Trek Time Travel Explained! Plus Piccolo Looking Greener!

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Today's spoilers: Star Trek and Terminator 4 timelines. Revealing Dragonball Evolution, Kick-Ass, Transformers and Doctor Who pics. Iron Man 2 hints. Lost casting call. BSG explained. Plus Sarah Connor, SGA, Smallville and Heroes. OMG spoilers!

Star Trek:

Screenwriter Roberto Orci gives an interview to TrekMovie, and talks about the issue of canon. As you'd already surmised, the new movie takes place in a new timeline, for James Kirk at least, because the Romulan Nero goes back in time and kills Kirk's parents on board the USS Kelvin. But Kirk still ends up on the Enterprise, because the universe is trying to hold itself together. Orci has clearly thought very carefully about how time travel works in the Trek universe: it creates new timelines, and you won't wink out of existence if you kill your own grandparents before they procreate. [TrekMovie]


Terminator Salvation:

McG says the Harvester machines are grabbing humans and harvesting their stem cells so Skynet can create the T-800. Says McG:

The T-800 is a major figure. What is the T-800 at its core? How that's expressed is something that I can't speak about. But the film definitely speaks to the coming of the T-800.


And Connor is exposed to the equivalent of visiting Hitler's Germany and finding a bunch of nuclear missiles under construction. Skynet is way more advanced than it's supposed to be. Marcus (Sam Worthington), meanwhile, is something totally new, and he's the reason why Connor says he thought he knew his enemy, but he was wrong. [Filmstalker]

Producers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek talked to fans at Dubai, and they said the film answers a lot of the questions fans have had for a long time. And something does end in the movie, whether it's the war, or humanity, or something else. (I think that's in reference to the bit in the trailer, where Connor says "This ends tonight.") Also, the story of Marcus has a lot of twists and turns, and is really deep. [SarahConnorSociety]


Iron Man 2:

The replacement of Terence Howard with Don Cheadle doesn't have anything to do with Jim Rhodes' role being scaled back in the sequel. Rhodey is present in a very big way. "He's COMPLETELY present," says screenwriter Justin Theroux. [IGN]


Also, the working title for this film is Rasputin. Make of that what you will. [Slashfilm]


One new pic of Joon Park as Yamcha, plus two pics showing Piccolo (looking a LOT more green) and Mai. [DBtheMovie and DBtheMovie]



Here's a new set pic. Bigger version at the link. [AICN via TrekMovie]


Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen:

Here's the cover of Transformers: ROTF: Alliance #4, a prequel comic to the forthcoming movie. It shows all the Autobots in their vehicle modes, including new bots Sideswipe (silver Corvette), Skids (green Chevy) and Arcee (three motorcycles.) [ComicNewsI via Seibertron]


And there are some alleged pics of some more movie-related toys, at the link. [Transformers Live]


Doctor Who:

David Morrissey won't say if he's actually playing a future Doctor in "The Next Doctor," but he does say all will be revealed in the episode. [BBC]


And here are a few new behind-the-scenes photos, including a Cybershade mask on its side and the Doctors about to film a scene. [BBC via TARDIS and Torchwood Treasures]


Battlestar Galactica:

The "Face Of The Enemy" webisodes take place during the next BSG episode, so you're getting a slight glimpse into the future of the show, says writer Jane Espenson. [TV Guide]



Yet another bout of filming in "Russia," this time Moscow's Red Square. Ben and Sayid were there, and most of the action took place in a building labeled "VERSO" in Cyrillic. [Hawaii Weblog]


There's a casting call for episode 5x11, seeking someone to play Erik, a tough military type who doesn't question orders. And Debra, a field nurse who's smart and can respond to emergencies quickly. She doesn't shrink from new situations. Erik may be a recurring character. [SpoilersLost]

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:

Summer Glau says her Terminator character is definitely getting more human:

I keep working towards it. I want to build it. I want to earn it. I don't want to just say 'well, my Terminator's more human.' I want to earn it every week in the way that she absorbs things around her. And I think that her relationship with John is more complicated than any of us understand yet. This year they've brought on a love interest for John and it's been this love triangle and I love it because I've been trying to explore the possibility if a robot could be jealous.




D.H. Lawrence speaks! (David H. Lawrence, who plays Doyle, the "Puppetmaster.") He confirms that Doyle loves Meredith, Claire's bio-mom. And we find out what happens to Meredith tonight. (In other words, yeah, she dies.) [The ODI]



Here's a new full-length trailer for January's first two episodes. [OSCK]


Stargate Atlantis:

Here's the official description for the final episode, "Enemy At The Gate":

Todd contacts Atlantis and reveals that a Wraith subordinate has managed to acquire several Zero Point Modules that he has used to power a formidable new hive ship. He urges Woolsey to attack and destroy before it becomes a threat to Atlantis.

On board the Daedalus, Colonel Caldwell, Colonel Sheppard and the rest of the team, rush to engage the new hive ship. But the Z.P.M. powered vessel proves itself an impressive opponent, crippling the Daedalus before making a sudden and inexplicable jump into hyperspace.

Puzzled over the Wraith's sudden departure, the team picks up a weak subspace signal in Wraith code. McKay is quick to recognize that the communique was sent, through subspace, from another reality. Once deciphered, their worst fears are realized. The Wraith message contains a familiar set of coordinates. The hive ship is on its way to Earth!



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