Paramount has released the first official description for J.J. Abrams's mysterious project Super 8. Chris Hemsworth explains the responsibility of playing Thor, while the Robocop reboot gets a screenwriter. Plus updates on Fringe, Doctor Who, True Blood, Chuck, and more!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Conan.
Paramount has released an official synopsis for J.J. Abrams' upcoming movie:
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a Super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
Star Chris Hemsworth confirmed that he's now seen the finished (or nearly finished) movie, and he also discussed the responsibility of taking on an iconic comic book role:
"I have [seen 'Thor'], yeah. It's fantastic," Hemsworth told MTV News. "Being that close to something, it's often pretty hard to watch yourself, but the film in so many ways is so impressive that I was swept along with it like an audience member, and that's a pretty good sign. Literally, the costume weighed god-knows-how-many pounds. It was heavy. And this is a character who has a ton of history — 40 or 50 years' worth — and a built-in fanbase. He's a god and a lot of other things that become overwhelming. At the same time, it's a dream. As a kid, you run around the house pretending to be a superhero, and now to be doing it as a job, I feel very lucky."
He would not comment either way on the rumors that Loki will be the villain in The Avengers. [MTV Movies Blog]
Here's a pair of TV promos:
Josh Zetumer, who hasn't had a screenplay produced yet but did script work on the latest Dune adapation, Quantum of Solace, and the fourth Bourne film, has reportedly been hired to write the script for the reboot. He will reportedly be "closely collaborating" with director Jose Padilha, the Brazilian auteur behind the Elite Squad movies. [Deadline]
Trent Reznor has revealed that he won't be scoring or acting in the movie after all.
"Don't believe everything you read. As it turns out, I WON'T be working on (acting or scoring) ALVH after all. There's no juicy story here, it's just that when the news mysteriously leaked out about my involvement I hadn't made up my mind completely, because various aspects of the project were changing. I felt the need to say something earlier this week because my inbox was filling up with speculation, and at that moment I thought I would be doing it. Confused yet? Apparently I am. Bottom line, I wish them the best with the film and I'm sure it will still be great.
We have an update on Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's final film in the unofficial Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (popularly known as the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy) that started with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Pegg says the film, which is rumored to involve the end of the world (at least, that's what the title would suggest), might be released as soon as next year... but that's not a promise:
Edgar and I are planning to get together in the next few months to start working on the next in the 'Blood and Ice Cream' series. We're hoping - hoping, fingers crossed - maybe next year would be a good time to make it, even release it. We would like that in an ideal world, but it's not a fact, nor should it be disseminated as such. On the Internet, you have a lot to answer for!"
He also mentioned that frequent costar and collaborator Nick Frost will likely be more actively involved in the conception of this film than he was for Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. [MTV Movies Blog]
Here's a new, skull-filled poster for the new movie. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some set photos of Kate Beckinsale's return as the vampire warrior Selene. [Susan Gittins's Flickr]
Ferris Bueller costar Alan Ruck is guest-starring in this week's episode as an aeronautical engineer who runs afoul of both the law and the Fringe division. He describes his character:
"He is no dummy, he's an aeronautical engineer, and he stumbled on to something and he is trying to figure out a way to use it. Ultimately he would like to use it for good, but in so doing he causes a lot of damage. So I guess you could say, he's obsessed. And this particular point in time where the episode of Fringe starts, time is fleeting and he's just…under the gun...I don't want to give too much away," says Ruck, "But there are some people who are messing around with some chemical compounds that apparently make human beings lighter than air. I wind up doing some very bad things, sort of for the right reasons. Some things I am doing are less than legal and certainly less than ethical and maybe depending on your world view immoral."
There's more at the link. [E! Online]
Episode 22 will reportedly feature a flashback to a 14-year-old Walter. [SpoilerTV]
The show's likely airdate is April 23 in both the US and the UK, with the second episode rumored, but not confirmed, to be going out the next day on Sunday, April 24. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Alan Ball explains the dynamics between vampires and witches:
"I don't think it's a rule that vampires and witches don't get along, but there are certain witches who are really dabbling in dark, dark magic, necromancy-powers over the dead. So vampires aren't going to like that."
He also promised that Tara will be less of a victim this season. [E! Online]
Jim Parrack teases what's ahead for his character Hoyt and Deborah Ann Woll's Jessica:
"We're living together, and when I get home from work I find she's been sleeping all day because she has to, and everybody told us there would be problems, but... Deborah and I said before the season, let's make this decision: Let's say we told ourselves, 'It'll never be us. We'll never be that. Our love is bigger and stronger. And now...life is starting to say otherwise.' I like episode three this season; I get to do a great, great scene in that episode. Alan wrote that episode, and I get this wonderful Tennessee Williams-ish scene."
Here's a poster and promo for HBO's upcoming adaptation of George R.R. Martin's book series. [ComingSoon.net]
Zachary Levi explains the future for Lauren Cohan's character Vivian:
"We're going to get some super secret weapon component. Then [Vivian] shows up unexpectedly and all hell breaks loose and Bob's your uncle."
Also, the show seems to be pretty likely headed for a fifth season pickup. [E! Online]
This can't be considered good news for the show's renewal chances — star and executive producer Michael Chiklis has signed on for the CBS sitcom pilot Vince Uncensored. Officially, the show is in "second position" to his No Ordinary Family duties, so he wouldn't do the sitcom if No Ordinary Family gets renewed. But yeah... this can't be considered a vote of confidence. [Deadline]
Here's some short interviews with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. [SpoilerTV]
TNT has announced their alien invasion drama will have a two-hour series premiere on Sunday, June 19. [KSiteTV]
Original Beverly Hills 90210 actor Jason Priestley is reportedly joining the show for a four episode arc. He's playing "Chris Weekly, a brilliant, principled but anti-social marine biologist who must deal with an affliction most would consider a blessing." [TV Line]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.