Is Black Widow getting a spin-off movie? Is Vanessa Hudgens joining Spider-Man? Discover Captain America's supporting characters! There's a The Host casting call and an Inception pic, plus Cameron talks Battle Angel. Plus Fanastic Voyage, Transformers, Ghost Rider and Lost.
Here's another confusing pic from Christopher Nolan's new mindbender of a film. What are all these people doing on cots? Having their dreams probed? There's also a weird viral video of Christopher Nolan interviewing dream researchers, and speculating about what could happen if you could intervene in someone else's dreams. [Slashfilm]
James Cameron and producer Jon Landau give a few more hints about how they'd approach this manga adaptation. Says Cameron, "The main character is this little girl that everybody kind of ignores. She's got such a heroic heart on the inside." And Landau adds:
Battle Angel, I think, is a science fiction movie that begs the question 'What does it mean to be human?' It takes place in a future world, a world that has cyborgs, but are you human if you have a mind, if you have a heart, if you have a soul? It's a journey of a young girl who tries to discover herself and what she learns upon that journey.
And Cameron hints there could be more metal walkers in this film, if it happens. [Sci Fi Wire]
Iron Man 2:
There was a press conference about this film the other day, and it's worth reading the whole transcript. Apparently there were two versions of the opening scene shot, and they went with a version where you don't really see Tony Stark until he pops up on stage. And the version they didn't use included Gwyneth Paltrow.
Mickey Rourke's Whiplash is like Viggo Mortensen's character in Eastern Promises, plus Marv from Sin City and Randy "The Ram" Robinson from The Wrestler. And Rourke talks about how he replaced the bird that played Whiplash's parrot, Elvis, with his own pet parrot halfway through the movie. When Tony and Pepper finally kiss in this movie, it's a huge moment. Also, Jon Favreau's character, Happy Hogan, is in the movie a lot, and he gets his ass handed to him in the boxing ring by Black Widow.
Oh, and a Black Widow spin-off is definitely possible.
Screenwriter Justin Theroux talks about how the movie basically has two tracks — Whiplash and Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) get together pretty early, and meanwhile, Tony, Pepper and Black Widow have their own storyline. And it sounds like the movie was pretty heavily improv, just like the first one, and the script was being rewritten on the fly in response to the actors' feedback. Tons more at the link. [Collider]
Also, Theroux confirms that there is an "Easter egg" scene after the credits, featuring some kind of link to the upcoming Avengers team-up movie. But it won't be included in preview screenings, just added to the prints on opening day. [Collider]
The legendary DJ AM has a cameo in this movie, DJing at Tony Stark's birthday, and he filmed it just before his death. Here's the first picture of that scene. Much, much bigger version at the link. [L.A. Times]
There was a report that this sequel would be filming at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, but it's already been shot down. [TFW2005]
Shia LaBeouf doesn't sound too thrilled to be coming back as Sam Witwicky:
My mind battles with me all the time. My mind hates the fact that I'm going back to Transformers 3, but the kid in me loves it. The actor in me, who is looking to challenge himself, isn't going to get it on in Transformers and I know that. But that doesn't mean that I'm any less dedicated to that movie being perfect. I wasn't happy with the second movie and unless the third one is better than both, then we failed.
Insert your own joke about how we feel his pain. [TFW2005]
Spider-Man: Begin Again:
There's a rumor going around that Vanessa Hudgens is in line to play Spider-Woman in this new reboot. It sounds totally true. Why would you doubt this rumor? It sounds totally true. I have no doubt whatsoever. [MTV]
Captain America: The First Avenger:
Marvel's Kevin Feige says that the Howling Commandos, Nick Fury's elite group of slightly campy fighters, will appear in this film. "The characters will be there as part of the larger Marvel Universe." And they'll definitely include Gabe Jones, the African American soldier known for carrying a trumpet into battle. It's not clear if the international super-team, the Invaders, will still be in the movie, but Feige says there'll be some international component to the supporting cast of World War II fighters. [CHUD]
Ghost Rider 2:
Nic Cage says there's a script, but he hasn't seen it yet, and it would be pretty cool to film it this year. And he thinks it'll feature Johnny visiting different countries, on a sort of flaming-skull world tour. [IGN]
And it sounds as though Columbia may have to do this sequel without Cage, because they lose the rights if the movie's not in production by Nov. 14. And Cage's schedule may not be free by then. [NY Mag]
There's a rumor the sequel will feature the Na'vi fighting evil alien bugs from space. But it's just a rumor, and should be taken with massive doses of salt. [Cinemablend]
Nightmare On Elm Street:
Here's another new clip. [ShockTillYouDrop]
We weren't sure if Andrew Niccol's next film was going to be this Stephenie Meyer book adaptation, or the recently announced i'm.mortal. But the Acting Auditions blog appears to have gotten hold of a casting notice for The Host, which includes the titles of the second and third books/movies in the trilogy:
Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' is now officially in pre-production. The casting process and auditions are ready to begin, with filming set to start in early 2011. This film is expected to be the first of three in a trilogy. The sequels will be titled "The Soul" and "The Seeker".
Auditions Will Be Held For The Following Main Roles (additional supporting and day player roles also to be cast):
Melanie "Mel" Stryder: Female, early 20's. Attractive, tall and athletic, naturally tan skin, long dark brown hair, and hazel eyes.
Wanderer/Wanda: Female V/O. Invading soul that inhabits Melanie Stryder's body.
Jamie Stryder: Male, 14-16. shaggy black curly hait, chocolate brown eyes. Melanie's younger brother.
Uncle Jeb: Male, mid 40's. Wild beard, eyes the colour of faded blue jeans. Melanie's fiesty eccentric uncle.
Jared Howe: Male, 20's. Handsome, physically fit, tan skin, sienna-colored eyes, and sun-bleached hair. Melanie's lover.
Ian O'Shea: Male 20's. Handsome, pale skin, dark hair, and striking blue eyes.
Kyle O'Shea: Male 20's. Handsome, pale skin, dark hair, and striking blue eyes. Ian's brother, with nearly identical looks.
Tons more info at the link. [Acting Auditions]
Producer Jon Landau reiterated that Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct this film, but it's not definite yet. And he said Greengrass would definitely do some scenes using his handheld camera style, and you could expect a similar action-packed feel to the Bourne films, but with new flourishes and techniques as well. [Sci Fi Wire]
Karen Gillan says we'll learn a lot more about Amy's abandonment issues, including the fact that her aunt left her to her own devices. And the Doctor's disappearing act, of course. "This has happened to her too many times. It will be explored more throughout the series later on." [TV Squad]
Here's what happens in the May 6 episode, "Northwest Passage":
A murder investigation that may be linked to Thomas Jerome Newton pairs Peter with a local sheriff (Martha Plimpton); Walter dreads a return to St. Claire's; a visitor arrives from the alternate universe.
John Noble talks about the Bishop family in the wake of last week's episode. [Fringe Television]
The first sneak peek of this Thursday's "The Devil You Know":
Here are some promo pics from the penultimate episode, "Two Minutes To Midnight." [ShockTillYouDrop]
And here's the synopsis for the season ender, "Swan Song":
THE APOCALYPSE – The entire season has been leading up to this showdown between good and evil. With the Apocalypse looming, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize they are out of options and make heart-breaking decisions that will change their lives forever. A beloved character is killed.
The May 3 episode, featuring Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz as a married couple of CIA agents, also includes a demented dream sequence that pays homage to the Hart To Hart opening credits. You can watch it at the link. [EW]
And here are some pics from that same episode. [ChuckTV]
And here's the synopsis of the May 10 episode, "Chuck Vs. The Tooth":
CHUCK THE SPY NEEDS A THERAPIST – CHRISTOPHER LLOYD ("BACK TO THE FUTURE") GUEST STARS – Chuck (Zachary Levi) struggles with disturbing dreams and now he believes his most recent dream predicts danger for a visiting head of state. General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy), however, is unconvinced and assigns Chuck to meet with a CIA psychiatrist Dr. Leo Dreyfus (guest star Christopher Lloyd). Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) gets surprising news and Anna (guest star Julia Ling) returns to the Buy More to talk to Morgan (Joshua Gomez).
Here are some promo pics from episode 11, "Fruition." [Multiple Verses]
Episode 3x10 will be called "I Smell A Rat." [True Blood News]
Here's your first pic of Clark and Lois having dinner with Martha Kent and her boyfriend, Perry White. Bigger version at the link. [EW]
Here are some promo pics from episode 9x20, "Sacrifice." [SpoilerTV]
Here's what happens in episode 20, "The Negotiation":
Mark does everything in his power to protect Gabriel; Aaron risks his life in an attempt to rescue his daughter; Janis must kill a fellow agent.
And the last two episodes of the season are "Countdown" and "Future Shock." [MSN]
Here's what happens in this Friday's episode, "Lost":
The situation is dire for Lt. Scott, Eli, Chloe and Greer. While trapped beneath the ruins in an underground maze, Destiny jumped back into FTL leaving them behind. They must first find a way out of the ruins before they can figure out how to survive without the Destiny. Meanwhile, unable to turn the massive ship around, Dr. Rush and Colonel Young work to devise a plan to get the lost crew members back. But the situation grows even more desperate when Rush learns that Destiny will soon be leaving the present galaxy, stranding the away team forever.
And here are some pics. [MGM]
And in the following episode, "Sabotage":
An expert in hyper drives, who has a past with Dr. Rush, arrives on the Destiny via the communication stones when it seems the ship will run out of power before it reaches its next destination, which would leave the crew adrift.
Here's the Canadian promo for next week's new episode, "The Candidate". [The ODI]
Fans saw Elizabeth Mitchell on the street, apparently in the midst of filming the finale. [Lyly Ford]
Ryan's Transmission podcast has a bunch more set reports. There was a big church scene, with 19 of the Losties in attendance. And it was apparently a funeral — but there was a thin black-haired woman in a wedding dress there as well. (Sun?) The Santa Rosa van was there, and so was Hurley's Hummer. Also, there was filming at the refurbished Polar Bear Cages, featuring three actors with 1970s haircuts doing a kind of orientation video for the Hydra Station — which might just be a DVD extra.
Hurley, Jack and Ben were filming a big sequence at the cliffs. And there were some jungle scenes shot as well. Plus Jack, Kate and Hurley were filming at "LA X International Airport." And then there was filming at an elaborate cave set that had been pumped full of water, and it included "the iconic jungle waterfall set." There was a huge rock structure featuring an entrance with a big staircase. And then there was a night shoot featuring lots of moving red light, which appeared to be standing in for special effects showing a volcanic eruption and lava going everywhere. And then there was filming at the Ajira plane, which is now pointed in the opposite direction to the way it was facing previously.
The filming that people were able to witness seemed to be in line with the callsheet that our sister site, Gawker, got hold of last week, making the callsheet seem more likely to be for real. Note that the show has now wrapped filming, so set reports are going to be drying up. [Transmission Podcast via SpoilersLost]
Here are a couple more set pics, plus one more promo pic from next week's episode. [SpoilersLost]
Additional reporting by Kelly Faircloth.