There are new behind-the-scenes photos from Days of Future Past and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. True Blood is recasting a character following an actor leaving due to "creative direction." Steven Moffat promises a "new direction" for Doctor Who. Plus, a new look at Star Wars: Rebels' villain. Spoilers now!
Fantastic Four Versus X-Men
Correction: The Motley Fool article that had previously claimed that this film was actually being planned, has since been corrected to clarify that it's pure speculation. It's a guess, nothing more. [The Motley Fool]
Batman Vs Superman
The previous rumor that Denzel Washington was being considered for Lex Luthor has been replaced by a rumor from Nuke the Fridge that he's being considered for John Stewart/Green Lantern for the movie instead. Grain of salt and all, and bear in mind this movie's already stuffed full of superheroes. [Comic Book Resources]
Amazing Spider-Man 2
Here's the video from Spider-Man's appearance on Good Morning America. [Coming Soon]
And here are some new photos of Jamie Foxx's Electro. [Comic Book Resources]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Here are new photos from the movie, via Empire magazine. More at the link. [Coming Soon]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Here's a little behind-the-scenes photo. Check out the shades on James McAvoy. [Comic Book Resources]
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
In a similar vein, here's a behind-the-scenes photo of Andy Serkis in full motion-capture suit. [Slashfilm]
Luke Grimes has left the show, and the character of James is being recast. While an HBO spokesperson has said that he left "due to the creative direction of the character," a source told TV Line:
He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his Forever co-star] Deborah Ann Woll. But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.
Steven Moffat's promising a new tone and direction when the show returns, saying that this was something that he and Russell T. Davies always agreed on. He said that when he first started, they both thought that it was time to "kick a lot of stuff out," and that it's time to do that again:
It changes all the time, and it's keeping ahead of the audience in a way. All shows age and they all age sort of in the same way. You learn how to do it, you get really slick at it, and then you think you're really, really slick at it and everyone's started to yawn. And you think 'oh God, we're really slick at this but everyone knows what we're going to do'.
So now we've got to actually get a bit raw at it and do it in a different direction. It happens on every show – you get good at it and 'good at it' is the enemy in the end.
We've also got official confirmation that Peter Capaldi will keep his Scottish accent, with a BBC spokesperson saying:
The decision for Peter Capaldi to have a Scottish accent as the Doctor was a creative decision and it was not part of his contract.
That seems to be a response to the rumor that retaining a Scottish accent was part of Capaldi's contract. A "show insider" is quoted as saying:
But Peter is best at acting in a Scottish accent and he was delighted when he found out he could play the part with his own voice. It gives his character a stronger identity as well.
No fear that Sleepy Hollow's going to be adding a dense mythos any time soon, as executive producer Alex Kurtzman said:
We actually see it as a slow burn, so this season is really going to be focused on the characters that we've set up and what parts they play in what's beginning to unravel. As the series progresses, we'll absolutely be opening everybody's minds up to what's really going on there. We have to be very careful about how we do that because part of the fun of the show is that you are with the secret few who know what's really happening and the rest of the world doesn't. We don't want to let that vibe go.
Here's a new promotional photo from the upcoming series. [SpoilerTV]
Star Wars: Rebels
Photos of the action figure of the new villain, the Inquisitor, have been released. The Inquisitor will be a Jedi hunter in the employ of the Galactic Empire, and he's a tall dude with a interesting new double-lightsaber thing. [Coming Soon]
Here's the synopsis for episode 1.10, "Casket Girls":
TAKING BACK POWER — As the French Quarter prepares for its annual celebration of the Casket Girls Festival, Cami (Leah Pipes) suffers through as Davina (Danielle Campbell) attempts to free her of Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) mind compulsion. Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) form an unlikely alliance as Klaus sets his plan in motion to get Davina back. Once it's known that Davina is missing, Sophie (Daniella Pineda) gets in on the hunt to track her down. Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is forced to make a tough decision after receiving an unexpected phone call, and Rebekah (Claire Holt) sets her own plan in motion when she enlists the help of someone from Marcel's past. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Charlie Charbonneau and Michelle Paradise (#110).
Episode 4.11 will be called "End of a Line," and here's a short description:
Bo narrowly escapes a vengeful Fae's attack; a visit surprises Kenzi; Bo questions feelings for someone she loves.
Here are the titles and synopses for the first three episodes:
Episode 1.01 - Summons
Elena, bitten and turned into a werewolf, flees to Toronto, but is pulled back to upstate New York when an all-out war between rogue mutts and her Pack family begins.
Episode 1.02 - Prodigal
At Stonehaven, Elena tracks the killer Mutt while avoiding the advances of Clay Danvers; haunted by her own past as a killer, Elena is desperate to get back to her human life.
Episode 1.03 - Trespass
Old chemistry resurfaces as Elena and Clay work together; Elena threatens the Mutt leading to the change as they fight him in his wolf form.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm