A long-running Game of Thrones rumor is seemingly quashed for good. Plus, we may already know who's playing Star Trek 3's villain. John Wesley Shipp talks about the difference between the Flash shows old and new. And a classic Star Wars villain is coming to Rebels. Hi-yo, Spoilers, away!
Top image: Agents of SHIELD.
A supposed insider at Marvel - helpfully named ' the_marvel_intern' - took to Reddit to claim that some of the cast of Agents of SHIELD will make appearances in the movie: Agent Coulson, Melinda May, and as the commenter puts it, 'Daisy' (aka Skye). [Reddit via Cinemablend]
The movie is still well and truly in the early stages, but that doesn't stop the rumor train: apparently three new female characters will be introduced: a starship captain, Bones' ex-wife, and the President of the Federation. The same rumors are also joined by a description of the villain as 'Bryan Cranston-like' — to the point that Cranston has allegedly been approached for the role. [Film Divider]
Here's a new poster. [ /Film]
Hoo boy. The internet went all aflutter for a few hours yesterday with talk that Catelyn Stark's zombiefied alter-ego from the books, Lady Stoneheart, would be appearing in the finale of Season 5 — all based on Michelle Fairley's IMDB page being updated to include the show's fifth season. The Huffington Post reached out to Fairley's agent though, who quickly shut down the rumor, by stating that it was 'completely incorrect'. Once again, take everything on IMDB with a pinch of salt. A really, really big pinch. [ Watchers on the Wall]
Meanwhile Dame Diana Rigg spoke to Jonathan Ross about the upcoming season:
John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen in the first Flash TV show (and now plays Barry's dad in the CW series) sat down with Comic Book Resources to talk about the transition from Old Flash to New Flash:
You're also not the only actor from the original show that's been a part of the current series — Amanda Pays returned as Tina McGee, and Mark Hamill will play The Trickster in an upcoming episode. That's the kind of thing that doesn't always happen, as subsequent incarnations often want to run from the past. This show, however, has embraced it. How gratifying is that for you, to know what you did almost 25 years ago had such an impact on the creative people running this version of The Flash?
I think there are two reasons for that. Number one, all of our executive producers were fans. They make no bones about the fact that they were big fans of the first effort. When I met Andrew Kreisberg, he said, "We've already met, I was an assistant on the backlot of Warner Bros. when you were doing 'original Flash.' I totally came up and invaded your space and fanboy-ed out on you." I knew right away that they watched the show. Although Greg Berlanti, when we were doing "Dawson's Creek" together, he never mentioned it, and I found out that The Flash was his favorite character. David Nutter said, "You know, you were my hero growing up." They watched the first effort carefully.
The fact that they are willing to bring in elements from the previous show is a sign of some really secure creators. Creators who are so secure in what they're doing, and the newness and the freshness and the moment behind what they're doing, that they're not afraid to bring elements from the past as homages and integrating them into their vision for the present and for the future. To me, that says we've got some executive producers who are very secure in what they're doing today.
As one of a very small number of people in the world to have the experience of playing Barry Allen, what are your thoughts on what Grant Gustin has brought to the role so far?
I'm approaching this role as a standalone role. I wouldn't very much have enjoyed doing a cameo and walk through. The fact that Geoff Johns has created a much different and much darker backstory for Barry, and that this Henry Allen and Nora Allen story is very different — it's a standalone character. When I stop and think about it, I realize that he's playing the same character, but there are significant differences. Number one, it's much more youthful — he's 10 years younger than I was when I was playing Barry. Number two, the suit is different. He is what I thought we should have been more in 1990 — he's much more aerodynamic. Since the guy's thing is speed, it would make sense that he would be aerodynamic. The suit reflects a more urban, contemporary sensibility.
People say, is it familiar? Yeah, in the sense that you walk up to a familiar house, and you open the door, and all the furnishings and all the rooms are completely different. It's not really revisiting something, as recreating a universe that I was once a part of.
Much more at the link. [ Comic Book Resources]
Maltese Jow, who is playing Linda Park, has said that she's staying on for a few episodes of the show. [ Ksite TV]
Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg and Grant Gustin discussed an upcoming episode dealing with the Flash running fast enough to time travel:
"There's an episode coming up where there is inadvertent connection to the Speed Force that results in probably our funniest hour as well as our darkest hour as the dangers of time travel come to light," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells EW. "It's a mashup between Back to the Future and Terminator—the good version of time travel and the bad version of time travel."
The episode will also be influenced by the 1993 flick Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray's harried weatherman relives the same day over again until he gets his priorities straight. "It's a complete accident the first time [he time travels]," star Grant Gustin says. "It's really confusing because now we're playing with timelines and we're having to shoot things a couple different ways. It's like a Groundhog Day-type element. It's really funny and really exciting."
But Kreisberg cautions that Barry tampering with the past "has massive repercussions for the show," he says. "After that episode, things are never going to be the same on The Flash."
The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is now helming the pilot of Limitless' TV pilot, taking over from Neil Burger, who bowed out due to scheduling issues. [Deadline]
USA has ordered a full season of this show, which revolves around "a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult decisions as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race. Set in the near future, the story takes place in Los Angeles, which exists in a state of occupation by a force of outside intruders. Some people choose to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences." Here's the first still from the series:
[ Spoiler TV]
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first look at Grand Moff Tarkin's appearance on the show next week, as well as two exclusive clips.
Here's the press release for the first episode:
WILL FORTE STARS AS PHIL MILLER IN A SPECIAL ONE-HOUR SERIES PREMIERE OF "THE LAST MAN ON EARTH" SUNDAY, MARCH 1, ON FOX
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH chronicles the life and adventures of an average guy - and humanity's last hope - who discovers what life is like when no one is telling you what you can and cannot do. The year is 2020, and after a deadly virus has swept the planet, only one man is left on earth: Phil Miller (Forte). He used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one. As he returns to his hometown of Tucson, Phil comes to the realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth in the special one-hour "Alive in Tucson/The Elephant in the Room" Series Premiere episode of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH airing Sunday, March 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (LME-101/02) (TV-14 D, L, V)
Cast: Will Forte as Phil Miller; Kristen Schaal as Carol Pilbasian
Guest Cast: Jason Mantzoukas as John Tucker
[ Spoiler TV]
How many previews would you like for tonight's episode? Three, you say? You're in luck - here's the producer's preview: [ Spoiler TV]
Here's a dialogue preview: [ Spoiler TV]
And here's a preview comic! [Spoiler TV]
Here's a sneak peak of episode 4.12, ' Maréchaussée' [Spoiler TV]
Here's a clip from episode 2.11, 'Coup De Grâce': [ Spoiler TV]
Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's next horror show. [Deadline]
Here's some episode descriptions for the second and third episodes of Season 2:
Episode 2.02 - Scare Tactics
Clay investigates a mysterious symbol that may be related to witchcraft.
Episode 2.03 - Hell's Teeth
A new threat proves to be more powerful than anticipated; the pack and coven suffer heavy losses.
Here's a description of the second episode:
After an artist is murdered, Liv not only picks up his visions, she picks up traces of his passion and begins to see things in a more inspired way. Meanwhile, Blaine connects with Liv, and Liv tries to connect with Major. Recurring guest star ALY MICHALKA appears as Peyton. JUDY REYES (Scrubs) guest stars as Lola, the artist's wife.
Written by: Diane Ruggiero-Wright
Directed by: John Kretchmer
Here's the description of episode 4.16, from the press release:
REESE MUST PROTECT A STREET-SMART GRIFTER WHEN HER PLAN TO STEAL CASH FROM A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY GOES UP IN SMOKE, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," TUESDAY, FEB. 24
"Blunt" – Reese and Finch must protect Harper, a street-smart grifter, when her plan to steal cash from a medical marijuana dispensary goes up in smoke, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, Feb. 24 (10:01-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Lyndsy Fonseca, who plays Angie, has been talking about her role on the show:
What have you found yourself really responding to being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Marvel is a big universe, so all I can [discuss] is my experience with the show, but I've got to say, it's woman power, you know, with Peggy. Two women showrunners write a show that is not just being cliché — they're really, truly writing a strong female, and I think that girls need to see that.
It's such an interesting time for female fandom. Female characters are really getting the respect and attention they've long deserved, and you get to be a part of that, right now, with that friendship that Angie shares with Agent Carter. Is that important to you, to be able to have that kind of role model quality in the show, of how women should treat one another?
Yeah, Hayley and I have discussed it. I think that it's really important that our characters never betray jealousy or cattiness. There's nothing but just support and interest and friendship, because a lot of times it's more complicated than that on shows. There's always like this backhanded thing or something's happening, and it's like sometimes in life you just like some girl and you want to be their friend, you know what I mean? You just want to be some girl's friend! It doesn't have to be that crazy, and that's pretty much what this is.
More at the link. [Comic Book Resources]
And finally, here's a picture of Michonne from the midseason première, from Comic Book Resources:
Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders.