Josh Trank discusses the controversy around the casting choices for Fantastic Four. Dave Bautista explains what sets his Spectre henchman apart from Drax. Plus, what's in store when Arrow and Agents of SHIELD return, and teasers for Cinderella, 12 Monkeys and more. Spoilers Get!
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Josh Trank talks about controversies surrounding the casting of Johnny and Sue Storm as interracial siblings:
"I have a mixed family. When I go home for Christmas, you'll see white people and black people. That's normal to me. I wanted a Storm family that represented 21st century families."
As for Johnny's sister Sue (Kate Mara), she'll be more than just a pretty face. "There have always been two categories of Sue - the slutty secretary version, and this brilliant scientist version. This is a really, really smart Sue, and one that is dignified and has integrity."
Oscar Isaac, despite playing a big role in the film, says that he's just as in the dark as most people about the full thing:
No. I'm just as in the dark as everyone else as to how it will all come together. But I do know it will come together beautifully. [Director] J.J. Abrams has so much passion and love for the story. I can't wait to see more of it. That trailer was incredible. Just like the rest of the world I was floored by it.
Oh, the places the Millennium Falcon will (allegedly) go in The Force Awakens. According to Making Star Wars, the hunk of junk will travel between 7 different locations over the course of the film - the sand planet from the teaser, a giant space-freighter, the pub of an alien character named Rose, the Rebel base, an 'Evil Castle', back to the base, and then to scenes shot at Skellig Michael.
Speaking to /Film about cancelled and unannounced projects, Gary Whitta insinuated that he may have worked, or would like to work on something with video game giant Blizzard:
I've always had a great relationship with Blizzard, I absolutely love those guys, so all kinds of opportunities have come up over the years. I wish I could say more but you never know when something might come back around again and then I'd regret having given something away! I will say this – if they ever need someone to help them figure out an Overwatch movie, they know where to find me.
The queue of actors being rumored to play Spider-Man has shuffled forward, and now it's the turn of Josh Hutcherson to discuss if he's playing the webslinger:
"Yeah, of course I'd think about doing it: It's Spider-Man, that'd be really cool," he said during a phone call with Yahoo Movies last week. "There's not been any conversations about that, but who knows what would happen?"
Here's a synopsis for the movie:
As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures'Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.
[ Coming Soon]
Here's a video of behind the scenes production with Sam Mendes. [ Spoiler TV]
And here's the first picture of Mr. Hinx, as well as a short snippet from Dave Bautista about how Hinx will stand out from your average Bond henchman:
"When I came over to meet Sam [Mendes], I only asked two questions," says the erstwhile Galaxy Guardian. "I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, 'Yes, he's a badass.' I said, 'Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligent?' He said, 'Very.' That's what I like about Mr. Hinx. He's very well-dressed and very well-mannered. I'm not just here to fight people. He has a sense of humour. He definitely knows what a metaphor is."
Cinderella meets her stepmother, and the cat she drags around on a leash, for the first time in this clip. [ Coming Soon]
It's the turn of the Hulk to get a character poster. [ CBR]
Here's the second TV spot for the film, with Ultron threatening to tear the Avengers apart.[ CBR]
Here's a few Chris-Pratt-centric stills from Empire Magazine. [via Comic Book Movie]
A few bits of casting both on and off-screen for the pilot: Glen Winter, director of several Flash, Arrow and Smallville, will direct the pilot.
Chyler Leigh will play Alex, Kara's adopted sister who is 'fascinated' by Kara's powers. And David Harewood will play Hank Henshaw. Henshaw is described as 'a one-time CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats on the planet Earth' — but DC Comics fans will recognize the name as the alter ego of the comics supervillain Cyborg Superman. (In the New 52 comics, Henshaw is no longer a villain, but he's usually been one of the Man of Steel's foes.) [ Ksite TV]
Jeff Bell teases what's ahead for Skye and Raina as they come to grips with their newfound status as Inhumans:
What I will say is that we've been playing the Skye and Raina through the whole thing as parallels, as doppelgangers of one another—two sides of the same coin. Both young women without parents, without a history, both struggling with who they are, both looking to figure out who they are and what they will become. And then who they are and what they will become in both instances are surprising and complicated and so that will absolutely affect their relationship with one another.
And here's a brief video catching you up on the relationship between Bobbi and Lance before the show returns. [ CBR]
Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg talk about how Ollie will deal with Ra's Al Ghul's offer to take over the League of Shadows when the show returns:
Marc Guggenheim: It picks up literally 10 seconds before the end of this episode.
Andrew Kreisberg: You want to keep that conversation going. Obviously, Oliver's completely taken aback. He is not expecting that to be the case. It was something that Greg [Berlanti], Marc and I talked about — it was important to have a different villain this year, somebody who was going to be doing something completely different. In season one, we had the incomparable John Barrowman, who had his mission. And obviously, last year, Slade's mission was one of vengeance.
For this year, to have Ra's, who's presented as this giant, malevolent force, but then to basically offer the keys to the kingdom to our hero — it just felt like such a different way to go, and a different relationship for Oliver to have with the villain. What Oliver's reaction to Ra's offer is — the next episode is actually titled "The Offer" — what Nyssa's reaction to it is, what everyone's reaction to it is, makes up the bulk of the next run of episodes.
And here's a new synopsis for the next episode, 'The Offer':
DC COMICS' VILLAIN MURMUR SWEEPS INTO STARLING CITY — Still weighed down by his last meeting with Ra's al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable), Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns home to find a new villain and his crew have started terrorizing Starling City – Michael Amar AKA Murmur (guest star Adrian Glynn McMorran), a man whose mouth has been sewn shut. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) bond over their issues with their fathers and Nyssa make Laurel an offer. Thea (Willa Holland) is forced to come to terms with her father after Oliver brings Malcom (John Barrowman) to the loft to recover, and Lance (Paul Blackthorne) shuts out both Laurel and the Arrow.
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Here's some dialogue teasers from 'The Keys':
"Take this hand here and give me that hand and just rock back and forth."
"Doesn't reset anything. It just turns us back into animals."
"There's not a chance in Hell you're on your feet when this is over."
"I'm just worried about my tux."
"We're here. Let's just be here."
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The adaptation of James Patterson's novel will begin June 30th. [ TV Guide]
Netflix will pick up the cartoon reboots of Inspector Gadget (which has already aired in parts of Europe) and the UK cartoon series Danger Mouse for American broadcast. [TV Guide]
Here's a synopsis for 2.16, 'Save My Soul':
FLASHBACKS TO FREYA'S CHILDHOOD — Suspicious of where her true loyalties lie, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) invites Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) to the compound in order to gain more insight into her past with Dahlia. After a series of strange visions, Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) begins to realize the body she's inhabiting is attempting to regain control. With Rebekah's life on the line, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) puts his bargaining skills to the test when he turns to Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood), who may have some knowledge that could help them. Lastly, at the bayou, Jackson's (guest star Nathan Parsons) frustrations grow after Aiden (guest star Colin Woodell) questions his leadership skills.
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The Weather Wizard returns in the next episode, 'Out of Time':
LIAM MCINTYRE GUEST STARS AS THE WEATHER WIZARD; CISCO REALIZES DR. WELLS IS HIDING SOMETHING — Mark Mardon aka The Weather Wizard (guest star Liam McIntyre) appears in Central City intent on avenging his brother Clyde's death, and sets his sights on Joe (Jesse L. Martin), who shot Clyde. When Mardon attacks Joe and Barry (Grant Gustin), Barry is able to super-speed them to safety but Mardon gets away. Barry warns Joe not to go after a meta-human alone but Joe doesn't listen and ends up in grave danger. Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) looks into the night the team captured the Reverse Flash and realizes something doesn't add up and begins to wonder whether Joe was right about Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh). Barry and Linda (guest star Malese Jow) end up on an awkward double date with Eddie (Rick Cosnett) and Iris (Candice Patton).
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Here's a brief synopsis of 'The Things They Carried':
COLE PAYS A VISIT TO THE WINCHESTERS — Despite Dean's (Jensen Ackles) directive to forget about looking for a cure for the Mark of Cain, Sam (Jared Padalecki) continues to do research. Dean suspects Sam is hiding something but decides to focus on a new murder case where they run into Cole (guest star Travis Aaron Wade). The three team up and learn a Khan worm is infecting men and turning them into murderers. Unfortunately, the worm makes it's way into Cole.
[ Ksite TV]
The CW have released a synopsis of the Pilot episode:
A NEW SERIES FROM THE BRAINS BEHIND "VERONICA MARS" - Olivia "Liv" Moore (Rose McIver, "Masters of Sex," "Once Upon a Time") was a disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out... until she is turned into a zombie. Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv loses her drive and ambition. She breaks off her engagement with charming soul mate Major (Robert Buckley, "One Tree Hill"), fearful of infecting him with her condition. Liv transfers her medical residency to the city morgue in order to access the only form of sustenance left available to her - the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity - brains. There are side effects to Liv's new diet: With each brain Liv consumes, she experiences "visions" - flashes of the corpse's memories - which often provide clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, the brilliant but eccentric Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with unproven homicide detective, Clive Babineaux, (Malcolm Goodwin, "True Blood"), to help solve these murders. In doing so, Liv finds a measure of peace, and a new sense of purpose in what her "life" has now become.
[ Spoiler TV]
A behind the scenes picture featuring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman includes an actor in make up, for an alien that will appear on the show. [ Blogtor Who]
Here's a brief synopsis for 'A Bird In A Gilded Cage':
DAMON TRAVELS TO THE 1903 PRISON WORLD — With the help of Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Kai (guest star Chris Wood), Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) set forth a plan to rescue Damon's mother Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), who is trapped in the 1903 prison world. Meanwhile, when Caroline's (Candice Accola) plan for Stefan (Paul Wesley) backfires, she is left to pick up the pieces. Elsewhere, back at Whitmore College, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and Alaric's (Matt Davis) attempt to reel Caroline back in doesn't quite go as planned when they realize they're outmaneuvered. Lastly, an unexpected gift from Bonnie leaves Damon shaken to his core.
[ Ksite TV]
Matt Murdock is looking a bit roughed up in this motion poster for the series. [ CBR]
Here's a new trailer for the conspiracy thriller. [ Spoiler TV]
Emma and Regina face off with a demonic monster in this sneak peek at 'Darkness At The Edge Of Town'. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders.