Why Captain America's shield throw will be the movie's action highlight

Director Joe Johnston explains how the film-makers translated one of Captain America's most iconic moves from the comic book pages to the screen. Cap won't be throwing his shield very often, but when he does...you will know.

Plus Mark Strong explains why John Carter of Mars is now just John Carter.

Mark Ruffalo reveals whether The Avengers is being shot in 3D.

Anna Torv reveals the very good reason why Fringe won't have an ending that leaves you hanging.

And Michael Caine says you must avoid spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises.

And on that note... here come the spoilers!

Top image from Captain America.

The Dark Knight Rises

Michael Caine praises the plot, basically saying everyone needs to avoid all spoilers from here on out:

"Let me tell you... the plot is extraordinary... really extraordinary. I know why he wants to keep it a secret. You really need not to know till you see the movie."

[Digital Spy]


Captain America

Joe Johnston explains how they approached Cap's iconic battle move in which he throws his vibranium shield at the enemy:

"The whole thing about throwing the shield was given a lot of thought. And you know he just doesn't do it a lot in the movie. I'd say maybe four or five times? But when he does, it's a big deal; he really saves the day. He's not slinging it around all the time and using it randomly. He throws it when it's the right thing to do, and those are special moments. We opted to preserve those moment just to make them so special. He uses the shield a lot for protection, as you would expect, and as a weapon, like a battering ram; he slams it down almost like an ax of sorts, and he uses it as a pry bar. But when he throws it, those are the highlight-reel moments."

[Hero Complex]

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And here are a bunch more photos. [Spinoff Online]


The Avengers

Mark Ruffalo revealed the movie is not being shot in 3D which, if Thor and Captain America are any indication, means that it will likely undergo post-conversion to 3D after filming. [/Film]


Cowboys & Aliens

Here's a behind-the-scenes featurette. [FirstShowing.net]


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Here's a new trailer.


Prometheus

Neville Page, who recently did work on Green Lantern and is now doing creature design for Ridley Scott's latest, explains what his work on the movie entails:

"My approach is nervous. I approach Ridley with great nervous energy because it is such an undertaking. ['Alien'] was the movie that inspired everything for me, not just creature design, but filmmaking in general. It is a huge undertaking to try and take it to the next level; to make Ridley proud, to make [H.R.] Giger proud, there's a lot involved with that. [Regarding CGI] I don't know, I can only assume that it's going to be like with ['Green Lantern']. [We'll] use whatever it takes to make it look as good as it needs to look."

[MTV Movies Blog]


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Here are three new TV spots.




John Carter

Costar Mark Strong explains the storytelling reason why the movie's title was shortened from the original (and more evocative) John Carter of Mars:

Interestingly, John Carter's had its titled changed. And there seems to be some kind of confusion as to why this should be, and I think the reason is brilliant. The reason is that he has to earn that title. Again, it's a franchise or a number of books; a series of books that people may or may not know, but if you call him John Carter of Mars, I think at the very beginning, all the work's been done and what Andrew wants to do, I think, is introduce people to this first film, and by the end of it, he becomes John Carter of Mars, but not at the beginning. In the beginning he's John Carter, but by the end of the first film, he's John Carter of Mars; so he's earned that title to take it off should it want to go to further storytelling.

[Movies.com]


The Hobbit

Peter Jackson has announced two new cast members. Lost's Evangeline Lilly will play the newly created Woodland Elf character Tauriel, a name that means "Daughter of Mirkwood." He wouldn't say anything more about the character, except that she has no romantic connection with Orlando Bloom's Legolas. The other addition is Barry Humphries, an Australian comedian best known for his long-running character Dame Edna Everage, who will be creating the Goblin King along the same lines as Andy Serkis's work as Gollum. He also confirmed the casting of Luke Evans as Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, although he didn't address the subsequent rumors that Cumberbatch is also voicing the Necromancer. [ComingSoon.net]


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Here's a new TV spot.


Battleship

Model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker confirms that she plays the daughter of Liam Neeson's character, and that she appears in at least one scene in a bikini, because she "grew up as a Hawaii surf kid, so it kind of makes sense." In case you've forgotten, this is the adaptation of the board game of the same name, it reportedly involves people in battleships fighting aliens on the high seas, and the rest of the cast includes such thespians as Rihanna and Tom Arnold. So yeah, should be interesting. [Charlotte Observer]


Conan

Here's a new trailer and two TV spots. [/Film]




Doctor Who

Mark Gatiss's episode, which is slated to be the second episode of the show's second half (and the ninth overall), will be called "Night Terrors." [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]


Torchwood: Miracle Day

Starz's American premiere date will be July 8, with the BBC airing the first episode sometime later that week. [Den of Geek]


Fringe

Anna Torv says that the series finale has been written, although when precisely it will be filmed obviously depends on how many more seasons Fox gives the show. [Digital Spy]


Game of Thrones

HBO has announced season two will begin filming in and around Belfast on July 25. [SpoilerTV]


Falling Skies

Star Noah Wyle explains what drew him to the show:

"There were three themes that just screamed off the page at me and resonated with where I'm at in life. First was to play a father, which I haven't really done before – and I am a father, father of two. Then, to sort of step up and be a leader of an ensemble, which, you know, I've worked very comfortably hiding in the midst of one for a while, but I haven't really stepped up to the plate. It was time to try and carry one, like a quarterback. And this notion of loss and tragedy and how you rebound from that and work through it. Those three things, I thought were really compelling about the character and I thought, okay, there was enough that interested me there to allow me to use my work as catharsis and enjoy myself."

[xfinity News]


Eureka

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Here are tons of promo photos for season 4.5. [multipleverses.com]


Haven

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Here are some promo photos for season two. [multipleverses.com]


Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.