A Captain America writer confirms the movie features villainous Nazis. Bill Murray says he's singlehandedly delaying Ghostbusters 3...but considering the latest casting rumor, we can't really blame him. Will Transformers continue without Michael Bay? Plus a new Source Code trailer!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Captain America.
Fred Van Lente, who is writing some comics tie-ins for the movie, says he's seen the script and there's absolutely nothing to the concerns some people have expressed that HYDRA is taking the place of the Nazis in this movie:
It isn't. Captain America: First Vengeance is chockfull of Nazis, particularly once we start getting into Johann Schmidt's origin in chapters 3 and 4. They're not downplayed. Schmidt runs an organization called Hydra, which starts as a part of the Third Reich power structure, and so therefore they are Nazis.
I can sort of see why people are like, they're not seeing a bunch of guys in SS uniforms or Gestapo uniforms running around in the Super Bowl trailer- that's because many of the Nazis in First Avenger wear Hydra uniforms.
It is not some kind of rewriting of world history. There are Nazis in the movie, I've read the script. It is not trying to pretend that the Nazis didn't exist, or that World War II didn't happen the way we all know it from history.
Here's a fresh batch of high-res photos: [NBC Miami]
And here are a few more from Thor. [/Film]
Here's a new trailer:
Bill Murray admits he's had the script on his desk for a while, but he hasn't got around to reading it:
Yeah, I guess I'm the problem. Before I was an asset, [but] now I'm a problem. There's a script somewhere [on my desk], but I haven't read it yet....Yeah, Ivan [Reitman] wants to make it and I - I owe him, ya know. He's puzzled that I haven't gotten to this one.
There's more at the link, including his thoughts on the disappointing first Ghostbusters sequel. [Screenrant]
Comedian Dane Cook says he's been approached to do the film, although he was saying this just to irritate a blogger who had called him a bad choice for such a role (long story), so it's possible Cook was just trolling. Anyway, might as well throw him on the pile with the other hundred casting maybes. [Shadowlocked]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Optimus Prime voice Peter Cullen says his character has scenes with the Apollo 11 astronauts we glimpsed in the first trailer. Specifically, he seems to suggest he has scenes with the present-day Buzz Aldrin, which certainly fits with Aldrin's willingness to appear in pretty much anything space-related.
In the feature film coming out this Summer, they have Neil Armstrong, a former astronaut, and Buzz Aldrin — Optimus has a scene with Buzz Aldrin, and this is where it all started to come together in my mind. I thought, wow I really got to get these guys and Optimus together after the movie. Maybe we can do a series of some kind.
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner explained why Revenge of the Fallen didn't work, and how this new movie is different:
"If everyone had understood why each Transformer was in the movie, people wouldn't have cared how many there were. But once they're just these robots without any real meaning of why they're there, it just became robot melee, and that's not as enjoyable as knowing something about each robot and their personality so that when they do fight, there are stakes to it. That's really what was missing. It wasn't that there were so many robots; there were so many robots that you didn't know...'Dark of the Moon' has many meanings. It's clearly what we know from the teaser trailer, but it's also this idea that there's darkness, a real cataclysm that could occur here based on knowing the truth of what's happening."
He also didn't rule out a fourth Transformers movie with or without Michael Bay, although it isn't currently a priority:
"I would say to you right now that I've so enjoyed working with Michael Bay. Michael has got this incredible visual sense for showing you things you've never seen before. Perhaps he'll change his mind, perhaps he won't, but I'd rather put out this movie first, then cross that bridge at some point."
Here's a bunch more photos of the new NASCAR-themed Autobots, the Wreckers. [Aeromental]
G.I. Joe 2
Brian Goldner also offered this update on a sequel to The Rise of Cobra. [MTV Movies Blog]
"You might begin with the knowledge of having your president as an impostor [Zartan]. What would that mean? From that, you can tell a very big story without only having to rely on the chronology of the first film."
A visitor to the set says a PA mentioned that Leonard Nimoy had been filming scenes as William Bell a few weeks back. So, obviously this is second-hand and just a rumor, but it's at least a possibility. [Un Canadien Errant]
Fox's website has posted the article "Smiley - The saber-toothed tiger has been genetically resurrected", written from the perspective of the over there universe:
The New San Diego Zoo is creating a habitat for "Smiley," the first genetically resurrected saber-toothed tiger. Smilodon fatalis, which thrived in the Pleistocene epoch over 12,000 years ago, will be available for public view later this year. The zoo hopes it will be joined by an American mastodon by 2014.
For a bit of analysis, check the link. [Fringe Television]
No Ordinary Family
A tender scene between Daphne and her boyfriend Chris in the March 1 episode will be accompanied by the song "Til I Come Home", sung by... Michael Chiklis. It's a song he originally recorded for his Michael Chiklis Band. Honestly, I don't even know where to begin with this one. [EW]
Here's another promo for the ultra-meta episode "The French Mistake." [BuddyTV]
This episode is fully committed to its twisted behind-the-scenes look, as actor doppelgängers for executive producer Sera Gamble and series creator Eric Kripke (who takes time off from writing a Syfy monster movie to deal with the suddenly erratic actors) both put in appearances. More details at the link. [E! Online]
Episodes 20 and 21 are rumored to be titled "The Man Who Would Be King" and "The Haunter of the Dark." [SpoilerTV]
Here are some photos and a synopsis for episode 8, "Uneasy Lies the Head." [Daemon's TV]
Erica, now officially in charge of the global Fifth Column, leads them in a high risk attack against Anna. Anna meanwhile, growing closer in her plan to destroy humanity, finds a major obstacle in a certain Live Aboard candidate; and Ryan sneaks back onto the Mothership to try and rescue his daughter.
And here's the same for episode 9, "Devil in a Blue Dress." [Daemon's TV]
Anna is about to pull the switch on the planet's first Blue Energy reactor, but Sid realizes that the size of the reactor is much too large for just the various Concordia sites – the Fifth Column needs to figure out what Anna is really up to. And Diana tells Lisa she must act against Anna now, fulfill her destiny and save humans from annihilation.
And let's finish it off with the season finale, "Mother's Day." [Daemon's TV]
Anna is focused on having Lisa breed with Tyler to ensure the evolution of the Visitors, while Erica and Diana enlist Lisa to stage a coup against Anna and remove her from power before humanity is destroyed. Erica and the Fifth Column join Lisa in the attempted coup, which has devastating results.
Michael Rosenbaum explains why Lex is returning, narratively speaking:
"Obviously there's unfinished business between Clark and Lex that has got to get resolved. Our future is depending on it."
He also says that, because it takes him four months to grow his hair back after shaving it off — time he can't afford to lose — he will be wearing a bald cap in the finale. [Screenrant]
This week's episode "Fortune" - in which Clark and Chloe appear to get married accidentally after some drunken merrymaking — may well be Allison Mack's last appearance in the series, as she's not currently confirmed for the finale. Here's a sneak peek at the episode. [Zap2It and SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.