Emma Stone discusses Gwen Stacy's long-term survival chances beyond The Amazing Spider-Man. Mary Elizabeth Winstead talks Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Cloud Atlas is coming sooner than you realize. Matt Smith hints at a returning Doctor Who monster. Plus some major Fringe news!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Doctor Who.
Here's an interview with Emma Stone in which she discusses Gwen Stacy's ultimate fate and whether there's any chance she will survive as this new franchise goes forward. And just to be clear, it's almost a certainty that Gwen survives this movie — we're talking about her long-term future here. For her part, Stone thinks Gwen Stacy's story needs her to die in the end. She also talks about how they incorporated the awareness of mortality into her performance as Gwen. [IGN]
[gallery 5920094] Here's a couple photos of Martin Sheen and Sally Field as the new Uncle Ben and Aunt May. [Marvel]
Here's a shot of some tie-in material for the movie, which fills us in about the "Harvey Dent Act" that was passed in the wake of the District Attorney's death, and which gave Commissioner Gordon the powers he needed to clean up Gotham. [Spinoff Online]
When asked whether her character would be returning for the sequel, Kat Dennings gave possibly the most cryptic answer of all time:
I do know the answer to that. [However] I do not have the clearance to talk… interpret that as you will. I've asked when I can say things, but apparently I can't yet, so that will come soon.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say...yeah, she'll be back. It just seems too ridiculous to swear her to secrecy otherwise. Then again, never underestimate the ridiculousness of studio secrecy. [Gold Derby]
If you want to see some extra scenes from Brick director Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, you're going to want to go ahead and book the next flight to Beijing. The movie will reportedly be slightly longer in China, because the American version cut out some expository scenes early in the movie that test audiences found a bit too slow. However, Chinese audiences responded more favorably to the scenes, reportedly mostly because they were set in Shanghai, and so those scenes have been left in the Chinese cut. [The LA Times]
Director Guillermo del Toro discusses his epic monster-fighting epic, which stars the awesomely cast of Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, The Wire and Prometheus star Idris Elba, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia comedy genius Charlie Day in what is apparently a dramatic role, which somehow has me even more excited. Here's del Toro discussing some of the scenes he recently shot:
"We had a Tokyo scene that we shot here in Toronto. We had several Hong Kong scenes and a few scenes in Australia, through the television. We briefly see the kaiju take over San Francisco. The whole Pacific Rim needs a sense of danger."
"We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view."
The adaptation of David Mitchell's batshit awesome novel (which I just finished reading, so I'm now way more invested in this story) has had its US release date moved up from December 6 to October 26. This is almost certainly a show of faith by Warner Bros. in Tom Twyker and the Wachowskis' adaptation, which has garnered strong early buzz at the test screening and clocks in at 160 minutes - longer than the maximum the studio originally asked for - which gives it some chance of doing justice to all six of the novel's narratives. The date change also moves Cloud Atlas out of the crowded Oscar season into an October slate that is suddenly full of intriguing, science-fiction-tinged prestige projects, including Paul Thomas Anderson's "totally not about Scientology" movie The Master (October 19) and Ben Affleck's Argo (October 12), which reveals how the CIA used a fake science fiction movie to save some diplomats during the Iran Hostage Crisis and features comics legend Jack Kirby as a supporting character. Throw in Looper on September 28, and that's one hell of an awesome month at the movies. [Deadline]
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World star Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Mary Todd Lincoln in the movie, offers some praise for Seth Grahame-Smith's script:
And the script changed a lot, too, from the first incarnation of it. But the fact that Seth was involved in it was really exciting to me because when I read the book I was like, "This guy knows his stuff." He knows what he's doing. It works so well. It feels so real - and I was really blown away by that, because you sort of think, "Oh, this is really going to be campy or it's going to be some sort of comedy horror thing," and it was so straightforward, it really makes the history buff in you excited. It really feels like a great historical action piece... I didn't even have to think about the vampire side of it. I really just thought about the real love story behind Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln, and I was able to focus on that. And even though I have a little bit to do with the vampires, I didn't have to think of them as vampires.
That sounds as though the First Lady only really ever interacts with the vampires when they are pretending to be human. There's tons more at the link. [Comic Book Resources]
How to Train Your Dragon, otherwise known as the one unimpeachably great animated movie Dreamworks has made, has added a familiar voice to its sequel cast. Kit Harington, who plays Westeros's most lovable bastard Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, will play the as yet unnamed villain in the sequel, which is currently set for a June 20, 2014 release. [Variety]
Here's a trailer.
There's a rumor that longtime Doctor Who writer and occasional guest star Mark Gatiss's contribution this series will see the return of the Ice Warriors, who are generally considered the fourth or fifth most iconic monsters (depending on where you place the Autons, and if you count the Zygons) of the classic series. When Matt Smith was interviewed at a recent convention, this exchange reportedly occurred:
Organizer Sean Harry at 'The 11th Hour Convention' asked Matt 'Ice Warriors are one of the last classic monsters not to make a return to 'Doctor Who', Matt replied ''yes'' and turned to the audience and smiled broadly and knowingly at them before adding ''that's good to know, next question,'' leaving fans in hysterics.
Obviously that's a long, long way from confirming anything, but when coupled with the recent rumors and the fact that all of the other classic monsters have returned (again, give or take the Zygons) I'd say the odds are looking pretty decent for an Ice Warrior comeback. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
The fifth season premiere reportedly has the snappy title "Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11." This is the best thing about it being the final season, I guess — the show doesn't even have to pretend to be friendly to new viewers anymore.
And now for the worst thing about this being the final season — showrunner Jeff Pinkner is officially leaving the series, leaving his longtime creative partner Joel Wyman as the sole showrunner for season five. It's apparently a totally amicable departure, and Pinkner made the decision so that he could pursue other projects. So, not necessarily the best news going into the fifth season, but at least Wyman is sticking around and the show isn't bringing in a couple of completely new showrunners to try to salvage the show at the last minute... not that I can think of any examples of that happening. [TV Guide]
Producer Gale Ann Hurd discusses the meaning of the two big new locations this season, the prison and the community run by David Morrissey's Governor:
I will say that I loved the farm, but it is good to be off the farm. And the contrast between our [two main sets] this season is so great...We're setting up this first community that is functioning in a post-zombie apocalypse. We get to see not only the advantages of putting civilization back on its feet again but also the dark forces at work in what may seem like a Utopia.
Lost alum Emilie de Ravin, who plays Belle of Beauty and the Beast fame on the show, has reportedly been promoted to a series regular for season two. She joins costar Meghan Ory, who plays Red Riding Hood, among the cast promotions. [TV Guide]
Here's an interview with star Noah Wyle.
Here's a promo for season two.
Nikita villain Xander Berkeley will reportedly have an eight-episode recurring role as Liam, described as "the father of Brynn (Tracy Spiridakos) and Connor (Jon Cor) who is seeking answers for what happened to his children and also seeking to wipe out the vampires that remain... A brute with charisma and chilling elegance, he will be both enemy and father-like figure to Nora (Kristen Hager)." [Deadline]
Here's the description for episode five, "A Test of Time":
Kiera must protect her Grandmother from Liber8's test of time — Kagame's return begins with a reset of Liber8's agenda, away from violence and towards blending into the community. But there may be a glitch – there is the possibility that if their ancestors living in this time are murdered, they might cease to exist. A test of this theory is devised with Kiera and her grandmother as the guinea pigs.
Here's a promo for episode five, "Venomous."
Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.