Why James Spader's "Eerily Calm" Voice Makes Him the Perfect Ultron!

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That's what Joss Whedon says, explaining why the actor was his first choice for the villain of Avengers 2. Steven Moffat says Matt Smith's Doctor Who swansong will break your heart. J.J. Abrams gives a thumbs-up to one potential Star Trek 3 director. Jamie Foxx reveals the humanity of Amazing Spider-Man 2's Electro. Spoilers!


Top image from Arrow.

Star Trek 3

When asked about the possibility of Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt taking over directing duties, producer and departing director J.J. Abrams was generally positive but specifically noncommittal, as you would more or less expect:

“He's incredibly talented, and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go. It's too early to talk about details, but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next. I plan to be involved in the story and producing the film and I feel very blessed to be involved at all.”


The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Writer-director Joss Whedon explains why James Spader is the perfect choice for Ultron:

"Spader was my first and only choice, he's got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling. But he's also very human and humorous. Ultron is not HAL, Spader can play all of the levels. He's the guy to break the Avengers into pieces."

[Marvel via IGN]

Thor: The Dark World

Star Chris Hemsworth muses on how the standalone Thor movies are different from the ensemble Avengers films, and how they’re actually sort of the same:

"No, it's pretty similar. Each time, you make the attempt - 'okay, where do we take it from here? How do we make it better? How do we not repeat what we've done? How does the character not fall into 'the hero' now and become predictable?' That's the challenge. You apply the same motivation and commitment to it each time… The standalone Thor film is always sort of different [from] The Avengers, I think - having done a couple of them, obviously, you're not carrying it on your shoulders as the one superhero, you're with a group. Which is kind of more fun in a lot of ways because you share the responsibility but the dynamic of all those guys is vastly different from the characters on their own."


[Hitfix via Comic Book Movie]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Jamie Foxx explains how the movie reveals a more empathetic side of the villainous Electro:

"I think with all the Spider-Man villains there's a certain empathy to them. The way we crafted Electro was… when he's Max, you definitely feel for him because he's been shut out, nobody cares for him... and, it's his birthday and even his mom forgets his birthday—so when he does turn into Electro, it's serious venom. He does want to hurt everybody, and he feels like Spider-Man betrayed him, so he wants to hurt him bad."


[Digital Spy via MTV Splash Page]


How to Train Your Dragon and This Is The End actor Jay Baruchel discusses working with the movie’s all-star cast, especially given their genre film credentials:

I got to work on the remake of 'RoboCop' with Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman. And pretty much all my scenes were with Keaton. Oldman was in most of 'em and Jennifer Ehle and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. And so here I am with Commissioner Gordon and Batman from two different generations together and I was there privy to the moment where that penny dropped and they realized that. It was like, 'Wait a second you're in the new one? Who you playing, Gordon?' 'Yeah, Batman.' It was like oh my God! But then to hear production stories about 'The Dream Team,' about 'Johnny Dangerously' and fucking 'Batman,' 'Beetlejuice.' I mean, and then from Oldman I got to pick his brain about 'State of Grace,' about 'The Professional,' the Nolan 'Batman's.' And that's the thing, it's like it's like a bit of an agreement. I think they're fine talking about it if I'm actually interested. And they saw that I am [really] a movie nerd. That's the one thing I'll be super fucking arrogant about and say I know my shit. And so when they talk to me they can see that. And it was just like it's a movie nerds dream to get to be with fucking Keaton and Oldman every day.


There’s also this exchange, in which Baruchel discusses whether the movie can live up to the original:

Since you proclaim yourself as a movie nerd, should we take that as a stamp of approval that before you made 'RoboCop' that you thought it would be good?
Well, yeah.

Because I was at Comic-Con this summer and they showed the footage for the first time. And a lot of us went in very skeptical.
I know, yeah, as well you should, as well you should.

And I was like 'Huh. This looks a lot better than I thought it would be.'
Yeah. Because, it's all pros and cons when you have an opportunity like this. And I had to weigh sort of getting the chance to be alongside Oldman and Keaton, five hour train ride away from where I live every day [and] working with a director who I was a fan of before. I was a fan of José years before this movie ever came about because I had sought out 'Elite Squad' and 'Elite Squad 2.' And I love 'City of God.' He was a guy who I'd been checking myself as a film fan. And so when they said he's directing, he's finally doing a movie in English and it's with these guys and it's a remake of the 'RoboCop' and it's in Toronto, like it was pretty obvious to me that I had to do it.



G.I. Joe 3

Snow White and the Huntsman writer Evan Daugherty is reportedly handling scripting duties for Jon M. Chu’s follow-up to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. [/Film]


Doctor Who

Steven Moffat talks up Matt Smith's final performance as the Doctor:

"It's hard to let go, watching him on set yesterday (Sunday) and he's so heartbreakingly good. You get all excited about the new doctor and then you go back and you see Matt on his first day back on set and you think 'oh my God that's what we're losing.' He's so brilliant and he's at the height of his powers in the part, he's so funny, so clever, so inventive. It's fine. I mean it was an emotional start to the week, but he's actually been incredibly cheery. He's a fantastic leading man from that point of view. He bounds on set and gets everyone laughing and moving."


And here are Moffat's thoughts on Smith's successor, Peter Capaldi:

"He's very excited and thrilled. He's a brilliant actor and he wanted the part so that was it. He's known to be a Doctor Who fan and genius level actor and came at the right time for the Doctor."


[Entertainment Wise]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Here’s a clip focusing on Agent Melinda May. [Coming Soon]

The second episode will reportedly be called “0-8-4.” [SpoilerTV]

Under the Dome

Costar Natalie Martinez previews the finale, starting with the manhunt for Barbie:

More and more stories are going to keep crossing, because you don't know who is telling the truth or what the truth is or what motives people have and what they're really after. With this manhunt coming up, when it gets to that point of the end, we're going to start figuring out who's who and who wants what, and that's what's really going to shock us in the next couple episodes.

The kids all had a vision of a bloody Big Jim, each with a knife when they touched the dome. How will Linda navigate that threat? How will she be involved? Will the town find out about the Four Hands?
Linda is a person who has grown since the beginning of the show, and now she's going to start to learn how to trust her own instincts and follow her gut when it comes to what she thinks is really true. There are all these things coming up and all these stories that are being thrown at her, and evidence is showing up, but at end of the day she'll trust herself with what she believes in. At the end of the day and when you're under the dome, you only have yourself to count on.

Will the dome be coming down anytime soon?
I don't want to say yes or no, but we'll start finding out more about it, and we'll be getting close to a lot of answers. There's going to be a lot of close-to-death encounters and possibly some more death.


[Live Feed]


Here’s a TV spot for the second season. [Coming Soon]

Katie Cassidy discusses what’s ahead for Laurel this season, especially in the wake of Tommy’s death:

"She has definitely grieved a bit and tried to deal with the death of Tommy and the Glades being destroyed, and I feel she has mainly focused her energy on working to distract herself so she does not have to deal with it. She definitely goes into a darker place. I see her doing stuff that you would never imagine or think she would do, but it's credited because Tommy passed."


[E! Online]

Slade Wilson actor Manu Bennett discusses what he’s able to bring to the role and how it’s different from Crixus on Spartacus, and he then segues into talk of the upcoming second season:

Well, because I had a background in dancing, all the movement stuff, and I played rugby as well, so all the contact stuff and I had done some martial arts training and some boxing and stuff like that — all of that’s just a big combination. One thing leads into another. It’s morphing from one shape to the next. The thing about ‘Arrow’ is ‘Arrow’s’ very contemporary and I’m a contemporary soldier and Slade Wilson will disarm you and kill you in a matter of seconds, whereas Crixus, you’ve got to go into an arena for a two hour battle and the strikes are way up in the air — ‘Roar!’… Really, Slade Wilson is just a modern creation. So I’ve sort of leapt from 74 B.C. to the present. … I’ve leapt through a portal in time and come out the other end as another dangerous adversary to a lead character, but in the same way as Crixus, Slade is a dark hero.

How excited you are for ‘Arrow’ Season 2? You’re in the poster!
I’m really excited because when I first started with ‘Arrow’ … it was a different pace, a different tone. It was just more sort of factual and modern. … It’s already bigger than ‘Spartacus’ in terms of viewership, and being part of a franchise like that, it’s really gonna sort of help me build an even stronger future in this industry. And also, Slade Wilson, I know by what I’ve been told and the way that the character is already started to curve in the second season that he’s gonna be as big [of] a challenge as an acting role as what Crixus was and I think I can give him a lot of the light and shade that Crixus had, that I know the audience loves and appreciated in my performance as Crixus. So I think I’m again on a winning role and I can’t wait to embrace it further. I’m riding the tip of the arrow (laughs).


[Access Hollywood]

The Tomorrow People

Here’s an interview with star Robbie Amell, the cousin of Arrow leading man Stephen Amell. [KSiteTV]

And here’s a promo.

American Horror Story: Coven

Here’s the synopsis for October 9’s first episode of the new, witch-focused third season, which of course is called “Bitchcraft”:

A young girl, Zoe, is shattered to discover she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem. Zoe is whisked away to Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, a mysterious school in New Orleans devoted to safeguarding the few remaining descendants who share this unique bloodline. Harboring a secret agenda, Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of their generation, returns to town, reigniting old rivalries with the Coven’s deadly enemies, the Voodoo.



Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.



Captain Max and JINX

I hope Star Trek III finds the intrepid crew of the Enterprise battling Klingons over a super powerful terraforming device so they can grow humpback whales in order to satisfy an alien probe that will give them a map to the planet at the center of the galaxy where they hope to find God, the only being powerful enough to stop renegade Klingons from upsetting a peace treaty between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

Or a totally new story. I'd be cool with that, too.