Today's spoilers include Inception and Resident Evil set visits! There are new Iron Man 2 pics. Chris Evans talks Captain America. Plus Lost, Hobbit, V, Smallville, Fringe, FlashForward, Chuck, True Blood and Doctor Who.
Envy the L.A. Times' Geoff Boucher, who read this movie's script and visited the set. His report only adds a few details to what we already knew: DiCaprio's character, Don Cobb, not only invades people's dreams via a strange machine, he has to drug them first. Cillian Murphy plays one of Cobb's targets, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page are junior partners in DiCaprio's team. But the dream world is volatile, and Cobb is a wounded dreamer after the death of his wife. And there's this intriguing bit:
[Designer Chris] Corbould's teams, for instance, built giant rotating hallways and a massive tilting nightclub set to film the startling "Inception" scenes when dream-sector physics take a sharp turn into chaos. One of the film's stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, spent long, bruising weeks learning to fight in a corridor that spun like a giant hamster wheel.
"It was like some incredible torture device; we thrashed Joseph for weeks," Nolan said. "But in the end we looked at the footage, and it looks unlike anything any of us has seen before. The rhythm of it is unique, and when you watch it, even if you know how it was done, it confuses your perceptions. It's unsettling in a wonderful way . . . we want an extraordinary thing that happens in an ordinary way. That's always been the goal."
Iron Man 2:
Chris Evans apparently doesn't know that much about Steve Rogers, the character he's going to be playing. But he did explain the appeal:
I think Marvel is doing a lot of good things right now. And it's a fun character. Even if it wasn't a comic book. I think the story of Steve Rogers is great. He's a great guy. Even if it was just a script about anybody, I would probably want to do it. So it wasn't necessarily about the comic itself... He's a great character. He's a great character to play. He just happens to be a comic-book character.
And here's the Marvel press release, confirming that Chris Evans is Cap. Most notably, it confirms release dates: Thor comes out May 6, 2011, Captain America comes out July 22, 2011 and The Avengers comes out May 4, 2012. [Marvel]
Resident Evil: Afterlife:
A set visit report for this film includes a few new details. One set is the Umbrella Corp's Level 7, where five gaunt grey bodies sit on medical tables — but the sixth table is empty. Also, they saw Shawn Roberts, who plays Albert Wesker, perform a scene where he dodges CG weapons. In another scene, Jovovich faces zombie dogs and taunts Wesker, "I told you I'd be bringing a few friends."
It turns out Anderson's main inspiration this time around is the Resident Evil 5 game, both for the fight scenes and for the characters — screengrabs on display include the Executioner Majini and the Majini with the exposed parasite. Concept art includes an Osprey aircraft, a small propeller plane flying over a destroyed L.A., and two characters standing on a rooftop staring down at a sea of zombies. In other art on display, Alice takes out a group of soldiers using telekinesis, and there's a female floating in a tube of liquid. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Effects supervisor Richard Taylor says he's excited about working on the dwarves in this movie:
The lovely thing about 'The Hobbit' is that the race of the dwarves comes to the forefront in the story, and [we'll depict] the uniqueness of the collection of the dwarves," Taylor said. In the "Rings" trilogy, the only dwarf we really spend extensive time with is Gimli. In "The Hobbit," Bilbo makes his journey with a whole group of them. Gimli had an incredible presence, of course. But he was only one character. And it's fantastic to think that we're going to be able to develop the dwarves to such a higher degree... the richness of their culture. The fact that through so many different dwarfs, you'll get to appreciate their cultural differences, where they come from, them as a people.
Here are promo pics for "The Time Of Angels" and "Vampires in Venice," one or two of which are new, I think. [SpoilerTV]
Thursday night's episode includes a bunch of people struck down with gory, skin-bubbling effects, caused by a deadly virus that has a logical but crazy explanation. The show winds up making you feel sorry for the monster, by the time the threat has reached its peak. But meanwhile, we continue to visit the after-effects of Walter's confession to Olivia, and Nina weighs in on the situation. But poor Peter is kept in the dark, even though he thinks he knows what's going on. [Hollywood News]
Some new set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here's another new promo for tomorrow night's episode. They're really pushing that 13 million number.
Episode six is called "We Can't Win!", and here's what happens:
Chad and Anna are in Geneva, Switzerland for the U.N. Energy Summit, where Anna is going to present a gift of technology to the world.. Meanwhile, Erica learns that the V Task Force is investigating The Fifth Column, and Valerie goes on the run, knowing something is different about her baby and not sure she can trust Ryan.
And here are some stills. [The V Files]
New showrunner Scott Rosenbaum takes us behind the scenes. [The V Files]
A new Russian promo appears to show everyone at the FBI offices falling over in a blackout — as if a second flashforward happens in an upcoming episode? [SpoilerTV]
Who's the mole? Apparently we'll find out on Thursday:
Episode 3x09 will be called "Everything Is Broken," and we'll meet these new characters:
[NATALIE]: Early to mid 30's. She's attractive in a trashy sorta way. No dialogue in this episode. Recurs in Episode 309 with dialogue. Above-the-waist nudity in Episode 3.09.
[HUNTER] 6 years old to play 4. Hadley's son and Sookie's nephew. He's a distressed, scared little boy who, amid tears and confusion, has a telepathic conversation with Sookie at the aquarium. 7 lines (Some in voice over), 1 scene.
[FAMOUS NEWSCASTER] Male, 40s – 50s. Seen on TV, "the most famous newscaster we can get". 1 speech, 1 scene.
Here's another promo teaser, and a new pic of Sookie's new friend, the werewolf Alcide. [True Blood News At The Nest]
Pam Grier turns up as Amanda Waller again, in a new clip from April 9's episode 9x17, "Checkmate":
Some majorly spoilery stills from episode 9x18, "Upgrade". [OSCK]
And here are the official descriptions for both those episodes:
"Checkmate," April 9: Tess kidnaps the Green Arrow and leaves him in the hands of Amanda Waller (Pam Grier), but he escapes with his secret identity intact. Oliver, Clark and Chloe return to the scene to investigate the kidnapping and find John Jones doing the same. Later, Waller threatens Chloe's life to get information on the Justice League.
"Upgrade," April 16: John Corben (Brian Austin Green) rescues Lois from an explosion at one of Tess' labs. While investigating the explosion, Clark is infected with red Kryptonite and under its influence takes Zod to the fortress. Later, Chloe agrees to help Tess by sending John to the fortress to keep Clark from exposing the truth.
Yvonne Strahovski talks up the show's upcoming direction, and answers way too many Mass Effect sex scene questions. [YouTube]
Carlton Cuse tweeted this picture of the producers with Kermit The Frog, and you'll notice in the background a whiteboard, with a few tantalizing text fragments. Who is "the new Jac(ob)"? What is "OLO" and how does it "Restore Blac(k)"? And who's getting married to Claire? Carlton Cuse, it must be remembered, would never post a picture that contained red herrings. That's totally out of the question. [The ODI]
Michelle Rodriguez says Ana-Lucia's return amounts to a couple of cameos. [On The Red Carpet]
Some awesome Desmond promo pics were released. [Lyly Ford]
And here are scans of some cast interviews in SciFiNow Magazine. I didn't see any massive spoilers in there, but you never know. [Lyly Ford]
This set report from Ryan's Transmission podcast doesn't tell us much, except that Kate is on the beach, possibly by herself. Jack and Smokey are hanging out by the cliffs together. And L.A.-verse Miles is at the airport. [Transmission]
Here's another report from anonymous sources about the finale — apparently in the L.A.-verse, Hurley and Sayid meet at a nightclub, waiting for something. They see a woman being attacked, and Sayid goes to the rescue — and the woman turns out to be Shannon. As usual, a grain of salt is required here. [SpoilersLost]
Another anonymous source claims that Juliet really is the mother of David, Jack's kid. Which could set the stage for a new round of Sawyer/Jack snarking. Once again, anonymous sources = grain of salt. [SpoilersLost]
Additional reporting by Kelly Faircloth.