We learn Man of Steel's supposed running length, and it's epic. Writer-director James Gunn meets with two crucial Guardians of the Galaxy people. Steven Moffat confirms he's planning Doctor Who's next season. Plus Transformers 4 and Dark Skies hints!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from Man of Steel.
According to IMDB, the running time of Zack Snyder's Superman movie is an epic 148 minutes, which makes it only 4 minutes shorter than The Dark Knight (and 8 minutes longer than Batman Begins, for sake of comparison). Obviously, anything from IMDB should be met with all due skepticism, but a movie's running length is apparently something the site tends to get right with a decent degree of accuracy. [Comic Book Movie]
Writer-director James Gunn tweeted that he had met with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who were responsible for a series of very highly acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy comics in the late '00s, in the movie's production offices. It's not clear whether Abnett and Lanning actually offered any thoughts on Gunn's film or if this was just a courtesy visit, but Gunn did include this caption of a photo of the three of them that he posted to Instagram: With the genius reimaginers of the Guardians of the Galaxy who I am currently reimagining - Andy Lanning & Dan Abnett! We showed them around the production office today to show them some of the amazing stuff they inspired! We wouldn't be making this movie without them! AND they're super nice guys to boot!
Here's a new promo photo of director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman's latest, Japan-set entry in the Wolverine saga. [First Showing]
Mangold also tweeted this photo from the editing bay — the image on the screen is apparently from the last reel of the film. [/Film]
Presented without further comment or explanation — because really, your guess is as good as mine here — is director Marc Webb's latest production tweet, which is a collage of Franklin Delano Roosevelt for some reason.
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp reveals his hard sci-fi epic — which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and his District 9 leading man Sharlto Copley — is already completed and awaits it summertime release, even though we've yet to see a trailer:
"It's kind of weird that it sits on a shelf and doesn't come out until August 9th but I think a summer release is fantastic for the film. Elysium is basically done at the end of February. I have some straggling VFX shots that go into April but it's almost done. The stuff looks absolutely amazing."
The same report indicates that Blomkamp is already prepping his next sci-fi film, his previously reported "robot comedy" Chappie, which will be primarily shot in Johannesburg, South Africa with post-production and visual effects work handled in Vancouver, the same arrangement Blomkamp used for District 9. [The Province]
Felicity and The Americans star Keri Russell discusses her role in Priest and Legion director Scott Stewart's new alien abduction movie, and how her character's economic woes tie into the movie:
I think the economic struggle is just about fleshing out the family and making them relatable. I think that's one of the strengths of the film; it's one of the things that Scott Stewart did really well. He sold the family, and being a very real family with struggles – economic struggles – but also the strain on the marriage, the strain of raising an almost-teenager who's coming into the world sexually with friends who are out of their control, and a family dynamic disintegrating and trying to keep out outside forces. So I don't know if there's a reason why the aliens are targeting them because of an economic thing, but I think it just strengthens the reality of the family story.
There was that really great scene when alien forces overcame your character's body during the house showing (featured in the film's trailer). What was your direction during that scene, and what were trying to channel?
Scott just said, "I just want it to be weird. I want it to be like you aren't in control, you're stuttery and shakey…" I don't know, it was just embarrassing. I was just like, "I've gotta go for it right now!" But in the context of the film, you totally buy it when it gets to that point. You're like, "Oh no!" And it's scary on a whole new level. [Stewart] kind of just showed me what he wanted and we kind of just tried to do something weird.
There's more at the link. [Film School Rejects]
An NPR report on set decorators includes the suggestion that the Allspark might return for the fourth Transformers movie. Here's a transcript of the relevant segment:
Randall Thropp, a Paramount archivist, recoils in mock fear from the power of the AllSpark as set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg takes it from the glass case. The AllSpark was used as a prop in Transformers; it may have another life in an upcoming sequel. A little movie factoid: The AllSpark Cube was technically a prop in the first Transformers, because an actor actually touched and even ran with it. Brandenburg thinks the cube might make a reappearance in Transformers 4 as set decoration. It's too early to tell. But archivist Randall Thropp says that unfortunately, she can't take the AllSpark and use it in the film.
"That is the only cube we have, right here," Thropp says. It resides in a glass showcase.
Brandenburg can borrow the cube and make copies, though. "A movie set is a pretty dangerous place for things," she says. "We have to repair things constantly. Our special-effects brothers and sisters are running around blowing things up, and our stunt brothers and sisters, too." Brandenburg often has to make multiple copies of items because of all those blowups.
Universal chairman Alan Fogelman offers this diplomatic update on the Snow White and the Huntman followup, which basically boils down to "Kristen Stewart is back, but Rupert Sanders isn't":
We're actively developing the movie right now with Kristen's character central, as well as the Huntsman role. We think that for a first movie out of the gate to do basically $400 million worldwide, there is a lot of opportunity. I don't think Rupert is pursuing the next Snow White as a directing opportunity.
Not that he goes into any more detail about what to expect — or even if Matt Smith will be in it, though that seems not unlikely — but Steven Moffat has confirmed he is currently planning out season eight, which will begin sometime after the 2013 Christmas special. You can check out the entire, nearly 14-minute interview below, in which Moffat discusses a whole host of topics without really revealing anything of a spoiler-y nature. [Den of Geek]
Bronn actor Jeremy Flynn discusses his role in the upcoming third season:
"He's a badass character but he's a small character. The writers - Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff], they also produced it… they've been great because they've given me bits - even though there's not much in the books - they keep me, keep [my character] Bronn ticking along. He's just about sticking it with Tyrion. He's getting a bit frustrated, underpaid. He's not got the position he had, but there's still love between them. And some good, some nice scenes together, but not much."
Here's the first promo photo for episode sixteen, "The Miller's Daughter." [SpoilerTV]
Co-creator Adam Horowitz tweeted that the title of episode twenty is "The Evil Queen."
Here's a promo and a trio of sneak peeks for episode four, "Perfect Storm."
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for the next episode, "Remember the Titans."
Here's an extended promo for next Wednesday's episode, "Dead to Rights."
The Canadian Primeval spin-off, which starred Eureka's Niall Matter, has reportedly been canceled after a single season. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the description for episode fifteen, "Any Means Possible":
SENDHIL RAMAMURTHY ("HEROES") JOINS THE CAST - New Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowan (Sendhil Ramamurthy) arrives at the precinct, suspicious that cases involving the vigilante are being mishandled, and wanting answers. Cat (Kristin Kreuk) is determined to protect Vincent (Jay Ryan) at any cost, which includes tracking down a witness and threatening him at a gala masquerade ball. Meanwhile, Vincent worries he may lose control if he gets romantically involved with Cat. Max Brown, Nina Lisandrello, Brian White and Austin Basis also star.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas.