The Venom movie is still trying to decide which iteration of the character to base the film on. How long will it take Oliver to find Thea on Arrow? Jessica Lange describes her circus owner in American Horror Story. And Ben Mackenzie details the difficulties of being a good cop in Gotham. Spoilers now!
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The latest casting rumor is a biggie: Daniel Craig is reportedly has a cameo in Episode VII, resulting from Craig begged J.J. Abrams for a part. An insider told The Sun:
Daniel is close friends with JJ Abrams. He asked for some sort of secret cameo role – and was happy to have his name left off the posters.
Fans will love playing the guessing game trying to work out which covered-up character is Daniel.
Craig'll be under some sort of make-up, costume or CGI, it sounds like. Should be fun keeping an eye open for him. [Metro]
Anthony Daniels said that he thinks that C-3PO has evolved a little over time:
But it occurred to me on the set the other day, because I've been doing it for so long, being 3PO for so long, I have a kind of confidence about what he would do in a particular scene. I think 3PO might have grown in confidence over the years because he's survived so many dramas and he's gained so much knowledge about what's going on in the galaxy. He may have grown in that way. But generally the way he appears to grow is by being faced by new situations and new conflicts. He's very much a washing machine — you could put in a set of fine lingerie and he might do it on a different cycle.
He also talked about the new suit built for Episode VII:
I will tell you that when [director] J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was — and that didn't take long — but he then said, "Would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice?" I said, "No," and he said, "Right!" He knew I'd say that. There's no way I would just do the voice. I also said that it can't be the same suit. I will tell you that the team then got together and built a new suit. They made an entirely new look-a-like with changes that you will never notice [on screen] that made my life a lot easier. I can get it on and off very quickly. [During the prequels], the only time [Threepio has] been CG was when it was very dangerous [to act in the scene in a suit] — and it wasn't very good. In fact, I'm going to say it was awful. One of the difficulties is with a character that you know and love so well is that, as a member of the audience, you go, "Oh no, that's not right. No, he doesn't move like that." With me [in the suit], he's always going to move the same way and have the same reactions, timing, and so on. With CG, you're working with some brilliant person on the keyboard who is trying to pretend to be me. The only time that has worked without doubt is Disney's Star Tours: The Adventures Continue [theme park ride]. There's an element in the pre-show which is digital and I cannot tell it's not me. It's brilliantly done by Disney. In a cartoon series like Rebels, you accept it because it's not trying to pretend to be reality. It's an extension, it's an exaggeration. On that basis, it's utterly acceptable — providing the characterization is correct.
The Michigan Film Office website has a casting call for extras in the Lansing areas. While the name of the project isn't listed, the film is a Warner Bros. production and we've already know that Batman v. Superman is in Michigan. There's a similar call, but with Batman v. Superman listed, for extras in Lansing. The October 16-17 call is from a UK-based talent company.
If the film is actually filming in Lansing, it's likely that their location is Michigan State University's Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, which was scouted earlier this year. [Detroit Free Press]
Alex Kurtzman spoke a little about how far along they are in the process of scripting the standalone film, saying that "before last Friday came out, we started kind of roughing out a story. Ed Solomon's going to be writing it very soon." He also gave a vague answer about which venom they'll be going with:
I would not say it's an easy choice. I would say that there are quite a few things about Venom that are interesting. Venom had several different iterations, and there are several things that are very unique, interesting and specific. And so I think we all want to make sure that we're making the right choices for a character that's so beloved.
The developer of a 3D 120 frames-per-second filing system says he's been talking to producer Jon Landau about the Avatar sequels possibly being shot in the high frame rate. Douglas Trumbull, the creator of a 4K 3d 120 fps system called MAGI, told The Hollywood Reporter:
I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame rates [HFRs]. The use of HFRs for Avatar would be very appropriate and very successful."
I don't know if Cameron is interested [in using MAGI for the Avatar sequels]. He's in seclusion writing the screenplay for Avatar. I am talking to Jon Landau, and we plan to have a screening [of the film shot in MAGI, UFOTOG] soon.
Here's a new poster. [First Showing]
Here's a poster featuring Meryl Streep's witch. [Slashfilm]
A few details about season three have emerged from Stephen Amell's appearance at Montral Comic Con. First, he says that Roy and Oliver are actually in a good place at the start of the season, with Amell saying that some of his best scenes have been with Colton Haynes. Oliver will go searching for Thea, who has been missing (with Malcolm Merlyn, although Oliver doesn't know that) for five months. And the second episode has something so big in it that Amell asked, "Can we do that?" [SpoilerTV]
We had already heard that Edwin Jarvis would be appearing in Agent Carter as a connection between Agent Carter and Stark Industries — and now Marvel's cast the Stark butler: it's James D'Arcy (Broadchurch). Can't wait to meet the flesh-and-blood butler who inspired Tony Stark's computerized version. [Marvel]
Jessica Lange is very excited about this season (not surprising, given Ryan Murphy has said the setting was her idea). She told Entertainment Weekly:
Well, maternal would be putting it very generously. My character is very manipulative. She understands what's needed, and she provides it. However, the thing I want to be very clear in this is that my character Elsa really loves these people. She truly cares for them, in her own selfish, narcissistic way. But they mean a great deal to her. It's not just exploitation. She's tough, and she's mean sometimes, and all of that, but she really does love them.
... I don't see her as villainous. She's delusional—let's put it that way [laughs]. But it's fun to play a delusional character. But she came out of the Weimar Republic, out of that just the s–tstorm between the two wars in Germany and was at one moment a very successful cabaret performer and then everything dissembled. And this is ultimately where she ended up: in a freak show, small town circuit in the south in the early '50s. So it's been a wild ride for Elsa. I don't see her as villainous. I see her as delusional, as narcissistic, as ruthless in her ambition. But her ambition is all tied up in her delusion.
She also said she'd be singing three numbers in the first four episodes and that she's not thinking about coming back for one more season:
I haven't reconsidered. I'm just trying to get through this year, and I think this year, without a doubt, will be my favorite. In a way, it was an idea that I had wanted to explore for a while. I think just the richness of it and the time and the place and the characters. I just think it's going to be unique. And I think, to my mind, what I've seen already and what we've done, it will far surpass anything we've done before.
Here's a new poster. [SpoilerTV]
Ben Mackenzie spoke about the state of both the city and Jim Gordon at the start of the show:
The way that they talked about it with me is that Gotham is on this knife's edge and it's going to fall apart. It's falling apart because society in general is falling apart. Society's fallen so much that everybody feels as though they must participate in the morally collapsed society. All the cops are on the take; the judges are on the take; everybody is a part of this thing. And so James, who grew up in the city but then left when his father died, comes at it from the tried-and-true device but [with] fresh eyes. He served overseas; he was in a war. And he comes back and he's got a real moral rigidity to him, which is tested immediately and tested deeply.
He added that Gordon is going be forced into some awful places throughout the season:
This guy's going to get really beat up by this town and not just physically but emotionally and psychologically. He's going to be making a lot of decisions. He's going to find himself in places very, very quickly from the pilot alone to where there is no morally correct answer. Either choice is bad, so he has to choose between two bad options and then he has to live with those consequences and then he has to keep going. He has to work through the system to try to change it, which inevitably takes a toll on his soul. So I hope he'll be this great sort of conflicted hero.
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
Head to the link for a 3d promo. [Super Hero Hype]
And here are three TV spots. [via Coming Soon]
Here's a poster based on Karl Pavlovich Brioullov's "The Last Day of Pompeii" and created by Brian Hunt, The CW's senior art director. It shows Bonnie pulling Damon from Elena, who has Stefan luring her to the right. [Buzzfeed]
Here are some new promo photos. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's an extended preview for the season premiere, "Panopticon." [via SpoilerTV]
Head to link for a clip from this week's episode, "The Wedding." [Access Hollywood]
Here's the synopsis for episode 2.11, "Poe Way Out":
Joanna, Freya and Wendy travel back in time to revisit one of their past lives in order to retrieve a powerful but dangerous weapon that may be the only way to destroy Nikolaus for good. Back in East End, Nikolaus is preparing for a battle and also has an unsuspecting Ingrid on his side. Meanwhile, Dash discovers the true identity of his one night stand, and Killian attempts to break his and Freya's tragic cycle.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller