What's it like playing the iconic cybernetic characters in Prometheus and the Robocop reboot?

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Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman have the answers to that question. A new Looper photo reveals a key costar. Alfie Allen discusses Theon's Game of Thrones future. Plus Noah, R.I.P.D., and more!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Prometheus.


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There's a pretty epic interview out with Michael Fassbender, who plays the android David. First up, he reveals why he went to the other classic Ridley Scott science fiction movie to help build his character, while giving one hell of a backhanded compliment to Sean Young:

I watched "Blade Runner" and I looked at the replicants — well, I looked at Sean Young. There was something in her character, a quality there that I kind of liked for David, this longing for something or some sort of a soul at play there, a sort of vacant element. I don't know exactly what, I just knew there was a quality there that I liked and then Hal from "2001" and then I sort of walked in with "The Servant" and Dirk Bogarde and that and then Peter O'Toole's character from "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Man Who Fell To Earth," David Bowie. So those were the kind of ingredients and then Greg Louganis, the diver, so that was sort of the mixture.

There was also some contempt in David for the person who made him. He has that line about how "Everyone wants to see their parents die…" Were you laying David as if he had emotions?

I played him exactly like you said with the idea of an earlier model and what it was with the earlier versions were that they were very human and "Oh my God, they are robots," whereas this one the reveal is very early, so I wanted to make him very robotic and then yes, inside have human traits and personality trait, so you're like "Wait a second, is he being sarcastic there?" or "Is he being for real?" So you are always asking that question with the character. It's like as the character develops as well physically, I don't know if it shows, but like at the beginning he has a very neutral physicality; by the end I was leaning on my hip when we are leaving the spaceship to go down on that last mission. It's little things like that. So that's an attitude. If I sit there and look at you like that (tilts head to one side), it's something very different from that or this. Little things like that I was trying to bleed through, so even then you're thinking as the audience or the people on board "Wait a second. Is something happening here? Was he pretending to be more robotic than he was?" So he's a big question mark.

He also hints at David's relationships with Guy Pearce's Peter Weyland:

Well it's complicated. I think Weyland is obviously that high-achieving alpha male and what was cool about the Davids is that there are hundreds of Davids, thousands of Davids. They are mass-produced and he is obviously very proud of his creation, but I think that's because he is proud of himself. It's all about Weyland. He is the creator, you know? So when he goes "The son that I never had," it's not because he has affection for David, it's that he has such affection for himself and self-affirmation that he created this. I think it's the classic thing of perhaps a neglected daughter or a neglected child; she is desperately vying to get "daddy's" attention.

There's plenty more at the link. [Shock Till You Drop]


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Here's a promo photo featuring costar Jeff Daniels. [IGN]


Star Joel Kinnaman, best known for his work on The Killing, describes his own evolving feelings towards Jose Padilha's remake:

I used to be like "Why are we doing a remake? What are remakes being done for?" But then, we do that all the time in the theater. If we weren't doing remakes, nobody would know who Shakespeare was. I'm not saying that Robocop is Shakespeare, but it's a way to … we're retelling. That's what we do as human beings. We retell our favorite stories. That's what we've done since we were sitting around campfires. It's a part of the human spirit. It doesn't have to be negative to creativity. It can be completely opposite. That's how you can break new ground by rethinking something that's already been done. José has a completely different take on this than Verhoeven had, and with all respect, everybody that's involved in this movie loved the original and we have a lot of respect for it. We're going to have a lot of throwbacks and there's going to be a lot of fun stuff for the fans of the first movie. It's a new story within the old one.


He also confirms a September start date for filming and Dark Knight star Gary Oldman's casting as Robocop's creator. He also implies that Oldman's part will be beefed up considerably from the original, which makes sense, what with the casting of Gary Oldman and all:

So, I'm very, very excited and we have great scenes that have a lot of the substance that I was talking about. It's very much a relationship between Gary Oldman's character and Alex Murphy.



Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Here's a pair of new TV spots in one handy video. [Shock Till You Drop]


Star Ryan Reynolds reveals the movie, in which he and Jeff Bridges play a pair of dead cops patrolling the afterlife, has just finished filming. He also has this to say about the movie itself:

It's unlike any other movie I've ever seen. The movie's palette is just incredible and the scope of it is amazing. It's nice to see a budget like that being used in a really practical way.




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Here's a new promo photo of Star Trek star Karl Urban as Judge Dredd. [IM Global]


Percy Jackson star Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth, who played Pip in a 2011 Great Expectations miniseries, have reportedly joined Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky's big-budget Noah's Ark reimagining. The pair will reportedly play Noah's sons Shem and Ham. The cast already includes Russell Crowe as Noah plus Jennifer Connelly and Hanna star Saoirse Ronan. [Deadline]


Brave New World

Prometheus director Ridley Scott suggests his planned adaptation of the Aldous Huxley classic might not end up happening:

"I don't know what to do with Brave New World. It's tough. I think Brave New World in a funny kind of way was good in 1938, because it had a very interesting revolutionary idea. It came shortly before or after George Orwell, roughly the same time. When you re-analyze it, maybe it should stay as a book. I don't know. We tried to get it."




20th Century Fox has reportedly acquired S.J. Kincaid's young adult novel — the first of a planned trilogy. Here's the description:

Set during World War III, story centers around a 14-year-old gamer who enrolls in an elite military training academy. Before long he discovers that the military intends to turn him into a superhuman fighter by installing a computer in his brain.



Millennium: The Movie

Star Lance Henriksen just keeps on talking up this Millennium movie, which may or may not exist as a real prospect outside of Lance Henriksen interviews:

There's a big push on it, right now. They've written a book with interviews from everybody that was on the show, including [Frank] Spotnitz and me. That show was awhile ago. Ever since 9/11, the world has changed so radically that, if Millennium was made today with those characters, it would be a far more interesting show than the limited [palette] they had with serial killers. I love the idea of a non-judgmental character like Frank Black. He wanted to know why and how all these things happened, but he knew that judging someone for what they'd done was just going to get in the way of finding out things. Imagine that kind of morality and focus, like a master chess player, able to draw in details like beads on a string. It would be much more interesting now than it was then. I loved doing that show. The most important relationship in the show, for me, was between Frank and his daughter, and that actress is getting married now. I think it's going to happen. I really do. I believe that. I would do it. There's no reason not to.

What would you want to see happen?
I want to keep moving the pressure in on Frank Black, in regard to a terrorist plot that keeps building and building and building. You'll be gasping for air, wondering what the hell is going to happen to this guy. I'm looking forward to it. It's crazy, if they don't give it a shot. It doesn't have to be a $30 million movie. There's a lot of fans out there, in 65 countries, just pounding on the door. I can't go to any country without them wanting to know when the movie is going to be made. It doesn't matter where I am.



Game of Thrones

Costar Alfie Allen discusses Theon's as yet mysterious fate:

"You can see it any way you want, really. You get the vibe of it because, prior to me dying or being knocked out or whichever way you want to see it, someone else gets killed in quite a brutal way. So you think, 'If they've done that to him, why aren't they killing him in that same way?' So you think they might be taking me... to sell me off to someone for a high price because I am worth a lot of money at the end of the day."


He also discusses whether Theon actually thought he was killing Bran and Rickon:

"They ask if Theon knew whether [they were] the boys or not, or whether it was all kind of hidden from him... I think he knows. When he has the scene with Yara and she says, 'You're killed the two Stark boys. They're worth way more to you alive than dead,' you think, he could say, 'It's not the Stark boys, don't worry.' But people have said in history if you're going to tell a lie, make sure it's a big one. And I think if you're going to do something that big, then you've got to follow through with it or else people are going to constantly be doubting you."


[TV Guide]

American Horror Story

Big Love star Chloe Sevigny discusses her season two role as a nymphomaniac in a mental institution, as well as one particularly awesome name for who might play her doctor:

"It's a great show - what am I going to say, I'm not going to do it because it's another sexually provocative thing? I can't turn down good work because of that...I hear they're looking at a couple of big names. They were talking about Ian McShane. I shouldn't say this, but I'm kinda hoping they get him because I'm a big fan."


[TV Guide]

And here are some season two casting calls:

[JED] Male, 18 years old (no minors), Caucasian, thin, wiry, a farmhand. Guest Lead.

[CLARA] 40s to 60s, Latina, extremely extremely thin, freakish. 3-Episode Co-Star.

[PEPPER] Female, 20 to 40, very charactery (possibly malformed), child-like, small, 4-5 feet tall (but proportionate length arms, legs, torso, etc). Actress must be comfortable wearing facial prosthetics. Multi-Episode Co-Star.


[IMDB Forums]

Tron Uprising

Tron Legacy star Olivia Wilde will reprise her role as Quorra in a July 5 episode, in which it is revealed in flashback that Emmanuelle Chriqui's Paige once knew Quorra while she was hiding as a fugitive in Page's hometown. [TV Guide]



Here's a full synopsis for episode three, "Wasting Time":

Kyra and Carlos investigate a series of mysterious murders in which victims have been drained of endocrine fluid only to discover that the crimes were committed by Liber8 in an effort to save Travis, their leader. Kellog tries to make a truce with Kiera by delivering her a gift, one that could cost her and Carlos their lives and will lead to Kellog's expulsion from Liber8.


You can also check out an interview with star Rachel Nichols here.

Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.




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