Surprising Characters May Appear In John Carter And Avatar 2, Plus RoboCop Joins Fringe!S

John Carter's cast-list is out, and Sigourney Weaver drops Avatar hints. J.J. Abrams explains what Star Trek 2 won't have. Plus pictures from Inception, Harry Potter, Fringe, Kick-Ass and Lost. And Supernatural/Chuck clips. Also: Doctor Who, Iron Man and Caprica.


John Carter Of Mars:

Did you know that a teenage Edgar Rice Burroughs will be a character in this movie? I didn't. In the books, John Carter occasionally travels back to Earth, where he narrates his adventures to Burroughs, who's his nephew, but you might have expected them to dispense with that device in the film. And apparently Spy Kids' Daryl Sabara will be playing Burroughs in the movie. I'm wondering if this means some sort of narrative framing device. Here's the full cast list:

The stellar ensemble cast is led by Taylor Kitsch (NBC'S "Friday Night Lights", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") in the title role, Lynn Collins ("50 First Dates," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") as the warrior princess Dejah Thoris and Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe ("Spider-Man 3," "Shadow of a Vampire") as Martian inhabitant Tars Tarkas. The cast also includes Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways," Spider-Man 3), Polly Walker (upcoming "Clash of the Titans," "Patriot Games"), Samantha Morton ("Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "In America"), Mark Strong ("Sherlock Holmes," "Body of Lies"), Ciaran Hinds ("Munich," "There Will Be Blood"), British actor Dominic West ("300," "Chicago"), James Purefoy ("Vanity Fair," "Resident Evil") and Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"). Daryl Sabara ("Disney's A Christmas Carol," "Spy Kids") takes the role of John Carter's teenaged nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

[Cinemablend]

Inception:

Here's your first official promo pic from Christopher Nolan's next movie, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio looking dangerous. [Slashfilm]

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Avatar 2:

We mentioned the other day that Stephen Lang thinks his character, Quaritch, could be back as a clone or something. And now Sigourney Weaver is dropping very broad hints that we haven't seen the last of Grace Augustine either:

I really can't say anything, but it's science fiction. Anything can happen. I'm not allowed to say anything. But if you look at the footage, I go somewhere, right?

So maybe there's some truth to the idea that Grace will be the Obi-Wan to Jake's Luke in the sequels, thanks to her connection to the great world-mind. [MTV]

Star Trek 12:

Don't get your hopes up for another time-travel storyline. J.J. Abrams says his instinct wouldn't be to return to the time-travel well a second time, but he'd consider it if there was a brilliant, character-centric reason for doing so. And he also says he's not going to stick in cameos by past Trek stars just for the sake of having cameos — like Nimoy in the first film, they've got to be central to the story. [Wizard Magazine via TrekWeb]

And Abrams jokes (we think) that the next movie is all about the Gorn. He suggests calling it "Children of the Gorn," but we're stuck on "Gorn with the Wind." [MTV]

Iron Man 2:

Stan Lee tweeted that his cameo in this film may make you think of Larry King, which jibes with reports that he'll be interviewing Tony Stark. [ComicBookResources]

Kick-Ass:

Here's the final one-sheet for this highly anticipated superhero movie. [HitFix]

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Harry Potter:

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Lost:

This show was shooting some scenes involving Sayid, Desmond, Ilana and Frank Lapidus. Meanwhile, Hurley and Libby are at some kind of benefit event for the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute together, and Pierre Chang is there too. Also, Desmond and Charles Widmore had a scene together in Widmore's office. And here are some pics of the filming at Widmore's office — which had two paintings, one of which showed a scale in the shape of a big cross, with black and white discs on either side of the scale. [SpoilersLost]

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Also, Mirelly Taylor will be playing Richard Alpert's doomed wife Isabella in the episode "Ab Aeterno." [SpoilersLost]

And there's a third version of the ever-fascinating "Lost Supper" images, in which Claire switches sides and it looks like Sayid is Judas, offering a cup to Locke/Flocke. Bigger version at the link. [EW via Doc Arzt]

Surprising Characters May Appear In John Carter And Avatar 2, Plus RoboCop Joins Fringe!S

Terry O'Quinn says he does sort of know what's going on on this show. And Emilie De Ravin talks a bit about Claire. Evangeline Lilly is sure the ending will be a tear-jerker. [Doc Arzt]

Doctor Who:

For those of you thinking Steven Moffat's episodes will be less huge and wide-screen than Russell T. Davies' outings, check out this video where he tells former star David Tennant that every one of his episodes will feel like a feature-film script idea in just 42 minutes. For the rest of you, just enjoy Moffat and Tennant wandering around the BBC studios trying to figure out where Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker filmed some of their pivotal moments. [TV Squad]

Supernatural:

The withdrawal symptoms for this show are getting so severe, even a handful of water-treading filler episodes seem super exciting. Here's the Canadian trailer for the upcoming midseason premiere. [SpoilersGuide]

And here are three clips from the next episode, "Sam, Interrupted". [SFUniverse]

Southland's Lex Medlin will play Cupid in the Feb. 11 episode, "My Bloody Valentine." [EW]

Fringe:

Peter Weller, star of science-fiction classic Odyssey 5 — oh, and a couple of movies as well — will guest star in one episode as a character named Peck. [IGN]

Here are two characters we'll be meeting in episode 2x18:

[JILL] College student 19-20 years old, open ethnicity. She's a typical college student with the ability to be a real bad ass. Guest Star.
[BEN MCCALLISTER] 40's year old African American man in a suit and tie. He's the warm and friendly bank manager...but with the ability to have a hard edge. Guest Star.

[SpoilerTV]

Why is Olivia wearing a gas mask in this new picture from "The Bishop Revival"? [SpoilerTV]

Surprising Characters May Appear In John Carter And Avatar 2, Plus RoboCop Joins Fringe!S

Caprica:

The Kansas City Star liked the pilot, but didn't quite like the second and third episodes of this BSG prequel, because the show spends too much time with self-centered teenagers. And the writer particularly takes issue with how the people of Caprica react to learning that Zoe Graystone may have had something to do with the train-bombing in the pilot. That leaves a "bad taste" in the writer's mouth at the end of the second episode, that continues throughout the third. "ts depictions of the media are either trite (breathless reporters running with microphones) or gratingly off-key (Patton Oswalt's horrible impersonation of a late-night TV host)." [Kansas City Star via California Chronicle]

Sasha Roiz, who plays Sam Adama, says there's a sense of something ominous coming, that pervades the show. And his character is super-intense and more into his Tauron heritage than Joseph Adama is, but his scenes with young Willie Adama are often funny. In upcoming episodes, Sam will question his loyalties somewhat. And he adds:

As the series unfolds, there is more and more detail about the background of Joseph and Sam, and the tragedy that they come from. They came out of the civil war on Tauron and everything that leads to that. They came over to Caprica as orphans. Being raised in the Ha'la'tha, all of that is sort of an extension of the tragedy they lived through in life. At one point we will see flashbacks to them when they were younger, and we will unfold the story of the tragedy itself. It's a great episode.

[L.A. Times]

Jane Espenson explains that the 12 colonies actually are part of a cluster of stars, not orbiting a single star, so it's not a crowded solar system. And two colonies orbit Ragnar, which appeared in the BSG pilot. Also, one colony isn't a planet, but a "band" of material situated in a habitable zone between two uninhabitable planets. [AirlockAlpha]

Alessandra Torresani says she plays three characters in the same scene, in the third episode of the season's second half. Also, she says that Zoe's permutations are going to get "really interesting" as we discover the two other versions of her besides her original self, her virtual self and her robot self. [Sci Fi Wire]

Futurama:

We'll revisit Leela's parents in an upcoming episode. And there's still always hope that Fry and Leela will finally get together for good, says Katey Sagal. [Sci Fi Wire]

Chuck:

The official synopsis for episode 3x06, "Chuck Vs. The Nacho Sampler," which airs Feb. 1:

Chuck MUST TURN AN ENEMY AGENT INTO A SPY FOR THE CIA- KRISTIN KREUK ("SMALLVILLE") GUEST STARS-Chuck (Zachary Levi) juggles his two lives as he trains new Nerd Herder Hannah (guest star Kristin Kreuk) and gets his very own asset who is caught up with The Ring. Chuck thinks he can handle his asset all on his own but Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) feel the need to intercede. Meanwhile, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) must lie to Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) when she starts to ask questions about Chuck and Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) do some recon work to learn more about Hannah.

Jeff and Lester doing "recon" sounds rife with potential. [ChuckTV]

Chuck will have moments of total jealousy and snarkiness towards new spy character Shaw (Brandon Routh) because Shaw is everything Chuck wishes he could be, and Shaw is getting closer to Sarah. Shaw and Sarah have a conversation in one of his first few episodes, where Shaw confides that he knows all about Chuck and Sarah's relationship. Chuck finally does come to peace with Shaw's presence, because Chuck is developing feelings for Hannah — but deep down, Chuck knows Sarah is the only woman for him. Also, Shaw will be guiding Chuck and pushing him to do better, because Shaw knows what Chuck is capable of. [IGN]

And here are some clips from tonight's episode:

Smallville:

A fuller synopsis for the two-hour event, "Justice," actually sounds fun.

A man named Sylvester Pemberton tracks down Chloe (Allison Mack) and tells her he knows about her team of superheroes and needs their help. However, before he can explain who he is, he is attacked and killed by Icicle (guest star Wesley Macinnes). Clark (Tom Welling) and Chloe's (Allison Mack) investigation leads Clark to the former headquarters of the Justice Society of America where he meets up with Nelson AKA Dr. Fate (guest star Brent Stait), Carter Hall AKA Hawkman (guest star Michael Shanks) and Courtney AKA Star Girl (guest star Britt Irvin). Courtney pleads with Hawkman and Dr. Fate to help her catch the killer that is targeting their group but they are reluctant to resume their duties as superheroes. Clark, John Jones (guest star Phil Morris), Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) and Chloe team up to help the JSA stop Icicle before he murders another member of the group. Meanwhile, Lois (Erica Durance) receives a package from a mysterious agency called Checkmate, run by Amanda Waller (guest star Pam Grier).

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FlashForward:

Characters we'll be meeting in episode 18 include a matronly owner of a fish store with a sinister agenda, an African American patient of Olivia's, a hippy antiquities professor, a German immigrant raising ferrets in L.A., and a janitor in an academic institution — plus a slew of Afghani characters. [SpoilerTV]

A slew of new promo pics for this show's characters. [SpoilerTV]

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Heroes:

Just four more episodes left! Here's the synopsis for the penultimate episode, "The Wall":

SYLARS WORST FEARS COME TO LIFE AS H.R.G. FACES HIS PAST - ERIC ROBERTS, MADELINE ZIMA, DEANNE BRAY AND ELIZABETH ROHM GUEST STAR - Fueled by his vision of Emma (guest star Deanne Bray) in grave danger, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) attempts to rescue Sylar (Zachary Quinto) from his worst nightmare. At the carnival, Samuel (Robert Knepper) reveals H.R.G.s (Jack Coleman) secret past in order to bring Claire (Hayden Panettiere) to his side. Meanwhile, Lauren (guest star Elizabeth Rohm) makes a bold move to put a stop to Samuel.

[HeroSite]

Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff.