J.J. Abrams has some vague thoughts on Star Wars: Episode VII. Plus, Guy Pearce opens up about his Iron Man 3 villainy!

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A bunch of Thor: The Dark World actors reveal what to expect from the sequel, plus Tom Hiddleston hints at Loki's longer-term future. Director Gavin Hood offers an Ender's Game update. Ryan Reynolds talks more about what a Deadpool movie would be like, assuming it ever happens. Get to know Doctor Who's new companion in a pair of video interviews. Jon M. Chu explains why he hopes G.I. Joe: Retaliation is only the (new) beginning. And how specifically will Joffrey be a complete and utter bastard in this season of Game of Thrones? All spoilers will be revealed below!


Top image from Ender's Game.

Star Wars: Episode VII

J.J. Abrams discusses the job ahead of him as director of the new Star Wars movie. This probably won't come as a surprise to anyone who's read a J.J. Abrams interview before, but he doesn't really say all that much. Anyway, here's how he discusses his approach to the material:

I don't know because we're just getting started. So it's a great question that I hope I'll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they're not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that's really exciting.' And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that's cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that. How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It's a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there's something amazing here is the thing that they share.

He also hints that legendary director and longtime George Lucas collaborator Steven Spielberg has been aware of all that's been going on with the franchise, if not necessarily actively involved:

"I will say that Steven [Spielberg] was very encouraging of Star Wars. It's funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on."

There's a bit more at the link on how Abrams was convinced to take on the job. [Empire Online]

Iron Man 3

The great, great Guy Pearce discusses his character, the villainous Aldrich Killian:

Killian is an interesting character as he's somebody who came into this world with a number of physical disabilities. He's never been able to accept those limitations though and has spent most of his life trying to overcome them in any way he can. His tenacity and blind determination in fighting for a better life are seen by some as irritating, as he often comes across as obnoxious. He just won't accept the cards he was dealt, and being as intelligent as he is, has real drive to change and become a different person. So we find him at the start of the film in a flashback and we see the ambitious, almost annoying, guy that he is. He takes opportunities to try and latch onto people like Tony Stark. So you see this very ambitious character and you see him later on in the film having made a change, and Tony and the other people that have met him early on kind of go, "How did this happen? How did he do this?" But he's a dangerous character. He wants to become all-powerful. That's sort of a driving force with him and Tony Stark realizes eventually what this guy is capable of.


He also discusses the character's love triangle with Pepper Potts and Tony Stark:

When Killian started his organization A.I.M., however many years ago, Pepper was somebody whom he employed to work there. Obviously, from the outset he was very keen on her. She's smart, she's attractive, she's a great girl. But Killian was someone that she was never interested in. When we meet Killian early on in the film, everything about him is unappealing on some kind of level and she always kept him at arm's length. Then years later when he goes to her to basically look for funding and to get her involved again, she's completely taken aback by how charming he is and how wonderful he now looks, plus his attitude's changed. So she is kind of taken by him; she doesn't quite know what's happening to her and her reaction to him. And obviously, she and Tony Stark have a relationship, so this causes a little rift between those two.


There's plenty more at the link. [Marvel.com]

Thor: The Dark World

Loki actor Tom Hiddleston discusses how the tone has changed with new director Alan Taylor:

Yes, what can I say...I just want to reassure you that it's going to be great. It's darker in every respect I suppose in tone and Alan Taylor's vision was tremendous. It's really hard to say, I wish I could tell you but I kind of want to hold it back so that it's new when you see it. I know that it will be exciting but I'm not going to say too much.

This being their third film together, does the strengthened real-life relationship between Tom and Chris Hemsworth bring a new dynamic between Thor and Loki in Thor: The Dark World?
There's a development. There's a logical or perhaps surprising development that I hope will be pleasing.


You can check out the entire interview with him below. [RedCarpetNewsTV via Comic Book Movie]

Erstwhile Chuck star Zachary Levi discusses his experience taking over the role of Fandral the Dashing, a member of Thor's allies the Warriors Three:

"First, I hope that I'm not on the cutting room floor and I also that whatever does make it in the movie, real comic book fans, who know the characters and the stories, appreciate it. I believe in doing right by them, so I hope they feel like my portrayal of Fandral is solid. I'm completely blond in the movie, so that's really weird."


[Pop Sugar via Comic Book Movie] And here's Ray Stevenson, who plays fellow Warriors Three member Volstagg:

"It was great to be back among the boys for Thor. This time, Volstagg is a bit more war-like and a bit more frenzied. There's some deep, deep challenges to the universe and the nine realms.' Basically, in ‘Thor', Asgard's under attack. All the happy, shiny days are soon to be behind us."


[Comic Book Movie]

The Avengers 2

In an interview with the BBC's Nomia Iqbal, Tom Hiddleston revealed he has discussed the Avengers sequel with writer-director Joss Whedon, but Hiddleston said he could not yet say whether Loki will appear in the film. [@NomiaIqbal]


X-Men: Days of Future Past

Here's an interview with director Bryan Singer and Beast actor Nicholas Hoult.


Would-be star Ryan Reynolds talks some more about the plans for a spin-off Deadpool movie:

I love Deadpool and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could it that R-rated way, so... You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent, and that’s tough to get by a studio. "In the current iteration of the script, it doesn’t address Wolverine – though it does address Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. Deadpool was not happy with Deadpool in Wolverine. He has a sort of a WTF!? moment with that. The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him."


[Coming Soon]

Ender's Game

Yesterday, director Gavin Hood took to the movie's official Tumblr to offer this update on the film, teasing the release of a new poster later today:

We are now well into post production and the famous zero gravity battle room scenes are looking fantastic. We started a year ago by sending our talented young actors off to a "space camp" to train under the guidance of real NASA astronauts. They learned to move in zero gravity environments and experienced the wonderful feeling of weightlessness. Mix in some truly incredible visual effects work and today we are looking at battle room scenes that will blow your mind!

Tomorrow you will get your very first look at the battle room with the reveal of the teaser poster on Yahoo! Movies. For now, enjoy a small tease of Ender's feet at the gate! I wish I could show you more, but with just over six months to go before our Nov 1 release date, the poster will at least give you a small glimpse of what we are working towards.


[Ender's Game Blog]

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Director Jon M. Chu explains the process of rebuilding the G.I. Joe franchise after the indifferently received Rise of Cobra:

There's so many things about G.I. Joe, I know what the fans want, because I hear it every day. I know what they wish for, and I know what our movie has, and what it doesn't have. What we didn't have the ability to necessarily do yet. We're building a foundation for a different tone, a different feel for the movie, reinventing a lot of things. But it's just the beginning. Do we want to get more into Cobra Commander? Yes. Did we not do that enough here? For sure. But we have to build some roots before we go through all that.

So picking up on the key things you said there… foundation… would you consider that this is perhaps an ongoing thing? The middle part of a trilogy?
I hope it's the foundation for a lot of other things. I think that the G.I. Joe world is huge, I mean even including Action Man…I bet there's an Action Man pissed that London just got destroyed and he's going to want some vengeance. There are so many things, Cobra Island, and all the different characters , even our movie as it is is too many characters, so we're just trying to find that balance. We had to strip a lot of stuff out, consolidate or reveal it later in the movie than we had originally planned, because we had to… adapt. There are a lot of people who have seen the first movie, a lot of people who have not seen the first movie. A lot of people who know nothing about G.I. Joe, and a lot of people who know a lot about G.I. Joe. Some people who know just about the 12" action figures.


There's a lot more at the link about his plans for any subsequent films. [Generals Joes]

Friday Night Lights costar Adrianne Palicki discusses her role as Lady Jaye:

"I think she is the epitome of what a soldier should be and [Roadblock] definitely respects her. Flint, not so much. Flint has to gain Roadblock's respect and I think Lady Jaye's as well but she has a bit more of a soft spot for Flint."


You can check out the full, nearly five-minute interview with Palicki at the first link. [All That's Bueno via Comic Book Movie]

Doctor Who

Here's a video introducing viewers to Jenna-Louise Coleman, who makes her third debut (long story) as Clara Oswin Oswald in this week's mid-series premiere, "The Bells of Saint John."

And here's an interview Coleman herself conducted with star Matt Smith.

Matt Smith hints at what to expect from the upcoming episode "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS":

"I really wanted to see The Doctor's bedroom, but we didn't. You sort of learn more about who the TARDIS is, and what effect she can have on the shape of that spaceship."


He also hints at both the seventh series finale and subsequent 50th anniversary special:

"The finale is going to be really exciting. Because, you know, what comes next is the 50th [Anniversary Special]. And, boy-oh-boy, is there a *whip sound* at the end of that.”


[Blogtor Who]

Game of Thrones

Jack Gleeson discusses the continuing evolution of Joffrey in the upcoming third season:

“I think he’s as evil as he ever was but he’s channeling it through a different means. There’s a different dynamic; he’s trying to impress Margaery with his evil deeds and he still rebelling against his mother. There are some disaster dates. I think he’s a bit unlucky in love... He’s certainly more interested in council meetings, he wants to mature more as a king and engage more with administrative duties,” he says. “He’s got a lot on his plate, but at his core he’s still a bratty kid.”


You can also check out the latest promo photos right here. [EW]


It's difficult to believe, but Revolution is actually, honest-to-goodness back tonight, and here's what creator Eric Kripke has to say about the April 8th episode "The Song Remains the Same," in which Rachel Mathison will reveal everything about the blackout:

“I don't think we box ourselves in a corner. I think we open a door to a whole new world. And then we ask more questions. Because for me the story was never about what caused the blackout. I think it's for me it's like the show isn't just based on one particular mystery, it's based on these characters and this world and this kind of transformed landscape that they have these adventures in.”


Rachel actress Elizabeth Mitchell discusses her character's current mindset:

“I think that her mindset is on survival and her mindset is on revenge and in a horrible awkward way her mind is on good parenting which she's not very good at. But I think the sad thing was that she probably at one time truly was. So it's just what this world has created and she's a direct reflection of that. So her mindset is revenge, love and trying to do the right thing. We'll see if it work.”


There's more at the link. [BuddyTV]


Here's the description for episode seventeen, "One Angry Fuchsbau," which airs April 5:

ROSALEE IS CALLED TO JURY DUTY AND TAKES ON A LAWYER WITH UNUSUAL POWERS OF PERSUASION — While on jury duty, Rosalee (Bree Turner) tasks Nick (David Giuntoli), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) to help stop a defense attorney from using his particular “Wesen wiles” to overturn what should be an open-and-shut murder case. Back at the precinct, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) brings Nick and Hank in on his own recent dealings with the Verrat, to keep them on their toes. Meanwhile, a return to the trailer brings a flurry of memories of Nick rushing back to Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch).


You can check out promo photos for the episode right here. [KSiteTV]

Episode 22 will reportedly be called "Goodnight Sweet Grimm." [SpoilerTV]

The Vampire Diaries

Here's a promo for this week's episode, "American Gothic." You can check out some promo photos right here. [TV Line]

Beauty and the Beast

Here's a promo for the next episode, "Partners In Crime."

Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.



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