Mark Hamill talks some more about Star Wars: Episode VII — which one major director says he's definitely not doing. A new Oz: The Great and Powerful poster shows off the flying monkey action. Alex Proyas' Amped may be starring Thor and Catwoman. Check out two new clips of David Tennant's droid character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And find out just how much things are about to change on Fringe.
Spoilers from here on out...
Top image from The Hobbit.
In an interview with the AV Club, Mark Hamill says that he while he did meet with George Lucas last summer to discuss the possible upcoming trilogy, nothing was decided. But what everyone wants to know is, will he be in the film?
I don't know what's on the record and what's off the record. I don't know who's involved and not involved, and until I know more, I can't really make an announcement. That's why I thought, "Well that's odd that we haven't resolved all this before he makes his announcement about going with Disney."
He did say, when asked if he was getting back into shape for the role, that "They can green screen my abs." That sounds like a resounding yes to us! [AV Club]
In other "Who's coming back" news... Jimmy Smits, who played Senator Bail Organa, would be open to being in the movie. Which seems unlikely since his planet blew up and they're talking about Episode VII taking place rather a long time after that event. [Comic Book Resources]
Meanwhile, Watchmen/Man of Steel director Zack Snyder says he absolutely would not be up for directing this film:
I don't think I'd be interested in [directing it]... I'm a huge ‘Star Wars' fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It's a whole other mythological experiment I'm excited to see, but it's a lot of effort.
There's a new illustrated poster for the film, which makes the whole things seem like a candy-coated romp. [First Showing]
The Huffington Post cornered director Marc Webb and tried to get some straight answers out of him about casting. He would neither confirm nor deny that Jamie Foxx has been cast as Electro.
But more interestingly, Webb also refused to rule out bringing back J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, the role Simmons totally owned in the three Raimi films. About Simmons, who has said he would be open to reprising the role, Webb said:
That's an interesting idea. My mom is from Montana ... I used to see him on stage [there]. I've never met him, but I think ... it's tricky, because it's a different universe. But, you never know.
Webb also completely deflected a question on whether he'd be interested in directing a Star Wars sequel. More details at the link. [Huffington Post]
With a little more than a month to go before the release, The Hobbit's marketing is gearing up. Here are four new tall banners. [First Showing]
And here's a featurette from Denny's about hosting An Unexpected Journey dinner party.
And a set photo of Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman. [MTV]
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) are in negotiations to star in the Alex Proyas-directed adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel about cyborgs on the run. [Film School Rejects]
If you have been trying to decide if you should see the new James Bond film in IMAX, know that there is more to see in IMAX. Twenty six percent more, apparently. The film was shot digitally, with a very large aspect ratio, and then cut down for the conventional release. So if you want more James Bond (not just bigger), IMAX may be the way to go. Check out a comparison of the two formats below. [Slashfilm]
Mark Millar waxed enthusiastic about the upcoming film on his website:
Let me tell you that yesterday as I was sitting in Eddie Hamilton's edit suite (think James Coburn's apartment in Our Man Flint) I literally for the first time thought this might actually be BETTER than the original. This was a huge moment for me because there is no bigger fan of the first movie than me. I think it's pretty close to perfect. But there's so much in this, the whole thing so rich, that I honestly think this might be the Empire Strikes Back to Star Wars. I'd seen over 40 mins before, but seeing the edited version of the next 20 mins gave me a very comprehensive look for how the finished movie is going to look and I was actually quite shocked. I won't spoil scenes for anyone who hasn't read the source material (the Hit-Girl series and Kick-Ass 2 comic), but there are so many great moments here. Kubrick said that a great movie has eight terrific moments. I lay in bed this morning and counted fourteen genuine movie-moment scenes. You can look at the book and probably guess these, but they're articulated so beautifully. I was really happy when I came away a couple of weeks back, but the Millar Gang and I were ecstatic when we left Eddie's suite yesterday. People are going to LOVE this and we all had a feeling that this was going to go really wide when it opens next June.
The film adaptation of the YA novel continues to develop. Alice Englert, who plays Lena – a "caster" who is about to learn if she will be claimed by the light or the dark – talks about the ending of the film:
[I]t's the scene that the whole movie is, to a degree, leading up to, this and the next sequence, our big ending sequence. We've already shot some of that, at Honey Hill [plantation], where they're having a reenactment for the Civil War. It gets overtaken by this flashback, where it merges into the actual battle, so you have the reenactment, and then you have the actual soldiers dying. It's quite epic.
Here's a new clip from the final installment of the vampire franchise:
The script for Neil Gaiman's second episode was reportedly left in a taxi, and a fan found it and returned it to the BBC unread — but first, she took a photo of the title page. From which we learn that the (working?) title is "The Last Cybermen." Also, the new companion's name is indeed Clara, and Warwick Davis is playing someone named Porridge. [Bleeding Cool]
Here are two clips from tomorrow's episode, featuring David Tennant as the voice of Huyang, an ancient droid "whose sole task in life has been overseeing the construction of lightsabers." He's voicing the character in three episodes: "A Test of Strength," "Bound for Rescue," and "A Necessary Strength":
Supervising director Dave Filoni says he was thrilled when he heard Tennant was a fan of Star Wars, and created the role just for him. He says of Tennant
"I thought David was perfect for the part and he did not disappoint. He delivered a performance which impressed even the Master himself, George Lucas."
Here are photos and the plot synopsis for November 15th's episode, "Critical":
The Machine gives Finch and Reese the number of a brilliant surgeon, but they soon discover that a resourceful third party has raised the stakes for this POI, forcing them to turn to an unlikely source for help.
And here's a featurette!
In the comic book, Rick has visions of Lori after she dies. Actress Sarah Wayne Callies discusses whether she'll be back as Lori on TV:
I think that question has to do with, "Does it serve the story?" I've always felt that Lori's death was something very important to Rick, which drives him crazy. In the comics, part of his madness is not quite being able to shake her. If that serves the story that they're going to tell going forward, then absolutely. I can't really envision a time where somebody calls me up and goes, "Hey, we wrote something for you," and I go, "No." I don't quite see that happening. At the same time, we've taken so many departures that, if they feel it would be foolish for Rick to be seeing ghosts, I'm okay with that, too. Anything that serves the story.
Here are some new photos from Sunday's episode, in which Michonne goes into "badass warrior mode" to fight off a bunch of walkers she finds in an unexpected place. We learn a "pretty serious secret" about the Governor. And there's a fight scene unlike anything you've ever seen on television. More at the link. [E! Online]
Here's a sneak peek of episode 2x07, "Child of the Moon":
TV Guide interviewed Josh Dallas (David/Prince Charming) about what's in store for his character this season.
And Dallas says:
"What's great about this season for a lot of the characters, in particular David and Regina [Lana Parrilla], [is] there's this whole idea of redemption. I think he's going to get a lot of opportunities to hopefully right some of the wrongs that David Nolan created in the first season."
[ TV Guide]
The Vampire Diaries is introducing a new recurring character called Vaughn, who is described as "ruggedly handsome, charming, built and tough as hell." Casting notices suggest they are looking for an actor with an Irish, Scottish or Australian accent. Not much else is known about Vaughn, but he'll appear in Episode 4x13, 4x14 and 4x15. [SpoilerTV] [TV Line]
Here are pictures and the full synopsis for episode 4x07, "My Brother's Keeper," which includes an appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas:
THE MISS MYSTIC FALLS PAGEANT - Caroline (Candice Accola) does her best to be there for Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) in a tough time. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) tries to convince Stefan to help him uncover Prof. Shane's (guest star David Alpay) motives, but Stefan is intent on carrying out a different plan with Klaus (Joseph Morgan). At the annual Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, Elena and Caroline give April (guest star Grace Phipps) advice on which dress to wear, while Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Hayley (guest star Phoebe Tonkin) work together on a secret project, and Damon confronts Prof. Shane with his suspicions. Alarmed by the vivid nightmares he's having, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) turns to Matt (Zach Roerig) for help, but the situation escalates sooner than anyone expected.
How will the Observer tech that Peter installed in his brain change things? Check out the video below, in whihc John Noble, Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson all react to this recent development. Says Jackson:
[Peter] is doing exactly the thing he promised both Walter and Olivia that he wasn't going to do, to abandon them and be hell-bent on avenging the death of his daughter. You realize that Peter, as we know him, is very rapidly slipping away.
And here's the photo / sneak peek / video clip haul for episode 5x06, "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There." [Buddy TV]
Here's a sneak peek for episode 8x07, "A little Slice of Kevin":
And here's the full synopsis of the upcoming cartoon episode, 8x08, "Hunteri Heroici":
CARTOONS AREN'T ALWAYS FUNNY - Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that he's decided to become a hunter like them. Sam and Dean aren't sold on the idea but agree to investigate a case Cas found where a man's heart literally burst through his chest. The guys discover there has been more than one odd murder in the small town and all of them resemble cartoon deaths.
Episode 8x14 is entitled "Black Dog." [SpoilerTV]
Here's the extended promo for next week's episode 1x06 "Legacies":
Here's the full synopsis for November 28th's episode, "Muse of Fire":
THE HUNTRESS RIDES INTO STARLING CITY AND HEATS THINGS UP WITH OLIVER - Oliver (Stephen Amell) encounters a mysterious woman, Helena Bertinelli (guest star Jessica DeGouw), daughter of mob boss Frank Bertinelli (guest star Jeffrey Nordling), who he can finally be himself with, but he soon comes to realize she's hiding dangerous secrets of her own. Helena is on her own personal mission of vengeance and Oliver is caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) is blindsided by an unfortunate turn of events and turns to Laurel (Katie Cassidy) for support.
Here's the promo for next week's episode "I am Anne Frank Pt. 2":
And some photos for the same episode. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the full synopsis for episode 1x07, "Out of Control":
CAT LEARNS THE TRUTH ABOUT VINCENT'S BLACKOUTS - JT (Austin Basis) thinks Vincent (Jay Ryan) may somehow be involved in Cat's (Kristin Kreuk) homicide investigation after she mentions a local college fraternity brother was brutally killed. JT examines Vincent to determine the cause of his increasingly frequent blackouts, but when Vincent starts to beast out, JT is forced to tranquilize him. Meanwhile, Evan and his new intern find a strange cut on the victim's ankle, which matches that of a female cadaver left on campus a year earlier. As Evan works to uncover more clues from the crime scene, he is kidnapped. Cat begs Vincent to help find Evan and save his life, yet she doesn't realize that she's putting Vincent's life in serious danger.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.