Will Agent Coulson survive The Avengers? Plus butt-kicking new set photos from The Dark Knight Rises!

Andrew Niccol explains why he made all of In Time's characters eternally 25. Jason O'Mara describes the dinosaurs of Terra Nova. A Fringe set report may help answer your Peter-related questions. Will Catwoman have a sidekick in The Dark Knight Rises?

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Here are some set photos of Anne Hathaway fighting off a would-be attacker, suggesting that Selina Kyle is just as much a target for villainous types as her alter ego Catwoman. There's also another, presumably unrelated set photo that shows a tunnel completely blocked by cars piled on top of each other. [Just Jared and Comic Book Movie]

Juno Temple, who was previously cast only as "a street-smart Gotham girl", has now been sort of confirmed to be playing Holly Robinson, a former prostitute who eventually becomes Catwoman's sidekick. I say "sort of confirmed" because the only evidence for this comes from an offhand mention in the latest issue of Total Film, and it's not at all clear where that information came from. Temple herself, who was interviewed in the issue, refused to comment on what character she was playing, only offering these general, profane thoughts on the movie:

But I think it's going to be fucking unbelievable. [Nolan] is awesome! There's something really gentlemanly about him. He's got an insane, incredible vision going on. Just getting the opportunity to work with him is awesome.

Anyway, Temple has been rumored to be playing Holly Robinson for a while, and it seems like a not ridiculous assumption to make at this point, but I'd keep some grains of salt at the ready, just in case. [/Film]

Here's a video from the Los Angeles set.


The Avengers

Clark Gregg addresses the rumors that Agent Coulson might be killed off, which does seem like a Joss Whedon sort of thing to do. He pretty much dismisses the rumors completely/unashamedly lies through his teeth, depending on your preferred interpretation:

I've read this. I'm flattered that people care, but I wish they would stop saying this because they're going to put it in somebody's mind! I'm talking to them about doing Iron Man 3 right now, and somebody's going "Maybe Agent Coulson should die," and I'm like, "Hey, hey, hey! This is the best job I've ever had! Stop talking about killing Agent Coulson off."

Fair enough.
No, no, no. I talked to Joss Whedon early on. I said "Hey, why is everyone saying this?" And he said, "Yeah, I've done that before. Don't worry. You're safe."

There's some more at the link, including Gregg's explanation of the evolution of Coulson. [Crave Online]

More set photos have surfaced from the filming of the (presumed) final scene, which we reported yesterday involved Thor and Loki holding the Cosmic Cube while a cloud surrounds them. It now appears that the cube is delivered by Tony Stark, who brings the Cube in a silver suitcase. You can see some rather blurry evidence of this at the link. [Cosmic Book News]

Here's a set video from the New York filming.


In Time

Andrew Niccol explains how his upcoming immortality thriller is an extension of what he previously explored in Gattaca, and why immortality has its downsides:

"Genetic engineering has gotten better - or worse, depending on your point of view - and I always knew back then that the Holy Grail for genetics was discovering the aging gene. I've always felt that even if you could switch off the aging gene, I'm not sure our psychology could keep up with our biology. In the film, none of them have the luxury of dementia. Their mind is still fresh, so you remember all the crappy things you've done in your life. There's a reason I chose the age of 25 in the movie: The frontal lobe that controls impulse and recklessness doesn't fully develop until then. That's why most rental cars won't rent you a car until you're 25. If I'd known that sooner, I could have blamed all of the crazy [stuff] I did on my youth."

[LA Times]


Battleship

Here's an Entertainment Tonight set interview with Rihanna, who plays the Naval officer Raikes for some reason. Really, this whole project can be summed up by the phrase "for some reason." Anyway, here's the video. [Idolator]


Doctor Who

Here are some dialogue teasers from this week's episode, "The Girl Who Waited" by Tom MacRae:

» "You want to update Twitter?"
» "Time's gone wobbly."
» "I'm dead in a day."
» "It's seeing with its fingers."
» "Try our roller coaster zone."

There's more where those came from at the link. [Cultbox]

And here are a bunch of cryptic clues about the episode:

It's the least noticeable Doctor-lite episode there has ever been
If only Amy hadn't pushed that button
Rory is an admirer of fine ‘art'
"This is a kindness, do not be alarmed"
The Doctor is jealous of something Amy has made
36 years
Amy gets a new pet and it will make you smile
Rory almost does what he does. Again

You can read more at the link. [Doctor Who TV]

And, just for good measure, here's a spoiler-free (and glowing) review of the episode. [Den of Geek]

A lot of info is coming out about the series six finale, which is now officially titled "The Wedding of River Song." The episode features guest appearances from Mark Gatiss - who may well be playing a space viking under heavy prosthetics - alongside Simon Fisher-Becker reprising his role as Dorium from "The Pandorica Opens" and "A Good Man Goes to War" and Ian McNeice back again as Winston Churchill. Interestingly, a fourth guest star will be Simon Callow, who played Charles Dickens way back in "The Unquiet Dead." I wouldn't exactly be surprised if he was back as Dickens, considering how random all the other guest stars already are, but my guess is that he's probably playing someone else. Some additional details:

- Includes the lines, "I don't want to marry you," and "I don't want to murder you."
- The Doctor goes to his certain death - and it doesn't work out as well as he expected.
- The Pterodactyls featured in the trailer are from this story (this is from TV & Satellite Week).
- According to What's On TV, the episode will feature "a bizarre world full of children" and a "thrilling climax among strange pyramids".

[Blogtor Who]


Torchwood: Miracle Day

Here are some trailers for the finale, "The Blood Line."



Fringe

Here's a set report that offers some interesting - albeit secondhand - information about episodes one and five:

Only the Observers were at the location I visited. They were filming at what appeared to be a hotel/motel and they transformed the pub that was connected to it into what appeared to be a diner... I did also notice a lot of crew members in the lobby of the hotel itself.

[Eugene Lipinski, who plays the Observer December] said they were filming part of episode 5. He didn't say much more than that other than the fact that he was pretty sure Peter still doesn't exist yet (he wasn't entirely positive). He also said that they were filming an opener or something of the sort for the season premiere. Because apparently the head guys at Fox/producers watched the first episode and felt there wasn't enough information being provided/questions being answered (more or less he said they wanted some Observer details) He told me that in the diner he gives something to September that will help fix his mistake. He wasn't allowed to specify for me what exactly he gave him. (Advice, instructions, and object, etc)

[SpoilerTV]


True Blood

Here's a promo for the season finale, "And When I Die."


Terra Nova

Jason O'Mara explains the hellish vision of 2149 is meant as an extension of everything we're currently doing wrong:

This is a scary, scary vision of the future. This future is what happens, if we don't do anything about it now. It's a worst-case scenario, but it's not impossible. This show points it out and says that this is a possible future for us, unless we do something now.

He also offers some descriptions of the dinosaurs:

I've seen concept art of our dinosaurs and some of the raptors are like wild coyotes. They're mangy and a little crazed, almost like they're really, really hungry, or they're methadone-addicts. Our dinosaurs have a lot of personality, and they're extra vicious.

Finally, he explains what technology the Terra Nova colony has access to:

We take quite a lot of modern stuff with us, but everything that we don't bring, we have to make, so that stuff is primitive. The good news is that we have naturally occurring products again, like leather, wood and cotton, that we don't have in the future.

There's more at the link. [Collider]

Here's an interview with costume designer Amanda Friedland:


Supernatural

The CW has released an updated description of season seven:

Now, despite Sam and Dean's efforts to stop him, Castiel has succeeded in his plan. His power is God-like, and Sam and Dean have no idea how to stop him. But even Castiel doesn't truly understand the magnitude of what's inside him — or how dangerous he really is.

Season seven finds Dean and Sam reeling from the loss of their friend. Sam's violent memories of Hell threaten to overtake him, threatening not just his life, but his brother's as well. Meanwhile, Dean struggles under the weight of a secret that threatens to tear them apart. And even as the brothers traverse the backroads of America, hunting things that go bump in the night, something is coming for them. They are about to face an enemy more canny and adaptable than any they've ever fought. As the landscape around them becomes increasingly treacherous, the tools they've come to rely upon will be stripped away. Our heroes, like so many outlaws before them, will find themselves utterly outmatched and outgunned, with no one to rely on but each other.

[SpoilerTV]


American Horror Story

Just in case you thought the title might be ironic or something, cast member Alexandra Breckenridge promises that this is very definitely in the horror genre:

"If you like the horror genre, then you're gonna love the show. If you scare easily then eeeee...I don't know, there might be parts you can watch but most of it, probably not."

There are some more details about the show at the link, including raves for Jessica Lange's performance as the main characters' "kleptomaniac, sweet-talkin' but ill-meaning next-door neighbor." [E! Online]


Lost Girl

Star Anne Silk discusses her character Bo and her relationship to a rather obvious predecessor:

"(Buffy) was kind of like your every girl, she just happened to be a vampire slayer, and that's what I liked about Bo when I first read the script. Bo was this every girl, she just happened to be a succubus. . . . So as much as Bo is tough and strong, she was so vulnerable and so real and I liked that. I like how strong (Bo) can be but I love how scared she is. I love that she's so vulnerable and that the thing that she was the most ashamed of, which was the fact that she was this sex monster in her mind, she had such shame around it and now it's turning out to be her greatest power and I think that's really cool."

[The Chronicle Herald]

Zoie Palmer, who plays Lauren on the show, has reportedly been upgrade to a series regular. [SpoilerTV]


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.