The first Amazing Spider-Man 2 reviews are out, and they warn that it "gets itself tangled." Karen Gillan talks Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy. And Gwendoline Christie previews Brienne and Cersei's upcoming confrontation on Game of Thrones. Spoilers now!
Top image: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The latest name in the unending torrent that is Star Wars casting speculation is unknown British stage actor Maisie Richardson-Sellers. The Hollywood Reported is saying that sources say she's close to getting an "undisclosed and possibly major role."
This lines up with the previous statement that J.J. Abrams is looking for a cast of mostly unknowns, as well as rumors that one of the roles is for a "young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendant of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi." As with all Star Wars news, however, it's speculation until confirmed. [The Hollywood Reporter]
And now we have another source claiming that the film will be returning to Tatooine and recreating the sets anew in Morocco, rather than using the original sets in Tunisia. Considering it's the place furthest from the bright center of the universe, it's certainly never-endingly interesting to the Star Wars films. [The Hollywood Reporter via Badass Digest]
In an interview, John Boyega seemed to refute the idea that he was out of the running for Star Wars, while simultaneously not confirming anything about a deal being on offer or close:
Star Wars. That would be incredible, but obviously I haven't heard anything yet. But who wouldn't want to be in Star Wars?
. . . Hopefully J.J. uses this as inspiration to give me a call.
See the video at the link. [First Coast]
And finally, in a "keep all your grains of salt handy" development, an unsourced report claims that the plot of Episode VII involves Han and Leia being thrown in prison by a resurgent Empire after Luke has gone away. So their kids have to search for the missing Luke and break Han and Leia out of prison, where they've been stuck for eight years. Again, tons of grains of salt here. [Star Wars 7 News]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Producer Simon Kinberg talked about the role Quicksilver would play in the film:
That is the bulk of Quicksilver's presence in this film. They need somebody who can help them get in and out of somewhere. And the idea is that Logan knew him in the future, and so they go to try to find his younger self.
He also talked about how they conceived of the character:
The way we conceived him is a sort of an ADD kid. Everything he does is just popping and zipping around. He doesn't take anything seriously. He's not in a situation for more than a few seconds. So it infused the movie with an energy that was really useful for us.
Quicksilver is Magneto's son in the comics and there may be an allusion to it in the movie, but it's not something we fully explore yet.
Below is a photo of Quicksilver in action. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's Hugh Jackman giving a commentary on the trailer, in which he talks about the fact that the film takes place during Nixon's presidency and that Wolverine's sent back in time to stop Mystique from doing something. [Moviepilot]
And apparently the thing that Wolverine is sent back in time to prevent is Mystique's assassination of Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage), the creator of the Sentinels. According to Entertainment Weekly, "Keeping Trask alive prevents a devastating war between mutants and humans — and keeps Mystique among the do-gooding mutants."And EW quotes Kinberg as saying, "A lot of people have an emotional investment in her not going to the dark side." [EW via Newsarama]
Masters of the Universe
Schmoes Know has an unnamed source that claims that Jeff Wadlow has closed a deal to direct the film bringing He-Man to the big screen. As always with these things, take it with many grains of salt. [Schmoes Know via Slashfilm]
Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany were asked just how much they had learned about the science involved in the film they star in. Depp said he knows basically nothing:
My technological abilities stop at about pong. Phones are just a thing to basically insult my thumbs.
Bettany said that he didn't know much, but he did ask some experts how far away we were from being able to upload minds to computers like in the film:
Not really. In the same way that I've played surgeons in the past but you wouldn't want me to operate on you.
This is Science Fiction right now… but it's near science. Every neuroscientist I spoke to, when I asked, 'How realistic is this? How farfetched is this?' They all said 25 to 30 years
Video at the link. [Entertainment Tonight]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The film's beginning to premiere internationally, and that means that some reviews are already out. The Los Angeles Times has a round-up of the reviews, with the consensus seeming to back up early fears that there are too many villains in the film. Variety's review points to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone's chemistry as the film's high point, saying that it "acrobatically spins enough sound and fury to distract from [the redundancy of another Spidey sequel so soon after Raimi's], while the tinderbox chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone delights once more."
The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Felperin also points to the leads' chemistry as the best point and says that the film "gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main, this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor."
The Guardian's review talks about something hinted at in the trailers (and cut from the first film): Peter Parker's parents:
[Webb] cuts a few corners and takes the occasional liberty. The most hazardous of these, I think, is the decision to beef-up the backstory of Peter Parker's parents, if only because it conjures our lowly orphaned hero into a gilded little prince and monkeys with an origins story previously defined by those robustly American themes of self-renewal and reinvention.
