Robert Downey Jr. Explains How Iron Man's Journey Leads To Civil War

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Yet another Star Wars hero may show up on Rebels. Eve Myles talks about the possible return of Torchwood. Sasha may go to a darker place on The Walking Dead. Plus details on the future of Constantine. And hints for Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, The Originals, Orphan Black and iZombie. Hooray for Spoilers!


Top image: Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

In an extensive interview, Robert Downey Jr. discusses how Tony brings about the creation of the movie's antagonist Ultron:

So it's not necessarily a Dr Frankenstein/Frankenstein's Creature-type relationship.

Well, yeah. Except that, unlike Dr Frankenstein, Tony was never attempting to do this. I just love the idea that he can have an impulse to do good that finds its way back and becomes something else. Every time you roll the dice with your own best thinking, regardless of your intention, these things take on a life of their own. Tony's Ultron defence system is supposed to let everybody retire and for a guy who's still got a lot of piss and vinegar - in Iron Man 3, when we left him he was basically saying, "You know what, I don't even need the suit. I'm just a badass." Then what I feel happened is he went back east and he does the responsible thing for all these other people and puts a roof over their head and has an idea.

[ Empire]

Captain America: Civil War

In the same interview he also briefly touches on how Tony comes to stand with the Government on superheroes, and ultimately against Captain America.

There seems to be a feeling that Tony's character may have to be recalibrated, though, for Civil War, and that he may become an antagonist.

Yeah. Again, it's natural to change your views. The main thing to me is, and this is where I think the Russos are quite brilliant and where Kevin backed the play, is what sort of incident could occur and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues are in Ultron about where we might find him next. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he's stood for, quote-unquote, because he was the right-wing guy who could still do his own thing. When the first Iron Man came out the liberals and conservatives were both like, 'You're our guy'. Yes! Score! But the idea of Tony being able to march into Washington and say, 'I'll sign up', wouldn't have made sense if the political climate in the real world hadn't shifted the way it has. It's a little bit of things following a real world continuum in, 'What would you do?' There's always the bigger overarching question, that Joss brings up all the time - it's kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and it looked like a little collateral damage happened over there, and yet when the movie's over, it's like nobody minds. You have to figure, 'Were you to ask the question, what would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn't it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn't imagine?

Much, much more on both movies at the links. [ Empire]

Untitled Pixar Dia De Los Muertos Film

Randy Newman hints that the next Pixar film from Lee Unkrich, based on the Day of the Dead, will be a musical, a first for the studio:

I'm not so sure I don't have a reputation for being a little trouble. Lee Unkrich isn't going to use me, I don't think.

And not only that, Lee Unkrich had Toy Story 3 temped with my music and it was limiting to me. It was fine, the movie did great and everything and maybe I'm wrong and if I look back on it I won't know the difference, but it didn't fit hand in glove the way I would have tried to do. And he fell in love with the temp, very much so.

Now he's not going to use me to work with him again. He's doing a musical now.


[ Film Divider]

Kingsman 2

Matthew Vaughn offers a brief tidbit about the sequel - particularly, Colin Firth's role in it:

A lot of people are very upset that Colin might not be in the sequel but I'm coming up with ideas at the moment. If people buy tickets in America, I've got a feeling we'll figure out a way for having Colin back.


[ USA Today]

The Lazarus Effect

Here's a clip and some behind the scenes b-roll footage from the horror film, featuring Olivia Wilde.

Batman V. Superman

A better quality shot of a banner first shown at a recent Hong Kong marketing event has emerged online, giving us our second official promo shot of Batman — the images of Wonder Woman and Superman are old. [ Comicbook]

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Here's five new TV spots for Neill Blomkamp's robot movie, featuring some previously unseen footage. [ Coming Soon]

Star Wars Rebels

Take this one with a pinch of salt big enough to kill a Space Slug, but the latest talk is that a young Han Solo will appear during the show's second season. The rumour is very, very vague as to who will play Solo, not naming Ford, but hinting that it would be an actor who's previously been associated with the role. Your guess is as good as mine. [ The Bearded Trio]



Eve Myles spoke to Cultbox about the potential for the show to come back to TV after all these years away:

There's been talks about it for a while, but I'll believe it when it lands on the desk really, and I'll see about it then. I certainly wouldn't turn it down. Anything with Torchwood is something I'd love to do...

So we'll see what happens. If I get a call to come back, I'll be there, and I'll be doing it for the fans as well as Russell T Davies. I'd love to be able to put an announcement out tomorrow saying we got a Season 5, and that would be thanks to the fans, because they've not stopped plugging it for us.


[ Cultbox]

Sleepy Hollow

Katia Winter talked to TV Guide about a potential side-switch for Katrina:

Is this a chance Katrina could switch sides?

Winter: Definitely. There's absolutely a chance. Good and evil, it's all a matter of perspective. Evil doesn't necessarily have to mean evil in Katrina's eyes. It's the reasoning behind it and taking a stand for something. And what she's done so far in Season 2 hasn't really worked for her. So maybe it's just a matter of accepting one's true self or maybe just exploring that side and seeing how that works out.


Plenty more at the link. [ TV Guide]

The Originals

Executive Producer Michael Narducci spoke about what's in store for the rest of the season:

TVLINE | So is Dahlia this season's big bad? What's the second half building towards?

This season's big bad is two-fold: Dahlia is an incredible threat, and she's coming for the thing that's most precious to these people, but at the same time, the other enemy is their very nature. Each one of these Mikaelson characters is a little bit distrustful of one another. The thing they'll need in order to survive this threat is the bond of family, yet the pressure of this terrible enemy will make those bonds very difficult to ascertain.


[ TV Line]


TV Line's Matt Mitovich says that talk of the show emigrating to Syfy is just talk:

I followed this lonnnnnng breadcrumb trail to its original source, and then did some asking around on my own, and the short answer is no, there is zero truth to the rumor that Syfy will ride to Constantine's rescue. Sorry, I'm just the messenger!


[ TV Line]

Orphan Black

The same article also hinted that Alison and Cosima's backstory might be briefly teased in the upcoming season:

We may gleam some bits of backstory this season, but don't expect any big answers just yet. "We're always trying to go forward and fill in blanks as we push a plot and a story forward," cocreator John Fawcett tells TVLine. "That being said, it is an important part of the story that we understand how they found out that that they were clones. I don't know if that's necessarily going to find its way into Season 3, but needs to find its way in somewhere.


[ TV Line]


Here's Mitovich, once again, on Oliver's interaction with the mother of his unknown child on The Flash:

That fleeting, crossover event encounter with Oliver's baby mama "was a little bit of a no-brainer," Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim explained to me. With Oliver visiting Central City — the same place his secretly pregnant girlfriend scurried off to after taking a payoff from Moira — "How could we not take that opportunity?" he says. "That was really the reason to do it."


[ TV Line]

Once Upon A Time

Robin Hood will return to the show in the second half of season 4 as Regina's soul-mate. Co-creator Adam Horowitz adds that "we're going to shed some light on just why he might have looked different and not had a tattoo in Season two," when the role was played by a different actor. [ TV Line]



When Cain reappears in 'The Executioner's Song,' "he thinks he's being helpful," but it may not shake out that way from the Winchesters' perspective, hints executive producer Jeremy Carver.[ TV Line]


Person Of Interest

Episode 4.20 will be called 'Terra Incognita'. [Spoiler TV]

The Walking Dead

Sonequa Martin-Green spoke to TV Guide about how Sasha is coping with the death of Tyreese going forward :

So, will these final episodes get worse for Sasha before they get better?

Martin-Green: That's the question: Is she going to continue to go further into despair, further into the darkness, further into seclusion? Or is she going to turn into someone we've never seen before? Is she going to finally open up to herself, finally face it all, and let all of her defenses down? We'll have to see what path she takes.


[ TV Guide]

Rick's apprehensive of the new arrival to the group in this clip from the next episode, 'The Distance'. [Coming Soon]

And here's a promo picture from the same episode - more at the link. [Spoiler TV]

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The Walking Dead Spinoff

Speaking of the Walking Dead, Executive Producer Gale Ann Hurd said the pilot of the spinoff show is now complete, but the show has yet to be ordered to series. [ The Hollywood Reporter]



Finally, here's a brief video interview with Rose McIver (Liz) and Robert Buckley (Major).

Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders.




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