Chris Evans explains why The Avengers has it all. Plus tons of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones hints!

What will Russell Crowe look like as Man of Steel's Jor-El? Nicolas Winding Refn explains why he's destined to direct Wonder Woman. Plus new trailers for The Thing, and James Marsden wants to bring X-Men's Cyclops back from the dead!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Avengers.

The Avengers

Chris Evans explains how this version of Captain America is different than the one we met in the 1940s:

"He's in modern day, he has troubles. He actually gets to have things that he might have be able to shoulder, you know what I mean? He can't just put it on his back. He's a fish out of water. Everyone knows he's dead, and he's in a foreign time, and 'The Avengers,' he gets to be a little bit darker, which is nice."

I think that last sentence might have been supposed to read "Everyone he knows is dead", but either way, you get the picture. He also reveals that a lot of his scenes are with Robert Downey, Jr., and he explains why he thinks The Avengers represents a great mix of varying styles:

"I think they struck a really good balance. There's obviously action, you've got all these super heroes, there's gonna be constant battle, I think every ten pages, there's going to be some sort of action, but you can have all the action in the world, if you don't have some substance, you got nothing. I don't want to sh*t talk other movies, I know a lot of other movies like that where it's all action and no heart. It's not easy trying to bring all those characters together and find a story, but the best thing about Joss is that Joss is a fan, Joss is a comic book guy. It feels so nice working with a guy that is well, the people I am trying to please is Joss. Joss is one of those dudes. And if Joss is happy with the dialog, if Joss is happy with the wardrobe, if Joss is happy, then I'm happy. Because he's Comic-Con, he's one of these dudes who would be in the audience geeking out, so if he's happy, I'm happy."

[The Huffington Post]


Man of Steel

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Here are some set photos and videos. [Comic Book Movie via The Cineaste's Lament]



An inside source claiming to have seen concept art of Russell Crowe as Jor-El offers this description:

Jor-El is wearing a goldish/white armored suit that looks almost like the one in the video game Halo. The suit has the traditional "S" is the middle of his chest and it blends in with the color scheme of the suit. Jor-EL looks more like a soldier than a scientist.

Crowe's head is completely exposed and HE LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE STAR WARS EPISODE 2's Obi-Wan with the beard and hair. The only difference is that Crowe's hair looks darker. If I didn't know that Crowe was cast for the part I would have sworn it was Ewan McGregor.

Grains of salt at the ready, of course, but honestly this does sound about like what one would expect. [Nuke the Fridge]


The Dark Knight Rises

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Here's a couple set videos and some photos from recent filming in downtown Los Angeles.



And here's an accompanying set report:

When I got there they had the entire grand ave blocked off but I watched [Bane's] truck at street level as it headed presumably into the drop from inside a lobby of a building. Then I went down on some intersection of 1st and another street behind the West Promenade hotel and talked to a security guard who was real friendly and told me he had [seen] Morgan Freeman on set. I saw Gary Oldman's stunt double...The crew was standing around the Bane "bomb trucks" (thats what they called them on set). Some Mercs were present...I moved up back to grand ave and watched for a while outside the Disney Hall building and saw several takes of the Bane truck driving in circles around the hole where it was supposed to fall through. Then they moved the Batwing out onto Grand Ave to face the truck. Some gunfire took place and the truck was smoking. Several Gotham cars like Cabs, etc were present and covered in snow.

[Comic Book Movie]

Here's an interview with Gary Oldman for the awesome-looking (but not scifi) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He does briefly discuss his Batman work starting at the 2:30 mark. [/Film]


Wonder Woman

Drive and Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn explains why he wants to direct a movie about comics' most famous heroine:

I would love to make ‘Wonder Woman. I would be the best at making ‘Wonder Woman.' I was born to make ‘Wonder Woman.' To do a movie about a universe where women are more powerful then men — this appeals to me very much.

Somewhere out there, William Moulton Marston is saying, "This dude gets it." Winding Refn also says that he's not 100% sure he wants Christina Hendricks for the role, but he does say that she's "the perfect type" for the role. [The Playlist]


Logan's Run

Winding Refn also weighs in on the new Logan's Run he and his Drive star Ryan Gosling are developing, explaining that this version will be set thousands of years in the future. He adds:

"[It's] pure fantasy. What's interesting about ‘Logan's Run,' and this is Ryan's perception, was that everything in ‘Logan's Run' has come true. And he's right. So the trick is, if ‘Logan's Run' was conceived today about the next century, what would it look like?"

[The Playlist]


X-Men 4

You can file this one safely under "things that aren't ever happening", but James Marsden says he'd love to return as Cyclops in a new sequel to the original X-Men trilogy (as opposed to First Class, which was a prequel, or any First Class follow-ups, which will be sequels to a prequel). Really, Marsden apparently just really wants to play Cyclops again, whether it's in a sequel (doubtful), some sort of spin-off movie (extremely doubtful), or in the new First Class series (well, they already got Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn in there, so who knows?). And yes, we can safely assume that his apparent death in X-3 is just the most minor of details. [MTV Splash Page]


The Thing

There's a new red band trailer at the link. [IGN]

And here's a TV spot.


Doctor Who

Here's a trailer for this week's episode, "Closing Time" by Gareth Roberts, which features the return of James Corden as Craig Owens. [Den of Geek]

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Here are some promo photos. [Blogtor Who]

And here are some hints for the episode:

» Someone's been reading up on The Doctor.
» The Doctor displays a fondness for a former "companion".
» A language understood in 'A Good Man Goes To War' returns.
» Someone has become famous.
» Two different moments from the 1996 TV movie are replayed.

There's five more at the link. [Cultbox]

And here are some dialogue teasers:

» 'You always survive.'
» 'You can't help who your mates are.'
» 'I always knew I'd die asking.'
» 'Well, well, well. You have been busy.'
» 'You have failed, Doctor.'

Again, there's five more at the link. [Cultbox]

Finally, you can check out a spoiler-free preview for the episode at the link. [SFX]

Matt Smith weighs in on the most important possible topic - what silly hat he'll wear in the next series:

"I've been thinking of hats for next year. I think the pork pie's quite fun, or, you know, the Doctor in a fun trilby. I think Steven's going to go for a really ridiculous one. I really like the Stetson."

[Virgin Media]


Fringe

Here's a promo for season four.

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Here are some more promo photos for episode two, "One Night in October." [Daemon's TV]

You can check out a pair of set videos here and here.

Fox has released this letter, supposedly written by Peter Bishop, teasing his eventual return this season. Here are the relevant sections:

In the words of Mark Twain, one of my favorite novelists, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." Where I am exactly, I can't precisely say… and by that, I don't mean I WON'T say, it's just that I can't seem to see or hear anything. However, the writers and producers swear to me that I will be making my way back to Boston soon enough, and thus far they have done nothing to make me distrust them...[The first two episodes] both contain the usual mystery, suspense, science and general nuttiness…although selfishly I wish they both contained a bit more of, well… me.

Humbly,
Peter Bishop

[SpoilerTV]


Game of Thrones

There's a ton of new quotes from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as author and episode writer George RR Martin. First up, David Benioff:

"Everybody is in danger. It's one of the things we loved about the books, and it's true of the series as well: any of the characters, no matter how important, can die in any episode. And it's not a very special episode of 'Game of Thrones,' it's just that that's how life is in this world...We can do what we want, there's no contract saying we have to be faithful to the books. We happen to love the books, the characters in our show are quite faithful to the characters [in the books], and George R.R. Martin is a wonderful plotter so we don't want to screw anything up if we don't have to. That said, we're going to have to deviate from time to time."

Weiss offers this compact summation of the season:

"This season is kind of the drive to war for all of these different warring factions that have been building up. They start to move against each other and come to blows with each other."

Benioff responds to Jason Momoa's recent claims that Khal Drogo would return by saying the actor "has a big mouth", but not exactly ruling out the possibility. [MTV Movies Blog]

Elsewhere, Benioff explains the challenges of shooting this season:

"It's tough. We're shooting in three different countries. We have a lot more dragons, a lot more people getting killed. [It's] a lot sexier, so it's going well so far. The direwolves are tough and all the stuff we're shooting north of the Wall is going to be tough with five hours of daylight because we're near the Arctic Circle. Shooting a full day of Game of Thrones in five hours will be challenging. "

And George RR Martin confirms that Doomsday and Descent director Neil Marshall will indeed be handling the Battle of Blackwater episode, which Martin is writing and will completely break the budget for the season, according to pretty much everybody. [E! Online]


The Walking Dead

Here's a promo for season two.


Terra Nova

Here's a pair of promos.


Here are a couple behind-the-scenes videos. [BuddyTV]



Once Upon a Time

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Here are some promo posters. [multipleverses.com]


Chuck

In the video below, Zachary Levi discusses the upcoming slate of guest stars in the new season.

Chris Evans explains why The Avengers has it all. Plus tons of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones hints!

Here's a promo photo from the season premiere, "Chuck vs. the Zoom." [SpoilerTV]


Supernatural

Road Trip's DJ Qualls will reportedly appear in the eighth episode, "Time for a Wedding" as Garth, "a quirky, laid-back hunter who Dean (Jensen Ackles) clashes with right off the bat." Dean reportedly only teams up with Garth because this is the direst of emergencies. [Zap2It]

Chris Evans explains why The Avengers has it all. Plus tons of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones hints!

Here's a promo poster for season seven. [SpoilerTV]


Lost Girl

Here's a synopsis for episode four, "Mirror, Mirror":

In a move of sisterly solidarity, Kenzi drunkenly invokes the Russian hag Baba Yaga to curse Dyson for his behaviour towards Bo. In the sober light of day, however, Kenzi and Bo seek to remove the curse.

[SpoilerTV]


The Secret Circle

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Here are some cast photos. [EW]


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.