The Avengers will kick off with an epic pre-credits sequence. Plus what to expect in the next X-Men movie!

Illustration for article titled The Avengers will kick off with an epic pre-credits sequence. Plus what to expect in the next X-Men movie!

Andrew Lincoln promises The Walking Dead will reveal its big secret soon. The Rock previews the epic fights in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Hugh Grant talks playing multiple roles in Cloud Atlas, while Wes Bentley pays homage to the awesome power of his Hunger Games beard!


It's spoilers all the way down!

Top image from The Avengers.

The Avengers

Although he wouldn't give away too many details, Hydraulx special effects supervisor Chris Wells hinted at a big pre-credits sequence that kicks off the movie:

We're doing what essentially boils down to the prelude of the movie,' he said. 'There's a whole intro that happens before you start even getting the titles and it's pretty big. There's nothing small in this movie. I went to a screening with all the temporary visual effects and it was pretty fleshed out. It's a long movie but it doesn't feel like it. Out of all the comic book movies and franchises I've worked on, this is the best one I've seen so far.

He also suggested that this film fixes some of the characterization problems of the previous movies, pointing to one particularly obvious - one might even say hulking - example of this:

For people who enjoy the comics and haven't really liked the way some of the characters were treated in other movies, I think they're going to be a little more appeased by this one. Especially the Hulk. They let the Hulk be [the] Hulk, and that's great. He acts more like the comic book Hulk. It's fun. My biggest problem with every single superhero movie is I don't think the payoff ever matches the build up. This one definitely does.

There's still a bit more at the link. [Starburst Magazine]

X-Men: First Class

Sequel screenwriter Simon Kinberg says that the next movie will further explore the characters of Professor Xavier and Magneto, and that he plans to do "some things unexpected" with the characters. He further explained that this movie will focus on Magneto in particular:

"That's what was so cool about the first one and what we want to continue. Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise, but he's a much more complicated character as a young man. He's someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy."


He also said that they still have not decided how much of a villain Magneto will be in this movie:

"We're still figuring that out. I think the truth is ultimately that because Michael is such an interesting actor, he'll never be full-on anything. He'll have a villainous side and he'll have a sympathetic human side — you'll be able to relate, but you'll also be afraid of him. He becomes Magneto, he says 'Call me Magneto' at the end of the first movie."


[MTV Splash Page]

The Hunger Games

Illustration for article titled The Avengers will kick off with an epic pre-credits sequence. Plus what to expect in the next X-Men movie!

American Beauty actor Wes Bentley discusses just how crucial his gloriously insane beard (it's on the left, just in case you need a reminder) was to his performance as Seneca Crane:

"It's such a cool look, and Ve Neill, the makeup designer, did such an amazing job. It's exciting that it's getting that kind of attention. I usually come to set with a beard, and my hair as long as I can get it — so there are options. I saw Ve before we started shooting, and she was excited to see that I had a beard because she had something special in mind. She worked at it for three hours trying to find the right shape, and she got it. I didn't have to do half the work. See? Collaboration! The beard did half the work."


[MTV Hollywood Crush]

Cloud Atlas

Hugh Grant discusses his multiple roles in Tom Twyker and the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's sprawling novel, and it sounds as though he will be playing (in sextuplicate!) the best kind of Hugh Grant character - a complete and utter bastard:

"I have six cameo parts in this strange, ambitious film. I do a lot of killing and raping. I wear an awful lot of prosthetic make up, too. You probably won't know that I am in the film! But it was a laugh. In one of the parts I am a cannibal, about 2000 years in the future, and I thought, 'I can do that. It's easy.' And then I am suddenly standing in a cannibal skirt on a mountaintop in Germany and they are saying, 'You know, hungry! We must have that flesh-eating, like a leopard who is so hungry...' and I am thinking, 'I can't do that! Just give me a witty line!'"


