Chris Evans discusses the darker side of Captain America. And is Neil Blomkamp's Elysium really casting extras as gang members?

The new Captain Kirk might be the new Robocop. Smallville continues to take shape in Illinois. The story of The Thing prequel is finally revealed. Plus George R.R. Martin explains why his next Game of Thrones episode might bankrupt HBO!

Spoilers from this point forward!

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Captain America

Director Joe Johnston explains the retro sci-fi elements of Red Skull:

"This is futurism in the 1940s; if you went to 1942 and thought of what the future would be, that's what the approach was. The villain has a much more futuristic style and his science and his apparatus - he has a whole design motif that is beyond 1942 but it's what you might have perceived as futuristic from a 1942 vantage point."

Meanwhile, Chris Evans explains that for all his heroism, Steve isn't necessarily a complete saint:

"He's given this amazing blessing, all of the ability that he has always wanted. That can easily corrupt. If you give anyone this power, it is easy to become a bully and let human emotion take over."

[Hero Complex]

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And the promo images just keep on coming. [IGN]


The Amazing Spider-Man

The first trailer is reportedly due to premiere at Comic-Con, and here are some highlights of what to expect, supposedly from a SDCC employee who got to see the trailer early:

- Shots of Dr.Connors [Rhys Ifans] being injected by a greenish fluid in a lab.
- Shot of Parker being bitten by a spider, in his own house in what appears to be an attic lab.
- Shot of an alley with Ben [Martin Sheen] and Parker, then one of a dying Ben who utters 'With greatest power must come greatest responsibility, never forget that.'
- Goes black for a few seconds, we hear some monstrous sounds and cut to Connors' lab where his foot transforms into a scaly one. Goes black and we hear roars.

You can read the rest of the details at the link, including the dramatic (and very, very New York) location where Peter dons the Spidey suit. [MovieWeb]

Emma Stone says she's now finished filming, and describes her reactions to the whole thing:

"I really liked it. I was drawn to that part because I really liked what happens between Gwen and Peter, and so I'm excited about that. That's pretty much what my involvement is, with Peter. I think that Andrew [Garfield] is incredible, and so that was really wonderful for me. Then I'm also excited – and this is weird, I guess, or I guess maybe it's not weird – but I think it's really interesting to be a part of something that so many people hold so close to their hearts, that so many people grew up with."

[Superhero Hype]


The Dark Knight Rises

There's no new information, but you can find a helpful roundup of all that we actually know (plus plenty of speculation) about the film at the link. [IGN]


Man of Steel

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Here are some more set photos from Plano, Illinois, which is doubling for Smallville in the movie. [Kevin Otterness]


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Chris Evans discusses the darker side of Captain America. And is Neil Blomkamp's Elysium really casting extras as gang members?

Here's a poster. [ComingSoon.net]


Elysium

A Craigslist ad purports to be a casting call for Neil Blomkamp's latest, and they're seeking "Mexican and Hispanic people of all ages" who should come dressed as "East LA gang characters" and "working class characters." Honestly, I'm more than a little skeptical, as the call sheet apparently thinks the movie stars Jodi Foster. Anyway, you can check out the full description at the link. [Craigslist]


Robocop Reboot

Star Trek's Chris Pine is reportedly the top choice of MGM for the title role in Elite Squad director Jose Padilha's remake. [Twitchfilm]


The Thing

Here's the official synopsis for the prequel to John Carpenter's film:

Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.

When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

[Fangoria]


The Hobbit

Chris Evans discusses the darker side of Captain America. And is Neil Blomkamp's Elysium really casting extras as gang members?

Here's the next round of dwarf photos, this time of Dean O'Gorman as Fili and Aidan Turner as Kili. [/Film]


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Here are some new promo photos for the sequel, featuring the return of not Benedict Cumberbatch Robert Downey, Jr. as Sherlock Holmes. We also get a good look at Jared Harris as Moriarty. A few more details about the film have been released. The movie's story takes a number of elements from the original story "The Final Problem", and Rachel McAdams will indeed make a return appearance as Irene Adler. Director Guy Ritche also speaks to how they approached Moriarty:

"Moriarty is one of the most famous villains of all time. But we didn't want to make him a conventional character. The challenge was to still make him modern, believable. [Harris] brings a depth, a realism, that everyone was really excited about. He's very relatable.""

[USA Today via FirstShowing.net]


Evil Dead 4

There's lots of contradictory reports coming out about this project, all of which contradict the fact that this almost certainly won't end up actually happening. Anyway, it's not at all clear whether this is a sequel to the original movies or a reboot of sort - and of course Evil Dead 2 was a reboot of Evil Dead anyway, so the issue is hopelessly confused already - but the latest news is that the director will not be Sam Raimi, but instead Fede Alvarez, who made his name with the 2009 science fiction short Panic Attack! The film is supposed to be a low-budget film that Raimi can produce while doing Oz, the Great and Powerful. Still no word on Bruce Campbell in all this. [Bloody Disgusting]


Last Stand

I'm not at all sure this is science fiction, but it involves Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting some form of "super car" and it's directed by The Good, the Bad, and the Weird's Kim Jee-Woon, so it's getting at least a cursory mention. Here's the official synopsis for what sounds like Schwarzenegger's return to the sorts of 1980s ludicrousness that gave us the likes of Commando, The Running Man, and even Red Heat, at least assuming no new sexual deviancy comes to light:

Schwarzenegger will be starring as Sheriff Owens, a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for one of the most daring face offs in cinema history.

I realize I'm an idiot for being even remotely excited about this. I'm completely fine with that.


Doctor Who

The show will reportedly soon be filming at the RGHQ bunker on Ashdown Forest, which is also known as the real-life counterpart of Winnie the Pooh's Hundred-Acre-Wood. Since all filming is thought to have completed for series six, this is most likely for the 2011 Christmas special...assuming the reports are true, of course. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]


Torchwood: Miracle Day

Here's a trailer for the rest of the season. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

Here's the synopsis for the season finale, "The Blood Line":

The Torchwood team travels across the world on a final, desperate mission, but the Three Families are unstoppable unless a terrible sacrifice is made.

[Starz]

It looks like Rex Matheson will try to take away Gwen's baby from her in the near future. [TV Guide]

Speaking of Rex, Mekhi Phifer explains how his costume changes reveal his shifting loyalties:

I'm suited and booted in the beginning, but as I'm drawn in, we start to form our relationship and I become a part of Torchwood, then my clothes relax. Because now I'm not necessarily in the CIA, I'm running from them now, as we all are.

So you go over to the other side?
Yeah. But we're still trying to find out what's going on here, and it takes us on all these different adventures.

Do you infiltrate the CIA?
Well, what happens is, without giving away too much, as I extradite them [the Torchwood team], as I get off the plane in the US, the CIA turns on me. The government turns on me. We have this great escape where we fight and do all this other stuff, and we try and find out what's going on. There's government shady stuff going on, pharmaceutical company shady stuff going on. Shady CIA stuff. And so once I become a part of Torchwood, we're against the powers that be, basically.

[Den of Geek]

Here's an interview with Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

And here's a lengthy morning show interview with John Barrowman. [Blogtor Who]


Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin discusses what he's writing for season two:

Which episode of Game of Thrones are you writing next season?
The Battle of the Blackwater, God help me. David and Dan must hate me.

That's the one where you have to be most conscious of budgetary decisions.
It's very tough because we don't have the budget to do the battle in the book. We just don't.

Well, they have to be able to show the ships and what happens to them, right?
I hope so. We'll see. I'm writing it. I'm cutting certain things. We'll see once I turn it in if we can do it.

There's a lot more at the link both for the TV show and the books, including Martin's explanation of why depicting sex on the show forced huge changes to the internal chronology. [Shelf Life]

Clive Standen, who recently appeared on that other premium cable fantasy show Camelot, reveals he's heard "some massive casting news" for the second season, and that of the three people cast, one is a Camelot alum and another appeared in some other Arthurian movie or TV show. That doesn't really narrow things down much at all - but I'm going to interpret that as ridiculously as possible and say this means First Knight's Richard Gere is joining the show - but there's some interesting speculation at the link. [Winter-is-Coming]


The Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman discusses season two's big trip to Herschel's Farm:

They're heading to the farm, it's going to be awesome. The first season was all about being in the city, and dealing with zombies in the streets. The second season is about zombies in the woods and what's behind that next tree. It's a much more rural setting. It's all the same characters, and they're going to be dealing with a lot of plots from the first season, but the setting is going to be almost completely different. I didn't realize how cool it would be until I was on set, running through the woods doing location scouting a couple weeks ago. Atlanta was almost a character in the first season, and I think it will be that way with Georgia in general in this upcoming season. We're going introduce some new characters. We're going to be seeing Otis, Herschel and Maggie, all characters from the comic book series. And possibly some more surprises before the end of the season. It should be pretty exciting.

[The Live Feed]


Eureka

Here's a promo and a sneak peek for the next episode, "Reprise."


And here's an interview with Felicia Day.

Executive producer Amy Berg says they're halfway through shooting season five, and then offers these hints about the just begun season 4.5:

The episodes this summer involve the continuing reverberations of the timeline shift. Carter, Allison, Henry, Jo, and Fargo have been trying to keep their trip to the past a secret, but that's becoming an impossible challenge. Also this season you'll meet Felicia Day's new character, Dr. Holly Marten. I had a lot of fun creating her. She's an homage to geek girls everywhere, and her storyline is wrapped up in a season-long arc involving a big mission that our gang gets involved with. As for what that mission is, you'll have to tune in to find out.

[BuddyTV]


Warehouse 13

Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Trials."

Joanne Kelly reveals that H.G. Wells will return throughout the season and that the relationship between her and Myka will be "even more interesting" this season. When asked about a possible romance between Myka and Pete, Kelly says that, while she doesn't think any romances are in Myka's future, the closest thing to a romance she has is with H.G. Wells. She also explains Myka's journey in the aftermath of season two:

After [the incident with H.G.] we're once again seeing Myka as someone who's not all that emotionally trusting. She's gone back into her shell. That lack of trust goes all the way back to the pilot when Myka was this lonely and isolated woman. But as this new season progresses you'll see we're really pushing the envelope with the character. There's a great journey coming and huge changes in her makeup and personality. You'll see her really open up and grow and I'm proud of that because that's what happens in life - we either wilt or we blossom.

[TV Guide]


Alphas

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Syfy has released a bunch more promo images. [SpoilerTV]


Haven

Here's the synopsis for the second episode of season two:

While dealing with the mystery of her own identity, Audrey, Nathan and the other Audrey who's come to town must stop a terrifying epidemic spreading across town: people seeing their worst fears come to life.

[SpoilerTV]


Falling Skies

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Here are some promo images for the next episode, "Sanctuary (Part 1)." [SpoilerTV]


Teen Wolf

Here's a preview for episode 8, "Lunatic."


Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.