Are some of Star Wars's most beloved aliens returning for Episode VII?

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Tom Hiddleston explains why Loki is slightly different from King Henry V. Duncan Jones has some more intriguing names in mind for World of Warcraft. Alex Winter offers a Bill & Ted 3 update, while director Francis Lawrence talks Catching Fire. And a classic dystopian novel gets adapted. Spoilers ahoy!


Top image from Catching Fire.

Star Wars: Episode VII

While a few general casting calls for extras have surface, we now have one that actually suggests information somewhat beyond the very basic fact that people will appear in this film (although if George Lucas was still in charge, I guess we couldn’t necessarily take even that for granted). Anyway, the casting call asks for the following:

Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus.

The reaction that most everyone has had to this news is, “Well, that sounds like Wookiees.” So then, Wookiees might be set to appear in the new film… maybe. For his part, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew has responded to this news by declaring he has every intention of reprising the role in the new film. [Den of Geek]

Thor: The Dark World

Here’s a TV spot.

Tom Hiddleston contrasts Loki with Prince Hal – the future King Henry V – who is his character on the Shakespeare adaptation The Hollow Crown:

Loki? I don’t know. I think the thing is, where we find him now in the development of the character and the films, he and Hal diverged long ago. Hal decided to take responsibility, and Loki decided not to. But it’s almost like he could have become a responsible soul and a responsible prince — but he doesn’t. It’s funny, because I actually think in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor film, I think both Thor and Loki are Prince Hal at one point. They are two princes who are wrestling with an authoritarian father who is a king, who happens to be King of the Universe, not the King of England. Both characters in their own way rebel against his authority, and then they both have different responses to him. But Loki now, I feel like he’s tried to sever his connection from even caring in the end. Of course, like any psychologist will tell you, that’s just a symptom of the deepest, deepest damage and hurt.

He needs hug therapy.
He needs hug therapy! [Laughs] You know, but we actually talked about this a lot with Alan Taylor, Chris and I talked about it. Chris had seen a documentary on some of the most dangerous criminals in the world and the psychology of how you get to that. It’s just that the damage has been buried so deep, and the misanthropy and the desire to destroy has just taken over. There is no safety catch anymore. Whatever it was that was holding your brain together to keep it civilized has snapped, and he’s embraced a kind of wildness.

There’s also this exchange about some footage that may or may not have been shown at Comic Con:

I'm curious, as an actor, do you think that footage that they showed at Comic-Con of Loki (possibly) severing Thor's hand in The Dark World was too much? Do you wish that we were left wondering a little bit more about whether he’s actually going to make a change for the better in this film? Whereas now, everyone’s just assuming, well, that that’s it; Loki’s Loki, and he’s just going to be a trickster.
I couldn’t possibly tell you. But I would say be very careful with your suppositions. People are so quick to jump. That’s what I love about playing the character. People are so quick to draw conclusions about who he is. The whole thing about Loki is that he’s dancing on this liminal line between redemption and destruction. Just be very careful about drawing conclusions based on what you see.


There’s more at the link, particularly for those interested in The Hollow Crown, which apparently is pretty damn excellent. [IGN]

Catching Fire

Director Francis Lawrence explains why this sequel feels different to the original Hunger Games:

"I really loved how the world opens up in the second book. The mythology opens up, the story's much more complex, you see more of the Districts and Capitol, and you really start to get a sense of the meaning of things. This one's very, very different. The arena's much more active. And the movie's about different things, thematically: it's about the beginning of rebellion, and Kat is becoming a symbol, and there's much more love story."


[Total Film]

World of Warcraft

There’s a bunch of casting rumors floating around for Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones’s film adaptation of the popular role-playing game. Beyond the already rumored Colin Farrell and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’s Paula Patton, Jones is also reportedly considering There Will Be Blood and Looper costar Paul Dano, Vikings star Travis Fimmel, Hell On Wheels (and Crossroads!) star Anson Mount, and Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin. [Deadline]


The Giver

The Weinstein Company is reportedly going ahead with an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s beloved novel, with a release date set for August 15, 2014. Jeff Bridges is still reportedly set to play the title character, while Brenton Thwaites – who has costars in the upcoming Maleficent – will play the teenage protagonist Jonas. Meryl Streep is also reportedly set to appear, while Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Quiet American’s Phillip Noyce will direct. [Rope of Silicon]


Bill and Ted 3

Star Alex Winter offers this update on the production process:

We have a script and I believe we will get it made. But we're in that zone of putting it together, which maybe Dumb And Dumber To was in for a while. Chris (Matheson) and Ed (Solomon) are two very sought-after Hollywood screenwriters and we're waiting for them to come back with another draft. It's just the four of us: it's not like there's a big, cigar-chomping money guy interfering. There are people with money who are interested, but the ball is in our court as to how we want to organize it financially. I hate to say this because it might tick off the fans, but it doesn't really matter if the movie happens now or in a couple of years, given what it's about and how it plays with what's happened to us. There's a sweetness to that which will get only better with age. That somehow we haven't changed in 20 years - life has grown up around us and yet we're untouched.


[Empire Online]


The film has officially received an R rating, and here’s a pair of new trailers to celebrate. [Coming Soon]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Here’s a trio of official Marvel interviews with creator Joss Whedon, showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tanchareon, and costar Elizabeth Henstridge.

And here’s a piece from ABC News.


Here’s an interview with executive producer J.J. Abrams about the coming second season.

Star Tracy Spiridakos discusses what’s in store for Charlie:

"It takes place three months after. You get a little glimpse of some things at the very beginning, but we don't really discuss what happened. There's a lot of hurt feelings there. There's a lot of damage done, and it's too much at this point for Charlie. Charlie actually splits, and she goes on her own little journey. Too much has happened, and she's got to go check it out for herself. Her goal is to get rid of that guy [Monroe]. Although we love David [Lyons]. She's pretty angry right now. At the beginning, she was all about family, and all about doing the right thing, and all that, and so much has happened, that now she doesn't know where her morals lie. She doesn't know what decision's right, what decision's wrong. She's just emotionally shut down. So I don't know what will happen if she interacts with Monroe. I can't see it going very well, honestly."


There’s more at the link. [KSiteTV]

Once Upon a Time

Here’s a promo.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Here’s the official description for the series premiere, “Down the Rabbit Hole”:

In the series premiere episode, "Down the Rabbit Hole," Alice returns home to her father telling her that everyone thought she was dead. Her imaginative stories about a talking White Rabbit and a mystical place called Wonderland end up getting her admitted into an asylum where Dr. Lydgate convinces her to have a procedure that will allow her to forget her pain. Right before the operation is set to take place she is rescued by the Knave of Hearts who takes her to the rabbit who informs her that her true love Cyrus is still alive. As the trio then jumps into the portal returning to Wonderland, Alice sets out on a quest to find him but the villainous Jafar and the Red Queen have other plans for her, on "Once Upon a Time In Wonderland," THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.



Star Stephen Amell explains why neither Roy Harper nor Oliver’s sister Thea is likely to become Speedy anytime soon, plus the status of the name Green Arrow:

No. I will tell you this: Oliver had to go through five years of, as he puts it, hell to come out the other side not even a finished version of himself. The reason why we don’t call my character Green Arrow is because he’s not the Green Arrow yet – he’s The Hood. Roy and Thea have both shown that they are pretty capable people but, if one of them is going to become Speedy or Red Arrow or both or neither, they’re going to have to go through something, and I think the plan at the moment is to test them out this year in terms of – 'Okay guys, here’s your crucible. Here’s your thing that you have to go through. Now, how are you going to come out on the other side?' We’re going to test those characters this year.

You mentioned your character not being Green Arrow yet, do you foresee the show ever taking up the mantel and becoming more comic book-esque?
Well, I don’t think I’m ever going to say, 'To the Arrow Cave!' or anything like that – I don’t think we’ll ever get that campy. Though I think we did a better job as the season went along of poking fun at ourselves a little bit – you can’t take yourself too seriously. But that being said, I would love for there to be a moment somewhere down the line where I either call myself Green Arrow, or somebody else calls me Green Arrow, and I respond to it. It’d be nice to galvanize people with a name that was a little bit more inclusive than The Hood or the vigilante.


He also discusses what’s going on with the Island this season:

Going into the season we knew that he had spent five years on the island, but it wasn’t until episode five and the introduction of Edward Fyers and faux Deadshot that we really saw what the island could be. Now we have a really good idea of it, and I know that going into this season there’s a very specific plan for the island because it’s finite. We know we have five years to tell the story and it’s probably even more fleshed out than the present day story, so we get to see the continued dynamic between Slade, Shado and Oliver hopefully becoming more of a partnership. Because at the end of the day, they were the badasses and they were the fighters but she got taken captive by Fyers and Slade was hobbled – it was me who a) diverted the missile and b) shot Fyers in the neck with an arrow. Hopefully I become more of their equal, and I also think that it’d be interesting to see Oliver’s island world and his present day world clash this year.

Will we see characters from the island appear in present day?
That’d be awesome. That’d be really cool and, you know, it could happen at any point. It could happen in the first episode – you never know.


There’s plenty more at the link. [Den of Geek]

American Horror Story: Coven

The sixth episode is called “The Axemen Cometh.” [SpoilerTV]

Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.



Sveum Old Cub

I have a question and let me preface by saying this...

My girlfriend wants to watchAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with me tonight and has only seen the 3 Iron Man movies. I told her I won't watch the Avengers with her until she watches Thor and Captain America (I know, somewhat dickish).

She's not that into the movies in which Coulson's death would be playing on her emotions that much, however, it's still Coulson coming back to life (or never dying, etc etc)

Should I let her watch S.H.I.E.L.D. with me?