Christina Hendricks wants to be Wonder Woman. Plus Marc Forster explains the zombie look in World War Z!

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John Noble drops a crucial hint about Peter's return to Fringe. Chloe Moretz puts Dark Shadows in the proper Tim Burton context. Plus new set videos and photos for The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, and R.I.P.D.!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Doctor Who.

The Dark Knight Rises

Here are some Los Angeles set videos, featuring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and various vehicles. [The Cineaste's Lament]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt explains why we should avoid all information about the movie that doesn't come direct from Christopher Nolan. (Yeah, about that...) Basically, he argues we're already experiencing the story just by reading Nolan's official press releases. Here's the full quote:

I can tell you that one of the things I admire most about Mr. Nolan is that he understands that the story begins before the movie does. He's already telling the story that he's got cooked up. He's a master storyteller. Every little bit of information he lets out, he does it at the proper time. Far be it for me to preempt the rhythm of his. I love that people are excited about it. I guarantee, as an audience member, one will have the best experience if one just trusts him.

But then, is the fact that he shot so much of the film in public areas in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles part of that storytelling? Did he want us to see the big fight scenes and whatnot being made? Did he actually plan the backlash? Am I part of the movie right now just by reporting this? How many levels are there!? You know what, I'm going to go watch Inception again, see if I can't work this all out. [The USA Today]

Man of Steel

Here's a bunch of Chicago set photos, including a look at Henry Cavill, some shots of Chicago's Union Station specially dressed and cordoned off for filming, some aerial shots that may or may not include glimpses of Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne, and finally Metropolis-themed billboard and bus ad. [On Location Vacations and The Cineaste's Lament]


Wonder Woman

Mad Men (and Firefly!) actress Christina Hendricks responds to Nicolas Winding Refn's statements that he would like her to star in his proposed new Wonder Woman movie:

Sure! I grew up on the TV show, and I had Wonder Woman Underoos, and my brother had a Wonder Woman doll - sorry, Aaron, you're exposed. [Giggles.] And Nicolas said, when we were on set [of Drive], "I want you to be Wonder Woman." And I think he is such an extraordinary and exceptional director, that if he asked me to do it, I would do it in a heartbeat...Hopefully the stars would align [for Wonder Woman]. It would be really fun. It would be cool, wouldn't it? I'd get to kick ass.


Also, when asked whether she'd be up for bringing in the fairly radical sexual liberation and bondage subtext that informed creator William Moulton Marston's concept of the character, she gave this response:

Well, I would certainly do what Nicolas wanted to do, and I can only guess what his version would be, but as I grew up with and am now married to a comic book fan, I think it's important to be true to the original comic books, because I know that the fans love every detail and it's very important to them. So I think it would be cool to do that. I look forward to learning more about it, actually. I should probably start reading them, so that if someone were to ask me [to be in the movie], I would be fully prepared. [Grins.]



Fantastic Four Reboot

Amidst all the nascent chatter about beginning again with this oft beleaguered franchise, so few have stopped to ask, "Whither Ioan Gruffudd?" Well, ponder no more, for the original Mr. Fantastic speaks:

I had an amazing time doing those two films. Naturally, I feel a slight disappointment that I won't be stepping into the shoes of Mr. Fantastic again, although there has been nothing official. Again, I think it is a rumor, but it feels true because we [Gruffudd and the other main cast] haven't heard anything. I guess it makes sense of the studio to reboot it, because I guess you have a lot of longevity out of that franchise that they own.



World War Z

Director Marc Forster explains the process of adapting Max Brooks's novel:

"The idea, obviously the book is not written as a narrative, you try to take things from the book, but at same time you're changing certain things. I do feel we're trying to keep it in the spirit of the book because it's important. We are doing our own film, telling our own story because we had to. But trying to still include as much as we can from the book.

"In Max Brooks's book they move in the George Romero fashion. I feel like we have a little bit different approach. But it doesn't exclude that they might not eventually be fashioned how George Romero's zombies move, it's just a little bit different approach. think that will probably be the biggest discussions that there will be."


[MTV Movies Page]

Indiana Jones 5

At a recent 30th anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford revealed he's still up for doing a fifth film, but he joked that he definitely would not be going to Mars for it. Joking or not, I'd say the odds aren't too high for Indiana Jones and the Canals of Mars, which is probably for the best. Probably. [IGN]


Dark Shadows

While the internet still struggles to process whatever the hell this is, costar Chloe Moretz discusses her character Carolyn Stoddard and the film's overall tone:

Oh, Carolyn, that's a fun character. That's a really fun character. She is crazy. She is this teenager, like 15-year-old hippie who is into The Carpenters and Alice Cooper. She's super music-y and raw, like free love, you know. She's fun. I can't say much because he has a really dark secret I can't tell you.

Is it totally serious or with a wink?
Oh no, no. It's Tim Burton so it's like Beetlejuice. I have to say it's a mixture of Beetlejuice, a teeny bit of Sweeney and the scariness of Sweeney but the fun of Sleepy Hollow with the scariness of Sleepy Hollow. I'd definitely say it's a lot like Sleepy Hollow because you go from the Ichabod Crane character to the Headless Horseman who's comedic and yet terrifying. It straddles that fine line of camp and drama so it's like a drama horromedy thriller.


You know, I don't remember Sleepy Hollow being "fun", but whatever - kid knows her Tim Burton movies. Incidentally, I should point out that Chloe Moretz was negative nine years old when Beetlejuice came out, just in case you haven't had a stark reminder of your mortality this morning. []


Here are some photos of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges on the Boston set of their undead cop movie, in which they play undead cops. You can see a bunch more at the link. [Celebuzz]


Doctor Who

Here's an introduction for Saturday's episode, "The God Complex", from guest star David Walliams.

And here's Matt Smith and Karen Gillan interviewing Walliams on set, because why not?

Episode writer Toby Whithouse talks about how he came up with the idea:

Initially this episode was intended for the previous series. I developed it from a one-line pitch from Steven: "The Doctor and Amy are stranded in a hotel, and the corridors and rooms keep shifting, so that they're completely lost."

As a kid I loved reading the Greek myths. It's a theme I've alluded to in previous things I've written. My first play was a modern day domestic tragedy that was inspired by the legends of the House of Atreus. So when we started discussing what monster might lurk at the heart of this maze, I immediately thought of the Minotaur - the monstrous half man half bull from the legend of Theseus. In that story, the Minotaur is presented with tributes - sacrifices - and again that was something I wanted to employ for this story.

Have you seen the finished episode yet? What did you think?

I'm thrilled with it. It's my third Doctor Who and it's the one I love the most, by far. It's beautifully directed by Nick Hurran - a genuinely wonderful piece of work. He's imbued this bland domestic setting with genuine terror and creepiness. And the cast are brilliant without exception. It slightly reminds me of Sapphire and Steel - a bonkers sci-fi show from my youth that I loved.


He also implies that, while his primary focus right now is the next series of Being Human, that he's been approached about writing for a future series of Doctor Who. [BBC]


John Noble revealed some crucial hints about Peter's return, saying he "comes back as a stranger to us - he knows us but we don't know him so he has to win us back." [Mother Nature Network]


Here are some set photos. [Susan Gittins's Flickr and OLTV via SpoilerTV]

True Blood

Co-executive producer Raelle Tucker teases season five's big stories:

"There will be a very significant, strong, mysterious woman at the center of one of our main stories next year. That will be a very familiar and compelling character. It may be someone you've heard of before...Season 5 will explore more fairies, new fairies, fairies in a way you haven't really seen fairies. We will all, as well as Sookie, come to understand fairies more than in previous seasons...[Patrick's] arc has to do with Terry's past coming back to haunt Bon Temps and Arlene and their life they're trying to set up together...Russell is not dead. It's safe to assume the king of Mississippi is not gone for good...I will say that [Reverend] Steve's reason for returning to Jason is not at all what you expect."


Also, the identity of the wolf seen howling at Sam will be revealed, and it's a character we haven't previously met - fueling speculation that it's Alcide's father Jackson, who shows up at about this point in the books. Tucker indicates that Sookie will be putting romance to one side next season, and Eric and Bill will be chased by the consequences of what they did in the finale throughout the coming season. [EW]

Season five will pick up right where season four left off, with the whole "Tara missing most of her head" thing being the first issue needing resolution. [TV Line]


The Walking Dead

Comics creator Robert Kirkman says the show will reveal this season what Jenner whispered in Rick's ear in last year's finale:

"I wouldn't want to give away exactly when we reveal it, but I will say that it's something we don't carry in into the next season - assuming there is a Season 3. We understand that there are different [questions] that TV shows will tease out for a very long time [and] how that sometimes becomes a little boring and wears out its welcome. We're definitely not going to do that. That's all I'll say."


[TV Line]

Once Upon a Time

Here are some interviews with the cast in which they describe the show's two worlds.


For reasons I can't even begin to fathom, all the Chuck news lately seems to be about the naked cult that appears in episode five. Make that near-naked, as apparent all cultists wear "gauzy white tunic that hits mid-thigh." We'll continue to provide updates on this crucial story, as they develop. [ChuckTV]


Eric Lange, who played DHARMA scientist Radzinsky on Lost, will also appear in episode five as Colin Davis, "a scientist responsible for a potentially-devastating virus." That'd be a computer virus being referred to and here's some additional info: "When Carmichael Industries is tasked with retrieving the virus, Chuck must return to his hacker roots, and convince the reformed Colin, who currently lives in a hippie commune, to join the team. [BuddyTV and TV Line]


Episode 8 is reportedly now called "Time for a Wedding." [SpoilerTV]

American Horror Story

Deadwood and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip actress Sarah Paulson has reportedly signed on for a four episode arc in which she will play a medium named Billie Dean. She will reportedly share most of her scenes with Jennifer Lange's possibly villainous neighbor. [E! Online]



Here are some promo photos for next week's season finale, "One Giant Leap", featuring guest appearances from Matt Frewer as Dr. Taggart and Kids in the Hall member Dave Foley. [SpoilerTV]


The Secret Circle

Here's a promo featurette.

Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson, Charlie Jane Anders, and Katharine Trendacosta.




Christina Hendricks as Wonder Woman is a ridiculous idea meant who care more about Hendricks and her assets than they do the film.

It's such poor casting it makes me think the "Nicolas" who came up with the idea was Cage.

I just saw an Anne Hathaway film last night, and I'm still not seeing how she's going to project enough gravitas to pull off Catwoman, by a long shot. She's just not that great an actor. Of course I might've said the same about Heath Ledger, and he was adequate as the Joker, in his own way. I just hope they aren't going to have to completely mangle her and Hardy's characters in order to make them fit in Nolan's little boxes, and I also hope it doesn't get reduced to camp, unintentional or otherwise. Seems like he's playing right on the edge with this one.