A new theory may explain the mystery brunette in Avengers: Age of Ultron. New hints about the reboots of The Crow and Hellraiser. Plus new details on the Superman characters who will join Supergirl. Spoilers now!
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Rumors are once again circulating that Sony may seek to use the Clone Saga to bring Gwen Stacy back from the dead. Emma Stone mentioned the plotline back when the last film came out, as a way that her character could come back. Given that Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy and her chemistry with Andrew Garfield have been among the most-praised parts of the films, it's possible that Sony wants to bring her back as a means of raising interest in the third film. [ Cinema Blend]
Buzzfeed has a set report that describes a chaotic battle scene being filmed between the Avengers and an army of robot "Ultrons":
Civilians flee in terror, racing through streets littered with the husks of bombed-out cars and hunks of debris and shards of glass (or, rather, painted styrofoam and crumbly clear plastic) scattered along the ground. To evade the Ultrons' attack, Cap (Chris Evans) dives under an exploding pile of rubble, skidding along the ground on top of his trademark red, white, and blue shield. He then flips up onto his feet and kicks his shield into the air — just in time for Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to thwack it with his trademark hammer, slicing it through a pack of robots nearby like the most lethal and badass Frisbee ever.
The scale of that kind of scene is vital to the tone of the Avengers films, says Kevin Feige:
"The Avengers films, ideally, in the grand plan are always big, giant linchpins," says producer and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige on the Age of Ultron set. "It's like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film."
Chris Hemsworth says that the film goes in all sorts of directions and is less focused on a certain endgame from the first:
Whereas the first [Avengers] was [about] the journey of the team, I think, this time, you have six or seven things going on, which I was really impressed by. I like where Thor has been taken in this. He sort of sees a whole other side to what's going on in the conflict, and another potential threat. And he kind of segues a bit and has his own little sort of journey.
Chris Evans gives a hint about one of those things, as it applies to his character:
"He's still looking for a home, probably a metaphorical home," says Evans. "He's always felt comfortable as a soldier. And he likes structure. He works well taking orders. But when that dynamic turned on him, he's now left to depend upon his team, the Avengers. There really is no one above them telling them what to do. They're kind of having to operate independently. So there's a lot of leaning on one another, but there really isn't a kind of clear chain of command. And I think Cap looks for that. I think he's looking to understand where he belongs, not just as a soldier, as Captain America, but as Steve Rogers, as a person."
We also have more speculation about the role being played by Claudia Kim in the film. Comic Book.com guesses that she could be the movieverse equivalent of Monica Chang, from Avengers A.I. In the comics, Chang is an American soldier who is Nick Fury's ex-wife and gets tasked with interrogating Hank Pym when he accidentally creates Dimitrios. [Comic Book.com]
Here are the first confirmed locations for the Chicago leg of filming:
230 S Dearborn St on 11/7 – 11/9
40 N Dearborn St on 11/5 -11/7
111 E Wacker Dr on 11/6 – 11/12
201 E Randolph St on on 11/5 – 11/6
600 E Grand Ave on 11/5 – 11/12
1106 W Lawrence Ave in Chicago on 11/5 – 11/8.
The not-Jack Sparrow lead of the next Pirates of the Caribbean film is going to be named "Henry." Deadline reports that that : Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), George Mackay (Pride) and Brenton Thwaites (The Giver, Maleficent), Mitchell Hope (Descendants'), Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars) and Sam Keeley (In The Heart Of The Sea) are on Disney's list of possible actors for the role. [Deadline]
Creator James O'Barr talked about why he was interested in the remake:
[Gutierrez] told me 'I don't want to remake that film, that film is perfect as it is. I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation.' That's what changed by mind, that it's not a remake of the original film, or cashing in on the cult status of Brandon Lee, it's that Guiterrez wants to go back to the source material, which if you've read the book and seen the film, while the movie has the right feel and the right flavor of the book, probably only 40% of the book made it into the movie.
That got me intrigued – the idea of adapting it from page 1 and going from there, including a lot of the darker or stranger elements of the comic dropped from the original film
.... Lastly, we're not remaking the movie, we're readapting the book. My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there's a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula, they use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one's going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there's room for both of them – part of the appeal of the Crow comics after all is that they can tell very different stories after all.
