Jon Favreau checks in with some context and commentary on the Cowboys & Aliens Super Bowl spot. Jodie Foster is far from a done deal for District 9 director Neil Blomkamp's next film. Liam Neeson confirms that he's done with Batman...for now. Nathan Fillion and Henry Rollins are teaming up for an animated Green Lantern movie, and this might be the most awesome sentence we've ever featured. Plus promos and photos for Fringe, Torchwood, Chuck, Supernatural, and more!
Here are some awesome new photos from the movie first published in Empire magazine. [Bleeding Cool]
Alan Menken, who composed the music for such Disney classics as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, is reportedly working on music for the movie, although apparently not as the composer. One theory is that he will be writing music or even a song and dance that would feature during Captain America's brief tenure as a USO tour attraction. [Badass Digest]
Cowboys & Aliens
Director Jon Favreau explains what we didn't see in the Super Bowl TV spot:
People will be dissecting these 30-second trailers, so tell us up front - what are we not seeing?
We haven't shown any of the aliens. We want to hold that back. And all the images we're showing are from the beginning, up to the first half of the film. We're not showing a lot of where it goes. The first teaser was showing the opening of the film and a little of the setup. This one is showing more of the sense of adventure as things unfold. We're just trying to get people's feet wet.
Is your fear that people might think this is a comedy?
Yeah. I think people's first response on hearing the title, which is a play on words, is that it's going to be a comedy. They've been disappointed in the past when people have played with the Western genre, and not stuck to what's bad-ass about it. When they throw that out the window, and play a pastiche of it, they don't feel like they're getting what they want. What you want is the grizzled warrior on the parched plains, and you want to see this iconic figure, who almost magical emerges from mirage of the horizon.
There's a ton more at the link, including why the film doesn't "wink" at its premise and some speculation on Olivia Wilde. Very much recommended. [EW]
The Dark Knight Rises
Liam Neeson confirmed that he definitely won't be back as Ra's al Ghul, although he said he'd be potentially willing to revisit the character somewhere down the line. So he's not a part of Christopher Nolan's plans, but considering he already reprised Qui-Gon Jinn in cartoon form, maybe he could show up in one of the animated DVD movies one of these days? [IGN]
Jodie Foster clarified that she isn't yet signed on - or even close to signed on - for Neil Blomkamp's futuristic science fiction movie. "Actually, I'm not on that movie. I don't know how that got out there. Well, I'm not not on it, but I'm not booked or involved in a deal yet. People want to jump the gun on Neill because he's the new David Fincher or whatever. And I get why – I love him and 'District 9' was my favorite film of 2009. But we're just not at that time in the process yet."
So, it's hardly out of the question, and her response does imply she's involved in a process that might lead to her being in the film, but it's definitely too soon to say much more. [Empire]
The Hunger Games
I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer says he has been approached to play male lead Peeta Mellark in Gary Ross's upcoming adaptation. [Zap2It]
The movie officially starts principal photography on March 21. [ComingSoon.net]
The James Cameron produced remake has found a director, as Night at the Museum and Real Steel's Shawn Levy has reportedly signed on. [Deadline]
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
The upcoming DC animated movie is an anthology of various stories showing different parts of the Green Lantern Corps, and the cast is absolutely incredible. I submit: Nathan Fillion IS Hal Jordan, Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss IS Arisia, joined by Harry Potter's Jason Isaacs, wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper, The Vampire Diaries's Kelly Hu, AND the one and only Henry Rollins. Greatest voice cast ever? Greatest voice cast ever. [TV Guide]
Here's another promo for the next episode, "Immortality": [SpoilerTV]
Here's a super-quick synopsis for episode 15, "Subject 13":
This follow-up to last season's "Peter" flashback episode revisits a poignant period of time for both the Bishops and Olivia.
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Here's some photos from the filming in Wales, including a look at the four main cast members: John Barrowman as Captain Jack, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Kai Owen as Rhys, and Mekhi Phifer as CIA agent Rex Matheson. [Wales Online]
And here's some photos and a synopsis for episode 16, "Chuck vs. the Masquerade."
Valentine's Day is interrupted when Chuck and the team are sent on a mission to England to protect a reclusive young heiress, Vivian McArthur. Meanwhile, Casey gets an offer from the mysterious Jane Bentley. Back at home, Ellie and Awesome find an unlikely solution to a parenting problem, as Morgan ponders a big move.
Lauren Cohan discusses her upcoming turn as Oxford-educated socialite Vivian:
"This character's fun. She's actually been such a nice departure from the dark ages. She's not quite bumbling. She's a well-educated person with no purpose, who just kinda gets unwittingly wrenched into this CIA world. This girl is kinda like, ‘I don't know what to do with my life,' and then the CIA arrives, and they're like, ‘You have all these skills, come with us.' We don't actually know what her role is gonna be. The CIA comes to protect her, and then events turn."
She also explained that her skills include weapons, languages, martial arts, and horseback riding. [EW]
No Ordinary Family
Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer drops some hints about her upcoming guest appearance as the mysterious, superpowered Sophia Adler:
It's hard to say anything about the character without giving away too much, but she definitely puts a bit of a rift in the system. I worked a lot with Michael Chiklis which was amazing, and Romany Malco, and I had a couple of scenes with Julie Benz.
Here's a promo and sneak peek for episode 13, "Unforgiven":
Here's a quickie synopsis for the February 18 episode "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning":
Dean rushes home to rescue Lisa from imminent danger, while Sam investigates the murders of several men who may have been involved in playing a cruel practical joke on a female coworker.
The show is getting a two-hour season finale that will air on May 20, one week after Smallville gets its own two-hour series finale.
Here's a ton of promo photos from the first four episodes that demonstrate, among other things, Jamie Bamber can still rock a sweat-drenched tank-top. [SpoilerTV]
Locke and Key
Actor-singer Jesse McCartney has reportedly been cast as Ty Locke, the eldest child of Miranda Otto's Nina and generally considered as the show's male lead. [Deadline]
Executive producer Steve Pearlman discussed the joys of shooting in Vancouver, in the process dropping a couple small hints about upcoming episodes:
"During the fall and winter months, you have to be prepared for rain. And darkness. So we try to gear our stories more toward interiors, where we don't have to shoot outside so much. We shot our ninth episode outdoors, at a construction site, and it was raining so hard, it was raining sideways. It was the wettest October 30th on record, I believe. And - wouldn't you know - within an hour, it stopped raining and the sun came out. We hadn't finished shooting the scene. So we had this scene where, one minute, people are holding umbrellas and the rain's coming down, and then the sun comes out. But you still have to have them holding umbrellas, so everything can match. Later, we had a nighttime scene where we literally had rain, snow and then nothing. So weather is certainly a factor."
Here's a promo and sneak peek at the next episode, "Beacon":
As mentioned in the Supernatural item, Smallville is getting a two-hour series finale that will air on May 13. The episode is simply called "Finale" and will apparently try to tie up any and all dangling plot threads. It might just be the most insane two hours of TV ever.
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.