Get the first real details about Doctor Who's Christmas special. We may get a chance to see the director's cut of Snowpiercer after all, Ant-Man casting rumors are solidifying, and Avengers: Age of Ultron has a script ready. Plus, what's special about Norman Osborne's introduction in Amazing Spider-Man 2? Spoilers now!
Top image: Doctor Who.
Director Bong Joon-Ho says that, after hating all the cuts to the United State's version of the film, there's a chance we'll actually get the director's cut at some point:
I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter. And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we have been talking a lot about keeping the original cut for the U.S. release, so what I can say is…have faith.
Rumors are still placing Paul Rudd at the top of the list to play Hank Pym, with the focus apparently now shifting to finding the right Janet Van Dyne, which previous rumors put Rashida Jones in contention for. [Comic Book Resources]
First, J.J. Abrams won't say what we all pretty much know: that with R2-D2 confirmed, that's close to a guarantee that C-3PO is also confirmed. He just joked that the two have different agents. Second, he said that the change of release date from summer to winter was helpful:
I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in the summer. Before I even came onto the project, before I was brought on, they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on. Which I understand, and I understand why they'd want that, but it didn't necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively. So I think that it's a hugely important thing that that comes first, and that a release date is great, but you have to release something great. So to me, the new release date is a huge improvement.
Frank Grillo, who plays Brock Rumlow, AKA Crossbones, hinted that his appearance in Captain America could lead to Crossbones appearing in other Marvel movies, saying:
We see you once in the Winter Soldier trailer, but are you throughout the movie?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's an origin film. You meet people who are going to be around for a while, so they introduce the characters. It's almost like it's a series. It's fun. I can't say very much about it because Marvel's very strict about what you're allowed to say. The movie, we've seen bits of it, and it is spectacular.
Well, the trailer looks awesome.
Yeah, and that's just a tiny bit.
But I think comic book readers know that Brock is Crossbones, so we wonder how close he gets in his first appearance.
I can't say any of that because they will fire me.
Well, I imagine they have plans for Brock in the movies.
They do actually. We'll see what happens. We'll see if the fans respond to Brock and how it goes.
Bear in mind, Crossbones played a key role in the assassination of Captain America in the comics, so this could conceivably mean that we'll see some version of that storyline in a later film — including possibly Captain America 3. [Crave Online via Slashfilm]
Chris Cooper hinted that there's going to be something special about Norman Osborne's first appearance, saying:
[Amazing] Spider-Man 2' was an introduction to Norman. And — you'll see — an extremely odd introduction, which apparently will lead to something more.
Elizabeth Olson's already gearing up to play the Scarlet Witch, saying she recently met with Joss Whedon:
I hung out with Mr. Whedon recently. I'm really excited about this movie. I'm so excited about Scarlet Witch. I have had so much fun reading all about her and I am like learning new words that I had to look up on Wikipedia. I'm really enjoying it.
I just love Scarlet Witch. I love her. It's so funny because I'm often talking about all these psychologically damaged people, but when you talk about Scarlet Witch... She is a messed up lady. She has got more sh*t to deal with than anybody else I know. I'm excited to figure out what's appropriate to use for her, because there's so much material from all of these decades, and we're going to tell this one story. So to be able to choose what you're going to bring into it from all of this abundance, it's really fun.
Mark Ruffalo tweeted that the script's done and in the actors' hands:
Okay. Just got the New Avengers Script. And I am going to read it now. I hope Banner/Hulk are represented. @Marvel @josswhedon. Fingers X'd
Author Cassandra Clare says she's waiting to see when the movie'll get made, just like the rest of us. However, she does know that Sigourney Weaver's been cast as "the Inquisitor." She also teases some big changes, saying:
Simon (Robert Sheehan) is turned into a vampire. And he goes from being this human who's Clary's friend to this ravenous undead thing. Robbie was actually my idea. "I saw him in 'Misfits,' which is a big comedy hit in Britain, and he's just so good and yet also able to be heartbreaking and I thought he'll be great and he will enjoy the hell out of being a vampire.
So much Christmas special information is coming out. It'll be called "The Time of the Doctor," and here's a short synopsis:
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe's deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars - and amongst them, the Doctor.
Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
And here's the promotional image. [Coming Soon]
Gwendoline Christie is very aware of Brienne's backstory from the books when she plays the character, saying:
All I'll say is that Brienne has deliberately assumed many male attributes in order to cope in this world. But I don't think as a woman she's naturally like that. She's had to work very hard and behave like a man and only in behaving like a man has she gained any respect from this traditionally very male-dominated world. It's particularly acute in the environment she's chosen to put herself in… that of being a knight.
What is her backstory?
She comes from the Island of Tarth. Her father is Lord Selwyn Tarth and there's an extraordinary back-story in the book about how she became a knight. She never wanted to get married and yet she had to. So she said, 'If I manage to beat you in a sword fight I will not marry you.' The man very arrogantly said, 'Well if I beat you, you will marry me.' We know what happened! It's actually very similar to the myth of Atlanta in Greek mythology, who had to go through a similar process.
Rose McIver, who plays Tinkerbell, is very cagey about what will be revealed about her character's past, saying:
What's funny with the show, the way that it's written is so out of sequence that chronologically you don't know what's going to happen. So we're learning bits and pieces in flashbacks as we speak. I just shot an episode last week that will shed a little light on Tinkerbell's back story, but yeah, we only learn it in pieces as we go as well. So it's quite a lot of fun to pick up each episode and learn backwards where you're from and where you're going.
Are you allowed to tease that flashback and what it was about?
We explore a little more about how Tinkerbell knows Hook.
She also says that we'll learn whether or not Tink makes it to Storybrooke in the next few episodes. [TV Line]
Here's a new extended trailer. [via TV Equals]
Here's the synopsis for episode 1.11:
Penniless and starving, Jason cannot believe his luck when he stumbles across an abandoned feast. Temptation proves too much and he helps himself to the bounty, savouring his first proper meal in days…
But it soon becomes clear that Jason's gluttony has come at a price as he begins to exhibit some seriously strange behaviour. As things spiral out of control, it falls to Hercules and Pythagoras to save their friend before Heptarian and the palace guards bring his exertions to heel for good.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm