There are tons more Avengers tidbits — including Samuel L. Jackson's intriguing thoughts on a S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off movie. Barry Sonnenfeld explains Men in Black 3's time-travel craziness. Natalie Dormer discusses her Game of Thrones character, plus ultra spoiler-y Doctor Who set photos!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
So it turns out I shouldn't be so quick to dismiss obviously bullshit rumors, at least if those obviously bullshit rumors happen to come from Robert Downey, Jr. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed there was some additional filming done last weekend, though he says it's much more minor than reports had indicated:
I will tell you this: It was not a scene. It was not a scene. There's little things. It's been blown out of proportion. Which is fun, I like that things are blown out of proportion. Sometimes they're true sometimes they're not. There is the potential that there will be one little change [to the cut]. People might not even notice it. It's not a big thing.
It sounds like we're still probably making a mountain out of a molehill here... but hey, at least the molehill actually exists. [Blogomatic 3000]
Here are two more TV spots, albeit subtitled in French. [Coming Soon]
Here's a behind the scenes video. [Coming Soon]
Here's a Nightline piece on the movie. [Comic Book Movie]
When asked about a possible S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off movie, Samuel L. Jackson considers a movie in which Nick Fury and company are "just handling it" and comes up with the following things such a film would have to have:
"Natasha [Black Widow] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I couldn't do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie without those two people. They're essential elements of what's there. Now we know Agent [Maria] Hill is an essential element of S.H.I.E.L.D. so she would have to be there. And I'm still not sure if she's the eyes and ears of the council hanging around inside their place and telling people, 'We've got these superheroes over here!' She wants my job. I can tell. She's ambitious. I don't know how much of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Marvel] want[s] to expose...I mean, we're not superheroes. We're more of a shadow world. So, it would be more like 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' with good toys-closer to a 'Bond' movie than a superhero movie."
I will point out there's one major S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jackson rather pointedly doesn't mention as a casting must-have. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions about what that might mean for The Avengers. [MTV Splash Page]
Andrew Stoner, the Deputy Premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, has revealed The Wolverine will be doing extensive filming in Sydney. Production will include roles for some 1,200 extras. Sydney is likely taking over for the original plans to shoot the movie in Tokyo, in keeping with the planned adaptation of Frank Miller's famous Japan-set arc. Since Japan is still recovering from last year's devastating tsunami, this became impossible. The question now is whether Sydney will be standing in for Tokyo - with perhaps a few exterior shots in the Japanese capital to help sell the illusion - or if the movie will instead go Australian. I'd bet on the former, but you never know. [Australian News]
Lionsgate has reportedly chosen the director to take over for Gary Ross on the Hunger Games sequel. The choice is reportedly Francis Lawrence, who is honestly the least interesting of the rumored candidates. His previous credits include Water for Elephants, Constantine, and I Am Legend — some decent enough stuff there, but nothing that really matches the work of other rumor contenders Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg, or even Moneyball's Bennett Miller. Anyway, the report only says Lawrence is the pick, and that contract negotiations still have to take place, so this is far from official. As such, feel free to take this with a grain of salt, particularly if you're not willing to give up on your Cuaron dreams quite just yet. [Coming Soon]
Here's a cool new poster. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's another look at The Dark Knight star Aaron Eckhart in monster makeup for his post-apocalyptic, demon-fighting Frankenstein movie, which is currently filming in Australia. There's a set video below. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's another clip that gives us a look at the aliens' faces. [Coming Soon]
Here's a behind the scenes video focusing on the latest James Bond movie's Shanghai filming. [007.com]
Here's a Japanese poster for Pixar's latest. Check out the link for some analysis of the new elements incorporated into the poster. [/Film]
Bruce Willis discusses his character and offers praise for the cast, particular Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye and The Good, The Bad, and the Weird's Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow:
"Joe Colton is actually the original G.I. Joe. In the story, he started the outfit a long time ago, and that outfit are kids compared to us. We had such a great cast in this film, really funny and strong and tough guys, pretty girls and funny at the same time. Adrianne Palicki, that girl cracks me up. She is so funny. She made me laugh so many times, just great. Action guys do things that I would never do. I can't even call myself an action guy. This guy, Byung-hun Lee, we're going to put him in another movie, he's so great. He's just awesome."
Here are eight new character posters. [Various sites via /Film]
Director Barry Sonnenfeld explains the movie's plot and how it's more than just zany (and, let's be honest, probably nonsensical) time travel shenanigans:
In the first act, Agent J is a bit fed up with how closed K is as a person, how he feels he needs to open up and communicate more, but it's not happening. K says to J, "You know how I live such a happy life? I don't ask questions I don't want to know the answers to." At the end of the first act, Jemaine's character, Boris the Animal, breaks out of prison and finds a guy who has a time device. He says he's going back to 1969 to do something to the man who shot off his arm - because Boris only has half an arm - and of course, that man is Agent K. At the end of that first act, Tommy's character disappears, and no one remembers that he ever existed... except Agent J, who realizes that someone went back in time and did something to Agent K. So he has to track down who gave Boris the device, and travel back to 1969 with one warning: He has to stay away from his old partner.
Which, of course, he does not listen to.
What happens, actually, is he gets arrested by Agent K - now Josh Brolin - in 1969. The second and third act is all about tracking down Boris and Will renewing his friendship with a different K than the K he knows from 40 years in the future. What's really cool is that J is constantly wondering why this guy who seems sort of open and happy became the sort of curmudgeon that has been his partner for the last 14 years. He makes a discovery about that. So, "Men in Black 3" is by far the most emotional of the movies. It has a really surprising ending.
He also hints at how the franchise might well continue past this supposedly logical conclusion:
The fantastic thing about "Men in Black 3" is that it totally closes out the trilogy, it answers questions that you didn't even know you should be asking, it leaves you emotionally warm and sad and happy, and it could also reboot the franchise. But I can't even begin to tell you how to interpret all of that. [Laughs] But I would say this: If your interpretation is that "Men in Black 4" will only star the worm guys and Frank the pug, you are wrong.
There's still a lot more at the link. [MTV]
Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson are the latest cast members to be rumored to return for the sequel, joining the previously reported Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, and Michael Madsen. [IGN]
Here's the first promo image for this post-apocalyptic survival thriller with The Matrix's Laurence Fishburne and Apollo 13's Bill Paxton. There's also a synopsis below. [Shock Till You Drop]
Beneath the icy surface, survivors of Colony Seven struggle as food supplies dwindle and temperatures continue to drop. Plagued by illness and internal conflict, the colonists suspect the worst when they mysteriously lose contact with Colony Five - the only other known settlement. Sam, a strong-willed mechanic with a tragic past, joins a team headed up by Briggs on a dangerous expedition to find out what happened. After a hellish trek, they discover a threat much worse than imagined, and now Colony Seven must win a savage battle to preserve the last of humanity.
Here's a poster. [Coming Soon]
Back in Wales after the recent New York filming, here are some set photos from the Box Cemetery in Llanelli, which shows a battle-scarred TARDIS, a not particularly hidden Weeping Angel, and what is reported to be... Rory's funeral. Steven Moffat has promised not everyone gets out of the Ponds' final adventure alive, and there have been extensive rumors that Rory gets zapped back into the past and naturally aged to death like the characters in "Blink." This would then seem to take place after an aged Rory's reunion with Amy shortly before his death.
Of course, that seems a bit anticlimactic as the absolute final end of a character who has already died seven or so times. If I had to speculate based on Karen Gillan's repeated statements that she wants Amy to have a definitive end, I'd guess this death ends up being undone — perhaps with Amy ultimately having to sacrifice herself in some way to bring Rory back to life. Of course, that's complete speculation on my part. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here's a cast interview in which they discuss tonight's big experimental episode, "Letters of Transit." [Fringe Television]
And here are three sneak peeks, although show editor Ari Margolis has urged fans to not watch them and instead go into the episode spoiler-free. [Fringe Television]
Episode guest star and Lost alum Henry Ian Cusick, who plays a government agent in 2036, reveals most of his scenes are with fellow agent Georgina Haig and John Noble. [TV Line]
Natalie Dormer discusses her character, Renly Baratheon's new wife Margaery Tyrell:
She's very genuine, she's old beyond her age. Through her family, she's always been educated and trained to be a political operator and play the cards for her family the best that she can for their ambition. There are comparisons you could make with my experience playing Ann Boleyn in that regard. The big difference between playing Margaery and the machinations and politics of court in playing Ann Boleyn is that Margaery a lot more of a genuine, sincere, straight-playing woman. As compared to Cersei, there's quite a Machiavellian element to her. Margaery has a pure heart. She's trying to do the best she can for her brother, for her house and for the good of the people, what she thinks is best for the realm.
The same is true for [her brother] Loras, the Knight of Flowers, that sort of optimistic, liberal feel from the South. Michelle Fairley as Catelyn says "They're the Knights of Summer, and winter is coming." She feels sorry for them because they do come from a more positive, liberal attitude, environment and culture as they do in King's Landing. I think it'll be very interesting when the cultures collide.
What can you tell us about a scene you have with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) in the upcoming Sunday's episode?
Dormer: I knew Aidan before joining Thrones and I think he's an absolutely incredible actor. His creation of Littlefinger is exciting and impressive. It's a testament to Aidan's skill as an actor that he has managed to create this fascinating character that viewers just adore to watch how he operates. I was very excited to begin Margaery's relationship with Littlefinger because even though she is a woman and even though she is so very young, because of the way she was brought up and the world she comes from, she's an old spirit. Littlefinger would make a mistake in underestimating such a young, innocent woman in the game of thrones. So it was very interesting to raise my bar as an actress to play opposite an actor such as Aidan the way Margaery knows she's going to have to raise her skills and her bar in being able to interact with Littlefinger. Maybe there's a little bit of life imitating art there.
Here are descriptions for episodes six through nine, all of which air in May:
Episode #16: "The Old Gods and the New"
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Theon (Alfie Allen) completes his master stroke. In King's Landing, the Lannisters send Myrcella (Aimee Richardson) from harm's way in the nick of time. Arya (Maisie Williams) comes face to face with a surprise visitor; Dany (Emilia Clarke) vows to take what is hers; Robb (Richard Madden) and Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) receive crucial news; Qhorin (Simon Armstrong) gives Jon (Kit Harington) a chance to prove himself.
Written by Vanessa Taylor; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #17: "A Man Without Honor"
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) meets a distant relative;Dany receives an invitation to the House of the Undying; Theon leads a search party; Jon loses his way in the wilderness; Cersei (Lena Headey) counsels Sansa (Sophie Turner).
Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #18: "The Prince of Winterfell"
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
At Winterfell, Theon receives a visitor and holds down the fort. Arya calls in her final debt with Jaqen (Tom Wlaschiha) in a way that displeases him. Robb is betrayed. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) find common ground. Dany ignores Jorah's (Iain Glen) advice. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and Davos (Liam Cunningham) approach their destination, and Davos is offered a reward.
Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.
Episode #19: "Blackwater"
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis' fleet assaults King's Landing.
Written by George R.R. Martin; directed by Neil Marshall.
Here are some promo images for next Thursday's episode, "Game Day." You can also check out the official description below. [KSiteTV]
THE FINAL SCORE – A big football rivalry captures the attention of the police department, but all bets are off when the final play goes both ways in Detective Britten's (Jason Isaacs) two realities. In one world a dispute between rival fans leads to a murder in the stadium parking lot and in the other an in-the-red gambler gets burned. Meanwhile, Rex (Dylan Minnette) is suffering from a broken heart. Elsewhere, Vega (Wilmer Valderrama) and Hannah (Laura Allen) are planning a going away party for Britten.
Here's a sneak peek for this Sunday's episode, "The Return."
Here's a short description for episode twenty-one, "Big Feet":
When Juliette stumbles upon a horrifying murder, Nick learns the suspected creature is unable to return to a human form; Hank sees something inexplicable.
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Noosphere Rising."
Here are some promo images from episode twenty-one, "Before Sunset." [SpoilerTV]
Here's the promo for the next episode, "Traitor."
Here are some promo images for episode twenty-one, "Prom." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.