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Alexis Denisof explains his role in the 'Avengers' universe: 'I'm certainly on the villain team'

Being a member of the Whedon-verse certainly has its perks — just ask Angel alumnus Alexis Denisof, who stopped by EW’s Comic-Con suite to chat about his latest Joss Whedon project, upcoming (partially musical!) Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing, which also stars Amy Acker, Clark Gregg, and Nathan Fillion.

Since we had Denisof sitting on our couch, we just had to ask him about his role in another Joss Whedon-directed film: The Avengers. What, you didn’t know that Alexis Denisof was in The Avengers? Don’t feel too bad  — he was shrouded in shadows and under a  few layers of prosthetic make up.

Denisof, who is credited as “The Other,” appears in the film three separate times — he addresses Loki at the very beginning of the film, then argues with him at the halfway point. But at the very end of The Avengers, during the bonus post-credits scene, Denisof’s character speaks with a new baddie: the death-obsessed alien overlord Thanos, whom Darren Franich has already explained more effectively than I will attempt here.

Mind you, Denisof is not Thanos — he made that clear himself — instead, he’s the figure addressing Thanos. For now, we simply know him as “The Other.”

So who is this mysterious “Other?” Well, that’s tough to say, but here’s what we know: According to Denisof, he’s “certainly on the villain team” and “report[s] to Thanos.” As he explains, “Loki and The Other have a relationship. We’ve struck a deal, but the deal doesn’t deliver, so there are ramifications.” Listen to the whole conversation below: READ FULL STORY

'Hobbit' star Richard Armitage lands major role in tornado thriller -- EXCLUSIVE

The Hobbit just wrapped shooting and the Dec. 14 opening of its first installment, An Unexpected Journey, is still months away, but one of its stars, Richard Armitage, is already enjoying a major career boost. The British actor, who plays the fierce dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s two-part adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy epic, has joined the cast of New Line’s untitled tornado thriller.

Armitage, who had roles in the BBC series North and South, Robin Hood, and MI-5, plays a widowed father who, with the help of storm chasers, tries to rescue his son from the aftermath of a string of tornadoes.

Director Steve Quale, a protégé of James Cameron who helmed Final Destination 5 and served as second unit director on Avatar, is directing the movie, which also will feature Walking Dead costar Sarah Wayne Callies. The film is set to begin shooting July 23 in Detroit.

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Casting Net: Susan Sarandon lending her voice to comic scares. Plus: Andie MacDowell, Ron Perlman, more.

• Sarandon has also earned some co-stars in another upcoming project. Proving that no holiday is safe from a celeb-filled ensemble flick, casting is moving along on Mother’s Day. Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) and real-life daughter Rainey Qualley have joined the cast of the indie drama about 12 mothers and their daughters. Sarandon and her real-life daughter Eva Amurri Martino, along with Christina Ricci are also in the film. [Deadline]

• Director John Sayles (Sunshine State) shared some new information on his blog today about his upcoming film, Go For Sisters. The cast includes Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Hector Elizondo, and Isaiah Washington. The film tells the story of two women who grew up as close as sisters but lose touch and are reunited — as parole officer and parolee. [Indiewire]

Ron Perlman will star in a vignette in the anthology film Tbilisi, My City, about the capital city of Georgia, directed by natives of the country. The Hellboy actor will play an American motorcyclist opposite Sarah Dumont, who has appeared on CSI and Melrose Place. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Stephen Moyer joins ‘Devil’s Knot’. Plus new roles for Justin Long, Oscar Isaac
Casting Net: Cee Lo Green joins Adam Levine in ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’ Plus: Shailene Woodley, Tommy Lee Jones
Casting Net: Will Arnett to play Batman…in Lego form. Plus: James Woods, Catherine Keener, James Marsden

Horror legend Bill Moseley talks 'The Tortured,' 'Manson Girls,' and 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3-D'

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There are actors who are cast as the boy who gets the girl. And there are actors who are cast as the boy who gets to put the girl’s head on a spike. Bill Moseley is very much in the latter category. The actor first caught the eye of horror fans with his unforgettable turn as the berserk Chop Top in Tobe Hooper’s 1986 sequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and since then has gruesomely graced a raft of genre movies including 1990’s Night of the Living Dead remake, 1993’s Army of Darkness, and pretty much everything Rob Zombie has ever directed.

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'Prometheus' vs. 'At the Mountains of Madness': How Ridley Scott's 'Alien' prequel killed Guillermo del Toro's dream project

Guillermo del Toro spent 20 years trying to bring horror author H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness to the big screen. Why did Ridley Scott’s Prometheus finally force him to abandon the project earlier this year? And might Mountains—like the book’s ancient monsters—yet come back from the dead?

(Warning: This article contains Prometheus spoilers.)

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Guillermo del Toro talks about his 'intense' vision for 'Pinocchio'

Over the past five years, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has spent a lot of time and expended a lot of effort not making films. First, he spent a couple of years working on the The Hobbit before finally leaving the project because of its many delays. Then he lost another nine months prepping an adaptation of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness, which Universal ultimately balked at pursuing because of del Toro’s insistence that the expensive period project needed an R rating to do justice to Lovecraft’s vision. The result? Del Toro hasn’t directed a movie since 2008’s Hellboy II.

Now the auteur is making up for lost time. Del Toro is currently hard at work on his sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, but he is also prepping a 3-D stop-motion version of the Pinocchio story, which he is set to co-direct with Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson. In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly you can see exclusive Pinocchio concept art and read why del Toro is not trying to “top” the beloved Disney version. But the director had much, much more to say about his take on Carlo Collodi’s wooden-boy fable, as you’ll see below.

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Christina Applegate reporting for 'Anchorman 2'

When the Channel 4 News Team reunited in the teaser trailer for Anchorman 2, there was one crucial member missing. Ron Burgandy’s non-male co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone. Rest assured, German-speaking residents of Whale’s Vagina San Diego, Christina Applegate will be back to joust and jest with our fearless leader. The actress’ spokesperson confirms a report from E!, who asked costar David Koechner about her return on the red carpet of Piranha 3DD.

Details about the new film’s plot are still sketchy, but Koechner said, “It’s set around the advent of the 24-hour news channel.” Obviously, that’s hard news — not 24-hour sports news, because that would be ridiculous. READ FULL STORY

'Battleship' director Peter Berg: Rihanna's Chris Brown interview helped get her the role

It’s rare that Peter Berg looks nervous. The actor-turned-director has a habit of putting other people on edge, like that poor Israeli reporter who recently admitted to Berg that he hadn’t yet signed up for the country’s mandatory military service. Or the day when Berg, during what I expected to be a simple 20-minute phoner, ordered me down to his Santa Monica office to watch the first 50 minutes of his $200 million Battleship.

After the screening, though, Berg indeed looked nervous. He was most concerned about conveying two things: One, his movie isn’t a total Transformers rip-off. (It isn’t; read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s B+ review here.) And two, Rihanna can act.

“What did you think of her, what you saw of her?” he asked, fidgeting in his seat. READ FULL STORY

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright release plot details of their next movie, 'The World's End'

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Mission: Impossible actor Simon Pegg and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright will reunite and start filming The World’s End in September, according to Deadline. Wright will direct, while Pegg is set to star alongside frequent co-star Nick Frost. The World’s End team has also released a logline for the project, which you can read below.

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Robert Pattinson to star in 'Mission: Blacklist'

EW has confirmed that Robert Pattinson will star in Mission: Blacklist, a psychological thriller about the search and capture of Saddam Hussein. As first reported by Variety, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) is attached to direct and Erik Jendersen will adapt the script from Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture by Eric Maddox and Davin Seay.

Pattinson’s film with director David Cronenberg, Cosmopolisadapted from the Don DeLillo novel — will debut later this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

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