Captain America casts its super scientist. Plus a new Predators poster brings heat signatures!

Captain America is adding another Oscar-nominated actor. Transformers 3 shooting reveals the recasting is real - meanwhile, things get too real for Washington, DC. Episode descriptions and tidbits galore for True Blood. The new Predators poster sees infrared. Spoiler overload!


Captain America:

The cast continues to take shape, as Stanley Tucci has come on board to play the small but pivotal role of Dr. Erskine, the creator of the super-serum that turns Steve Rogers into Captain America. Erskine is either just a benevolent super-scientist or a good but flawed German refugee haunted by his previous collaboration with the Nazis, depending on which version you prefer. Tucci's role is a small one because Erskine is killed just as he unveils Captain America, taking the secret of the super-serum with him. (I was actually about to say "Spoiler Alert!", but then I remembered that this is a spoiler roundup and that comic first came out nearly seventy years ago.)

Transformers 3:

Just in case anyone was still holding out hope the whole Megan Fox being fired and replaced by a Victoria's Secret model who has never acted before was just one big hoax cooked up by vengeful bloggers, well, I have some bad news for you: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been spotted on set. [Transformers News]

Predators:

A cool new poster shows Adrien Brody and Alice Braga in infrared, just as the Predators would see them before the attack. Let's hope this sparks a hot new trend of heat vision posters. (That pun was seriously unintended, but it's so horrible I think I've got no choice but to leave it in.) [CinemaBlend]

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Also, here's a video of composer John Debney conducting the scoring for the new movie. [Shock Till You Drop]

Twilight Eclipse:

It really does sound like David Slade directed this film as though he was also the guy who did 30 Days of Night (which, you know, he was), as Robert Pattinson says he has seen an early cut and the difference is striking:

"It's good. It's different. It's really different. It's like... serious. All of the...fight scenes that are in 'New Moon', they're like real fights now. Not fantasy things. It's like a horror film."

I don't know what Slade thinks he's doing by tampering with the core appeal of vampires and werewolves by making them scary all of a sudden...but I like it. [MTV Movies Blog]

True Blood:

Here are descriptions for the fourth, fifth, and sixth episodes of season three:

Episode #28: "9 Crimes": Sookie joins Alcide at a raucous engagement party for his former fiancée, Debbie Pelt; Eric is given a deadline to locate Bill; Andy gets a promotion and draws Jason's attention; Franklin takes Tara on a road trip; Arlene is irked by Jessica's arrival at Merlotte's; Sam brokers a deal with Tommy and his parents; Bill "procures" dinner for Russell and Lorena. (Written by Kate Barnow & Elisabeth R. Finch; directed by David Petrarca.) Playdates: July 11, 13, 14, 17 and 28
Episode #29: "Trouble": Alcide and Sookie turn to an alpha-wolf "packmaster" for advice on how to deal with Russell's minions. Tara considers a proposal from Franklin, who's completed his mission for Russell; Joe Lee breaks his promise to Sam and Tommy; Lafayette learns the meaning of patience from Jesus, his mother's orderly; Jason meets his match in a mysterious girl named Crystal. An heirloom reminds Eric of his past and his ongoing thirst for vengeance. (Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Scott Winant.) Playdates: July 18, 20, 21, 24 and 28
Episode #30: "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues": Spurned by Eric, Sookie fears the worst for Bill, whose fate now lies in Lorena's hands. Fueled by a night of bloody passion, Tara executes a desperate plan to stave off Franklin's advances. In Bon Temps, Tommy finds it difficult to leave the family nest; Jessica gets her fix from a Merlotte's customer; and Jason's romance with Crystal hits a snag, as does Lafayette's with Jesus. After revealing his master plan to Eric, Russell pays a visit to Louisiana in order to start executing it. (Written by Alan Ball; directed by Michael Lehmann.) Playdates: July 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31

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This list of spoilers from the first three episodes lacks polished prose of their descriptions, but they certainly cut to the heart of what True Blood is all about:

1. Someone tries to commit suicide.
2. Someone tries to kill a sibling.
3. Someone loses his head.
4. Someone is pregnant.
5. Someone has a one night stand—and it's the last person you'd expect.
6. Someone has an underground sex marathon—and it's the first person you'd expect.
7. There are more bare backsides than a gym locker room, and one belongs to one Mr. Alexander Skaarsgård.

[E! Online]

Doctor Who:

Here are a bunch of pictures for the next episode, "The Lodger", which I'm pretty sure will either completely redefine the kinds of story Doctor Who can tell or just be sort of minor and forgettable. (Anybody remember "Fear Her"? Exactly.) Either way, anyone who didn't get enough of shirtless Matt Smith in "The Eleventh Hour" is in for a treat. [Den of Geek]

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Caprica:

Here's a great video interview with creator Ronald D. Moore and star Esai Morales. Moore reveals at the end of the interview that the second half of Caprica will definitely be broadcast, but he has no idea when. He's heard a couple possible dates in the fall, and although the start of 2011 is a possibility he's pretty sure it will ultimately be the fall. That said, he says he really has no idea. Anyway, here's the full interview:

V:

The writers have gone back to work on the scripts for season two, and apparently they will be adding new characters. Now, if any of these new characters actually do anything, we might just have a show on our hands! [The V Files]

Stargate Universe:

David Blue, TV's Eli Wallace, discusses the two-part finale. And although he doesn't reveal what happens, his description of his reaction to it all tabs with previous cast statements that the second half is absolutely mind-blowing (in a quite literal sense - it seems to make the actors forget they already know how it ends when they watch it):

I will say – having seen episodes 11 through 20 on DVD, I will say that I love it. I really do. But watching the second part of the two-part season finale, I found myself getting angry that I had to wait to see how it got resolved. Which is ridiculous because we were shooting it at the time! So I knew how it got resolved. But watching it … I even went up to Andy Mikita and I congratulated him because I thought it was so beautifully done. It is, not terrifying. It is shocking. It is crazy. It brings you right along to the point.

[GateWorld]

Terra Nova:

The Steven Spielberg produced TV show about a futuristic family that travels back to the time of the dinosaurs has found its father, and it's Jason O'Mara, last seen as Sam Tyler on the American Life on Mars. I guess I don't have any issue with this casting, but if they're going to give the part to O'Mara, couldn't they at least have had the decency to make a massively superior British version starring John Simm first? [/Film]

Being Human:

The BBC has released a behind the scenes video of a read-through for series three:
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Smallville:

This new promo may not have much by way of new footage, but at least it makes it clear that yes, Clark really is (probably) going to put on the Superman suit at long, long last. Which, if nothing else, will finally make Tom Welling not look so weird and out-of-place in this picture. This has got to be the only time putting on bright red and blue tights makes you look less bizarre, but that's the Superman mythos for you.

Haven:

A new poster is out for the Stephen King/Syfy collaboration:

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Star Wars - The Animated Series:

Seth Green, one of the main people behind the upcoming comedic take on the Star Wars universe, says that it's still very early days in the planning process, so there's no real point in fans getting upset just yet. They haven't decided much yet, but the series will be animated using CGI, and the series will definitely be an out-and-out comedy. Reading between the lines of his statements, it sounds like the series will occasionally feature familiar characters, but the main focus will be on exploring the larger universe for humor. Either way, Green says the series won't be set after Return of the Jedi. [MTV Movies Blog]

Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff.