Marc Webb reveals how important Paul Giamatti's Rhino will be to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There are some hints for Transformers 4, Thor 2, and G.I. Joe 3. Brad Bird's Tomorrowland finds its female lead. Another Robert Kirkman comic is becoming a TV series. Plus a ton of cool posters. Spoilers ahead!
Top image: Amazing Spider-Man 2, via Fan-Girl.org.
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Director Marc Webb has given a few details about the role Paul Giamatti's Rhino will play, given that Electro is taking center stage in all of the press so far:
Electro is the main villain. Rhino sort of makes a teasing appearance in the film in a very calculated and careful way, but the main villain in this movie is Electro and you get a real sense of the power and magnitude of that villain... Rhino is in a couple scenes, you know, so he's a really terrifying and a fun villain, but Electro is our main foe.
More at the link. [Superhero Hype]
Shailene Woodley discussed the cutting of Mary Jane from the film and revealed what her part would have looked like. She said that she did get to say the line: "Face it, Tiger, you just hit the jackpot." She also explained that she had only filmed a few scenes, and that she thinks not having Mary Jane in the movie makes sense:
She was only going to be in four scenes. I think it’s really incredibly smart that she’s not in it, looking back at it now because they’re introducing so many characters and MJ is such a vital character that it makes sense to hold off for future movies to introduce her.
The movie decided not to film at the retired Coast Guard ship the Cutter Bramble. However, some interesting details were revealed by Robert Klinger, the owner of the Bramble:
The ship itself would emulate the exact look they wanted, a Russian waterfront, dark, mysterious underworld environment. We more or less auditioned for the part at their request. [. . .] The Bramble has the look. It looks very industrial and very busy. It had a really, really good chance.
In what looks like her first interview about the movie, actress Sophia Myles spoke with The Belfast Telegraph about her work on the film.
We've been on it for a couple of months now. It's so exciting and so thrilling. I love working with the whole cast and Michael Bay is just an incredible director. I feel so privileged, I'm still pinching myself.
She also revealed that her character will be interacting a lot with Stanley Tucci's. [The Belfast Telegraph]
Emily Blunt's Rita Vritaski, a soldier Tom Cruise's character meets while reliving the same day fighting aliens, now has her own poster. [First Showing]
In the video, Zachary Levi discusses his role as Fandral in the Thor sequel as well as his plans for a Chuck movie. [TV Line]
Brad Bird's feature about a famous part of Disneyland and "a supposed alternate dimension," already has George Clooney starring and High Laurie as the villain, but the female lead was just announced to be Britt Robertson (Under the Dome). Robertson will play a high schooler wiyh an "unconventional understanding of technology who's launched on a journey to reclaim her future." [First Showing]
Director Gavin Hood spoke about the relationship between the young actors and the adult actors and how that chemistry played into the film:
What’s interesting [is] the adults really wanted to support the kids. They were very generous, kind, and patient. The kids felt slightly intimidated by Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford, which is exactly right for Graff and Ender. I mean, “My God, I’m working with Harrison Ford and dealing with Colonel Graff!” is the same kind of stress, right?
More at the link. [Film School Rejects]
Here's a viral campaign video warning about the dangerous spread of "Simian Flu:"
And the very last of the character posters. [Coming Soon]
Jaime Murray gave some details about the plot of the sequel.
The kids go to Romania and here we kind of look at the story of Elizabeth Bathory as inspiration. She may have been what the original vampire myth was based on. I just needed the blood of virgins. I play the Colin Farrell character and obviously he's a man and Charlie is a man so they're not going to "go there," but the fact I'm a woman throws off a different dynamic. Charlie's a teenage boy and my Gerri is a charismatic, charming, sexual woman - but there's also something disturbing about her, so that's fun to play with. There's a cat and mouse power exchange. Women also have different abuses.
Jon M. Chu talked about what he loves about the series and the chances that the next one will see the return of older characters.
There's definitely a possibility that we'll get Scarlet back. I think there's a lot of characters that we can get back. The G.I. Joe world is a large world and we're with one section of it. In mind it was never "Oh we're getting rid of everyone and that's that!" This is another part of the universe and I'm sure we'll get her back. She has some of the most interesting storylines, especially with Snake Eyes.
The reason I love G.I. Joe is because it goes everywhere and it stretches and it pulls. There's never been a mythology like that hefore where it mixes military, ninjas, androids, and crazy political things between the Cobra. I just love that. All the doors are open for us. We started with the foundation of G.I. Joe Retaliation to clear the slate, to get to where this world lives and we have ninjas flying next to military guys. Now we can take the next step, now we can go on an adventure somewhere else and we can just keep building until you are literally like "What the hell is going on here?
This Comic-Con poster features an extreme close-up of Jeff Bridges. [ComingSoon]
Details are few and far between, but it looks like episode 20 of the next season will introduce a brand new character, and act as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff. [TV Line]
Andrew Kreisberg spoke to TV Guide about the plans for the Black Canary in season 2 and made clear that, although Caity Lotz has been cast as a recurring role, she is not playing Dinah Drake. He wouldn't name who she was playing, though. [TV Guide]
The character that Caity is portraying is the beginning of the Black Canary story and we're really excited for the fans to go on the journey with us. So much of our show is about defying expectations, meeting expectations and exceeding expectations, and we really want our fans to experience the show by watching it and enjoying it and enjoying all the twists and turns and surprises the way we intend. [. . .]
Everyone knows that Laurel Lance is the Black Canary. That's the way it is in the comic books, but how we get from A to B is the story of our show. In the same way that Oliver, when we meet him, is the vigilante, but this season he's going to becoming the Arrow, that's the step of his journey to eventually becoming the Green Arrow. Laurel Lance right now is a lawyer with a lot of heart and a lot of humanity and courage. But it takes more than that to put on the mask and go out and fight crime. Our series is the evolution of that. People will see how Caity Lotz fits into Laurel's journey along the way. For us, it's very emotional and surprising and exciting. I would say to everybody, we haven't let you down so far. Keep going on this ride with us.
In addition to Lotz, Arrow will also be adding Michael Jai White and Kevin Alejandro. White will guest star as Ben Turner, better known as Bronze Tiger. On the show, the character will be an assassin who forms an alliance with high-ranking Triad member China White.
Alejandro will appear as Sebastian Blood, an alderman who rises to power as a man of the people following the earthquake that devastated part of Starling City, which is blamed on the Queen family. Sebastion Blood is inspired by the DC villain Baron Blood. [Comic Book Resources]
Watch Andrew Lincoln hint at what the future brings between the sheriff and Michonne. [TV Line]
Even though Meghan Ory is going to be in CBS's Intelligence this fall, Ory says that, even though there are no immediate plans for her to return as Ruby, the character hasn't been killed off and she could return in flashbacks and in the Storybrooke plotline this season. [SpoilerTV]
The pilot episode includes a cameo by Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill, and now she has a few promo photos of her own. Two are below, but click here to see some other promo photos. [TV Equals]
The show is casting three recurring roles: Carter, a "20-something small-town hunk"; a 20-year-old version of Gwen (Jessica Lang); and a "red-haired 20-year-old version" of Ruth (Frances Conroy). [SpoilerTV]
Ron Moore's series for Starz is based on Diana Gabaldon's book series and tells the story of Claire and James Fraser, who time travel between 18th and 20th century Scotland. The show will star Sam Heughan and will not try to recreate Scotland — but will actually film there. [The BBC]
Amy Acker will now be a series regular, putting any questions about the level of participation Root will have in season 3 to rest.
This Comic-Con promo video makes strong use of real video from politicians, following the PRISM leak. [TV Line]
Stephen Collins will be playing Rachel's dad in Season two. He's part of a group called "The Patriots," from Cuba. Executive producer Eric Kripke says, "They're just really, really bad dudes... The idea was to create a villain this year that's so bad and so insidious and whose tentacles go so far, that even our heroes and our villains ultimately have to band together to fight this threat. They're using the iconography of stars and stripes and patroism, but they're using it as a mask. If you were to look behind closed doors ... you'll see that they are really, really bad dudes up to some nefarious stuff."
Kripke also revealed that season 2 will table the power of the pendant for the "foreseeable" future, in order to tell different stories. "It's always been a show about family and hope and love, and now they can all move towards each other and not just make it so obsessed about the power. I think you'll see much more intimate digging into character," Kripke said. "Let's stop talking about the power and lets start talking about the world." [TV Guide]
Watch Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, and Kevin Murphy discuss the show. [TV Equals]
Speaking of Ory,here's a video interview with her, Josh Holloway, and Marg Helgenberger. [TV Equals]
Robert Kirkman's comic Clone ("What if there were more of you? And what if you could save those versions of yourself from being killed? The show’s themes of identity and nature verses nurture are intrinsic to the roller-coaster ride of a story.") has a development deal with NBC. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's the promo for the final three episodes of the season:
The series will return for its winter premiere on January 6, 2014. Here's the new trailer for season 3. [TV Line]
Executive Producers Jennifer Levin and Sheri Cooper have revealed that Brian White's character Joe would not be returning for the new season. "Joe is not coming back,” said Levin. “As you know, our show became less of a police procedural, and it felt like we really wanted to take Tess and explore other aspects of Tess, and get her out of that relationship. So, she is not dating Joe,” she continued
The season will also feature the survival of Gabe. “He’s back, and Brad Kern came up with this amazing story for him, on how he came back, and how he survived that shooting, and what that’s done to his character,” said Levin. [KSiteTV]
TV Equals interviewed creators John Fawcett and Graeme Mason. [TV Equals]
TV Equals also interviewed Matt Lanter, Aimee Teegarden, and Grey Damon. [TV Equals]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders