Today's spoilers include Captain America rewrites, and The Wolfman reviews. Another actor's back for Transformers 3. A classic Doctor Who monster's comeback is confirmed. Plus Lost, The Crazies, Repo Men, V, Chuck, Flashforward and Survivors spoilers!
Promoting his new film The Wolfman, director Joe Johnston dropped a few more hints about his upcoming Marvel movie. It'll be PG-13 like the other Marvel films. He just got a new draft of the script, which tightened it up and added a little more action and "more character stuff." Plus the new draft adds a new subplot, which Johnston didn't identify. Also, he says this film will look different than all the others:
We're definitely going to shoot it in a different way than any of the other Marvel pictures have been shot. What I'm trying to do is look at the comics, mostly the new ones, mostly the Brubaker series, and to interpret that sort of visual style into a film in a way that I think has been tried before but it always looks like it's a little too on the nose. It looks like, 'Oh, they're shooting a comic book movie.' I want to try something a little bit different.
Not surprisingly, Tyrese Gibson tweeted that he'll be back in this film. "Epps is here to STAY!!" [TFW2005]
Here's another new clip from this crazy-town film. [Geek Tyrant]
The first reviews of this film are popping up, and they're mostly pretty damning — and full of spoilers. (It's compared to, among other things, Ang Lee's Hulk, and one reviewer urges you to watch a Syfy original movie instead.)
The film opens with the brutal murder of a traveler by a rampaging wolfman, in a grisly sequence. Then Larry Talbot (Benicio Del Toro), a New York actor doing Hamlet in London, gets contacted by his brother's fiancé, Gwen (Emily Blunt), who asks him to come home and search for the missing brother. Larry comes home to his dad (Anthony Hopkins) who occasions many daddy issues, and also tells Larry that the brother has been found ripped limb from limb, allegedly by gypsies. A flashback shows Larry finding his mother, dismembered and blood spattered, in his dad's arms. It takes Larry an hour to figure out that his dad murdered his mother, even though Larry's dad's eyes turn yellow early on.
There are various shocks, including some fake-out shocks involving a dog. There's a CG deer and a CG bear, alongside the wolfman who's done with practical effects. There's lots of running across rooftops, numerous flying body parts and spattering fluids, plus tons of werewolf inside references. (The people at the tavern melt their silver candles into bullets and keep wolfsbane around.) "There is side boob," says one reviewer. Lines of dialogue include the exchange: "I didn't know you hunted monsters." "Sometimes, monsters hunt you!" You can tell the wolfman's howl was recorded by an opera singer.
So Larry goes to visit the gypsies, and hears about an ancient curse that turns people into werewolves, and learns that the only answer is to destroy the uber-werewolf haunting the local woods. But on his way home he gets bitten by the werewolf himself. He's torn between the desire to live and the urge to kill himself before he hurts anyone. The townspeople come to take Larry away, but Larry's dad stops them. Meanwhile, Gwen tends Larry's wounds, which heal at an accelerated rate.
The gypsy woman says Larry can be cured by love, but then the next day when Gwen stops by to ask for more info, the gypsies say Larry can't be cured after all. Meanwhile, Larry's dad frames him for the murder of his brother, and he's sent to an institution for electric shock treatment and 19th-century-style waterboarding. At one point, he's surrounded by doctors who think his problems are all in his head — until Larry turns into a wolfman in front of all of them. Larry escapes and comes home to confront his dad — they both become werewolves, and the house catches on fire, into which Larry tosses his dad.
Hugo Weaving, playing Agent Smith, turns up to investigate and rally the locals to wave torches. Gwen is part of this posse, riding a white horse when everyone else has a dark horse, and she splits off from the group to go visit Larry. The posse goes after her, but never catches up to her — literally. We next see the posse in the forest, where Larry also turns up after having burned his dad, and where the final confrontation takes place. And it sounds like Gwen polishes off Larry. [H Monthly and Century City News and Comic Book Movie and Emanuel Levy and New York Observer and Seattle Times and the Contra Costa Times and Screenrant]
Director Joe Johnston says the movie ends with a big climactic fight (natch) and a "rampage through London." The studio almost cut the London sequence to save money, but the reshoots wound up putting it back in, he adds. And he says it's totally a retelling of the 1941 original, with only the character names held over. "It's a love story and a story about relationships set in the midst of these horrible things that happen. It's a story between a father and son and a man and a woman." [Below The Line]
Here are a few more images of Jude Law from this film. And in case you didn't know from the trailer, Law's organ-repo dude gets an artificial heart of his own and then no longer has the "heart" for his job, leaving his friend and partner, Forest Whitaker, to track him down. [The Mirror]
So those pervasive rumors that the Silurians are turning up in the new season? Are confirmed, by actor Neve McIntosh. She tells the Perthshire Advertiser:
The stories have got a bit darker. I play twins, and they're big lizardwarrior women. They're one of the Silurian tribes that have been undisturbed under the earth. And of course we get disturbed. It's the first time I've worn prosthetics but I'm still recognisable if you know me well enough. But there'll probably be lots of people going, 'Who the hell is that?'
I'm a bit disturbed myself by the idea that we'll still be able to recognize the actor playing a Silurian. [Perthshire Advertiser]
Here are some promo pics for next week's episode, "The Substitute". We'd heard LA-verse Locke was working at a school with Ben, but now here he is back in his same old cubicle job. [TV Overmind]
Terry O'Quinn says Flocke probably needs all of the main characters for his plan, whatever it is, to succeed — he's just going to start by trying to recruit Sawyer to his team. How will he win over Sawyer? By doing what the Devil always does: Giving him what he wants. [Doc Arzt]
Yunjin Kim says we'll see a very different side to Sun on the Island, and how she relates to one of the characters in particular. She's still searching for her husband. Meanwhile, in the LA-verse, her relationship with Jin is very different than we're used to. And there's a huge new threat that we don't even know about yet. [TV.com]
There's a casting call for episode 6, for a resistance fighter named John May who is rugged and handsome, and has "leading man qualities." He may be a recurring character. Equally interesting is the fact that Jonathan Frakes is directing the episode (after having done a crackerjack job on Dollhouse) and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Natalie Chaidez is co-writing. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a "mini-synopsis" for the March 1 episode, "Chuck Vs. The Fake Name":
Chuck must assume the identity of a dangerous assassin; Sarah tries to maintain a strictly professional relationship with Shaw.
There's going to be a computer crisis in episode 12, judging from a casting call:
[ED FIORE] 30s-40s, Open Ethnicity. Computer tech guy who knows his stuff cold, but isn't overly nerdy. Quick on his feet, he's called in to help his superiors solve an urgent issue and carries himself with aplomb...Co-Star
Producer Adrian Hodges says he sees the show's storyline as lasting three seasons (or a total of 18 episodes.) If he's asked to do more than three seasons, he'd use a different group of characters, because he sees these characters' story as only lasting three seasons max. [Premium Hollywood]
Here are some promo pics from episode 2x05 (or episode 11, for Americans.) [Film Review Online]
Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff.