Captain America 2 will be rougher than other Marvel movies. There are huge rumors about another Amazing Spider-Man 2 villain and a Doctor Who shake-up. Plus Kick-Ass 2 releases new viral videos, Stephen King's has a message for book fans watching Under the Dome, and Optimus Prime has a bad day in Transformers 4. Spoilers...
Joe Russo promises, "It’s going to be much grittier than any Marvel movie to date."
Two new viral videos for the movie have been released. The first features "Battle Guy" and "Insect Man":
And the second comes from "Doctor Gravity":
Joss Whedon's talked some more about the role Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will play in the sequel:
[They're] a huge part of [Avengers 2]. I'm really excited about it. I don't know what they're doing and I'm determinably not knowing. They'll do their thing. I have to do mine.
There's more in the video at the link. [Crave Online]
This new movie will be introducing both Harry Osborne (Dale DeHaan) and his father Norman (Chris Cooper) — but a new rumor, supposedly from a source who witnessed the tail end of filming, suggests that Norman won't be becoming the Green Goblin at all. Instead of the mantle of Green Goblin being passed from father to son, Harry will be the first and only Green Goblin — and he'll suit up at the end of this movie, during a showdown at an OsCorp power plant. As with all rumors, a large grain of salt is advised here. [Movie Web]
MTV has a roundup of facts, rumors and guesses about the new movie — among them is the notion that if Arnold Schwarzenegger is really coming back, he'll have to be playing a human this time around. Because the two-term governor of California simply looks "too haggard" to play a ruthless killing machine. So maybe he plays the human whose badassery inspires Skynet to create the T-800 in his image? (Assuming, of course, that you ignore that Terminator 3 deleted scene.)
One rumor is that the film takes place in the 1940s or 1950s, where a Terminator is sent back to try and wipe out John Connor's ancestors earlier in his bloodline — in which case Schwarzenegger would be the guy who saves the Connor clan, and winds up inspiring the appearance of the T-800. Take all of this with several grains of salt, of course. [MTV]
Jeff Nichols, director of Mud and Take Shelter, is directing a brand new movie that's said to be "a present-day scifi chase film." Now Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty) is joining Michael Shannon in the movie's cast. And there's some supposition the film is actually the Starman-inspired Midnight Special, a movie that Nichols mentioned he was writing some time back. [Variety via First Showing]
Slashfilm has released the full transcript of its interview with Director James Mangold. Here are some interesting tidbits.
On how he's using the comic storyline:
In [Frank] Miller’s storyline he’s got a preexisting relationship with Madripoor. Well, that would be really weird to just open a movie and he’s already been to Japan. In a way I had to do the origin story of his relationship with Japan. Like if there was something I had to introduce it was so that you’re not only falling into a new point in his own life, but you’re falling into a place where he’s already made a host of new connections and you don’t know how any of them came to pass. So there’s very simple redirection like that that we made.
And on Viper:
The thing is… the reason that I hesitate is that I don’t want to give away the surprise, but more to that, the movie is a mystery. The movie itself is kind of a labyrinth.
Everyone’s got secrets and everyone’s got surprises, not just Viper. The joy of the film to me is trying to figure out, like Logan is… You land in this Oz, you don’t really have your feet planted on the ground, you don’t know the way things operate here and you don’t know the language. So there’s a level where the interesting quality of the movie is watching him with us unpeel what the hell is going on.
There's a ton more at the link. [Slash Film]
Here's a new UK TV spot:
Vin Diesel released this San Diego Comic Con poster. [via Flickering Myth]
Michael Bay has released a photo of a new vehicle that'll be in the next film called "The Freightliner." [MichealBay.com]
It looks like Transformers 4 is looking for extras for its Hong Kong scenes, since it's placing a casting call for Asian American adult extras for scenes being filmed in Michigan that'll apparently be combined with actual shots in Hong Kong. [WZZM 13 ABC]
Here are some videos from the set of Optimus Prime getting blasted with huge explosions. [via Transformer World]
And finally, here's a picture of a prop. [Transformer World]
Reece Shearsmith, who will playing Patrick Troughton in the the 50th anniversary biopic An Adventure in Space and Time, has revealed the extent to which the second Doctor will be featured:
I was honoured to be part of it. Mark [Gatiss] has... had that idea for a long time and he's finally got to do it this year. It's the perfect time for it to happen, with it being the 50th anniversary in November. I think he just always had this idea that I would [play Troughton]. It's very small - I'm literally only in a very small little bit, but it was lovely to be part of it.
Now, take this with a grain of salt, but there's some evidence that producer Marcus Wilson will soon be leaving the show. He posted this semi-cryptic tweet:
[Former Eastenders producer] Diederick Santer gave me lots of good advice. The best - always leave the party while you're still having fun.
Wilson joined the show during Matt Smith's second season — and with the recent departure of Caroline Skinner, he was one of the main points of continuity in the show's production office. If it's true Wilson is leaving, then as Life, Doctor Who & Combom puts it, Steven Moffat "is essentially going to be breaking in an entirely new production team" along with a new Doctor. Wilson has neither confirmed nor denied that he's leaving, but people are taking this tweet as implying that to be the case. [Life, Doctor Who & Combom]
Rebecca Mader has been cast for a single-episode part in Warehouse 13's six-episode final season. Exactly what her role will be is being closely guarded, however. [TV Line]
Once Upon a Time is casting two recurring roles for the season premiere. The first is Rufio, a "mischievous and devious" Lost Boy and "Thief," a man in his 30s who steals magic from Rumpelstiltskin to save someone he loves. [SpoilerTV]
Jessica Collins has been cast as the recurring character Cynthia, described by Executive Producer Eric Kripke as "a beautiful young woman of deep faith, whose winning humor and blazing intelligence capture the heart of one of Revolution’s leading characters." [EW]
The season premiere will also feature Jeff, "a sexy bartender." [Spoiler TV]
Here, in all its glory, is Stephen King's response to anyone complaining about the differences between the show and the book:
For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version, here’s a little story.
Near the end of his life, and long after his greatest novels were written, James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper. This young man began his time with Cain by bemoaning how Hollywood had changed books such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. Before he could properly get into his rant, the old man interrupted him by pointing to a shelf of books behind his desk. “The movies didn’t change them a bit, son,” he said. “They’re all right up there. Every word is the same as when I wrote them.”
I feel the same way about Under the Dome. If you loved the book when you first read it, it’s still there for your perusal. But that doesn’t mean the TV series is bad, because it’s not. In fact, it’s very good. And, if you look closely, you’ll see that most of my characters are still there, although some have been combined and others have changed jobs. That’s also true of the big stuff, like the supermarket riot, the reason for all that propane storage, and the book’s thematic concerns with diminishing resources.
Many of the changes wrought by Brian K. Vaughan and his team of writers have been of necessity, and I approved of them wholeheartedly. Some have been occasioned by their plan to keep the Dome in place over Chester’s Mill for months instead of little more than a week, as is the case in the book. Other story modifications are slotting into place because the writers have completely re-imagined the source of the Dome.
That such a re-imagining had to take place was my only serious concern when the series was still in the planning stages, and that concern was purely practical. If the solution to the mystery were the same on TV as in the book, everyone would know it in short order, which would spoil a lot of the fun (besides, plenty of readers didn’t like my solution, anyway). By the same token, it would spoil things if you guys knew the arcs of the characters in advance. Some who die in the book—Angie, for instance—live in the TV version of Chester’s Mill…at least for a while. And some who live in the book may not be as lucky during the run of the show. Just sayin’.
Read the whole thing at the link. [StephenKing.com]
Mike Vogel spoke to TV Line about Barbie's unlikely hero-dom:
There certainly are some things starting to bubble with Barbie and Julia. There’s always that underlying skepticism, which continues to get played even more so in the next episode. This week we have a big fire that breaks out, and in a normal circumstance that’s a difficult situation — but you put it in a small town under a dome where your fire department is stuck on the outside? Now you’re faced with a situation where the entire town could go up....
Escaping [the dome] is left to some other characters. Barbie’s just trying to cover his tracks. He’s in a town that he wants to avoid and disappear in as much as possible, but he keeps finding himself drawn into these situations where, because he is a good guy, it’s innate in him to protect and to defend. As much as he tries keep a low profile, things keep happening that force him to intervene.
More at the link. [TV Line]
Britt Robertson spoke to TV Guide about what life will be like for Angie in the bunker:
When I first met with [executive producers]Brian [K. Vaughan] and Neal [Baer] before we even started shooting, they mentioned this idea that Angie has this way with not even just men, but people in general where she can manipulate them and get what she wants very easily by using different tactics. In a way, she's been doing this her entire life. When she gets trapped in this fallout shelter with a guy who she's known for the majority of her life — she knows him probably better than anyone — she uses every skill, every tactic, every manipulation that she can to get out of there. Ultimately, he's just not the person who she thinks he is. It's a really fascinating frustration for Angie because she's fighting being able to control him and manipulate him, yet she's being entrapped by this guy who is just insane. There's no reasoning with him....
