New set photos confirm Spider-Man is going back to his mechanical web-shooters. Christian Bale is up for a fourth Christopher Nolan Batman movie. Chris Hemsworth addresses the "Hawkeye in Thor" rumors. Plus The Hobbit, Looper, Prometheus, and so much more!
The Dark Knight Rises
An inside source is claiming that Tom Hardy's Bane will do what his comics counterpart famously did to Batman and break his back in the first act of the movie. This seems more or less completely ridiculous, considering Batman would then have to be more or less completely absent from a good chunk of the movie. Still, breaking the Bat is the one iconic thing Bane ever did, so this rumor is unlikely to go away anytime soon. [ComicBookMovie]
Meanwhile, a couple shooting locations have emerged. The mayor of Bucharest, Romania, has announced that Christopher Nolan will be filming some scenes in Bucharest, as well as a few others elsewhere in central Romania. One reported location includes the salt mine in Turda, which may (or much more likely may not) be significant. Also, another inside source says the movie will film inside London's Pinewood Studios, and that the filming will involve "one of the biggest sets ever built at the studios in Pinewood since it's been open." Considering Nolan's previous track record, the use of Pinewood itself is hardly unrealistic, nor is the construction of a gigantic set, but both of these should just be considered rumors for now. [Man of Steel Movie News]
Finally, star Christian Bale has softened on the topic of Batman 4, saying that, as long as Christopher Nolan wants to do it, he's on board:
"All I know is the likelihood that this will be the last one. Well, I wouldn't say definitely. If Chris goes, 'Hey, I've got another story I think could be interesting,' then yeah, great, I'd go do that. I always assumed it would be three, but I could be wrong."
X-Men: First Class
Matthew Vaughn encapsulates the movie, and explains why Magneto in particular is the movie's hero:
The best way of describing it is X-Men meets Bond, with a little bit of Thirteen Days thrown in for good measure. It's set in the '60s, and I basically molded a young Magneto on a young Sean Connery. He's the ultimate spy - imagine Bond, but with superpowers...You're seeing Xavier become a professor. For me, Magneto is the good guy in the film, but he's a sort of a good bad guy. He literally kicks off the movie, and Xavier goes along on the ride trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and trying to persuade Erik that you don't have to kill everyone.
He also offers the clearest summary yet of what the movie is actually about:
In the beginning of the film, no one knows that mutants exist, and all the mutants don't know that each other exist. They're all in hiding. Kevin Bacon plays a very megalomaniac mutant [Sebastian Shaw] who decides that he can take over the world and that mutants are the future. Erik and Charles then meet each other and hook up with the CIA to try and prevent World War III. You find out everything about what went on between Erik and Charles.
There's a ton more at the link, including why he chose James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender for the two leads, a spirited defense against criticisms that the movie is unfaithful to the source material, and a somewhat unnerving Twilight comparison. [EW]
James McAvoy says the decision to not make Professor X bald in the prequel helped free him from the shadow of Patrick Stewart's performance and find his own take on the character, which he explains thus:
"You look at the kind of main, defining characteristics of Professor X, of Charlie Boy, and you go, 'Alright, he's selfless. He's a saint. He's sexless, it seems. He's egoless. He's all about other people. He's all about bettering the world and mutantkind and humankind.' And so you kind of try and flip that on its head. You don't make him an evil person, or anything like that, but you make him ego-driven, women-chasing, he likes a good drink. He's not the reluctant leader that you kind of want all heroes to be. He actually kind of wants to be in charge, you know what I mean? And all of those things, just to kind of show a journey. So by the end of the movie he's some way towards becoming Patrick Stewart[‘s version of the character], rather than just having the same guy at the beginning."
He also explains what the recent reshoots were for:
We doing a tiny little tweak on the very end, finale thing between me and Michael [Fassbender], who plays Magneto. And we're doing, what else are we doing? It's all little bits and bobs and things that we dropped or didn't know we needed or trying to fix a little scene here or there or tighten up a scene here or there. We're doing a little bit on a boat at one point, which is going to be fun; then a lot of underwater stuff last week, which I can't really tell you what it's about, but it's quite exciting. Just bits and bobs really.
Here's a couple new Spider-Man photos, which seem to include the return of mechanical web-shooters, which is how Peter has historically gotten his webbing in the comics. [Beyond Hollywood and Movie Line]
Here's some speculation that this isn't actually the character's finished costume, but rather the more basic outfit that he wears during his early attempts to become a professional wrestler. [ComicBookMovie]
Chris Hemsworth offered a highly obfuscatory answer to the rumors that Jeremy Renner will cameo in the movie as Hawkeye:
"Maybe, I dunno...I can't deny anything!...I don't know if he's in Thor. I havent seen the cut yet. He wasnt on the set when I was there, but might be in the final one. He'll certaintly be in The Avengers. I had a chat with him at Comic Con, and he's as excited as the rest of us."
The most sensible way to parse this is probably that, if Hawkeye is indeed in Thor, then it's purely in another post-credits scene, which in the previous films haven't always included the main character. [MTV News]
In the same interview, Hemsworth offered a few more thoughts on The Avengers script:
"Everything about the story and comic books is huge. You have these huge big superheroes, and huge big egos crammed into one small space. Reading the script, it was just massive. Everything about it was like, "Oh my God." I said to Joss [Whedon] I have no idea how you're going to shoot this thing, but I'm excited to be on board!"
While the film's full American title is Captain America: The First Avenger, the title has been officially shortened to The First Avenger in South Korea, Russia, and Ukraine to sidestep any anti-American sentiments. [Los Angeles Times]
Don Cheadle says that Marvel is making progress on his own spin-off movie:
"They're developing it now, they're working on that," Cheadle told MTV News when asked about a "War Machine" movie. "I think they've hired a writer, so we'll see how it goes. It would be a lot of fun."
He also said that he's fairly certain his character won't pop up in The Avengers. [MTV Splash Page]
Cowboys & Aliens
Sam Rockwell explains his character Doc, using some rather salty language:
"My wife gets taken by the aliens, and so I go on a journey with the rest of the cowboys to find her, and get involved in the big final battle. I ride a horse too, a pretty smooth one called Fred. I play the town's barkeep and ex-doctor. There's a scene where I'm in the gang camp and [Daniel Craig's] Jake pulls his gun on everybody. As we were shooting that, I had the impulse to grab the weapon from the guy next to me: 'Fuck it, I'm grabbing this gun, man! I need a gun!' And now we've added in scenes before and after to make it into a whole thread for my character."
He also revealed that he would love to play a superhero at some point, which is something we are absolutely in favor of. [Empire]
Rian Johnson's time travel thriller, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same time traveling assassin at different points in his life, has reportedly added some new cast members. The biggest names are Jeff Daniels and Covert Affairs star Piper Perabo, who I imagine will not be playing the same character at different points in his/her life, although that would be kind of incredible. Noah Segan, who appeared in Johnson's previous films Brick and The Brothers Bloom, is also on board. [Variety via BeyondHollywood]
Ridley Scott's Alien prequel that's no longer an Alien prequel appears to have officially found its star: the long-rumored Noomi Rapace, who plays Lisbeth Salander in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films, has signed on to star. Rapace will be playing British scientist Elizabeth Shaw (who I really hope is named after that other British scientist Elizabeth Shaw), and she has already offered some thoughts on what she will be doing to prepare for the role:
"I want to turn my body into something like a cat or a lion. They can be still and relaxed, and then explode."
Elijah Wood offers a vague description and some strong reassurances for anyone concerned about Frodo's non-canonical cameo in The Hobbit:
"You know, it's a very small piece, and I think that's the most appropriate. Obviously Frodo's not alive within the context of the 'Hobbit' piece. It's an idea that Peter [Jackson] and Fran [Walsh] and Philippa [Boyens] — the writers — came up with. he way that it'll fit in will not at all infringe upon the integrity of 'The Hobbit.' So I think it's — it'll fit. And it'll be appropriate. And I'm excited. It'll be great."
The current rumor is that filming will start this coming Valentine's Day, February 14. Ian McKellen has already confirmed he starts shooting on February 21, and the production has said February is when filming starts, although they haven't yet confirmed the precise date. [stuff.co.nz]
The Daily Mail, which is probably among the thousand or so most reputable newspapers in the United Kingdom, says that original movie writer Jane Goldman is currently working on the sequel script. However, Goldman herself denies the reports, tweeting the following:
"Saw a few erroneous reports today that I'm currently writing Kick Ass 2 script – sorry if anyone's disappointed, but not true. Currently writing for 2 other projects, then on to lovely Matthew V's next thing (right now, looks unlikely to be KA2) when X-Men post-prod' ends."
There's some speculation that Vaughn's next movie will be the film adaptation of Mark Millar's latest work Superior, and that confirmation of this could be coming soon. However, that's all just rumor for now. [The Daily Mail and Filmonic]
The Hunger Games
Liam Hemsworth, the younger brother of Thor star Chris Hemsworth, says he has read the script of the Suzanne Collins adaptation and that he is in the running for the role of protagonist Katniss Everdeen's love interest Peeta. He said that the story is incredibly dark, despite the targeted PG-13 rating, and that the Hunger Games themselves are "crazy, insane things" with some gritty action sequences that really fired up his interest in the project. [MTV Movies Blog]
Drive Angry 3D
Here's some new TV spots for the latest awesome/ridiculous-looking Nicolas Cage movie:
I Am Number Four
Here's a couple TV spots for the upcoming teen-aliens movie: [BeyondHollywood]
Battle: Los Angeles
A new poster has been released: [IGN]
The Adventures of TinTin: Secret of the Unicorn
Here's another image: [IGN]
John Carter of Mars
The movie's release date has moved to March 9, 2012, which is also the same tentative date set for Ridley Scott's Prometheus. [MovieWeb.com]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Reciprocity":
Who's ready for a completely psychotic, transparently false rumor? The latest scuttlebutt is that Amy will become pregnant in the next series...only the child won't be Rory's. The Doctor then becomes the prime suspect to be the biological father, but other candidates supposedly include Vincent Van Gogh, a Cybermen, and, most disgustingly of all — and I do not say that lightly — a Dalek are also candidates. This is supposed to lead "to a big who's the daddy plotline." Now, I don't say this often, but this really might be the stupidest rumor I've ever heard. There's absolutely nothing in what the cast has teased about the new series to even slightly support this — indeed, Arthur Darvill has very explicitly said that Rory and the Doctor are done "competing" over Amy — and this story doesn't even remotely fit with Steven Moffat's style. Or any other Doctor Who style for that matter. But hey, if you feel this rumor still isn't absurd enough, how about some insane speculation that Amy's child turns out to be River Song? [via Unreality TV]
Torchwood: Miracle Day
The new series has completed its second week of filming, and new star Bill Pullman shot his first scenes as charming psychopath Oswald Jones (but then, does Torchwood have any other kind of psychopath?), joined by fellow new actor Arlene Tur as Dr. Vera Juarez. Also on set was Tom Price, reprising his role as Gwen's old police colleague Andy Davidson. Filming included a prison, a "haunted" hospital, and Los Angeles City Hall. [Doctor Who News Page]
Here's the synopsis for episode 14, "Chuck vs. the Seduction Impossible":
THE TEAM JETS TO MOROCCO TO SAVE ONE OF THEIR OWN - JOHN LARROQUETTE RETURNS AS ‘ROAN MONTGOMERY' - LINDA HAMILTON AND MEKENNA MELVIN ALSO GUEST STAR - In need of an exciting new mission, Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) are sent to Morocco to rescue Roan Montgomery (guest star John Larroquette). Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah are at odds over their future plans. Back at home, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) prepares to meet Alex's (guest star Mekenna Melvin) mom, as Mary (guest star Linda Hamilton) bonds with her family. Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin and Bonita Friedericy also star.
Here's a promo for tonight's episode, "Scales on a Train": [SpoilerTV]
Here's a summary of episode 6, "Goggles and Hicks", which if nothing else proves this show is going to keep using awesomely silly titles: [SpoilerTV]
A TEAM OF TECH SAVVY ASSASSINS DISCOVER THE CAPE'S IDENTITY—Badly bruised and exhausted, The Cape (David Lyons) heeds advice from Max (Keith David) to take some time off to recover. Determined to finally kill The Cape, Peter Fleming (James Frain) hires a tech-savvy team, including Goggles (guest star Pruitt Taylor Vince) and Hicks (guest star Chad Lindberg), to track and destroy The Cape. Meanwhile, Orwell (Summer Glau) faces digital challenges against the teams' strong expertise and Dana (Jennifer Ferrin) becomes more involved in uncovering the truth about Vince's case.
Samantha Ferris has confirmed that her character Ellen will return in an upcoming episode — despite being dead — but she won't divulge any additional details. [SpoilerTV; for further thoughts on this news check out Gather]
Being Human (UK)
"Concordia" - Anna uses her newest gift to mankind, "Concordia," as a cover to hide an invading fleet of breeding vessels that will be used to ensure the perpetuation of Visitors for future generations.. Meanwhile, Eli Cohn (guest star Oded Fehr) tries to convince Erica and the Fifth Column that the " Concordia " gala is the perfect time to assassinate Anna.
"Siege" - Anna, enraged at the increasing audacity of the Fifth Column attacks, enlists Ryan in an attempt to wipe out the Fifth Column in one fell swoop.. Meanwhile, Father Travis, following Vatican orders, asks Jack to leave the church, and Lisa meets Diana, her grandmother – who Anna said was dead – for the first time.
Here's a synopsis and photos for "Beacon", which sees the returns of Martha Kent, Lionel Luthor, and Chloe: [ComicBookMovie]
MARTHA KENT COMES HOME - Clark is surprised to see Martha on the news speaking at a pro-vigilante rally. However, surprise quickly turns to horror when he and Lois watch as Martha gets shot on national television. Meanwhile, Lionel reveals himself to the world and reclaims LuthorCorp from Tess and Oliver. Lois and Chloe decide to cheer Clark up by showing him videos from thousands of vigilante supporters professing their support for The Blur.
The Geoff Johns penned episode "Booster" has found its two big guest stars, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. First up, Days of our Lives star Eric Martsolf is playing Booster Gold. Canadian actor Jaren Brandt Bartlett, best known for playing Alejandro on the TV show The Troop, has been cast as the Jaime Reyes incarnation of the Blue Beetle. But fans of the old-school Blue Beetle aren't completely out of luck, as Sebastian Spence has been cast as previous Beetle Ted Kord. Executive producer Brian Peterson describes Kord's role in the episode:
"We meet Ted Kord as a captain of industry who has lost a valuable weapon...the scarab. He'll cross paths with Booster Gold, Jaime Reyes, and, of course, Clark."
Additional reporting by Chelsea Lo Pinto and Charlie Jane Anders.