Today's spoiler outbreak includes how Ghostbusters 3 will differ from Batman Begins. There's a fiery G.I. Joe poster and a dozen more reasons to venerate Zombieland. Smallville moves forward. Plus: Fringe, Lost, FlashForward, Warehouse 13, Stargate Universe and Eastwick spoilers.
Harold Ramis says the third movie definitely won't go the Batman Begins route of being super slick and high-tech — the Ghostbusters crew are not suddenly going to be sporting amazing gear, or skulking around in suits with built in pecs for that matter. What made the original films funny was the low-tech nature of the gadgets. It's always going to be about the pseudo-science and the characters. And it sounds like he's pretty opposed to having it be too heavy on the CG fight scenes where everyone's flying around. [Making Of via Slashfilm]
Writer/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talk more crazy zombie action. Like, every single ride at the amusement park gets used to kill zombies at the end. Zombies go flying off one of those blast-off things that shoots the seats up and down. There are "multiple roller coasters." They add:
There's this great moment where this thing called the Rattler, which is this huge thing, pendulum-type device that has all these seats around the outside and it swings back and forth and the seats turn. Columbus runs underneath it and it just misses him. And then some zombies are chasing him and it comes back and just , just knocks them all out of the way.
And separately, a Hummer gets jumped into a lake. Also, there are flashbacks, including one showing the start of the zombie outbreak, and main character Columbus' first meeting with a zombie. But the movie doesn't bother to explain why the zombie outbreak happened — because, hello? Zombies. And the Columbus-Tallahassee friendship is sort of a Felix Unger-Oscar Madison thing: Columbus is scared of everything, Tallahassee is totaly fearless. Oh, and Tallahassee starts the movie with a craving for a Twinkie, and the whole movie is his quest to get his hands on one. He talks very rhapsodically about Twinkies. And there are plot twists, and a couple of zombies who are more important the others. But no "boss zombie." Tons more info on this movie at the link. [Slashfilm]
How hot will this movie be? Burning hot, according to a new poster. Also? Ice cold. Posters don't lie. [SpoilerTV-Movies]
The first scene of this show's second season is a killer — literally and figuratively. And Kirk Acevedo's Charlie appears in the season opener, and you'll never believe what happens to him. (Possibly, something that keeps him from being in the rest of the season? Just guessing here.) [EW]
Apparently the character Luke Goss plays in the season premiere is called Lloyd Parr. [Fringe Television]
Not really spoilers so much as rumor patrol. But TV Guide's Matt Mitovich speculates that Claire may come back as the latest disguise for the mysterious enemy of Jacob, now that his Locke masquerade is over. And apparently it's definitely not true that Matthew Fox and Malcolm David Kelley filmed some scenes together back in season one, for use during the final season. [TV Guide]
The famous S-shaped shield logo will be all over this show next season — including on Clark's chest. But meanwhile, there's no truth to the rumor that the show's producers are talking about creating a spin-off called Metropolis. (And how would that differ from the current show format, exactly?) [EW]
There's a new casting call for the show's second episode. We meet Bhadra, a fifty-something East Indian professional woman who is well-spoken and controlled, and she'll be in at least two episodes. Also definitely recurring: the nine-year-old autistic kid Jimmy, who can only focus for short periods of time and is disconnected the rest of the time. Another possibly recurring character is Anastasia, a forty-something government worker who butts heads with others on a regular basis. A fourth possibly recurring character is the sonographer who conducts an ultrasound on a pregnant woman — maybe Sonya Walger?
And it sounds like our FBI agents travel to a small town (via helicopter, maybe since, there's a helicopter pilot who gets one line.) In that town, we meet the small-town sheriff, an attractive, plain-spoken woman named Keegan. And we also meet a suburban housewife named Kiki who owns a cupcake shop and gets involved in a situation that's out of her depth. There's a playground scene where a "ringleader" named Zack and his sidekick Anna provoke one of the kids, and various other kids discuss what they've "imagined." Plus we meet elementary school teacher Ms. Gerber, and the principal, Ms. Byrne, who handles a sensitive matter with tact. [SpoilerTV]
Alaina Huffman (Smallville) plays 1st. Lt. Tamara Johansen, a medic who's quite skilled but insecure. And those insecurities get amped up massively when the team is thrown to the other side of the universe. It's a chance to play a character who's more conflicted than the tough-chick roles she usually plays. [TV Guide]
So eventually we'll learn that there's a whole complex mythology behind the number "13" in the warehouse's name. The Syfy Channel sent us a transcript of a conference call where producer David Simkins explains:
In our mythology the first warehouse was created by Alexander in an effort to keep hold of the artifacts that he, you know, collected on his wars. And it didn't last - it didn't last long because Alexander died young but then the library at Alexandria was a warehouse too where research and development and things were stored and books.
And so we've kind of tracked the chronology of empires and our feeling is that the warehouse has moved from empire to empire throughout the ages, moving to the country that was best able to protect it. It was in the Western Roman empire, the Hunnic empire, the Byzantine empire, you know, all the way up through the Russian empire, the British empire, and then finally the United States. It was always - it always located itself in the empire that was best able to protect it.
And it was early, early on in warehouse - in one of the early warehouses in iterations, it was established that a board of directors essentially would be in charge of it, an ever-changing sort of like I guess a Supreme Court called the Regents. And the Regents were in charge of deciding when and where to move the warehouse. I think the longest it lasted was in the Western Roman empire for about 500 years and the shortest was about 14 years in the - I think it was the (Khmer) empire.
Here are some promo pics from episode four, "Claudia." [SpoilerTV]
No, you didn't have a weird nightmare that ABC was making a soap opera out of the John Updike novel and the Jack Nicholson film — it's really happening. And apparently, the pilot includes strings plucking in the background and a wise old narrator voice. [KansasCity.com]
The good news is, the pilot is directed by David "pilot king" Nutter. The bad news? Apparently it's full of "stilted acting" and "cringe-inducing dialogue." Apparently the script is full of double entendres — the devil is swinging some pipe — and one of the three witches, Joanna, goes from shy librarian-type to sexy minx by letting down her hair and removing her glasses.
As for the plot? Auntie Bun (Veronica Cartwright) tells some kids at the local historical society that the town of Eastwick is rumored to have had witches in the past, and there may still be magic there. And then three women each find a special coin, and they each make a wish at the town's fountain — to have a different life than their current ones. And then the mysterious stranger Darryl Van Horne shows up and buys half the town, granting the three women's wishes in the process. He buys Joanna's newspaper, and gives her the freedom to write the stories she wants. He reopens the candle factory, giving Kat's husband her job back. And he gives Roxy the struggling artist/single mom the excitement she craves by sleeping with her and helping her get more money. But all the people in these women's lives are resentful of their new friendship and sorta-empowerment. Eventually, visions, hospital-bed omens and old records prove Darryl Van Horne isn't who he claims to be. [Futon Critic]
Additional reporting by Alexis Brown.