Some Thor Easter eggs may include items that hint at even crazier Marvel movies in future. Are producers looking at two actors in particular for The Dark Tower? Plus a massive preview of of Britain's other time-traveling show, Primeval! Spoilerama!
Along with a possible Hawkeye cameo, Thor may feature some much more subtle hints about future Marvel movies. There are rumors going around that there were some comics-friendly props on the set, including the Eye of Agamotto, which is associated with Doctor Strange, and the omnipotence granting Infinity Gauntlet, most often wielded by the cosmic tyrant Thanos. For anyone hoping Thor really is meant as a gateway to the more cosmic side of the Marvel Universe... this is probably a good sign. [ComicBookMovie]
The Dark Tower
Ron Howard's epic adaptation of Stephen King's long-running franchise - which is meant to include a movie trilogy and an accompanying TV series - has some new casting rumors for the main role of gunslinger Roland Deschain. Inside sources are claiming Javier Bardem is the first choice of the creative team for the role, with fan favorite Viggo Mortensen as the second choice. Now, even assuming these rumors have any truth to them, these are just supposed to be casting wishlists, and not indicative of any actual discussions having taken place with either actor. So take this with tons and tons of salt...particularly when you consider the source. [The New York Post]
Here's a new international poster for the upcoming comedy. Click on it for a larger image: [ComicBookMovie]
A poster for Samsung's upcoming 3D showcase lists Sucker Punch as one of the four presumably 3D movies being screened. Although the other three movies are all known 3D films, director Zack Snyder has previously been reticent about possibly post-converting the 2D film to 3D. As he explained back in July:
We've looked at a bunch of conversions, so whether or not we have the time to do it right - I'm not going to do it if we don't have the time to really be meticulous with it…It's such an awesome piece of work and everyone's worked so hard to make it awesome, so I don't want to screw it up with bad 3-D.
While it seems odd that the decision to change it to 3D would show up on a random poster without any sort of official announcement, it seems even stranger that something advertising itself as "The Ultimate 3D Cinematic Experience" would just put a random 2D film on there in the hopes that it gets post-converted. So...do not take this as official confirmation by any stretch of the imagination, but I think we can expect to hear more about this. [Bleeding Cool via /Film]
Either way, enjoy these new images from the movie:
The Nightmare Before Christmas 2
When asked about possibly working with Tim Burton again, Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) said that he would love to, but Burton is way too busy with other projects...including a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is just secondhand information, which can very easily get garbled, so we advise taking this with plenty of grains of salt until we know more. [DreadCentral]
Death Race 2
Here's a new clip from the upcoming direct-to-DVD sequel to the 2008 Jason Statham movie: [Fangoria]
Here's a longer synopsis for the eleventh episode of the season, "Chuck vs. the Balcony":
CHUCK PLANS A SECRET MISSION WHILE ON ANOTHER SECRET MISSION IN FRANCE - When an assignment brings him to a French vineyard, Chuck (Zachary Levi) juggles tracking down a nano-chip with trying to create the perfect romantic getaway for Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). Back at the Buy More, Lester (Vik Sahay) comes to Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) for his own romantic problems.
Here's a promo reminding you that the second season kicks off in less than a week: [The V-Files]
Here's a super-detailed synopsis for what to expect in the fourth series of Primeval, as well as prequel videos for each of the first five episodes: [Daemon's TV]
: Season four picks up approximately 12 months after the end of season 3. One year after the death of Johnson and the disappearance of three key ARC personnel (Danny, Connor and Abby), the government lost faith in Lester's abilities to run such a dangerous and expensive operation on his own. They placed the ARC in the hands of a public/private partnership, part-owned by the government, and partly by entrepreneurial scientist Philip Burton (think Richard Branson with a microscope). The ARC now operates from the industrial complex which houses Philip's scientific empire – an estate of buildings with all the hustle and bustle of a thriving scientific community. As with any public/private partnership, there's tension over who's really in charge – Lester still runs the day-to-day operation but begrudgingly, he realizes that Philip will want involvement in the operation when it suits him.
Following Connor, Abby and Danny's departure, the ARC found new recruits to take their place: Matt, new field leader, now handles the incursions. He's more than just an ex-soldier; he's a zoologist, with an uncanny ability to understand animals. A private man, Matt carefully guards the secrets of his past – and the real reason he has joined the ARC team. Unconventional Jess now runs operations from the ARC Control Centre – highly efficient and organized, her work ethic is second to none, though she is human enough to nurse an unrequited crush on Captain Becker. Becker reigned from the military when the ARC was destroyed, and has lived with a sense of responsibility for the original team going missing. He now works as Head of Security for the ARC. They come complete with new uniforms, and most importantly to Matt, new taser guns which avoid killing the creatures.
During the year they spent stranded in the Cretaceous, Connor and Abby eked out an existence by eating roots and grubs and learning when to run fast from the creatures that threaten their lives. It's an experience that has brought them closer together, in every sense. But their time there has taken its toll…both emotionally and physically. Abby, always the most practical one of the two, has adapted to her new surroundings slightly better than Connor, who was always happier around technological comforts than out in the wild. But neither are prepared for the changes that have happened to the ARC since they left in search of Helen one year ago…
Danny, the only outstanding member of the original team, returns in episode 7, where his revelations will have a profound effect on the ARC and its team. He has struggled through life in the Rift Valley and several other eras, and has fought to find a way back after discovering a secret the team needs to know. His return is greeted with shock and happiness, but he soon makes the decision to return to the wilderness of the anomalies, in search of his lost brother.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.