David Morrissey gets to the heart of The Walking Dead's Governor. Director Jon M. Chu gives the latest on G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Masters of the Universe. Plus hints for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel from Marc Webb and Martin Sheen!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Star Trek Into Darkness.
On the commentary track for The Amazing Spider-Man, director Marc Webb says the origins of those spiders that bit Peter and gave him his powers will be explored further in the sequel. Martin Sheen also says he wants to return as Uncle Ben in the sequel, even going so far as to suggest that his death — which is, you know, probably the most iconic comic book death of them all, give or take a Thomas and Martha Wayne — could be revealed as just a dream sequence or something. While Webb seemed to take that suggestion as not entirely serious, he did say he was open to Sheen returning in flashbacks. [Comic Book]
A new report suggests Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay is the new frontrunner to play the female lead — probably Sharon Carter, but that's not for certain — in the Captain America sequel. However, the report doesn't mention at all Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who has recently emerged as the rumored frontrunner, and the article mostly seems to just exist to mention that Downton Abbey is popular in the United States, and that might help her get the role. So, yeah, I wouldn't worry too much about this one either way. [The Express]
Star Trek Magazine has a roundup of the latest cast and crew interviews. Here's one highlight, in which co-writer Alex Kurtzman explains why this sequel will depict the characters in a different way than the original TV show:
"The assumption that we did they we did not want to make was that just because Kirk's in the chair, and they're on the Bridge together, that they're the crew that you remember from the original series. They're not. The crew from the original series had gone on many, many journeys, they were a well-oiled machine in terms of how they function, and these characters are still figuring out who they are, and who they are to each other."
And here's a pair of quotes from Kurtzman and star Chris Pine on what Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch brings to the film as the still unidentified villain:
Pine: Vocally, (Cumberbatch) is fascinating. He has this resonant voice. He's got a fascinating face. He's a lovely guy and super smart.
Kurtzman: He's (Cumberbatch) is a genius. There are certain actors who have the ability to take a line of dialogue and add a ring to it that you didn't even know you put into the dialogue. Just listening to him talk ... you could enjoy him reading the phone book.
There are some more quotes at the link. [Trek Web]
Here's a new TV spot. [IGN]
Director Jon M. Chu is still fairly committed to the notion that the movie was unceremoniously pulled weeks before its premiere not because there was anything wrong with the movie — as has been very, very widely rumored — but because the creative team needs more time to complete the movie's post-conversion to 3D:
I really want to push how we use the 3-D. Especially since we pushed the movie date, I want to fulfill the promise to the fans that the 3-D will be great, and enhances the experience of the movie. So every step of the way, I'm in that room, watching. It's hurting my eyes, but we're getting it better, and pushing it further... If we had shot it in 3-D, there's a lot of things that we would shot in a 3D way. Fortunately, a lot of our shots, I guess it was in my brain anyway. We had a lot of depth in our shots, or let our shots play longer. For me, if we're going to do this, we have to make sure it enhances the experience. That's where we are right now, and it's a slow painful process, to be honest!
Jon M. Chu also offers this update on his next project, a big-screen adaptation of the He-Man franchise:
We're working on the script, to make it better and stronger. We're designing a bunch of stuff. I learned on Joe that to make it right, you have to do a lot of experimenting first, and you have to trust that during the process you'll find where the tonal line is. It's so delicate. A lot of people ask, who are you going to cast? We're not even there yet, we're just trying to get the character of the movie down. This is one of the most fun parts, where all the possibilities are open, and we're just playing in the sandbox.
Matt Smith confirms that, while her parents may be gone forever, River Song will eventually return to the show. He also says that he would like his Doctor to take on the Master — provided the Master is played by John Simm. [Bleeding Cool]
For his part, Simm remains open to returning to the show, though he would want to tone down his Master from the barking mad performances he gave in "The Sound of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords" and "The End of Time" Parts 1 and 2. To wit:
"I'd love to have another take on him, to be a bit quieter. Russell T. Davies had a specific idea of what he wanted him to be like. So I just had to do exactly what he wanted me to, and he wanted a giggling lunatic. There's a new writer now, and I'm sure his take on him would be different so I'd be interested to have a look at it. I'd like to take the Master to a very, very dark place."
Here's a promo for this Friday's episode, "An Origin Story." [Fringe Television]
And here's a promo photo. [SpoilerTV]
David Morrissey discusses his new character, the Governor:
He is somebody who has an iron fist and a kid glove and he rules like that. If he needs to come down hard on people he will, but he's also somebody who's not averse to putting his arm around someone to get the best out of them as well.
I think he's a good team person. Woodbury is everything to him when we meet him. It's a really wonderful place. It's a secure place. You can leave your door open, and the kids can go for a run outside, and that, in this world, is unheard of. Security is everything to him. So anybody who threatens that security will be really severely dealt with, and I think in this world, the danger from beyond the walls he's created is very real.
How does he differ from the Governor we know from the comics?
He differs massively. I think what happens in the comics is we get to meet the Governor later on in his genesis. He's fully formed, really. He's arrived at this sadistic person. My Governor isn't like that. We see him much earlier on. He's dealing with the problems of leadership, which are trying to keep people fed, and safe, and comfort them, provide things for his people. So he isn't the sadistic man that we see in the comic books. He's somebody who's ruthless and does terrible things, but he does them from a really important place. I think he can justify everything he does.
There's plenty more at the link. [TV Guide]
Here's a promo for this Thursday's episode five, "Bury the Lede."
Here's a preview for tonight's episode and sixth overall, "Sex and Drugs."
Here's a description for the following episode, "The Children's Crusade", which airs November 5:
CHARLIE MUST CONVINCE MILES TO HELP A VILLAGE OF LOST CHILDREN – When Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) meets a boy who's suffered a plight similar to her own, she relates and longs to help him and his young friends. First, she must convince Miles (Billy Burke). Meanwhile, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) grows weary of General Monroe (David Lyons) as she meets someone from her past.
And here are some promo photos for the episode. [KSiteTV]
Here's a promo for this Friday's episode, "The Hour of Death."
Here's a promo for next Sunday's episode, "Tallahassee."
Ethan Embry, whose past work includes everything from Vegas Vacation to Grey's Anatomy, will reportedly play a recurring role on the show as some sort of visitor to Storybrooke. [TV Line]
Here are some promo photos for next week's episode, "Diabolic." [SpoilerTV]
Here are the promo photos for episode seven, "A Little Slice of Keven", which airs November 14 and features both the return of Misha Collins as Castiel and a guest appearance from Stargate's Amanda Tapping. [BuddyTV]
Here are some promo photos for the sixth episode, "Legacies", which airs November 14. The synopsis is below. [BuddyTV]
A gang of bank robbers, dubbed The Royal Flush Gang, hits a local bank and seriously wounds an off-duty police officer during a heist. Diggle (David Ramsey) tells Oliver (Stephen Amell) he needs to deviate from his father's list and start helping the citizens of Starling City. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) asks Thea (Willa Holland) for relationship advice, but things get awkward when she realizes he was asking about Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Moira (Susanna Thompson) confronts Oliver about all of his recent disappearances in the middle of family functions.
Here's a preview clip for this Wednesday's episode, "The Five."
And here's the complete synopsis for the following week's episode, "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes":
ELENA'S NEW NIGHTMARE - Terrifying hallucinations leave Elena (Nina Dobrev) shaken and confused, causing her to make a dangerous mistake. After giving Stefan (Paul Wesley) some very disturbing news about Elena, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) takes matters into his own hands. Professor Shane (guest star David Alpay) reveals a story of ancient witchcraft to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham). With help from Klaus and Stefan, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) begins a new chapter in his life. Finally, Elena makes a painful personal confession to Stefan, and Matt (Zach Roerig) gives Damon startling new information about Professor Shane.
Series creator Russell T. Davies says that, all appearances to the contrary, the show isn't cancelled. Well, not exactly:
I loved making it over there (in the USA), and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn't brought me back to this country, so it's kind of in limbo for me at the moment. I'm not working on it at the moment, I'm only working on Wizards vs Aliens - when I get back to work one day, I don't know, it'll be old news to the BBC! It's not officially (cancelled), it's in a nice limbo where it can stew - those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time.
Here's a promo for the third season, which premieres January 14, 2013. [Ace Showbiz]
Here's a promo for this Friday's episode, "Magic Hour (Part 1)."
Here's a promo for this Thursday's episode and fourth overall, "Basic Instinct."
Here's the official description for the sixth episode, "Worth", which airs November 15:
After she's seemingly stood up by Vincent (Jay Ryan), Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) wonders if it's because he saw her kissing Evan (Max Brown) at her birthday. Actually, Vincent mysteriously blacked out on his way to meet Catherine, and is now searching for answers. Catherine's case pulls her into the sophisticated world of the SoHo art scene. When Vincent finds Catherine all dressed up to go to a gallery opening - with Evan - he has to admit that his feelings for her are growing deeper. All the while Evan makes his affections for Catherine known, leaving Catherine torn between the two very different suitors.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.