[Empire Online]

Transformers 4

I know it's tough, but I think we'd all pretty much come to terms with the fact that Shia LeBeouf wouldn't be back for Michael Bay's new semi-rebooted Transformers movie. But that still left us to wail out the plaintive cry, "But what about Josh Duhamel?" Well, it seems everyone's favorite lieutenant colonel won't be back — nor will anyone else. Says Duhamel:

"I don't think anybody's doing it. I know Shia [LaBoeuf]'s not doing it. I don't think Tyrese or Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] or anybody else is doing it. Whenever these movies make that much money they're going to make as many as they can. [But] I haven't heard anything about it. They haven't called me."


[E! Online]


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Here's a new poster for the upcoming sci-fi movie starring Memento's Guy Pearce and Lost's Maggie Grace, in which Pearce plays a falsely convicted agent sent to save the President's daughter from rioters at an outer space prison. Honestly, I have no idea if this thing will be any good, but that's one of the all-time great plot synopses right there. [MTV Movies Blog]

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who plays Roadblock in Jon Chu's new G.I. Joe film, explains which specific enemies he will be beating the crap out of this time around:

"There are a couple [physical adversaries]. There is Firefly, who's played by Ray Stevenson. Of course, there's Cobra. [Cobra Commander] is a physical adversary, as well as Firefly. That was one of the cool things about the script and about this character; it's finding the right adversary and building to that. So we have Firefly and then ultimately Cobra."


[MTV Movies Blog]


Here are some promo photos for tonight's episode, "A Better Human Being." [SpoilerTV]


Game of Thrones

Here's a new behind-the-scenes video looking at the production of season two. This particular video goes for something a bit different and focuses on the show's extras.

The Walking Dead

Star Andrew Lincoln says the secret message Dr. Jenner whispered to Rick will be revealed by the end of the season. He doesn't reveal much else about it, but he does hint that Dr. Jenner's actions reveal just how bad it must have been:

"This is a scientist who seemingly held all the cards to what this epidemic is about and I do think, you know, you would imagine he would have something of value to say on that matter. Well, he chose to kill himself."


Lincoln also says the characters will soon leave the farm because "something happens and they realize very quickly that the farm is not as secure as they may think." [The Washington Post]

It would seem that either The Walking Dead production team leaks like a sieve — and given some of the past behind-the-scenes craziness on that show, I guess that can't be ruled out — or some enterprising fans are really enjoying writing fake episode descriptions based on all known spoilers. Either way, there's an insanely detailed description circulating of this Sunday's episode, "Triggerfinger." Here's the beginning, and you can check the rest out at the link:

Episode starts as a walker is trying to reach an unconscious Lori in the crashed car. Lori regains consciousness, screams, cue theme music. Back at the bar, a car suddenly appears as Rick and the others prepare to leave. Three guys arrive looking for their two lost friends who Rick gunned down in the previous episode. Rick, Glenn and Hershel are pinned down at the bar, so they try to shout to the newcomers that the two assholes shot first. They don't believe that shit and a shootout ensues. Meanwhile, Lori, who is completely uninjured, manages to kill a pair of walkers who attempt to break into the wrecked car. In the farm, everybody just now realizes that Lori is missing and Shane goes out looking for her. He finds her wandering on the road and tells her that Rick & Co. are already back in order to get her to return to the farm.



The River

Here's a casting call for what sounds like the main guest star in episode seven, which has variously been called "The Good Doctor" and "The Experiment." The character's name is Mina and is reportedly being played by Lili Bordán in the episode:

Female, MUST SPEAK AND BE ABLE TO AUDITION IN GERMAN. Mid 30s, sexy, beautiful, has a great, natural body, lovely, adventurous, smart, tough, and heart-breaking. Mina is Kurt's (Thomas Kretschmann) secret fiancee. She is the security chief for a group of doctors who ventured into the Boiuna (prior to our group) never to return. She and the researchers were in the jungle searching for a cure to disease and performing experiments on animals...and each other. The human reaction to said experiments is like nothing they could have expected, leaving them suffering from psychosis, blisters on the skin, recessed gums, sensitivity to light and a tendency towards cannibalism. Mina is seen both before her trip in a romantic bedroom scene where Kurt proposes and after she turns into something terrifying. GUEST STAR. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES. MUST SPEAK AND TRANSLATE AUDITION IN GERMAN.


It would appear that the German language is going to be involved in some way with her character. Call it a hunch. Anyway, here are three more characters that will appear in the episode - the first is being played by Paul Edney:

[CHIEF SURGEON] Male, Late 30s to Late 40s. He is part of the team that has come to South America in search of a cure for all diseases. He is seen dissecting a dead tribesman and later working in a lab until he is exposed to a mysterious virus that turns him into a monster along with the rest of his party. POSSIBLE GUEST STAR. MIGHT BE ONE DAY. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES.

[MALE CUSTOMER] Mid to late 30s. An outdoorsy type who is seen in a flashback buying snowboarding equipment from Lena (Eloise Mumford) in Boulder, CO. He is shocked to find her working at an R.E.I. type store and tells her that he is a huge fan of the show, and how sad he is about Dr. Cole. CO-STAR. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES.

[STORE CLERK] 20s, Female, Athletic and outdoorsy, she works at an R.E.I. type sport supply store in Boulder, CO. Seen in flashback, Lena (Eloise Mumford)'s co-worker calls for help when Lena collapses in some sort of mysterious seizure. CO-STAR. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES.




Here's a sneak peek at next week's episode seven, "Johnny McKee."

And here are some promo photos for the eighth episode, "Clarence Montgomery." [SpoilerTV]


Once Upon a Time

Here are five sneak peeks for this Sunday's episode, "What Happened to Frederick."


Here are some new cast photos for NBC's upcoming reality-hopping drama. [SpoilerTV]


Being Human (UK)

Here's the BBC's official description of episode five, "Hold the Front Page", which airs March 4:

Episode Five sees the return of Series Three's and Becoming Human's teenage vampire Adam. Adam is madly in love with no-nonsense head teacher Yvonne, much to the dismay of our heroes. They're on the run from the press, who see the relationship as a scandal. Since vampires can't be pictured on camera, the housemates are concerned about Adam getting photographed. They force him to confess his – and their – true nature to Yvonne. It's a lot to take in, but there are bigger surprises in store when Yvonne discovers the reason that she's able to see Annie, as well as what this means for her love affair with Adam.




Showrunner Jaime Paglia tweeted that the show returns for its fifth and final season on Monday, April 16 at 9:00 PM. [@jaimepaglia]



Willa Holland, who is probably best known for playing Kaitlin Cooper on The O.C., has reportedly been cast as Thea Queen, described as "Oliver's celebutante younger sister who's testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior." [SpoilerTV]


The Vampire Diaries

Here's a promo for the next episode, "1912."

Here's an interview with Daniel Gillies, who plays the vampire Elijah on the show. You can also check out another interview with him here.

Executive producer Kevin Williamson says the producers have a long-term plan, and they may wrap up the show in six seasons, though he says they could also accelerate the endgame or extend the show, depending on what the CW wants. [Assignment X]


The Secret Circle

Here's a promo for next week's episode.

Beauty and the Beast

Smallville star Kristin Kreuk is reportedly making her return to the CW as Catherine, a New York City homicide detective who teams up with Vincent, a veteran who has been transformed into a beast by some freak experiment. [EW]


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




"Especially the Hulk. They let the Hulk be [the] Hulk, and that's great. He acts more like the comic book Hulk. It's fun. My biggest problem with every single superhero movie is I don't think the payoff ever matches the build up. This one definitely does."

This is all the positive review I'd ever need for a film like this, and one you rarely hear. They're always trying to "reinterpret" the comic characters. Can it be that after the success of Captain America's more-straightforward-than-ever adaptation of the source material, they've comic book film directors have finally learned their lesson?

(Well obviously it's probably just Whedon's background, in this case. But maybe this will lead to more of the same from other films. Good.)