What does the future hold for Kick Ass 2 and the live-action Akira? Plus new images for X-Men: First Class, Real Steel, Harry Potter, and True Blood!

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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.

Doctor Who's Karen Gillan offers some hints about the identity of River Song...and when we will learn the truth. The new Mr. Sulu joins the Total Recall reboot. Plus new clips from Green Lantern and Transformers: Dark of the Moon!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises

Scotland's Inverness Airport will reportedly be the site for some aerial location work. It's not known if any of the main actors will be involved. [Highland News]


Green Lantern

Here's a new, Kilowog-focused TV spot. [MTV Splash Page]

X-Men: First Class

Here are some more photos, many of which have a distinct emphasis on January Jones in various states of undress. [ComingSoon.net]

Total Recall Reboot

Star Trek's John Cho has reportedly joined the movie in the role of McClane, "the smooth-talking rep for the mind-messing company that tempts Colin Farrell's Douglas Quaid to implant fantastic memories into his brain." [EW]


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Here are two new TV spots. [TFLAMB]

Real Steel

Here's a poster. [IGN]

Men in Black 3

Here are some new set photos that prove that, yes, this thing really is still happening. [multipleverses.com]



Director Albert Hughes has left the live-action adaptation of the classic anime over what's described as "amicable creative differences." Those creative differences may or may not include the attempts to cast a bunch of fortysomething American stars - supposedly including everyone from Brad Pitt to Keanu Reeves - in what was originally the role of a Japanese teenager. With Hughes's exit, Warner Bros. is reportedly still pushing ahead, returning to its original plan of casting a bunch of younger (but still white) actors in the main roles, a list that reportedly includes the likes of Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Chris Pine, Michael Fassbender, Joaquin Phoenix, and Justin Timberlake. Honestly, I think I'm just going to back away slowly from all this. [Deadline]


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Alan Rickman wrote a thank you letter to J.K. Rowling that was published in Empire Magazine, and it may or may not have included a couple details about a scene in the final movie:

"I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12.


[MTV Movies Blog]

And here's a poster highlighting everyone's favorite action hero, Neville Longbottom. [ComingSoon.net]


Kick Ass 2

Matthew Vaughn offers this rather noncommittal update:

We're still discussing that at the moment. We might do it. People forget that Kick Ass we made for $28 million and now with DVD and everything else has made $225 million in revenue so it's done great business. A lot of people say it could be like Austin Powers how the first one people couldn't get their heads around, they all discovered it on video and then the second one was a huge blockbuster. My theory is I don't know how to make sure Kick Ass 2 is as good as Kick Ass 1. I enjoyed making the movie so much and I loved working with all the characters in it so who knows? There could be one but if I do a sequel to that it's gotta be just as good, if not better.



Doctor Who

Karen Gillan offers a few more hints about the River Song mystery, confirming again that "A Good Man Goes to War" will feature some huge revelations, and that it apparently won't affect just River and the Doctor:

"I really like the very long drawn out process of finding out who River Song is, and I love the fact that it's so long and drawn out because you can really invest in it. This started way back in previous series when we met River Song and she was acting with the Doctor as though they're an old married couple, and you're speculating about that. And then you find out, gradually, more and more about her, and then in episode 7 of this series she finally reveals who she is. And it is such a shocker, I couldn't believe it when I read it...It's just a really, really clever twist and it's going to change everything, everyone's relationships, what everyone thinks about each other, it's just going to mark a massive change in the show."


Check the link for rather less spoiler-y interviews with Matt Smith and executive producer Beth Willis, along with the rest of Karen Gillan's answer. [Wired.com]

Executive producer Piers Wenger is leaving the show, with his duties being taken over by head writer (and fellow executive producer) Steven Moffat as well as Ben Stephenson, the BBC's controller of Drama Commissioning. This changeover will presumably be first felt with the 2011 Christmas special, as production of the current series is close to complete. [Doctor Who News Page]



In this video, John Noble and Anna Torv answer some questions from fans. [Fringe Television]

True Blood

Here's the synopsis for the season four premiere, "She's Not There":

Sookie (Anna Paquin) journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) try to win back the human public; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara (Rutina Wesley) finds refuge in close quarters; Sam (Sam Trammell) bonds with his own; Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) debate the dinner menu; Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) urges Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) to join a coven; and Terry (Todd Lowe) tries to alleviate Arlene's (Carrie Preston) fears about the baby.


[Daemon's TV]

Here are three new posters. [SpoilerTV]

Here's the general press release for season four, which gives some general details about what's ahead:

At the conclusion of season three of TRUE BLOOD, vampire king Russell Edgington was buried alive in a pit of concrete, apparently ending his plans for world domination. But what happened to Sookie, who disappeared into a flash of light? Will Bill be able to make things right after breaking Sookie's heart? And what awaits Eric, who nearly joined Russell in limbo?


You can read the rest at the link. [SpoilerTV]

The eleventh episode is reportedly called "Soul of Fire", and here's a casting call for the episode:

[MAURELLA] 25 to 35. A luminous, lithe, sinewy, otherworldly woman, she moves with a ballerina's grace and possesses mysterious powers. A seductress…POSSIBLE RECURRING


[True Blood Online]

And finally, here are some set photos with Anna Paquin and Ryan Kwanten. They're believed to be from the filming of episode 10. [Socialite Life]


Falling Skies

Here are a bunch of photos of the various cast members. [SpoilerTV]


Check out the link for an extended trailer for Syfy's upcoming series. [EW]

Secret Circle

Here are some images from the pilot. [multipleverses.com]

Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.


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so.. Akira is looking (very very very) slightly better...

yey for that, I guess..