[Angie] does see her brother before she gets trapped, so the audience is going to think, "Why isn't her brother looking for her? He knows she's in the dome along with everyone else." But it goes back to who she is. She's a really independent free spirit. She has her own apartment and does whatever she wants to. There is the threat of maybe something happened to her, but there's also the reasoning, 'That's just Angie.' That's terrifying for her as well, because no one is really looking for her at all.
There's plenty more at the link. [TV Guide]
And the synopses for episodes 1.07, 1.08, and 1.09:
The title of episode 1.07 has been changed to "Imperfect Circles" in later casting notices (previously it had been "Broadcast Signal Intrusion"). In episode 1.07, in their search for the source of the dome, Joe and Norrie discover that there's a "mini-dome" in the woods with an egg inside of it that has pink streaks moving down its sides.
In episode 1.08, "Thicker Than Water," Junior teams up with Ollie against Big Jim. Barbie, Big Jim, and Linda plan to blow up Ollie's well to divert water back to the town's reservoir.
In episode 1.09, "The Fourth Hand," Joe and Norrie discover that the mini-dome has reappeared in Joe and Angie's barn. The new character Maxine ("Max") first shows up in episode 1.09. Max has a history with both Big Jim and Barbie, and she knows that Barbie killed Julia's husband because she was the person he called in the car after he buried Peter. She's also been behind the drug "Rapture" that several of the townspeople have been taking, and she's part of Big Jim's deal to stockpile propane.
Here's a behind the scenes photoshoot photo of Kate Cassidy. [SpoilerTV]
Here are the synopses for episodes 6.05, 6.06, and 6.07:
Episode 6.05 - F**k the Pain Away
Wanting to finally learn the truth about her past Sookie recruits Lafayette to summon her parents while Warlow relives the events that led him back to Lilith after thousands of years, Eric and Tara attempt to rescue Pam.
Episode 6.06 - Don't You Feel Me
Sookie escapes to a Fae land where Bill cannot influence her. Bill decides to seek Lillith's advice. Eric, Pam, Nora, Jason and Jessica are in danger.
Episode 6.07 - The Funeral
Eric pledges loyalty to Bill as a last resort to save Nora. A tragedy close to home forcES Sam to ignore the warnings of Alcide and return to Bon Temps. Jessica shows her gratitude to James, a prisoner.
Jamie Gray Hyder spoke to Buddy TV about the pack and this season.
On Danielle's place in the pack:
I think as her role on the show has increased, so has her role in the pack. I think that she's very much an opportunist. Last season, she was willing to do V and also other stuff to impress the pack leader who was in power. And now there's a new pack leader and she's vying for his attention. I think that she just wants to go along and be part of what's going on and prove that she's a viable asset to the pack.
On Danielle's relationship with Alcide:
I think [she's] going to continue to do whatever [she] can to appear valuable to him and the dynamics of everybody kinda changes throughout the season as we continue.
And on the place of werewolves in the human-vampire war:
I think we're trying to keep to ourselves as best as possible. We're trying to look out for our own, but there's no doubt that with such a big conflict going on in Bon Temps and in the State of Louisiana that we'll be able to stay out of the conflict. You saw the young group that came into Merlotte's and they were spying on us. So, we don't know what's going to happen with all that. Everybody is a target at this point. You can't help but be involved in the conflict that's going on at large.
There's more at the link. [Buddy TV]
The first episode of season 5 is casting some new characters. In the season opener, we'll meet:
Nadia - And emotional and beautiful 20's something who has traveled the earth on a mission of vengeance.
Jesse - Mid 20's, college upperclassman.
Megan - 20's and head of her class, too smart for her own good.
The third episode will introduce another recurring character, "Tessa" — a "powerful and insightful" nobleman's daughter. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promotional photo of Mark Pellegrino. [Spoiler TV]
The first episode of season 3 will be called "Liberty." [SpoilerTV]
The season premiere will be called "Devil May Care" and feature Tracy, a hunter, and Irv, another hunter who is an old friend of the Winchesters. [Spoiler TV]
TV Equals interviewed Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, and Doug Jones about what is coming up this season. Watch their answers in the interviews below: