the type of sets we worked on in that film were incredible. It takes you to the ground on Krypton. It takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours. I think people are going to love it and if you've seen the trailer, you realize that this Superman is not just floating through the air, held up by a wire. This Superman is supersonic, when he decides to fly, he doesn't muck around. I'm really looking forward to the way people respond to it."


[Reelz via Comic Book Movie]

Thor: The Dark World

As we come to the end of the press tour for The Last Stand, here's one last quote from Jaimie Alexander on what to expect from the Thor sequel:

Nothing too juicy. Even Sif must respect the power of the NDA. [Laughter.] I can say that we explore the relationship between Thor and Sif a little more in this film. And you get to see a lot more of the people of Asgard, what their daily lives are like. We get to explore a couple of other worlds as well. I think the fans are really going to like it.



Illustration for article titled Russell Crowe reveals why Man of Steel is an all-new Superman. Plus Tons of Oz: The Great and Powerful Hints!

We've seen tons of concept art for Bong Joon-ho's English-language debut, but here's the first actual photo from the set of his post-apocalyptic Ice Age train-based revolution movie. This particular photo depicts costar Song Kang-ho, who previously worked with Joon-ho on The Host and Memories of Murder. [First Showing]

Oz the Great and Powerful

Disney has released helpful character descriptions for all the major and some of the minor characters in Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel. Here's the rundown:

OSCAR DIGGS (James Franco)
Oscar Diggs is a small-time magician who takes his magic act on the road as part of a traveling circus in the Midwest. A man with dubious ethics, Diggs is a handsome, charming charlatan who is skilled at smooth-talking his way out of problems. When he is hurled into the magical Land of Oz, Oscar faces a fight-or-flight dilemma that holds the fate of a kingdom in the balance, forcing him to decide what kind of man he truly is before it is too late.

THEODORA (Mila Kunis)
Theodora is a beautiful, naïve witch who is protected by her powerful sister Evanora. Theodora only wants peace to come to the Land of Oz and truly believes that a prophesied wizard will arrive someday to restore order.

EVANORA (Rachel Weisz)
Evanora is Theodora's over-protective sister. With her penetrating gaze, she exudes a powerful presence and has positioned herself as the royal advisor and protector of Emerald City.

GLINDA (Michelle Williams)
Glinda is a good witch who rules over a peaceful kingdom of simple, kind folk. Beautiful Glinda is not only a compassionate and benevolent witch, but also a fierce protector of her people. Though Glinda sees through Oscar's façade early on, she knows genuine goodness lies within and helps Oscar achieve his true destiny.

CHINA GIRL (voiced by Joey King)
China Girl is from the village of China Town, where everything, including the inhabitants, is made of china. When destruction befalls her land, the brave, resilient China Girl encounters Oz and they strike up an unlikely friendship.

FINLEY (voiced by Zach Braff)
Finley is a winged monkey that accompanies Oscar on his journey. Finley doesn't have a high opinion of Oscar and lets him know it. Ultimately he becomes a loyal ally and helps Oscar discover his true self.

FRANK (Zach Braff)
Frank is Oscar's assistant and right-hand man-he's the money handler, costume mender and prop wrangler for Oscar's magic act. Frank is put upon and underappreciated but is Oscar's only friend.

KNUCK (Tony Cox)
Knuck is a dour, unsmiling Munchkin, who, as the Herald of Emerald City, announces all the visitors. Despite his cantankerous demeanor, he is loyal to Glinda and thus reluctantly becomes Oscar's ally.

The Winkies are the formidable, spear-carrying, 8-foot tall, uniformed guards of Emerald City under the command of Evanora.

The Quadlings are inhabitants of Glinda's kingdom. They are kind-hearted, simple country folk who are mostly farmers.

The Tinkers, who live in Glinda's kingdom, are tall, thin, old men with long, white beards and elfish ears who can build anything. What they lack in stamina they more than make up for in ingenuity. They are led by the Master Tinker, who Oz finds the perfect foil for his plans.

The Munchkins are giggling, happy little people, who live peaceful lives singing and making pretty clothes. Though they don't have a care in the world, they are loyal to Glinda and do their best to help her if and when she needs them.


[Stitch Kingdom]

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Here's a new international trailer. [/Film]

The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2

Here are some short interviews with Robocop star Peter Weller, Person of Interest's Michael Emerson, and Human Target's Mark Valley, who play Batman, the Joker, and Superman respectively in the two-part animated adaptation of the Frank Miller story.

And here are some new promo images. [Coming Soon]

Doctor Who

Call the Midwife star Jessica Raine confirms she is guest starring in the first episode of the second half of this series of Doctor Who. She further revealed the episode, written by Luther creator Neil Cross, is entitled "The Phantom of the Hex" and her character is called Emma Grayling. Here are some general thoughts from Raine about her appearance on the show:

"[It was] very different to Midwife. On Doctor Who, it was all mind machines and strobe lighting. "But it was a magical experience and something I was very happy to do. It's very different character and genre – you have to throw yourself into it and take it very seriously. I hadn't realized what an institution Doctor Who is. I got offered the part and didn't think much about it. Then you go on set and you see this blue police telephone box, and suddenly the weight of what you're doing hits home."


[BBC America]


Here are two sneak peeks for "Liberty", the first half of tomorrow night's two-hour series finale.

And here are some promo photos. [BuddyTV]

Game of Thrones

Here's the latest official behind-the-scenes video for season three.

True Blood

Costar Joe Manganiello previews what's in store for Alcide and the sixth season in general:

"[It's] racier. My character's taken over the wolf pack, so as an alpha, and a pack of dogs, you gotta regulate, you gotta set it straight with everybody so there's some violence. It'll be fun. This is Season 6 and the first couple scripts I read -– I think they're doing a lot of stuff that they maybe held back on the past couple years. They're pretty wild. I think it's going to be a pretty wild season."


[Access Hollywood]

The second episode will reportedly feature a guest character named Connor Farley, described as someone who is "about 45 and works for the Department of Wildlife [and] on his way to a meeting with the governor, he finds himself in a problematic situation." [SpoilerTV]


Person of Interest

Here's a short synopsis for episode thirteen, "Dead Reckoning", which airs January 31:

REESE FINDS HIMSELF IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF A FORMER ACQUAINTANCE ORCHESTRATING A MASSIVE ACT OF CYBERTERRORISM, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," THURSDAY, JAN. 31 – Reese is abducted by an old acquaintance planning a massive act of cyber-warfare that could lead to Reese's death.



Once Upon a Time

Here are some promo photos from this Sunday's episode, "In the Name of the Brother." [TV Line]



Executive producer Marc Guggenheim discusses when Oliver will have his big rematch with John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn, otherwise known as the Dark Archer:

That's something we'll be teasing a little bit; we're going to make you wait a little bit for that epic rematch. Oliver's next major interaction with Malcolm is the last thing in the world you'd expect. Oliver doesn't know that he's the Dark Archer, nor does Malcolm know that Oliver is Arrow. There are two bombs underneath the table in the latter half of the season: When is Oliver going to discover that Malcolm is the Dark Archer and when is Malcolm going to discover that Oliver is the Arrow, and which one is going to come first? We will be revealing the Arrow's identity to another character in short order.


He also discusses when Oliver will discover his mother's role in Malcolm Merlyn's plans, and just what exactly those plans are:

That's been something we've been keeping on a low simmer since the pilot. As we started to construct latter half of the season, we discussed how much longer can Oliver go without knowing his mother is up to no good without him seeming stupid or avoiding the thing that's right under his nose. Starting in episode 11 and going through episode 14, is a multiepisode arc that will deal with this question.

Malcolm and Moira are working together. What's their end game? Might they have penned Oliver's hit list?
That's the big question for remainder of year. In episode nine, we learned of this event that they're planning, the Undertaking, and we're starting to lay the foundation for Oliver making the discovery of what the Undertaking is. It's our big end game for the season. The question of what Moira and Malcolm are up to will be explored as we go through episode 10 and on. It may not be quite what you expect but it sets up our big finale. The twists and turns of getting there is part of the fun of the second half of the season.


There's more at the link. [Live Feed]

Star Stephen Amell says episode 16 is really one to watch out for:

In Episode 9, a lot of stuff happened. And in Episode 16, it's just thing after thing after thing after thing happening and coming to a resolution or taking it in the next direction. And then, after all that, after the episode's over, there's the biggest cliffhanger.


[TV Line]

Elsewhere, Amell discusses a crucial episode which may or may not be number sixteen:

"We just wrapped probably our most ambitious episode yet. It's called The Odyssey, and it explores the island a lot. The island story is really the second stanza of the show. We took a break after episode 9 and are back for 6 or 7 episodes before another little break. The island is a really really really big part of this moment."



Warehouse 13

Here's a promo for the show's return in April.

Being Human (US)

Star Sam Witwer discusses Aidan's crazy flashbacks and an upcoming guest star:

The flashbacks we do this year are more ambitious than any flashback we've ever attempted. We go way further back in his history than we've ever gone. We'll tell a story I knew something about but I just never thought we'd actually attempt it. And we tell that story over four episodes, and we tell it as it relates to what is going on with Aidan in modern day. So it's a really exciting season for that reason too. You're not going to see that until later on.

Lastly, Xander Berkeley (Nikita) makes his debut next week. Tell me about him and how he poses a threat.
The question I had after the first season and after the second season is, ‘Wow, these guys are making a lot of enemies. When is that going to come back and bit them in the ass?' And the answer is Xander Berkeley. He is the father of Connor and Brynn, the two kids that Josh palled around with. And Connor, the male of the two, Aidan shot and killed him after they hunted Aidan through the woods. So [Berkeley] shows up [asking questions] and that's going to obviously go very badly.



Elsewhere, Witwer says to expect big things from the season ahead:

"I think we've completely nailed [the tone] on the third season," he says. "While I think we did some really great stuff in the second season and I think our best episode might be in the second season, I also think it got a little bit unbalanced - the darkness didn't necessarily have as much humor to balance it out. So the thing I'm most excited about in season 3 is that there is a very keen balance between the humor and the dark stuff...[Aidan] had a very traumatizing previous season…and the consequences of everything [he's] done are going to haunt [him] this season."


Lost Girl

Here are some promo photos for episode three, "ConFaegion." Man, every single time you think this show has hit rock bottom with its pun titles, they somehow manage to dig a little deeper. [SpoilerTV]


Beauty and the Beast

Here's a preview from executive producers Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin for tonight's episode, "Seeing Red."

X-Men: First Class and Twilight actor Edi Gathegi has reportedly been cast as Kyle, described as "a composed agent for a top-secret organization with killer looks and instincts to match [who] doesn't like his time to be wasted, and can easily assess anyone's weaknesses and happily exploit them." [EW]


Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.


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So Russell Crowe says Man of Steel is fantastic, awesome, brilliant, different, superfabulous and fantasticriffic. And he can't wait to see it. Wow, it's almost like he's invested in the film somehow. Shut up Rusell Crowe. Just shut up.