A showdown on True Blood brings out fangs and chainsaws, and we learn why all the Zombielandposters feature an amusement park. Also, James Cameron talks a bit more about Avatar's message. Plus spoilers from Smallville, Fringe, Lost and Heroes.
James Cameron expands a bit more on the important message of his high-tech alien epic. It's
"something that has this spoonful of sugar of all the action and the adventure and all that, which thrills me anyway as a fan, but also wanting to do something that has a conscience, that maybe in the enjoying of it makes you think a little bit about the way you interact with nature and your fellow man."
"It may seem like a simple story about "nasty" humans fighting with "those beautifully, spiritually evolved Navi," he said. "But it's really not, because we make science fiction as human beings for human consumption."
"It means the Navi represent something that is our higher selves, or our aspirational selves, what we would like to think we are or maybe what we realise we're losing," he said. "And the humans in the film, even though there are some good ones salted in, represent what we know to be the parts of ourselves that are trashing our world and maybe condemning ourselves to a grim future.
Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick elaborate a bit on their zombie survivalist characters and what they're looking for. Jesse Eisenberg's Columbus wants to return to his childhood home to see if his parents are alive, even though it's a long shot. Meanwhile, Woody Harrelson's Tallahassee is convinced that the world's Twinkie supply is about to expire, and is on a quest to eat the world's last Twinkie. And sisters Wichita and Little Rock want to recreate the happy memories of their childhood, and seek out the amusement park in California where they spent some of their few trouble-free moments. [First Showing]
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has said that he's ready and willing to return to Lost, and new reports from the set indicate he may be getting his wish. The ODI is reporting that Mr. Eko's church is being rebuilt, although this one might be more advanced than the last, with an automatic watering system to keep the foliage around the church green. [The ODI]
A new video shows Peter picking up a dizzying new power:
Curious about Fringe's alternate universe? At the Television Critics Association press tour, critics received copies of the other universe's newspaper. Among the tidbits included: the Obamas are said to be moving into the new White House; John F. Kennedy is alive, well, and active in politics; weather manipulation technology is currently in use; the stock market has been closed for 21 days; the Beatles are all still alive and headed out for a reunion tour; New Orleans may host the 2016 Summer Olympics (thank you, weather manipulation); glow-in-the-dark pets are commercially available; Guns 'N' Roses released the album Chinese Democracy in 2000; Dwayne Johnson is starring in a stage version of Terminator; and Arnold Schwarzenegger is involved in US politics, but as a senator. [E! Online]
According to the latest promo, the showdown between the Stackhouses and Maryann will involved chainsaws:
Captain Double-0 Awesome will be taking his turn at the spy game in the new season. Ryan McPartlin, who plays Awesome, says that Chuck and the team will occasionally call on Awesome in a pinch, and his clothes will occasionally come off for reasons utterly non-gratuitous reasons, absolutely essential to the show's plot. As for Chuck's new, "I know kung fu" abilities, McPartlin says it won't be all sunshine and scissor kicks:
Chuck used to be protected from the world, now the world has to be protected from Chuck.
Also, despite him appearing to have been really, really killed off in last season's finale, we may not have seen the last of plucky Bryce Larkin. [E! Online]
Yesterday, we showed you a first look at bare-chested Brian Austin Green, as John Corben, aka Metallo. Executive producer Kelly Souders says we'll be seeing:
a rough version of Metallo, a first attempt at the technology, and eventually he'll get sleeker.
Which suggests we'll see more of Green in future episodes. [TV Guide]
There are also some detailed spoilers from the fifth episode "Idol." Lois visits with her psychiatrist, Dr. Evans, and describes some extremely violent and erotic dreams. When Dr. Evans asks whether the dreams might be about Clark, Lois admits that she's been doing the "virtual kama sutra" with Clark, and that she feels he's been hiding something she wants to uncover. During the session, Clark calls as "The Red-Blue Blur," but Lois sends him to voicemail, miffed that he's disappeared on her before.
We know by this point that Chloe is aware of Clark's incognito phone calls, and she tells Clark that he's going to need a better disguise. Lois, at some point, suspects that Clark may be the Blur, and Clark gets an opportunity to save Lois — but as himself, not the Blur. Metropolis DA Ray Sacks calls for the Blur to reveal himself and condemns the Blur's vigilante actions, but it's Lois who eventually steps forward on the Blur's behalf, saying she understands why he can't reveal himself and that he's important as a symbol. Also, we may see some Wonder Twins action, with Zan and Jayna taking the form of a black panther and a sheet of ice. [Kryptonsite]
The sixth episode "Roulette" opens with Oliver in a speakeasy, having maxed out his credit and feeling generally down on life. The DC villainous Roulette approaches him, under the guise of "Victoria Sinclair," sporting a slinky red dress and an elaborate dragon tattoo. She manages to convince Oliver to take a pill, which causes his vision to blur before he passes out. Later in the episode, Roulette reveals that if Oliver had not taken the pill, her employers would have killed her, and it's implied that this is all part of an elaborate game. Roulette is later shot, and Oliver taken into custody under suspicion of murder, but he is released by an FBI agent who knows about this game. Also, Chloe is present in a scene in which Clark is presented with an image of Alia, a woman we meet in the season premiere. Later, Chloe is disturbed by a symbol, and she refers to a woman from the future, who may also be Alia. [Krypton Site]
Geoff Johns reveals that in a future episode, "Society," we'll meet the Justice Society, an older generation of heroes who come out of retirement to see "how the current generation operates." [Krypton Site]
The Vampire Diaries:
It looks like we'll be seeing even more differences between the CW vamp teen drama and its source material. Aside from Elena's troubled sister who is now a brother, Stefan will be living with a fellow he calls his "uncle," Damon will be distinctly evil (as proven in a grisly series opener), and we'll be seeing small changes here and there among the characters and their relationships. [E! Online]
Additional reporting by Alexis Brown.