Tons of awesome Hulk casting rumors, Green Lantern's injury, and a bonanza of Fringe set photos

Possible Hulk casting choices range from the sublime to the ridiculous to the positively Doctorish. We've hit the motherlode of Fringe set photos. Get lost in Inception's insane chase sequence. Marvel at Chuck's cheesy-awesome guest stars! The spoilers are endless!


The Avengers:

Did you enjoy that dubious "Joaquin Phoenix is taking over as Hulk" rumor from the other day? Well, here's four more just like it! The same L.A. Times article that released the Thor cast photo randomly listed without explanation four actors that have supposedly been rumored for the role: Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Nathan Fillion, and David Tennant. Taking all of that with a grain of salt, I will still say this: the first three all make sense for various reasons, but David Tennant!? That is a wild and crazy rumor right there, and frankly, I want in. (And yes, the sheer insanity of that rumor got me to totally ignore a Nathan Fillion mention. That's how amazing this rumor is.) [LA Times]

However, we may not get to see the awesomeness of Doctor Hulk, because Mark Ruffalo is reported to be this close to accepting the part. Of course, it's also been reported that he's just been offered the part and is mulling it over. So it kinda comes down to which trade paper you want to believe on how far along Ruffalo-as-Hulk is, or you can believe neither and keep our Tennant-y dreams alive.[Deadline vs. Hollywood Reporter]

Inception:

There's a very detailed, very spoiler-heavy breakdown of the film's big chase sequence, both from the perspective of the movie's internal logic and the practicalities of pulling off something so fiendishly complex. I won't even attempt to summarize it because every piece of information is pretty essential to understanding everything else, but it's well worth checking out. [MTV Movie News]

Transformers 3:

They've finished filming in Milwaukee and are headed back to Chicago. If it's anything like the first round of filming there, expect zero security and hundreds of photos and videos. Until then, here are some set photos of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Shia LeBeouf. [Celebutopia]

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Green Lantern:

Ryan Reynolds separated his shoulder on set and is quite understandably in lots of pain. It doesn't sound too serious, but it's possible this might affect reshoots in some way. [Us]

Tron Legacy:

Here's a new banner. [Slashfilm]

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True Blood:

On the finale, Alan Ball promises a lot of Bill/Sookie/Eric action, and that "It involves blood, it involves trust, and it does not go where we expect it to go." [The Ausiello Files]

Here are a bunch of summaries for the upcoming episodes:

Episode #31: "Hitting the Ground"
Imperiled by Lorena, Sookie goes to extremes in her attempt to save Bill – with unforeseen consequences. Sam infiltrates a dog-fighting ring to extricate Tommy from his parents' greedy influence. Jason heads to jail to uncover the truth about Crystal; Summer makes a homecooked play for Hoyt's affections; Debbie vows revenge on Alcide; Eric uses Hadley as bait to get information from Sophie-Anne; Russell turns his back on the Authority, and on the Magister sptv050769. (Written by Brian Buckner; directed by John Dahl.) Playdates: August 1, 3, 4, 7 and 16

Episode #32: "Night on the Sun"
Shaken and disillusioned, Sookie rethinks her relationship with Bill. Sophie-Anne takes up a new residence as Russell plots his next move. Jessica and Bill reconcile; Jason throws down the gauntlet in hopes of saving Crystal; Lafayette gets a surprise visit from his mom, Ruby Jean; Sam tries to keep Tommy in check; Merlotte's gets a new waitress; Eric proves the depth of his allegiance to Russell. Sookie finds herself in a vulnerable position when Alcide needs to deal with a family emergency. (Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.) Playdates: August 8, 10, 11, 14 and 16

Episode #33: "Everything Is Broken"
With the ratification of the Vampire Rights Amendment at hand, Nan Flanagan detours to Fangtasia to confront Eric about the Magister's disappearance. A grief-stricken Russell vows revenge against his foes, vampire and human. Awakening from a slumber, Bill uncovers the truth about Sookie's true identity. Jason gets unexpected help as he goes up against Felton and Calvin. Sam is distressed by Tommy's attitude; Tara encounters a new ally and an old tormenter; Hadley introduces Sookie to a new family member; Arlene despairs about her future; Hoyt confronts his true feelings. (Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Scott Winant.) Playdates: August 15, 16, 17, 18 and 21

Episode #34: "I Smell a Rat"
A reluctant Bill warns Sookie about the dangers she will face. Jesus is intrigued by the mysterious qualities of V. Sam's recent fit of rage triggers dark memories. Eric takes precautions and fulfills a wish; Arlene turns to Holly for help with a pressing problem; Jason deals with the unexpected, with both Tara and Crystal; Jessica is torn between Tommy and Hoyt. After communing with Talbot, Russell promises to extract vengeance on his enemies. (Written by Kate Barnow & Elisabeth R. Finch; directed by Michael Lehmann.) Playdates: August 22, 24, 25 and 28

Episode #35: "Fresh Blood"
Bill tries to earn back Sookie's trust, but ends up bringing her face-to-face with fresh dangers. Knowing he's no physical match for the King, Eric tempts Russell with the "ultimate vampire dream." Jason tries to wrap his head around Crystal's revelation. Sam embraces his dark side, alienating everyone except Tara. Hoyt and Jessica take their romance to the next level; with Holly's help, Arlene puts her future in the hands of a goddess; post V-trip, Lafayette struggles with new demons. (Written by Nancy Oliver; Directed by Daniel Minahan.) Playdates: August 29 and 31

[Spoiler TV]

Fringe:

Here are fifty - that's right, fifty behind-the-scenes photos. But first! Set videos with Anna Torv, coming right up. [SpoilerTV]

OK, now, the pictures. Take a deep breath, everyone. [SpoilerTV]

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Chuck:

Say what you will about this show, but it definitely has a knack for guest stars. Rocky IV's Dolph Lundgren and Harry Dean Stanton of Alien and Big Love fame are set to appear in the season premiere. Here's a quote from co-creator Chuck Fedak on their roles:

"Dolph Lundgren plays Marko. Is he Russian? Yes. Is he a terrifying bad guy? Yes. Will he say, ‘I must break you'? You'll have to wait for the return of Chuck." I'm counting the days! Now, what about Stanton? "Harry will play Harry Dean, the man who comes between Chuck and his search for Mom. Who is he exactly? Well, we'll say this: Only Harry Dean Stanton could play this part." [The Ausiello Files]

Supernatural:

On how Dean's new family life affects the show's dynamic, executive producer Eric Kripke explains:

"Dean's situation creates all sorts of angst and conflict. The question [we'll be] exploring is, How can you be a hunter when there are actually people that you care about? I think we will mine it for all of the emotional angst and conflict that we can. But [Lisa] is not - nor is anyone - going to be riding in the backseat of the Impala with Sam or Dean."

[The Ausiello Files]

Torchwood:

A casting call turned up that was supposedly for series four...but it's actually for the US remake of Shameless, which is a completely different British show that isn't Torchwood at all. (Although if you had to pick one adjective to describe Torchwood...) Anyway, carry on, nothing to see here. [Planet Gallifrey]

Smallville:

The second episode is called "Shield." Here are some tidbits on what's in store:

- A really annoying-seeming character named "Nancie" who has a son is in this episode. She comes to work at the Daily Planet, and she seems to be filling in while Lois is... where? We don't know. At one point she listens on the radio to someone named "Godfrey," which could be a reference to Glorious Godfrey of Darkseid lore. The radio "Godfrey" has a thing against "the hero menace," much like he did in the 1980's Legends comic book series.
- The episode also includes a modern day cowboy named Liam who's gunning after Clark Kent - and a woman with the ability to teleport.
A character from the comics who works at the Daily Planet and at one point had a young son is Cat Grant. Could "Nancie" be a "Cassie/Zatanna, Melissa/Maxima" like diversion?

Also, Laura Vandervoort's return engagement as Supergirl will be called, of all things, "Supergirl." It will be later in the season, but it won't be the 200th episode. [KryptonSite]

Finally, a tipster reports that, along with Nancie and Liam, a third character is being cast for the second episode: one named Shayera. Are we headed for a Hawkwoman appearance? [SpoilerTV]

Additional reporting by Kelly Faircloth and Charlie Jane Anders.