Thor 2 is officially happening, but who will return for the sequel? Plus an utterly intense new Harry Potter clip!

Hugh Jackman reveals when The Wolverine will begin shooting. John Noble has a plan for peace between universes on Fringe. How will Game of Thrones handle all the new season two characters? Plus new Captain America and Harry Potter videos!

It's spoilers all the way down!

Top image from Captain America.

Thor 2

Disney and Marvel have confirmed they are going ahead with a sequel, with Chris Hemsworth definitely returning in the starring role. Unfortunately, Kenneth Branagh will not be back to direct, although his departure is described as "mutual and amicable" and that he might end up working on the film in a producing capacity. The studios have set a release date of July 26, 2013. [Deadline and ComingSoon.net]


Captain America

Here are three new TV spots. [ScreenRant]



Thor 2 is officially happening, but who will return for the sequel? Plus an utterly intense new Harry Potter clip!S

And here's a new international poster.


The Amazing Spider-Man

Actress Hannah Marks has a small role in the film. Here's her description of her character:

I am playing the school nerd, Missy Kallenback, and I have a crush on Spider-Man. But, of course, I don't know he is Spider-Man so I actually have a crush on Peter Parker. So I am mostly swooning over him in it.

[Celeb Buzz]


The Wolverine

With James Mangold now officially on board as the new director, Hugh Jackman says the film will likely start shooting in October, with the release date coming about a year after that. [IGN]


Man of Steel

The movie is currently hiring firefighters and paramedics as extras in the "Metropolis Fire Department." [NBC Chicago]


Prometheus

One detail we missed while responding to Ridley Scott's strange thoughts about Eric van Daniken - Scott has also confirmed that the ship in the movie is called Prometheus, and that it is sent from Earth on a mission by the sort of all-powerful corporation that were such a big force in the original Alien movies. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Cowboys & Aliens

Thor 2 is officially happening, but who will return for the sequel? Plus an utterly intense new Harry Potter clip!S

Here's a new poster. [Imp Awards]


The Hobbit

Elijah Wood, who will make a return appearance as Frodo Baggins, most likely in an epilogue of some sort, discusses the script:

"I read the first script and it's incredible. It definitely expounds upon the book; there are already characters that are cast that are not in the book, so that indicates that it goes slightly outside the boundaries in the structure of the original novel. For a while I was excited just at the notion of going back and seeing everybody and playing the character again. Then sitting down and reading it I became really genuinely excited about the films they were making. I think they're going to be amazing."

He also clarified that he hasn't read the second script, which might be an indication that Frodo appears in at least the first movie, but I'll be the first to admit that that's a fairly big leap of logic. [Heat Vision]


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Here's a sneak peek clip.


World War Z

It turns out that Matthew Fox and Ed Harris reportedly won't be in Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks's acclaimed novel. It's not clear whether they were ever actually officially signed on, but now it appears that they have both moved on, for whatever reasons. [Vulture]


300: Battle of Artemisia

The sequel to 300 is no longer known as Xerxes. With original director Zack Snyder busy doing Man of Steel, the top directing choices are reportedly Noam Murro, who is best known for directing the Halo commercials, and Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. 300 cowriters Snyder and Kurt Johnstad wrote the script, which reportedly charts how Xerxes became the "peculiar god-like entity" seen in 300. [Deadline]

Conan

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Here are some new images. [Comic Book Movie]

G.I. Joe 2

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura very strongly suggests that this sequel is all about the ninjas:

"The ninja fans are going to love it. There's a tremendous amount of it. What's interesting is, we both have that going on in the Snake-Eyes story, but we've found a way to bring that element into the Joes' story. I think anybody who's a fan of dark, in the middle of the night [action with] a dangerous foe arriving, this is a movie for you."

He also had this to say about the new character Roadblock, who is being played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson:

"[Roadblock is] a full-on lead role. In a way, he and Snake-Eyes, their stories are really dynamic and very important...Rock is such a great character to have in 'G.I. Joe.' It's an amazing combination. We would not be very good if we didn't fully utilize him, so he's going to have a lot of things to do. It is an ensemble movie, so you have other characters certainly playing it out."

[MTV Movies Blog]


King of the Elves

Horrible Bosses writer Michael Markowitz has taken over writing duties on the long-gestating Disney animated adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story "King of the Elves", in which a Mississippi man saves some elves and a dwarf from a troll and becomes their king. Bolt's Chris Williams is currently slated to direct. [Variety]


The Hill

The latest Disney theme park ride to get a big-screen adaptation is Disneyland's Matterhorn. Here's the description:

"A thrilling, fast-paced movie centering on five young adventure seekers who, for mysterious reasons, are called to the top of the mountain and encounter a Yetis on the journey down."

Spread writer Jason Dean Hill is reportedly working on the script, while Tron Legacy's Justin Springer is producing. [Heat Vision]


Torchwood: Miracle Day

New costar Mekhi Phifer recently stopped by The Talk (which is like The View, but different somehow), and he brought a clip with him. You can check it out at the link, but here's a description of it along with Phifer's comments on the show:

In the clip, Phifer's character is shown getting impaled through the chest with a rod that flies off the back of a truck ahead of him. But, as he explained, he doesn't die. "Basically there's this phenomenon that happens throughout the world where no one is dying," he said. "I play a C.I.A. agent named Rex Matheson, and so I make it my mission to try to get to the bottom of what this phenomenon is and who's behind it. Is it aliens? Is it a conspiracy group?"

[AOL TV]

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Here are some new promo images, featuring something truly unprecedented and disturbing - Captain Jack in a suit! [Blogtor Who]

For those wondering about the reports that the US and UK will get slightly different edits of the episodes, it appears the UK edits will run slightly longer, but the US edits will have some sex and violence that the BBC would deem inappropriate. Also, for a very reasonable explanation of why the UK is airing the episodes nearly a week after the US (the short version: if that wasn't happening, this season wouldn't have been made in the first place), check out the link. [Den of Geek]


Fringe

John Noble discusses the prospect of Walter without Peter:

See, the thing that rescued Walter, once they pulled him out, the thing that humanized him, was Peter. Finding this relationship with his son, that brought Walter back into the human race. Now if he doesn't have that, if he doesn't have any love in his life, what's going to happen? He's been in an asylum without love in his life all this time, if he's working without love in his life… I hope they give him Gene at least – Gene the cow! No, I am seriously thinking about that, because I know for a while I'm going to have to work on that loveless Walter. And I'm stewing around in my head already. [Laughs]

Noble also explained where he hopes the show ultimately goes:

We know there are two universes, and we actually know this from science. Science will tell us that there are multiple universes. I think that there's a possibility, probably not this season, but… I know that some of the audience is saying "The thing that will save the two universes now is an external threat. That's what brings people together." I've heard this from fans and I think it's very clever. So if these two universes have to meet, what's gonna make them do it? Suddenly, if there's an external threat… I've got my fingers crossed that that'll happen.

[FEARnet]

Lance Reddick explains the probable challenges Broyles will face next season:

"I think the challenge for Broyles is going to be balancing his relationship with his own Fringe division and the other one – the whole, ‘Who's in charge?' kind of thing."

[TV Line]

In this video, show prop master Robert K. Smith takes us through the various props used last season. [Fringe Television]


True Blood

Marshall Allman discusses where his character Tommy Mickens is headed this season:

"What he wants deep down is a family. He wants to be loved, so that relationship just serves both of their needs. Max feels abandoned by Hoyt, and Tommy, even though he left his mom, feels abandoned by his mom because she chose her husband, my dad, over me. Everything Tommy's doing, he's always trying to do it for good. He thinks he's doing something right and he's justified in some way. Sam and Tommy are trying to see if one another is trustworthy to be brothers. That's what we're working toward. There's a new animal that's going to kind of rock everything and shift the dynamic of the show because, as of this point, all of the animals have been kind of non-consequential, but the new animal is going to be game-changing."

There's more at the link, including Allman's pronouncement that this season will spill almost three times as much blood as last season. [TV Guide]


Game of Thrones

Co-writer David Benioff explains in general terms the challenges of which characters make the jump from novel to screen and which have to be cut:

But the truth is there are so many new characters coming in, so that could be confusing. Many more than characters who die in the first season. And that keeps happening, each season there are new characters coming in, and at a certain point you have to be careful because, a.) there is a budget, and b.) we have about 540 minutes to tell the entire story each season. And you can only go back and forth between so many characters before it all starts to feel so diffused that you lose track of what's going on and you lose touch with the central characters... All of the characters that you know from the first season are back in a major way, it's just there are some new characters as well. That's what I'm saying, I guess, we need to make sure we have enough time to tell all these stories properly and that does mean there are certain stories that we're just not gonna touch on, certain minor plotlines or minor characters we just don't have time to give proper weight to. We'd rather not throw them in there for a 30 second cameo as opposed to spending more time with our central characters.

Benioff also mentioned season two is "the season of the love story." [Winter-Is-Coming]

Here's a casting call for season two extras:

MALES & FEMALES (18+; any ethnicity) - EXTRAS. The following types are needed:
- Males with all hair lengths. Short, medium and long who are willing to let their hair grow from now until January, 2012. Bearded males are a plus. If you are male, please start growing your hair and facial hair immediately and be prepared to keep it long from now until January 2012.
- Strong and fit males, sporty types;
- Archers, swordfighters or re-enactors and people with military experience;
- Blacksmiths and iron workers;
- Skilled building tradespeople;
- Farm workers and farmhands;
- Ship hands, deck hands, and sailors;
- Butchers and hunters;
- Females aged 35-65 with non-dyed long hair past their shoulders

[NewFaces.com]


Once Upon a Time

Here's are some tidbits for the second episode of NBC's upcoming fairy tale inspired series:

Sydney, otherwise known as 'The Magic Mirror' is being cast, and in the real world is a reporter for the local newspaper The Daily Mirror. However in Fairytale land he is a vaporous visage trapped within the Queen's magic mirrors. Described as always truthful as 'The Magic Mirror,' his character in the real world is anything but, planting evidence and spinning stories for his own agendas... This is a definite recurring guest star role!

Also entering the show in the early stages is the 'Queen's Valet' who is tender and timid and described as the only voice of reason in the Queen's life. He may not be evil but he will go to extraordinary lengths for his Queen.
Watch out for Maleficent, a witch able to stand up against the Queen... powerful and cruel she is more reasonable and less vengeful than the Queen. This role is a potentially recurring role!

[SpoilerTV]


Falling Skies

Here are some more promo photos and a plot synopsis for episode four, "Grace." [multipleverses.com]

Tom and his team head out to track down more motorcycles for the 2nd Mass., relying on Pope to guide them to a good location. They hit the jackpot until they meet some skitters and harnessed teenagers at the bike shop. Back at the base, Dr. Harris (guest star Steven Weber) and Anne disagree over the best method to gather more intelligence on the aliens.


Being Human (US)

Dichen Lachmann, who played Sierra on Dollhouse and has an upcoming guest spot on Torchwood: Miracle Day, will reportedly play Izumi, "a reclusive, centuries-old vampire who causes upheaval when she returns to Boston's vampire [milieu]." She will be a regular on the show. [Variety]


Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.