Doctor Who adds two more awesome guest stars for its new series. John Carter's costume designer discusses the wardrobes... of Mars. Jason Isaacs takes us inside his reality-hopping show Awake. Plus the latest on Fringe, The Walking Dead, and more!
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Top image from The Hunger Games.
Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who did rewrite work on Guillermo del Toro's upcoming sci-fi monster epic, provide a very positive preview of what to expect. Melton kicks things off:
"Pacific Rim is Guillermo del Toro's new movie, which is coming out in 2013. It is going to kick major ass. It's giant monsters versus giant robots, and Guillermo del Toro is the only person who could bring it to you. That was an amazing experience, because we read the script, and so we went in knowing what the producers and studio wanted us to do; and we went in and met Guillermo, and he started showing us the tests by ILM. They were just mind-blowing... This is a PG movie. Most of his stuff is pretty edgy, for the most part. Nothing below PG-13 that I can think of. So this is his sort of four-quadrant movie. But it's got all the traits of a Guillermo movie, with the monsters and the younger characters and the things that go bump in the night… It's pretty great."
Cowriter Marcus Dunstan added:
"We've been denied a Guillermo del Toro movie for a few years now, and we had the feeling in sharing some time with him that there's been a well, that became a dam, that became a crushing force waiting to burst and give everything to Pacific Rim. I think he's the Santa Claus of fantasy, and he's going to gift everyone with an experience. Bring dad, bring the kids, bring everybody, and hold on."
There's a bit more at the link. [FearNET]
Here are higher res versions of the two latest photos from this film, that the studio just released. [Marvel]
Here are two TV spots. [Coming Soon]
Costume designer Mayes Rubeo, whose previous credits include Avatar and Apocalypto, explains how she created the costumes for the Barsoomian people:
"I went to go see many kinds of civilizations, including an old civilization that existed in the Adriatic on the coast of the Adriatic Sea at the time of the Etruscans [late 700 and 600 B.C.]. We have two different cities, one is Zodanga and one is Helium. They have to be physically different, both of them living in the same time period, which is, you know, ancient Martian time.
"We also have John Carter who lives in 1865, which is a fantastic fashion period. He was in Arizona, Virginia, but also in New York City and you can see in the movie all this. Visually it has so many faces to this time that designing it there were many different sections. It was a great, great challenge, but a good challenge - not a difficult challenge."
She also discusses one of her favorite scenes to create costumes for, the wedding of Lynn Collins's Dejah Thoris and Mark Strong's Matai Shang:
"I like the scene of the wedding and I like many of those costumes, but I also like Matai Shang's tunic, who is our villain, because in that tunic we put so much fabric and also it moves nicely. I think it looks really cool."
There's more at the link. [Spinoff Online]
Here's an artsy new poster that will be handed out at IMAX screenings of the film starting March 9. [Hero Complex]
Here's a new photo of M actress Judi Dench and director Sam Mendes on the set of the latest James Bond movie. [IGN]
Here's the first official promo photo for series seven of stars Arthur Darvill, Matt Smith, and Karen Gillan. The BBC's press release also features this statement from Karen Gillan: "It's just brilliant to be back on the TARDIS with Matt and Arthur for our craziest adventures yet." Here's the BBC's overview of the upcoming series:
Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when The Doctor meets a new friend. Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year. Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes - each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you've never seen them before.
Meanwhile, we have two casting announcements. David Bradley, best known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies, and Rupert Graves, who adds to the overpowering awesomeness of Steven Moffat's Sherlock as DCI Lestrade, will both appear in the seventh series, though there's no more information available right now. [Blogtor Who]
Here's a video in which the cast previews this Friday's winter finale, "The End of All Things." [Fringe Television]
There's reportedly a "distinct possibility" that Kirk Acevedo will return as Charlie before the end of the season. Also, one possible renewal scenario is reportedly to bring the show back for a fifteen-episode fifth season. [TV Line]
Here's a behind-the-scenes video detailing the show's visual effects. [Spinoff Online]
Here's the promo for the next episode, "Peaches."
Here's a promo for the next episode and eighth overall, "Clarence Montgomery", which airs February 27.
Here's the official description for a special two-hour block featuring episodes nine and ten, "The Ames Brother" and "Sonny Burnett" respectively, which is set to air March 5:
BROTHERS ONCE BEHIND BARS AND A VIOLENT CRIMINAL REAPPEAR ON AN ALL-NEW SPECIAL TWO-HOUR "ALCATRAZ" MONDAY, MARCH 5, ON FOX — Theo Rossi ("Sons of Anarchy") Guest-Stars — In back-to-back all-new episodes, two of Alcatraz's most violent brothers, Herman (guest star Travis Aaron Wade) and Pinky (guest star Graham Shiels) Ames, who were notorious for nearly escaping in 1963, find something mysteriously amiss when they return to Alcatraz in the present day. In the second installment, Sonny Burnett (guest star Theo Rossi), a man with an incredible dark side who became ultra-violent during his stint at Alcatraz, returns in an all-new special two-hour "The Ames Bros./Sonny Burnett" episode of ALCATRAZ airing Monday, March 5.
And here's a bunch of promo photos for the two-parter. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo photos for the next episode, "Dreamy", which is set to air March 4 and guest stars Lost's Emilie de Raven as Belle and genre mainstay Amy Acker as the fairy Nova. The description of the episode is below. [TV Line]
Unlikely allies Mary Margaret and Leroy team together for a good cause to help the Storybrooke nuns sell their candles during the town's Miner's Day festival. But Leroy makes a promise to a nun, Astrid, that he may not be able to keep; and Emma looks into the mysterious disappearance of David's wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Grumpy finds forbidden love with beautiful but clumsy fairy Nova.
Episode thirteen, "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau", which is set to air March 2, will feature an old associate of Aunt Marie's - played by Deadwood and Lost's Titus Welliver - who reveals who murdered Nick's parents. [TV Line]
Star Jason Isaacs explains what drew him to NBC's upcoming show about a cop shifting between two realities, one in which his son died in a car accident and the other in which his wife died:
The only reason that I wanted to do this show, and that I hope people find it and like it, is that it's completely universal. Although he has a unique situation, through that prism, we can explore what it's like to be a father, what it's like to be a husband, what it's like to reboot a marriage, if you didn't get it right the first time, and what it's like to explore your subconscious. We've all got a subconscious. We've all got dreams. We all have fears, anxieties and hopes. In one of those worlds, those are made manifest. He just doesn't know which one. Hopefully, there's something very universal, as well as unique, about it.
He also says that his character, Detective Michael Britten, is "not initially" trying to work out which reality is the correct one, and he previews his character's journey throughout the first season:
One of the challenging and fun things about this – and you can ask the writers how much fun they have, but I think the answer would be, "None" – is that nothing is the same. No episode is the same, as things progress. Although these are completely weekly, close-ended, procedural stories, it's also true that his world changes, all the time. When we first find him, in the pilot, he absolutely wants things to stay the same. With these two worlds, he doesn't know which one's real and he's fine with that. He's not stupid. He knows one of them must be a dream, and he must have either lost his son or his wife, and he doesn't want to engage with that loss. But, that will take its toll on him, and there will be consequences. There's a price to pay, for that kind of denial, partly in his relationships with his wife and his son. So, he will change his attitude to it. Of course, he will.
There's more at the link. [Collider]
Letters to Juliet and Kings actor Chris Egan has been cast in ABC's Beauty and the Beast pilot — as opposed to the CW's Beauty and the Beast pilot starring Smallville's Kristen Kreuk. This particular version takes a more fantastical approach than the CW's Manhattan-set version (which in turn is riffing on George R.R. Martin's old 1980s Beauty and the Beast show with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman). This pilot features "an embattled princess, Grace, [who] discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast." Egan has been cast as a lead character who is neither Beauty (well... obviously) nor the Beast, but is instead Gorrick, Grace's fiance and her father's most trusted soldier. Hopefully that's all clear, because I really don't want to explain that all again.[Deadline]
Here's a promo for the show's return on March 16, which has been pushed back a week from its original planned return date. The first episode, "Out with the Old", will see the return of Misha Collins as (possibly) Castiel. [KSiteTV]
Here are some dialogue teasers for this Sunday's fourth episode, "A Spectre Calls":
"Eek, someone fell out of the wrong side of the coffin this morning."
"I'm not as easily manipulated as Tom."
"Look, must be hard for you growing up to hate us, I get that. But there are good vampires out there and I hope one day you realise that."
"Evil is like flying First Class, try it once and you never go back."
"Is it me, or do I have the worst taste in men!"
There are some more at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Costar Candice Accola discusses what's ahead for her character Caroline:
"Caroline and Bonnie are at a very strong place. Last season there was a rough spot between Caroline and Bonnie being that when Caroline turned into a vampire it was everything that Bonnie was against, but Caroline has proven she's a good friend."
You can also check out a video interview at the link. [TV Guide]
Pan Am actor Colin Donnell has reportedly been cast in the CW's Green Arrow pilot. He reportedly is playing Tommy Merlyn, described as Green Arrow alter ego Oliver Queen's best friend, "a playboy 'trustafarian' who assumes the good times will roll again now that Oliver has returned, only to learn Oliver is a changed man." [Deadline]
Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.