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Who's Appearing In The Avengers, Mad Max, Avatar 2 And Captain America? Also, More Dune Hints

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Maximum Lost spoilage! Plus Patrick Stewart could be in Mad Max: Fury Road. Directors and stars talk Avengers, Avatar 2, Captain America and Dune. New Supernatural, Smallville, Chuck and Survivors clips! Plus Caprica, Transformers 3 and Hot Tub Time Machine.

The Avengers:

So the Hulk will definitely be in this film according to Kevin Feige, but will Ed Norton? Louis Leterrier, who directed Norton's Hulk film, doesn't think so, unless there's a dramatically new spin on the character.

It depends... It's not a Marvel/Edward thing, it would be really be about, well... We told the story of the fugitive, what's the next step in the story? It can't just be 'Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry.' That would be a problem if you do the same thing over and over again. Edward's never done the same movie twice, so I don't think he would do that... If you find something interesting - yeah, I'm sure he would [be back].



Avatar 2:

Joel David Moore, who plays Norm Spellman, says he'll definitely be back among the Na'Vi in the second film. Unfortunately, his Avatar dies late in the first movie. So how are they going to deal with that? Moore hints that the tons of equipment in the RDA laboratory at Hell's Gate could be used to cook up another blue version of Norm. [MTV]


Mad Max: Fury Road:

A fan claims to have spoken with Patrick Stewart, who says he's going to be in Australia filming a movie with George Miller — and it's not Happy Feet 2. So assuming Stewart actually said this and the fan didn't mishear, then it sounds like he'll have some kind of role in the new Mad Max. [AICN]


Director Pierre Morel is once again talking about the approach he wants to take with his movie version:

I want to stay true to the book. Saying that, I also think that there's a lot of scenes that are not described in the books — it's just mentioned, like the bad guys attacking something — and it might make sense to include those in the movie, not just by mentioning it but showing them, and that would maybe [call for] some action scenes, yes. It's not about action. It's not the point. It's not about [making] an action movie. It's just doing Dune. It's like a huge universe thing, and there's such a fanbase, like guys who have been reading that forever-you can't mess with that.


[Tribeca Film Blog]

Also, Morel would love for this film to be in 3-D, and he's definitely not using the screenplay that formerly attached director Peter Berg was going to use. He adds that he's got to put his own stamp on it:

It's tricky. Everybody refers to both the book and to David Lynch's film, which was in a way a monument to the '80s. It became a huge event. It didn't do well theatrically, I think, but in a way it kind of marked and printed an image on Dune. Everybody now who reads Dune reads it with David Lynch's images in mind. So we have to get away from that. It's not a remake of David Lynch's movie. We're doing a re-reading, a brand new approach on the book, a very true approach to the book, the original material. So we will have to deal with trying to erase the image that David Lynch did so we can propose our image.



Transformers 3:

Michael Bay already blogged that Chicago is one of a few cities where he was considering filming this sequel, and now there are reports he's set up a filming office in the Windy City. So it's the Transforming World: Chicago, then. (At least, if this rumor is true.) [Seibertron]


Captain America:

This film will take place in 1942 or 1943, and then jump to the present day, says director Joe Johnston. Not surprisingly, they'll skip over all of Cap's comic-book adventures from the 1960s and 1970s, so don't expect to see the "Nomad" identity in there. [Film Journal]


Hot Tub Time Machine:

A new poster goes some way towards explaining the concept of this film. [Cinemablend]



The first hour of tomorrow night's two-hour premiere has already shown in a special preview event on the beach, and summaries are already popping up online. I'll try and keep this brief. So we're back on Flight 815 and the plane doesn't crash. After Bernard gets back from the bathroom, Jack goes to the toilet and notices a weird blotch or hematoma on his neck. When he returns to his seat, Desmond sits nearby. Jack struggles with deja vu, and the camera swoops down into the water and we see a statue foot deep underwater — the island was sunk in this alternate reality!


Meanwhile, in the "original" reality, the bomb's gone off, and Kate wakes up in a tree at night. She finds Miles and together they find Jack and Sawyer. Sawyer pushes Jack into the crater, and Jack admits Juliet's death is his fault. They find Jin, Hurley and Sayid — who's in bad shape. Kate hears Juliet, still alive, crying out in pain. Hurley goes out into the jungle and meets the ghost of Jacob, who advises him on how to heal Sayid.

On Flight 815, Kate's with the marshall, and Sawyer says one word to her. Doc Arzt talks to Hurley. Jack gets called to help a medical emergency, which turns out to be Charlie with a bag of drugs down his throat. Jack saves Charlie's life.


Back in alt-reality, there's chaos at the statue as Ben leaves the temple and discovers the corpse of the real Locke. Bram drags Ben back inside the statue, and Flocke tells Bram that Jacob is dead. So Bram shoots Flocke, who falls but then gets up unharmed, and they find a bullet on the ground. The smoke monster appears and kills Bram and his men, despite Bram's efforts to protect himself by drawing an ash circle around himself. Then the smoke monster disappears and Flocke reappears. "Sorry you had to see me like that," he tells Ben.

Sawyer reaches Juliet just in time to kiss her before she dies, and Sawyer gives Jack an angry look. Flight 815 lands safely, and Charlie's arrested for drug possession. Jack gets up and smiles at Locke. (Bear in mind, this is just the first hour of the two-hour premiere.) [Lost-Spoilers and SpoilersLost]


Oh, and Evangeline Lilly says the new term for this season is "flash-sideways" instead of flashback of flash-forwards:

Kate, on the island, she's sort of the standard of normalcy. And back in these flash-sideways — it's very exciting that I can talk about it finally! — she's a fugitive again. She's on the run again. Only this time, instead of being tormented by it, she's digging it. She sort of gets her kicks from it.


I think the idea that Kate could be "the standard of normalcy" is the most disturbing thing I've read lately. Oh, and "our" Desmond is definitely coming back to the island at some point. [IGN]

Here's another promo with a bit of new footage, which seems to be showing via some sort of portal thingy:

And here's a screenshot from that new promo, showing what's in the guitar case that Jacob gave Hurley: A giant wooden ankh. (Which is associated with healing, so maybe it heals Sayid.) [TV Overmind]


People always ask about the final image of the show, as if that's what's really revelatory, but really what's revealing is everything that happens during the show's final hour, say Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. And there's going to be a huge cascading series of events between episodes 12 and 14 that will shock and amaze fans. Also, click the link for their complicated feelings about Ewoks. [Chicago Tribune]


Also, in the first four minutes of the episode, already leaked, it's significant that Cindy gives Jack one bottle instead of two, as in the original pilot. [IGN]

J.J. Abrams says you'll know by the end of the first episode if the invisible monster is a dinosaur, and if you don't see a dinosaur on Tuesday, you'll know there was definitely no dinosaur. And he explains about the season's pacing and whether there will be "fireworks" in every episode:

We only have so much room left in our stomachs for the big bang so we'll be trying to modulate the show. Viewers will be getting little meals all the way along and then, finally, there will be one big meal. You will probably be getting a little more than you were expecting a little sooner then you were expecting.


And he says you'll still be arguing about the show after it ends: "We don't want to keep explaining what our intention was. After a certain point it really doesn't matter anymore. The work has spoken for itself but we do want the fans to continue to vigorously debate it. It wouldn't be Lost if five years from now people were not still arguing about what they wanted it to be." [Total SciFi Online]

And Evangeline Lilly doesn't think Kate should wind up with either Jack or Sawyer. And do you think they're joking when they call Locke "Devilish"? [LylyFord]

In this season, says Josh Holloway, "You'll laugh, you'll cry, everything. Pretty much every episode this season is a stinger. They're pulling out all the stops, both emotionally and physically. There's a lot of action, a lot of stuff going on." [Lyly Ford]


Hurley and Libby were filming some scenes at a Mexican restaurant that seemed to have been re-dressed as a Denny's, and meanwhile, Locke and Desmond had some scenes on the beach together. Here's a video of the Hurley/Libby filming. [SpoilersLost]

And here are some new promo pics of Locke and Jack. [Doc Arzt]

Says Matthew Fox:

About midway through [the season], Jack will absolutely know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that his whole life has brought him to this point in time, and that he is meant to do something very, very important.


Also, Hurley's first line in the new episode was actually given to fans during Comic-Con last July. The two-hour premiere answers a mystery that's been around since the pilot. [People]

There's a new area called "Locke's camp" on the island where there a bunch of banyan trees. And it's a fairly primitive looking campsite. Also, there's a new pic of Dharma-ville. And someone witnessed the filming of a new scene involving Sayid standing over a shaft, wearing his typical on-island garb and possibly holding a gun. [SpoilersLost]



The Winchesters meet their young parents, thanks to time travel, in two clips from Thursday's new episode.


Your first glimpse of Michael Shanks as Hawkman, plus Chloe and Ollie in action, in two clips from Friday's big two-hour JSA extravaganza.

There's also an ass-ton of promo photos. [OSCK and Comics Continuum]

And here's the official synopsis for the Valentine's Day episode, "Something Blue" — I mean, "Persuasion". [SmallvillePH]

LOIS MOVES IN WITH CLARK - It is Valentine's Day and while Clark (Tom Welling) is out on a date with Lois (Erica Durance), he unknowingly becomes infected by gemstone kryptonite, which has magical wish-fulfilling properties. Clark mentions to Lois that he wishes they had a more traditional relationship,so Lois quits the Daily Planet, moves in with Clark and starts planning their wedding. Still unaware of his new power, Clark also casually tells Chloe (Allison Mack) he wishes she would spend more time watching out for him, so an infected Chloe takes his wish to heart and sets her sights on a new target – Lois.


Justin Hartley says Oliver and Chloe will definitely get together romantically, but he's not sure how long it'll last. And Tess Mercer "threw a knife at me the other day." [TV Guide ]


We'll be seeing more of the virtual world, says producer David Eick:

[B]y episode 5 there's this whole other layer about a game within the virtual world, and the whole idea is that you can create a different persona and it almost becomes a world within the world, and there's even the question of what happens if you get killed in that world, could you die then in the real world? The challenge, though, with this kind of storytelling is that the stakes because far more ambiguous and more intellectual in that context. So the stakes become more: You don't want to get shot in the video game because then you could never play the game again. You have to readjust the goals. In the pilot, yes, we were careful about things, but we found a way to set up the stakes so that it becomes a major part of the series.


I love the idea of a virtual game where the main threat isn't "if you die in the game, you die in real life," but rather, "You'll get locked out of the game." [Techland]

Oh, and it's official: the plotline from the draft scripts about Amanda Graystone having an affair with someone else in the wake of her grief over her daughter's death has been dropped. The only person she'll be making nookie with is her husband. [Sci Fi Wire]



Fred Willard and Swoozie Kurtz will guest-star as a Hart To Hart-style spy couple who are over the hill, but still in the game. [EW]


We'll be meeting the psychiatrist to the spies, judging from a casting call for episode 3x16, "Chuck Vs. The Tooth":

[DR. LEO DREYFUS] 45-60.. Caucasian, brutally deadpan, inscrutable and dour, he's a top CIA psychiatrist who provides therapy for spies and ex-spies…GUEST STAR (6)

[DR. MARTIN KOWAMBE] 40-45.. African American, Africa's most respected scientist, he accompanies President Kuti to the symphony. He's hiding a sinister secret or ten…GUEST STAR (21)

[MERLIN] 30ish.. submit all ethnicities, with a twitch, this ex-spy is a mental patient who expresses curiosity about the facility's newest patient…GUEST STAR (29)

[PRESIDENT JAKAYA KUTI] 50-60.. the President of Zamibia, this esteemed African man with an entourage is traveling to Los Angeles for diplomatic meetings and a trip to the symphony…ONE-DAY GUEST STAR (16)



Sarah wears a "Frak Off" bellyshirt in this sneak peek at tonight's episode. [ChuckTV]

The Survivors:

There's a pretty spoilery synopsis for season 2 episode 5, from the BBC:

Reunited and on the road, the Family travel south on the lookout for a new home, as the series charting the struggles of a handful of survivors in a post-virus apocalypse continues. They encounter a small but thriving community of survivors and, after some initial trepidation, decide to take up their offer of hospitality, but tragedy strikes when a member of the Family suddenly dies.

While Al and Sarah enjoy their new romance, Tom simmers as Anya makes friends with the new community's leader, Judy. But Tom's anger is short-lived when his relationship with Anya takes a dramatic twist. Greg and Abby leave together to follow up Greg's suspicions about a mysterious postcard, which lead him to an abandoned airfield. Meanwhile, a member of the Family discovers an elderly couple dying from a new, mutant strain of the virus…



And here are some new publicity photos of episode three, airing Tuesday in the UK. [Film Review Online]


And here's a clip from the episode:

Additional reporting by Josh C. Snyder and Mary Ratliff.