Indiewire's Oliver Lyttelton was the most negative, calling the film "wildly overstuffed" and "way too long." Even claiming that the sequel "doubles down" on the worst parts of the first film and "undoes" The Amazing Spider-Man's good parts. [The Los Angeles Times]
The Daily Bugle tumblr is at it again. This time featuring another article "by" Eddie Brock. This one mentions Cletus Kasady, who is a part of Brock's comics backstory. Here's the text of "Killer Kasady Caught":
The greater New York tri-state area got a whole lot safer yesterday. Captured late last night, Cletus Kasady, escaped serial killer and notorious redhead, was eerily calm and subdued when he eagerly surrendered to the FBI. The manhunt for the FBI's Most Wanted felon ended innocuously in a small strip mall outside of New Rochelle, New York.
A barista at a local coffee shop recognized Kasady and eventually called the police. The barista apologized to reporters later admitting she didn't immediately alert authorities hoping Spider-Man would beat them to the scene. "What can I say? I am a HUGE fan."
Kasady had been sentenced to twelve life sentences for the twelve murders he committed — but escaped while being transported between federal prisons. Sources say Kasady has been remanded to Ravencroft Institute for further interrogation until he is relocated to a maximum security federal prison. While the barista didn't get her wish, we know Spider-Man thanks her… as we all do. For now it appears that Kasady won't be causing any more carnage.
As with all of these articles, it could just be a way to enrich the world of the films or it could be a way to pave the way for future installments. [via Yahoo!]
The fourth installment of the Amazing Spider-Man films will come after the Sinister Six and Venom films, so the May 4th, 2018 date that was originally announced for that film may now be one of those instead. Says Matt Tolmach:
Before we know what we do with Spider-Man 4, we're going to do Sinister Six, Venom and Spider-Man 3. There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we're just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don't know yet what [Spider-Man 4] is going to be.
Here's another TV spot:
Drew Goddard's reportedly pulled out of directing The Martian due to his commitment directing Sony's Sinister Six film. The Martian is reportedly eyeing Matt Damon to star as an astronaut stranded on Mars, but Damon's involvement is by no means a done deal. A lot depends on finding a director that Damon wants to work with. [The Wrap]
Karen Gillan explained how she approached her character in the horror film:
I wanted her to go from an extremely put-together woman to a quivering child, like that's her journey.
This was apparently difficult because most of her scenes were shot in four days at the end of filming:
Not only is it not shot in chronological order, but we have two different timelines playing out at the same time. So that was difficult to get our heads around, just to keep track of everything. I mean, I covered my script in notes anyway, so I could at least just glance at the scene and know where I'm at. But then Mike Flanagan, the director, would just chime in and be like, 'Okay, so you're here, and you're going to reach this level in the next scene, so just play it like this." Also, I would give him different versions of intensity and fear and all of those things so that he could potentially construct the performance in the edit, when he chooses what we wants.
Gillan also talked about how she got involved in the film:
The script was sent to me by the director. I was in Scotland in my family home and I read the script and I loved it. It was really interesting and also just this damaged character. I wanted to explore that and see if I could do it. It felt like a challenge. I Skyped with Mike, we talked about it and then I made an audition tape with my Dad reading the other lines, which was hilarious, and then we sent it off to America.
Guardians of the Galaxy
In the same Entertainment Weekly interview, Gillan talked very generally about filming Guardians of the Galaxy:
I loved every second of working on that film. It was so exciting, I love my character so much. Just working on a film of that scale, I'd never done that before. So it was amazing to see what it's like. And all those fight sequences! Whoa.
. . . I worked a lot with Lee Pace, because we're the bad guys, and we went around antagonizing everybody. He was really fun to work with and he gives such a great performance as the male villain. Oh my god, it's really something. And also, just watching Zoe Saldana work was really inspiring to me.
Here's a video interview of Gillan talking about how they've adapted her character Nebula's past relationship with Thanos for the big screen. [Screen Crush]
The LEGO Movie 2
Will Arnett spoke a little bit about the change in directors between the first film and the sequel, seemingly unconcerned with it:
Chris McKay is taking over the reigns and he's such a brilliant guy, but Phil and Chris are definitely still involved. It's such a great team overall. Obviously those are brilliant guys and I just love them to death, so I have the utmost confidence.
Arnett also talked about what he'd like to do as Batman in the sequel:
What was fun about the first film was playing with the idea of Batman being Batman. Now we can start to get down to what sort of makes him tick. And I like to see a little lighter side of Batman too, see him having fun.
Through the Looking Glass
The sequel to Alice in Wonderland is in negotiations to cast Mark Rylance as the father to Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter. [Variety]
Ken Marino will play "blowhard" Coach Carr, who will battle the monsters invading Greendale High. [Deadline]
Game of Thrones
Gwendoline Christie previewed a confrontation between Brienne and Cersei that'll air in this Sunday's episode:
IGN: Yeah, and Cersei sort of touches upon it too in episode two, when she tells Brienne she's obviously in love with Jaime.
Christie: Oh, when I read that — when I read the script — "Nooooo!!" It's sort of the worst thing, like when you're a kid at school and someone says, "You fancy him!" "No!"
IGN: Do you think she's aware that she loves him?
Christie: No, I don't think she is.
IGN: I mean, Cersei is right though, isn't she?
Christie: What's brilliant about the writing is that in that moment, that's the first moment [Brienne] considers it, and it's the horror that that might be true and what she might have to deal with. It's so brilliantly directed by Alex Graves, because — well, I haven't seen that moment, I only filmed it, so I don't know what ended up in the edit. But when we filmed it, obviously, there's that terrible confrontation, face to face, with Cersei. She moves away; she doesn't do the formal exit. She just has to turn away. Even Brienne is incredibly aware of respectability and manners, as difficult as it is for her; she's still a lady. But she doesn't give a formal exit, she turns away. Then in her eye-line is Jaime. It's, I think, really slapped her hard on one side of the face, and then the other even harder, as she runs off red-faced. "Oh, God!"
More at the link. [IGN]
Go here for more photos from episodes 4.03 and 4.04. [Far Far Away Site]
Well this bodes ill: the season 2 finale is titled "Unthinkable." [Green Arrow TV]
The Vampire Diaries
Paul Wesley says not to count on anything you'll see happening this season between Elena and Stefan meaning much in the long term:
Those two are like perpetually a pendulum that swings. There's really no algorithm. I don't think anything that happens is permanent, so the answer to that question is that I'm sure they'll work it out in the end.
Executive producer Julie Plec has hinted that some old fan favorites might return, and now a photo tweeted by Michael Trevino may reveal one of them: former history teacher Alaric Saltzman. Trevino's photo includes a bunch of people from the show, including Alaric's actor, Matt Davis. Now, the photo isn't a set photo, so it's by no means conclusive, but it could indicate that he's back. Photo below. [Wetpaint]
Tessa Ferrer will recur as Katie Sparks, an "over-achieving astronaut and the daughter of Michael O'Neill's Alan Sparks, who serves as the director of the ISEA." [TV Guide]
TNT has picked up a TV series based on the Noah Wyle-starring TV movie franchise. Here's how the press release describes the series:
The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. Among the artifacts housed in the Library are the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny, the Judas Chalice and Excalibur, to name a few. Only a person with special skills could be responsible for collecting and protecting these artifacts, and more importantly, for preventing them from falling into the wrong hands.
For the past 10 years, Flynn Carsen (Wyle) has served as the Librarian. Prior to taking the job, he was a bookish nerd with 22 academic degrees and absolutely no social skills. As Librarian, however, he managed to use his extraordinary knowledge, successfully recovering ancient artifacts and, in the process, saving the world from unspeakable evil on more than one occasion. Over the last decade he's gone from bookworm to dashing swashbuckler, one of the secret heroes of the hidden world.
As great as Flynn is, the job of Librarian has become more than one person can handle. To aid him in his duties, the Library has recruited four people from around the world, including Eve Baird (Romijn), a highly skilled counter-terrorism agent who is responsible for protecting the group and keeping them all alive; Jake Stone (Kane), an Oklahoma oil worker with an IQ of 190 and an encyclopedic knowledge of art history; Cassandra (Booth), a quirky young woman with the special gift of auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval, known as synesthesia; and Ezekiel Jones (Kim), a master of new technologies and aficionado of old classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery.
Overseeing the new team of Librarians is the somewhat cantankerous Jenkins (Larroquette), an expert in ancient lore who has been working out of the Library's branch office for longer than anyone knows. Together, they must tangle with many adversaries, chief of whom is the Serpent Brotherhood, an ancient cult led by the mysterious immortal Dulaque (Frewer).
Under the Dome
When the show returns, three major characters will find themselves in jail charged with murder and attempted murder. [E! Online]
Below is a trailer for season 2. [Ace Showbiz]
Agents of Shield
Here's the poster for the next episode, "Providence." [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's the official Syfy description of Linda Hamilton's character:
Hamilton will play the key recurring role of Pilar McCawley, the wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene) and mother to their three children. Separated from her family for a number of years, Pilar has now returned home. Pilar suffered from serious mental illness and in the aftermath of the Votan arrival and subsequent war, did not have access to her medication. With her mental state unchecked, Pilar snapped and tried to murder her children. Fearing for the family's safety, Rafe sent her to an institution and told their children she had died. Now Pilar is back with both a steely resolve and a warm, maternal love for her family. But the motives for her return are unclear, and soon Rafe and others in town begin to question where she's actually been these past years.
Here's the description of April 29th's episode, "Bloodlines," which also act as the backdoor pilot for the spinoff:
SAM AND DEAN INVESTIGATE MONSTER FAMILIES IN CHICAGO — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a case in Chicago, where they discover that various mafia-esque monster families are, unknown to humans, running the underbelly of Chicago. One is a family of shapeshifters run by Margo Lassiter (guest stars Danielle Savre), whose leadership is thrown into question when her brother David (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic) returns home. The other reigning family in town is made up of werewolves, lead by Julian Duval (guest star Sean Faris). While in Chicago, Sam and Dean meet Ennis (guest star Lucien Laviscount), a man with a personal vendetta against the monsters. The Winchesters warn Ennis about heading into the hunter lifestyle, but Ennis refuses to listen and starts down a dangerous path. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#920).
The show is casting a character for the premiere of season 2 called "Kaleb." [SpoilerTV]
Below is the description for April 29th's "A Closer Walk With Thee":
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE — Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) confronts a surprising enemy as she and her unborn baby fall into peril during a celebratory wake to honor a fallen member of the community. In order to save Hayley, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) enlist the help of Genevieve (guest star Elyse Levesque) who struggles to maintain control over Davina (Danielle Campbell) and the other young witches. Cami (Leah Pipes) tells Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) that Francesca (guest star Peta Sargent) is determined to find a mysterious key that may unlock a family secret. Meanwhile, as Klaus suffers from nightmares of his father Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche), he is forced to examine his troubled relationship with his own adoptive son, Marcel. Sylvain White directed the episode written by Carina Adly MacKenzie & Julie Plec (#120).
Here's a clip from episode 1.18, "The Big Uneasy."
Here's the synopsis for April 30th's "Contents Under Pressure":
KATE VERNON ("BATTLESTAR GALACTICA") GUEST STARS IN THIS EPISODE — Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Raven (guest star Lindsey Morgan) make contact with the Ark, and Abby (Paige Turco) guides Clarke through a dangerous procedure in a desperate move to save one of their own. Meanwhile, on the Ark, Abby is removed from the council, and former Chancellor Diana Sydney (guest star Kate Vernon) takes her place. Jaha (Isaiah Washington) reveals to Abby that there are not enough drop ships for everyone on the Ark to go down to Earth, and Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) begins to deal with his guilt over his recent decision. Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Devon Bostick and Chris Larkin also star. John Showalter directed the episode written by Akela Cooper & Kira Snyder (#107).
Here's the trailer for "Twilight's Last Gleaming":
Below's the description for April 28th's "Give Me A Torch":
EMERY IS KIDNAPPED — Sophia (Brina Palencia) suspects Taylor (Natalie Hall) is pregnant with Drake's (Greg Finley) baby. Sophia tells Emery (Aimee Teegarden) and the two research Atrian pregnancies. Vartan (guest star Marcus Hester) stumbles upon the information and mistakenly believes Emery is pregnant, so he kidnaps her. Vega (guest star Merle Dandridge) tasks Teri (Chelsea Gilligan) with finding the Iksen's key, which they need to complete the Suvek. Meanwhile, Roman (Matt Lanter) and Castor (Johnathan Schreach) testify before the Hwatab about the day the spaceship crashed. Also, Eric (Jesse Luken) shares a nice moment with Julia (Malese Jow). Michael Katleman directed the episode written by Marc Halsey & Jay Faerber (#111).
The Tomorrow People
Go here for more photos from episode 1.21, "Kill Switch." [Far Far Away Site]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen