Does Tom Hardy's facial hair reveal his Batman character? Plus Alien prequel's starring role comes down to two actresses!

The latest crazy rumor for The Dark Knight Rises finds secrets in Tom Hardy's beard. The main character of Ridley Scott's Alien prequel comes down to either a rising star or established name. Judge Dredd finds its main villain. Spoilerama!


The Dark Knight Rises

A couple new pieces of villain speculation are out today, but I'll warn you right now that they're even flimsier than usual. First up, in what really has to be the pinnacle of my writing career, let's speculate wildly based on Tom Hardy's facial hair. Recent photos show the actor with a shaved head and a growing beard... which matches Dr. Hugo Strange, who also has a shaved head and a beard. Now, keep in mind that shooting doesn't even start until May, and that people are sometimes known to get haircuts. Maybe if these photos were coming out in late April, then maybe, but now? Five months before filming even starts? Yeah, I'm more than skeptical. [The Superhero Hype! Boards]

The other rumor is that Bane will appear in the film, at least according to one source on a private message board. That's pretty much all we know about the rumor, so we essentially know nothing. Much as Bane is a surprisingly Nolan-friendly Batman villain, there's nothing to back up this rumor for now. So, once again, I'm more than skeptical about this. [Batman-News.com]

Alien Prequel

Ridley Scott's Alien prequel (which may or may not be called some variation of Paradise) is reportedly zeroing in on its cast, but sources say there's disagreement between Scott and 20th Century Fox over who should play the lead, Elizabeth Shaw. Scott reportedly wants Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace, but 20th Century Fox reported wants a more established name and is focused on Charlize Theron. The rest of Scott's preferred cast supposedly includes Michael Fassbender as an android crewman and Michelle Yeoh as Vickers, who heads up a more culturally diverse crew than what we've seen in previous Alien movies. We don't know how much, if any, of these reports are true, of course, so remain skeptical until we hear anything more. [Cinematical]

Thor

Here's a French poster for the movie: [SpoilerTV-Movies]

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The Avengers

The movie is currently set to film its studio scenes in New Mexico's Albuquerque Studios due to the state's favorable tax breaks. However, new Republican governor Susana Martinez has said she will cut these tax breaks, so it's possible The Avengers will look elsewhere - after all, production already moved from New York in search of a less expensive home for studio filming, and Marvel Studios is known for being cost-conscious (so to speak). There's no word yet that Marvel Studios would move again, but this could be worth keeping an eye on. [IGN]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Linkin Park, which has pretty much emerged as the troubadours of the Transformers franchise after releasing the song "What I've Done" for the original movie and "New Divide" for Revenge of the Fallen, may be featured on the third movie's soundtrack as well. Michael Bay has reportedly picked their new song "Burning in the Skies" to be featured in the movie, and chords from the song may end up being incorporated into the film's score, just like with their songs in the first two movies. [TFLAMB]

The Rite

The studio released a ton of high-res photos for Anthony Hopkins's upcoming exorcism movie:

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Fringe

In this video, cast members discuss the events of the last few episodes and what it means for their characters going forward: [Fringe Television]

Here's some photos for episode 11, "Reciprocity", which so far is simply described as, "Walter learns more about Massive Dynamic." [Daemon's TV]

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And, once again, Fox exec Kevin Reilly promises that they haven't sent Fringe to Fridays just to kill it off, and in fact they think it's the best solution for both that show and that night of programming. [EW]

True Blood

Star Stephen Moyer offered some cryptic hints about the big bad of season four:

"We've got a new presence. There will be a new kind of specter that represents darkness. We had the wonderful Denis O'Hare as the king of Mississippi last year and he's [gone] at the end of season three, so we've got something else coming in to replace that darkness, which is going to be really interesting, I think, this whole new sort of topic that we haven't covered."

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Torchwood: Miracle Day

Production started on Monday, and there's a new official Twitter feed to chronicle all that happens during filming. [Doctor Who News Page]

Chuck

A sneak peek is out for episode 11, "Chuck vs. the Balcony": [SpoilerTV]

Here's a quick summary of episode 13, "Chuck vs. the Push Mix": [SpoilerTV]

While Sarah tries to free Chuck's mother, Morgan and Chuck go after Volkoff; Casey and Alex bond; Ellie hopes to ease Awesome's anxiety over becoming a father.

Here's a promo for this and The Cape: [SpoilerTV]

Executive producer Chris Fedak used "Two words: Evil Sarah" to describe the black-haired Sarah we've seen in the promos. [E! Online]

No Ordinary Family

In next week's episode, Lost's Rebecca Mader knocks out one of the main characters, then confronts them in what's supposedly a "very cool scene." [E! Online]

The Cape

A bunch of photos have been released for episode 4, "Scales on a Train", which has got to be a contender for the silliest title ever: [SpoilerTV]

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In this video, production designer Cece Destefano explains the show's look: [SpoilerTV] Click to view

Here's a short synopsis of episode 5, "Dice", which guest stars Mena Suvari as the title character: [SpoilerTV]

The ARK corporation prepares to unveil a device that could alter the fate of Palm City; The Cape finds himself defending his arch nemesis.

Terra Nova

Here's a new poster for Steven Spielberg's dinosaur-centric time travel show: [SpoilerTV]

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Also, the two-part series preview appears set for 9:00 on May 23 and 24, with the rest of the show following in the fall. [ComingSoon.net]

Supernatural

Sam will eventually become a nice guy again, and we will find out just what Castiel is dealing with in Heaven...but patience will be required for both. [E! Online]

Actor Jim Beaver says he has "no reason to doubt" that there will be a seventh season. So you might want to consider another season of Supernatural more likely than not, although it's very, very far from official confirmation. [SpoilerTV]

Being Human

Syfy has released a ton of videos, so let's get right to it: [SpoilerTV]
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And here's one more promo for the Syfy remake: [SpoilerTV]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

George Lucas's daughter Katie is writing the current three episode arc that sees Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress squaring off, with Darth Maul's equally deadly brother Savage Opress thrown into the mix. She explains her take on Ventress, which has a surprising amount to do with Courtney Love:

"I've really fallen for Ventress, and here the audience gets to learn a lot about her history. She's an extremely complicated character. She's a cold-hearted harpy, but she has good reason to be – and now she's displaying a much more independent side of herself. Ventress is nobody's pawn anymore. She finally owns herself. I grew up on Buffy and Tank Girl, so writing for strong females is second nature to me. I listened to a lot of early Hole and The Distillers albums to inspire me while writing these stories; I really wanted to tap into that visceral female rage, and Courtney Love's snarl certainly tears that right out of you."

She also explains what's going on with Darth Maul's brother:

"Savage is a lot like Frankenstein's creation. He's a monster, but you get brief glimpses of a real heart beneath the surface. He's a complicated character – I don't think he would have turned to the dark side without the manipulation of the witches. They use him."

And here's a clip from the next episode, "Monsters":

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Executive producer Steve Pearlman explains how the show goes global this season, particularly in terms of the human resistance:

"In Episode 4 we introduce Oded Fehr (Sleeper Cell) in a three-episode arc, as the leader of another sect of Fifth Column - and his story leads us into worldwide exploration of [the movement] And in Episode 7, we have a story where Erica and Hobbes actually go to Bangkok and Hong Kong."

There are more details at the link, including the length of a Visitor shuttle trip and whether the real names of the aliens will ever be revealed. [TV Line]

Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.