The new Spidey villain confirmed, Chris Hemsworth talks Thor, and new Dark Knight Rises casting rumors!

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An Amazing Spider-Man actor reveals how he fits into Spidey's fight with Rhys Ifans's villain. The Dark Knight Rises is casting another female role. Plus Matt Smith discusses his Doctor Who future, and more!


Spoilers ahead!

Top image from Thor.

The Dark Knight Rises

We're getting incredibly close to being able to actually confirm Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the movie... but we're not quite there yet. In the meantime, Atonement and Cracks actress Juno Temple is reportedly being considered for a supporting part as "a street-wise Gotham girl." I'd ask everyone to not immediately assume this somehow means Harley Quinn, but I'm guessing that's impossible (particularly since she does kinda look like a live-action Harley Quinn...but still). Anyway, keep your grains of salt at the ready until we hear anything official. [Variety]


Captain America

The film will reportedly be doing about two weeks worth of reshoots in the near future. It's not currently known what these will entail, although there is apparently at least some reason to think this is just part of the movie's normal production schedule. [CraveOnline]


Here are a couple new posters. []

In an online chat, Chris Hemsworth explains the particular acting challenge of playing Thor:

"It's a blend of Viking mythology and science fiction element, and when Thor comes to Earth, from the trailer he's banished there. But the scope of it and the universes are so huge, you're playing a god, there's really no one to draw for, is there? You don't get to go interview them — they're not really that accessible."


At Kenneth Branagh's advice, he just thought of his scenes with Anthony Hopkins's Odin as fundamentally just about a father and son, and this helped things fall into place. He mentioned that he, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr. are all very excited to make The Avengers, and that he pronounces the name of his hammer Mjolnir as "Mee-yol-nir", which he got from Stan Lee himself. There's more at the link. [Newsarama]

The Avengers

Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Thor and is heavily rumored but totally unconfirmed to be doing the same in The Avengers, revealed that he met Joss Whedon during the filming of Thor. Some are taking this as more evidence that Hiddleston is playing the movie's villain...but then, by that logic, anyone who has met Joss Whedon is in line to play the villain in The Avengers. So, yeah... even if Loki does turn out to be the villain, I wouldn't consider this evidence either way. [Movieweb]


The Amazing Spider-Man

I could have sworn this was already confirmed, but supporting actor C. Thomas Howell mentioned in an interview that the movie's villain is indeed the Lizard. He dropped this not particularly shocking revelation while describing what role he plays in the movie, which also features some spoiler-y tidbits about how Spidey is seen in the movie:

"I play a construction worker whose son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation. There is some payback there at the end of the movie. Spider-Man is kind of hurting. I help him when all of the other people won't. Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don't know what to think. Because of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end. That is the best way."


[The Retroradio]

Breaking Dawn

Robert Pattinson discusses some of the particular challeges eight-year-old Mackenzie Foy faces in playing his half-vampire daughter, Renesmee:

"She's a great actress. She's really sweet. She has to do a hard part as well, because she's doing - I don't want to get into special-effects stuff - but she's playing a baby in some scenes."



Untitled Jodie Foster Project

The acclaimed actress isn't just visiting the science fiction genre in Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium - she also revealed her intentions to direct a sci-fi thriller at some point in the future:

"There's a family element to it, but it's much more a genre movie. I'd like to do that 'cause that's a world I live in as an actor but I've never really gone to as a director. I'd still have to have all the other stuff in a film. It can't just be, 'There's a bad guy, there's a monster.' It has to have all the other stuff too."


[Hero Complex]

Doctor Who

Matt Smith offers this update on how long he'll stay in the role:

"Well, I'm going back this year. I guess get another one out the way, see what everyone thinks of that. I love doing it, I don't want to give it up anytime soon, put it that way."


This has been widely interpreted to mean he's going back to film another series, but I'm not so sure - he might still just be referring to the yet to be transmitted sixth series. Anyway, that slight ambiguity aside, it does seem more likely than not that he will return for series seven, although I wouldn't quite take this as confirmation... just a hopeful note. [The Daily Telegraph]

Neil Gaiman has confirmed reports that Michael Sheen, who has appeared in everything from The Queen to Frost/Nixon to 30 Rock, will provide a voice-over for his episode. [@NeilHimself]


In anticipation of series six, the show will soon release three short prequels to the opening two-parter. The first reportedly features American actor Stuart Milligan - who has previously been announced as appearing in the two-parter - and all three are meant to set up the scares and intrigue that lie ahead. [Life, Doctor Who, & Combom]


Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Bloodline." [Fringe Spoilers]

Here's another alternate universe news article - check the link for some additional context and speculation:

Early this morning on Megaseas' weekly luxury tour of the submerged Island of Oahu, air pressure was compromised by unknown causes. The submarine had to make an emergency surfacing and all passengers were evacuated. This is the first time since 1978 that the famous two-day voyage had to suspend operations mid-tour.


[Fringe Television]

Here's a spoiler-y photo that certainly seems to suggest we're headed into the future in an upcoming episode. [SpoilerTV]


And here's some more set photos, which based on Joshua Jackson's look likely tie in with the plaque. [SpoilerTV]

Game of Thrones

Here are some new character posters. [SpoilerTV]

Wonder Woman

Here's a couple photos of star Adrianne Palicki on the set — playing one of Wonder Woman's two alter egos — courtesy of


No Ordinary Family

Here's the synopsis for this week's episode, "No Ordinary Animal":

The Powell's lives are in danger when a super-villain with animal-like powers is tasked by Mrs. X (Lucy Lawless) to eliminate the family. Meanwhile, good girl Daphne takes a rebellious step by ditching school with boyfriend Chris to attend a Sara Bareilles music video shoot,; JJ becomes suspicious of Mr. Litchfield's motives when he's presented with different equations from those of the rest of the academic decathlon team; and Katie makes a shocking discovery about Joshua - aka The Watcher.



And here's the same for episode 19, "No Ordinary Future", which apparently features the return of Rebecca Mader as the (supposedly dead) shapeshifter Victoria:

After being zooped into the future and witnessing the downfall of her family, Stephanie must do everything in her power to alter a chain of events in the present that will expose the Powells' powers to the world. Meanwhile, with George's help, Jim tries to track down those responsible for the death of a fellow cop, and Mrs. X (Lucy Lawless) tasks an unlikely person to keep tabs on Katie and her unborn child.



And, last but (hopefully) not least, here's a short description for episode 20, "No Ordinary Beginning":

Mrs. X kidnaps J.J. and forces him to solve an enigma; Joshua and Katie reconnect; George is held prisoner on a plane that spirals out of control.



The schedule for the final three episodes has slightly changed: episode 18 this Tuesday, March 22, episode 19 on the unusual night of Saturday, March 26, and the season (and possible series) finale on Tuesday, April 5. [SpoilerTV]


The Event

Here's a description for episode 16, "You Bury Other Things Too", which is due to air April 4:

VIRGINIA MADSEN AND HAL HOLBROOK GUEST STAR – Sophia (Laura Innes) and the other Sleepers mourn their losses after negotiations are derailed. While observing Simon's (Ian Anthony Dale) reaction to the events, Sterling (Željko Ivanek) begins to doubt his loyalties and devises a test. President Martinez (Blair Underwood) tasks Senator Catherine Lewis (guest star Virginia Madsen, "Sideways") with rooting out any other moles within the White House. Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) are on the verge of tracking down Dempsey (guest star Hal Holbrook, "Water for Elephants"), but it may be exactly what he was anticipating.



17th Precinct

Ron Moore isn't just raiding Battlestar Galactica proper for cast members on his cop show where magic is real - he's now going after Caprica actors as well. Specifically, series star Esai Morales, who reportedly plays Lieutenant Liam Butterfield, the second-in-command to Eamonn Walker's Detective Chief Inspector Wilder Blanks, who heads up the titular precinct. [Deadline]


Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.


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Don't take this as fact, but I remember reading that when Matt Smith was cast, his contract was for 3 years with the option of extending it to 5. He's obligated to do a minimum of 3 years. So I took that quote to mean doing Season 7 would be fulfilling the 3 year part of the contract, then it would be up to the BBC whether they extend it or not.

And with the 50th Anniversary coming up, I have no doubt he'd love to be The Doctor for that.