Robert Downey, Jr. explains why Pepper Potts is putting on armor in Iron Man 3. Bryan Singer and Shawn Ashmore drop new X-Men hints. Another prestigious actor might join Godzilla. Plus Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, and more! It's all spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Iron Man 3.
Robert Downey, Jr. confirms that Tony Stark won't be the only one wearing the Iron Man armor this time around, as he had long advocated for Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts to get involved in the action sequences:
"How do we have it so she's not going [whining], 'Tony!' and I'm going [growling], 'Where's Pepper?'... That's the other thing that I have been pushing for. She's in great shape, she's really game. There's all these genre movies and you have these capable women and they're like, 'Oh my god, some action is happening, I better step away or get caught in something over here.' It's like, 'Really, is that where we're at in the 21st century?'"
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says the name of Ben Kingsley's villainous Mandarin is more a bit of in-movie myth-making than an indicator of the character's nationality:
"His nationality's not even clear, because he's shrouded in secrecy. But at some point, this field officer went nuts and crafted himself into the Mandarin, a warlord. You get to do the comic book, but you don't have to deal with the specifics of Fu Manchu stereotyping. We're not saying he's Chinese, we're saying he draws a cloak around of him of Chinese symbols and dragons because it represents his obsession with Sun Tzu and various ancient arts of warfare."
There are some more tidbits at the link. [Moviefone]
Director Bryan Singer discusses his overall approach to the First Class followup:
"Yeah, yeah, you know I have a certain style when I approach X-Men films, this one is going to be a much larger canvas it takes place to multiple times and is this enormous cast and is also other technologies and stuff, there is some science fiction aspects to it that we haven't seen yet in X-Men, in X-Men films. But you know a bright brain, a bit of my own tone, my old-school tone to this one, but very excited about it... It's gonna be 3D, it's good to shoot, I really like, I think it's important to shoot and made of 3D and not post-dimensionalize for some scenes you can do that, but, but to be able to control your doubts.
He also hints at the importance of Magneto's arc to the film:
Actually, I'll show you what's interesting is here, is yeah, we deal with both because I have both, Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender under the picture, we deal with both sides of that point of view and really explores the relationship between the Xavier and Magneto and the evolution of that relationship... Where it came from and where it's going.
Singer also says comics writer Mark Millar, who was hired by 20th Century Fox to be their creative consultant on all their superhero movies, hasn't actually spoken with him about Days of Future Past:
I’ve not spoken to Mark Millar at all. He’s not involved. I don’t know what his role is about. All I know is that I have my own specific beliefs about how to take this universe forward. I started with the first X-Men, then First Class and now I am combining them and I think it could go further than that and I have some ideas about that, so perhaps he should chat to me at some point.
This might mean the X-Men franchise will remain more autonomous as Fox weaves its other superhero properties together, or simply that at this point Bryan Singer can really do whatever he wants with the X-Men franchise. [Bleeding Cool]
Shawn Ashmore talks in general terms about his return as Iceman, including confirmation of the character's continued relationship with Anna Paquin's Rogue:
“As negotiations were happening, there was definitely some communication over what the broad strokes of the character will be and what the storyline is so I have an idea. I do specifically know what my part is in broad strokes. I can’t wait. I’m so excited. The fact that not only do we get to reunite and play around with a lot of the actors from the original three [films] but also these two worlds combining is kind of incredible... [Iceman and Rogue are] constantly having these relationship issues so we’ll see what happens.”
In what really has to be the most historic meeting since, I dunno, let's say Elvis met Nixon, here's a set photo depicting what appears to be the first meeting of Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy and Shailene Woodley's Mary-Jane Watson. You can check out a bunch more set photos at the link.
Chronicle actor Dane DeHaan, who plays Harry Osborn in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequel, that the relationship his character has with Chris Cooper's Norman Osborn will once again be crucial:
Obviously with Harry Osborn, the privilege of it is another dynamic. The relationship Harry has with Norman is a different dynamic. Every son has a relationship with their father, whether that father is there or not, and that always has an effect on the person whether they admit it or not. There's a lot of different ways those relationships are complicated.
He also discusses his approach to the character, saying he will be doing independent of James Franco's past performances in the role:
"I think ultimately it's important that I'm familiar with past takes on the Osborn story, more for like common, know-it-all 'cause it's stuff I should know. My job as an actor is the same job, whether it’s a comic book movie or a gritty Derek Cianfrance drama, or a 'Chronicle,' or a 'Lawless,' which is to take a character and, for lack of better word, to breathe life into it. I'm a fan of acting!"
Elsewhere, DeHaan says his previous work with Chris Cooper in his film debut Amigo should help their onscreen relationship, and he talks a bit more about his preparation:
So I’m really excited that he’s playing my father, because I think he’s just amazingly talented and I look up to him like a father and I think that that relationship will be really easy to form, for sure... [I'm on] a really strict diet... Other than that, it’s just like what I was talking about — creating the character and doing my own kind of thing and forming the relationships and hopefully being prepared enough that when I show up Harry comes off as a living, breathing, actual human being.
Production Weekly tweeted out a start date for The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird's live-action epic, which is set to star George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. The tweet says the film "is scheduled to begin its 5 month production run in Vancouver on August 21st." [@prodweek]
The great David Straithairn — whose career has included awesomeness in such varied works as Good Night, and Good Luck, The River Wild, and Alphas, among many others — is reportedly set to play "a military figure" in Monsters director Gareth Edwards's Godzilla. He's just the latest improbably highbrow actor to join the cast, one that already includes Martha Marcy Mary Marlene's Elisabeth Olsen, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Anna Karenina and Kick-Ass's Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and possibly much-lauded French actress Juliette Binoche, who I hope you all remember from Three Colors: Blue. (And if you don't, you should probably check it out, even if Red is a little better.) Anyway, none of these casting choices have been confirmed yet by Legendary Pictures, but since the Canadian entertainment show etalk has tweeted out photos of Cranston and Taylor-Johnson reportedly arriving in Vancouver for the start of filming, it's probably only a matter of time before this is all confirmed one way or another. [Variety]
Disney is officially going ahead with a sequel, although director Sam Raimi says he does not expect to return:
I haven’t planned on directing the sequel. I did leave some loose ends for another director if they want to make the picture. I tried to make it a complete ending, so that the audience would be fulfilled, but I also let Evenora and Theodora get away. I was attracted to this story but I don’t think the second one would have the thing I would need to get me interested.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses working on Robert Rodriguez's Sin City follow-up:
"It's interesting. They wanted to have a movie where fans of the books would still be able to look forward to something new and unexpected, so they added a story. I remember being really intrigued by that and I was really looking forward to, ‘Oh that will be so interesting to have the actual comics to refer to as an actor' but no I didn't. I had a ball doing that, I loved doing that. I mean, Robert Rodriguez is a guy whose movies I've liked for a long time and he has creativity pouring out of him...I saw Bruce [Willis] and Mickey [Rourke] and I have a scene together, and Jessica [Alba]. I was so stoked."
He also confirmed that his character is one specially created for the film. [Coming Soon]
Gwendoline Christie discusses what's ahead in season three for her character Brienne of Tarth:
“We last saw her as a female knight who was very much having to prove herself and find her place and find her place in society because she doesn’t have a natural place where she fits in. By the end of [the season] she has a mission, which she believes is for the greater good. [Season 3] focuses on [Brienne and Jaime's] relationship and the journey those two human beings go on is extraordinary. We see her in situations trying to survive in ways that extend beyond her physical strength. And we start to see her explore her womanhood, what it is, for her, to be a woman. She’s starts to find out more about herself and about very basic human emotions — attachment to someone else and what honor really means to her. In this ridiculous and extreme situation of high drama, she starts to really find out who she is and what she believes in.”
Here's a promo and two sneak peeks this coming Sunday's episode fourteen, "Prey."
Here's a promo for the next episode, "All In."
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Welcome to Storybrooke", which airs March 24.
Here's are some more interviews with stars Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, and Ginnifer Goodwin about what's ahead for their respective characters. [Buddy TV]
Here's the description for episode nine, "Clockwork", which airs March 29:
As Martin tracks down Philip Green (guest star Paul Vincent O'Connor), a man that Jake led him to, he learns that Mr. Greene was Dr. Teller's first patient and is on death row for the triple murder of Aster Corps employees. With the execution in a matter of hours, Martin rushes to the prison to look for answers, but Mr. Green won't reveal anything unless he is reunited with his estranged daughter - Dr. Kate Gordon (guest star Wersching). Will the numbers add up when time is of the essence and lives are at stake.
Here's the sizzle reel that debuted at Paleyfest and includes some footage from upcoming episodes.
Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Any Means Possible."
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas.