Mark Ruffalo is playing Bruce Banner and The Hulk. The Hobbit has hit yet another snag. Duncan Jones seems excited about maybe directing the Superman reboot. Everyone wants Michael Rosenbaum back as Lex Luthor on Smallville. Warm up with spoilers!
Mark Ruffalo says the Hulk won't be purely CGI, and instead the monster will partially be rendered using motion capture. Crucially, he says this means he'll be the first person to play Bruce Banner and the Hulk, as it will be him doing the motion capture. [Vulture]
Ryan Reynolds is confident audiences will like his mentor Sinestro, as played by Mark Strong, which will only make his sudden but inevitable betrayal all the more devastating:
"Mark's going to bring something unique in that Sinestro is not just a villain. Sinestro's someone that audiences are going to gravitate towards. Sinestro is someone that audiences - dare I say - are going to like. But there's something very volatile and mercurial about him, and I think they're going to see that as well. Mark Strong's going to bring a depth to that character that I certainly have been impressed to see."
He also provided an excellently diplomatic answer to who would win in a fight between Green Lantern and Deadpool, and he compared director Martin Campbell to violence virtuoso Sam Peckinpah. Check out the whole interview at the link. [IGN]
Now that we have Christopher Nolan's supposed short list of directors, what do the directors themselves have to say? Moon director Duncan Jones seemed to offer the most concrete, optimistic comment, apparently confirming his inclusion with this tweet:
"About Superman... I'm going to say something really cheesy; Can't talk about it, but an honor to be on the list. Interesting times!"
That tweet has since been deleted. Make of that what you will. [Coming Soon]
Actress A.J. Michalka, who appears in The Lovely Bones and the upcoming Secretariat, says she has been cast in the movie. I think she might be the first actor to actually confirm she's in the movie, although again no word at all on what role she's playing. [ShockTillYouDrop]
For those of you who were thrilled by the MGM bankruptcy chaos but are now looking for a new variety of internecine turmoil to befall The Hobbit, well... we've got a great one for you! Ladies and gentlemen, we have labor strife, as the New Zealand and Australian actors' unions are negotiating with Peter Jackson's production company for certain benefit, and negotiations have so far gone nowhere. Long story short, the US's Screen Actors Guild has declared The Hobbit a non-union production and told actors to stay away from it, and Peter Jackson says he may have to relocate the shoot to Eastern Europe... or not make the films after all. For a more comprehensive overview of what's going on, click the link. [IGN]
Here are a few new images from the movie: [IGN]
The giant tanker truck that looks like a Road Warrior reject might have a fairly important identity. According to one report, the tanker is actually... Megatron. Personally, I like the idea that it's not a Transformer at all and some crazy human just wanted to drive his/her badass truck into the robot carnage, but I guess the Megatron theory is (slightly) more likely. [The Imagination Studios Blog]
Finally, the film crew is looking for at least 600 Kennedy Space Center employees to work as extras on the film. [TFLAMB]
Anna Torv says Olivia has already found one ally in Andre Royo's cabbie, but she does say she finds another ally "further down the line." [Fancast]
Here's a promo for episode 2, "The Box": [Fringe Television]
And here's a sneak peek: [SpoilerTV]
Anna Torv discusses what it means for her character to meet her alt-world mother: [SpoilerTV]
Joshua Jackson says what he would have liked to have seen in an alternate Peter (which I guess would actually have been our Peter... but you get the idea):
"I think if we did the alternate Peter what would've been cool would've been to do the version where the illness sort of crippled him, and instead of being the guy who ran away outside, he would've run away inside. He would sort of be the boy in the bubble. But we'll never know!"
Anyone still worried that Amy Pond is going to be killed off would do well to listen to Matt Smith, who vows he'll never let his companion die:
"She can't die, Amy Pond can't die. No way, I'd be sad. I'd miss Karen. I just think for this particular Doctor, his bond with Amy, I think there's a lot more mileage in it yet. I think there's a long way to go. So I can't see it happening any time soon. Don't worry, I won't let it happen - I'll save her, I'll save the day."
He'll save her? OK, there's officially almost no difference between Matt Smith and the Eleventh Doctor. Just the way I like it. [The Press Association]
As further proof that the Buy More's rotating CIA alias Greta is just an excuse for some awesome stunt-casting, the next Greta will reportedly be played by no less than Summer Glau. She'll appear in the episode's eighth episode. The real question is who can they bust out next to top her? And no, you're not allowed to say Nathan Fillion. [The Ausiello Files]
Anyone who thought Chuck could go to a fashion show and not have a catfight, well, here's guest star Karolina Kurkova to set you straight:
"I have to admit I got beat up by a girl. Yeah, that's what happened. See this is what happens when you hang out with girls. Girls beat you up. We're gonna be in a fashion show, on a fashion runway. I throw her onto the runway and I start beating her up like seriously beating her up — there's a whole choreography. I'm gonna have a knife, and it's serious girl fight."
The story also has a photo of Kurkova's character pulling a gun on a somewhat disguised Sarah: [E! Online]
Here's a promo for episode 2, "Chuck vs. the Suitcase": [SpoilerTV]
Zachary Levi recently appeared on The Tonight Show, and he brought a clip for the next episode along with him. The clip starts around the 7:25 mark, although if you want to see Levi bravely attempt to fill out a Lakers jersey in the parts before that, be my guest:
And here's a synopsis for episode four, "Chuck vs. the Coup D'etat": CHUCK AND SARAH HAVE A COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN AS AWESOME IS REUNITED WITH SOMEONE FROM HIS BRIEF SPY PAST – ARMAND ASSANTE RETURNS AS GENERALISSIMO GOYA – TIA TEXADA AND MEKENNA MELVIN ALSO GUEST STAR – Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) work on becoming better communicators as they join Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) for a getaway to Costa Gravas. There, the gang is reunited with Generalissimo Goya (guest star Armand Assante) who finds himself in a dangerous situation once again. Back at home, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) embarks on a forbidden romance that may put him at odds with Colonel John Casey (Adam Baldwin). Mark Christopher Lawrence and Bonita Friedericy also star.
A promo is out for the second episode, "Two and a Half Men": [KSiteTV]
Here's a synopsis for episode 4, "Weekend at Bobby's":
After Bobby (Jim Beaver) discovers Crowley (Mark Sheppard) has no intentions of returning Bobby's soul, the hunter takes matters into his own hands. He calls on Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help after he unearths one of Crowley's deepest secrets. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean learn what Bobby does all day when they are not around.
Episode 18 (AKA the fifth episode of season 4.5) will reportedly be titled "Past Tense." [SpoilerTV]
A synopsis is out for episode 4, "A Matter of Life and Death":
The White House grapples with a mysterious biological threat. Their only hope is to crack Sophia (Laura Innes) during interrogation. Meanwhile, Vicky (Taylor Cole) and Carter (guest star D.B. Sweeney) keep their hostage captive while they await further instructions. FBI Agent Collier (guest star Heather McComb), on her search for Leila (Sarah Roemer), stumbles upon Vicky's secret life. Elsewhere, a powerful businessman, Dempsey (guest star Hal Holbrook) with classified intelligence and ties to the White House, emerges from the shadows.
In an interview with Simon Lee portrayer Ian Anthony Dale and writer Nick Wauters, they said they're considering a love interest for Simon, and Dale asked if Wauters if it might be possible to see that by around episode 12 or 13. Wauters seemed very amenable to the idea. They also said the sixth episode is a big one for Simon, and episode 7 is important for Black Sterling. They also said the flashbacks become more about character as the show goes on.
Executive producer Brian Peterson says the door is open for Michael Rosenbaum and Kristen Kreuk to make return appearances, but it apparently hasn't gone beyond that yet. Peterson also explains how they will be using the other superheroes this season, and how it's different from previous years:
Well, unlike previous seasons where they've come back en masse, in one big tent pole episode, we've kind of sprinkled them throughout the season, so they come in different episodes. They'll each come kind of to inform part of Clark's journey. And in one case, Lois' journey. In the second episode you have a great story with Carter Hall and Lois. So we're kind of using them in that way rather than in the huge kind of Justice kind of episode.
In another interview, Peterson says it'll "take a pretty big event" in Clark's life to make him put on the suit and fight crime openly, instead of as the Blur. He also explained what the show is doing with Darkseid:
We're really introducing Darkseid in a different way - more as a bit of a dark force, kind of a parallel to evil that will start to overtake the world and sends hearts and souls towards a darker agenda. We are personifying the Harbingers - like Granny Goodness, Desaad makes a couple quick appearances, Gordon Godfrey - so we're not going to actually see the embodiment of Darkseid himself for a while; we're saving that.
But we'll eventually see someone play Darkseid?
That part I can't really promise because we have yet to completely break the end of the season, but what I can say is that I think it will be a great payoff to what we've planted.
Kelly Souders, the show's other executive producer, echoed how much they want Rosenbaum to return, saying "we would like nothing more than to have Rosie come back." She also mentioned Zod will return later on in the season. [Fancast]
Might as well round out the "Michael Rosenbaum, Come Back!" trifecta with some thoughts from Tess actress Cassidy Freeman, who basically says if Lex won't bring the evil, maybe she'll have to do it herself:
"I wonder what it would be like for Michael and I to be on screen together. It would be super-magical for me as an actor. Michael, are you listening? Get over here! It's about damn time. If Clark is going to be super good, then something needs to be super bad, and it may or may not be me. If it was, that would be cool."
Fine, fine, it's not Michael Rosenbaum, but a couple big names from the past may be coming back for the season finale. Both Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang) and Annette O'Toole (Ma Kent) are reportedly returning... according to the IMDB page for the finale. Although it wouldn't exactly be surprising for either to return (seriously, is Kristin Kreuk really that busy?), IMDB pages are perhaps the least reliable sources of information out there, so let's keep grains of salt (or pulverized Kryptonite, presuming you're also looking to kill Superman) at the ready on this one. [SpoilerTV]
Tom Welling explains what he wants from the series finale, and how it ties in with the iconic suit:
"I think the dilemma and the challenge this year is waiting until the end of the show. At this point you're like, 'Why doesn't he just put on the suit?' I mean, come on - he's doing the same stuff now, so why not? That's the challenge - to make that last until the end. We all know that Clark doesn't die. I just want the audience to get the feeling that I got watching [the "24" finale]...a feeling of hope, and faith that he's going to continue, and that he's out there somewhere."
Here's the promo for episode 2, "The Shield": [KSiteTV]
And here are some promo photos: [OCSK]
Here's a short synopsis for the 200th episode (and fourth of the season), "Homecoming":
Lois talks Clark into attending his five-year high school reunion... Brainiac 5.0 uses a Legion ring to take Clark into the past and into the future.
The Tom Welling directed episode 9, "Patriot," will feature "dolphins, explosions, Aquaman and Aquaman's wife." [@MattMitovich]
Here's a trailer for season 3: [SpoilerTV]
And here's a slightly different trailer that aired in the UK: [SpoilerTV]
The tiny Australian town of Bonogin, with its "sweeping valleys and meandering creeks," has been picked as the location for Steven Spielberg's time travel dinosaur show. The town is near Brisbane, on Australia's east coast. [Courier Mail]
Additional reporting by Kelly Faircloth and Charlie Jane Anders.