Check out new images from Iron Man 3 and The Wolverine. The brains behind Young Justice discuss the show's de-facto endgame. Plus Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, and more!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Iron Man 3.
Here's the latest, rather dramatic poster. [Comic Book Resources]
Here's a high-res version of a recently released promo photo. [Empire]
Composer James Horner, whose credits range from Alien to Avatar, will reportedly be providing the score to Gavin Hood's adaptation of the Orson Scott Card classic. [First Showing]
Here are three official images from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's apocalyptic conclusion to the thematic trilogy begun by Shaun of the Dead and continued with Hot Fuzz, in which a bunch of old college friends try to reenact their legendary pub crawl on the very night the world might be ending. [/Film]
Director and cowriter Edgar Wright explains how the movie fits into the larger story that he, Pegg, and costar Nick Frost have been telling for the past fifteen or so years:
We have tried to make them like a thematic trilogy. Because Hot Fuzz is slightly different from Shaun but they share aspects, and this too. They're all different stories with different characters but they have thematic similarities that me and Simon are slightly obsessed with. But Shaun was about where we live –- our neighbourhood in North London. And then Hot Fuzz was about going back home. Home for me and Simon in terms of a small town. But this one is about looking backwards. It's more nostalgic. I think a lot about my adolescence and my teenage years and things I'd do differently. I have grand fantasies of going back in time and doing things better. Back to when I was 15 or 16. So there's an element of that –- whether it's healthy to look or go backwards. That's kind of what the theme of the film is.
What do you hope people will get out of watching the trilogy when it's all done and dusted?
Hopefully they might work like Michael Apted's 7 Up series. And if you factor Spaced into it as well, you'll see us getting older. But they have different concerns. I think this one is our way of wrapping up, with some formality, the man-child aspect of the series. There's an element within all of the movies that's about growing up. Shaun has to grow up to be a hero. In Hot Fuzz Nick Angel has to dumb down to Andy's level to save the day. And with this one I wanted to do something where… there's a lot of American comedies in the last 10 years that have been about man children or dealing with responsibility. But I feel that they never get too deep under the surface. They bring up some aspects but don't delve into them very deeply. And I think here we tried to skewer those movies in a sense.
There's more at the link. [IGN]
With the film due out on March 1, a bunch of interviews from set visits last year are finally hitting the internet. Coming Soon has a particularly good roundup of their interviews with the cast and director Bryan Singer to go along with their full set report, which is well worth checking out. Here are some highlights from the interviews, starting with Bryan Singer's explanation as to just how the movie came about:
This is long before Alice in Wonderland or any of that; I wanted to see a fairy tale brought to life on a full grand scale. What if a beanstalk grew miles high in the sky? What if giants were real? I wanted to see a fairy tale done on a large, large budget as a big fantasy film. This was a way to take the simplest fairy tale and embellish it, and kind of make an original fairy tale, but one that echoes one that I read when I was a kid. That was the first thing. Secondly, I wanted to explore this new space of fully rendered CG characters, creature characters, performance capture. It's a part of the craft that interests me that I wanted to explore. And I also liked the essence of storytelling. That interests me. Story's always interesting. If that's a story you told your children, where did that story come from? What if it came from some real thing that happened? What if that story came from another story? In the movie you'll see it. There's a tale about the giants, which is just legend, myth, and then suddenly the reality hits them and then you see how that tale gets told.
Can you tell us about the design of the giants? Anything you've seen that you might want to avoid?
Usually giants in movies are very lumbering, "Urghhh" kind of things. These are very agile, very fast moving, almost athletic. Some are different sizes and shapes, but definitely the agility and the movement was something that's different.
Stars Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson describe Hoult's title character Jack:
Hoult: He's a dreamer. He's a young farmer. He hasn't had an easy upbringing and then he's kind of catapulted onto this epic mission and falls in love with a princess. He's an average hero - well, average guy who becomes a hero. He's a good guy, which is nice, playing a good guy for once, but he's fairly laid back and understanding of the princess' situation, wants to become a Guardian and protect her. He has to overcome quite a few of his fears, [fears] of heights and thunder and all these sorts of things along the way.
Tomlinson: He's brought up as a farm boy. He's come from nothing. He's really poor, and he knows of royalty as some kind of unimaginable life. It's completely untouchable for him so when I stumble into his life, he's just like, 'Wow. Unbelievable!' He does kind of have us on that pedestal, and, as the film progresses, it's about that relationship, and how we break it down. I want to be treated normally. I don't want to be treated as either the damsel in distress or the future queen of Cloister. It's interesting that dynamic, how it changes throughout the film, because there's mutual respect. He grows in her eyes and she grows in his as well.
Hoult also discusses Tomlinson's Princess Isabelle, explaining she's far from the damsel in distress of your average fairy tale:
No, she's a headstrong, fiery young princess who isn't too happy being cooped up in the castle and she goes on these little escapes occasionally. The first encounter they have, there's actually a pantomime going on of "Jack and the Giant Killer" and they're both watching in the audience and he sees her getting accosted by some drunks and tries to do the heroic thing, the good thing, as we all hope he would, and step in to try to help, but that doesn't quite go to plan and he gets knocked out. [Laughs] So their first encounter is him trying to help her and later on, she turns up at his house. He's a bit surprised basically. She gets caught out in a storm, ends up there and then this whole adventure begins.
There's still a ton more at the link. [Coming Soon]
Here's the complete set of promo photos for the midseason premiere, "The Suicide King." [SpoilerTV]
Although Sheriff Graham does indeed remain dead in the present, the show will feature Jamie Dornan's character in a flashback in an upcoming episode. [TV Guide]
And speaking of the dead sheriff, here are some set photos depicting the filming of the 1980s-set flashback, with Dornan himself on set. Check out the link for more. [YVR Shoots]
Here's a set video that depicts the filming of an upcoming car chase scene.
Executive producer Robert Singer explains how the newly discovered secret room will impact the Winchesters:
"[Sam and Dean will] go to great pains to keep that hidden. Also it's kind of impenetrable. We've had places before, we had Rufus's cabin. They need a place, not just so we have a set to shoot on, but that the boys need a place to decompress and have their bromance moments. The other sets we've had have been not the biggest. When you see this set you realize they have lots of room to move around and there's lots of really cool things in there. Adam came up with this idea and we latched onto it immediately. It's a very expensive set so we're going to [keep] using it."
"Up until the time that Adam came up with this notion, we hadn't really explored that side of the family; grandpa Winchester. But we thought the idea of harkening back to what Cupid said about how it was all ordained and a 'top priority' - it was just a nice closing of that circle for us and again sort of gives us this new home base that is chock full of information and will certainly lead to other stories. You'll see that open up next week, it's cool."
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Everybody Hates Hitler."
Here's a description for episode fifteen, "Man's Best Friend with Benefits":
DEAN REALLY DOESN'T LIKE WITCHES - A police officer named Kevin (guest star Christian Campbell), who turned to witchcraft after working a case with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), is plagued by nightmares in which he murders innocent people. However, when the murders actually happen, Sam and Dean are called in by Kevin's "familiar" (guest star Mishael Morgan) to help —— but the brothers aren't sure they want to save a witch.
Here's a promo for next week's episode and thirteenth overall, "Betrayal."
And here are some promo photos for the following week's fourteenth episode, "The Odyssey." [SpoilerTV]
And here's the description for episode fifteen, which introduces Roy Harper:
COLTON HAYNES ("TEEN WOLF") GUEST STARS AS ROY HARPER - Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) tells Oliver (Stephen Amell) he's all work and no play, so he asks Detective McKenna (guest star Janina Gavankar) on a date. A jewel thief named Dodger (guest star James Callis) hits Starling City and targets someone very close to Oliver. Meanwhile, while working with Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Thea (Willa Holland) gets her purse stolen by a very fast pickpocket named Roy Harper (guest star Haynes). Moira (Susanna Thompson) makes a move against Malcom (John Barrowman).
Star Ian Somerhalder gives a status update on Damon and Elena's relationship:
Well, I thought, "Hey, cool! He can do whatever he wants." Three years of trying to get the same girl, who looks like your ex who you thought was in love with you for 150 years, has to do whatever you say. Could be worse. Actually, no, I thought, "Poor guy"… Here's the thing: At the end of the day, Damon does not want to take this cure, nor would he in a million years want Elena to take it. He's thinking, "Why would I want to do this? Why would I want to become a normal, boring human being susceptible to everything?" It's just not in his wheelhouse to have that thought… It really is a tragic [thing]. You want this character - even though he does really awful things - you want him to win. You want him to be happy in life… There's something big in the cards for Damon soon.
Here's the synopsis for episode fifteen, "Stand by Me":
THE TERRIBLE TRUTH - When Stefan (Paul Wesley) arrives back in Mystic Falls with Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Caroline (Candice Accola) is immediately worried about Elena's state of mind. Stefan reaches out to Dr. Fell (guest star Torrey DeVitto) and Matt (Zach Roerig) for help. Still on the island, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) relays somber news to Rebekah (Claire Holt), and is surprised at her reaction. Together, Damon and Rebekah learn an unexpected bit of recent history from Vaughn (guest star Charlie Bewley). Everyone is horrified when Bonnie (Kat Graham) reveals the rest of Shane's (guest star David Alpay) plan. Finally, after Damon does his best to help her, Elena comes up with a plan of her own.
Here's a first look at Twilight's Charlie Bewley as Vaughn, one of the Five who takes to torturing Damon in his debut episode. [E! Online]
Here are two new posters. [TV Guide]
Here's the description for the third episode of series five:
When Tom meets minor TV personality Larry Chrysler, he's inspired by Larry's lifestyle and goes about learning how to be successful from his new mentor - but is Larry everything that he claims to be? Meanwhile, Hal is dressed to impress and secretly off to meet an old friend called Lady Mary (Amanda Hale). Alex's curiosity gets the better of her and she sneaks off to follow Hal, but soon discovers some worrying similarities between herself and Lady Mary.
Whatever the show's future (or lack thereof) beyond this season, there are still seven episodes left to air this season, and showrunner Brandon Vietti discusses his and fellow showrunner Greg Weisman's plans for this final batch:
I think our goal for the last ten was to really shake things up. We took their headquarters away from them. The secret invasion is no longer a secret, and in fact, public sentiment is turning away from the heroes in the last ten. Our heroes are more or less on the run. They're no longer the ones starting from a place of power. They searching for a way to get their power back in a lot of ways. So I think that "on the run" feel was a vibe that we wanted to get across. It was a new way to ratchet the tension up that we hadn't used before. With every episode of the last ten of our season, things just keep getting worse. We end each episode in a place where you think it can't possibly get worse, yet we find a way to make it worse! [Laughs] I think that gives you something pretty cool to look forward to...
We've got a return to our core members from the first season. We spent some time in the first ten episodes of the second season establishing new characters, but our core members are coming back into the spotlight in the last ten. Yet at the same time, I think we've found a way to keep in all the new characters we've introduced as well. Even The Light is starting to come back. I feel they were a bit absent or you didn't feel their presence as much in the first ten. But in the last ten, you've already started to see a little more time spent with them. You'll get a sense that they're going to have a larger role in episodes to come. It's a really long answer to your question, but we definitely did always plan on breaking the season up into two parts and giving each part a unique feel.
There's more at the link. [Comic Book Resources]
Here's the description for episode fourteen, "Tough Love":
VINCENT MAKES A DECISION THAT ENDS IN TRAGEDY - After a dinner where Cat (Kristin Kreuk) introduces Vincent (Jay Ryan) to Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson) ends badly, Heather enlists Tess (Nina Lisandrello) to stage an intervention with Cat. Evan (Max Brown) receives an interesting proposition that could change the course of his cross species investigation and at an event to honor Joe, Heather goes missing and Vincent is forced to make a tough decision that saves her life. Austin Basis also stars.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.