Filming for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary is in full swing, and we've got the videos to prove it. Director Neil Blomkamp and his District 9 star Sharlto Copley reveal more details about their new movie Elysium. Max Landis reveals what's really going on with Chronicle 2, and he promises this will be one seriously dark sequel. Plus new videos for Iron Man 3, World War Z, and Kick-Ass 2! Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Elysium.
Here's a TV spot.
UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre discusses his role as Batroc the Leaper, which from his description appears to be a relatively small part:
“They asked me to let my hair grow to play a villain. I also let my [facial] hair grow; it took me a month to grow this. I don't know [how long the movie is filming], but I'll be in LA for a week. It's my first experience, so it'll be fun and I'm excited. For this kind of thing, I'm not nervous.”
You can check out the complete interview below; the relevant portion beings around the 1:15 mark. [Comic Book Movie]
Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull says he's seen a rough cut of Zack Snyder's Superman movie, and he has some high — if not exactly unbiased — praise:
It’s the Superman movie I’ve always wanted to see. I think the job that Zack Snyder did along with Chris Nolan- I think that people are going to be very, very excited about the results. The acting, on top of all the incredible action- Kevin Costner playing Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, just the cast, and I think the job Henry Cavill did, people are going to really be excited about it. It was a privilege to be a part of and Warner Brothers does a phenomenal job of bringing these things to life, Batman and Superman, and it really is a privilege for us to be a part of.
Director Neil Blomkamp, his District 9 star Sharlto Copley, and screenwriter Simon Kinberg discuss their new film's two main villains, Jodie Foster's and Copley's Kruger:
Blomkamp: Sharlto can talk about Kruger, but I think that, in terms of Jodie, the idea on Elysium is that it's a slight — commentary is the wrong word — It's a mirror of how the West is now, with immigration. A lot of people want to help out the rest of the world. They want to take that wealth and pour the glass half out to balance it in the rest of the planet. Other people want to close the borders. The people fit into those two camps. Sharl is just completely indifferent. He's like a soldier on the ground that just executes commands.
Copley: It's more about professional soldier elements. With Kruger, it's an issue for politicians and he's a soldier, and he moves amongst what is squalor, from his point of view. He would be on Elysium, but he has to live here. That's not the politics or about if what happens is fair or whatever. It's just soldiering, like its always been. That's a certain type of that being his thing. He's got the camo on because it's cool and that's our colors. What are you going to do? It's that kind of more gung-ho soldiering attitude for my guy, certainly.
Kinberg: They're also not black and white villains. You could say that Wikus, in many ways, is the villain in "District 9" because he's destroying alien fetuses. Then, obviously, he becomes a hero. Jodie is introduced at home. She's got grandkids and kids around. She wants them to live their life in a very nice suburb and genuinely believes she needs to protect them.
Blomkamp explains the thinking behind Matt Damon's cybernetic suit:
In terms of the story, it’s meant to be — It’s funny, with product placement this film. I personally wrote emails to companies that I wanted to try and get into the film to try and add realism to it. One of my favorite ones is Kawasaki, which is on his suit. The idea was that it was some kind of very low-end, almost dirt bike, like a motocross version of a strength suit that was born out of research that the military is doing now. Like Lockheed and a bunch of companies have HULC suits that are used for enhanced strength. I just wanted it to look really grungy and extremely sort of low-end and kind of real. That was the thinking, and he’s sick in the film, so it makes him stronger, but it doesn’t make him Iron Man strong. It’s trying to do it semi-realistically. And then in the practical application, it’s actually a surprising amount of engineering that Weta has to do. For the range of motions, to actually work correctly, it’s a surprising amount of engineering. Sharl has one in the film later on that’s a bit more advanced than the one Matt has in the film. It's a little bit more complex, a little bit newer. But they’re born out of the same idea.
There's more at the link. [Coming Soon]
Christopher Nolan's latest top-secret epic will reportedly feature a reunion between the director and his Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway, who would appear alongside confirmed leading man Matthew McConaughey. Hathaway will likely be only the first of many Nolan regulars to sign on to the film, which "will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding" — I'm going to go ahead and guess that Michael Caine will play scientific understanding. He'll just portray the entire abstract concept. [Deadline]
Here's an interview with director Joseph Kosinski.
Screenwriter Max Landis gives a lengthy, reasonably optimistic update on the status of the Chronicle sequel:
Chronicle 2 is in an interesting place right now. It's moving along. There was this whole announcement that they wanted to just do the same thing again because my father said that. My father is not involved in Chronicle 2. He doesn't know the process, it was not his place to say that. The truth is when you have a movie that was as successful as Chronicle was, it's not as quick of a process. There are a lot more voices coming in and saying 'This is what the sequel should be' because there's a bigger expectation and a bigger fear of failure. And that's really what's going on with Chronicle 2. Josh (Trank) is directing Fantastic Four. I'm doing a hundred other movies. Chronicle 2 has become this question of 'How do we all make a movie that we all respect?'. And that's true to what Chronicle is. There's no one at the studio who wants to make a bad movie. They all want to make a good movie just as much as I do. We're not fighting... The report came out that they didn't like my script. They liked my script. It's just a really dark script. The question is more of 'How do we all compromise to get something we want?'. And that's an incredibly slow process... Chronicle 2 will happen eventually. And I'm 60-75% percent sure that it will be a pretty damn good movie.
Check out the full interview at the link. [IGN]
Here's a family-friendly — well, relatively speaking, at least — version of the trailer.
Here's a TV spot.
Aaron Eckhart's post-apocalyptic, demon-fighting take on the Frankenstein story — which I think we can all agree is the version Mary Shelley would have written if she were really all that — has had its release date moved from September 13, 2013 to January 24, 2014, reportedly to allow for a 3D conversion. (By the way, I realize it's kind of unfair to call this Aaron Eckhart's take just because he stars in it, but I left it in because
journalistic integrity demands it it amuses me.) [Comic Book Movie]
The BBC has released this official set video from the filming of the 50th anniversary special at the Tower of London. The video features Clara actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, Kate Stewart actress Jemma Redgrave, and newly revealed cast member Ingrid Oliver, who sports an extremely familiar scarf for reasons as yet unexplained.
And here's another video, in which everyone's favorite Sontaran butler Strax provides both a set report and a lengthy rant about Admiral Nelson, because why the hell not? Matt Smith also shows up toward the end.
And here are some non-official set videos from the recent filming.
Exeuctive producer Greg Plageman hints at some key unanswered questions, which might be answered sooner or later:
"What's really interesting about the Machine is whether or not you believe it is an evolving organism. What happens when an organism like that comes under attack? The question to ask is: Have we seen all the facets of the Machine and its true power?"
Costar David Lyons hints at what's ahead for Nora now that she has been captured by General Monroe:
"Like any person that is so inextricably intertwined in the rebels, she has information and information is power to Monroe, so the concept of having her in his grasp means that he's going to squeeze her until he gets what he needs."
Executive producer David Greenwalt says the show won't go overboard with Nick's newly acquired abilities:
“You’ll see some cool fighting for sure, but he won’t be able to leap off tall buildings in a single bound or anything like that.”
Creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis say they would like to feature Tamara more often on the show, but actress Sonequa Martin Green is just too busy, especially now that she's been promoted to series regular status for the next season of The Walking Dead:
Horowitz: The challenge that we’ve faced, both seasons so far, is scheduling. We don’t want to give away what our plans are for any character, but we’ve been able to work out scheduling in the past.
Kitsis: Hopefully, things will work out [when it comes to Season 3]. We think she’s done a great job.
Showrunner Julie Plec reveals that graduation will become a crucial topic as season four draws to a close:
“There’s going to be a lot of questions about, ‘Who am I? What am I going to do with my life? What am I meant to be? Where am I meant to go?’ All of our characters will be faced with that question as they make decisions about whether to stay or go, go to college, travel the world, break up, stay together. A lot of big, important life decisions as we say goodbye to the high school chapter of the show.”
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.