More key returning players are confirmed for The Hobbit. Mark Strong explains why Green Lantern's Sinestro isn't your average villain. Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams talks Super 8 together, plus another glimpse of season four of True Blood!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Real Steel.
Sinestro actor Mark Strong explains how his character fits in with Hal Jordan's other trainers:
Kilowog is his physical trainer and Tomar Re is his spiritual guide, but I think Sinestro doesn't really put him through his paces in terms of training as such. There is a scene where they meet on what are called the training platforms where Tomar Re and Kilowog are putting him through his paces and Sinestro introduces himself to Hal in a very physical way, is the best way of putting it. And it's all to do with his feelings about the death of Abin Sur, his personal mentor. And his attitude towards humans becoming members of the Corps, and it's pretty explosive. And at that stage, I'm not even sure he believes Hal is going to survive. So he is not a trainer in a sense, but he's certainly a hard taskmaster.
He also explains why he finds Sinestro particularly compelling as a (future) villain:
I think an earthbound human villain often is just a broad stroke within the narrative, and is designed to be there to enable the good guy to win in the end and to give us something to bounce off that we hate….There's a lot of pain in [Sinestro's] background, and there's a rich kind of vein of stuff to draw on from him.
According to one Hollywood production website, a Hawkman movie is now in the development process. Of course, even assuming the information is legitimate, that doesn't mean you should start planning the premiere party just yet, as plenty of superhero movies have been stuck in development for years on end with little or no progress to show for it. Looking at you, the Flash...or really any DC superhero who isn't Batman, Superman, or Green Lantern. [Badass Digest]
Check out the link for a lengthy interview with J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg about how the project came about. [Empire]
Here are some more images. [TFW2005]
Here's the latest international poster. [ComingSoon.net]
Tons of official information about this movie has been released. First, the two movies will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, with the former released on December 13, 2012 and the latter released precisely a year later. The release also confirms the return of Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Christopher Lee as Saruman, both of which I believe weren't entirely 100% until now. The only major name linked to the project who is not listed on the press release is Benedict Cumberbatch, so they apparently weren't kidding around when they said his role was a secret. You can read the entire thing here.
Here's a poster spotlighting Draco Malfoy. [ComingSoon.net]
The movie has already wrapped filming, and producer Joel Soisson promises this one will really go for it, not like its demure, conservative predecessor:
"This one is so outlandish in places. I hope it works because it really pushes all the boundaries slightly pushed in the first one."
Here's an introduction for "A Good Man Goes to War" from director Peter Hoar.
Here are a bunch more promo photos for the episode. [Blogtor Who]
Charlie Baker, who plays the Fat One in "A Good Man Goes to War", revealed the following tidbits:
- "The Fat One" really is the character's name, and he's married to the Thin One.
- The pair are a like a comedy double act. Baker has a couple good lines, but the comedy mostly comes from his reactions.
- He has probably about 10-15 minutes of screen time.
- The episode is "set in space with props and sets that will blow you away."
- The episode is "set a long time in the future. And there's a sort of Nazi state. And space! I'm so pleased to be in space!"
- The monsters are the Headless Monks, and they're even scarier than the Silence.
- He doesn't have any scenes with the Cybermen.
- On whether he has any scenes with the Doctor: "In a way, yes..."
Here's a roundup of additional spoilers for the episode - since the BBC is keeping this episode mostly under wraps, a lot of this is stuff we already knew, but I think the Jack Ripper's London bit is new:
- Some of the story is set on an asteroid called Demons Run
- Features "Jack the Ripper's London"
- Silurians, Sontarans and Cybermen all return. As does River Song.
- Actress Neve McIntosh, who previously played Alaya and Restac in The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, is back as a character called Madame Vastra.
- Nicolas Briggs is back as the Voice of the Cybermen
- Some of it is set far in the future.
- "Eye Patch Lady" (played by Frances Barber) is back and has a name - Madam Kovarian
- Dorium Maldova, last seen in The Pandorica Opens, makes an appearance.
File this under "things that are definitely not happening but I sort of vaguely wish they were" - according to IMDB, David Tennant and Peter Davison will both be making appearances in episode 13 as their respective Doctors. So yeah...I'm going to go ahead and say that this is definitely complete crap, even if a tiny part of me would kind of love to see this. [Geek Native]
Here's a promo for episode 8, "The Pointy End."
Here's another promo for season four.
Here are some promo photos of the cast. [KSiteTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.