Joseph Gordon-Levitt addresses his own possible Batman future. Delve into the history of Dredd with a new behind-the-scenes video. Director James Mangold shares teasers for The Wolverine. Captain Jack Harkness joins the new Green Arrow show. Plus lots more on Doctor Who's upcoming season!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Dredd.
Disney has confirmed that Robert Downey, Jr. injured his ankle while performing a stunt on the movie's Wilmington, North Carolina set, and so production is temporarily suspended while he heals. [/Film]
Director James Mangold has taken to Twitter to share his experiences making the latest entry in the sprawling X-Men franchise, and here are some of the highlights:
Today I am starting an intense set piece of action and drama at the Yashida Compound set...Logan, Yukio and Shingen... Amazing images being made. Great actors in this show. Exhilarating to direct a [film] in multiple languages. Real emotion transcends language."
That last bit would seem to confirm early rumors that the movie would feature a decent amount of subtitled Japanese dialogue, in keeping with the movie's Tokyo setting. [Coming Soon]
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel asked Joseph Gordon-Levitt the question we're all sort of wondering about in spite of ourselves — could the end of The Dark Knight Rises set up a sort of spin-off franchise with him as Gotham's new caped crusader? Gordon-Levitt's response was fairly straightforward and pretty much what we already knew: "This is the truth - I don't think it's necessarily a setup. I think it's a great ending for that trilogy." You can watch the full interview video below. [First Showing]
In discussing the general ridiculousness of blockbuster movie budgets — no arguments here — director J.J. Abrams reveals how Paramount's generally frugal approach to its finances impacted the making of the Star Trek sequel:
"It is preposterous and embarrassing that movies cost what they do. Certainly on 'Star Trek' and the sequel and on 'Mission: Impossible' three and four, we had massive budget issues always. Yet we always get it figured out before production starts and realize that the money you don't get forces you to rethink something and challenges you to figure it out in a new way."
I'm shocked that this is actually happening, but at long last and multiple multi-year delays, director George Miller has begun principal photography on the fourth Mad Max film, and here's the official synopsis to prove it. This plot description apparently comes from the mouth of Miller himself, which explains why it's awesome in a pleasingly psychotic sort of way:
"Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived."
And here's a complete breakdown of who is in the cast beyond Tom Hardy as the new Mad Max and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, which I can't believe is the name of any actual character but am so, so glad that it is. Indeed, it would appear the intervening decades have not dulled Miller and company's flair for awesomely ridiculous names:
Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) plays Toast, Riley Keough ("Magic Mike") is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior. The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard, Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.
Here's a featurette meant to help (re)introduce people to the world and history of Judge Dredd, featuring star Karl Urban, comics creator John Wagner, and more. [First Showing]
Steven Spielberg explains how his shooting plans for his movie about a robotic apocalypse, which may or may not star Thor's Chris Hemsworth:
"I'm going to do an IMAX camera test, [both] a 2 and 3D test for my next movie 'Robopocalypse,' and I haven't decided whether I'm going to use the IMAX cameras, and I haven't decided whether it's going to be 2D or 3D yet, but I am in September going to start doing some tests."
Here's a pair of international posters. [Coming Soon]
Here's one last trailer for the stop-motion ghost story, which is out this weekend. [Shock Till You Drop]
We now know that season seven will kick off sometime in September, and the BBC has released these official descriptions for the first three episodes:
Episode 1: Asylum Of The Daleks
Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory's relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond's marriage.
Episode 2: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction - unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo... of dinosaurs! By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.
Episode 3: A Town Called Mercy
The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun!), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one!) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.
Here are a few more promo photos for "Asylum of the Daleks." [Doctor Who News Page]
Each of the five episodes that make up the first half of the season will reportedly feature a slightly altered title sequence, with the title logo changing slightly each time to reflect the presence of Daleks, dinosaurs, or whatever else in the upcoming episode. It's not clear if this is just for these five episodes or if this is going to be the case going forward, but this does feel like the sort of flair that ties in with Steven Moffat's promise that each episode would feel like its own mini-movie. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
The current rumor is that this year's Christmas special is called "The Snowman." This fits neatly with the set photo of some sort of snowman creature that our resident Doctor Who spoiler machine bluehinter linked to in yesterday's Morning Spoilers. Of course, that might mean this title is just clever supposition, so I'd take this with a slight grain of salt until it's confirmed, especially since a bunch of titles have already changed this season. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo photos for next Monday's episode, "The Kiss." [SpoilerTV]
Michael Grant Terry, best known as former Bones intern Wendell Bray, has reportedly been cast in the recurring role of Ryan Smulson, described as "a wide-eyed and enthusiastic student starting his internship with the Portland Police Department [whose] goal is to someday become a detective, and therefore he is looking to model himself after his idol and one of Portland's finest: Nick Burkhardt." He should first appear in episode eight. [TV Guide]
The ninth episode is reportedly called "La Llorona." [SpoilerTV]
Torchwood star John Barrowman is reportedly going to take some time from his very busy schedule of just sort of being John Barrowman to appear in The CW's Green Arrow show. Specifically, his recurring role will be a "well-dressed man [who is] as mysterious as he is wealthy... he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City." That first part feels like it could describe pretty much any John Barrowman character — seriously, can you imagine him not being well-dressed and mysterious? — but there's some speculation this description might refer to the Green Arrow comics character and wealthy philanthropist Stanley Dover, Sr. [EW]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.