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Joss Whedon explains why The Avengers is finally going to get the Hulk right!

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Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard gives a sequel update. The costume designer for The Dark Knight Rises talks about the looks of Bane and Batman. Prepare yourself for another Journey movie. Plus Doctor Who is definitely headed abroad again!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.

The Avengers

Director Joss Whedon explains what makes Mark Ruffalo's version of the Hulk different, starting with what he and Ruffalo tried to get right about the character in this movie:

So much. A Bruce Banner who's not obsessed with his own problems. A Hulk who not only feels flesh and blood, but is clearly an extension of Banner himself and not just a CGI thing that roars. A Hulk who feels dangerous, who might actually hurt someone we care about, who belongs in a classic horror film. And much more. He's the hardest character by far, and ended up being the most fun."

What does Mark Ruffalo bring to the role of Bruce Banner?
Mark is such a delightful mensch it's stupid. His Banner is a bunch of contradictions: graceful and awkward, meek and confident, erudite and working class, funny and sad. And contradictions are what the Banner/Hulk dynamic are all about. Also, Mark kinda looks like the Hulk. So we got to build our Hulk from him."



Here are some trading cards listing the various characters' strengths and weaknesses. If I understand the premise of these cards correctly, it would seem that highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Coulson and Maria Hill are roughly on par in a fight with an aging physicist. No matter how smart Dr. Selvig is, and nothing against Stellan Skarsgård, but that seems like just a bit of a stretch. [Comic Book Movie]


The Dark Knight Rises

Costume designer Lindy Hemming discussed the look of Bane:

"Bane was meant to look like a cross between a dictator and a revolutionary. I designed the coat myself - it took a year. We took inspiration from a Swedish army jacket and a French Revolution frock coat and amalgamated the two. It was a pain to have made, because in LA shearling is not their sort of thing: there weren't the tailors who could work with the fabric."

She also discussed Bruce Wayne's suits — both of them:

"Christian Bale was in Armani in the last film and I used Armani again for character reasons. Bruce Wayne is himself playing a part: that of a wealthy man who owns an enormous company and so a luxury brand like Armani seemed the right choice. There's very few changes [to the Batsuit]. The only modifications are to do with the story. But I can't tell you what they are..."




Sony Pictures has reportedly signed on to help MGM distribute Jose Padilha's remake, which recently cast Joel Kinnaman in the starring role. [Deadline]


John Carter

Lynn Collins discusses the particular challenges of playing Martian princess Dejah Thoris:

"Honestly, I'll tell you, just before the take - it was the first take and my first scene - I was like, ‘Holy shit, I don't know what I'm going to do!' I just had this moment where I said, ‘Universe, higher self, whatever you are, channel through me this archetypal woman.' That's what I drew on. I wouldn't dare to say I know enough to know exactly what the movie needed from her, nor what the world needs from a character like this, so I was like, ‘Do it for me!'

"It was [director] Andrew [Stanton] who was like, make her a stronger woman, and then we made her too strong and we had to go back and open up some of the vulnerabilities and accessibility. It's tricky! Being a strong, intelligent woman, it's tricky because sometimes people don't like that and you have to temper it to different ways. Hopefully there's so many of these role models coming in of women of strength that we don't have to deal with this crap forever."


There's more at the link. [Spinoff Online]

Transformers 4

We probably won't know for a little while yet who the stars of Michael Bay's next Transformers movie will be, but we do know the identity at least one cast member, if only vaguely. A walk-on part in the next film was recently auctioned off for charity, and winning bidders Sandy and Fred Studley say they will likely be giving the part to their teenage granddaughter. [TFLAMB]


Journey 3

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton and writers Brian and Mark Gunn have signed on to make their next family friendly homage — and believe me, I have never used a term more loosely than I did right there — to the works of Jules Verne. Peyton had this to say on the matter:

"I grew up a fan of Verne, so I know a lot about the mythologies. Mysterious Island was one of eight or nine really seminal works. I know we've just scratched the surface of what we can do. This one's going to be a lot bigger. We're going to go to a completely different world. It's just going to be a bigger experience, and we're going to grow the mythology. Journey 2 was about rebooting a franchise; now it's about making the seminal work in the franchise."


I'm going to go ahead and hope the next movie will involve shooting The Rock out of a giant cannon all the way to the Moon. Just because, you know, that would be amazing. [Heat Vision]

Cloverfield 2

Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard discusses where plans for the sequel stand with director Matt Reeves and producer J.J. Abrams:

"I'm in, I'm ready to do it. Someone call J.J. and tell him to get moving, but because Matt and J.J. and I have been fortunate enough to be busy, it's hard syncing our schedules up. We're all very passionate about returning to that world. If you asked each of us what we wanted to do, you'll get three different answers, which is how the first film was. The aesthetic of Cloverfield benefits from that. Three voices pulling it. Look, nothing would make me happier than to get the three of us in the room to get started. But you've got this Star Trek thing..."



Dark Shadows


Here's a promo image of Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman. The photo was released with this accompanying photo:

"Quentin, this house is a house of lies. The only way to bring these people back to the truth is to smile and lie as much as they do."



Men in Black 3

Here's the first batch of promo photos. [SpoilerTV]


IMAX and Disney have announced that the movie will be digitally remastered for IMAX 3D. [ShockTillYouDrop]


Doctor Who

The casting directory Spotlight has revealed that Adrian Scarborough, whose previous credits include Gavin & Stacey and Upstairs Downstairs, has been cast as a character named Kahler Jex in one of the episodes directed by Saul Metzstein. The site also reveals which character will be played by Mark Williams, best known as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. The character's name is Brian Williams, which means he's most likely either playing the NBC newscaster or Rory's dad, as has been rumored. Pretty much a coin flip on that one. [Blogtor Who]


Stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill were all spotted flying out to Madrid, confirming the recent rumors of filming in Spain. There reportedly will be more information on this in the upcoming issue of Doctor Who Magazine. [Doctor Who News Page]

The Walking Dead

Here's a new promo.

Here are two promo photos from this Sunday's episode, "Better Angels." [Multiple Verses]


Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd offers some more thoughts on how Dale's death will affect Carl's development:

"The opportunity we have with Carl's character," Hurd told us, "is to see what it's like with someone growing up in which this is the new normal. You can't get too attached, but you don't want to lose your humanity at the same time. As a child you don't know the difference, but as the parents you do, and that's why I think Rick is who he is and does what he does in many instances because he is always trying to think, 'What kind of example am I setting for Carl?'"


Hurd also said the next two episodes will be way more shocking than anything before, claiming that when mixing the episodes "even my jaw dropped-and I was there when we shot it." [E! Online]

Here are some spoilers for this Sunday's episode:

- There are some gnarly kills made using a *i****o*k
- Lori has a talk with Shane that she might wish she could take back
- Someone goes missing
- Shane pulls a Tyler Barrol
- A major piece of mythology is revealed (though the eagle-eyed may have first caught wind of it two weeks ago, at the school)


[TV Line]

Here's another tidbit:

Sunday's episode features not one, but two very significant deaths - both of which may finally help explain what Dr. Jenner whispered to Rick in the Season 1 finale - and it will also ring the bell on Round 2 of the epic Rick vs. Shane fight that began a couple weeks back.


If I'm remembering my leaked synopses correctly, those two significant deaths would be Shane and, I guess, Randall, or possibly Shane twice, considering his supposed unexpected return as a zombie. [TV Guide]


Here are some promo photos for episode eleven, "Webb Porter", which is set to air March 19. [KSiteTV]


And here are some set photos from the filming of the season finale. [SpoilerTV]

Once Upon a Time

Here are some set photos. [SpoilerTV]

Costar Robert Carlyle teases what's ahead for Mr. Gold and Regina:

"Certain things happen toward the last five or six episodes that shake our relationship. You realize that maybe Rumplestiltskin [didn't create the curse] for her at all; maybe he was doing it for himself. Maybe the curse was created for him."


[TV Line]

The eighteenth episode, "The Stable Boy", which is due to air April 1, will feature some major revelations according to costar Lana Parilla:

"You'll meet young Regina. I look totally different — fresh-faced, doe-eyed, young, fun, excited about life, in love, and then it just gets really dark. It's way before she becomes the Evil Queen."


[TV Guide]


An upcoming episode will introduce the show's version on Cinderella, described as having "a half-tragic, half-magical life with her mean stepmother and stepsisters, and a 'Prince Charming' whose company has just sunk the family fortune." In case it seems like Cinderella isn't really the right kind of fairy tale character for this show, it's worth pointing out that apparently she's nocturnal and has giant wings. So yeah, that ought to do just fine. [TV Guide]



Episode twenty-one has reportedly changed its title from "In Case of Emergency" to "Reading Is Fundamental." That episode will also reportedly introduce a character called K. Tran who will recur through episode twenty-three, the season finale. [SpoilerTV]


That K. Tran character most likely ties into a part currently being cast, which is described as a male or female - which might explain the use of the initial - Asian teenager who is "a brilliant overachiever" who is revealed as some sort of unwitting prophet. [TV Line]

Falling Skies

Here are some promo photos for the second season's first two episodes - the first of which is reportedly titled "Worlds Apart" - which are set to air this June. [Multiple Verses]



Here are the casting calls for three new main characters to be introduced in the next season:

Jess (Female)
Jess is a kind of female version of Larry David – smart and articulate, She's the person who will say the un-sayable, the person who'll question social norms and etiquette. Jess hates people who bullshit and lie to her.

Finn (Male)
Finn has a childlike naively optimistic view of life, he's always eager to please and enthusiastic about life.
Finn talks a lot and often uses this to try and talk himself out of difficult or awkward situations. He is very funny.

Alex (Male)
Alex is the sexiest guy on the estate. He is super good looking, all the girls fancy him but for some reason he is very standoffish, he doesn't seem interested in girls. Everyone reads this as being extremely suspicious and suspect it's power related.


[Bleeding Cool]

Being Human (US)

Here are the promo photos for next Monday's episode nine, "When I Think About You I Shred Myself." [Multiple Verses]


The Vampire Diaries

Here's a new photo of star Nina Dobrev. [SpoilerTV]

Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.