New set Transformers photos reveal Michael Bay has sunk even lower. Has Captain America already started filming? Check out the first review of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Will Twilight be in 3D? And we might already know who's playing the Hulk.
There's just an insane amount of pictures and videos from the Chicago filming. This is going to shock you, I know, but the videos are pretty much all about stuff exploding: [Bleeding Cool]
And now, a whole bunch of pictures from the set. Our sister blog Jalopnik was grossed out by the new addition of NASCAR Transformers, which do indeed defeat the whole purpose of being "robots in disguise." And are probably just added for marketing purposes.
Here's a news report that features a brief interview with costar Patrick Dempsey:
Finally, filming is also going on at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Shia LeBeouf has been photographed on set, and Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Michael Bay, the Bumblebee Chevy and (maybe) Patrick Dempsey have all been seen there as well. [TFLAMB]
If an apparent screenshot of the industry website The Studio System is to be believed, the movie starts filming July 15 and wraps August 28. This contradicts previous reports that the film had begun shooting on June 28. The release date is listed as July 22, 2011. There's also a fairly general synopsis, although even that I wouldn't trust to necessarily be accurate:
Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Steve Rogers is inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, Rogers gets rejected, but later offered the opportunity to take part in a special experiment called Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers is administered the Super-Soldier Serum and bombarded by "vita-rays," awakening from the treatment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America embarks on a war against evil.
Another screenshot supposedly from The Studio System has info on the new Spider-Man film. It apparently starts filming December 1 and wraps on February 1, 2011. The release date is listed as July 3, 2012. One of the project keywords is "3-D" and the synopsis talks about a teenager Peter Parker balancing high school life with fighting crime as Spider-Man. Again, there's no guarantee that, even if these screenshots are real, that this information is still true or were ever intended as anything more than rough details. [FusedFilm]
While we're talking about things that could at least theoretically be true but are just as likely to be completely false, IMDB lists Star Trek's Anton Yelchin as "rumored" to play Harry Osborne. And Russian actress Elena Satine is heavily campaigning for the role of Mary Jane. She has at least auditioned for the role, but that's it for right now. [The Playlist]
Bringing this sordid tale to a somewhat classier than expected conclusion, Edward Norton posted a photo of a letter to his Facebook page saying that he thanks Marvel for the opportunity to play one of his favorite characters and that, while he's sorry that it didn't work out, he looks forward to see the part live on in the hands of other actors. He finishes with this pithy summation: "Hulk is bigger than all of us, that's why we love him, right?" Well said, Ed. [Facebook]
But now that we've disposed of one Hulk, isn't it high time we find ourselves another? CHUD is saying that "reliable sources" point to Joaquin Phoenix as Marvel's choice for the new Hulk, and that's he currently taking time to consider whether he wants to do it. I'd say file this one in your grain of salt folder for now, but we'll likely know soon either way — it's thought the entire cast (not to mention director Joss Whedon) will be officially introduced at ComicCon next week. [CHUD]
Liev Schrieber says he's up for playing Sabretooth again, but he hasn't heard anything and doesn't expect he will. He also categorically denies any rumor that he's appearing in Scream 4. [IGN]
The Sorcerer's Apprentice:
Variety has a review up for the film. Basically, they say that it's disappointingly unimaginative, and that it fails to create much of a sense of wonder. Jay Baruchel, Nicolas Cage, and Alfred Molina don't give bad performances, exactly, but they aren't able to elevate the mediocre material. The review also features a fairly extensive rundown of the film's setup:
A blur of opening exposition details the 740 A.D. clash between the great Merlin (James A. Stephens) and the evil Morgana Le Fay (Alice Krige), who is eventually trapped, along with her followers, in a Russian-doll-like container that's carefully guarded over the next several centuries by Merlin's protege Balthazar (Cage, also credited as an exec producer).
Pic then jumps ahead to the year 2000, as dweeby 10-year-old Dave Stutler (Jake Cherry) is lured into a Manhattan curio shop. There, he encounters Balthazar, who predicts the boy will be a great wizard, perhaps the great wizard — a conclusion that seems all the more improbable when Dave clumsily unleashes Balthazar's nemesis, Horvath (Alfred Molina), from his magical imprisonment. This kicks off the first of many CG-laden combat sequences in which Turteltaub and his visual effects artists use hurtling fireballs and plasma blasts to systematically lay waste to the film's sets. When the smoke clears, Horvath and Balthazar have vanished, and Dave, unable to prove his crazy story to his peers, becomes a local laughingstock.
Ten years later, Dave (now Jay Baruchel) is a physics student trying to forget the past and win over cute blonde coed Becky (Teresa Palmer), unaware that the warring wizards are about to make their return. As Horvath plots with punkish minion Drake (Toby Kebbell) to restore Morgana to full power, Balthazar makes Dave his apprentice, hoping to teach the gangly kid enough hocus pocus to save the world from destruction.
Edgar Wright says comics creator Bryan Lee O'Malley has seen the movie and loves it, which was a huge relief. When Michael Cera asks why Wright wanted him to play the title character, Wright explains:
Most of the time in both the book and the film, Scott Pilgrim is having a major meltdown because of the women in his life. His world is falling apart, and there are times when he's not a nice guy, so we needed an actor audiences will still follow even when the character is being a bit of an ass. Also, you're Canadian.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
Here's a behind-the-scenes look with the director and three stars at one of the film's big action sequences: [RUPERTGRINT.NET]
Summit Entertainment is officially considering shooting the final two parts of the Twilight saga in 3D. The decision depends on how Eclipse does at the box office, whether they think it's justified creatively, and whether it's the sort of thing they feel Twilight fans will respond to. [MTV Movie News]
Steven Soderbergh's 3D epic about a deadly disease outbreak added Laurence Fishburne to its ensemble yesterday, and now another awesome actor has signed on. John Hawkes, who has done great work on Eastbound & Down, Deadwood, and Winter's Bone, says he's accepted a role in the movie. [MovieWeb]
Here's a poster for the movie:
Bruce Willis discusses his character in the semi-comedic assassins movie:
"He has a lot of issues. He has problems. He never really had a girlfriend because he was afraid that someone would kill his girlfriend, so now it's the first time in years that he's going with the girlfriend concept. So that's interesting. It's somewhat comedic. I just kind of get the ball in and everybody hits it as hard as it comes and out it goes. Mary-Louise Parker — hysterical. She's really funny in this. Comedy, yes. Romance, yes. Blood, action — no blood [actually]. Action, yes. I actually get shot in the arm and a little tiny bit of blood comes out. If you get shot in the arm in real life, your arm comes off. It gets blown off."
Also, for fans of insane metaphors, Willis unleashes a doozy in describing the film:
"It'd be like you're driving down the 405 Freeway 80 miles per hour, crazy, trying to get home from work and all of a sudden you see three giraffes standing on the side of the 405. Or how many? It'd be 11 or 12 right? And you go, 'I can't believe that I'm seeing 12 giraffes on the side of the 405. This is a highly unusual sight to see.' I've never been in a film with so many movie stars. I've never been in a film with all of these people in it that are all like the Yankees. They are the Yankees. Everybody came in like Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Derek [Jeter], Babe Ruth — everybody steps up. Helen Mirren. Bang! She's got a homerun. Everybody that came in for a day or for a week or three days or two weeks, everybody hit it out of the park. I f#@ked up a lot of these things so fortunately they have something else to cut to."
That made no sense at all. Ted Williams was never on the Yankees! [IGN]
Here's a promo for episode 5, "Trouble":
Here are a couple of the first shots from the set of season three. They're not terribly exciting, but at least they mean filming has started and better pictures are hopefully on the way:
The BBC has put out their official announcement of the Christmas special, which will guest star Michael Gambon and opera singer Katherine Jenkins. Steven Moffat had this to say about the episode:
"Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters and the Doctor and a honeymoon and – oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically."
John Barrowman's agents have confirmed that he will be filming in the US from January to June, before returning to the UK. Since Eve Myles said filming would last more than 7 months and Barrowman said he's appearing in all ten episodes, that might suggest what the filming split will be between the US and UK — interestingly, if all that information is correct (which isn't a given), then it's very heavily tilted towards the US right now. [TARDIS Spoilers]
A few new titles have been released: episode 15 is "Seizure", episode 19 is "Blockade", and the twentieth and final episode of the second season is "Gauntlet." Episode 18, which was once known as "Radio", may be getting a new title. [GateWorld]
Game of Thrones:
HBO's adaptation of the fantasy series has reportedly added The Wire vet Aidan Gillen. He will be playing scheming adviser Littlefinger. [The Live Feed]
Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff and Charlie Jane Anders.