Clive Barker told Entertainment Weekly about the status of the new film, which is apparently a reboot:
I think the phrase is 'reboot,' although I've never really understood what that meant. I wanted to make sure we sounded some fresh notes. The movie actually begins on Devil's Island. I wanted to fold into the Hellraisernarrative something about the guy—the Frenchman Lemarchand—who made the mysterious box, which raises Pinhead. I figured, 'Well, what would have happened to him?' He might well have been taken to Devil's Island and I thought that would be a pretty cool place to start the movie. We're waiting for Bob to come back to us and see when we're going to actually make the movie.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel, which'll tell the tale of Leatherface as a teen, has a directing team: Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo of Inside (À l'intérieur), Livide, and Among the Living. [Bloody Disgusting]
Rob Zombie's project, which has just completed a crowd-funding campaign to partially fund it, will start production in February, 2015. The plan is for the film to start a new franchise. It follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held in "Murder World," where a game called "31" releases murderous clowns on them. [ The Hollywood Reporter]
Photos from filming of a "gladiator type scene" in Daznak's Pit in Osuna's Plaza del Toro seem to correspond to a scene in A Dance With Dragons. Earlier photos showed Daenerys in the stands with Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry.) He's in golden robes and her change from blue to white clothing may hint at a part of the novels where a celebration re-opens the fighting pits. Changes from the books include the photos showing Daenerys down in the pit, and Jorah Mormont (who's already fighting in the pit) rushes to her side to protect her. It also looks like chaos is raining down on the scene, as people are fleeing and several Unsullied lie dead. And is that Daario Naharis standing near Daenerys, Jorah and Missandei in the pit? [Winter Is Coming]
There are photos from Magheramorne Quarry which show not only the Castle Black set but what looks like a new castle/keep set being built nearby. It doesn't look like Winterfell, but it does have to be somewhere in the North for the background to match. There is some speculation that the set is the abandoned set used for the Blackwater, but the tipster told Winter Is Coming that it's a "new structure." See it below and see more shots of the quarry sets here. [Winter Is Coming]
Robert Kirkman says that season five has more direct adaptations of comic book moments than any other season. He added that having a goal — to get to Washington — completely changes the show. As for the spinoff, he says:
There's no end of huge differences that are going to set this apart from the original show. I can't get into specifics right now.
While Ryan Murphy says that Elsa's real love story is her career, he did say that we'd meet the person who made her prosthetic legs and that it would be "one of " Elsa's many love stories. We'll also be seeing Twisty and Edward Mordrake return this season. As for the big love pentagon of this season:
We're doing like a weird five-way thing. Jimmy is cleaelry [sic] in love with Maggie. Dot is in love with Jimmy. But Dandy is in love with the twins so what the f*** is going to happen? So all of that's in the water. The next two episodes we really get into the Dandy of it all.
Caroline Dries says that Damon will choose to lie about what happened to him, in order to "spare" everyone mourning for Bonnie again. But Bonnie's going to be experiencing a different kind of nightmare while that's happening:
Damon believes she was left for dead, so he's struggling with the guilt of having gotten out when she sacrificed herself for him. With Bonnie left behind with Kai we'll see basically a horror movie for her and she's desperately trying to find a way out without letting Kai back. It's this endless bad dream for her.
She added that Tripp will be a mentor to Matt and test his allegiances to his vampire friends. [ TV Guide]
In the midseason finale, Bonnie (Kat Graham), Caroline (Candice Accola) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) will appear together in a flashback set in the show's first season. The scene will have a "big holiday gathering" appropriate for the episode's airdate. [ TV Guide]
Paul Wesley will direct episode 6.11, "Woke Up With a Monster." [ The Hollywood Reporter]
Executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz answered a bunch of questions for Entertainment Weekly, including that we'll see the ramifications of Snow White and Charming sharing a heart, that we'll see more from the missing year (but maybe not this season), that they "hope" there will be more villains than just Maleficent in the second half of the season, and there might be another major character death this season. [Entertainment Weekly]
Elizabeth Mitchell added that something drove a wedge between Emma and the Snow Queen, which is why Emma doesn't remember her. But she's been looking for Emma. And we will delve more into how the Snow Queen made it to Storybrooke. [ Entertainment Weekly]
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles previewed the 200th episode thusly:
"Meta-fans are kind of saluting Sam and Dean, which allows them to kind of salute back," Jared Padalecki explains. Adds Jensen Ackles: "It's walking into a theater and seeing your life in pictures before you, but it's from the perspective of the fans of the series." Perhaps the most intriguing tease is this Ackles claim: "[Jared] and I are the only men in the whole episode, save one person."
Episode 10.10 will be called "There's No Place Like Home." [ SpoilerTV]
Eliza Taylor previewed what's next for Clarke, who wants out of her captivity:
It's all about getting the hell out of there. Clarke will do almost anything to do that. The episode is her and Anya begrudgingly having to team up to get to safety. They work together terribly. Now that she's escaping, what she's thinking about is how to get the other 47 kids out of there.
Steven DeKnight seems to be saying there's no Bullseye planned for the series, at least in the first season. [via Slashfilm]
In addition to Kara's sister being a character on the show, four other regular roles are currently being cast. Here are their descriptions:
CAT GRANT | The project is eyeing females in their 40s, open ethnicity, to play the founder of CatCo, a media conglomerate that Cat built from the ground up. Kara (Supergirl's mild-mannered alter ego) will work as a personal assistant to Cat, who is described as "J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour."
JAMES OLSEN | In his late 20s/early 30s, open ethnicity, James is a smart, worldly and (duh) attractive photographer for CatCo. Though an alpha male, his salt-of-the-earth nature elicits a huge ol' crush from Kara.
WINSLOW 'WYNN' SCHOTT | This twentysomething tech whiz/Comic-Con stalwart toils for CatCo as a programmer, unaware of his own (toying?) potential. Unware of her secret, he carries a torch for Kara, whom he lives next door to.
HANK HENSHAW | As an upstart CIA agent, Hank grew obsessed with intergalactic intel. Now in his 40s and lording over the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), he is on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind.
[ TV Line]
Episode 2.08 will see the return of Peggy Carter to the show. Here's the official synopsis:
"The Things We Bury" - Coulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Tuesday, November 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.
Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall/Werner Reinhardt, Tim Dekay as Senator Christian Ward, Kyle MacLachlan as The Doctor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Agent Hauer, Al Coronel as Agent Rivera, Dichen Lachman as young woman, Eijiro Ozaki as prisoner, Alexander Leeb as scientist and Willem Van Der Vegt as officer.
"The Things We Bury" was written by DJ Doyle and directed by Milan Cheylov.
Star Matt Ryan opened up about the show's Papa Midnite:
He comes back. He comes back a few times. What's great about that relationship is, they're uneasy allies. We see them go through working together and then hating each other and needing each other. They're both practitioners of magic, but Papa Midnite's rather specific to voodoo, while John's a street magician. He uses whatever he needs to get what he wants. He mixes and matches his magic. That's a conflict between them, as well. We see him come back a few times this season.
Other characters we'll meet will tie into the incident with Astra that was mentioned already:
We introduce a bunch of characters from the Newcastle Crew, where that incident took place. There was a whole crew of people around John at that time. In Episode 4, we see Gary Lester. And we get to see Anne-Marie. If we get the back nine [episodes], we'll definitely be visiting some other characters from the Newcastle Crew and definitely be doing an episode that takes us back to that time.
[ TV Line]
Here's a video interview with Angelica Celaya, who plays Zed:
TNT's ordered a pilot for the drama about a series of murders in the Pacific Northwest that may not have been committed by humans. [ Entertainment Weekly]
The season finale "Death in Heaven," written by Steven Moffat, will be a full 60-minute episode. Here's the BBC description:
With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.
And here's the preview for the episode. [via SpoilerTV]
Keith Allan said what he could about what's ahead for Murphy:
Well, let's see…what I can tell you without giving too much away is that Murphy is going through some changes. That is sort of very early on, like in episode one where you see he pulls his tooth out of his head. Then in episode five he loses his hair and his skin is looking worse, so he's obviously going through some big transformations physically. I think it's really interesting what they're doing with my character because it leaves the audience guessing with him. Is he going to become a zombie? Is he going to die from this vaccine?
I think the other thing, aside from physically that is happening to him, is that he is starting to feel empathy for these zombies. He is starting to sense humanity in them, which I think in this part of the game most of the other survivors have written them all off as brainless monsters and Murphy did also, but now the more that he is changing and transforming, he is seeing them in a whole new light. That brings out a whole different tone to his character and his personality.
[ TV Equals]
Below are some things to look forward to in tonight's episode:
There's a rip-roaring action set piece at the precinct (which introduces Batman baddie Victor Zsasz to the show), nice character moments (Zabryna Guevara gets a great little scene with Gordon where Essen shares her stance on Gotham), and some dark humor effectively sprinkled in (one hilarious scene has lackeys on both sides of the mob conflict bantering about proper procedure like cubemates complaining about the printer). Even the obligatory Bruce interlude has more heft to it this week. And while he's still ankle-deep in the quicksand that is Gotham at the end of the episode, Gordon takes some steps towards his destiny as a stalwart leader for the city's good guys.
Last but certainly not least, keep an eye out for the object that gives the episode its name. Its appearance sets up a scene that will shed new light on what we've seen so far and set up what's next to come. I for one can't wait as I think the show is hitting a stride.
As a taste of the aforementioned Zsasz scene, here's a preview focusing on exactly that:
Here's a featurette on Cobblepot's strolling in alive and its effect on Bullock and Gordon. [via Comic Book Resources]
Here's a first look promo. [via SpoilerTV]
Here are two clips from "Red Door."
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das