Captain America and X-Men: First Class keep on adding castmembers. Edgar Wright explains how Ant-Man will bring the funny. There are clips from J.J. Abrams' Undercovers, and fresh Bioshock hints. Plus The Last Airbender, Breaking Dawn, True Blood and Supernatural.
Another day, another heavily rumored actor officially joins the movie. Dominic Cooper is definitely playing the young Howard Stark, Tony's dad. [Marvel]
X-Men First Class:
This movie is really starting to pick up steam. Fresh off securing Michael Fassbender as Magneto and getting Alice Eve in talks to play Emma Frost, there's news of yet another casting choice. Caleb Landry Jones, probably best known from his work as Jimmy Adler on Friday Night Lights, is apparently the top choice to play the Irish mutant Banshee. [Latino Review]
Speaking of Marvel superhero movies we're dying to see... apparently this movie is still happening. Director Edgar Wright has been busy with Scott Pilgrim, so he hasn't revised the script since Marvel liked the first draft. But he offers some hints:
What Marvel really liked, is that it's funny, but it's a genre film. It's about the level of comedy that Iron Man has. The idea is to make a high-concept genre film where it's within another genre. His suit and its power is the big gadget and it takes place in the real world. I just wanted to do something that was slightly different than the superhero origin film. I felt that between that and the various mad scientist, crazy doctor films that we've all seen, this would be a way into an origin that was slightly different.
The Last Airbender:
According to 12-year-old star Noah Ringer, the movie is all about family: "Every line, every sentence of this movie is all about family and how it can get stronger. I'm the peacemaker." Dev Patel said he had to dig deep to play his villainous character, and he had to quickly jettison his assumption that he was just playing a cartoon character when he met with M. Night Shyamalan.
Fire Nation leader Aasif Mandvi, otherwise known for his stellar if shouty work on The Daily Show, explains why his character is bad but doesn't think he is: "He is doing things to protect the world that he sees needs protecting and he believes that he and the Fire Nation are the only people that can protect the world in that way."
Maybe the best quote comes from Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone, who plays Sokka. He says: "I get to fight with a boomerang and tackle and kick people. There are really funny situations, like tiffs with your sibling. But then you have these really serious situations." Because when I think "serious", the first things that pop into my head are a boomerang and some tackling. [IGN]
The Twilight Saga
Eclipse is now more or less released, and as the reviews begin to pour in (the early consensus: it's more of the same, except maybe a bit better), there's only one thing for us to do: start talking about the next one! Make that next two, actually, as Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final book that features vampire scuba-diving and super-intelligent babies who fall in love with werewolves (or something like that) has been split into two movies. When interviewed for the premiere, the cast and crew didn't seem to know too much yet, although Kristen Stewart says they're looking at a six-month shoot from October to next February. Everyone is very excited about working with new director Bill Condon. And Robert Pattinson might not bother to regrow his freshly cut hair, arguing that vampires can get haircuts and it might be fun to do the last movie with a shaved head. (He's a fool, you know - Robert Pattinson is pretty much Samson, except instead of superhuman strength his hair gives him the undying adoration of teenage girls. Don't throw it all away, Rob!) [Cinematical]
New character Debbie Pelt won't be as crazy as her counterpart in the books, at least not at first. Actress Brit Morgan says she'll be relatively restrained at first, but she's got a serious grudge with Sookie and is going "on a rampage" against her. [TV Guide]
Mitch Pileggi is set to return for multiple episodes as the Winchester brothers' supposedly dead grandfather. His appearance will help reveal several secrets about their family history, specifically their mother's side of the family. The show is also looking for a forty-ish actor to play Christian, a capable and competent person who has a "special relationshp" with the brothers. Also, the season six premiere is called "Exile on Main Street." [Ausiello Files and Spoiler TV]
Executive producers Brad Wright and Rob Cooper promise the new season will be very dark, with Louis Ferriera's Everett Young in particular dealing with a lot of pain as he processes all he's been through — and the worst for him won't arrive until the beginning of season two. Part of making a more realistic show where the characters sometimes lose is a willingness to take them to darker places than was possible on the earlier shows. Also, the younger cast members will have more to do this season. [Digital Spy]
No word on who and in what capacity, but the new season will feature appearances by various alumni of both the original Stargate: SG-1 show and the followup series Stargate: Atlantis. [GateWorld]
We've got a bunch of videos from J.J. Abrams's new spy-fi show. There are two clips, some thoughts from Abrams, and a promo for the show.
Gore Verbinski still really wants to make this movie happen, but the budgetary concerns are still a big issue. Basically, they want to remain true to the source material, which means an R-rated movie (and a hard R at that), but it's almost impossible to make a big-budget R-rated movie. He's still working with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to figure out how to reduce the budget while still making a decent movie. [IGN]
Final Destination 5:
Normally, we wouldn't bother covering this, but (a) it's kind of a slow day for spoilers and (b) this is too inane to pass up. Apparently the next movie is now called...wait for it...5nal Destination. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think they just managed to out-stupid The Fast and the Furious franchise when it comes to sequel titles. Oh, and apparently the opening disaster involves a collapsing suspension bridge. But seriously...5nal Destination? That's just too awesomely ludicrous for words. [Bloody Disgusting]
Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff and Charlie Jane Anders.