The villains of Star Trek 2, Doctor Who season 6 and the Superman reboot could surprise you

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Chris Hemsworth explains that Thor will be taking some advanced hammer wielding courses between now and The Avengers. Roberto Orci drops the most cryptic Star Trek hint ever. Plus the latest insane Superman rumor reveals a surprising possible female villain!


Spoilers from here on out!

The Avengers

Thor star Chris Hemsworth says the movie starts shooting very soon, although he won't be there immediately:

The film starts shooting in a couple of weeks, and then I come on after the Thor press tour, which is around sort of the beginning of May. That's when I enter the scene.


He also explained that The Avengers will feature some more hammer use than what we see in Thor:

Yeah, it's a new team of stunt guys and we're taking it to the next level and probably getting a little more technical with the technique of using the hammer, and incorporating some sort of broadsword techniques.


According to a person who is supposedly an inside source at NASA, The Avengers will film at Sandusky, Ohio's John Glenn Space Power Facility. Among other things, the facility has a massive vacuum chamber that's over 122 feet high and 100 feet in diameter, which might be the most obvious thing a film crew would be interested in. That said, this is all just hearsay until we hear something more substantial. [ComicBookMovie]


Marc Ruffalo detailed the final preparation before filming stars:

We have to get the script. We've been working on the script, which has been fun. I've lost 15 pounds. They don't want me all ripped up, but they want me to be lean and mean. It's about trying to get the psychology of somebody who knows, at any moment, they could literally tear the roof off of wherever they are and trying to bring something real to that and totally fantastic. I've been working with Joss Whedon on the script, with the rest of the cast, and we start rehearsals soon. Hopefully, we'll have the mother of all comic book movies for you soon.




Chris Hemsworth described what he has seen in the early cuts and what should show up in the finished film:

I saw an early cut, but... everything that we started out trying to achieve in the script ... most of it is in there. Anything that's not is just brief sort of moments that you would remove to move the story along quicker or what have you. Now the general outline is still the same and I was hugely impressed. In an early unfinished cut, I was still able to be swept away as an audience member and enjoy the film. It's not only incredibly impressive in the Asgardian world – the universe they've created and the costumes – but also the earthbound stuff. There's a human, relatable story there and a real sense of humor to it, too.



Star Trek 2

Co-writer Roberto Orci offered perhaps the most cryptic quote imaginable on who - or what - the villain of the next film will be. When asked to respond to a rumor that the villain first appeared in the original show's first season, Orci replied:

I don't think so. We have talked about the villain may be a person, or it may be a concept. We don't know yet – or nobody knows yet, but us.


He also offered this explanation as to how he and partner Alex Kurtzman approach writing their scripts. He does mention Klingons in passing, but it just reads as a throwaway reference:

You start to learn what works and what doesn't work from before, but every time you go out there, it's the same blank page, and it's the same horrible process. But in all of the genre stuff we do, we always say, what is the little theme that would be an independent movie if you didn't have robots or space ships or Klingons? And if you have that story, then maybe you're on the right track. In Star Trek, it's a brotherhood of opposites that have to come together. In Transformers, it's a kid growing up to adulthood. In [Cowboys and Aliens], we wanted to make sure we found the same kind of character starting place that allows everything else to happen around it.



Superman Reboot

Howard Stern of all people has reportedly said that auditions are currently under way for Lex Luthor and Miss Teschmacher, Luthor's not particularly bright assistant who appeared in Superman: The Movie and Superman II. As Superman rumors go, this all seems about as credible as those silly Lindsay Lohan rumors, so I'd remain highly skeptical until we hear something more substantial. [ComicBookMovie]


The Hobbit

Orlando Bloom said he is indeed likely to return as Legolas:

Yeah, it's looking like that. I'm really excited about going to see Pete [Jackson] again. It's still a little up in the air, but the idea of working with Pete is fantastic. I can't actually really talk too much about it, at this point. I just was given the script to piece through, so it's quite exciting.



The Crow

The new Crow movie, which once reportedly involved the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Nick Cave, and Blade director Stephen Norrington but has since started over completely, is reportedly bringing in 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresadillo. The movie is supposedly set for a fall start date, but no writer is currently attached to the project, so I'm guessing that's a little on the optimistic side. [IGN]


Red Dawn

Chris Hemsworth also discussed his work in MGM's long-delayed remake, saying the recent decision to change the enemy from China to North Korea won't make much difference at all in terms of the story:

It was always pretty vague even when we were shooting. They kind of never mentioned who it was anyway. It wasn't heavily suggested, so I think it was an easy technical fix for them whether they do it with a little CGI or the occasional voice-over line. But the Russians were in there, maybe the Chinese and they mention someone else, so it just wasn't really the focus. It wasn't really a political take on anything. It could've been the Australians for all we cared. I guess MGM have their reasons for doing it, but we as the actors were never really involved with it.



Doctor Who

Here's a general overview of the show. It's mainly useful for newer fans, although is a short clip from the opening two-parter at the 3:00 mark. Matt Smith also mentions that he believes the Doctor is now 911 years old, suggesting he's now four years older than he was in the fifth series. [Life, the Universe, and Combom]


Steven Moffat says there are no plans to bring back the Daleks this year, outside of a possible minor cameo like in last year's "The Big Bang." Of course, there were also supposedly no plans to bring back the Daleks in series two, and "Doomsday" went in a slightly different direction than that, so it's possible this is a bit of misdirection. [Life, the Universe, and Combom]


Here are some new set photos. [SpoilerTV]

Torchwood: Miracle Day

Here's an interview with star John Barrowman. [Life, the Universe, and Combom]

True Blood

Episode nine will reportedly be called "Run." [SpoilerTV]


Here are some promo photos for episode 20, "Chuck vs. the Family Volkoff." [SpoilerTV]


Being Human (US)

Here are some photos and a short description for the season finale, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Me Killing You": "Nora finds out the truth about Josh and Sally is finally able to touch." [Daemon's TV]



The CW has released a first cryptic promo for the finale, which features some very familiar music by John Williams. [KSiteTV]


Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.


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James Whitbrook

As much as a series-long rest would be good for the Daleks (so the Paradigm can come back and be all like 'we spent a long time planning this way to EFF YOU UP DOCTOR!!! RAWRRR EXTERMINATE' and grandiose), There's quite a bit of scuttlebutt around Who fandom claiming that as part of the contract the BBC forged with the Terry Nation Estate to actually get the Daleks available for the new Doctor Who (there was a period of limbo where the Nation Estate refused access to them, which could have been crippling for new Who), they had to appear at least once a series.

Maybe this 'minor cameo' will fufill that contractual obligation if it is true (after, it's internet fandom rumour, so take it with a good few handfuls of salt), and we won't get a full Dalek episode. They'll be better for it, absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all!