Today's spoilers include updates on Reel Steel, the Logan's Run remake and Transformers. Captain America's love interest may be out of your league. Fringe set photos include more alt-universe movies. Plus Lost, Doctor Who, Resident Evil, Kick-Ass and Piranha 3-D.
An update on the life-and-death question, who is playing love interest Peggy Carter? The front runners are Alice Eve (She's Out Of My League) and Hayley Atwell, according to a new report. [E! Online]
The wheels of steel keep turning (see what we did there?) on this robot-boxing movie. It's not going to be in 3-D, says director Shaun Levy, it's definitely not a comedy, and it's definitely based on the Richard Matheson story. It's also not like Transformers or Terminator, and it's part relationship drama and part action movie. He adds:
I... had a very specific take on the material that was, yes about the robots and all that, but really [also] a kind of poignant relationship drama, which is something I've been looking to do. Kind of big-hearted and rousing. I haven't seen a sports movie in a long time that really had me rooting and up out of my seat.
So this remake is really still happening, says producer Alex Heineman. And there are a couple of scripts being looked at.
The original is such a dated movie when you look at it now. So I think the concept alone in that movie is very interesting. The book is actually a lot different than the movie that was made in the '70s. So we're trying to figure out a really cool way into that. But I think the storyline, when you watch the '70s movie, it's very of the time — not just the effects that were used and the look of it, but the way the story was told. We're trying to find a new way into it that's really exciting.
So you might have heard that Nic Cage is doing a weird Adam West Batman voice in this movie? He explains:
When Damon is in his Big Daddy mode, that uniform is like his homage to the early Batman. Not Dark Knight, but older, like Adam West-style…. Adam West would've been the Batman that he grew up with. That would be the Batman that would help him get the job done.
So this movie has put out some casting calls for extras. And it's definite that Gary, IN is standing in for Ukraine, and it may indeed be Chernobyl as some have speculated. The production is seeking big, husky Ukrainian soldiers, plus random Ukranian townspeople, and also older, weathered, tattered "ethnically ambiguous" people, who are probably going to be random homeless people in some other scene. [TLAMB]
Nightmare On Elm Street:
Did you think there was any doubt that this movie would be rated R? Doubt no longer. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Director Alexandre Aja says this movie will be true to the original Piranha. (So Piranha purists, be excited, I guess.) And Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr describes her character:
Basically, she's seen it all. It's this big party town that everyone comes to from all over and is going to get wasted and show their boobs. She's kind of not phased by it. ... She gets on this boat and she lets loose and some things hit the fan. And I think that's all I can say. But she's a good girl.
Resident Evil: Afterlife:
Ali Larter explains what's going on with Claire Redfield in this new movie:
When the film opens, you'll see that Claire has only made it through by her own survival instincts. And that's an interesting way, I think, of bringing her into this film. You're also going to see her reunite with her brother [Chris Redfield, played by Wentworth Miller]... Come on, this isn't some weepy, weepy reunion, you know, the way that Paul has come up with us to meet each other is actually a great sequence. But, I think that it brings really a human level to it in a way that you can relate to these characters and you invest on their journey.
And she talks about Claire's relationship with Alice:
It actually flips a bit because she takes the place of taking care of me for a little while while there's some stuff that I'm going through. By the end though, what you see is that these girls have each other's back, period. They're survivors.
Early on in episode two, "The Beast Below," the Doctor gleefully shouts, "I'm bringing down the government!" Heh. The future space-faring Britain is a very surreal, dreamlike world, where each British county gets its own tower block. And every random bit of comedy from early on in the episode turns out to be vital in unraveling the plot towards the end. Also, we see how much more faith writer Steven Moffat has in ordinary humans than Russell T. Davies did. [Total Sci-Fi Online]
And here's the synopsis for the fourth episode:
Don't blink – the Weeping Angels return in the fourth episode of Doctor Who, which is written by Steven Moffat. The Doctor, played by Matt Smith, is recruited by Father Octavian to track the last of the Angels through the terrifying Maze Of The Dead. Meanwhile, the mysterious River Song re-enters the Doctor's life – but can he trust her?
Another batch of set photos for the season finale include a lot of filming of a huge explosion. And you can add to your list of alternate-universe movies Star Wars: Legion Of The Droids. Which I'm kind of glad we didn't get in our universe. And note more Leonard Nimoy — whose absence this season has been kind of a bummer. [SpoilerTV]
Some nice new promotional photos of the cast. [Fringe Television]
The studio sent us this clip from tonight's episode, "Divided," in which "Young and Scott search for a tracking device while division in the crew grows." Click to view
Are you baffled by how abruptly the "Joseph Adama searches for his daughter" storyline ended? Esai Morales offers reassurance: "Oh, that story is definitely not over. Definitely not over. We like to put hooks in you and rip them out!" [Fancast]
Here's a sneak peek from Tuesday's new episode. OMG drama! [The V Files]
Someone from the "Eureka-verse" will be visiting the warehouse. [Fancast]
Ashes To Ashes:
Here's a buttload of shots from season three, episode two. [Den Of Geek]
Star Wars: Clone Wars:
In tonight's episode, "The Zillo Beast," the Jedi face, basically, a version of Godzilla. According to the press release Lucasfilm sent out:
Desperate to turn the tide of a fierce battle on Malastare, Chancellor Palpatine orders the Jedi to unleash the Republic's newest super-weapon – an untested electron bomb. Unfortunately for the heroes, the bomb's blast awakens a fearsome monster of legendary ferocity. With a beast so large and so powerful that it poses problems even for the Jedi Knights, it is clear that sometimes size matters in "The Zillo Beast," an all-new episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, April 9 on Cartoon Network.
"The format of the show allows us to do a lot of different things, and George came to us with the idea – basically – of doing a Clone Wars take on Godzilla," says Supervising Director Dave Filoni. "He knows I'm a big Godzilla fan, so it was a bizarre story meeting when he presented the idea. I was actually a little intimidated to take it on, because it presented such a production challenge; the model for the Zillo was so much bigger and more complex than anything we'd done before. This whole episode showcases a scope we haven't really seen yet in The Clone Wars. It's huge. Luckily, a giant monster in Star Wars isn't that absurd. And we were able to add our own signature, because it's the nature of the Jedi to want to subdue the beast rather than to destroy it – just as it's the nature of the power-mongers to want to harness the Zillo's power. The result is a lot of fun – big, destructive fun."
Leading the Jedi against the beast is Mace Windu, one of the Council's most powerful members – but also one of its most temperate.
"Mace is strong, but he's also compassionate and fair," says T.C. Carson, who voices Mace in The Clone Wars. "It presents a challenge when dealing with something as massive as the Zillo, because Mace has to weigh the beast's life against its enormous potential for destruction. And the fact that he feels responsible for its awakening only adds to the burden. Mace is a smart guy, though, and he's got some tricks up his sleeve – but I think the Zillo should have ample time to tear things up before Mace sets his plan into motion. This is a really fun episode."
And here's a pic and a clip.
Can you make out what's going on in this set video? I can't.
And here are equally baffling set pics. [SpoilersLost]
Someone on set says Richard Alpert is still there in the finale, and Hurley's old fixed up Camaro is there, being driven by a tall, skinny guy. There's a giant tall well shaft that's been set up for a month or so, and a new, even taller structure is being built. And there's a new set on stage that vaguely resembles the old Swan station. [SpoilersLost]